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Heartlanders were incredulous over the audacity of the criminal element in Texas, applauded the House of Representatives for calling for the removal of several university presidents, and made wildly inappropriate comments as Russia gears up for another Putin presidential run.
The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You
Acting Chief Patrol Agent Juan Bernal of the Del Rio sector posted on X the apprehension of 17,034 illegal immigrants caught during a brief five-day period. Also included in other updates was a dash cam and officer camera video posted by the Texas Department of Public Safety that riled up the folks living all over the Lone Star State. An alleged human smuggler, wearing a Santa hat and tie-dyed outfit, was removed from the car, cuffed, and immediately – as if knowing he was on Candid Camera – flashed a handsome toothy grin and politely asked: “Can I ask for another cigarette?”
In the current open borders climate created by Joe Biden and his border czar vice president, criminal human traffickers and illegal aliens have little fear of reprisal.
Bad Santa and five of his passengers seemed to have no fear of capture. In Georgia, Roger Hobbs had stellar and timely advice for the unfortunate and unstylish smuggler: “Just hold on dude, as soon as you get processed you will get a 5k debit card, an Obama-Biden phone and a plane ticket to the destination of your choice.”
“Who would have ever thought anything like this would happen?” Asked Shannon Lee in Jacksonville, IL, “Why weren’t we warned?”
The House on the Hill
The House of Representatives was in hot pursuit of some kind of informative justice as presidents of three elite universities attempted to give non-incriminating testimony while under oath during a hearing on anti-Semitism on college campuses. Harvard President Claudine Gay, Penn President Elizabeth Magill, and MIT President Sally Kornbluth were asked one simple question – if calls for the genocide of Jewish people were violations of the campus codes of conduct – and they blew it. They danced and dodged and could not get the word “yes” to bubble out of their mouths. Since when are academics so shy?
“Their responses were disgusting,” said Terry Giles in Great Falls, MT. And Giles wasn’t the only one offended. The lack of answers prompted 70 members of Congress to call for the removal of these presidents. A letter to each institution’s board of governors, spearheaded by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), demands that whoever is in charge “immediately remove each of these presidents” from their positions.
The backlash was nearly immediate. Brian Harris, Greenwood, IN, explained how it went so wrong for the ladies: “It’s because the only place they meet resistance to such disgusting and disturbing comments is in a forum like a hearing where their hearts are revealed for what they are: Jewish-hating socialists molding future leaders to be Democratic socialists aka communists.”
Wait, there’s a lot to unpack here: Billionaire Bill Ackman claims Harvard president Claudine Gay was hired because of the school’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative rather than “identifying the best leaders for our prestigious universities.”
By Friday, Ross Stevens, founder and CEO of Stone Ridge Asset Management, decided to pull his funding of $100 million to Penn earmarked to establish a financial innovation center. Attorneys for Stevens say the limited partnership failed to adhere to anti-discrimination and anti-harassment rules, and they “are appalled by the University’s stance on antisemitism on campus.” Stevens did say if they fired Magill as president, he’d reconsider. Well, she’s gone now.
In Other News
Russian state media reported that Vladimir Putin is running for a fifth presidential term in the 2024 election – no, not in the US – still in Russia, where he will most certainly win. The Kremlin is touting his invasion of Ukraine as a demonstration of patriotism and traditional Russian values versus those of the civilized western world.
It must be a fun job, president of Russia. Putin has been the top dog for about twenty-five years. And it appears he wants to take the title for longest-running Russian strongman away from former Premiere Josef Stalin, who rattled around the Kremlin for 29 years.
Putin has enjoyed relatively easy wins with no real competition since the last outspoken critic, Yevgeny Prigozhin, proclaimed Putin was losing his grip. He’s not a problem either, having died in a plane crash just weeks after insulting the president.
Mike Delcore in Michigan typed what most were thinking about a fair election: “As if an opponent wouldn’t fall out of a window or off a roof.”