News and Headlines.3/22/2021

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Army announces gender-specific fitness test score percentiles after women’s high fail rates on gender-neutral test

Army 1st Lt. Tyler McKinney, performs the leg tuck event.
Army 1st Lt. Tyler McKinney, performs the leg tuck event. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Connor Coombes, 2d Cavalry Regiment)

The Army plans to implement the ACFT 3.0 on April 1, 2022.

The gender-specific percentile tier system is being introduced as female soldiers have earned fewer points on average than their male counterparts and there have been concerns lower test scores on a gender-neutral standard will disadvantage female soldiers being considered for promotions.

The Washington Post reported last fall, based on early ACFT scores, 54 percent of female soldiers failed the gender-neutral standard, as compared to 10 percent of male soldiers.

Preliminary results also showed female soldiers performed 100 points lower on the test, on average, than their male counterparts.

Feds spent more than $1 billion on bioweapons detection system that mostly doesn’t work

The BioWatch system was introduced in 2003 by President George W. Bush in response to the anthrax attacks that killed and seriously sickened a number of Americans in the days following 9/11.

BioWatch was supposed to be a system that surveils aerosolized biological agents.

The system is comprised of hundreds of machines that collect air from public places around the country’s most populous cities and send samples to a lab that tests for harmful pathogens.

But since at least 2013, Congress has been told that despite spending $1 billion in 10 years on the project, the machinery is not reliably able to detect biological attacks.

DHS has continued housing and spending taxpayer dollars (at least $76 million annually) on the system.

Jen Psaki Struggles to Explain Why Migrants Get Hotel Rooms, National Guard Sleeps on Floor

CBSN Boston
CBSN Boston

Psaki did not dispute reports that the Biden administration awarded a Texas-based nonprofit $86 million to provide hotel rooms for six months for approximately 1,200 families who cross the southern border.

Newsmax reporter Emerald Robinson questioned Psaki on why the Biden administration would provide hotel rooms, food, and shelter for migrants even as American national guard troops were forced to sleep on the floor when they protected Capitol Hill.

“That’s a disparity a lot of people are pointing out, that our National Guard was treated one way and then illegal immigrants are going to be put in hotel rooms,” Robinson said referring to comparisons spreading on social media.

HEARTBREAKING – Mom of Police Officer Killed By Illegal Alien Speaks Out | The Candace Owens Show

In 2014, Sgt. Brandon Mendoza was killed on his way home from work by an illegal immigrant with a criminal record.

His mother, Mary Ann, is now speaking out about why lax border security hurts Americans.

Unions Invade Private Property

“If I didn’t allow them in, I’m the one going to jail!” rants a farmer after a California law allowed dozens of union activists to storm onto his farm.

“You don’t know if they’re mad, if they’re going to get violent,” says one employee who was working when the union arrived with flags and bullhorns, “It was a scary situation.”

The union wanted the workers to strike. Few were interested.

Court: University officials personally liable for constitutional violations

(Video screenshot)
(Video screenshot)

For the second time, a court has ruled that University of Iowa officials can be held personally liable for violating the constitutional rights of students.

In the latest case, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a student club, Business Leaders in Christ, which was banned by University of Iowa officials because it required that its leaders be Christian.

The court said the law “is clear: state organizations may not target religious groups for differential treatment or withhold an otherwise available benefit solely because they are religious.”

Federal Judge calls to overturn case protecting news outlets

A Federal Judge has called to overturn case protecting news outlets from public figure lawsuits;

Constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz relays what he thinks about the case, and the politics at play with the Democratic party and ‘mainstream’ media. – with Newsmax TV’s Heather Childers, Bob Sellers and Alex Kraemer

Inside a crowded border patrol tent in Donna, Texas

Photo: Courtesy of Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)
Photo: Courtesy of Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)

Each of eight “pods” in the so-called soft-sided facility has a 260-person occupancy, said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who provided the photos to Axios to raise awareness about the situation. But as of Sunday, he said, one pod held more than 400 unaccompanied male minors.

  • Because the Biden administration has restricted media coverage at housing facilities, images like these offer a rare window into conditions.
  • Cuellar, who recently visited a shelter for children, did not tour the Donna facility or take the photos himself. He said the photos were taken over the weekend.

Cuellar described the setting as “terrible conditions for the children” and said they need to be moved more rapidly into the care of the Department of Health and Human Services.

MI State Rep: AG Focused on Jailing Business Owner, Ignoring Whitmer’s Nursing Home Scandal

Speaking on Monday against the jailing of Marlena Pavlos-Hackney, a restaurant owner who allegedly refused to enforce coronavirus orders,

State Rep. Steven Johnson (R) asked state attorney general Dana Nessel (D) to prioritize investigating Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) nursing home scandal over arresting small business owners.

NYT on Vaccines: How Trump Got It Right, and Europe Fell Far Behind

In a deep dive article published over the weekend, the New York Times chronicles some important lessons from the ongoing Coronavirus vaccine distribution saga.

The Washington Examiner’s Byron York summarizes the findings with three take-aways: First, “Trump’s leadership on vaccine was vastly better than anyone in Europe.”

Second, “when it came to a vaccine, Britain was smart to leave the EU.” Third, elite opinion was “dreadfully wrong” on both counts.

The piece begins with a vignette of President Trump fielding calls from European leaders desperate for advice about how they might belatedly replicate some of America’s success in this critical area.

They still haven’t caught up:

Illegal Immigrant Says He Crossed The Border Because Biden, Not Trump, Was President

This migrant is one of the many illegal aliens who flooded across the U.S.-Mexico border shortly after Biden assumed office and eradicated many of Trump’s immigration and border security policies such as “requiring asylum-seekers to wait [in Mexico] for their court proceedings.”

Last week, Customs and Border Protection agents arrested more than 10,000 illegal aliens in the Rio Grande Valley, bringing the March migrant crossing numbers for that particular area well above 34,000 people.

It was during this time that the Biden administration also issued an unofficial gag order to cut off the press from accessing data held by federal officials about the total number of illegal immigrants that had crossed.


Biden taps tech antitrust advocate Lina Khan for FTC, in yet another bad omen for Silicon Valley

The Federal Trade Commission building. | Alex Brandon, File/AP
The Federal Trade Commission building. | Alex Brandon, File/AP

Khan will be the one of three Democratic commissioners at the agency, which oversees privacy, data security and some antitrust enforcement, at a time when the FTC has faced sharp criticism for not doing enough to police major tech firms like Google and Facebook over their privacy practices and past mergers.

Biden still needs to fill the remaining Democratic slot, which will play a crucial role in deciding the agency’s approach to the tech industry.

A professor at Columbia Law School since last year, Khan served as an aide to the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee’s probe into antitrust and major tech platforms including Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook. As part of the 16-month investigation, Khan honed in on Google’s conduct in the online search market,

ICE is ‘securing’ hotel rooms for migrant families & they cost HOW MUCH?!

The Biden administration just granted an $86.9 million contract to ICE to “provide temporary shelter and processing services for families” that have crossed the border illegally but are still undergoing immigration proceedings, says Fox News.

The contact will provide 1,239 additional beds for migrant families. So, that calculates out to…HOW much per bed?!

Listen to this clip to find out…(Hint: it’s a LOT more than your $1,400 stimulus check.)

Biden admin using COVID to keep media out of border facilities: Julio Rosas Senior Writer Julio Rosas says he was denied access after initially getting the ‘green light’ from Rep. Chip Roy’s office.

He argues that the Biden administration is ‘using COVID-19 as a pretext to keep press out.’

China Policy | Full Measure

Tension this past week in Alaska at the Biden administration’s first high-level meeting with China.

China fired off lengthy insults at the U.S. The Biden Administration called it grandstanding.

Scott Thuman reports when it comes to China, the Biden and Trump administrations share some broad agreement.

Border Reality | Full Measure

After insisting there is no crisis at the border, the Biden Administration’s Homeland Security Chief Alejandro Mayorkas this week acknowledged the surge of illegal immigrants is likely the worst in 20 years.

And no place is hit harder than Texas— where Democrat Congressman Henry Cuellar is sounding the alarm.

And now he says the Biden Administration is thinking twice about rushing to dial back some of President Trump’s get-tough policies.

That includes Title 42 that turns back people at the border due to Covid.

Steve Hilton blasts Biden’s dishonest border messaging

The Next Revolution’ host says what’s happening at the southern border is an ‘entirely avoidable, unnecessary, humanitarian disaster.’

World News:

Explosion at a Chinese government building leaves five dead, five injured

China flag
(Wang Xiaofeng/VCG via Getty Images)
China flag (Wang Xiaofeng/VCG via Getty Images)

Authorities suspect a 59-year-old individual who carried flammable and explosive materials into the building is to blame for the explosion that resulted in his own death.

According to reports, the bomb’s detonation caused shock waves throughout the village, which also resulted in a house collapsing.

Those injured were transported to a nearby hospital while police continue to investigate the case.

Chinese media agencies are called the incident “an act of sabotage.” 

Social Distancing and Wearing Masks Could Last ‘Years’, Says Govt Scientist

Justin Setterfield/Getty Images
Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Dr Mary Ramsey claimed on Sunday that social distancing and other practices like wearing a face-covering would go on for “quite a long period of time”.

“People have got used to those lower-level restrictions now, and people can live with them, and the economy can still go on with those less severe restrictions in place.

“So I think certainly for a few years, at least until other parts of the world are as well vaccinated as we are, and the numbers have come down everywhere, that is when we may be able to go very gradually back to a more normal situation,” Dr Ramsey said, according to the BBC.

Tens of thousands forced to evacuate homes across NSW as floodwaters rise

Rising floodwaters on the mid-north coast have forced over 15,000 people to evacuate their homes.

Parts of the state have received almost one metre’s worth of rain since last week and 7,000 homes have been flooded.

NSW declares 38 disaster zones amid major flooding event

Defence and aerial support is on standby to be sent to New South Wales where a deluge of rain has triggered 38 disaster declarations.

Today a second wet weather event will bring more heavy rainfall before a reprieve tomorrow, but the flooding will linger much longer.

Approximately 18,000 evacuations have been conducted and on Monday evening rain fell in every town across NSW.

In Penrith the Nepean River peaked above levels dating back to 1961 and in Windsor the Hawkesbury river is expected to peak at 13 metres.

Frustration has been expressed by some over the management of Warragamba dam which is spilling 450 gigalitres per day, a figure equivalent to a Sydney harbour’s worth of water.

IDF Chief quotes Isaiah to warn ICC;EU mulls Turkey ties; Saudi A under attack-TV7 Israel News 22.03

1) Three months following the dissolution of the 23rd Israeli Parliament; In approximately ten hours’ time – Israelis will flood polling stations to determine the future of Jerusalem’s leadership.

2) The Greek and Saudi militaries conclude a joint-aerial exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean.

3) Saudi’s Aramco oil installations were once again subject to a cross-border bombardment by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Yemen.

Farage reacts as EU block exports.

The EU have shown their true colours once again. Thank goodness for Brexit.

Uighurs: Western countries sanction China over rights abuses

China has created a sprawling network of detention camps for minorities in the Xinjiang region.
REUTERS:China has created a sprawling network of detention camps for minorities in the Xinjiang region.

The sanctions were announced as part of a coordinated effort by the European Union, UK, Canada and the US.

China responded with its own sanctions against European officials.

The sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes, target senior officials in Xinjiang who have been accused of responsibility for abuses against Uighurs.

The Chinese government has been accused of carrying out forced sterilisations on Uighur women and separating children from their families. BBC investigations have contained first-hand testimony of forced labour and systematic rape, sexual abuse and torture of detainees.


Ep. 1482 Trump, The Border, and UFOs? – The Dan Bongino Show

This latest proposal by the hapless Biden administration is going to pour gasoline on the exploding crisis at the border.

In this episode, I discuss the latest developments on this, and the stunning video by a prominent liberal acknowledging the growing threat of cancel culture.

The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast – Season 4 Episode 11: Abigail Shrier

Abigail Shrier and I discuss identity, gender dysphoria, the increased rate of gender transitioning procedures among young female adolescents, details of these procedures, de-transitioning, her personal experiences writing her book “Irreversible Damage”, and more.

Abigail Shrier is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and author of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters.

Abigail used her experience as a journalist to interview a wide variety of experts on the explosion in the number of young women self-diagnosing and taking steps to transition to male using hormones and surgery physically.

Vilified professor explains ‘FRIGHTENING’ critical race theory effects on kids’ mental health

University of Vermont psychotherapy professor Aaron Kindsvatter is facing backlash from students calling for his resignation after he posted a video on Youtube called ‘Racism and the Secular Religion at the University of Vermont.’

But Kindsvatter isn’t backing down. In fact, he joined Glenn to explain just how dangerous critical race theory is to our society.

Specifically, he explains, critical race theory has ‘FRIGHTENING’ effects on the mental health of our kids — both white children AND children of color.