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The Data Is Clear: Progressives Should Boycott Biden By Ted Rall

Rasmussen Reports - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:00

Once again, the Democratic Party is asking progressives to vote for a presidential nominee who says he disagrees with it about every major issue. This is presented as an offer it cannot refuse. If it casts a protest vote for a third-party candidate like the unionist and environmentalist Howie Hawkins of the Green Party or stays home on that key Tuesday in November, Donald Trump will win a second term -- which would be worse than Biden's first.

Cruise industry leaders confirm the days of the traditional buffet are over

Daily Mail - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 11:06
On-board entertainment could also be cut as part of a range of changes to cruise liners, which are still banned from entering ports in Spain until 'the end of the coronavirus crisis'.

KLAVAN: Republican Men Without Chests

Daily Wire - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 11:00

I have a friend who despises Donald Trump. Whenever Trump does something he finds outrageous, my friend mocks the president’s supporters by mimicking their frequent defense of him: “At least he fights.”

As I’ve often said, Trump is a great big American character with great big American flaws – and some great big American virtues too, often overlooked.

But you know what? At least he fights.

Never-Trumpers have retreated from the political battle we’re actually in to an imaginary world where they are knightly defenders crossing swords with the Ray Harryhausen skeletons of ideological decay. They call their anti-Trump PAC The Lincoln Project. They call their anti-Trump websites The Remnant or The Ramparts. The idea is that they are the last men standing atop the last redoubt fighting for the party of 1860 against the perfidious President the Donald who has so badly disfigured it.

Well, no.

Black Lives Matter – a small and violent radical organization dedicated to a Marxist revolution and bent on hobbling our police and destroying the American family – has terrorized this country with riots and other ugliness for a long month now. They are not black – only one sixth of the protesters are black – and they don’t care about Black Lives or they wouldn’t be attacking the police. The police killed nine unarmed black men in 2018. Seven thousand four hundred blacks died at the hands of murderers that year. More than 200-thousand died at the hands of abortionists. Black Lives Matter doesn’t give a damn.

And yet what is the response of our elites to these terrorist thugs? Corporations rush to show support for them. Democrat governors, who impose unconstitutional bans on worship in the name of keeping us ever-so-safe from the Chinese Virus, celebrate and join in with their massive demonstrations. Democrat spokesmen – also known as the news media – play down the “mostly peaceful” violence while upbraiding and cancel-mugging any law-abiding citizen who dares to draw a gun to defend himself against it.

So what about the Republicans? The ones who get their ideological ideas from Honest Abe. The ones we’re standing on the ramparts to defend the remnants of.

Well, they’re negotiating. Maybe the Marxist terrorists have a point. Maybe some statues should come down. Maybe some Army bases should be renamed. Some are offering a new federal holiday on Juneteenth. Senator Ron Johnson has a great idea – let’s get rid of Columbus Day so the new Black Lives Matter holiday won’t cost the federal government another day of paid leave. We may be handing over our culture to terrorists, but think of the money we’ll save!

Hundreds of former Bush administration officials are endorsing Joe Biden, now little more than a moderate mask for the radicals who would surely run his administration. That’s who they are. That’s who they always were. Compassionate conservatism was Leftism with a flag on it.

Back in the Obama years, the leadership of the Republican Party told me to my face that they would “use” the Tea Partiers to maintain power while meeting none of their demands for constitutional governance. They announced in public that they would never try to impeach Obama, leaving him free to shred the Constitution with his misuse of the IRS, the State Department, and the FBI. They would not legislate against unbridled illegal immigration. They would not cut entitlements. They would not repeal the oppression of Obamacare.

What Lincolnian principles have these people represented in living memory? What ramparts are we standing on to defend what remnant? If the True Republican Party is an outpost, it’s Jamestown, long gone. Donald Trump did not destroy it. He rose to power because it had been destroyed. He is the emanation of their failures.

Republicans – and conservatives – are now what C. S. Lewis called men without chests. They have high-sounding theories and ideas about our founding and our Constitution, but they will not defend them from the radical destroyers.

Their theories and ideas are worthless. As Lewis pointed out, “In battle it is not syllogisms that will keep the reluctant nerves and muscles to their post in the third hour of the bombardment. The crudest sentimentalism… about a flag or a country or a regiment will be of more use.”

The ancients located such sentiments in the chest. With the help of an intellect trained from youth, those sentiments recall us to our duty when it’s time to face losing an election or profits or a social media platform or a sponsor in the defense of principle.

Instead, “we make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise…” Lewis said. “We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”

That’s your Republican Party. That’s your Conservative Movement, too. That’s why Trump is president. Because at least he fights.

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Gilbert Burns tests positive for coronavirus and is removed from UFC 251 on Fight Island

Daily Mail - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:43
UFC 251, set to take place on 'Fight Island' in Abu Dhabi's Yas Island, was scheduled to see Kamaru Usman defend his welterweight title against Burns as the headline act for the event.

Officially no longer a 'royal'? Prince Harry's eco-tourism scheme 'Travalyst' quietly removes 'HRH'

Daily Mail - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:39
Prince Harry's, 35, eco-tourism scheme Travalyst has quietly removed all references to the term 'HRH' when mentioning the Duke of Sussex online, after his decision to step back from royal duty.

Paul Hogan dislikes the 'hypersensitive' modern culture and political correctness

Daily Mail - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:19
Paul Hogan made a name for himself making sometimes racy and not at all politically correct comedy in the 1970s and 1980s. 

Twitter Ditches “Offensive” Non-Inclusive Terms Such As “Whitelist”, “Man Hours” And “He, Him, His”

Info Wars - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:17
Don't even think about misgendering - the ultimate microaggression.

12 feared dead and 13 missing as torrential rain lashes western Japan

Daily Mail - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:11
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged local people to be 'on maximum alert' and ordered 10,000 troops on stand-by for immediate deployment to join rescue and recovery operations in Kumamoto.

Donald Trump slams ‘far-left fascism’ at Mt. Rushmore speech for July 4

Info Wars - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:09
Speaking at Mt. Rushmore, US President Donald Trump decried "cancel culture" and threatened sharp punishments for those defacing monuments.

Dershowitz Defends Ghislaine Maxwell’s Character As He Sues Epstein Victim for Accusing Him of Rape

Info Wars - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:04
Former Epstein lawyer demands alleged Epstein madame be "presumed innocent," defends Epstein-linked figures Al Gore and Ehud Barak.

Anonymous accuser says she’ll testify that ‘evil’ Ghislaine Maxwell raped her ’20-30 times’

Info Wars - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 09:59
Starting from when she was 14, and claims she was forced to abort Jeffrey Epstein's baby.

‘Harry Potter’ Fan Sites Blot Out J.K. Rowling’s Full Name over Transgender Thought Crime

Info Wars - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 09:53
Two biggest Harry Potter fan sites — Leaky Caldron and Mugglenet — said they will no longer provide links to Rowling’s personal website, cover her personal endeavors, or use photos of her.

Mother-of-two reveals how she is mistaken for her daughter's SISTER - and says sex life is hot

Daily Mail - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 09:36
Paivikki Kuoppakangas, 52, from the city of Pori, Finland, revealed how she feels 'more fabulous, energetic and healthy' than she did in her twenties and thirties after taking on a weight lifting programme.

Iran prepared to retaliate after 'possible cyber-attack' on nuclear site

Middle East Eye - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 09:32
Iran prepared to retaliate after 'possible cyber-attack' on nuclear site
State media raises possibility of sabotage by Israel and the US after a fire tore through the Natanz plant last week
MEE and agencies Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:32
The Natanz plant is monitored by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog (AFP)

Iran is prepared to retaliate against any country that carries out cyber attacks on its nuclear sites, the head of its civilian defence has said, after a fire tore through its Natanz plant last week.

Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation had initially reported that an "incident" had occurred early on Thursday at Natanz, a mostly underground uranium-enrichment site, which is one of several Iranian facilities monitored by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear watchdog.

Iran's top security body said on Friday that the cause of the "incident" at the nuclear site had been determined, but "due to security considerations" it would be announced at a convenient time.

Fire damages building at Iran's Natanz nuclear enrichment facility
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It later published a photo of a one-storey brick building with its roof and walls partly burned.

A door hanging off its hinges suggested there had been an explosion inside the building.

"Responding to cyber-attacks is part of the country's defence might. If it is proven that our country has been targeted by a cyber-attack, we will respond," civil defence chief Gholamreza Jalali told state TV late on Thursday.

Hours before Iranian authorities announced the fire, a mysterious group calling itself the "Homeland Panthers" claimed responsibility for the fire in a series of emails sent to BBC Persian journalists.

The group told the BBC's Jiyar Gol that the attack was carried out at 2am local time on Thursday by elements within Iran's security forces.

"The email claimed that there had been other attacks the government had covered up," Gol wrote on Twitter, adding that this time the government would not be able to cover up the attack because "it was not [at an] underground facility]".

Two Iranian officials told Reuters that Israel could have been behind the Natanz incident, but offered no evidence.

'Red lines'

An article issued on Thursday by state news agency IRNA addressed what it called the possibility of sabotage by enemies such as Israel and the United States, although it stopped short of accusing either directly.

"So far Iran has tried to prevent intensifying crises and the formation of unpredictable conditions and situations," the IRNA said.

'So far Iran has tried to prevent intensifying crises and the formation of unpredictable conditions and situations'

- IRNA, Iran's state news agency

"But the crossing of red lines of the Islamic Republic of Iran by hostile countries, especially the Zionist regime and the US, means that strategy… should be revised."

Asked on Thursday evening about recent incidents reported at strategic Iranian sites, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters: "Clearly we can't get into that."

The Israeli military and Netanyahu's office, which oversees Israel's foreign intelligence service Mossad, did not immediately respond to Reuters' queries on Friday.

In 2010, the Stuxnet computer virus, which is widely believed to have been developed by the US and Israel, was discovered after it was used to attack the Natanz facility.

The IAEA said on Friday the location of the fire did not contain nuclear materials and that none of its inspectors was present at the time.

An Iranian official said the attack had targeted a centrifuge assembly building, referring to the delicate cylindrical machines that enrich uranium, and said Iran's enemies had carried out similar acts in the past.

Potential row

Thursday's incident comes at a time when Iran is being pushed by the IAEA to open up certain sites for inspection, signalling a potential row among the international coalition that is trying to save the Iran nuclear deal.

Iran explosion: Blast seen near military base southeast of Tehran
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Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for the removal of most international sanctions in a deal reached between Tehran and six world powers in 2015.

But Tehran has gradually reduced its commitments to the accord since US President Donald Trump's administration withdrew from the agreement in 2018, reimposing and intensifying sanctions that have battered Iran's economy.

The 2015 deal only allows Iran to enrich uranium at the Natanz facility, which has just over 5,000 first-generation IR-1 centrifuges.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle close Sussex Royal Charity

Daily Mail - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 09:08
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are said to have filed paperwork to dissolve the royal foundation. It follows the Queen's decision that they can no longer use the word 'royal' in their 'branding'.

Ghislaine Maxwell will NEVER sell out Prince Andrew says confidante Laura Goldman

Daily Mail - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 09:01
Laura Goldman, who has been friends with Ghislaine Maxwell for several years, has said she would 'never sell out' Prince Andrew, after she was arrested on child sex charges.

PLATELL'S PEOPLE: Ghislaine Maxwell, a daddy's girl who never escaped his toxic legacy

Daily Mail - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 08:57
PLATELL'S PEOPLE: The first time I met Ghislaine Maxwell was back in the mid-Eighties. She was the rich and sophisticated daughter of mighty media mogul Robert Maxwell.

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Meghan and Harry roll out movie plans

Daily Mail - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 08:49
RICHARD EDEN: Meghan Markle cut short her acting career when she married Prince Harry. Now she has spelt out her plans to return to the screen through the couple's Archewell foundation.

How civil rights leaders began the Facebook ad boycott

Daily Mail - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 08:48
Leaders of the civil rights groups behind the boycott have now said the action was in the pipeline ever since Donald Trump was elected in 2016.

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