US Sanctions Pushed Iran to Brink of Bankruptcy

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Iran will get a infusion of cash from Joe Pee Pads Biden.

Regime lost billions amid maximum pressure campaign, IMF report reveals.

Iran burned through nearly all of its cash reserves in the final years of the Trump administration as harsh economic sanctions crippled the country’s economy and brought the hardline regime to the brink of financial collapse, according to findings published by the International Monetary Fund.

The Islamic Republic had $122.5 billion on hand in 2018 and just $4 billion by 2020, when the former administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign on Tehran was at its height, according to the IMF’s 2021 Middle East and Central Asia report, which tracks the region’s economies. Iran burned through $118.5 billion in two years, nearly depleting its cash reserves. The country’s coffers are forecast to grow by several billions in the coming years as the Biden administration moves to unwind sanctions as part of an effort to reenter the 2015 nuclear deal.

The IMF’s findings are the clearest evidence to date that the years-long U.S. sanctions campaign was successful in emptying the regime’s pocketbook at a time when Iran was spending great sums on its foreign terrorism enterprise and nuclear enrichment program. Sanctions gutted Iran’s oil trade, a key source of revenue for the regime, and forced it to tap heavily into reserve funds. While liberal critics of this approach claim that sanctions only hurt the Iranian people, the IMF’s findings show the hardline regime was under more economic stress than previously known. It is also likely that Iran would not have been able to weather another four years of the Trump administration’s sanctions. Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo said 96 percent of Iran’s foreign exchange reserves were “wiped out” as a “direct result of our maximum pressure campaign.”

Any sanctions relief granted by the Biden administration in its new diplomatic talks with Iran will provide the regime with a much-needed lifeline for survival. The country’s dire economic situation has generated several waves of democratic protests that threaten to depose the ruling clerical mullahs. Iran’s interest in restarting discussions with the United States early in the Biden administration’s first term signals the regime is desperate for sanctions relief and recognizes that its grip on power is under threat.

The IMF projects that Iran’s reserves will grow to $12.2 billion in 2021 and $21 billion by 2022. That number could be higher if the Biden administration unwinds sanctions and clears the way for international businesses to reinvest in the Iranian economy. The Obama administration adopted a similar approach in 2015, when it first negotiated the deal and removed many of the toughest sanctions in place.

Still, economic forecasts for Iran look dire.

U.S. sanctions on Iran’s illicit oil trade are likely to continue, according to the IMF report. This has forced Iran to peddle its oil at a heavy discount and under the radar. Iran is still producing several million barrels of oil a day, though much of that is being surreptitiously sent to war-torn Syria, where Iranian forces continue to back embattled strongman Bashar al-Assad. These shipments, however, have come under increasing strain. Israeli forces have begun to target Iranian ships ferrying oil to Syria, including at least a dozen ships since late 2019.

Inflation also continues to soar in Iran, according to the IMF report, another sign that sanctions are biting into the country’s economy.

“For the last several years proponents of a renewed deal with Iran have been arguing that max pressure wasn’t working. These numbers tell a different story,” said Jonathan Schanzer, senior vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank and former terrorist finance analyst at the Treasury Department. “If these numbers still represent the current reality, the United States has far more leverage over the regime than previously believed. The administration should use that leverage at the negotiating table.”

Abdolnaser Hemmati, the chair of Iran’s Central Bank, which also has been subjected to U.S. sanctions, called the IMF’s findings “egregious” on Tuesday. Hemmati said the IMF did not consult with Iran on its report and claimed it contained “incomplete information,” though he did not provide proof to support this claim.

Meanwhile, Iran announced on Tuesday that it has begun enriching uranium to the 60-percent level, the highest ever performed by the country and a level that is dangerously close to weapons-grade fuel. The announcement comes after a cyber-attack on the country’s Natanz nuclear facility, which is believed to have been carried out by Israel.

Iran leaders also said this week that nuclear enrichment work will not cease until the United States lifts all of its sanctions as a precondition. This includes all sanctions that were applied by the Trump administration, according to Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif.

Iranian officials are additionally calling on South Korea to release around $7 billion tied up in the country as a result of sanctions. Iran seized a South Korean tanker and its crew earlier this year and used them as ransom to force a payment of $1 billion, which the Biden administration reportedly signed-off on.

Trump Goes on a Tear, Rips ‘Dumb Son of a B****’ Mitch McConnell

H/T Western Journal.

President Trump is 100% correct about Mitch McConnell and Mike Pence.

Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday during a Republican National Committee event.

Trump spoke for almost an hour during the event for the party’s top donors held at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

During his speech, he went off-script, according to The Washington Post, and spoke about the Senate’s action to certify the results of the 2020 election, which took place on the day of the Capitol incursion.

If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a b****, Mitch McConnell, they would never allow it to happen,” Trump said in speaking of the Senate’s action to affirm the election results, according to The Post.

Democrats “would have fought it,” said Trump, who during his speech called the election “bulls**t.”

Trump also called McConnell a “stone-cold loser,” The Post reported, and spoke about hiring Elaine Chao, McConnell’s wife, as transportation secretary.

“I hired his wife. Did he ever say, ‘thank you’?” Trump said.

He criticized Chao for resigning after the Capitol incursion.

“She suffered so greatly,” he said, in what The Post reported was a “voice dripping with sarcasm.”

Trump also repeated his criticism of former Vice President Mike Pence.

“I wish that Mike Pence had the courage to send it back to the legislatures,” Trump said in speaking of the election results. “I like him so much. I was so disappointed.”

Trump slammed White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci for flip-flopping about masks, and joked that Fauci wants everyone to wear “five” masks.

“Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?” Trump asked.

Despite his criticism of McConnell, Trump in his prepared remarks predicted Republicans would win back majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterms.

“I stand before you this evening filled with confidence that in 2022, we are going to take back the House and we are going to reclaim the Senate — and then in 2024, a Republican candidate is going to win the White House,” he said, according to CBS.

He did not reveal his own plans for 2024.

Trump also criticized the Biden administration’s handling of the illegal immigration crisis on the southern border.

“They’re coming in from the Middle East. They’re not sending their best people. You have murderers, you have rapists, you have drug dealers,” he said, in an echo of his 2015 speech announcing his run for the presidency.

One member of the audience testified to Trump’s status as a party leader.

“The party is still very much revolving around” Trump, said Andrea Catsimatidis, chairwoman of the Manhattan Republican Party who attended the event, according to The New York Times. “He was the one who very much revived the party when we weren’t winning.”

Nikki Haley Makes an Announcement About Her Presidential Prospects

H/T Town Hall.

Nikki Haley knows she does not stand a snowballs chance in Hell of getting the GOP nomination in 2024 because of her comments about President Trump.

Former United Nations (UN) Ambassador Nikki Haley made an announcement about her potential presidential run, during an appearance in South Carolina on Monday. The former Trump administration official and former Governor of South Carolina said that she would not launch a presidential campaign if the former president himself were to run for the White House again. Haley said that she would throw her support behind Trump if he ultimately decides to launch a third bid for the presidency.

 

“I would not run if President Trump ran, and I would talk to him about it,” Haley told reporters. “That’s something that we will have a conversation about, at some point.”

Haley joined GOP criticism of Trump’s role in the events of January 6, but maintained that the two have a “great working relationship.” 

“I appreciated the way he let me do my job,” she said of the former president. “I thought we did some fantastically great foreign policy things together, and look, I just want to keep building on what we accomplished and not watch it get torn down.”

It was reported that Trump lashed out at establishment GOP figures over the weekend during a Republican National Committee (RNC) meeting, including Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

 
 

Black Crime Facing Down the Elephant in the Room

H/T Town Hall.

The Great Society helped destroy the black family by removing any incentive for black fathers to stay around and raise any children they father.

recently wrote about the mysterious killings of endangered white rhinos in South Africa’s Pilanesberg Park years ago.  The killers turned out to be gangs of aggressive teen elephants who, raised without fathers or role models to “curb their youthful exuberance,” grew up to be troublemakers.  The delinquents fell in line after park staff relocated adult male elephants to the park who “kicked butt” with the compassion of a father and established a new hierarchy.  

 

The violence and killings of white rhinos stopped.  

I compared the young elephants to young blacks in urban cities who were raised without fathers or healthy role models and have grown up extremely violent and extremely dysfunctional. That dysfunction is passed down to succeeding generations because rather than making the hard decisions to accurately define and solve the problem, leaders and activists excuse the bad behavior by blaming all the mayhem on slavery and Jim Crow. The message?  “It’s not your fault.”

How’s that working?  

Blacks are a third of the population in Chicago but commit 80 percent of all shootings, author Heather Mac Donald told Tucker Carlson on a recent show.  In Los Angeles, blacks commit 44 percent of all violent crime but make up 9 percent of the population.  In St. Louis, blacks are less than a third of the population but commit 90 percent of all homicides. In New York City, blacks commit about three quarters of all shootings although they’re 23 percent of the population.

On Monday alone, 16 people were shot and two killed in Chicago, a city led by blacks.  Two teenage black girls killed an Uber Eats driver in D.C. during a foiled carjacking.  A knife-wielding black man, 25, was shot dead after he rammed his car into a barricade at the Capitol, killing one policeman.  A deranged black man who had been released from prison after killing his mother was caught on camera kicking, stomping, and beating a random 65-year-old Asian woman, while others, including a security guard, watched.

With all the talk of structural racism, equity, and white supremacy, violence has not only gotten more brash, but it’s becoming institutionalized. Yet, if the woke crowd were successful in transforming the country into an “anti-racist” paradise, we would still be light years away from fixing the dysfunction and disparities in urban cities.  

Blaming black crime on slavery and Jim Crow completely ignores the elephant in the room.

“We need to be courageous and come up with alternative explanations that are difficult to articulate but they must be said,” McDonald told Tucker.

Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago, has spent the past few years getting his hands dirty with an “alternative explanation” that is slowly transforming one of the most violent neighborhoods in Chicago. Rather than blaming cops, he’s laser-focused on tackling urban crime at its root: broken families.  

In the new documentary “What Killed Michael Brown?” Shelby Steele and his son, Eli, spoke with Pastor Brooks, who set up his church in 2000 in the heart of Woodlawn, Illinois. It’s now a congregation of 2,500.

“I believe the church is the hope of the world,” said Brooks.  “What greater place that needs that hope than a place that’s experiencing high levels of crime [and] broken families? We’ve seen a lot of young guys in the neighborhood who don’t value their lives.  A lot of it is a result of not having someone to encourage them that ‘You can do better,’ … But if you don’t have those messages going forward, it’s hard for you to value life when everybody is shooting and killing.”

That was true for ex-Black Disciples gang leader Varney Voker who, as a child, watched his mother smoke weed and deal drugs. He wanted to be like her. But he did better. Voker grew up to build a crack-heroin business that brought in $60,000 a day.  

Legendary in Chicago as one of “The Bentley Twins” (he and his twin brother drove Bentleys), Voker told Steele about how he returned from an 11-year prison sentence to find his old neighborhood under new leadership. While looking for old connections to rebuild his empire, Voker’s friend told him he had to go to the church.

“I’m like, who am I meeting?” he said, recounting the story.  “Guy (said), ‘You meeting the pastor.’  I said, ‘I don’t want to talk to no pastor, bro, I just came home.  He goes, ‘No, you have to talk to him because he runs the neighborhood now.’”

When they finally met, the pastor said to the ex-gang leader: “OK, um, I know who you are; I heard a lot about you – glad to see you home, but I’m the new sheriff in town.”

By making himself the “biggest elephant in the room,” Brooks established a new hierarchy in Woodlawn where young blacks saw him as a father figure.  Over the years, Brooks has created an environment where young people can learn a trade, become self-sufficient, and be role models for others.  It is this painstaking cycle of creating and reproducing role models that Brooks believes will transform the neighborhood.  In fact, he wants Woodlawn to be the petri dish that will offer proof that urban areas nationwide can grow themselves out of dysfunction and close crippling disparities.  

“It’s easy to say, ‘the white man, the white man’ when in reality we need to take a closer look at ourselves,” he told Steele. “We’re telling them educationally – you’ve got to get it together.  Economically, you’ve got to get it together.  Family and spiritually, you have to get it together.   And you have to take responsibility.”

It is the Corey Brooks of the world – not the Cory Bookers – who will do for troubled urban cities what trillions of government dollars, angry protesters, and pampered TV pundits have failed to do.  They ignore the elephant in the room, then make books and monuments to themselves about the problems they created and pretended to solve.  

But men like Pastor Brooks stare the elephant in the eye, hammer stakes in the ground, and commit to the dirty, back-breaking labor of changing the destiny of generations of broken human beings.

If America is lucky, Brooks and people like him, just may be replicating an army of men and women in their own images.

Author’s note: Pastor Corey Brooks’ outreach arm, Project H.O.O.D. (Helping Others Obtain Destiny), is raising private funds to build a community center that will house a charter school, skills training, and recreational opportunities.  For more information, go to http://www.projecthood.org. 

What If the Next 9/11 Terrorist Attack Is Just Days Away?

H/T Town Hall.

This is a frightening thought that another 9/11 type attack could be in the making.

If such an attack happens it will be Joe Pee Pads Biden’s fault.

I just watched a documentary about the horrors of 9/11. You remember that day, don’t you? This year will mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

 

Sept. 11, 2001. The day the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center collapsed in New York City. The day about 3,000 of our fellow Americans died. Most of their bodies were never found. They literally melted and disintegrated.

You do remember, yes? They were someone’s fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, and sons and daughters.

Do you remember all those people jumping from 100 stories up and splattering on the sidewalk? I do. I still remember those loud booms. Each boom was a life ending instantly as they splattered on the sidewalk.

Do you remember all those cops and firemen who died trying to protect us? They ran into those burning towers while normal people ran out. They gave their lives; they made the ultimate sacrifice. Their kids grew up without fathers or mothers.

Watching this documentary made me angry all over again. I felt the pain all over again. And most importantly, it made me realize…

We have a madman in the White House.

President Joe Biden is either insane; or he doesn’t care about the lives of Americans like you and me and our precious children; or he’s a puppet for the forces of evil, intent on destroying this great country.

Because what other reason could there be for leaving our border wide open and inviting the whole world in? Border agents should be looking for terrorists. Instead, Biden has turned them into babysitters.

In March, 172,000 illegal aliens got through our open border. That’s up 71% from February. But this is a trickle compared to what’s coming. I’m betting a year from now, we’ll look back fondly on these March 2021 numbers.

How do I know? Because the front door is wide open. Trust me; the whole is coming. Each month, the word spreads. Everyone who gets to our border is let in and given a free lawyer, cash by Catholic charities, a government-issued debit card (filled with money provided by our taxes) and a plane or bus ticket wherever they want to go.

Without ID, by the way.

That’s right. Any illegal alien, coming from the worst terrorist hellholes in the world, can board a plane in the U.S. with no ID, no COVID-19 test and no confirmation they’re not a terrorist. They can sit right next to you and your family. With COVID-19. Or tuberculosis. Or smallpox. Or Ebola. Or a bomb. Or box cutters.

Thank you, Joe Biden.

How many terrorists or terror cells came in today? How many were among the 172,000 who crossed the border in March? How many have come in since Biden became president?

Anyone can see what’s happening. Just this past Friday, the Biden administration’s southern border coordinator announced she is stepping down. It’s all going bad. It’s out of control.

If I were a dictator of one of America’s rogue enemy states, I’d be licking my lips. I’d empty my prisons and send the worst of the worst criminals to America. And I’d be laughing as I sent terror cells across that border to terrorize the American people and collapse the U.S. economy.

All hell is about to break loose. The next 9/11 could be weeks or days or minutes away. All because we have a madman in the White House. The border is wide open, and Biden is letting everyone in. Terrorists are here. Along with murderers, rapists, MS-13 gang-bangers, drug dealers, sex traffickers and pedophiles.

Anyone can see what’s coming. Another 9/11 is on the way. Or a massacre at a college, church or synagogue. Or a dirty bomb that makes a major U.S. city uninhabitable for decades.

America is on the brink. One man is to blame. Biden let them in. Biden did this to us. Biden opened the door to the destruction of America.

The question is, who will have the courage to stand up and stop it before it’s too late?

 

MLB Rips GA Voter ID Law but Requires Photo ID to Pick Up Tickets at Games

H/T Western Journal.

MLB requires you to produce a photo ID to get something as trivial as a game ticket but it penalizes Georgia because of needing an ID to vote.

Acting like the spoiled kid who picks up his bat and glove and heads for home when he doesn’t get his way, Major League Baseball has chosen to move its 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta because of Georgia’s new election integrity law.

In the wake of the 2020 election, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp passed legislation that the left insists is controversial because it mandates voters show ID to request and cast absentee ballots — a security measure that mirrors MLB’s own ticketing procedures.

Although the recently passed law has zero impact on the league directly, MLB nevertheless joined the rest of the woke mob in erroneously attacking the Peach State for racially motivated voter suppression.

Far from it, the law only includes commonsense changes like securing ballot drop boxes, tightening deadlines to request absentee ballots and disqualifying ballots incorrectly cast outside of the voter’s precinct.

Still, MLB has joined with the rest of the pack in the one-note chant of “white supremacy” and punished the state by moving its July 13 game — and the revenue that comes along with it — out of Georgia.

At the same time, MLB requires baseball fans to show photo ID to pick up tickets purchased online or left at will call.

Yet the league has not branded its own measure spectator suppression or any such nonsense — and Rep. Nancy Mace was not about to let that fact slide.

The South Carolina Republican savaged this hypocrisy in a tweet Friday that included a screen shot from MLB’s website showing that a “person will need a picture ID to pick up their tickets.”

“Hey @MLB, this you?” Mace wrote.

 

While the league requires proper ID at the box office to pick up tickets, Commissioner Rob Manfred objects to the same measure when applied to votes cast at the ballot box.

“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” he said in a statement Thursday.

The law would not be at all controversial in a sane world, just as ID requirements are an expected part of boarding a domestic flight, purchasing liquor, taking out a loan, opening a checking account, applying for food stamps, going to the doctor, opening a PayPal account and so much more.

But this is an alternate reality in which Democrats in government and their cronies in the establishment media collude to pressure corporations to do their bidding.

President Joe Biden did his part when he said Georgia’s law makes “Jim crow look like Jim Eagle” even though the law has nothing to do with race at all except to those who assume black people are incapable of doing the bare minimum required to function as an adult in society.

“I think that today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly. I would strongly support them doing that,” Biden told ESPN, endorsing the move before the fate of the July 13 game was announced.

“People look to them. They’re leaders. Look at what happened with the NBA, as well. Look what’s happened across the board,” he said.

“The very people who were victimized the most are the people who are the leaders in these various sports.”

The media were just as eager to play that distortion game, with CNN implying Georgia’s law would restrict voter access and MSNBC using it as an excuse to push for the radical H.R. 1 election reform power grab.

The New York Times even ran an opinion piece Tuesday headlined, “If It’s Not Jim Crow, What Is It?” that made the convoluted connection between racism and laws that have nothing to do with race.

And yet for MLB, this apparently unduly onerous, racist, Jim-Crowesque ID requirement is still part of its ticketing procedure.

Besides the hypocrisy, moving the game has real-world implications for black people that dwarf any made-up voter suppression claims.

In moving the game to its new home at Coors Field in Denver — a state that actually has arguably stricter voter ID laws — MLB has stolen the economic windfall from the city of Atlanta, which is 51 percent black, and granted it to 76 percent white Denver, as Fox News reported.

All of this proves that MLB’s actions have nothing to do with objections to voter integrity laws, identification requirements or even race — it’s about kowtowing to leftists’ insane political whims to pacify the woke crowd.

Like in many other states, the people and politicians of Georgia supported election security measures because they wanted to make sure that the state’s elections are free and fair, and they understand the way to do that is to match a ballot to a properly credentialed voter.

MLB’s own policy requires proper credentials, but it’s still intent on punishing Georgia voters for wanting the same safeguards — and that’s very unsportsmanlike.

Months After Contested 2020 Election, PA to Remove Dead Voters from Voter Rolls

H/T Western Journal.

It should not take a lawsuit to remove dead voters from the voters roll it should have been a common sense move.

How ever common sense is not a flower that blooms in every bodies garden.

We’re all aware of the intense controversy surrounding the Nov. 3 election.

Voter fraud and election integrity became hot button issues in 2020 after several key swing states, including Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, were consistently labeled “too close to call” and many were narrowly flipped blue during early morning hours.

Nearly five months later, the controversy still simmers in various ways as states make reforms to their elections processes — as seen with Arizona’s audit of voter ballots and machines, Georgia’s new election integrity bill and now a lawsuit to remove at least 21,000 dead registrants from Pennsylvania’s voter rolls.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) reached a settlement with the Pennsylvania Department of State this week, according to a Wednesday news release on the organization’s webpage.

PILF’s lawsuit addressed a controversy that started after the foundation provided the names of the 21,000 deceased registrants on Pennsylvania’s voter rolls less than a month before the 2020 election.

According to Breitbart, the lawsuit claimed that over 9,200 of the deceased Pennsylvanians had been dead for at least five years, nearly 2,000 had been dead for 10 years and almost 200 had been dead for at least 20 years.

This can make anyone wonder how these residents were still listed as registered voters in the state.

It speaks volumes about the doubts former President Donald Trump — and others — cast on last year’s election results, where numerous irregularities occurred (though the existence of widespread, coordinated, election-altering fraud has not been proven in court).

Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Veronica Degraffenreid reached a settlement with the group this week, requiring “state election officials to compare death data sets from the Electronic Registration Information Center to the full voter registration database before the 2021 election.”

Pennsylvania also agreed to compare its voter database to the Cumulative Social Security Death Index to identify deceased registrants, according to the news release.

“This marks an important victory for the integrity of elections in Pennsylvania,” PILF President J. Christian Adams said. ‘The Commonwealth’s failure to remove deceased registrants created a vast opportunity for voter fraud and abuse. It is important to not have dead voters active on the rolls for 5, 10, or even 20 years. This settlement fixes that.”

So what does the settlement mean for state elections moving forward?

It confirms ongoing concerns conservatives have expressed about deceased registrants, taking a big step toward achieving greater measures of election integrity in Pennsylvania.

Although conservatives were quick to address this issue, the topic of election integrity should be anything but partisan. Fair and honest elections should be the standard for all Americans, regardless of political belief.

Pittsburgh election officials admitted to mailing out duplicate ballots to voters last May, according to The Federalist, and official Dave Voye confirmed that duplicate ballots had been sent to voters due to a miscalculation in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Judicial Watch, a conservative foundation, also sued Pennsylvania for having 800,000 inactive voters still listed on the state’s voter rolls last April, ordering that the state resolve the issue.

It’s obvious the state experienced some difficulties with elections last year. Removing deceased voters from the voter rolls is a necessary step to prevent future instances of fraud or other election-related dilemmas.

LA School District Caves to Union’s Reopening Demand for a Teacher Child Care Stipend

H/T Western Journal.

One more reason we need to break the backs of unions especially the teachers union.

After a year of remote learning, many California parents are ready to see their children return to the classroom — but the United Teachers Los Angeles union continues to drag its feet, constantly introducing new demands.

And while negotiating a safe reopening plan is one thing, some of the requests have been utterly unrelated to the pandemic.

In a petition last month, the teachers union refused to resume in-person learning unless Los Angeles Unified School District educators received child care for their young children. The petition also accused the district of forcing teachers to choose between “our children or our job.”

The demand for free child care followed on the heels of a January report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found scant evidence of COVID-19 transmission in schools.

According to Politico, the district announced Monday it had conceded to the union’s demand. In exchange for returning some students to the classroom, the school district agreed to pay teachers and other full-time employees with children under the age of 5 a $500 monthly child care stipend.

After a year of negotiations, the school district is set to transition some younger students back to the classroom next week. The current plan will allow kids to return to school for the first time since March 2020.

Still, many are critical of the teachers union for appearing to use the pandemic as an excuse to extort a list of concessions.

Tony Kinnett, the founder of the media website Chalkboard Review, told The Western Journal Tuesday that teachers unions “make educators a single block of power that can hold the community hostage if every demand isn’t met.”

“Unions have the power to unilaterally threaten shutting down education at the slightest provocation, without regard to the wellbeing of the students they supposedly ‘serve,’” Kinnett said.

In contrast to many teachers, health care and service industry workers have returned to work despite the risks and without child care subsidies. According to Kinnett, that shows the Los Angeles teachers union can “leverage” its power against taxpayers to “give their staff benefits no one else in the community gets.”

“If you want additional childcare to what you were doing before COVID-19, pay for it yourself — don’t make the local blue collar workers fund it,” he added.

Journalist Kenny Cody expressed similar disapproval of teachers unions in a Tuesday statement to The Western Journal.

“In an environment where the government controls every aspect of American citizenry, teachers’ unions should not be advocating for a fund that would continue governmental reliance policies,” Cody said.

The journalist also found it hypocritical for unions to demand an “employment stipend,” considering how often they advocate against school vouchers.

voucher typically allows lower-income students to use state dollars to fund their education and escape troubled public schools. Teachers unions typically oppose the policy, however, arguing that it deprives public schools of necessary funding.

“Leave the policies up to the school systems and their allocation purposes; do not allow influence to pressure how they spend funds because of some outside interest,” Cody said.

While United Teachers Los Angeles exploited the tragedy of COVID-19 to satisfy its agenda, children suffered the academic and mental health consequences.

Indeed, a CDC report conducted last year appeared to affirm the emotional impact school closures had on students. From early April to October, the number of mental health-related visits for children aged 5 to 11 and 12 to 17 had increased by 24 percent and 31 percent, respectively, compared with the same period in 2019.

Instead of dictating how public schools can safely reopen their doors, teachers unions should step back and allow those in charge to reintegrate children to normal, in-person learning.

Nation of Islam Mourns ‘Great Potential’ of Unrealized ‘Star’ Noah Green, Attacker Who Killed Capitol Cop

H/T Western Journal.

There is zero doubt in my mind that Noah Green influenced by the venom being spewed by  Calypso Louie Farrakhan.

While many fringe religious movements might be scrambling to disown an aspiring member who had been involved what was being called an act of terrorism, the Nation of Islam isn’t one of them.

No, the group and its ever-provocative leader, Louis Farrakhan, is acknowledging the young man was studying to officially join the Nation of Islam and praising him as a “brother” with the potential to “be a star” had he not apparently succumbed to a mental health crisis that led him to attack two Capitol Police officers on Friday in Washington, killing one, wounding another and losing his own life in the process.

On Tuesday, the Nation of Islam released a statement confirming that 25-year-old Noah Green, who plowed his car into the two officers outside the Capitol building before lunging at them with a knife, was studying to become a full-time member.

“We are saddened by the loss of this brother with such great potential,” the statement said. “With heavy hearts, we offer sympathy and condolences to his mother, father, family, and friends.”

 

In the attack, Greene killed 18-year veteran officer William Evans.

The Nation of Islam statement pointed to “potential mental illness” for spurring Green’s violent acts.

“I am sure, had he been blessed to come through the crisis that he was going through, he would have been a star in the mission of the resurrection of our people,” the statement quoted Farrakhan as saying, after citing a CNN report that Green had been suffering from severe psychosis, including posts on social media in which he claimed to have been subject to attacks, unauthorized operations at a hospital, and “mind control.”

It’s rather striking that the Nation of Islam’s statement on Green’s actions firmly establishes that he had begun the process of becoming a Nation of Islam member, but had never completed it and was in no way a formal part of the organization.

The statement emphasized that while Green may have attended a Nation of Islam convention in Detroit in February of 2020, the group’s mosques and classes were moved online after the coronavirus pandemic began.

The statement explained that record searches showed Green was “not a registered member of the Nation of Islam. It appears that in late summer (August-September) of 2020, he started the process to begin his study to become a member, but he did not complete the process.”

The statement more than establishes grounds on which Farrakhan, on whose behalf the comments were written, could distance himself and his oft-criticized teachings from Green. Instead, the statement opted to honor the man as something just short of a fallen hero.

“We need to know what happened to our brother,” Farrakhan said in the statement also insisted.

 “we cannot rest until we find out what caused him to take a turn like this.”

The statement made a point of repudiating Green’s actions, as it said the Nation of Islam teaches followers “not to carry any weapons — not so much as a penknife” and that murder is “against our law.”

“We absolutely disavow this act that resulted in the senseless loss of life,” the statement declared. “It is shocking for us to learn that someone who was attempting to be a part of our ranks may have been involved in something as tragic as this.”

The statement also offered prayers for the families of the victims and a full recovery for the officer who was injured.

“For us, human life is sacred. And the violation of human life is a violation of God, Himself, because He’s the giver of life and He’s the ultimate cause of death,” it said.

It also made sure to slam what the group viewed as a “wicked mischaracterization” that tries to “tie this tragic incident to the teachings of the Nation of Islam,” also claiming that “nobody” blames Christianity for the crimes of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, although the McVeigh identified as a Christian.

However, the teachings of the Nation of Islam and, more specifically, of Farrakhan himself, do well enough to cast a poor light on the group all on their own.

Farrakhan is, of course, a virulent anti-Semite who can count calling Jews “termites” and leading chants of “death to America” among his greatest hits of seethingly racist and divisive statements.

While it would be fair to concede that there’s not necessarily any indication Green was spurred by Farrakhan’s teachings specifically when he committed his final violent acts, it is indisputable that the Nation of Islam gives nourishment to seeds of bitterness planted within the fertile soil of an unstable mind.

Green himself wrote about Farrakhan’s influence on his life.

“My faith is one of the only things that has been able to carry me through these times and my faith is centered on the belief of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as Jesus, the Messiah, the final divine reminder in our midst,” Green wrote on Facebook recently, according to CNN.

“I consider him my spiritual father. Without his guidance, his word, and his teachings that I’ve picked up on along the way, I would’ve been unable to continue.”

Farrakhan’s doctrine of hate is no different from the false teachings of critical race theory that preaches bitterness and resentment of white people who inadequately repent of the sins of their ancestors, jihadi teachers who recruit angry young men in war-torn regions to give their lives for the glory of Allah, or the Nazi propagandists of the 1920s and ’30s who lured the embattled, bitter, and proud German people with glorious visions of a return to their formal territorial supremacy.

The age of the pandemic has been packed full of national crises that have undoubtedly exacerbated an already crippling mental health crisis in our nation, and there is no question that millions of angry, frustrated, and in many cases likely highly unstable young people are starting to resort to militancy in their unguided despair.

Farrakhan is just another false teacher of an empty promise for salvation. His hate is palpable because his worldview, at least the one he teaches his followers, is based entirely on resentment.

Our nation is uniquely founded on the moral principles of a religion — the great tradition of Christianity — that holds mortal men accountable to a savior God who is the only path towards both exaltation and perfect justice.

It is the God of this faith that the world so sorely needs right now, and millions of troubled minds like Green’s are out there, yearning for truth, yet ever susceptible to the most damnable lies.

Pray for these souls — and pray that we all might be better equipped to minister to them and speak God’s inherent truths in this dark and deceptive age.

The March to Appeasement

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

We can see how well appeasement worked for Neville Chamberlain.

Iran is a boil on the ass of the free world that needs removed.

There will be no peace between Iran and its enemies.

Elections have consequences, and one consequence of the 2020 election will be a return to the foreign policy of the Obama era that seeks to punish Israel, isolate the Arabs, elevate Iran as a regional power, and assure friend and foe alike that tough talk from American leaders is just that: talk.

Representatives of the United States will return to Vienna this week with the aim of lifting sanctions on an Iranian regime led by religious fanatics hellbent on acquiring nuclear weapons, dominating its neighbors, and eliminating the Jewish state.

Appeasement is never a slog, so it’s a mission they are all but certain to accomplish.

It also reveals the hollowness of the tough talk President Joe Biden offered up on the campaign trail, when he said he would not drop sanctions on Iran without first strengthening the Obama-era nuclear deal. His secretary of state, Tony Blinken, assured the Senate just weeks ago that he would not allow terrorism sanctions against Iran to be held hostage to any fresh nuclear talks. Of course these were lies and all sides knew it. Easy promises to make and easier to break.

Already, Iran envoy and friend of Hamas Rob Malley has lowered the bar: He told PBS News on Sunday that the United States would return to the deal if the Iranians agreed to do so. “Our goal is to see whether we can agree on a roadmap back to compliance on both sides,” Malley said, adding that the administration’s goal is to get on “the same page” as the mullahs.

The motivation for the coming realignment in American foreign policy appears to be a left-wing inverse of “owning the libs”—in this case, owning right-wing hawks, neoconservatives, pro-Israel Jews and their gentile allies. The Left cannot contain its glee and anticipation at the coming return to the flawed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The Biden administration’s—and America’s—all-but-certain humiliation seems only to have heightened their excitement. That humiliation will be painful, but it will do no more damage to the cause of regime change than it will to Iran’s nuclear program.

The Obama-era deal was a tragedy. The repetition of that history is farce, and whatever deal the Biden administration strikes will disintegrate as surely as the last. The Iranians may be delusional and paranoid, but their pursuit of nuclear weapons is not irrational. Their enemies are powerful and the current leadership faces an existential threat from Israel.

A new deal can’t change any of that.

There are many possible outcomes. The vindication of Hussein Rouhani, Javad Zarif, Tony Blinken, and Rob Malley as peacemakers is not among them.