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CauseACTION http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com Support the Cause that Matters to You! Sun, 17 Jan 2021 21:46:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.19 http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cropped-CauseAction_Blue_Header-1-32x32.jpg CauseACTION http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com 32 32 Surprise! Americans identify ‘biggest threat’ to democracy http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/surprise-americans-identify-biggest-threat-to-democracy/ Sun, 17 Jan 2021 21:37:43 +0000 http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/surprise-americans-identify-biggest-threat-to-democracy/ https://www.wnd.com/2021/01/surprise-americans-identify-biggest-threat-democracy/

Children recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 (RNC video screenshot)

By Andrew Trunsky
Daily Caller News Foundation

A majority of Americans see their fellow citizens as the “biggest threat to America’s way of life,” according to a CBS News poll released Sunday.

Fifty-four percent of those surveyed said that “other people in America” posed the largest threat to the nation, beating out “economic forces,” “natural world, disasters and viruses” and “foreign threats.”

Fifty-one percent of Americans surveyed also said that political violence would increase in the next few years, while only 18% said that it would decrease. The survey followed the violent riot on Jan. 6, where a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol building, resulting in the deaths of five, including a Capitol Police officer.

Seventy-one percent of Americans said that U.S. democracy today is “threatened,” while only 29% said that it was “secure.”

The poll also indicated that Americans were cautiously optimistic about President-elect Joe Biden taking office. Fifty-one percent said that the coronavirus would get better once he took office, compared to 22% who said that it would get worse, and 48% said that the world would have greater respect for the United States compared to 34% who said the opposite.

The poll also showed that the pandemic is still most Americans’ top concern, with 47% saying that Biden’s top priority should be the coronavirus. Twenty-one percent said that Biden’s top priority should be the economy, and 10% said that it should be “political divisions.”

Fifty-nine percent of those surveyed also said that vaccine distribution in their respective states was moving too slowly, compared to just 9% who said that it was moving too quickly.

Forty-two percent said that Biden’s biggest challenge once taking office would be to overcome the political divisions in the country, a figure that was reflected later in the poll. Only 5% of Trump voters said that they held a favorable view of Biden voters, while only 4% of Biden voters said the same for Trump voters.

This story originally was published by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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These days, it’s rare to step into a home that doesn’t have at least two or three smart functions running the show. So it’s no surprise to learn that around one out of every four adults in the U.S. uses a smart speaker in their home. And it’s hard not to imagine a smart speaker […]

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Loews Hotels cancels Josh Hawley fundraiser after outcries by liberals, who labeled the senator a ‘traitor’ http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/loews-hotels-cancels-josh-hawley-fundraiser-after-outcries-by-liberals-who-labeled-the-senator-a-traitor/ Sun, 17 Jan 2021 20:45:23 +0000 http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/loews-hotels-cancels-josh-hawley-fundraiser-after-outcries-by-liberals-who-labeled-the-senator-a-traitor/ https://www.theblaze.com/news/josh-hawley-cancel-fundraiser-hotel

Loews Hotels canceled a “fun-filled-family-friendly” fundraiser for Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) in Florida after outraged liberals labeled the Republican lawmaker a “traitor” and “domestic terrorist.” The hotel chain, which is made up of 24 properties across the United States and Canada, buckled to Democrats demanding the event be canceled because of Hawley objecting to some of the electoral votes of President-elect Joe Biden.

“Please join Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) for a Fun-Filled-Family-Friendly Orlando Weekend Event,” the flier read. The event was scheduled for Feb. 12 to 15, and had a price of $5,000 in contributions for a family, $3,000 for a couple, and $1,000 for an individual, according to the flier.

The fundraiser was organized by the political action committee Fighting for Missouri, which is affiliated with Hawley, who was set to be the featured guest.

Once liberals caught wind of the fundraiser for Hawley, they complained to Loews Hotels and petitioned to have the event canceled.

Daniel Uhlfelder, a liberal activist and lawyer best known for dressing up as the grim reaper to scare people on Florida beaches with coronavirus, posted the flyer for Hawley’s fundraiser and demanded Loews Hotels cancel the event. Uhlfelder wrote on Twitter, “@Loews_Hotels. Why are you hosting weekend event for traitor @HawleyMO next month in Orlando, Florida.”

The Lincoln Project, a super PAC created by former Republicans with the mission of taking down President Donald Trump, encouraged their Twitter following of nearly 3 million to “Let @Loews_Hotels know we don’t like businesses that work with traitors.”

Lincoln Project cofounder and MSNBC contributor Steve Schmidt ranted, “@HawleyMO poisoned American democracy with his lies. He incited an attack on the US Capitol that included neo Nazis celebrating the murder of 6 million Jews. 6 people were killed and Hawley voted to throw out millions of Black votes. Now he wants to raise money off of it and @Loews_Hotels – providing @HawleyMO with a comfortable spot to spread his #NewJimCrow rhetoric probably isn’t good for business. Loews Corp, what side are you on? Mr. Tisch? Day trip to Universal Studios. If @Loews_Hotels would welcome a gathering of the Klan, white supremacists, neo Nazis, extremist militias and insurrectionists then by all means they should host @HawleyMO. @ProjectLincoln looks forward to telling the story to America.”

State Rep. Anna Eskamani, a Democrat out of Orlando, tweeted, “Is @Loews_Hotels / @UniversalORL going to cancel this fundraiser being hosted by seditionist @HawleyMO in Orlando or are they going to just be chill with a treasonous politician who would rather see Democracy burn for his own political gain?”

Crime novelist and Democrat advocate Don Winslow wrote, “TWITTER… Please retweet @Loews_Hotels and let them know how you feel about this. ‘A fun filled family friendly weekend’ event with a domestic terrorist who incited a riot on the U.S. Capitol that killed 5, incl a police officer. Seriously. I will never stay at a Loews Hotel.”

Rex Chapman, the former professional basketball player who now reposts viral videos on Twitter, tweeted, “Hey @Loews_Hotels. Why are you hosting weekend event for traitor @HawleyMO next month in Orlando, Florida? Pass it on if you feel it.”

Loews Hotels fell to the pressure of the online outcries for cancellation, and scrapped Hawley’s fundraiser.

“We are horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited the actions,” the hotel brand stated. “In light of those events and for the safety of our guests and team members, we have informed the host of the Feb. fundraiser that it will no longer be held at Loews Hotels.”

This is the second time this month that cancel culture efforts have been directed towards the pro-Trump Hawley. Simon & Schuster canceled Hawley’s upcoming book “The Tyranny of Big Tech” because of “his role” in the storming of the U.S. Capitol building, which the publisher called a “dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.”

Hawley reacted to the cancellation by saying, “This could not be more Orwellian.”

Last week, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) said the Senate should consider removing Hawley and fellow Republican lawmaker Sen.Ted Cruz (Texas).

“There’s no way they cannot be complicit in this,” Manchin said of the GOP senators who challenged the election results. “That they think they can walk away and say, ‘I just exercised my right as a senator?’ Especially after we came back here and after they saw what happened.”

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‘Impeach Barack Obama’: Lindsey Graham suggests liberals’ worst nightmare http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/impeach-barack-obama-lindsey-graham-suggests-liberals-worst-nightmare/ Sun, 17 Jan 2021 20:33:10 +0000 http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/impeach-barack-obama-lindsey-graham-suggests-liberals-worst-nightmare/ https://www.wnd.com/2021/01/impeach-barack-obama-sen-graham-suggests-liberals-worst-nightmare/

Joined by 10 Republicans, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted last week to impeach President Trump for a second time, a mere week before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

The Senate trial for this politically motivated parting gift is slated to begin after Trump has left the White House. Wherever one stands on the role of Trump’s speech in inciting the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, the appropriateness of a post-presidency impeachment needs to be examined.

Aside from the fact that new evidence suggests the riot was pre-planned and according to a NPR report (and many others), that the former chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, Steven Sund, said “security officials at the House and Senate rebuffed his early requests to call in the National Guard,” the Democrats have triggered an action that sets a dangerous precedent for both past and future U.S presidents.

On Wednesday night, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who is opposed to the impeachment of a former president, appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity.” He said if the Senate chooses to go forward with the Democrats’ foolish gambit, it could lead to future impeachments of former presidents. Graham asked, “Should we impeach Barack Obama because, for 24 hours, he never lifted a finger to help those people under siege in Benghazi? Where does this stop?”

In the terms of the old TV show, it’s the $64,000 question, the question that trumps all others: Is there ever an end to a former president’s culpability of actions taken during his time in office?

The failure in September 2012 of then-President Obama himself, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other top administration officials to first prevent Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia’s attack on the American diplomatic post in Benghazi, and once it began, to provide assistance to Americans defending the facilities, are well-known and documented.

House Republicans completed a long and formal investigation and issued an exhaustive report in 2016 that detailed the attack that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including a United States ambassador.

In January 2017, Republicans controlled the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Anxious to get to work to “Make America Great Again,” the impeachment of the former president for his abdication of duty during the Benghazi assault was not part of their agenda.

Here’s what Graham told Sean Hannity: “We’ll play this out. We impeach the president today without any evidence. It’s just sheer hatred. If this becomes the norm, be careful what you wish for today. Under this theory, the radical left — if you can impeach a president after they’re out of office, why don’t we impeach George Washington? He owned slaves. Where does this stop? So, to my Republican colleagues, let’s stand firm for the idea — whether you like Donald Trump or not, he’s not above the law.”

“If he did something wrong, you know, you can face the consequences of the law. Impeachment is political. What we’re doing here is we’re impeaching the president without any evidence, without any witnesses and we’re going to have a trial after they are out of office. How do you survive as a president in the future? This will be an attack on the presidency in perpetuity.”

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Our country is currently in crisis. First, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of nearly 400,000 Americans as of Sunday, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronvirus Resource Center. According to New York Times data, there have been about 23.8 million cases of the virus nationwide. This pandemic has devastated our economy and added trillions to the national debt.

Second, the U.S. must deal with a rising China whose ambition to dominate the planet is a clear and present danger.

Next, the majority of those who voted for Donald Trump believes that the Democrats stole the election through widespread fraud in six battleground states. The political divide in the U.S. is reaching pre-Civil War proportions.

Additionally, the mainstream media long ago lost any pretense of objectivity in reporting the news. It outlets, along with Big Tech, were instrumental in suppressing negative information about Biden and his family, and amplifying stories that were unfavorable to Trump.

The Democrats would rather make a spurious impeachment trial of a former president a major order of business instead of buckling down to address the multiple enormous crises we currently face. It really shows us who they are.

Graham is entirely correct when he said that “if this becomes the norm, be careful what you wish for today.”

Already, the newly minted Republican congresswoman from Georgia, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, has vowed to introduce articles of impeachment against Biden one day after he takes office. She argues Biden was abusing his power as vice president when, in 2015, he gave an ultimatum to then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor general who was investigating Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, which employed Biden’s son Hunter as a board member, or Ukraine would not receive $1 billion in U.S. aid

Taylor Greene is correct that Biden’s threat, which he boasted about at a 2018 Council on Foreign Relations event, represented a quid pro quo, but do we really want to go down this road?

Do we intend to diminish the gravity of impeachment to such a point where it is used casually and frequently by one party against the other for political gain?

No serious deliberation took place in the House on Wednesday. Democrats delivered reckless and hyperbolic remarks on the House floor without providing any evidence that Trump instigated a riot.

Canadian commentator Conrad Black, as he always does, eloquently explained the Democrats’ folly in pursuing this baseless impeachment in a piece published Saturday.

“The article of impeachment that was passed this week is one third press clippings and contains no plausible legal charge,” he wrote. “Trump is accused of inciting an insurrection, which is a violent uprising against the government; this was what President Lincoln declared when 11 southern states seceded in 1861, starting a Civil War in which 750,000 Americans died.”

Democrats “ignored the months of ‘peaceful protests’ across the country all summer that killed scores of people, injured 700 police, and did $2 billion of damage to mainly minority-owned businesses,” Black continued.

“And now, in the most fatuous exercise in American political history, the House Democrats have launched an impeachment of the president with no argument, no evidence, no witnesses, no due process of any kind, for a proposed trial to remove the president from office well after he will have departed that office at the expiry of his constitutionally fixed term and to do so for conduct that did not occur. This will be a total fiasco and Trump’s enemies in their frenzy are endangering the claim of the United States to be a democracy governed by the rule of law.”

Laughably, the theme for Biden’s forthcoming inauguration is “unity.” If the Democrats truly seek unity, Biden should lean on congressional leadership to end this frivolous action immediately.

Because it doesn’t appear he is doing so, Graham is right to ask, “Where does it stop?” Where indeed.

That’s the $64,000 question — and one Democrats and the mainstream media are unable to answer.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Lockdowns cause 10 times more harm than good, says peer-reviewed study http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/lockdowns-cause-10-times-more-harm-than-good-says-peer-reviewed-study/ Sun, 17 Jan 2021 20:22:14 +0000 http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/lockdowns-cause-10-times-more-harm-than-good-says-peer-reviewed-study/ https://www.wnd.com/2021/01/lockdowns-cause-10-times-harm-good-says-peer-reviewed-study/

 

A Canadian infectious-disease specialist who initially supported the lockdowns in response to the coronavirus has changed his mind, concluding in his peer-reviewed study that the harm is 10 times worse than the benefits.

In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Dr. Ari Joffe explained that he supported the lockdowns after “initial false data” suggested the infection fatality rate was up to 2% or 3% and that more than 80% of the population would be infected.

Dr. Ari Joffe (Image: Canadian Critical Care Trials Group)

“But emerging data showed that the median infection fatality rate is 0.23%, that the median infection fatality rate in people under 70 years old is 0.05%, and that the high-risk group is older people especially those with severe co-morbidities,” he said in the interview, published Jan. 9.

Joffe’s paper is titled “COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink.” He’s a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, and a clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Alberta.

Explaining further to the Toronto paper why he initially supported the lockdowns, Joffe noted he’s not trained to make public policy decisions.

“I was only considering the direct effects of COVID-19 and my knowledge of how to prevent these direct effects,” he said. “I was not considering the immense effects of the response to COVID-19 (that is, lockdowns) on public health and wellbeing.”

He listed the “staggering” amount of “collateral damage” due to the lockdowns.

  • Food insecurity [82-132 million more people]
  • Severe poverty [70 million more people]
  • Maternal and under age-5 mortality from interrupted healthcare [1.7 million more people]
  • Infectious diseases deaths from interrupted services [millions of people with tuberculosis, malaria and HIV]
  • School closures for children [affecting children’s future earning potential and lifespan]
  • Interrupted vaccination campaigns for millions of children, and “intimate partner violence” for millions of women.

“In high-income countries, adverse effects also occur from delayed and interrupted healthcare, unemployment, loneliness, deteriorating mental health, increased opioid crisis deaths, and more,” he told the Toronto newspaper.

False dichotomy

He pointed out that government and public health experts did not conduct a formal cost-benefit analysis of various responses to the pandemic.

A full cost-benefit analysis was the aim of his study, and early in his research he realized that “framing decisions as between saving lives versus saving the economy is a false dichotomy.”

“There is a strong long-run relationship between economic recession and public health,” he explained. “This makes sense, as government spending on things like health care, education, roads, sanitation, housing, nutrition, vaccines, safety, social security nets, clean energy and other services determines the population well-being and life-expectancy.”

He said he also had underestimated the effects of loneliness and unemployment on public health.

“It turns out that loneliness and unemployment are known to be among the strongest risk factors for early mortality, reduced lifespan and chronic diseases,” he told the Toronto paper.

He also took into consideration that “in making policy decisions there are trade-offs to consider, costs and benefits, and we have to choose between options that each have tragic outcomes in order to advocate for the least people to die as possible.”

“It turned out that the costs of lockdowns are at least 10 times higher than the benefits. That is, lockdowns cause far more harm to population wellbeing than COVID-19 can,” he told the Sun.

In contrast to Joffe, a top coronavirus adviser for Joe Biden was against lockdowns before he was for them. Michael T. Osterholm, a professor and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, formerly advocated the “focused protection” strategy now promoted by epidemiologists at Stanford and Oxford advising Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis: With a 99% survival rate for most, according to the Centers for Disease Control, let the healthy go about their business while protecting the vulnerable, the people over 70 with multiple life-threatening diseases.

Osterholm warned in a March 21 op-ed for the Washington Post of the high economic and social costs of “the near-draconian lockdowns” in effect at the time in China and Italy, which ultimately don’t reduce the number of cases. In November, however, he advocated a national lockdown of four to six weeks.

The CDC estimates a 99.997% survival rate for those from birth to age 19 who contract COVID-19. It’s 99.98% for ages 20-49, 99.5% for 50-69 and 94.6% for those over 70. Significantly, those who died of coronavirus, according to the CDC, had an average of 2.6 comorbidities, meaning more than two chronic diseases along with COVID-19. Overall, the CDC says, just 6% of the people counted as COVID-19 deaths died of COVID-19 alone.

Focused protection

Joffe said he now supports the “focused protection” approach in which “we aim to protect those truly at high-risk of COVID-19 mortality, including older people, especially those with severe co-morbidities and those in nursing homes and hospitals.”

In the interview with the Toronto Sun, he discussed the “contagion of fear” that guided policymakers, based on the initial false modelling and forecasting.

“Popular media focused on absolute numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths independent of context,” he said. “There has been a sheer one-sided focus on preventing infection numbers.”

Joffe cited economist Paul Frijters writing that it was “all about seeming to reduce risks of infection and deaths from this one particular disease, to the exclusion of all other health risks or other life concerns.”

“Fear and anxiety spread,” Joffe said, “and we elevated COVID-19 above everything else that could possibly matter.”

“Our cognitive biases prevented us from making optimal policy: we ignored hidden ‘statistical deaths’ reported at the population level; we preferred immediate benefits to even larger benefits in the future, we disregarded evidence that disproved our favorite theory, and escalated our commitment in the set course of action,” he said.

Joffe pointed out that in Canada in 2018, there were more than 23,000 deaths per month and more than 775 deaths per day.

On Nov. 21, for example, COVID-19 accounted for 5.23% of deaths in Canada and 3.06% of global deaths.

“Each day in non-pandemic years, over 21,000 people die from tobacco use, 3,600 from pneumonia and diarrhea in children under 5-years-old, and 4,110 from tuberculosis,” he noted. “We need to consider the tragic COVID-19 numbers in context.”

He called for taking an “effortful pause” to “reconsider the information available to us.”

“We need to calibrate our response to the true risk, make rational cost-benefit analyses of the trade-offs, and end the lockdown groupthink,” Joffe said.

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‘Hardcore leftist’ charged with plotting violence at state Capitol may have ties to terror group http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/hardcore-leftist-charged-with-plotting-violence-at-state-capitol-may-have-ties-to-terror-group/ Sun, 17 Jan 2021 20:03:11 +0000 http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/hardcore-leftist-charged-with-plotting-violence-at-state-capitol-may-have-ties-to-terror-group/ https://www.wnd.com/2021/01/hardcore-leftist-charged-plotting-violence-state-capitol-may-ties-terror-group/

A Florida man and reportedly self-described “hardcore leftist” was arrested Friday after he called for violent protests Sunday at the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee.

Daniel Baker of Tallahassee, who prosecutors said was once a member in a group registered by the federal government as a terrorist organization, was seeking to organize an attack on any protesters who might show up at the Florida Capitol on Sunday.

Baker is charged with “transmission in interstate commerce [of] a communication containing a threat to kidnap any person or threat to injure the person of another,” according to a criminal complaint.

Baker had planned to surround  any protestors and use weapons to keep them in the state Capitol building, according to a Department of Justice news release published Friday.

“Extremists intent on violence from either end of the political and social spectrums must be stopped, and they will be stopped,” said Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. “The diligent work in this case by the FBI and other public safety organizations has averted a crisis with this arrest, and we will not stop in our efforts to detect, deter, and disrupt anyone else planning to incite or commit violence.”

“In these perilous times, we are steadfastly committed to being as transparent as possible about the work your government does to protect public safety and uphold the rule of law,” Keefe said. “While extremists who plan mayhem may skulk in the shadows, it’s important that we force them into the light and bring them to justice.”

Baker received an other-than-honorable discharge in 2007 after one year in the Army, having gone AWOL before his unit was to deploy to Iraq, according to the criminal complaint. In 2017, he joined the People’s Protection Units to fight against the Islamic State in the Syrian civil war, according to the complaint. The group is part of the Kurdistan’s Working Party, which is designated by the United States government as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

The complaint quoted an article describing the scene in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest over the summer in which Baker called himself a “hardcore leftist.”

The complaint stated that Baker “has traveled across the United States to participate in protests that have resulted in violence to include joining the CHOP/CIIAZ movement in Seattle, Washington, and Nashville, Tennessee” during the summer of 2020.

In a video posted on Baker’s YouTube channel on Aug. 1, according to the complaint, he posted images of himself medically treating victims of a shooting in the Seattle protest zone.

The same account contained a video of what’s described as Baker acting as a sniper in Syria.

The complaint stated Baker “has posted and informed his followers on how to debilitate law enforcement officers by filling up balloons with paint and to throw them at law enforcement.

“Baker continues to threaten the use of violence in the United States and has made multiple threats to those who he claims to be white supremacists, fascists, United States persons with different ideologies than his, and allies of the United States. Baker has promoted the killing of United States military officers. In addition, Baker informed his followers on social media to prepare for war,” it stated.

The document traced some of Baker’s violent social media posts, beginning with one from Oct. 2 that read, “This is war. Are you willing to take up arms with us yet? Buy guns and join us this November. We are voting from the rooftops.”

The pace picked up last month.

“Trump still plans on a violent militant coup. If you don’t have guns you won’t (sic) survive 2021,” Baker posted on Dec. 10, according to the complaint.

“It’s time for some of you to wake up and realize trump is going to put up a fight. Some of your neighbors will shoot at you,” he posted two days later.

Two days after that, according to the complaint, Baker posted a picture to Instagram account of the words “Hospitalize your local fascist.”

In a Jan. 12 posting on Facebook according to the complaint, Baker wrote, “Death to amerikka of course, f— the president, current and elect.”  That same day he created an event he called “Defend Tallahassee.”

His arrest showed authorities are serious about controlling political violence, Keefe said in the news release.

“This arrest serves as a message to anyone who intends to incite or commit violence in the Northern District of Florida: If you represent a threat to public safety, we will come for you, we will find you, and we will prosecute you,” he said.

“Daniel Baker’s actions show that he is a dangerous extremist, and the law-abiding public is safer now that he has been arrested. We are, and will remain, on high alert and will take all appropriate actions against credible threats to the people of our District.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Police: Woman arrested at checkpoint claimed to be law enforcement officer, Cabinet member http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/police-woman-arrested-at-checkpoint-claimed-to-be-law-enforcement-officer-cabinet-member/ Sun, 17 Jan 2021 20:01:30 +0000 http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/police-woman-arrested-at-checkpoint-claimed-to-be-law-enforcement-officer-cabinet-member/ https://thehill.com/homenews/news/534638-police-woman-arrested-at-checkpoint-said-she-was-officer-cabinet-member

A woman was arrested in Washington, D.C., on Sunday after attempting to pass police barricades while flashing a military police challenge coin and claiming to be member of both President Trump’s Cabinet and law enforcemen…

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White House lists hundreds of Trump accomplishments http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/white-house-lists-hundreds-of-trump-accomplishments/ Sun, 17 Jan 2021 19:48:23 +0000 http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/white-house-lists-hundreds-of-trump-accomplishments/ https://www.wnd.com/2021/01/white-house-lists-hundreds-trump-accomplishments/

(Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

Amid President Trump’s war with establishment media and its Democratic Party allies over the past four years, many of the president’s achievements have been ignored, downplayed or cast in a negative light.

Now, with Democrats bent on permanently staining his legacy and preventing him from ever running for office again, the White House is taking it upon itself to list his accomplishments.

Paul Teller, a deputy assistant to the president, distributed on Friday an updated list of accomplishments that number in the hundreds.

It will be available on the White House website until Inauguration Day next Wednesday. And it can be read here in a pdf file.

The list recounts the many measures the administration took to help create the conditions for an unprecedented economic boom, prior to the coronavirus pandemic, that produced the lowest recorded unemployment overall and for blacks, hispanics and women.

Along with tax relief and massive deregulation, there were the fair trade deals and measures that led to America becoming energy independent for the first time in nearly 70 years.

Nearly 7 million people were lifted from food stamps, poverty rates for African Americans and hispanics reached record lows, income inequality fell for two straight years, and the bottom 50% of American households saw a 40% increase in net worth.

The creation in impoverished neighborhoods of nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones, which tax capital gains on long-term investments at zero, are poised to lift an estimated 1 million Americans from poverty.

Even amid the pandemic, an October 2020 Gallup survey found 56% of Americans said they were better off than four years ago.

As Trump predicted, the nation experienced a “V-shaped recovery” from the impact of the coronavirus lockdowns. During the third quarter of 2020, the economy grew at a rate of 33.1%, the most rapid GDP growth ever recorded.

For farmers, the administration successfully negotiated more than 50 agreements with countries to increase foreign market access and boost exports, supporting more than 1 million American jobs.

Trump signed into law landmark criminal justice reform, and his administration took strong measures to stem hate crimes, gun violence and human trafficking.

In education, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act expanded “school choice,” allowing parents to use up to $10,000 from an education savings account to cover K-12 tuition costs at the public, private or religious school of their choice.

In health care, there was the elimination of the Obamacare individual mandate that became a “financial relief to low and middle-income households that made up nearly 80 percent of the families who paid the penalty for not wanting to purchase health insurance.”

More recently, Trump announced unprecedented reforms that dramatically lowered the price of prescription drugs.

He brought unprecedented attention and support to combat the opioid crisis and took action to seize illegal drugs and punish those preying on Americans.

In the judiciary, Trump nominated and confirmed more than 230 federal judges. He appointed three Supreme Court justices, expanding its conservative-appointed majority to 6-3.

A total of 54 judges were confirmed to the United States Courts of Appeals, making up nearly a third of the entire appellate bench. Trump filled all Court of Appeals vacancies for the first time in four decades. He flipped the Second, Third, and Eleventh Circuits from Democratic-appointed majorities to Republican-appointed majorities and “dramatically reshaped the long-liberal Ninth Circuit.”

On the border, more than 400 miles of “the world’s most robust and advanced border wall” has been built, cutting illegal crossings along those stretches by more than 87%. The practice of “catch and release” was ended, and Trump signed an executive order to strip discretionary federal grant funding from sanctuary cities.

There was the rebuilding of the military and the defeat of ISIS. And the administration reformed the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve care, choice and employee accountability.

The U.S. secured a $400 billion increase in defense spending from NATO allies by 2024, and the number of members meeting their minimum obligations more than doubled.

The U.S. withdrew from the costly and ineffective Paris Climate Accord and the one-sided Iran nuclear deal. After pulling out of the Iran deal, the U.S. imposed crippling sanctions on Iran’s terrorist regime.

After every president since 1994 waived the mandate by Congress, Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. The U.S. acknowledged Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights and declared that Israeli settlements in the West Bank comply with international law. Trump removed the U.S. from the U.N. Human Rights Council because of its anti-Israel bias.

The Trump administration brokered historic peace agreements between Israel and Arab-Muslim countries, including the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Sudan. It also brokered a deal for Kosovo to normalize ties and establish diplomatic relations with Israel.

Trump was the first American president to address an assembly of leaders from more than 50 Muslim nations and reach an agreement to fight terrorism.

The White House also boasts of the public-private partnership, Operation Warp Speed, that led to the development of two vaccines in just nine months, five times faster than any vaccine in American history.

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N.Y. Times pushes idea of wearing 2 masks at once to combat COVID http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/n-y-times-pushes-idea-of-wearing-2-masks-at-once-to-combat-covid/ Sun, 17 Jan 2021 19:48:09 +0000 http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/n-y-times-pushes-idea-of-wearing-2-masks-at-once-to-combat-covid/ https://www.wnd.com/2021/01/nyt-pushes-idea-wearing-2-masks-combat-covid/

Most of us are old enough to remember back to March 2020, less than a year ago. That was a month in which multiple health officials, including U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, advised against wearing masks to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“It actually does not help, it’s not been proven to be effective in preventing spread of coronavirus amongst the general public,” Adams said of mask-wearing in an interview with Fox News.

Since then, health officials have seemingly changed or updated their recommendations countless times. We’ve heard so many conflicting reports of which face coverings work and which ones don’t.

However, a new suggestion from The New York Times may just be the craziest one that we’ve heard yet.

“As cases of the coronavirus continue to surge on a global scale, some of the nation’s most prominent people have begun to double up on masks — a move that researchers say is increasingly being backed up by data,” Katherine J. Wu of The Times wrote.

That’s right, it’s may no longer be sufficient for you to walk around in a mask at all times. Instead, you should consider walking around with two masks on simultaneously (though Wu acknowledged that “Double-masking isn’t necessary for everyone”), according to our establishment media.

Wu claimed there is research that supports wearing two masks, but that data is not found anywhere in the article. She shared data suggesting that masks are somewhat effective in curbing the spread of the virus, but nothing comparing the effectiveness of one mask versus two masks.

Furthermore, while some studies may show mask-wearing to be effective, there is also evidence of the virus spreading rather easily despite mask mandates.

Take the state of California, for example. A Thursday article in the Los Angeles Times said that “one in three Los Angeles County residents have been infected with the coronavirus, according to new estimates by county scientists.”

Those numbers come despite Los Angeles County having some of the strictest mandates in the country.

Health officials and the establishment media alike are realizing that masks cannot stop this pandemic. At best they can slow the spread somewhat; at worst they can have little to no effect.

So are they being honest about these revelations? Hardly. Instead, the media wants us to think that if we just keep wearing more masks, maybe then all of our troubles will disappear.

Meanwhile, the dishonesty of government officials about mask-wearing mirrors their dishonesty about the pandemic in general.

We have effectively gone from “15 days to slow the spread,” to “shut down the country until a vaccine is available,” all the way down to “even with a vaccine, you still have to wear a mask, or maybe even two.”

One of the more laughable parts of The New York Times article comes in the form of a quote from Lindsey Marr, an “expert in virus transmission at Virginia Tech.”

She admitted that there must be a point where “we run the risk of making it too hard to breathe” by wearing too many masks.

Yes, what a good deal that is. You may suffocate under the fabric of endless homemade masks, but at least you will not contract COVID-19. As a student at Virginia Tech, I would like to apologize for that suggestion.

Not to worry though, Wu assured us that we have “plenty of breathing room before mask-wearing approaches that extreme.”

The question many Americans, including myself, now ask is this: Where does it end? At what point do we decide that these restrictions have gotten out of hand?

Being told to consider wearing two masks seems like as good of a point as any to me.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Self-Described ‘Hardcore Leftist’ Arrested for Plans to Attack Florida State Capitol http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/self-described-hardcore-leftist-arrested-for-plans-to-attack-florida-state-capitol/ Sun, 17 Jan 2021 19:45:28 +0000 http://causeaction.com.s80309.gridserver.com/2021/01/17/self-described-hardcore-leftist-arrested-for-plans-to-attack-florida-state-capitol/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/breitbart/~3/rzRZAH3SPI0/

The FBI arrested Daniel Alan Baker, an Antifa activist, for allegedly issuing an online call to arms against the Florida state Capitol.

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