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Texas Judge Blocks Biden’s Vaccine Mandate For Federal Employees Nationwide

While President Biden was occupied Friday trying to take credit for a new factory for the production of semiconductors (and all the jobs – construction-related and otherwise – that he said it would create), a federal judge in Texas was issuing an injunction to put the second major piece of Biden’s vaccine mandate on ice.

After SCOTUS last week rejected the administration’s attempt to force corporations to abide by the mandate via OSHAa federal court in Texas has issued an injunction against Biden’s jab mandate for federal workers, the other part of his administration’s attempts to force vaccines on reluctant Americans –  a strategy that Biden has already abandoned in favor of providing at-home COVID tests to all Americans.

Biden issued both mandates by executive order back in September.

Trump-appointed Judge Jeffrey Brown of the US Court for the Southern District of Texas said the case was not about whether individuals should be vaccinated or even about federal power more broadly. Instead, he said it’s about “whether the president can, with the stroke of a pen and without the input of Congress, require millions of federal employees to undergo a medical procedure as a condition of their employment,” Brown wrote.

“That, under the current state of the law as just recently expressed by the Supreme Court, is a bridge too far.”

The order that SCOTUS struck down last week would have mandated all private sector employers with more than 100 workers, as well as the US Postal Service, to test or vaccinated their employees.

The case against the mandate for federal workers was brought by Feds for Medical Freedom, which has filed three different lawsuits against the mandate, according to a report from Government Executive.

Most federal agencies have already started implementing the mandate requiring vaccination or testing, and some had already started ordering suspensions for workers who failed to meet the requirements.

This latest ruling will forestall (at least temporarily) those suspensions from moving forward. Although there’s still a possibility that the injunction granted could be overturned, given SCOTUS’s conservative majority and its previous ruling on the other federal vaccine mandate, any workers who were facing suspension can probably breathe a sigh of relief.

‘This Isn’t a Joke’: Government Officials Forced to Release Statement After Fish Fall from Sky

Amanda Thomason, The Western Journal
January 4th, 2022

As 2020 came to a close, people hoped out loud and not-so-subtly that 2021 would be better — but then 2021 brought its own weirdness.

And it went out with a bang in Texarkana, Texas, when locals were treated to a rare event that has many making a connection with the Biblical plagues.

On Dec. 29, fish started raining from the sky. That’s right, fish. Falling from the sky.

The city’s Facebook page made a public announcement addressing the phenomenon.

“2021 is pulling out all the tricks… including raining fish in Texarkana today,” The City of Texarkana, Texas, posted on their Facebook page. “And no, this isn’t a joke.

“Animal rain is a phenomenon that occurs when small water animals like frogs, crabs, and small fish are swept up in waterspouts or drafts that occur on the surface of the earth. They are then rained down at the same time as the rain.

“While it’s uncommon, it happens, as evidenced in several places in Texarkana today. So, show us your fishy pics! And please, for the sake of everyone, let’s tiptoe into 2022 as quietly as possible.”

The locals delivered, sharing photos and clips of the unusual weather event along with their own quips.

“No need to ‘go fishing’ here in East Texas,” one person wrote. “Just walk outside and pick them up in your yard.”

“While it’s uncommon, it happens, as evidenced in several places in Texarkana today. So, show us your fishy pics! And please, for the sake of everyone, let’s tiptoe into 2022 as quietly as possible.”

The locals delivered, sharing photos and clips of the unusual weather event along with their own quips.

“No need to ‘go fishing’ here in East Texas,” one person wrote. “Just walk outside and pick them up in your yard.”

“When tornadoes traverse over bodies of water, they become known as waterspouts,” their page answering the question “Can it rain fish?” states. “Waterspouts suck up lake or ocean water along with the fish or other creatures swimming in the water.

“The fish are sucked up the tornado’s vortex and then blown around in the clouds until the windspeed decreases enough to let them fall back to the ground, perhaps miles away from where they started.”

They even referenced a book that says this strange “rain” happens about 40 times annually. While fish and frogs are the most common critters to come raining down from the heavens, there have also been recorded instances of crabs, worms and even snakes falling from the sky.

Along the journey, the creatures often freeze and come back down as a kind of “hail.” Several commenters on the Texarkana post mentioned they thought it had been hailing before they realized it was fish coming down — but they weren’t completely off.

“Raining creatures encased in blocks of ice can be very dangerous and have been known to smash through car windshields,” the WTAMU page on the phenomenon concludes, along with a very sage bit of general advice: “If you see any wildlife falling from the sky, seek shelter indoors immediately.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Retaliation: Several States and The American People Fight Back Against Censorship

(Ryan DeLarme) Several States and individuals have begun to take a stand against the increasingly tyrannical suppression of information that the political establishment, big-tech, and the plutocracy deem “dangerous”. The question is whether or not the information is dangerous to the general population or dangerous to the deep-state death grip on western civilization.

Related With Washington Dc Looking like GITMO While the Radical Left Discusses Re-education Camps for Conservatives, Those Opposing Leftist Tyranny Are Pilloried and Silenced

by Ryan DeLarme, March 6th, 2021

When the suppression of information on social media first began it was subtle compared to where we are now. First, it came in waves, slowly ramping up to what essentially became the modern book-burning we see today. The Press and the political machine it protects seem to be presently engaged in an information war against forces who would not like to see America fall despite the international financial elite’s determination to make it so, using China and the “Great Reset” as tools for creating this outcome.

The information tzar’s crosshairs are on any outlets or voices contributing to the growing dissent towards the political establishment. Whether it be popular news outlets like the Epoch Times or OANN, YouTubers, independent outlets, even your friends and family who might not even be conservative but have their own qualms with the current incarnation of the democratic party, all have been consigned to the digital pit.

In the Trump Era, many of these outlets carried on despite the censorship, believing that at some unknown point all would be made right. Fast-forward to today, Trump, who was formerly deep-state enemy #1, is out of the office and presumed out of control (despite soaring popularity post-presidency among the GOP and general population) and now We The People are at the top of the list.

Now we are beginning to see the retaliation in the form of several states and individuals standing up against the drastic rise of censorship. The country was built on a state level, that is where the power comes from, and that power is being used to fight back.

Texas Governor Greg Abbot announced on Friday that he will be joining Texas State Senator Bryan Hughes to bring forward a bill preventing Social Media platforms from censoring speech.

If successful, the big Social Media giants will be vulnerable to lawsuits that could potentially gut these companies financially. It shows the true power of the States, and though we do need the federal government to rescind section 230 of the internet legislation Communications and Decency Act (CDA), something we probably won’t see during a Biden administration, the legislation is certainly a step in the right direction to preserve free speech. If Texas, Florida, and Mississippi continue this fight against big-tech, other states might join in.

It already appears that Abbot is following suit with Florida Governor Rick Desantis, who recently unveiled his own legislation, so the idea that more States could continue the trend is not so far-fetched.

In an even more zoomed-in perspective, we see single individuals contributing to the fight in their own way. Co-Founder of Wikipedia Larry Sanger has proposed a way to decentralize social media, essentially defanging their ability to censor and even potentially halt their ability to harvest the data of unwitting Americans. Sanger, who parted ways with Wikipedia almost 2 decades ago over “the project’s direction”, has claimed that the site’s neutrality is “long gone”.

as per The Washington Times:

Wikipedia, which says “anyone can edit” its entries, is one of the most-used websites in the world. Google prioritizes its placement in search results.

But Mr. Sanger tweeted that leftist activists gradually move in “to take control of any influential institution not explicitly conservative … and they just work harder, and in more subtle ways, on the ones that are explicitly conservative.”

“And then when the rest of the media and tech became insanely far left, Wikipedia naturally went along with the trend,” he tweeted.

The Fox analysis cited the two main pages for “Socialism” and “Communism” that span 28,000 words but lack any discussion of the genocides committed by socialist and communist regimes, in which tens of millions of people were murdered and starved.

“The omission of large-scale mass murder, slave labor, and man-made famines is negligent and deeply misleading,” economics professor Bryan Caplan, who has studied the history of communism, told Fox News.

In a blog post, Mr. Sanger said examples of bias on Wikipedia “have become embarrassingly easy to find,” pointing to the entries for former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

“The Barack Obama article completely fails to mention many well-known scandals: Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the AP phone records scandal, and Fast and Furious, to say nothing of Solyndra or the Hillary Clinton email server scandal — or, of course, the developing ‘Obamagate’ story in which Obama was personally involved in surveilling Donald Trump,” Mr. Sanger posted in May 2020. “A fair article about a major political figure certainly must include the bad with the good.”

He said the entry about Mr. Trump shows that Wikipedia’s neutrality “is a joke.”

“Just for example, there are 5,224 none-too-flattering words in the ‘Presidency’ section,” he wrote. “By contrast, the following ‘Public Profile’ (which the Obama article entirely lacks), ‘Investigations,’ and ‘Impeachment’ sections are unrelentingly negative, and together add up to some 4,545 words — in other words, the controversy sections are almost as long as the sections about his presidency.”

The most targeted weak spot for outlets is the revenue. The trend of deplatforming dramatically affects an outlet’s ability to market themselves which naturally alters the companies bottom line. In addition, ad platforms will now drop entire businesses if enough pressure is put on them by corporations to do so, even entire online stores can be erased overnight.

We will continue to report on the fight against censorship despite the attacks against us and our ability to do so.

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Texas Attorney General Announces Arrests In Fraudulent Mail-In Ballot Scheme In Democrat Primary

Ryan Saavedra
Sep 24, 2020

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Thursday that law enforcement officials had arrested four individuals for their alleged involvement in an illegal ballot harvesting scheme in the state’s 2018 Democrat primary election. One of the people who was arrested was the Democrat who won the primary race.

“The four individuals—Charlie Burns, Dewayne Ward, Marlena Jackson and Jackson’s husband Shannon Brown, a Democrat who was serving as Gregg County’s Precinct 4 commissioner—collectively stand accused of 134 different felony charges of election fraud and ballot tampering,” Newsweek reported. “If found guilty, each individual could face six months in jail to 99 years in prison.”

The charges filed against the individuals included engaging in organized election fraud, illegal voting, fraudulent use of an application for a mail-in ballot, unlawful possession of a mail-in ballot, tampering with a governmental record, and election fraud.

“It is an unfortunate reality that elections can be stolen outright by mail ballot fraud. Election fraud, particularly an organized mail ballot fraud scheme orchestrated by political operatives, is an affront to democracy and results in voter disenfranchisement and corruption at the highest level,” Attorney General Paxton said in a statement. “Mail ballots are vulnerable to diversion, coercion, and influence by organized vote harvesting schemes. This case demonstrates my commitment to ensuring Texas has the most secure elections in the country, and I thank the Gregg County Sheriff and District Attorney for their continued partnership. Those who try to manipulate the outcome of elections in Texas must be held accountable.”

The statement from the Texas Attorney General’s office said that a grand jury had returned indictments of 23 felony counts against Democrat Commissioner Brown, 97 felony counts against Jackson, eight felony counts against Burns, and six felony counts against Ward.

The statement said that in order to win, the group allegedly “targeted young, able-bodied voters to cast ballots by mail by fraudulently claiming the voters were ‘disabled,’ in most cases without the voters’ knowledge or consent.”

The news comes after federal law enforcement officials announced on Thursday that a handful of military ballots had been discarded in the swing state of Pennsylvania and that out of all the discarded ballots that were opened when they were discovered, all of them had voted for President Donald Trump.

“The FBI has recovered a number of documents relating to military ballots that had been improperly opened by your elections staff, and had the ballots removed and discarded, or removed and placed separately from the envelope containing confidential voter information and attestation,” U.S. Attorney David J. Freed said in a letter to Shelby Watchilla, Director of Elections of Luzerne County Bureau of Elections.

“Specifically, a total of nine (9) military ballots were discovered to have been discarded,” the letter continued. “Seven (7) of those ballots when discovered by investigators were outside of any envelope. Those ballots were all cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump. One (1) of those seven (7) ballots was able to be identified to an envelope that was recovered, and thereby potentially tied to a specific voter. Two (2) military ballots that had been discarded were previously recovered by elections staff, reinserted into what appeared to be their appropriate envelopes, and then resealed. Therefore, the votes cast on those two (2) ballots are unknown. Thus, is appears that three (3) of the nine (9) recovered ballots can be potentially attributed to specific voters. Six (6) of the ballots were simply removed and discarded, and cannot be attributed to a specific voter at this time.”

This story has been updated to include additional information.

Majestic and Haunting Red Jellyfish Lightning over Texas Captured in Brilliant Photos

August 18th, 2020


Scientists have been documenting rare phenomenon in recent years: streaks of red lightning that resemble the tentacles of a glowing crimson jellyfish hanging high from the sky.

These haunting spurts of lightning have been dubbed “sprites,” and are the product of super-fast electrical bursts that occur high up in the atmosphere some 37 to 50 miles in the sky, reaching toward space, according to the European Space Agency.

While sprites have been sighted over every continent besides Antarctica since their discovery in 1989, the phenomenon still isn’t very well known – they last mere tenths of a second, and generally are hidden from those of us on the ground by heavy storm clouds.

Stephen Hummel, an expert on dark skies at the Austin McDonald Observatory, managed to capture a perfect photo of these sprites on July 2 from his vantage point on a ridge on Mount Locke in the Davis Mountains of West Texas.

Hummel snapped the photo while he was recording dozens of hours of footage throughout the year. On that July night, he had already recorded four and a half hours of footage before capturing the sprite – and he had also recorded some 70 hours of footage and stills including 70 sprites this year, he told Business Insider.

“Sprites usually appear to the eye as very brief, dim, grey structures. You need to be looking for them to spot them, and oftentimes I am not certain I actually saw one until I check the camera footage to confirm,” Hummel said.

Sprites often resemble alienlike jellyfish-style creatures dangling from the ionosphere, or the layer that lies just above the dense lower atmosphere. In other cases, they look like vertical red pillars with thin, curling tendrils – and these are called carrot curls due to their resemblance to the root vegetable.

Sprites are difficult to see from the ground during massive thunderstorms because of the clouds, but also because they happen so far from the Earth’s surface – however, they are far easier to observe from the International Space Station.

Sprites were given their magical name by late University of Alaska physics professor Davis Sentman, who devised the name for this weather phenomenon due to it being “well suited to describe their appearance” and fleeting, fairy-like nature.

In some cases, the jellyfish sprites can be absolutely massive, with Hummel’s recent photograph depicting ones that tower “probably around 30 miles long and 30 miles tall,” he said. In some cases, the massive glowing tentacles be seen upwards of 300 miles away.

“The more powerful the storm and the more lightning it produces, the more likely it is to produce a sprite,” Hummel noted.

The red glow of the sprite is a result of nitrogen gas high in the atmosphere getting excited by the bursts of electricity resulting from lightning strikes.

As a sprite sparks, it turns red because of nitrogen floating high in Earth’s atmosphere. The gas gets excited by the burst of electricity and emits a red glow.

‘I’m Outta Here’: Joe Rogan Says He’s Leaving LA For Texas

Jon Brown,
July 25th, 2020

Rogan told De Sena he is leaving L.A. for Texas “soon” because he wants to live somewhere that is “in the center of the country, somewhere it’s easier to travel to both places, and somewhere where you have a little bit more freedom.” Rogan also cited L.A.’s overcrowding, which he says proves problematic in the age of COVID-19.

“When you look at the traffic, when you look at the economic despair, when you look at the homelessness problem that’s accelerated radically over the last six, seven, ten years, I think there’s too many people here,” said Rogan. “I think it’s not tenable. I don’t think it’s manageable. I think every mayor does a sh*t job of doing it, because I don’t think anybody could do a great job of it. I think there’s certain things you’re gonna have to deal with when you have a population of whatever the f**k L.A. is, it’s like 20 million plus people.”

Rogan wouldn’t give details regarding his planned move to the Lone Star State but mentioned his producer Jamie was “all excited” to be doing the show from there soon.

Rogan floated the idea of relocating to Texas in May amid the lockdown order that Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom instituted in March. Though Newsom first rolled back his restrictive measures, he recently re-instated his lockdown in 30 of the state’s 58 counties, which encompasses about 80% of the state’s population.

“If California continues to be this restrictive, I don’t know if this is a good place to live,” Rogan said. “I might jet. I’m not kidding. I’m not kidding, this is silly. I don’t need to be here.”

“Texas is buck wild, bro,” he also said. “You can bring a gun.”

In a Wednesday interview with Daily Wire Editor Emeritus Ben Shapiro on “The Joe Rogan Podcast,” the two discussed Shapiro’s new book, “How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps,” as well as the precipitous decline of L.A.

As reported by The Daily Wire, both Shapiro and Rogan commiserated that “progressive policies” had led to an exponential increase of homelessness, drug abuse, and general lawlessness in California’s largest city.

Responding to Rogan’s assertion that L.A.’s collapse was gradual and then all-at-once, Shapiro said, “I’ve lived in L.A. my whole life. And the move from L.A. being a pretty safe, fairly nice city, suburban in orientation, to just overrun with horror shows is really — it was a lot faster than I thought it would be. But you’re right, it was a gradual decline, and then it’s just off a cliff.”