25 Federal Agencies Are Tracking Employees With Religious Exemption Requests

Biden is picking up where Obama left off. So Maxine Waters, not the brightest bulb in the room, had a clear vision of what the Obama regime was all about and knew they were collecting information on all of us and spilled the beans back in February 2013.

“The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life,” Representative Maxine Waters told Roland Martin on Monday. “That’s going to be very, very powerful,” Waters said. “That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They’re going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can’t get around it. And he’s [President Obama] been very smart. It’s very powerful what he’s leaving in place.”

Now that didn’t take long to pick it up now did it?

Zero Hedge:

At least 25 federal agencies have implemented a system to track religious exemption requests for mandated vaccines, according to a review of Federal Register notices by The Epoch Times.

The agencies include the departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, the Treasury, the Social Security Administration, the Federal Election Commission.

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative group, earlier this week found that 19 agencies were either considering or have already implemented the tracking system. The group warned that the system may be a test pilot plan to monitor all federal workers.

“It is likely the Biden administration is using these agencies to stealth test a policy it intends to roll out across the whole government,” attorneys for the foundation wrote in an analysis of the tracking system.

Notices of the new tracking system were only made public in the Federal Register, the daily journal of the federal government. News of the system drew criticism from conservative officials.

“The Biden Administration must immediately dismantle the Orwellian Database,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt wrote in a public comment he posted on regulations.gov.

“There is no freedom under our Constitution more sacred than the freedom of religious expression and practice.”

He called the move “alarming” and said it had “a chilling effect on a citizen’s exercise of religion.” The attorney general directed his comments specifically to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.

“Rather than give the public ample time to weigh in on the advisability or legality of collecting such personal information, the Department of Transportation’s database, in particular, became effective on the day it was published,” Schmitt said.

The tracking system will include names and personal religious information, according to the notices.

“As the nation’s largest employer, with over four million civilian and military employees, the federal government has received tens of thousands of religious exemption requests,” The Heritage Foundation wrote in its updated report.

“It now appears that an increasing number of federal agencies are keeping and preserving those individuals’ names, religious information, personally-identifying information, and other data stored in lists across multiple government agencies.”

Maxine Waters: Dems will use Obama’s “Big Brother” Database June 10, 2013

We knew he had his enemies list, but could we have imagined him going to the extent he has?

Published on Feb 11, 2013

“The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life,” Representative Maxine Waters told Roland Martin on Monday. “That’s going to be very, very powerful,” Waters said. “That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They’re going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can’t get around it. And he’s [President Obama] been very smart. It’s very powerful what he’s leaving in place.”

Crowdstrike was named by the Obama Administration as the Cloud system for 76% of the Federal Governments digital records. Crowdstrike is run by retired FBI officials like Shawn Henry. It was founded by Russian born computer security expert Dmitri Alperovitch. There are rumors that there is a backdoor in the Crowdstrike software that gives them access to any customers’ computers. THAT is why Trump asked Ukraine about Crowdstrike. The rumor is that the prior administration planned to maintain full, covert access to the Federal Govt. computer systems through friendlies in Ukraine and Crowdstrike. Information that would be VERY valuable to foreign governments and businesses in the intelligence market.

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Biden on Russia invading Ukraine: “It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion…”

 

The Biden’s are welcoming a Russian attack on Ukraine… what better way of getting rid of the Hunter Biden problem. What better way for the Hunter’s China problem go away than an attack on Taiwan.

“I looked at them (Ukrainians) and said:‘I’m leaving in 6hrs. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a b***h. He got fired.”-Joe Biden. I don’t think Biden likes Ukraine, or maybe it’s just Ukrainian prosecutors he doesn’t like.

Then there is the little matter of potential black mail by either China or Russia with the threat to “spill the beans.” Am I the only one thinking about this?

Anyone who saw the press conference was in for a real treat. I will leave it at that.

“They say that the final decision on Petro Poroshenko will be made after President Zelensky meets with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. Soon we will find out the degree of controllability of Zelensky and the plans of the States for Poroshenko.”

Well if they are blasted all to hell I guess no worries…

Hunter Biden called business associate ‘the chief spy of China’

So many have a copy of Hunter’s laptop. Getting old with all of these little teasers. Rudy we know has it, the government has it, the DOJ, CIA and anyone who is anyone.

Yet Pop is the President.

 

 

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Education and Politics – What Do They Have in Common?

by Mustang

Public education in the United States is terrible.  How bad?  Really bad — and everyone knows it.  Despite spending $640 billion annually on public education, the United States produces the highest number of low-education citizens in the industrialized world.  That’s somewhat like spending $304,995 for an Aston Martin DBS and having the power train fall out an hour after driving it off the lot.

Most people fail to understand that a high school diploma simply means that the graduate is, at best, qualified for a minimum wage job.  It not only means that high school graduates begin their working lives at the bottom of the economic ladder, but also that unless they strive to increase their level of education, that’s where they will remain for their entire working life.

Classroom in Fort Christmas

So, the question is, considering how much we spend educating our children, why aren’t our schools doing a better job educating our children?  There are many reasons — and none of them make us happy.  So, as 62.5% of us are low-education citizens, we ignore the problem.  But if you happened to answer the question, “Because it benefits politicians to have low-educated voters,” you get a cigar.

According to a recent study published by the University of California (Riverside), low-education voters overwhelmingly embrace costly social welfare programs that ultimately work against their own short-and-long-term interests.  Low-education voters are five times more likely to support politicians who achieve elective office by appealing to issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, social justice, and/or entitlement.

It’s probably a no-brainer to add that the more education one has, the more likely one is to vote responsibly — which is to say, not allowing themselves fooled by identity politics into voting against their own interests.  For example, a low-education voter doesn’t understand that by supporting an increase in the minimum wage, they also back increases in the cost of goods and services so that the minimum wage worker loses purchasing power.

In other words, they become financially worse off.  Today, the minimum wage worker has lost 21% of their purchasing power — but they’re too stupid to realize it.  Low-education voters are also less likely to realize that politicians are manipulating them (for the politician’s own benefit).  Not only that, no matter how dire their financial circumstances, low-education voters will continue supporting the race-baiters and gender warriors for most of their adult lives.

The preceding goes a long way to explain why politicians, particularly Democrats, see nothing wrong with maintaining the American education system as it now stands.  By “politicians,” I mean to say local (town council/school board), state, and federal representatives.

America’s education system demands a significant housecleaning, but before that can happen, voters need to martial their resources and clean the political landscape as well.  Is that likely to happen?  Not when 90% of registered voters cannot even name their school board representatives or those they voted for in the last statewide election.

Ah, those low-education voters.  They’re the gift that keeps on giving.

Photo credit: “Classroom in Fort Christmas” by Photomatt28 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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Pelosi’s Top Pick for Transportation Committee Chair Crashed Car and Walked Away

 

One has to wonder no more why Pelosi would want an 84 year old fellow octogenarian Norton to be head of the powerful chair of the Transportation Committee. It’s all about the Benjamins. Apparently Pelosi, her husband and no doubt other family members didn’t make enough money with insider trading stocks. All that loot to be passed around with the recent passage of the infrastructure bill. Norton has an appropriate background for the position and a rich history.

Here is her attitude.

Congresswoman Demonstrates ‘Worst Parking Job Ever’ – Eleanor Holmes Norton.

 

 

 

Norton was elected in 1990 as a Democratic delegate to the House of Representatives. She defeated city council member Betty Ann Kane in the primary despite the last-minute revelation that Norton and her husband, both lawyers, had failed to file D.C. income tax returns between 1982 and 1989.[19] The Nortons paid over $80,000 in back taxes and fines.[20][21] Her campaign manager was Donna Brazile.[21] 

In September 2010, the national press criticized Norton after the release of a voice message in which she solicited campaign funds from a lobbyist representing a project that she oversaw. Norton countered that the message was typical of appeals made by all members of Congress and that the call was made from campaign offices not paid for by taxpayers.[29] In March 2012, the public radio series This American Life featured the voicemail message at the start of a program on lobbying titled “Take the Money and Run for Office”.[30]

 

If one video could show their mindset towards rules and laws…this might be it. If this is who they think is their brightest and best for transportation….think about their brightest & best on health & science…

Gateway Pundit:

Congressman Thomas Massie posted a viral video of Speaker Pelosi’s top choice to serve as the Chairwoman of the Transportation Committee repeatedly crashing her car into a parked vehicle.

 
 

There are two candidates who have declared their interest in the position.

Norton and Larsen, along with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas who is also retiring after this Congress, are the next most senior Democrats on the 66-member committee, which has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation as well as infrastructure including clean water and wastewater, pipelines, flood damage and federal real estate.

Both are chairs of arguably the most powerful subcommittees on the panel: Norton chairs the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, while Larsen chairs the Aviation Subcommittee.

Both seek to take the top Democratic position on the committee in the aftermath of the passage of a bipartisan infrastructure law that represents the most aggressive investment in infrastructure in decades.

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Biden Doesn’t Know Why Terrorist Was Using Anti-Semitic Remarks

 

He didn’t care about sufficient information when it came to the Kyle Rittenhouse case. As of now Biden also does not have sufficient information to know why WTC towers were attacked.

He has not idea why the terrorist targeted the synagogue and took hostages.

Maybe if the FBI wasn’t so busy tracking down school parents at board meetings they would have time to keep track of these fine fellows.

How did he get here with a criminal record?

Something happened Joe-

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Does this give any clue?

Sure looks to me that he too has “dark white skin.” as well as this suspect.

This might help.

UPDATE: The tweet by the AP stating the FBI did not think it was related to the synagogue has been removed.

I have added this tweet.

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Sunday Respite – Freedom My Love

Here is a brand new video that just came out this week with paintings by one of my favorite artists. Music to chill to on a Sunday.

Music by Raymond Lefevre – Freedom My Love. I always enjoy his Paintings – Evgeny Lushpin

You may prefer to watch this in full screen.

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Saturday Passel of Potpourri – a Light Step Into Politics

Let’s see what mischief our fellow earthlings and travelers have gotten themselves into this week. It’s Saturday and time for a break and maybe a smile or two. Today is special which will include a few light steps into politics.

Enjoy!

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Whatever doctor did this to Nancy Pelosi’s eyebrows needs to spend hard time in prison. Here is the original version! Second version to follow!

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I will conclude with a visit with one of our fellow travelers beneath the ocean. Best watching in full screen.

The Deadly Portuguese Man O’ War | Blue Planet II | BBC Earth

Need a few more Passels? Here are two links from earlier editions. Note that twitter takes down a lot of tweets, just because..

Saturday Passel of Potpourri – Post Holiday Edition

Saturday Passel of Potpourri – Christmas Edition

Wishing you a wonderful day.

 

Can There Be a Dept. of Justice Without Justice?

And if the answer to this question is “yes,” what should we instead call it?

by Mustang

The history of the DOJ is a study on creating bureaucracies. Our country never had a Department of Justice until 1 July 1870.  Congress decided we needed the department as part of the executive branch to handle the legal business of the United States.

Of course, the new department needed someone to run it, the Attorney General of the United States and a Solicitor General to assist the AG.  And a few full-time lawyers to manage a plethora of lawsuits following the Civil War. Today, the DOJ is the world’s largest “law firm.”

File:U.S. Department of Justice headquarters, August 12, 2006.jpg

U.S. Department of Justice Headquarters

In those early days, the AG was only required to be “learned in the law.”  Now, the AG must be a political hack, which suggests an individual lacking personal integrity — but there is no shortage of dishonest attorneys and, therefore, no shortage of lawyers working at the DOJ.

The mission of the DOJ, as stated on the DOJ website, is “To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.”

The “fair and impartial administration of justice” seems to be a leap, particularly when the entire weight of federal law enforcement has been directed against parents who (gasp) care about the kind of public education their children are receiving.

As a case in point, Mr. Scott Smith (Loudoun County, Virginia) attended a school board meeting as a parent in June 2021.  Mr. Smith’s concern was the rape of his daughter by a “transgender boy” in the girl’s bathroom at Stone Bridge High School.  The school district issued Smith a no-trespassing order before the meeting that forbade him from telling his story — part of an elaborate cover-up by the school district to hide the fact of the rape of Mr. Smith’s daughter.

Since Smith violated the no-trespass order, police arrested him.  And, of course, a leftist anti-Fa thug at the school board meeting vocally accused Smith’s daughter of lying, and the school board announced that no rape occurred, period.  Except that a rape kit proved that a rape had occurred.

The same “transgender” boy committed another rape a few months later.

This incident may never have come to the attention of the DO(?) were it not for the fact that the National School Board Association wrote a letter to President Joe Biden complaining about parents “speaking out” at school board meetings.  The letter specifically cited Mr. Smith’s “run-in” with the Loudoun County School Board and claims explicitly “that parents’ protests and speeches at school board meetings could be equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism.”

President Biden subsequently handed the letter to AG Merrick Garland (of Chicago, Illinois), a former federal judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of the District of Columbia.  Mr. Garland then wrote a memo to the FBI directing them (and other federal and state agencies) to “take measures” to address “criminal conduct” directed toward school personnel.  Apparently, Garland intends to “shut parents up” about the rape of their children and also critical race theory.

Note that the United States Attorney General has no authority over “state agencies,” which causes some wonderment on my part why no states have sued Garland for overstepping his federal authority.

Developing Trends

In the early morning hours of 6 November 2021, Biden’s/Garland’s FBI raided the home of James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas.  Federal agents collected his cell phone, reporter’s notes, copies of his communications with his lawyers, and confidential health information.  Within a few days of this raid, the New York Times published O’Keefe’s cell phone data.

A year before, O’Keefe filed a lawsuit against the New York Times for defamation over a report he publicized about ballot harvesting in Minnesota.  How federal authorities “justified” their raid in November 2021 was the “suspicion” of the theft of Ashley Biden’s diary, wherein she allegedly recalls “taking inappropriate showers with her father, Joe Biden.”

Presently, a jurisdictional court is curious how federal authorities obtained confidential legal communications between O’Keefe and his attorneys, but if the judge is a Biden appointee, it is a question that may never be answered.

Democrats, be thou ever so foul

This is not a recent problem.  During the Obama administration, the DO(?) pulled out all the stops in prosecuting political commentator Dinesh D’Souza, charging him with one felony count of making an “illegal” contribution to New York senate candidate Wendy Long.  D’Souza maintained that it was “political payback” for his general criticism of the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton.

Judge Richard M. Berman, a Clinton appointee, rejected D’Souza’s claim.  Berman sentenced D’Souza to eight months in a halfway house, five years’ probation, and a fine of $30,000.00.  No doubt D’Souza imagined the political payback scheme, which Clinton appointee Berman discounted out of hand.

Some Interesting History

Early in the department’s existence, harsh measures were meted out to political opponents and those who steadfastly resisted official policies.  Because the department seemed omniscient and omnipotent, the country reacted with fear and trepidation over the influence and reach of the investigative arm.  In many sections of the country, the department sought to suppress any source of political ideology other than its own and set out to muzzle churches and religious lay-leaders.

Even parents, who had concerns about what their children were learning in public schools, and their children’s safety, were squashed.  They were “traitors,” you see … and even the president referred to these people as “destroyers.”

Now for some common sense.  If you have an entire building full of federal prosecutors (93 at last count), do you end up with “prosecutions,” or do you end up with “justice?”  Where is the balance in this one massively powerful agency?

Oh, wait a minute.  Sorry.  The first paragraph immediately above was about the Gestapo in World War II.  Darn it.  Well, perhaps you’ll understand how I became confused.  Never mind, then.  I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

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Mayor Lightfoot walked out of a meeting with a million dollar crime victim — then a city inspector showed up

In the scheme of things, this story could be about just another brazen robbery held in broad daylight on The Magnificent Mile of Chicago. A few clips for the local news: the victim gives a moving story about crime in the city. Attacks Mayor Lightfoot over the terrible crime wave. Story makes the national news. Mayor decides to visit the victim in a PR move. What could go wrong? Well it turns out plenty. More importantly, there is a lesson for those who “poke the bear.” The meeting did not go well. In fact

Days after the smash-and-grab, Lightfoot walked in to Perillo’s showroom at 834 North Rush Street, where Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, and Bentley models are on display. She wasn’t there to buy.

Instead, she met with Perillo and, according to two sources familiar with the conversation, it did not go well. One said that the famously abrasive mayor “got into a fight and walked out.”

The second source confirmed the conversation soured and said Lightfoot called Perillo an “idiot” as she headed for the door.

 

If only this was the end of the story… but there is more. There is the lesson for all of us. Multiply the ending of the story to the tenth power and one has the force of the federal government. Thus we now have the new DOJ’s FBI’s Counterterrorism Division . They will keep track of those who attend school board meetings and disagree. In truth, they will no doubt keep track of anyone who disagrees with the apparatchiks. Then we get a visit. IRS? Or another agency that can turn our life upside down.

CWB:

After two men smashed a display case in Joe Perillo’s Gold Coast Exotic Motor Cars showroom and escaped with over $1 million in luxury watches on December 11, the well-known car dealer appeared on local and national TV news programs, demanding that the city and county take immediate steps to curb crime.

A mayor’s office spokesperson confirmed that Lightfoot met with Perillo but declined to provide details about the conversation, citing privacy expectations.

“The Mayor routinely meets with victims of crime and reached out to Mr. Perillo which resulted in a meeting. The Mayor offered to work with him to address safety and security matters at any of his dealership locations,” the spokesperson said.

A day or two after Lightfoot walked out, Perillo’s dealership received another visitor from the city: an inspector from the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP). She brought her ticket book.

Lightfoot’s spokesperson said the inspector was following up on an anonymous complaint that the city received on December 15 about a public health violation at the dealership.

“It was unrelated to the mayor’s meeting with Mr. Perillo,” the spokesperson said.

In fact, CWBChicago has learned, the city inspector slapped Perillo’s dealership with four tickets for six violations during her visit shortly after 2 p.m. on December 17. Only one ticket and two of the alleged violations are health-related.

The inspector allegedly saw three employees and one customer not wearing COVID masks inside the dealership. She issued a ticket for two violations: failing to comply with the commissioner of health’s mask order and failing to comply with BACP’s order to comply with the commissioner of health’s mask order.

Perillo received another ticket for “storing, receiving, possessing, selling nineteen bottles of liquor. One whiskey, champagnes, wine, etc” The fourth ticket alleges two violations: failure to display an incidental consumption liquor license and failure to have a required liquor license.

The inspector wrote a fourth ticket for “interfering with or obstructing the commissioner’s designee in the performance of duties.” According to the citation, the inspector announced an inspection at the dealership’s front desk, and the attendant presented her with the business’ licenses. When she asked for the man’s personal identification or the ID of any of the company’s representatives, he walked away, the inspector wrote.

And we all know, no one walks away from an agent of the government.

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FBI: Broken Trust

by Mustang

Good morning, America — or, as Joey Tribbiani might say, “How you do’in?”  Good, I hope — but I’m not placing any bets.  Recently, our friend Mark alerted us to a recent Rasmussen poll suggesting that Nearly half of Americans see Biden’s FBI as a “personal Gestapo.”  That may seem a bit extreme, except that the Biden Attorney General’s Office recently doubled down on its requirement that the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division open up investigations on parents demanding accountability from their local school boards.  That’s right, folks.  The FBI is less concerned with Moslem extremists than John and Mary Doe, who object to idiotic racial theories being crammed down the gullets of their young, impressionable children.

Where to begin?

Federal Bureau of Investigation Seal

I’m no fan of Joe Biden in any capacity, much less the presidency, but I’m not sure it’s fair to think that this is Biden’s FBI.  If this increasingly Gestapo-type federal agency belongs to anyone, it must be Barack Obama who created it.  The same FBI that conspired to bring down the Trump presidency.  Who in America would sign on to such blatantly un-American and patently illegal behaviors?

Well, the truth is that the FBI has been violating our Constitutional Rights almost from its very inception.  And let me say up-front, facts are inconvenient things.  No one in the early 1940s who wasn’t Japanese cared much that the FBI and Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) began a campaign of domestic spying that soon resulted in “no convictions” but the wholesale incarceration of an entire ethnic group.  No one in the land of the free objected to the FBI’s spying and surveillance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — mainly because they weren’t black.  No one objected to what the FBI did to actress Jean Seaberg, which led to her suicide in 1979.  No one, at least so far, has voiced any loud objections to the treatment of the party-goers on 6 January 2021.

Why is that, exactly?

Let us consider the case of German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (1892-1984), who was vigorously opposed to communism in the period before World War II.  Initially a supporter of Adolf Hitler, he became disillusioned when Germany insisted on the state’s power over that of the people.  Niemöller became the leader of a group of pastors who opposed Hitler.  For his trouble, he ended up in a concentration camp with Jews in 1937 and remained there until 1945.  Niemöller left us with these thoughts:

First, they came for the CommunistsAnd I did not speak outBecause I was not a Communist

Then they came for the SocialistsAnd I did not speak outBecause I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionistsAnd I did not speak outBecause I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the JewsAnd I did not speak outBecause I was not a Jew

Then they came for meBut there was no one leftTo speak out for me

Today, we face an updated version of the FBI’s domestic intelligence/counterintelligence spy network referred to as COINTELPRO.  No, not against legitimate targets who may be involved in planning massive attacks against our communities, but against those who prefer that the government keep its nose out of our private affairs.  What led us back to this dismal condition in the land of the free was the most un-American law since the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 — the very act that led to the development of Nullification Doctrine — the “Patriot Act.”  There is nothing “patriotic” about the Patriot Act.  There is nothing beneficial (to we the people) about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, either, used to obtain secret warrants against American citizens … including, more recently, a sitting President of the United States.

America’s law enforcement agencies have become “lawbreakers,” which involves illegal wiretaps, break-ins, and just about any dirty trick against their enemies you can imagine.  And perhaps the worst of all, as provocateurs, the entrapment of citizens by infiltrating groups and helping disaffected people plan illegal activities, and then arresting them.

So, America — how you do’in?

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