16 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-14-20

  1. Oh goody.

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  2. More….

    https://breaking911.com/breaking-foreign-government-hacks-treasury-commerce-department-report/

    “A foreign entity has reportedly breached the Treasury and Commerce Department of the United States.

    A Commerce Department spokesperson told NBC News, “We can confirm there has been a breach in one of our bureaus. We have asked CISA and the FBI to investigate, and we cannot comment further at this time.”

    Josh Lederman, a national political reporter for NBC wrote on Twitter Sunday, “The National Security Council also confirms that it is working to identify and remedy potential issues after a reported foreign government-linked hack of Treasury and a Commerce Department unit’s email systems.”

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    Just wait a month China, and Biden will just willingly hand it over.

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  3. Vindication. Again.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/12/trumps-coronavirus-vaccine-timeline-vindicated-corporate-media-hardest-hit/

    “Trump’s Coronavirus Vaccine Timeline Vindicated, Corporate Media Hardest Hit

    “But experts say that the development, testing and production of a vaccine for the public is still at least 12 to 18 months off, and that anything less would be a medical miracle,” NBC News reported in a May fact check.”

    “It’s hard to pinpoint which was worse: Trump’s detractors deliberately throwing cold water on hydroxychloroquine in spite of various studies and independent claims as to the drug’s effectiveness or their repeated attempts at discrediting Trump’s assertions that a vaccine for the virus would be ready by the end of the year.

    The media “fact checks” on a fast-tracked vaccine for the virus started in early March, with the Washington Post citing two “medical experts,” with one of them being National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Fauci, shooting down the possibility of a vaccine being available before the end of the year:

    Fauci said vaccine candidates will “likely go into clinical trials in a phase one study within about two months or maybe even six weeks. That would be a record. However, that is not a vaccine, because it will take about three months or more to show that it is safe. And then, if you show that it’s safe, you’ve got to put it into what’s called a phase two trial to show that it works. And the reason is — there’s medical, ethical and other considerations — is that we’d be giving this to normal people to prevent infection. So you must be sure, the edict of medicine: First, do no harm. We need to make sure that it’s safe and we need to make sure it works. That entire process will take at least a year and a year and a half. So when we hear talk about a vaccine’s going to be ready in a couple of months, it won’t be ready for being deployed. It’s going to take a while. So, we’re going to have a multi-step process.”

    Regardless of their claims, Trump kept promoting the possibility of a vaccine rollout by the end of the year, including in this tweet:”

    “NBC News reported in a May “fact check” that “experts say [Trump] needs a ‘miracle’ to be right” about a vaccine being available by the end of 2020:

    But experts say that the development, testing and production of a vaccine for the public is still at least 12 to 18 months off, and that anything less would be a medical miracle.

    “I think it’s possible you could see a vaccine in people’s arms next year — by the middle or end of next year. But this is unprecedented, so it’s hard to predict,” said Dr. Paul Offit, a professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

    Media efforts to undermine predictions of an end-of-year rollout went on for months, including in October, when during a presidential debate moderator Kristen Welker tried to suggest Trump’s timeline was unrealistic:

    Let me follow up with you, and because this is new information — You have said a vaccine is coming soon, within weeks now. Your own officials say it could take well into 2021 at the earliest for enough Americans to get vaccinated, and even then they say the country will be wearing masks and distancing into 2022. Is your timeline realistic?

    There was much more where that came from:”

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    And once again, Trump was right, the media was wrong. Still.

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  4. No fraud in Georgia?

    Let me fix that for you.

    No fraud in Georgia will be prosecuted is much more accurate.

    https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2020/12/13/with_runoffs_near_georgias_not_prosecuting_its_unprecedented_number_of_double_voters_126356.html

    “More than 1,700 Georgians were singled out for illegally casting two ballots in 2020 elections — including last month’s hotly contested presidential race — but their fraudulent votes weren’t canceled out, according to state election officials. And so far, none of the cheaters has been prosecuted, raising concerns about continued fraud as Georgia prepares to vote again in twin U.S. Senate runoff elections next month.

    The majority of double voters were Democrats who cast an absentee ballot either by mail or drop box and also voted in person on Election Day, officials said, which is a felony under state law.

    The highest share of offenders were from Fulton County, which includes Atlanta — many of whom were allowed to cast a second ballot by poll workers, officials said.

    Hundreds of workers assigned to county poll sites were recruited and trained by the Democrat-run Georgia chapter of the ACLU and a minority-owned temp agency run by Democrat donors, according to documents obtained by RealClearInvestigations. Most of them were young and inexperienced.

    Before the election, the ACLU urged anyone “threatened with prosecution” over double-voting allegations to contact the chapter for legal assistance. It is now signing up poll workers for the Jan. 5 runoff races. And the temp agency, Happy Faces Personnel Group, remains under contract with the county to supply workers for that critical election, despite complaints from poll managers and poll watchers that its recruits were “poorly trained” and “highly partisan.” The Georgia runoffs will determine control of the Senate.

    Though the number of suspected double-voting felons is the largest in state history, RealClearInvestigations has learned that no cases have been referred to the state attorney general for criminal investigation.

    “This office does not have any referrals on double voting cases so far from the State Election Board related to the June 2020 primary or November 2020 general [election],” said Katie Byrd, spokesperson for Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, a Republican.

    The lack of action undercuts Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s promise last month “to prosecute those who try to undermine our elections to the fullest extent of the law.”

    Fraud cases are referred to the attorney general by the election board, which is chaired by Raffensperger, a Republican who has taken heat from President Trump for not doing more to investigate claims of fraud in the Nov. 3 election.

    Some local officials had hoped at least some double voters would be prosecuted and made examples of ahead of the Senate runoffs next month to deter other cheaters from committing fraud.”

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  5. Sure they should be ashamed, but they have no shame.

    They are an enemy of a free people. They lie, misinform, and omit for their favored party.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/12/14/hunter_biden_news_should_shame_dismissive_media_outlets_144837.html

    “Hunter Biden News Should Shame Dismissive Media Outlets”

    “Hunter Biden announced Wednesday he is under federal investigation for his financial dealings in foreign countries, including China. While the news sent shockwaves through Washington, D.C., it shouldn’t have been surprising. The announcement confirms many of the allegations of corruption that were leveled against Hunter Biden in the months leading up to the November elections – allegations the media steadfastly refused to cover.

    The nation’s largest social media companies went further: They made the shocking decision to actively censor the New York Post’s eye-opening scoop revealing evidence of Joe Biden’s son’s influence peddling that was recovered from an abandoned laptop. Twitter locked the newspaper out of its own account for weeks. Facebook prevented the Post’s story from being widely distributed, even though neither Joe Biden nor his campaign disputed the authenticity of the documents published by the paper.

    In retrospect, not only do the documents appear to be authentic, but a Daily Beast report Thursday notes evidence that the Hunter Biden investigation was hiding in plain sight. One of the FBI documents from the laptop published by the Post “included a case number that had the code associated with an ongoing federal money laundering investigation in Delaware, according to several law enforcement officials who reviewed the document. Another document — one with a grand jury subpoena number — appeared to show the initials of two assistant U.S. attorneys linked to the Wilmington, Delaware, office.” Hunter Biden claims he only learned of the investigation this past week, but these documents suggest otherwise.

    Even a cursory inquiry by the New York Post’s competitors would have confirmed that Biden was under federal investigation. One journalist did behave like a reporter. In late October, Sinclair Broadcast Group correspondent James Rosen reported that Hunter Biden was under active investigation and a Justice Department official confirmed his scoop. Almost without exception, America’s press corps refused to follow up on Rosen’s revelation — or even report it.

    It’s bad enough that the allegations were ignored, but the media response to the story was far worse. Without making any meaningful attempts to independently verify any of the details, they immediately asserted that Hunter Biden’s laptop was part of a “Russian disinformation” campaign.

    Natasha Bertrand, a Politico reporter known among Trump supporters for her credulous reporting on the Steele dossier, wrote a piece headlined “Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say.” The New York Times reported, “Trump Said to Be Warned That Giuliani Was Conveying Russian Disinformation” and, further, that Trump “shrugged off” the warning about his aide, who was involved in bringing the laptop story to light.

    Both stories appeared on Oct. 15, the day after the Post’s bombshell report. In the broader media, the default explanation for the laptop became – once again – a Vladimir Putin-backed conspiracy. By contrast, the idea that an erratic Hunter Biden, who once left a crack pipe and his dead brother’s state attorney general badge in a rental car, forgot to pick up his laptop at a computer repair shop a short distance from his house was deemed far-fetched.

    Even setting aside the charges specifically connected to the laptop, what was known about Hunter’s foreign dealings was damning enough that the media should have demanded Joe and Hunter answer a slew of pointed questions. Instead, there was only one puffy, televised ABC News interview with Hunter Biden that also aired, probably not coincidentally, on Oct. 15, perfectly timed to rebut the Post.

    When asked about his controversial job serving on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma, Biden’s response to ABC vacillated between self-serving and dishonest. “There’s been a lot of misinformation about me. … Bottom line is that I know that I was completely qualified to be on the board to head up the corporate governance and transparency committee on the board,” he said.

    The assertion, absurd on its face, went largely unchallenged by ABC. Biden didn’t speak the language of the country where Burisma is headquartered, had no experience in the oil and gas sector, and had never served on the board of a for-profit company. Moreover, getting paid a million dollars a year to serve on a corporate board is unheard of. Corporate watchdogs have noted that his post was rife with conflicts that would have violated federal securities law if Burisma was a U.S. company. He got the job weeks after it was announced his father was overseeing America’s Ukraine policy from the White House.

    Instead, Hunter was allowed by ABC to present himself as the victim. “I gave a hook to some very unethical people to act in illegal ways to try to do some harm to my father. That’s where I made the mistake,” Biden told the credulous network. “So I take full responsibility for that. Did I do anything improper? No, not in any way. Not in any way whatsoever.”

    ABC also whiffed on the China question. Biden told ABC News he hadn’t personally profited from a $1.5 billion deal with Chinese interests brokered by his investment firm, an implausible denial for which he presented no evidence. ABC did not ask him about an email in the New York Post report purportedly showing that Ye Jianming, chairman of the CEFC China Energy Co. conglomerate, was paying Hunter Biden $10 million for “introductions alone.””

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  6. And speaking of frauds…..

    And the same willful idiots in the media spread lies from entrenched govt lackeys too.

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/dec/13/hunter-biden-probe-politicized-intelligence-commun/

    “When Hunter Biden’s laptop contents burst open in the conservative press in October, an influential Washington group rushed to the aid of his dad, now-presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden.

    Retired U.S. intelligence officials became political activists, directly injecting their credentials into the presidential campaign. They signed an open letter asserting that text messages about Hunter Biden’s cash flow from Ukraine and China, and how his father helped were a Russian plot.

    There was no evidence of a Russia-laptop link, but the claim provided Democrats and the liberal media a counternarrative to ignore the entire scandalous storyline of Biden influence peddling.

    “The politicization of the intelligence community, and IC retirees emboldened to pile on any anti-Trump movement, is a novel and dangerous development in American politics,” retired CIA clandestine officer Kent Clizbe told The Washington Times. “The genie’s out of the bottle.”

    It was not the first time the intelligence community — retired and active members of the FBI, the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and other agencies — tried to sabotage President Trump. Leaks, spying and false claims hamstrung the Trump White House for four years.”

    “Intel leaders act like this in banana republics, not in democracies,” said a congressional Republican staffer. “At least until Trump was elected.”

    Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, famously warned President-elect Trump during the transition that criticizing the intelligence community’s Russia cyber probe would bring retaliation.”

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    And retaliate they did, with the help of the Democrat’s and their lapdogs in the media.

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  7. Lying is never a good look for a church.

    But then again, they aren’t a real church anyway.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/12/charlottesville-police-chief-demands-church-apologize-for-false-racial-profiling-accusation/

    “Charlottesville Police Chief Demands Church Apologize For False Racial Profiling Accusation

    “called on the church’s leadership to apologize or be terminated during a press conference Thursday””

    “A black man who is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia was recently stopped by police for fitting the description of a burglary suspect.

    The church then sent a letter to the police department decrying the practice of racial profiling, but RaShall Brackney, the Chief of Police, has pushed back on the accusations.

    Brackney even released recordings of related phone calls and body camera footage.

    Tyler Hammel reports at the Daily Progress:

    Brackney refutes racial profiling claims made by church, calls on leadership to be held accountable

    Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney refuted claims of racial profiling made by leaders of the Unitarian Universalists of Charlottesville Church following an October incident and called on the church’s leadership to apologize or be terminated during a press conference Thursday.

    The press conference followed an internal affairs investigation conducted by the police department after the church published a letter addressed to Brackney on Oct. 15 detailing allegations of racial profiling against one of its members.

    According to the letter, which was written by the Rev. Linda Olson Peebles and signed by various church members, a congregant was surrounded by police while walking to church on Oct. 7 after the city police received a call from a University of Virginia student.

    Per the letter, the church member was told by city police that he matched the description of a suspect in a series of break-ins, though the letter contends that the suspect looked nothing like the church member, other than that both men are Black.

    “He has faced discrimination for ‘walking while black’ before, but this racial profiling and harassment must stop,” the letter reads. “Your police department owes our member an apology. He needs to feel safe in our church neighborhood.”

    “Buried towards the bottom of the report, it is alleged that the man who was stopped was walking through people’s back yards. Perhaps that had something to do with it:”

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  8. This also mentions Rachel Maddow in the same vein.

    “You Literally Can’t Believe The Facts Tucker Carlson Tells You. So Say Fox’s Lawyers”

    Now comes the claim that you can’t expect to literally believe the words that come out of Carlson’s mouth. And that assertion is not coming from Carlson’s critics. It’s being made by a federal judge in the Southern District of New York and by Fox News’s own lawyers in defending Carlson against accusations of slander. It worked, by the way.

    Just read U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil’s opinion, leaning heavily on the arguments of Fox’s lawyers: The “‘general tenor’ of the show should then inform a viewer that [Carlson] is not ‘stating actual facts’ about the topics he discusses and is instead engaging in ‘exaggeration’ and ‘non-literal commentary.’ “

    https://www.npr.org/2020/09/29/917747123/you-literally-cant-believe-the-facts-tucker-carlson-tells-you-so-say-fox-s-lawye?fbclid=IwAR1fHVNLuiDD9QN3kIRRgsfMXNT5M-UXAQZgrKdvaQghSNDf0j52kIyoetg

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  9. I respect the Fox news division, despite the accusations against it by some on the right of being “in on it” (the alleged “rigging” that would be).

    Commentary (on both sides) needs to always be taken with some healthy skepticism, especially right now, and not swallowed whole.

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  10. Is anyone surprised?

    Just like Hillary’s missing 33,000 emails, or the missing FBI texts and phones from the Russia Collusion coup attempt. Crooks always try to cover their trail, because their deeds are unlawful…

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/crucial-logs-missing-from-antrim-county-dominion-voting-machines-forensics-report_3617768.html?utm_source=news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2020-12-14-4

    “Significantly, the computer system shows vote adjudication logs for prior years; but all adjudication log entries for the 2020 election cycle are missing. The adjudication process is the simplest way to manually manipulate votes. The lack of records prevents any form of audit accountability, and their conspicuous absence is extremely suspicious since the files exist for previous years using the same software,” the report, authored by Russell Ramsland, states.

    “We must conclude that the 2020 election cycle records have been manually removed.”

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  11. Here’s an interesting read…..

    “Dominion Voting Systems Forensic Report For Michigan Done By Independent Contractor…”

    “Antrim County Michigan Forensic Report.PDF”

    Click to access antrim_michigan_forensics_report_%5B121320%5D_v2_%5Bredacted%5D.pdf

    “SERVER OVERVIEW AND SUMMARY
    1. Our initial audit on the computer running the Democracy Suite Software showed
    that standard computer security best practices were not applied. These
    minimum-security standards are outlined the 2002 HAVA, and FEC Voting
    System Standards – it did not even meet the minimum standards required of a
    government desktop computer.
    2. The election data software package USB drives (November 2020 election, and
    November 2020 election updated) are secured with bitlocker encryption software,
    but they were not stored securely on-site. At the time of our forensic examination,
    the election data package files were already moved to an unsecure desktop
    computer and were residing on an unencrypted hard drive. This demonstrated a
    significant and fatal error in security and election integrity. Key Findings on
    Desktop and Server Configuration: – There were multiple Microsoft security
    updates as well as Microsoft SQL Server updates which should have been
    deployed, however there is no evidence that these security patches were ever
    installed. As described below, many of the software packages were out of date
    and vulnerable to various methods of attack.
    a) Computer initial configuration on 10/03/2018 13:08:11:911
    b) Computer final configuration of server software on 4/10/2019
    c) Hard Drive not Encrypted at Rest
    d) Microsoft SQL Server Database not protected with password.
    e) Democracy Suite Admin Passwords are reused and share passwords.
    f) Antivirus is 4.5 years outdated
    g) Windows updates are 3.86 years out of date.
    h) When computer was last configured on 04/10/2019 the windows updates
    were 2.11 years out of date.
    i) User of computer uses a Super User Account.
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    3. The hard drive was not encrypted at rest – which means that if hard drives are
    removed or initially booted off an external USB drive the files are susceptible to
    manipulation directly. An attacker is able to mount the hard drive because it is
    unencrypted, allowing for the manipulation and replacement of any file on the
    system.
    4. The Microsoft SQL Server database files were not properly secured to allow
    modifications of the database files.
    5. The Democracy Suite Software user account logins and passwords are stored in
    the unsecured database tables and the multiple Election System Administrator
    accounts share the same password, which means that there are no audit trails
    for vote changes, deletions, blank ballot voting, or batch vote alterations or
    adjudication.
    6. Antivirus definition is 1666 days old on 12/11/2020. Antrim County updates its
    system with USB drives. USB drives are the most common vectors for injecting
    malware into computer systems. The failure to properly update the antivirus
    definition drastically increases the harm cause by malware from other machines
    being transmitted to the voting system.
    7. Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Offline Update is used to enable
    updates the computer – which is a package of files normally downloaded from
    the internet but compiled into a program to put on a USB drive to manually
    update server systems.
    8. Failure to properly update the voting system demonstrates a significant and fatal
    error in security and election integrity.
    9. There are 15 additional updates that should have been installed on the server to
    adhere to Microsoft Standards to fix known vulnerabilities. For the 4/10/2019
    install, the most updated version of the update files would have been 03/13/2019
    which is 11.6.1 which is 15 updates newer than 10.9.1
    This means the updates installed were 2 years, 1 month, 13 days behind
    the most current update at the time. This includes security updates and
    fixes. This demonstrated a significant and fatal error in security and
    election integrity.”

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    “J. ERROR RATES
    1. We reviewed the Tabulation logs in their entirety for 11/6/2020. The election logs
    for Antrim County consist of 15,676 total lines or events.
    • Of the 15,676 there were a total of 10,667 critical errors/warnings or a
    68.05% error rate.
    • Most of the errors were related to configuration errors that could result in
    overall tabulation errors or adjudication. These 11/6/2020 tabulation totals
    were used as the official results.
    2. For examples, there were 1,222 ballots reversed out of 1,491 total ballots cast,
    thus resulting in an 81.96% rejection rate. Some of which were reversed due to
    “Ballot’s size exceeds maximum expected ballot size”.
    • According to the NCSL, Michigan requires testing by a federally accredited
    laboratory for voting systems. In section 4.1.1 of the Voluntary Voting
    Systems Guidelines (VVSG) Accuracy Requirements a. All systems shall
    achieve a report total error rate of no more than one in 125,000.
    https://www.eac.gov/sites/default/files/eac_assets/1/28/VVSG.1.1.V
    OL.1.FINAL1.pdf
    • In section 4.1.3.2 Memory Stability of the VVSG it states that Memory
    devices used to retain election management data shall have
    demonstrated error free data retention for a period of 22 months.
    • In section 4.1.6.1 Paper-based System Processing Requirements subsection a. of the VVSG it states “The ability of the system to produce and
    receive electronic signals from the scanning of the ballot, perform logical
    and numerical operations upon these data, and reproduce the contents of
    memory when required shall be sufficiently free of error to enable
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    satisfaction of the system-level accuracy requirement indicated in
    Subsection 4.1.1.”
    • These are not human errors; this is definitively related to the software and
    software configurations resulting in error rates far beyond the thresholds
    listed in the guidelines.
    3. A high “error rate” in the election software (in this case 68.05%) reflects an
    algorithm used that will weight one candidate greater than another (for instance,
    weight a specific candidate at a 2/3 to approximately 1/3 ratio). In the logs we
    identified that the RCV or Ranked Choice Voting Algorithm was enabled (see
    image below from the Dominion manual). This allows the user to apply a
    weighted numerical value to candidates and change the overall result. The
    declaration of winners can be done on a basis of points, not votes.”

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