Surging migrant crisis is overwhelming US cities from Eagle Pass, TX, to NYC
IT’S ANOTHER MIGRANT SURGE AT THE U-S SOUTHERN BORDER.
THOUSANDS OF MIGRANTS – MOSTLY FROM VENEZUELA – CROSSED THE RIO GRANDE RIVER THIS WEEK – TREKKING INTO EAGLE PASS, TEXAS. BORDER OFFICIALS REPORT THAT AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE DROWNED IN THE RIVER – INCLUDING A THREE-YEAR-OLD CHILD.
EARLIER THIS WEEK, DURING AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN.
EAGLE PASS’ DEMOCRATIC MAYOR — ROLANDO SALINAS – SLAMMED THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION FOR the influx of migrants… AND HAS SINCE DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY – seeking federal aid and assistance.
“I’ll be honest with you… I believe 100% he does bear some responsibility for this crisis. I haven’t heard from anybody in the administration. the president hasn’t put out a statement. the vice president. I haven’t heard from anybody. nobody has bothered to call me or anyone on the city staff saying ‘hey this is the federal government, we know what you’re going through, we’re worried about you, this is our plan of action.’ nothing. we’re here abandoned. we’re on the border asking for help. this is unacceptable.” – Mayor Salinas on CNN
ACCORDING TO THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY – THESE DAILY LARGE MIGRANT CROSSING NUMBERS HAVEN’T BEEN SEEN SINCE JUST BEFORE TITLE-42 WAS LIFTED IN MAY.
THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC-ERA POLICY ALLOWED U-S OFFICIALS TO TURN AWAY MIGRANTS CITING HEALTH CONCERNS.
ON MAY 8, 2023 – BORDER OFFICIALS REPORTED MORE THAN 10,000 MIGRANT CROSSINGS IN A SINGLE DAY. AND NOW – 4.5 MONTHS LATER – THEY’RE SEEING SIMILAR NUMBERS… AS CNN REPORTS – THERE WERE MORE THAN 8,000 APPREHENSIONS ON MONDAY ALONE… AND MORE THAN 8,600 CROSSINGS IN A 24-HOUR PERIOD – BETWEEN WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY – THIS WEEK.
POLITICIANS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ARE RESPONDING.
FOR MORE THAN A YEAR NOW – TEXAS’ REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT — HAS BEEN BUSSING THOUSANDS OF MIGRANTS – TO SANCTUARY CITIES… INCLUDING CHICAGO, L-A, D-C, AND N-Y-C.
NEW YORK CITY’S DEMOCRATIC MAYOR ERIC ADAMS AND PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS – HAD DECLARED THE CITY A “SANCTUARY CITY”…
AND THIS YEAR — MORE THAN 100,000 THOUSAND MIGRANTS HAVE SHOWN UP IN NYC. NOW – JUST LAST WEEK – MAYOR ADAMS SAID THE INFLUX WOULD “DESTROY” NEW YORK. IN RESPONSE – THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED IT’S EXTENDING TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR VENEZUELANS – WHO’VE BEEN IN THE U-S SINCE BEFORE JULY 31ST – SO THEY CAN LIVE AND WORK IN THE COUNTRY LEGALLY.
DHS ESTIMATES THIS WILL HELP 470,000 MIGRANTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
MAYOR ADAMS IS NOW PLANNING TO START EVICTING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MIGRANTS TO DISCOURAGE NEW ARRIVALS.
BUT FOR NOW… THAT’S NOT STOPPING MIGRANTS FROM COMING FROM CROSSING THE U-S SOUTHERN BORDER.
GOVERNOR ABBOTT SAID THE TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD INSTALLED MILES OF RAZOR WIRE– TO HELP DETER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM POURING INTO TEXAS.
THAT PLAN BACKFIRED.
“and we have repelled tens of thousands of migrants who’ve tried to get into Texas illegally and then yesterday, joe biden had his border patrol officers cut through that razor wire and then they pulled the razor wire and then suddenly let in hundreds if not thousands of people illegally into Texas, into the United States.”
GOVERNOR ABBOTT SAYS HE THEN ORDERED THE TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD TO DOUBLE THE RAZOR WIRE ALONG THE BORDER – TO HELP KEEP DENYING ACCESS TO MIGRANTS.
THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED IT WILL ALSO DEPLOY 800 TROOPS TO ASSIST CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL IN PROCESSING MIGRANTS THAT HAVE CROSSED THE SOUTHERN BORDER.
Brightline opens first US passenger line in a century with high-speed Florida train
FLORIDIANS AND TOURISTS TIRED OF THE FOUR-HOUR DRIVE BETWEEN MIAMI AND ORLANDO NOW HAVE A NEW WAY TO TRAVEL – A MUCH FASTER WAY – AND ONE THAT IS LOOKING TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE TRAIN INDUSTRY.
BRIGHTLINE LAUNCHED ITS PRIVATELY FUNDED HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER TRAIN SERVICE BETWEEN THE TWO MAJOR CITIES FRIDAY – WITH SPEEDS THAT CAN REACH UP TO 125 MILES PER HOUR. IT’S A FIVE BILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT THAT EXPANDED THE COMPANY’S MIAMI-WEST PALM BEACH LINE.
THE PLAN IS FOR 32 TRAINS TO RUN THE THREE AND HALF HOUR (3.5), TWO HUNDRED THIRTY FIVE (235) MILE TRIP DAILY – COSTING SINGLE PASSENGERS $158 FOR A ROUNDTRIP BUSINESS SEAT AND $298 FOR FIRST CLASS.
BRIGHTLINE’S OWNERS — FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP — IS HOPING EIGHT MILLION PEOPLE WILL TRAVEL ON THIS HIGH-SPEED LINE ANNUALLY. HOWEVER, THE COMPANY HAS SEEN SEVERAL SETBACKS AND CONTROVERSIES IN THE PAST INCLUDING A 17-MONTH COVID-19 PANDEMIC RELATED SHUTDOWN AND A FAILED DEAL WITH VIRGIN GROUP FOUNDER RICHARD BRANSON.
BRIGHTLINES TRAINS HAVE THE HIGHEST DEATH RATE OF ALL RAILROADS IN THE U.S., ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS’ ANALYSIS OF FEDERAL DATA – WITH 98 FATALITIES ON ITS TRACKS SINCE THE COMPANY BEGAN OPERATIONS IN 2018 – THAT’S ABOUT ONE DEATH FOR EVERY THIRTY THOUSAND (32,000) MILES ITS TRAINS TRAVEL.
THE SUN SENTINEL REPORTS FRIDAY’S INAUGURAL HIGH-SPEED RIDE BETWEEN MIAMI AND ORLANDO WAS DELAYED DUE TO AN ACCIDENT INVOLVING A PEDESTRIAN AND A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN.
THOUGH NONE OF THE DEATHS HAVE BEEN FOUND TO BE THE COMPANY’S FAULT – BRIGHTLINE HAS INSTITUTED SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDING ADDING CLOSED-CIRCUIT CAMERAS, INSTALLING UPDATED CROSSING GATES AND POSTING SUICIDE PREVENTION SIGNAGE.
Pentagon explains how government shutdown would impact defense
Efforts to approve military and government funding are at a stand still in Congress. The House twice failed to approve the rules for debate on a bill to fund the military, they didn’t even get to the final vote.
A small group of the chamber’s most conservative Republicans banned together to prevent approval of the rules of debate, which is a step taken before lawmakers publicly debate the bill on the floor before a final vote.
“This is a whole new concept of individuals that just want to burn the whole place down. It doesn’t work,” Speaker Kevin McCArthy, R-Calif., told reporters.
The Pentagon does not insert itself into politics. Military and civilian officials don’t like to comment on ongoing negotiations. But they aren’t afraid to explain how a government shutdown or continuing resolution will impact them.
‘Many of us have been through shutdowns. They are extremely damaging to our readiness, retention and morale,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said during the Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
Kendall said he had a request for Congress.
“Do not put us under a continuing resolution for the first quarter of the fiscal year. Now the ship may have sailed on this request, but CRs of any length are hugely inefficient and delay much needed modernization.”
Secretary Kendall said the military could manage a short term CR, but anything beyond December will do serious damage to national security.
“CRs are just short-term, essentially band-aid solutions. They don’t allow us to start up new programs, they keep funding levels the same. So it’s never a good thing to continue operating under a CR. We hope that’s not the case. We’ve done it before,” Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh said. “If there is a shutdown, we will take the proper measures in order to ensure that, you know, we can keep operating, we can still ensure our readiness, that our national security interests are still protected and intact.”
The 2024 spending bill is worth $826.5 billion. It includes a 5% pay raise for the troops and money to build next generation aircraft, tactical combat vehicles and submarines.
Watchdog: US troops living in unsafe barracks with sewage, methane gas, filth
A GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG HAS ANNOUNCED ITS FINDINGS AFTER STUDYING THE LIVING CONDITIONS IN U.S. MILITARY BARRACKS – A CONCERN IT SAYS THAT HAS GONE BACK DECADES
THE U.S. GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE BEGAN LOOKING INTO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE’S HOUSING MANAGEMENT AFTER REPORTS OF INADEQUATE HOUSING CONDITIONS CAME TO THE SURFACE.
ACCORDING TO THE REPORT RELEASED THIS WEEK, THE GAO FOUND THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DOES NOT RELIABLY ASSESS LIVING CONDITIONS AND SOME BARRACKS – QUOTE – “POSE POTENTIALLY SERIOUS HEALTH AND SAFETY RISKS.”
ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, THOUSANDS OF U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS LIVE IN SUBSTANDARD CONDITIONS. THE ONE HUNDRED-AND-EIGHTEEN PAGE REPORT DETAILS A SLEW OF ISSUES INCLUDING BROKEN FIRE-SYSTEMS, BLACK MOLD, SEWAGE, SQUATTERS, POOR WATER QUALITY, AND PESTS.
IN SOME INSTANCES… THE WATCHDOG REPORTS THE SMELL OF METHANE GAS SEEPS THROUGH AGING SEWAGE PIPES THAT ROUTINELY CRACK AND NEED TO BE REPLACED.
IN THE REPORT, THE G.A.O. SAYS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DOES NOT HAVE COMPLETE FUNDING INFORMATION… ADDING THAT THE D.O.D. REQUESTED AROUND FIFTEEN-BILLION DOLLARS FOR FACILITY SUSTAINMENT FOR 2024… BUT ACCORDING TO THE WATCHDOG REPORT, COULD NOT IDENTIFY HOW MUCH OF THIS TOTAL WOULD BE SPENT TOWARD BARRACKS… OR HOW MUCH HAS BEEN SPENT ON HOUSING ALLOWANCES FOR SERVICE MEMBERS WHO DIDN’T LIVE IN THE BARRACKS BECAUSE OF POOR LIVING CONDITIONS.
THESE FINDINGS COME AFTER THE G.A.O EXAMINED AND ANALYZED D.O.D. POLICIES AND BUDGETS, CONDUCTED INTERVIEWS WITH D.O.D. HOUSING OFFICIALS, AND TOURED BARRACKS.
NOW THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE HAS GIVEN THE D.O.D. 31 RECOMMENDATIONS TO REMEDY THE POOR LIVING CONDITIONS IN WHICH THOUSANDS OF SERVICE MEMBERS ARE FORCED TO PRESIDE.
CURRENTLY ALL THIRTY-ONE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE LISTED AS “OPEN.” MEANING ACTION HAS NOT YET BEEN TAKEN.
Microsoft one step closer to $69 billion purchase of Activision
MICROSOFT HAS CLEARED ANOTHER HURDLE AS IT LOOKS TO BUY THE VIDEO GAME COMPANY ACTIVISION BLIZZARD.
THIS MORNING – OFFICIALS WITH BRITAIN’S COMPETITION AND MARKETS AUTHORITY SIGNALED IT WILL MOVE TOWARDS APPROVING THE DEAL AFTER MICROSOFT MADE SOME CHANGES TO ADDRESS THE GROUP’S CONCERNS – NAMELY AGREEING NOT TO PURCHASE ACTIVISION’S CLOUD GAMING DIVISION. THOSE RIGHTS WOULD NOW BE SOLD TO UBISOFT.
THE UK REGULATOR SAID THE RESTRUCTURING QUOTE “OPENS THE DOOR TO THE DEAL BEING CLEARED.”
ITS FINAL DECISION – THE LAST NEEDED TO MAKE MICROSOFT’S ACQUISITION OFFICIAL – IS EXPECTED IN MID-OCTOBER.
THE DEAL WAS FIRST ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY 2022 – BUT HAS FACED PUSHBACK BY ANTITRUST ADVOCATES AROUND THE WORLD. IN JULY – A US FEDERAL JUDGE RULED AGAINST THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S OPPOSITION TO THE DEAL. THE EUROPEAN UNION ALSO AGREED TO THE DEAL IN MAY.
Biden admin sending $325 million in military resources to Ukraine
DURING UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT VOLODYMRY ZELENSKYY’S VISIT TO THE WHITE HOUSE ON THURSDAY – PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE U.S. WILL PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS ($325) IN AID TO HIS COUNTRY – AS UKRAINE REMAINS EMBROILED IN THE WAR WITH RUSSIA.
BIDEN SAID THE PACKAGE FOCUSES ON BOLSTERING UKRAINE’S AIR DEFENSE CAPABILITIES AND INCLUDES MORE ARTILLERY, AMMUNITION AND ANTI-TANK WEAPONS.
THE PRESIDENT IS STILL ASKING CONGRESS TO APPROVE AN ADDITIONAL $24 BILLION IN AID FOR UKRAINE.
PRIOR TO THE MEETING WITH BIDEN, ZELENSKYY SPOKE TO A BIPARTISAN GROUP FROM THE HOUSE AND SENATE – AS REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE SKEPTICAL ABOUT PROVIDING MORE AID.
ON THE SAME DAY AS ZELENSYY’S VISIT — TWENTY NINE REPUBLICANS EXPRESSED THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE US PROVIDING THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING IN A LETTER TO THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION.
Authorities say China is actively training to block US assistance to Taiwan
CHINA’S MILITARY ACTIVITY IS HEATING UP AS IT IS BEING REPORTED THAT THIS MONTH CHINA HAS BEEN SENDING GROUPS OF FIGHTER JETS AND WARSHIPS INTO AREAS AROUND TAIWAN.
ACCORDING TO TAIWAN MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENSE REPORTS MORE THAN ONE-HUNDRED CHINESE AIRCRAFTS AND NINE CHINESE NAVAL SHIPS WERE OPERATING NEAR THE ISLAND BETWEEN SUNDAY AND MONDAY…
ACCORDING REPORTS AROUND FORTY AIRCRAFT CROSSED INTO TAIWAN’S SIDE OF THE TAIWAN STRAIT. AUTHORITIES AND ANALYSTS IN THE U.S. AND TAIWAN SAY THESE LATEST ACTIONS BY BEIJING ARE MORE ABOUT TRAINING THAN SEND A MESSAGE, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTED. OFFICIALS WORRY THAT CHINA IS WORKING ON HOW TO MOST EFFECTIVELY ENCIRCLE TAIWAN AND PREVENT THE U.S. FROM COMING TO THE ISLAND’S AID IN RESPONSE TO AN INVASION.
THIS COMES AS THE U.S. SENDS TWO DRONE-SHIP PROTOTYPES TO JAPAN FOR THEIR FIRST DEPLOYMENTS IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC. THESE DRONES HAVE SURVEILLANCE AND ATTACK CAPABILITIES THAT ARE BEING TESTED BY THE NAVY. EXPERTS BELIEVE THESE DRONES COULD PROVE USEFUL IN ANY FUTURE CONFLICTS WITH CHINA.
THE TAIWAN MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENSE SAID IN ITS RELEASE THAT LEADERS ARE RESPONDING TO CHINA’S ACTIONS CALMLY AND ARE CALLING ON OFFICIALS IN BEIJING TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND PUT AN IMMEDIATE STOP TO QUOTE: “SUCH DESTRUCTIVE UNILATERAL ACTIONS.”
Senate confirms top military nominees, Tuberville says his hold will continue
The Senate approved three key military nominees that had been held up by Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., in overwhelmingly bipartisan votes. That means Gen. Eric Smith is the new Marine Corps. Commandant, Gen. Randy George is now Chief of Staff of the Army, and Air Force General Charles Brown will become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when General Mark Milley retires at the end of September.
The delay in their approval led to a bitter fight.
“These men should already be confirmed. They should already be serving in their new positions. The senate should not have to go through procedural hoops just to please one brazen and misguided Senator,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., when he announced the votes.
Sen. Tuberville began placing a hold on all military nominees, 300 and counting, in March. He is protesting a Pentagon policy that provides paid time off and travel expenses for military service members who get an abortion.
“These three honorable men will finally be able to assume their positions and the abortion policy that Senator Tuberville abhors will remain in place. Senator Tuberville will have accomplished nothing,” Schumer said.
SAN asked Tuberville for his response to Schumer.
“Well, we got three new promotions, as of today, a lot more than he’s had. And he would have never done this had we not called his hand. And so he blinked, he knows how to do it,” Tuberville said. “Main thing is the American people need to see that we can do this even with my holds. But he won’t admit it. And again, we’re gonna keep pushing to get the policy moved back because this is an illegal policy.”
Tuberville’s hold prevented the nominees from being approved quickly and in large groups. They could still be approved individually with full votes. The big difference is those take time. Here’s Turbervilles response to a question about critics who say spending extra time on military nominees takes away from other legislative priorities.
“It’s going to. Problem is we’ve been doing this for seven months, we could have been doing a few a week. But they refused to do it because they didn’t think they were wrong. Well, they’re dead wrong on this. And so the American people on a controversial subject like this, abortion, need to have their voice heard through their Senator and Congressman. It doesn’t need to be dictated from the White House with a memo or the Pentagon,” Tuberville said.
Tuberville said he will continue his hold on the other 300 nominees. He said if they’re going to be approved, the Pentagon can either change its abortion policy or the Senate can vote on each one individually.
AG Garland’s testimony got heated as Republicans, Democrats traded barbs
ATTORNEY GENERAL MERRICK GARLAND – TESTIFYING IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ON CAPITOL HILL WEDNESDAY – FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND NOW PRESIDENT BIDEN’S SON – HUNTER BIDEN – HAVE BOTH BEEN INDICTED ON FEDERAL CHARGES IN SEPARATE CASES.
REPUBLICANS FOCUSED ON DISCREDITING GARLAND’S LEADERSHIP AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE – ATTEMPTING TO PORTRAY GARLAND AS AN ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO’S CREATED TWO SYSTEMS OF JUSTICE: ONE FOR AMERICANS.. AND ONE FOR THE BIDEN FAMILY.
Jordan: “Americans believe that today, in our country, there is unequal application of the law – they believe that because there is. republicans are committed to making that change”
IN HIS OPENING STATEMENTS… GARLAND FOUGHT BACK – STRESSING THAT THE DOJ’S JOB IS TO PURSUE JUSTICE WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR… THAT THE DOJ WORKS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE… AND HIS DEPARTMENT APPLIES THE LAW EQUALLY TO EVERYONE.
Garland: “And our job is to uphold the rule of law. That means that we apply the same laws to everyone. There is not one set of laws for the powerful and another for the powerless; one for the rich, and one for the poor; one for Democrats, another for Republicans; or different rules, depending upon one’s race or ethnicity or religion. Our job is to pursue justice, without fear or favor. Our job is not to do what is politically convenient. Our job is not to take orders from the President, from Congress, or from anyone else, about who or what to criminally investigate. As the President himself has said, and I reaffirm today: I am not the President’s lawyer. I will also add I am not Congress’s prosecutor. The Justice Department works for the American people. Our job is to follow the facts and the law. And that is what we do.”
DURING THE HEARING…
REPUBLICANS GRILLED THE NATION’S TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL ON HIS DEPARTMENT’S INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE PRESIDENT’S SON – HUNTER BIDEN – FOR ALLEGED TAX AND FIREARMS CRIMES.
THEY PRESSED GARLAND ON WHY SPECIAL COUNSEL DAVID WEISS ALLOWED THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS TO RUN OUT ON POTENTIAL CHARGES AGAINST HUNTER BIDEN.
GARLAND ANSWERED THE QUESTION THE SAME EACH TIME…
Johnson: “let me get to the fact… mr. Weiss has been lead prosecutor on hunter case since 2018, current?”
Johnson: “mr. Weiss has been lead prosecutor on hunter case since 2018.. now here’s the question…”
Garland: “he’s been lead prosecutor since he was appointed by president trump.”
Johnson: “Why has the justice department dragged out this investigation for so long? It shouldn’t take years to figure out if hunter biden lied on a federal form to purchase a firearm”
Garland: “mr. weiss was a long time career prosecutor. President trump appointed him…”
Johnson: “you’re not answering the question. Is that standard procedure? Should something like that take that long?
Garland: “give me a chance to answer… I did not intrude because that was the promise I had made to the senate.”
bishop: “are you unaware that the statutes of limitations have in fact been allowed to expire after the tolling agreements in place?”
garland: “I’m going to say again… determination of where to bring cases and which kinds of cases to bring was left to mr. weiss.”
jordan: “it’s one thing to have a gun charge in Delaware, that doesn’t involve the president of the united states. But burisma? Oh my, that goes right to the white house. We can’t have that. And we can slow walk this thing along.. we can even extend the statute of limitations and then we can intentionally let it lapse. And we know this investigation was slow.. here’s what everyone said… every witness said it was slow-walked and we know why. They slow walked it long enough to have the statute of limitations run so they wouldn’t have to get into burisma. tell me where I’m wrong…”
garland: “I don’t know specifics of investigation… happened under trump administration.”
Jordan: “no it didn’t.. statute of limitations is six years… that lapsed here in the biden administration.”
Garland: “if it was lapsed, that answer will have to come from mr. weiss.”
MEANWHILE – ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE…
DEMOCRATS DEFENDED GARLAND – AND ASKED HIM ABOUT OTHER ISSUES – INCLUDING a POTENTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN… ABORTION… CRIME AND THE BORDER.
Cohen: “if there’s a shutdown of our federal government shutdown.. how will that effect the department of justice and how will it affect policing in local communities?”
Garland: “I haven’t done a complete calculation on the effects of a shutdown. It will certainly disrupt all of our normal programs. Including our grant programs to state and local law enforcement and our ability to conduct our normal efforts with respect to the entire scope of our activities including helping state and locals fight violent crime.”
Nadler: “one trump-like presidential candidate has said that we should abolish the fbi altogether. Mr. attorney general.. what would be the impact on America if we defund the fbi?”
Garland: “defunding the fbi would leave the united states naked to the influence of the chinese communist party, to the attacks by iranians on american citizens and attempts to assassinate former officials, to the russian aggression, to north korean cyberattacks, to violent crime in the united states, which the f.b.i. helps to fight against, to all kinds of espionage, to domestic violent extremists who have attacked our churches, our synagogues, our mosques, and who have killed individuals out of racial hatred. i just cannot imagine the consequences of defunding the f.b.i. , but they would be catastrophic.”
lofgren: “mr. weiss was appointed by then president trump. your decision was to leave the trump appointed attorney completely in charge of this, hands off from you. he makes all the calls without interference from the attorney general. is that correct?”
garland: “that is correct”
dean: “thank you mr. attorney general. Thank you for your decades of faithful service to our country, to our constitution, and to our rule of law. Thank you for putting up with this today. Uh, the american people are watching. They know what’s going on here. This is a gross mis-use of your time, your team’s time, and our time. It is a shameful circus. It has a goal. The goal is to spew lies and disinformation ultimately to tear away at the confidence of our independent institutions, in your case today, our very important department of justice.”
THINGS REALLY HEATED UP WHEN REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MATT GAETZ FIRED MULTIPLE QUESTIONS AT GARLAND… NOT GIVING HIM MUCH OF A CHANCE TO ANSWER…
Gaetz: “so hunter biden is selling art to pay for his $15,000 dollar a month rent in malibu. How can you guarantee that the people buying that art aren’t doing so to gain favor with the president?”
Garland: the job of the justice department is to investigate criminal allegations. We have information…”
Gaetz: “are you investigating this? Someone who bought hunter biden’s art ended up with a prestigious appointment to a federal position. Doesn’t it look weird that he’s become this immediate success in the art world as his dad is president of the United States? Isn’t that odd?”
Garland: “I’m not going to comment about any specific…”
Gaetz: “you’re not going to comment, not going to investigate so…”
THEN – ABOUT 40 MINUTES LATER… REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS MASSIE ACCUSED GARLAND OF BEING IN CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS FOR NOT COMMENTING ON ONGOING INVESTIGATIONS…
WHICH LEAD TO DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE ERIC SWALWELL DISPLAYING TWO COMPUTERS – SHOWCASING CHAIRMAN JORDAN’S REFUSAL TO COMPLY WITH A CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENA REGARDING HIS ACTIONS ON JANUARY 6, 2021.
Swalwell: “my colleague just said you should be held in contempt of congress and that is quite rich because the guy who’s leaving the hearing room right now, mr. jordan, is about 500 days into evading his subpoena… about 500 days. So if we’re going to talk about contempt of congress… let’s get real. Are you serious that jim jordan, a witness to one of the greatest crimes ever committed in America.. a crime where more prosecutions have occurred than any other crime committed in America refuses to help his country. And we’re going to get lectured about subpoena compliance and contempt of congress? Jim jordan won’t even honor a lawful subpoena… are you kidding me??”
OVERALL – THE HEARING SEEMED LIKE IT WAS TWO HEARINGS…
ONE FOR REPUBLICANS TO DIG IN AND ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT HUNTER BIDEN INVESTIGATIONS.
AND ONE FOR DEMOCRATS TO PRAISE GARLAND AND THE WORK BEING DONE BY THE DOJ.
AT THE END.. NADLER GAVE GARLAND THE CHANCE TO CLEAR UP ANY CONFUSIONS OR TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS IN GREATER DETAIL. HE CHOSE TO USE THAT TIME TO REAFFIRM THE DOJ’S COMMITMENT TO AMERICA.
garland: “i just, again, i want to assure the american public and this committee that the justice department follows the rule of law. it enforces the law equally without regard to persons and without regard to parties, and that we do the best we can to follow the facts and the law.”
MindGym helping Air and Space Forces get mental reps
IF YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF WANDERING AROUND THE EXPO FLOOR AT THE AFA’S AIR, SPACE AND CYBER CONFERENCE, YOU’RE GOING TO SEE SOME COOL STUFF. THERE ARE MODELS, SIMULATORS, DRONES, EVEN MODELS THAT SIMULATE DRONES. WHEREVER YOU LOOK, THERE’S BOUND TO BE SOMETHING THAT CATCHES YOUR EYE.
Brandon Murphy: So behind me, we have the aluminum MindGym. It’s a controlled environment, a fully immersive environment built for mental skills training to support our airmen with resilience training and performance mindset training, essentially.
AS THE NAME IMPLIES, THE 7 FOOT BY 7 FOOT CUBE IS A GYM FOR YOUR MIND. IT WON’T HELP YOU SLIM DOWN OR LOOK GOOD FOR SUMMER, BUT THE COMPANY BEHIND IT, LUMENA, SAYS IT CAN HELP YOU DEAL WITH THE WORLD AROUND YOU IN A MORE POSITIVE WAY.
Murphy: It’s the only thing I know how to do to kind of preserve my own mental wellbeing. When I started, I never meditated in my life. I didn’t know anything about mindfulness. I’m very much the type of person that every single day I have every hour blocked. The ability to kind of dedicate some time towards my mental fitness, if you will, completely changed my life honestly.
DR. JANELLE MACAULAY WAS A COMBAT PILOT IN THE AIR FORCE. SHE HELPED DESIGN THE CURRICULUM FOR THE MINDGYM.
MacAulay: Just like you would do physical push-ups to train your body, we are training people to do mental push-ups to start training their mind so that they can be more focused, more pleasant, more productive. Especially when they’re doing things inside high-pressure moments.
SO, HOW DOES IT WORK? PARTICIPANTS STEP INSIDE THE MIRROR-LINED CUBE WHERE A SERIES OF LIGHTS AND SPEAKERS ARE ALSO EMBEDDED. ONCE THEY SIT DOWN AND THE DOOR IS SHUT, IT’S TIME FOR THE SHOW.
2nd Lt. Jeffrey Wamsley: So, you know, you just see yourself and like all these different areas and it’s like, ‘okay.’ Then, you know, as I was sitting all these voices just started, you know, coming up and like, they were overlapping and it’s like, ‘Whoa! This is already getting kind of interesting.’
IT’S INTERESTING, BECAUSE THE PARTICIPANTS ARE EXPOSED TO AN EXPERIENCE UNLIKE MOST ANYTHING THEY’D SEE IN THEIR AVERAGE DAY. LIGHTS, SOUNDS, AND DR. MCCAULAY’S VOICE GUIDE THEM THROUGH A SERIES OF MENTAL EXERCISES DESIGNED TO HELP THE BRAIN BEEF UP AND REACT BETTER TO STRESS.
MacAulay: Because we live in a highly distracted world, we tend to make more errors. We tend to see our stress as more overwhelming than it needs to be. And those factors contribute to a degradation in our performance, especially when we’re doing something where lives are on the line. And as warfighters we can’t afford that. We need to be on the cutting edge of learning the right mental skills so that we can start thriving in those environments; bringing our best self forward, no matter what the challenges
AND THE RESULTS: ALMOST IMMEDIATE.
Wamsley: It almost, like, forces you to stop worrying about whatever it was before you stepped in. (So, net benefit?) Yeah, I would definitely say so. You know, even this was just like a five-minute session. And you know, I could easily just like, like all the stuff I was worrying about before I got in there, I forgot about it for a little while. Just kind of helps you recharge.
THE MINDGYM IS CURRENTLY HELPING AIRMEN AND GUARDIANS RECHARGE AT SIX DIFFERENT AIR BASES WITH PLANS TO EXPAND TO EIGHT SOON. DOCTOR MACAULAY SAID SHE LOOKS FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN EVERY MEMBER OF THE MILITARY HAS ACCESS TO THE BENEFITS OF THE MINDGYM, REGARDLESS OF SERVICE BRANCH
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