TO MY READERS, I HAVE A REQUEST

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You know how much I respect your skills and talents. Today, I’m asking you to share them with me and your fellow readers.

Please send me your self-reliance tips (no politics, please!)

You all know by now that I am being harried off the internet for sharing conservative viewpoints from leading writers. While I will continue to do this, I am only going to respond to the effects of the damaging progressive policies being implemented in Washington D.C. To rail against the actual policies will exhaust and frustrate us all, as well as ensure that we are kicked off this hosting platform, lose the last of our advertisers and get blocked by the big email providers.

So, I am turning to you! You homemakers, gardeners, hobbyists, hunters, survivalists, car enthusiasts, parents, fisherfolk, experts, military experts, marksmen, inventors, bakers, heritage skill experts, — all of you with cool things to share.

I would like to ask you to send me your recipes, instructions, guides, photos, step-by-step instructions, and videos*. Please email them to me at selfreliancecentral@gmail.com . Remember NO POLITICS. This is my desperate attempt to get us back to our self-reliant roots and swamp the site with preparedness and quality of life improvements. Please know that I am the only person involved at SRC and I can’t pay but I would truly love to share your passions. (Please send only your original material. Copyright and intellectual property lawyers trawl these sites to sue people who use other people’s work.)

*If you make a video, I suggest you post it direct to rumble.com rather than on this site, as you can get paid when people view them. Let me know what you have posted and if I share it with my readers and viewers that means more eyeballs and more money earned for you!

Australian Anchor Goes Where Our MSM Won’t On Biden’s Incoherence

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Sky News host Alan Jones says Joe Biden “has to be taken out of circulation” after a CNN Town Hall filled with blunders, including an “incoherent rambling about men on the moon and aliens”.

Joe Biden ‘has to be taken out of circulation’ after ‘rambling about men on the moon’

Alan Jones

Mr Jones said President Biden remained “unchallenged in his rambling” because “CNN are mouthpieces for Biden”. “This bloke has to be taken out of circulation,” Mr Jones said. “This bloke, Joe Biden, belongs in a home and that home is not the White House.”

Flipping tin for snakes. TONS of Copperheads, Rattlesnakes, and More!

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That’s the feistiest Eastern garter snake on the planet and he’s got the scars to prove it! I have no idea why they do this, but they do raise money for a good cause so go ahead and watch two crazy men in the woods. And no, I have no clue why there’s so much old tin lying around in South Carolina!

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Republicans Sound the Alarm on Democrats’ Move to Strip Hyde Amendment. Pelosi Springs Into Action.

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Subcommittee Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-OK) and Pro-Life Caucus Co-Chair Dr. Andy Harris (R-MD) led a press conference on the Democrats’ plan to strip longstanding, bipartisan protections against taxpayer-funded abortions after they rejected efforts by Committee Republicans to reinstate the Hyde and Weldon Amendments during the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education FY22 full committee markup.
 
Cole and Harris were joined by 11 other Committee Republicans, with Reps. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Ashley Hinson (R-IA), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Hal Rogers (R-KY), and John Rutherford (R-FL) also giving remarks.

Meanwhile Speaker Proclaims Religious Belief and Supports Abortion for Poor

Transcript of video above

Cole: “If you take out the Hyde Amendment, which of course prohibits federal funding of abortion except for very limited cases, if you take out the conscience protection offered by the Weldon Amendment, Republicans will simply not vote for the bill. There’s no negotiation here. There’s no compromise here. And again, it was a Democratic decision to upset what had been a compromise between the two parties that has stood the test of time for 45 years.”

Harris: “We’ve always had bipartisan agreement that although there can be differences of opinion on life issues, on the issue of abortion, there has been a virtual consensus now for decades that on this, the use of public taxpayer funds to pay for abortion, there has been broad agreement that this is not an appropriate use for federal tax dollars…. As a healthcare provider, as a physician, I think that most Americans believe that religious and conscience protection should be included, and the exclusion of a conscience protection, I think, is something that is going to be also a deal-breaker for this bill going forward.”

Fleischmann: “Today, we have seen the Democratic Majority actually impede and stop the entire appropriations process by taking another step in the wrong direction. Plain and simple, repeal of the Hyde and Weldon rules will not fly. They are non-starters; they’re game-enders; and I sincerely hope that the Majority reconsiders this radical position and realizes that the American taxpayer does not want federal funds used to fund abortion.”

Hinson: “[The Hyde Amendment has] saved almost two and a half million lives since it was put in more than 40 years ago – before I was born, and before my mother chose life… So plain and simple, the Hyde Amendment saves lives, and really the conversation today was about respecting taxpayers. It wasn’t about a woman’s choice. It was about whether or not taxpayers should pay for abortions, and overwhelmingly taxpayers don’t believe they should. So what this showed me today was that the conversation in there was completely out of touch with the conversations that are happening at kitchen tables, not only in Iowa but across the country.”

Fortenberry: “This is an age of contradiction. We want tolerance for all peoples. We want inclusivity. We call out and cry out for justice, but we leave one group of persons behind: expectant mothers and their preborn children. You’ve heard this statistic over and over again. This amendment today was about not providing taxpayer money to pay for abortions. 60% of Americans agree with that. Even Americans who do not ascribe to a pro-life perspective like we all do still agree that no taxpayer money should be used for the provision of abortion.”

Rogers: “The short-term results of what we just did in full committee markup is kill this bill. With this provision left out of this bill, it can’t pass the Congress…. Henry Hyde was a great American, a great legislator. I knew him well, and when he spoke on the floor, they lined up at the doors to get in – mainly because of his position. The moral position that he led us in was to protect life.

Rutherford: “I think Democrats have really made a reckless procedural decision here. When you recognize the fact that the 2021 Marist survey showed clearly that three out of four Americans believe these sorts of restrictions like the Hyde Amendment and the Weldon Amendment, that they support that. The Republicans in Appropriations are standing solemnly with the American public, and I think that’s the message that the Democrats have failed to hear today.” 

MODEL OPT-OUT LETTER: Parental Reservation of Rights – Remote Learning Surveillance

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The Rutherford Institute has issued a precautionary “opt out” letter as a means by which families whose children are taking part in remote learning/virtual classes might assert their Fourth Amendment privacy rights and guard against intrusive government surveillance posed by remote learning technologies. The Institute released its model “Parental Reservation of Rights – Remote Learning Surveillance” letter in the wake of a growing number of incidents in which students have been suspended and reported to police by school officials for having toy guns nearby while taking part in virtual schooling.

“Remote learning should not justify the expansion of draconian zero tolerance policies to encompass so-called ‘violations’ that take place in students’ homes and home environments. Nor should remote learning be used as a backdoor means of allowing government officials to conduct warrantless surveillance into students’ homes and home environments,” said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People. “While COVID-19 has undoubtedly introduced significant challenges for the schools, the protocols adopted for navigating these circumstances demand a heightened degree of caution lest government officials heedlessly, needlessly and unlawfully violate key constitutional safeguards established to protect the citizenry against invasive and warrantless intrusion into the home.”

Model “Parental Reservation of Rights – Remote Learning Surveillance” letter to protect against abuse of remote learning technologies

Not an insurrection. Police watched.

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Life on a Border Ranch: Cut Water Lines, Downed Fences, Stolen Property, Dead Bodies

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“You wouldn’t expect to find a dead body on your land.”

BISBEE, Arizona—John Ladd, whose family has ranched at the U.S.-Mexico border for more than 125 years, says illegal immigrants tell him that President Joe Biden invited them to come. 

“The biggest difference with the people coming now is, when Border Patrol catches them, they tell them, they say, ‘We’re going to stay here, no matter what you do to us, because your President Biden wants us,’” Ladd tells The Daily Signal in an interview on his ranch near Bisbee, Arizona. 

Ladd, 66, says he and his family are on constant alert for theft by illegal immigrants who cross the border onto his ranch. 

The ranchers also must make sure that cattle haven’t escaped and wandered onto the highway because illegal immigrants cut fences, Ladd says.

Ladd wears a blue jean shirt and white cowboy hat, and his hands tell the story of a life of hard, constant work on the ranch. His ranching days began when he was practically a baby. 

“I was 2 when my mom had put me in front of her on a horse when we rounded up stuff,” Ladd recalls. 

“I don’t remember rounding up, but I remember I had a little pillow so the saddle horn didn’t get me. But she’d hang onto me and we’d go.”

Once he was old enough, he got a horse of his own. 

“I was 4 or 5 and got a Shetland pony and started riding by myself then,” Ladd recalls. “I was a Roy Rogers fan, so I named him Trigger. I guess I was about 10 and my dad taught me to drive the Jeep when I was 8, so I could put feed out when I was 10.” 

Ladd ranches the same land his parents did, about 16,000 acres that includes 10-and-a-half miles along the border. But times have changed since his parents worked the ranch. His great-grandparents came to the area in 1894. 

Unlawful crossings from Mexico into the United States continue to skyrocket, with 178,622 arrests in April and 180,034 in May, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

The agency released the June numbers Friday, showing 188,829 arrests—the highest yet under Biden. 

In one of two debates with then-President Donald Trump, Biden said that “within 100 days, I’m going to send the United States Congress a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people.” 

Ladd says he has seen a huge influx of illegal immigrants since Biden took office Jan. 20. 

“During Trump’s administration, we didn’t have that,” Ladd says. “It was tolerable. But now all of a sudden it’s back to the way it used to be overnight.”

When Biden ended construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border on Inauguration Day, he says, the flow really picked up.

“Biden signed the executive order,” Ladd says, adding:

Overnight, it started back up again. And now they’re catching at least 50 a day on the ranch. …

That’s what bothers me more than any of this. It’s a deliberate invitation for these people to come into the U.S. And Biden is behind it, and his administration.

When illegal immigrants cross onto his ranch, he says, they often cut water lines and fences, which becomes both a safety issue and financial liability for him. 

“The worst thing on cut fences is at the highway,” Ladd says. “And you get a cow on the highway, and black cows and black night aren’t conducive to people seeing them.”

During the mid-2000s, he recalls, he got a midnight call from someone reporting, “You got cows on the highway.”

“That all stopped with Trump,” Ladd says. “I haven’t been to the highway [to rescue cattle], knock on wood, since Biden has been elected. But it’s coming, because they’re cutting fences on the ranch now.”

Ladd and wife JoBeth’s three sons are all college graduates. The oldest is a wildlife biologist, the middle one has a degree in accounting but works as a steel salesman, and the youngest is a beer brewer in Hawaii. They have two grandsons. 

Although their work isn’t on the ranch right now, he expects one or more to return when the time comes. 

It costs 30% more to ranch if you live within 50 miles of the border, Ladd says. 

“If you live right on the border, it probably costs you 40% or 50% more to ranch, just because of the maintenance and checking stuff.” 

But it’s not just the financial costs of the current border crisis that affect Ladd. He also has safety concerns for his family and home. 

“When you go out in the morning, you check what’s in your truck,” Ladd says. “Is somebody laying in my truck? Or under the truck? Or in my wife’s car? Are they out here? Every time you open the door, you kind of look, and [I’ve] been doing it for 30 years.”

The Ladds also have had to build their lives around protecting the ranch due to what they have experienced. 

“We’ve had several confrontations, but nothing life-threatening. Most of it, they want to use your phone,” Ladd says. 

Someone is always at the ranch to keep watch, he says.

“They come to your house and try and bull their way through the door,” he says of illegal immigrants, adding: 

We’ve had a lot of things stolen. We’ve had a lot of vehicles stolen. This barn has been broken [into]. We don’t even lock it anymore. We lock the houses. But somebody is always here. Nobody can leave the ranch without somebody being here. During Trump’s administration, we could be gone for a little while. And now it’s back to the same deal. Somebody’s always got to be here.

Tragically, Ladd says, he has come upon dead illegal immigrants. 

“We’ve had 14 dead bodies on the ranch that I know of,” Ladd says. “That was a game-changer for me, when I found the first dead illegal. And now it’s still disheartening to find somebody, but that’s the way it is.”

“And it’s either heatstroke, they freeze to death, or they’re sick to begin with,” he says. “They can’t make it from the border to the highway, and they die. But we’ve always helped them. And then we call Border Patrol.”

Despite the danger and challenges of ranching at the border, Ladd says, he isn’t keen on going anywhere else. 

“I don’t want to leave,” he says. “This is my legacy. I don’t know if I’d want to ranch anywhere else, period.”

“I’ve been to a lot of different ranches, and they don’t have any illegal [immigrant] problems, and I’m jealous for a couple of days,” Ladd says. “And then [it’s] 6 below zero and all their water is frozen up, and I go, ‘Wow, I don’t put up with that. I get a little ice.’ 

“But this is home. I’m not leaving.”

Reproduced with permission. Original here. Rachel del Guidice is a congressional reporter for The Daily Signal. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Forge Leadership Network, and The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. 

Idiot of the Week: California gives $61M to Genetic Connectivity

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Somehow, the Golden State never runs out of idiots. Today, we discuss how California Law Makers have decided that a new overpass and tunnel system will hopefully save drivers from accidents and promote what they’re calling “genetic connectivity.”

Why are House Dems hiding info about COVID origins?

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House Democrats on Tuesday blocked a GOP bill which would require the Director of National Intelligence to declassify information related to the US government’s investigations into the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic – and in particular, what role the Wuhan Institute of Virology may have played in the outbreak.

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) brought the COVID-19 Origin Act to the House floor for consideration with Reps. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Darin LaHood (R-IL) explaining its importance shortly before Democrats voted down the measure Tuesday night.

“The best disinfectant is sunlight and that’s what we can provide today,” Wenstrup explained of the COVID-19 Origin Act. “The bill first establishes that we must identify the precise origins of COVID-19 because it is critical for preventing a similar pandemic in the future.”

“I cannot stress enough that this bill is not controversial by any means,” Wenstrup continued. “In fact, it passed the Senate in May with unanimous consent — not one senator objected. Not Senators Ted Cruz or Rand Paul, not Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. If those four members can get on board with this bill, should not we be able to do the same?”

News round up: China

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US exporting Coal To China!

China’s import ban on Australian coal is proving a boon to U.S. producers but should Biden allow it? Isn’t it helping an enemy, spurning an ally, and above all fueling his imaginary Anthropomorphic Global Warming CO2 bullshit?

And the floods? They’re hitting China as hard as their failing supply chain. There was a warning from the State Department to small businesses with supply chains in Xinjiang who will now have to take extra precautions. This is because the State Department has issued an update to its Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory. With many small businesses counting on China for their supplies, this advisory will impact their operations.

“Businesses with potential exposure in their supply chain to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang) or to facilities outside Xinjiang that use labor or goods from Xinjiang should be aware of the reputational, economic, and legal risks of involvement with entities that engage in human rights abuses, including but not limited to forced labor in the manufacture of goods intended for domestic and international distribution.”

In addition, the ports in China are backed up.

  • Satellite images by Planet Labs show container congestion and lack of vessels at the Port of Yantian, the fourth-busiest container port in the world.
  • SEKO Logistics calculates 160,000 40-foot containers stacked up at the port.
  • An outbreak of Covid in the Guangdong province in southern China led officials to temporarily close the port.

The backlog of containers stacking up at the Port of Yantian, the world’s fourth-largest container port, could be seen from space as a Covid-19 outbreak in the south China city of Shenzen, where the port is located, delayed operations. And while, the logjam of containers and ships at the Port of Yantian in China has noticeably improved since COVID-related safety restrictions were lifted and terminals resumed full-scale operations, the cascading delays could impact the peak holiday shipping season because dockworkers have so much cargo to dig out from.

These delays at Yantian will likely hold up exports of electronic consumer goods, electrical machinery, household appliances, medical equipment, auto parts and furniture – and the all important Christmas items that would normally be shipped in August.

China flooding

Daily Reminder that they aren’t about “the science” & that we have to hide our posts about the global scourge.

Elder Abuse

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Americans Need Answers from Yellen on Mismanagement of Emergency Rental Assistance

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Washington, July 20, 2021 -The House Financial Services Committee held a hearing with the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Marcia Fudge.

Republicans used the hearing to hold the Biden Administration accountable for its mismanagement of the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) programs. Last month, all Committee Republicans introduced H.R. 3913, the Renter ProtectionAct to fix the Administration’s mismanagement of the ERA programs, get the funds out the door quickly, and help keep more American families in their homes. 

Last week, Ranking Member McHenry sent Chair Waters a letter calling for Secretary Yellen to testify alongside HUD Secretary Fudge at today’s hearing to answer for the Administration’s abject failure in managing the ERA programs. Unfortunately, Secretary Yellen is not in attendance, which is part of a growing pattern of the Treasury Secretary skirting Congressional oversight. 

Watch Republican Leader Patrick McHenry’s (NC-10) opening remarks.

Read Republican Leader McHenry’s opening remarks as prepared for delivery:“I thank the Chair for holding this hearing today. But I have to start by asking: where is Treasury Secretary Yellen?“I sent the Chair a letter last week asking that the Treasury Secretary join us for today’s hearing, but it looks like we couldn’t make that happen. “Maybe Secretary Fudge can shed some light on what’s happening with the rental assistance program.“I know millions of renters across the country – and across the income spectrum – would like some answers. “Look, Madam Chair, we are on a deadline. “The Biden Administration’s eviction moratorium ends July 31st. The CDC has already said no more extensions. So, what are people supposed to do? What is the plan?“Last December, Congress provided $25 billion in emergency rental assistance. Democrats then added on another $21 billion this year for the exact same purpose.“$46 billion. This might not sound like a lot of money to my Democrat colleagues looking to spend another $3.5 trillion dollars on their progressive agenda—but I assure you, for the Americans who are going to have to decide next month whether they want food for their family or to pay back rent, it is.“This money was specifically intended to retire old rent debts and end the threat of eviction for millions who fell behind during the pandemic.“So, where is that money and who is it helping?“The silence is deafening.“The Washington Post reported over the weekend that little more than $1 billion has made it out the door. I will remind my colleagues again – $46 billion was allocated to help deal with this rental problem.“Republicans on this Committee have put forward a solution: The Renter Protection Act. This bill would end the Biden Administration’s mismanagement of the emergency rental assistance and get the money out the door now.“Last week I called for the Committee to consider this bill, but the Chair hasn’t scheduled it for markup. Ok, what about a hearing?“We are days away from a preventable problem and instead of figuring out how to keep families in their homes, we’re going to get an update from HUD on all of the other ‘stuff’ they’re working on.“This is government at its worst.“It’s clear Democrats would rather talk about anything but the rental assistance and resolving old debts. “Not to mention, with this level of mismanagement and lack of transparency, I can only imagine the amount of waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars we’ll have to address. But lucky for us, we have no information on that so – hear no evil, see no evil, I guess.“Fortunately, HUD has a statutory obligation with respect to the transparency of these funds. The original ERA law requires that the Treasury Department ‘in consultation with the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development’ provide public reports on the use of ERA.“So, we’ll eventually find out who mismanaged this, but it’s not going to be soon enough to ease the concerns of millions of families—that’s a shame.“I yield back.”

Biden Pays Contractors $3 million per-day NOT to build border wall

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GOP senators have released a ‘blistering’ report showing the Biden administration has sent Department of Defense contractors $2 billion in taxpayer money to not build the wall.

By Catherine Mortensen

On President Joe Biden’s first day in office, he issued Presidential Proclamation 10142halting construction on the border wall. But taxpayers are still on the hook to pay the defense contractors who had their work cut short.

Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, today released what he called “a blistering report” showing  so far taxpayers have paid defense contractors  $2 billion not to work.

Lankford’s report identifies the “termination and cancellation” costs still being accrued daily on the border wall contracts.

In January 2021, Department of Defense (DoD) contractors in charge of overseeing wall construction along the southern border received $10 billion in taxpayer money, which had been obligated toward wall-related projects. By the end of June, the Biden Administration has wasted roughly 20 percent ($2 billion) of the $10 billion meant to build the wall to pay contractors to watch steel rust in the desert.

Biden noted in his executive order that he wanted time to “study” the wall. While, we have seen no evidence of any studying going on, we do know that in the weeks immediately following his order, Sen. Lankford’s office found that DoD contractors were reportedly being paid $6 million per day—to not construct the wall they were hired to build. Now taxpayers are paying contractors on just seven project sites $3 million per day, after numerous layoffs, to sit and watch the steel bake in the sun. According to Sen. Lankford, the Department of Homeland Security  has not provided information to Congress about the status of border wall projects funded by congressional appropriations.

Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning is outraged at the waste of taxpayer dollars. “Paying $2 billion to not build the wall is so Bidenesque,” Manning said. “And the cost is even higher because the record illegal immigration, some of it through those very gaps, also known as Biden Gates, will cost billions more as hundreds of thousands of new arrivals stretch our social safety net system beyond its limit.”

“Stubbornly refusing to spend money approved for the wall is not ‘executing’ the law,” Sen. Lankford said. “It’s ignoring the law and ignoring the very real national security concerns posed by illegal entry across our very open southern border. For years I have called out federal waste, but the Biden Administration is literally ‘going for broke’ with this nonsense. Our border patrol agents are doing their best to secure our border, but they need additional barriers, roads, and technology to help keep us safe. Instead, President Biden is paying professional construction contractors to babysit metal to the tune of $2 billion and counting, while at the same time we’ve seen a 20-year high number of migrants crossing our open border.”

In 2019, President Trump put a pause on sending congressionally appropriated money to Ukraine over concerns Trump had about corruption in that country.  According to the Washington Post at the time, “there was concern within the administration that if they did not spend the money, they would run afoul of the law, this official said, noting that, eventually, Trump gave the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) acting director, Russell Vought, permission to release the money.”

Despite ultimately faithfully executing of will of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) determined that Trump had broken the law.

“Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law,” the decision by the GAO said.

The OMB “withheld funds for a policy reason, which is not permitted under the Impoundment Control Act (ICA)”, the ruling continued.

The 1974 Impoundment Control Act says it is illegal for the White House to withhold aid appropriated by Congress. It also says the White House must first alert Congress before it delays or blocked funds, which the Trump administration did not do.

Republicans who have oversight over the border wall construction should similarly ask GAO for a ruling on Biden’s decision to withhold congressionally authorized funds.

Meanwhile,Tuesday marked six months into Biden’s tenure. According to the Washington Times, Biden’s Border crisis is getting worse. On just about every measure of mayhem, the border situation looks worse than it did on Jan. 20.

On July 16, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released the latest staggering border crossing numbers for June, which included an astounding 20-year high 188,829 total encounters. CBP seized 508 pounds of fentanyl, which was up 12 percent from May. Additionally, the June update revealed that 95,079 unaccompanied children were found at the border since September 2020.

Texas adds acid-spitting bug to its list of awesomness!

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Despite its ominous looks, the vinegaroon’s acidic spray is not poisonous and it usually only pinches if threatened, so if left alone, it is relatively harmless.

Image: Vinegaroon, Big Bend National Park, NPS/CA Hoyt

Summer rains bring vinegaroons out of their burrows in search of food and love. Vinegaroons are about 3 inches long and relatively benign unless you happen to annoy them. They can pinch with their heavy mouthparts (pedipalps) and shoot a well-aimed spray of 85% acetic acid (vinegar) from the base of their “whip” to protect themselves.

Vinegaroons are nocturnal and can’t see very well. They hunt millipedes, scorpions, crickets, cockroaches, and other invertebrates by sensing vibrations with their long, thin front legs. Most commonly seen in the desert, this vinegaroon was taking a stroll around the Chisos Basin campground. If you’re lucky enough to see one, look closely. If it’s a female, she may be carrying her hatchlings on her back.

Image: Large black vinegaroon showing thin “whip” tail; long, thin front legs; and heavy mouthparts that serve as pincers.

How the Rich & Powerful Stay Rich & Powerful. Lesson #1: Madam Speaker

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IF GOVERNMENT SAYS IT WON’T KEEP THE INFORMATION IT GATHERS ON YOU, REST ASSURED IT WILL

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The Secretary of Human Heath and Services, Xavier Becerra, was very clear on backing President Biden’s claims to ensuring the government knew who is and who isn’t vaccinated- until the next day…

From Liberty Guard’s new series, Bob Barr’s Laws of the Universe, where they explore statements of fact through observation during Former Congressman Barr’s tenure in Washington DC.

Check out today’s episode and see what Bob believes about our privacy and how the government is using our information.

Biden’s Awful Plan for a Hybrid Death Tax/Capital Gains Tax

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by Dan Mitchell

More than 10 years ago, I narrated this video explaining why there should be no capital gains tax.

The economic argument against capital gains taxation is very simple. It is wrong to impose discriminatory taxes on income that is saved and invested.

It’s bad enough that government gets to tax our income one time, but it’s even worse when they get to impose multiple layers of tax on the same dollar.

Unfortunately, nobody told Biden. As part of his class-warfare agenda, he wants to increase the capital gains tax rate from 23.8 percent to 43.4 percent.

Even worse, he wants to expand the capital gains tax so that it functions as an additional form of death tax.

And that tax would be imposed even if assets aren’t sold. In other words, it would a tax on capital gains that only exist on paper (a nutty idea associated with Sens. Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren).

I’m not joking. In an article for National Review, Ryan Ellis explains why Biden’s proposal is so misguided.

The Biden administration proposes that on top of the old death tax, which is assessed on estates, the federal government should add a new tax on the deceased’s last 1040 personal-income-tax return. This new, second tax would apply to tens of millions of Americans. …the year someone died, all of their unrealized capital gains (gains on unsold real estate, family farms and businesses, stocks and other investments, artwork, collectibles, etc.) would be subject to taxation as if the assets in question had been sold that year. …In short, what the Biden administration is proposing is to tax the capital gains on a person’s property when they die, even if the assets that account for those gains haven’t actually been sold. …to make matters worse, the administration alsosupports raising the top tax rate on long-term capital gains from 23.8 percent to 43.4 percent. When state capital-gains-tax rates are factored in, this would make the combined rate at or above 50 percent in many places — the highest capital-gains-tax rate in the world, and the highest in American history.

This sounds bad (and it is bad).

But there’s more bad news.

…that’s not all. After these unrealized, unsold, phantom gains are subject to the new 50 percent double death tax, there is still the matter of the old death tax to deal with. Imagine a 50 percent death tax followed by a 40 percent death tax on what is left, and you get the idea. Karl Marx called for the confiscation of wealth at death, but even he probably never dreamed this big. …Just like the old death tax, the double death tax would be a dream for the estate-planning industry, armies of actuaries and attorneys, and other tax professionals. But for the average American, it would be a nightmare. The death tax we have is bad enough. A second death tax would be a catastrophic mistake.

Hank Adler and Madison Spach also wrote about this topic last month for the Wall Street Journal.

Here’s some of what they wrote.

Mr. Biden’s American Families Plan would subject many estates worth far less than $11.7 million to a punishing new death tax. The plan would raise the total top rate on capital gains, currently 23.8% for most assets, to 40.8%—higher than the 40% maximum estate tax. It would apply the same tax to unrealized capital gains at death…The American Families Plan would result in negative value at death for many long-held leveraged real-estate assets. …Scenarios in which the new death tax would significantly reduce, nearly eliminate or even totally eliminate the net worth of decedents who invested and held real estate for decades wouldn’t be uncommon. …The American Families Plan would discourage long-term investment. That would be particularly true for those with existing wealth who would begin focusing on cash flow rather than long-term investment. The combination of the new death tax plus existing estate tax rates would change risk-reward ratios.

The bottom line is that it is very misguided to impose harsh and discriminatory taxes on capital gains. Especially if the tax occurs simply because a taxpayer dies.

P.S. Keep in mind that there’s no “indexing,” which means investors often are being taxed on gains that merely reflect inflation.

P.P.S. Rather than increasing the tax burden on capital gains, we should copy Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Turkey. What do they have in common? A capital gains tax rate of zero.

BBC: Children detained in “heartbreaking” conditions in US migrant camp; sexual abuse; COVID; Lice

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At a US border detention centre in the Texan desert, migrant children have been living in alarming conditions – where disease is rampant, food can be dangerous and there are reports of sexual abuse, an investigation by the BBC has found through interviews with staff and children.

In recent months, the US has seen a massive rise in migrants and asylum seekers from Central America. Violence, natural disasters and pandemic-related economic strife are some of the reasons behind the influx, experts say.  BBC

What are the camp conditions?

The Fort Bliss camp consists of at least 12 tents, some of which house hundreds of children at a time. The children spend most of their day in the tents, getting out for an hour or two of recreation, or to line up with hundreds of others for a meal.

Staff told the BBC the food was mostly edible, but a 15-year-old who has now been released said he was fed uncooked meat. “Sometimes the chicken had blood, the meat very red. We couldn’t stand our hunger and we ate it, but we got sick from it.”

A number of tents have also been set up just to accommodate the large numbers of sick children – the children have nicknamed it ‘Covid city’.

“Hundreds of children have tested positive for Covid,” said one employee who asked to remain anonymous because staff are banned from speaking about the camp. 

In addition to Covid, outbreaks of the flu and strep throat have also been reported since the camp opened in late March.

And some children in need of urgent medical attention have been neglected.

Lice

“Lice has been rampant,” an employee told the BBC. “And one of the major shortages has been lice kits.” Staff said a tent of around 800 girls was locked down last month because of lice.

Sexual abuse

There are reports of staff sexually abusing children at the Fort Bliss camp. At a camp training session, secretly recorded by a staff member and shared with the BBC, an employee voiced concern.

“We have already caught staff with minors inappropriately,” she said.

Another employee told the BBC that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had spoken to staff about a rape.

11 Secret BBQ Tricks From Grill Masters | Burger | Skewers | Chicken

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1. The Potato Trick
Cut a potato in half and stab one half with a fork. Rub the hot grill with the cut surface of the potato. The heat removes starch from the potato, which creates a kind of non-stick coating on the grill. Now you can grill your meat without worrying about it sticking to the grill. 


2. The Ice Cube Trick
Press a small hole in the patty and place an ice cube inside. As the meat cooks, the ice will melt and all that moisture will be retained by the patty, which ensures a nice and juicy burger. It gets even better when you add a piece of butter on top of the ice cube. A flavor explosion awaits!


3. The Apple Juice Trick
To make sure your steak is nice and tender on the inside but gets a beautiful crust on the outside, we’re going to let you in on a secret: Spritz it with some apple juice. You’re not going to believe the amazing results!


4. The Charcoal Trick
If you get your coals too hot, the result might be disappointingly dry or burnt meat. The coals are ready when they’re covered with white-gray ash and glowing evenly, which can take up to 30 minutes. To gauge the ideal cooking temperature, hold your hands about 6 inches above the grill. If you can’t take the heat anymore after about 2 seconds, the charcoal is too hot. 


5. The Rosemary Skewer Trick
Instead of using regular wooden skewers, simply use sprigs of rosemary. This also has the added benefit of injecting some nice rosemary flavor into your shish kabobs.


6. The 3-Zone Fire Trick
Divide the grill into 3 coal zones. The hottest zone (Zone 1) is where the coals are stacked closely together. The area with fewer coals is going to give off medium heat (Zone 2). The final section (Zone 3) does not get any coals. These 3 distinct temperature zones are going to help you cook your meat perfectly every time. 


7. The Onion Trick
Cleaning your grill can be a pain, but there’s actually an easy way to do it. Cut an onion in half, stab one half with a fork, and rub it over the surface of the dirty grill. The onion juice acts as a disinfectant while also removing the invisible dirt from the grill.


8. The Sausage Trick
Never stab or cut into a sausage while it’s still on the grill. On the one hand, you’re going to stab it to shreds, and on the other hand, all the fat will drip out. This will cause the grill to give off a lot of smoke, produce harmful toxins, and make the meat lose all its flavor. 


9. The Lemonade Trick
Cut a few lemons in half, dunk the cut surface into sugar and then grill them for 10 minutes until the sugar has caramelized. Now squeeze the lemons into a pitcher and add some ice cubes. Add a few more lemon slices to the pitcher, and voila, the perfect lemonade, straight from the grill!


10. The Resting Trick
When you take a steak off the grill, cover it with aluminum foil for 1-2 minutes to let it rest. The result is going to be a super juicy, delicious steak. But if you’re grilling brats, you can eat those right away or they’re going to end up losing too much moisture and flavor.


11. The Newspaper Trick
Do you still have to wrestle with a dirty and rusty barbecue rack? If the onion wasn’t enough, try this one: grab an old newspaper and wrap the dirty barbecue rack in it. Spray the newspaper with water and let everything soak overnight. Then the next morning, you can just wipe the rack down with a dish towel.

Biggest hypocrites in the world

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This is the perfect example of the Democrat Party to show your children – illegally leaves state to cheat when they don’t get their way – preaches climate change – takes private jet – pushes masks 24/7 – they don’t wear them. Biggest hypocrites in the world.

Interestingly, five of this delegations have tested positive for COVID. They met with Kamala Harris while in Washington but apparently she doesn’t have to self-isolate because – the rules don’t apply to elites.

The “Empty Shell”

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Joe Biden’s lies are legendary. He’s still the same dishonest plagiarist he was 33 years ago. He has always been an “Empty Shell.” Why should we expect him to change?

Rusty to running: Chevy Stovebolt 6 engine rebuild time lapse

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Man, these guys are good.

Something odd is happening regarding the V-word that gets us shut down

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Something really odd is going on:

In Europe we are seeing surges at many places where most of the population has already been v-acc-inated.

At the same time, the 15 least vaxxed countries don‘t seem to face any problem. There are a lot more examples for high-vaxxed, surging countries in europe now. Actually, almost every high-vaxxed state is surging (despite restrictions!), every low-vaxxed state is NOT! 

At some point, denying this problem will get painful. It’s beginning to look like natural immunity is working better than the V-word in keeping infections down.

Maricopa County–Just One County in One State. How Many More Are There?

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STUNNING! In race decided by 10,457 votes 3,981 voted despite registering AFTER Oct 15 deadline
11,326 voted who were NOT on rolls on Nov 7 but WERE on Dec 4 18,000 voted and then were removed from rolls AFTER election
74,243 mail-in ballots with NO evidence of ever being sent

A reminder, Donald Trump lost Arizona to Joe Biden by 10,457 votes, or merely 0.3 percent of the state’s certified count.

So many astonishing facts were revealed at the hearing and there is more to come in the report demanded by the Senate Republicans and quashed by the Democrats in Arizona.

For instance, the Dominion Password was the same for everyone to gain access. Every Dominion worker knew it. And very election official working on the machines would have known it. The ballots used on Election Day were thinner and inconsistent with the thicker security paper approved by the county.

The Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan revealed a number of alarming ballot issues. Many of the ballots had “bleed through” and printer calibration issues. Logan said there were  “roughly 160,000” ballots-on-demand in Maricopa County on Election Day. These ballots were unlikely to be ‘Vote Safe’ by using standardized paper for elections.

“For example, 74,243 mail-in ballots, where there is no clear record of them being sent,” Logan said. “And just to be clear, here in the state of Arizona there is EB32s and EB33s. EB32s is supposed to give a record of when a mail-in ballot is sent. And EB33 is supposed to give a record of when the mail-in ballot is received.”

“So there should be an equal… there should be more EB32s, more sent out then there are received. Specifically, with these we can tie them to a specific individual it was mailed to,” he continued. “And so, we have 74,000 where we have, it came back from individuals where we don’t have a clear indication that it was ever sent out to them.” Logan went on

“When mail-in ballots were received, that so many of them were received, that the standards reduced over time,” he said. “They originally talked about, there was initially 20 points of comparison on the signature, then after some time they were told to go to ten points a signature, ten points of comparison, and then five,” he noted. “And then eventually, they were just told to let every single mail-in ballot through.” “We think it’s important to get the mail-in ballot images,” he added. “And see how many, if any, blank signatures came through.”

Logan revealed one of the most bewildering preliminary findings of the audit: Voter rolls issues.

“We have also seen some interesting things related to the voter rolls,” Logan said. “So, for example, we have 11,326 people that did not show up on a November 7th version of the voter rolls, and after votes were cast, but then appeared on the December 4th voter rolls.” BeckerNews.com

One thing is for sure. The Democrats and the mainstream media are frantically throwing dirt at this hearing. Calling it “bogus”, “unfounded” and “partisan”. Meanwhile efforts are afoot to examine Georgia and Pennsylvania ballots, too.

And who can forget the moment Fox News called Arizona for Biden, within seconds of the polls closing? Some humor from satirist Catturd.

Senator applauds court’s decision regarding handgun ownership for law-abiding adults

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Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) applauded the 4th Circuit Court’s decision recognizing the right of law-abiding 18- to 20-year-olds’ to own a handgun.

Of the ruling, Senator Lummis said, “The Second Amendment is a constitutional right. There is no reason a law-abiding 18-year-old adult should be denied that right solely based on their age. If we trust them to defend our country, we should trust them enough to purchase a handgun. I applaud the decision of the Fourth Circuit.

A panel of judges for the Fourth Circuit handed down a decision on Tuesday, July 13, in the case of Hirschfeld v. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco & Explosives. The plaintiff held that federal laws preventing law-abiding 18-,19-, or 20-year-olds violated the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. Judge Julius Richardson of the Fourth Circuit wrote in the decision, “When do constitutional rights vest? At 18 or 21? 16 or 25? Why not 13 or 33? In the law, a line must sometimes be drawn. But there must be a reason why constitutional rights cannot be enjoyed until a certain age. Our nation’s most cherished constitutional rights vest no later than 19. And the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms is no different.”

Earlier this year, Senator Lummis introduced the Second Amendment Mandates Equality (SAME) Act to reinstate the right of adults between the ages of 18 and 20 to purchase a handgun from a federally licensed dealer. This legislation is supported by Gun Owners of America and the National Association for Gun Rights.

To read the bill in its entirety, click here.

Idiot of the Week: Maxine Waters

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It’s clear that “the force” of idiocracy is strong with this one. The Congresswoman from California, Maxine Waters, is our first two-time “Idiot of the Week.” This time, she has decided to take great issue with the Declaration of Independence.

“Meanest person in the Congress”

Fmr. Congressman Bob Barr

Fun Facts & Memes – Vol 2

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National Security Round-up No. 1

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Massie Asks GAO to Investigate Racial Disparities in NICS Background Check System

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My colleagues are justifiably concerned that facial recognition technology used by law enforcement produces more false matches for people of color than for whites. But imagine an even less sophisticated computer system that instantly adjudicates your civil rights based on the spelling of your first and last name and your birthday, and whether you share that name with someone convicted of a felony or with someone who may be in prison today.

Well, such a system exists, and there is no judge or jury involved. It’s called the NICS background check system. Research by John Lott Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) appears to produce false denials for Black males by a factor of 3-1 compared to White males.

I asked Dr. Gretta L. Goodwin, a Director on the General Accountability Office’s (GAO) Homeland Security and Justice team, to investigate this racial disparity during today’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security hearing on facial recognition technology. As FBI Director Wray did in a prior hearing, Director Goodwin of the GAO indicated her willingness to work on investigating this problem. She previously worked on the GAO’s prohibited purchases report, which revealed that there were only 12 federal prosecutions for 112,000 NICS denials.

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