Deven Sisler threw a pair of second quarter touchdown passes to Bobby Mays as Don Bosco Prep, No. 12 in the NJ.com Top 20, defeated St. Peter’s Prep, 37-6, at Granatell Stadium in Ramsey.
Nyekir Eato scored two rushing touchdowns to lead Edison in a 35-6 win over New Brunswick in Edison.
Edison (3-3) led 21-0 at the end of the opening quarter.
Dylan O’Neil scored three touchdowns to lead Glen Ridge to a 22-13 win over Morris Catholic in Denville.
O’Neil threw two touchdown passes for Glen Ridge (3-3), both hauled in by Brad Foster, and added on a rushing touchdown.
Dom DelGripo scored on two runs and Immanuel Brown added a blocked punt return touchdown and another on the ground as Cinnaminson rolled to a 33-6 home win against Bordentown. The six-game win streak to open the season is the most since the 1991 South Jersey Group 2 champion Pirates went 11-0.
Sussex Tech extended its winning streak to three straight games in Hackettstown with a 41-0 victory over the Tigers.
The Mustangs (4-2) scored 34 points in the first half, 27 of them coming in the second quarter alone.
Gaetz has been leading the charge to replace McCarthy (R-Calif.) as speaker over his support for a stopgap measure to fund the government and keep it from shutting down, and for his measured approach to a potential impeachment of Biden.
“New York has always been so good to me. It was the first city I played when I came to the States. It felt like I had a future in playing music around the world,” said Hozier.
Texas sheriff’s deputy near border falls 15-feet, injured in pursuit of human smuggler: ‘Enough is enough’
A Texas Sheriff’s deputy suffered multiple fractures after falling fifteen feet while in pursuit of a suspected human smuggler near the Southern Border.
The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office said that during an attempt to stop a smuggler from driving away from authorities, the unidentified deputy, who was in the process of deploying spikes to the suspect’s tires, fell 15 feet resulting in serious injuries.
“When the vehicle went over the spikes, the deputy pulled the spikes back, he slipped, went over a guard rail and fell 15 feet,” Sheriff Mark J. Dannels told FOX 10 Phoenix.
The Sheriff’s office said that life-saving rescue efforts were given to the injured deputy, who was flown by helicopter to a Tucson trauma center.
Police said the injured deputy had surgery for his injuries on Friday morning.
“I have met with the family of our injured deputy as we navigate resources and lodging during this emotional time,” Sheriff Dannels said. “The family extends their sincere appreciation for all those who have extended prayers and best wishes to their family. The family has requested privacy while they focus on the healthy recovery of their loved one.”
Police identified the suspect as 47-year-old Amber Bernadette Fuaga from Maricopa County. The Sheriff’s office said that Fuaga was booked into Cochise County jail on charges of Human Smuggling and Driving Under the Influence with additional charges pending.
Sheriff Dannels says it’s the third time in several days that people were put in harm’s way by smugglers.
“Just this week alone, I’ve had a patrol car damaged, I’ve had two officers, deputies that were trying to be run over by smuggler drivers,” he said. “This is every day down here.”
Sheriff Dannels said in a Facebook post that, “enough is enough” and that politicians in Washington D.C. must protect Americans and stop neglecting the border.
“This is the third time in the last several days where my deputies and citizens have been placed in harms way by reckless and violent criminal smugglers due to a border being neglected by those entrusted in Washington D.C. to protect Americans,” Dannel said. “Enough is Enough”!
Russian President Vladimir Putin claims residents confirmed their support for Moscow’s 2022 annexation of Ukraine’s Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk and Luhansk regions. DW has the latest.
Springtime For Hitler
Western cheerleaders for the war in Ukraine have sought to deny the complicated relationship between Ukrainian nationalism and neo-Nazi groups, calling any discussion of a Nazi past or present in Ukraine a “Putin talking point.” But the truth can only be suppressed for so long, and it recently burst forth in what should have been a sleepy session of the Canadian Parliament.
In the midst of introducing Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy for yet another address to the House of Commons, Speaker Anthony Rota recognized 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka as a Ukrainian war hero for fighting the Soviet Union during World War II, apparently unaware that Hunka had volunteered for the Waffen-SS Galicia division, a Nazi military unit notorious for horrific war crimes.
An entire roomful of MPs, along with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a fist-pumping Zelensky, rose in a standing ovation for Hunka. Rota has effusively apologized for his mistake, but the embarrassing spectacle reveals some of the flaws in Western thinking about this war.
The Virtue-Signaling Imperative
First, the incident shows how the virtue-signaling imperative to support Project Ukraine supersedes all other values and considerations. The logic works backwards as follows: Ukraine is good, therefore Ukrainian nationalism is good. If someone is a Ukrainian nationalist, therefore, they must be good. Inconvenient facts such as Junka’s service in the Waffen-SS or even that the father of Ukrainian nationalism, Stepan Bandera, was a Nazi collaborator, are mere historical details to be swept aside or airbrushed out, as Western media sometimes do to the photos of Ukrainian soldiers displaying Nazi symbols on their uniforms.
Stripping away all of the present conflict’s historical context and complexity creates a simplistic binary: one must support either Ukrainian nationalism or the invader’s brute conquest. As this framing is reinforced over and over by the mainstream media and online partisans, any effort to seek a greater level of understanding becomes suspect. Do you have any deeper questions about the causes of the war or the potential paths to peace? You must be “pro-Russian.” For most liberals, and certainly Canadian politicians, it is safer to indulge in historically ignorant virtue signaling than to risk being called a Putin apologist – even if it results in the occasional moment of humiliation from cheering a Nazi.
Of course, the reality is more complicated than the simplistic binary. Most Ukrainian nationalists are not Nazis. But the presence of Nazi ideology in Ukraine is well documented, and the most ardent ultra-nationalist groups in Ukraine retain the race ideology of their patriarch Bandera. This is why Nazi insignia often appear on Ukrainian uniforms. This is why white nationalists flocked from all over Europe to fight on the Ukrainian side at the beginning of the war. This is why some streets in Ukraine are named after Ukrainian Nazis who participated in war crimes. This is why watchdog groups have been concerned about the rise of hate groups in Ukraine for some time.
The Role of the Ultra-Nationalists
Despite all this, we have closed our eyes, covered our ears, and labeled Ukraine’s “Nazi problem” a Putin talking point. This reveals a second and more disturbing flaw in the thinking of U.S. foreign policy: we have made common cause with the ultra-nationalists. Any sensible U.S. foreign policy towards Ukraine (assuming we saw a need to become involved at all) would have endeavored to keep these people at bay. Instead, we cultivated them.
They participated in the U.S.-backed Maidan coup in 2014, and once a civil war broke out in reaction to the coup, far-right groups like Right Sector and the infamous Azov Battalion began killing separatists in the Donbas, running up a death toll of thousands. Instead of suppressing these efforts, the Kiev government incorporated these militias into the military command structure to continue their work.
The U.S. could have supported the Minsk Accords between 2015 and 2021 to peacefully resolve the conflict, but our policymakers were seduced by the idea that nationalist fervor in Ukraine would serve our interests. A Rand Corporation study showed how Ukraine could be used as a proxy to destabilize Russia. Zbigniew Brzezinski’s Grand Chessboard explained that Ukraine was a hinge state; if it could be brought into the orbit of the West, Russia would no longer be a great power. We therefore rationalized aligning with groups who would never compromise with Russia and turned a blind eye to their troubling politics.
A Tragic Refusal to Negotiate
As Zelensky has constantly reiterated, the Ukrainian position remains that every square inch of territory (including Crimea) must be returned to Ukraine or there will be no peace. But Moscow will never agree to this, particularly when it is winning a war of attrition. Now that the counteroffensive has failed to take back any meaningful amount of territory, there is no viable plan for evicting Russia from Ukrainian territory. The intransigence of Zelensky and his supporters in refusing to negotiate does not serve the long-term interests of Ukraine, which is presently being destroyed, but it is consistent with the agenda of the ultra-nationalists.
The tragedy is that in 2019 Zelensky was elected on a peace platform – he was supposed to make peace with Russia under the auspices of Minsk II. But far-right groups threatened him with violence if he did, and he backed down. By 2021 he had changed course and was supporting resolutions to take back Crimea and increasing the shelling of the Donbas. With an ardent Ukraine supporter (Biden) in the White House, and a new strategic agreement from the U.S. promising weapons, economic aid and future NATO membership, Zelensky was emboldened to pursue a hardline policy instead of the peace platform he was elected on. With both the U.S. and Ukraine’s far right aligned in favor of this position, it must have appeared suicidal to resist.
A Better U.S. Policy
A far better U.S. policy would have been to recognize the right of self-determination for all the people of Ukraine. But that would have meant acknowledging the loss of Crimea (which is mostly Russian) and granting regional autonomy to the Donbas as Ukraine agreed to do in Minsk II. Doing that, and taking NATO membership off the table, would have achieved peace and left Ukraine intact. But peace wasn’t the objective of State Department strategists, who wanted to weaken Russia and saw Ukraine as a pawn on their Grand Chessboard.
Giving a standing ovation to a former Nazi soldier is a moral stain, but sacrificing Ukraine in a geopolitical game while pretending to be its savior is a far greater one.
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