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BIDEN’S ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANDATES ARE DESTROYING GOOD AMERICAN JOBS… WSJ EDITORIAL BOARD: The False ‘Green Jobs’ Promise

‘Folks, when I think about climate change—and I’ve been saying this for three years—I think jobs,” President Biden said Wednesday. Then why is Ford Motor Co. planning to lay off thousands of workers to fund its government-mandated electric vehicles?

Bloomberg broke the news Wednesday that the Detroit auto maker is preparing to slash as many as 8,000 jobs to boost the company’s profits to finance its EVs that are struggling to make money. Ford plans to spend $50 billion to make two million EVs annually by 2026, which is a steep ramp-up from the 27,140 it sold last year. […]

The Biden Administration recently finalized new greenhouse-gas emission standards that are a de facto EV mandate. Traditional auto makers will have no choice but to churn out more EVs or buy credits from EV makers such as Tesla and Rivian. California has banned the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035, and other states are following.

 

EARLIER THIS WEEK… BIDEN ADMIN IS PREPARING TO TAKE CONTROL OF VEHICLE MANUFACTURING DECISIONS… NYT: Trying to Salvage His Climate Agenda, Biden Weighs Remaining Options

Next year, the Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department plan to introduce a new rule designed to compel auto companies to rapidly ramp up sales of electric vehicles.

 

HERE’S BROOKINGS EXPLAINING HOW THIS WORKS…

If no additional spending from Congress gets authorized, the Biden administration could follow the playbook of fifteen U.S. states in announcing a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate. This would entail the use of executive action to require automakers to sell a certain percentage of EVs every year to meet regional air quality standards.

In this scheme, automakers are required to obtain credits which they earn through the sale of qualified zero-emission vehicles. These credit requirements will slowly rise over time, but the credits can be tradeable allowing manufacturers who are behind their targets to buy credits from others.

 

THE DIRTY TRUTH — ELECTRIC VEHICLES ARE A LUXURY ITEM… THE POOR WILL BE CRUSHED BY THIS… BETSY MCCAUGHEY: Buttigieg wants to mandate electric vehicles. He’s wrong

EVs are not the answer. Buttigieg is living in la-la land. The average new EV costs about $66,000. A good deal is the 2022 Kia EV6, priced at $40,900 before add-ons, according to U.S. News and World Report. Even that’s more than most people can afford. Three-quarters of Americans who need a car buy a used one, paying around $31,000 for it.

EVs are for big spenders. AAA reports a staggering 78% of EV buyers own other cars. They’re in the income bracket to afford multiple cars. They drive the EV short distances but still fall back on their gas-powered car for long-distance driving. […]

 

MORE… ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANDATES WILL LEAD TO ENERGY SHORTAGES… STATES ALREADY BEGGING EV OWNERS NOT TO CHARGE AT TIMES…

With some states facing brownouts and electricity curbs, there could be restrictions. Texas has already asked EV drivers to avoid charging during peak times. Texas isn’t producing enough electricity to support widespread charging. Imagine being told you can’t plug your car in at night to drive to work the next morning.

The fact is, the nation lacks the infrastructure to support a rapid total transition to EVs, and many states lack the electricity generation as well.

 

MORE… BUTTIGIEG IS ALREADY DEMANDING STATES FORCE GAS CARS OFF THE ROAD…

On July 7, he proposed regulations to compel states to reduce CO2 highway emissions, effectively outlawing gas-powered vehicles. The regulations appear to exceed the Department of Transportation’s authority and will be challenged in court. But they indicate Buttigieg’s mindset.

 

FLASHBACK… AUG 2021… USA TODAY: ‘No turning back:’ Biden signs order targeting half of all vehicles sold in US to be zero-emissions by 2030

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden said “there’s no turning back” on the future of an electric auto industry Thursday as he signed an executive order setting a target for zero-emissions vehicles to account for half of all automobiles sold in the USA by 2030.

 

SUPREMES SAY BIDEN HAS TO ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAW, FOR NOW… WAPO: Supreme Court won’t reinstate Biden policy limiting immigration arrests

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to reinstate the Biden administration’s policy limiting immigration arrests, after a Texas district judge said the guidance to deportation officers violated federal laws.

The court instead said it will hear the merits of the case in December. The practical result is that the administration will not be able to implement its strategy for the rest of the year. The Biden administration had protested that it was unfair to allow a single district judge to disrupt the executive branch’s immigration priorities on a nationwide basis.

The vote was 5 to 4. Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Amy Coney Barrett and Ketanji Brown Jackson indicated they would have granted the administration’s request to put the lower court ruling on hold and allow the administration to go forward with its policy while deciding the merits of the case.

 

FOX: Border Patrol pushes back on Mayorkas claim that southern border is secure: ‘They are liars’

Multiple Border Patrol agents are pushing back against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ claim that the southern border is “secure” — just as agents on the frontlines of the historic migrant crisis are struggling to cope with the overwhelming numbers facing them.

There were more than 207,000 migrant encounters in June alone, the fourth month in a row where the number of encounters breached the 200,000 mark. But Mayorkas, speaking at the Aspen Security Forum on Tuesday, dismissed claims about the border not being secure.

“Look, the border is secure,” he said. “We are working to make the border more secure. That has been a historic challenge.” […]

But Border Patrol agents who spoke to Fox News Digital did not share Mayorkas’ assessment.

“Hundreds of thousands crossing every month is not the definition of secure,” one agent said. “They are liars and anyone who believes them are fools.”

 

BIDEN CAUGHT THE WU’ … White House Announces Biden Tested Positive For COVID-19

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced Thursday that President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19.

“This morning, President Biden tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement reads. “He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms. He has begun taking Paxlovid.”

Jean-Pierre said Biden would isolate at the White House and continue to work.

Biden will work in quarantine until he tests negative.

 

WHY IS THE WHITE HOUSE HIDING BIDEN’S PHYSICIAN FROM THE PRESS? … ‘Least Transparency … In 50 Years’: Reporters Blast White House For Not Having Biden’s Physician Brief Media (VIDEO)

National Journal White House correspondent George Condon accused the White House of showing the “least transparency in 50 years” by not having the president’s physician brief the press Thursday.

Condon said it was a necessity that Dr. Kevin O’Connor brief the press, rather than simply release a public statement about President Joe Biden’s health after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier Thursday.

“When will Dr. O’Connor come up? Because to just put out a statement and shield him from questions would be the least transparency of any White House in 50 years on a presidential illness,” Condon said. […]

Two other White House reporters pressed Jean-Pierre on not having O’Connor briefed the press. One reporter accused the White House of “playing a game of telephone.”

“Could we get the president’s physician here so we can not play the game of telephone?” she asked.

 

FLASHBACK… JUST DAYS AGO… DAILY MAIL: Tucker Carlson claims that witness from 2020 campaign says Biden took ‘pills’ under wife Jill’s supervision before every public appearance and was ‘like a child’ without the medication

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has claimed that President Joe Biden takes ‘pills’ to boost his cognitive performance before public appearances.

Biden, 79, has strenuously rejected similar allegations in the past, but Carlson claimed on his Friday evening show that he had spoken ‘directly’ to a witness who saw the alleged medication on the 2020 campaign trail.

‘His staff, supervised by Dr. Jill, his wife, was giving him pills before every public appearance. Checking the time, and at the certain hour giving him a dose of something,’ said Carlson.

‘Before taking the medications, this person said Biden was ‘Like a small child.’ You could not communicate with him, he changed completely because he was on drugs and he clearly still is on drugs,’ the pundit alleged.

 

CHINESE BILLIONAIRES ARE TRYING TO FLEE COUNTRY… FORTUNE: China’s billionaires want to flee the country, and take $60 billion of wealth with them on their way out

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Chinese citizens have endured the government’s punishing zero-tolerance strategy that aims to stamp out the virus at all costs. Chinese policies of extended mass lockdowns and rigorous testing trapped bankers in their offices, forced Tesla workers to sleep at the carmaker’s factories, and locked families inside Disneyland until all 33,000 parkgoers could be tested. Shanghai’s two-month lockdown, which lasted from April to June, saw residents resorting to barter for food and goods.

Now, faced with a continued “zero-COVID” future, China’s rich are plotting their escape. Around 10,000 high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) in China are seeking to leave their country this year and could take $48 billion in wealth with them, according to a new wealth migration report by Henley and Partners, an investment migration consultancy. Hong Kong’s numbers also rank high. The special autonomous region of China—which has pursued a similarly strict “dynamic-zero” COVID policy under Beijing’s watchful eye—is home to around 3,000 HNWI who are planning to leave this year, worth $12 billion.

 

MAN ATTEMPTS TO STAB NY REPUBLICAN ON STAGE… NY POST: NY GOP gubernatorial nominee Lee Zeldin attacked on stage during campaign stop near Rochester (VIDEO)

Lee Zeldin, the Republican candidate for New York governor, was attacked during a campaign stop near Rochester in upstate Monroe County on Thursday night — but escaped injury and managed to finish his speech.

Zeldin, also a sitting US congressman from Long Island, was campaigning at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Perinton when a man jumped on stage and lunged toward the lawmaker with an unknown weapon, according to witnesses and video of the incident.

“I saw that he [was] approaching the congressman, so I jumped up on the stage,” witness Joe Chenelly told The Post.

“The congressman turned and faced him. I thought he might just be there to hug the congressman or to, you know, maybe heckle him or something along those lines.”

The suspect was identified as 43-year-old David Jakubonis of Fairport, NY.

Jakubonis was charged with attempted assault in the second degree and released on his own recognizance.

 

ATTACKER RELEASED IN NO TIME… NY POST: Lee Zeldin’s alleged attacker quickly released from jail — just as pol predicted

The man who allegedly tried to stab Republican candidate for New York governor Lee Zeldin with a bladed weapon during a campaign stop on Thursday was released from jail within hours of his arrest on a felony charge — just as Zeldin had predicted.

David Jakubonis, 43, from Fairport, New York, was arraigned overnight in Perinton Town Court on a count of second-degree attempted assault stemming from the attack on Rep. Zeldin but was quickly released on his own recognizance.

In a tweet after the violent incident in Monroe County, Zeldin, who is running as a tough-on-crime candidate against incumbent Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, said he expected his alleged assailant to be back on the streets in no time.

“His words as he tried to stab me a few hours ago were ‘you’re done’, but several attendees, including @EspositoforNY, quickly jumped into action & tackled the guy,” the gubernatorial hopeful tweeted early Friday. “Law enforcement was on the scene within minutes. The attacker will likely be instantly released under NY’s laws.”

 

DAVID MARCUS: There are January 6th defendants who had no weapons who have been in jail for 18 months. This guy tried to kill a congressman yesterday and he’s eating breakfast at Denny’s this morning.

 

MID-SEASON FINALE… FAILING TO DEMONSTRATE TRUMP STARTED A RIOT, JAN 6 COMMITTEE TURNS TO BLAMING HIM FOR NOT DOING ENOUGH TO END IT… NYT: Jan. 6 Panel Presents Evidence of Trump’s Refusal to Stop the Riot

As a mob of his supporters assaulted the Capitol, former President Donald J. Trump sat in his dining room off the Oval Office, watching the violence on television and choosing to do nothing for hours to stop it, an array of former administration officials testified to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack in accounts laid out on Thursday. […]

Even then, the committee showed in never-before-seen footage from the White House, Mr. Trump privately refused to concede — “I don’t want to say the election’s over!” he angrily told aides as he recorded a video message that had been scripted for him the day after the attack — or to condemn the assault on the Capitol as a crime.

 

ANGRILY? … WATCH THE FOOTAGE… VINCE COGLIANESE: Compare this video with how the NY Times described it this morning: “‘I don’t want to say the election’s over!'” he angrily told aides as he recorded a video message…” Trump’s editing the script, but there’s nothing angry about it. (VIDEO)

 

REPORT: TRUMP PLANS TO ACTUALLY DRAIN THE SWAMP IF HE’S RE-ELECTED… AXIOS CALLS IT ‘RADICAL’… AXIOS: A radical plan for Trump’s second term

Former President Trump’s top allies are preparing to radically reshape the federal government if he is re-elected, purging potentially thousands of civil servants and filling career posts with loyalists to him and his “America First” ideology, people involved in the discussions tell Axios.

The impact could go well beyond typical conservative targets such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service. Trump allies are working on plans that would potentially strip layers at the Justice Department — including the FBI, and reaching into national security, intelligence, the State Department and the Pentagon, sources close to the former president say. […]

Tens of thousands of civil servants who serve in roles deemed to have some influence over policy would be reassigned as “Schedule F” employees. Upon reassignment, they would lose their employment protections.

New presidents typically get to replace more than 4,000 so-called “political” appointees to oversee the running of their administrations. But below this rotating layer of political appointees sits a mass of government workers who enjoy strong employment protections — and typically continue their service from one administration to the next, regardless of the president’s party affiliation.

An initial estimate by the Trump official who came up with Schedule F found it could apply to as many as 50,000 federal workers — a fraction of a workforce of more than 2 million, but a segment with a profound role in shaping American life.

Trump, in theory, could fire tens of thousands of career government officials with no recourse for appeals. He could replace them with people he believes are more loyal to him and to his “America First” agenda. […]

Sources close to the former president said that he will — as a matter of top priority — go after the national security apparatus, “clean house” in the intelligence community and the State Department, target the “woke generals” at the Defense Department, and remove the top layers of the Justice Department and FBI.

 

DAVID HARSANYI: Just read a really long dramatic piece about how Donald Trump, should he become president again, plans on firing a whole bunch of federal employees — including political operatives in the FBI and DOJ. It’s almost as if they want you to like him.

 

GREEN-HAIRED SECOND GRADE TEACHER WITH A FACE FOR A PIN CUSHION SAYS THE WHOLE CLASS ‘ALL SWITCHED PRONOUNS’… LIBS OF TIK TOK: Teachers claims entire class of second grade students changed their pronouns and it’s being kept a secret from “unsafe” adults (VIDEO)

 

GRANTS FOR GROOMING… 50 School Districts Granted $10,000 By ‘It Gets Better Project’ To Promote Gender Ideology In Schools

An LGBT organization awarded 50 school districts nationwide a $10,000 grant to promote gender ideology and support “Gender Sexuality Alliance” (GSA) clubs, according to a press release from the “It Gets Better Project.”

The “It Gets Better Project” provided grants to 50 schools nationwide that submitted project proposals, according to the group’s press release. The organization said the grants were created via customer donations from American Eagle customers during Pride Month 2021.

Examples of projects include creating a “gender-affirming closet” at school to “help trans students access clothing that fits their true selves,” and funding the remodeling of “single-gender lavatories” to “gender-neutral bathrooms.”

Parents Defending Education (PDE), a concerned parent organization, highlighted several examples of schools — some in traditionally conservative areas — that spent the money on creating LGBT murals or videos on pronouns using the funds.

 

TWITTER BEGINS CENSORING ‘GROOMER’ … Twitter Begins Censoring Anti-Pedophile Term After Left-Wing Pressure Campaign

Twitter began censoring the word “groomer” after left-wing media watchdog group Media Matters for America pressured the site to crack down on the term, which they claim is anti-LGBT.

Commentator James Lindsay was locked out of his Twitter account Thursday for calling a Media Matters employee a groomer, according to screenshots Lindsay shared with the Daily Caller News Foundation. He had to delete his tweet and wait an additional 12 hours to regain full access to his account.

The term groomer describes adults who form inappropriate friendships with children in order to prime them for sexual abuse, and it has been used by some commentators to refer to those who expose young children to sexual content through drag shows and lessons on gender identity and sexuality.

“Ok, groomer,” Lindsay said in the offending tweet. He was responding Ari Drennen, LGBTQ program director at Media Matters, who had criticized a DCNF article about the campaign to get “groomer” censored on Twitter. Twitter told Lindsay his tweet violated its rules against hateful conduct, according to a screenshot he shared with the DCNF.

 

LEFTY SCHOOL EMPLOYEE BUSTED FOR TRYING TO HAVE SEX WITH KIDS… PJ MEDIA: Shocker! School Employee Who Promotes LGBT Training for Kids Arrested for Pedophilia (VIDEO)

Three Michigan men were arrested after trying to meet a child for “immoral purposes” and using a computer to commit a crime. The “child” was actually law enforcement from several agencies.

One of the men, 41-year-old Eric Rohman, is an employee in the Mt. Pleasant Public School System, although it’s not clear what his position is.

Rohman has been out, loud, and proud in his support for LGBT training for school kids. He recently spoke out at a school board meeting decked out in his best BLM t-shirt.

“My name is Eric Rohman. I am a resident, townie, taxpayer, vaccinated, and functioning graduate of this high school, class of 1999, proud member of the LGBTQIA community, and an employee of Mt. Pleasant public schools,” he said, introducing himself.

Referring to students and the LGBT movement, Rohman said, “I can tell you this, they are hungry for knowledge. They are so hungry for knowledge that despite your words, your wishes, your values, they will learn on their own. They’re gonna do it anyway, no matter what you say or do.”

 

INTERNET GOES WILD AFTER A WALGREENS EMPLOYEE REFUSES TO SELL CONDOMS — AND HAS THE MANAGER DO IT? …. JAZZ SHAW: When a Walgreens cashier refuses to sell someone condoms

The cashier politely offered to ring up the rest of the woman’s purchases (which she refused) and offered to go get a manager or another cashier to ring up the condoms for her. And a manager was indeed found who rang up the purchase without any problems. Walgreens is backing him up, saying that they allow their employees to work while “respecting the religious and moral beliefs of our team members.”

 

MASSIVE CLAIM… GUARDIAN: Little evidence that chemical imbalance causes depression, UCL scientists find

Scientists have called into question the widespread use of antidepressants after a major review found “no clear evidence” that low serotonin levels are responsible for depression.

Prescriptions for antidepressants have risen dramatically since the 1990s, with one in six adults and 2% of teenagers in England now being prescribed them. Millions more people around the world regularly use antidepressants.

“Many people take antidepressants because they have been led to believe their depression has a biochemical cause, but this new research suggests this belief is not grounded in evidence,” said the study’s lead author, Joanna Moncrieff, a professor of psychiatry at University College London and consultant psychiatrist at North East London NHS foundation trust.

 

A $26 BILLION INDUSTRY IS ON THE LINE… Big Pharma May Have Made Billions Based On A Falsehood About Depression, New Research Shows

Antidepressants are a big ticket item for pharmaceutical companies, and their use has skyrocketed in the U.S. since 1999, according to the Berkeley Political Review. One-in-six Americans is on an antidepressant of some kind, NBC News reported.

The global antidepressant market was worth more than $26 billion in 2020, according to Business Wire.