Saturday, April 30, 2022

What is a recession, and should Americans be worried? 
Recessions are notoriously hard to predict – but here's what to know about them
 Megan Henney / FOXBusiness

A growing number of Wall Street banks are forecasting an economic recession in coming years as a result of the Russian war in Ukraine, red-hot inflation and an increasingly hawkish Federal Reserve.

A growing number of Wall Street banks are forecasting an economic recession in coming years as a result of the Russian war in Ukraine, red-hot inflation and an increasingly hawkish Federal Reserve.

Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Bank of America are among the firms predicting an economic downturn within the next two years, which could have serious implications for millions of Americans. Recessions, which simply refers to two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth, are often characterized by high unemployment, low or negative GDP growth, falling income, and slowing retail sales. Read more and see video here:

Gov. Ron DeSantis Leading the Way on Speaking Out on Another Issue: Disinformation
Rebecca Downs / Townhall Tipsheet
Earlier this week, it was revealed that the Department of Homeland Security will focus on "countering misinformation" through a Disinformation Governance Board. It's not merely the creation of the board that's chilling, but who is serving as the executive director: Nina Jankowicz. In addition to her tweeting about Hunter Biden's laptop being a matter of "Russian influence," she has a whole collection of problematic social media posts, some of which Leah highlighted earlier on Friday. Republicans are fighting back, though, chief among them Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida.
During a Friday press conference, DeSantis pointed out that the board seemed more suited as an April Fool's joke. "As if they don't have enough issues to deal with, they now have an idea, and I honestly thought this was just a belated April Fool's joke, but they are actually going to create, in the Department of Homeland Security, a bureau of disinformation. It's basically a Ministry of Truth," DeSantis said...Read more and see tweets and videos here.
If you missed last night's show where RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS Craig Andresen and Diane Sori discussed the latest happenings in Ukraine including an American ex-marine killed; the ramifications of and reaction to Biden's newly announced 'Disinformation Board'; and Democrats meltdown reaction to Elon Musk's Twitter buyout can listen to it (and previous shows) at your convenience at: to go directly to our podcasts and hope you become 'followers' of RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS.


Friday, April 29, 2022

(Almost) Daily Meme

Biden's Disinformation Board Is Led by Woman Who Thought Hunter's Laptop Was Russian Disinformation
Spencer Brown / Townhall Tipsheet
As Townhall has pointed out (here and here) already, the Biden administration's decision to create a "disinformation" board aimed at cracking down on what it deems to be "misinformation" is going to be a disaster for First Amendment rights. Among her other troubling comments and Democrats' attitudes toward free expression (for me, not for thee), her repeated embrace of the leftist narrative that Hunter Biden's laptop from hell was a phony story cooked up by the Russian government is absolutely disqualifying from any role addressing disinformation. 

It's not rocket science — if you engaged in disinformation by falsely saying something else was disinformation, you have no business running a federal board that's supposed to figure out what's true and what's not. Yet here we are with Nina Jankowicz announcing that she's "[h]onored to be serving in the Biden Administration" and "helping shape our counter-disinformation efforts." Read more and see tweets here.

Trump's Back on Social Media 
Leah Baarkoukis / Townhall Tipsheet

President Trump is back on social media, sending his first message from Truth Social, the social media platform he launched last month but which has been beta testing since February.

"I’M BACK! #COVFEFE," Trump posted along with a photo of himself in front of Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. The hashtag was in reference to a typo he made in a 2017 tweet that was eventually deleted.

"Despite the constant negative press covfefe," Trump wrote at the time. 

On Monday, the former president said he would not be going back on Twitter after billionaire Elon Musk purchased the site in a nearly $44 billion deal.

"I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on Truth," Trump told Fox News. "I hope Elon buys Twitter because he'll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on Truth." Read entire article and see President Trump's tweets here.

Today, Friday, April 29th from 7 to 8:00pm EST, RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS Craig Andresen and Diane Sori discuss the latest on Ukraine, and other important news of the day. Hope you can tune in to RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS on Click 'LISTEN LIVE' starting at 6:50 pm EST with show beginning at 7pm EST.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Ukraine war: Putin warns against foreign intervention
Yaroslav Lukov / BBC News

Any country trying to intervene in the Ukraine war will face a "lightning-fast" response, Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned.

"We have all the tools no-one can boast of... we will use them if necessary", he said, in what is seen as a reference to ballistic missiles and nuclear arms.

Ukraine's allies have stepped up the supply of weapons, with the US vowing to make sure Ukraine defeats Russia. Western officials say Russia is being hampered in its efforts in the east.

Last week, Russia launched a major offensive to seize the Donbas region after withdrawing from areas around the capital Kyiv. But according to one official, Russian forces are "finding it difficult to overcome the staunch Ukrainian resistance and they are suffering losses".

In another development, the European Commission has accused Russia of blackmail after Moscow cut off gas exports to Poland and Bulgaria. The Commission's President, Ursula von der Leyen said it showed Russia's "unreliability"... Read more and see video here.

Pro-Abortion Senators Tank Marco Rubio's Joint Resolution to Overturn Biden's Rule on Title X Family Planning 
Rebecca Downs / Townhall Tipsheet

Last month, Townhall received an exclusive first look at a joint resolution Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced in the U.S. Senate and Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), the resolution would have overturned the Biden administration's 2021 Final Rule for Title X family planning funds. Thanks to the Biden administration overturning the 2019 Final Rule under the Trump administration which was also known as the "Protect Life" rule, funds now go to providers that perform or refer for abortions. Thanks to 49 Senators--most of them Democrats--they will continue to do so, as the resolution failed on Wednesday night.

A press release soon after from the senator's office highlighted how "Rubio Slams Senate Democrats for Failure to Protect Life."

After the resolution failed, Sen. Rubio issued a strong statement, which also contained reassurances about his stance on the issue. "President Biden’s rule is an assault on the most sacred and fundamental human right, the right to life," he said. "It is disgraceful that Democrats voted to use tens of millions of...Read more, see tweet, and video here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

EXCLUSIVE: RSC Chairman Jim Banks, Rep. Greg Steube File Discharge Petition to Protect Women's Sports
Rebecca Downs / Townhall Tipsheet

While Democrats celebrate Title IX, as they did last month for the 50th anniversary, their priorities show it has amounted to empty words. On Tuesday, however, Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN) and Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) filed a discharge petition for Rep. Stuebe's bill, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2021This will give the Title IX protections some real teeth.

The discharge petition would force Steube's bill to come to the House floor to be considered if 218 members were to sign onto it. If all 209 Republican members signed on, nine Democratic members would also need to sign on.

The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Steuebe on January 21, 2021, aims "To provide that for purposes of determining compliance with title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in athletics, sex shall be recognized based solely on a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth."

National Guard Builds Border Fencing as Biden Lets Border Wall Rot 
Katie Pavlich / Townhall Tipsheet

Eagle Pass, TX - Upon taking office in January 2021, President Joe Biden halted construction on the U.S. southern border wall, which greatly helps Border Patrol and local law enforcement cut down on illegal activity. As a result the Texas National Guard, deployed last summer through Governor Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star, has stepped in to fill the gaps with fencing lined with concertina or razor wire. 

“When you drive a tank through a chainlink fence, if it has concertina wire on top, it’ll stop that tank because that wire will get wrapped up on the sprocket, the wheels of the tank. And I always say that to people because they’re like, ‘Well, anybody can get through this fence.’ And I’m like, well actually, I would be hesitant to drive a tank through it...I usually say that when I’m debating someone on walls or fences or barriers if you will,” Texas National Guard Public Affairs Officer Major Michael Perry told Townhall. “The wall works.” Read more here.

If you missed last night's show where RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS Craig Andresen and Diane Sori discussed 'On Lies Told, War Crimes, and What If's'; 'The Meme and the Mirror'; Joe Biden's 'Climate Friendly' military; and Elon Musk buys Twitter-the liberals can listen to it (and previous shows) at your convenience at: to go directly to our podcasts and hope you become 'followers' of RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Governor DeSantis Puts Teeth on Election Security
Spencer Brown / Townhall Tipsheet
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law on Monday aimed at ensuring the Sunshine State's elections are secure. Officially known as Senate Bill 524, the new law instructs Florida's election officials to take further steps to ensure voter rolls are up-to-date, provides for more transparency in elections and stiffer penalties for fraud, and creates a new office to investigate alleged election irregularities. 
The Office of Election Crimes and Security, as it will be called, falls under the Florida Department of State and has multiple duties. In addition to "receiving and reviewing notices and reports generated by government officials or any other person regarding alleged occurrences of election law violations or election irregularities," the office will launch "independent inquiries" and conduct "preliminary investigations into allegations." The Office of Election Crimes and Security will also oversee the Florida Department of State's "voter fraud hotline," and complete annual reports to be sent to Florida's governor and legislative leaders. Read more an see tweet here.
Elon Musk Officially Buys Twitter; Libs in Full Blown Meltdown 
Spencer Brown – Townhall Tipsheet
The world’s richest man, Elon Musk, counts Tesla, SpaceX, and now Twitter among his business ventures after the social media company’s board reversed its previous position to accept the tech innovator’s offer to purchase the company at $54.20 per share.

Just before 3:00 p.m. ET, shares were halted and shortly thereafter, the completed deal was announced in a press release from Twitter:

Twitter, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an entity wholly owned by Elon Musk, for $54.20 per share in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $44 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, Twitter will become a privately held company.

Under the terms of the agreement, Twitter stockholders will receive $54.20 in cash for each share of Twitter common stock that they own uponclosing of the proposed transaction. Read more here.

Today, Tuesday, April 26th from 7 to 8:30pm EST, RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS Craig Andresen and Diane Sori will discuss 'On Lies Told, War Crimes, and What If's'; 'The Meme and the Mirror'; and other important news of the day. Hope you can tune in to RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS on Click 'LISTEN LIVE' starting at 6:50 pm EST with show beginning at 7pm EST.

Monday, April 25, 2022

(Almost) Daily Meme

On Lies Told, War Crimes, and What Ifs 
By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots / Right Side Patriots Radio

“This war will be written in the history books,”
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky 4/23/22

Simply, Vladimir Putin screwed up for Russia's president...and I use the word “president” figuratively not literally...never expected Ukraine to put up such a fight in the name of freedom, liberation, and self-determination nor did he ever expect to see NATO stand united behind a country that's not even a NATO member.

And in his thinking that Ukraine would cower in fear and quickly surrender when up against the Russian army, what Putin forgot when planning his war was the cardinal rule that elections do indeed have consequences. And in the case of Ukraine those consequences can be summed up in two words, Volodymyr Zelensky, a leader the West has not seen since the days of Ronald Reagan. And while President Trump saw no new wars happening on his watch courtesy of his rightful “America First” policies, it was Reagan alone who had the courage to publicly demand that then Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev “tear down this wall” reference to the Berlin Wall separating the then two Germany's.

And while many believe that Putin's goal in regards to Ukraine is but his first step in remaking modern day Russia into the old style, much feared Soviet Union...a pre-Reagan Soviet Union that is...what Putin really wants, I believe, is for Mother Russia to stand alone and unchallenged as the world's number one dictatorial super power. And it's this very goal which now seems to go against both the wants and needs of the Russian people themselves...a people who are starting to lean more decidedly towards the west in their wanting to be a part of capitalism's success.

And how do we know this? As more and more Russians learn the truth about Putin's war and the atrocities being committed against innocent Ukrainian civilians; and as they themselves are becoming economic victims of a war Putin still claims is being perpetrated in their name; Russians are fighting back against Putin and his self appointed hierarchy via once unheard of, let alone seen, anti-war protests in Russia's streets. Now willing to risk arrest, imprisonment, and even death in support of their Ukrainian “brothers and sisters,” if you will, as well as in an effort to try and oust the man who sees the past as Russia's future, we also know that some Russian troops deployed in Ukraine are refusing to fight against a people and a country they have no qualms with.

So much for Vladimir Putin's lies that this incursion into Ukraine was solely about his stopping NATO’s eastern expansion, coupled with both a permanent freeze on any further growth of NATO's military infrastructure and a ban on intermediate-range missiles in Europe, for the truth is that Putin is trying hard to take back the very country who fought long and hard to become a sovereign nation. And this is seen not only in Ukraine's rising death toll that some rightfully equate to genocide, but in the seemingly overwhelming devastation...actually annihilation...being inflicting upon southern Ukrainian cities like Mariupol.  

And when last week's developments are added into the mix, as in Putin's possible incursion into the Transnistria region of area backed and armed by Moscow... the proof of Putin's true intentions becomes clear. So what are those intentions? One just needs to look at Putin's envisioned map below to understand that with Putin now saying he only wants Ukraine's south, which to him includes said region of Moldava, Ukraine loses all access to both the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea along with their ports. 
Simply, access to the Black Sea itself is crucial to Ukraine's economic survival in relation to commerce, trade, and even military operations for without that access, and with Russia's ally Belarus to the north coupled with his successes in the east and west, except for Poland and a tiny bit of Romania, Ukraine becomes dangerously landlocked by Russia. And if Poland or Romania were ever in Putin's sights could NATO be counted upon to go against Putin as both are NATO members? I think not as NATO would still be cowering in fear of Putin's using nuclear and/or chemical weapons.

And this might have been Putin's plan all along, for southern Ukraine not Kyiv has always, I believe, held the key to Ukraine's possible defeat...defeat via economic suffocation...while Russia gains even more access to the Black Sea, Ukraine loses all access they had.

So Putin's war...the war he still calls a “special operation” indeed about true Soviet-style territorial this case retaking satellite countries Russia lost with the end of the Cold War along with his seeking revenge on NATO, the very organization he perceives as standing in his way. In fact, about a week or so ago right after the Russian navy's Black Sea flagship, the Moskva, sank while being towed back to port after having been struck by Ukraine's Neptune missiles, Russian news commentator Olga Skabeyeva stated to her viewers that they need to “recognize” that Russia was not only “fighting against Nato infrastructure, if not Nato itself.” And to stress her point even further she added that, “One can safely call what it has escalated into is World War Three. That’s absolutely for sure.”

Now remember that in Putin's Russia what is reported on state television must first be ok'd by Russia's propaganda ministry before being said on air. So if it's reported on air that Putin is now fighting World War III...even if it's in his own mind alone...the question then becomes why can't or won't NATO accept that as fact and act in give Zelensky the needed fighter planes that he's been asking for? And know the answer is really quite simple... it's because NATO still cowers in fear of Vladimir Putin's musings about using atomic and/or chemical weapons if need be. And this alone allows the fear of possibilities being stronger for NATO than the reality of what most likely is empty threats by Putin, the man who relishes in using old Cold War tactics like fear to dictate to NATO what they can and cannot do.

And yet while Ukraine and her people are paying an overwhelming physical price in both “blood and treasure,” Zelensky's forces, comprised mostly of self-organizing and self-mobilized volunteers, are holding strong, thus leaving what Putin hoped would be but a 5-day easily won war, to face the chaos of war itself empowering Ukraine and not Russia. So while the Russian army is forced to fight on, the Russian people are truly growing weary of war especially now that Russian forces have begun attacking Ukraine's entire eastern front after Ukrainian troops in Mariupol, last Sunday, rejected Putin’s ultimatum that they surrender or face total destruction. 
So as the fighting continues on unabated, talk of Putin having committed war crimes continues to circulate in the West, but as the old saying goes “talk is cheap, actions speak louder than words.”

And to that end the question remains, will Vladimir Putin and his generals ever be tried for war crimes let alone be convicted of said crimes? And here being the only time I have ever agreed with Joe Biden on anything, we see his “mop-up team” continuing to quell Biden's words that he believes, as do I, that Vladimir Putin is a war criminal. And while the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague (the ICC) recently stated that an investigation into “possible” war crimes being committed in Ukraine is on the table, and that evidence is being gathered to try and bring the perpetrators to justice, the fact remains that proving war crimes took place in Ukraine is not as cut and dry as it seems. 

And this is no matter that under international law the “purposeful targeting of civilians” as well as “assaults that cause disproportionate civilian casualties” when military targets alone were the stated objective, have indeed taken place in Ukraine...something we have all witnessed every time we turn on the TV, pick up a newspaper, or simply peruse the internet.

The expectation for prosecuting someone for war crimes and crimes against humanity is to be able to demonstrate individual responsibility and be able to demonstrate that they are directing or responsible for a policy of committing these crimes. And that can be very difficult, especially when you don't have the cooperation of the state from which that kind that person originates, which we would obviously not have in the case of Russia.”

These are the words of Marti Flacks, director of the “Center for Strategic and International Studies Human Rights Initiative,” who recently stated that prosecutors need three things to hold perpetrators of war crimes accountable. First, evidence must be presented showing that serious international crimes have taken place; second, that a venue with a jurisdiction to try the crimes can be secured; and third, that identification of defendants must occur, as in an individual or individuals must be named as the ICC does not and will not try states. In other words, Vladimir Putin himself would carry the full brunt of any charges levied while Russia along with her military would not charged.

And while Vladimir's Putin's actions in regards to Ukraine surely do meet the first two criteria...meaning his actions ordered would now have officially been deemed “atrocity crimes” in but not limited to “genocide” and/or “crimes against humanity”...and with a needed trial venue being fairly easy to's the third criteria that could take years to happen for naming Putin as the defendant could lead to serious ramifications. How so...because it would involve Mother Russia in the Russian people or even the military...turning on and turning in Vladimir Putin for trial, something I'm not sure the Russian people, the military, let alone those in the Russian government are ready to do just yet.

Simply, for Russia to arrest and then surrender Putin to ICC prosecutors would most likely take a new Russian Revolution of actual regime change not unlike the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Not an easy task to accomplish, especially while the war is still ongoing, never mind the fact that many in Russia's military still hold a strong personal allegiance to Putin and would put down even a mere musing of revolution. And remember, Putin himself must be present at trial as the ICC also does not and will not try individuals in “absentia.”

So where exactly do we stand now in regards to Vladimir Putin ever being brought to justice let alone trial? As I'm writing this article know that the physical evidence of Putin's wrongdoings is surely being collected what with media footage showing the reality of all one really needs to know; folks are being interviewed to help corroborate eyewitness testimony; what's referred to as “contextual information and documentation”...which explains both the circumstances and severity of where the alleged crimes were committed...has already been partially cataloged; and yet Vladimir Putin still holds the world in the grip of fear of both nuclear and chemical weapons. And this is especially true after last Wednesday's announcement by Russia’s Defense Ministry that it had conducted the first test launch of its new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile...a nuclear weapon that Putin claims will "provide food for thought for those who try to threaten our country."

Translation: even putting threats aside we know that Vladimir Putin has committed numerous war crimes; and we also know that if an arrest warrant was issued by the ICC that all 123 members of the “Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court” would then be “obligated” to turn him over to said ICC if he were to be caught...a slim possibility for sure. And even though Ukrainian fighters continue to hold their ground against Putin's illegal incursion into their sovereign nation, Putin understands that as long as he holds onto power and avoids physically being present before the court, it will be difficult for him ever to brought to justice.

Remember, a trial of this magnitude would drag on for years before any verdict is reached. And how do we know this...because the ICC case regarding the 2014 Russian invasion of Crimea is still ongoing. Now if only our government would turn over what it has on both Ukraine and Putin...information that surely would help the prosecution...maybe then Vladimir Putin would be brought to justice. But with Biden in the White House and with Obama pulling his strings, we know that will never happen and for obvious reasons. Sadly, case closed.

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Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 26tth from 7 to 8:30pm EST, RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS Craig Andresen and Diane Sori will discuss 'On Lies Told, War Crimes, and What If's'; 'The Meme and the Mirror'; and other important news of the day. Hope you can tune in to RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS on Click 'LISTEN LIVE' starting at 6:50 pm EST with show beginning at 7pm EST.