I’ll take questions that have an affirmative answer for $500, Alex.


Urban Violence: A Problem of Dem Administrations?

ABC News is reporting that “At least four major U.S. cities were reeling from an onslaught of mass shootings over the weekend that left at least 38 people wounded, six dead and police officials alarmed that the surge in gun violence is a prelude to a bloody summer.

But is there more to the story, which mentions Austin, Cleveland, Chicago and Savannah?

What about the politics of the people running those cities? Liberty Park Press checked. All four have Democrat mayors. In Cleveland, Mayor Frank Jackson has already announced he will not seek another term.

Cleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek was quoted by WOIO News noting, “Gun confiscations are up 120%, and we are ten more homicides (as of yesterday) ahead of where we were last year –and last year, we were on our way to set a record number of homicides. It’s not acceptable.”

According to ABC News, “Austin Mayor Steve Adler tweeted that the mass-casualty shooting occurred even as police initiated multiple violence prevention programs intended to combat a recent increase in shootings in the Texas capital city.

“But this crisis requires a broader, coordinated response from all levels of government,” Adler said. “One thing is clear – greater access to firearms does not equal greater public safety.”

Last week in Orlando, Joe Biden was in town to observe the fifth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, during which he declared, “It is long past time we close the loopholes that allow gun buyers to bypass background checks in this country, and the Senate should start by passing the three House-passed bills which would do exactly that.”

But the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is firing back at Biden.

“Joe Biden told reporters it is time to close loopholes that allow gun buyers to bypass background checks, but it is well-documented that the Orlando mass killer had passed background checks when he legally purchased the rifle and pistol used in the attack,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “Biden was either stupid, or intellectually dishonest with his remarks, and I’m livid the establishment media omitted this key fact in its reporting.”

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Question O’ The Day

Was it “innocent” gain-of-function research, or was it intentional bioweapon work? And was the leak accidental, or deliberate?

Bear in mind that secret military programs often have nested cover stories, where when one is penetrated, it leads to a new one.
[and how well I know that technique]

Natural germ in “wet market” –> lab leak –> deliberate release?
Who knows?
That last may be impossible to determine, unless a Chinese defector spills the beans or something. One way to address this in the future is to ban gain-of-function research, so that if it happens you know it’s illicit. Too late for that in this case, of course, since U.S. taxpayers, through the NIH, were actually funding this research.

Why is the Postal Service, which can’t seem to do its actual job, functioning as an internal security agency surveilling American citizens?


Report: USPS ‘Internet Covert Operations Program’ Is ‘Much Broader in Scope Than Previously Known’
The program ‘includes analysts who assume fake identities online, use sophisticated intelligence tools, and employ facial recognition software.”

Last month, Yahoo News ripped the lid off of a government surveillance program run by a division of the USPS. The program monitors, scans, and collects information on social media postings considered “inflammatory” enough to pass along to other government agencies. It includes posts promoting the coordination and planning of upcoming political demonstrations.

The program’s existence came out after the news outlet obtained a copy of a March USPS bulletin that was “distributed through the Department of Homeland Security’s fusion centers.” It warned of the possibility of violence at upcoming protests though they acknowledged they had no reliable intelligence to suggest any alleged threats were legitimate:

“Analysts with the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) monitored significant activity regarding planned protests occurring internationally and domestically on March 20, 2021,” says the March 16 government bulletin, marked as “law enforcement sensitive” and distributed through the Department of Homeland Security’s fusion centers. “Locations and times have been identified for these protests, which are being distributed online across multiple social media platforms, to include right-wing leaning Parler and Telegram accounts.”

[…]

“No intelligence is available to suggest the legitimacy of these threats,” it adds.

The bulletin includes screenshots of posts about the protests from Facebook, Parler, Telegram and other social media sites. Individuals mentioned by name include one alleged Proud Boy and several others whose identifying details were included but whose posts did not appear to contain anything threatening.

“iCOP analysts are currently monitoring these social media channels for any potential threats stemming from the scheduled protests and will disseminate intelligence updates as needed,” the bulletin says.

The report about the previously unknown iCOP sparked an outcry among Congressional Republicans. A House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing was held a week later where a USPS official confirmed its existence without going into a lot of detail:

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