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☕️ BORDER WARS ☙ Thursday, September 21, 2023 ☙ C&C NEWS 🦠
Texas declares war on the border; Politico lets slip creepy new Public Health plans; SADS celebrity singer, and actor; great news on what DIDN'T just happen at U.N.; more Rand Paul heroics; and more.
Good morning, C&C, it’s Thursday! News is bursting almost faster than I can keep up with. Your morning roundup includes: Texas formally declares a State of Invasion at the border and deploys the National Guard to repel migrants; Politico begins five-part anti-anti-vaccine series about rebuilding trust in public health using sneaky, underhanded tactics; SADS top singer paralyzed by Guillain-Barré; SADS actor non-suicide; terrific news about something that DIDN’T happen at the United Nations this week; and Rand Paul promises to shut down Ukraine funding. Finally!
🗞 THE C&C ARMY POST 🗞
🪖 If you are interested in the “racism, inequity, and exclusion” (DEI) issue, you might love this locally-grown Twitter account Commies on Campus (@CommiesOnCampus). The feed began by exposing chimeric DEI programs at the University of Florida as they kept morphing into differently Orwellianly-named products to evade statutory bans. But Commies has now expanded to covering DEI-related news at college campuses all across the country.
🗞💬 WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY 💬🗞
🔥 Just when you thought a lost F35 was the week’s defining story, this happened. Yesterday, in a massively-important story completely embargoed by Establishment Media, probably because they haven’t gotten their narrative orders from the White House yet, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas made history by finally doing what the state’s conservatives have long been begging for:
Governor Abbott formally declared a State of Invasion at the border.
It’s a big deal, maybe even ‘yuge,’ as Trump would say. In a public letter in 2022 addressed to Joe Biden, Governor Abbott declared the federal government had failed to protect Texas from invasion, so the state invoked Article I, Section 10, Clause 3 of the Constitution. As Abbott put it, in his historic letter:
The subtext of Abbott’s letter was literally a declaration of war. Article I, § 10, Clause 3 says that states shall not “engage in war” without the consent of Congress unless actually invaded:
No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.
For at least a year that I can remember, Texas conservatives have been begging Abbott to invoke Clause I(10)(3) and take action. Abbott made the declaration but was slower to act. One sees both sides of the timing of making such a career-defining political decision. Abbott took the longer approach, and built up political armor by first sending migrants to blue places like Chicago and New York, which are also now buckling under the strain and more importantly, are complaining loudly and publicly.
It’s hard to understate how big a deal this is. Texas is going to war … but against what enemy? In his letter, Abbott smartly identified the cartels. In a tweet yesterday, Abbott showed his move was carefully and long-planned: at the time of the announcement, Texas has now already deployed the National Guard and started building containment measures like a border wall.
By moving fast, Texas can’t now be stopped before they begin by an emergency temporary injunction from an Administration-friendly judge. It’s too late. Yesterday Abbott tweeted:
Texas’s war might be with other enemies than just the cartels, Around 6pm last week, Governor Abbott tweeted that federal agents were removing Texas’ newly-installed razor wire and were actively helping migrants cross the barriers into Texas.
One suspects the Administration’s lawyers are probably frantically drafting right now. Biden will likely file an emergency lawsuit trying to stop Texas from defending itself. The rhetoric will be hot as mustard. I also expect Woke Media to soon shift to covering Texas’s wartime “human rights abuses.” Oh, the humanity!
It’s a developing story. Stay tuned.
💉 Yesterday, Politico wrung its hands into splinters in an angst-laden article headlined, “The anti-vaccine movement is on the rise. The White House is at a loss over what to do about it.” The sub-headlined promised, “This is the first story of a five-part series diving into the rise of the anti-vaccine political movement.”
Early this morning, right on schedule, Politico published its second installment, this one alarmingly headlined, “‘We’re going to lose lives’: Health experts decry rise of vaccine skepticism.”
Hey, look on the bright side. Maybe we’ll lose expert lives.
Haha, just kidding. The article’s emotional sub-headline fretted, “Some worry that only a national tragedy will turn the current trend around.” They’re fretting about you. And — according to Politico — you have gone mainstream, baby:
The mainstreaming of a once-fringe movement has horrified federal health officials, who blame it for seeding dangerous conspiracy theories and bolstering a Covid-era backlash to the nation’s broader public health practices.
The article begins by insinuating that gullible fools like yourselves were deluded, but not by monstrous government overreach and an especially nasty form of mass hallucination that its psy-experts intentionally discharged under cover of so-called “public health programming.” No, Politico says you’ve been deluded by Robert Kennedy, Jr., and by dark GOP forces who slipped off the leash when the judge in Missouri v. Biden shut down the federal government’s censorship machine.
But Politico’s bad news, delivered using as somber and ominous of a tone as that silly rag can muster, is our good news. What Politico sees as ‘horrifying’ trends, we count as accomplishments. In Politico’s words (lightly edited for clarity):
For decades, being openly skeptical of vaccines made one a pariah in all but the smallest of political circles. To cast doubt on them placed you on the fringe. But public health officials fear those days are increasingly numbered.
As another Covid vaccination campaign gets underway, fewer Americans than ever have kept up to date on their shots. Just 20 percent of adults got last year’s (booster) shot, according to CDC data, down sharply from the 79 percent who received their initial series of vaccinations in 2021. Child vaccination rates against the flu are measurably lower than before the pandemic… vaccination rates for kindergarteners dropped for the second consecutive year.
The anti-vaccine movement has historically found a home among both libertarians and the far-left. (But) recent polling shows Republicans are now more than twice as likely to believe the shots should be optional than they did in 2019. Democrats… overwhelmingly favor childhood vaccine requirements.
The paranoid hypochondriacs, I mean public health experts, are pulling what’s left of their hair out. First covid, now this. Politico quoted lockdown-worshipping maskaholic Dr. Lawrence Gostin, a Georgetown University public health professor who advises the White House, who tearfully but angrily warned, “Diseases that we once thought had ended will roar back and kids will get sick and die from 100 percent preventable conditions.”
You’ll be sorry if you don’t listen to us.
Permanently-disheveled bowtie advocate and pharma shill “doctor” Peter Hotez, somehow still employed as a virologist at Baylor’s College of Medicine, took a short break from counting his covid money and sighed that questioning vaccines has “now become a politically motivated movement.” In his multiple books about the so-called anti-vaccine movement, Hotez argued that vaccine skepticism has become part of conservatives’ political worldview. But for some reason, despite that Hotez says he’s tried to cure conservatives of their delusions, nobody will listen to him: “I can’t get any engagement out of anybody.”
Dr. Umair Shah, Washington state’s secretary of health, was yet more blunt and apocalyptical. She sees vaccine hesitancy leading to the End of Days. “This is the beginning of a really rough and tough time,” Shah told Politico. “People are going to get sick. We’re going to lose lives.”
The long-form article made one main point: the White House needs to do something. But Politico glided right over two gigantic flaws in its argument: first, why is it the White House’s job to sell pharma’s products? And two, Politico’s articles never discussed the two categories of lived experiences actually fueling people’s so-called skepticism: covid shot side effects and jab mandates. If it’s not that, then Politico should explain how conservatives became vaccine skeptical, when it was a massively-popular Republican President who was originally responsible for the shots?
In more good news, sort of, Politico admitted that at least some public health experts realize that a lot of people hate them now. Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon’s state health officer, told Politico, “I may be a trusted messenger for, hopefully, a large segment of the population, but I am not the trusted messenger for everyone.”
Here’s some news you can use. Since nobody is listening to the public health “officials” anymore, whoever is paying these so-called scientists (we could guess) has shifted tactics and is now sneakily going after pastors and social media influencers:
In lieu of being out front on the issue, public health officials have been turning to the community leaders who helped them spread the word about the Covid-19 vaccine. That includes leaning on respected conservative officials and pastors to be their ambassadors. They’re looking to expand peer-based education, such as training parents and teachers to spread the word on public health.
Re-building trust using sneaky, manipulative tactics seems oxymoronic, but what do I know? I’m just a lawyer.
The two articles, yesterday’s and today’s, were so similar that it was like Politico ran the same story twice. They’re going to do it three more times. Is it wrong of me to speculate about who’s paying Politico to write all these anti-anti-vaccine articles and give all these well-known pharma henchmen even more airtime?
I’m sure it has nothing to do with this article Politico published on Saturday:
Follow the science and you will find the money, or vice-versa.
💉 Grammy award nominee and A-list indie rocker, Sufjan Stevens, 48, an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for lyrically focused and instrumentally-rich songs often relating to faith and family, was suddenly and unexpectedly paralyzed by Guillain-Barré syndrome last month.
As you may know, Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a rare auto-immune disorder where the body’s own immune system attacks its own neurological system. GBS has been linked to the jabs, and over the last two years we’ve seen up to a dozen celebrities affected by the “ultra-rare” disorder, including names like Travis Frederick, Jenna Jameson, Justin Bieber, Christopher Cross, and Céline Dion.
It’s super duper rare.
A meta-analysis evaluating the connection between the jabs and GBS was published in Cureus this April:
The study’s meta-analysis revealed an unsurprising connection: “In conclusion, vaccination against COVID-19 with vector vaccines seems to increase the risk of GBS (Guillain-Barré Syndrome).” Interestingly, the authors noted vaccine-induced GBS seems to be a different kind of disease with its own unique characteristics: “GBS occurring following vaccination does differ in characteristics from GBS during the pre-COVID-19 era.”
Which should make vaccine-induced GBS easier to identify, if anyone were looking for it, that is.
On his website, Sufjan Stevens described just how sudden and unexpected his GBS attack came on. He barely noticed. It happened while he was sleeping. He went to bed fine, and woke up paralyzed. Now he can’t walk, and it sounds like he’s been put through a painful medical ordeal as doctors floundered around trying to diagnose him:
Last month I woke up one morning and couldn’t walk. My hands, arms and legs were numb and tingling and I had no strength, no feeling, no mobility. My brother drove me to the ER and after a series of tests—MRIs, EMGs, cat scans, X-rays, spinal taps (!), echo-cardiograms, etc.—the neurologists diagnosed me with an auto immune disorder called Guillian-Barre Syndrome.
It might have come on very quickly, but it’s not going away anytime soon. Stevens said his doctors warned recovery “takes a lot of time, patience, and hard work.” The singer said he’s “undergoing intensive physical therapy, strength building etc. to get my body back in shape and to learn to walk again.”
He has to learn how to walk again.
Coincidentally, a couple months ago in July, the entire country of Peru declared a national Guillain-Barré state of emergency:
Two years before that, this happened:
It makes you wonder whether other countries are seeing the same spike in GBS that Peru is now seeing, but the other countries just haven’t gone public about it.
We are praying for Sufjan Steven’s full and miraculous recovery.
💉 On August 1st, American actor Angus Cloud, 25, who starred in the breakout HBO hit Euphoria, died suddenly, unexpectedly, and mysteriously AT HOME.
Oakland Fire Department first responders found Cloud “already deceased” after they were dispatched to his family’s California home for a medical emergency.
No cause of death has been released. They sure have clammed up about whatever’s killing celebrities, haven’t they? Maybe Biden can negotiate for the paparazzis’ release next, now that the Iranian hostages have been returned for only a billion dollars each.
Recently Angus’s mother dispelled widespread media rumors that Angus had killed himself. “Social media posts have suggested his death was intentional. I want you to know that is not the case,” she explained in a post online.
It’s getting to be a tough time to be a celebrity.
🔥 There was more terrific news this week — this time, about something that didn’t happen. On Monday and Tuesday, the United Nations was poised, literally on the brink, with no further action required, of approving a gigantic international agreement packed with horrifying, civilization-wrecking, dystopian measures collectively called “Agenda 2030,” which included marxist bon mots like Smart Cities (*formerly known as ’15-minute cities’), farming reductions to save the climate at humankind’s expense (i.e., kill the Kulaks), draconian limits on fishing, family-abolishing trans policies, Orwellian “emergency pandemic health powers,” and more.
Tellingly, comrade Zelensky — slava Ukraini! Sig heil!— attended the Agenda 2030 Summit. Himself, in the flesh. It’s not like his country might not even be around in 2030 unless he wins a war or anything. In his own words:
It was all arranged. The cowards in our collective governments organized a vote by silence. Agenda 2030’s massive collection of marxist policies, that would have instantly affected every man, woman, and child on Earth, was to be approved by “non-objection.” That is, the ‘package’ was dropped off with member states on Monday morning. To approve it, all the officials had to say was: nothing.
Once regular folks like us realized what had just happened, and the fur started to fly, it would be too late. There would have been nobody to blame. There would have been no record of an affirmative vote by anybody. It just happened! Don’t blame us, WE didn’t vote for it. True, they didn’t vote for it. No vote was going to be taken at all.
But late Tuesday, at nearly the last minute, eleven countries out of 160 filed a formal opposition to the pending proposal to accelerate Agenda 2030. They complained about “unilateral coercive measures,” human rights issues, lack of transparency (secret agendas), and procedural complaints (rushing it through).
Now, take a look at which countries stopped Agenda 2030, the unlikeliest group of countries to which you’d think we’d ever owe a major debt of gratitude:
The Russian Federation, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Eritrea, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Nicaragua, the Syrian Arab Republic, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.
Russia! Those devils! Ukraine’s representative at the Summit was the first delegate to sniff out that something was brewing, something bad, and he didn’t like it one bit:
Now the globalists are wringing their hands about the dastardly eleven. They’ve extended the Summit through the end of the week. Heated discussion is underway about how the UN can still push its Agenda 2030 plans through anyway.
But their anonymous non-voting process is probably completely off the table now, though.
In the meantime, it’s fair to say the WEFfers are very disappointed. For example, this tweet from State Street Advisors CEO Nina Schwalbe:
We just collectively dodged a United Nations-sized bullet. Thanks, dissenting nations.
🔥 Yesterday, Senator Rand Paul threw down the gauntlet and said he will oppose any more money to Ukraine, not one more cent, and he’s also not going to let it sneak through in some kind of temporary or emergency funding bill:
At least one Senator, plus the key “Freedom Caucus” group in Congress, realizes we can’t send Ukraine the money that we don’t have. It’s a start! Let’s build on it.
Have a terrific Thursday! And come back here tomorrow for the next roundup installment in our five-part anti-anti-anti-vaccine series.
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