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Why Did the Pentagon Choose Today to Reveal Secret Modifications to Ukraine’s HIMARS Launchers?

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According to a Wall Street Journal report, the Pentagon secretly modified deadly HIMARS rocket launchers that were sent to Ukraine in the past few months.

The Pentagon has never disclosed the unique feature that makes it impossible for Ukraine’s High-Mobility Rocket System (HIMARS), which is partially disabled, to fire missiles at ranges greater than 48 miles.

WSJ reports that the revelation today shows Washington’s efforts to “balance its support of Ukraine’s forces against any risk of escalation towards Moscow.”

Although I don’t agree with the White House decision, I appreciate the puzzle.

A modified HIMARS system, unmodified, might be able fire longer-ranged missiles with deadly precision at targets deep within Russia if Ukraine manages to get hold of them. Military planners are constantly worried about how Moscow would respond to such attacks. This is impossible with the secret modifications made today by the Pentagon.

It was a hardware change? Software? Only the Pentagon knows and they don’t say.

HIMARS is not just a launcher. It can fire different missiles with ranges ranging from 6 miles for practice rounds (M28 versions), 48 miles for standard GMLRS rockets received by Ukraine, and over 180 miles for the coveted ATACMS launcher. Only GMLRS rockets have been granted to Ukraine.

Russia also reported explosions at two military bases on Monday. Both were well beyond the range of an ATACMS missile.

Earlier today, explosions were reported at military aircraftfields in Russia’s Saratov and Ryazan areas. Russian state media reported that a fuel tanker exploded at an airbase, injuring many others and causing three deaths. Ukrainian media reported that two Tu-95 strategic fighter bombers were damaged in a possible drone attack at the other airfield.

It’s a huge deal to destroy a few Tu-95s. The Russians have produced the “Bear” bomber, which is very similar to the B-52. It has a similar age, similar payload and similar range. Also, it was built in the same numbers.

Only 55 Bears are currently in service. Even if they aren’t in service for a while, losing two of them is still a big deal. This is especially true considering that they were used by Moscow to launch stand-off cruise missile attacks against the civilian infrastructure of Ukraine.

It is still unknown how Kyiv managed to touch two airbases located 350 miles away. Russian air defenses don’t look good if drones were involved. Between 80-90% of Russian cruise missiles and drones have been shot down by the UA.

Is there another type for paranoid Kremlin types? The range of the UA’s nasty American rockets could be far greater than the range it publishes. Perhaps those shrewd Ukrainians were using a super-secret American missile.

Is there anyone in the Kremlin who is truly paranoid? Perhaps. It might be wise to act as though the Kremlin is paranoid for Washingtonians.

As Kyiv tries to harm Russia in areas previously considered safe, Washington should make it clear that our equipment had nothing to do with Kyiv’s increased reach.

Although today’s disclosure to the WSJ was probably too soon to be in response to the explosions at Saratov, Ryazan, this is not the first time that the UA has pulled off such unexpected tricks.

If I’m a smart engineer in the UA I might ask permission for one of the HIMARS systems to be modified. Sometimes, what can be modified can also be de-modified.

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‘Like his soul was leaving his body’: Teen rescues dad who was crushed under truck

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One California dad is particularly thankful for his teenage son this holiday season. The youngster recently saved his father’s life when a truck fell on top of him and nearly crushed him to death.

On a Monday evening last month, Matthew Wilkinson of Oakdale, California, about 90 miles east of Oakland, came home late from work. However, he knew he still had to do some repairs on the brakes of his work truck so that he could continue to do his job. So he went out and got started.

When the repair did not proceed as quickly or as easily as he had hoped, Wilkinson solicited the help of his son, Dalin, 15, who had assisted him with many repairs in the past.

Wilkinson is lucky Dalin was there. When Wilkinson crawled underneath the truck in an attempt to remove a rotor, the truck suddenly fell on top of him.

“I couldn’t get a good angle [on the rotor], so I slid my body underneath the truck and was hitting it,” Wilkinson later recounted. “The second it popped off, the truck fell.”

Wilkinson can still recall the moment the truck rolled on top of him.

“All I could think about was the breath coming out of me,” he said. “I was just squished. I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t yell.”

Though Wilkinson later needed surveillance footage to understand exactly what happened next, Dalin, a high school freshman, remembers how he felt and what he did when he saw his dad in distress.

“I just ran over and tried as hard as I could to get [the truck] up enough to get him out,” Dalin stated.

“I was scared,” Dalin added. “I heard him make a noise like his soul was leaving his body. It was crazy.”

Despite Dalin’s fears, footage captured on a nearby security camera confirmed that he lifted the rear corner of the truck enough so that Wilkinson could escape.

Wilkinson suffered a punctured lung, multiple broken ribs, and a separated shoulder in the incident, but he appears to be making a strong recovery.

“My son is my hero,” Wilkinson stated with affection. “He saved my life.”

“I’m just glad he’s OK,” Dalin stated with a slight smile. “That’s all that’s really going through my mind right now.”

H/T: the Daily Caller

‘I am not a criminal’: NHL All-Star speaks out against latest Canadian gun ban

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Canada’s latest firearm ban (otherwise known as Bill C-21) is receiving pushback from some of Canada’s biggest personalities, including active National Hockey League All-Star and Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price. The latest ban comes just a couple of months after a handgun ban went into affect, putting a stop to any handgun sales, purchases, or transfers in Canada.

Price, who is widely considered to be one of the best goalies ever to play in the NHL, took to his Instagram account to voice his opinion on the matter:

“I love my family, I love my country and I care for my neighbour. I am not a criminal or a threat to society. What Justin Trudeau is trying to do is unjust. I support the CCFR to keep my hunting tools. Thank you for listening to my opinion.”

Price is joined in his rejection of the proposed additions by fellow outspoken hockey player Theo Fleury, as well as other personalities such as celebrity chef Michael Hunter.

The legislation seeks to create a definition of a “prohibited assault-style firearm” for which no definition exists in Canadian law, despite the term being referred to many times in legislation already. At 309 pages, the proposed list would ban an large number of shotguns and rifles, including but not limited to what would be considered hunting rifles and shotguns, as well as those that would be used by military or police. Many popular Barrett, Sig Sauer, and Heckler and Koch firearms would be added to Canada’s already exhaustive weapons ban list, which often names very rare historical or collectible firearms.

Some conservative politicians in the country have spoken out against the ban, such as Conservative Member of Parliament Glen Motz, who said he thought “it was a deliberate attempt to mislead the Canadian public and mislead Parliament.

The legislation was first announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in May 2022 on Twitter, with a message decreeing, “One Canadian killed by gun violence is one too many. That’s why we’ve banned 1,500 types of military-style assault firearms. And that’s why, today, we’ve introduced legislation to further strengthen gun control in Canada.”

As there has been no agreement under the law that defines the functionality nor any one type of firearms’ inherent dangers over another, Canadian legislation simply contains a list of banned firearms/weapons that has continuously been added to since 1998.

Biden’s Education Department to ‘immediately and permanently’ disband national ‘Parents Council’ following parental rights groups’ lawsuit

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According to court documents filed Monday, the United States Department of Education agreed to disband its new National Parents and Families Engagement Council following a lawsuit filed against the council by multiple parental rights groups, Fox News Digital reported.

The Education Department launched the controversial council in June 2022 to provide “a channel for parents and families to constructively participate in their children’s education,” according to a now-deleted page from the department’s website.

The council’s goal was to hold meetings to discuss “the different ways schools are providing academic, mental health and social and emotional support, and how families can best constructively engage with schools.”

Organizations on the council included Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and Black Lives Matter supports such as Mocha Moms Inc., United Parent Leaders Action Network, and UnidosUS.

Parental rights groups, including Fight for School, Parents Defending Education, and America First Legal, filed a joint lawsuit against the Education Department in July and accused the council of being politically biased and violating several provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

The groups alleged that the council members disproportionately supported the Biden administration and that nearly 80% of their leaders donated to Democrats.

“To have a fair balance of viewpoints and competent deliberation on students’ needs, there must be fairly equal representation from both sides of the political spectrum,” the lawsuit read. “That is not the case here, as the Council consists of groups that are already supportive of this administration.”

Court documents filed Monday revealed that the Education Department agreed to “immediately and permanently” dissolve the council, and consequently, the parental rights groups agreed to dismiss their lawsuit without prejudice.

Parents Defending Education President Nicole Neily told Fox News Digital that she was pleased with the decision.

“We are gratified that Secretary Cardona’s Potemkin village ‘Parents Council’ will be disbanded, because families should never be used merely as props to advance progressive policies,” Neily stated. “Parental engagement is essential for students to succeed; accordingly, it is critical that ALL voices and perspectives be integrated into any feedback mechanism that the Biden Administration operates — and that the Department of Education respect the rule of law.”

Following the agreement, the Education Department released a statement addressing the council’s termination.

“On June 14, the Department announced the creation of the National Parents and Families Engagement Council,” the Education Department stated. “Several organizations subsequently sued, alleging that the Department violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) when it established the Council. The Department disagrees but has decided to not move forward with the National Parents and Families Engagement Council. The Department will continue connecting with individual parents and families across the country, including through townhalls, and providing parents and families with a wide array of tools and resources to use to support our students.”

Unvaccinated blood matchmaking service developing global network

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A Swiss nonprofit is building a vast network of unvaccinated individuals with the short-term goal of connecting blood recipients with unvaccinated blood donors across the world. Should its membership hit critical mass, Safe Blood Donation hopes to create an mRNA vaccine-free blood bank.

Blood pressure

“Horrified” by the vaccinated blood he has allegedly studied and convinced that “the whole vaccination thing” is mainly about “controlling people,” Swiss naturopath George Della Dietra seeks to provide people with a choice about the kind of blood that flows through their veins.

Dietra told Vice News, “We want to be a platform for people who want to have the free choice of blood donors. … Whether they think there is a real conspiracy theory going on, that the New World Order [is happening], or if they simply say ‘I just don’t want it’ for whatever reason.”

This may be a tall order, especially since Dietra’s organization would not bar vaccinated persons from becoming members. After all, there is presently limited supply.

According to the New York Times, roughly 71.1% of the world population has received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Michael Busch of the Vitalant Research Institute indicated that “less than 10 percent of the blood we collect does not have antibodies.”

A September 2021 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 83.3% of donated blood had combined infection- and vaccine-induced antibodies.

The supermajority of prospective donors consequently have blood affected for good or ill by the controversial vaccines or by prior COVID-19 infection.

Newsweek reported last summer that some patients who had successfully forgone receiving a COVID-19 vaccine demanded blood transfusions only from unvaccinated donors.

A New Zealand couple may reportedly lose custody of their 4-month-old son on account of their insistence that he receive blood from unvaccinated people ahead of his lifesaving heart surgery.

Like the boy’s parents, patients presently do not have a choice when it comes to vaccinated or unvaccinated blood.

Dr. Louis Katz, chief medical officer for ImpactLife, told Kaiser Health News that as of August 2021, he knew of “no one who has acceded to such a request, which would be an operational can of worms for a medically unjustifiable request.”

Even if this “can of worms” were opened, the choice of blood would presently be uninformed since blood centers do not keep data regarding donors’ vaccination status and are not required to by the Food and Drug Administration.

Safe Blood Donation’s apparent answer to this problem is its searchable database of anonymous, unvaccinated members. Members can also search by region.

The organization claimed that as “soon as we have enough medical partners (for application, collection and processing of the blood), we will start with the mediation.”

Far from functional

In its FAQ, Safe Blood Donation noted that it is far from realizing its goal of becoming a blood bank and will first need to acquire 100,000 more members so that “the politicians and lobbyists can no longer avoid taking us seriously.”

In the meantime, the organization has advice for those who would like avoid vaccinated blood.

The nonprofit advises members to stipulate in their wills that they are against receiving canned blood, but also recommends against mentioning vaccination, noting that “it is actually not advisable to come out as an opponent of vaccination, because then you are immediately ‘the enemy’, and no one is interested in helping you.”

“Write further that you indicate a relative (if you have one) as a potential blood donor who can be contacted immediately (or who is present in person at a scheduled surgery) who has the same blood type. If you do not have a relative, write to us immediately when the hospital gives the green light to your plan – then we will find one,” said the FAQ.

Kaiser Health News noted that persons requiring transfusions can also donate their own blood ahead of time.

While it appears as though Safe Blood Donation intends to work covertly in the interim, it anticipates members might one day be able to produce their membership cards with instructions concerning blood type and have their requests respected.

Vice reported that the nonprofit already has members in at least 16 countries, although Safe Blood Donation’s website suggests it has members in over 60 countries worldwide, with at least 25 pumping blood in the U.S..

The initial joining fee is around $50 and approximately $20 per year thereafter.

Is America’s Lunatic Grandma Hillary Off Her Meds Again?

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It seems that the United States of America has upset whatever luck or karma gods may be pulling the strings. What other explanation can one give for Hillary Clinton’s refusal to leave?

There was a fair expectation that Hillary would go quietly in defeat after the 2016 election and instead spend her time in Chappaqua tasting various box wines. After doing that for a while she got up and left the house to take responsibility for her loss. We’re all unlucky so hacks in mainstream media will always give Mrs. Bill a camera to grouse.

Every six years Hillary has reminded the American people of her mental illness every time she resurfaces. Granny Maojackets was a raving lunatic who insisted that the Republicans had plans to steal the 2024 elections.

Hillary Clinton seems to be constantly in a state of “hold my beer”, where she’s trying out her own limits. The follow-up to her unhinged theory regarding the 2024 election is a complete disaster.

Here’s the story:

Iranian protests against oppressive and misogynistic laws led to more than 14,000 arrests. The government also decided to execute an unknown amount of protestors. The Taliban terrorist ruling force in Afghanistan murders, rapes, and abuses women every day. According to reports, Russian soldiers used Russian soldiers to weaponize rape in Ukraine. Hillary Clinton considers all of this to be equivalent to Arkansas’s pro-life legislation that restricts the abortion of unborn children.

Many of us did a double-take on that, but PBS’s Christiane Amanpour didn’t. According to LifeNews, Hillary Clinton, a failed presidential candidate, appeared on Amanpour and Company to talk about the Clinton Presidential Center’s women’s rights summit. Amanpour wasn’t disturbed that Hillary had equated saving unborn babies with raping and firing women.

When I say that the woman is not well, it’s really what I mean.

Although abortion ghouls may not be known for being balanced on their subject matter, this is a great example of their work.

There are no parallels between what is happening in Iran and Afghanistan and the United States. None. Because they hate the most about this country, the elites of the Democratic Party can see a connection. While they may enjoy some of their coastal enclaves and the people who live there, places like Arkansas are terrible places, even if your husband is a former governor. Since their departure for Washington nearly 30 years ago, Bill and Hillary haven’t been visiting Arkansas much.

Hillary’s insanity sells to low-info Democrats, as most of them are. They believe that limited access to killing babies is equal to being subjugated and controlled by the Taliban.

People start to wonder if Hillary might be interested in running for president in 2024, every time she starts yelling. That would have been absurd at another time. This nightmare could easily become a reality in today’s clown-car Democratic Party.

Granny, go home. Enjoy retirement by eating breakfast Franzia. You are not needed for anything here in real America.

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Catholic bishop knows just how to respond when Hillary Clinton compares America to Afghanistan, Iran over abortion rights

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A Catholic bishop from Texas sharply rebuked Hillary Clinton after she compared women suffering from systematic persecution and war to American women who cannot get abortion on demand.

What did Clinton say?

Clinton claimed at a women’s rights summit last Thursday that American women, in light of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, face similar peril as women in Iran, Afghanistan, Ukraine.

“We have come a long way… on so many fronts, but we are also in a period of time where there is a lot of pushback and much of the progress that has been taken for granted by too many people is under attack. Literally under attack in places like Iran or Afghanistan or Ukraine — where rape is a tactic of war — or under attack by political and cultural forces in a country like our own when it comes to women’s health care and bodily autonomy,” Clinton said.

The twice-failed presidential candidate went so far as to claim America is just like Afghanistan or Sudan, two war-torn nations, because of the status of women’s rights.

“It’s so shocking to think that in any way we’re related to poor Afghanistan and Sudan,” she said, Fox News reported. “But as an advanced economy, as we allegedly are, on this measure, we unfortunately are rightly put with them.”

“This struggle is between autocracy and democracy, from our country to places we can’t even believe we’re being compared to,” Clinton added.

What was the response?

Bishop Joseph Strickland, who presides over the Diocese of Tyler in Texas, responded to Clinton’s comments by calling her an “evil woman.”

“Please, please don’t listen to this evil woman,” Strickland said. “Her lies and immorality need to be silenced for the good of humanity.”

The Catholic bishop is no stranger to using his platform to criticize politicians for espousing ideas antithetical to Christian ethics.

Strickland has criticized President Joe Biden for sending funds overseas that eventually fund abortions, expressed support for Nancy Pelosi being denied communion for supporting abortion, and slammed former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for criticizing the Catholic Church.

Little girl watches Texas drag show while parent is ‘outside’; drag queen tells her, ‘We got you, baby.’ Venue scraps rest of year’s drag shows over feeling ‘unsafe.’

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A Texas entertainment venue canceled its remaining 2022 drag shows, saying staff and “queens” feel “unsafe” following publication of a video showing one of its all-ages drag shows — and a little girl in the audience whose parent was “outside.”

What are the details?

Independent journalist Tayler Hansen posted video of Friday night’s “The Island of Misfit Toys Drive & Drag Show” at the Starlighter in San Antonio — an “all ages” shindig that also included a screening of the iconic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” stop-motion TV movie.

But what went down onstage likely wouldn’t have met with the approval of “Rudolph” creators, as numerous drag queens are seen on the clip dancing suggestively in various stages of prosthetic-enhanced undress.

A little girl was in the audience, too — and it turns out that as a drag queen was engaging her from the microphone, the queen was informed that the girl’s parent was “outside” the door of the venue.

“We got you, baby,” the drag queen tells her, according to an audio-only portion of Hansen’s clip.

What happened next?

After Hansen’s post went live, the Starlighter on Sunday announced it was canceling its remaining drag shows for the year, saying staff and “queens” are feeling “unsafe.”

“The Starlighter’s goal has always been to provide a safe, all-ages space for entertainment & unfortunately we’re now being made to feel unsafe in our own space,” the venue’s statement reads. “We’re being bullied and threatened both online in comments, reviews, & tweets.”

More from the statement:

For the safety of our queens, staff, & patrons, we’re cancelling all of the drag events for the remainder of the year. This was a decision made between the queens & The Starlighter owners as a safety measure & nothing more.

We stand by our queens & the sentiment that there was nothing wrong done at this past Friday’s toy drive. The child in question was never left unattended or in any danger. They are the child of our food vendor that night who was right outside the door. This vendor and their child are very familiar with both staff and queens, and even posted a picture thanking the queens for treating her like a ‘niece’ at the end of the event.

The story is being twisted into something disgusting to fit a political narrative. It’s sad, frustrating, & disappointing.

Thank you to our community for your continued support. With all of the ugliness in the world right now, your support really means the world to us. We love and appreciate you all.

‘Unsubstantiated claims’

A mysanantonio.com news story on the cancellation of the drag shows said Hansen’s tweet is “pushing the ongoing unsubstantiated claims from far right groups that gay people are ‘sexualizing children.'” The outlet’s story also said the “Starlighter’s claims of being made to feel unsafe come after a mass shooting in a gay club in Colorado during a drag show, killing five and wounding 17 other people in late November.”

Disney closes iconic 33-year-old theme park ride that it now calls racist

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Fans of the iconic Disney theme park ride Splash Mountain have a little over a month to take one last ride. Disney will close Splash Mountain permanently on January 23 because, the company says, it promotes “racial stereotypes.”

The ride, which opened in 1989, is based on the 1946 Disney film “Song of the South.” The film has fallen out of favor in recent years because, critics say, it offers a racially insensitive depiction of Reconstruction in the American South just after the end of the Civil War.

“I’ve felt, as long as I’ve been CEO, that ‘Song of the South’ was – even with a disclaimer – was just not appropriate in today’s world,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said at a shareholders’ meeting in March 2020, when the ride closure was first announced.

For years, activists have attempted to cancel “Song of the South” permanently. In 2019, a Change.org petition gathered over 21,000 signatures denouncing the film and demanding that Disney close Splash Mountain as well.

However, fans of the ride created their own counter-petition, which gathered nearly 100,000 signatures.

“Splash Mountain has never included depictions of slaves or any racist elements and is based solely on historical African folktales that families of all ethnicities have been enjoying for nearly a century,” the petition read in part.

The petition creators also questioned the motives of those trying to cancel Splash Mountain.

“It is absurd to pander to a small group of ‘Disney haters’ that dont (sic) understand the story,” the petition stated.

“Modifying Splash Mountain will not change history and will only encourage the ‘easily offended’ to continue making desperate attempts at finding offence in additional attractions,” the petition concluded. “To change them would be to remove a bit of our art history from the world and to be ashamed of it.”

Those pleas ultimately fell on deaf ears, and Disney moved forward with the plan to end Splash Mountain and replace it with a new ride based on “The Princess and the Frog,” which features a black heroine named Tiana from New Orleans.

The new ride, entitled Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, will be in better keeping with Disney’s commitment to “diversity” than Splash Mountain, the company stated.

“With this longstanding history of updating attractions and adding new magic, the re-theming of Splash Mountain is of particular importance today,” a company statement said. “The new concept is inclusive – one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year.”

Carmen Smith, Disney’s senior vice president of, among other things, “inclusive strategies,” is anxiously awaiting the new ride, especially its unique music, zydeco, which Smith described as “a special blend of rhythm and blues that was born in Louisiana.”

“Like so many musical genres, zydeco brings together the sounds and styles of many cultures,” Smith wrote.

“We wanted that spirit reflected in this scene (and throughout the attraction) so that all our guests feel welcome to join in the celebration. It’s emblematic of what we’re always striving for with our attractions – bringing people of different backgrounds together through timeless Disney stories.”

‘I REGRET every single step’: De-transitioned teen exposes HEARTBREAKING truth of ‘gender-affirming care’

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Chloe Cole says she began to be “brainwashed” by the gender ideology she saw all over social media when she was only 11 years old. By the time she turned 13, Chloe was convinced that she was a boy, and her parents didn’t know how to respond. So they turned to the so-called “experts,” who rushed Chloe into life-altering hormone treatments and surgeries. Not only did these experts give “no alternatives” to transitioning, but they lied to Chloe’s parents behind her back to scare them into compliance.

Chloe joined “The Glenn Beck Podcast” to share her heartbreaking experience and to expose the dark world of “gender-affirming care,” which she believes no teen should ever be subject to — from hormone blockers to mastectomies: “This is all wrong. I regret every single step, and this shouldn’t have happened.”

She also had a warning for parents about what led her to make those decisions in the first place, and she provided some key advice on how to react compassionately to situations like hers.

Watch the full podcast with Chloe Cole below:

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