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Off-Topic / Phenomenal Film
« on: September 16, 2021, 11:45:27 am »Message ID: 1362340
Phenomenal Film. If you haven’t seen this, it is a great reminder of who we were meant to be as a country and a free people. We are the neck that turns the head of government. I think some have forgotten that. I know I needed a gentle reminder.. If you haven’t seen this, it is a great reminder of who we were meant to be as a country and a free people. We are the neck that turns the head of government. I think some have forgotten that. I know I needed a gentle reminder.

Off-Topic / Democrats are committing voter’s fraud
« on: September 15, 2021, 11:16:28 am »Message ID: 1362287
Democrats are committing voter’s fraud

A woman was on news – she voting in person they couldn’t find her listed.

So, she than they scanned her drivers license – the name scanned on drivers license as Harold XXXXXX.
She is not, her name is Lisa Xxxxx. Her mailing address & email address are correct.

Her political was NOT – They listed her as democrat - she is register as Republican. They also has listed as a permanent absentee voting, which she is NOT!

So, how many people have drivers license scanned. The driver's license shows your name, photo address & etc. but when scanned, it comes up a different name not yours with your address & email, political party & permeant mail in voting only.

This is called Voter's Fraud!

Off-Topic / What is Your Source of Income
« on: August 27, 2021, 11:14:45 am »Message ID: 1361528
Do you have a source of income other FC?

Off-Topic / Henri makes landfall in Rhode Island with wind gusts of up to 70mph: Tropical s
« on: August 22, 2021, 11:08:50 am »Message ID: 1361366

Henri makes landfall in Rhode Island with wind gusts of up to 70mph: Tropical storm knocks out power to 115,000 people, generates 19-foot waves and cancels 1,000 flights across the Northeast

* Tropical Storm Henri made landfall in Westerly, Rhode Island at around 12.15pm Sunday 
* Storm warnings extend from coastal Connecticut and near the old whaling port of New Bedford, Massachusetts, to
   across the luxurious oceanfront estates of New York´s Hamptons
* It is bringing sustained 60mph winds and gusts of 70mph with storm surges and flooding rain across the New England
* More than 35million people have been issued a flood warning in the area
* Nearly 115,000 people from New Jersey to Maine were without power as of early Sunday afternoon
* At least 1,000 flights out of New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts had been cancelled as of Sunday morning
* Amid torrential rain Saturday evening, New York City saw its wettest hour on record   
* Rain began battering New York City on Saturday night as the storm approached 
* Several videos posted online showed drivers plowing through high water in New York and New Jersey
* The storm is expected to bring serious wind damage, 3 to 6 inches of rain and up to 5 feet of storm surge
* NYC's 'Homecoming' concert intended to mark the end of the Covid pandemic was dramatically cancelled half way
   through, as Barry Manilow was singing on stage as the city was hit by thunderstorms
* Revelers were told to leave Central Park immediately as lightning and torrential rain hit the city

Tropical Storm Henri made landfall in Westerly, Rhode Island early Sunday afternoon, bringing with it potentially dangerous winds, and storm surges as well as flooding rain to areas across the New England Region.       

The storm came ashore at 12.15pm, the National Hurricane Center reported, with wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour and sustained winds of up to 60 miles per hour.

Waves off the coast of Rhode Island's Block Island were recorded as reaching up to 19 feet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and flooding rains were expected in New York's Hudson Valley, Connecticut and Massachusetts. 

NWS offices in the area issued a flood watch for more than 35million people across the Northeastern US.

As of around noon, nearly 115,000 people from New Jersey to Maine were without power, according

In Rhode Island alone, more than 100,000 people were expected to lose power, Gov. Daniel McKee reported.

Additionally, more than 1,000 flights had been cancelled at airports in New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey due to the storm, with more expected throughout the day, according to CNN.

The storm is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by Monday after moving to upstate New York, ABC reported.   

Rick Cotton, director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, reported during a Sunday morning press conference that 23 percent of flights at LaGuardia, 11 percent of flights at JFK, 22 percent of flights at Newark had been cancelled, but none of the airports expected flooding.

In Connecticut, four nursing homes in Guilford, West Haven, Old Saybrook and West Haven were evacuated, affecting a total of 280 residents, WFSB reported.

New York City's subways were operating without any suspensions, Janno Lieber, acting chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported, but LIRR and Metro North branches in the most affected areas of eastern Long Island and Connecticut were suspended.   

Perhaps most seriously, due to their topography, areas in New York's Hudson Valley, Connecticut and Massachusetts could see serious flooding, Cuomo reported.

'Rain and a high level of rain for a significant period of time is highly problematic,' he said, adding 'I've seen towns float away.'

He said he anticipated the storm to remain a concern for about 24 hours.

Westerly resident Collette Chisholm, a 20-year resident, said the waves were much higher than normal, but said she wasn´t concerned about her home suffering extensive damage.

'I love storms,' she said. 'I think they´re exciting, as long as no one gets hurt.'

In Newport, Paul and Cherie Saunders were riding out the storm in a home that her family has owned since the late 1950s. Their basement flooded with 5 feet of water during Superstorm Sandy nine years ago.

'This house has been through so many hurricanes and so many things have happened,' said Cherie Saunders, 68. 'We´re just going to wait and see what happens."'

Farther south in Branford, Connecticut, 61-year-old geologist Paul Muniz was busy securing his boat in anticipation of the storm.

Muniz lives close to the marina and has survived previous storms, and spent $50,000 to elevate his home 9 feet off the ground.

'I´ve lived here for 32 years, had an opportunity to move a number of times, but you know, it´s a very special place,' Muniz said.

Rainfall of up to five inches is expected, with a chance for the storm to slow and linger, and increasing the likelihood of serious flooding, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during a Sunday morning press conference. 

Strong winds had begun lashing the region at around 10am as Rhode Island and eastern Long Island saw gusts of up to 63 miles per hour and 56 miles per hour respectively, according to the National Hurricane Center.

It is anticipated to bring gusts of up to 70-mile-per-hour winds, as well as storm surges of up to five feet on parts of Long Island.

Despite it weakening below hurricane strength, the National Weather Service warned that the threats posed by the storm - particularly heavy rain - remained the same.

The first thunderstorms fed by moisture from Henri brought up to half a foot of rain late Saturday, and flooding began in some areas overnight.

New York's Central Park set an all-time record for rain in an hour, with 1.94" falling by 11:51pm - beating the previous record of 1.76" of rain recorded in the park on September 8, 2004.

It marked the wettest hour the city had ever seen on record.

The center of Henri was initially projected to pass over the eastern tip of Long Island by midday, resulting in storm warnings extended from coastal Connecticut and near the old whaling port of New Bedford, Massachusetts, to across the luxurious oceanfront estates of New York´s Hamptons, to the summer getaway of Fire Island.

'Henri has weakened slightly and is now below hurricane strength,' the agency tweeted Sunday morning.

'This does NOT CHANGE the overall threats, especially the heavy rain threat.'

Some 55 million people are under storm warnings ahead of the arrival of Henri, and the National Hurricane Center warned that winds that could reach 80 mph.

Eversource, who provide power to 1.2 million customers in Connecticut, warned that between 50% and 69% their customers could lose power for between eight and 21 days, NBC reports. 

Tropical storm-intensity winds began striking the coast at around 8am. 

Several videos posted online showed drivers plowing through high water in New York City, and Newark and Hoboken, New Jersey.

Off-Topic / Biden administration will recommend COVID booster shots for ALL Americans eight
« on: August 17, 2021, 09:50:37 am »Message ID: 1361202
* Biden administration is planning to recommend most Americans get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot eight months after
   they complete their second dose
* The recommendation will apply to those to received the two-shot Pfizer or Moderna vaccines
* Health officials plan to announce the administration's decision later this week with boosters to be offered as early as mid-
* It comes less than a week after the FDA approved booster shots for immunocompromised Americans

  The Biden administration is expected to recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all Americans, regardless of age, eight months after they received their second shot.

Federal health officials are planning to announce the decision as early as this week, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

This means that the nearly 155 million Americans who received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines could receive a third dose as early as September.

In the announcement, officials will stress that boosters will be needed to offer protection against the Indian 'Delta' variant as it sweeps across the country.

Over the last month, America has lost control of the pandemic that the White House claimed it had curbed around the Fourth of July.

Cases have surged by 150 percent in the last three weeks and patients in states such as Florida, Louisiana and Texas are overwhelming hospitals, with conference rooms, cafeterias and outdoor tents turned into makeshift Covid wards.

Doses would only begin to be administered widely once the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) formally approves the vaccines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's independent panel - the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices - would also have to recommend the doses.

Among the first to receive boosters will likely be health care workers, nursing home residents and other older Americans, who were some of the first Americans to be vaccinated once the shots received emergency use authorization last December.

Officials are also planning to recommend that people receive a booster made from the same company as their initial two shots.

This means that people who receive two doses of the Pfizer vaccine should get a third dose of Pfizer and those who were given two doses of the Moderna vaccine should receive a Moderna booster.

Last week, the FDA expanded the emergency use authorization of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to allow them to be administered as boosters for those with weakened immune systems, citing their higher risk of catching the virus and evidence that the vaccines' effectiveness waned over time.

More and more research has shown that people with weakened immune systems have low or undetectable antibody levels, even after two doses.

A study in May found that all cancer patients developed fewer antibodies after being vaccinated compared to healthy participants and 10 percent barely developed antibodies at all.

Another study in June looked at 30 organ transplant recipients and found that 24 developed negative antibody levels - meaning they did not have any immune-fighting cells - after two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.

Despite this evidence, the World Health Organization (WHO) called for a moratorium on COVID-19 vaccines until every country could vaccinate at least 15 percent of their populations.

However, third doses are currently approved in several countries including Chile, France, Germany and Israel.

Israel, which exclusively administered the Pfizer shot, has been offering a booster to people over 60 who were already vaccinated more than five months ago in an effort to control its own surge in cases from the Delta variant.

France and Germany have also approved third doses for vulnerable populations with plans to start administering the shots next month.

For months, officials had said data still indicated that people remain highly protected from COVID-19, including the delta variant, after receiving the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna regimen or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Since then, more than 198 million Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with more than 168 million fully vaccinated.

Still, the country is experiencing a fourth surge of virus cases due to the more transmissible delta variant, which is spreading aggressively through unvaccinated communities but is also responsible for an increasing number of so-called 'breakthrough infections' of fully vaccinated people.

Israel, which exclusively administered the Pfizer shot, has been offering a coronavirus booster to people over 60 who were already vaccinated more than five months ago in an effort to control its own surge in cases from the delta variant.

Previously, health experts had said that there was no evidence to suggest that fully vaccinated Americans needed booster shots.

But U.S. health officials made clear Sunday they are preparing for the possibility that the time for boosters may come sooner than later.

'There is a concern that the vaccine may start to wane in its effectiveness and Delta is a nasty one for us to try to deal with.,' Dr Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, told Fox News Sunday.

'The combination of those two means we may need boosters, maybe beginning first with health care providers, as well as people in nursing homes, and then gradually moving forward' with others, such as older Americans who were among the first to get vaccinations.

He said that because the Delta variant only started hitting the country hard in July, the 'next couple of weeks' of case data will help the U.S. make a decision.

Officials were continuing to collect information as well about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was only approved in the U.S. in late February, to determine when to recommend boosters, one of the officials told the AP.

The White House has said that even though the U.S. has begun sharing more than 110 million vaccine doses with the world, the nation has enough domestic supply to deliver boosters to Americans should they be recommended by health officials.

Off-Topic / 'There's something going on': Ex-White House physician Ronny Jackson says he
« on: July 24, 2021, 11:29:25 am »Message ID: 1360158
'There's something going on': Ex-White House physician Ronny Jackson says he believes the president, 78, will be forced to resign or will face the 25th Amendment because he is NOT fit for office

* House Rep. Ronny Jackson, Trump's and Obama's top White House doctor, thinks Biden won't finish out his first term
   in office due to unfitness
* ‘Something is SERIOUSLY wrong with Biden - and it’s only going to get WORSE!’ the Republican congressman from
   Texas tweeted on Thursday
* President Joe Biden stumbled through Wednesday night's CNN town hall when he issued a series of gaffes, lost
   thoughts and false statements
* Earlier this month, Joe Biden was caught on camera in an uncomfortable exchange with a reporter 
* The president had to pull out notes to answer a question at a cherry shop in Michigan about the latest cyberattack –
   thought to be from Russians
* 'We're not sure it's the Russians. I got a brief when I was on the plane. That's why I was late getting off the plane,' he
   said before fumbling with pieces of paper
* Biden tried to speak with reporters while also checking out with the cashier
* Jackson on Thursday repeated his demand that Biden take a test measuring cognitive fitness; It's the same exam that
   his predecessor took in 2018 

House Rep. Ronny Jackson, who served as the top White House physician under the Obama and Trump administrations, has predicted President Joe Biden won’t finish his term in office because of a lack of fitness for the job.

‘Something is SERIOUSLY wrong with Biden - and it’s only going to get WORSE!’ the Republican congressman from Texas tweeted on Thursday.

‘It’s past the point of embarrassment. He’s lost. He can barely put a coherent sentence together.’

Jackson added: ‘He MUST have a cognitive exam and release the results!’

Jackson told Fox News that Biden, who has been seen tripping on a stairwell before boarding Air Force One and having difficulty speaking coherently, will either be forced from office when the Cabinet invokes the 25th Amendment or he will resign.

If members of Biden's cabinet aren't looking into invoking the 25th Amendment, then 'this is a national security issue at this point … it really is,' Jackson said.

The tweet was posted a day after Biden repeatedly stumbled over his words and appeared confused as he answered questions during a CNN town hall staged in Cincinnati, Ohio.

At one point, when talking about getting vaccinations approved for children under the age of 12, the president said: 'That's underway, just like the other question that's illogical. And I've heard you speak about it because you always – I'm not being solicitous – but you're always straight up about what you're doing.'

'And the question is whether or not we should be in a position where you uh, um, are - why can't the, the, the experts say we know that this virus is, in fact, uh, um, uh, it's going to be - or, excuse me, we, we, we know why all the drugs approved are not temporarily approved by permanently approved.

'That's underway too. I expect that to occur quickly,' Biden continued as he fumbled over his words.

Biden also misspoke when talking about the efficacy of the coronavirus vaccines against the Delta variant.

Grabien Media founder Tom Elliott posted a video of Biden's interaction with Lemon about vaccines and sarcastically wrote: 'Crushing it.'

Another user asked for a translation, claiming: 'I did not understand a single sentence.'

During an appearance on Fox News on Thursday, Jackson told host Sean Hannity that it’s been apparent for a while that ‘something’s going on here.’

‘And I’ve been saying that it’s only going to get worse, and guess what?

‘We’re watching that happen right before our eyes right now,’ Jackson said.

He added: ‘And I’m at the point right now where, you know, I went from, you know, telling people, we should be concerned about what might potentially be going on, to now saying, hey, what is happening right now?’

‘Where are the people in our academic medicine that were out there calling for President Trump to have a cognitive test? Where are these people?’

Jackson continued: ‘There’s something seriously going on with this man right now.

‘And you know, I think that he’s either gonna, he’s either gonna resign, they’re going to convince him to resign from office at some point in the near future for medical issues, or they’re going to have to use the 25th Amendment to get rid of this man right now.

‘There’s some serious stuff going on right now.’

Earlier this month, Jackson again questioned Biden’s fitness after the president awkwardly fumbled with notes in his suit jacket pocket to answer a reporter's question on something he was briefed on just moments before during an appearance at a Michigan fruit shop.

'With the most recent hack by the Russians, would you say that this means –' a reporter began asking Biden as he checked out from King Orchards farm store in Central Lake, Michigan on July 3.

The 78-year-old president, however, cut off the reporter, saying US intelligence is not sure if the hack came from the Kremlin.

'We're not sure it's the Russians,' he said.

'I got a brief when I was on the plane. That's why I was late getting off the plane.'

'I'll be in better shape to talk to you about it –' Biden started, then cut himself off.

He then proceeded to awkwardly fumble with the notes in his pocket as he attempted to answer the reporter's question while checking out with the cashier, who asked him to no answer, 'Would you like a receipt?'

'I'll tell you what they sent me,' Biden said, while looking at the paper he pulled from his pocket, not answering the cashier's question.

'The idea – first of all we're not sure who it is for certain, number one. And what I did, I directed the full resources of the government to assist in a response if we determine – what else you need?' Biden said, redirecting his attention to the cashier.

Biden repeatedly confused Syria with Libya while discussing ways of working with Russia during a press conference at the G7 on June 13.

The 78-year-old gaffe machine spoke of working with Russian President Vladimir Putin to provide economic assistance to the people of Libya, prompting some confused glances from the press pack at the G7 summit in Cornwall, England.

'I'm hopeful that we can find an accommodation where we can save the lives of people in — for example, in — in Libya,' the president said, mentioning the north African country for the third time instead of Syria, which is in the Middle East.

The White House later brushed the confusion off, confirming that the president was indeed referring to Syria, the country where Russia and the US have been involved in a decade-long civil war. 

On March 19, video captured Biden tripping up the stairs as he boarded Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews.

In the clip, Biden stumbles as he walks up the airstairs. He grabs the hand railing to catch his balance, but then loses his footing two additional times.

During the third stumble, he falls to his knees. However, after brushing off his leg, he reaches the top of the plane and gives a salute before disappearing inside.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre later told reporters that Biden was '100 percent fine' and preparing for his trip in Atlanta.

'It's pretty windy outside. It's very windy. I almost fell coming up the steps myself,' she said.

Just one day earlier, Biden accidentally referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as 'President Harris.'

The gaffe occurred during a press conference on March 18, during which he lauded his administration for being close to meeting their goal of 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office.

'Now when President Harris and I took a virtual tour of a vaccination center in Arizona not long ago, one of the nurses on that, on that tour injecting people, giving vaccinations, said that each shot was like administering a dose of hope,' Biden said.

Harris was standing behind Biden as the president carried on with his speech, but did not correct himself.

Later that day, when the White House released the transcript of his speech, Harris's proper title was inserted with brackets.

In a speech on March 9, Biden seemed to fumble with his words and forget the name of his Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

'I want to thank Sec - the former general - I keep calling him "General,"' Biden said.

'My - the guy who runs that outfit over there. I want to make sure we thank the Secretary for all he's done to try to implement what we've just talked about, and for recommending these two women for promotion.'   

The slip-occurred despite the fact that just a few minutes earlier, he had mentioned Austin's name in the speech without an issue.

During an Election Day speech in Philadelphia, Biden stumbled over his words and confused his granddaughter with his late son, Beau Biden.

Biden told the crowd: 'I want to introduce you to two of my granddaughters...this is my son, Beau Biden who a lot of you helped elect to the Senate in Delaware.'

The commander-in-chief had meant to introduce the crowed to Natalie, Beau's daughter, but hadn't just mixed up the name but the person - he also put his arm around Finnegan Biden, Hunter's daughter.

He finally corrected himself as he draped his arm around Natalie's shoulder and said: 'This is Natalie, this is Beau's daughter.' 

Beau Biden passed away in 2015 after a months-long battle with glioblastoma, one of the deadliest types of brain cancer.

Not all of Biden's gaffes occurred in the 2020s or even the 2010s. In fact, some happened in the early aughts.

In September 2008, after Biden had been named former President Barack Obama's running mate, he attended a campaign rally in Missouri.

It was there that he called on then-Missouri state senator Chuck Graham, who passed away last year. to stand up for the crowd.

'I'm told Chuck Graham, state senator, is here. Stand up Chuck, let 'em see you,' Biden said.

It was at that moment he realized Graham was in a wheelchair due to muscular dystrophy.

'Oh, God love you. What am I talking about. I'll tell you what, you're making everybody else stand up, though, pal.'

According to the Columbia Tribune, Graham said he was never offended by the mistake.     

'Oh nothing, you're all set,' she responded.

'I directed the intelligence community to give me a deep dive on what's happened. I'll know better tomorrow,' he said in continuing his response before putting the paper back in his pocket.

The ordeal was clipped by the Republican National Committee Twitter account and reposted by Trump's former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

Jackson, the Republican from Texas who was elected to Congress after serving as Trump's top White House doctor, said he thinks that Biden should be administered the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) to test for memory impairment, dementia, and other possible maladies.

'I think he's demonstrating every single day that there is something going on,' Jackson told Fox News on Saturday.

'You don't need to be a physician to look at this behavior and see there's something concerning happening.

'He's just not aging gracefully at this point.'

Biden, who is known for misspeaking and making verbal gaffes, has had his cognitive fitness questioned after mixing up the names of aides and colleagues while seeming to forget job titles and other details.

During a news conference at last month's G7 summit meeting in the United Kingdom, Biden appeared to mix up Syria and Libya three times.

Jackson said Trump set a precedent when he agreed to undergo the testing. The 45th president was known to give rambling, run-on statements in press interviews that prompted observers to question his cognitive fitness.

'The far left and the mainstream media were demanding that be the new standard for anybody who's going to lead our country and be our Commander-in-Chief and our head of state,' Jackson told Fox News earlier this month.

'I'm just saying I agree with them at this point - we need to get it done.'

He has also mistakenly referred to his vice president, Kamala Harris, as 'President Harris.'

Jackson added: 'You can go back – there's forty years of tape of this man – he's always made gaffes and stuff but these are different, he's confused, he's disoriented,' the congressman said.

'We all know people who are 100-years old, who basically are as sharp as a tack, and we know people who are in their mid-60s that having some cognitive difficulties…and I think he's on that end of the spectrum.'

Last month, the White House said Biden plans to take his annual physical 'later this year.'

The White House has committed to releasing the results of a medical check-up before the end of the year, but officials are generally reluctant to discuss the president's health.

'I'm just asking them, when you do the physical exam include the cognitive assessment,' Jackson said.

'As far as I'm concerned the standard precedent has been set and they need to follow and do the same.'   

Jackson was promoted to a White House physician while still deployed in Iraq in 2006.

He's served in three administrations - those of Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump - and held a variety of positions, including the physician supervisor for Camp David, before being promoted to physician to the president under Obama in 2013.

Jackson himself was subject to an Inspector General's report in March that found he engaged in 'inappropriate conduct' involving alcohol use, 'disparaged' and 'belittled' subordinates.

He was Trump's unsuccessful nominee in 2018 to become the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

The congressman announced last month that he sent Biden a letter urging him to take a cognitive test.

Jackson has been circulating the letter with House colleagues and has been able to get the signatures of 13 GOP lawmakers.

The letter cites the president's 'mental decline and forgetfulness', notes several of his 'gaffes', and urges the White House to publish the test results immediately.

It was addressed to the president, his physician Dr. Kevin O'Connor and Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, and called on the Biden to share the results with the country.

'The American people deserve to have absolute confidence in their president,' it read.

'They deserve to know that he or she can perform the duties demanded of the office, and they deserve to have full transparency on the mental state of their highest elected leader.

'I would argue that the American people don't have that confidence in President Biden.'

It goes on to list examples of moments of the president's apparent confusion - forgetting the name of the Defense Secretary, muddling Air Force One with Air Force Two, and apparently forgetting the words to the first line of the Declaration of Independence.

'Just everything that has been going on for the last year and a half … [Biden] doesn't know what's going on, where he's at. He's very confused all the time,' he said in an interview with The Hill.

Jackson was the physician in the Obama and Trump administrations, but has never evaluated Biden.

He was famous for his partisan diagnoses, on one occasion saying that Trump had 'incredibly good genes' and that 'if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old.'

On a Trump campaign call in October, he said he was convinced Biden does 'not have the mental capacity, the cognitive ability to serve as our commander in chief and head of state'. 

The letter went on to say how Trump's opponents and the media 'clamored for the then president to take a cognitive test.

Trump 'excelled' at the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, it continued, before suggesting Biden was a prime candidate for further examination because of his forgetfulness.

Trump later described the test, which he said he took to silence critics. 

'It was 30 or 35 questions. The first questions are very easy,' he told Fox News.

'The last questions are much more difficult. Like a memory question

'It's like, you'll go, 'Person, woman, man, camera, TV.'

'So they say, 'Could you repeat that?'

'So I said, 'Yeah. So it's, person, woman, man, camera, TV.'

'OK, that's very good. If you get it in order, you get extra points.'

Off-Topic / The Trump Card: Group reveals 7-point plan to reinstate Trump in 'days, not year
« on: July 11, 2021, 10:18:41 am »Message ID: 1359678
The Trump Card: Group reveals 7-point plan to reinstate Trump in 'days, not years' that includes installing him as House Speaker and ousting Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

* A so-called 'Trump card' was handed out by a conservative group at CPAC detailing a '7-PT. plan to restore' Trump to
   office 'on days, not years'
* The group Patriots SOAR is not affiliated with CPAC event organizers
* The far-fetched plan requires Trump be third-in-line in presidential succession, which is House Speaker, and then
   remove Biden and Harris from office
*  The card prompts readers to visit a webpage, where a letter from 'Author, Investigative-Researcher & Engineer'
   Robert J. Antonellis details the plan
* The webpage includes several Q-Anon-linked conspiracy theories, like the 'secret satanic sacrifices' of Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy Jr.

A seven-point plan of how to reinstate Donald Trump as president 'in days, not years' circulated at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas this weekend.

The so-called 'Trump Card' details that the former president's best chances of retaking his seat in the Oval Office before the 2024 election is by getting him placed in the House Speakership post and ultimately leading Congress in impeaching and removing President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris from office.

The card, obtained by Forbes on Friday, appears to have been made and distributed by a group called Patriots SOAR, which is not associated with CPAC organizers.

A letter on pages seven and eight of the 13-page document is signed by 'your fellow countryman, Robert J. Antonellis'. He is described as an 'Author, Investigative-Researcher & Engineer' in the letter.

While Antonellis is mentioned several times in the document, it is not clear what other individuals are associated with Patriots SOAR.

The group did not immediately respond to a request for comment from

Trump will speak at the conservative gathering in Dallas on Sunday afternoon. The ex-president made his first public post-presidency remarks at CPAC in Orlando, Florida in February 2021.

The far-fetched and unlikely plan would require that Republicans regain control of the House in 2022, which Trump and the GOP are working hard to ensure happens.

After current Speaker Nancy Pelosi 'melts like the Wicked Witch of the West,' a 'trusted conservative' needs to be elected into her old post, the information card details.

That new speaker would be responsible for revealing 'Trump legitimately won the 2020 election' and then drafting articles of impeachment for Biden and Harris.

Then the scenario gets even more improbable in describing the speaker would place Trump in the third place in the line of succession to the presidency, which is the House Speaker position.

The group details, finally, that the House and Senate would need to impeach and convict the president and vice president, allowing Trump to rise to the presidency.

The 10-page document from Patriots SOAR includes a slew of conspiracy-related information, like detailing 'secret satanic sacrifices' of Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy Jr.

Before this new plot was revealed, rumors circulated that Trump felt he could be reinstated as president by August. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a fervent Trump ally, said he was the one who informed the ex-president this could happen.

Trump's circle, however, denies that he feels he will be reinstated as president later this summer.

Off-Topic / Vladimir Putin laughs off Joe Biden's claim he's a 'killer' (but fails to deny i
« on: June 12, 2021, 09:53:08 am »Message ID: 1358285
Vladimir Putin laughs off Joe Biden's claim he's a 'killer' (but fails to deny it) and dismisses the US president as a 'career politician' while praising Donald Trump as 'extraordinary, talented and colorful'

* Putin, 68, spoke to NBC News on Friday ahead of his meeting with Joe Biden
* Biden meets Russia's leader - who he has known for decades - on Wednesday
* In March Biden said that Putin was 'a killer' - remarks that made Putin chuckle
* The Russian president said that he hoped to have a stable relationship with U.S.
* He described Trump as 'colorful', 'talented' and 'extraordinary'
* Putin said questions about deaths of Russian dissidents were 'verbal indigestion'
* He said reports of him backing Iran's satellite program were 'nonsense garbage'
* Biden has previously said he confronted Putin and told him he had no soul

Vladimir Putin burst into laugher when asked if he is a killer - and heaped praise on Donald Trump, before branding Joe Biden a career politician.

The Russian president guffawed when NBC correspondent Keir Simmons asked him: 'Mr President, are you a killer?' during an interview broadcast Friday night.

He avoided directly answering, instead replying: 'Over my tenure, I've gotten used to attacks from all kinds of angles and from all kinds of areas under all kinds of pretext and reasons and of different caliber and fierceness, and none of it surprises me.'

'So as far as harsh rhetoric I think this is an overall expression of US culture. Of course in Hollywood, there are some underlying deep things in Hollywood - macho, which can be treated as cinematic art. But that's part of US political culture, it's considered normal. By the way, not here, it is not considered normal here.'

Putin was speaking in Moscow ahead of his June 16 meeting with President Biden in Geneva. Biden said earlier this year he believed his Russian counterpart was a killer, while Donald Trump did not give a direct answer when asked the same question during his time in office.

Simmons pushed Putin further on the matter, saying: 'I don't think I heard you answer the question, a direct question, Mr President.'

Putin - who appeared to bristle at being pushed further, said: 'I did answer, I did answer. I'll add if you let me. I've heard dozens of such accusations, especially a period of some great events during our counter terrorism events in northern caucuses.

'When that happens, I'm always guided by the interests of the Russian people. The Russian state. In sentience of terms of who calls somebody who, in terms of labels, this is not something I worry about in the least.'

Simmons then reeled off a list of names of Putin critics who died in murky circumstances.

They included Alexander Litvinenko, killed by radiation poisoning in London in 2006, and Mikhail Lesin, who was murdered in Washington DC in 2015. 

Putin, a former KGB lieutenant colonel, said: 'Look, you know, I don't want to come across as being rude, but this looks like some kind of indigestion except that it's verbal indigestion. You've mentioned many individuals who indeed suffered and perished at different points in time for various reasons, at the hands of different individuals.'

Speaking of Lesin, he added: 'I regret to this day he is not with us - we found some of the other criminals who committed these crimes. They are in prison.

Meanwhile, Putin used the same interview to hail Donald Trump, while offering more lukewarm praise - and a backhanded compliment - when asked to share his thoughts on Joe Biden.     

He told Simons: 'Well even now, I believe that former U.S. president Mr Trump is an extraordinary individual, talented individual, otherwise he would not have become U.S. president.

'He is a colorful individual. You may like him or not.

'And, but he didn't come from the U.S. establishment. He had not been part of big-time politics before, and some like it, some don't like it but that is a fact.'

On the current president, Putin said: '(Biden) is radically different from Trump because President Biden is a career man. He has spent virtually his entire adulthood in politics.'

Putin added: 'That's a different kind of person, and it is my great hope that, yes, there are some advantages, some disadvantages, but there will not be any impulse-based movements on behalf of the sitting U.S. president.'

Trump was dogged by accusations of his being too cozy to Russia, and in awe of their strongman leader. 

Putin and Biden will meet in Geneva on Wednesday.   

The White House has said Biden will bring up ransomware attacks emanating from Russia, Moscow's aggression against Ukraine, the jailing of dissidents and other issues that have irritated the relationship.

Last year Biden told his biographer, Evan Osnos, about meeting Putin in the Kremlin in 2011.

'I said, 'Mr Prime Minister, I'm looking into your eyes, and I don't think you have a soul,'' Biden recalled.

'And he looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, 'We understand one another.' This is who this guy is!'

In March, Biden described Putin as 'a killer'.

'This is not something I worry about in the least,' Putin said.

'Over my tenure, I've gotten used to attacks from all kinds of angles and from all kinds of areas under all kinds of pretext and reasons and of different caliber and fierceness, and none of it surprises me.'

He dismissed the 'killer' label as 'Hollywood macho.' 

Pressed further by Simmons, who mentioned by name some of the Putin opponents who have been killed in recent years, the Russian leader bristled.



Biden, at the start of an eight-day visit to Europe this week, said: 'We're not seeking conflict with Russia.'

'We want a stable and predictable relationship.

'But I've been clear: The United States will respond in a robust and meaningful way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities.' 

On the issue of recent ransomware attacks that the United States has traced to Russia, Putin denied any knowledge of the hackings and called on Biden to reach an agreement with him on cyberspace, NBC News said.

Putin also dismissed a report in the Washington Post this week that Russia was preparing to supply Iran with an advanced satellite that would enable it to track potential military targets across the Middle East.

'It's just fake news. At the very least, I don't know anything about this kind of thing,' Putin said.

Off-Topic / Blocked by Biden: Keystone XL Pipeline is finally AXED five months after Preside
« on: June 10, 2021, 10:34:14 am »Message ID: 1358195
Blocked by Biden: Keystone XL Pipeline is finally AXED five months after President revoked permit: Trump claims 48,000 Americans will lose their jobs

* Canadian developer TC Energy announced Wednesday it was pulling the plug on the controversial $8 billion pipeline
* Biden revoked its permit on his first day in office, undoing Trump's approval
* TC Energy alluded to Biden's decision in its cancellation announcement
* The pipeline would have carried oil from the tar sands of Canada to Texas
* Environmentalists and indigenous groups had long opposed the pipeline
* Trump claimed last week Biden's nixing of it had cost 48,000 US jobs

The Keystone XL Pipeline project has officially been axed, five months after Joe Biden revoked Donald Trump's permit on his first day in office and just days after the former president claimed the move could cost 48,000 American jobs. 

TC Energy, the Canadian developer behind the project, announced Wednesday it was pulling the plug on the controversial $8 billion pipeline that would have carried 800,000 barrels of oil a day from the tar sands of Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.

The company said it had come to the decision following a comprehensive review of its options and after consulting with the government of Alberta, Canada. It alluded to Biden's decision to ax the permit as part of the reason for the project's cancellation.

The move brings to an end a decade of political wrangling over the pipeline and sees Biden's America wave goodbye to another program launched under Trump.

Environmentalists and indigenous groups had long opposed the pipeline, and Biden vowed during the White House race to withdraw US support for the project.   

TC Energy said Wednesday it had notified the government of Alberta of its decision and will coordinate with regulators, indigenous groups and other stakeholders 'to meet its environmental and regulatory commitments and ensure a safe termination of and exit from the Project.'

The company will now focus its business around the areas of shipping and storing natural gas, liquid fuels and power.

François Poirier, the company's president and CEO, said in a statement: 'We value the strong relationships we've built through the development of this Project and the experience we've gained.' 

Alberta officials also said in a statement that they had reached an agreement with TC Energy to exit their partnership.

The company and province plan to try to recoup the government's investment, although neither offered any immediate details on how that would happen.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he was 'disappointed and frustrated' with the project's demise and pointed the finger at Biden.

'We remain disappointed and frustrated with the circumstances surrounding the Keystone XL project, including the cancellation of the presidential permit for the pipeline's border crossing,' Kenney said in a statement.

The 1,210-mile (1,947-kilometer) pipeline, starting in 2023, was to transport up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day from the Alberta oil sands to Nebraska and then through an existing system to refineries in coastal Texas. 

Alberta had hoped the pipeline would spur increased development in the oil sands and bring tens of billions of dollars in royalties to the area over the coming decades.

The province invested more than $1 billion in the project in 2020 alone.

Construction began last year after Trump granted the project a permit to cross the border into America when he took office in 2017.

But Biden signed an executive order within hours of entering the White House in January formally rescinding the permit.

Biden had vowed during the presidential campaign to end the project over concerns that burning oil sands crude would make climate change worse.

The Democrat had put the climate crisis high on his political agenda, also moving to re-enter the US in the Paris Climate Agreement - after his predecessor pulled the nation from it.

In January Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hit out at the nixing of the permit and urged Biden to rethink his decision.

However officials in Alberta have since claimed Trudeau didn't push Biden hard enough to reinstate the permit and the president was not swayed.

Republicans were also unhappy about Biden's move. A total of 21 Republican states sued the president over his executive order, saying the line would have created thousands of construction jobs.

The Democrat has even sparked some division on the matter within his own party, with moderate Senate Democrats including Montana's Jon Tester and West Virginia's Joe Manchin urging him to reconsider.

Tester said in a statement Wednesday that he was disappointed with the project's demise, but made no mention of Biden.

Wyoming Senator John Barrasso, the top Republican on the Senate energy committee, was more direct: 'President Biden killed the Keystone XL Pipeline and with it, thousands of good-paying American jobs.'

A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on TC Energy's announcement.

Trump had raged about the halting of the pipeline at the North Carolina GOP convention dinner in Greenville on Saturday night, claiming his successor had cost America 48,000 jobs. 

'The Biden administration seems to be putting America last. You look at these negotiations where so many bad things have happened,' he said.

'48,000 jobs were lost by President Biden's day one rejection of the keystone pipeline. For what reason - why did they do that?

'And if you like the environment, the pipeline is much better than railroad tracks and trucking. It's great and they ended it on day one.' 

The pipeline has been a source of controversy for more than a decade.

It was first proposed back in 2008 but has fallen in and out of favor with the US as the nation's leadership yo-yoed from Democrat to Republican and back to Democrat.

The project stalled under the Obama administration before its approval under Trump - followed by its total demise under Biden.

The pipeline faced strong opposition from environmentalists who viewed the expansion of oil sands development as an environmental disaster that could speed up global warming as the fuel is burned.

They celebrated the news Wednesday saying the line's cancellation marks a 'landmark moment' in the effort to curb the use of fossil fuels.

'Good riddance to Keystone XL,' said Jared Margolis with the Center for Biological Diversity, one of many environmental groups that sued to stop it.

Native American tribes along its route had also long opposed its building as it would have ran through land that they own. 

Off-Topic / Got 2nd Covid 19 Vaccines
« on: April 24, 2021, 08:40:57 pm »Message ID: 1355533
Got my 2nd vaccines on Wednesday - Had a fever/ chills & massive headache. Massive headache finally going away sine Wednesday!

Vaccine - Pfizer!

Off-Topic / Florida Gov DeSantis signs new anti-riot bill that cracks down on violent protes
« on: April 19, 2021, 10:04:42 am »Message ID: 1355212
Florida Gov DeSantis signs new anti-riot bill that cracks down on violent protests and stops police budgets from being cut on the same day as Derek Chauvin's closing arguments

* The bill that aims to crack down on violent protests comes into effect immediately in Florida
* Gov Ron DeSantis signed the bill, officially known as HB 1, on Monday as closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial
   over George Floyd's death were held
* The bill increases the criminal penalties for those who commit crimes during a riot, including assault and defacing
   monuments and public property
* The bill also allows local governments to be sued if they fail to prevent a riot breaking out and protests police budgets
   from being cut
* It also gives civil immunity to people who drive into protesters who have forcibly blocked roads

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a new anti-riot bill into law on the same day as closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial over George Floyd's death.

The Republican-backed bill, which aims to crack down on violent protests, comes into effect immediately and is response to the riots that broke out in the wake of the police killing of Floyd in Minneapolis last summer.

DeSantis signed the bill, officially known as HB 1, on Monday at a press conference at the Polk County Sheriff's Office headquarters.

'I think it's really remarkable if you look at the breadth of this particular piece of legislation,' he said.

'It is the strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement piece of legislation in the country. There's just nothing even close.'

It will increase the criminal penalties for those who commit crimes during a riot, including assault and defacing monuments and public property. It will be punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

'This bill protects all monuments in Florida. You have no right to go in and take down monuments, we're not going to let the mob win the day with that,' DeSantis said. 

It also creates a new second-degree felony called aggravated riot that can see people charged when a riot has more than 25 participants and causes bodily harm, more $5,000 in property damage or blocks roadways by force.

The bill allows local governments to be sued if they fail to prevent a riot breaking out and adds language to state law that could force local governments to justify a reduction in law enforcement budgets.

It gives civil immunity to people who drive into protesters who have blocked roads and also prevents those who have been charged in relation to a riot from being released on bail until after their first court appearance.

'Just think about it, you're driving home from work, and all of a sudden, you have people out there shutting down a highway, and we worked hard to make sure that didn't happen in Florida,' DeSantis said.

'They start to do that, there needs to be swift penalties.'

The bill builds on several measures DeSantis introduced last summer as a response to the violent protests following George Floyd's death at the hands of police. 

Republicans say the bill is designed to protect people and property. They have hit back at suggestions that the bill will impact freedom of speech.

'Rights have limits, and violence is where the line is drawn,' said Republican Sen. Danny Burgess, who carried the bill in the Senate. 'This bill is about preventing violence.'

Those who oppose the bill, however, say it aims to stop protests altogether and violate the First Amendment Rights of people involved in groups like Black Lives Matter.

The American Civil Liberties Union previously said the new law would give police broad discretion over what constitutes a demonstration and a riot.

'The bill was purposely designed to embolden the disparate police treatment we have seen over and over again directed towards black and brown people who are exercising their constitutional right to protest,' said Micah Kubic, the executive director of ACLU of Florida.

It was first filed in the Florida House of Representatives in January before being passed by the Senate, 23-17, last Thursday.

The bill was sent to Florida's Republican governor as new protests erupted last week in a Minneapolis suburb after another fatal police shooting of black man Daunte Wright and as closing arguments started in Derek Chauvin's trial.

In Minneapolis, where the trial is taking place, the city is already taking precautions in case of unrest.

More than 3,000 members of the National Guard have been drafted into the city, in addition to 1,100 officers from public safety agencies across the state as part of what has been termed Operation Safety Net.

Businesses have already been boarded up and the area around Hennepin County Government Center, where Chauvin's trial is being held, has already been fortified with concrete barricades and multiple layers of high-security fencing topped by barbed wire.

Off-Topic / Biden tries to sell his $2trillion infrastructure package to Republicans and Dem
« on: April 19, 2021, 09:59:38 am »Message ID: 1355211
Biden tries to sell his $2trillion infrastructure package to Republicans and Democrats with another Oval Office sit down as he prepares another round of taxes on the rich

* President Joe Biden will host Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the Oval Office as he tries to sell them on his $2
   trillion infrastructure package
* Administration considering taxing the wealthy to pay for second phase of its infrastructure plan -  the American Families
* Among lawmakers meeting with Biden is Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who has an infrastructure proposal of his own
* Some Republicans want to pass a 'hard' infrastructure plan with traditional items
* Some Democrats signing on to that as a first step with a social program package to follow that one

President Joe Biden will host Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the Oval Office Monday as he tries to sell them on his $2 trillion infrastructure package.

The meeting comes as the administration prepares for a new round of taxes - this time on wealthy individuals - to pay for the second phase of Biden's infrastructure plan, which focuses on social programs.

The 10 lawmakers meeting with Biden are all former governors or mayors. The president has touted his support from Republican mayors and governors to paint his proposals as bipartisan even as his American Rescue Package didn't garner a single GOP vote on Capitol Hill.

The White House touted the meeting, saying the group of 'former state and local elected officials understand firsthand the impact of a federal investment in rebuilding our nation's infrastructure on their communities.'

Biden faces an uphill battle on his sprawling infrastructure plan, which goes beyond tradition projects of roads and bridges to include housing, childcare and the environment.

Both Democrats and Republicans have weighed in on the proposal, which is in the process of being drafted on Capitol Hill.

Monday's meeting marks the second time in the last two weeks Biden has hosted a bipartisan group of lawmakers. Last week he met with eight lawmakers for nearly two hours.

Among the group of 10 lawmakers sitting down with the president is Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who has an infrastructure proposal of his own to counter Biden's.

He and the president have spoken about it, Romney told reporters on Capitol Hill last week.

The Republican legislation aims for a smaller infrastructure deal - in the $600 billion to $800 billion range.

It would focus on traditional infrastructure items and some Democrats see that as a first step to a larger deal.

Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, a close Biden ally, said on 'Fox News Sunday that the Senate should 'come together in a bipartisan way to pass that $800 billion hard infrastructure bill' and then tackle a second package that would include additional items the president is proposing.

Meanwhile the White House wooing continues.

White House chief of staff Ron Klain will host leaders of the moderate House Democratic Blue Dog Coalition on Tuesday and key members of the New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday,  a White House official told CNN.

Vice President Kamala Harris is in North Carolina on Monday to sell the plan and other Cabinet officials are also hitting the road. 

Republicans have criticized Biden's plan for being too large and going outside the traditional infrastructure scope.  Some moderate Democrats have expressed similar concern.

Biden has defended his plan by saying all the items contribute to the greater infrastructure of the country.

But he's also facing criticism from his left wing, who wanted him to go even bigger.

The White House is working to mollify progressives with talk of the American Families Plan, a second part of the infrastructure initiative that will be released this month and focus on social programs, including the child tax credit.

But most Republicans strongly oppose the social programs and liberals worry that a smaller first round package passing with bipartisan support could kill the second round proposal.   

To pay for his American Families Plan, Biden is weighing a new series of tax hikes on the wealthy, people familiar with the discussions told Politico.

The new taxes come after the administration proposed a series of taxes on corporations last month to pay for its $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. Some of those funds could pay for first round of infrastructure funding but the way to cover costs is still being worked out as the legislation is being crafted.

But a presidential proposal for a tax on the wealthy is likely to be much more contentious on Capitol Hill than his push to raise corporate taxes.

Republicans are pushing back hard on Biden's plan to raise taxes - both on corporations and on high-net earners.

And some Democrats from high-worth areas - such New York, San Francisco and Silicon Valley -  may object to the president's plan to raises taxes on their constituents.   

Biden has pledged only to raise taxes on households making more than $400,000. But the administration hasn't been clear as to whether that limit applies to individual earnings or combined household - a distinction that makes a big difference especially in areas on the East and West Coasts where the cost of living is high.

One idea the administration is considering would be to reel back Donald Trump's tax cut, taking the top marginal tax rate back to 39.6 per cent, where it was before the 2017 tax cut.

Lawmakers meeting with Biden on Monday


Sen. John Hickenlooper of Colorado

Sen. Angus King of Maine

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri

Rep. Charlie Crist of Florida

Rep. Norma Torres of California


Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah

Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota 

Rep. Carlos Gimenez of Florida

Rep. Kay Granger of Texas 

Off-Topic / Are these the 30 people who will attend Prince Philip's funeral? Royals face
« on: April 10, 2021, 10:21:47 am »Message ID: 1354737
Are these the 30 people who will attend Prince Philip's funeral? Royals face dilemma over who to invite because of Covid rules with Boris Johnson likely to join senior members of family for service - as equipment is seen arriving in Windsor

* The Queen, 94, will only be able to invite 30 people to the ceremony - plus the clergy - at St George's Chapel
* There were going to be 800 mourners from across the Duke's military units, charities and the Commonwealth
* The final list, which is expected in the next few days, will likely be made up of senior members of Royal Family
* Prince Philip said that he wanted funeral with minimal fuss, but his passing was always going to be a big affair
* Meanwhile lorries were Saturday lunchtime seen hauling scaffolding into Windsor Castle for the preparations

The Royal Family faces a dilemma over who to invite to Prince Philip's funeral due to the coronavirus restrictions in place across England.

The Queen will only be able to invite 30 people to the ceremony - plus the clergy - at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Originally there were going to be 800 mourners from across the Duke of Edinburgh's military units, charities and associates from across the Commonwealth.

The final list, which is expected in the next few days, will likely be made up of senior members of the Royal Family as well as the Prime Minister.

Prince Philip said he wanted a funeral with minimal fuss, but the passing of Britain's longest serving consort was always going to be a big affair - and lorries were today seen hauling scaffolding into Windsor Castle for the preparations.
The Royal Family faces a dilemma over who to invite to Prince Philip's funeral due to the coronavirus restrictions in place across England.

The Queen will only be able to invite 30 people to the ceremony - plus the clergy - at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Originally there were going to be 800 mourners from across the Duke of Edinburgh's military units, charities and associates from across the Commonwealth.

The final list, which is expected in the next few days, will likely be made up of senior members of the Royal Family as well as the Prime Minister.

Prince Philip said he wanted a funeral with minimal fuss, but the passing of Britain's longest serving consort was always going to be a big affair - and lorries were today seen hauling scaffolding into Windsor Castle for the preparations.

Next could be the partners of the senior royals, who are present at most official events.

These are Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal's husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Prince Harry is expected to jet across from his new home in California, before quarantining ahead of the burial.

His wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who is heavily pregnant with their second children, is not believed to be coming and neither is their son Archie.

The rest of those to be invited is less certain but the remaining could heavily feature more distant members of the Royal Family.

Princess Anne's children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall could be there, with Zara's husband and former England rugby star Mike also present.

Princess Beatrice could be joined by Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who she married last year.

Her younger sister Princess Eugenie may well also be invited, along with her husband of three years Jack Brooksbank.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex's children may also make the cut - Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

It is also likely the Queen will invite her cousins and their spouses: Princess Alexandra, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, who have offered loyal support and service over the years.

And the Queen is close to the children of her late sister Princess Margaret - her nephew the Earl of Snowdon and niece Lady Sarah Chatto - and is likely to want them to be present as a source of comfort.

The Queen and Philip's 10 great-grandchildren - Savannah and Isla Phillips; Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Cambridge; Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall; Archie Mountbatten-Windsor; and August Brooksbank - are likely to be considered too young to attend the televised proceedings as all are aged 10 and under.

If Meghan does not attend, and Mr Tindall, Mr Brooksbank and Mr Mapelli Mozzi do, then the guest list would total 29, leaving just one place left.

This could be filled by a trusted member of the Queen or Prince Philip's household, or perhaps Boris Johnson if the Queen decides to widen the invitation outside royal circles, or First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Tony Radakin in honour of Philip's military service.

Off-Topic / Prince Philip's funeral set for next Saturday
« on: April 09, 2021, 01:05:04 pm »Message ID: 1354684
Prince Philip's funeral set for next Saturday: Britain enters eight days of mourning as The Queen shares her 'deep sorrow' after the death of her 'beloved' husband Philip at 99 and nation pays tribute to her 'rock' the Duke of Edinburgh

* Her Majesty announced death of her husband of 73 years at midday today and joins 'the world in mourning'
* Philip was in Windsor after being treated for an infection and pre-existing heart condition for 28 nights
* Duke of Edinburgh had kept a low profile since conducting his final solo public engagement in August 2017
* After retiring, Philip spent much of his time at Windsor and at Queen's private Sandringham estate in Norfolk
* Duke was the longest-serving consort in British history and the oldest serving partner of a reigning monarch
* Philip was known for legendary gaffes and uncensored and politically incorrect opinions on various subjects

Britain today enters eight days of mourning before Prince Philip's funeral is due to be held next Saturday after The Queen announced with 'deep sorrow' the death of her husband Prince Philip at the age of 99.

Philip was her 'strength and guide' throughout their 73-year marriage and her 69-year reign, as crowds of mourners laying flowers and tributes at palaces became so large they were told to disperse because of the pandemic.

The Duke of Edinburgh spent his final days at Windsor Castle with his wife, who he lovingly called Lilibet throughout their long life together, after a 28-night stay in hospital having been admitted in mid-February for an infection and a pre-existing heart condition.

Her Majesty announced her husband's death at midday as the Union Flag was lowered to half-mast outside Buckingham Palace, in Downing Street and on public buildings across the UK and Commonwealth. Westminster Abbey will ring its bells 99 times in his memory from 6pm tonight.

The Royal Family said in a statement: 'It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss'.

A frail Philip was last seen leaving hospital for Windsor on March 16. His death plunges the nation and the Royal Family into mourning and brings to an end his lifetime of service to Britain and to Elizabeth, the Queen who adored him since her teens. The couple shared their 73rd wedding anniversary last November and he was due to turn 100 on June 10 this year.

Hundreds gathered in the spring sunshine at the palace and in Windsor, where many hugged and wiped away tears as they laid flowers in his memory - and left messages of love and support for the Queen and her family.

But as the crowds grew this afternoon the Government urged people to stay away and not to leave bouquets for public health reasons because Britain remains in lockdown due to Covid-19. The notice announcing the Duke of Edinburgh's death at the gates of Buckingham Palace even had to be removed to maintain social distancing, officials said, and police horses even arrived to help marshal mourners.

His funeral will be a small family service at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle before the duke is buried in Frogmore Gardens, where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were laid to rest. The date has not been set officially, but sources claim it could be on Saturday, April 17.

More details will emerge in the next few days, with the plan nicknamed 'Operation Forth Bridge', but the public have already been urged to stay away to avoid spreading Covid-19 and watch it on TV at home instead. A state funeral including a flotilla of boats on the Thames to mark her husband's life looks impossible due to covid restrictions, but the Duke was said to have disliked the idea because he 'didn't want the fuss'.

Prince Harry is expected to return to the UK and be among the small number of mourners at the funeral, but it is much less clear whether his pregnant wife Meghan will return, weeks after the couple accused the Royal Family of racism in their bombshell Oprah interview while Philip lay in hospital.

The Duke of Edinburgh's title will eventually pass on to his youngest son, Prince Edward, it was confirmed today - but he will have to wait until after the death of his mother and his brother Charles becomes king because of royal protocols.

The cause of Philip's death has not been made public, but Philip had his first Covid-19 vaccination with the Queen on January 9, with his second one due around a week ago. It is not known if it was administered.

Parliament will be recalled from its Easter recess on Monday - a day earlier than planned - where MPs will give tributes in the Commons. The Conservatives, Labour and other major parties have suspended campaigning for the local, mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections in May out of respect for the duke.   

As the Queen lost her husband, and the country mourns one of its greatest servants, it also emerged:

Her Majesty will enter a period of mourning with officials planning a royal ceremonial funeral in St George's Chapel,  Windsor, after Philip insisted he didn't want the 'fuss' of lying in state. But well-laid plans have been hit by Covid restrictions and the public already urged not to consider gathering in the streets for the event;
Large crowds stood at Buckingham Palace and at Windsor Castle to lay flowers - before the Government asked them to disperse and stop laying flowers;
Flags around the UK are at half-mast - and will remain so for at least eight days - as Boris Johnson leads tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh, who the PM said has 'helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life';
US president Joe Biden said: 'Jill and I are keeping the Queen and to Prince Philip's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in our hearts during this time
Commonwealth leaders including prime ministers of Australia, Canada and India thank Prince Philip for his decades of public service and send 'love and deepest condolences' to Her Majesty and all the Royal family;
Philip's death came at a time of great turmoil for the Royal Family after Harry and Meghan's emigration to the US and bombshell Oprah interview. The Sussexes have not said if they will be returning to the UK;
Prince Charles, Prince William and other senior royals are yet to give their own personal tributes as ordinary Britons shared their own hilarious and poignant memories of meeting Prince Philip;

Her Majesty, who remains at Windsor Castle with her husband, has now started an eight-day period of mourning. She will not carry out any duties, even in private, while laws will not be given the Royal Assent and affairs of state will also be paused.

Boris Johnson led the tributes to the Queen's husband and addressed the nation outside No 10 Downing Street shortly after the announcement. He said: 'We give thanks, as a nation and a kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh'.

He added: 'Speaking on their golden wedding anniversary, Her Majesty said that our country owed her husband 'a greater debt than he would ever claim or we shall ever know' and I am sure that estimate is correct So we mourn today with Her Majesty The Queen.

'We remember the duke for all of this and above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen. Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her 'strength and stay', of more than 70 years.

'And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation's thoughts must turn today. Because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years, great-grandfather.' Mr Johnson also praised his Duke of Edinburgh scheme, which has 'shaped and inspired the lives of countless young people'. 

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Off-Topic / Biden's Homeland Security secretary now says he wants to prosecute MORE illegal
« on: April 07, 2021, 10:00:03 am »Message ID: 1354561
Biden's Homeland Security secretary now says he wants to prosecute MORE illegal immigrants crossing the border and will crack down on Dem sanctuary cities that refuse to work with ICE

* Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas wants to crack down on illegal immigration
* Specifically, he wants to criminally prosecute more illegal immigrants and target sanctuary cities who refuse to
   cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement
* 'I see cases now where we apprehend and remove individuals that I think need to be prosecuted criminally,' Mayorkas
    told ICE employees during a virtual town hall on Friday
* Also said President Joe Biden is considering restarting construction on Donald Trump's southern border wall
* Resumed construction would help fill 'gaps in the wall,' Mayorkas said
* Biden is facing a massive influx of migrants arrivals, leading to overcrowding at detention facilities
* Vice President Kamala Harris was put in charge of the White House's response to the immigration crisis
* Critics have slammed her for not yet visiting the southern border or its overflowing holding facilities, but instead
   jetting of to promote the American Rescue Plan

Joe Biden's Homeland Security head is looking to crack down on illegal immigration by taking more legal action against border jumpers and targeting U.S. cities that act as a safe haven for them.

'I see cases now where we apprehend and remove individuals that I think need to be prosecuted criminally,' DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said during a virtual town hall with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees last week where he also revealed President Biden is considering restarting construction on Donald Trump's border wall.

'Quite frankly, I'm going to have to understand why some of these individuals are not subject to a Title 8 USC 1326 case and I intend to work with the DOJ in that regard,' he added.

Entering the U.S. illegally is a misdemeanor under Title 8 Section 1325. Furthermore, reentering the country after being ousted is a felony under Title 8 Section 1326.

Mayorkas told ICE employees that DHS will also take on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to work with the agency to turn over illegal immigrants hiding out there.

He also vowed during the meeting, according to notes of the conversation reviewed by the Washington Times, that he is opposed to some more progressive immigration and border protection policies, like the push from the far left to totally abolish ICE.

'I'm 100% opposed to the abolition of ICE,' he said. 'It is the opposite of what I think needs to occur. I think we need to strengthen our policies and practices and communicate more effectively what we do and why we do it.'

Vice President Kamala Harris was put in charge of the White House's response to the immigration crisis. Critics have slammed her for not yet visiting the southern border or its overflowing holding facilities in the few weeks since being designated border czar.

Since Biden made the announcement, Harris has visited New Haven, Connecticut; Oakland, California and Chicago, Illinois – all to promote the American Rescue Plan and preview more relief.

She also went home to California for Easter weekend with second gentleman Doug Emhoff and moved into the Naval Observatory after getting 'frustrated' with the time it was taking to complete the renovations. She has also listed her D.C. condo on the market for $1.995million.

Another notable tidbit to come from that meeting Friday was Mayorkas revealing Biden is considering restarting construction on Trump's southern border wall in an effort to address the record numbers of illegal crossers.

He said the construction might resume in order to plug 'gaps' in the current barrier between the U.S. and Mexico.

The move comes as Biden made a big spectacle on Day One of his administration by issuing an executive order freezing Department of Defense funding for border wall construction. In February, he officially ended the emergency order at the border, but there were concerns about where the funds would go that were already appropriated for the border wall project.

The new hard-line stances come as Biden's administration is facing a growing crisis at the southern border with record numbers of migrants arriving every day and facilities quickly becoming overcrowded and understaffed.

So-called sanctuary cities emerged as a hot topic in the midst of Trump imposing strict crack downs on deporting illegal immigrants.

A sanctuary city refers to a jurisdiction that limits their cooperation with the federal government's effort to enforce immigration law.

California itself has deemed itself a sanctuary state and other cities include places like Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Portland, Oregon.

Mayorkas also revealed during the meeting he's working on a new set of guidelines to govern ICE officers' arrests and attempts to deport illegal immigrants.

Pressed by ICE employees worried about public resistance, Mayorkas said the agency has a 'noble mission.'

Mayorkas served during Barack Obama as head of ICE and later as deputy secretary at DHS under then-Secretary Jeh Johnson.

Some feel Mayorkas is just fronting for ICE employees without the intentions to follow through with some of these plans.

'I've seen this administration say a lot of things that I feel like they're disingenuous about, and they know they can't deliver on, but they pretend and leave their audience to believe they can deliver on. That's what I see here,' a former DHS official told the Times.

During the forum, employees pleaded for a firmer stance amid the current migrant surge.

One employee lamented that DHS was treating illegal immigrants more leniently regarding COVID-19 restrictions than American citizens.

Others questioned the new administration's border policy changes, claiming Trump's policies appeared to be working to curb the immigration crisis.

One employee complained, according to the Times, of 'notoriously low morale' and blamed Washington for its lack of support.

Under Trump there was a lot of freedom to target illegal immigrants with criminal records, which allowed agents and officers to pursue deportation against anyone in the country without permission or legal status.

With Biden in office, however, ICE has been given much stricter rules.

The priorities of the new administration have seen ICE book-ins cut by 62%, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

Mayorkas defended the stricter priorities, saying: 'Every law enforcement agency to which I have been a part, or which I have worked, has priorities in light of the fact that it doesn't have unlimited resources.'

'I know there may be disagreements about where those lines are drawn, and we're going to be talking about that in the coming weeks,' he added.

The DHS lead promised 'discretion' and said the final guidelines won't be 'set in stone.'

Biden's administration is facing record numbers of migrants arriving at the southern border and federal government holding facilities are 'stretched beyond thin,' according to an independent report concluded after a visit to the sites.

House Whip Steve Sacalise is leading a delegation of 10 Republican members to the southern border to assess the conditions, which have been described as 'inhumane' and 'horrific.'

Vice President Kamala Harris, who was designated border czar by Biden last month, has faced a slew of backlash for not yet visiting the border. Seemingly, Harris has not done anything yet to improve conditions at holding facilities or address problems with immigration under this administration.

NASA and other federal agencies reportedly sent out emails to their employees asking if they are willing to volunteer at the overcrowded child migrant facilities.

Mayorkas defend Biden canceling border wall construction, telling ICE employees during last week's meeting that it leaves 'room to make decisions' on finishing 'gaps in the wall.'

'It's not a single answer to a single question. There are different projects that the chief of the Border Patrol has presented and the acting commissioner of CBP [Customs and Border Protection] presented to me,' Mayorkas said, according to notes of the ICE session reviewed by the Times.

'The president has communicated quite clearly his decision that the emergency that triggered the devotion of DOD funds to the construction of the border wall is ended,' he continued. 'But that leaves room to make decisions as the administration – as part of the administration – in particular areas of the wall that need renovation, particular projects that need to be finished.'

On February 11, Biden ended Trump's southern border emergency, which was issued through executive order in February 2019.

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