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AZ Processed 673,000 Voter Identities With The Social Security Administration… 58% Had NO MATCH FOUND


(TeaParty.org Exclusive) – Over the course of the last 10 weeks, the state of Arizona has been busily checking voter registration credentials with the Social Security Administration on 673,560 applicants.
AZ Processed 673,000 Voter Identities With The Social Security Administration – 58% Had NO MATCH FOUND


The Very American Heroism of Todd Beamer


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‘Are you ready? OK, let’s roll’

September 11, 2021 | 7:15 am

Written by: William Cook

Twenty years ago today, on the morning of September 11, 2001, 32-year-old Todd Beamer boarded a United Airlines flight at Newark, New Jersey, bound for a business meeting in San Francisco. He was due to fly back that night, to rejoin his pregnant wife, Lisa, and their two young sons, Drew and David. Todd worked for a computer company, selling software. His job entailed lots of traveling. This was just another working day.

Forty-six minutes after take-off, terrorists stormed the cockpit, seized the controls, and announced, ‘We have a bomb onboard.’ The plane changed course for Washington DC. Some passengers managed to make phone calls to friends and family, and news soon spread around the cabin that two planes had crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York — and that a third plane had crashed into the Pentagon. It quickly became clear to Todd, and everyone else onboard, that theirs was the fourth plane.

Todd Beamer tried to make a credit card call and ended up talking to a call center supervisor for the firm who handled United Airlines’ in-flight phone service. The supervisor’s name was Lisa Jefferson (Todd was struck by the strange coincidence that she shared his wife’s name). Their 13-minute conversation is a precious record of an extraordinary act of heroism, a testament to the bravery and humanity that survived that awful day.

Todd and Lisa recited the Lord’s Prayer together. They recited Psalm 23 (‘Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil’). Other passengers joined in. Todd remained remarkably calm, though his voice rose a little when the plane went into a dive. ‘Lisa, Lisa!’ he cried out. ‘I’m still here, Todd,’ replied Lisa. ‘I’ll be here as long as you are.’

Todd and a group of fellow passengers (and several flight attendants) held a council of war, and took a vote, and resolved to storm the cockpit (even faced with almost certain death, American democracy prevailed). ‘If I don’t make it, please call my family and let them know how much I love them,’ he told Lisa. The last thing she heard him say was, ‘Are you ready? OK, let’s roll.’

Todd and his fellow passengers must have known their chances of success were minuscule, but they preferred doing something to doing nothing. They preferred to go down fighting. Thanks to them, Flight UA93 never reached Washington, and its intended target: either the White House or the US Capitol (though Vice President Dick Cheney had given orders that the plane should be shot down). It crashed in an empty field in Pennsylvania. Everyone onboard was killed. Four months later, on January 9, 2002, Todd’s widow, Lisa Brosious, gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

Todd Beamer was born in Flint, Michigan, in 1968. He had an elder sister and a younger sister. His dad was a sales rep for IBM. He was raised to respect hard work and the Bible. He attended Wheaton Academy, a Christian high school, and Wheaton College, a liberal arts college. A talented sportsman, his hopes of playing professional baseball were curtailed by a car accident. He met Lisa Brosious at Wheaton in 1991. They married in 1994. They taught Sunday School together. Todd played for his church softball team.

The day before 9/11, Todd and his wife Lisa had just returned from a trip to Italy, awarded to him by his company to reward his prowess as a salesman. Todd could have flown straight on to San Francisco, but he wanted to spend the evening with his young family. After Todd’s death his good friend Doug Macmillan gave up his job to run the Todd Beamer Foundation, which supports children whose parents perished on Flight UA93.

Why is Todd’s story so important? And why should we remember it today? Well, for the same reason we remember any heroic deed, to ensure that those who gave their lives to save others aren’t forgotten. However, in this instance, there’s more to it than that. ‘Let’s roll,’ became a clarion call, a cri de coeur, a declaration that America was undefeated, that its values endured. Good and evil are unfashionable terms in modern news reporting, but it’s hard to conceive of a darker deed than mass murder, and it’s hard to conceive of a greater deed than trying to prevent mass murder taking place.

If Todd Beamer had survived, where would he be today? Maybe he’d have a desk job by now — no more red-eye flights to San Francisco. Maybe he’d be the coach of his church softball team. Whatever he was up to, I reckon he’d still be doing the right thing. That’s the thing about heroism — it takes a lot of practice. You need to stay in shape.

If Todd hadn’t been on that flight, we probably never would have heard of him, but I bet he’d have spent the last 20 years performing countless little acts of kindness, enriching countless lives. If you’re lucky, you’ll never have to do that one big thing that everyone remembers. But you need to do the little things — it’s the little things that get you ready. Todd Beamer was unlucky, but when the big moment came, he was prepared for it. ‘Are you ready? OK, let’s roll.’

This article was originally published on The Spectator’s UK website.


Report: Government Can’t Locate a Third of Alien Children It Released


As concerns about trafficking of UACs mount

By Andrew R. Arthur on September 2, 2021

    Report: Government Can’t Locate a Third of Alien Children It Released

On September 1, Axios reported that the federal government has “lost contact” with about one-third of the unaccompanied alien children (UACs) it released between January and May. That is especially troubling given the fact that the number of UACs entering illegally is surging and concerns are being raised that a number of them have been trafficked. It’s not necessarily a new problem, but it suggests that the Biden administration is acting in undue — and reckless — haste in releasing those children to begin with.

Under a 2008 law, unaccompanied minors in DHS custody are segregated into two different groups.

If DHS encounters a UAC from a so-called “contiguous” country (Canada or Mexico), it must screen that child within 48 hours to determine if he or she has an asylum claim or has been trafficked. If the child does not fear harm if returned and has not been trafficked, DHS can send the child back home.

If the child is from any other country, however, DHS must transfer him or her within 72 hours to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), even if the child has not been trafficked and has no fear of return. HHS puts those children in shelters it runs or for which it has contracts, usually for quick placement with a sponsor in the United States.

It is a seriously flawed system for two reasons. First, it gives would-be sponsors (usually the child’s parent or another close family member, who are in most cases here illegally themselves) motivation to pay smugglers to bring those children here to begin with.

Second, as I explained in a May post, HHS isn’t very good at either detaining those children or releasing them to sponsors. I was in the room 19 years ago when the decision was made to give custody of those children to the department (which has no other detention responsibilities, or even that much to do with aliens except to give them money), and debate on the issue was so brief as to be non-existent.

You would assume that after almost two decades, HHS would have gotten better at keeping track of those children, but as the Axios report reveals, you would be wrong. I will note that CDC is a component of HHS, and thus the department has a lot on its plate with the pandemic, but that’s no excuse.

The children are placed in one of a number of shelters within HHS’s network before placement with sponsors. Shelter personnel also place the children with those sponsors, after HHS performs background checks.

After they are placed, HHS explains, “Care providers must conduct a Safety and Well Being Follow Up Call with an unaccompanied alien child and his or her sponsor 30 days after the release date.”

Axios reports that between January and May, care providers made 14,600 such calls to check in with released UACs. In 4,890 of those cases, workers were unable to get in touch with either the migrants or the sponsors.

The number of calls that are unsuccessful has been on the rise, increasing from 26 percent in January to 37 percent in May. Worse, those calls are not being made as they should. Between the end of January and the end of May, the department released 32,000 UACs, but only 15,000 follow-up calls were placed.

If those “Safety and Well Being Follow Up Calls” were not so important, one could cut HHS and the care providers some slack, because they have been pretty busy of late. Border Patrol agents have apprehended more than 112,000 UACs at this Southwest border this fiscal year, almost 93,000 (82 percent) since Biden took office.

At its peak of detentions on April 29, HHS had more than 22,500 children in its care (it was sheltering almost 15,000 on August 31), and released between just more than 250 and just less than 830 daily throughout the month of August.

The problem is that following up on those migrant children is vitally important, because HHS has released children to some truly unsavory characters in the past.

History may be repeating itself. On August 19, Bloomberg Law reported that federal officers are looking into whether some UACs were released to labor traffickers who then sent them to work in poultry processing and similar facilities across various jurisdictions.

Bloomberg also cited to anonymous sources who explained that HHS has stopped placing children in what were described as “at least two agriculture-dense areas that are under federal investigation for trafficking”.

If all this sounds familiar, that’s because it’s redolent of a 2014 incident in which UACs were found to have been placed with traffickers, who then forced them to work them up to 12-hours a day, six to seven days a week, on egg farms in and around Marion, Ohio.

That got Ohio Sen. Rob Portman (R) and the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations he headed on the issue of HHS’s vetting of UAC sponsors, resulting in a scathing (and rather disturbing) report on the department’s failures to ensure that children were properly placed.

Its handling of massive numbers of UACs in DHS custody was a black eye for President Biden in the early days of his administration, and consequently the federal government has sought to move those children out of custody (and away from the media and the public) since then.

Of course, Biden could easily respond to the UAC surge by convincing Congress to undo the 2008 law that draws those children (or more specifically, their parents and smugglers) to enter the United States illegally. Biden’s old boss, President Obama, asked Congress to do just that back in June 2014, but no one in the current president’s coterie of “experts” has even suggested that this would be an option now.

That would spare those children the dangers and trauma of an illegal trip to the United States, and the risk of being trafficked on this side of the border, but that sounds too much like something Donald Trump would try, meaning that it is the exact opposite of what Biden will do.

If Biden won’t stop those children from coming, he is on the hook for ensuring that they are properly placed in this country. Trump was hammered in 2018 when it was revealed that HHS had “lost track” of 1,475 UACs.

Assuming the media has any shred of objectivity or credibility left, it will redouble those efforts now that it has been revealed that Biden has lost more than three times that many.

More importantly, however, such accountability will ensure that the Biden administration is not simply playing a “shell game” of moving unaccompanied children quickly from DHS custody to HHS shelters to sponsors’ homes, without fulling vetting both the sponsors and the other occupants of the household.

I’ve expressed my concerns about Biden’s sponsor placement regime, including the fast-tracking of UAC releases “to parents in cases where there are no concerns about potential abuse or neglect by waiving fingerprint requirements”, and its failures to investigate other adults in the household. I heard too many cases of sexual assault and physical abuse by family members to be blasé about this.

As in the case of the 2018 reports that HHS had “lost” close to 1,500 children, I assume that most of the nearly 4,900 it cannot find this time around don’t want to be found — and/or their parents don’t.

Between FY 2014 and FY 2020, more than 41,000 UACs were ordered removed in absentia when they failed to appear in immigration court. For many UACs (and their parents), getting into the United States is the end game, not “getting right with the law”. Once they are here, they are happy to disappear.

But that does not mean that all of them are living in happy obscurity. Some of the missing 4,890 unaccompanied children may have been trafficked (as Bloomberg reports may be occurring with others), and some of them may suffering the worst possible abuses. It is up to Congress, the press, and the Biden administration itself to figure out whether those children are in danger, and in particular up to the president to ensure that they are found and, if necessary, rescued.

Topics: Biden Border Crisis, Influx of Unaccompanied Minors


Lawyer for Jan. 6 Defendants Released From Hospital, Says Reports He Went ‘Missing’ Are Inaccurate


Defense Attorney John Pierce speaks during an extradition hearing for Kyle Rittenhouse in Lake County court in Waukegan, Ill., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo, Pool)

Defense Attorney John Pierce speaks during an extradition hearing for Kyle Rittenhouse in Lake County court in Waukegan, Ill., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo, Pool)

A lawyer representing 17 clients who were allegedly involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach released a statement Tuesday saying reports he went missing are false.

John Pierce, who is based in California, issued a lengthy comment to The Gateway Pundit saying he was hospitalized for 12 days and has recovered. Pierce later confirmed to The Epoch Times on Tuesday that he released the statement.

Court filings that were submitted last month by acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips said that about 20 cases related to the Jan. 6 incident haven’t proceeded after Pierce didn’t show up, alleging that he was “reportedly ill” with COVID-19 and on a ventilator. A law firm associate who isn’t a licensed lawyer appeared in Pierce’s place during court hearings and proceedings, according to the filings.

“Unfortunately, it seems that Mr. Pierce may be hospitalized and unable to communicate, and it is unclear when Mr. Pierce will recover,” prosecutors wrote in the filing.

Pierce, however, said that he was released from a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sept. 5 after a 12-day stay.

“I was not ‘missing’ or anything of the sort. I am greatly appreciative of the many expressions of prayer and support,” he said in a statement. “And I am deeply grateful for the amazing care I received from the doctors, nurses, and staff who cared for me.”

jan. 6Police release tear gas into a crowd during clashes at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Pierce then said that during his recovery, he will not partake in a full-time schedule until Sept. 13, and that “next week, I expect to be fully operational.”

Based on the statement, it’s not clear why Pierce was hospitalized. However, he stated that “I have not taken any vaccination for COVID-19, nor do I plan to do so.”

A colleague of Pierce’s, Brody Womack, told Business Insider that the lawyer may have been exhausted and dehydrated due to his continual work for his clients. The reports of Pierce’s absence drew some concern from several of his clients, including alleged Proud Boys member Paul Rae.

“Unless I’m being lied to, I’m hearing ‘Don’t be concerned,’” Rae told ABC News. “I don’t know what’s going on.”

Several months ago, Pierce was one of several lawyers who raised the alarm about how dozens of the Jan. 6 defendants were being treated while in a federal jail in the District of Columbia, saying that they were being confined 23 hours per day, had a lack of medical care, and had restricted access to their legal counsel.

Pierce told Epoch TV in July that the defendants are being detained by federal judges under the 1984 Bail Reform Act, which authorizes pretrial detention if it’s believed the individuals are a threat to the community or a flight risk.

“There are about 50 plus or minus that are being detained, that have been in prison for months and will likely remain in prison for many more months until their day in court,” Pierce said.

Jack Phillips

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.


Vigil Held For Fallen Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo


A photo of Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, a U.S. Marine who was among 13 service members killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, is displayed as a color guard passes in front of family and guests during a vigil Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in her hometown of Lawrence, Mass. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A photo of Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, a U.S. Marine who was among 13 service members killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, is displayed as a color guard passes in front of family and guests during a vigil Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in her hometown of Lawrence, Mass. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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UPDATED 1:55 PM PT – Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Hundreds of people gathered in Massachusetts for a vigil to honor fallen Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo. Her life was celebrated with the attendance of her friends, family and community.

The ceremony was held on Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in her hometown of Lawrence, north of Boston. The crowd gathered close to sing “God Bless America” in the fallen Marine’s honor.

The mayor of the town, Kendrys Vasquez, called her a special person for their community, praising her for joining the Marines right out of high school. He said the 25-year-old would not be forgotten in their town, following through on a promise he made to her family.

“This is a time for us to come together as one community to pay tribute to the heroic actions of Johanny. Further, this is time for us as a community, as a state, and as a nation to come together to honor those who currently are or have served our country, and their families,” said Vasquez.

Gov. Charlie Baker also attended the vigil. He paraphrased an old proverb, saying the brightest stars all too often burn out the fastest. The governor called Rosario a Massachusetts hero gone too soon.

“When we see the sun rise and the sun set, and that full moon shine in this city, in this commonwealth, I hope you all take a moment to remember one of our brightest stars Johanny Rosario Pichardo.” After the ceremony, the governor went and embraced Rosario’s grieving mother.

Sgt. Rosario is one of 13 U.S. service members killed in a terrorist attack near the airport in Kabul. Vigils and ceremonies for the fallen are set to take place across the country in the coming days.