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Paranoia on parade. Strategic logic of mass conflict.

White House Releases List of President Trump’s Accomplishments – And It Is Historic! Joe Hoft –

Aside from Lincoln, Trump faced ‘most vile, venomous assault ever conducted’ on a President. Frieda Powers – citing Lou Dobbs: “This is a nation that can’t heal, that cannot come together until we understand the truth and the reality of what we have witnessed over the course of the past four years of this man’s presidency,”

Pelosi’s Third Impeachment Folly. Clarice Feldman – “Does the President have a right to free speech?” … “This owes much to our nation’s current lack of a free and honest media, without which a free society cannot trust information. Instead, we are stuffed to the gills with propaganda factories working with partisan politicians.”

What Do They Think Is Going to Happen: Intense Security Response Across Country to Inauguration. Nick Arama – 30,000 troops. Razor wire fences. “As I reported, they’re armed and not just with the normal riot response weapons. They’ve also been given authority to use lethal force.” … “Welcome to the Security State. For our own good, of course.”

What About “Whataboutism”? Paul Mirengoff – “In our current discourse, whataboutism is used by Democrats/leftists to counter conservatives who, when discussing questionable actions by Donald Trump or violent conduct by a pro-Trump mob (for example), point to similar behavior by others that Democrats/leftists did not condemn. Those of us who point to the double standard are accused of whataboutism.”

The Disney company adds to the list of reasons for boycotting it. Andrea Widburg – “while nobody was looking, Disney became increasingly politically correct.”

“When I really started turning on Disney, though, was about a decade ago, when I saw what my kids wanted to watch on Disney’s TV channel. The stuff for teens wasn’t just mindless. It was also pushing an agenda. It had frantic tweens and teens running around in a world with useless, foolish adults, and meaningless little “be yourself” or “believe in yourself” platitudes. The girls wore clothes that made them look a little bit cheap, and the boys were immature and ineffectual.

Additionally, what I found even more disturbing is how their young TV stars went off the deep end as they grew older.

Scott Adams Lists Six Easy Ways to Know If You’re Living In a Propaganda Bubble. Brandon Morse – “and the Fake News Industry is malicious,” … “The truth is, the left is adhering to its most practiced tactic of never letting a crisis go to waste.”

It’s Not Censorship, It’s a Coordinated Effort. Lee Smith – “A time to strengthen families and communities.” … “it’s part of the strategic logic of mass conflict. The leadership of the political, corporate, and cultural establishment that today rules America shut down the communications of those against whom they are waging war.”

Amazon Goes Mad. James V. DeLon – “The media, naturally, pooh-poohed the claims and trotted out various experts to minimize them. In fact, though, Amazon’s defenses look thin and would, I would bet, crumble in actual litigation, given an honest court.”

“Assume that you are chief information officer of a large company. How can you justify using Amazon as your host server, knowing that you are now naked to the whims of its censors or to the machinations of a competitor with better connections at Amazon than you have? And that Amazon is contemptuous of your ability to get legal relief? Today’s action seems to be a combination of ideology and avarice, but pure financial corruption will not be far behind.

Prosecutors Face Daunting Challenge in Wake of Capitol Riot. Kevin Daley – “Prosecuting rioters is hard by nature, since the chaos mobs unleash makes it difficult to establish facts and assign blame” … “Such challenges undermined over 100 cases federal prosecutors brought against Inauguration Day rioters in 2017.” this invites whataboutism …

How the Democrats got the voting rules changed. Neo – “Years ago I was unaware of the important of that SOS role in elections.” … “There is an extra problem, as well, which is that these issues and this history is nitpicky and boring to most people.”

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Remarkable Duplicity

If West Point Tolerates Cheating, It Violates Its Own Honor Code. James McDonough – “It appears that the belief in widespread dishonesty among American youth has become an excuse to lower standards for the presumed gradual ‘development’ of more recently joined cadets.” … “cheating scandals at West Point increasingly meet not this unflinching expectation, but excuses and accommodations.”

“The West Point honor code, the essential character-building element of the Academy’s rigorous four-year program, is clear and straightforward: A cadet will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do. It is a code that has existed for decades, held sacrosanct by not only cadets but also the cadre that leads them, and the officer corps in which they will eventually serve.

Or is it? The last seven decades have seen three major instances of cheating rings

Worrisome Signs the Capitol Breach was Planned to Discredit Trump Supporters: An Eyewitness Account. Antonio R. Chaves – “It may be weeks before we fully understand the fallout from the January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol building. … based on what I saw experienced first-hand, I am conflicted on what to say about those who entered the building.”

January 6, 2020, a Day that Will Live in Political Infamy. Steve McCann – “”

“Other than at the immediate Capitol building, among a small handful of what I am convinced were overwhelmingly anti-Trump demonstrators, there were no incidents. Among the overall police presence none were required to disperse or control perhaps 500,000+ attendees. Having attended numerous rallies since the late 1960s, this was the largest and most peaceful I have witnessed. Many police officers we talked to said the same.

I abhor trafficking in conspiracy theories and have avoided doing so over my entire adult life. Nonetheless, I cannot help but entertain a growing suspicion in the back of my mind, after having witnessed firsthand the events of January 6 and the near complete lack of police presence at the Capitol, and knowing what Antifa has done in other pro-Trump rallies that the powers-to-be at a minimum hoped that what happened would happen. So deep is the loathing for President Trump and his supporters by the Ruling Class that I cannot rule out this possibility.

Left’s Hypocrisy On Full Display After D.C. ‘Insurrection’. I & I Editorial Board – “as usual, congressional Democrats, the legacy press and social media giants have misreported, distorted and twisted facts to suit their own leftist agenda and inflame public opinion.”

A Brief Overview of the Violence Democrats and the Media Incited Against Republicans. Daniel Greenfield – “The Capitol Hill riot made for some colorful photos, but despite some theater had no actual effect and posed no threat to members of Congress. Unlike the time that James Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders supporter, opened fire at a Congressional charity baseball game while carrying a hit list of Freedom Caucus members.”

Trump Supporters Take Stock of Jan. 6, Feel Mischaracterized by Media. Charlotte Cuthbertson – “”

The Left Slanderously Accuses Trump of Inciting the Capitol Riot. Joseph Klein – “Progressives’ malicious power grab escalates to the wickedest heights.” … “instead of making an effort to unite the country against such anarchy, the Left’s leaders and their friends in the establishment media are applying their usual double standard of “for thee, but not for me.”

“President Trump told his supporters, “We’re going to walk down to theOther than at the immediate Capitol building, among a small handful of what I am convinced were overwhelmingly anti-Trump demonstrators, there were no incidents. Among the overall police presence none were required to disperse or control perhaps 500,000+ attendees. Having attended numerous rallies since the late 1960s, this was the largest and most peaceful I have witnessed. Many police officers we talked to said the same. Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women.” In so doing, he was clearly urging them merely to march peacefully and petition their government.

President Trump made a video telling people to avoid violence and he urged calm on Twitter. Yet Twitter locked him out as if he were doing the opposite.

Nobody who cares about preserving the rule of law in our constitutional republic applauds what happened at the Capitol on Wednesday. But progressive leaders and their allies in the mainstream media apply an entirely different standard when violence serves their purposes. And driven as they are by malice and hatred, they will surely find any way to justify viOther than at the immediate Capitol building, among a small handful of what I am convinced were overwhelmingly anti-Trump demonstrators, there were no incidents.  Among the overall police presence none were required to disperse or control perhaps 500,000+ attendees.  Having attended numerous rallies since the late 1960s, this was the largest and most peaceful I have witnessed.  Many police officers we talked to said the same.olence against President Trump personally, his Republican supporters in Congress, and the more than 70 million voters who supported him in the 2020 election.

The Trump Coup Attempt That Wasn’t. Matthew Vadum – “Who’s really assaulting democracy?”

Remarkable Duplicity – Former AG Bill Barr Attacks President Trump For Questioning Same Ballot Fraud Barr Previously Outlined. Sundance – “After visiting with several former members of federal law enforcement this past summer CTH was warned never to trust the words of any voices inside Main Justice and the FBI.”

Jonathan Turley Hates Commissions, But … Mark Wauck – “To conclusively prove or disprove just about anything to do with the “election”? To do him justice, Turley recognizes that something is broken and he thinks it should be fixed.”

Media Outrage Over Capitol Riot Isn’t About Defending Democracy, It’s About Wielding Power. John Daniel Davidson – “For our political and media elites, the capitol riot on Wednesday is the perfect excuse to ‘cleanse’ the country of Trump supporters.” … “not the kind of language you use when you’re in the business of reporting the news. It’s the kind of language you use when you’re in the business of social control.” … “the media, which sowed the wind all year long with loose talk about riots, did far more to bring down the whirlwind on Wednesday than Trump did.” Davidson falls at the end, though, with a ‘both sides are the same’ falsehood.

The End of Trump. Steven F. Hayward – “No grievance,” Lincoln said, “is a fit object of redress by mob law.” But Hayward illustrates the problem in his judgment: “it is doubtful that Lincoln would have thought that the allegations of vote fraud rise to that awful threshold.” This is a minimization fallacy. He later defines the issue better: “The controversy over the fairness of the recent election needs to be seen in a broader context of the broad swath of the American people—perhaps a majority—who believe that the government is not presently protecting their individual rights and the principle of self-government.” Finally, he falls for another questionable judgment: “At the same time, his reckless public pronouncements have fallen short of the standard of the high statesmanship most needed” – advocating for the rule of law is “reckless” and not expressing “high statesmanship”?

From May 7, 2020: The Great UnReason of 2020: The ‘Curious, but Quite Authentic, Inability to Think’. Jack Kerwick – “What she observed was that, much to her surprise, Eichmann wasn’t the incarnation of evil that she expected to encounter. His actions were monstrous, yes; but he was remarkably ordinary or “banal,” to use Arendt’s term of choice.” … “The masses of Americans who have bought hook, line, and sinker, without a moment’s hesitation, the Zombie tale of an Apocalyptic Virus are as well responsible for the immense suffering that their endorsement has left in its wake.”

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A sad state of affairs

Get Ready For The Californication Of America. I & I Editorial Board – “But while Biden made the election all about battling COVID-19 and “healing the nation,” that is not what the far left that controls the Democratic Party cares about. It has bigger plans — namely, to turn the nation into a California-style one-party state.”

Questions About The Chaos At The Capitol That Desperately Need To Be Answered. Michael Snyder via TheMostImportantNews.com – “it turns out that police actually opened up the barricades that were surrounding the U.S. Capitol and purposely allowed protesters to storm the building. You can see this on video”

Sarah Hoyt on Instapundit

And for the record, no, I will not condemn the protesters. Should they have gone into the Capitol? I don’t know. Why shouldn’t they have? It’s not like they went and hanged the corruptocrats using their own intestines as ropes. They might — or might not. Really, do you trust the reporting? In this time, in this place? — have broken windows. And then walked, carefully between the ropes? Sure, why not. Let’s roll with that narrative. They might have made a mess of Nancy Ice Cream Pelosi’s office. Maybe. Again…. reporting?

You know what they didn’t do? They didn’t kill anyone. That was reserved for someone who shot through a door sidelight at a protester. You know what else they didn’t do? Use live ammo. You know what else they didn’t do? Trample the flag, which the capitol police did, while being begged not to. You know what else they didn’t do? shine lasers in cops eyes, set fire to the building, loot it, or shoot fireworks at people.

David Bernstein puts up his TDS post on Instapundit saying “There is no evidence of widespread fraud that could plausibly be said to have cost Trump the election, nor even a single state.” This is the mantra and the narrative for the anti-Trump crowd. Some fraud is apparantly OK as long as a flippant judgment concludes it was sufficiently small. Blatant violations of state law such as in PA are OK, too. And then let’s gloss over the eye witness testimony of the anomalous numbers. It is false witness writ large.

Trump calls for peace, tells demonstrators to go home and Twitter removes the post, suspends his account. Thomas Lifson – “ABC noted the deletion, though it ignored the call to peace:”

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The must read for the status of the election

The Mushrooming of the 2020 US Election. Quadrant Online – “publishes our own and full transcript of Trump’s 14-minute address.” … “It exposes the disgraceful alliance of the media (including The Australian’s US correspondent, let alone the ABC), the media-technology giants and the Democrat Party to suppress pro-Trump news, up to and including censoring the President himself.”

“If this egregious fraud is not fully investigated and addressed the 2020 election will be forever regarded as illegitimate and the most corrupt election in history of our country. Americans must be able have complete faith and confidence in our elections. The fate of our democracy depends on it. Now is the time for the American people to raise their voices and demand this injustice be immediately corrected.

Our elections must first be fair, they must be honest and they they must be 100 per cent free of fraud. We won this election by a magnificent landslide and the people of the US know it. All over, they are demonstrating, they are angry, they are fearful. We cannot allow a completely fraudulent election to stand. Thank you, God bless you and God bless America.

The War on Trump and the End of the Right to a Lawyer. Daniel Greenfield – “The basic trajectory of the Left. … 1. Turn a legal right into an entitlement … 2. Make the entitlement dependent on a political test rather than an objective service”

Overcoming the Court’s Abdication in Texas v. Pennsylvania. William J. Olson and Patrick M. McSweeney – “In refusing to hear Texas v. Pennsylvania, the U.S. Supreme Court abdicated its constitutional duty … However, even in its Order dismissing the case, the Supreme Court identified how another challenge could be brought successfully — by a different plaintiff.”

The Limits of Those Reviews of Masks For All and What We Do Know. Hilda Bastian – “Major recent reviews relevant to non-healthcare worker mask-wearing ended up with different results for 5 main reasons related to their design and conduct:” This one is plagued by the issues it identifies. It confuses bacterial and viral contagion, is ambiguous in its conclusions, and dances around the conflicts it notes between studies and real world experience.

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Brain Atrophy Disease and the year of the Big Fraud

‘Profit’ Is Not A Four-Letter Word. Andrew I. Fillat and Henry I. Miller – “identifying a previously undescribed and destructive outbreak of what we term Brain Atrophy Disease (BAD), an invasive condition that impairs the ability to reason. We would note the involvement of the optic nerve, blinding the victim to anything he or she does not want to see. The cause is unknown, but a history of indoctrination and ideological absolutism appear to be contributing factors to its progression.”

2020: The Year of the Big Fraud. Clarice Feldman – “This was a year in which a number of frauds were exposed: Election fraud, media fraud, and public health fraud, among them. Their exposure has stirred outrage and as the year ends, no relief seems in sight.” … “None of this evidence has been rejected by any court; all have refused to consider it citing a variety of jurisdictional hurdles.”

Appeals Court Rejects Lawsuit Seeking Stronger Signature-Matching In Georgia Senate Runoffs. Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times – “A district court found the plaintiffs lacked standing,” … the justice system beclowns itself. Again. Who has standing in an election if it isn’t the voter invested in the outcome?

How would you prove you’re getting robbed? Robert Arvay – a fable for modern times.

Blue Dress Proof. Melissa Mackenzie – “What it takes to get the media to believe a Democrat did wrong.” … “It’s not enough to have a witness and a victim. It’s not enough to have a computer, a cache of validated emails, thousands of affadavits signed under the threat of perjury. There must be actual DNA, videotaped evidence. If the bad guy is a Democrat, there must be Blue Dress Proof.”

The Left Redefines Resistance as ‘Sedition’. David Catron – “Remember when dissent was patriotic?”

A Betrayal of American Freedom. Roger Kimball – “It is a mournful, and usually sanguinary, alternative that awaits those who barter freedom for the simulacrum of normality.”

COVID-19 Study of Almost Ten Million Finds No Evidence of Asymptomatic Spread, Media Quiet. Sundance – “In essence, the larger question being asked is: can people without coronavirus symptoms spread the COVID-19 virus? This question is at the heart of all current COVID mitigation efforts. If there is no asymptomatic spread then what is all of this mask wearing nonsense and shut-down mandates all about?”

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reason, rationality and proportionality. Where art thou?

You Can’t Sue Over Election Fraud Before, During or After the Election. Daniel Greenfield – “When should you file a lawsuit over an election? If you’re a Democrat, the answer is at any time. But if you’re a Republican the answer is never.”

What’s happening in Minnesota bodes ill for Democrats. Andrea Widburg – “I can’t help it. Whenever I hear a Democrat intone “science” to justify the current Marxist social or economic project the Democrats are pushing, I think of the mad doctor in Thomas Dolby’s classic video for the hit song “She Blinded Me With Science” … “In Walz’s case, “science” holds that working mothers must go to jail, and killers must hit the streets.”

2020: The Year We Lost The Plot. Rob Slane – “not only do we have our imaginary conspiracy loon’s mad ravings come true, but those same people who have accepted it look upon those of us who have been pointing out the madness of it all as if we were those who had taken leave of our senses.” … “To cut to the chase, we have gone and thrown out reason, rationality and proportionality this year.” … “In the real world, the only thing that got controlled this year was not a virus, but people.”

Bad Science Isn’t a Victimless Crime. Peter Ridd – “Every major industry in north-eastern Australia is affected by legislation designed to “save the Reef ”; the costs run into billions of dollars.” … “Every major aspect of farm activity is now tightly controlled by bureaucrats.”

“The GBR should be treated with respect; no significant damage to the Reef is tolerable. But, if the GBR is actually in good shape, then it means the focus of worry, and attention, should move to something else instead. Something that is a genuine problem. Something that must be fixed. Humans seem to have only a finite capacity for care, compassion, and concern. If we are worrying more about the GBR, we will likely be worrying less for the fate of the Borneo rainforest or some other natural treasure.

The U.S. Media Are Suppressing the Truth about Hydroxychloroquine. C. Boyden Gray – “Developments overseas have been totally ignored by the American press. And yet, since Election Day, the media have hewed to the “HCQ Bad” narrative.” … “the narrative is false. First, there is strong evidence that hydroxychloroquine is helpful in treating COVID-19 when administered early in the disease”

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This is how you make the Constitution a suicide pact.

The Federalist is arguing the case. Thomas Berry says The Supreme Court Was Right: Texas Didn’t Have Standing. Adam Carrington says The Right Should Be Relieved SCOTUS Rejected Judicial Activism In Texas v. Pennsylvania. Margot Cleveland says The Supreme Court’s Rejection Of Texas’s Election Lawsuit Failed The Constitution. It’s a matter of how you look at it. Cleveland describes this:

“The justices were correct that Texas lacks an “judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” but it was the framing of the issue that made the answer self-evident: The court’s abbreviated decision failed to address Texas’s true complaint—that Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia violated the Equal Protection, Due Process, and Elector’s Clauses of the Constitution, and in doing so harmed Texas as a state.

But by failing to mention Texas’s constitutional claims, and by not providing any reasoning for its decision—omissions likely needed for the court to maintain its near-unanimous agreement—the Supreme Court created the appearance that it does not care about constitutional violations.

This Is Not America. I & I Editorial Board – “Just a single quick scan through the blogs and aggregators of the Internet makes us wonder who and where we are as a nation:”

Lost Innocence? Bruce Bawer – “Let’s not misread the moment.”

Hail Joe Biden, Commander in Cheat. Geoffrey Luck – “Instead of reporting that President Trump was challenging the outcome as a result of fraud, then following the steps he intended to take to substantiate his claim, reporters and commentators all rushed to delegitimise him by inserting “unproven”, “unsubstantiated” or “without evidence” into every article.” … “A team of seven analysts from ASOG spent eight hours on December 6 examining the voting machines.”

Something historic happened with America’s electors on Monday. Andrea Widburg – “To prepare for these possibilities — either judicial courage or such overwhelming fraud that the election cannot stand — seven states did something unusual and courageous. Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico all selected two slates of electors:”

A Culturally Inappropriate Understanding. Alistair Crooks – “In order to understand why failure is the only option, it is only necessary to look at the decision-making processes of traditional Aborigines.” This one is about police presence in a tribal, but really clan, context.

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The gaslighting tells you its propaganda, not news

Nobody’s trying to ‘overturn’ the election. We’re CORRECTING fraudulent results. Carl Durrek – “What happens when you combine gaslighting with begging the question? You get the ludicrous framing by Democrats and mainstream media that somehow President Trump and his allies are trying to “overturn” an election that is righteously being challenged.”

Frauds: The Election, Media, Congressional Dems, and the FBI. Clarice Feldman – “The second most significant matter, in my view, was the clear gaslighting the media and former intelligence officials carried out on the Hunter Biden story, hiding the fact that he’s been under criminal investigation since 2018 for bribery, tax evasion, and money laundering from, among other sources, China.”

Is America still a democratic republic? Roger Kimball – “The Texas decision is not the end of the world for Donald Trump’s legal team” … “Among the many reasons that it is difficult to keep a democratic republic going is the constant pressure to transform one party into the party of the regime.”

Media Elites Now Openly Confirm They Don’t Believe In Objectivity. Jenna Stocker – “When mainstream media journalists abandon objectivity to push personal ideological agendas, truth is slowly killed off by the collateral damage.” … “this does nothing to hold the powerful accountable. It only leaves truth as collateral damage, dying out in the hellscape of No Man’s Land.”

When Journalism started to die. Alicia Colon – “it is the only military conflict that we walked away from. Yet the truth is that we never lost a major battle in Vietnam, even Barack Obama admitted that fact. We lost the war over here, thanks to the fake news spread here by the most trusted man in America, Walter Cronkite.” … “The mainstream media is now doing its best to omit the fact that the 2020 election was stolen and that Donald Trump won reelection in a landslide. They still think we’re dumb.”

This Washington Post ‘Fact-Check’ Of Trump’s Election Integrity Claim Is A Ragbag Of Lies. Andrew Pollack – “I suppose it’s the prerogative of opinion writers to twist the facts to advance their narratives, but that’s not what fact-checkers are supposed to do.” … “It never ceases to amaze and appall how these pretend nonpartisans can take entirely true statements that threaten the mainstream media’s narrative and twist them so far as to make them appear false.” Diagnosis and dissection illustrates how it’s done.

The Washington Post throws a mindless fit. Paul Mirengoff – “We all knew that heads would explode at the Washington Post if President Trump won reelection. But who knew that, with Joe Biden about to be declared the winner, heads at the Post would explode anyway?” … “ if Democrats wanted the results of this election to have wider public acceptance, they shouldn’t have insisted on voting procedures that removed traditional safeguards against fraud. But the Democrats (like any political party, I assume) were more interested in obtaining power by winning the election than they were in having their opponents widely accept their win.” It’s this last item in the ‘both sides are the same’ narrative that stimulated heat noted by Scott Johnson also at Powerlineblog.

‘Collusion’ vs. Collusion. Victor Davis Hanson – “One can lie about “collusion” with impunity. But to speak the truth about collusion is to be smeared as “xenophobic,” “racist,” and “nativist.” … “The farce infected the media. It discredited the Democratic Party. And it warped the popular culture between 2015 and 2020. … “Collusion” destroyed what was left of respect for the Washington FBI, the CIA, and the liberal news media.”

As leftists double down on lockdowns, are we being played? Andrea Widburg – “I’m a pandemic skeptic. I know that the Wuhan virus is real and dangerous for some people. Still, I cannot get excited about a disease with an average 99% survival rate.”

The Serbian Connection. Joseph Hippolito – “To Biden, Soros, the CIA – and electoral fraud.” … “A number of mistakes and malwares were added to the software,” Nogo wrote, “and additional manipulation were (sic) done over the internet, from (a) Serbian IP address.” … “Today Serbia. Tomorrow the United States? Or has it already happened?”

Stability or Justice: A False Choice. J. Robert Smith – “Perhaps like me, your blood boiled when you read the response filed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the “Emergency Application for Injunctive Relief filed by Congressman Mike Kelly and other Plaintiffs.”

The Supreme Court’s Rejection Of Texas’s Election Lawsuit Failed The Constitution. Margot Cleveland – “It is hard to believe the justices put the constitutional question above their desire to avoid appearing to meddle in the 2020 election.” … “There might be a satisfactory answer, but Americans have yet to hear it. And that was wrong, both for the court and the country.”

Supreme Court of Kangaroos. Matthew Vadum – “Compromised by the Left, can we ever trust the high court again?” … “If Chief Justice John Roberts, a make-believe conservative, was the guardian of the Supreme Court as an institution that he thinks he is, he should have embraced the age-old legal saying that justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done.” … “ Every American now has to wonder if justice was uppermost in the minds of the court’s members when they nixed Texas v. Pennsylvania.”

See-Nothing, Do-Nothing Judiciary Unleashes Dred Scott 2020. Bob Maistros – “the burgeoning legal body count is no indicator of legal incompetence, flight of fancy nor quixotic stubbornness. Rather, it’s a measure of the American judiciary’s historic failure at all levels to protect the integrity of the electoral process, defend the Constitution, and ultimately, perhaps, preserve the union.”

“It would have been little skin off various courts’ backs to allow suits to advance, facilitating discovery and deposition of officials involved in suspicious activity and potentially, even disproving charges of fraud, thereby instilling greater confidence in the result one way or another.

Instead, the Supreme Court’s two punts this week unleash Dred Scott 2020 (without the racial overtones). Like the original, they will inflame tensions and potentially, create further momentum toward America’s sundering.

And make no mistake, that momentum is growing.

Graham Eats Humble Pie With Hot Inflation For Dessert. Phoenix Capital Research – “I predicted President Trump would win a second term in the courts. I was wrong. The end.”

“There are sworn affidavits from thousands of poll workers swearing to witnessing fraud. There are vote audits that have turned up fraud. There is statistical analysis that shows fraud. There is historical precedent concerning how key counties and states determine election outcomes that show fraud.

And yet the courts have all either refused to accept any of this evidence… OR refused to even listen to the cases. It’s pretty incredible when you consider just how many ridiculous lawsuits and court cases are heard at all levels of the judiciary, even the Supreme Court.

The Honor of the Legal Profession. James V. DeLong – “if process values are systematically ignored, then all hell can break loose. … My professors, who had seen the rise of the great totalitarian states, the consequent World War II, and the tensions of the Cold War, were very aware of the dangers. They regarded reverence for process values as fundamental to the honor of the legal professional.”

“LDAD is not the only entity that wants to suppress efforts to get to the truth of the allegations about the election, and one could easily compile a long list of calls for the professional disgrace of any lawyer who questions the election. Any professor at any leading law school expressing sympathy for Trump’s position, however qualified, could be a career-ender.

And all the while, other appalling behavior by goes unnoticed. Threats of economic harm and personal violence force lawyers for Trump to withdraw. Witnesses to vote fraud are doxxed and blacklisted; state legislators are intimidated. Lawyers are involved in all of this behavior, without censure by the establishment.

The legal establishment does not seem to grasp the long term consequences of its failure to uphold the profession’s honor and integrity by supporting process values.

Republicans Pushing Themselves Off the Cliff. Brian C. Joondeph – “Where are the Republicans through this travesty? A few like Rep Jim Jordan or Senator Ted Cruz are making noise, but the rest are looking at their feet, hoping to not be called on to comment on the election, willfully ignoring the imminent demise of their political party.”

The Judge’s Opinion In Michael Flynn’s Case Was So Bad It Should Be Vacated. Margot Cleveland – “Michael Flynn and the Department of Justice should not allow Judge Emmet Sullivan’s final irrational and unhinged act of judicial defiance to go unanswered.”

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Will the next to act stand up?

“Republican senator Ben Sasse hails Supreme Court for ‘closing the book on the nonsense’ and slams Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories” (Daily Mail) the headline illustrates the problem: the issue is prejudged and slimed by those suffering TDS (e.g. Democrats, Propaganda Pundits) or fear of what might happen if they get involved (e.g. much of the judiciary). As noted in a column cited yesterday, it’s gaslighting and the use of a false premise.

Another tactic (from Instapundit) “ZOMBIE INITIATIVE: An initiative repealing Washington State’s prohibition on preferential treatment based on race or sex was defeated in 2019. But they’re already gearing up to launch another one.” … “Never give up, never surrender” (Galaxy Quest)

Supreme Court shoots down Texas lawsuit, but it isn’t over yet. CQ Livingston – “This decision has dramatic implications for the presidential election, but unless President Trump concedes, there are still plenty of options available.” … “the best scenario is that this case bought other lawsuits more time to get in front of the Supreme Court without having to worry about the December 14 deadline for selecting electors”

More from glenn reynolds: “a couple of comments from friends on facebook about last night’s supreme court opinion”

SCOTUS refuses Texas lawsuit for lack of standing. neo – “even issuing no ruling on the legal questions raised in a case, and refusing to give relief – not hearing this case, for example – has consequences. It’s a form of decision. But it’s a passive type of decision that allows people to tell themselves they’re not responsible for what happens. They may indeed be fooling themselves. But passivity can be attractive when faced with something very tough. And this is very tough, because no matter what the Court does, half the country is going to be very very angry indeed.”

Giuliani Says Trump Team ‘Not Finished’ After Supreme Court Defeat. Pam Key – “Giuliani said, “The case wasn’t rejected on the merits, the case was rejected on standing.”

How Trump Can Win: SCOTUS, State Supreme Courts, Legislatures, And The 12th Amendment. Jack Hadfield.

WHAT NOW? The Fight for Our Freedom Continues Despite SCOTUS Ruling on Texas. Joe Hoft – “There are still court cases in nearly every state of concern. Below is our understanding of open cases as of Friday night:”

We Don’t Need SCOTUS to Win. James Arlandson – “The Texas suit, later joined by other states, against Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia, was a nice try, but it was always a long shot. Of course SCOTUS would be reluctant to grab so much power by ordering state legislatures to seat the right electors. Why? Because the power is already in the hands of the legislatures to do this.”

Biden: Lie About Defunding Until After January 5! John Hinderaker – “Biden urges his audience to lie low in talking about the police until the Georgia Senate elections have been decided on January 5” … “Biden’s caution may not be surprising, but his explicit tying of the deception to January 5 would be big news if a Republican did it” … “But don’t worry, Biden says–once the Georgia elections are over, we can come out of the closet:”

Today’s California Energy Embarrassment. Steven Hayward – “In one sentence, today’s brief essentially says, “Without lots of natural gas-fired power, California is screwed.” Of course that’s not the actual language—these are government analysts were talking about. But it’s not hard to read between the lines. Let’s start with the chart:” And a report for the Nevada Governor is looking to eliminate 70% of Nevada’s energy for ‘climate justice.’ That’s cheap natural gas from fracking sacrificed at the alter of ideological paganism.

“Question: What will happen to natural gas “peaking” demand after California closes its last nuclear power plant in a couple years, and supposedly replaces it with wind and solar power? Good times for natural gas I suspect. And the promises of carbon-free electricity by 2035 or 2050 will go poof faster than an Eric Swalwell emission on MSNBC.

The numbers just don’t add up … sounds like a recent election,

Cuomo’s New Ban On Indoor Dining In NYC Is Abject Madness. David Marcus – “On Friday, the governor released that data. It does not show that restaurants are a major driver; it shows they accounted for 1.4 percent of spread. And yet, in a move that defies even the basic tenets of common sense, Emperor Cuomo is closing down indoor dining anyway.” … “This decision is insane. It is also cruel and arbitrary.”

Jupiter and Saturn are converging for a rare “Great Conjunction” on the day of the winter solstice – December 21st. Paul Dorian – “These two planets are actually converging for an even closer encounter in terms of their appearance to us here on Earth – the likes of which haven’t been seen in many, many centuries.”

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Compradors and dismissals

How Judges And Democrats Colluded To Force DACA On Americans Even Though It’s Illegal. John Daniel Davidson – “As long as Democratic presidents are allowed to create immigration law by fiat, congressional Democrats will never reform our broken immigration system.”

The District of Corruption Has Overplayed Its Hand. J.B. Shurk – “This is just an observation (because I’m not looking forward to gulag life), but I think the only thing keeping Trump voters from burning the whole corrupt system down right now is that nobody knows whom or what to attack.”

China’s leaders understand all too well from their historical eperience how to control America : use compradors. Thomas Lifson – “It is now time for Americans to understand how the Chinese themselves see their American domestic allies, including politicians like Eric Swalwell and Hunter Biden’s father (already dancing to the tune of his masters): contemptible but useful pawns to be used to weaken and ultimately subdue their primary rival.”

stand with Texas: ‘The Big One’ Gets Bigger: 15 Michigan Legislators Join Texas Election Lawsuit by Tyler O’Neil; Pennsylvania House of Representatives Join Texas in Their Lawsuit Against Key Swing States by Collin Rugg; then there’s the President and 106 GOP members of the House.

The Texas Election Challenge and Its Discontents. David Catron – “SCOTUS will anger a lot of people either way, so why not just follow the law?”

For the Sake of Democracy. Tim Kowal – “the media are silent. More than silent: they are censorious, even to the point of threatening lawyers for engaging in protected petitioning activity (my, but there is a lot of casual destruction of livelihoods this year). I find the silence and the silencing probative. Probative of what, exactly, I cannot say. But silence testifies against the censor.” … “Someone is going to have to come up with an explanation how we can accept election results that are so contrary to common sense.”

Judge dismisses prosecutor from McCloskeys case. Jim Salter – ”citing two campaign fundraising emails around the time she filed felony gun charges against the couple in July.”

Flynn’s case finally ends — but not before Judge Sullivan flogs a corpse. Jonathan Turley — “It did not matter that this case has been effectively dead for months. The judge issued an opinion that seemed intent on clearing his reputation by trashing what reputation remains for Flynn. Such a decision ordinarily would outrage civil libertarians. But principles of judicial restraint seem suspended when dealing with anyone associated with Trump.”

What is the Real Source of Native American Poverty? Jason D. Hill – “Protracted tribalism, which is a form of crude racial/ethnic or national collectivism, is atavistic and primordial. It is static and outside the evolutionary laws of history that steer towards progress. As racial preservationists, Native Americans have yet to enter modernity and are, therefore, still outside the historical process.”

What’s In a Name Change? Part 2. John Hinderaker – “Since then, the idea that the Sioux massacres represent a dark chapter not in Sioux history, but in American and Minnesota history, has become pretty much universal. Ignorance of the past is dangerous.”

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Hydroxy effect and the time for talking

6 Things To Know About Texas’s Supreme Court Petition Over 2020’s Messed-Up Election. Margot Cleveland – “Texas argues that the case ‘presents constitutional questions of immense national consequences,’ namely that the 2020 election suffered from serious constitutional irregularities.” … “These three counts, and the detailed facts Texas alleges, make clear that Texas’s beef is not with the states’ election laws, but with the states’ violation of their own election laws, in contravention of the U.S. Constitution.”

A Summary of the Texas Election Lawsuit. Robert Madsen – “Texas claims that the violations of election law in these states created an environment where ballot fraud was enabled and likely to occur. The lawsuit lists the violations of law in each of the defendant states and provides evidence of fraud (the number of ballots handled unconstitutionally) in each of the states sufficient to change the outcome of the ballot counts.”

Who Will Be the Fraud Deniers? Jay Valentine – “These are just anomalies. They happen in every election.” … “Well folks, anomalies cease to be anomalies when they all go in one direction.”

How to Deal with an Angry Wokester. Phil Shannon – “What follows are ten practical, road-tested conversational tools to help besieged members of the Great Unwoked handle social interaction with the AWL” – definitions of terms and descriptions of behavior.

Radical Son, Then and Now. John Hinderaker – “Radical Son was written as a witness to the dark undercurrents of American politics and to their enduring power in the nation’s life.” A second edition is out. Here is the new preface.

The Time for Talking with the Left is Long, Long Past. Selwyn Duke – “People who cannot be reasoned with can only be fought.” … “So what does this mean from a practical standpoint? How should we proceed?”

Will Biden Give in to the Hydroxy Effect? Victor Davis Hanson – “hydroxychloroquine has prompted furious partisan debate over its possible usefulness. Why? … Probably because Donald Trump endorsed its usage months ago.” … “This Hydroxy Effect — hysterical disavowal of anything Trump has endorsed — is dangerous to the country at large.”

Rep. Dan Crenshaw rips into Pelosi for her moral corruption and hypocrisy. Andrea Widburg – “That’s OK now because we have a new president. A president who recognizes that we need to depend on science…” … “we now have a full admission. She said the quiet part out loud. This was never about what was best for the American people, never about honest policy disagreement. It was about preventing President Trump from getting any credit; it was about politics.” … “What’s worse, Speaker Pelosi does all of this while people in her home state suffer from unscientific, unconstitutional lockdowns the Democrat leaders in California are forcing upon their citizens.”

Yes, Trump Can Pardon Himself But He Should Not Do So. Jonathan Turley – “It seems the subject of Donald Trump, like necessity, is the mother of invention, at least when it comes to legal analysis”

The Puzzle of the Pope. Christopher Akehurst – “Catholics need a pope who can use the undoubted pastoral gifts Francis has (one being that the first instinct of most people, believers or not, is to like him) to fortify them to endure the slings and arrows of worldly despisal and to remind them of the eternal truths of their faith, not add to their confusion and disorientation. And the world needs a pope who will preach those truths to it, not try to gain its attention by parroting back to it ideological clichés of its own invention.”

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The three monkeys in robes this time.

The Texas lawsuit in the Supreme Court is huge. Andrea Widburg – “partisan judges are issuing what I will politely call “garbage” decisions. Judges are refusing to consider the evidence, with only one Nevada court attempting to do so. Instead, they make variations of the argument that, if courts were to consider Trump’s claims, they would run the risk of “disenfranchising” Biden voters. … That is a singularly dishonest argument.”

How to Steal an Entire Country. Donald Finley – “In the end, it comes down to this: what does it mean to have right versus wrong, corrupt versus honest, truth versus lies, fair versus stolen all work out backwards?” … “There are many evils, but today the foremost evil we must address is the Democrat party’s corruption of our national election. We all know what happened, and what the right thing is. We need to fix it. Now. The details and the prison terms can be figured out later.”

In the Flynn case, Sullivan’s last sally. Scott Johnson – “The outrage perpetrated on General Michael Flynn should live in infamy along with the Dreyfus affair. The Flynn outrage revealed the rotten core of the Obama administration and the multidimensional corruption of our most trusted institutions.” … “Sullivan’s determination that the case was moot should have ended the matter, but something is seriously wrong with Judge Sullivan.”

Georgia And Michigan Federal Courts Dismiss Sidney Powell Election Lawsuits. William A. Jacobson – “In each case the dismissal was based on jurisdiction and pleading standards, but the judges issued dramatic made-for-media declarations such as “The People have spoken” (Michigan) and “They want this court to substitute its judgment for the 2.5 million voters who voted for Biden” (Georgia).”

“This problem highlights the overarching problem that the courts want challengers to come into court with all the evidence buttoned-up, but much of the evidence is in the hands of the states, not the plaintiffs. In a normal lawsuit there would be discovery and evidence gathering. But on the quick timeline of the presidential election process, courts are not going to permit it.

California’s Energy Fantasies. Steven Hayward – “Both Arizona and Utah still have a fair bit of coal-fired electricity, and as electrons are fungible in the power grid, it is fair to conclude that California’a boast of being “low-emission” in its electricity system is partially fraudulent.”

The three wise monkeys? see Oxford — “originated in Japan, where they have been known since the 16th century; statues of them are set at crossroads in honour of Koshin, the God of Roads, whose attendants they are.”

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If law does not rule, what does?

The Scars of 2020. Victor Davis Hanson – “The summer of COVID-19, quarantines, riot and arson, and an absence of confidence in the sanctity of voting ended with deep wounds on the body politic—wounds we will bear from now on.” … “The common denominator with all of the above? There is no longer the rule of law as we once knew it.”

 

Texas Sues Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania And Wisconsin At US Supreme Court Over Election. Tyler Durden – “The state of Texas filed a lawsuit at the US Supreme Court against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on the grounds that various changes to their voting rules or procedures – either through the courts or via executive actions – violated the Electors Clause of the Constitution because they did not go through the legislatures.” PA says “laches” and ‘nothing to see here’ so SCOTUS should dismiss.

GOP State Legislatures: Cowardice Under Fire. David Catron – “Republican lawmakers in the battleground states surrender without a fight.”

“Despite the mendacious claims of the legacy “news” media, there is clear evidence that egregious violence was done to election laws in at least five states during the recent presidential contest. Sworn testimony from dozens of eyewitnesses, well-documented breaches of statutory ballot counting protocol, and damning security camera videos have been presented to legislators in these states. Republican lawmakers in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin have the constitutional power and the moral duty to rectify the resultant fraudulent outcomes. The only obstacle to reestablishing voter sovereignty in these five states is the inaction of the spineless GOP majorities that control their legislatures.

Judge who tossed Michigan case a stereotypical activist judge. Andrea Widburg – “Contrary to what naïve people believe, most progressive judges are not dedicated to applying the law impartially in the search for justice. They are partisan hacks who decide in advance which side should win and then retrofit legal principles to make their decisions appear valid. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the paradigm of the modern judge.” …

“I want to focus on Parker’s second ground for dismissing the case without even acknowledging the evidence, which is that she was not going to disenfranchise Biden voters. Think about that, for a moment.

Parker either doesn’t understand or doesn’t want to understand that, one way or another, voters are going to get disenfranchised. Instead, what she is saying is it’s okay to disenfranchise Trump voters by refusing to address multiple, dramatic and credible fraud claims, but it’s not okay to disenfranchise Biden voters even if their victory was manifestly achieved through fraud.

This judicial idiocy isn’t limited to Parker or even to Democrat judges. U.S. District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann, in Pennsylvania, a Republican whom Obama nominated, said the same thing.

Tremendously compelling testimony from the Michigan hearings. Neo – “I don’t usually post so many videos, because they take time to watch and many people don’t have patience with them. But I’ve been posting more of them lately because sometimes there seems to be no substitute This one is extraordinary, and I think it’s emblematic of so much of the testimony given in the state hearings on the claims of fraud and/or incredible incompetence during the counting of votes in this 2020 election.”

An Oregon teacher’s viral, obscene rant against lockdown protesters. Andrea Widburg – “I’ve written before, haven’t I, about the fact that we’ve raised an obscene, self-loathing, non-rational generation of young white women?”

“One doesn’t need a lot of statistics to understand that young, white, college-educated women who get teaching certificates suffer from all the problems I harp about seeing in other young, white college-educated women: They’ve been taught to be anti-rational, hyper-neurotic, openly emotional, and extremely narcissistic. For example:

No Politician Is More Popular or Unpopular Than Trump. Conrad Black – “It remains a mystery as Donald Trump apparently enters his last 10 weeks as president, why 95 percent of the national political media detest him to the point of regularly inventing false and malicious news stories about him, though it presumably has something to do with his contempt for them and their failure to prevent his election.” … “On its face, it all seems too implausible to believe.”

“The last laugh could be Trump’s. But even if it isn’t, his achievements in becoming president and as president vastly exceed those of his generally very unimpressive enemies, now celebrating their fleeting moment of brutish triumph.

The Greater Good. Tim Kowal – “Father, what does the greater good mean?” A fable with a lesson … 

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Blinded by Self-Righteousness

The Woke Housewives of Silicon Valley. Daniel Greenfield – “The Woke Housewives of Silicon Valley, whether or not they actually live there, have amassed enormous wealth with little responsibility or understanding of how the people they hurt live.” … “the one constant of the Woke Housewives of Silicon Valley is that they use their massive wealth to wreck other places,” … “Wokeness is a movement of white women who lack any sense of meaning or purpose.” … “Unlike real religion, wokeness permits the lefty super-rich to evade a moral reckoning with their sins, using the rest of the country as scapegoats”

Seven Identifiers for those Blinded by Self-Righteousness. Josh Laxton – “Self-righteousness pervades individuals, families, and organizations, so we must learn how to recognize it.” … “Self-righteousness is more than a trait—it is a state, a condition, or a way of life. It refers to those who are holier-than-thou, pharisaic, or sanctimonious.”

Denigrating Hoover. Victor Davis Hanson – “Matt Larson … alleges that we at Hoover are purportedly “more interested in making money and promoting right-wing politics than in doing actual academic research.” Hanson replies to an ad hominem argument so typical of the Left. “These are serious writs against our institution and yet mostly leveled without substantiation.” … “Are we to laugh or cry at that puerile tirade?” Compare and contrast modes of argument.

25 former D.C. Bar presidents can be wrong. Paul Mirengoff – “In this Washington Post op-ed, 25 former D.C. Bar presidents attack the lawyers who are presenting claims that voter fraud deprived Donald Trump of a substantial number of votes in key states. They contend that these lawyers are undermining democracy. … The claim would be laughable if it did not reveal that so many high-profile lawyers have a distorted view of democracy.” It is this sort of corruption of a bar association and a major media outlet illustrate that is so very frightening. “There is no need for a whiny Washington Post op-ed that asserts without evidence that all voter fraud claims being pursued are frivolous.” The logical fallacy here is the appeal to authority. 

Examining the Evidence for Democrats’ ‘No Evidence of Voter Fraud’ Claim. Jon N. Hall – “Whenever some self-appointed “expert” makes a claim of there being “no evidence” for something, insist that he produce the evidence for his claims. Ask him: what evidence do you have that there is “no evidence”?”

The Dems Had No Choice But to Rig the Election. Ayad Rahim – “This time they were ready — because there was too much at stake.”

 

Stacey Abrams’s ‘New Georgia Project’ seems to have some problems with voter fraud. Monica Showalter – “What’s disgusting is that Abrams bills herself as Ms. Clean. Actually, she could be even ethically dirtier than even the average machine Democrat.” … “It’s pretty ironic that a group that could paint itself so sensitive to electoral fairness could really be a front for stealing lost elections.”

Does a surveillance video prove Georgia election fraud? Andrea Widburg – “The planners missed two details. First, they forgot to make sure the government’s documents supported the “burst pipe” narrative. … Second, they forgot that the State Farm Arena, where the counting took place, has surveillance cameras all over.” … “it is to be hoped that every intelligent American who is not a partisan media hack – i.e., members of the public, politicians, and judges alike — understands that we’re seeing something better than a smoking gun. In those surveillance videos, we’re actually watching in real time the gun being used to commit the biggest crime in American history.”

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Projection

David Horowitz: Where We Are, And What We Face. John Hinderaker – “David Horowitz writes that today’s Left is the same as yesterday’s Left: irredeemably destructive and dishonest. Hating America and working toward its demise is the Left’s pole star. This piece is special to Power Line.”

Media Elites, Not Trump Supporters, Are Disconnected From Reality. John Daniel Davidson – “But here’s the thing. Everything these media elites say about Trump supporters can more properly be said about media elites themselves.” And what they are saying is not pretty.

DoJ Investigates Possible Scheme to Bribe Trump for a Pardon. Patterico – it’s like a brainstorming session trying to envision a nefarious plot. If they didn’t keep floating the fantasies as realities and keep getting shot down, they might get more traction outside of their toadies camp. It’s time to learn the fable about the boy who kept crying “wolf”. Another example from Slate: Trump Is Pondering Preemptively Pardoning His Kids Before Leaving Office.

The Media Stole the 2020 Election Before a Single Vote Was Cast. Don Feder – “They did it over the course of four years by creating a caricature of Donald Trump and convincing voters that to save the country and the planet, his defeat was imperative.”

“They persuaded millions of voters that the president who had turned the economy into a job-creating engine, made us energy independent, secured the borders, transformed an activist judiciary, and returned sanity to American foreign policy, was a monster — a racist megalomaniac, an enemy of the environment, a bungling foreign-policy loner, and an anti-science know-nothing.

Evidence supports Sidney Powell’s claim about global election fraud. Andrea Widburg – “A retired military analyst testified in Arizona that the U.S. has captured the information that was sent overseas. Also, a November 25 declaration from an active-duty military analyst was made public today, which says that, within five days of the election, the analyst was able to connect dominonvotingsystems.com, which is Dominion’s proprietary URL, to Belgrade, Iran, China — and Barack Obama.”

Crime and Punishment on Campus. Luke Powell – “Have I learned anything? Chiefly that what passes for truth and historical fact on campus is a selective and malleable thing.”

Why Our Universities Have Failed. Victor Davis Hanson – “Something went wrong with the rapidly expanding university in the 1960s, and the new 21st century, high-tech, globalized campus has made the mess it inherited dangerous.”

COVID-19 Lockdowns: Liberty and Science. Ammodotcom – “First, the goalposts moved. … Second, there was an intensification of the authoritarian measures.”

“We should add that a third thing didn’t so much “happen” but was discovered: As it turns out unless you are old (over the age of 65), morbidly obese or suffer from a complicating disorder (such as diabetes or asthma), COVID-19 was little more than a bad cold or the flu.

The generous or naive might say that the COVID-19 health measures are misguided attempts to protect the population. A more hard-nosed or cynical person likely thinks that these measures are a deliberate attempt to enact totalitarian measures leveraging public panic.

there is mounting evidence that government intervention has, surprise of surprises, actually made things worse.

Masks Are As Much A Religious Symbol As A Health Precaution. Joe Allen – “If these makeshift masks are nothing more than terror management for germaphobes, what’s the point?”

“While Facebook and other organizations insist the mask science is settled in its favor, the truth is that at the very least the scientific record is mixed. While neurotic co-workers and draconian baristas command you to obey the state and trust the science, real scientific evidence suggests shaking magic bone-rattles at the sky would provide the same protection.

The credulous “trust the science” crowd is annoying for many reasons, but nothing’s worse than their blind faith in authority.

Most of the folks you see masked at the grocery store, just trudging along as they would any other day, fall into the second category. They’d wear a red Bozo nose and a sequined leotard if it meant they wouldn’t get hassled.

If I choose to visit Rome, I do as the Romans do. The problem is that Rome moved its border to my doorstep, and if Pennsylvania’s ghoulish health secretary is any indication, the centurions are itching to step inside and start barking orders.

Our Overlords Are Using The ‘Big Lie Technique’ To Convince Us Masks Work. Scott Morefield – “Not a soul could have possibly predicted this eight months ago when established science laughed at the idea that a piece of cloth over people’s faces would somehow abate the spread of a highly contagious respiratory virus.”

A response to the propaganda is a website devoted to analysis of HCQ.

4 Life Lessons I Learned Caring For The Elderly That You Need To Read Now. Zeppy Cheng – “Even as sickness and death confronts us at every headline, with Christmas around the corner, there’s no better time to cherish what gives life meaning.”

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Between the election and pandemic data sets, numbers geeks are in heaven

The Truth About ‘Truth’. Peter Smith – “the virtue of truth, runs throughout the Bible. It runs throughout the philosophy of civilised men.”

“The key is having no obligation to the truth. Truth is singular. Outside of truth, there is an unlimited menu of choice. And a particular difficulty is that getting to the truth is hard work, replete often with false trails. This slows down the process and allows scope for lazy suppositions, half-truths, distortions, deceptions and lies to fill the breach.

Whether COVID, climate change, or allegations of war crimes are in the frame, truth is the light on the hill for those of conservative disposition. Leave the leftists, greenies and assorted woke rabble to wallow in the nether regions.

Fragile And Unsustainable Lies. Robert Wright (via ZeroHedge) – “The phalanx of private media and sundry have convinced tens of millions of Americans that:” … “Thankfully, the Truth always prevails, it is just a matter of when and how.”

Reality and the Narrative. Roger Kimball – “Despite the blandishments of the narrative, which seek to seduce you into acquiescence with rumors of inevitability, we really do not know how this story, which seems so familiar, will end.”

Missouri Doctor Says People Who Don’t Mask Are Like ‘Enemy Combatants’. Laura Martin – “Professional discussion of the harms and benefits of masks and mask mandates cannot even happen privately among doctors without vitriol. This kind of atmosphere kills science.” … “The difference between a patriot and an “enemy combatant” has now been defined for us by a piece of paper attached to our ears by stretchy string. Dear Lord, what has happened to us?”

Warring Tribes and Fake Virtue: The 2020 US Election. Daryl McCann – “The American republic, as we have known it, is in crisis. The nation has largely divided into two warring tribes who view the other as a mortal—and civilisational—enemy.”

The Difficult Way Forward. Tom Mayer – “It used to be said that America was fortunate in that its politics were played between the 40-yard lines: that we agreed on the most important things and argued over the details within a small range of policies. That hasn’t been true for many years, the playing field being stretched as far as it can go.”

Climategate Revised: Quotations from the Major Players. Rbradley – “Fred Piece’s The Climate Files: The Battle for the Truth About Global Warming (2010) remains the definitive account of one of the greatest scientific scandals of our time.”

Stop Following the Science — Follow #TheScience. Tim Kowal – “In the 20th century, science is dangerous. Think about it. If normal people were to try to follow the science, they might start asking dangerous questions. Questions that make it harder for government and corporations to achieve the progress we need — progress that our souls need.”

Candace Owens Challenges Fact-Checker, And Wins. Amanda Prestigiacomo – ““I wanted to show that these fact-checkers just lie, and they usually go unchecked because most people don’t have the money, don’t have the time, and don’t have the platform to go after them — and I have all three.”

Dilbert Has To Be Right. Scott Adams – “How can you tell the difference between someone who ‘has to be right’ versus someone who IS right and you need therapy?” For a real life example, see Scott Johnson on a Mic drop on Jon Tevlin, a Star Tribune reporter and columnist for 20 years.

The COVID Case Con Continues. Brian C. Joondeph – “the media is pushing their November propaganda narrative, that Dementia Joe really won the presidential election and that COVID cases are once again surging across America.” … “Saying someone with a positive COVID test is a “case” is fraudulent. … Garbage in, garbage out. With an overly sensitive test, almost 90 percent of the so-called surge is fake news, fear porn to justify unnecessary lockdowns and business closures.”

Cause of Death: A Primer. Kip Hansen – “There has been massive media attention on Covid-19 deaths” … “Doctors, Coroners and Medical Examiners will calmly explain that “Cause of Death” is complicated and not simple. And they are right.”

Time to Abolish Unconstitutional and Useless Mask Mandates. William Sullivan – “the salient question is not about which individual rights have been so granted by the powers of government (the Founders were clear that God, not government, grants rights to citizens), but about how the powers of government are limited by the Constitution.”

The Strangely Unscientific Masking Of America. Jenin Younes (via ZeroHedge) – “The speed with which mask-wearing among the general public transitioned from unheard of to a moral necessity struck me as suspicious.” … “What is shocking is the scientific community’s participation in subverting evidence that does not comport with the consensus.”

Why Is All COVID News Bad? John Hinderaker – “Three professors, two from Dartmouth and one from Brown, have produced a paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research titled, “Why Is All COVID-19 News Bad News?” It focuses on the U.S. press, and its findings are disturbing:” … “The authors suggest that this negativity is driven by demand from consumers of the news–i.e, us.”

The Hijacking of the 2020 Election and the Hate America Strategy. Steve McCann – “I have watched in abject disbelief as this disturbing and traitorous Hate America scheme has taken root and flourished among the populace. It is only in the United States that this tactic has been effectively employed, as I have not seen, experienced or read about anything comparable in any other country on earth.”

Legitimacy of Biden Win Buried by Objective Data. David Catron – “Emerging information from the states render his victory less and less plausible.” … “A growing body of evidence ranging from straightforward ballot audits to complex quantitative analyses suggests that the tabulation of the votes was characterized by enough chicanery to alter the outcome of the election. Consequently, a consensus has gradually developed among the auditors of publicly available information released by the states, and it contradicts the narrative promulgated by the Democrats and the media. The more data experts see, the less convinced they are that Biden won.”

 

‘The Fraud Has Been Institutionalized’: Inside The Partisan GOTV Efforts In Indian Country. John Daniel Davidson – “Illegal electioneering and ballot harvesting by supposedly nonpartisan groups reached new heights in this election.” … “This Was A Coordinated Effort Nationwide”

“It’s undeniable that groups like Native Vote and Radicalize the Vote, supported with funding from the NCAI, have had an outsized effect on the presidential election. It’s also undeniable that they were flagrantly violating federal election laws and acting not as nonpartisan organizations just trying to increase voter turnout, but arms of the Biden campaign and the Democratic Party.

These things happen every election season, of course. The only difference is that this time they happened on a mass scale, in broad daylight, sometimes with the cooperation of state officials.

Steal the House? Steven Hayward – “Yes, you might well ask yourself: Gee, if the House can refuse to seat the certified winner of an election because of voting “irregularities,” why shouldn’t some state legislators think similarly about the “winner” of the presidential vote in several states this year?”

Understanding the head-spinning series of court orders in Georgia. Andrea Widburg – “If you’re wondering what happened in Georgia on Sunday, you’re not alone. A federal district court issued three different orders about county officials’ plans to wipe Dominion voting machines. Thankfully, the last order gets it right and stops Georgia officials from erasing information on voting machines at the heart of the debate about election fraud.”

Trump’s Michael Flynn Pardon Is Only The Beginning Of The Justice This Nation Deserves. Margot Cleveland – “The corporate media has refused to tell Americans the truth, so I will. Here are six key aspects of the case that expose the Obama-Biden administration’s travesty of justice.”

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whatcha gonna do about it?

New Study Exposes Alleged Accounting Error Regarding COVID Deaths. Tyler Durden – more on that JHU paper that was pulled. “The study – which is still being vetted – simply examines the raw data that should have been questioned months ago.” A reference is made to Alex Berenson on Twitter claiming that the study is wrong but that claim is rather short of any indication as to why the raw CDC data review is incorrect. If the Briand paper is severely flawed the flaws should be easy to describe or label.

“The overall conclusion is that Covid-19, at least according to collected data, is not the killer disease that it is currently hyped up to be. AIER is not endorsing the study as is without further study, but we are interested in the argument being examined and discussed.

For Covid-19 to be a serious cause of alarm, it would need to significantly increase the number of average deaths.

Total deaths in the United States show no significant change and even mirror past trends of seasonal illness.

According to this graph constructed using data provided by the CDC from the last 6 years, total deaths have remained relatively constant and increases can be explained by various factors such as a larger population.

This aligns with many other well-established facts about the virus, such as those with comorbidities are the most at risk.

The hysteria over Covid-19 has likely led to the alleged accounting error noted in Briand’s study, the reclassification of expected deaths from all causes into Covid deaths

That accounting error has likely led to a number of policy decisions that have drastically crippled our ability to support the general welfare of society, economically, socially, and spiritually. Going forward these findings should give us pause and reconsideration over the threat Covid-19 actually poses and realize how much avoidable damage we have done to ourselves as a result.

PA Legislators Put Forward Resolution to Declare Election in Dispute. Daniel Greenfield – “It goes without saying that Governor Wolf. and Co. are not about to back down. But their abuses have, as a matter of fact, put the election in dispute. But the question is still, “whatcha gonna do about it”. That’s essentially the Democrat legal argument combined with a lot of empty pulpit-pounding about disenfranchisement.”

Can States Legalize Stealing Federal Elections? Daniel Greenfield – “If states illegally making up election law on the fly is treated as a state issue, and it can’t move forward within the state because, as in Pennsylvania, its judiciary is hopelessly partisan and corrupt, and federal judges refuse to touch it because it’s a state issue, then our political system is little better than a banana republic.”

The burden of proof should favor Trump in election fraud litigation. Andrea Widburg – “President Trump … asserted that Biden must prove that his votes did not result from fraud. People scoffed, but as a practical matter, Trump is correct.” The analogy provided here is also pertinent to the Briand JHU brouhaha noted above. “The extra wrinkle in this case is incontestable evidence that paper trails and electronic trails were deliberately destroyed. [spoliation]”

“To date, some courts (as, for example, this Obama judge) have said Trump has no evidence. In fact, Trump has massive evidence for all three categories — and certainly enough to get the election fraud claims over the net onto Biden’s side.

The real question is about Biden’s return volley. He must prove either that the eyewitnesses, the mathematical experts, and the equipment experts lied or are mistaken, or he must provide a compelling counter-narrative to explain how he got more votes than Obama did in 2008:

At a minimum, Biden must have eyewitnesses about signature verification, timely mail-in ballots, the absence of duplicate votes, properly functioning machines, etc. His problem is that the Democrats destroyed all or most of that evidence. On those issues, therefore, the missing evidence presumptively supports Trump’s case.

Was Trump cheated out of victory in Georgia? Paul Mirengoff – He cites Scott and Morrissey on the Powell lawsuit expressing skepticism based on contradicting Widburg’s claim (above) about evidence and he joins those two. This group of skeptics does not even see that the evidence of fraud exists and that raises questions about why there is such a significant discrepancy about perceptions of what is on the evidence table. See Shipwreckedcrew for something a bit more thoroughly thought out on the Georgia Powell case.

‘Historically strange’ spike in incomplete Nevada voter files, casinos as ‘home’. Paul Bedard – “In an affidavit filed in another Republican election challenge, a “data scientist” found a huge surge of incomplete voter registrations and those giving casinos and temporary RV parks as “their home or mailing addresses” in the Third Congressional District that covers the southern third of the state and much of Clark County.” … “In her affidavit, which has been forwarded to Trump’s team, Morgan said that her findings were just scratching surface.”

Catching up on the mahem:

A Wounded Nation Sows the Wind — and Reaps the Whirlwind. Anna Abbott – “The current culture’s disregard of natural and divine law has reaped ruinous consequences.”

The COVID-19 News the Corporate Media Doesn’t Publish. Stacey Lennox – “here is a rundown, with detailed sourcing, linking to recent news and previous information.”

Media Suppression of 8 Key Stories ‘Stole This Election’ for Joe Biden. Tyler O’neil – “The Polling Company surveyed 1,750 Biden voters in seven swing states”

Trumpism without Trump is like Reaganism without Reagan. Don Surber – “This is not Romney’s party or McCain’s or Bush’s. We push back now. And if those who conspired with Democrats against The Donald think they are re-taking the party, they have another thing coming to them.”

By Every Legal Means Necessary. Conrad Black – “Every available legal means must be used to assure Trump is not pushed out of office improperly, and, if he has lost, that that result is the consequence of a fairly conducted and tabulated election.”

The Propaganda of Despair. Laura Hollis – “This self-serving sales pitch has made generations of Democrats very wealthy, but it hasn’t done much to raise the standards of living for those in poverty.”

Trump Campaign Focusing on Unlawful Use of Absentee Ballot Process to Avoid Wisconsin ID Requirement. Shipwreckedcrew – “The recount now underway in Dane and Milwaukee Counties is likely for the limited purpose of just trying to reduce the margin from 20,000 votes to some lesser number. That lower number then becomes the “target” in the search for absentee ballots where the application for the absentee ballot — especially for newly registered voters — included a “self-certification” that the elector was “indefinitely confined”.

Newt Gingrich: their sloppiness will be their undoing. Mark Wauck – “covers a number of illegalities in this article, of which I’ve selected one very important one. Note that Gingrich gives credit to The Thomas More Society’s Amistad Project–which has intervened in Wisconsin and Georgia, so far.”

Covid: Cases vs Deaths. David Friedman – “News stories keep reporting record numbers of cases but not record numbers of deaths. Santa Clara County, where I live, shows detailed information on both, and the divergence is striking … The divergence is less striking in the U.S. figures, but it’s still there.”

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Numbers and experts. Reality in plain sight to no avail.

COVID Infection Fatality Rates by Sex and Age. Alex Berezow – “A new paper attempts to create the best estimate for the COVID infection-fatality rate (IFR), which answers the question, “If I get sick, what is the chance that I will die?” Beware: The virus discriminates.” … “First, as we have long known, people of college age and younger are very unlikely to die. … Second, the IFR slowly increases with age through the 60-64 age group. But after that, beginning with the 65-69 age group, the IFR rises sharply. … Beginning with the 20-24 age group, men are about twice as likely to die as women from COVID.”

COVID-19, Viral Load and Shedding: An Update. Chuck Dinerstein – “a positive COVID-19 test by any method does not correspond to the presence of a viable virus. Our best belief is that the viral load and transmission peaks relatively early in the course of symptomatic disease and that by day 8 or 9, transmission risk is rapidly approaching baseline. ”

Study: Absolutely NO excess deaths from COVID-19. Robert Zimmerman –”It appears the newsletter analysis that I linked to below was too hopeful for the authorities at Johns Hopkins, even though it was based on actual data. Mere minutes after I posted this they took it down, censoring this conclusion.” The topic needs clarification which means refutation, not censorship.

Why Is Big Media Hiding That Illinois Has Far More COVID Cases Than Florida? Jordan Davidson – Because Illinois Has A Democrat In Charge And Tighter Lockdowns.

COVID Shutdowns and Masks. John Hinderaker – “The states where cases are rising fast cover the gamut from harshest restrictions (like Minnesota and Illinois) to least intrusive (South Dakota). These factors–shutdowns and mask mandates–make no apparent difference.”

SCOTUS Gets It Right on Religious Liberty: Church IS Essential. John Inazu – “I think the Court’s decision is correct and offers some important observations. One of the most important is that these shutdown orders cause irreparable harm because they restrict First Amendment freedoms—and that virtual worship is not a constitutionally sufficient alternative. In other words, worship is absolutely an “essential activity” and to say otherwise is constitutionally incorrect.” The justices in the minority are strongly of the view that ‘experts’ should prevail over constitutional rights [Law&Crime].

What the Election Will Come Down To. David Solway – “The so-called system “glitches” privileging Biden turn out to constitute an unmistakable pattern, a veritable constellation of effects.”

“I have met people who agree that the election has indeed been stolen and approve of the theft — anything to get Trump out of the White House is legitimate. In their books vice is the higher virtue, the ends justify the means and a statistically improbable, pre-determined result is to be applauded irrespective of how it may violate conscience and ethical principle, a sentiment shared by millions, which does not make it any less immoral. A lie is a lie and the truth is the truth, no matter how we scumble the picture. As noted, any reasonable person suspects, almost to a practical certainty, that a gargantuan electoral swindle is happening before their very eyes, and the same is surely true of committed Democrats. Honor among thieves may be the greatest dishonor imaginable. They do not care. The arc of injustice bends toward a desired conclusion.

YouTube Gets Brutally Ratioed After Attempting Woke Takedown Of Thanksgiving. Steve Watson – “Americans are in no mood for Google’s fake righteousness bullshit” – selected commentary where folks describe their feelings about revisionist history.

TIGged off with Tertiary Education. Tim Blair – “He’d become intrigued at some point by videos about welding. There are hundreds of them on YouTube: tutorials, restorations, guides, historical features and forums.” … “His family were not merely supportive of this. They were elated, because they had come to realise—as have many Australian families—that modern universities actually subtract knowledge and replace it with politics.” This story needs to be considered in light of the distance learning pandemic panic activity. Educational reform is coming in from the students, not the educational deep swamp.

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Fasten your seatbelts and hold on to your hats. The people are hungry.

“The Fraud Was Executed By Many Means”: Sidney Powell “Releases Kraken” With Dual Lawsuits In Michigan, Georgia. Tyler Durden – “The suit asks for over a dozen remedies, including an injunction blocking the state’s certified results – in which Biden ‘won’ by 12,000 votes – from being transmitted to the Electoral College.” See also Joseph Hipplito for more and background on Kraken and Hamr. See also Andrea Widburg – “This post will give you a very brief overview of the allegations. … What’s different is that (a) the complaint actually identifies and summarizes the specific witness statements, and (b) it details the specific acts of fraud and how they violate state and federal law, as well as the Constitution. … Please check out the complaint yourself.” JD Rucker asks if a third is on the way.

Giuliani, Trump Pull Off ‘One Hell Of A Hearing’ On Pennsylvania Election Fraud. Tyler Durden – “With the hearing concluded, people are commenting on how credible and well spoken the witnesses were in describing election fraud in Pennsylvania.”

Nine useful articles and data points showcasing 2020’s election theft. Andrea Widburg – “There’s a growing body of detailed information explaining both the traditional election fraud and the computer vote theft that threw this election to Biden.” … “Fasten your seatbelts and hold on to your hats, because this is going to be a wild ride of amazing, horrifying, and fascinating information about the greatest election heist in American history.”

‘Stuffing the Ballot Box’ with Mail-in Ballots. Phil Orenstein – “President Trump won the 2020 presidential election by a landslide of legal votes, and 73 million Trump voters will not allow this election to be stolen by widespread voter fraud.” … “The real history of election rigging and corruption in Democrat-controlled cities over the past century.”

Some Milwaukee Neighborhoods Reported Unusually High Election Turnout. Epoch Times (nagsite). Petr Svab – “The Wisconsin Election Commission (WEC) sent notices to more than 230,000 voters last year urging them to confirm their registration upon discovering that they may have moved. Based on state law, WEC was supposed to deactivate registrations of those who didn’t respond within 30 days—more than 200,000 of them—but in mid-2020, it decided not to do so.” see also (ibid or also on neo) Thousands in Georgia Registered at Postal, Commercial Addresses, Portraying Them as Residences, Researcher Says and Mimi Nguyen Ly: Appeals Court Grants Expedited Review Over Lin Wood’s Election Lawsuit in Georgia.

Trump’s Flynn Pardon: Will the Judge Accept It? Editorial of The New York Sun – “The general’s case, though, has become a bonfire of the vanities of one district judge who has denied the presumption of regularity to an official act of the United States government” … the rationale for cynicism is provided.

Implications of the Flynn Pardon. (NR nagsite) John Yoo – “not only ends any injustice to Flynn, but it restores the proper balance to the separation of powers.”

Cutting back on Cuomo. Scott Johnson – “If you think you’ve had it with Chief Justice Roberts, rest assured that Justice Gorsuch concurs.” This is another injunction case where the Chief Justice again opposed the rights to worship but, this time, the court has a new Justice to break the tie.

A Heroine For Our Time? John Hinderaker – “Larvita McFarquhar owns a little bar and entertainment venue called Havens Garden in Lynd, Minnesota”

Study finds 84% fewer hospitalizations for patients treated with controversial drug hydroxychloroquine. Andrew Mark Miller – “The study, set to be published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents in December, determined that “Low-dose hydroxychloroquine combined with zinc and azithromycin was an effective therapeutic approach against COVID-19.” Compare and contrast to Scott Gavura at (self proclaimed) Science Based Medicine on Zinc and COVID.

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So many frauds, so little time

‘The Fraud Has Been Institutionalized’: Inside The Partisan GOTV Efforts In Indian Country. John Daniel Davidson – “Illegal electioneering and ballot harvesting by supposedly nonpartisan groups reached new heights in this election.” He has a ‘must see’ map of Arizona …

“These things happen every election season, of course. The only difference is that this time they happened on a mass scale, in broad daylight, sometimes with the cooperation of state officials. It doesn’t necessarily mean the election was stolen from Trump, but it does means something perhaps worse: unless we fix this, Americans will never trust our elections again.

There’s More Than One Way to Steal an Election. John Hinderaker – “The evidence is strong that the Democratic Party press swung this year’s election to Biden by its selective non-coverage of critically important news stories that reflected well on President Trump or poorly on Biden.”

“This is not going to change. The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, CNN, MSNBC, the broadcast networks, the women’s magazines, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and so on have chosen a side and they aren’t turning back. So we need to develop more news outlets that cover all the important news, not just the (often twisted) news that helps Democrats.

Another infuriating story of Pennsylvania voting fraud. Neo – “Not that we need another one of these tales. But this makes one particular method of accomplishing fraud clear. It also makes it clear that the liberal PA Supreme Court seems demented. But a demented decision in the cause of furthering the election of Joe Biden is no vice, right?”

Group files emergency petition in Wisconsin after finding 150,000 potentially fraudulent ballots. Amistad Project’s Phil Kline – “These discrepancies were a direct result of Wisconsin election officials’ willful violation of state law”

Arkansas Supreme Court invalidates Democratic candidate, GOP declares victory. John Moritz – “Democrat Jimmie Wilson is ineligible to serve in the state Legislature due to decades-old misdemeanor convictions in federal court, wiping out Wilson’s victory at the polls earlier this month in House District 12.” … “A unanimous decision by the high court, however, held that the pardon did not erase Wilson’s disqualification.”

Why Trump Will Win. Joseph Hippolito – “Absolutely frightening” evidence of entrenched fraud.” … “In this case, “Kraken” is not a mythical sea monster but a program the CIA and Defense Department use to get information about the nation’s enemies by hacking computers and cellphones.” Wikileaks is cited and the Scytl German servers are given context.

COVID-19: Lockdowns not Linked with Lower Death Rates, Study Finds. Annaliese Levy – “Researchers analyzed data from 160 countries over the first 8 months of the pandemic. They tested several factors— including demographics, public health, economy, politics and environment—to determine how they are correlated with COVID-19 mortality.” … “Despite increasing evidence proving that lockdowns do not work, government officials continue to push them.”

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