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Republicans Stand Down on Biden’s Pentagon Pick Lloyd Austin

A number of Senate Republicans on Thursday voted to approve a waiver to allow President Joe Biden’s pick for defense secretary, retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, to serve in the position.

The Senate voted 69-27 to pass the waiver to the law stipulating that a defense secretary must be more than seven years from serving in the military to hold that position, in order to preserve the principle of civilian control over the military. Austin retired from the military in 2016.

Of the 27 that opposed the waiver, only 13 were Republicans. They included Sens. John Barrasso (WY), Marsha Blackburn (TN); Susan Collins (ME); Tom Cotton (AR); Josh Hawley (MO); Mike Lee (UT); Cynthia Lummis (WY); Sen. Roger Marshall (KS); Marco Rubio (FL); Ben Sasse (NE); Rick Scott (FL); Pat Toomey (PA); and Todd Young (IN).

Surprisingly, more Democrats opposed the waiver. They included Sens. Tammy Baldwin (WI); Richard Blumenthal (CT); Cory Booker (NJ); Catherine Cortez Masto (NV); Tammy Duckworth (IL); Kirsten Gillibrand (NY); Edward Markey (MA); Jeff Merkley (OR); Patty Murray (WA); Jacky Rosen (NV); Jon Tester (MT); Chris Van Hollen (MD); Elizabeth Warren (MA); and Ron Wyden (OR).

Many who opposed the waiver have said they have done so on the principle of preserving civilian control of the military versus in opposition to Austin.

Still, the support from the majority of Republicans in the Senate was notable — signalling a lack of appetite so far to push back against Biden.

Republicans also did not push back on Biden’s pick for director of national intelligence, Avril Haines.

Only 10 Senate Republicans opposed her. They were Sens. Blackburn; Mike Braun (IN); Ted Cruz (TX); Joni Ernst (IA); Bill Hagerty (TN);  Hawley; Lee; Marshall; Rand Paul (KY); and James Risch (ID).

There was more opposition from Republicans in the House to a waiver for Austin. Sixty-three Republicans voted against the waiver. Many of the Republicans who voted against it are members of the Republican Study Committee, the House Republicans’ conservative caucus.

The Republican Study Committee, led by Navy reservist and China hawk Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN). said in a statement last week:

General Lloyd Austin has not been out of uniform for the requisite seven years and thus requires a waiver from the U.S. House of Representatives to serve as secretary of defense. Based on the lessons learned after the House made the unprecedented move of granting a waiver four years ago, the Republican Study Committee will oppose granting General Austin a waiver.

The RSC laid out their reasoning in a lengthy memo distributed to members last week.

The caucus also opposes Austin’s nomination, citing lack of experience in great power competition against Russia and China and in civilian policy debates. They said in the memo:

General Lloyd Austin is not the man for the job General Austin has served his country admirably in combat and as a military officer. However, a cursory look at his record makes clear that the case for issuing a ‘waiver’ for Austin is not warranted. Lack of experience in great power competition and in civilian policy debates. Austin’s experience as the former head of CENTCOM was mostly focused in the Middle East and on the anti-ISIS fight while the main threats we face today come from great power competition from China and Russia.

Unlike General Mattis who regularly commented on defense and foreign policy issues as a Hoover Institution fellow after leaving the Pentagon in both speeches and public writings, General Austin has rarely if ever commented on the defense or foreign policy debates of the day, making it difficult to understand where he stands on important issues. Austin has mostly spent his post-Pentagon tenure running a consulting business, Austin Strategies LLC, and serving on a number of corporate boards including Nucor, a steel company that is a subcontractor to at least two major defense contractors and United Technologies Corporation, which includes a defense segment as well as business interests in the elevator and air conditioning industries.

The caucus also cited Austin’s tenure as commanding general of U.S. Forces in Iraq from 2010-2011, during the time of former President Barack Obama’s withdrawal, and as head of Central Command from 2013-2016, during the emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“At CENTCOM, Austin was accused of intentionally downplaying intelligence regarding the rise of ISIS,” it said. The RSC also cited his performance on Syria.

“In Syria, General Austin was criticized for his reluctance to support military options earlier on in the Civil War, which if undertaken could have led to a better outcome,” it said.

Since both Houses of Congress have passed a waiver for Austin to serve, the Senate will next vote on Austin’s confirmation to serve as defense secretary. The Senate Press Gallery tweeted that the vote would be at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

 

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Cruz ‘Contribution to the Insurrection Is a Major Offense Against the Constitution’

Thursday on MSNBC’s “TheReidOut,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) accused Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) of committing a “contribution” to the so-called insurrection earlier this month, which he called a “major offense against the Constitution.”

Anchor Joy Reid asked, “Ted Cruz made an attack on the re-joining of the Paris climate agreement, and it was the equivalent that if you don’t like English muffins, you hate British people. President Biden indicates he is more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris. Didn’t he vote to negate the votes of the people of Pittsburgh in the election in, but I’ll leave the final thoughts on that to you.”

Merkley said, “Joy, you are so right. When I heard this, I thought this from the man who led the effort to burn the ballots of the people of Pittsburgh just last week, and not to mention that the city elects a climate champion as mayor time and again. He just won the award last month for being the best mayor in the country to take on climate change. So the last person who should talk about the citizens of Pennsylvania or the citizens of Pittsburg is Ted Cruz, who wanted to deprive them of a fundamental right to have a voice in the election of a president.”

Reid asked, “Do you think he should be expelled? I was surprised to see him show up on the inauguration, given what he did. Is he someone that you would like to see expelled from the Senate?”

Merkley said, “There were two insurrections. There was an insurrection outside the building and an insurrection inside the building, and they work closely in the same effort. The insurrection inside the building was worse in a way because they were affirming the mega lie that Trump told to the nation. It is like somebody being a close ally of McCarthy and a false lie of destroying people’s careers over communism. This was an effort to support the big lie that the election was not won by Joe Biden. I think that effort and that contribution to the insurrection is a major offense against the Constitution, and we should have those hearings and explore those issues of censorship or expulsion.”

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If Biden Keeps Trump’s China Policy, U.S. Is ‘Doomed’

China’s state-run Global Times on Thursday warned President Joe Biden that America is “doomed” unless he adopts policies friendlier to China’s interests than his immediate predecessor, Donald Trump.

The Global Times briefly lamented Biden’s failure to mention China at all in his inaugural address before launching into a detailed description of what he had better start saying if he wants to “remedy the deep damage left by Trump and re-engage with the world,” particularly “the world’s most consequential bilateral relationship” — the one between declining America and rising China.

First and foremost, the Chinese Communist paper instructed Biden to stop blaming China for unleashing the coronavirus pandemic, as Trump did. 

Alas, “Chinese experts” worried that Biden would “inherit and continue the tough strategy” formulated by “conservative anti-China forces” and expressed frustration that a few of Biden’s cabinet choices seemed inclined to “continue some of Trump’s hardline policies.” 

One of the Global Times’ experts, Lu Xiang of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, sportingly proposed that Biden’s nominees were just talking tough to “please the different political forces” in Congress and might be more Beijing-friendly once they occupied their offices.

As with most Chinese state propaganda these days, the Global Times took a little coronavirus victory lap, quoting associate dean Jin Canrong of Renmin University’s advice for Biden to get smart and start emulating China’s superior system instead of fighting it:

Since 2018, the Trump administration has activated a “whole-of-government approach” to deal with China, and it has tried everything short of actual war to confront China, including a trade war, ideological struggles, sanctions against high-tech firms, propaganda and stigmatization, military pressure and support of separatists and secessionists to harm China’s sovereignty.

But the result of all these efforts have not had as much impact as desired, as the approach did not stop China’s development nor did it impact China’s export sector a great deal. As China turns out to be the only major economy to have posted positive economic growth in 2020, many US companies and consumers have paid a heavy price due to the unwise decisions made by the Trump administration, Jin said. 

“So as long as Biden’s team is not stupid like Trump’s team, there will be some changes in tactics,” Jin noted.

Lu warned the United States is “doomed,” just like the late Soviet Union, if Biden turns out to be just “another Trump with better table manners.” He said avoiding doom will require the U.S. to abandon its futile quest to “contain China” and focus on its many domestic problems, including the remaining stages of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. 

Lu recommended the U.S. immediately abandon its tariffs and bans on American sales of high-tech components to China, describing them as “self-injuring” policies. The Global Times editors pitched in with a demand for Biden to unilaterally abandon the prosecution of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou for sanctions violations.

Jin suggested the best “icebreaker” for ending U.S. hostility toward China would be “climate change,” once Biden accepts Chinese superiority and develops the humility needed to ask Beijing for help saving the planet.

“We are not sure what Biden will do in his first 100 days, but we can say he must make some progress on these issues. If he wants to use Trump’s legacies as bargaining chips to pressure China on the negotiating table, the U.S. will pay a heavier price. We believe Biden is smarter than Trump,” Lu said in conclusion.

American political analysts generally expect Biden’s China policy to look a great deal different from Trump’s, although they greatly disagree about how. They generally expect Biden to push China for concessions on human rights while dismantling much of Trump’s resistance to Beijing’s strategic and economic agenda.

For example, Foreign Policy on Thursday advised Biden to hold off on easing Trump’s tough stance against China until there are visible improvements in the dire predicament of the Uyghurs and other persecuted minorities. 

The New York Times worried Trump forced Biden into a corner by openly accusing Beijing of genocide against the Uyghurs even as Biden was taking office. Barron’s expected Biden to remain focused on a few of Trump’s specific criticisms, like China’s unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft, while generally getting the wheels of U.S.-China commerce turning again and removing some of the “volatility” from the relationship between Washington and Beijing.

The flashpoint most of these analyses agree upon is China’s use of the Uyghurs for slave labor, a moral horror that every commentator seems to agree Biden must address before he can make any concessions to Beijing. China will never admit it has done anything wrong, but perhaps it will pick up the signal that it needs to scale back on that particular human rights offense before the new American administration can make the concessions Beijing desires.

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‘Come on, Give Me a Break’

During an event on Thursday, President Joe Biden dismissed a reporter’s question on whether his goal of 100 million coronavirus vaccines in 100 days is a high enough bar because 1 million vaccines per day is basically where the U.S. already is by stating that when he announced the goal, “you all said it’s not possible. Come on, give me a break, man.”

AP White House Reporter Zeke Miller asked, “Mr. President, you set the goal at 100 million vaccines in the first 100 days. Is that high enough? Can’t you set the bar higher? That’s basically where the U.S. is right now.”

Biden responded, “When I announced it, you all said it’s not possible. Come on, give me a break, man.”

(h/t Washington Examiner)

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‘Probably Good’ Biden Is Keeping Chris Wray as FBI Director

During a Thursday appearance on Newsmax TV’s “John Bachman Now,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) reacted to President Joe Biden retaining FBI Director Chris Wray.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced in a tweet that Biden “has confidence” in the job Wray has been doing. The tweet was to clear up a statement made Wednesday when she said she had not spoken with Biden about Wray.

Jordan voiced his approval of the decision to keep Wray. He said it is “probably good” because it keeps some “continuity” within the organization and because Wray has not been “spying on people” like James Comey.

I think that’s fine,” Jordan stated. “Look, we were disappointed in some of the pace at which the FBI got information to us and some of the things relative to the FISA Court. But you know Chris Wray is not spying on people like the Obama-Comey, FBI did. So, um, I think that’s fine that Mr. Wray’s going to stay on. Like I said, over the last couple of years, when we were doing these investigations, we’d appreciate it giving information from Mr. Wray in a much more timely fashion. I mean, after all, it took Rick Grenell to release the transcripts for us to learn that there was never a proper predicate for launching the whole Trump-Russia investigation. Why we couldn’t get that from the FBI ahead of that time, I do not know, but I think, you know overall, I think this is that it’s probably good that that President Biden is keeping Chris Wray in that position.”

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Trump Officials Claim Amazon Didn’t Offer to Help Distribute Coronavirus Vaccine

Amazon has extended assistance to President Joe Biden to distribute coronavirus vaccines but did not make the same offer to President Donald Trump, according to officials of the previous administration.

Hours after Trump’s presidency drew to a close, Amazon offered Biden assistance in distributing coronavirus vaccines, with Dave Clark, CEO of Amazon’s consumer business, writing, “We are prepared to leverage our operations, IT, & communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration’s vaccination efforts.”

“As you begin your work leading the country out of the COVID-19 crisis, Amazon stands ready to assist you in reaching your goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of your administration,” Clark added.

Additionally, Clark has requested employees at Amazon fulfillment centers and Whole Foods grocery stores “who cannot work from home” receive the vaccine at their earliest convenience.

Fox News reports:

[T]wo senior Trump administration officials told Fox News that Amazon never offered assistance to the Trump administration with vaccine distribution. Amazon did have communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other administration officials, Fox News is told, but sources said no letter or formal offer was made. Meanwhile, former Operation Warp Speed officials told Fox News that an Amazon offer would not have necessarily applied because the Trump administration was not doing a federal rollout of vaccines, but rather, leaving the distribution up to the states.

The offer comes as the United States will soon begin the process of greenlighting other vaccines to protect against the coronavirus.

Appearing on NBC News’ Meet the Press, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the nation is “weeks away, not months away” from fully evaluating vaccine candidates from Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca as Biden plans to ramp up distribution after criticizing the Trump administration’s vaccine rollout. He went on to say:

I would imagine within a period of a week or so, or at the most, a couple of weeks, they’re going to be getting their data together and showing it to the [Food and Drug Administration]. They’re going to have to get their data and safety monitoring board to look at it to see if it is appropriate to start, you know, essentially putting the package together to get an emergency use authorization. But we’re weeks away, not months away, for sure.

The U.S. has administered 13.7 million shots since inoculations began on Dec. 14 with healthcare workers for an average of 847,387 doses per day, according to Bloomberg.

The UPI contributed to this report. 

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‘Kind Angels Can Triumph over Evil Forces’

The Chinese Foreign Ministry gushed over President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Thursday, although its river of praise read more like a backhanded parting shot at the departing Trump administration than any deep appreciation for the new one.

As Reuters pointed out, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made a point of including a new propaganda phrase adapted by the Chinese Communist Party from a line in Biden’s inaugural speech and repeated by Chinese state media: “I believe if both countries put in the effort, the kind angels can triumph over evil forces.”

The line is a play on Biden saying, “Through struggle, sacrifice, and setbacks, our better angels have always prevailed.” Biden was, in turn, quoting Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural address

“In the past years, the Trump administration, especially Pompeo, has laid too many mines that need to be removed, burned too many bridges that need to be rebuilt, damaged too many roads that need to be repaired,” Hua said on Thursday, referring to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“President Biden also mentioned in his inauguration speech that Americans have much to heal, much to restore. This is exactly what China-U.S. relations need,” she said.

Apparently, that need for healing and restoration is not urgent enough for China to drop the petty-revenge sanctions it imposed on departing Trump officials during the Biden inauguration ceremony. 

Even the Biden team thought those sanctions were a bit much, denouncing them as “unproductive and cynical,” but Hua insisted they were appropriate and would remain in force.

“China’s decision to impose sanctions on these U.S. individuals is a legitimate and necessary response to their erroneous behaviors that severely violated China’s sovereignty, security and development interests on China-related issues. It fully demonstrates the Chinese government’s determination to safeguard national interests,” she said.

“I must stress that in the past few years, out of selfish political agenda and bias and hatred against China, some anti-China politicians in the United States planned, worked on and made a lot of crazy moves that severely interfered in China’s internal affairs, undermined China’s interests, hurt the Chinese people’s sentiments, and damaged China-U.S. relations. China has pointed out multiple times that these anti-China politicians will pay for their crazy acts,” she added.

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Daughter of Iranian Terrorist Soleimani Tells Trump He Will ‘Live in Fear’

Zeinab Soleimani, daughter of late Iranian terrorist Qasem Soleimani, threatened former President Donald Trump via Twitter on Wednesday following his departure from the White House, writing that he will “live in fear of foes” indefinitely.

As president, Trump ordered a fatal drone strike against Soleimani — the head of the Quds Force, an elite foreign arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) — while he was visiting Baghdad and meeting with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the founder and leader of the Hezbollah Brigades, a jihadist militia. The strike also eliminated al-Muhandis, a senior official within the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an increasingly influential coalition of Iran-backed militias in Iraq. The IRGC is a U.S.-designated terrorist organization and American officials believe Soleimani to be personally responsible for hundreds of American deaths and thousands of injuries.

Following Soleimani’s death, Iran’s destabilizing actions in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen have diminished sufficiently, given the lack of a mastermind to lead Iranian terrorist strategy in the area. Iran’s influence far from its neighborhood in places like Venezuela has also diminished, both thanks to Soleimani’s absence and to its dire economic state, prompted by strict sanctions on its economy imposed by the Trump administration.

Soleimani’s online statement followed an extensive rant on Wednesday by the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, in which he called Trump a “stupid terrorist” for the decision to target Soleimani and celebrated his departure. Rouhani also hoped that successor Joe Biden would return to the Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal, that Trump had withdrawn from, dismissing it as poorly negotiated.

“Mr. Trump, you murdered my father, the General who led the victorious war against ISIS/Al-Qaeda, with the perverse hope that you will be seen as some sort of hero,” Zeinab Soleimani wrote on Twitter, according to Iranian state propaganda outlet PressTV. “But instead you are defeated, isolated & broken — viewed not as a hero, but one who lives in fear of foes.” The daughter of the famed terrorist accompanied the message with a photo of far-left anti-Trump art.

The younger Soleimani did not identify any of the alleged “foes” that may soon stalk Trump, though observers suspect she means the Iranian state itself, which has sanctioned Trump and issued a warrant for his arrest in response to the airstrike against Soleimani. To act on the warrant, Iran would need Trump to visit the country or a country with an extradition treaty with Iran, which is highly unlikely.

Rouhani, whose term as president will end this year — and who is subservient to Iran’s “supreme leader,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — did not discount the possibility of the Iranian state pursuing Trump in revenge for the rest of his life in his remarks Wednesday.

“We had [never before] seen a US president explicitly announcing that he had assassinated a senior military commander who was a guest in a third country,” Rouhani said, according to Iran’s state-run PressTV. “With what this stupid terrorist did, ‘state terrorism’ was inscribed on the forehead of the United States. Today is the end of the political life of the individual who violated international law and [US] obligations for four years.”

Iran claims that Soleimani, who was in charge of Iran’s external terrorist activities, was responsible for successful campaigns against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The Iranian Islamic regime has also repeatedly claimed that the Islamic State was an arm of the U.S. government. In life, Soleimani himself perpetuated this myth by accusing the United States of not doing enough to fight ISIS, at one point stating then-President Barack Obama had not “done a damn thing” to fight the jihadist group.

In reality, the United States, aiding an on-the-ground coalition led by Kurdish forces known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), dealt the final blow to the Islamic State in Raqqa, the “capital” of the “state.” Kurdish forces in Iraq were also primarily responsible for the jihadist group’s defeat in Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq and the group’s regional capital. PMF groups participated in some fights against ISIS in Iraq, in some cases even alongside U.S. forces, but played a minor role. The IRGC played no known role in the defeat of ISIS.

Iranian officials have accompanied threats towards Trump with overtures to President Joe Biden, in particular urging him to return to the 2015 JCPOA, which greatly diminished sanctions on Iran. The lifting of sanctions resulted in a $150 billion windfall for Tehran that was mostly invested in terrorist groups in Syria, where Iran supports dictator Bashar al-Assad; Iraq, where it funds the PMF; and Yemen, where it supports the Houthi Shiite terrorist movement, whose motto is “Allah is the greatest, death to America, death to Israel, a curse upon the Jews, victory to Islam.”

Iran repeatedly violated the JCPOA while the United States was in it and increased its uranium enrichment significantly since Trump withdrew from the deal. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. nuclear watchdog, raised the alarm this month that Iran was significantly increasing its uranium enrichment capabilities, prompting Iran to complain that the IAEA should not publicize “unnecessary” information about the program and to claim that the enriched uranium was necessary for “medical” purposes.

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Trust in National Media Hits All-Time Low

“Trust in traditional media has declined to an all-time low, and many news professionals are determined to do something about it,” reports the far-left Axios.

Rest assured that my trust in Axios is at an all-time low, so I double-checked what I could here.

There are actually two parts to this glorious story. The first part is the gloriously healthy lack of trust wise Americans now have in our fake national media. The second part is the glorious load of terrible ideas the fake national media have for solving their trust problem, ideas so awful they could only come from a fake media.

A majority of 56 percent of Americans know that “journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations.”

Well, no shit.

An even larger majority, 58 percent, know that “most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public.”

Well, no shit.

Only 18 percent of Republicans trust the media, while 57 percent of Democrats trust the media.

In this particular study, the 46 percent number (those still dumb enough to trust the national media) is a collapse from 57 percent last year and close to 60 percent in 2019.

Which brings me to this question…

What kind of idiot still trusts the national media?

Oh, and only 27 percent of us trust social media, which is what happens when social media is run by left-wing fascists.

Now we get to my favorite part…

Get a load of what these preening idiots intend to do to “fix” this trust problem…

You would think that they would say things like…

Perhaps, rather than editorialize and lie, we should present the facts and allow people to make up their own minds?

Or…

Perhaps, we should stop lying and misleading the public?

We all know the real solution to the trust-in-media problem is a ridiculously simple one: stop being dishonest and stop lying. But is a “stop lying” policy the media’s plan to regain our trust? Nope. Of course not. Instead, we get to watch the media fail to regain our trust with this LOL approach…

No joke… These morons want to use coercion and CEOs to win us back [emphasis original throughout]:

Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan writes that “our goal should go beyond merely putting truthful information in front of the public. We should also do our best to make sure it’s widely accepted.”

“[M]ake sure it’s widely accepted.” In other words…

Yuuuu vill accept ze truthful information or yuuuu vill be blacklisted and reeducated!

Wait, it gets dumber…

Media outlets can continue to report reliable facts, but that won’t turn the trend around on its own. What’s needed is for trusted institutions to visibly embrace the news media.

CEOs(a/k/a the fourth branch of government) are at or near the top of Edelman’s list of trusted institutions.

CEOs will now be the arbiters of facts and truth.

What a brilliant idea.

What planet are these idiots living on?

You see, regaining our trust will never be about something as simple as reporting facts and truth and what’s happening and then getting out of our way. Sadly, when you are as hopelessly corrupt and power-hungry as our broken media, honesty is much more difficult than plotting all these doomed-to-fail machinations about blackmailing CEOs into saying things like Believe Axios. Axios is truth. Truth is Axios.

If you want us to trust you… Stop with the drama. Stop with the preening. Treat Democrats with the same skepticism and hostility you do Republicans. Stop making everything about YOU. Move to Kansas. Stop calling us racist. Stop telling us how to think… Just be professionals.

But they will never-ever-ever do that. Ever.

The media are broken beyond repair — and thank the Good Lord for that. A cult of elites preaching to their own choir in their own echo chamber. They have been exposed for what they always were, and now, no one trusts them, nor should they.

It is long past time for New Media to move in and fill this void. Let’s stop whining about the corporate media, stop screaming No Fair! and get on with the business of journalism and analysis; get on with the business of building our own thing.

New Media has successfully dragged these bloodsuckers out into the sunlight and now they are writhing in agony as they die off… Good for us. Well done. Now it’s time to walk away, to stop complaining about bias…

Unless the media lie or try to gin up violence, it’s time to ignore the media and build, build, build… 

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Twitter Locks Out Chinese Embassy to U.S. for Dehumanizing Uyghurs

In a rare move against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Twitter locked the account of the Chinese embassy to the United States on Tuesday because the embassy posted a tweet in January that dehumanized Uyghur women by referring to them as “baby-making machines.”

The embassy’s January 7 tweet was part of an exceptionally bizarre CCP propaganda drive that strove to portray the forced sterilization of Uyghurs, a ruthlessly oppressed Muslim ethnic minority that lives mainly in China’s Xinjiang province, as a triumph for feminism. 

The Chinese propaganda imitated Western feminist arguments for unlimited abortion by explaining that sterilized Uyghur women would have more time to focus on careers and personal pursuits after Chinese policy relieved them of the burden of raising children.

The Chinese embassy to the United States repackaged this propaganda in an exceptionally concise and outrageous manner, with a Tweet reading: “Study shows that in the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of Uygur women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer baby-making machines. They are more confident and independent.”

Twitter administrators removed the Chinese embassy’s tweet after more than 24 hours of outrage from around the world. According to a statement from the company, the tweet was deemed a violation of Twitter’s policies against “dehumanization of a group of people based on their religion, caste, age, disability, serious disease, national origin, race, or ethnicity.”

According to a Wednesday report from Bloomberg News, the Chinese embassy’s account has been locked because it refused to delete the offending tweet.

“Even though Twitter hides tweets that violate its rules, it still requires the account owner to manually delete the post in order to regain access to the account,” Bloomberg explained.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry responded Thursday that it was “puzzled” by Twitter’s decision, defending the embassy’s outrageous tweet as an effort to correct “fake reports and information related to Xinjiang.”

“We hope Twitter can adhere to objective and fair principles and not display double standards on this issue,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, describing her government as a “major victim” of “false and ugly information about China on Xinjiang related issues.”

“Of course, the Chinese Embassy in the US has responsibilities and obligations to clarify the facts and explain the truth,” she said.

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the CCP of committing genocide against the Uyghurs on Tuesday.

“While the CCP has always exhibited a profound hostility to all people of faith, we have watched with growing alarm the Party’s increasingly repressive treatment of the Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups,” Pompeo said.

“If the Chinese Communist Party is allowed to commit genocide and crimes against humanity against its own people, imagine what it will be emboldened to do to the free world, in the not-so-distant future,” he warned.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry responded by calling Pompeo a “doomsday clown and joke of the century,” dismissing his genocide designation as “a piece of wastepaper.”