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June 16, 2021

A History Lesson – And A Warning

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Mao’s Cultural Revolution Has Arrived in America

Chris Talgo June 16, 2021 Updated: June 16, 2021biggersmallerPrint

Commentary

From 1966 to 1976, Chinese society suffered under what we now call the Cultural Revolution.

The Cultural Revolution, previously known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, was a multifaceted affair undergirded by a vicious, fanatical campaign to destroy the “Four Olds.”

In 1971, The New York Times described the campaign thusly:

“One of the early objectives of the Cultural Revolution in China … was to wipe out the ‘four olds’—old things, old ideas, old customs, and old habits.

“The ‘four olds’ had already suffered setbacks in the years of Communist rule preceding the Cultural Revolution, but the Maoist leadership tried to use the new revolutionary upsurge launched in 1966 to eliminate them completely.

“In the turbulent years from 1966 to 1968, what remained of old religious practices, old superstitions, old festivals, old social practices such as traditional weddings and funerals, and old ways of dress were violently attacked and suppressed. Visual evidences of old things were destroyed, and there was an orgy of burning of old books and smashing of old art objects.”

Tragically, it seems as if the United States is in the midst of its own Cultural Revolution.

Like the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the current “revolution” in the United States is being waged by the youth—at the behest of radical leftists, of course.

Also, much like the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the 1960s, “Woke Revolution” in the United States is hellbent on destroying any and all vestiges of traditional society, especially those that celebrate freedom, individualism, and American exceptionalism, in general.

In China during the Cultural Revolution, as The New York Times describes, the “four olds”—old things, old ideas, old customs, and old habits—had to be eliminated.

In the United States during the Woke Revolution, we’re following the same path.

Old things, such as fossil fuels, the Founding Fathers, and the Electoral College must go.

Old ideas, such as equality of opportunity and meritocracy, are now moot.

Old customs, such as standing for the National Anthem and vigorously defending one’s right to freedom of speech, are long gone.

And, old habits, such as the Protestant work ethic and rugged individualism, have been seriously undermined.

In place of these “old” aspects of our culture, the Woke Revolution desires to turn our society on its head.

The Woke Revolution, like the Cultural Revolution, is predicated on Marxist ideology.

Individualism is being replaced with communalism. Equity, better known as equality of outcome, now trumps equality of opportunity.

Sadly, even Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream” of a color-blind society has given way to critical race theory, which is the epitome of racism.

And, above all else, class warfare reigns supreme. Rich versus poor. Privileged versus oppressed.

No longer is the United States the land of opportunity. Henceforth, it shall be known as the land of oppression. Or so we’re told.

Perhaps most disconcerting when one compares the Cultural Revolution to the contemporary United States is the disdain for the past.

In China, this manifested in mass book burnings and wanton destruction of historic monuments. That sounds a lot like what’s been happening in the United States recently.

The parallels between China’s Cultural Revolution and the United States’s Woke Revolution are becoming closer by the day.

As The New York Times article chronicling China’s Cultural Revolution concluded: “A new generation has appeared, and though much of the old China is too indelible to erase as yet, a new China with ways quite different from the old is in existence.”

The same could be said about the United States in 2021.

Chris Talgo is senior editor at The Heartland Institute.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Michigan Senate Passes Legislation to Add Voter ID Requirements: ‘Overwhelmingly Popular’

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BY JACK PHILLIPS June 16, 2021 Updated: June 16, 2021biggersmallerPrint

Michigan’s GOP-led Senate on Wednesday passed several bills that, if signed into law, would implement more voter identification requirements for in-person voters and absentee voters, adding Michigan to a growing list of states pursuing more stringient election measures.

All Senate Republicans voted in favor of the three bills, while every Senate Democrat opposed them.

Current law stipulates that Michigan residents who don’t have photo identification when they vote in person, can still cast their ballot if they sign an affidavit at their designated polling location. More than 11,000 individuals cast ballots in this way during the Nov. 3 election, according to election officials

With one bill, which passed in the Senate 19–16, that process would be barred, and voters who don’t have identification would have to cast a provisional ballot and confirm their identity up to six days after casting their vote.

The Senate also voted 19–16 to pass a bill that would mandate applicants who seek absentee ballots to provide their driver’s license number, their official state identification number if they don’t have a license, or the last four digits of their Social Security number. According to the legislation’s text, applicants could attach or present a copy of their identification to their applications.

Another bill that was approved by the Senate Wednesday, again in a 19–16 vote, stipulates that voters who get a provisional ballot have to be notified of the six-day requirement to verify their identity.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, is sure to veto the three bills. Previously, she’s expressed opposition to GOP-backed bills targeting the state’s voting laws and has pledged to veto them.

However, Republicans can sidestep Whitmer’s executive authority and can sign a petition to create a ballot initiative for the three voting bills. They would need more than 340,000 voters to sign the petition.

The Epoch Times has contacted the governor’s office for comment.

Democrats, as they have in other states, characterized the GOP-backed bills attempts to suppress voter turnout rates.

“The most fundamental right we have is to vote,” Sen. Adam Hollier, a Democrat, said on the Senate floor. “It should be easy.”

Republicans, however, said the measure wasn’t a partisan power grab but said both parties would benefit from enhanced regulations.

“We hear a lot about how ‘There’s only this little bit of fraud’ and, therefore, nothing else is needed,” Sen. Ed McBroom, a Republican, said. “But just because you can’t say we caught this amount fraud isn’t somehow compelling proof that there wasn’t more that wasn’t caught.”

Another Republican lawmaker pointed to polls that show Americans most likely support laws that require that voters verify their identity.

“It is overwhelmingly popular among voters that they verify their identity to vote,” Republican Sen. Dana Theis said.

With the bills’ approval by the Senate, Michigan joins a growing list of states that have opted to pass legislation targeting election laws and rules that Republicans have said are too lax and can easily be exploited. Last week, Republicans in Pennsylvania proposed a measure that would overhaul the commonwealth’s election system.

The bill includes more stringent voter identification requirements and mail-ballot signature verification. Among other regulations, the legislation proposed eliminating the state’s permanent mail-in voting list, would establish a new Bureau of Election Audit agency, and would allow early in-person voting starting in 2025.

This year, legislatures in Florida, Georgia, and Texas approved similar bills amid criticism from Democrats, including members of the Biden administration.

Federal Auditors to Investigate NIH’s Grants to Wuhan Lab

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BY MARK TAPSCOTT June 16, 2021 Updated: June 16, 2021biggersmallerPrint

Auditors from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector-General (OIG) are probing whether National Institutes for Health (NIH) officials properly managed research grants that ended up partially funding controversial “gain-of-function” research by China’s Wuhan lab.

“The OIG has previously identified NIH’s oversight of grants to foreign applicants as a potential risk to [HHS] meeting program goals and the appropriate use of federal funds,” the OIG said Tuesday in an update of its workplan.

“NIH must manage and administer federal awards to ensure that federal funding is expended and associated programs are implemented in full accordance with statutory and public policy requirements. To do so, NIH must monitor grantee performance and grantee use of NIH funds,” the OIG said.

“Grantees are responsible for complying with all requirements of the federal award, including maintaining effective internal controls over the federal award.

“Grantees that function as pass-through entities must monitor the activities of subrecipients, including foreign subrecipients, to ensure that subawards are used for authorized purposes in compliance with relevant laws and the terms and conditions of the subaward.

“We will review NIH’s monitoring of selected grants, and grantee use and management of NIH grant funds in accordance with federal requirements.”

The OIG investigation was prompted by a request earlier this year from Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) that the OIG examine the failure of EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based non-profit research foundation, to comply with federal disclosure requirements of how it spent NIH grant funds.

“That’s what the OIG is looking into is [EcoHealth’s] failure to comply with federal law” Ernst told reporters during a Pen & Pad session in her office Tuesday. “As well as finding the origins of the virus, we also need to, besides following the science, we need to follow the money.”

EcoHealth has used federal funds to support gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab. Such research includes techniques researchers use to alter the DNA of a virus to give it additional characteristics, including greater resistance to vaccines, more rapid spread among victims, and specific symptoms they would suffer.

The Wuhan lab has been linked to the CCP Virus that is also known as the novel coronavirus, which spread from China across the globe, including the United States, beginning in November 2019. An estimated three million people have died due to the virus, including more than 550,000 Americans.

Chinese officials insist the disease spread to humans from bats via raw meat sold in an open-air market not far from the lab. Multiple U.S. and other officials and experts in government and the public health sector, however, think the contagion may have been engineered in and released either by accident or otherwise from the lab, which is closely linked to the Chinese military and has benefited from U.S. government funding.

Justin Goodman, White Coat Waste Project’s vice-president for advocacy and public policy, joined Ernst in the session and described the scope of EcoHealth’s funding by NIH.

“Just some numbers so everybody can see how big a problem this is, just to EcoHealth alone, and never mind all the other grantees the OIG might identify as violating the law, EcoHealth has gotten $61.5 million in taxpayer money since 2008,” Goodman told reporters.

“Just since the pandemic began, they’ve gotten $19 million, and that’s $17 million from the [Department of Defense] DOD and over $2 million from NIH,” Goodman said.

“So even though [EcoHealth] has been violating the law, NIH has been notified they’ve been violating the law, NIH continues to cut checks to the EcoHealth Alliance, both for research they’re doing in China and other places,” he said.

EcoHealth did not respond to The Epoch Times’ request for comment.

EcoHealth has also declined to respond to requests from House Republicans for information about its participation with the WIV in research on coronaviruses found in bats.

“EHA has an extensive history with research into bat coronaviruses in China, some of which are presumed progenitors of SARS CoV-2. In addition, EHA has partnered with the WIV in this area of research, and WIV lists EHA as one of its eight international partners, and the only one in the U.S,” Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.), the ranking minority member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said in an April 16 letter to the non-profit.

Also signing the letter were Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.). The 10-page, single-spaced letter addressed 34 detailed questions to the non-profit.

“Further, for several years, EHA has provided some of its National Institutes of Health (NIH) federal funding to WIV [Wuhan Institute of Virology] as a federal sub-award recipient for bat coronavirus research to conduct high-quality testing, sequencing, field sample analyses, sample storage and testing, and collaboration on scientific publications and programmatic reporting. It has been reported that EHA’s China bat research project was funded entirely through NIH awards,” the letter continued.

Ernst also announced Tuesday that she is introducing legislation that would mandate suspension of federal grants by the awarding agency whenever a recipient fails to comply with all disclosure requirements.

Congressional correspondent Mark Tapscott may be contacted at Mark.Tapscott@epochtimes.nyc

Biden’s Oil and Gas Lease Ban Blocked by Federal Judge

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BY TOM OZIMEK June 16, 2021 Updated: June 16, 2021biggersmallerPrint

A federal judge in Louisiana has blocked President Joe Biden’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water, delivering a setback to the administration’s efforts to clamp down on fossil fuels.

U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty’s ruling (pdf), filed on June 15, grants a preliminary injunction in a 13-state lawsuit led by Louisiana Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry (pdf).

“This is a victory not only for the rule of law, but also for the thousands of workers who produce affordable energy for Americans,” Landry said in a statement following the ruling.

Technically, the injunction amounts to a halt of the Biden administration’s suspension of new drilling permits, with a nationwide effect, pending further arguments on the merits of the case.

The lawsuit alleged that the Biden administration violated provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and that Biden exceeded his powers in Section 208 of Executive Order 14008.

Biden on his first day in office signed the order, which says the federal government “must advance environmental justice” and, among other efforts, “reduce greenhouse gas emissions” and “bolster resilience to the impacts of climate change.”

Landry and the other plaintiffs argued that the administration bypassed comment periods and other bureaucratic steps required before a drilling permit pause could be imposed, and that the move would cost the states money and jobs.

“The Plaintiff States’ claims are substantial. Millions and possibly billions of dollars are at stake,” the judge wrote in a memorandum (pdf). “Local government funding, jobs for Plaintiff State workers, and funds for the restoration of Louisiana’s Coastline are at stake. Plaintiff States have a reliance interest in the proceeds derived from offshore and on land oil and gas lease sales,” he added.

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry (C) speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 22, 2020. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The judge added that, in imposing the moratorium, the Biden administration failed to provide sufficient rationale for its decision.

“The omission of any rational explanation in canceling the lease sales, and in enacting the Pause, results in this Court ruling that Plaintiff States also have a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of this claim,” the judge wrote.

Interior Department communications director, Melissa Schwartz, responded to the injunction in a statement, saying, “we are reviewing the judge’s opinion and will comply with the decision,” though she did not specify any plans to appeal the injunction.

“The Interior Department continues to work on an interim report that will include initial findings on the state of the federal conventional energy programs, as well as outline next steps and recommendations for the Department and Congress to improve stewardship of public lands and waters, create jobs, and build a just and equitable energy future,” she added.

Doughty’s ruling came after hearing oral arguments last week, in which lawyers for Landry’s office made the case that Biden administration officials cannot legally halt all lease sales, citing the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Mineral Leasing Act as explicitly prohibiting the moratorium.

“While our fight is far from over, I am pleased the Court granted preliminary relief against the President’s unconscionable attack on American energy,” Landry said in a statement.

Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM

Hard To Hear, But Listen Very Carefully

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Things Are Different

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Illegal Immigrants Intentionally Damaging Property, Says Texas Sheriff

BY CHARLOTTE CUTHBERTSON June 16, 2021 Updated: June 16, 2021biggersmallerPrint

KINNEY COUNTY, Texas—This year’s illegal immigrants are unlike those from previous years, according to Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe, who was also a Border Patrol agent for 31 years.

“We’re starting to see more intentional damage,” Coe told The Epoch Times. “I’ve never seen it quite like this. Somebody’s making a statement.”

He said in the past six months, illegal aliens that get past Border Patrol in the Del Rio, Texas, area are walking through ranches, destroying fences and water pipes, leaving water faucets on, and breaking into homes.

“We’ve always had a fence cut here, fence cut there, because they’re hauling dope or small kids or something,” he said. “But we’ve never seen the intentional big four-by-four holes in the fence, or now, a 10-foot section just cut completely out. That’s really starting to bother me.”

The cost of replacing a mile of fencing can be up to $30,000, several ranchers told The Epoch Times.

“It’s all just out of spite, I think,”  Coe said.

In May, Border Patrol detected 51,000 illegal immigrants that slipped past them along the U.S–Mexico border. In the same month, apprehensions hit a 21-year monthly high, with the agency arresting 180,034 illegal border-crossers.

The majority of the illegal immigrants eluding Border Patrol and walking through the ranches, or being smuggled in vehicles, are young males traveling in groups, according to local sheriffs and Border Patrol agents.

Many ranchers and homeowners are now having to constantly carry a firearm while on their property, and Uvalde County Sheriff Ruben Nolasco said the illegal immigrants now are more aggressive.

A resident told Nolasco that he had to hold an illegal alien at gunpoint, but the man still wasn’t backing down.

“And [the resident] finally had to cock the hammer back and say, ‘Hey, you take a step further, then things are gonna change here,’” Nolasco said. “That’s the last thing I want to hear—that we have a shooting, [that] we have somebody that had to kill somebody … I hope it never happens.”

Nolasco said stolen vehicles, criminal mischief, and burglaries have all ticked up in conjunction with the influx of illegal aliens this year.

“It’s a mess. That’s what it is. But nobody seems to care about us down here. We’re 60, 65 miles away from the border. And they say that everything’s OK. No, it’s not OK,” he said.

“Most of the [vehicle] stops, they’re finding weapons in the vehicles, so that’s nuts.”

Coe said in the past, illegal immigrants crossing through his county would be respectful and largely stay away from homes and property, unless they really needed help.

“These people now, they’re demanding, ‘You will feed me, you will give me water,’” he said.

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Rancher Mike Miller points to water pump machinery that he’s had to replace several times after illegal immigrants have damaged it, in Uvalde County, Texas, on May 27, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin said a resident was given a list of demands by a group of illegal aliens that approached him at home. Another couple was threatened with “I know where you live” by an illegal alien as he was being arrested on their property.

Rancher John Sewell said his three Blue Lacy dogs have likely helped change the outcome in several situations, including when a group of men approached and said they wanted to take his truck.

Coe said he doesn’t expect things to slow down before October, as summer is usually the busiest, and most dangerous, crossing season.

“Normally, around here, we have one death every 18 to 24 months—somebody will find a deceased person on their property,” he said.

“This is May, we’ve had two this month. So if that’s any indication of what the rest of the year is going to be like, that’s going to be kind of scary.”

Meanwhile, the governors of Arizona and Texas have asked other states to deploy available police or law enforcement to the U.S.–Mexico border to assist Border Patrol agents as they deal with a surge in encounters.

“With your help, we can apprehend more of these perpetrators of state and federal crimes, before they can cause problems in your state,” Govs. Greg Abbott and Doug Ducey, both Republicans, wrote in a letter to other governors on June 10.

Abbott announced on June 10 that Texas will begin arresting illegal immigrants who enter the state. “We’re going to start making arrests, sending a message to anyone thinking about coming here: You’re not getting a free pass. You’re getting a straight pass to a jail cell.”Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @charlottecuthboFollow Charlotte on Parler: @charlottecuthbo

June 15, 2021

“Re-imagining” Public Safety in Portland

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Portlanders Struggle as Anti-Police Riots Continue Largely Unnoticed by Media

BY MARTHA ROSENBERG June 15, 2021 Updated: June 15, 2021biggersmallerPrint

Communities and residents in Portland are still struggling as the anti-police riots continue without much coverage from the mainstream media.

Portlanders who spoke to The Epoch Times anonymously (to avoid “woke” retaliation) all agreed that violence is becoming worse and is unacceptable. “There are brazen shootings and killings in broad daylight which did not happen before this past year,” said a 44-year-old man who lives in a Portland suburb. “The violence is no longer limited to nights or certain neighborhoods.”

“Some companies are having a hard time recruiting employees because people perceive Portland as a dangerous place and don’t want to move here,” said a 64-year-old woman who works in the information technology field. “The violence and especially the perception of lawlessness have very much affected hiring.”

Riots Continue Mostly Unnoticed

After 60 days of left-wing violence following the George Floyd killing, federal agents were sent to Portland, Oregon in early July 2020. In addition to the nightly vandalizing of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, rioters had blocked exits and started a fire at the Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct building, started other fires, and perpetrated looting and vandalism.

According to Jason Dunn, U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado in Portland there was “widespread use of rocks, lasers, slingshots loaded with ball-bearings, explosives, and other methods to assault federal employees. There are also nightly attempts by rioters to storm federal buildings and destroy them.”

Within two weeks of federal agent deployment after reports of arrest regularities, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler demanded that the agents leave the city or stay “in your own [federal] buildings.” Gov. Kate Brown echoed the sentiments. Members of Congress also demanded that federal agents withdraw from Portland in a letter to then-Attorney General Barr and Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf.

Almost all national coverage of the Portland riots ended when federal agents withdrew in 2020, but the violent unrest has continued unabated and often unreported. For example, while most left-wing activists welcomed the Biden inauguration, Portland activists unveiled signs that read “WE DON’T WANT BIDEN—WE WANT REVENGE” and swarmed the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement facility throwing rocks, bottles, and a pepper-like spray from paintball guns. “At one point, the air was so thick with gas and smoke that it was difficult to see,” reported Oregon Live. Demonstrators also smashed the windows of Oregon’s Democratic Party headquarters.

Less than three months later, after the killing of Daunte Wright, a black man shot by police in a Minneapolis suburb in April, rioters set the headquarters of the Portland Police Association on fire. The symbolic building had been boarded up from major destruction during the 2020 violence and the association moved in early June.

In April, protesters attempted to set up a Seattle-style autonomous zone and smashed the windows of Portland businesses, the Oregon Historical Society (which was already vandalized in 2020 on an “Indigenous Day of Rage”), and even the First Christian Church that feeds the homeless. The indiscriminate actions moved Acting Chief Chris Davis to remark in a Portland Police Bureau statement that “our community has made it clear that it will not tolerate wanton violence and destruction.”

There were even riots after the Derek Chauvin verdict, the police officer convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the George Floyd case—a ruling which most left-wing activists hailed. They smashed windows, including a Starbucks.

Who Are The Agitators?

Less than six percent of Portland’s population is black and the violent activists widely appear to be young, white, and associated with Antifa and following their own agenda. Both moderate blacks and whites are afraid to speak out, Portlanders told The Epoch Times, because of the charged atmosphere in which dissent is demonized. The violent activists do not represent the feelings of the majority.

“My black employees say, ‘We want the police guarding our homes’ and that the violent protestors do not speak for them,” said a downtown Portland employer who spoke to The Epoch Times on the condition of anonymity because of the “Gestapo-like atmosphere that currently exists.” “Friends of mine who survived civil wars in Southeast Asia and other places are especially aghast at the brazen violence that is tolerated in Portland and how criminals are emboldened. They spend one night in jail and are bailed out the next day!”

When asked why there seem to be few serious attempts to stop the violent demonstrators or unravel their funding, the employer said, “there is no political will. The mayor, district attorney, and governor serve the people who are not affected by the violence because they live in a bubble. People who are brown, yellow, red, and black are the most injured by the violence which is ironic when you consider the demonstrators’ rhetoric.”

Gregory McKelvey, a black civic leader in Portland, agreed that the violent protestors’ agenda diverges from that of the black community. Protesting every night or yelling in the face of police officers is an example of “white privilege” that would be off-limits to many others, he told the NY Times.

Aftermath of Defunding the Police Department

In June 2020, the Portland City Council, in response to anti-police activism, cut $18 million of the police budget, affecting units dedicated to schools, patrolling the public transit system, and investigating gun violence. The Epoch Times asked the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) whether the budget cuts combined with anti-police sentiment hamper law enforcement.

“Certainly it has made it more difficult for members of the Bureau,” Sergeant Kevin Allen told The Epoch Times. “We believe the Youth Services Division (school resource officers) was a progressive program. Officers were a caring resource to students and frequently employed restorative justice principles to avoid arresting students. Likewise, we felt that having Portland officers in a dedicated Transit Police Department made the transit system safer. Our Traffic Division was dedicated to making our roads safer.

“That said, we work for the community and we will be the agency that the community wants. It’s difficult now because due to budgets and staffing issues, our officers spend a lot of time explaining why their responses were delayed or why they can’t engage in an investigation into a crime. Even the ‘low level’ crimes are important to the victim.”

Brian Hunzeker, president of the Portland police union, indicted the cuts led to an increase in gun violence and slower police response times. “I would say look at the data that is in front of you,” he said to city leaders in January. “You have reduced and taken away certain divisions of the police force that serve an integral role and you can see the data.”

According to the National Police Support Fund, defunding the police can have immediate and dramatic effects on crime rates. Homicides in Minneapolis increased by 60 percent in 2020, says the fund, “with many of the crimes left unsolved because there are fewer police detectives and other resources to work the cases.”

Similarly, Atlanta’s police department investigated its highest number of homicides in 2020—157, up from 99 in 2019.

Since the George Floyd killing, over 100 officers have left the police force, with most citing lack of support from local leaders and budget cuts for the reason for leaving in their exit interviews, KATU reported.

“No question, morale is low at PPB, and we’re losing a lot of dedicated sworn personnel,” Allen said. “I think it’s fair to say the unrest and the stress it places on officers and their families is a major factor. It’s a huge challenge. In 2020, the Bureau had 55 retirements and 29 resignations of sworn personnel. So far in 2021, there have been 20 retirements and 5 resignations. So since July 2020, we have had 75 retirements and 54 resignations of sworn personnel (129 total).”

In June 2020, the Portland Police Bureau had 934 sworn members, compared with only 813 out of 916 sworn positions now filled, Allen said.

Local Politicians

Statements from Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and even his career itself reflect the strange and contradictory times in the city. While nearly two-thirds of city voters viewed Wheeler negatively according to Fox News, he won reelection six months after the riots began, largely because his running opponent was seen as too extreme, said Portlanders who spoke to The Epoch Times. His opponent, Sarah Iannarone, an urban policy consultant, actually joined anti-police street protesters and encouraged violence. “Peaceful protests, in my opinion, might not necessarily be moving the conversation forward,” she declared.

Wheeler denounced federal agents sent to Portland by President Donald Trump in July 2020 but also said of protestors who started a fire at the Portland Police Bureaus East Precinct building in August, “When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder.” Later that month demonstrators stormed Wheeler’s personal residence and set fire fires, angry over his lack of police reform actions.

In August 2020, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt angered many when he announced that his office would not prosecute riot-related charges like interfering with a peace officer, second-degree disorderly conduct, and first and second-degree criminal trespass. Yet in June 2021, his office began to charge suspected Antifa rioters, indicating a possible reversal in prosecution policies.

Already, a grand jury has indicted a man accused of injuring a Portland Police Bureau sergeant by shining a high-powered laser into his eye during a protest—a tactic used by violent protestors. The laser was found in the man’s back pocket and caused cardboard to burn when it was tested, said police. Many hope the prosecutions will curtail the violence and restore support for the Portland police.

“We all got into this work to help people, and it’s difficult when we cannot do that,” Allen said. “We just try to concentrate on the times that we can help. Portland still has many dedicated public servants wearing our uniform working every day and night.”

Columbia University Graduate Who Fled North Korea Says She Sees Similarities in America

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BY GQ PAN June 15, 2021 Updated: June 15, 2021biggersmallerPrint

A North Korean defector who graduated from New York’s Columbia University drew an alarming similarity between what is being taught on the American campus and the propaganda of the Kim regime.

In 2007, 13-year-old Yeonmi Park and her mother fled across the border to China, where they were sold into slavery by sex traffickers. Two years later, with the help of Christian missionaries, they escaped to Mongolia across the Gobi desert before settling in South Korea.

Park was transferred to Columbia from a South Korean university in 2016. She said she was struck by the Ivy League school’s anti-West and anti-American sentiment, which brought back memories of her childhood under the communist, totalitarian regime.

“At Columbia University, literally every professor was saying the problems that we have in today’s world is because of white men [and] how they colonized Africa [and] Asia, that’s how they mess up everything and they are the ones who needs [sic] to be blamed,” Yeonmi told Fox News.

“And I couldn’t believe it,” she continued. “Am I sitting in North Korea’s classroom or in America’s classroom? I couldn’t believe why people were hating their own people that much.”

Park told host Sean Hannity that she viewed the United States as a nation of free thought and free speech, only to find out she had to censor herself on an American campus.

“I literally crossed the Gobi desert to be free and now I thought I live in a country where I can say what I believe and have my freedom to think. However, now I have to constantly censor my speech because in the name of a safe place,” Park said.

“Columbia told us [what] we can’t talk about, and I am so concerned if America is not free, I think there is no place else left that is free—that’s why it’s really alarming to me,” she added.

When asked whether she would go on a tour of American colleges to speak about her experiences, Park said she would consider it.

“My used-to-be enemy was Kim Jong-un,” she said. “I have been on the killing list of Kim Jong-un for many years because I spoke out in the West about the suffering of North Korean people. My original family got punished but now, ironically enough, so many Marxists and Communists and Maoists, Leninists are sending me death threats.”

Columbia University did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Park’s claims.

Victor Davis Hanson: “You can’t reason with these people.”

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“The Biden-Harris administration has made incredible progress in putting our country back on track after Donald Trump left it in SHAMBLES.” – Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (in an email to me today)

Florida Sheriff to Migrants From Blue States: Don’t Vote the Way You Did Before ‘Or You’ll Have Here What You Had There’

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BY PATRICIA TOLSON June 15, 2021 Updated: June 15, 2021biggersmallerPrint

On June 9, The Epoch Times reported how Florida was the number one state in the nation for people to move to, while New York and California took first and second place respectively for states that have the most people leaving. To those moving to Florida from blue states, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says: “Do me a favor,” and “don’t vote the way the majority of the people voted from where you came or you’ll have here what you had there. Guaranteed.”

One of the reasons cited by those fleeing their blue state hometowns was the rising crime rates. According to Judd, the escalation in crime rates are a direct result of the “defund the police” movements in many Democrat-run states.

“Florida has had a Republican House, a Republican Senate, and a Republican governor for a very long time,” Judd told The Epoch Times in a phone interview. “So all you have to do is compare-and-contrast. You go to these areas where crime is through the roof, look at you representatives.”

In April 2021, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the “Anti-Riot” HB1 bill into law. This new measure makes it a felony to tear down statues or monuments in the Sunshine State and provides the governor and Florida Cabinet the authority to override the efforts of any other state official to cut law enforcement spending.

According to SafeWise, Marco Island in Collier County ranked first in the state of Florida for safety in 2021.

Conversely, in June 2020, the Portland City Council voted 3-1 to cut at least $15 million from the police bureau. The cut effectively eliminated 84 positions in the department.

So far this year, 37 homicides have been reported in the city, an increase of more than six times compared to the same period last year.

In November 2020, the Seattle City Council cut 18 percent of the budget from their police department. By January, Seattle saw a 48 percent increase in murders, the highest number in almost 30 years. In May, 260 police officers chose to leave the Seattle police force.

Trust in Law Enforcement

“The good things that are happening in Florida don’t just happen,” Judd insisted. “If they did, those good things would be happening in Seattle and Portland. But when you create an environment where criminal conduct is acceptable that’s exactly what you get.”

Judd also attributes the better safety conditions in Florida to the public’s connection with law enforcement and effective leadership in government.

“When people lose trust and they lose faith in the government or the police they quit interacting with you,” Judd explained. “So you don’t know how bad the crime rate is if people aren’t calling to tell you and people quit calling to tell you when you quit caring.”

It’s the same sentiment shared by Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis.

“Florida Sheriffs, who report directly to their citizens, are very good at holding chronic criminals accountable, while simultaneously maintaining the trust of the law-abiding citizens,” Nienhuis told The Epoch Times. “This has all resulted in a consistent decrease in crime during the last 4 decades. This is foundational to Florida’s growth, due to the fact that, regardless of age or family status, everyone wants to live in a safe community.”

“Florida’s great weather and beaches have always been a draw for tourists,” Nienhuis added. “However, low taxes, common sense leadership in state government, and the community’s support of law and order, have made those tourists realize that Florida is also a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Changing Voting Habits

Judd agreed, saying when he asks blue state migrants if they chose to move to Florida because of the warm weather, low taxes, and low crime rates, they always answer “yes.”

“Then do me a favor,” he tells them. “Welcome to Polk County. Welcome to Florida. But please don’t vote like you did up north. You’ll still have warm weather in the winter but you won’t have low taxes or a safe community.”

“We are definitely seeing the trend of people fleeing blue ‘lockdown’ states for the ‘free state’ of Florida,” state House Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, a Republican, told The Epoch Times. “They are coming here because of sunshine and opportunities. I can only hope that they leave any liberal ideology at the border.”

“You are coming for a reason,” Ingoglia reminded the blue state migrants. “Please don’t ‘New York our Florida.’ Don’t turn this great state into the state you fled from.”

Asked about the fears held by some Floridians that the blue state migrants will dim the freedoms of the Sunshine State, Judd admitted “their fear is well-founded” because individuals casting ballots in blue states don’t seem to understand that the officials they elect are the ones enacting the destructive policies that made them leave.

“None of the policies and practices in place up north just happened. It happened because they voted for elected officials that created those policies or laws.”

To assuage their fears, Judd advised worried Floridians to educate their new blue state neighbors and to explain that “all of the good things we have in Florida didn’t just happen.”

“It was the people we elected to the city commissions, to the county commissions and into the state legislature that made good things happen,” Judd said. “If you live in a high crime community, vote those officials out.”

“Nothing else really matters if you aren’t safe and you don’t feel safe,” Judd concluded. “A community can’t thrive if it’s eaten alive by crime.”

Welcoming New Residents

The Epoch Times asked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis what he’d like to share with the migrants coming from blue states.

“For the almost 1,000 people a day who are moving to Florida,” DeSantis wrote in an email. “Welcome to Florida, I hope we can all work together to keep our state the special place it is, an oasis of freedom in our country.”

“All Americans can learn from the mistakes made in lockdown states and not repeat those mistakes,” he added. “It won’t happen in Florida.”

“People who come to Florida from lockdown states can see for themselves how well we are doing here. If you look at voter registration trends overall, it’s positive; there isn’t any indication that the people of Florida—newcomers and longtime Floridians—are shifting away from the principles that helped our state succeed.”

Judd also expressed goodwill to Florida’s new migrants: “Welcome to Florida. You’re in a safe state, you’re in a healthy state, and we love people coming to our state. But don’t vote the way the majority of the people voted from where you came or you’ll have here what you had there. Guaranteed.”

Arizona AG Tells DOJ He ‘Will Not Tolerate’ Efforts to Thwart Election Audit in Maricopa County

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BY MIMI NGUYEN LY June 15, 2021 Updated: June 15, 2021biggersmallerPrint

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich told the Department of Justice (DOJ) that his office “will not tolerate” any efforts to thwart the 2020 election audit currently underway in Maricopa County, the largest county in the state.

“My office is not amused by the DOJ’s posturing and will not tolerate any effort to undermine or interfere with our State Senate’s audit to reassure Arizonans of the accuracy of our elections,” Brnovich told Attorney General Merrick Garland in a letter on Monday. “We stand ready to defend federalism and state sovereignty against any partisan attacks or federal overreach.”

It comes days after Garland announced on June 11 that the DOJ “will double the division’s enforcement staff for protecting the right to vote.” The DOJ is also scrutinizing new laws that Garland said “seek to curb voter access” and “will apply the same scrutiny to post-election audits.”

Brnovich, citing the 10th Amendment and the election provisions in Articles I and II under the U.S. Constitution, told Garland that his statements on June 11 were “troubling” and “displayed an alarming disdain for state sovereignty.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=MimiNguyenLy&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3R3ZWV0X2VtYmVkX2NsaWNrYWJpbGl0eV8xMjEwMiI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJjb250cm9sIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=true&id=1404589581043912708&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theepochtimes.com%2Farizona-ag-tells-doj-he-will-not-tolerate-efforts-to-thwart-election-audit-in-maricopa-county_3858709.html&sessionId=9bca13fe011d419ccebf109f46614c056f8976c8&siteScreenName=EpochTimes&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px

The Republican attorney general also criticized the contents of a previous DOJ letter issued to Arizona Senate President Karen Fann. Pamela Karlan, principal deputy assistant attorney general with the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, had expressed concerns on May 5 over the security of the ballots and over the potential for voter intimidation related to the Maricopa audit.Read MoreDOJ Raises Concerns About Maricopa County Election Audit

Brnovich said that Karlan’s letter appeared “more interested in supporting the hysterical outcries of leftist pundits on cable television, rather than the rule of law.”

He continued to assert state sovereignty in his letter, reminding Garland that “The states created the federal government, not the other way around.”

“There are no issues more important for states to prioritize than the integrity of our elections. This is the cornerstone of our republic, binding together the people’s trust in the whole of government,” he wrote. “Today, we see mistrust in our elections from Americans on all sides of the political spectrum. This should not be a partisan issue. States can and should take every opportunity to reassure all citizens that their vote counts.”

“My office looks for ways to work alongside the federal government to uphold our laws within the constraints of the 10th Amendment and the election provisions in Articles I and II,” Brnovich added. “As I have demonstrated several times, Arizona will not sit back and let the Biden administration abuse its authority, refuse to uphold laws, or attempt to commandeer our state’s sovereignty.”

The Epoch Times has reached out to the DOJ for comment.

Arizona Sen. Wendy Rogers, a Republican, told The Epoch Times that the state legislature is empowered to conduct election oversight.

“When the DOJ says they’re going to come and interfere, this is a states’ rights issue, and they have no legal authority to do that,” she said. “And four courts have upheld us continuing with this audit.”

The Arizona Senate’s liaison for the audit, Ken Bennett, who is also a former Arizona Republican Secretary of State, said on Twitter of Brnovich’s letter, “Retweet if you think election audits are a state right. Thank you @GeneralBrnovich for standing up for the Arizona Audit and state rights!”

But Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, said that Brnovich’s letter “is exactly why” some state lawmakers want to give the attorney general more power over elections.

“He will defend their partisan antics instead of defending Arizona voters,” she said in a tweet.Read MoreArizona Senate Audit Liaison Disputes Report Claiming Hundreds of Thousands of Ballots Missing

Audit firms hired by the Arizona Senate have been examining some 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 election since April 23 at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. The firms are Wake Technology Services, CyFIR, Digital Discovery, and Cyber Ninjas.

The Arizona Democratic Party tried to block the audit but a judge ruled against them saying they had not presented substantive proof of security and privacy allegations. Hobbs, a Democrat, has told Maricopa County not to use any machines that were audited in future elections, saying that they may have been “compromised” by the auditors.

The state Senate had previously said that the “broad and detailed” audit will “validate every area of the voting process” and includes, but is not limited to, scanning all the ballots, a full hand recount, auditing the voter registration and votes cast, the vote counts, and the electronic voting system.

President Joe Biden was the first Democratic presidential nominee to win Maricopa County in decades.

Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.Follow Mimi on Twitter: @MimiNguyenLy

Georgia to Investigate After Fulton County Official Says Election Forms Are ‘Missing’

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BY ZACHARY STIEBER June 15, 2021 Updated: June 15, 2021biggersmallerPrint

Georgia’s secretary of state said Monday that his office will probe Fulton County after an election official there said forms verifying the chain of custody for some mail-in ballots went missing.

“New revelations that Fulton County is unable to produce all ballot drop box transfer documents will be investigated thoroughly, as we have with other counties that failed to follow Georgia rules and regulations regarding drop boxes. This cannot continue,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said in a statement.

Raffensperger previously announced similar probes in Coffee, Grady, and Taylor counties. In doing so, he alleged that the state’s other 120 counties had properly completed absentee ballot transfer forms.

Earlier Monday, Mariska Bodison with the county’s Board of Registration and Elections told the Georgia Star News that “a few forms are missing” when asked for documentation on approximately 19,000 absentee ballots that were said to have been placed in drop boxes.

The forms that are not available at this time would detail the chain of custody for the ballots. They are required by law.

A Fulton County spokeswoman told The Epoch Times in an email that the county “followed procedures for the collection of absentee ballots from Fulton County drop boxes.”

“We maintain a large quantity of documents and researching our files from last year to produce the ballot transfer forms. We have been in communication with the Secretary of State’s office to update them of our progress on this matter,” she said.

Democrat Joe Biden won Georgia by under 12,000 votes. Biden typically received more mail-in ballots in each state, and Georgia was no exception. While former President Donald Trump received over 254,000 more Election Day votes than Biden, Biden received over 848,000 absentee ballots compared to Trump’s 450,522.

Georgia Election
Election workers count Fulton County ballots at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 4, 2020. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Trump has said the 2020 election was rife with fraud, particularly in the swing states like Georgia.

“Whether it be voting machines, underaged people, dead people, illegal aliens, ballot drops, ballot cheating, absentee ballots, post office delivery (or lack thereof!), lock boxes, people being paid to vote, or other things, the 2020 Presidential Election is, in my mind, the Crime of the Century,” he claimed in a June 12 statement.

A group of Georgia voters that alleged in a petition last year that they witnessed an “abnormal” increase in Biden’s vote count in Fulton County while performing election observation was slated to obtain images of the county’s absentee ballots late last month.

But the judge overseeing the case decided to delay the visit to the county’s ballot storage warehouse, where the images were to be taken by county workers while petitioners or their representatives watched, until he rules on motions to dismiss filed by the county’s Board of Registrations and Elections and two other county agencies.

Garland Favorito, head of the Voter GA election integrity group, and a petitioner, told The Epoch Times that the new admission of missing forms could be used in the ongoing case at some point, but he would have to discuss that matter with his attorney.

Favorito believes the missing forms “could explain why we saw counterfeit ballots.”

Those ballots “could have originated from these drop boxes that don’t have chain of custody forms,” he added. “So I think there is a connection there.”

Susan Voyles, a poll manager who worked on a recount in November 2020, has said she handled ballots she believes were fraudulent or fabricated. Her affidavit was cited in the Fulton County petition, as were affidavits from others who participated in the recount and said they saw ballots they believe were fake. Voyles was later terminated by the county.Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieberFollow Zachary on Parler: @zackstieber

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