24 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-24-20

  1. VDH nails it again.

    https://amgreatness.com/2020/11/22/a-time-of-chaos-upon-chaos-atop-chaos/

    “A Time of Chaos Upon Chaos Atop Chaos

    There is a series of battles to come in January 2021, in 2022, and in 2024 that will be definitive, if the chaos of 2020 does not become even more chaotic.”

    “America will weather its current hysterias.

    But the tensions and furor are reminiscent of the last generations of the Roman Republic. In its last century, Romans began to adjudicate politics by obsequious partisan town criers (their version of our media), mass demonstrations, and freelance street gangs. Looters, arsonists, and demonstrators did pretty much as they pleased in the streets of Rome without fear of legal consequences.

    In our time, the media has now vanished—kaput, no more, ended.

    Within a few hours, it goes from a Ministry-of-Truth love session with Joe Biden to a steaming verbal assault on the president’s press secretary—without a shred of awareness how ridiculous they appear in their passive-aggressive schizophrenia. The only constant is that reporters unapologetically seem to jettison their principles and professionalism to calibrate what they say and do by whose politics they support. They would prefer to be entirely discredited under a Biden presidency than be real journalists during a Trump Administration.

    The current unspoken subtext of the media-progressive party fusion line is the following: It would be a felonious crime should conservatives now dare to disrupt a transition in the manner that the Left did in 2016. They should not dare to sue about voting machines in key states as did the Clinton surrogate Jill Stein. They would never attempt, in 2016 fashion, to sabotage the Electoral College voting by appealing to constitutionally appointed electors, or surveille top Biden campaign and transition officials and coordinate such monitoring inside the Trump Oval Office.

    The point of the Steele dossier, the Russian collusion hoax, the calls for future impeachment even during the Trump transition, the abuse of the foreign intelligence surveillance courts and the weaponization of the FBI, CIA, and Justice Department was to weaken the Trump campaign, to disrupt the Trump transition, and to wound fatally the Trump presidency. For the architects, abettors, and enablers of those past efforts now to accuse Trump officials of adhering to what they created on a massive scale is comic.

    Even more importantly, the media poorly prepared the nation for their envisioned Biden presidency. To foster that agenda, journalists have done enormous damage to the country. The bias inherent in Silicon Valley’s monopoly of the internet and social media communications was poorly disguised in efforts to aid the progressive effort. It is a matter now of only when, not if, these trusts and monopolies will be regulated and broken up.

    There will still be half-hearted defenses of episodic accurate polling at the national or state level. But these pleas will be in vain, given that by and large, pollsters, as in 2016, did not just get the critical state voting wrong but predictably wrong in a predictable direction for predictable purposes. In pursuit of short-term gain, pollsters irrevocably ruined their reputations.

    A frail Joe Biden was never fully vetted. Rather, he was protected and sheltered by the media. Now 330 million Americans will see whether cognitively he is up to impromptu press conferences, 18-hour days, tough negotiations with opportunistic foreign leaders, and the demands of traversing the country to rally both the country and his party adherents. A media that fed 25th Amendment hysterias during the Trump administration will have to pivot, and now declare any such talk absurd—lest Biden be subjected to the same sort of Montreal Cognitive Assessment Test that Trump aced.”

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  2. Just spitballin’ here, but maybe if you weren’t calling states for Biden with only 11% of the vote in, you wouldn’t have this problem…..

    Just sayin’….

    https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article247314829.html

    “Fox News popularity slipping among Republicans, poll shows. Where are viewers going?”

    “A recent poll shows Republicans view Fox News less favorably than they did before Election Day — and the television ratings show the proof.

    The Morning Consult survey showed 67% of Americans who identify as Republican had a favorable opinion of the right-leaning network before Election Day. In a survey conducted the week after the election, favorability slipped to 54%, including 30% of Republicans giving an unfavorable view of the network. Morning Consult collected responses from 18,574 Republicans from Dec. 2019 to this month, with a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

    WHAT HAPPENED?
    Fox News became the first network to call Arizona for now-President-elect Joe Biden, doing so several days before other TV competitors called the race in the battleground state. Fox News later joined other networks in calling the election for Biden on Nov. 7.

    President Donald Trump often tweets segments from Fox News programs, but he has become more critical of the network over the course of his time in office.

    “They forgot what made them successful, what got them here,” Trump said in a tweet last week while mentioning the network’s declining ratings. “

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  3. Of course they won’t. This is what happens when Dems are in charge. No Dem will pay for their crimes for at least the next 4 years. Frauds like this hack in DC will ensure it.

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  4. Lapdogs.

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/11/22/sarah-huckabee-sanders-media-joe-biden-donald-trump-astonishing/

    “‘I’m A Little Jealous’: Sarah Sanders Reacts To ‘Astonishing’ Difference In Press Treatment Of Biden”

    “Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the “difference” in the media’s treatment of President-elect Joe Biden compared to President Donald Trump “astonishing” during a Saturday night appearance on Fox News’ “Watters’ World.”

    Fox News host Jesse Watters brought Sanders on after playing a clip of reporters asking Biden questions during a Thursday press conference.

    “I’ll be honest, I’m a little jealous,” Sanders said. “I wish I had a couple of those softball questions when I was in the briefing room. I don’t remember any reporter at any point ever setting up any type of friendly questions the way they do with Joe Biden. I don’t know why I should be surprised.”

    “Yeah, I don’t think anybody’s surprised,” she continued. “They gave him a free pass during the entire campaign process. He most of the time didn’t even take questions. When they finally did they were scripted and very short.”

    Sanders, who had plenty of tense exchanges with the press during her time as Trump’s press secretary, suggested that the difference shouldn’t come as a “shock to anybody who’s paid attention over the last year and a half on the campaign trail.”

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  5. Question DJ,

    If the vote was rigged or Dominion machines tampered with, and there are sworn affidavits that say exactly that happened, wouldn’t they pull the same with the run-off?

    Yes. They would. In which case it’s already decided. I see the Never-Trumpers already have their excuses ready for why it’s Trump’s fault too. Too bad they have zero credibility left.

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  6. Either way this turns out, I’ll not be joining with establishment hacks like Olasky, Mittens, and Sasse, in whatever’s left of the R party. Blow it all up. Dem majorities everywhere will be the new norm. Then R’s like the above can just be out and be the Democrat Lite clowns they’ve always been openly anyway.

    They do this right and allow it to play out, or they suffer the consequences of millions of voters abandoning them and never winning the presidency again.

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  7. Kizzie: There is a HUGE difference in the level of the truth-fudging – I sincerely hope you recognize that. It stems from totally different worldviews.

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  8. We will vote with our heads out of the sand fully aware of the abuse in the election system especially in regards to absentee voting. I realized many years ago when I first voted absentee and did not have to show identification how wide open it was for abuse We have voted in person most every time since.

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  9. Gross.

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    https://www.dailywire.com/news/walsh-new-hbo-documentary-on-transkids-accidentally-tells-disturbing-truth

    “On Monday, a disturbing clip from a recently released HBO documentary went viral. In the scene, congregants at a unitarian universalist church are invited by the female pastor to “proclaim their identity publicly as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning, intersex, pansexual, asexual, or any category I’ve left out.”

    A mother then pulls her young son (four years old, it turns out) onto the stage to announce that he’s really a girl. But the poor child appears to have no interest in being paraded around like his mother’s show pony. He hands the microphone back. “I don’t want to do it,” he protests. The mother takes it upon herself to come out on her son’s behalf, informing the audience that her boy, Phoenix, “would like you to know that she’s a girl and she prefers she and her pronouns.”

    Completing the apparently familiar ritual, the pastor hands the child a pink flower as the congregation repeats its creepy affirmation in unison: “May you be well, safe, and whole. We honor you exactly as you are.” Of course, that’s the exact opposite of what they are really doing.

    This isn’t even the worst scene in HBO’s “Transhood” documentary, now available on their streaming platform. The film follows four “transgender” children over the course of five years. It is clearly meant to promote and normalize the form of child abuse just described, but any rational person who subjects themselves to it (I did, but I wouldn’t recommend it) will come away with a number of important insights that the filmmakers did not intend.

    Phoenix’s case is particularly instructive. Before the forced coming out party, we see the boy in a dress, on a bed filled with lots of pink and rainbow-colored things, being read a book called “Jacob’s New Dress” by his mother. In an interview, the mother, Molly, tells us that Phoenix is “gender expansive, non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender awesome, under the trans umbrella, girlboy, and rainbow boy” before concluding that “we don’t really have a good term.” The father, Zach, mostly sits quietly (a common theme in the film) but agrees that his son’s gender is “up in the air right now.” Eventually, Phoenix, who never at any point shows any strong desire to be a girl and appears to be mostly confused and bored with the whole thing, is nonetheless “socially transitioned” into one.

    But the years pass and Phoenix continues in the nasty habit of being a boy despite his parents insisting otherwise. Eventually they get divorced (another common theme) and decide that, never mind, actually their son is a boy after all.

    The good news is that Molly feels better at the end because she’s worked through her issues and is turning a new leaf. We are not told how her son really feels about having his gender switched back and forth while his home life is ripped in two and his parents give up on their marriage. His feelings and wellbeing appear to be more of an afterthought amid his mother’s psychodrama.”

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  10. Tychicus @ 1:23
    Glenn Beck put his finger on it:
    The Media.
    I recently heard somewhere (forgot where) thirty percent of the people questioned would not have voted for Biden had they known the dealings with China that Hunter Biden has.
    I don’t remember where I heard it, but it was not on Mainstream Media (I don’t think).
    But I was astounded when I learned that the father of a man who makes crooked deals in China would be elected president.
    The source of my information in this says that “daddy Biden” gets 10 percent of the take. I don’t know
    if he still does.

    The media will only expose corruption if it is conducted by a conservative.

    I see where the Dow closed above 30,000. I can remember when it hit 1000.

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  11. Nope. No bias here.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/11/big-tech-manipulated-2020-election-googles-search-results-were-strongly-biased-in-favor-of-liberals-and-democrats/

    “Researcher Finds Big Tech Manipulated 2020 Election: “Google’s Search Results Were Strongly Biased in Favor of Liberals and Democrats””

    “In his opening monologue last night, Tucker Carlson talked about how big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter affected the outcome of the 2020 election.

    He suggested that they acted on behalf of just one party, the Democrats.

    As an example, just look at Twitter’s suspension of the New York Post over their reports on Hunter Biden just before the election.

    To expand on this point, Tucker brought on Dr. Robert Epstein, a Democrat who has been following the influence of big tech on American politics.

    Last year, Epstein predicted on Tucker’s show that big tech companies like Google could shift up to 15 million votes.

    Watch the whole segment below:”

    “In June of 2019, Robert Epstein testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Google’s power and influence. Here’s an excerpt of his testimony:

    I am Dr. Robert Epstein, the proud father of five children, a resident of California, and Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. I love America and democracy, and I am also not a conservative. I have been center/center-left my whole adult life. You’ll see in moment why this fact is relevant to my testimony.

    I am here today for three reasons: to explain why Google presents a serious threat to democracy and human autonomy, to explain how passive monitoring systems can protect us both now and in the future from companies like Google, and to tell you how Congress can immediately end Google’s worldwide monopoly on search. My plan for ending that monopoly was published just yesterday (Monday, July 15, 2019) by Bloomberg Businessweek (Epstein, 2019d). I am attaching a copy of my article to my testimony and respectfully request that it be entered into the Congressional Record.”

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  12. Grow up you wussies.

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  13. FOX is in trouble as they tried to keep the news straight and separate from opinion. Their polling was fairly accurate and I’m sure they had their reasons for the call — which was correct. However, some times people want the illusion to stay longer.

    Each time Trump lawyers go to court, they’ve been asked if its fraud — they reply its human error they are claiming. Lawyers are avoiding the fraud claim in a courtroom but will use it in a press conference. This accurately indicates the level of confidence they have in their own claims. If they have affidavits, it appears they aren’t very confident in using them where it counts — the courts.

    Everybody has parts made in China — including the laptop Im typing on, It matters not where the parts come from — its the software. Nothing was rigged — its the same company and software as four years ago, there’s a paper trail, etc. Trump just lost and it was pretty evident since April. He had a chance pre Covid but he failed the one major crisis he faced — he lost enough white senior and female votes because of it. Anyone following the polls would have seen it coming.

    Trump is causing problems in Georgia — he doesn’t value country or party just himself. Thus he criticizes other Republicans and makes it harder for Senators who’ve been loyal to him to be elected.

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  14. I’ve met and taught a few trans kids in the last decade. All came out on their own either in grade 7/8, high school or later. I’ve noticed a slight pattern — most of the kids are on the kids are on the spectrum (functioning autism) and have social issues. Changing genders made them more comfortable with themselves. In one case, there were sexual abuse issues — however, she identified as he, I went along with it but I could tell from the behavior it was more sexual experimentation. Apparently she’s now non binary and gay.

    However, any gender questioning before puberty is mere guess work, role play, and nothing different kids imagining they are a certain sports hero, historical figure or cosplay. The description in your link was almost like Manchausen by proxy. In the situations I’ve encountered, the parents were far more cautious. Gender identity is an issue — contrary cases aside — it can’t be dismissed nor should it be hidden.

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  15. Big Tech just wants to make money — its the epitome of modern corporate capitalism. Their bias is their brand nothing more. If I did grade them politically Facebook would be conservative and Twitter liberal both both are capitalist. Google is so mammoth yet so algorithm diverse its designed not to be anything. Your previous searches determine the bias in your current searches or google activity. Your geography also determines your search results etc. I use an android phone, when I travel my google news feed changes and produces weird results but then slowly readjusts to become more familiar as it adjusts to my new location. Google doesn’t influence you anymore than you influence google.

    The Biden poll you cite is probably a push poll. The question begins with a brief statement of accusations against Hunter, then asks if they would change their vote.

    Early voting and mail in voting is good, it makes better use of resources and makes democracy accessible. Trump made a strategic error in insisting his supporters wait until election day — it made it harder for volunteers to get out the vote. Bank the vote and spread your volunteer resources. The strategy was simple; get out to a solid early lead in Penn and Mich and declare victory before the mail in ballots were counted — try to discredit the mail in ballots as much as possible. It was a strategy created by the realization that they couldn’t win if all the votes were counted. It was a desperate strategy which the Trump campaign is still trying but with Arizona and Georgia in the mix it failed before it started. The Republican party could’ve won the presidency — but not with Trump and not with his Covid response — he alienated too many women and even some seniors. It was winnable but Trump motivated a large Democratic turnout and there were no real attempt to expand the base. The Democrats won Arizona by simply giving the Navajo reservation an address and then registering them to vote. Similar registration efforts in Georgia were also rewarded and now the Democrats are registering soon to be 18 year olds while Trump keeps the Republican party focused on him. There was no fraud, no conspiracy, etc., it was Trump.

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  16. Oh Netflix has a movie called Hillbilly Elegy. Ricky referenced the book quite often and I’ve read, The movie is good but the book is better. For those of you with Netflix you may want to put that on your list.

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