Just as Joe Biden started his new job as president, he used his pen to end the jobs of thousands by pulling the permit for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Neal Crabtree is now unemployed and so is the team who worked under him.
Biden’s decision immediately cost about 11,000 jobs, many of them union jobs. As Breitbart News reported, one expert said Biden’s other climate change order to stop drilling leasing on public land could cost as many as a million U.S. jobs.
Crabtree posted about it on his Facebook page: “I got laid off for political reasons and stupidity and the future doesn’t look so bright. I’ve got a sickening feeling in my stomach … I went to my truck and literally cried.”
Fox News interviewed Crabtree and asked him about his reaction to the news about Biden’s executive order.
“The president was able to put us out of work by signing a piece of paper,” Crabtree said as he struggled to keep his emotions in check. “I’m the one that had to look these people in the eye and tell them they didn’t have a job anymore.”
“If I got a little emotional, I think that’s only human,” Crabtree said.
Crabtree said he got into the energy industry because in his home state of Arkansas farming is the main way to make a living.
“So I chose this career,” Crabtree said. “We go all over the country and we depend on these projects to provide a living for our families.”
“I don’t know what I’m going to do right now,” Crabtree said. “It’s tough.”
Crabtree said he believes Biden’s decision was based on politics, not climate change.
“For the president to sit up there and tell the American public that he canceled this project because of climate reasons, it simply isn’t true,” Crabtree said. “This oil is already coming into this country.”
“This pipeline wasn’t going to be the start of it,” Crabtree said. “It’s coming by rail cars every single day. Hundreds, thousands of them.”
And if the environment is the concern, Crabtree said, common sense should apply.
“A pipeline can do this safer,” Crabtree said. “Common sense tells you that. Common sense said we don’t need to put American workers out of a job right now.”
“Common sense says this pipeline needs to be built,” Crabtree said. “Common sense seems to be lacking in the early days of this administration.”
Crabtree also said Biden is “hypocritical” because of his son Hunter Biden’s former job in the energy sector in Ukraine.
“Biden literally sent his son up overseas in energy companies developing their infrastructure and he’s killing the same thing here,” Crabtree said. “It’s totally political. It has nothing to do with climate change.”
“I always laugh when the government says [it is] going to create thousands of jobs,” Crabtree said. “The government don’t create jobs. The private sector in this country creates the jobs.”
“The government can, however, destroy jobs,” Crabtree said, his voice breaking.
The Fox News host thanked Crabtree and wished him well.
“I’m not giving up,” Crabtree said. “We’re going to keep fighting. I’m not giving up.”
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Facebook suspended a prominent Christian scholar for 24 hours earlier this week — for speaking out against transgender ideology and President Joe Biden lifting the ban on transgenders in the military — calling his words "violence and incitement," PJ Media reported.
What are the details?
Robert A.J. Gagnon, who teaches New Testament Theology at Houston Baptist University, was banned Tuesday, the outlet said.
The outlet said Gagnon posted a defense of his friend, Laurie Higgins, who got a seven-day ban for criticizing Biden’s policy. Then Gagnon himself was thrown in Facebook’s slammer for the following text, PJMedia said:
My friend Laurie Higgins has been suspended for 7 days, for making an accurate and witty satirical post, by left-wing FB overlords who seek to squash all dissent on the issue of transgenderism, no doubt emboldened by the Biden/Harris administration. There’s nothing inaccurate about this post.
Biden’s lifting of Trump’s transgender military ban will indeed put women military personnel in the awful position of having to shower with biological males.
Trans-promoters aren’t content with having men invade the domain of women’s sports and shelters.
"Transgender" ideology is indeed a pseudo-science, compelling people to reject basic biological facts.
Promoters of "transgenderism" do indeed exhibit traits of a religious cult in their mind-numbing, science-denying conformity. The censoring and suspending of Laurie Higgins rather proves the point, doesn’t it?
Gagnon said Facebook claimed his criticisms violated the social media giant’s "Community Standards on violence and incitement," the outlet reported.
What did Gagnon have to say?
"There was absolutely no incitement to violence on our part. We abhor violence done to any person," Gagnon told PJ Media on Tuesday. "This is just a thinly veiled and pathetic excuse for censorship of any critical views toward trans-tyranny over our consciences, religion, and reason."
He also noted that "only one point of view is being allowed. [Former President Donald] Trump was not the great danger to the Republic. Left-wing canceling is," the outlet added.
Facebook, however, told Gagnon it has such "standards" in place "to prevent and disrupt offline harm," PJ Media reported, adding that Facebook didn’t respond to the outlet’s request for comment.
Another professor steps in
Robert P. George, McCormick professor of jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, spoke out on Facebook against the platform’s attack on Gagnon, the outlet said.
"Censorship on Facebook and some other social media has now gone way beyond the bounds of the reasonable, and is grossly violating representations about free speech made by CEOs and other officers of the major platforms," George wrote, according to PJ Media, calling Gagnon’s suspension "an egregious case."
"We need robust free speech in what functions today as the public square. We need dialogue and debate. People need to be able to criticize and forcefully challenge idea — including ideas that are dominant in elite sectors of the culture and among people in the tech industry," George said, the outlet reported. "What we do NOT need is the silencing of dissent. That is never a good idea. Once it starts and becomes normalized … things do not end well."
George concluded, according to PJ Media: "If anyone from FB is reading this comment, please, I beg you, reconsider the path down which you are going. It is not a good one. It is a healthy spirit of civil libertarianism we need; not dogmatism and the enforcement of groupthink."
Gagnon had more to say Thursday:
On the bright side, he also noted Thursday that Higgins’ ban had been lifted:
Dr. Fauci has announced that the Biden Administration will being ending the Trump Administration’s Mexico City Policy agreement.
The Mexico City Policy agreement puts a gag rule on using federal funding to pay for abortions in foreign countries.
March for Life President Jeanne F. Mancini tweeted out her opposition and disgust regarding the move.
Consistent polling shows that 77% of Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortion overseas. The government should never force taxpayers to fund abortions, either here or abroad, but should work to protect the inherent dignity of all persons, born and unborn. 2/2
Hunter Biden’s gravy train may be stalled on the tracks until federal authorities conclude their investigation into his finances, but that doesn’t mean other Biden-Harris family members can’t cash in on their proximity to power.
Two Republican lawmakers, Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) and Rep. Chip Roy (Texas), sent letters to colleagues Thursday urging them to censure Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (New York) after she launched wild accusations against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), alleging he attempted to have her murdered.
What’s the background?
The accusation in question occurred Thursday after Cruz responded to a tweet by Ocasio-Cortez calling for an investigation into stock-trading app Robinhood, saying he "fully" agreed with the prospect. Robinhood this week temporarily suspended the ability to purchase certain volatile stocks, including GameStop and AMC Entertainment Holdings, after online investors rallied to buy up shares in the companies in order to "squeeze" Wall Street hedge fund managers.
In response to Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez wrote: "I am happy to work with Republicans on this issue where there’s common ground, but you almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago so you can sit this one out. Happy to work w/ almost any other GOP that aren’t trying to get me killed. In the meantime if you want to help, you can resign."
What are the details?
In Lee’s letter, obtained by the Federalist, the Utah congressman writes: "It has come to my attention that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent out a tweet a few hours ago in which she accused one of our colleagues — twice — of attempted murder. I believe that, as a conference, we should immediately and publicly call on her to retract her statement and apologize. If she refuses to do so — and perhaps even if she doesn’t — I think she should be admonished or censured by the House."
In a separate letter, Roy demanded that Ocasio-Cortez "immediately apologize and retract her comments."
"If Representative Ocasio-Cortez does not apologize immediately, we will be forced to find alternative means to condemn this regrettable statement," Roy added. "It is my sincere hope that we all stop this heightened rhetoric and move forward to actually do the work the American people sent us here to do."
In her tweet, Ocasio-Cortez was referring to Cruz’s decision to object to the certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory on Jan. 6, an action she considers to have directly incited a pro-Trump mob to storm the U.S. Capitol while Congress was present in the chambers.
Following the riot, the New York Democrat demanded that Cruz, along with several other Republican lawmakers, resign from Congress.
During a virtual town hall last week, she characterized the actions of election objectors as "a dereliction of duty and a betrayal of our country."
"And that is why I have demanded the resignations of Senators Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, [and] Republican Minority Leader in the House, Kevin McCarthy, along with many others," she continued. "Because this is not just about political opinion or partisanship. This was about the abandonment of our sworn oath."
Chinese state media on Thursday heralded the advent of a new, and supposedly more accurate, method of testing for the Chinese coronavirus that involves swabbing the subject’s anus.
Beijing residents subjected to the new testing procedure described it as “awkward” and a bit of an unpleasant surprise.
“You take off your pants, lie on the bed, and then you feel the cotton swabs inserted into your anus twice and turned a few times, which takes about 10 seconds each time,” one of the test subjects explained, as state media outlet Global Times quoted them. Some of the test subjects were considerably less relaxed about the procedure:
An internet user on Xiaohongshu, a social media platform, said that she had a “mental meltdown” when she was informed she had to take anal swabs along with other methods including nasal swabs, throat swabs, blood draws, and saliva tests, after she returned from overseas and was quarantined for 28 days.
Another said, “When you bend over with your pants off, and medical staff poke your anus repeatedly, all you can feel is a sense of shame, but other than that, it was not that uncomfortable.”
Given the unpleasant experience when taking such tests, some netizens have asked whether it is necessary to adopt the method on top of the current ones, which have proved effective.
Chinese doctors the Global Times quoted said yes, it is necessary to embrace the new testing method because they have determined the Wuhan coronavirus “lives longer in the anus or excrement than in upper body tracts,” especially when dealing with asymptomatic carriers. They are also worried about coronavirus clusters that could live in the anal region and emerge through contaminated defection, which might remain contagious after leaving the body.
Up until this point, there has been no evidence of coronavirus transmission from the gastrointestinal tract. However, some studies have suggested that in patients who develop COVID pneumonia, the presence of COVID RNA in anal swabs may be an indicator of disease severity (i.e. increased likelihood of ICU admission).
Doctors said the new anal tests would only be performed on “key groups at quarantine centers.” Staff and students at a school in Beijing were treated to the new anal tests last week, in addition to older nasal, throat, and serum antibody tests, after a nine-year-old boy tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus.
Another Global Times article quoted some experts who disapprove of the anal tests, noting there is no evidence of transmission through the digestive system and excrement yet, so nasal and throat swabs are still “more efficient.”
“Beijing will also conduct serum antibody tests for all inbound overseas travelers who have entered the Chinese capital city since December 10 in an effort to find the chain of transmission in the latest cluster infections in the capital’s Daxing district,” the article reported.
Forbesnoted that “there does not appear to be a coordinated policy” for using anal swabs, so the test came as a “surprise” to some patients. Al Jazeera News speculated the new test would be used more frequently as China’s travel-heavy Lunar New Year holiday approaches.
Al Jazeera noted a mixture of “mirth and horror” in reactions to the new tests on Chinese social media, including one commenter who described the test as “low harm but extreme humiliation.”
Many migrants are quietly traveling north to the U.S. border to accept President Joe Biden’s apparent offer of asylum and jobs, according to the New York Times.
“He’s our only hope,” Gabriela, a Bolivian mother with a three-year-old son, told the newspaper, which reported January 28:
With [disease] lockdowns easing in recent months, northbound migration from Central America and elsewhere has been accelerating, with many trying to make it to the United States border and some hoping that with Mr. Biden in office, they stand a better chance of getting in.
An enormous caravan of migrants, numbering as many as 7,000, that set off from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, earlier this month before being broken up by Guatemalan security forces was the most obvious expression of this need and hope. But the uptick is also being felt in smaller ways, including growing numbers of migrants filling shelters along the traditional migratory routes.
“The people aren’t going to be stopped by repression,” said Father Mauro Verzeletti, director of the Casa del Migrante migrant shelter in Guatemala City. “The people are suffering.” Demand is so high, Mr. Verzeletti said, that the shelter recently rented an annex to handle overflow from the main building.
The headline reads, “Biden’s Promise of Immigration Reform Raises Hopes in Latin America.”
The New York Times suggests the migration problem was created by Trump’s broad effort to block labor migration:
The impatience is a reflection of the soaring demand for relief among migrants amid an economically crippling pandemic and after four years of efforts by the Trump administration to choke off both legal and illegal immigration to the United States.
But the problem has a bipartisan, establishment source — the willingness of many GOP politicians to look away while employers illegally hire cheap illegals instead of Americans, and the eagerness of progressives to believe that foreign migrants can be helped without damaging poor Americans.
Progressives and immigration lawyers blame others — chiefly, ordinary Americans who oppose labor migration — for the resulting multinational economic chaos, misery, and death:
But there is some good news in other media reports.
Trump’s border reforms eventually helped close the Hunger Games obstacle course and so persuaded many poor people to seek relief closer to their homes. “More people are no longer thinking of going to the US,” Rosario Martinez, a Guatemalan researcher with the Latin American Social Studies Institute, told Al Jazeera on January 26. “What used to be transit countries are now becoming destination countries for many.”
Also, the Mexican and Guatemalan governments may choose to block migration to the United States in the hope that the many Mexican and Guatemalan illegal migrants in the United States will benefit from Biden’s proposed amnesty. If so, the progressives in Biden’s government can minimize their political risks by dumping the unwanted job of blocking Latino migrants onto Latino soldiers and police.
Gretchen Kuhner, the director of the Institute for Women in Migration in Mexico City, says Mexico has national interests of its own in keeping levels of migration down …
“Mexico knows very well that if there’s a surge on the [U.S.] border, the political right in the U.S. will make a huge issue of it, and that could impact the legislative proposals for immigration,” says Ms. Kuhner. “That plays into Mexico’s approach.”
Guatemala may be thinking along similar lines: Remittances sent home to Guatemala by relatives in the U.S. reached record levels during the pandemic, surpassing $1 billion a month by the end of 2020. That’s a lifeline few Guatemalan officials want to jeopardize.
However, that division of labor is uncertain because amnesty alone is very unpopular – as is labor migration — among voters in the United States.
Also, Biden is also using his executive orders to reopen the flow of cheap workers and government-aided consumers into the United States, making it more difficult for Latin-American governments to block migrants.
Biden’s officials recognize and resent the public’s opposition to their loose-border migration preferences.
“Any transition away from what I see as highly draconian policies on the U.S. side, I think will probably have to be done slowly to unwind them, because otherwise, there is a tendency to see this rush to the border, which unfortunately, again, will kick up [American] backlash,” complained Roberta Jacobson, Biden’s top “southern border coordinator” at the White House. Jacobsen spoke June 2020 at a conversation hosted by the pro-migration Migration Policy Institute.
Understandably, poor migrants ignore macroeconomics as they hope to work in the United States. “We only want to work,” José Luis Rodríguez Romero, told the New York Times. He was at a shelter in Guatemala City with his wife and three children.
“This [Biden] government will help us. That’s what we hope for.”
President Joe Biden’s administration could meet with China at the World Economic Forum meeting in Singapore in May. Borge Brende, the president of the organization, called for a reset of the relationship between the United States and China during a virtual speech, Reuters reported. “Singapore has had very close ties with the U.S. but also…