News briefs from around the globe.
New Speak on immigration
The Biden administration will now refer to an individual that has entered the country illegally as “noncitizen” instead of “illegal alien” which has been used for over 100 years.
A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) uses language outlined in U.S. legal code. The term ‘alien’ has previously been defined as ‘any person not a citizen or national of the United States,'” they said.
Democrats are unveiling the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, which would include a number of controversial measures such as citizenship for between 11 and 20 million illegal aliens.
Support for impeachment dwindles
Senate Republicans say support for impeaching President Trump is dwindling, even possibly among Democrats. The Hill is reporting that even if a trial is set, a conviction won’t happen including a vote on disqualification for future office. “Now that Trump has left office and the threat of a conviction appears to have worked to shut him down his last few days in office, they no longer need to wield conviction as a threat,” The Hill writes. “Only five or six Republican senators at the most seem likely to vote for impeachment, far fewer than the number needed, GOP sources say. …One significant development is that Trump decided not to pardon any of the individuals charged with taking part in the Capitol riot, which would have lost him more Republican support.
Trump, who was named the most admired man in the world in January, left office with an approval rating at or near 50 percent – higher than most recent presidents, including George W. Bush.
Pundits say media and Big Tech attacks on Trump and conservative voters, including suggestions that Republican voters be “de-programmed,” has backfired.
Lynching and chills
A New York Times writer and researcher has been fired for calling on Vice President Mike Pence to be “lynched.”
“If Biden really wanted unity, he’d lynch Mike Pence,” Will Wilkinson, the vice president for research at the Niskanen Center and a New York Times opinion writer, tweeted late Wednesday night.
After pushback, Wilkinson deleted and apologized for the tweet.
The paper, which has been criticized for blatant bias by reporters, also announced it had parted ways with another reporter.
Lauren Wolfe raised eyebrows Tuesday when she tweeted out her reaction while watching CNN’s coverage of Biden’s plane landing on the tarmac the day before he was sworn in.
“Biden landing at Joint Base Andrews now,” she wrote. “I have chills.”
Her tweet was mocked on social media giving critics of the newspaper more fuel for their allegations of bias.
Biden kills over 70,000 jobs on first day
One of the first acts of President Joe Biden was to kill the Keystone XL pipeline currently being built. Pundits say his first day in office may have been historic in more ways than one: “he may have set a single-day record for the number of jobs killed by an American president.”
In killing the huge project, Biden single-handedly destroyed 11,000 direct jobs that the pipeline’s construction was to have created, and an estimated 60,000 indirect jobs in secondary, related industries.
While environmentalists hailed the move, others questioned it saying it would be much safer to transfer the oil in secure pipes underground rather than on railways or tanker trucks traversing the nation’s interstate highway system. The move is among those things demanded by adherents of the Green New Deal.
Communists say Biden will help “angels” succeed
Reuters is reporting that the Communist Chinese government is gushing over the election of Joe Biden.
As the news service pointed out, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made a point of including a new propaganda phrase adapted by the Chinese Communist Party from a line in Biden’s inaugural speech and repeated by Chinese state media: “I believe if both countries put in the effort, the kind angels can triumph over evil forces.”
The praise comes as China has implemented sanctions on former Trump administration officials including Mike Pompeo.
“China’s decision to impose sanctions on these U.S. individuals is a legitimate and necessary response to their erroneous behaviors that severely violated China’s sovereignty, security and development interests on China-related issues. It fully demonstrates the Chinese government’s determination to safeguard national interests,” stated a Communist spokesperson.
Cloth masks don’t work: French government
France is telling its citizens that fabric masks don’t work. But don’t say the same thing on social media or you may get fact-checkd. According to Reuters, “The French government is now recommending that people wear surgical masks in public because they offer better protection from COVID-19 transmission than fabric face coverings, Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Thursday.
France already requires masks to be worn in public places, but until now has not made recommendations about the type of masks. French authorities are worried they could be hit by new, more contagious variants of the virus.
“The recommendation that I make to the French people is to no longer use fabric masks,” Veran told French broadcaster TF1.”
Best and worst housing markets for 2021
Zillow is reporting the hottest and coolest housing markets for 2021. According to a new these are the hottest markets for 2021:
- Austin, Texas
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Tampa, Florida
“The vast majority, 84%, of economists and real estate experts surveyed by Zillow said they expect home value growth in Austin to outperform the national housing market,” reports CNBC.
The three worst markets are in cities with the harshest lockdown restrictions resulting in lost buisnesess and an exodus of residents.
According to Zillow’s survey they are:
- New York
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
Twitter finally suspends an Ayatollah account, but it’s fake
Twitter has suspended a fake account for the Iranian despot/ Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The account had tweeted a threat towards President Donald Trump. According to American Military News, Twitter has still not suspended the account of the real Ayatollah which has regularly tweeted the destruction of America and Israel. The Big Tech giant did, however, suspend Donald Trump’s account.
–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice