LBN Examiner 12/18/2022


The monthly federal deficit was a record-setting $249 billion in November, $57 billion wider than the same month last year, as Republican control of the House puts the government’s finances back in the political spotlight. The federal government spent $501 billion last month, a $28 billion increase to a record high, while tax revenue dropped by $29 billion compared with last November, with the government collecting $252 billion. Adjusting for calendar differences in last year’s tax receipts, government tax revenue dropped $13 billion compared with last November, the Treasury Department. The deficit narrowed sharply last fiscal year, which ended September 30, as broad fiscal support during the COVID-19 pandemic ended. At the same time, rapid economic growth also helped power record-level tax revenues, contributing to the smaller deficit.

Christians A Minority In England – Non-Religious Grow:

Fewer than half the people in England and Wales consider themselves Christian, according to the most recent census – the first time a minority of the population has followed the country’s official religion. Britain has become less religious – and less white – in the decade since the last census, figures from the 2021 census by the Office for National Statistics revealed. Some 46.2% of the population of England and Wales described themselves as Christian on the day of the 2021 census, down from 59.3% a decade earlier. The Muslim population grew from 4.9% to 6.5% of the total, while 1.7% identified as Hindu, up from 1.5%. More than 1 in 3 people – 37% – said they had no religion, up from 25% in 2011. The other parts of the U.K., Scotland and Northern Ireland, report their census results separately. Secularism campaigners said the shift should trigger a rethink of the way religion is entrenched in British society. The U.K. has state-funded Church of England schools, Anglican bishops sit in Parliament’s upper chamber, and the monarch is “defender of the faith” and supreme governor of the church.

Megyn Kelly Blasts Prince Harry: ‘He Needs A Therapist, Not A Whiny, Woke Annoying Wife’:

Megyn Kelly panned the new Netflix special featuring Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as an “uninspiring, interminable waste of time” and said that the British royal who wed the American actress needs “a real psychotherapist” and “not a whiny, woke annoying wife.” “Those are three hours I’ll never get back,” Kelly said during a broadcast of her SiriusXM podcast “The Megyn Kelly Show.” Kelly described the Netflix documentary “Harry & Meghan” as a “farce,” saying that it’s not a “tell-all” but rather a “tell-what-you-think-makes-you-look-good.” “What a boring, uninspiring, interminable waste of time,” Kelly said. “Believe it or not this couple is still complaining” despite having “two beautiful, perfectly healthy children … and nearly $200 million in the bank thanks to their insatiable desire to ‘finally tell their story,’” Kelly added. The Sussexes, who quit as working royals in the U.K. and relocated to the United States two years ago, were reportedly paid $100 million as part a deal with Netflix that includes collaboration on additional content projects. Kelly blasted the couple for insisting on privacy while at the same time granting interviews to Oprah Winfrey, hosting a podcast on Spotify, writing a memoir, and granting access to Netflix.

Examiner – Lens:

People stand naked as part of artist Spencer Tunick’s art installation to raise awareness of skin cancer and encourage people to have their skin checked, at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, November 26.

Why Mourning A Pet Can Be Harder Than Grieving For A Person:

Many pet owners know that our connections with animals can be on an emotional par with those we share with other humans – and scientific research backs this up. The key ingredients of human attachment are experiencing the other person as a dependable source of comfort, seeking them out when distressed, feeling enjoyment in their presence and missing them when apart. Researchers have identified these as features of our relationships with pets too. But there are complexities. Some groups of people are more likely to develop intimate bonds with their pets. This includes isolated older people, people who have lost trust in humans, and people who rely on assistance animals.

Elon Musk Nukes Scott Kelly Over Wokeness And Dr. Fauci:

Twitter CEO Elon Musk slammed Scott Kelly, astronaut and the brother of Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) in a tweet after Kelly called out the 51-year-old executive over mocking the use of pronouns. “Elon, please don’t mock and promote hate toward already marginalized and at-risk-of-violence members of the #LGBTQ+ community,” Kelly tweeted. “They are real people with real feelings. Furthermore, Dr Fauci is a dedicated public servant whose sole motivation was saving lives.” Musk responded, “I strongly disagree. Forcing your pronouns upon others when they didn’t ask, and implicitly ostracizing those who don’t, is neither good nor kind to anyone.” “As for Fauci, he lied to Congress and funded gain-of-function research that killed millions of people,” Musk added. “Not awesome imo.” Kelly’s comments were in response to a tweet that Musk posted in which he stated, “My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci,” an hour after another tweet warning that things were about to “get spicy.”

Examiner – Lens:

The psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey has been advocating tougher involuntary psychiatric treatment policies for 40 years. Now it’s paying off.

Wildly (Politically) Incorrect by George Vandeman:

** Jennifer See, who spent 23 years at Levi Strauss and describes herself as a “lifelong liberal,” took a public stance against school closure during COVID. She soon realized that this was not a welcome idea at the company, as she was pushed out of the company. Was it because advocates for keeping schools open during the pandemic were deemed racist and accused of wanting to murder teachers? No. The company said there was nothing wrong with her comments, but she was told that she should not have spoken out on Fox News.

** A Rhode Island elected official in a school district has said that misgendering – using the wrong pronouns – is an act of “violence” and needs to be dealt with accordingly. She faced a recall effort in 2021 for pushing an alleged “Marxist” and pro-critical race theory agenda.

** A Maryland school district recently unveiled a LGBTQ-inclusive book list for its elementary schools. However, it refuses to recommend books on founding father Alexander Hamilton and Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett because they “promote American values.”

** San Fransisco has a $1,200-a-month handout to low-income trans people. The application for that benefit requires them to pick from 134 genders and pronouns and they can pick as many as they want. There are 97 genders, 18 pronouns and 19 sexual orientations. One option, “xenogender,” means a gender beyond human understanding. I would think that any gender beyond male and female meets that standard. The pronoun choices include neutral terms “ze/hir/hirs” and “xe/xem/xyers.”

** All of us who went to law school are familiar with the US News & World Report’s law-school ranking list. Now Woke law schools, led by Yale, have pulled out of the system, claiming it is flawed because it devalues programs aimed at providing aid for low-income students and encouraging low-paying public interest jobs.

** If any of us have kids or grandkids looking at colleges, we need to have them consider Princeton. It now offers classes such as “Black + Queer in Leather: Black Leather/BDSM Material Culture,” “FAT: The F-Word and the Public Body” and “Anthropology of Religion: Fetishism and Decolonization.” Are you wondering what the hell BDSM is? Well it is “sexual activity involving such practices as the use of physical restraints, the granting and relinquishing of control and the infliction of pain,” according to Webster.

** Here is some sad news. Gettysburg College has postponed a painting and writing even hosted by its Gender Sexuality and Resource Center. It had invited people to “come and paint and write about” how tired they are of straight, White men.

** Finally, another win for inclusion. Team USA makes a statement at the World Cup in Qatar. It has redesigned its USA Crest to include rainbow colors to show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

** Rainn Wilson, star of “The Office” has announced that he will be changing his name on social media to Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson to raise climate change awareness.


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Examiner – Lens:

Andy Garcia said his decision to act was concerning to his father, whose conception of actors ran to stars like Humphrey Bogart: “I’m sure in the back of his mind he said, ‘I love my son, but he’s no Humphrey Bogart.’”

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** All across the world, customized facts are the rage. Truth has left the building. —- Maureen Dowd

** The novelist Junot Díaz, who was accused in 2018 of sexual misconduct by one writer and more generally of misogynistic behavior by several writers on Twitter. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches writing, found no evidence of misconduct toward students or staff members. The Pulitzer Prize Board, for which he served as chair, found no reason to remove him after a five-month review by an independent law firm. But not before his reputation was sullied. —- Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review for nine years and author of eight books, including “100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet”

** There is no more reliable cliché in the news business than “if it bleeds it leads.” But the rule of thumb that was just as dependable, if not quite as catchy, in the years I spent at legacy newspapers is this one: campus craziness sells. It sold to readers of The Wall Street Journal just as reliably as it did to readers of The New York Times. If conservatives and progressives can unite over anything it’s that neither can resist hate-reading a story about Oberlin kids protesting the cultural appropriation of dining hall banh mi. —- Bari Weiss

** “If you buy a ticket to hell, it isn’t fair to blame hell.” —- Elon Musk

** They also say a longstanding left-wing bias – over two thirds of pediatricians are registered Democrats – has accelerated, turning the organization into a more overtly political body that now pronounces on issues from climate change to immigration. As rates of gender dysphoria exploded and the COVID-19 pandemic hit, that bias seeped into the organization’s medical policy recommendations, unchecked by discussion or debate. —- Aaron Sibarium, Washington Free Beacon

** No one knows what comes next. The Chinese Communist party is obsessed with stability, maintaining control. Since Tiananmen – which happened before many, if not most, of the people at the vigil were born – China has perfected its ability to contain unrest. But the movement that is building right now is complex and amorphous, pulling together urban, tech-savvy students and angry, ordinary people around the country sick of being unable to go outside or go to the market or share a cigarette with a friend. —- Simon Leplâtre, freelance journalist, in China for nine years, writer for le Monde and other media

** Grief is a strange and unpredictable thing – especially when you no longer live in the same country your parents do – and I realized I’d never really absorbed it all until now: the violence of his sudden death falling backwards down the stairs, breaking his neck; that mixture of conflicting feelings every kid who grew up in the shadow of an intermittently volatile home will feel upon losing their mom or dad; the intense love, sadness, and anger that flood back. It didn’t really surprise me when I came down with pneumonia a few days later. The body grieves as well. —- Andrew Sullivan

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** A look at one million COVID deaths in America. (Graphic Above)

** Watch a diver crack an egg underwater. READ

** Fifty-two random facts learned in 2022. READ

** The typical American worker focuses on a given task for just three minutes. Each day, we touch or check our phones more than 2,000 times and spend more than three hours staring at them, on average.

** Apparently we’re facing a shortage of… bomb-sniffing dogs. The U.S. government employs ~5.2K dogs, which can cost $46K each to train, but just 7% of them come from America. READ

Beverly Hills Cop Was California’s Highest-Paid Municipal Worker:

A Beverly Hills cop tops the list of the highest-paid California municipal employees, 100 of whom took home $439,000 or more in total wages last year. The assistant police chief’s total compensation was $716,284 in 2021, $208,087 in regular income, with the rest for lump-sum and other pay, according to a report published by the state controller’s office.

Examiner – Lens:

Best-selling author Vivek Ramaswamy calls affirmative action “the single biggest form of institutionalized racism in America.”

Chicago Politician, Carl Segvich, Urges AG of Massachusetts to Use State RICO Law On Bluebird Bio & Third Rock Ventures:

In 2018, Bluebird Bio raised $1.1 billion from investors by selling 3,520,353 shares at $185 in January and another 3,384,616 shares in July at $162.50. In a 2018 prospectus, Bluebird did not disclose that its officers had admitted in court documents that the company’s therapy for the treatment of transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia was inefficient and that they had stolen intellectual property from other patented products in order to improve their Zynteglo and LentiGlobin treatments (same products, different names).


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Eight Friends And Fentanyl:

How the opioid fentanyl and other drugs worked their way through a group of friends, year after year and loss upon loss for nearly a decade until almost no one was left. READ


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Examiner – Christmas Light:

** The national average cost of running Christmas lights in 2022 is $16.48. That’s 13% higher than the 2021 national average, an increase of $1.93.

** New Hampshire had the largest percent increase (40%) in the cost of running Christmas lights from 2021 to 2022, while Montana decreased by 1%.

** The cost to run Christmas lights in Hawaii had the largest price increase from 2021 to 2022, a massive $10.59.

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Examiner – 20 Years – A Look At 2002

The LBN Examiner was founded on June 1, 2002, an incredible 20 years ago. Let’s take a look back at what was going on in 2002:

** On December 18, fashion designer Calvin Klein announced that he was selling his company to shirt-maker Phillips-Van Heusen for $430 million.

** On December 20, the movie “Gangs of New York”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz, was released.

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