Daily News Roundup

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Leo Goldstein contributor to American Thinker poses that President Biden’s April 15, 2021 Executive Order really isn’t about Russia but about us: In my opinion, this EO is the most dangerous of them all. It allows the Biden regime to eliminate its opposition, quickly and quietly.

Raymond Ibrahim contributor to Frontpage Magazine: While boys in the West are all but indoctrinated into becoming girls—if not surgically mutilated, at least spiritually emasculated—boys in the Muslim world are increasingly indoctrinated into becoming super jihadis: ISIS 2.0.

Alexis McGill Johnson President of Planned Parenthood: What we don’t want to be, as an organization, is a Karen. You know Karen: She escalates small confrontations because of her own racial anxiety. She calls the manager. She calls the police. She stands with other white parents to maintain school segregation. And then there are the organizational Karens. The groups who show up, assert themselves, and tell you where to march. Those who pursue freedom and fairness, but also leverage their privilege in ways that are dehumanizing. And sometimes, that’s how Planned Parenthood has acted. By privileging whiteness, we’ve contributed to America harming Black women and other women of color. And when we focus too narrowly on “women’s health,” we have excluded trans and nonbinary people.

JANUARY 6, 2021

Kelly: From ‘Insurrectionists’ to ‘Interruptionists’
More than 100 days after the January 6 melee at the Capitol, promises of high-powered sedition charges have yet to materialize. The Biden Justice Department last week announced its first plea deal related to the January 6 protest on Capitol Hill: Jon Ryan Schaffer pleaded guilty to two charges—obstruction of an official proceeding and entering the Capitol with a dangerous or deadly weapon. Schaffer, who has no criminal record, faced six counts of various trespassing and disorderly conduct offenses. (He did not plead guilty to any of the initial charges.) […] The nation’s top cops concluded Schaffer traveled from his Indiana home to the nation’s capital that day “to protest the results of the presidential election, which he believed were fraudulent. Schaffer wore a tactical vest and carried bear spray, a dangerous weapon and chemical irritant used to ward off bears.” Thanks for clearing that up. But that isn’t the full extent of the FBI’s courageous and clever sleuthing.
Read more at American Greatness.


American Mind Editors: The Real Authoritarians
A brief response to our favorite Quislings. The time has come to address the accusation from some of America’s biggest appeasers of woke authoritarianism that we on the right are the “authoritarians” our fellow citizens should fear. The leaders of this smear campaign are people like David French, Charlie Sykes, Bill Kristol, and other self-appointed thought police of conservatism. For them, it is one step from fascism for Americans to direct governance toward the common good, i.e., toward breaking the grip of corporate oligarchs waging culture war against our country and our ways of life. Merely raising taxes on global corporations colluding to punish state legislatures is cause for pious panic from French—who insists absurdly that the oligarchs are engaging only in free speech, so lifting a political finger to challenge their play for mastery of our regime is “right-wing authoritarianism, plain and simple.”
Read more at American Mind.

Sundance: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Anti-Riot Bill Which Also Includes Civil Immunity For Drivers Who Hit Road-Blocking Protestors
Earlier Monday Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB1, a new bill from the Florida legislature that establishes new criminal definitions under the anti-riot law. The House and Senate worked on the legislation for a year after Governor Ron DeSantis led the initial effort. [HB1] “defines a “riot” as a public disturbance involving three or more people “acting with the common intent to assist each other in violent and disorderly conduct” that results in injury to another person, damage to property, or danger of injury or damage. The law grants civil immunity to people . . .
Read more at The Conservative Treehouse.

Zanona: 15 Republican senators vow to oppose earmarks amid intraparty squabble
In a letter obtained by POLITICO, the group — led by conservative Sen. Mike Lee of Utah — made clear they are “committed” to the earmark ban and “will not vote to repeal it.” “We will not participate in an inherently wasteful spending practice that is prone to serious abuse,” the lawmakers wrote. The anti-earmark letter includes a diverse mix of lawmakers, illustrating that the opposition to so-called congressionally directed spending spans the ideological spectrum in the GOP. Among the signatories: . . .
Read more at Politico.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott calls on Biden to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott fired off a letter to the Biden administration, and demanded that the federal government designate Mexican drug cartels — such as the Los Zetas, Sinaloa, and the Gulf Cartel — as foreign terrorist organizations. In the letter addressed to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Abbott urged “immediate action to combat the dangerous and deadly Mexican drug cartels” that “bring terror into our communities.” “They smuggle narcotics and weapons into the United States to fund their illegal enterprises,” Abbott said of the Mexican drug cartels on Thursday. “They force women and children into human and sex trafficking—enriching themselves on the misery and enslavement of immigrants. They murder innocent people, including women and children.” “These Mexican drug cartels are foreign terrorist organizations, and it is time for the federal government to designate them as such,” the Republican governor of Texas said in the letter, which was the fourth letter he sent to the Biden administration.
Read more at The Blaze.


Kennedy: Dad who wrote scathing letter to Brearley about race focus: ‘Someone had to’
A father fed up with an elite Manhattan prep school’s heavy-handed focus on race won’t re-enroll his daughter in the fall, accusing the school of trying to “brainwash” kids with woke philosophies rather than teaching them how to think on their own. In a scathing 1,700-word letter Andrew Gutmann mailed to 650 families — a screed since gone viral — he blasted the posh, all-girls Brearley School’s “cowardly and appalling lack of leadership [for] appeasing an anti-intellectual, illiberal mob.” The April 13 missive — published this week on journalist Bari Weiss’ blog — became public the same day the headmaster of the famed Dalton School resigned over controversial “anti-racism” curriculum and policies that had outraged many parents.
Read more and be sure to read the 1700 word letter linked in the article at the New York Post.

(H/T LM) Dreher: Brearley’s Antiracist Loyalty Test
Here’s a foll0w-up to the letter from the angry father who is pulling his daughter out of the ultra-woke elite Brearley School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. A reader whose daughter goes to Brearley passes along this letter now circulating among the parents of students there: April 18, 2021 Dear Members of the Board of Trustees of The Brearley School, For more than a year, we have keenly heard and watched the pain and trauma rocking our nation as heightened attention has been paid to multiple acts of racialized violence. […] We, who are current Brearley parents in receipt of Andrew Gutmann’s letter, other current and past Brearley parents, and alumnae, will not allow ourselves to be tainted by Andrew Gutmann’s vile and racist rant. We denounce his absurd version of the history of racism in this country and of Brearley’s attempts to address diversity, equity and inclusion in our school community. We are disgusted that, . . .
Read the rest at The American Conservative.


Smith: Xi’s Biden Window for Conquest
At Beijing, Xi Jinping is doubtlessly assessing the moment. Surely, he must ask himself, “Is the window most open now to conquer Taiwan?” Seizing Taiwan is a critical step in achieving the PRC’s midrange strategic aim of imposing its hegemony in East Asia. China’s longer-term aspiration is to overtake the United States as global leader. For Xi, that window may be optimal for just 45 months and counting. That’s what remains in Joe Biden’s term. Lately, the PRC has been aggressively menacing Taiwan. Admiral Philip Davidson, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific forces, is persuaded that Xi is accelerating efforts to surpass the United States. […] If the PRC attacks Taiwan, are the fateful decisions of war in the hands of a collective? How are decisions made that require quick resolution if the presidency has been assumed by a committee? […] Aside from Biden’s or Harris’ fitness to lead in war, other critical factors would come into play in Xi’s thinking.
Read more at American Thinker.

Chang: China and Russia: The Guns of April
Russian troops are massing on the Ukraine border, Chinese vessels are swarming Whitsun Reef of the Philippines in the South China Sea, and China’s air force is flying almost daily through Taiwan’s air-defense identification zone. Chinese troops for almost a year have been dug in deep in Indian-controlled Ladakh in the Himalayas. Two large aggressors are threatening to break apart neighbors and absorb them. The Biden administration has issued warnings to both Moscow and Beijing, but neither looks impressed. American attempts to de-escalate flashpoints are seen in Russian and Chinese circles as failures of resolve.
At least at this moment, those adversaries are right to scoff at the new U.S. leader. The Chinese are especially bold. […] Beijing is no longer impressed by American power.
Read more at Gatestone Institute.


Goldstein: Executive Order Canceling the Constitution
On April 15, Preident Biden signed an Executive Order on Blocking Property with Respect to Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the Government of the Russian Federation. Contrary to its title, this EO is not about Russia. It is designed to allow the Biden administration to deprive American citizens and organizations of their rights and property by arbitrarily linking those persons to real, imagined, or vaguely defined activities of the Russian government. The Biden administration unilaterally makes the determination and requires neither criminal acts nor intent. The punishment is blocking assets and a prohibition on any dealing with the accused person. Spouses and adult children of individuals found guilty by accusation under this EO are punished, too. […] Biden’s new EO is directed mostly at US persons. It criminalizes speech and political activities, based on whimsical and arbitrary definitions. The Biden administration can define “malicious activities,” “democratic processes or institutions,” and the activities that undermine them as it wants. […] Biden’s EO appears to allow the Democrat party to deny Americans . . .
Read more at American Thinker.

Hill: The Enemy Within
The philosopher E.M. Cioran in his book, The Temptation to Exist, writes: “A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect… by the same token it admits defeat, worm-eaten, done for. The smell of carrion fascinates and inflames those greedy and garrulous gravediggers we call the Apostles.” I raise the haunting specter of an infectious virus decimating a civilization against the backdrop of two viruses at present infecting American civilization. One is biological in nature, Covid-19; the other political. I believe that writer and social philosopher David Horowitz has identified the nature of that second virus. I think that he reasons that it is deadlier than COVID-19, and that its deleterious consequences are far more destructive and long-lasting than any biological infection.
Read more at FrontPage Mag.

Spiering: Joe Biden Planning $1 Trillion More Spending for Child Care, Universal Pre-School, and Free Community Colleges
The bill will likely include $225 billion for child-care, $200 billion for universal preschool, and hundreds of billions for tuition-free community colleges, according to the Post. Other priorities include $225 billion for paid family and medical leave and an expansion of food stamp programs. […] To pay for the plan, Biden would increase taxes on the wealthy and investors, and boost tax enforcement at the IRS.
Read more at Breitbart.

Daily Wire News: SecState Blinken On Biden’s Climate Agenda: Americans ‘That Relied On Old Industries Will Be Hit Hard’
Blinken painted a grim outlook of the future stemming from the effects of climate change, claiming that “to my children’s children, the landscape will be unrecognizable.” “If America fails to lead the world on addressing the climate crisis, we won’t have much of a world left,” Blinken claimed. “If we succeed, we will capitalize on the greatest opportunity to create quality jobs in generations; we’ll build a more equitable, healthy, and sustainable society; and we’ll protect this magnificent planet. That’s the test we face right now.”
Read more/Watch the speech at Daily Wire.


Ring: Transhumanism, Meritocracy, and National Survival
Try to imagine human civilization as it expands into the solar system and eventually to the stars. Shall it be a vibrant society of free individuals or a drab collective? Shall it consist of a federation of diverse, independent nations, with their cultures and traditions grounding them as they reach into the beyond, or an undifferentiated mass of humans controlled by machine implants, ruled by a single politburo? None of this is far-fetched. The future is coming, and it is going to be sick.
Read more at American Greatness.

Ibrahim: Indoctrinated in Hate
“This Is the start of the new caliphate.” While boys in the West are all but indoctrinated into becoming girls—if not surgically mutilated, at least spiritually emasculated—boys in the Muslim world are increasingly indoctrinated into becoming super jihadis: ISIS 2.0. The news is coming in fast from a variety of sources. A documentary filmmaker, Alan Duncan, for instance, recently made a brief video of his visit to al-Hawl refugee camp in northeastern Syria, run by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. Although 80% of the camp consists of women and (27,000) children, many of whom had fled ISIS, the camp is known as the “Womb of ISIS.” […] According to Duncan, the reason for all this indoctrination is that . . . […] Even in the West, Muslim children are being “virtually” indoctrinated online, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a March 4, 2021 report (updated Mar. 10), “Children are being exposed to ISIS terrorism online during lockdown, raising fears of brainwashing, .
Read more at FrontPage Mag.


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