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2A: January 2021 shattered the previous all-time high for the number of National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks performed in any month. The previous one-month record was the 3,740,688 NICS checks witnessed in March 2020.

CALIFORNIA: Long Beach – On February 2, Mayor Robert Garcia signed his name to a move by the city council to mandate all grocery and supermarket workers receive an immediate $4 per hour increase in pay. Kroger’s immediately announced it would be closing both of its Long Beach stores. Gosh, who could’ve seen that coming?!

CHICOMS: Uyghur, Kazakh, and other ethnic minority survivors of China’s brutal concentration camp system report that they witnessed and endured rape at the hands of Chinese government agents on a regular basis, including the use of electric batons to rape and torture women.

The ChiComs claim the camps are “vocational training centers” where members of local majority-Muslim ethnic minorities, particularly members of the Uyghur community, can learn the trade skills they need to compete with Han Chinese peers in the modern Chinese economy.

CINO JOE: Dr. Chad Pecknold, an associate professor of Theology at the Catholic University of America, says, “When a U.S. President cloaks himself in the outward signs of Catholic identity in order to expand access to abortion, or to use executive power to enforce a gender ideology that will inevitably threaten the freedom of the Church in this country, what you have before you is a Trojan Horse.

Dr. Patrick Deneen, a professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, says, “What we are seeing is not something new, but something very old, and very ugly.

EDUCATION: CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says vaccinating teachers is not a prerequisite for safe reopening of schools. The Chicago Teachers Union will be dismayed to hear that.

ELIZABETH WARREN: CLICK [4:39] to hear Bill O’Reilly talk about a bill Warren is advocating that would allow the government to confiscate wealth from anyone who has more than $50 million in assets. Not cash. Assets. “What political doctrine espouses a seizure of private property? Would it be communism?

FAKEBOOK: The almighty Zuck has struck again. Reform California, a group currently circulating petitions to recall Newsom, received a notice that Fakebook will no longer permit them to advertise, because … you know … somehow being mad at Gov. Newsom over his insane coronavirus restrictions makes you a Capitol Building rioter. Or something.

Also on FascistBook’s chopping block … gun rights. On Tuesday, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a top Virginia gun-rights group, was deplatformed without explanation. When queried, the FB spokeswoman just said, “This was correctly actioned and we will not be republishing.” I guess the connection between defending our Second Amendment rights and bashing in a federal window with a board should not need explanation.

FLORIDA: Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the widest and most aggressive range of regulatory and legislative solutions so far proposed by any U.S. state to tackle the problem of tech censorship. Details at the link.

INSURRECTIONISTS: In 1983, radical left-wingers bombed the U.S. Senate building. Six members of the Resistance Conspiracy were arrested in May 1988 and charged with the bombing, as well as related bombings of Fort McNair and the Washington Navy Yard. They said they were protesting U.S. military involvement in Lebanon and Grenada.

One of the bombers was Susan Rosenberg, who from the late 1970s into the mid-1980s, was active in the far-left revolutionary terrorist May 19th Communist Organization (“M19CO”) which, according to a contemporaneous FBI report, “openly advocate[d] the overthrow of the U.S. Government through armed struggle and the use of violence.”

When she was arrested in 1984, she was in possession of a large cache of explosives and firearms over 750 lbs and automatic weapons. She was sentenced to 58 years. After 16 years, President Clinton commuted her sentence to time service on his last day in office. In 2011, Rosenberg published a memoir of her time in prison called, An American Radical: A Political Prisoner In My Own Country.

I guess the fact that she was imprisoned, not for her political beliefs, but for acting on those beliefs with extreme violence. It doesn’t sound like she’s changed her tune much, since she is currently vice chair of the board of directors of Thousand Currents, a non-profit foundation that sponsors the fundraising and does administrative work for the Black Lives Matter global network.

MELANIN: This makes about as much sense as the old argument that their skin color made them unintelligent and sub-human.

NOBEL: Norwegian lawmaker says BLM deserves the peace prize, because, “They have had a tremendous achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice.

Never mind that they’re committed to the violent overthrow of our way of life. Keep moving. Nothing to see here.

PARLER: CLICK [6:39] to hear Dan Bongino (who owns a stake in Parler) explain the real reason behind the firing of the Parler CEO, John Matze. Apparently, Matze is saying he was fired for his commitment to free speech; Bongino says that he and the other 2 co-owners were the ones for free speech. He says they fired Matze for wanting to “bend the knee” to Big Tech in order to get back up.

PURGING THE MILITARY: Obama did it when he took office. Trump spent four years building it back up to where it needs to be to keep us strong. FAUXTUS is busy destroying it again.

New Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has already ousted several hundred individuals on Pentagon advisory boards who are suspected of being Trump loyalists. He is said to be planning to oust several hundred more.

He has also announced plans for military-wide stand-downs during the next 60 days, so he can military members who hold to white nationalist ideology. The Pentagon has not defined whether these would last minutes or hours or what commanders could do to identify undesirables.

Clearly, looking for skin head haircuts isn’t going to work. Maybe they can strip everybody down and search for white supremacist tattoos?

I’m none too clear about how legal any of this is. Dismissing a political appointee from a committee is a far cry from firing a service member with whom the government has an employment contract. Doesn’t that require some cause that is justified under the UCMJ?

I’d be surprised if the Uniform Code of Military Justice currently has any statutes banning “political opinions the CiC doesn’t approve of.” And if such a thing were ever to be added, it would be open season on a majority of those serving, most of whom vote Republican.

RACISM: Under Trump, the DOJ filed a lawsuit against Yale University for allegedly discriminating against Whites and Asians in its admissions process … which of course they totally have been doing for 50 years. And, because FAUXTUS’ DOJ just dropped the suit, they will be able to continue doing it, because racism against Whites and Asians is hunky dory with Democrats.

SAINT OF THE DAY: On February 5, we celebrate St. Agatha of Sicily (231-251 AD) patron of Sicily, Palermo, Malta, the Republic of San Marino, bellfounders (people who make bells), wet nurses, and rape victims, and against breast cancer and firefighters and victims of fire. In Switzerland, she is the patron of all fire services.

Her legend tells us that she chose to become a consecrated virgin, vowing to remain celibate and give herself wholly to Jesus and the Church in a life of prayer and service. But she was beautiful, so like St. Agnes of Rome (Jan 21), a high ranking Roman named Quintianus she spurned had her arrested and brought before the judge … who happened to be him.

He expected her to give in to his demands when she was faced with torture and possible death, but she simply reaffirmed her belief in God by praying: “Jesus Christ, Lord of all, you see my heart, you know my desires. Possess all that I am. I am your sheep: make me worthy to overcome the devil.” With tears falling from her eyes, she prayed for courage.

To force her to change her mind, Quintianus had her imprisoned in a brothel for a month where she was raped repeatedly. When she was brought before Quintianus again, she calmly reaffirmed her faith, so he sent her to prison where he had her stretched on a rack, torn with iron hooks, burned with torches, and whipped. Finally, he ordered that her breasts be cut off. (I’m sparing you some of the more gruesome images of her. You’re welcome.)

She probably died in prison, likely in the Sicilian city of Catania where she is buried, but there is no reliable account of her death. She has been a popular saint for centuries. Her feast day is celebrated with festivals, processions, and boob-shaped pastries or buns with cherries on top called Minne di Sant’Agata (“Breasts of St. Agatha”) or Minni di Virgini (“Breasts of the virgin”).

THANK YOU, COMRADE BIDEN: CLICK [8:16] to hear Kait explain how Jack Dorsey’s Camp for Conservatives taught her how to keep her YouTube channel.

TRANS: On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul questioned FAUXTUS’ nominee for Education Secretary.

Paul: “Do you think it’s fair to have boys running in the girls’ track meet?

Cardona: “I think it’s appropriate for … I think it’s, it’s the legal responsibility of schools to provide opportunities for students to participate in activities and this includes students who are transgender.”

Paul: “So, you don’t have a problem with boys running in the girls’ track meets, swimming meets, name it, you’re okay then with boys competing with girls?

Cardona: “Respectfully, Senator, I think I answered the question. I believe schools should offer the opportunity for students to engage in extracurricular activities, even if they’re transgender. I think that’s their right.” [Translation: I don’t care if it’s fair.]

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