Senate Confirms Lloyd Austin as First Black Defense Secretary

The Senate on Friday confirmed Lloyd Austin as the Pentagon’s first black defense secretary in a bipartisan 93-2 vote.

Only two Republicans, voted no — Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Mike Lee (UT). Those not voting included Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC); Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV); Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS); Jerry Moran (R-KS); and Thom Tillis (R-NC).

There was more opposition to Austin’s nomination in the House, but only the Senate has the job of confirming senior-level presidential appointees.

The relatively light pushback against Biden’s nominees so far from Senate Republicans shows their willingness to work with the Biden administration.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Friday on CNN that he was voting in favor of Austin because “presidents should get real latitude in filling terms with qualified, mainstream people of their choosing.”

Austin’s Senate confirmation hearing was uneventful. Democrat senators pressed him to root out white supremacists and extremists from the military — which Austin said he vowed he would do, while Republican senators pressed him on being firm against China.

Austin tweeted shortly after he was confirmed:

Austin immediately began work at the Pentagon on Friday.

Shortly thereafter, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a statement:

President Biden called Secretary Austin this afternoon, shortly after his arrival at the Pentagon. The President congratulated the Secretary on his swift confirmation and thanked the Secretary for agreeing to serve the country again. Secretary Austin expressed his gratitude to the President for his trust and confidence and for his support during the confirmation process.

Austin, 67, is a retired United States Army general who last served as former commander of U.S. Central Command during the Obama administration.

After leaving the military, he sat on the board of defense contractor Raytheon Technologies. His ties to Raytheon had raised concerns, mostly among Democrats.

What also raised concerns — among both Democrats and Republicans — was his military service only ending in 2016. Current law requires a defense secretary to be out of uniform for at least seven years, in order to preserve the principle of civilian control of the military.

Both houses of Congress had to pass a waiver for Austin to allow him to serve, which they did on Thursday.

The Senate passed a waiver on a 69-27 vote. Fourteen Senate Democrats voted against a waiver for Austin, and 13 Senate Republicans voted against the waiver, as Breitbart News reported Thursday.

More Democrats had voted against a waiver for former President Donald Trump’s first defense secretary Jim Mattis in 2017. Sixteen Democrats and one Independent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT), voted against a waiver then, while all Republicans voted for a waiver, except for two not voting.

Sixty-three House Republicans voted against granting Austin a waiver, including those who went on the record to oppose his nomination. The Republican Study Committee, the House conservative caucus, had laid out in a lengthy memo its reasons for opposing Austin’s nomination.

However, the waiver passed in the House on a largely bipartisan 326-78 vote, with 63 House Republicans voting no. Democrats had put up far more opposition to a waiver for Mattis during the Trump administration, with 150 Democrats voting no.

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DC police chilling inside Trump hotel…

Maybe it’s because more brainwashed nimrods might try and attack the capital? What do you think happened to all the militant Qtards? Think they just disappeared?

Blame Trump for letting this go too far, with his ego leading the way. This is what you get when you say “there are good people on both sides” after a nazi march. This is what you get when you say “I love you, you are special” to militant Qtards who kill a police officer and invade the Capitol.

Wake up.

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Washington Post Quietly Removes Cruel Joke From Kamala Harris Interview

In true Orwellian fashion, the Washington Post recently memory-holed an offensive joke told by now-Vice President Kamala Harris on her presidential campaign trail.

In the feature piece, first published in 2019, Harris made a joke about inmates, likening rest after weeks on the campaign trail to the feeling a prisoner gets when they received a morsel of food.

“I actually got sleep,” Kamala said, sitting in a Hilton conference room, beside her sister, and smiling as she recalled walks on the beach with her husband and that one morning SoulCycle class she was able to take.

“That kind of stuff,” Kamala said between sips of iced tea, “which was about bringing a little normal to the days, that was a treat for me.”

“I mean, in some ways it was a treat,” Maya said. “But not really.”

“It’s a treat that a prisoner gets when they ask for, ‘A morsel of food please,’” Kamala said shoving her hands forward as if clutching a metal plate, her voice now trembling like an old British man locked in a Dickensian jail cell. “‘And water! I just want wahtahhh….’ Your standards really go out the f—ing window.”

“Kamala burst into laughter.”

The Washington Post, according to Reason, removed that particular segment of the interview earlier this month, shortly before the new VP took office.

Harris has plenty of experience as a prosecutor through her positions as San Francisco’s district attorney and California’s attorney general. During her time in the legal field, Harris jailed more than 1,000 people for marijuana violations and later laughed about it, a move that received much criticism from some of her Democratic primary rivals such as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. She also ordered a raid on a citizen journalist’s home after he released undercover videos indicting Planned Parenthood for trafficking aborted baby body parts.

According to Reason, the Washington Post reinstated the original version of the article to a different page, which includes Harris’s mocking, but kept the new, revised version as well.

“We should have kept both versions of the story on the Post’s site (the original and updated one), rather than redirecting to the updated version,” Kris Coratti, the Post’s vice president for communications, told Reason in a statement on Friday. “We have now done that, and you will see the link to the original at the top of the updated version.”

According to Fox News, the Washington Post admitted that it “repurposed and updated some of our strong biographical pieces about both political figures” right before Inauguration Day.

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Greta Thunberg is your climate overlord…

Posted by Kane on January 22, 2021 6:37 pm

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$100 trillion Green New Deal ‘is not enough’

Thunberg said, “How can we expect people will want climate action? How can we expect people to support any kind of action when the general public welcome awareness is so low when it comes to the climate. We have not been made aware of what is happening because the climate crisis has never once has been treated as a crisis. So how can we expect a to happen when we aren’t treating this crisis like a crisis.”

She continued, “The Green New Deal obviously it’s not — if you include crucial aspects like the aspect of equity and so on it is very, very far from being enough, from being in line with the Paris agreement and so on. That’s not my opinion if people may think that, but it at least gets the discussion going.”

She added, “We can’t negotiate and compromise with the laws of physics.”

“Yes, this will affect us in the future. This will mostly affect the future generations. But we must not also forget that people are suffering and dying from the consequences of the climate and ecological crisis already today.”


Bonus Clip — Check out all the garbage in Greta’s rental car

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Dictator Gretchen finally allows you to get a freaking beer and steak…

Posted by Kane on January 22, 2021 6:23 pm

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Indoor dining can reopen in Michigan starting Monday, Feb. 1, however, the restart comes with tight restrictions.

Bars and restaurants will be mandated to close by 10 p.m. and are limited to 25% capacity or 100 people – the lesser of the two, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced in a Friday, Jan. 22 news conference.

Michigan restaurants were allowed to open at 50% capacity in the summer and fall and had no curfew. Indoor dining has been closed in Michigan since Nov. 18.

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Charles Hurt: With Impeachment, Congress Trying to Overturn Future Elections

The last time these slinking mongrels in Congress impeached President Trump, a deadly disease from China was stalking our country, poised to pounce and kill close to 400,000 Americans.

In those crucial early months of the global pandemic, our federal government ground to a halt as Democrats in Congress pursued with blind fury a hotly partisan and clearly futile effort to remove Mr. Trump.

Democrats failed. Mr. Trump survived. Everyone knew the outcome of the fake charade from the start.

But as Democrats dawdled, bloviated and fawned for the cameras, the pandemic prevailed. If you want to know why Democrats are so hellbent on blaming the China virus on Mr. Trump, it is because the blood is actually on their hands.

Now comes Round Two of hopeless impeachment.

Still, the pandemic rages. This time they all know it. Yet, still, they pursue Mr. Trump with an ISIS-like zealotry in an effort to remove Mr. Trump a few days before he leaves office anyway.

Truly, these are the most fundamentally dishonest and unserious people ever to hold elected office. They are a mockery of self-governance and precisely why Mr. Trump got elected in the first place.

You might say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presides over a circus of untrained animals and diabolical clowns, but that would be an unkind insult to clowns and penned animals, frantically pacing back and forth, back and forth inside their confined cages.

Speaking to her social media mob, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York laid out Mr. Trump’s impeachable offenses.

“A lot of people have drank the poison of white supremacy and that’s what Donald Trump represents,” she said. “Just is.”

That’s right. There is the evidence. There lies the proof. Forget hearings. Forget a trial.

“Just is.”

Hang him high!

If you really want to stir up one of these impeachment fanatics, just ask them to point to the one single line in Mr. Trump’s speech from before the raid against the Capitol that “incited” the violence.

They go full Adam Schiff and start making up quotes and manufacturing language that the president never used. Also, they refuse to acknowledge that the president implored his supporters to protest “peacefully.”

The reason they cannot hold hearings or hold a trial is because any such due process would prove that no such premeditated incitement of violence occurred.

If anything, it was unpremeditated incitement of peaceful protest — also known as our constitutional right to free speech, free assembly and the right to petition your government. Peacefully.

Among the clowns in Congress scrambling to shift blame for the mess they have made in Washington onto Mr. Trump are 10 Republicans in the House. One of them is Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who is in the chamber because her father, Dick Cheney, was vice president.

I guess we should be thankful that finally someone in the Cheney family has found an “armed insurrection” that they are not lustily in favor of. Maybe Ms. Cheney would have been more enthusiastic about this eruption of violence if more American soldiers had been killed or maimed and it had cost taxpayers $2 trillion.

Another impeachment zealot is Rep. Jim Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat. To his credit, at least he is honest about his motives.

“This president must be impeached and convicted,” he thundered. “And he must be prevented from ever attempting to seize power again.”

There you have it. This is not even about removing Mr. Trump from office in the final week of his presidency. It is all about preventing him from ever running for office again.

In other words, Congress is scrambling to overturn the next election before it even happens. They are desperate to deny American voters the right to elect Donald Trump again.

Talk about an insurrection.

No wonder Liz Cheney is so excited about it.

• Charles Hurt is opinion editor of The Washington Times. He can be reached at churt@washingtontimes.com.

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Biden, Harris Release Statement Celebrating Killing Babies In The Womb

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris released a statement on Friday in honor of the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, celebrating the murder of millions of babies through abortion.

In the announcement, the Democrat politicians promised to remain “deeply committed” to ensuring access to abortions, which they labeled as “reproductive healthcare.” They also lauded Roe v. Wade as a “foundational precedent.”

“The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to codifying Roe v. Wade and appointing judges that respect foundational precedents like Roe,” the statement reads.

Multiple pro-life groups and their leaders condemned the statement, pointing out its flaws and deceptive language.

“Abortion isn’t healthcare. It is heartbreaking but not surprising that on the day we commemorate the loss of 60+ million Americans to abortion the new administration is already aggressively leaning into abortion extremism,” March For Life President Jeanne F. Mancini wrote on Twitter. “Doing so brings more divisiveness at a time when our country needs unity and healing.”

CatholicVote.org also weighed in on the statement, noting that Biden’s true colors of remaining “‘deeply committed’ to the intentional destruction of innocent life through the heinous practice of abortion” are showing.

“This represents a major rupture with the Church, only days after his press secretary described Joe Biden as “devout,’” the organization wrote. “Joe Biden’s full-throated endorsement of abortion today totally vindicates Archbishop Jose Gomez, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who warned Catholics that ‘our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity.’”

Pro-life networking organization Susan B. Anthony List also denounced the Biden-Harris statement, pointing out that the administration’s “commitment” to Roe v. Wade would allow for late-term abortions.

“President Biden & VP Harris just released a statement on the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, absurdly calling it ‘foundational.’ Wrong. What is truly foundational is the right to LIFE of every American, as stated in the Declaration of Independence,” the tweet read.  “In their statement, Biden-Harris commit to codifying the dated & unscientific 1973 Roe ruling, which would make it permanent. This would result in federal law permitting abortion on demand for ANY reason, through ALL NINE MONTHS.”

Biden and Harris are already rushing to undo the Trump administration’s pro-life policies, promising to reverse the Mexico City policy, which bans U.S. foreign aid from being directed to organizations that perform abortions. The administration is also looking to reinstate federal funding to the United Nations Population Fund, which offers information to women and young girls around the world about how to obtain abortions, and to review the Hyde Amendment’s provision preventing taxpayer dollars from funding abortions except if the mother’s life is in danger, she was raped, or there was incest.

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