<![CDATA[Russian military buys hundreds of Chinese-made ATVs for battlefield use]]> The Russian military has purchased hundreds of Desertcross 1000-3 utility terrain vehicles made by Shandong Odes Industry in China as Ukraine allies grow concerned about non-lethal goods that can be useful on the battlefield being sold to Russia. 

According to the Financial Times, the vehicle is also popular with farmers in the US under the Aodes brand name, and the recent purchase from Russia could cause authorities to retaliate against the manufacturer. 

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned last month that Russia was “dependent on willing third-country individuals and entities to resupply its military and perpetuate its heinous war against Ukraine." She added, “We will not hesitate in holding them accountable.”

The report noted that Russia had purchased 537 of the basic model, and was planning to purchase an additional 1,500 more upgraded models, as Russian President Vladimir Putin said the vehicle "was extremely in demand" when he inspected them. According to TASS, the military was paying 1.58 million rubles ($17,200) for the basic model and 2.1 million rubles ($22,800) for the upgraded model. 

Senior fellow at the Jamestown Foundation, Pavel Luzin told the outlet that it is not known where the Russian military purchased the vehicles from and that the sale could have happened by a 3rd party. 

Speaking about the vehicle, Luzin said, "They might be better than the motorcycles or old [Soviet-made vehicles] Russian soldiers are widely using now, but no more than that." He noted that it "is yet more demonstration that Russia can’t produce that much equipment or goods for its army.”

The purchase of the vehicles comes as Ukraine has shifted its focus to defending against Russia, with Ukranidna President Volodymyr Zelensky ordering the construction of fortifications after its counter-offensive yielded small gains. According to the Wall Street Journal, Zelensky ordered the fortifications "on all the main front, where we need to dig in, speed up the pace of construction." 

<![CDATA[JACQUELINE TOBOROFF: NYC’s education boss is determined to sweep antisemitic attacks under the rug]]>
At least 400 radicalized students between the ages of thirteen to seventeen held a pre-planned riot at the public high school in Jamaica, Queens. They hunted a Jewish teacher who was able to hide in a locked office. They uploaded the video onto TikTok. The mob of students waved “Palestinian” flags, marauded up and down hallways, vandalized school property, and held the school hostage. 

This is not the Hillcrest community’s first rodeo. It has been plagued by violent students who seemingly fear no one and nothing. A week prior to the terrorism, a mob of students viciously pummeled at least one security officer (it’s unclear if anyone else was hurt as the Adams administration has tried to sweep these incidents under the rug). This criminal attack was uploaded onto TikTok, the braintrust for children between the ages of ten to eighteen. 

These videos should haunt every parent and taxpayer. Hillcrest students resemble inmates at Rikers Island. Their language and actions are bone-chilling. The fear the hunted female Jewish teacher must have felt cannot be underplayed. On October 7th, we saw what Hamas terrorists did to the Jewish women and children. Now, we see at Hillcrest High School, teenagers standing in solidarity with those that sodomize women, and burn children alive. One would think acolytes of another Democrat movement, #MeToo, would pipe up.

Since both the pummeling of the security agent and attempted caliphate at Hillcrest, some arrests have been made. An eighteen year old was issued a desk appearance. The 15 and 16 year olds were issued juvenile reports

However, no one has been expelled or fired. The DoE’s school discipline code is a joke. The parents and students know it. Since 2018, the number of suspensions handed out by principals and superintendents has plummeted, teachers and parents say classroom disorder has risen. This seems to be the plan.  

As per a NY Post article, “No one gets suspended [and] principals are pressured ‘from above’ not to ‘take any punitive measures at all,’ leaving no accountability for any bad behavior. We have teachers getting kicked at, spit at, cursed at, things thrown at [them], and the kid is back the next day like nothing happened,” an educator told The Post.

Chancellor David Banks has let law-abiding citizens and taxpayers know, it’s back to business as usual. This means disregarding anti-American and antisemitic behavior. How? By continuing on with destructive “social justice” governance and DEI. The former makes certain meaningful punishments are verboten depending on the perpetrators. The latter gaslights the public by having them examine other people’s pain, even when the other people caused the pain. 

Banks said, “Organizations will play a crucial role in contributing to the broader mission of de-escalation and creating teachable moments from this challenging situation.” This is code for a restorative justice circle. He continued, “No form of hate, whether it be antisemitism, Islamophobia, or any other form of bigotry will be tolerated in our schools.” There was no attack on Islam in the events caught on video at Hillcrest. 

Banks called onto the stage two of the school’s students. They weren’t Jewish or victimized. They were Muslims. This is the equivalent of calling to the podium white people to explain their feelings after blacks are attacked by whites.

One of the students, Muhammad Ghazali, said, “a lot of these students, they didn’t know what they were doing at the moment.” This is not what we see in the video but is a line that Mayor Adams has also stated. Ghazali continued, “[The riot] was meant to be a peaceful protest. But the teenagers lack maturity. They were making this into a fun event.”

Ghazali explained, “[the students] did it for their personal enjoyment and their personal pleasure. These students have the right to go out there and protest. We don’t ever stop anybody in this school community from putting their opinions out. For us to be called terrorists by news channels and for people to call us names because of what we did...wasn’t right.” 

Here we have a student expressing Hamas double-talk and cloaking it as a “fun event” before the Chancellor of the NYC DoE, who didn’t blink an eye.

Banks then praised the principal for “maintaining a culture that feels very much like when [he] was [t]here.” He explained, “I’m watching people condemning, but that’s not my nature.” 

Let this sink in. 

Banks then calls up another “amazing” student, Khadija Ahmed. Wearing a hijab and keffiyeh, smiling, she said, “The event that took place over last week is just a way of [sic] us to show how we feel about ‘Palestine.’” 98 percent of “Palestinians” sa[y] they feel some or great pride in Hamas. Ahmed continues, “The message that we really wanted to get out there is we want Palestine to be free.” 

What are these students learning in school? There is no such place as “Palestine.” None of the adults on the stage corrected her, including Banks, who also graduated from Hillcrest. 

Banks wraps up the presser by explaining that weeks before the student terrorists hunted the Jewish teacher, she held a sign saying, “I stand with Israel.” Banks said, “What we have come to realize is the young people today, they consume their information through social media. Specifically TikTok. And what they are seeing on a daily basis are children and young people in ‘Palestine,’ ‘Palestinian’ families, being blown up.”

It's inexcusable that he’s right. It’s even more inexcusable that he, along with their actual teachers, are apparently doing nothing about it.
<![CDATA[Conor McGregor appears to tease presidential run in Ireland]]>

McGregor recently received overwhelming support on social media after he spoke out against the Irish government's response to an attack involving an Algerian immigrant who stabbed 3 children and 1 woman at random at a school. 

Riots in which people were protesting the country's lax immigration laws ensued, and Irish Garda commissioner Drew Harris blamed them on a “lunatic, hooligan faction driven by far-right ideology” in his statement to the press.

McGregor, who is from and lives in Dublin, was quick to use his platform to emphasize that it was a “mentally deranged non national in Dublin, Ireland” who carried out the attack and warned, “there is grave danger among us in Ireland that should never be here in the first place.”

"Innocent children ruthlessly stabbed by a mentally deranged non-national in Dublin, Ireland today. Our chief of police had this to say on the riots in the aftermath. Drew, not good enough. There is grave danger among us in Ireland that should never be here in the first place, and there has been zero action done to support the public in any way, shape or form with this frightening fact. NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Make change or make way. Ireland for the victory. God bless those attacked today, we pray," he said.

Many called on McGregor to “take charge,” as stated by Jack Posobiec.

“Run to become Taoiseach Conor,” political activist Robby Starbuck stated. “Your country needs sanity. Sanity must win or Ireland will be lost forever.”

While McGregor removed his posts, he stood by them in a powerful statement on X in which he said, "Seeing my country in flames hurts my heart," and that he'd "give my life for the peace and prosperity of Ireland. Ireland gave me everything I have, I’d give it right back if and when it calls."

McGregor was reportedly placed under investigation for "online hate speech" because of his initial post. 

After the Minister for Foreign Affairs Tanaiste Micheal Martin called the comments "absolutely disgraceful" and accused him of "essentially inciting hate," McGregor responded:

"Blame anyone but themselves ... Typical. Worthless you are Michaél. Worthless and spineless. Ryan Casey called you all out last week grieving the love of his life, stolen by pawn scum, and nothing but waffle from you all since. Zero action!"

He was referencing the recent trial over the murder of Ashling Murphey committed by a Slovak national.]]>
<![CDATA[LIBBY EMMONS: Biden’s climate alarmists will sacrifice real people’s needs on the altar of the ‘green’ agenda]]> The push to get poor people to use a different kind of fuel, one more palatable to the rich, is not new. Just as Joe Biden and wealthy Western nations have endeavored to get poorer nations in Africa, Southeast Asia, and in the South Pacific to move away from coal power and switch to solar, wind, or other sustainable energies, aristocrats and upper classes of the past sought to get the poor to give up energy sources that actually work.

What we're seeing now—the elitist push to eradicate all coal plants in the US, the demands that developing nations abandon the same fuel sources that made America and other rich nations so powerful and prosperous, and the dictates within the US that all Americans switch to electric vehicles and abandon fossil fuel energy—is just the latest in a long line of efforts to force the poor and working class to adopt habits more palatable to their "betters."

In Anton Chekov's play Uncle Vanya, the country doctor Astrov gives one of the earliest literary diatribes on what he sees as the ecological problems facing Russia. Long before claims of climate change urged people to alter their lifestyles, nations to reimagine their economies, Astrov condemns the peasants for their use of lumber as a fuel source. Instead, he wants them to use something that is, in his view, more sustainable, but that creates more work for the peasants who need to gather the fuel source peat.

"You can burn peat in your stoves and build your barns of stone," Astrov says, decrying the cutting down of the forests to serve needs of the people. "Oh, I don't object, of course, to cutting wood when you have to, but why destroy the forests? The woods of Russia are trembling under the blows of the ax. Millions of trees have perished. The homes of the wild animals and the birds have been laid desolate; the rivers are shrinking, and many beautiful landscapes are gone forever.

"And why?" He continues, before blaming the peasants. "Because men are too lazy and short-sighted to stoop and pick their fuel from the ground. Am I not right? Who but a senseless barbarian could burn so much beauty in his stove and destroy what he cannot create himself? Man has reason and creative energy so that he may increase his possessions. Until now, though, he has not created but destroyed. The forests are disappearing, the rivers are drying up, the game is being exterminated, the climate is spoiled and the earth becomes poorer and uglier every day."

Just like Biden, Trudeau, the World Economic Forum, and all the rest, Astrov's concern is not for the people but for his own desires, which he then assumes are the noblest desires, the fulfillment of which will lead to the betterment of all mankind. It won't, however, lead to better outcomes for the peasants, who instead of burning efficient, less carcinogenic lumber, would bend and stoop to collect a less efficiently burning, more polluting fuel source.

At the latest climate summit for world leaders flying private jets, some of the nations who had previously promised to give up coal have backtracked. They realized that the economic reality of giving up an efficient, abundant, cheap energy source in favor of the tech heavy solar and wind options was not actually going to better their societies or their economies.

South Africa, which has already experienced rolling blackouts, says it's not going to retire it's coal-fired power plants after all. Indonesia won't meet its goals either. Nations that are backtracking on promises to get rid of coal are finding that they don't want to eliminate jobs for tens of thousands of workers, that making the switch to other forms of energy production are costly, time-consuming, and are not proven to be as efficient as what they've already got going.

What did the wealthy nations do? They tried to buy the developing nations off, but what they offered were primarily loans, meaning that what they really offered was debt.

Why would any nation consent to going into debt to assuage the climate fears of wealthy western elite leaders who spend more time pontificating about their own virtue than actually taking accountability for their own actions? Why would a nation seek to follow the footsteps of the US which has sunk its own fossil fuel industry, sold off millions of barrels of its own strategic oil reserves, and given up energy efficient status to calm its own "moral" misgivings?

The US keeps pushing. Leaders are displeased that South Africa has backed out. Meanwhile, Joe Biden promised to phase out coal powered plants in the US and will move ahead with the "green" agenda. That message was delivered by climate czar John Kerry, the failed presidential candidate and former Massachusetts senator who has denied owning a private jet, claiming instead that it belonged to his wife.

Biden has shut down energy pipelines and demanded that Americans go electric, even as his plan for millions of EV charging stations across the US has been a total failure and those who do have EV cars have discovered the shocking inefficiency of the current charging station system. Yet he continues to pontificate on his plan, perhaps imagining, as Astrov does, that he will earn some part of the glory that comes with having remade the energy economy to suit the pet policy positions of the prosperous few.

Astrov takes credit for forest preservation, even as he ignores the present plight of the peasants, saying "when I pass peasant-forests that I have preserved from the axe, or hear the rustling of the young plantations set out with my own hands, I feel as if I had had some small share in improving the climate, and that if mankind is happy a thousand years from now I will have been a little bit responsible for their happiness."

While Astrov demanded the peasants burn peat and not trees, Biden's insistence on how us peasants are meant to live is far more insidious. He wants us to drive EV cars even though we can't charge them anywhere, switch our homes and power plants to wind and solar even though the manufacture of solar panels is primarily a Chinese enterprise and there's no way to recycle wind turbines when they fail—which they do. And for some reason that makes little sense to anyone, he's leaning all into these "green" technologies with no consideration for the efficient, clean power of nuclear energy.

Biden and western elite leaders are stuck in a time warp, like Astrov. They believe they know what is best for us peasants even as they are far removed from our lives, our needs, wants, or desires. They have a vision for the world that hinges on the sustainable energy that suits their aesthetics, but they have absolutely no vision for the people.

<![CDATA[4 dead, 50 injured in Islamic State-claimed blast at Catholic Church in Philippines]]> On Sunday, an explosion at a Catholic mass in the Philippines killed at least four people and injured 50 others. Officials said the blast is believed to have been caused by a bomb after fragments of a 16-mm mortar were found a the scene. 

The Islamic State group said its members had detonated the bomb on Telegram, Reuters reports.

According to NBC, the explosion occurred in a gymnasium at Mindanao State University in the city of Marawi, and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. blamed "foreign terrorists" for the attack. 

"I condemn in the strongest possible terms the senseless and most heinous acts perpetrated by foreign terrorists," he said in a statement. "Extremists who wield violence against the innocent will always be regarded as enemies to our society.”

Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro said there were "strong indications of a foreign element," and noted that law enforcement agents will "continue unabated" bringing perpetrators of "terrorist activity" to justice. 

In 2017, Marawi was besieged by Islamic terrorists for five months, and there have been a series of military operations against pro-Islamic State organizations recently. Sunday, the military killed the leader of the radical Islamist Maute group, Lanao del Sur. 

Armed Forces Cheif Romeo Brawner said at a news conference, “It is possible that what happened this morning was a retaliatory attack." 

In a statement, presidential adviser Carlito Galvez said, "This horrendous attack, which happened during a Mass … shows the ruthless methods that these lawless elements will utilize to sow fear, anger and animosity among our people." he added, "We will not allow this to happen.”

In a statement reacting to Sunday's attack Mindanao State University said it is "deeply saddened and appalled by the act of violence that occurred during a religious gathering." The statement added, "We unequivocally condemn in the strongest possible terms this senseless and horrific act.”

The security chief of the campus, Taha Mandangan told the Associated Press, "This is clearly an act of terrorism. It’s not a simple feud between two people. A bomb will kill everybody around." 

Police in the region were placed on high alert and tightened security "to prevent possible follow-up incidents." 

<![CDATA[British children still being given puberty blockers for gender dysphoria after NHS vowed to stop]]>
The Telegraph reports that at least 100 children have been put on puberty blockers since July 2022. Some of them are as young as 12 years old.

In July 2022, NHS England recommended, according to the outlet, that hormone blockers should only be prescribed as part of clinical trials "due to the significant uncertainties surrounding the use of hormone treatments."

Data shows that 83 children were put on puberty blockers under the NHS between July 2022 and 2023. A FOIA request revealed at least 17 more children have been prescribed the hormone treatment between July and October of this year, according to the outlet. 

Puberty blockers prevent the surge of hormones that cause physical and neurological changes that occur during puberty.

Health officials sent a stark warning to the NHS and urged them to move with "extreme caution," claiming that children are being sent down an "irreversible" path.

Former Health Secretary Sajid Javid MP said the increase "risks more vulnerable children being harmed."

Dr. Hilary Cass, former president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, warned that puberty blockers could permanently disrupt brain development. She said that the drugs could cause neural circuits to rewire in an irreversible way, according to The Telegraph.

Furthermore, Dr. David Bell, a consultant psychiatrist and whistleblower at the Tavistock's Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), said puberty blockers cause "considerable damage."

"It is not the case that the safety of puberty blockers is 'unknown.' We know quite a lot. There are serious concerns about bone mineralization and long-term cognitive effects," he said, according to the outlet.

"We know 98 percent of children starting puberty blockers go on to take opposite-sex hormones, and a very significant proportion of those go on to have surgery," he added. "They are being started on a pathway which is highly likely to be irreversible. Once you start them on that path, it creates a self-fulfilling prophecy."]]>
<![CDATA[Saudi Arabian trans refugee pleads guilty to ‘religiously aggravated harassment’ after displaying antisemitic sign in London]]> Transgender refugee Laura Davis, 22, pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Friday to a charge of causing racially, and religiously aggravated harassment, alarm, or distress by words or writings for holding a sign that read "Israel burn in hell" at a anti-Isael rally, 

According to the Telegraph, Davis claimed to not know what the sign said because it was written in English, and had just "picked it up from a bench." While in court Davis spoke through an Arabic interpreter. 

Police said Davis was seen on CCTV carrying the sign which read, "FREE PALESTINE!! ISRA*L BURN IN HELL," during a protest in central London on Oct. 28. The charges said Davis was accused of displaying a sign that was "threatening or abusive in the hearing of sight of a person likely to have caused harassment, alarm or distress, and the offense was racially aggravated." 

At the hearing, the chairman of the magistrates' bench, Nicholas Tarry told Davis that the message on the sign "is not an appropriate thing to be waving; it’s violent language about another country and it is not allowed” and ordered the refugee to pay £225. 

"You have come to this country for tolerance," Tarry said. "You deserve tolerance and other people do as well. You must show other people the tolerance you expect them to show you." 

Davis was granted asylum in England after fleeing Saudi Arabia in December of 2021 because the country is not accepting of transgender people. Davis' attorney, Nicola White said carrying the sign was "an impulsive action" after finding it at the bus stop.

She said Davis did not mean to offend anyone and "has expressed deep remorse and regret at that moment in picking up that sign that she did not seek clarification from another Arabic-speaking member of the protest (about its meaning)." White added that Davis "comes across as polite and not a troublemaker," and "is a member of the transgender community and due to the views in Saudi Arabia, she had no choice but to flee." 

"We have been clear that while the right to protest lawfully must be respected, that does not extend to actions or statements that cross the line from political speech into criminality," said Andy Valentine, Dept Asst Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. "While the majority of those attending protests have done so lawfully, it is regrettable that we have seen a number of people who have turned up carrying signs or chanting in a way that they should know will cause alarm or distress to others and in particular those in our Jewish communities."

<![CDATA[MORGAN ZEGERS: Supreme Court rejects request to halt injunction on law prohibiting minors at drag shows]]> The Supreme Court has rejected a request from the state of Florida to partially halt a recent court order preventing the enforcement of a state law that bans minors from attending drag shows.

The law, known as the Protection of Children Act, was signed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis last May and prohibits minors from witnessing an “adult live performance” depicting or simulating nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or specific sexual activities.

Following the signing of this law, Hamburger Mary’s, a restaurant hosting “family-friendly” drag shows, challenged the law by arguing it violates their First Amendment rights. A U.S. District Court issued a preliminary injunction against the law, stating that its language was overly broad and contradicted Florida’s Parents’ Bill of Rights, which grants parents the authority to direct the upbringing and moral or religious training of their children.

“Existing obscenity laws provide [the state] with the necessary authority to protect children from any constitutionally unprotected obscene exhibitions or shows,” U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell wrote in the decision. “The harm to [Hamburger Mary’s] clearly outweighs any purported evils not covered by Florida law and a preliminary injunction would not be adverse to the public interest.”

Florida recently sought the Supreme Court’s intervention to overturn the lower court’s decision and allow the law to stay in place. However, the Supreme Court has declined to take in the case. A joint statement between Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Justice Amy Coney Barrett clarified that the court’s refusal to take this case does not mean it has taken a stance on whether or not the law violated the First Amendment.

“The issue arises here in the context of a First Amendment overbreadth challenge, which presents its own doctrinal complexities about the scope of relief,” Justice Kavanaugh wrote. “This case is therefore an imperfect vehicle for considering the general question of whether a district court may enjoin a government from enforcing a law against nonparties to the litigation.”

This piece first appeared at TPUSA.

<![CDATA[New Notre Dame spire emerges on Paris skyline for first time since 2019 fire]]> On Tuesday, with the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris expected to reopen on Dec. 8, the outline of the spire was visible on the city skyline for the first time since the devastating fire in April 2019. 

With scaffolding surrounding the re-built oak spire, authorities told AFP news that it will be visible "before Christmas." The scaffolding will remain until early next year to finish the installation of the spire cover and lead ornaments. 

Construction on the building began back in the 12th century and took over 300 years to complete, according to NotreDameCathedralParis.com. It is considered by many to be "one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world." 

On April 15, 2019, millions of people watched as the historic landmark burned and the iconic spire, designed by Eugène Viollet-Le-Duc in the 19th century, collapsed. However, the fire could have been much worse. 

Marie-Hélène Didier, the conservator in charge of the cathedral said "it was a miracle," that none of the historically significant or irreplaceable items were destroyed and only a few pieces of glass were missing from the structure's renowned stained-glass windows. 

After raising 840 million Euros (over $880 million), architect Philippe Villeneuve was tasked to restore the structure identically to its "last known state" with the goal of the famed cathedral being restored by the 2024 Summer Olympics. 

According to Paris Je T'aime, the cathedral's parvis area opened to the public in May 2020, along with the archaeological crypt. In September 2022, the Pont au Double footbridge opened as well. 

After the fire, French President Emmanuel Macron said of the cathedral, "Notre Dame is our history, our literature, part of our psyche, the place of all our great events, our epidemics, our wars, our liberations, the epicenter of our lives." He added, "Notre Dame is burning, and I know the sadness, and this tremor felt by so many fellow French people. But tonight, I'd like to speak of hope too." 

Vowing to rebuild the structure, Macron added, "Let's be proud, because we built this cathedral more than 800 years ago, we've built it and, throughout the centuries, let it grow and improve it. So I solemnly say tonight: we will rebuild it together." 

<![CDATA[BREAKING: Terror attack in Paris near Eiffel Tower, 1 killed, 2 injured by knife and hammer-wielding man yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’]]> On Saturday, Paris became the scene of a deadly attack when a suspect killed one and injured two others while allegedly yelling, "Allahu Akbar."

The 26-year-old attacker, Armand Rajabpour-Miyandoab, who is a French national, has a history of radical Islamism and is known to police, according to GB News.

The attack occured near the historic Eiffel Tower in central Paris. The suspect screamed the Arabic phrase "God is great," often used by Islamic terrorists, before he stabbed a passerby. He reportedly used a hammer in the stabbing spree, according to the outlet.

France's Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said the suspect targeted tourists around the Quai de Grenelle, according to BBC News. Darmanin said that Rajabpour-Miyandoab allegedly told police he was upset about Israel's war against Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

Rajabpour-Miyandoab reportedly told police he carried out the attack because "He can’t stand watching Arabs being killed."

France 24 journalist Wassim Nasr posted to X that Rajabpour-Miyandoab uploaded a video to social media "declaring himself as a supporter of the caliphate of the Islamic State and pledges allegiance to the caliph Abu Hafs."

France's Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said the suspect targeted tourists around the Quai de Grenelle, according to BBC News.

The victim that died from the attack was a German national, according to the outlet.

Armand Rajabpour-Miyandoab has a history of planning violent attacks. He was jailed in 2016 for planning to stab people and was released from jail in 2020. He is on the French security services watchlist, BBC reports.

The anti-terrorism prosecutor's office announced that it had assumed responsibility for the investigation.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

<![CDATA[ERIN ELMORE: Feds investigate sexual harassment incident involving trans-identified male in female Wisconsin locker room]]> The federal government has opened an investigation into a Wisconsin school district over a harassment claim in a female locker room involving a student who identifies as transgender.

Earlier this year, The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) sent a letter to Prairie East High School (EHS) demanding answers regarding an incident of sexual harassment that allegedly took place on March 3.

Four female freshmen claim to have been sexually harassed by a male student identifying as a transgender female who exposed his genitalia to the young girls while undressing in the women’s locker room. The male student was a senior at EHS at the time of the incident.

According to a federal complaint filed by WILL, the four girls began to rinse off in the showers while still wearing their swimsuits when the male student “approached them, entered the shower area, announced “I’m trans, by the way,” and then fully undressed and showered next to the girls.” The complaint mentions that the student “had not transitioned medically and had the physiological appearance of an adult male.”

WILL then stated that student services and the assistant principal were notified, legally requiring them to inform the Title IX coordinator about the alleged incident of sexual harassment; however, no such report was made.

The law firm stated in its federal complaint that the incident was not handled with respect or urgency by Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD), and the four females did not receive answers to the questions they and their families had, nor did they receive any support from the district regarding the experience. WILL additionally claimed that the district failed to protect its students, failed to properly address the harassment claim, showed “disregard for parents’ concerns,” and stonewalled an “open records request,” prompting the federal complaint.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education (DoE) Office for Civil Rights sent a letter to WILL informing the firm that an investigation into the school district has been opened. OCR is specifically investigating “Whether the District responded to a report of sexual harassment consistent with the requirements of Title IX.” Attorneys at WILL applauded the DoE investigation in a press release shared on the firm’s website.

“Parents and students should be able to feel confident that their school is complying with federal laws like Title IX, but right now in Sun Prairie parents do not have that confidence,” Cory Brewer, Associate Counsel at WILL said. “We hope this results in answers for parents and families at the Sun Prairie Area School District, but we won’t know until we see the results of the investigation.”

Dan Lennington, WILL Deputy Counsel, added, “By no means is what happened in Wisconsin an isolated incident. When schools fail to act in accordance with the law and either ignore or disregard their own policies, parents have a right to fight back.”

This incident mirrors similar occurrences around the country in which males identifying as transgender females have entered female locker rooms and restrooms.

This piece first appeared at TPUSA.

<![CDATA[JOBOB: Newsom allocates $300 million to clear homeless encampments along California roads]]> California Governor Gavin Newsom has unveiled a new initiative to address homelessness in the state by allocating $300 million to clear homeless encampments near state roads.

The effort is in collaboration with Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation, to address safety concerns posed by encampments under overpasses and bridges.

The $300 million funding will be distributed as grants to cities and counties throughout California, with qualifying areas defined as any piece of land being used for transportation purposes. This will include highways, park and rides, and bike paths.

During the announcement, Governor Newsom acknowledged public frustration, stating, “The public has had it. They’re fed up. I’m fed up. We’re all fed up.”

Caltrans spokesperson Alisa Becerra emphasized the safety risks associated with homeless camps along state roads, stating, “It’s a safety risk for them, for the infrastructure, for our staff, for first responders, and potentially for the traveling public, and that’s why we remove encampments.”

Becerra went on to state that the ultimate goal of the state’s efforts is for homeless individuals to be moved into housing and given keys.

The state has claimed that over 5,000 encampments have been cleared and this latest effort is expected to move at least 10,000 homeless individuals off the streets. However, critics of the state’s leadership argue that this claim is misleading. California state Senator Brian Dahle argued that Governor Newsom’s efforts did not remove homeless encampments, but simply moved them to different locations still on public streets.

“The governor didn’t clear these homeless encampments; they just moved them down the street,” Dahle explained. “California spends more tax dollars per homeless person than we do on our students. The homeless crisis is a national embarrassment. This governor needs to focus on real results instead of chasing presidential aspirations and gas-lighting Californians.”

Newsom’s announcement follows recent criticisms of California’s response to homelessness to prepare for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to San Francisco, where the state miraculously cleaned up the streets in a matter of days. This rapid response prompted many to question why the state appeared to prioritize cleaning up the streets for the foreign leader rather than residents who live in the state.

The initiative also comes on the heels of a recent report on a homeless encampment fire that spread throughout Los Angeles, eventually shutting down the I-10 freeway. While arson was initially suspected, it was later revealed that the fire originated from large homeless encampments near the freeway, highlighting the immense dangers that the homelessness crisis in California presents.

This piece first appeared at TPUSA.

<![CDATA[BBC radio host claims having ‘too many white colleagues’ at work affects his mental health]]> white" workplace was affecting his mental health and claimed people were leaving BBC over the matter.

Speaking at the Journalism Diversity Fund's annual equality, diversity and inclusion conference at BBC Media City in England Wednesday, Arthanayake said: “It’s really affecting me that I walk in and all I see is white people.”

He claimed that his colleagues replied they were not being racist in defense when he said this to them at one point, The Independent reports. He told them they were missing the point.

“I’ve seen a lot of people leave this building because they couldn’t deal with the culture," he stated. “I’ve seen a lot of people leave this building because they couldn’t deal with the culture.”

He added, “I don’t think there’s a single Muslim involved in the senior editorial processes.

“The hardest thing is to walk into a room, look around and nobody looks like you.

"Since moving up here, being called the p-word – that didn’t happen in London. You’d get a slap for that in London, not even from me."

Arthanayake said he is always “looking for the bully in the playground," reminiscent of his days at a state school in Essex. “It’s survival instinct that carries on to this day.”

The Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF) awards bursaries to aspiring "diverse" journalists who do not have the financial means to support themselves through their training.

Following the interview, a BBC Radio 5 Live producer, Cheryl Varley said the organization is committed to tackling the lack of diversity in its newsrooms.

While she was giving JDF bursary recipients a tour of the newsroom at the end of the conference, she told them: "The BBC needs you a lot more than you need them because if we do not represent our audience, the future for the BBC is grim."

A BBC spokesperson said: "Events like this one today are instrumental in bringing new talent in as we work towards making our organisation as inclusive as possible.

"We want everyone who works at the BBC - and those considering a career with us - to know we are focussed on creating an inclusive culture where everyone feels they belong.

"We believe we should be setting the highest standards on diversity and we recognise that there is still more we could do, therefore we have clear plans in place to improve the diversity of our workforce."

<![CDATA[Russia bans all LGBTQ advocacy, labels it part of an ‘extremist’ organization]]> according to The Moscow Times.

The move is the latest effort to preserve the country's "traditional" values and comes as Russian officials claim to be "at war with the collective West."

A conviction for participating in an "extremist" organization carries a maximum sentence of six years in jail.

Conservative leaders praised the "extremist" designation, calling it "historic" and "moral." However, liberal leaders and activists are outraged and said it opens the door to criminalizing any LGBT advocacy as the LGBT movement is vaguely defined.

Conservative lawmaker Pyotr Tolstoy, who called "LGBT" a "well-organized project to undermine traditional societies from within," said the Supreme Court's decision "is a historic event because our country has encroached on the most 'sacred' thing that exists in the liberal world," according to The Moscow Times.

The Orthodox Church also welcomed the move.

Vakhtang Kipshidze, an official for the Moscow Patriarchate, said: "It's a form of moral self-defense of society."

Alexei Sergeyev, a St. Petersburg-based civil rights and LGBT activist, told the paper that he might have to leave Russia due to the new threat of imprisonment.

"There are still some LGBT rights activists here in Russia. But they might well be the last ones," he said. "As I always told myself, 'I can handle the fines, but if there is a threat of imprisonment, I will leave'."

In 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law that banned LGBT propaganda toward minors and imposed an 18+ label on LGBT-related content. Last year, the law was updated to include "LGBT propaganda" aimed at any age, according to the outlet.

"The fines for 'LGBT propaganda' are usually enormous, sometimes equivalent to several monthly salaries," Sergeyev said. "But this is still far from a prison sentence for extremism. From now on, the risks will be as high as they are for Jehovah's Witnesses, Navalny supporters, or members of the Vesna activist group."

He warned that the most permissive understanding of the term "extremist" might enable law enforcement to initiate legal proceedings against individuals who have publicly affiliated with LGBT lifestyles or symbols.

"Considering this 'international LGBT organization' does not exist, the authorities might start arresting anyone related to LGBT in any way. Say, if you went to a gay pride event or posted a rainbow flag some years ago, you will be a potential target," Sergeyev said, according to Moscow Times.

The anti-LGBT policies of the Russian government are a component of a larger ideology that pits "Western" ideals like LGBT rights against "traditional" Russian values.

Furthermore, despite Russian leaders' claims that they are "at war with the collective West" in Ukraine, any local groups that support "Western" ideologies also need to be opposed.

Muslim officials in the Muslim-majority town of Chechnya, which is strictly heterosexual, also praised the Supreme Court ruling and took aim at the United States and Western civilization.

"Russia has shown once again that neither the collective West nor the United States will deprive us of the most important thing of all: a religious and national identity," said Minister Akhmed Dudaev, according to the paper.

Sergeyev believes that the Supreme Court's decision is an effort by the conservative Russian government to re-elect President Putin as the country heads toward the next presidential election in March.

"I believe this [the declaration of LGBT as extremists] is the government flexing its muscles before the elections. They’ll certainly put a lot of media weight on this to make sure the conservative electorate is watching the struggle for ‘traditional values.’ And LGBT people will be erased from the public sphere," said Sergeyev. ]]>
<![CDATA[HUMAN EVENTS: RIP Henry Kissinger, who won one Cold War, and lost another]]> Firing Line with William F. Buckley, then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was asked by Buckley about his choice to give then-President Richard Nixon a copy of Oswald Spengler’s famously pessimistic book Decline of the West.

“There’s a certain irreversibility, isn’t there, in Spengler’s view of things, which I take it you did not want to suggest to the president?” Buckley prodded. In other words, wasn’t the book a bit too defeatist?

“I don’t believe that there’s an irreversibility in events,” Kissinger replied, “but I do believe that to reverse a trend requires more than proclamations. And it is important to understand what the trend is, before one can reverse it.”

What Kissinger did not say, but implied, was that absent great leadership, Spengler’s defeatist predictions would indeed come true: the West would, in fact, decline.

It is ironic, therefore, that we begin this obituary for Kissinger – a man both great and flawed, though the extent to which one cancels out the other is still a matter of hot debate -- by noting that when it comes to the palpable decline that Western governments, institutions, and culture faces today, Kissinger did not take his own advice. That is, while it’s almost inarguable that Kissinger understood the trends abroad, and used that insight to defend the West as perhaps no Secretary of State since him has done, the fact is that when it came to trends within the West itself, Kissinger was woefully blind.

Which is not to say that we want to bury Kissinger without praising him. Arguably, it was Kissinger’s strategy of détente, not to mention his cold-blooded decision to successfully pry Mao Tse Tung’s China into the US’s orbit, and away from the existentially threatening Soviet Union, that permitted the Cold War to later be won by President Ronald Reagan (who initially criticized Kissinger’s strategy, only to adopt a version of it while in office). That his strategies had a body count is undeniable; what is also undeniable is that when you are fighting an existential war, let alone against regimes so ruthless that they are responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of their own people, some amount of ruthlessness is required. History, not us, will ultimately judge if Kissinger's ruthlessness went too far, but given that he had a hand in the most consequential defeat that global communism has suffered, we have to give him credit for a species of genius. While it is understandable that Leftists would loathe Kissinger (being communists or communist sympathizers themselves), or that the neo-Wilsonian so-called “neoconservatives” would despise him for his cold-blooded brand of realpolitik, the fact remains that in the history of US foreign policy, few figures align more closely with the “America First” approach favored by President Trump. Indeed, Kissinger himself advised Trump when Trump grew tired of his own Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. To us, that has to count as a vote of confidence in the wily late diplomat.

And yet, while Kissinger was a peerless diplomat, he was also something of a Cassandra. For example, in his last interview given before his death, Kissinger warned that democracy was in great danger, not from Trump or from fascism or from other elite chimera, but from the fact that inequality is growing as the middle class is drowning. According to Kissinger, democracy was essentially a middle-class phenomena, one created in times of high trust, technological stability, and respect for differing opinions. As Kissinger saw it, all three were now vanishing. Moreover, Kissinger’s diplomacy may have led him perilously close to the enemy; he was widely regarded until his death as a reliable go-between to China’s Communist Party, and helped to smooth relations between the countries multiples times even when, as we would argue, it might have been wiser for them not to be smooth. In short, even if Kissinger won the Cold War against Russia, his choice to promote coziness with the Chinese may have ultimately led to the rise of China and thus, to a second Cold War against China. Though, to his credit, Kissinger would later counsel the US to isolate Communist China by allying with Putin’s Russia in much the same way they had done the reverse during his time as Secretary of State.

But the real problem with Kissinger’s legacy, we think, goes deeper than merely an over-affection for previous allies. Rather, we would argue, that while Kissinger’s realpolitik brand of foreign policy is often considered the sine qua non of cynical, ultrarealist foreign policy doctrines, when it came to matters domestically, Kissinger was fatally naïve.

For example, despite joking that he was a “cardinal villain in the liberal demonology,” we are at a loss to find examples of Kissinger criticizing the rise of Leftist radicalism domestically, let alone of his referring to its great power base being the universities, particularly his own alma mater, Harvard. And before you protest that this isn’t the function of a diplomat, consider this: we now know that current homegrown displays of radicalism--  like the pro-Hamas movements on college campuses – often get tolerated because Hamas-friendly foreign regimes like Qatar now fund those very campuses. Can we imagine a world in which Henry Kissinger, the dean of realist foreign policy, would not recognize the threat of having our own educational institutions – including the one that produced him – dependent on money from our enemies? Do we think he, with his deep roots in Washingtonian foreign policy, was unaware of it? The thought beggars belief.

No; more likely, Kissinger must’ve seen these threats as too inconsequential to worry much about. Even though he was himself a refugee from Nazi Germany, and was painfully aware of the antisemitism that percolated through America’s elite institutions even as he was, himself, a part of them. Why? Why such a blind spot? Why, as Kissinger himself instructed Buckley, did he not see the trends at work – trends which may, in fact, have been funded by people who he once courted in order to isolate the Soviets?

Any number of answers suggest themselves. One could argue, for example, that he was trapped in a defunct foreign policy paradigm and saw temporary allies as permanent ones. But if that was true, why the frequent urgings to ally with Russia? No, we think something more fundamental was at work, and it all starts with one simple, and tragic idea: that whatever he thought of our foreign rivals, Kissinger must have assumed the US would always be the ally of people like him. And therefore, that people like him would always be cultivated and allowed to rise to protect our nation in times of need.

This is not surprising, given his history. The US offered him sanctuary from the Nazis; Nazis he would later fight in the army. After that, Harvard not only harbored him, but provided the launching pad by which his now legendary career would begin. He became the first naturalized citizen to be Secretary of State. For Henry Kissinger, the American dream wasn’t just a slogan; it was his life. It was tangible. It was inarguable. It was natural. But what he did not see, or perhaps what he did not wish to see, was the myriad political choices which had allowed this “natural” state to flourish, nor how fragile those choices would become when the pressure of ideology was applied to them. If we still lived in the America that Henry Kissinger had emigrated to in 1938 – the America he must’ve assumed would always exist – there might be any number of other Kissingers firmly ensconced at our elite institutions and ready to pick up the torch in our time of need.

But they aren’t. A Henry Kissinger applying to Harvard today would be deemed too white, too patriotic, too Jewish; in a word, too unfashionable. Even if he were to attend and somehow gain a professorship, his theory of realpolitik would never be published; it’d be deemed “problematic,” lacking “moral clarity,” and possibly even be considered grounds for revoking his tenure due to its friendliness with people whose flags don’t make good emojis for Twitter bios. And as for his ever becoming Secretary of State? The anarcho-tyrannical state would’ve found some reason to indict or cancel him before he even made it to his confirmation hearings, perhaps with phony #MeToo accusations. A man who famously said “power is the ultimate aphrodisiac?” Ew. Gross. #Thisiswhyweneedfeminism. Do better.

In other words, our system not only hasn’t produced another Kissinger, but it’s rigged against him. This did not have to happen. It could have been stopped. The system of meritocracy, which praised American ingenuity and genius, and which therefore nurtured Henry Kissinger himself, could have been protected; should have been protected by beneficiaries like him. Yet when it came time for this genius of foreign policy to attend to defending the institutions, culture, and community that had fostered him in our cold civil war, if only to pave the way for more like him? Kissinger was uncharacteristically silent. Kissinger refused to see the trends.

But we do. Now, we have no choice. And so, while we appreciate the great, if cold legacy of foreign policy that Kissinger left behind, we have to close by echoing him: Yes, to reverse a trend requires more than proclamations. It takes action. And even if Kissinger offered neither proclamations nor action about today’s cold civil war, we like to hope that his legacy of victory over international communism can offer the seeds of a strategy for fighting the Leftist threat here at home.
<![CDATA[Israeli intelligence aware of plans for Hamas massacre a year before attacks: report]]> New York Times obtained a report that revealed Israeli officials were aware Hamas was planning an attack of some sort, although they were skeptical that the militant group had the means to carry it out.

Israeli authorities code-named the 40-page document "Jericho Wall" which detailed a "methodical assault designed to overwhelm the fortifications around the Gaza Strip, take over Israeli cities and storm key military bases, including a division headquarters" as reported by The Times, much of which was followed through on October 7.

The document chillingly began with a quote from the Quran: “Surprise them through the gate. If you do, you will certainly prevail.”

It also revealed Hamas' plans to invade Israel via paragliders, motorcycles, and on foot. The blueprint, however, did not specify a date that this type of sophisticated attack would take place. Nor did Israeli officials ever believe the terrorists would be capable of it.

According to The Jerusalem Post, Israeli leadership from 2021 to the end of 2022 "all held the same mistaken concept that Hamas could be contained, deterred, and kept in check by a mix of economic incentives and occasional rounds of airstrikes."

A military assessment reviewed by The Times read: “It is not yet possible to determine whether the plan has been fully accepted and how it will be manifested."

These officials included five IDF chiefs of staff, defense ministers, IDF intelligence chiefs, four Shin Bet directors, and then-prime minister Naftali Bennet and opposition party leader Yair Lapid. Current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was absent from office at this time during an 18-month hiatus. It is unclear if he ever saw the Jericho Wall document himself.

The blueprint also included specific details surrounding the Israeli military, which has raised questions about possible leaks within the Israeli security forces.

In the months leading up to the October 7 attack, both The Jerusalem Post and The New York Times reveal that a female officer in the IDF's Intelligence Unit 8200, referred to as Officer "V," vehemently warned her superiors that Hamas had been practicing military exercises similar to what had been revealed in the Jericho Wall blueprint.

The Post predicts that her direct superior officer, a colonel in the Gaza division, will be seen as one of the primary people who failed to prevent the massacre. He reportedly remains in IDF Intelligence.

Responding to his claims that her warnings were "totally imaginative," V replied via email: “I utterly refute that the scenario is imaginary."

The Hamas training, she said, was what was detailed in "the content of Jericho Wall."

She had allegedly intercepted communication among Hamas forces talking about slaughtering the civilians inhabiting southern Israel villages.

“It is a plan designed to start a war,” she added. “It’s not just a raid on a village.”

“We already underwent a similar experience 50 years ago on the southern front in connection with a scenario that seemed imaginary, and history may repeat itself if we are not careful,” the analyst wrote, reminding her colleagues of the 1973 war in which Syrian and Egyptian armies overran Israeli defenses.

“In short, let’s wait patiently,” the colonel wrote.

The Post learned that meetings were eventually held between the colonel and V in September, which resulted in the conclusion that the attack V warned of could still be months away and it was unclear why Hamas would suddenly launch an attack of this proportion.]]>
<![CDATA[KIRK CAMERON: It’s time for an alternative to Scholastic, the nation’s leading purveyor of woke children’s books]]>  
So, who’s distributing these harmful books, and what can we, as parents, do to make a genuine change?

As you may know, I have recently become something of a children’s literary connoisseur (one salty critic dubbed me the “right-wing Raffi”), publishing three family-friendly titles that educate children about wholesome, traditional values. I stood up against Drag Queen story hours by traveling the country to read to children in a safe, age-appropriate, and welcoming environment.  
During these book tours, parents shared with me their concerns about the constant influx of morally degrading, sexually confusing ideologies infiltrating their children's education. School libraries and classroom bookshelves are lined with content that is simply not safe for children.

One major culprit stands out in distributing the woke agenda to impressionable children: Scholastic. Their celebrated book fairs serve as a springboard for pumping critical race theory and LGBTQ+ materials into the hands of young readers.

Of course, for many of us, Scholastic still probably evokes positive images of a big red dog, a car-driving mouse named Stuart, James and a giant peach, and other innocent childhood favorites. 
However, today, kids are just as likely to come home with stories about gay dinosaurs, transitioning toddlers, and cross-dressing ducks. 
No joke.

Opening my eyes to this reality revealed that it is not enough just to write family-friendly books that parents can trust—we also have to get them into libraries and schools in a way that rivals, or at least begins to chip away at Scholastic’s book-distributing empire. 
So, I wanted to further cement myself in the fight to protect children from harmful ideologies through books. That’s why I partnered with SkyTree Book Fairs, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to nurturing childhood innocence and building character through books that inspire imagination while upholding truth and goodness. We took the name SkyTree from my first kids’ book, As You Grow, which was the same book that received mounds of pushback from public libraries
I hope SkyTree becomes everything Scholastic should have been, only better. Where Scholastic puts stories about gay dinosaurs in kids’ hands, SkyTree will screen every title available at our fairs, ensuring that each book is free from sexually explicit content (including LGBTQ+ material), foul language, dark themes, and critical race theory. I want parents to feel safe browsing SkyTree’s shelves, knowing that every book there has been rigorously reviewed and approved for the whole family. And no, I’m not trying to fill the shelves with political propaganda. I just want to equip kids with content that promotes good values—general life principles that everyone can benefit from. Only with good values can we break Scholastic’s stronghold on public education and, in doing so, destroy the nation’s leading hotbed for the radical sexual, transgender, and racial agenda, cleverly packaged for impressionable youth under the misleading guise of “family-friendly” fairs.

And make no mistake, Scholastic is the nation’s leading hotbed. The New York Times itself reports that more than 120,000 Scholastic book fairs occur per year (that averages out to roughly 650 per school calendar day). Ellie Berger, president of Scholastic’s trade publishing division, wrote, “We pledge to stand with you as we redouble our efforts to combat the laws restricting children’s access to books.”
In other words, they are intensifying their efforts to make sexually explicit and gender-confusing books available to minors. This problem is far from negligible, and we cannot afford to turn a blind eye to it. That’s why a rival book fair – a real, parent-friendly alternative -- is urgently needed in schools nationwide.

I’m creating that alternative and taking the fight into Scholastic territory, which has been long unchallenged, to tackle the woke agenda head-on. I’m doing this because I believe that kids and parents deserve an environment where they can enjoy literature that does not indoctrinate or make a mockery of traditional American values. Children’s books should serve only two purposes: to entertain and to educate toward goodness and truth.

In the past, Scholastic provided children with books that educated and entertained them while fostering their love of reading. Since Scholastic has strayed from its roots, I am happy to create a better alternative, ensuring that children have access to high-quality literature that aligns with our most cherished values and principles. I hope that you, and more importantly, your children, will join me in my fight to save children’s literature.
<![CDATA[ARI HOFFMAN AFTER VIEWING THE OCT 7 MASSACRE FOOTAGE: ‘We cannot share a planet with these creatures, these barbarians…’]]>
That morning, I had attended a screening for the media in Seattle of the October 7th massacre footage that was taken by Hamas. The terrorists live streamed and recorded the atrocities they committed against human beings, and it didn't matter if they were Jewish, it didn't matter who they were, it was that they were in Israel, because some of them weren't even Israeli.

There are a few moments from that 47 minutes of footage that was taken from closed circuit TV cameras, from the Hamas body cameras that they were wearing, from the clips they put on the internet.

If you've been following the situation in Israel on social media, you've probably seen about a third of the footage already.

Some of the worst stuff you haven't seen yet.

Towards the beginning of the footage, there's a dad and his boys. Kids, probably 13, 10 years old.

They're all in their underwear, probably because they don't have air conditioning, and it's hot, and that's what they were sleeping in, and they got woken up by this attack because it happened first thing in the morning.

As the father is trying to hide his boys, he hears the terrorists come into the house and he quickly grabs his boys and rushes them outside. I think what he rushes them out into is a Sukkah because it was the last day of the holiday of Sukkot in Israel, where Jews dwell in portable huts for 8 days.

He rushed the boys into the structure and they disappeared from view. You just see the doorway to the structure and you see a Hamas terrorist throw in a grenade after them.

You see the explosion and then you see the father's body fall to the ground in the doorway.

I assume he used himself as a human shield because, a few seconds later, you see the boys come out. And they're bloody but they're alive. The father is clearly dead and the children are freaking out. These two kids just watched their father murdered by terrorists.

One of them is crying over and over, “Why am I alive? Why am I alive?”

He looks at his brother and he realizes his brother's missing an eye. You see the blackness over the eye and he asks “Can you see out of that eye?"

"No, I can't see out of that eye.”

A terrorist walks into the room and heads for the refrigerator, looks for something to drink, grabs a Coke, and just starts chugging out of the bottle with these kids breaking down in front of him.

And then you, the viewer, don't know what happened to those boys. Were they kidnapped? Were they killed later?

The scene cuts to later when the mother comes back with Israeli soldiers to find her husband dead and her boys missing.

That scene stuck with me because I've got two boys and I started thinking to myself, would I have been brave enough to take the grenade?

Every parent says yes, but we know that's not necessarily true. Would I have been brave enough to take the grenade to save my sons? What if my son saw me there like that, like that dad?

The second video that stuck with me was a person who is barely alive on the ground and one of the terrorists grabs a garden hoe and as he's yelling with glee, “Allahu Akbar,” he starts hitting the person, who's barely alive, in the neck with the tool over and over again while praising his god.

Calling these Hamas terrorists 'animals' is an insult to animals. They are the lowest form of life, the lowest form of creation. They were euphoric, giddy, celebrating butchering human beings.

There's a clip you may have seen on the web where one of the Hamas terrorists took one of his victim's cell phones to call his parents and brag about killing 10 Jews. The parents are celebrating with him.

There's another scene where two dead Israeli soldiers are lying on the ground. One of the terrorists grabs a knife and beheads one of the soldiers, sawing through the neck to take the head, still in its helmet, likely as a trophy.

No horror movie can do any of this justice.

There is another scene, which reminded me of the movie 'Titanic', where one of the White Star Line crew members is calling out for survivors as his crewmates row a lifeboat through a debris field of frozen corpses.

There's a scene when the IDF finally arrives at what’s left of the Nova Music Festival, and they come across a large concession stand. The viewer can see the beer kegs and the Coca-Cola logo on fridges like you would see at any festival but the floor is littered with bodies, people who were likely hiding in the concession stand, hoping nobody would see them.

The entire floor is covered. Soldiers call out “Tain li siman l’chayim (give me a sign of life)” over and over again but no one responds.

You see the aftermath of some of the beheadings. You see the aftermath of some of the rapes.

This is the most graphic thing I've ever seen in my entire life and there are people out there who are saying it never happened, who are saying “No, it's all a lie,” or falsely accusing the Israeli army of committing the atrocities or the debunked conspiracy that Israeli helicopters did it.

The people who would say such things don't want to let in a different narrative that might conflict with whatever they want to believe, what they have convinced themselves of to excuse these barbarians, these savages from their actions.

We cannot share a planet with them. They must be eradicated from the earth and sent to the dustbin of history. No ceasefire, no stopping, until Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and all other terrorist groups are wiped off the face of the earth.

The people who are marching in the streets and on our college campuses supporting these monsters are either so ignorant that they don't know what they're doing, or they know damn well what they're doing, supporting the worst humanity has seen in generations. Either way, by doing so, they are emboldening and enabling all of this.

I saw a clip last night of Sen Marco Rubio (R-FL) walking through the halls of Congress when he is confronted by one of these Code Pink activists demanding a ceasefire.

Rubio had the opportunity to view the footage earlier this month. He told the activist, “Are you filming it? I want you guys to get this.”

He said that he wanted Israel “…to destroy every element of Hamas they can get their hands on. These people are vicious animals who did horrifying crimes and I hope you guys post that because that's my position. Hamas should stop hiding behind civilians, putting civilians in the way. Hamas knew that this was going to lead to this. Hamas should stop building their military installations underneath hospitals, underneath civilians.”

When the activist claims Rubio doesn’t care about the civilian casualties in Gaza, Rubio responded, “Absolutely I do. I care, I think it's horrifying. I think it's terrible. And I think Hamas is 100 percent to blame,” adding, “Make sure you post that please.”

After the screening this morning, the people in the room were acting like they were leaving a funeral. Nobody knew what to say, nobody knew how to act, nobody knew what to do.

I helped organize the screening and I know which ones told me they couldn’t handle it and I don't bear them any ill will. I even told some of them not to go. I didn’t want to go, but I remembered the Holocaust survivors who told me as a child to tell their story when they were gone. Here I was being asked to do the same again.

I also know which ones were invited and should have been there and weren’t. I know which outlets, for whatever reason, didn't want their reporters to see it.

Most of our local mainstream media, some of our “most trusted names in news,” were too cowardly to even respond to the invite. Many of them ghosted the organizers.

I’ve had people say to me “In the 1940s, I would have hid you in my attic…I would have saved you.”

Whatever you are doing now is what you would have been doing in the 1930s and 40s. If you are defending life, you would have been doing so in the 1930s and 40s.

And the people out in the streets rallying for Hamas would have been the ones rounding up Jews. The few Jews who are joining Hamas supporters in the streets would have been the ones turning in their friends, turning in their people who go to synagogue with them.

Whatever you are doing now is what you would have been doing in the 1930s and 40s.]]>
<![CDATA[BREAKING: Argentina will NOT be joining BRICS under new Milei administration]]> ABC News reports.

Fernandez had celebrated the invitation extended by the bloc, comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, at the time. Six other countries, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Ethiopia, were invited as well out of over 20 other countries that had applied to join the pact.

The US has been paying close attention to BRICS since their 2024 Summit took place back in August, with many believing a their goal is to replace the dollar as the global currency.

Mondino simply wrote on X: "We will not join the BRICS"

She will serve as newly elected Javier Milei's foreign minister once he is sworn in on December 10.

In a conversation with Benzinga, the future minister said, "The invitation to the BRICs has not yet been accepted. The BRICS are still not a commercial bloc; for now, it is more akin to a political alignment, and in Argentina, we hope to achieve multilateralism, and not align ourselves with one group of countries or another."

The outgoing Argentinian government had worked towards creating closer ties with China, Russia and Iran, shifting the country away from its neutrality in international conflict. Under Milei's new government, many Argentinians are hopeful the country will return to this sense of security and independence.

Mondino had previously criticized BRICS, stating it “is more related to a political alignment than to advantages that could exist for trade between countries,” she said in an interview two weeks ago. “We already have diplomatic and trade relations with most of them.”
<![CDATA[CRAIG RUCKER: UN reshuffling old climate alarmist song-and-dance at #COP28]]>
Having attended some 25 of these COP meetings, I expect few surprises.  But that doesn’t mean there won’t be some oddities. Among them is that the United Arab Emirates has been chosen to host the COP-28 confab. That sounds like a joke, but it’s not.

As everyone knows, the climate cabal is all about limiting fossil fuels. The UAE, on the other hand, is all about producing and using them. A lot of them.

In fact, last year the UAE employed fossil fuels: 607.25 terawatt-hours of oil and 698.48 TWh of gas, to meet over 95 percent of its electricity consumption. Solar and wind, by contrast, supplied a minuscule fraction of that, less than 20 TWh (barely 1 percent).

Making matters worse for climate worrywarts, the UAE is also planning to surge its development of fossil fuels.  According to the UK Guardian,  ADNOC (the UAE’s national oil company) “announced a $150bn investment over five years to enable an ‘accelerated growth strategy’ for oil and gas production.” 

One might think ADNOC’s president, Sultan Al Jaber, would be run out of town by the climate faithful for making such a proclamation. But they’re doing nothing. In fact, he's set to preside over COP-28.

The big news at this year’s conference will likely center on its attendees. King Charles III, who famously predicted in 2019 that the world only had 18 months to save our planet from climate change, is set to give the opening address. He will be joined by Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and potentially Pope Francis. Notably missing are the leaders of the two biggest carbon-emitting nations, China and United States. 

Both President Biden and President Xi will stay home, but they did meet right beforehand to discuss climate change during their November powwow in San Francisco. Both pledged to “work together ... to rise up to one of the greatest challenges of our time." What this actually means is unclear. 

Some experts believe all that was achieved during their San Francisco rendezvous was that the U.S. pledged to gut its fossil-fuel infrastructure and replace it with unreliable solar and wind. China only agreed to sell us the equipment to make that happen.

This is the hard, rarely mentioned reality, since China already controls 40% of the polysilicon used to make solar panels, 70% of the lithium-ion battery cell production, and 80% of the globe’s rare earth elements.

What it clearly doesn’t mean is that China is planning to limit its fossil fuel use anytime soon.  In 2022, for example, China built or issued permits for the construction of brand new coal plants at the rate of two per week, quadrupling the number of new coal power approvals. Overall, it is constructing six times more coal plants than the rest of the world combined.  That Xi is losing sleep over climate change or carbon emissions seems a stretch.

Other things to look for at COP-28 are the “Global Stocktake” and financing a new “Loss and Damage” fund.

The Global Stocktake is a review of how nations are meeting their climate commitment goals.  According to the Paris Climate Accord, each country is supposed to do what it can to keep the world from reaching a 2-degree Celsius warming (or 1.5-degree C if they want extra credit).

Although this is scientific nonsense, the Global Stocktake can be seen as a sort of “report card” on how countries are faring. Expect the USA and Europe to be sent to the principal’s office for bad behavior, while China and India receive kudos for simply pledging to do better in the distant future.

The Loss and Damage fund is supposed to compensate poorer countries for any climate hardships (droughts, floods, hurricanes, refugees, et cetera) they believe are imposed on them by richer nations that have used fossil fuels for a century or more. 

Among the countries vociferously championing this idea is the island of Tuvalu, which claims it is sinking into the ocean like Atlantis from rising sea levels.  In reality, the University of Auckland found that Tuvalu actually grew in land mass by 2.9 percent over the past 40 years.  While this might calm their fears, don’t expect it to stymie Tuvalu’s efforts to get money out of wealthier countries anyway.

So there you have it. The world is set to endure another fancy UN shindig about climate change. Be prepared for the lectures, dire warnings and proclamations. Annoying, yes. But don’t let the charade ruin your holiday season.]]>