Saturday 24th of February 2024

the relative sweet smell of the US constitution......

US Vice President Kamala Harris left out Americans’ right to life from the Declaration of Independence in a speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that made abortion a federally-protected right prior to its reversal last year. 

“America is a promise…of freedom and liberty,” Harris told the audience at Moon nightclub in Tallahassee on Sunday. “A promise we made in the Declaration of Independence, that we are each endowed with the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The world-famous passage actually states that it is the “right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” that all men are endowed with. 

Harris took aim at the text of the national anthem next.

“America is the land of the free and the home of the brave,” she said. “But let us ask, can we be truly free if a woman cannot make decisions about her own body? Can we truly be free if the doctor cannot care for her patients? Can we be truly free if families cannot make intimate decisions about the course of their own line?”

And can we truly be free if so-called leaders claim to be, quote, I quote, ‘on the vanguard of freedom’, while they dare to restrict the rights of the American people and attack the very foundations of freedom?

The ‘vanguard of freedom’ quote was a dig at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who used the phrase in his inaugural address earlier this month and has described his legislative agenda as a “blueprint for freedom.” 

Protests have raged ever since Roe v. Wade was overturned in a June Supreme Court decision, thus kicking responsibility for regulating abortion down to the states. While Harris warned her audience that Republicans were coming for their reproductive rights with a “nationwide abortion ban,” no such bill has been introduced in Congress. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) did introduce a bill banning abortions past 15 weeks, however, and a similar ban took effect in Florida in July.

Then-candidate Joe Biden also botched the Declaration of Independence while on the campaign trail in March 2020, telling a Texas audience, “We know these truths to be self-evident: all men and women are created equal, by the, you know, the thing.”





spare parts......


NATO member secretly provided Ukraine with fighter jets – mediaPoland allegedly gave Ukraine several MiG-29 planes under the guise of spare parts


In spring 2022, Warsaw secretly delivered several of its MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, despite the Polish government officially denying any such deals, a local paper has claimed, citing sources.

According to Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP), the planes were sent over using a “combined” method, apparently meaning that they were delivered in a disassembled state and declared as spare parts. 

“The fuselage and the wings are also spare parts,” DGP wrote Wednesday, citing sources within the Polish government.

Back in March, in the first months of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, Washington rejected a plan to transfer Polish MiG-29 jets to Ukraine, stating the move was “too escalatory” and risked directly involving the US or a NATO ally in the conflict, potentially triggering a direct confrontation with Russia.

In April, however, the Pentagon stated that unnamed US allies had helped bolster Ukraine’s fleet of fighter jets by donating unspecified “spare parts” which were supposedly used to restore many of Kiev’s damaged planes.

The latest article by DGP now seems to suggest that that ally could have been Poland, which in late April was also revealed to have provided Ukraine with $7 billion worth of military aid, including half of its tanks, dozens of howitzers, Grad MRLS, and missiles for MiG-29 and Su-27 fighter jets, among other munitions.

In recent weeks the US seems to have abandoned some of its prior concerns about supplying heavy weapons to Ukraine, and now plans to deliver a number of its M1 Abrams tanks to Kiev, while Germany, Poland and Finland intend to send dozens of their Leopard 2 tanks.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has responded to these planned deliveries as evidence that the West is becoming more directly involved in the conflict, despite European and American politicians claiming otherwise. That’s as Russia has repeatedly urged the West to stop “pumping” Ukraine with weaponry, arguing it would only prolong the conflict and lead to more bloodshed.