21 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-29-20

  1. Finally. Someone in Cali. just found their……. intestinal fortitude…….

    Language warning!

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  2. This sounds like something the Nazis would do.

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  3. End this madness.

    “DR JOHN LEE: Free us from this futile cycle of Covid contagion and control”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9088271/DR-JOHN-LEE-Free-futile-cycle-Covid-contagion-control.html

    “Here we go again. With even tighter restrictions likely to be imposed in the New Year, Britain is trapped in a futile cycle of Covid contagion and control.

    Since the so-called ‘second wave’ began in the autumn, the public has been forced to endure regional lockdowns, another national lockdown and ever more complicated tiers of restrictions.

    Yet none of these authoritarian bureaucratic impositions have proved effective.

    The Government’s own doom-laden bulletins – highlighting surges in infections, increasing hospital admissions and rising numbers of deaths – are themselves an indictment of the failure of their policies.

    Lockdowns cannot eradicate the disease or protect the public. Indeed, Matt Hancock nearly said as much this week. They lead to only economic meltdown, social despair and direct harms to health from other causes.

    Indeed, that is precisely what I have been arguing on these pages since the start of the first lockdown. Scientifically, medically and morally lockdowns have no justification in dealing with Covid.

    Lockdowns might have been efficacious if we lived under a ruthlessly totalitarian regime, like in China – being sealed into our homes with any form of social contact banned. But in such circumstances society would cease to function at all.

    In the real world – a world far removed from the fantasies of some disease ‘modellers’, our complex modern infrastructure – including utilities, basic services, food deliveries, schools, care homes, transport and the NHS – has to be kept running to some degree.

    And so we have ended up in this depressing loop of draconian measures, held in place by ever more complex, arbitrary rules that even the authorities do not seem to understand or fully obey. Only last week the high priestess of prohibition, Scottish Nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon, was caught breaking her own edicts by removing her mask at a gathering.

    I am not a lone voice on this. The ineffectiveness of lockdowns was highlighted by the Lancet medical journal recently in which it examined their impact across the world. It concluded that restrictions – no matter how tough or loose – showed no relation to the measured infection rates.”

    “In fact, lockdowns may be worse than just useless. There is some science to suggest – perhaps ironically – they actually drive the disease to spread more easily.

    This danger lies in the evolutionary nature of the coronavirus. Like all viruses it mutates all the time. More than 20,000 variants of the Covid-19 virus have already been identified, which is why it is so wrong of the Government to whip up hysteria over two new strains, a reportedly more infectious strain in the South East of the UK and a ‘South African’ strain.”

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  4. If he were a Republican this would be blaring from the media 24/7.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/12/warnock-church-camper-recalls-abuses-that-camp-was-real-messed-up/

    “Warnock Church Camper Recalls Abuses: ‘That Camp was Real Messed Up’

    “I don’t think nobody like [Warnock] should be running for damn Senate nowhere, running a camp like that. He should not be running for government.”

    “In 2002, Anthony Washington attended Camp Farthest Out at the age of 12. Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock oversaw the camp “as senior pastor of Maryland’s Douglas Memorial Community church.”

    Speaking to the Washington Free Beacon, Washington alleged several abuses took place at the camp, including being required to sleep outside after having an accident (he was a child) and an incident in which camp counselors threw urine at him.

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    Washington said, “I don’t think nobody like [Warnock] should be running for damn Senate nowhere, running a camp like that. He should not be running for government.”

    Washington’s mother sent him to the camp, along with his sister Dominique, because they just moved to Maryland from California. She hoped they would make friends:

    Counselors were young, in their late teens or early 20s, and showed little interest in taking care of the campers, Washington said. As a punishment for wetting his bed, he said a counselor forced him to spend the next night sleeping outside by himself on the basketball court.

    “I’m like, ‘Hell no I’m not, it’s cold out there,’” he said. “[The counselors] wouldn’t let me in the house, not at all. … Shut the door to the cabin, locked it,” he said. “It was dark. There wasn’t nothing out there but the basketball court. I ain’t never experienced nothing like that. Like, you’re not in a tent, you’re not in nothing. You’re just out, God knows where.”

    Counselors also threw urine on him from a bucket they used when there wasn’t a bathroom nearby, he added.

    “I went through that experience myself. I don’t even like talking about this @#$%. That @#$% happened. … It was like in a bucket. They would keep that @#$% in a bucket,” he said.

    Washington said he saw counselors “grab kids,” but didn’t know the extent of abuse at the camp or whether others had experiences similar to his. “I just knew that @#$% happened to me, and that’s what I was worried about, me and my sister,” he said.

    Washington just wanted “to get the hell away from that camp” and not “spend another day there.”

    “That camp was real messed up,” he stated.

    Lawsuit
    According to Washington, the counselors did not allow the campers to call their parents. Washington was finally able to tell his mother:

    “I can hear her in there, screaming at them,” Washington said. “Next thing I knew, my mother was going to court. … I thank my mother for doing what she did. She is a life saver.”

    The alleged abuse was enough to file a lawsuit in 2003.

    The Maryland State Police, Department of Social Services, and Department of Health investigated the allegations:”

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  5. The top 10 suppressed news stories of 2020.

    Because the media sucks, and is biased beyond repair.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/12/29/the_top_10_suppressed_news_stories_of_2020_144929.html

    “Back in the day, when I was managing editor at the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Mont., I enjoyed the end-of-year ritual of voting in the Associated Press’s poll of the Top 10 news stories.

    When I started participating in the year 2000, my list would include many of the same stories that made the final AP list, although often with differences in ranking. But by the time I retired in 2018, my view of the news had sharply diverged from the AP’s consensus view. I’d become something of a gadfly by then, questioning what seemed to be an ever more transparent left-leaning bias in mainstream reporting.

    That divergence was probably magnified by the 2016 candidacy of Donald Trump and the bright light he had shined on Fake News, but my disenchantment with my profession had been growing for years, as chronicled in my book “The Media Matrix: What If Everything You Know Is Fake?”

    Still, there is no way that even as recently as four years ago I would have predicted just how abysmally irresponsible the media would become by 2020. Major newspapers are winning Pulitzer Prizes for blatantly false reporting on topics such as “Russian collusion.” Meanwhile, Silicon Valley oligarchs have appointed themselves censors — warning the American people not to read or watch anything that hasn’t been “fact-checked” by their hand-picked thought police.

    The situation has gotten so bad that it’s no longer worth ranking the top news stories of the year because so little that is covered is news and so much that is news is written off as a “conspiracy theory.” That’s why I’m introducing Heartland Diary USA’s first annual presentation of “Last Chance to Wake Up and Smell the News They Tried to Kill.”

    So here are five of the biggest suppressed stories of 2020. Pardon me if I don’t go into great detail on them, but the closer I get to the truth, the more likely that Google, Twitter and Facebook will bury my story, too.”

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    5) Mysterious mutating lockdown: Has anyone ever figured out why it is OK for grocery store workers to remain on the job during an international pandemic while serving the needs of the entire population with no restrictions other than wearing a mask, but it is considered dangerous for gyms to open or, most ludicrously, for anyone other than spouses of governors to take their boat for a quick spin around the lake? It seems like the lockdown can turn into whatever is convenient for politicians. The uneven effects of the lockdown on different states and different sectors have resulted in the shift of trillions of dollars of capital in ways that will reshape the economy for generations to come, yet we are not supposed to talk about it.

    4) Hydroxychloroquine: If you know anything about this drug, it is probably just that some guy in Arizona died after drinking it, and that maybe President Trump was somehow responsible. Well, as they say, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. The guy in Arizona didn’t take hydroxychloroquine; he took a fish tank cleaner called chloroquine phosphate. And Trump never told anyone to take either the drug or the fish-tank cleaner. He just said hydroxychloroquine was a promising treatment against COVID-19. Of course, as soon as he said it, the radical academic leftists who control medical journals and associations warned that hydroxychloroquine had no benefit as a treatment and was potentially dangerous even though it had been safely used against malaria and various immune deficiency syndromes for decades. Fortunately, many doctors who were familiar with the drug continued to use it as a therapy in the early stages of COVID infections, and many patients around the world have been spared the most dire effects of the virus as a result. Just don’t expect to read about it in the New York Times.

    3) Trump’s vaccine victory: While the president has been painted as anti-science, it was his administration’s support that led to the fastest turnaround ever from viral discovery to viral vaccine — essentially less than a year. Even as House Democrats are poised to launch investigations into Trump’s supposed crimes against humanity for being president during the COVID crisis, lives are being saved as a result of his policies. Just don’t expect to read about it in the mainstream media, which spent much of 2020 ridiculing Trump for his prescient predictions that a vaccine would be developed by the end of the year.

    2) Hunter Biden’s laptop: The ability to bury the Hunter Biden story throughout the 2020 presidential campaign ranks as one of the greatest victories in the history of propaganda. Hunter is the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, and his acknowledged history as a drug addict is now considered his strong suit. The Senate Homeland Security Committee found extensive evidence that Hunter has made hundreds of millions of dollars for the Biden family by selling access to his father, so when Hunter’s laptop turned up with first-person incriminating evidence, it was pretty obvious that Joe Biden had a lot of answer for. Except that the media never made him answer for anything. It preferred to rest on the bizarre assertion from 50 former U.S. intelligence officials that clear evidence of foreign collusion on Hunter’s laptop had all the earmarks of a “Russian disinformation” campaign. This was errant nonsense. Reporters, read the emails!

    1) Election fraud: It turned out that everything that happened in 2020 before Nov. 3 was just prologue for the greatest deception in American history — namely the hijacking of a presidential election through means both legal and illegal. Most importantly, every state that changed its election procedures without the consent of its legislature violated the U.S. Constitution. That’s why Republicans plan to challenge the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6. Whether you like Donald Trump or not should be irrelevant. You either follow the Constitution or you don’t. The fact that Trump increased his support in almost every demographic since 2016 and yet lost the election will apparently remain a mystery because the Democratic Party, with an assist from weak Republicans, is intent on continuing the charade that Joe Biden is a beloved elder statesman even more popular than Barack Obama.”

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    He nailed it in the last one.

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  6. Good.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/12/man-who-repaired-hunter-bidens-laptop-sues-twitter-for-defamation/

    “Man Who Repaired Hunter Biden’s Laptop Sues Twitter for Defamation

    “To imply that I’m a hacker or that information is hacked has an an irreversible impact on my business and my character.””

    “Computer repairman John Paul Mac Isaac provided the explosive information in The New York Post‘s expose on Hunter Biden after he gave Hunter’s hard drive to Rudy Giuliani.

    Twitter stopped users from sharing the Post’s articles because it came from hacked material.

    Now Mac Isaac has sued Twitter for defamation and wants $500 million in damages along with a public retraction.

    In the lawsuit, Mac Isaac noted he talked to the FBI and Mr. Robert Costello, an attorney for Giuliani, between July 2019 and October 2020.

    The Post received the hard drive from Hunter’s computer from Giuliani, not Mac Isaac.

    Therefore, Mac Isaac did not know the Post had the hard drive. He did not want the Post to print his name or give anyone permission to report his name.

    But the Post named Mac Isaac in its stories about Hunter along with a photo of his store The Mac Shop.

    The story caught fire on social media, mainly because of the “hacked materials” explanation from Twitter. The platform locked the Post’s Twitter account.

    Twitter defines “hack” as “an intrusion or access of a computer, network, or electronic device that was unauthorized or exceeded authorized access.” The platform also says it would label anything as “hacked materials” to any “information obtained through a hack.”

    The lawsuit alleges that the “Defendant’s actions and statements had the specific intent to communicate to the world that Plaintiff is a hacker.”

    Mac Isaac insists he “is not a hacker” and that he legally obtained the information from Hunter’s computer when he dropped it off and then when he “failed to retrieve the hard drive despite Plaintiff’s requests, in accordance with the Mac Shop’s abandoned property policy.”

    The computer repairman also states that Twitter’s actions directly caused him to be “considered a hacker and, on the same day Defendant categorized the Plaintiff as a hacker, Plaintiff began to receive negative reviews of his business as well as threats to his person and property.”

    Mac Isaac had to close his shop.

    The information on Hunter’s hard drive is part of an FBI money laundering investigation launched in 2019.

    The lawsuit comes only two weeks after Mac Isaac defended himself in a YouTube video. His lawsuit basically reiterates his claim in the video:”

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  7. I see on TV where California is forgiving all non-violent sex offenders.
    But if you used an inappropriate word when you were sixteen, it follows you forever.

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  8. Someday, in the future, a scholar will investigate and write a thesis on the American attempt at self-government. Investigating how it survived all attempts of destruction. What finally led to it’s downfall?
    The mail in ballot.

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  9. AJ – On yesterday’s thread you said that dislike of Trump clouds our judgment. (I assume I may have been included in that, although I hadn’t commented on that thread.) But the same could be said for those of you who strongly support Trump.

    Yet, Cheryl admitted that she had voted for him, and I have mentioned that I have defended him on Facebook when he has been unfairly accused. In fact, I have done that so often that someone said that I must actually like him.

    We all have biases that we need to recognize and strive to see past. It’s just easier to see “the other guy’s” bias than our own.

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  10. AJ – Not related, but did you see Nightingale’s reply to my asking if you wanted to grab that photo of her and Chickadee and me? She would prefer not to have her photo on the blog. 😦

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  11. Personally I despise Donald Trump. I have never liked him.. I do think he has been unfairly treated at president and I think he did a lot of good that he will never get credit for.

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  12. I have had as much interest in Trump the billionaire as I have had in any other billionaire/millionaire, which is to say pretty much none. However, he is undoubtedly the greatest president in my lifetime, or at least in my memory. And what has been uncovered during his presidency cannot be re-covered, I thinl.

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  13. Let it go?

    No. We won’t.

    https://wjactv.com/news/local/pa-republican-lawmakers-analysis-finds-presidential-election-numbers-dont-add-up

    “A group of Republican lawmakers say they’ve performed an extensive analysis of election day data and they’ve found “troubling” discrepancies.

    According to State Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon), 17 lawmakers sponsored and participated in the analysis.

    Ryan, who is a certified public accountant, says they discovered discrepancies between the numbers of total votes counted and total number of voters who voted in the 2020 General Election which is making them question how the results could have been certified by Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar.

    According to Ryan, the analysis compared official county election results to the total number of voters who voted Nov. 3, as recorded by the Department of State.

    Ryan says they found that 6,962,607 total ballots were reported as being cast, while DoS/SURE system records indicated that only 6,760,230 total voters actually voted.

    Among the 6,962,607 total ballots cast, 6,931,060 total votes were counted in the presidential race, including all three candidates on the ballot and write-in candidates, according to Ryan.

    He says the difference of 202,377 more votes cast than voters voting, together with the 31,547 over- and under-votes in the presidential race, adds up to a discrepancy of 170,830 votes, which is more than twice the reported statewide difference between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

    Pennsylvania’s election results were certified Nov. 24 and Gov. Wolf issued a certificate of ascertainment of presidential electors stating that Biden received 80,555 more votes than Trump.

    The group of lawmakers released the following joint statement:

    “We were already concerned with the actions of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Executive branch, and election officials in certain counties contravening and undermining the Pennsylvania Election Code by eliminating signature verification, postmarks, and due dates while allowing the proliferation of drop boxes with questionable security measures and the unauthorized curing of ballots, as well as the questionable treatment of poll watchers, all of which created wholesale opportunities for irregularities in the 2020 presidential election.”

    “However, we are now seeing discrepancies on the retail level which raise even more troubling questions regarding irregularities in the election returns. These findings call into question the accuracy of the SURE system, consistency in the application of the Pennsylvania Election Code from county to county, and the competency of those charged with oversight of elections in our Commonwealth.

    “These numbers just don’t add up, and the alleged certification of Pennsylvania’s presidential election results was absolutely premature, unconfirmed, and in error.””

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  14. I praise God for His working through Trump to accomplish more than any other Presidents have on the life issue and on religious freedom for starters. There are so many other things that he accomplished in the economic arena, way too many to list here. He had the right background to cut through red tape. I do not believe we would have a Covid vaccine right now had Biden been in charge. IMHO And the Dems want to kill small business. He really helped small businesses to thrive again. How many small business owners do we have among us to speak from that perspective? Dems don’t like small businesses because they want to be the micromanager of everything like they are in big government and corporate culture.

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  15. In a province that just went into lock down again I have some sympathy for the California restaurant owner. As much as most people are in favor of public health regulations, we like to see consistency and logic. If you can go to the grocery store, a patio shouldn’t be a problem. If I can teach in a classroom, then dinner in a properly spaced restaurant shouldn’t be a problem,

    Lock downs similar to masks mandates do have some effect but also work as great political theatre for a premier or governor — it appears they are taking a leadership role. However, the most rational move in Ontario would be to assess where outbreaks occur and focus on these locations — ie for profit long term care facilities. My conservative premier of course doesn’t want to intervene in the private for profit companies mostly because former conservative politicians sit on many of the corporate boards that run the LTC industry.

    Jumping to the Nazi analogy is usually a way of ending a conversation. Most of the proposals such as an EU registry of persons who vaccinated and permitted to travel aren’t much different than requiring visa and medical tests prior to immigration. In the 19th and early 20th century, medical tests and quarantines were the norm at North American ports. Even Trump was quick to delay cruise ships from landing and disembarking — not a Nazi move but certainly inhumane. Now banning alcohol sales is not only inhumane but is approaching fascism.

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  16. If Warnock you and the right side on the internet would be minimizing his involvement in the abuses that occurred at the camp. And probably rightly so; from the article you cite it appears to be some anecdotal occurrences which unacceptable but not systemic. If systemic Warnock may have some culpability but so far I don’t see it.

    Stories such as this and the instance about him and his ex point to a scared Republican party. Polling has been all over the place but a Trafalgar Group poll today has Ossoff at +2 and Warnock at +1, Trafalgar is usually about 2-3% points Republican leading. Apparently a million mail in ballots have been requested and early voting is setting records — a good indicator for the Democrats. I still think it will be a toss up but…….

    I’m surprised article such as this have been written earlier. Apparently some on the left are now thinking the Republicans have the wrong voting machine company.
    https://www.rawstory.com/2020/12/why-the-numbers-behind-mitch-mcconnells-re-election-dont-add-up/?fbclid=IwAR0igViz8QTo-tpqVaEQ2iW3Fx6uDQsDUOpPv1khZLJMnbol9hhru0IRYm4

    I was wondering how Collins won…..

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  17. The Ukraine steps forward with the truth about the Bidens:

    It’s absolutely incredible that corrupt, crooked Joe was ever considered for president…

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  18. The left has been running top 10 suppressed stories for a few decades now. Your article is a bit late to the game. I’d have more sympathy for the gentleman if he was accurate.

    For example; Trump and his task force had absolutely nothing to do with the Pfizer vaccine. It was developed without US gov’t funding and in cooperation with a German company. Now that’s an under reported story.

    The Hunter Biden laptop story was over reported not suppressed. Actually anything on Hunter Biden was over reported whereas the Trump children who were actually involved in the Trump admin faced very little scrutiny. And since then its obvious Hunter will not be involved in the Biden admin. Nepotism should be investigated but its in the Trump family not Biden.

    As for election fraud — there was none (or at least not what Trump et al allege). Not a single claim the Trump has made has been made in court.

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  19. Trump’s legacy and ranking will take awhile to be accurately assessed. Presidential figures have far more varied rankings during their presidency or right after. After a suitable time period, rankings become more accurate. Lincoln is usually seen as one of the top 5 presidents but I doubt that was the consensus during his presidency or immediately after.

    When Reagan was president he ranked quite low but was immediately raised upon retirement. Now, Reagan is ranked in the second quartile (@13) which is still too high for my taste but probably a more accurate assessment than when he ranked in the top 5-10.

    Right now Trump ranks 3rd last, which even I think is quite harsh. He had a fairly uneventful presidency in the first three years (he inherited a stable economy and few problems) but failed when finally faced with a crisis. To be fair, I don’t think half the former presidents would have done any better when faced with Covid. His admin featured corruption and nepotism. It encouraged polarization and demonized the press. George W Bush is ranked about 33. Trump is lower than Bush Jr but should be higher than the current 42nd. Depending on how the US recovers from his rhetorical excess and polarization he should move close to Bush Jr but not over. On the other hand, if he continues to influence US politics, founds a third party or his children become involved, the ranking will continue to fluctuate.

    From my point of view, his legacy has to do more about party politics and identity. Social conservative support for Trump will probably lead to a decline in their influence. Already we see a decline in skeleton hunting by the press. After all if paying off porn stars with campaign cash is okay — whats a few domestic disputes or old fashioned adultery. Yes the social conservatives have the pro life court they wanted but I don’t think it will matter.

    The already rural-urban divide has been further deepened and will become a more prominent feature. I’m not sure the Republican party will morph into a white working class populist party or the party insiders will regain control of the rhetoric. The dispute over Covid and the defense bill seems to indicate a Republican “correction”.

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