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SCHWARTZ REPORT PODCAST

Schwartz Report Episode 38: The Realm of the Will

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Senate GOP blocks Democratic effort to ban bump stocks after Supreme Court ruling

Stephan: 

Even criminal Trump sought for a ban on bump stocks. I think he was afraid he might be assassinated by someone with an AR-15 with a bump stock. They have no use even as a. military weapons because they make the weapons so inaccurate; the only purpose of these devices is civilian mass shootings. But the Republican cult is terrified of offending the NRA so they blocked a new ban of bump stocks. Here are the facts. What I don’t quite see is how the Republicans voted to block something their maximum leader implemented.

Bump stock attached to AR-15. Credit: USCCA

Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked an effort by Democrats to pass a ban on bump stocks in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning a Trump-era federal prohibition on the devices.

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the author of the BUMP Act, brought his proposal up for unanimous consent, but Sen. Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) blocked it.

The move came days after the court overturned a policy enacted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2018 after a mass shooting in Las Vegas killed 60 people and wounded hundreds. The shooter used guns equipped with bump stocks, which allow semiautomatic weapons to fire off hundreds of rounds per minute.

“Welcome to another day in the Democrat summer of show votes,” Ricketts said Tuesday, likening the move by Democrats to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) decision to hold votes on reproductive rights in recent weeks.

Ricketts also said the Supreme Court ruled correctly last week.

“This bill may be called the BUMP Act, but it’s not really about bump stocks,” Ricketts said. “This bill is about banning as many firearm accessories as possible and giving ATF […]

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Breaking down the South’s economic underperformance

Stephan: 

One would think that the fact that the Red states, particularly those in the old Confederacy, have the worst economic outcomes would be a subject of national discussion.  Some are little more than third-world countries.  Here is a fact-based answer to why this is happening. Part of it is  “a key component of this model is ensuring the absolute minimal levels of regulation on businesses, including a lack of enforcement of labor laws or safety standards for workers.” This reflects what the MAGAt 2025 Project in yesterday’s SR seeks. Is this the United States you want? If not you better vote only for Democrats. In spite of their many flaws the Democrats are the only party committed to preserving democracy and fostering social wellbeing.

Summary: States that have embraced the Southern economic development model are underperforming when compared to regions that did not implement this model.

Key findings

  • The South is the region with the lowest per capita GDP relative to other regions in the United States when D.C. is excluded; Southern states are overrepresented among those with the lowest per capita GDP. 
  • Over the past 40 years, job growth across the South has lagged working-age population growth.  
  • The lower levels of unemployment across the South are misleading; the region’s low labor force participation and prime-age employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) indicate that many Southerners have become discouraged because they are unable to find a job or face serious employment obstacles. 
  • Large and intersecting racial and gender disparities in employment for Southerners reflect inequities and policy failures across the region. 

Why this matters

Far from delivering on their promises of shared abundance and economic prosperity, “business-friendly” policies have impoverished the South. The Southern economic development model is a key feature shaping the region’s economic underperformance. 

How to fix it

Instead of funneling resources to wealthy Southerners and corporations, policymakers should strengthen the social safety net, adequately fund schools, provide affordable access to childcare and transportation, and enforce labor laws or safety standards for workers.  

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In speeches and promotional materials—often seeking to lure businesses to relocate to the South—policymakers, chambers […]

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New Polling Shows the Real Fallout From the Trump Conviction

Stephan: 

It tells you a sad and sorry tale about the United States that millions of Americans are still willing to vote for a multiple convicted felon, rapist, and grifter. I wouldn’t sit down at a table for dinner with him. I met Trump once at a party in Manhattan when we were both in our twenties. I thought he was a loathsome nouveau-riche braggart.

Donald Trump’s criminal conviction didn’t instantly upend the 2024 presidential race. But the results of a new poll should be worrying for Trump.

In the weeks since the verdict, both parties have sought to shape the public’s initial reaction, with Republicans largely denouncing it and Democrats citing the result as further evidence that Trump is unfit for office. To figure out how this unprecedented moment is being processed by the electorate, POLITICO Magazine partnered with Ipsos in a new survey.

Among the most notable findings in our poll: 21 percent of independents said the conviction made them less likely to support Trump and that it would be an important factor in their vote. In a close election, small shifts among independent and swing voters could determine the outcome.

And yet there is also good reason to believe that Trump and his allies’ efforts to discredit the prosecution and conviction have cast doubt on the validity of the verdict among many people and limited the potential fallout for the former president-turned-felon.

A sizable number of Americans, including independents, question whether […]

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Miami Is Entering a State of Unreality

Stephan: 

This is climate change as a reality. Much of Florida is going to be destroyed, and the moron Floridians elected as their governor, Ron DeSantis won’t even allow the words “climate change” to be used by his administration. This is the eleventh-hour alarm. Pay close attention to how your state’s governor and his administration respond to what anyone can see is happening.

Miami Is Entering a State of Unreality. Credit:  Daniel Kozin / AP

Hank Perez, 72, was trying to get home to North Miami Beach on Wednesday afternoon last week, but the rain had other plans. Floodwaters as high as the hood of Perez’s gray Toyota Yaris stalled the car; he pulled onto the median and called for roadside assistance, but it never came. Thousands of other commuters found themselves in similar straits: About a foot and a half of water had fallen across South Florida—not the product of a hurricane or a tropical storm but of a rainstorm, dubbed Invest 90L, a deluge that meteorologists are calling a once-in-200-years event. It was the fourth such massive rainfall to smite southeastern Florida in as many years.

“Rain bombs” such as Invest 90L are products of our hotter world; warmer air has more room between its molecules for moisture. That water is coming for greater Miami and the 6 million people who live here. This glittering city was built on a drained swamp and sits atop […]

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The Vile Sextortion and Torture Ring Where Kids Target Kids

Stephan: 

An SR reader sent this article to me and asked me to feature it.  Her 13 year old daughter got caught up in this, they are still dealing with the nude pictures of her that were circulated in both their community in North Dakota, as well as over the world, and, she told me, it has resulted in her daughter going into long-term psychiatric care, and the family considering whether they should move and leave the state. I have a daughter and can barely even imagine what it would be like to go through something like this. I have covered the dark and evil part of the social media on the internet and the 764 business (See SR archive) but apparently, this trend in our culture is getting worse and worse, and nothing is being done about it, and it is hardly even being discussed in the major corporate media.

NOTE: If you or somebody you know are being targeted or abused by sextortionists you do have options. If you can’t reach out to a loved one or law enforcement you can reach out to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and/or use their Take It Down app to anonymously remove your images from most platforms.

The abuse that Ali saw was unfathomable.

Children cutting the names of their abusers into themselves, children abusing younger siblings, teenagers killing their pets—all of it was celebrated as an accomplishment.  

“There was this 13-year-old girl,” said Ali, a former victim of this community, to whom VICE News is referring by a pseudonym. “On stream, she cut her entire body for them. She would do this sometimes daily. They called them cut shows. They would have her cut things into herself, and then they would allow others to tell her what to cut into herself. 

“This is the same girl that one leader had convinced to kill her kittens on stream.”

If you or somebody you know are being targeted or abused by sextortionists you do have options. If you can’t reach out to a loved one or law enforcement you can reach out to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and/or use their Take It Down app to anonymously remove your images from most platforms.

All of this happened on Discord, the immensely popular chat app, on a server known as “Cultist.” According […]

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Project 2025: Building now for a conservative victory through policy, personnel, and training

Stephan: 

You need to be clear the November 2024 election is in no way a normal or typical election. The United States is in the midst of a civil revolution being conducted through criminal Trump and what was the Republican Party by christofascist White supremacist, militatant male dominant insurrectionists, who are supported by about a third of the voter population. If they win, the United States will become something you will not recognize or want to be involved in.  So forget about partisan politics. You must vote only for Democrats, not because they are perfect but simply because they still support democracy and the MAGAt Republican Party does not. That is what this election is about: democracy v. authoritarianism. Period.

To get the project 2025 book: https://www.project2025.org/policy/

The actions of liberal politicians in Washington have created a desperate need and unique opportunity for conservatives to start undoing the damage the Left has wrought and build a better country for all Americans in 2025.

It is not enough for conservatives to win elections. If we are going to rescue the country from the grip of the radical Left, we need both a governing agenda and the right people in place, ready to carry this agenda out on day one of the next conservative administration. 

This is the goal of the 2025 Presidential Transition Project. The project will build on four pillars that will, collectively, pave the way for an effective conservative administration: a policy agenda, personnel, training, and a 180-day playbook.

The project is the effort of a broad coalition of conservative organizations that have come together to ensure a successful administration begins in January 2025. With the right conservative policy recommendations and properly vetted and trained personnel to implement them, we will take back our government.

The 2025 Presidential Transition Project is being organized by […]

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Israel’s New Air War in the West Bank: Nearly Half of the Dead are Children

Stephan: 

This is my view of the Israeli – Hamas war: Hamas is a despicable terrorist movement hiding amidst the Palestinian population in Gaza. That said the Israeli approach to dealing with Hama has been equally despicable, and tens of thousands of innocent civilians have died as a result of the approach implemented by Benjamin Netanyahu. What no one talks about is that none of this would have been happening if the Israelis had agreed to and implemented the two-state solution.

AROUND 9:30 P.M. in late February, a white Mazda pulled up near a game cafe in the Jenin refugee camp on the northern edge of the West Bank, where a crowd of boys and young men often gathered to socialize. 

As the car stopped, a few people walked by on the narrow street. Two motorbikes weaved past in different directions. “Everything was fine at the time,” according to an eyewitness sitting nearby in the camp’s main square.

Then the car erupted in a ball of flame. Two missiles fired from an Israeli drone had hit the Mazda in quick succession, as shown in a video the Israeli Air Force posted that night.

According to the IAF, the strike killed Yasser Hanoun, described as “a wanted terrorist.”

But Hanoun was not the only fatality: 16-year old Said Raed Said Jaradat, who was near the vehicle when it was hit, sustained shrapnel wounds all over his body, according to documentation collected by Defense for Children International-Palestine. He died from his injuries at 1 a.m. the next morning.

Jaradat is one of 24 children killed in Israel’s airstrikes on the West Bank since last summer, when the Israeli forces began deploying drones, […]

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171,300 patients traveled out of state for abortions in 2023

Stephan: 

This is how distorted and difficult health care has become for women and girls in the 14 states that have banned abortion but who need OB/GYN care to terminate a pregnancy. This is a manifestation of what happens when medical decisions are made by politicians overwhelmed by ideology instead of physicians.

Lauren Miller testified at a hearing called by Democrats to discuss the impact of abortion laws across the country and to promote legislation meant to protect abortion travel. Credit: Screen capture

More than 170,000 women and girls have traveled out of state to receive abortion care since January of last year, according to new data from the Guttmacher Institute, a figure underlined by the increasing difficulty to access care in some states.

Out-of-state care accounted for more than 15 percent of the estimated 1 million clinician-provided abortion procedures between 2023 and March of this year, according to the data. That figure has more than doubled since 2020.

“Traveling for abortion care requires individuals to overcome huge financial and logistical barriers, and our findings show just how far people will travel to obtain the care they want and deserve,” Guttmacher data scientist Isaac Maddow-Zimet said in a statement.

“Despite the amazing resiliency of abortion patients and providers, we can’t lose sight of the fact that this is neither normal nor acceptable,” he continued. “A person should not have to […]

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