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White House Approves Nearly $3 Billion Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia

by Kyle Anzalone | Jul 24, 2024

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President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince bumps fist at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, on 15 July,2022. Source: Saudi Press Agencyhttps://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2370162#2370162

The State Department approved a proposed sale of military technical equipment to Saudi Arabia. Washington views Riyadh as a key partner in the Middle East, even as the Kingdom rules its people with an oppressive dictatorship and wages war abroad. 

On Wednesday, a statement posted by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said the “State Department has made a determination approving a possible foreign military sale to Saudi Arabia of System Logistics and Sustainment Support and related elements of logistics and program support for an estimated cost of $2.8 billion.”

The sale includes “Joint Mission Planning Software (JMPS) hardware and support; KIV-77/78 cryptographic devices” and “US Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.”

Saudi Arabia is ruled by a theocratic monarchy that regularly commits human rights abuses against its people. Additionally, the Kingdom waged a brutal seven-year war against Yemen that killed at least 377,000 people, including many children who were starved to death.

The DSCA statement explained that the State Department determined that the sale “will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a partner country that is a force for political stability and economic progress in the Gulf Region.

Claire's Observations:  OK, folks, I am having a double palm-to-forehead, at velocity upon reading this.  And please note;  NO ONE in the DSCA had the "cajones" to sign the damned thing, because they all understand just how horrific the Saudi Arabia's human rights issue has become in this part of the 21st century.  https://www.newarab.com/news/saudi-arabia-has-executed-over-100-people-so-far-2024

And to his Majesty, Prince Mohammed Ben Salman, a word, please:  that chant "We're Number 1!  We're Number 1!" does not play well in the West, when the context is the number of executions performed.  Just a thought; it doesn't come from the mountain, but perhaps,was  worth a suggestion. 

And another thought;  your current sign-off of the criminal code, allowing for amputations; stoning; and other barbaric forms of torture, as documented by the following https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2024/03/saudi-arabia-repressive-draft-penal-code-shatters-illusions-of-progress-and-reform/ doesn't seem to change any of the most awful things your government is allowed to do; it simply codifies them.

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The Democrat party will reportedly change the rules and coronate Vice President Kamala Harris as its nominee in the first week of August, weeks before the Democratic national convention.

The shortened timeline underscores the Democrats’ disregard for the democratic process of selecting a candidate for president. By simply choosing Harris for the nomination, Democrats will nullify about 14 million votes cast during the Democrat primaries for President Joe Biden.

Democrat leaders will assemble on Wednesday to change the roll call rules to allow Harris to accept the party’s nomination before it reaches the convention floor in Chicago, Bloomberg reported:

The idea of a virtual roll call emerged in May in order to make sure the Democratic ticket would have time to get on the ballot in several states with early filing deadlines, party leaders said. The convention’s rules committee meets to finalize that process Wednesday — the last remaining obstacle to holding the vote.

It was Ohio’s Aug. 7 deadline that prompted the rule change, and even though the state pushed it back to Sept. 1, it’s unclear whether the old deadline still applies to the 2024 election.

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Democrat strategists hope that Kamala Harris can avoid responsibility for the inflation surge that soured the public on President Biden but the critical role she played in passing the legislation that fueled the worst price increases in four decades will make that a challenge.

The Biden-Harris administration’s sweeping $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed a deeply divided Senate in March of 2021 only after Harris cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the pandemic spending bill that even prominent Democrat economists had warned would overheat the economy.

Republicans voted unanimously against it, criticizing the measure as unnecessary, unaffordable, and dangerously inflationary. Even prominent economists associated with liberal politics and the Democratic Party like Larry Summers and Olivier Blanchard had warned that the American Rescue Plan could cause significant inflation. Summers called it the “least responsible” economic policy in 40 years, arguing that it would push demand beyond the capacity of the economy and lead to sustained inflation. Similarly, Blanchard expressed concerns that the scale of the spending would create significant inflationary pressures, potentially harming economic stability in the long run.

Those warnings proved prescient. Shortly after Harris cast her vote securing passage in the Senate of one of the largest increases in deficit spending in a generation, long-dormant inflation arose across the U.S. economy and pushed inflation to levels not seen in decades. By the following summer, inflation peaked at nine percent, the fastest pace of price increases since 1981.

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The Disney Grooming Syndicate has watched its already-embattled stock take a serious dive over the last few months. In April the stock rallied to $123 per share, up from $91 per share at the beginning of the year. In Early May, the Disney Grooming Syndicate stock reached as high as $116.

But all this year’s gains are now gone. Currently, the stock sits at just $90 per share.

Ike Perlmutter is the former chairman of Marvel Entertainment who tried and failed in last year’s proxy battle to obtain seats on Disney’s board of directors. He was joined by activist Disney shareholder Nelson Peltz. The hope was to wrench some control from Disney’s CEO Bob Iger.

Perlmutter had been one of the Disney Grooming Syndicate’s biggest stakeholders and chief critics due to the political direction of the company and the stock price collapse that followed.

Webmaster addition: Get woke, go broke!

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MSNBC talking head Joy Reid said “people of color” will look “real weird” if they do not vote for Vice President Kamala Harris, the presumptive Democrat nominee, in November.

Reid, who recently took shots at the racial identity of television personality Amber Rose for speaking at the Republican National Convention (RNC), went to TikTok to expand on her thoughts that black people and others close to the “culture” are “crazy” to not support Harris. 

“Given just the stratospheric entrance of Vice President Kamala Harris into the presidential campaign, and she has now secured enough delegates to become the nominee, you’re going to look real crazy being on the other side of that line, particularly as a person of color, but really as anyone who claims to have any connection to the culture,” Reid said in Tuesday video:

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The very same media that championed Kamala Harris as America’s new “border czar” in April of 2021, is now claiming she not only wasn’t our “border czar,” but her duties never included slowing the surge of illegal immigration at our southern border.

Here are the proven liars at the far-left PolitiFact (I don’t link misinformation) this week providing tackling assistance for Kamala: Nope, they say, she was never border czar. Nope, she was never in charge of decreasing the flow of illegal immigration:

Biden tasked Harris with addressing the root causes that drive migration to the United States. He did not task her with controlling who and how many people enter the southern U.S. border. That’s the Homeland Security secretary’s responsibility.

Experts say that seeing the results of addressing root causes driving people out of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras  — violence, economic insecurity and corruption — takes time.

Let’s start debunking that lie with Joe Biden’s own words… Here’s the relevant portion of Biden’s March 25, 2021, public statement:

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If you were the President of these United States, and you were going to withdraw from the Presidential race, would you write that notification on a blank piece of paper as opposed to White House stationary, and then give it to someone to read it for you? (Note: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announced he would not run for reelection on national television in prime time!)

Would you allow someone to sign that withdrawal statement for you? (It’s obvious that is not Biden’s signature on the letter.)

Would you use Twitter to endorse your replacement who will run in your place? (Tradition would hold that you would stand next to them on national television to make that announcement/endorsement)

The bottom line is that this is a bunch of non-transparent Mickey Mouse nonsense.

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The sudden and baffling actions surrounding Joe Biden's withdrawal from the 2024 Presidential race have set off a whirlwind of speculation about a possible "Deep State" coup d'etat. This isn't just a minor political hiccup; it looks like a well-planned maneuver, so let’s look at the details, and you can decide for yourself.

Consider the timeline: Biden repeatedly insisted that he wouldn’t drop out despite pressures from Democratic party bigwigs. Then, he allegedly contracted COVID-19 and vanished from public view for almost a week. During this time, his campaign co-chair emphatically denied any plans for Biden to withdraw. Yet, hours later, Biden’s X (formerly Twitter) account posted a screenshot document announcing his exit from the race without any substantial proof that Biden himself wrote it.

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On May 11, 2022 Project Veritas released an interview with an anonymous FBI whistleblower. This whistleblower, masked on camera, gave us an internal FBI document which exposed the bureau’s political vendetta against our newsroom.

Just six months prior, Biden’s FBI carried out unconstitutional pre-dawn raids on three of our journalists over the alleged theft of a diary belonging to the president’s daughter - which Project Veritas neither stole, nor published.

To defend this blatant attack on press freedom, Department of Justice Prosecutor Damian Williams argued to the court that “Project Veritas is not engaged in journalism within any traditional or accepted definition of that word.” The internal document brought to us by this concerned whistleblower revealed a different story.

In fact, Project Veritas was classified as “news media” on the very document used to initiate the FBI’s investigation into our newsroom. The document also revealed that the FBI could initiate secret surveillance of Project Veritas journalists - which we later found out they did.

After our publishing of the masked interview, FBI Special Agent Garrett O’Boyle was unjustly targeted and punished by the bureau as this suspected whistleblower. He was retaliated against by the FBI, had his security clearance revoked, and his family was harmed by these actions.

Now, nonprofit Empower Oversight has released shocking new disclosures showing that the bureau KNEW O'Boyle wasn't the Project Veritas source but withheld this information from the House Judiciary Committee in order to continue its unjust retaliatory campaign against him.

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History usually happens at a leisurely pace, with major events months or even years apart. But this year, it seems like someone has pushed fast-forward, with significant events coming on a weekly or even daily basis. -- We don’t know if the pace of news events this year will begin to slow down. What we do know is that most Americans might appreciate a bit of a breather before encountering another potentially historic event.
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Brand new battleground polling reveals Trump leading a tight race in the battleground state of Pennsylvania over Kamala Harris. In the survey of 600 likely voters, using a sample that reported as +2% for Biden in 2020, Trump is now +2% for a 47-45% lead.

The survey was conducted both before and after the Biden withdrawal announcement, with one-quarter of the weighted respondent interviews occurring before Biden dropped out.

Dissatisfaction with the Biden/Harris economy remains a dominant theme, with only 15% reporting that “Bidenomics” works “very well,” and 38% saying it works “not at all.” Among young voters in Pennsylvania aged 18-34, only 6% say Bidenomics works “very well.”

Catholic voters break significantly for Trump over Kamala Harris by a +17% margin, 54-37%.

Gun owners also prefer Trump by a wide +22% margin, with Trump up 57-35%. Among sportsmen who have a hunting license, that Trump lead expands to +41%.

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Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) is under fire for a bill he introduced earlier this year that would strip U.S. Secret Service protection from convicted and imprisoned felons who face more than a year of incarceration.

The Disgraced Former Protectees Act (H.R. 8081), if passed, could include removing protection from former president Trump.

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 by Dave DeCamp 

Israeli Minister of National Security Ben Gvir said Wednesday that Jews were allowed to pray at al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, a position that breaks from the decades-long status quo at the compound, known as Temple Mount to the Israelis.

Under the status quo, non-Muslims can visit al-Aqsa but cannot pray. “I was at the Temple Mount last week. I prayed at the Temple Mount and we are praying at the Temple Mount. I am in the political echelon, and the political echelon allows Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount,” Ben Gvir said at a Knesset conference encouraging a change to the status quo at al-Aqsa.

Ben Gvir, leader of the Jewish Power party, made a provocative visit to al-Aqsa last week and said he was there to pray that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not agree to a hostage and ceasefire deal with Hamas. Ben Gvir’s declaration on Wednesday marked the second time in recent months that he said Jewish prayer was permitted at the compound.

In both instances, Netanyahu’s office quickly issued statements denying that there’s been a change to the status quo. “Israel’s policy of maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount has not changed and will not change,” the prime minister’s office said on Wednesday.

Claire's Observations:  Ben Gvir's presence there, coupled with his statement, and with Netanyahu's denial such permission exists, telegraphs one thing to me; Al-Aqsa is about to be over-run, and overtaken, by the IDF, in a move which will be calculated  to cause as much outrage as is humanly possible, in the Muslim world.

By-di-Bye, in his current state, can do nothing; the US Congress will do nothing; and delighting in the vacuum of US power, Netanyahu and his "minions" see a window of opportunity for expanding their war exponentially, and chopping off bits and pieces of adjacent countries to form the new " Erez Israel."  Here's what the map of this "New Israel would look like, 

Notice how many bits and pieces of adjacent countries would have to be "chomped off" by Israel to achieve this goal.   But many religiously oriented Jews in Israel believe this is what they must do, to "re-inherit" the land the God of the Bible promised them.

Destroying Al-Aqsa and building the Third Temple in its place, is all part of this process, and will be broadening the already horrific Middle Eastern war.

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The Heritage Foundation, the same group behind Project 2025, has begun investigating some suspicious activity related to Thomas Matthew Crooks, Trump’s would-be assassin, using readily available cell-phone tracking technology. The initiative falls within the Oversight Project division.

“This is not just law enforcement or government agencies that do this. ... When you walk into a boot store in Nashville, they're going to track you, and then you start getting these ads,” explains investigative journalist and Blaze Media correspondent Steve Baker, noting that this kind of technology is referred to as “ad-ID.”

“Every single one of our cell phones have essentially what is the ... equivalency to your social security number, and so once they identify that phone, then they can pretty much track that phone wherever it goes,” Baker explains.

While being tracked rubs a lot of people the wrong way, the technology may prove helpful in discovering more information about Crooks, who had no detectable motivation for his actions, according to reports from federal investigators.

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Not only is Trump's favorability increasing, but he maintains a narrow lead over Harris nationally.

That narrow margin, however, is misleading because it measures voter sentiment — a metric akin to the popular vote — whereas the president is elected via the Electoral College. That means Democrats need a significant polling advantage over Trump to feel safe about their odds on Election Day.

But the problem for Democrats, Enten explained, is that "at this point, Donald Trump is running five points better than he was four years ago against Joe Biden."

"Kamala Harris is going to have to do better than this if she wants to win the popular vote, but more than that, if she wants to win the Electoral College, which she'll likely have to outperform how she's done nationally because the fact is, if you've got a tie in the national popular vote, that is probably not good enough if you are Kamala Harris," he said.

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Joe Biden directed Department of Homeland Security boss Alejandro Mayorkas to assemble an “independent security review” of the attempted assassination of Donald Trump on July 13. The inclusion of Obama DHS boss Janet Napolitano ensures that this review will be anything but independent.

Napolitano made her public debut in the 1991 campaign to keep Clarence Thomas off the U.S. Supreme Court. Anita Hill accused Thomas of sexually harassing her and Napolitano, then with a Phoenix law firm, represented Hill in the matter. In the confirmation proceedings, Hill’s witness Susan Hoerchner, “suddenly developed amnesia,” about parts of her story that contradicted Hill. Napolitano refused to reveal if she had persuaded Hoerchner to change her testimony, that is, to lie. That sort of witness tampering and obstruction of justice should have ended her legal career but Napolitano went on to serve as attorney general of Arizona.

As Arizona governor, Napolitano inclined to cronyism, appointing to the state supreme court her campaign attorney Scott Bales, a liberal Democrat who also worked at her former law firm. Governor Napolitano vetoed seven bills intended to fight illegal immigration but her zealotry came to the fore during her stint as DHS  boss under the composite character president David Garrow described in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama.

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US President Joe Biden reiterated his identification as a Zionist in an interview broadcast on 15 July, amid a US presidential campaign in which both candidates have competed to express their loyalty to Israel.

When journalist Speedy Morman asked Biden on Monday whether he is a Zionist, Biden confidently said, “Yes.”

“You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist, and a Zionist is about whether or not Israel is a safe haven for Jews because of their history of how they’ve been persecuted,” Biden said

“Now, you’ll be able to make a lot of that because different people don’t know what a Zionist is,” he added.

Biden insisted on describing himself as Zionist even though the term has increasingly become a pejorative among many US liberals who form his voter base.

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As early as January 2022, researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) were aware of at least 850 peer-reviewed case reports and/or research articles on COVID-19 vaccine reactions, according to emails obtained by Children’s Health Defense (CHD).

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, directed by the infamous virologist Anthony Fauci, is also part of the NIH and is now under indictment before the American Congress and in two state courts for the concealments and lies about the Covid emergency and the censorship of laboratory origin of SARS-Cov-2). The National Institutes of Health is also directly dependent on the US Department of Health (HHS).

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Thousands of Navy SEALs and service members negatively impacted by President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate scored a major win in court after a years-long legal battle.

The mandate enacted in August 2021 led to the forced firing of over 8,000 service members who refused the shot on religious or medical grounds. 

Navy SEALs and other special operators suffered professional setbacks for refusing the vaccine, despite having their religious accommodation requests denied multiple times. 

They were fired, denied trainings to advance in rank and, in some cases, even forced by the military to repay their initial signing bonuses between $4,000 and $7,000.

SEALs and other special operations warfare troops were also told they would have to pay back the cost of their training by the federal government - hundreds of thousands of dollars - and hand over their hard-earned 'Trident' pin.

According to the settlement first obtained by DailyMail.com, service members who quit the Navy after being 'mistreated' will have their records corrected. 

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President Joe Biden has been AWOL for days, dropping out of the race via a statement posted to social media rather than physically addressing the American people.

Proof of life would seem to be required in a situation where the president’s health has been a notorious point of contention over the past four years — but that’s one thing the American people aren’t getting.

Even stranger is that the signature on the statement doesn’t appear to match Biden’s most recent signatures, which Sara Gonzales of “Sara Gonzales Unfiltered” believes might mean something more sinister.

“These are very recent signatures but now all of a sudden, it’s a completely different signature. Very curious. They all match up except the dropout,” Gonzales says conspiratorially.

Webmaster addition: The most obvious clue is that the signature on the withdrawal letter is underlined, something that Biden doesn't do!

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The footage of Hezbollah being able to fly into Israel and film images of one of its most important airbases was a psychological attack, as well as an attempt by the group to showcase more sophisticated military capabilities, analysts say.

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Thousands of attacks on South Lebanon have resulted in the death of nearly 540 people and hundreds more injured since hostilities began on July 15, according to MP Fadi Alama, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Lebanese parliament.

The MP said 538 people had died and 1,850 injured in the 5,736 attacks.

The Foreign Affairs Committee met on Wednesday with several ambassadors from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Britain, and Canada to present the results of the ongoing Israeli attacks on southern Lebanon, as part of preparations for “the government’s work in the post-ceasefire phase.”

MP Alama said that “representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations were surprised when we talked about 1,800 hectares intentionally burned by the Israeli enemy. They were also surprised by the number of schools that were targeted and the number of students who were unable to complete their education and moved to other places. Additionally, they were informed of the 28,000 new families who have been displaced from areas that are being targeted daily.”

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Donald Trump has slammed the the president's address to the nation as 'barely understandable'.

The Republican nominee took to his Truth Social app to slate Joe Biden's performance, which he watched from aboard his private jet 'Trump Force One'.

'Crooked Joe Biden’s Oval Office speech was barely understandable, and sooo bad!' He posted shortly after the address on Wednesday.

His review came after Biden addressed the nation for the first time since he announced his decision to drop out of the election race.

However his delivery clearly left Trump unimpressed as he followed up his initial post up with another also attacking the Vice President. 

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A chorus of critics took to X (formerly Twitter) to point out several examples of a variety of mainstream media sources contradicting their previous reporting in order to benefit new presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Vice President Kamala Harris.

As it became clear that Harris would likely replace President Joe Biden as the Democratic Party’s 2024 candidate, former President Donald Trump and others highlighted the fact that Biden put her in charge of dealing with the surging number of migrants crossing the country’s southern border.

In the years since the president gave Harris this responsibility, the border crisis has intensified even further to unprecedented levels.

However, on Wednesday, AXIOS published a piece claiming that Biden had in fact never made Harris his so-called “border czar.”

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Former president Barack Obama hasn’t endorsed Kamala Harris’ presidential bid because he doesn’t think she can beat Donald Trump, according to a source close to the Biden family.

Following Joe Biden’s shock resignation from the race on Sunday, and his immediate endorsement of the vice president, most of the Democratic elite have been quick to rally behind Harris — but Obama is a notable exception.

“Obama’s very upset because he knows she can’t win,” the Biden family source told The Post.

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Within minutes of Joe Biden dropping out of the presidential race on Sunday, Democrats had anointed Kamala Harris as his replacement. In the days since then, they’ve been boastfully claiming that she has broken fundraising records by raising over $100 million.

Unfortunately for them, however, this may be about to backfire on them all in a big way.

The former President Donald Trump is firing back by hitting Harris with a complaint to the Federal Election Commission. This complaint is over her alleged attempt to use political donations made to President Biden. Trump is claiming that Harris has engaged in the “largest campaign finance violation in American history.”

From The New York Post:
“Kamala Harris is seeking to perpetrate a $91.5 million dollar heist of Joe Biden’s leftover campaign cash — a brazen money grab that would constitute the single largest excessive contribution and biggest violation in the history of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971,” Trump campaign general counsel David Warrington wrote in a grievance to the FEC.

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