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A township in Michigan has adopted a resolution stating its newly adopted status as a "Second Amendment Sanctuary," because of the threat of the "infringement on the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms."

"We, the people of Holton Township, Michigan, through this resolution, hereby declare our Inalienable rights, our freedom, and our Liberty as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America."

A report in the Midwesterner explains the board resolution also included an addendum to form a militia.

The action by Holton Township's trustees followed the announcement by nearby Livingston County, which a few months ago also described itself a "Second Amendment Sanctuary."

Specifically, Holton officials insist it means they will not enforce red-flag laws restricting gun and ammunition possession.

Red flag laws are becoming more and more popular across the United States and multiple states have adopted them. They simply allow individuals, family members, and more, to complain to a court about someone they dislike, and the court then makes an ex parte decision to suspend the constitutional rights of the targeted person.

The board members, four of whom were present, voted unanimously in support of the plan.

They opened by quoting the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, which states, "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

That's incorporated into the states through the Due Process clause, they note.

Then they cite a list of Supreme Court decisions that establish and protect the rights of firearms possession and self-defense.

"The Holton Township Board declares and confirms express opposition to any law that would unconstitutionally restrict the rights of the citizens of Holton Township to keep and bear arms," they explained.

It then states the board "declares and confirms to express its intent to stand as a Sanctuary Township for Second Amendment rights, and to oppose, within the limits of the Constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Michigan, any efforts to unconstitutionally restrict such rights."

The board's accompanying "Militia Public Security Act" states the township is adopting "policies necessary for the security and rights of Holton Township residents."

It explains, "Legal residents of Holton Township with primary residency in the township are eligible to join the militia and may make their intentions known by acknowledging their intent on social media, explicitly telling friends or family members they wish to join, or stating their intent by letter to the Township Militia."

Then the board notes an age requirement of being at least 18, and the need to pass a federal firearms background check.

The report said, "Militia members must provide their own firearms, adhering to all federal, executive, county, and state regulations. According to the addendum, long guns with stocks that hit the shoulder, including semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, must have been legal by federal law since March 27, 2021. Pistols and handguns, including semi-automatics, are required to have been legal by federal law since March 27, 2021, as well."

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Saying things that leftists don't endorse is dangerous in America these days.

Writing it is even worse.

After all, the "woke" crowd has set up an industry of processes for their complaints about statements that don't agree with their ideology, creating both condemnation and censorship for those ideas as most social media companies go along.

One federal judge already has likened it to the horrific "Ministry of Truth" created by Orwell and the Supreme Court now is looking at the loss of free speech.

The campaign has been highly effective in that activist social media companies have even demonetized conservative organizations when they make statements that are fully backed by the truth and science simply because they don't align with Marxist ideology.

And the question now is whether Joe Biden, who has taken America so far into left field there are corn stalks visible, is exempt.

The question is raised by constitutional expert Jonathan Turley, who not only has testified as a constitutional expert before Congress but has represented members in court.

He pointed out a recent State Department "dissent memo" that blasted Biden's position on the war against Israel.

"What was most notable about the memo is that some administration staffers accused President Joe Biden of 'spreading misinformation'" he explained.

"It was a moment of crushing irony for some of us who have written and testified against the Biden administration’s censorship efforts. The question is whether, under the administration’s own standards, President Biden should now be banned or blacklisted to protect what his administration has called our 'cognitive infrastructure.'"

He explained Biden, and other Democrats in Congress, for years "have resisted every effort to expose the sprawling government censorship program that one federal judge described as an 'Orwellian Ministry of Truth.' As I have written previously, it included grants to academic and third-party organizations to create a global system of blacklists and to pressure advertisers to withdraw support from conservative sites."

He noted the House Judiciary Committee recently revealed "another layer" in the Democrats' system, which is "switchboarding." Under that, which has been confirmed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the administration intends to control the nation's "cognitive infrastructure," and eliminate misinformation, disinformation, and malformation, which is information "based on fact, but used out of context."

The result of the Democrat plan has been that researchers and politicians, "even satirical sites" have been banned and blacklisted.

"No level of censorship seemed to be sufficient for President Biden, who once claimed that social media companies were 'killing people' by not silencing more dissenting voices," Turley wrote.

The problem now is that those in Biden's own administration are accusing him of spreading misinformation.

"The five-page State Department memo was signed by 100 State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) employees and was accompanied by a social media post by a junior foreign affairs staffer, accusing Biden of being 'complicit in genocide' in Gaza. The memo accuses Biden of 'spreading misinformation,' citing his Oct. 10 speech supporting Israel, and accuses Israel of committing 'war crimes and/or crimes against humanity under international law.'"

The letter also charges Biden with ignoring facts, which accusations have been sufficient in the past for him to demand censorship. And leftist media outlets have been spreading false information, too, he said.

"There is, of course, not even a whisper (let alone a loud demand) for censorship or suspension of any of these figures or outlets because that is not how the administration’s policies over 'misinformation, disinformation, and malformation' — what it terms 'MDM' — work. The administration at one point insisted that it would police this 'MDM space' to target views on a sweeping range of subjects, including racial justice and the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan."

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Joe Biden's newest to help Iran, which funds Hamas and its terror attacks on civilians, would give the Islamic regime another $10 billion.

It's a report in the Washington Free Beacon that explains the scheme involves a "sanctions waiver" to give Iran a channel to grab $10 billion in funds that previously were frozen and now are held in Iraq.

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Hamas' war on Israel has put in a bull's-eye not only Israeli civilians, hundreds of whom were killed on that day of atrocities on Oct 7.

Also in the cross-hairs are Palestinian children who live in neighborhoods where Hamas arsenals are placed and people who have been shot and killed while trying to evacuate before Israeli military movements.

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A student at a California middle school has been suspended for wearing glare-reducing "eye black" at a football game, mimicking the actions of professional, college, and high school students alike.

And now the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression is calling for the punishment to be rescinded.

"Muirlands Middle School has no authority to discipline J.A. for his non-disruptive, constitutionally protected display of team spirit," the free speech organization officials have told the school in a letter.

They ask school officials to remove any mention of the incident from J.A.'s school record and lift a ban on the student's attendance at sports events.

Further, the school needs to renew its commitment to "binding First Amendment obligations."

"Anyone who spends any amount of time watching sports will see players wearing eye black — black paint or grease applied under the eyes. Traditionally, athletes use eye black to mitigate glare from the sun or stadium lights, but it also has aesthetic appeal," FIRE explained in a report.

"As one sports analyst put it back in 2008, 'The real reason everyone loves to wear eye black is that it looks totally cool, like modern war paint.' Some athletes go with the classic two black lines under the eyes. But for many others, the more eye black, the better."

J.A., in fact, used eye black that was under his eyes and spread down his cheeks, copying professional players whose images were documented by FIRE.

J.A. was at the game, wearing the eye black, without incident.

"However, about a week after the game, the Muirlands Middle School principal called J.A. and his parents to a meeting, where he told them J.A. would be suspended for two days and banned from future athletic events for wearing 'blackface' at the football game. The disciplinary notice describes J.A.’s alleged offense as 'painted his face black at a football game' and categorizes the incident as 'Offensive comment, intent to harm.'"

That, FIRE's report said, "is preposterous."

"Merriam-Webster defines 'blackface' as “dark makeup worn to mimic the appearance of a black person and especially to mock or ridicule black people.' Blackface has its origins in racist minstrel shows featuring white actors caricaturing black people, including by covering their entire faces in dark makeup and stereotypically exaggerating their facial features," FIRE explained.

J.A., instead, was following "a popular warpaint-inspired trend of athletes applying large amounts of eye black under their eyes, which has no racial connotations whatsoever," FIRE told the school.

The organization documented that the Supreme Court already has concluded that "school officials cannot restrict student speech based on speculative, 'undifferentiated fear' that it will cause disruption or feelings of unpleasantness or discomfort among the student body."

FIRE is calling for a response from the school no later than Nov. 22.

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The legacy American television networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, must really want Joe Biden to win to 2024 presidential election.

Or someone the Democrat Party would suddenly suggest to replace him if his "senior moments" of scattered thoughts and fumbled speeches become worse than they already are.

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Legacy media reporters across the West are failing the public by refusing to disclose the bias that is coming out in reports regarding Hamas' terrorism against Israel, and the Middle East democracy's response, according to a new report.

The problem is that the media, without qualification or explanation, is quoting Hamas' narrative on what is developing in Gaza.

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Iran long has been known as the world's foremost funder of terrorism, with proxies including Hezbollah and Hamas, the terror group that last month invaded Israel and massacred 1,400 with atrocities that left the civilized world stunned.

Now its chief is offering a direct threat to America.

It is the Middle East Media Research Institute that is reporting on a recent speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

He said in an address this week on Iranian television that "death to America" is not just a slogan, it's a policy.

He said Western countries could not "make excuses" for anti-Israel and anti-American protests in England, France, Italy, and the U.S., and this is why there are claims that Iran was behind rallies in England. Khamenei mockingly asked whether these rallies were organized by the London Basij or the Paris Basij, according to MEMRI.

Khamenei said,"The situation between America and Iran is this: When you chant 'Death to America!' it is not just a slogan – it is a policy. I have stated the reasons previously. For many years, from the 1940s to the 1970s – that is 30 years – the Americans did everything they could do against the Iranian nation. They hit Iran in any way they could – financially, economically, politically, scientifically, and morally."

And he blamed the U.S. for the existence of his arch-enemy: Israel.

"If it were not for America's support, if it were not for the support of U.S. weapons, the corrupt and artificial Zionist regime would have been destroyed in the first week. It would have collapsed. The Americans are behind this," he claimed.

He continued, "In Western countries – in England, France, Italy, and various U.S. states – people took to the streets in large numbers, chanting slogans against Israel and in many cases, against America. This tarnished [Western] reputation. They really do not have any remedy for this. They cannot make excuses for this. That is why we saw some idiot saying that Iran was behind the rallies in England. Perhaps the Basij in London is behind this... Or maybe the Basij of Paris."

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An official for the Hamas terrorist organization, which just weeks ago launched a war against Israel by invading and committing atrocities that left some 1,400 innocent Israeli civilians dead, now says it is the responsibility of the United Nations to protect its own civilians from Israel's military response.

Israel has, in fact, launched a series of air strikes on known Hamas operations in Gaza since the Hamas terror attack, in which militants drugged themselves and carried instructions to commit atrocities, such as burning whole families alive and beheading babies.

The air strikes have done damage to Hamas' military components, but as those installations often are adjacent to housing, or even hospitals, ancillary damage has been unavoidable.

Further, Hamas has constructed hundreds of miles of tunnels for its terror equipment, personnel, and campaigns, which will require on-the-ground Israeli military operations to neutralize.

Now Mousa Abu Marzouk, of Hamas' "Political Bureau," says those tunnels are for Hamas fighters and are not intended to protect civilians.

According to a report from the Middle East Media Research Institute, Marzouk said during an interview on Russia Today TV that since 75% of the residents in the Gaza Strip are refugees, it is the responsibility of the United Nations to protect them.

He was asked about the "500 kilometers of tunnels," and why Hamas failed to provide any bomb shelters for civilians.

He said, "We have built the tunnels because we have no other way of protecting ourselves from being targeted and killed. These tunnels are meant to protect us from the airplanes. We are fighting from inside the tunnels."

In fact, the agenda appears to be to keep civilians close by Hamas' military installations to act as shields, as previous reports confirm Hamas had closed roads to evacuees, who had been warned by Israel of the coming offensive.

In fact, he charged that the United Nations must not only protect civilians but provide for them.

"Everybody knows that 75% of the people in the Gaza Strip are refugees, and it is the responsibility of the United Nations to protect them. According to the Geneva Convention, it is the responsibility of the occupation to provide them with all the services as long as they are under occupation," Marzouk said.

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Turkey's Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is blasting Israel as a "war criminal to the world" that is committing an "open and despicable massacre" against Gazans, in a fiery, pro-Hamas speech at a massive rally in Istanbul organized by his AKP Party.

Erdogan, a longtime defender of Hamas who rejects the Western powers' classification of Hamas as a terrorist organization, has ramped up his rhetoric against the Jewish state following Israel's declaration of war and retaliatory campaign against Hamas terrorists, who reportedly killed 1,400 Israelis – including many civilians – in a surprise attack Oct. 7.

Earlier last week, Erdogan called Hamas "freedom fighters" and canceled a planned trip to Israel.

At the pro-Palestinian rally in Istanbul attended by hundreds of thousands, Erdogan questioned Israel's historic claim to their Middle East homeland: "Hey Israel, how did you come here? How did you enter here?" he asked rhetorically to the flag-waving throng. "You are an occupier. You are an organization. The Turkish people know this," he said. "Israel, we will declare you as a war criminal to the world."

"What is being done in Gaza is not defense, but an open and despicable massacre," Erdogan said. "This determined and faithful stance exhibited by Gazans will be written in history as a glorious epic of resistance."

He issued a seeming threat to thrust Turkey into the Israel-Hamas war, declaring: "Oh Western Powers! – Do you want a New War between the Crescent and you Crusaders again?"

"We can come at any night unexpectantly," he said, as the crowd chanted, "Turkish military to Gaza!" according to one X post on the speech by @ElephanCivics, who titled it, "WW3 Update."

Israel responded to the speech by pulling its diplomats from Ankara and calling for a reassessment of relations with Turkey, which Sunday celebrated its 100-year anniversary as a modern secular state.

“In light of the escalating rhetoric from Turkey, I have instructed the return of diplomatic representatives from Turkey in order to reassess Israel-Turkey relations,” Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said in a statement reported by the Times of Israel Saturday.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., quickly condemned Erdogan: "Hamas murders innocent babies, burns families alive & is holding Americans hostage. Erdogan has again shown that his interests don’t align with those of the U.S....We need to seriously consider Turkey’s membership in NATO if it’s willing to side with Iran-backed terrorists."

But the Biden administration's State Department spokesman Monday refused to condemn Erdogan for his harsh, anti-Israel statements, saying only that the White House "disagrees" with Erdogan's comments as it has disagreed with him in the past:

Erdogan sanctions anti-Israel rallies

The foreign policy group Foundation for Defense of Democracies, in an article published six days before the huge rally, said the anti-Israel rhetoric "is not an unusual move for Erdogan, as his desire to undermine Israel is becoming clearer by the day."

The FDD report notes that "since 2011, Erdogan has helped Hamas establish a headquarters in Turkey and harbored its operatives and senior leadership."

It listed other examples of Erdogan encouraging public anger against Israel:

The writer, Sinan Ciddi, associate professor of Security Studies at the Command and Staff College-Marine Corps University and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, notes the protests "are significant developments, as public rallies have largely been banned in Turkey since 2013. Apparently, if they are anti-Israeli in focus, they are permissible."

Turkey's "democracy" is far from perfect and heavily favors Erdogan's long-running rule against his political opponents.

"Some 90% of Turkey’s media is in the hands of the government or its backers, according to Reporters Without Borders, ensuring overwhelming airtime for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who won re-election on Sunday," Euronews reported March 30, in an article titled: "Turkish election 'free but not fair', say international observers."

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