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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Newsom solicited $226 million in private donations to fund California's pandemic response
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under:




-Great Cultural Revolution
Figure at center of pro-Trump Jan. 6 theories to speak with select committee Friday
[Politico - so you know you're getting the Regime spin] Ray Epps met informally with the panel in November and told them he had no relationship with the FBI.

Ray Epps, the former Arizona Oath Keeper at the center of pro-Trump conspiracy theories related to Jan. 6., intends to sit for a transcribed interview Friday with the select committee investigating the attack on the Capitol, his attorney said in a phone interview.

Epps, who has become the centerpiece of an unsupported GOP claim that the FBI incited the mob that ransacked the Capitol last year, met with the Jan. 6 select committee in November and told them he had no relationship to the FBI or any other federal law enforcement agency. But the meeting was just a precursor to a more-formal transcribed interview this week, said Epps’ lawyer John Blischak.

Blischak said he expected more details of Epps’ involvement to become public soon thereafter.

Epps has kept a low profile since former President Donald Trump's allies began promoting a theory that Epps was a federal agent and helped foment the attack. Their claims stem from videos taken on Jan. 5 showing Epps urging Trump allies to "go into the Capitol" — an exhortation that some in the crowd quickly booed and responded to with chants accusing Epps of being a "fed." Epps quickly added that it should be done "peacefully."

Epps was also seen in footage just before 1 p.m. on Jan. 6 at the front of a line of Trump supporters who were among the first to breach the Capitol barricades. He whispered something into the ear of Ryan Samsel, who has been charged as one of the first defendants to breach secured Capitol grounds. Moments later, Samsel and others charged through a barricade, injuring a Capitol Police officer on the other side.

But Epps did not appear to join in the violence and his lawyer says "he was never in the Capitol building" — key factors in the Justice Department’s charging decisions.

Part of the theory promoted by Trump supporters is based on the FBI’s decision to remove Epps’ face from a Jan. 6 suspect list six months after the attack. The list contains images and videos of rioters who were caught on camera in the crowd but who have not been identified or tracked by the bureau.

Blischak told POLITICO that the reason Epps was removed was, in part, because he was no longer an unidentified suspect. Rather, he called the FBI on Jan. 8 and "explained his position" after a relative informed him that he had been the subject of news reporting related to the riot, Blischak said

Blischak said he had no knowledge about why it took several months for the FBI to remove Epps’ face from its "wanted" database.

Trump mentioned Epps by name during an Arizona rally on Saturday, amplifying unsupported claims about Epps’ involvement on Jan. 6.

"How about the one guy ’go in, go in, get in there everybody’ — Epps — ’get in there go go go,’" Trump said. "Nothing happens to him. What happened with him? Nothing happens."

Blischak said he hadn’t heard anything about Trump’s commentary.
Posted by: Frank G || 01/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  Interesting that a guy who didn't go into the capitol gets two meetings with J6 Committee reps.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 01/19/2022 10:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Dems are obviously concerned about the optics here. They'll need a lot of finesse to explain Epps but at least they won't have to worry about Republicans like Jim Jordan asking questions.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/19/2022 11:00 Comments || Top||

#3  The "Committee" is symbolic of the Judeo-Christian moral system being broken in this once great nation. The very existence of such an entity is a sign as to how debased our society has become.
Posted by: Blackbeard Barnsmell6454 || 01/19/2022 13:50 Comments || Top||


White House Planning Road Trip to get Joe Back on Track
[NBC News] Biden’s reset plan, senior administration officials said, is to make his conversations with members of Congress less of a public priority and to emphasize spending more time communicating directly with Americans.
"Look, Fat. You're a lying dog-faced pony soldier!"
"There is a recognition that we need to change that dynamic," a senior administration official said, adding that Biden has told aides and lawmakers that he intends to make the shift.

Part of the goal is to shed the growing image that Biden is approaching the presidency like a member of the Senate, where he spent more than three decades. "He’s mindful that he doesn’t want to send the message that his role is to be legislator-in-chief," another senior administration official said.
He had such a stellar record in the Senate, no?
What some of Biden’s aides have expressed concern about most is the impression that he is seemingly bogged down at the White House, giving too many "one-dimensional" speeches from Washington instead of showcasing what they see as his greatest political strength: empathy and an ability to connect with ordinary Americans.
But it will be a tough job, because ...COVID!
But finding the time and the best venues outside Washington has been a challenge, both because of how much time Biden has invested in congressional negotiations and because the pandemic has made such travel outside the capital more complicated and time-consuming.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [264 views] Top|| File under:

#1  More like roadkill
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/19/2022 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Hope he doesn't wander off someplace.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/19/2022 0:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Jill, packing: "You'll bunk in this trunk."
The press on the bus: "What's the funk?"
"By the time we get back
I'll be leading the pack
In ignoring that smelly old skunk."
["... in the middle of the road..."]
Posted by: Hupush Stalin5889 || 01/19/2022 1:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Did they just get some new green screen backgrounds for the basement sudio?
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 01/19/2022 4:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Getting him away from the media and controlling access.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/19/2022 6:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Road Show (of Hunter's daubings).

Maybe Hunter also has a SPAC for the investing public? Some (risqué) NFTs?
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/19/2022 6:30 Comments || Top||

#7  Yeah. Let's see how many Dem Congressional candidates want to grab his coattails.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/19/2022 11:03 Comments || Top||

#8  Gonna drop pops off at a home hopefully.
Posted by: Chris || 01/19/2022 12:16 Comments || Top||

#9  It's very hard to take a road trip when the wheels have come off your wagon.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/19/2022 12:52 Comments || Top||

#10  Maybe Liewatha can set him up with a travois...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/19/2022 12:55 Comments || Top||

#11  his greatest political strength: empathy and an ability to connect with ordinary Americans.

This is satire, right?
Posted by: Tom || 01/19/2022 13:13 Comments || Top||

#12  Why did "Weekend at Bernie's" spring to mind when I read the headline?
Posted by: Crusader || 01/19/2022 13:34 Comments || Top||

#13  /\ Crusader, you had that image come to mind also?
Posted by: magpie || 01/19/2022 16:03 Comments || Top||

#14  I'm with #4. You think they really want Joe out there facing "Let's Go Brandon"?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/19/2022 19:12 Comments || Top||

#15  He can go public and insult voters now....to their face.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 01/19/2022 19:13 Comments || Top||

#16  Consensus (including compliant corporate media commentators) is that Joe's presser this afternoon moved him even further off the tracks.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/19/2022 19:21 Comments || Top||

#17  Weekend At Brandon's
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/19/2022 20:09 Comments || Top||


Heed the pleas of the subway-shover's sister: Stop letting the severely mentally ill roam loose and untreated
[NYPOST] Even if you don’t have a loved one plagued by mental illness who refuses to get help, you have to feel for Josette Simon, the sister of the man known as Simon Martial, 61, who has admitted to the horrific Times Square murder of Michelle Go."I remember begging one of the hospitals, ’Let him stay,’ because once he’s out, he didn’t want to take medication, and it was the medication that kept him going," Josette, 65, told The Post.

New York City’s mental-health system (perhaps the entire nation’s) is broken. Time and again, it releases to the streets people who are a danger to at least themselves, and tragically often to innocents like Go. Even pleas from family members like Josette Simon prove futile, as the system doesn’t even use the tools available, such as Kendra’s Law, to mandate treatment.

"There was nothing I could do," she weeps. "And they let him out in the street.

"People who saw him know — he’s crazy," she says. "My brother had been sick for so long." Diagnosed with schizophrenia decades ago, he was taken in by another sister after their mother’s death. "She had to call the police on him a couple of times, but after that, he went downhill. He’s been in and out of mental hospitals at least 20 years."

He did state prison time after robbery and attempted robbery convictions. "Get him some help," she pleads. "I’m not saying let him out, but get him some help."



Posted by: Fred || 01/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under:

#1  *Sigh* This is a conundrum: Where does Habeus Corpus end and Confining Dangerous People take hold?

My first full-time job was at a dairy plant less than a mile from the blandly titled 'Central State Hospital'. Driving on its perimeter made you think it was a WW2 Stalag confining POWs with twelve foot chainlink fences topped by triple stand barbed wire. Exterior factory doors and our delivery trucks had to be locked to keep the "crazies" from sneaking in.

Then Reagan happened and the walls came down... The fences demolished and the barbed wire removed. Now, did the homeless on the streets that became fewer each winter die of exposure or leave for warmer climates...? I don't know and never heard an answer.

But the question remains: If someone can declare you an 'Unperson' and Institutionalize you for life then what is to keep it a Fair and Just process?
Posted by: magpie || 01/19/2022 0:24 Comments || Top||


#3  In Times Square a better day dawns
As a debonair figure of bronze
Descends with a crash
And commences to thrash
All the pols, pushers, pimps, pros, and pawns.
[padre gultily beams, shadow-boxes]
Posted by: Hupush Stalin5889 || 01/19/2022 5:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Then Reagan happened and the walls came down... The fences demolished and the barbed wire removed. Now, did the homeless on the streets that became fewer each winter die of exposure or leave for warmer climates...? I don't know and never heard an answer.

Posted by: magpie 2022-01-19 00:24


Magpie,

I consistently hear 'then Reagan happened' and suddenly the homeless/mentally ill were everywhere...but that's not the way I remember it.

In the 70s, there were repeated scandals across the country involving the mentally ill and how the states were essentially warehousing them with just enough food and shelter to keep them alive, and sometimes not even that. In my home state of Ohio, it was an utter horror story at several state hospitals.

It wasn't Reagan who held a gun to anybody's head to shut off the state hospital systems - embarrassed politicians looking for a way out seized on vague and - at best - iffy 'new era' programs that would no longer require the dungeons those hospitals had become. And since they didn't need the hospitals, the budgets could be slashed.

And put to use elsewhere. If the money that had been maintaining the hospitals and their staffs had been put to use elsewhere in the mental health systems, the situation would be seriously different - but it wasn't. It went to pet projects and boondoggles in every state where it was done.

The state mental health systems were for all intents and purposes nonfunctioning and being defunded and dismantled long before Ronald Reagan ever took the oath of office, and that responsibility lies at the state level, not the Federal or executive levels.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/19/2022 6:33 Comments || Top||

#5  Ted Kennedy was instrumental in the closing of mental hospitals. Reagan just didn't do anything to stop it.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/19/2022 7:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Probably half or more of the Teefa berserkers ought to be in institutions of some kind.

Look at those Teefa mug shots from Portland that Andy Ngo publishes: they look like those portrait-photos of mental patients from the early days of photography.

At least two of the people who attacked Kyle Rittenhouse were certified lunatics, for ex -- "JoJo" was literally off his meds and even hurled his psychiatric outpatient's go bag at Kyle.
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/19/2022 7:58 Comments || Top||

#7  If they break the law they need to be incarcerated. That's pretty simple, isn't it? If they're nut cases and just want to be left alone, OK. But if they pee on the street, it's a crime and it needs to be treated as such.

I know liberals like to paint Ronald Reagan as a big, bad meanie every chance they get. I don't care if it was Ronald Reagan or Ted Kennedy or George Wallace. Letting dangerous nut cases run loose on the streets was a mistake that needs to be corrected.

OK. The institutions were awful. I saw that movie One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. I get it. But we can't have them sleeping on the sidewalks. We're not Calcutta, are we?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/19/2022 11:15 Comments || Top||


Aztec gods left with no chants at California schools

[RT] Students at Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, public schools won’t be asked to recite a chant based on Aztec religious practices, which some parents compared to a prayer to "demotic" pagan gods, who used to get human sacrifices.

The California Board of Education and Department of Education (CDE) agreed to drop the rite from the model curriculum for the optional Ethnic Studies Program, local media reported. The decision was taken as part of a court settlement with three parents who objected to its adoption last March.

The model curriculum offered teachers a number of "affirmations, chants, and energizers" to be used in classroom to "bring the class together, build unity around ethnic studies principles and values, and to reinvigorate the class following a lesson that may be emotionally taxing or even when student engagement may appear to be low."

One of them dubbed "In Lak Ech affirmation" is based on Aztec beliefs about the world and its origin. The guideline describes it as an adaptation "into poetic, rhythmic, hip hop song form" of the Aztec concept of four movements or four epochs, the Nahui Ollin. The chant focuses on the idea of unity between oneself and another person.

The modern reimagining of Nahui Ollin puts forward four principles of self-reflection, learning history, creativity and self-renewal. However,
facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...
they were named after Aztec deities. So when students during the In Lak Ech affirmation call out their creative side, for example, they also invoke Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec god of war, sun, and human sacrifice.

The plaintiffs in the case, represented by the Thomas More Society, alleged that the CDE was de facto introducing pagan prayers into the curriculum, in violation of California’s constitution.

"The Aztec prayers at issue — which seek blessings from and the intercession of these demonic forces — were not being taught as poetry or history," Paul Jonna, partner at LiMandri & Jonna LLP and Thomas More Society Special Counsel, said in a statement.
Posted by: Fred || 01/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...Man, Quetzalcoatl is gonna be pi$$ed...

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/19/2022 6:11 Comments || Top||

#2  "pi$$ed"?

Could be worse. San Jose’s Quetzalcoatl has already $hit the bed
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/19/2022 8:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Merrick's Link, possibly.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/19/2022 9:49 Comments || Top||

#4  So, when the volcanos and earthquake obliterate California, we'll know that the reason has nothing to do with wormy gerbils.
Posted by: ed in texas || 01/19/2022 15:32 Comments || Top||

#5  #3 yes indeed. Ty Richard.
(I detest the SJ Mercury News and their firewalls & redirects .... grrr)
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/19/2022 23:54 Comments || Top||


Michigan Democrats tell parents they are NOT 'clients' of public schools, that children should be taught 'what society needs them to know' - and that taxpayers should stay out of education
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • Democrats in Michigan were blasted for telling parents that they are not 'clients' of public schools and that they shouldn't be involved in their kids' education

  • A Facebook post on Saturday shared by the state's Democrats also said parents can sign their kids up in private schools if they don't like the way things are

  • The post was later deleted on Monday and Democrats apologized for the post

  • Republicans in the state are calling for Governor Gretchen Whitmer to act on the fiasco

  • Michigan's gubernatorial elections are coming up soon in March as Whitmer seeks reelection

  • Former Detroit Police chief and Republican candidate James Craig, who blasted the post on Sunday, will also be running for the governor's seat


Michigan Democratic Party deletes social post claiming parents aren’t ‘client of the public school’

[JUSTTHENEWS] Facebook post ignited a hailstorm of criticism as the debate over parental rights continues to rage across America.

A weekend Facebook post by the Michigan Democratic Party ignited a hailstorm of criticism, prompting the party to eventually delete the comment Monday.

“Not sure where this ‘parents-should-control-what-is-taught-in-schools-because-they-are-our-kids’ is originating, but parents do have the option to choose to send their kids to a hand-selected private school at their own expense if this is what they desire,” the deleted post read.

It continued: “The purpose of a public education in a public school is not to teach kids only what parents want them to be taught. It is to teach them what society needs them to know. The client of the public school is not the parent, but the entire community, the public[.]”

The comments echoed a sentiment expressed by failed gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe during a campaign debate last October. “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” then Gov. McAuliffe said during a debate with now Gov. Glenn Youngkin. McAuliffe’s statement is widely attributed to derailing his campaign.

Michigan Freedom Fund Executive Director Tori Sachs also took issue with the Facebook post.

Sachs cited Michigan law, which states in Section 380.10: “It is the natural, fundamental right of parents and legal guardians to determine and direct the care, teaching, and education of their children. The public schools of this state serve the needs of the pupils by cooperating with the pupil's parents and legal guardians to develop the pupil's intellectual capabilities and vocational skills in a safe and positive environment.”

Rep. Pamela Hornberger, R-Chesterfield Twp., is House Education Committee chairwoman. She responded with her own Facebook post.

“Michigan Democrats have continually sided with the education establishment and unions to fight against school choice and parent empowerment,” Hornberger wrote. “Their decisions harm our students. If the education establishment and unions continue to fund Democrats, the Democrats will continue to vote against the best interest of Michigan’s students and families.”

In a subsequent post, the Michigan Democratic Party noted they had removed the group’s initial statement.

“We have deleted a post that ignored the important role parents play – and should play – in Michigan public schools. Parents need to have a say in their children’s education, end of story,” the post reads.

The retraction continues, “The post does not reflect the views of Michigan Democrats and should not be misinterpreted as a statement of support from our elected officials or candidates.”
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You exist to serve the state. Where have we heard that before?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/19/2022 7:40 Comments || Top||

#2  All within the state, nothing outside the state...
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/19/2022 8:01 Comments || Top||

#3  How'd that work out for the Dems in Virginia?

Whitmenr's up for re-election in less than two months?

[rubs hands together gleefully]
Posted by: Bobby || 01/19/2022 8:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Don't underestimate the ability of Whitless and her goons to stuff ballot boxes and load up the unmarked midnight vans.

As PervOTUS urged the other day, "Count the votes...count the votes...count the votes..."
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/19/2022 8:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Next up: "Someone hacked our Facebook Account!!"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/19/2022 8:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Maybe taxpayers money shouldn't be used for education if they don't have a say in what is taught and how the schools are run.
Posted by: Chris || 01/19/2022 10:10 Comments || Top||

#7  None of this would be happening if schools were actually teaching the kids to read, write, and do a bit of arithmetic. Go look up the test results for your nearest big city school system. The number of students performing at grade-level is astonishingly low.

In Detroit, it was not uncommon for parents to send their kids to the local Catholic school if they could afford it. Now, charter schools are a thing, loved by parents and reviled by the education establishment.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/19/2022 10:34 Comments || Top||

#8  At every level, the "education establishment" is top-heavy with administrators and bureaucrats. Teachers are an afterthought. They all know it and aspire to move into the admin ranks themselves, so the march to whatever orders are given, no matter how absurd.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/19/2022 10:43 Comments || Top||

#9  So much for the doctrine of "in loco parentis."
Posted by: Vespasian Lumumba3128 || 01/19/2022 14:50 Comments || Top||

#10  So far the Dems have lost every fight with the parents where the Dems have thought that parents are not clients of public schools. Keep digging Dems while you have a losing issue (sarc on).
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/19/2022 17:52 Comments || Top||

#11  #9 So much for the doctrine of "in loco parentis."
Old: in loco parentis
New: la vida (gobierna parental) loca
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/19/2022 21:31 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Jen Psaki defends Biden's refusal to release visitor logs from his Delaware homes after it was revealed he spent a QUARTER of his first year in office at them
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/19/2022 00:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [218 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  Hopefully he'll hit HALF in his second year.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/19/2022 5:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Just tell us which countries the visitors came from. Likely China, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, perhaps Peru & Colombia as well...
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/19/2022 6:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Or perhaps, besides the occasional nurse, no one visits, no one at all.
Posted by: Marilyn Untervehr4892 || 01/19/2022 9:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Someone foreign and an enemy of the US must have established a surveillance presence over the Delaware residence and established the visitor patterns over the past year. That information from a site that doesn't have the volume of traffic of the WH will quickly allow other ground based assets to do followup de-confliction and confirmation. Once key players are confirmed, influence can be exerted in a number of ways.
The membership of the external portions of the Central Committee can be defined over time and manipulated for effect. Some conversations can only be done in person, absent any medium or record, thus revealing the Puppet Master cast or surrogates over time...
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 01/19/2022 11:36 Comments || Top||

#5  #3 may well be correct. Its not as if Brandon makes any actual decisions--he merely reads whatever is on the teleprompter. So what would the point be of visiting Brandon?
Posted by: Crusader || 01/19/2022 13:37 Comments || Top||

#6  Brandon is not the only one at the residence. Primary handlers Klaine and “Edith Wilson”Biden are also there and well as lesser minions.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 01/19/2022 16:52 Comments || Top||

#7  Or perhaps, besides the occasional nurse, no one visits, no one at all.

No visits from Disney Animatronics?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/19/2022 17:17 Comments || Top||

#8  Maybe its because it would list the medical staff he is in constant care of and being treated by there?
Posted by: NN2N1 || 01/19/2022 23:38 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Joe Biden's Jim Crow 2.0 tour collides with reality: Blacks strongly support voter ID
[JustTheNews] Biden's decision to use the MLK holiday as a backdrop to push his voting bill exposed another rift: There isn't even agreement in the late civil rights leader's own family about the need for the legislation.

With drama and fury, President Joe Biden declared to the nation on Martin Luther King Jr. Day that state laws requiring voter ID or banning mass mailing of absentee ballots amounted to an "assault on our freedom to vote," especially for minority Americans.

Four days earlier, a poll in Michigan told a different story: Three-quarters of the battleground state voters supported ballot ID requirements, with black voters expressing the highest support at 79%.

Those findings have been confirmed in national polls as well, exposing a dilemma for Democrats in Washington who are making a last-ditch effort to pass legislation gutting many state and local controls of elections in favor of federal standards.

Those standards — like banning voter IDs, imposing no excuse absentee voting and making it harder to clean outdated voter rolls — are not what the majority of Americans are seeking.

"A recent national survey found that four key election reforms are supported by more than 80% of voters," pollster Scott Rasmussen recently wrote in an article highlighting the disconnect. "These include removing people who have died or moved from voter registration lists; requiring all voters to show photo ID before casting a ballot; wanting all ballots received by Election Day; and, having all voting machines made in the United States."

In Rasmussen's latest national poll on the issue, 78% of African-American voters supported voter ID.

Such public sentiments impose a harsh reality check on Biden's argument that state voter laws amount to "Jim Crow 2.0" and are disenfranchising poor and minority voters. Most voters don't see cleaning outdated names from voter roles or requiring IDs to cast ballots as "obstacles to the ballot box" like Biden argued in Monday’s speech.

The polling may also help to explain why several centrist Democrats like Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Jon Tester of Montana, and Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly of Arizona are resisting efforts to change the Senate's filibuster rule so that Democratic voting legislation can pass with a simple majority and not the 60 votes currently required.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Joe Biden's Jim Crow 2.0 tour collides with reality: Blacks strongly support voter ID

...On the other hand, he'll never realize it.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/19/2022 6:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Somehow the community can buy cigarettes and alcohol.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/19/2022 7:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Yo Plugz, they gon' put y'all back in Chains of Fools
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/19/2022 7:48 Comments || Top||

#4 
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/19/2022 9:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Census figures on voter turnout by affilation and race. Voter turnout was greater among all voters in 2020 than 2016. Pub turnout was higher than blue turnout. Voter registration doesn't support a voter discrimination problem. Moreover, blacks think voter ID should be provided to vote. Another Dem-manufactured problem not supported by reality. Because of the greater turnout by Pubs over Dems, it hard to swallow an honest election.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/19/2022 18:21 Comments || Top||


Britain
UK PM Boris Johnson: ‘The government will no longer mandate the wearing of face masks anywhere.’
[TWITTER]
Posted by: The Walking Unvaxed || 01/19/2022 11:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is all about putting his opponents in his own party on their back foot. It does do a good job of showing the measures are arbitrary and political rather than scientific. At American Thinker, they are speculating that Bidet will have to do the same here to try to influence the mid-term elections.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/19/2022 13:02 Comments || Top||

#2  ^
Agreed.
This garbage will be over before November.
I hope there is hell to pay after November.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 01/19/2022 13:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Beauty thing is, he can't do it without losing some of the COVIDian zealots, and the media isn't going to give up their favorite front page scare story so easily. Watch how it plays out in Britain.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/19/2022 13:17 Comments || Top||

#4  He still wants health workers to get the vax. I posted a longer story for tomorrow on this subject.

The House of Commons roared when he announced the end of masking.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/19/2022 15:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Amazing how quickly things can change. When I was there in Nov they were talking about new lockdowns.
Posted by: Ebbaise Brown5939 || 01/19/2022 15:52 Comments || Top||


Government Corruption
Former AG William Barr's memoir to be published March 8
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Attorney General William P. Barr has a memoir coming out March 8 titled "One Damn Thing After Another," and billed by his publisher as a "vivid and forthright book" of his time serving two "drastically different" presidents, Donald Trump and George H.W. Bush.

"Barr takes readers behind the scenes during seminal moments of the Bush administration in the 1990s, from the LA riots to Pan Am 103 and Iran Contra," William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Tuesday. "With the Trump administration, Barr faced an unrelenting barrage of issues, such as Russiagate, the opioid epidemic, Chinese espionage, big tech, the COVID outbreak, civil unrest, the first impeachment, and the 2020 election fallout."

The title of the long-rumored book refers to an expression Barr had heard about the nature of the job of attorney general.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [86 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wonder how much print he'll devote to the Ruby Ridge incident...oh wait! .... he was AG when that happened so probably not much. We Idahoan's have long memories..
Posted by: Warthog || 01/19/2022 9:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Something else I won't read
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/19/2022 12:53 Comments || Top||


Fulton County Ballot Image: What a SHAm!
[Uncover DC] Recently we reported on the official Fulton County ballot image files from the 2020 general election having been modified without explanation. The file timestamps for those modifications were not associated with expected processes or procedures.

Now we can report that most of those ballot image files that, according to their timestamps, were inexplicably modified and are missing the corresponding file used to ensure they are authentic.

When a ballot is scanned on Dominion Voting Systems, the machine produces an image of the ballot, runs that image through an algorithm, and produces a code (called a hash code) that can be used to authenticate the corresponding ballot image at a future time.

For example, if one were to alter the ballot image and change a vote from Donald Trump to Joseph Biden, you could take that image and run it through the same program, and the hash code it produced would not match the original hash code.

When the ballot image is created, that code is saved alongside the ballot image in a file called a SHA file. So every ballot image (TIF file) should have a corresponding SHA file. For example:

But when we looked at the Absentee By Mail ballot images for Fulton County, we found a problem. Out of 148,318 ballot images, we only have 16,034 SHA files! These are the file listings without SHA files.

Not only that, ballot images saved with SHA files were saved at the same time as ballot images without SHA files on the same tabulator!

He asked the former Dominion Employee, who is now Fulton County Information Systems Manager for the Department of Registration and Elections, Dominic Olomo (Yes, I’m serious). Dominic’s response to why we only have 16,038 SHA files out of the 148,318 ballot images?

Dominic Olomo says:

"I need to know what SHA files he is referring to and from who did he recevice [SIC] these files and when?"

Dominic seems more interested in finding out what we know instead of what happened to the SHA files. You have to ask yourself, "Why?".
Posted by: Wheter Glomort4636 || 01/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Between the Dems and Rino Pubs, getting to the bottom of a stolen election is like swimming through mud.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/19/2022 17:33 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Two More Democrats Announce Retirements
The bad news - they're in heavy blue states (RI and CA). The good news - Langevin represents the Warwick RI area (RI - 2) of the state (read - not Providence, which my uncle once described as 'everyone's corrupt down here' when he left Manchester, NH many years ago) and McNerney (CA - 9) represents the area around Stockton, still in spitting distance of SF and fucking Berkley. I think we're now in the mid-20's of Dem rats deserting the sinking ship.
[Gateway Pundit] - Two more House Democrats on Tuesday announced they will not be seeking reelection this year.

Rhode Island Congressman James Langevin (D) announced he won’t be running for reelection after 22 years in Congress.

This is the first open seat in Rhode Island since 2010.

"I have not come to this decision lightly, but it is time for me to chart a new course, which will allow me to stay closer to home and spend more time with my family and friends," Langevin wrote in an op-ed in The Providence Journal. "And while I don’t know what’s next for me just yet, whatever I do will always be in service of Rhode Island."

Langevin, 57, did not disclose why he was retiring from Congress.

Separately on Tuesday, Democrat Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA) announced he will not be seeking reelection this year.
Posted by: Raj || 01/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Tired of being a "Galley Slave" on Pelosi's galley?
Posted by: magpie || 01/19/2022 0:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Update - twenty-eight Dems not running for reelection.
Posted by: Raj || 01/19/2022 10:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Red State discusses a recent Gallup Poll:

On top of that, the recent Gallup poll is showing a huge shift toward the Republicans in party preference.

However, the general stability for the full-year average obscures a dramatic shift over the course of 2021, from a nine-percentage-point Democratic advantage in the first quarter to a rare five-point Republican edge in the fourth quarter.

[…]

The GOP has held as much as a five-point advantage in a total of only four quarters since 1991. The Republicans last held a five-point advantage in party identification and leaning in early 1995, after winning control of the House of Representatives for the first time since the 1950s. Republicans had a larger advantage only in the first quarter of 1991, after the U.S. victory in the Persian Gulf War led by then-President George H.W. Bush.


Democrats start in a bad position with being the party holding the White House, which usually is a disadvantage in the midterms. But when there are a lot of retirements or people leaving going into the midterms, that makes it even worse. In 2018, when the Democrats flipped the House, Democrats won 41 seats after Republicans had 34 people retiring or seeking other offices. So that’s a very bad sign of what looks like a massive red wave coming.

Right now, Democrats hold a very slim lead on seats in the House. Republicans only need to win five seats to take the majority.


As Raj points out, some of those retirements are in safe Democrat districts. And there are Republican retirements as well, not all of which are in safe R districts. Interesting times, my dears!
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/19/2022 14:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Every time I read of aonther one stepping out... I keep saying to myself ....There something bigger at play and we are missing their ultimate objective & grand plan.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 01/19/2022 23:33 Comments || Top||

#5  we are missing their ultimate objective & grand plan.
Control
Domination
"Righteousness" defined as suppressing 'supremacy' and 'rayciss' and enforcing correct thought and speech.

Any questions?
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/19/2022 23:39 Comments || Top||


Bill de Blasio announces he's not running for governor of New York
[NYPOST] Former Mayor Comrade Bill de Blasio
...cryptocommie mayor of New York and for some reason a Dem candidate for president in 2020. Corrupt and incompetent, his qualifications for office seem to consist of being married to a black woman, with whom he honeymooned in Cuba. He has a preppy-looking son named Dante, whose Divine Comedy involved getting his back hair up when a police car drove past him slowly. New Yorkers voted for him, so they deserved him...
will not run for governor, he announced Tuesday.

In a video posted on Twitter, de Blasio touted his record on education and policing before declaring, "No, I’m not going to be running for governor of New York state."

"But I am going to devote every fiber of my being to fight inequality in the state of New York," he added in the 90-second clip, recorded outside one of his Park Slope homes.

De Blasio, who formed a candidate committee in November, promised to announce "more news" in the coming days, hinting he will not exit the political arena.
Posted by: Fred || 01/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...In the immortal words of Jeremy Clarkson, "Oh, NO! Anyways...."

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/19/2022 6:08 Comments || Top||

#2  He might have to find a real job. With no obvious job skills.

"Oh, NO! Anyways...." indeed :-)
Posted by: Frank G || 01/19/2022 7:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Not running because he'd only get one vote?
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/19/2022 22:17 Comments || Top||


Mueller witness pleads guilty in illegal scheme to funnel UAE money to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign
[WASHINGTONEXAMINER] George Nader, a key witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and a convicted child sex predator, quietly pleaded guilty last year to involvement in an illegal campaign finance scheme funneling millions of dollars from the United Arab Emirates into Crooked Hillary Clinton
...former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away. Politix is not one of her talents, but it's something she keeps trying to do...
’s 2016 presidential campaign.Nader, a Lebanese American lobbyist, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in June 2020 after pleading guilty to bringing an underage teenage boy to the United States for sex and possessing child pornography. What was not publicly known until recently was that he also pleaded guilty to an illegal foreign donation scheme.


The Department of Justice revealed in a December sentencing memo that Nader had pleaded guilty to a single count on July 22, 2020. The court filing says Nader and Ahmad "Andy" Khawaja, a Los Angeles-based chief executive of Allied Wallet, "orchestrated a scheme to funnel over $3.5 million in foreign funds into the 2016 presidential election." The DOJ added that they "did so to gain direct access to unsuspecting high-level political figures to further their professional endeavors: in the defendant’s case, out of a desire to lobby on behalf and advance the interests of his client, the government of the United Arab Emirates; in Khawaja’s case, in the hopes of securing political appointment in the future."

Nader was indicted in December 2019 for what prosecutors said was his role in a scheme to conceal large sums of illegal campaign contributions to help Clinton in 2016. He was accused of conspiring with Khawaja to conceal the source of more than $3.5 million in campaign contributions to political committees associated with Clinton.
Posted by: Fred || 01/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Will the silence be deafening? Or will there be outrage and calls for Hillary and others to be Criminally Indicted?

BTW: I seem to remember this being brought up in 2015-16 and the MSM telling us we were paranoid nut cases.

BTW: the biggest Campaign funding scan is still the election year $$,000,000 book deals for the $19.95 books. Books that end up on the Dollar Tree discount shelves in under 90 days.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 01/19/2022 5:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Nothing untoward will happen to the Clintons. They are very well insured.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/19/2022 5:41 Comments || Top||



Maxine Waters uses race to smear fellow Dems Manchin, Sinema: 'They don't care about blacks'
[BIZPACREVIEW] In anything but what might be considered a spoiler alert, radical Democrat The Ageless and Downright Brilliant Comrade Maxine Impeach 45! Waters
...U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district, serving since 1991, a total of 30.13401 years. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the most senior of the twelve black women currently serving in the United States Congress, and a member and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Before becoming a member of Congress she served in the California Assembly, to which she was first elected back when Disco was in flower, in 1976, which would make it 45.13195 years. She has been a politician for virtually all her adult life. If she was a little brighter she'd be a Communist...
claims that U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin
...Dem senator-for-life from West Virginia. Manchin is one of the approximately one (okay, two) Dem senators who exhibits more integrity than Jello, often even representing his constituents...
and Kyrsten Sinema
...Dem senatrix from Arizona. She began her political career in the Arizona Green Party and rose to prominence for her progressive advocacy, supporting causes such as LGBTQ rights and opposing the war on terror. She left the Green Party to join the Arizona Democratic Party in 2004 and was elected to a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 2012. After her election, she joined the New Democrat Coalition, the Blue Dog Coalition and the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, amassing one of the most conservative voting records in the Democratic caucus. She won the 2018 Senate election to replace the retiring Jeff Flake, defeating Republican nominee Martha McSally. Sinema is the first openly bisexual (meaning she's not particular) and the second openly LGBT woman to be elected to the House of Representatives and to the Senate in 2012 and 2018, respectively. She also was the first woman elected to the Senate from Arizona....
"don’t care about minorities" because neither Democrat will vote to end the filibuster.An "always optimistic" U.S. Rep. Waters (D-Calif.) also slammed Republicans, who are supposedly under the spell of Donald Trump
...Oh, noze! Not him!...
, for their opposition to changing the filibuster math, which she argued posed a "difficult time" for Democrats and the country itself.

Democrats would love to end the 60-vote threshold requirement in the upper chamber to enable them to jam through the currently stalled, so-called voting rights legislation, as well as other components of their far-left wishlist.

Waters told MSNBC host Aaron Gilchrist on Sunday in the footage embedded above that "We have two Democrats, Manchin and Sinema, and they are holding up the Democratic agenda. They have decided that they are going to stick with support of the filibuster, and they don’t care whether or not they undermine the rights of minorities and blacks in this country...they don’t care about us..."

Those who fundamentally disagree with Waters would argue that the Democrat duo are all that stands in the way of full-on socialism in America. Imagine, moreover, the kind of even more extreme rhetoric at play in the political/media ecosystem if the GOP was still in control of the Senate.



Posted by: Fred || 01/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They don't care about your stupid ass.... and since you are black, they don't care about your stupid black ass.

They care about this country and playing fair... which means they hate your black ass.

So whaaaaa
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/19/2022 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  2022-01-19 Home Front: Politix
Maxine Waters uses race to smear fellow Dems Manchin, Sinema: 'They don't care about blacks'


...Interesting. She doesn't either.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/19/2022 6:09 Comments || Top||

#3  MadMax is another corruptocrat swindler who belongs in prison. This rancid old cvnt is the most corrupt congresscritter still serving -- she's been scamming and stealing for decades
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/19/2022 7:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Long time rep of one of the highest crime areas. So bad she doesn't even live there anymore.
Posted by: Blackbeard Barnsmell6454 || 01/19/2022 13:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Is this how Maxine celebrates diversity?
Posted by: Vespasian Lumumba3128 || 01/19/2022 14:57 Comments || Top||

#6  A few years ago, the Dems were opposed to getting rid of the Senate filibuster, now they're all for getting rid of it so they can try to pass the "legalize cheating voting bill" with the nuclear option.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/19/2022 17:44 Comments || Top||

#7  Has Maxine *ever* used anything except for Race?

Seriously - think very hard. I don't think she ever has in her entire career.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/19/2022 18:15 Comments || Top||

#8  Crack as a CIA plot...oh, wait, that was race-based too. Nevermind
Posted by: Frank G || 01/19/2022 19:11 Comments || Top||

#9  Has Maxine *ever* used anything except for Race?

Well, there's garden-variety embezzlement. Fraud and wire fraud. Self-dealing. Misappropriation of funds. Graft. Grift. Nepotism.

Have I forgot anything?
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/19/2022 21:20 Comments || Top||


Inslee ignores will of voters, rescinds ban on affirmative action through executive order
[THEPOSTMILLENNIAL] Washington state Democrat Governor Jay Inslee
...Governor of Washington state and failed candidate for the 2020 Dem presidential campaign, mainly because nobody outside the state and some inside had ever heard of him. He complained, complained, complained that the Trump administration wasn't doing enough to help the state, then returned an Army field hospital and 400 ventilators that didn't get used...
announced last week that through an executive order he will be rescinding the state's ban on affirmative action, ignoring the will of Washington state voters who voted to reject the initiative in 2019.
But... but... democracy?
The executive order will allow state hiring, contracting, and education to hire based upon affirmative action as means to "diversify" the state government, rescinding the 20-year-old ban.

In 2019, Washington state residents voted to reject Referendum 88 in a 50 to 49 percent vote. Referendum 88 acted as a veto referendum that was designed to require a statewide vote on Initiative 1000 which was approved by the state's legislature in April 2019.

Washington Initiative 1000 was designed to allow affirmative action policies by the state of Washington in the areas of public education, public employment, and public contracting as long as such policies do not constitute preferential treatment (as defined) and do not use quotas.

Inslee released a statement on Monday and said that his executive order will work to achieve equity in government institutions, which received praise from other state officials including Seattle
...a formerly lovely city in Washington state, governed by communists, anarchists, dipshits, and other sorts of incompetents. Home to Starbuck's, Boeing (at least for now), and Amazon, Microsoft, and Costco, the city became rich beyond its wildest dreams. All that money attracted the usual sort of grifting politician, and it's well on its way to chewing off the hand that feeds it...
's new Democrat Mayor Bruce Harrell.


Posted by: Fred || 01/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So an executive order supercedes a constitutional referendum? Slo-Joe('s handlers) watch with bated breath
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/19/2022 9:17 Comments || Top||

#2  "Equity", not Equality
Posted by: Frank G || 01/19/2022 9:58 Comments || Top||

#3  These executive orders need to be stopped at state and fed level.
Posted by: Chris || 01/19/2022 10:05 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm not familiar with Washington state law; but can this possibly be legal? Aren't referendums legally binding?
Posted by: Tom || 01/19/2022 13:18 Comments || Top||

#5  the Sheep of (urban) Washington prefer being told what to do, they're used to by now...
Posted by: 746 || 01/19/2022 16:08 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
US informs Israel it no longer supports EastMed pipeline to Europe


[Jpost] Washington informed Athens that they no longer support the EastMed project earlier this month.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under:


#2  Because, I suspect, Washington is on Putin's side rather than Ukraine's, but they also lie about that.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 01/19/2022 9:12 Comments || Top||

#3  It's an eeeeevil pipeline carrying eeeeevil fossil fuel. That's all they need to hear to oppose it.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/19/2022 9:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Israel should inform the US they don't give a fuck.
Posted by: Chris || 01/19/2022 10:08 Comments || Top||



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