35 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-28-20

  1. I told you the other day how Biden was naming his fixer as Sec. of State, and now this.

    Will there be anyone who isn’t a criminal?


    “Sen. Tom Cotton: Biden’s DHS pick “disqualified” for “selling Green Cards to Chinese nationals on behalf of rich, democratic donors”

    Alejandro Mayorkas was investigated previously “for his role in helping a company run by Hillary Clinton’s brother Anthony Rodham””

    “Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security is Alejandro Mayorkas, who held a lower position at DHS under Obama. While the media is swooning over this choice, they’re leaving out an important part of Mayorkas’s record.

    In 2013, Mayorkas was embroiled in a scandal that involved the alleged sale of a U.S. visa to a Chinese executive for the sake of Hillary Clinton’s brother.

    The Daily Mail reported in 2013:

    Obama’s pick for No.2 at Homeland Security investigated over helping Chinese executive get a U.S. visa for company run by Hillary Clinton’s brother

    President Barack Obama’s choice for the No. 2 job at the Homeland Security Department is under investigation for his role in helping a company run by Hillary Clinton’s brother Anthony Rodham.

    Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is being investigated for his role in helping the company secure an international investor visa for a Chinese executive, according to congressional officials briefed on the investigation.

    Anthony Rodham is president and CEO of Gulf Coast Funds Management LLC in McLean, Va.

    The officials spoke only on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details of the investigation.

    Mayorkas was named by Homeland Security’s Inspector General’s Office as a target in an investigation involving the foreign investor program run by USCIS, according to an email sent to lawmakers late Monday, Associated Press has learned.

    The report also contains this little tidbit:

    Mayorkas, a former U.S. attorney in California, previously came under criticism for his involvement in the commutation by President Bill Clinton of the prison sentence of the son of a Democratic Party donor.”

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  2. The future of conservative friendly social media.


    “Parler Is Over The Target – Catching Flak From Mainstream Media And Twitter Trolls

    We’re still on Twitter and Facebook, but those are our past. Parler, and MeWe, and other emerging platforms are our future. Conservatives having an option is what the mainstream media and Twitter blue checks cannot stand.”

    “Have you noticed? The mainstream media is obsessed with Parler. Obsessed with trying to marginalize Parler, to be more precise.

    Just in the past week there have been several articles in major publications trying to portray Parler as a home of the dangerous fringe of conspiracy theorists. That’s pretty ironic, since the platform these articles defend, Twitter, is a cesspool of anti-Trump conspiracy theories and has been for 4 years.

    Nothingburger people who shout “traitor” on Twitter gain hundreds of thousands of followers, and previously lucid people like Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe have gone off the deep end for followers and RTs. Meanwhile, blue check journalists pat each other on the back for the latest fake anti-Trump scoop based on anonymous sources.

    Yet marginalizing Parler is the goal, much as the way the media tried to marginalize the Tea Party.

    Politico wrote:

    Since the election, President Donald Trump and his allies have faced fact-checks, condemnation and restrictions when trying to spread inconclusive evidence of voter fraud and leftist violence on social media.

    But over on Parler, there’s a new, millions-strong MAGA universe where conservatives are freely spreading these claims and reinforcing their belief that Democrats have stolen the election from Trump.

    Hashtags on Parler denoting Trump’s favorite conspiracy theories — #Dominion, #Sharpiegate, #QAnon — trend freely, without the restrictions Twitter and Facebook have instituted to suppress them. Stories from fringe sites pushing baseless allegations of voter fraud are not flagged as disinformation, as they often are elsewhere. Videos from the Million MAGA March depicting heated confrontations between MAGA supporters, counterprotesters and D.C. police are shared as evidence of rampant antifa violence, omitting necessary context that would show otherwise.

    Yeah, and on Twitter the Iranian Supreme Leader threatens to destroy Israel.”

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  3. Great news.

    Discovery will be a blast.

    “Carter Page Sues James Comey, Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, FBI, And Others For $75 Million”


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  5. That’s to be expected Mumsee. The PA SC is packed with Dems and allowed the election laws to be changed a week before the election to ensure Dems could pull off the corruption we’re seeing. They’re complicit, so they had no choice really.

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  6. Fraud so easy, anyone can do it.


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  10. Arrest Biden and his campaign manager for fraud.


    “To say out-loud that you find the results of the 2020 presidential election odd is to invite derision. You must be a crank or a conspiracy theorist. Mark me down as a crank, then. I am a pollster and I find this election to be deeply puzzling. I also think that the Trump campaign is still well within its rights to contest the tabulations. Something very strange happened in America’s democracy in the early hours of Wednesday November 4 and the days that followed. It’s reasonable for a lot of Americans to want to find out exactly what.

    First, consider some facts. President Trump received more votes than any previous incumbent seeking reelection. He got 11 million more votes than in 2016, the third largest rise in support ever for an incumbent. By way of comparison, President Obama was comfortably reelected in 2012 with 3.5 million fewer votes than he received in 2008.

    Trump’s vote increased so much because, according to exit polls, he performed far better with many key demographic groups. Ninety-five percent of Republicans voted for him. He did extraordinarily well with rural male working-class whites.

    He earned the highest share of all minority votes for a Republican since 1960. Trump grew his support among black voters by 50 percent over 2016. Nationally, Joe Biden’s black support fell well below 90 percent, the level below which Democratic presidential candidates usually lose.

    Trump increased his share of the national Hispanic vote to 35 percent. With 60 percent or less of the national Hispanic vote, it is arithmetically impossible for a Democratic presidential candidate to win Florida, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Bellwether states swung further in Trump’s direction than in 2016. Florida, Ohio and Iowa each defied America’s media polls with huge wins for Trump. Since 1852, only Richard Nixon has lost the electoral college after winning this trio, and that 1960 defeat to John F. Kennedy is still the subject of great suspicion.

    Midwestern states Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin always swing in the same direction as Ohio and Iowa, their regional peers. Ohio likewise swings with Florida. Current tallies show that, outside of a few cities, the Rust Belt swung in Trump’s direction. Yet, Biden leads in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin because of an apparent avalanche of black votes in Detroit, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee. Biden’s ‘winning’ margin was derived almost entirely from such voters in these cities, as coincidentally his black vote spiked only in exactly the locations necessary to secure victory. He did not receive comparable levels of support among comparable demographic groups in comparable states, which is highly unusual for the presidential victor.

    We are told that Biden won more votes nationally than any presidential candidate in history. But he won a record low of 17 percent of counties; he only won 524 counties, as opposed to the 873 counties Obama won in 2008. Yet, Biden somehow outdid Obama in total votes.

    Victorious presidential candidates, especially challengers, usually have down-ballot coattails; Biden did not. The Republicans held the Senate and enjoyed a ‘red wave’ in the House, where they gained a large number of seats while winning all 27 toss-up contests. Trump’s party did not lose a single state legislature and actually made gains at the state level.”


  11. Conservatives seem to have a need to put out their opinions without competition — talk radio, FOX, and now blogs/amateur hour TV. Over a decade ago they established Conservapedia to compete with Wikipedia as the latter was apparently too biased. They now have about 50, 000 and are in the fringes of the internet. Parler et al will end up in a niche market also; hosting conspiracy discussions. The fact that many Trump supporters have migrated to OAN etc., indicates the appeal of opinion and conspiracy over factual reality. The social media is not biased or left wing rather its a capitalist enterprise which attempts to cater to everyone without allowing open discussion to affect their brand — Facebook esp is libertarian in its approach.


  12. Conservatives seem to have a need to put out their opinions without competition — talk radio, FOX, and now blogs/amateur hour TV. Over a decade ago they established Conservapedia to compete with Wikipedia as the latter was apparently too biased. They now have about 50, 000 and are in the fringes of the internet. Parler et al will end up in a niche market also; hosting conspiracy discussions. The fact that many Trump supporters have migrated to OAN etc., indicates the appeal of opinion and conspiracy over factual reality. The social media is not biased or left wing rather its a capitalist enterprise which attempts to cater to everyone without allowing open discussion to affect their brand — Facebook esp is libertarian in its approach.


  13. Weird, not my attention to post twice

    The Carter Page suit will never see a courtroom — its legal manipulation/intimidation to obtain a settlement. In the end he will probably settle for a few million of tax payer money to go away.

    I read some 20 pages of Powells submission. The overuse of adjectives was annoying — she seemed to be employ a thesaurus as she wrote. Most of her claims reminded me of Fox Mulder on the X Files . Tenuous at best sometimes requiring almost seven degrees of separation to connect. The redacted affidavits from the poll watchers are interesting. Poll watchers are there to make sure no irregularities occur and to speak up when they occur — why wait for later? As for the excerpt in your linked tweet; its perfectly legal to vote in an advance poll prior to moving as long as you don’t vote in your new residence. This occurs quite often with students and military personnel.

    Your appeal to Democratic judges ignores the Republican appointed judges who threw out Trump’s claims including one he appointed himself.

    After paying 3 million to recount Milwaukee County, Trump is even further behind.

    Any appeals to Dominion conspiracies seems to ignore the fact there are paper copies of the vote. After using the touch screen to vote, it prints out a ballot and the voter can double check prior to actual submission.


  14. Much of the so-called “puzzling” results can be easily explained — The voter participation rate esp in the rust belt set records. Nationwide its estimated to be at least 68% but the voter turnout declined in “safe” states whereas the rust belt was in the mid 70s. With this high participation rate, Trump and Biden both set records

    The Hispanic vote record is largely due to the Cuban vote.

    The tweet notes outside of the urban areas the rust belt were Trump supporters. With a high participation rate in urban centers, that’s enough to outvote smaller centers of population. Also normally Republican areas voted for Biden — Grand Rapids, Michigan; a solid Republican area voted for Biden. Here we see the suburban women vote he lost. They then voted Republican down ticket.

    Its clear Trump lost not the Republican party. A better candidate could’ve won. Trump was a polarizing figure who motivated the urban areas to vote — a recipe for disaster. And a better candidate would’ve kept the suburban vote.

    One party represents urban interests and the other represents rural and small population centers. In most countries, demographics favor the urban party but in the US its a near 50-50 proposition. The tweet misses this important role — and this is the future of US politics.


  15. All the political news is revealing where people put their faith. God is the ultimate in truth. I praise Him for how He is at work in the invisible realm sorting it all out to further His victory plans for His will to be done. It is a testing of faith and courage to believe in what is unseen more than in what is seen. It’s downright deplorable! But God . . . may His will be done.

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  16. What happened to all the peaceful protests that looked like riots? I have a daughter like that. She has destructive temper tantrums until she gets her way and then all about unity and getting along. Thwart her and it is all over. She still climbs in and out her window as we have not been able to get somebody out yet to fix the window of other daughter yet so we have not replaced the door handle on the door she uses but broke during a temper tantrum. Seems rather similar to all those activities that stopped abruptly when it appeared their candidate won. One wonders what will happen if the election turns out to be fraudulent. If not, I suspect Trump will step out of office and his supporters will not burn down other people’s stuff.

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  17. Exactly, Mumsee. Somebody is in charge of the ones who are bent on destruction. This is a false sense of peace right now. We have destruction or imploding from within like termites destroying the structure unseen from within or we have the outward fires, looting, and violence against innocents.

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  18. There’s been temper tantrums on both sides — armed men stormed the legislature demanding the state reopen bc they needed a haircut or a restaurant meal is the very definition of a temper tantrum. Unarmed men being shot by police will understandably provoke a response but arming yourself and declaring tyranny because the barber is closed is a bit much. Right now there are two demonstrations at my city hall — anti maskers (about 25 old white guys) and an encampment of about 10 tents and floating population of 25-50 defund the police/house the homeless protesters (mostly under 30). I think the latter is a political statement and the former a temper tantrum.

    And of course Trump’s refusal to concede is itself a temper tantrum or serious pouting child.

    My guess is the people are waiting to see what Biden does in terms of police reform and black youth. A few more instances of police brutality may bring them back to the streets.

    For Biden and the Democrats, police reform should be a priority. In Georgia, 20% of the vote was below 30 (Trump really motivated the youth vote) and about 67% voted for Biden especially black youth. The millennials and those after them are starting to flex their demographic muscle.


  19. Trump is simply making sure the election was legal which all of US citizens should want. Other nations should want the same. There is no legal requirement of concession. It is just a nicety. If the legal decision says Biden, he will leave office. If it says Trump, he will stay.

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  20. hwesseli, storming the legislature? Not really. Carrying rifles and guns in this country is legal. Shooting people without real cause is not. Burning down businesses and homes and such is not. Breaking into businesses or homes is not. Stealing things is not. Defacing public property is not.

    Seeing a gun is not reason to go into a panic.

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  21. I so much agree with your take on it, Mumsee. When I pray about it, I tell God that I have my preference but overall I want His will to be done. I pray the justice system will be fair in analyzing all the evidence at each level of the courts and not resort to people or party pleasing.
    Micah 6:8
    “Mankind, He has told each of you what is good and what it is the LORD requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.” As much as I want to put my trust in the justice system to get it right, I must not fall to idolizing those in the legal profession. They have been created by God and given skill by Him. They can glorify Him by being faithful servants to Him and truth. I pray for His protection over all of them as they do their honest work that they are sworn to do.

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  22. Looking forward to tonight’s sermon at the Virginia church, where the pastor will be speaking from his series on government and the Christian’s responsibility to such. From Ecclesiastes 8.

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  23. It’s incredible to think that the FBI and DOJ had a full-fledged investigation with only a single document from a foreign spy, yet when hundreds of American citizens file sworn affidavits attesting to fraud, nothing…

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