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MARCH 7-8,  2023

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE

A NEW CANDY BAR IS BORN:  Something for our side.  From American Action News.
Jeremy Boreing, co-CEO of the Daily Wire, has launched a new business line, “Jeremy’s Chocolate,” which has already sold 300,000 units within 48 hours of its release. The chocolate bars come in two varieties, “HeHim” and “SheHer,” and are available on ihatehersheys.com. The move was prompted by Hershey’s International Women’s Day campaign, which featured a man who identifies as a woman as one of its spokespersons.  Boreing stated that The Daily Wire would not compromise on the definition of womanhood, which led to the creation of the non-woke chocolate bars. Boreing tweeted, “Fine, I’ll do it,” and introduced the chocolate bars as an alternative to Hershey’s. He also emphasized that The Daily Wire will continue to build alternatives as long as corporations and institutions continue to alienate half the country.  Many Twitter users were impressed by the speed of the launch, with some speculating that Boreing may have had prior knowledge of Hershey’s campaign. However, Boreing confirmed that he worked through the night to get the product off the ground and did not have prior knowledge of Hershey’s campaign.  Terrific idea.  Best candy bar since Milky Way dark chocolate.  Sweets for sweet conservatives.

March 8, 2023       Permalink

 

CHINA IN OUR HIGH SCHOOLS.  No, you can't make this up.  From Fox:

According to a bombshell report, one of the nation's most prestigious STEM schools has taken over $1 million in funding from Communist Chinese-affiliated organizations.

An investigation conducted by parents’ rights organization Parents Defending Education uncovered that Thomas Jefferson High School in Fairfax County, Virginia has received "over $1,000,000 worth of donations from Chinese interests since 2014."

The STEM-focused public school, which is consistently ranked as one of the top high schools in the nation, has taken money from three Chinese-affiliated groups over the last decade: Shirble HK, Tsinghua University (Beijing) and the Ameson Foundation through its "Thomas Jefferson Partnership Fund" (TJPF).

Parents Defending Education obtained the TJPF’s campaign donor list recently, which showed "all gifts and pledges to the Campaign for TJ as of June 30, 2015 and donations to other funding priorities since the Campaign’s launch in 2013."

As the report noted, the "Campaign for TJ" was "established to raise money for the TJ renovation project. TJPF is a 501c3, ‘charitable organization that raises funds to meet TJ’s unique needs as a premier public science and technology high school.’"

The list revealed that the three Chinese-linked groups each donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the campaign. Parents Defending Education detailed the ties each organization had to the Chinese interests.

PDE stated, "The Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation (Ameson) is a ‘non-profit, non-governmental organization headquartered in DC that is dedicated to promoting cultural exchange and educational cooperation between China and the rest of the world.’"

The report quoted Ameson representatives, who claimed that the high school "committed to assist Ameson as it embarks on launching its first STEM high school in China." As the document revealed, Ameson donated over $250,000 to TJ’s campaign.

COMMENT:  Even our high schools seem to be for sale.  I'd love to know how Communist China is portrayed in Thomas Jefferson's courses.  Do I really have to ask?

March 8, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

MARCH 5-6,  2023

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I LOVE A VICTORY LIKE THIS:  FROM FOX:  A Los Angeles County jury awarded $1.5 million to a prosecutor as part of a retaliation lawsuit against District Attorney George Gascon, who faces similar complaints in a series of legal actions.   Shawn Randolph sued Gascon, claiming she was transferred from supervising the DA's juvenile division, and effectively demoted, for speaking out against his policies, which have come under heavy scrutiny from his own prosecutors and elected officials. Randolph previously raised concerns that Gascon's criminal justice reforms could be harmful or unethical.   She was eventually transferred to the parole division.  Her main objection stemmed from policies to reduce charges against underage offenders, even those accused of committing violent crimes, to limit strikes against children.  Gascon faces a dozen similar lawsuits from deputy district attorneys who say they were demoted for publicly raising concerns about his directives. "George Gascón said he didn’t need any experience being a prosecutor because the DA is only a manager," John Hatami said of his boss Monday. "Well George, you are a horrible DA and an even worse manager. You have cost the taxpayers millions of dollars with 17 total lawsuits against you."  "You called DDA’s ‘internal terrorists,’ ‘unfit,’ ‘delusional,’ and ‘hyper partisan,’" he added.   Of all the Soros-assisted district attorneys, Gascon is one of the worst.  Yet, the people of Los Angeles are dumb enough to keep him on, and have just elected hard leftist Karen Bass as mayor.  Some populations deserve what they get.

March 6, 2023       Permalink

 

FADEOUT:  A once-beautiful American city goes into a deep decline.  I'm afraid we're seeing this repeated in leftist-run cities throughout the country.  From Daily Mail:

Walmart has announced it is permanently closing all of its locations in Portland months after its CEO warned of a historic rise in theft at its stores.

The locations, located at the Delta Park and Eastport Plaza shopping centers in North and Southeast Portland, will shutter Friday, March 24, the retail colossus revealed in a statement this week. 

Walmart says they are closing the stores - which serve as a haven for low-income shoppers across the city - because they were not meeting financial expectations.

That said, the closures serve as the latest instance of businesses relocating or closing shop altogether amid a pronounced rise in crime and homelessness.

The mass exodus has been carried out by owners fed-up with the Portland's sad state, and officials' subsequent failure to quell both crises.

Once hailed as the 'crown jewel of the West' for its trendy art and food scenes, the city has already seen a Portland Nike store shut down last year due to mass shoplifting, as well as a popular retail store in the city's downtown that was broken into 15 times over the course of just two months.   

Portland's current predicament has persisted since the pandemic, and will now deprive residents of two of the last remaining convenient and cost-effective outlets at a time of surging food costs and economic uncertainty.

In a statement to local outlet KPTV, brass for the big box store cited such uncertainty for the reasoning behind closing down the two last remaining Portland Walmarts. 

'The decision to close these stores was made after a careful review of their overall performance,' a rep told the station this week.  

'We consider many factors,' the spokesperson would then add, pointing to 'current and projected financial performance, location, population, customer needs, and the proximity of other nearby stores' when making the 'difficult' decision.

COMMENT:  We await comment from the socialist masters of Portland, and the state of Oregon.  No doubt they will blame Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis, and Fox News for their plight.  I don't think we should send them any foreign aid money.

March 6, 2023       Permalink


DANGER IN TAIWAN:  The Chinese government is not joking when it comes to its wish to take over free Taiwan.  From Reuters:

Taiwan Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng warned on Monday the island has to be on alert this year for the

Chinese military's "sudden entry" into areas close to its territory amid the rising military tensions across the sensitive Taiwan Strait.

China has stepped up its military activities around Taiwan in recent years, including almost daily Air Force incursions into the island's air defense identification zone.

However, Taiwan has not yet reported any incident of Chinese forces entering its contiguous zone, which is 24 nautical miles (44.4 km) from its coastline.

Answering questions from a lawmaker in parliament, Chiu said the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) might find excuses to enter areas close to Taiwan's territorial air and sea space as the island steps up its military exchanges with the United States, to Beijing's ire.

He said the PLA might make a "sudden entry" into Taiwan's contiguous zone and get close to its territorial space, which the island defines as 12 nautical miles from its coastlines.

"(I) specifically make these comments this year, meaning they are making such preparations," he said. "Looking forward, they would use force if they really have to."

Taiwan has vowed to exercise its right to self-defense and counterattack if Chinese armed forces entered its territory.

China claims self-governed Taiwan as its own and has not renounced the use of force to bring the island under Chinese control, if needed. Taiwan strongly rejects China's sovereignty claims and says only its people can decide their future.

COMMENT:  Taiwan is with us as one of the three major international crises we face – Ukraine, Iran, and Taiwan.  And we have an administration that has no clear strategy for any of them.  But Kamala Harris will no doubt apply her intellect and lead us to victory.  Stop laughing.

March 6, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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