The Guardian view on Tory turbulence: an issue of substance not model | Editorial

There is a growing chorus in the Conservative Party calling for the Prime Minister to be less like Boris Johnson. That doesn’t mean MPs are ready to replace him, but his style, once valued for the campaign’s effectiveness, is now seen as ruling liability.

The disillusionment with the Prime Minister’s handling of the lobby scandal surrounding Owen Paterson and its aftermath was exacerbated by a empty, poorly delivered speech to business leaders on Monday. Hostile briefings within the government have created the impression of profound dysfunction at the top.

Such things are often signs of a regime in ultimate decline, but not always. Mr Johnson is a resilient politician whose appeal to voters does not depend on qualities valued by Westminster veterans. A chaotic digression on the subject Peppa Pig where there should have been an economic strategy was not an uncommon unprofessional mistake. Clowning is Mr. Johnson’s calling. It has worked for him before, which is why the Tory Party made him its leader.

It is insincere from conservative to complain now about a method of government which was the inevitable consequence of the transfer of power to a responsible allergy sufferer. Asking whether Mr Johnson underperforms compared to his usual standard raises the wrong question. It creates problems of immense concern – the lack of a credible plan for “leveling”; systemic tolerance of corruption – subordinate to Westminster’s fixation on political theater.

The practice of MPs taking second jobs, for example, or the pattern of Tory donors taking seats in the House of Lords, goes back long before Mr Johnson’s administration. This week it became known that David Cameron was successful Lobbying at the Lloyds Banking Group to reverse a decision to sever ties with Greensill Capital – a financial firm that had established close ties with Downing Street and then employed the former prime minister after his retirement. The contact person at Lloyds was a peer, a former Tory treasurer who had donated millions to the party and whom Mr Cameron had himself ennobled in 2015.

It is absurd that the seats in the British legislature should be so divided. The blurring of the lines between government, party funding and the private sector is discrediting British democracy. If Mr. Johnson’s inept handling of a case resulted in the whole cheesy contraption being scrutinized, he will pervertly have been doing some sort of public service. When Conservative MPs are angry with their leader for making them vulnerable to this scrutiny, they are more likely to overlook the point about his moral and administrative misconduct.

When asked if Leveling Up is more than a slogan, Tory worries them Shortening of high-speed rail schedules for northern England might as well address the Chancellor as it does the Prime Minister. It is Rishi Sunak’s adherence to restrictive budgetary discipline that is holding back Mr Johnson’s more generous impulses.

The same could reasonably be expected from defects in the Health and social security billwhat a substantial Back bench rebellion earlier this week. The proposed bill is inconsistent with Tory’s election pledges to protect homeowners from having to cash their assets in paying care benefits. One such No. 10 betrayal is a joint venture with the Treasury Department.

It is hardly surprising that Mr Johnson’s disorderly behavior causes problems for his MPs. The blame lies with them for collaborating on the fiction that he was a suitable candidate to run the country. The Tories were happy when his incompetence was more competently masked. Mr. Johnson is not the cause of conservative problems. His leadership is a symptom of a deeper decline in the party.

No Meat, No Downside! Reveillon Vegetarian-Type at The Bower

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Christmas time is just around the corner and the Reveillon is signaling in New Orleans. To celebrate this timeless tradition, The Bower – the culinary darling of the Latter Hospitality Group (Tujague’s, Birdy’s, Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar) – presents the freshest ingredients from the partner farm Sugar Roots. Chef Marcus Woodham has created a vegetarian four-course menu that will delight even the carnivores in your life. The Reveillon menu is $ 54 per person (excluding taxes and gratuities) and is available December 1st through December 30th. The menu follows:

First course

Mascarpone whipped with honey

with luxury cherries, chilli flakes and focaccia

Second gear

Choice of
Maggie’s mushroom arancini

with Romesco and rosemary oil


Pumpkin carpaccio

with roasted garlic, aged balsamic vinegar, onions, radish and basil vinaigrette

Third course

Choice of

Eggplant with Parmesan

with sugar roots aubergine, mozzarella, basil, San Marzano tomato sauce and Swiss chard


Basil spaghetti

with pesto, pickled lemon, oven-dried cherry tomatoes and burrata

Fourth course

Cookies and Italian pastry cream

The four-course Reveillon menu is available from December 1st to December 30th. The Bower is in 1320 St. and serves Dinner Monday – Thursday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. For reservations or more information please visit or call (504) 582-9738.

Will throwing cash at drivers resolve the trucker scarcity downside? – RetailWire

July 30, 2021

A truck driver shortage, which has contributed to the ongoing disruption in the supply chain, has been a challenge for over 15 years and is only expected to get worse.

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) said prior to the pandemic that The trucking industry faced a shortage of nearly 61,000 drivers and would need to hire around 1.1 million new drivers over the next decade to keep pace with rising freight demand.

Noisy AT A, the problem can be seen in the relatively high average age of truckers – 46 – and the fact that only seven percent of truckers are women. Extensive regulations, the pressure to make deliveries on time, and long absences from home have long dampened the truck driver’s career.

More recently, headlines about the potential of autonomous driving may have put off young applicants. The shift to e-commerce accelerated by the pandemic has allowed long-haul truckers to step into positions on UPS, FedEx or that more regular routes close to where they live.

To meet demand, private fleets have increased truck driver wages from $ 73,000 in 2013 to more than $ 86,000, according to one ATA survey.

As CNN However, as recently reported, the salary increases are causing many drivers to move from one company to another, implying an annual turnover rate of 95 percent for truck load carriers. With the extra pay, some choose to work less in order to spend more time at home.

Legislators could be urged to improve working conditions for truck drivers. In the UK, the government has just relaxed the rules on how long truck drivers can work. The ATA urges regulators to lower the minimum age for truck drivers from 21 to 18.

Dollar general began offering truck drivers a signing bonus of $ 5,000 in mid-July, which was to be paid out within the first six months of their employment.

Walmart began to offer $ 8,000 sign up bonuses In April for drivers who promise to earn up to $ 87,500 in the first year. Walmart’s offerings included activity, training and mileage payments from day one; quarterly bonuses for safe driving; weekly home time; and up to 21 days of paid time off in the first year.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Will higher and higher wages likely be the most useful in addressing the trucking shortage, or does retail need to re-prioritize careers in other ways? What less obvious solutions do you see?

Brain trust

“Improving working conditions and the time pressure truckers have to work in is the only way to attract truckers.”


Tucker: Eric Swalwell has an issue with cash

This is a rush transcript from “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” July 20, 2021. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.


So much sadness, but honestly so many great stories right now. Texas Democrats, the ones who fled to Washington, D.C., the freedom fighters, the ones who came on a pilgrimage with nothing but a case of Miller Lite and the coronavirus, well it turns out they’ve just claimed several more victims, a White House official and an aide to the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi have tested positive for COVID-19.

Apparently, they got it from the pilgrims from Texas. In a moment, we’ll have an update on the conditions of the victims and the scale of the super spreader event.

But first tonight, there are a lot of different ways to sell out to China, if you’re looking to do that. If you’re an unscrupulous finance mogul in New York, for example, you can just prop up the Chinese economy with billions in investment. Wall Street has been doing that for decades.

If you’re an elected official in Washington with a flair for demagoguery, you can do your part by pretending that the real threat to this country isn’t the rise of Chinese power and ambition. No, no, no, no, no. The real threat is that dastardly Vladimir Putin and his team of secret agents that his network of Macedonian troll farms. Just go on television a lot and say that, maybe people will believe you.

The question is what if you don’t have the money or the rhetorical skills to do either one of those things, but you still want to help? What if you’re a not very bright third string Democratic Congressman from the East Bay? How can you do your part for Xi Jinping?

Well, you could just find a Chinese spy and then have sex with her, repeatedly. That’s what Eric Swalwell did. Now, we’re not going to get into the details of their relationship because this is a family show and honestly it’s pretty creepy, but we can tell you the spy’s name was Fang Fang and no, we’re not making that up.

Fang Fang unfortunately is not available to join us on the show tonight. She has fled back to her handlers on the Chinese Mainland, ahead of a Justice Department investigation, but amazingly Eric Swalwell is still with us. He is still around. In fact, he’s been elevated to a seat on the House Intel Committee, the perfect reward for the boyfriend of a Chinese spy.

In a city obsessed with collusion with foreign power, Eric Swalwell exits his relationship with the Chinese spy and ascends to the Intel Committee. It does make you wonder.

Swalwell, you’ll recall came from nowhere nine years ago to beat one of the most powerful and longest-serving Members of Congress, Fortney “Pete” Stark. It took an awful lot of money to do that, but somehow despite being mediocre and inarticulate, and totally unknown and very young, Eric Swalwell had the money to do that.

So, where did that money come from? Good question.

After the election, the F.B.I. determined that Eric Swalwell had raised most of that money illegally. A donor called James Tong had supplied the money without complying with campaign finance laws. To this day, we have no idea where most of that cash came from. Swalwell, of course, pleaded ignorance and because he is dumb, the authorities apparently believed him. How would he know he was breaking the law? The guy is an idiot. That was their reasoning.

Swalwell blushed and promised never to do it again.

So, from the very first day, there have been real questions about this Eric Swalwell character if that is indeed as his real name. But you’d never know it now, such is the magic of resume laundry and the distorting power of the American news media.

Even a moron with a weakness for sex with Chinese spies, over time begins to look like Henry Kissinger if he does enough cable news hits, and that’s exactly where Eric Swalwell is today.

The spy’s boy toy is now an elder statesman. That’s his personal assessment of himself. Listen.


ERIC SWALWELL (D-CA): It is pro-wrestling to be honest. Many of my colleagues are better suited to work at the WWE and I say that about Gaetz because I’ve worked with him on marijuana issues, I’ve worked with him on other issues especially really before Trumpism took off and he turned into a character and he would — there were times where he would laugh at himself about how stupid he had to act, you know to keep, you know the act going.


CARLSON: I’ve been working on marijuana issues, says Eric Swalwell. But the rest of those guys, they are all clowns, says Swalwell adjusting his plastic nose and fright wig and applying more grease paint. I’m the only serious person in this building, me and Fang Fang. It is just too funny.

Meanwhile, wasn’t it just last week that we got that picture of Eric Swalwell grinning shirtless on a camel in Qatar as his faithful servant of color, his coolie looked un-adoringly in the foreground. Eric Swalwell the Great White Hunter of Alameda, leopards fear him.

That particular camel hunt by the way was paid for by business interests in the Persian Gulf. Oh, so we’re starting to sense a theme here.

Eric Swalwell has a problem with money. Shocked? You shouldn’t be.

Like so many progressives, Swalwell’s deepest desire is to live like a rich guy out of some movie, and that’s difficult on a Congressman’s salary. So corners get cut. Here’s the latest example of that.

Campaign finance records obtained by FOX News show that Eric Swalwell spent thousands in campaign contributions. That’s money he raised to run for office. Money he is prohibited by Federal law from spending on himself. He spent that money on expenses that seem suspiciously like personal luxuries. Those would include limo rides, booze deliveries, high-end steakhouses, and some of those expenditures appear very clearly to be for personal use. And again, that’s illegal.

For example, one order at the alcohol delivery service, Drizly was for under $10.00. Was that a campaign event? No, the man just wanted his Tequila Sunrise and he wanted it now, and so the donors paid for it.

Most interestingly on the disclosure form, more than $20,000.00 of Eric Swalwell’s campaign expenditures went to the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay, California. Now, weirdly or maybe not so weirdly, Eric Swalwell’s wife is an executive at that very hotel.

So, clever Members of Congress, the honest ones don’t do things like that, and when they do things like that, they tend to get in very deep trouble. In fact, it was just two years ago that Congressman Duncan Hunter of San Diego, same state, different party pleaded guilty in Federal Court to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds that he and his wife used for personal expenses. He went to jail for 11 months.

Then in 2013, you’ll also recall Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his wife, both Democrats went to prison for the same thing.

Now, we’re not saying Eric Swalwell should be charged with sleeping with a Chinese spy or for misusing campaign funds, but we do know that under the standards that Eric Swalwell himself has laid out, we’re going to need an immediate Federal investigation, possibly a special counsel.


SWALWELL: The American people deserve to know what the Russians have exactly on Donald Trump, whether it was witting or unwitting, the end result is just as destructive because the President has drawn us close to a foreign adversary who is not our friend.


CARLSON: Oh Eric Swalwell was saying someone else drew close to a foreign adversary, it’s not our friend. Really how close, Eric Swalwell? So, what’s going on with Eric Swalwell? And why don’t we deserve to know what a sitting Member of the House Intelligence Committee is doing with Russian spies with his campaign contributions and on that now famous camel in Qatar? And what does his coolie think of this? Does he really adore Eric Swalwell as he pretended to in the picture? Probably not.

Let’s subpoena him.

Jesse Watters has studied this particular F.E.C. report. He is the author of the fantastic book, “How I Saved the World,” and we are grateful to have him join us tonight to unravel the mystery of Eric Swalwell.

Jesse Watters, thank you.


CARLSON: Who is this guy?

WATTERS: Well, he likes the finer things in life and like most liberals, he wants someone else to pay for it. He must have developed this appetite for Far East cuisine when he was dating Fang Fang, but he loves the $90.00 dollar sushi roll at Oku Sushi in Washington, D.C.

CARLSON: Oh, come on.

WATTERS: That comes with truffle soy, caviar, and gold flakes. Also, he likes to frequent — because he’s a working man — the Charlie Palmer Steakhouse where he can get a $130.00 steak and that is not included with a side or a soup or a salad, everything is a la carte. He knows that.

And of course, you have to stay at your wife’s Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Tucker. I mean, you can’t go back to your meager house in your district, you’ve got to wake up the next morning and get 18 holes in at the course that overlooks The Pacific, then you can go back to have lunch that someone else, of course, is paying for.

But this is why people hate politicians. It’s because these narcissist finger-waggers go into politics just for the comfortable lifestyle that they would never be able to achieve or afford in any other profession because they don’t have the brains or the talent.

So, it’s the Napa Valley cabs, the limousines, the international junkets, corporate lobbyists and donors all pay for it and we pay for the rest, the taxpayers. And he goes on TV the next day and says, we’ve got to get big money out of politics and everything is corrupt. That’s probably the biggest lie he’s told and there’s been a lot of them.

CARLSON: I’ve got to ask. I mean, you never really get the perspective of the servants. Now, we have this picture on the screen there. There’s a man that Swalwell refers to as his native bearer, his coolie, his servant of color. And he is grinning, he is obviously under some pressure to pretend that he adores Eric Swalwell because Swalwell is in charge. Of course, he is the great white hunter.

But why shouldn’t we subpoena that man — that unheard voice and let him tell his story? What is it like to have Eric Swalwell as your as your chief, as your commander?

WATTERS: Well, I just — I just feel bad for the camel because Swalwell does not have good manners as we’ve seen on a few TV clips in cable, but if he is really a champion of women’s rights, did he go over to Qatar and ask why it’s legal to beat your wife there? As someone that says the world is going to end in 12 years, did he ask Qatar about their emissions?

As the pro-working Democrat that he claims to be, did he ask about how slave labor is building the soccer stadium over there?

I have a feeling this was not a fact-finding mission, Tucker, and maybe when I say fact, probably daiquiris was the only thing he was looking for.

CARLSON: And you know, I was thinking Tequila Sunrises, but you’re absolutely, daiquiris or froses and I just want to put a call out to our viewers, if you know his native bearer, his apparently adoring servant that we put up in that picture, if you’ve got his number, send it to us because we would like to hear from him. We think that all voices should be heard, especially yours, Jesse Watters.

WATTERS: Thank you.

CARLSON: Thank you so much for that insight.

So, Jeff Bezos is not having a mid-life crisis or anything like that. He just built a rocket and took it into outer space today. The rocket is called Phallus One and Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon boarded it and was outside of our atmosphere for 10 minutes. He was accompanied by his brother, Mark Bezos, as well as an 82-year-old woman and an 18-year-old student.

Now, a lot of people missed the launch. It happened just after 8:00 a.m. local time in Texas, so we want to give you a quick replay of what it looked like.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Colonel, you better take a look at this radar.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What is it, son?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don’t know, sir, but it looks like a giant —

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh my god, it looks like a huge —

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Any of your kids want another wiener?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Dad, what’s that?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don’t know son —


CARLSON: Yes, that’s the world’s largest penile implant. We didn’t make that up. We didn’t do it. Jeff Bezos did, blame him.

We didn’t want to put that on television, but he is the world’s richest man and we have no choice but to cover his hobbies.

So, we not now going to tell you what that rocket’s actual name is. He is calling it New Shepard. Here is what we’re going to tell you, we are going to talk about his reception.

As soon as Jeff Bezos landed, he was greeted by a throng of his own reporters. Jeff Bezos owns “The Washington Post.” You tend to get good coverage when you pay the people producing it. These are people who know how bad life could be. They could be working in an Amazon fulfillment center, peeing in cans for the rest of their life.

So, they immediately asked Jeff Bezos for comment in a very respectful way. How did he respond? Here’s his quote, “Best day ever.” That was it. Not one small step for man or something along those lines, he doesn’t have time for rhetorical flourishes like that. He sells books. He doesn’t write them.

But it didn’t matter. Our media were suitably impressed. They bowed before the richest man. “Best day ever” is three syllables, but it is three syllables they can understand very well.

Plus Jeff Bezos looked a lot like them, the heavily quaffed TV anchors who spend their day getting makeup. He’d had face fillers. He was looking suspiciously puffy before he went up to space, therefore the commenters on television were unanimous. This was better than anything John Glenn ever did.


ANA CABRERA, CNN HOST: Today was a big day, exactly 52 years since the first moon landing, another landmark moment in space exploration. Here you see, billionaire Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos and crew when they reached the edge of space and floated in Zero Gravity.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don’t know why I am like when I was nine and we stopped and watched the original John Glenn launch. I mean, I feel like that. I think that America wants to know about this very much, and I don’t blame us for doing wall-to-wall because I think this is the most — this is one of the great business stories of all time because it is private equity, private enterprise going to space.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST: And it really is obviously a big step for future space tourism, but it’s a remarkable step in a mission that began more than two decades ago when Jeff Bezos founded Blue Origin.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Your brother has been determined to advance space travel. I want to know, what did it feel like to be up there together, when you locked eyes?


CARLSON: Houston, this is Phallus One. We’re leaving the atmosphere. Oh, they’re so impressed. It’s unbelievable. Slobbering over Jeff Bezos.

Now, why do they love Jeff Bezos so much? Well, we just found out today, Jeff Bezos is giving a hundred million dollars no strings attached to CNN contributor, Van Jones. That’s a lot of money. It can buy a lot of love and they love him at CNN. They love him. Jeff Bezos.

Don’t ever ask, how do you treat your employees, Jeff Bezos? How does it feel to be China’s biggest retailer? How exactly do you own the capital city’s local newspaper? No one asks those questions because in the end, everyone is hoping to get money from Jeff Bezos.

People who aren’t getting money from Jeff Bezos have a very different view of him. Here’s Tulsi Gabbard’s view. She is not taking money from Jeff Bezos. She sent this today. “The only problem I have with Bezos’s rocket ship into outer space is that it’s going to come back.” You go, Tulsi Gabbard. No wonder they hated you.

Well, the C.D.C. has a new ban that could affect over a million people. It’s got nothing to do with COVID. It’s about dogs. The war on dogs continues, and it’s worth fighting. We’ll tell you what it is, next.


CARLSON: Raise your hand if you voted for anyone who works at the C.D.C.? Raise your hand if you understand why the C.D.C. all of a sudden controls the intimate details of your life? Oh no hands. Yes, it’s a mystery, but they do and their power seems to be growing.

The agency has announced a new ban, and it’s going to affect potentially you, your family, and your pets. The C.D.C. says that any dog coming from a country with a quote, “high risk” for dog rabies will now be banned from entering the United States. How can they do that?

Well, according to C.D.C.’s own numbers, this ban could affect over a million dogs a year. The funny thing is, the risk according to the C.D.C. is minuscule, again according to their numbers. Since 2015 — that’s six years — only four dogs coming in from abroad, any country abroad have tested positive for rabies. But a million dogs just this year will be affected by this.

What will happen to those dogs in the wake of the C.D.C.’s new ban that by the way no one asked us to vote on? Jill Stewart is the President and Founder of China Rescue Dogs. She says dogs will die, millions of them. She joins us tonight with her dog.

Jill, thanks so much for coming on and we’re always grateful to have a dog on screen, so thanks for that, too. Tell us what the effect of this ban will be?

JILL STEWART, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, CHINA RESCUE DOGS: It will be absolutely devastating. On June 14th, unbeknownst to any of us, the C.D.C. made a ruling for 113 countries to ban exportation for live animals to come into the United States. Absolutely heartbreaking. None of us knew about it.

CARLSON: So, some people were not aware that dogs come in from foreign countries — into this country from foreign countries, so now that no dogs can come from say China, what will happen to those dogs, do you think?

STEWART: Oh, it will be absolutely catastrophic. These dogs are — this is “Miso.” This is my dog from China. He represents many dogs that will not be able to come into our country. Again, this will be absolutely devastating.

These dogs are put on slaughter trucks, brutalized every single day, eaten, and they have no hope. If we, our organization, non-profits, cannot help and rescue these animals, it will be catastrophic in China. Absolutely catastrophic.

CARLSON: Yes. This is a country where dogs are beaten to death in huge numbers and eaten, so under this rule, it’s not a law because they don’t have law-making ability, and they are not legislators. They are just some random agency that seems to run the country all of a sudden.

If you’re a U.S. diplomat, you adopt a dog in say China, you can’t bring that dog home now?

STEWART: That is correct. If you have a service dog, you cannot use your service dog. If you are military and you found a pet in one of these high- risk countries and you want to bring it home, you can’t bring your beloved pet home. You are stuck.

There’s someone in China right now who is a diplomat, who can’t even come home because she can’t bring her dog.

CARLSON: I mean, you know people who don’t have dogs, don’t love dogs may not understand what that means. I remember during Hurricane Katrina, people died rather than leave their dogs and some of us feel the same way. What can we do about this? Is this something we can just ignore? I hope.

STEWART: Absolutely not. We have formed a coalition, over a hundred non- profits, attorneys, lobbyists, veterinarians, and skilled educated people. We represent one percent, a hundred thousand animals come in through what’s called the United States Import Permit with custom broker. We have the artist, G. Mike who is our wonderful customs broker.

We do everything right. We’ve written the C.D.C. and asked for an exemption. Of course, they have said no exemption and not responding back to us.

CARLSON: Yes, not responding back to you. Who made them god exactly? Maybe a theological question beyond your scope, but Jill, I appreciate you bringing this to our attention. It is very distressing on many levels and I hope that you can get it overturned. Thank you.

STEWART: Thank you very much.

CARLSON: Thanks. Well in the six months he’s been President, Joe Biden has spent an inordinate amount of time telling us about the greatest threat of our time. Of course, it’s not China. We’re friends with China. No, it’s white supremacy.


JOE BIDEN (D), PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: According to the Intelligence Community, terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the Homeland today. Not ISIS, not al-Qaeda, white supremacists.


CARLSON: Notice he never defined white supremacy. No one ever has. There is no actual definition for it, so it can apply to everyone who didn’t vote for Joe Biden. That’s why it’s terrifying, that’s why you should resist it.

Biden has gone much farther than any other President, however, to politicize every Federal agency and that includes terrifyingly the military.

Biden has directed the Defense Department, the department that is supposed to work on keeping us safe from foreign threats, to instead turn its attention on American citizens. Watch.


LLOYD JAMES AUSTIN III, U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: And if confirmed, I will fight hard to stamp out sexual assault and to rid our ranks of racist and extremists.

The job of the Department of Defense is to keep America safe from our enemies, but we can’t do that if some of those enemies lie within our own ranks.


CARLSON: Oh, the enemies are within, says defense contractor, Lloyd Austin. So, how exactly are they quote, “fighting” white supremacy? Well, they are working with a defense contractor called Moonshot CVE, which claims to track extremism. So, the question is, how does Moonshot define extremism?

Well, one example the company gave for white supremacy was anyone who searched for the term on Google or DuckDuckGo this phrase, “The truth about Black Lives Matter.” If you want to know the truth about Black Lives Matter, you were by definition a white supremacist and an enemy of the United States.

Vince Coglianese is the host of WMAL’s “The Vince Coglianese Show” in Washington, D.C. which dominates his time slot, we’re happy to have him with us tonight. Vince, thanks so much for coming on.

So, how can a search term, how can a question be a sign of extremism?

VINCE COGLIANESE, RADIO SHOW HOST: Well, if the outcome is contrived. I mean, this is — the only reason you would include a question or just a simple fact-finding mission as a sign of extremism is if you are trying to rig the outcome of a study like this.

So, you know, where this comes from, this is called Moonshot CVE, as you noted. It’s a contractor based out of London, England. They did a report earlier this year that gives us some indication of how they study extremism. It was released in June and it was about white supremacy in the United States.

And they just surveyed search terms nationwide and one of the search terms that they included as an indicator of white supremacy is what you said, “The truth about Black Lives Matter.” Now, any number of people of all skin colors and concerns and political backgrounds could be searching for something like that, perhaps you’re Marcellus Wiley, a sports commentator on FOX Sports 1 who is looking for information on how Black Lives Matter sought to disrupt the western prescribed nuclear family that was once on the Black Lives Matter website.

Maybe you’re a Black Lives Matter chapter trying to figure out where $90 million that was raised by the national organization was spent and wasted. Maybe you’re the type of person who is just looking up the ideological meanings of its founders, one of them declaring, Patrisse Cullors that she is a trained Marxist. Additionally, the Marxist leanings of the organization came out again this past week has its expressed support not for the people that are seeking freedom, but the communist regime in Cuba.

So there are plenty of reasons to ask that question, but if you do, you may get swept up in an extremism database.

CARLSON: I’ve got to ask, has there ever been a greater tragedy, a greater act of civic vandalism than politicizing the military in the way that the Biden administration has in the last six months? Have you ever seen anything like this before?

COGLIANESE: It’s completely out of control. Asking questions, now extremism. Free inquiry, now extremism. It’s getting worse.

CARLSON: Someone defend us from this. We have Members of Congress who are supposed to. I wish they would.

Vince Coglianese, I appreciate your insight and the information you brought. Thank you.

COGLIANESE: Thanks, Tucker.

CARLSON: So, we’ve got an update for you tonight on the pilgrimage of Texas Democrats to Washington which turned into a super spreader event because everything is irony. More people have been infected tonight. We’ll tell you who they are, next.


CARLSON: So those Democratic freedom fighters for democracy from Texas showed up in D.C. last week, and all of a sudden, people started getting corona in big numbers — apparently from them. It was what they call a super spreader event.

Kevin Corke is a FOX News correspondent, one of our favorites. He joins us tonight with an update on this situation. Hey, Kevin.


Now, you’ll recall that when the White House held an event for Amy Coney Barrett, the Trump administration was accused in the press of creating a super spreader event. It was an inescapable narrative promoted across cable news for days, but by comparison, relatively few outlets have called the Texas Democrats’ trip to the nation’s capital what it is. And obviously, it is also a super spreader trip, without doubt.

At least six confirmed cases of COVID out of the roughly 60 travelers and new cases having now spread to both the White House and the Speaker’s office where a fully vaccinated senior aide has tested positive for COVID- 19 after coming into contact with those Texas lawmakers and while White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is rejecting the super spreader label, she said today, it’s not a characterization that we’re making here.

She did confirm that a fully vaccinated White House official tested positive for COVID on Monday. That was by the way a day after Vice President Harris tested negative following her July 13th meeting with those Texas Democrats and yet, those very same Democrats, Tucker, say they will remain in D.C. until August after the special session is over back in Austin — a very costly decision in more ways than one — Tucker.

CARLSON: Man, those guys need tracking bracelets or something.

CORKE: Clearly.

CARLSON: Kevin Corke — clearly — I appreciate your reporting tonight. Thank you so much. Good to see you.

CORKE: You, too.

CARLSON: Well, one person who has been following this amazing story very closely is Will Cain who hosts “FOX and Friends” Weekend for us and does a fantastic job. Will Cain joins us now. Will, thanks so much for coming on.

So, this is one of those stories — they jet from Austin to D.C. in a private plane with a case of Miller Lite and they bring a little corona with them. What do you make of this?

WILL CAIN, FOX NEWS CHANNEL COHOST, “FOX & FRIENDS”: That’s right. They brought corona and Miller Lite. I caught that right there and they’re going to stay through August because a few more members of the Biden administration, they need to blow corona breath into before this month is over.

However many people they exposed to COVID, Tucker, let’s hope expose the American people to the preening peacocking hypocrites that they are because, how hypocritical can you be? Let’s quickly count the ways.

A, you know, they flew on a plane maskless. You and I, peons, everyone out there watching, we have to wear a mask still when we fly on a plane. That’s number one. Two, they fled their state. You know they would criticize, you know they have criticized Republicans if they ever employed that same tactic.

Number three, they are creeping closer and closer to vaccine passports, to show us your papers, to prove to me you’re vaccinated, but they tell us, “Trust us. We’re all vaccinated.”

And finally, as you point out and as Kevin reported so well, it’s a super spreader event. When that was a Trump rally or an athletic event or a spring break over the past year, everything is a super spreader event, except the actual super spreader events.

CARLSON: I mean, look, the second to the last point that you made, I think is a really important one. I’m hardly attacking vaccines or trying to convince people not to get them at all. I never have done that and I won’t. However, I’m against lying and they’re telling us that once you get vaccinated you can’t get it or spread it. Here you have vaccinated people getting it and then spreading it to other vaccinated people. Maybe we should start being honest about the limitations of the medicine, no?

CAIN: Absolutely, or be honest that you’re not vaccinated. Which is it? Just be honest either way, when it comes to Texas Democrats.

Real quickly as well, Tucker, what I think you’re seeing is this sort of joke of a stunt derails is the limits of trying to play politics through social media. I think the left has won on social media. They made Corporate America bend to their knee for the better part of a year. And so, why would they stop?

But ultimately, you have to interact in the real world and here they are. They are trying the same type of social media stunt in the real world and it’s a bad joke. Unfortunately, it’s also a deadly joke.

CARLSON: That’s such a smart point. This whole thing was staged for Instagram. It was like a one-act play written for social media and ultimately, that’s like not enough to govern a country. And I thank you for pointing that out and for coming on. Will Cain, good to see you.

CAIN: You bet. Thanks, Tucker.

CARLSON: Well, there is a recall election going on in our largest state, the State of California, bouncing Governor Gavin Newsom from office, we pray. Someone new has gotten into the race. We’ll just be honest, he is a friend of ours, we think he is great. He joins us next.


CARLSON: So, Gavin Newsom is the governor of our largest state, California. He is a liberal Democrat, but the problem is deeper than that. It’s not even ideological, he is just a bad governor. The state doesn’t work very well. It’s more crowded every year. It’s dirty as hell. You’ve got junkies living on every street corner in every park and they can’t even keep the power on.

So, it’s a failed state. It’s embarrassing and even if you don’t live in California, you should be embarrassed and horrified by it. Why do we allow this and why let some tiny brained moron like Gavin Newsom wreck our prettiest state? That’s how most people in the state feel, even the Democrats, so they’re going to recall him.

A lot of people joined the race and last week, one of our friends did. Larry Elder, who is a radio show host in the state joined in the recall effort and the election to replace him. But now the State of California is trying to keep Larry Elder off the ballot.

So today, Elder announced he is suing the California Secretary of State Shirley Weber for wrongfully blocking him from the ballot. Talk about an attack on democracy.

He says he has complied with the state laws and the move to block him is entirely political, which since it’s California, you can believe.

Larry Elder joins us tonight. Larry, thanks so much for coming on. Congratulations on your run. Unlike a lot of people who run for office, you’ve been very clear about what you believe. It is all on the record, no one needs to guess about what you would do because you’ve got decades of saying it out loud.

Tell us how they’re trying to keep you off the ballot.

LARRY ELDER (R), CALIFORNIA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE: Well, Tucker, we have gone to court. We filed a lawsuit last night. We’re probably going to have a hearing tomorrow and not only me, there’s also a woman named Betty Chu who is the first Chinese-American to pass the bar in California, she is in her 80’s. She still ticked off, she filed the lawsuit for herself and she said she is doing it for other people who are now being deprived of the opportunity to vote for Larry Elder because the Secretary of State has denied me the opportunity to be on the ballot.

And what they’re arguing, Tucker, is out of the 300 pages of five years of tax returns that we turned in, I didn’t redact something that should have been redacted or redacted something that shouldn’t have been redacted — I’m not quite sure which it is.

All I know is that there is a provision that allows the Secretary of State to correct any minor discrepancy and she elected not to do it, and that is why I believe that I was targeted.

Now, a lot of people have asked me, Tucker, was this racism? Now, you know me for a long time. I don’t play that and what I said is, it’s not racism, it’s face-ism. It is Larry Elder.

Because they know that I’m the guy who can take this guy down. As you pointed out I’ve been talking about these issues for some 30 years. I’m on in every major market in in California. I have higher name recognition than any of the other candidates other than Caitlyn Jenner.

People know me. I’m from the hood. I’m from the inner city.

I can talk firsthand about the declining quality of schools. I can talk firsthand about why we have rising crime, why we have rising homelessness, why the cost of living has gotten so outrageous, that for the first time in our state’s history, people are leaving California and going to places like Texas and Tennessee and Florida.

It is outrageous. There’s a magazine called “CEO” Magazine, been around for 17 years, Tucker, and for 17 years, California has been determined to be the worst state in which to do business of all 50 states and I can turn that around, and they are scared to death.

CARLSON: I mean, if people are moving from San Francisco, which has got to be the prettiest city we have in this entire country and moving to Reno, which no offense is not, and if a lot of people are doing that, it really tells you that it’s like so mismanaged that you’re seeing an exodus of normal people.

I mean, can you — can you win the battle to be on the ballot? I mean, they say they care about democracy, but they’re trying to keep you off the ballot. Like how does that work even?

ELDER: No, I’m going to be on the ballot. We’re going to prevail in the lawsuit and if we don’t, we’ll take it up to the California Supreme Court. This law was designed to make Donald Trump turn over five years of tax returns in order to be eligible to run for re-election in California in 2020. It was litigated all the way up to the left-wing California Supreme Court and they voted unanimously seven zip that the law was unconstitutional, both California Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. But they did say it was okay for gubernatorial races.

It’s not even clear it applies to a recall election that’s why I’m telling people to go to, Throw a little something in the tip jar because he has unlimited ability to raise money and spend money. His rivals on the other hand have campaign finance limits.

And regarding public education, there are 300,000 public school teachers here in California, Tucker. I’m told by expert after expert, at least five percent are incompetent. That’s 15,000 teachers that are walking the halls of our schools, mis-educating our kids.

I want choice in school as do urban parents, black and brown, yet they pull the lever for the party that denies it and I’m going to turn that around.

There’s only about 75 percent of black kids in California, Tucker, cannot read at state levels of proficiency. My former high school, Crenshaw High School, the one that was featured in the movie “Boyz n the Hood,” two percent of the kids are math proficient.

It is outrageous.

CARLSON: Yes, and they are the ones lecturing about race. By the way, you have to show your tax returns to run for office? Why not a literacy test or a poll tax? I mean, what the hell?

Speaking of a barrier to entry in democracy, like why that’s hard to believe that’s even real. And I hope you beat it.

I hope you spank it. Larry Elder, thank you. We’ll be following carefully. Good to see you.

ELDER: My pleasure,


Well, one of the most watched local TV stations in America has just announced what we ought to be doing to people, to people, not for people, to Americans who haven’t been vaccinated. We’ll tell you what it is next.


CARLSON: So, the left’s moral measurement is pretty clear, good people follow corona law obediently; evil people don’t.

Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius just made this announcement.


KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, FORMER SECRETARY OF HEALTH UNDER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION: I think that it’s time to say to those folks, it’s fine if you don’t choose to get vaccinated, you may not come to work, you may not have access to a situation where you’re going to put my grandchildren in jeopardy, where you might kill them, where you might put them in a situation where they’re going to carry the virus to someone in a high risk position.

That’s, I think, the point where we are, is — freedom is one thing, but freedom when you harm others like secondhand smoke and issues that we’ve dealt with very clearly in the past. You can’t drive drunk, you can drink, but you can’t drive drunk because you can injure other people.


CARLSON: Freedom is one thing. Weird how many vaccinated people seem to be spreading the virus at this point, so, maybe it’s not as simple as unvaccinated bad, vaccinated virtuous. Maybe it’s a disease not a moral category. Maybe you should be quiet, Kathleen Sebelius, you’re an idiot.

There are a lot of idiots. The main anchor at the most watched local television station in the country, WABC in New York, Bill Ritter just wrote this in a Facebook post. “Anyone who hasn’t gotten vaccinated and is medically able to get it, stay away from me and have the decency to let people know you’re not inoculated by putting a sign on your neck.” Whoa, wear a little badge.

Victor Davis Hanson is a fellow at the Hoover Institution. He joins us tonight. So, you should wear a little badge if you haven’t been vaccinated, despite the fact we’re watching vaccinated people spread the virus to other vaccinated people. What is this?

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON, SENIOR FELLOW, HOOVER INSTITUTION: Well, how did we get here, Tucker? If you and I had this conversation last June or July, the now President of the United States would be reassuring people that he probably would not get vaccinated because of the association with Donald Trump and the vaccine. And the Vice President, current Vice President would be more explicit.

And then we were told by Dr. Fauci, there was no way we would have a vaccine in 2020. It would have to be to 2021. And then we were told by the President of the United States that no one was vaccinated until he was inaugurated, that was a flat out lie. And then we were told that two million people were scheduled to come into the United States in the 12- month period, and we’re on track to meet that disturbing goal.

And then we were told that none of them would be vaccinated that we knew of. We would have no test yet the H.H.S. Secretary and Joe Biden would say, unlike people who are not U.S. citizens, you, U.S. citizens will be adjudicated. We’re going to go door-t-door to make sure that you are vaccinated.

And then so we turn to the medical community, we say help us. The politicians have failed us. And we look at Dr. Fauci, and what does he say? No relationship with the Wuhan lab and the origins of COVID. No gain-of- function research funded by N.I.H. or N.I.H. Infectious Diseases.

Oh, by the way, mask have no utility. One mask is what you want, better two, oh, 60 percent, 70 percent, 80 percent herd immunity. Pick your pick, oh, that was all noble lies.

And so when you saturate the public with so much political disinformation, and they turn to the medical community, and it is weaponized, and I remember, I think it was June 8th of last year, when 1,200 quote-unquote, “medical experts” said the psychic damage would be so great for BLM supporters not to break the quarantine that it was medically officious for them to go out shoulder to shoulder and violate the quarantine and protest, but no one else.

So, when you lose that credibility and politicians and the medical community, I’m afraid that — now I’m a big supporter of vaccinations, but I have a lot of empathy with people who can’t trust the government, and they’ve lost the narrative and now they’re trying to double down by coercion.

All they need to do is be transparent and honest. This is the vaccination. This is the efficacy rate. These are the dangers. Here’s the natural immunity or lack of it. There is an intellectual or the knowledgeable decision you can make. We give you two recommendations. Go to it. And maybe they could trust with confidence — they could have confidence of the American people.

But so far, the American people have no confidence in them because they ruined their reputations and credibility for cheap political gain, I guess.

CARLSON: It’s amazing how many people who should know better helping them do it. Victor Davis Hanson, I appreciate it so much. Great to see tonight.

HANSON: Thank you.

CARLSON: Sean Hannity is, of course standing by next.

By the way, Nancy Pelosi has been lecturing us for months now about how we’re immoral if we don’t wear a mask and get the vaccines, and now, it looks like members of her staff who wore a mask and got the vaccine got corona anyway from those fleeing Texas legislators.

It makes you wonder if what Pelosi has been saying about masks and vaccines is actually science, doesn’t it? The rest of us ought to be careful not about your talking points. She doesn’t seem very well informed.

Sean Hannity, over to you.

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Expensive Annie: My spouse didn’t thoughts spending my cash, however now that she makes greater than me she has an issue sharing

I’ve been married for 20 years. When my wife and I got married, I was the sole breadwinner. I had a very good job and had a pretty comfortable life. My wife stayed home and raised our children. In 2008 technological advances made my work obsolete. I had to start over and reinvent myself in a different industry. We struggled financially for years; it was difficult and weighed on our marriage. Today I have a full time gig and I make decent money and a side business that is fine. My wife has a full-time job and a part-time job, and she makes almost double mine.

My problem is this. In all the years that I have been the sole breadwinner, my salary has been “our money”. Now that she makes the lion’s share, her salary is “her money”. She expects me to pay my expenses with my own salary. For example, I recently had an expensive car repair done. She bought me the money, but she wants me to pay her back. It doesn’t matter that my car was our only car for a long time and that she added half the kilometers and the wear and tear herself.

I just feel taken advantage of – as if she has forgotten the sacrifices I made all those years ago. It really makes me angry. I mentioned it to her before and she got better for a while, but now her attitude is back to what it was before I mentioned anything.

Annie, I’m not charging. I’ll pay my share. Only sometimes, when there is a major unexpected expense, do I need a little help. I don’t feel after everything I’ve done and gone through together that I should be embarrassed about asking for money. What should I do? – Husband of a forgetful wife

Dear HTAFW: Adjustments to settings require regular coordination. Gently remind her of your previous conversation and let her know that you noticed the problem reappeared. She was receptive to your feedback last time; it will probably be this time too. This is one of the most valuable goods a couple can share: a willingness to listen to each other and try to change accordingly.

And to distract answers from people who think a married couple should always pool their entire fortune: Yes, it can be difficult to merge lives without pooling their finances, but it is possible and more and more couples are choosing to do so. Some have found a good balance with a “you, me, us” approach – sharing a bank account for household expenses and utilities and things like car maintenance, while each has a separate bank account for discretionary expenses. You and your wife might consider trying this for more harmony.

Dear Annie: After reading the letter about office workers trying to address a coworker with body odor, I wanted to let people know what worked for me after struggling with embarrassing BO for decades. I shower daily, wash with lever soap, shave my armpits every day, and apply witch hazel on my armpits when they are dry. I also spin through four different deodorants (three of which are for men, even though I’m a woman). It took several years to do this every day before I no longer had a problem. – Stuck with him

Dear Stuck With It: Witch Hazel, which can lower the pH of the skin and make bacteria difficult to thrive, is a smart idea here, and it can be kept in a spray bottle for easy spraying, no cotton balls or pads needed.

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Chaim Bloom thinks baseball has a giant leisure drawback

Chaim Bloom blames analytics for the ultimate suffering of baseball. While this is a little short-sighted, Bloom makes a valid point on some aspects.

Analytics is a widely used buzz phrase used by front office experts and old school baseball minds alike to frequently blame the modern game trends that they don’t like. Red Sox Chaim Bloom, Chief Baseball Officer, uses a unique blend of analytical thinking and the simpler eye test to lead his team.

However, for some who lean too heavily on this analytical mindset, baseball becomes far too boring.

“My short answer is yes,” said Bloom 98.5 The sports hub. “And to expand on that a little, I really think what’s going on – and you can blame analytics or anything – it really only happens because the teams are trying to win and they are trying to do it the best possible way, how you can. “

Red Sox: Chaim Bloom believes baseball has an entertainment problem

Baseball games are prone to strikes and home runs. There is very little in between these days, especially when that analytical mindset suggests that it is more practical for most players to swing at the fences rather than slam a single one in the opposite direction. This results in more shifts and a more predictable token.

“They’re concerned about winning and not necessarily about aesthetics,” said Bloom. “I think a lot of what happened is that just 30 teams playing like crazy and trying to win resulted in a game that I think in some ways resulted in a game that is not that exciting and is not as action-packed as we would like it to be. “

Aesthetic or not, it can’t be denied that the beat and hit rate in baseball has risen, while six no-hitters this season suggest a flawed mentality for this generation of sluggers.

A “tidal wave” of an issue | New cash for lease help helps comprise tense housing state of affairs in East Tennessee

Legal Aid of East TN helps connect people with aid. Lawyers say it eases tension between landlords and tenants. Here is how they can help you.

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. – During the pandemic, millions of people in the US were late on rent or utility bills, straining tenant-landlord relationships.

New federal funds, some of which are provided by the American rescue plan that came into force in March, as well as expanded evacuation protection, help tenants and owners to experience a little less stress. For some people, it comes just in time.

“It’s barely in there right now,” said Holly Fuller of East Tennessee’s Legal Aid, a nonprofit law firm that helps low-income clients. “We have had the feeling for some time that this time of year is likely to be very difficult.”

The American rescue plan denotes approximately $ 40 billion for total housing allowance. More than $ 20 billion of this will go to state and local governments to meet rental and utility costs owed for low-income households.

The city of Knoxville and Knox County announced the new one Knox Housing Assistance Program that does exactly that.

CONNECTED: Knoxville officials announce the Knox Housing Assistance program

Both the renter and landlord must file an application for funding, but officials say the money can be used to pay rent or utilities up to 12 months overdue, and in some cases even future rent payments.

If you do not live in Knox County, there is a similar application process on the state housing website. Legal Aid of East Tennessee said if this money is approved it will go straight to the landlord.

If you do not have access to a computer or if you have a language barrier, you can call (844) 500-1112.

With this new aid and a year into the pandemic, Fuller said the number of people coming to aid at Legal Aid in East Tennessee has increased, especially because tenants know that eviction protection will expire in late June.

Currently, in addition to in-house attorneys, the organization is using grants to hire private attorneys to help with case loading.

“Tensions may have eased a little. Resources have started flowing, which gives some people a little breath. However, if nothing changes by the end of this month, the term we have used in our organization from the start will be a tidal wave. Said Fuller.

Fuller said the goal is to help clients come to an agreement that will benefit both the renter and the landlord – whether it be to get financial assistance or to work out an agreement to keep an eviction out of the renter’s records. In addition, she said her lawyers will guide people through the process if their landlord has already started the eviction process in court.

“Landlords are also in a tough spot and need some relief too. That is why it is so important to use the resources so we can solve the problem at both ends to try to accommodate our vulnerable people,” she said.

Legal Aid of East Tennessee can also help people move into safer, different living conditions or connect them to other community resources.

Fuller said her biggest advice was not to wait to get help.

“Call us as soon as you get a notice that something is going to happen,” she said. “It is so traumatic to think that you may be homeless. One stress response is to simply ignore it. Do not do that. We can help your stress, we can talk you through. “

Fuller said she has seen cases of tenants losing their homes because they didn’t apply for help on time or didn’t know how to get the money. She also said that in some cases, tenants are being represented late.

“Call us, call us quickly. We are here, we are here for you. The sooner we can start our relationship, the better, ”said Fuller.

To get in touch with Legal Aid from East Tennessee, you can call one of the offices at the end of their website.

Different scholarships allow them to serve people who fall into different categories.

In Knoxville, they are located at 607 West Summit Hill Drive SW or by calling (865) 637-0484.

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To Fight Central America’s Unhealthy Governance, Biden Can’t Simply Throw Cash on the Downside

President Joe Biden faces a dilemma: To curb the exodus of migrants from Central America, the must Systems of governance of these countries need a thorough overhaul, which will cost a lot of money. Just pouring money into countries with corrupt administrations, legislatures, judicial authorities and elites will mean little more than refilling a leaky bucket. In Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, the past four years have seen earlier successes and the challenges of working against impunity and corruption are growing. Although countries have different dynamics and schedules, they were all setbacks.

Under the circumstances, the $ 4 billion Biden pledged to improve the lives of Central Americans must be carefully managed so as not to simply get dragged into the kleptocracy machine. It’s not just about prioritizing governance, it’s also about doing it intelligently. That requires a detailed approach. The Biden administration is already signal The aim is to pass the funds on to reliable partners and to demand transparency in accounting and progress in the fight against corruption. Members of Congress are asking for the same. A few concrete measures could immediately help restore a solid foundation.

A few years ago, hybrid international state mechanisms to strengthen the prosecution were celebrated for their obvious successes. The most ambitious and successful, the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), resulted in more than 400 criminal convictions, including heads of state, lawmakers, judges and executives, over a period of 11 years, and dismantled around 70 criminal networks (see previous Just Security coverage). Honduras MACCIH (Mission to Support Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras) has managed, over its much shorter lifespan, to set up a vetted anti-corruption prosecutor and investigate a number of high profile cases. The newest and weakest of these mechanisms is the International Commission against Corruption and Impunity (CICIES) in The saviourworks there with the public prosecutor’s office on fraud related to Covid, among other things.

But much of that progress has been reversed under the Trump administration, and Biden cannot turn back the clock. While innovative mechanisms such as CICIG created opportunities, created victories and stimulated changes in criminal proceedings, the constellation of factors that made these ad hoc mechanisms possible is very unlikely to repeat itself. All depend on legislative and judicial approval and the political will of the executive, and none of this is likely to come from governments controlled by the same old corrupt forces (or, in El Salvador, by new authoritarian forces with little appetite for the outside world) Control). . A regional mechanism will face the same headwinds, although support from other countries in the region could potentially make it more profitable.

Use US aid

However, there is a way to leverage the vital work of these mechanisms: states must implement the recommendations of the CICIG, MACCIH, and CICIES as a condition of receiving US funding. All three mechanisms that have been left behind (or are still being created in El Salvador) are preparing extensive reform proposals to improve anti-corruption and impunity work. In the case of Guatemala, CICIG proposed far-reaching reforms to the judicial selection process. She proposed other key reforms to improve access to justice, minimize malicious law enforcement and delay tactics, professionalize the judiciary, and separate the judiciary from administrative duties. These were never implemented. MACCIH has also left a roadmap for the reforms needed and CICIES has started recommending changes in several areas.

In all three cases, victims’ access to justice was a key to the reforms, however was hemmed in by courtsespecially in cases of corruption. Corrupt officials are trying to close the cases left by CICIG and MACCIH without further investigation. The US Congress and the Biden administration should insist on a roadmap, timeline, and milestones for the proposed reforms, as well as monitoring the remaining CICIG and MACCIH files to determine how and when funds will be disbursed.

Biden has said He will ask the US Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors to work with their local counterparts in the region. But simply teaching better technical skills is not what prosecutors need. In all three countries, crusade attorneys general have been replaced by those not interested in taking over powerful state and elite private interests (with the partial and likely temporary exception of Raúl Melara in El Salvador). It is the specific units within these offices, such as the FECI (anti-corruption) or the human rights criminal units in Guatemala and the UFERCO anti-corruption unit in Honduras, that need direct support – political, security and diplomatic even more than technical and financially. All funds for these units must be protected from leakage through other parts of the AG offices as the United States also works to move these offices to be more efficient and honest.

Rule of law judges are becoming an endangered species in the region. In every country these judges are attacked. Anti-impunity judges at Guatemala’s Constitutional Court have faced constant threats of impeachment and worse, and the current judicial selection process has already continued to exert undue influence. Guatemala has set up high-risk judicial processes for corruption, organized crime and human rights cases, partly with the help of CICIG, but left the judges against impunity in that court exposed to constant harassment, even threats, tried law enforcement and lockdown. In El Salvador there were attempts to remove the judge in the El Mozote massacre (what I discussed here) out of the case, and these types of maneuvers can be expected when the criminal proceedings are only inches forward. Biden could expressly support these judges and make non-interference in their cases an indispensable requirement for any support.

Dissolve coalitions of the corrupt

As others have suggested, the anti-transplant penalties are the Angel list and the Global Magnitsky Act should be used strategically to break apart and weaken coalitions of the corrupt. This would open up opportunities for legislative changes (including campaign funding reform) and for the emergence of new clean hands political forces.

In order to achieve this, the United States would have to redefine its overarching goal from the temporal pursuit of regional stability at any cost. During the Obama years, a narrow definition of stability did not serve the United States well. This led, for example, to the decision to support the 2009 coup in Honduras, which paved the way for the current corrupt and criminal regime. In 2015, amid massive popular protests in Guatemala and the resignation of the President and Vice-President over allegations of corruption, the United States insisted on maintaining the election calendar until electoral funding and administration could be cleaned up, despite widespread calls for a postponement. The result was Jimmy Morales, whose attempt to hide his illegal campaign funding and his family’s corruption led to the overthrow of CICIG. President Biden, who was close to these decisions, should learn from them. Sustainable stability requires a different US approach.

After all, greatly expanded resources without strict accountability will only backfire. It’s not just that money shouldn’t be given directly to corrupt leaders and ministries. Even private and civil society groups should be screened for authenticity, leadership and local reputation. Organized crime and other corrupt forces are known to form their own civil society groups to obtain and divert funds, and local elites have long been involved in corrupt schemes.

It is especially important that USAID funds, including public-private partnerships in areas where corruption has flourished (such as health, housing, energy and infrastructure), are carefully monitored and partners are vetted before any money is paid out. There are groups in the US and across the region who can provide information about the makeup of corruption networks, who is who, and whether recipients are known for their honesty.

Whistleblowers and local communities affected by projects (or a corrupt diversion of funds) must have easy access to financial and social accountability mechanisms within USAID and other US agencies. Such protective measures extend the project design and implementation. But in the long run it will give hard-won US dollars the best chance of actually reaching the people in the region in order to create the conditions they need for a life worth living that they do not want or have to leave.

BILD: A doctor wearing a mask with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez takes part in an anti-corruption protest in Tegucigalpa on September 11, 2020 amid the new coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP via Getty Images)

My exemplary little one saves her cash, and it’s changing into an issue – East Bay Occasions

LOVE ABBY: My 13-, almost 14-year-old daughter “Gabbi” is a shining star of responsibility and self-confidence. She also likes beautiful things.

Jeanne Phillips

Gabbi has been babysitting for my sister for several months and has saved almost every penny, which equates to hundreds of dollars. I am proud of their discipline. However, I think she should start buying some of her “frivolous desires” herself.

With my only income, I am willing to buy gifts for her and my other children when I can and on special occasions, but Gabbi often asks me for $ 10 here and $ 10 there. Because it’s more than I can afford, I have to say no and see their silent disappointment.

I know the simple answer is not to give in, but I want my daughter to know that it’s okay to spend a little on herself here and there. I’m not sure what words to use to convince them. Can you help?


DEAR MUM: Your daughter is old enough to have an honest conversation with her mother. First, tell her how proud you are of her, showing how disciplined and responsible she is, because these qualities will serve her well for years to come.

Tell her that if you let her down if you turn down her requests, you will feel bad, but now that she is nearly 14 she is mature enough to understand that you are the only wage earner who is money tight and their frequent inquiries are a drain on the budget. Then point out that babysitting has saved her some income, and she should focus some of that on the things she asks you about.

LOVE ABBY: My fiancée and I have been together for four years. I’ve lost a lot of people in my life, so I’m used to death. She, on the other hand, only experienced it two years ago when she lost her grandfather. The next year her mother died, and last year we lost a child – her oldest, my stepson.

Abby, she’s so lost. She is no longer the same person as she used to be, and I understand that perfectly. I am sad and depressed too, but she is bad.

I love this woman as I have never loved anyone else. I can’t imagine life without her, but lately I’ve been wondering how it would affect me, her, and the kids if I left.

I am unable to cope with someone else’s depression on top of that. I’ve tried, but I keep getting angrier. What should I do?

Torn in the east

LOVE TORN: You mentioned that you suffer from depression too. Are you getting treatment for it? If you see a psychologist (and receive medical treatment), discuss this with the person working with you. You may need to change your medication.

It is not surprising that your fiancée is grieving and depressed with so much loss at once in her life. Honestly, while I could suggest that she join a support group for help dealing with the loss of her child, she may also need help from a licensed psychologist.

While tempted, I don’t think now is the time to abandon your fiancee and her children. Once stabilized, you may not want to walk at all.

Dear Abby was written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and founded by her mother Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at or PO Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

The one drawback with Bridgerton-style dramatic gardens

Blessed with a good kind of direction, a period drama can be so much more than a ripping thread. The clothing, rooms – and gardens – are as easy to see as the cast, which leads to happy thoughts of stylistic takeaways. But for those who are seduced by the appearance of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (a real place remembered primarily for its notoriety) in Bridgerton, a gentle word: the pleasure of your own garden is more personal.

“Costume dramas aren’t really gardening,” says Julian Bannerman, half of Britain’s most famous landscape design duo, I & J Bannerman. Although he and his wife Isabel are experts in historical fantasy (see the hand-carved fountains with golden agaves at Arundel Castle) Your approach, away from visitor attractions, is more humane. You still use surprise, says Julian, but also “gentleness”. He adds, “The richer you are, the more you should underestimate everything.”

While the current mantra is “nothing too burdensome,” not everyone listens. “Our customers love to shop,” says Isabel, cautiously addressing landscape architects everywhere: “Sometimes you wish they’d thought it through first.” Forcing them to spend can make things more difficult for the person you hired, the Genius To filter out loci or the sense of place of your property.