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Attorney General Ashley Moody encouraged Floridians this Cyber Monday to beware of online scammers throughout the holiday season.

Moody provided several tips to help Floridians protect themselves from identity theft and other cybercrimes. The tips come as more than 60% of Americans plan to purchase a holiday item online, according to the National Retail Federation.

“Online sales have soared this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consumers will continue to utilize the convenience of online shopping for Cyber Monday and the remainder of the holiday shopping season,” Moody said in a news release. “However, with that convenience comes risks. Taking steps to protect yourself online this holiday season will help you avoid scams, and it will help us build a stronger, safer Florida.”

Moody urged Floridians to limit their shopping to reputable, well-known websites. She asked Floridians to consider using a credit card instead of a debit card.

“Credit cards usually offer better protection and provide more opportunity to challenge purchases before you pay your credit card bill,” the news release said.

Moody also warned against deals that seem “too good to be true.” She stressed that ads, coupons and solicitations from unknown senders can be risky, and compromise a shopper’s financial and personal information.

Earlier this month, Moody published Scams at a Glance: ‘Tis the Season, an online brochure promoting consumer protection tips for the holidays.

Prior to that, she released the 2020 Holiday Consumer Protection Guide. The guide contains additional online shopping tips as well as advisories on charity-related scams and item recalls.

According to the National Retail Federation, consumer spending is forecasted to decrease this year by $8 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In all, consumers are estimated to spend roughly $997 on gifts and other holiday items such as decorations and food.

Shopping deals and steering clear of crowds ranked as the top two consumer priorities during the holiday season, the NRF said.

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Andrew Gillum shined a signature grin at a May press event last year as he stood alongside Democratic leaders. The former Democratic gubernatorial candidate handed a $100,000 game-show-style check to Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo. The logo for Forward Florida Action, a nonprofit formed just a month priorwith the stated mission of educating the public and increasing voter registration and participation.”

The event seemed to make good on a highly-publicized promise to ramp up Democratic engagement ahead of the 2020 presidential election. “This is simply a downpayment,” Gillum said, as reported by the Tampa Bay Times. “We’ve got a lot more coming your way.”

Except the check wasn’t a payment at all. New disclosures filed with the IRS by Forward Florida Action don’t include the $100,000 grant to the state party.

A look at campaign finance reports for the party shows the party never received any donation from Forward Florida Action.

Regardless, there never was any $100,000 check written by Forward Florida Action to the state party, something leadership for the organization acknowledged to Florida Politics.

“No campaigns or parties received direct grants from Forward Florida Action,” said Ryan Hurst, executive director of the nonprofit. “Mr. Gillum directly raised the $100,000 commitment to the Florida Democratic Party.”

The name Forward Florida Action only appeared on the cardboard check, not anything that could be deposited at the bank.

“All of Mr. Gillum’s efforts to grant or raise was done by him under the name of his organization, so the FFA name was used when presenting the check,” Hurst said. “Other direct donations to the party were made from Forward Florida PAC.”

Months after the press conference at USF, the Gillum-connected but separate Forward Florida political committee donated $5,000 to the state party in October 2019 and $150,000 in December 2019, according to Florida Democratic Party campaign finance reports.

Juan Penalosa, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, said it was the Florida Forward  Action team that set up the appearance the organization was supporting the party.

“Andrew committed $100K and to fulfill that commitment, FF raised the money into the party,” Penalosa said via text. “They did not write a check to us. The check was a prop that the Gillum team brought with them to the press conference. It wasn’t an actual check.”

Some of the questions that long dogged Gillum’s organizations stem from the fact there’s both a nonprofit and a state committee, both connected to the former gubernatorial candidate, operating with similar names in the Florida political world.

But a look through the tax forms for Forward Florida Action, which operates far less transparently thanks to its nonprofit status, raised serious questions about how money there has been spent. That’s part of why the most recent 990 tax forms covering 2019 just became publicly available this month.

The financial disclosures from the nonprofit show the organization raised $2,022,674. That money was supposed to go toward “registering and reengaging voters who are often unseen and unheard.”

But a year later, the gap between registered Democrats and Republicans has greatly diminished. Florida Democrats grew ranks from 4.9 million registered for the 2018 midterms to 5.3 million registered for the 2020 presidential election, but Republicans in that time grew Florida registration from 4.7 million in 2018 to 5.2 million this year.

Democrats being outpaced by Republicans in net registrations can’t be pinned entirely on Gillum, Forward Florida Action or the Forward Florida committee. But it’s long caused donors and activists to criticize the organization for a failure to achieve its stated mission. Orlando attorney John Morgan, for example, has slammed Gillum’s organizations as only providing the politician a “slush fund.”

The latest disclosure for Forward Florida Action suggests the nonprofit has put significant resources toward travel expenses, internal staff and outside consultants, which consumed much of the organization’s budget in 2019.

A quarter of the organization’s revenue was unspent at the end of the year. That’s not unreasonable heading into an election year, but the high operation costs raise more questions based on revelations earlier this year regarding Gillum’s personal life. Notably, Hurst said a high-profile incident in Miami earlier this year, when Gillum attended a wedding in Miami but was in a hotel room drunk when police responded to a reported drug overdose for a known male escort, was a personal trip and Forward Florida Action did not pay for any related expenses.

The organization did issue $485,500 worth of grants. Hurst said that went to organizations engaged in registration and reengagement of low-participation voters, as opposed to the state party or individual campaigns.

The grant total ended up at roughly the same amount as the $484,808 reported in salaries for Forward Florida Action personnel. There, too, questions arise over bookkeeping for the organization. The tax form says the organization relies primarily on volunteer assistance, and just three employees.

That included original executive director Rosy Gonzalez Speers, who in 2019 earned a reported $100,286 before benefits. That leaves a lot of money not explicitly accounted for in the 990 form to pay other staff members.

There, Hurst acknowledged an accounting mistake in the form. Rather than having just three employees, Hurst said the nonprofit in 2019 employed eight full-time workers. An amendment to the report will reflect that discrepancy.

“We are only required to report wages for current officers, directors, trustees, key employees or employees making over $100,000 per year,” Hurst said. “Ms. Speers was a key employee as the Executive Director. None of our other employees fell into any of these designations.”

The organization did not list a salary for Gillum, listed as the nonprofit’s chair, and said he worked an average of two hours a week with Forward Florida Action as an institutional trustee.

“Mr. Gillum was a volunteer chair of the organization and did not receive any compensation,” Hurst said. “In regards to travel, Mr. Gillum and members of our team traveled nationally to raise funds, and also in Florida to build support for our core mission.”

The nonprofit also spent $181,838 with outside consultants.

The organization in its 38 weeks of existence in 2019 spent $153,503 on travel expenses. That’s an average of $4,040 per week. It also represents more than a quarter of the $545,817 in total expenses for the organization.

When all was said and done, the results sought by Forward Florida Action in its mission were largely intangible. More voters indeed were registered in Florida at the end of the 2020 cycle than when it began, and Democrats added more voters than the just-over-30,000-vote deficit that cost Gillum the job of Florida Governor to Republican Ron DeSantis.

But while Democratic President-elect Joe Biden flipped five states Republican Donald Trump won in 2016, Trump won Florida by greater than 3% this year as Republicans flipped two U.S. House seats and saw gains in the state Legislature.

That’s caused a significant amount of self-reflection within Florida Democratic circles. And it’s likely to subject Gillum’s political efforts to fresh scrutiny.

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Biotech company Moderna said it will apply with federal regulators Monday for an emergency use permit for its COVID-19 vaccine.

Moderna will become the second company to request authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after Pfizer applied for its vaccine earlier this month.

In announcing its application, Moderna said Monday that further testing during its Phase 3 study, known as the COVE study, has shown that the vaccine is 94.1% effective and it is also safe.

Moderna enrolled more than 30,000 participants in the U.S. to test the vaccine. The study was conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


The vaccine combines Moderna’s messenger RNA delivery platform with the stabilized SARS-CoV-2 spike immunogen developed by NIAID scientists at NIH.

“This positive primary analysis confirms the ability of our vaccine to prevent COVID-19 disease with 94.1% efficacy and importantly, the ability to prevent severe COVID-19 disease," Stéphane Bancel, chief executive officer of Moderna, said in a statement. "We believe that our vaccine will provide a new and powerful tool that may change the course of this pandemic and help prevent severe disease, hospitalizations and death.”

Moderna says it expects to ship roughly 20 million doses of the vaccine around the U.S. by the end of the year. Next year, it expects to distribute roughly 500 million to 1 billion doses worldwide.

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, which is still awaiting FDA approval, started shipping  to the U.S. from Belgium on Friday. Pfizer expects it will receive an emergency use permit by mid-December.

​Dan McCaleb 

The Center Square

Published in General/Features

“Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”

– Abraham Lincoln

When our founders penned the Constitution, they did not mention voting. This was an experiment in self-government that protected both minority and majority rights. They feared inherent voting or rule by the masses would not protect the minority. They believed patriotic citizens like them would forever protect the rule of law in a nation, based on citizen self-government, not on political parties.

Our founders believed mass arbitrary voting would force rule by factions. This belief was supported by the failures of past republics. There is clear evidence if the majority has the power to suppress the minority they can limit or take away rights. Our founders felt it was more important to divide and limit government powers to protect our rights than to limit extracting the rule of law from the voters.

What Americans assume as the right to vote resulted from broad shifts in American beliefs during the early 1800s. When Vermont, Kentucky and Tennessee entered the union, they included voting as a right in their Constitutions. The idea was popular but never a federal law.

"The most important office, and the one which all of us can and should fill, is that of private citizen."

– Louis Brandeis

It was not until after the Civil War in 1870 under the 15th Amendment that all men could vote in all elections. But that didn’t recognize voting as a right; only the right to equal treatment. Women were not granted the right to vote until the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1919. But that didn’t make voting an inherent legal right. Even the 1965 Voting Rights Act did not enshrine voting as a right in the Constitution. It only made it a crime to deny anyone from voting who had been qualified to vote.

Today, voting remains a privilege protected by laws. Still people think it is a right due to a lack of civic education. Schools today teach little about the Constitution or our founding. They focus on obscure historical identity group events, and being politically correct. They teach what they’re told to teach.

“Don’t believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect.”

– Gautam Buddha

Although our founders were some of the wisest Enlightenment thinkers of their time, their greatest collective flaw was believing future Americans would protect and serve the nation they created for them. They were confident by protecting individual rights from the will of the majority, each citizen would have a voice in government. Therefore they left the managing of elections up to each state.

At the 1787 Convention, Virginia’s George Mason refused to sign the Constitution since it did not contain a bill of rights. He argued it was needed to assure the people this was a government they could control and it would not control them. The right to vote was included in his proposal. But his bill of rights was rejected when delegates claimed that outlining specific rights would imply those were the only rights reserved to the people. Mason never signed the Constitution because of this.

When the colonies saw the Constitution, they did not mention a word about “the right to vote” that had been omitted. They were more concerned about their right to protect themselves from the government and ability to rise up against it and take it out if it ever became abuse and tyrannical! They demanded a bill of rights before they would even consider ratifying this skeptical document.

"To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."

– George Mason

In 1788, James Madison, who drafted much of the Constitution, took up the task of drafting a bill of rights. Madison largely drew from the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was written by Mason in 1776. He also drew from amendments suggested by the states’ ratifying conventions.

Madison drafted 19 amendments, none of which was the right to vote. He presented these to the House of Representatives on June 8, 1789, which approved 17 and sent them to the Senate. They approved 12 and sent them to states for ratification. On Dec. 15, 1791, the states approved only the most important 10, without a whimper about “voting” not being considered a basic right.

Ratification historian Pauline Maier wrote, “The Bill of Rights was closely scrutinized by Congress to insure every concern of the colonies was included.” And the colonies’ two most salient concerns were free speech and the right to bear arms. These are the first two amendments. The colonies felt if they had the right to free speech and to bear arms they could protect every other right they had.

"Due to a man’s lust for power, I fear given too much power, can be oppressive."

– George Mason

Our founders said our rights were bestowed by the Creator, and were “human rights.” They felt the right to citizenship was not a human right and that right must be balanced with responsibility. And since voting was only for citizens in good standing, it was not a Constitutional right but a privilege.

Furthermore, the colonies felt if they had the right to free speech, that meant it was a right to vote.

The U.S. Supreme Court and Constitutional scholars agree voting is a privilege. They also agree the right to free speech is a “human right,” inherent to the Constitution and to every citizen in this nation. Although the right to vote is not a Constitutional right, the accurate counting of these votes is a protected right since “voting is an expression of free speech” protected under the Bill of Rights. Guaranteed rights cannot be denied to anyone. Privileges must be earned to be used in a society.

Throughout our history suppression of free speech has diminished our liberty. We’ve allowed it so long, politicians, teachers and media violate it freely. Within the last decade, assaults against our First Amendment rights have been abusive; especially last election. Free speech was violated on every ballot not properly recorded. Since voting is an expression of free speech, every ballot must legally be counted under First Amendment guarantees.

“Every vote counts. Just ask me, I know.”

– Al Gore

Adolf Hitler said, “Ignorant masses are easily controlled.” Common Core has dumbed down pupils. They no longer know their rights or how to protect them. They are told being fair is more important than following the law. Teachers explain how capitalism is unfair since only some people win while others lose. They teach that socialism is fair and makes everyone equal. And this continues in the universities. Do students feel it is now OK to make elections more fair by making them less legal?

Dr. Martin Luther King told us, “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” We took a huge step backwards this election when we made a wrong far left turn. This unveiled our total lack of Constitutional knowledge. The next four years will be the most pivotal in our history. Will we give into socialism? Surrender decades of lost income and liberty to socialist lies? Or will we return to growth, prosperity and the protection of our rights that we are entitled to as patriots? Is our ignorance bliss or will we recall Ben Franklin said he gave us a republic if we can keep it?

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”

– Ben Franklin

William Haupt III 

The Center Square

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The Walt Disney Co. is planning to layoff about 4,000 more employees than it initially reported to the federal government because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In total, the company expects to layoff 32,000 employees in the upcoming months, according to its U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) report filed Wednesday. The entertainment company, which employs 203,000 people worldwide, includes media networks, studio entertainment, parks, other experiences.

In the filing, Disney revealed its plans to terminate the additional employees, mostly in parks, experiences and products.


"Due to the current climate, including COVID-19 impacts, and changing environment in which we are operating, the company has generated efficiencies in its staffing, including limiting hiring to critical business roles, furloughs and reductions-in-force," Disney said in the filing.

About 155,000 employees work in Disney's parks, resorts and retail stores worldwide, according to the report. The company had announced in September that it would layoff 28,000 workers, mostly from the business sector. The job cuts will take place through the first half of fiscal year 2021.


Disney furlough more than 120,000 employees during the initial months of the pandemic, continuing to provide medical benefits. Disney Cruise Line sailings have remained suspended since March 14. The company also closed resorts and parks in the U.S. in March and reopened them in July. Some employees were able to return to work as government regulations were lifted but with limited operations.

The company has incurred about $1 billion in additional costs from COVID-19 safety requirements and modifications, according to the report.

"With the unknown duration of COVID-19 and yet to be determined timing of the phased reopening of certain businesses, it is not possible to precisely estimate the impact of COVID-19 on our operations in future quarters," Disney said in the filing. "The reopening or closure of our businesses is dependent on applicable government requirements, which vary by location, are subject to ongoing changes, which could result from increasing COVID-19 cases."

Without the savings from furloughed employees, Disney said it would be unable to balance the additional costs for maintaining operations at parks, products, and experiences during the pandemic. The company said it might raise additional financing, reduce spending, and implement more furloughs or layoffs in the future.

"Some of these measures may have an adverse impact on our businesses," Disney said.


Nyamekye Daniel

The Center Square

Published in Business

In findings recently published in the journal Science Advances, these boisterous, red-beaked songbirds, known as zebra finches, have been shown to pick one another out of a crowd (or flock) based on a particular peer's distinct song or contact call.

Like humans who can instantly tell which friend or relative is calling by the timbre of the person's voice, zebra finches have a near-human capacity for language mapping. Moreover, they can remember each other's unique vocalizations for months and perhaps longer, the findings suggest.

"The amazing auditory memory of zebra finches shows that birds' brains are highly adapted for sophisticated social communication," said study lead author Frederic Theunissen, a UC Berkeley professor of psychology, integrative biology and neuroscience.

Theunissen and fellow researchers sought to gauge the scope and magnitude of zebra finches' ability to identify their feathered peers based purely on their unique sounds. As a result, they found that the birds, which mate for life, performed even better than anticipated.

"For animals, the ability to recognize the source and meaning of a cohort member's call requires complex mapping skills, and this is something zebra finches have clearly mastered," Theunissen said.

A pioneer in the study of bird and human auditory communication for at least two decades, Theunissen acquired a fascination and admiration for the communication skills of zebra finches through his collaboration with UC Berkeley postdoctoral fellow Julie Elie, a neuroethologist who has studied zebra finches in the forests of their native Australia. Their teamwork yielded groundbreaking findings about the communication skills of zebra finches.

Zebra finches usually travel around in colonies of 50 to 100 birds, flying apart and then coming back together. Their songs are typically mating calls, while their distance or contact calls are used to identify where they are, or to locate one another.

"They have what we call a 'fusion fission' society, where they split up and then come back together," Theunissen said. "They don't want to separate from the flock, and so, if one of them gets lost, they might call out 'Hey, Ted, we're right here.' Or, if one of them is sitting in a nest while the other is foraging, one might call out to ask if it's safe to return to the nest."

These days, Theunissen keeps a few dozen zebra finches in aviaries on and around campus, 20 of which were used in this latest experiment.

In a two-part experiment, 20 captive zebra finches were trained to distinguish between different birds and their vocalizations. At first, half the birds were tested on memorizing songs, while the other half were assessed on distance or contact calls. They then switched those tasks.

Next, the zebra finches were placed, one at a time, inside a chamber and listened to sounds as part of a reward system. The goal was to train them to respond to particular zebra finches by hearing several different renditions of those birds' distinct vocalizations and memorizing them.

By pecking a key inside the chamber, the bird subjects triggered an audio recording of a zebra finch vocalization. If they waited until the six-second recording ended, and it was part of the reward group, they received birdseed. If they pecked before the recording was finished, they moved to the next recording. Over several trials, they learned which vocalizations would yield birdseed, and which ones to skip.

Next, the zebra finches were introduced to more audio recordings from new zebra finches, to teach them to distinguish which vocalizations belonged to which bird. They soon learned to differentiate between 16 different zebra finches.

In fact, the zebra finches, both male and female, performed so well in the tests that four of them were given the more challenging task of distinguishing between 56 different zebra finches.

On average, they succeeded in recognizing 42 different zebra finches, based on their signature sounds. Plus, they were still able to identify the birds based on their unique sounds a month later.

"I am really impressed by the spectacular memory abilities that zebra finches possess in order to interpret communication calls," Theunissen said. "Previous research shows that songbirds are capable of using simple syntax to generate complex meanings and that, in many bird species, a song is learned by imitation. It is now clear that the songbird brain is wired for vocal communication."

University of California Berkeley

Published in Environment

Donald Trump's claim that the 2020 election remains undecided, Joe Biden has begun to name his national security team.

Right now, it looks Democratic establishment all the way.

Antony Blinken, a longtime foreign policy aide, is Biden's choice for secretary of state. Jake Sullivan, one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides, is said to be his choice for national security adviser.

Biden's urgency in naming his foreign policy team is understandable.

For if his election is confirmed by the Electoral College, then he will find himself on Jan. 20 with a lineup of foreign policy crises.

First is Afghanistan. While a Beltway battle has erupted over the wisdom of Trump's decision to cut in half, to 2,500, the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by Jan. 15, no one denies the risk this entails for the besieged pro-American government in Kabul.

Ex-Ambassador to Afghanistan and Pakistan Ryan Crocker summed it up Friday before the House Armed Services Committee: "The worst thing we can do is what we are doing. ... Basically telling the Taliban, 'You win. We lose. Let's dress this up as best we can.'"

America "is waving the white flag" of surrender, said Crocker.

Saturday, a barrage of rockets slammed into the Green Zone of Kabul where many embassies are located, killing eight and wounding two dozen. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.

As President Biden is not going to send fresh regiments of U.S. troops back to Afghanistan, he could, in his first year, face a collapse of the Kabul regime and a triumph of the Taliban, whom we expelled from power 19 years ago for hosting the al-Qaida terrorists who perpetrated 9/11.

Biden could, in his first days in office, preside over the first U.S. defeat in a major war since Vietnam.

A second situation confronting the new president is China. For the China of 2021 is not the China with which Barack Obama and Biden had to deal. The China of today revels in its Communist ideology.

It openly crushes democratic dissent in Hong Kong and defends "reeducation camps" for Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang, uses air and naval forces and missile threats to assert and to defend its claims to the Paracel and Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, to Taiwan, and to the Senkaku Islands that Japan controls and claims.

U.S. planes and ships flying close to Chinese territorial claims are intercepted and treated as hostile.

This is not a China that is going to back down before American power. If the U.S. imposes sanctions on Beijing, then Beijing will reciprocate with sanctions on the U.S. And if the U.S. decides to use force, the U.S. should not be surprised if China reciprocates in kind.

President Biden, it is said, will find a way to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal from which Trump rudely exited.

And how will this sit with Israel?

Sunday, at a memorial service for Founding Father David Ben-Gurion, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu sent a message, clearly for Biden: "We must stick to an uncompromising policy to ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons. There must be no return to the previous nuclear agreement."

How will Biden deal with the now-regular Israeli attacks on Iran and Iranian-backed militias in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon? What would Biden do if Iran responded with attacks on Israel?

This is not an academic question. Sunday, the Israelis launched new attacks on Iranian-backed militia in Syria, and Trump has said that if an Iranian hand is found behind an attack that kills an American, then the U.S. will retaliate against Iran.

While his foreign policy advisers argued successfully against a Trump proposal for a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear enrichment plant at Natanz, Israeli strikes on Iranian-backed militia in Syria could produce retaliation, and a sudden larger and wider war.

Worst-case scenario: Iran responds to an Israeli attack; Americans are killed; Trump retaliates; and Biden inherits a war with Iran he must fight or seek to end.

Then, there are the human rights backsliders that are U.S. partners and allies -- Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia. How does Biden deal with the party's progressives who demand he sanction such partner-nations -- without risking the loss of these countries' cooperation on our policy agenda?

And the question with regard to Afghanistan is also true of Syria and Iraq. How do we extract our military from these endless conflicts without losing any leverage we have, and with it losing our influence over the composition and character of the regime and its direction?

"America First" has an answer to these questions: If there are no vital U.S. interests imperiled, keep U.S. troops out. And ashcan the utopian nonsense of trying to plant democracy in the sandy soil of a Middle East that has shown itself unreceptive to that particular crop.

The interventionalists got us into the sandbox. Let's see if they can get us out.

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Patrick J. Buchanan

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Monday, 30 November 2020 09:50

Georgia's Rev. Warnock: Rev. Wright Acolyte



Secular liberals have a serious problem with any commingling of church and state ... at least when the church in question opposes their most precious and permissive causes, like the right to abort unborn babies, the right to subsidized contraceptives, and the right to invent your own genders and pronouns.

But when a church gives off a whiff of "progressive" ideology or theology, well, that's a different matter entirely. Religion then becomes a qualification, not a disqualification.

This was encapsulated in a tweet by Sam Stein of the Daily Beast: "Why are Raphael Warnock's faith and sermons fair game for attack but Amy Coney Barrett's religious views not?" The Rev. Raphael Warnock, now a Democratic candidate in the U.S. Senate runoff election in Georgia, is hailed by the secular media as an inheritor of not only Martin Luther King Jr.'s "iconic" Baptist church but also his leftist causes.

This is a curious stance for Stein, since he wrote an alarm-bells article last month in which he claimed Barrett had allowed her signature to appear on a local ad protesting the "barbaric legacy" of Roe v. Wade. Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review found that this claim was inaccurate, that Barrett only signed a statement supporting an end to "abortion on demand."

Stein surely feels other adjectives should be used for legal abortions, like "therapeutic," and "empowering" and, for serious Orwellians, "life-saving." But with an election looming, Senate Democrats felt pressure to avoid their innate desires to perpetuate the florid press angle that the traditionally Catholic Barrett is some kooky "handmaid" in a creepy religious group.

Now that Georgia has only the Senate races left for the media to cover, our "objective" media firmly placed any criticism of Warnock in the "Republicans Pounce" category. On Nov. 1, before the fall campaign ended, New York Times reporter Richard Fausset calmly acknowledged the radical so-called social gospel of Warnock.

Warnock's mentor was Rev. Dr. James H. Cone, the Marxist father of black liberation theology. And he publicly defended another Cone - head, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., who says "God damn America" in his sermons and who preached after 9/11 that "America's chickens are coming home to roost."

On Fox News in March 2008, Warnock proclaimed, "We celebrate Rev. Wright in the same way that we celebrate the truth-telling tradition of the black church." A lot of media said silly things like that about Wright's hateful "truth telling."

Republicans also "pounced" on Warnock's hot take on President Donald Trump in 2016: "America needs to repent for its worship of whiteness!" And they pounced on Warnock's 2011 sermon in which he said that "nobody can serve God and the military." If that's about violence, he hasn't claimed nobody can serve God and Planned Parenthood.

But ABC, CBS and NBC have shown no interest in these extreme sermons. The majority of the Senate hangs in the balance, and Martin Luther King's supposed heir is granted the customary partisan protections.

These journalists hate it when white Baptists or Catholics allegedly try the patience of God by supporting Donald Trump, but black churches ripping on the "worship of whiteness" and how America deserved 9/11 somehow never strains the bonds of Christian charity. This only underlines that most reporters are not religious people and just see religion as something employed to manipulate voters. Religion is considered virtuous if it manipulates voters toward the "right side of history."

Tim Graham

Published in Politics

Six locations, including four Air Force installations, have made the first round of cuts for those being considered for the new headquarters of U.S. Space Command, the Air Force announced.

They include Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, Offutt AFB in Nebraska, Patrick AFB in Florida, and Peterson AFB in Colorado, and Redstone Army Airfield in Alabama and Port San Antonio in Texas. Port San Antonio was home to the former Kelly Air Force Base and currently hosts Air National Guard and reserve operations.

“Self-nominated communities from across twenty-four states were evaluated as potential locations for hosting the headquarters,” the Air Force said in a news release.

“The Department of the Air Force evaluated each location and will now conduct both virtual and on-site visits at each candidate location to assess which location is best suited to host the U.S.

Space Command Headquarters,” the Air Force statement says. “This assessment will be based on factors related to mission, infrastructure capacity, community support, and costs to the Department of Defense.”

But getting to the six finalists wasn’t easy, Defense News reports. “At times, the competition among cities has been politically contentious.”

When a memo listing potential locations was leaked to the media in 2019, which included four bases in Colorado, Florida lawmakers lobbied Air Force officials to reconsider and include Florida on the list.

U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, a Republican who sits on the House Armed Services and Science, Space and Technology committees told The Associated Press that the initial list “was very opaque, it was not well defined, and kind of out of the blue – Florida was completely excluded.”

By March of this year, Space Force Vice Commander Lt. Gen. David Thompson told the House Armed Services Committee that a search for a new location was starting over and new criteria was announced.

The final six locations being considered include only one location in Colorado, the current headquarters for Space Command, and one location in Florida, reflecting successful lobbying by the Florida delegation.

The six potential locations are more geographically representative, located in the south and west: Albuquerque, New Mexico; Cape Canaveral, Florida; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Huntsville, Alabama; and San Antonio, Texas.

In June, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Air Force John Henderson thanking him for considering Texas as one of the locations.

Upon hearing the announcement on Thursday, Abbott said the Air Force would find no better location than Port San Antonio.

"Not only does the state of Texas have the resources, universities, and human capital necessary to support the Space Command, but we are also enriched by our long-standing and celebrated tradition of military service and innovation in Texas," Abbott said.

Waltz argues Florida is the best choice.

“Space is in our DNA,” he said. “It has been for the last five decades. It’s all right here.”

NASA, SpaceX and universities that focus on engineering are based in both Florida and Texas, and both have strong military presences, making them competitive.

But the Colorado delegation argues that Peterson Air Force Base, the current Space Command headquarters, should be its permanent home. Colorado’s congressional delegation and state leaders have lobbied the Trump administration to keep the headquarters in the state.

“U.S. Space Command should stay here where it has already found a home among our strong military community, thriving aerospace industry, and world-class academic and research institutions,” Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement.

Since 1982, Peterson Air Force Base has been home to the Air Force Space Command.

The U.S. Space Command was reactivated Aug. 29, 2019, as a unified combatant command to potentially fight wars in space. It was created as part of a $738 billion defense spending bill and is the first military branch to be added to the U.S. Armed Services since the Air Force was created in 1947.

Bethany Blankley
The Center Square

Published in Technology

For those of you who did vote for Biden and Harris…If They Win.... you really screwed up! Have you noticed gas prices have already gone up from $1.85 to $2.35? Do you think it means nothing? When it hits $3.50 a gallon (and it will) remember you had a choice.

Biden, Harris and the rest of the Radical left will attack and severely damage your Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the Right against Unlawful Search and Seizure, Equal Rights…and it will cost you dearly.

It’s kind of like the Cap and Trade BS Obama and his radical team tried to pass…but failed. You see, Cap and Trade was this…we are putting too much Carbon Dioxide into the air (coal fired power plants) however…if you pay to put (pollute) carbon into the air, we will allow it. How does paying to pollute help the atmosphere? It doesn’t but it puts money into the Ruling Class’s hands to spend to buy votes by giving, for example, illegal aliens welfare.

Understand this ,these scoundrels like Obama, Biden, Harris, do not care one bit about “Climate Change” ,coal fired plants, fossil fuels…what they care about is to scare dumb asses ,like you, who don’t understand the truth… about their money making schemes!

For one thing, there certainly is “climate change”, for example, but do you really believe we, “man”, can change that? How naive can you possibly be?

Nobody knows what’s causing “climate change” but every planet in our galaxy is undergoing “climate change”, some is catastrophic and planets disintegrate…but nobody knows why!

The Paris Accord is all about “carbon” …what you don’t know is this: trees and plants thrive on carbon and need 2,000 Parts Per Million (PPM) to thrive and will die with only 200 PPM…and so will you! We bounce around 400 PPM …and that is not enough! We need to increase carbon because …another interesting but unexplained fact is this …”Mother Nature” takes the “excess carbon” from the air and deposits it, in the oceans, every day of the year. Nobody knows how or why! So, bottom line is this…scientist’s do not “all” believe carbon is causing global warming…the fact is… they DON’T even know if there is global warming. That makes more sense than you think.

The thermometer wasn’t invented until 1750, there was no way to get to all parts of the world until the 1970’s and nobody cared what the temperature was across the street let alone in outer Mongolia or the Amazon .So let’s say people have been monitoring “global” temps for the past 40 years. How’s that compare to 4.5 billion years of unknown temperatures…genius? So the Earth warmed in the last 40 years…who cares? Really?

As Patrick Moore, Green Peace Founding Father has said, if your green house plants are dying, back up the family Buick and run the exhaust into the green house and you plants will thrive!
Climate Change is a fact and has been a part of planet Earth since it was created about 4.5 billion years ago from a ball of molten lava. The center of planet Earth continues to cool and shows that fact by sending lava to the surface to remind us, she’s not done cooling. So how can planet Earth heat up, if she’s still cooling?

If we joined the Paris accord we would have to agree to reduce carbon emissions…well consider this…China has 5,000 coal fired electric power plants and is building 1000 more. Russia has 2500 and is building 500 more.

How many coal fired power plants do we have? Answer…15!
Obama, by cutting coal plants, reduced our power grid ‘s ability to provide power from 125% to our current 85%. If we used all our Air Conditioners when Obama came into office and we used 100% of the power grid…we had an extra 25% electric grid power in reserve.

When Obama left office 8 years later, our Grid was at 85%, which means brown outs and not enough power to run everything at one time. With what, did Obama replace the 40% power he cut by closing coal plants…nothing!

If Obama was an empty suit, Biden is an invisible suit. He has no idea what the hell he’s doing or who to believe…he is surrounding himself with people who believe the world will end in 10 years (OAC) if we don’t “eliminate” CO2, that Climate change is the biggest threat to the US (Harris and Biden).

They believe charging legal AR15 owners $200 per gun will stop gun violence! Or do they? Even though 12 % of the US citizens commit 80% of the violent crimes, and 90% of all gun involved deaths to black people are committed by black people.

Why are prisons full of minorities…because they commit the crimes! It’s pretty simple arithmetic. It has nothing to do with police brutality, racism, or any other BS you hear…just look at the numbers…the facts…the numbers are not racist. Those who ignore them …are!

You are about to destroy the best good things this country has seen in 100 years (energy independent, no ISIS, no war, manufacturing jobs coming back, technology booming, economy booming, and much more)…all from a non- politician, businessman in 3 years and… he brought a Vaccine to fruition in 8 months to kill a virus, caused by the guy you just elected, Joe Biden’s best friends (China)…that’s what Donald Trump did.

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J.Gary DiLaura FBI RED

Retired Extremely Dangerous

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