50 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-8-21

  1. Got that right….

    ‘Cowardly Authoritarians’

    And keep in mind this is a registered Democrat saying this.

    https://www.newsweek.com/parler-ceo-john-matze-twitter-cowardly-authoritarians-blocking-donald-trump-1559577

    “Parler CEO John Matze Calls Twitter ‘Cowardly Authoritarians’ for Blocking Donald Trump”

    “The founder of Parler, a social network favored by conservatives, criticised Twitter on Wednesday after the platform made the unprecedented move of restricting Donald Trump’s account, leaving him unable to post for 12 hours.

    John Matze, who co-founded Parler in 2018, said in a status update on his social network that the block on the president was made by “cowardly authoritarians,” but didn’t immediately mention that similar steps had been taken by Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.”

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    The whole lot of them.

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  2. More…..

    Dissent will not be tolerated.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/01/facebook-youtube-shopify-all-move-to-deplatform-trump-and-questions-about-2020-election/

    “Facebook, YouTube, Shopify All Move to Deplatform Trump and Questions About 2020 Election

    YouTube hasn’t deplatformed Trump directly, but they’ve doubled down on their promise to penalize channels that post “false claims,” which is awfully subjective.”

    “In response to the breach of the Capitol building, several online platforms have deplatformed Trump.

    Facebook began by removing Trump’s video asking protesters to return home with peace and joy in their hearts and has now banned Trump’s accounts from posting at least until the post-inauguration transition is complete.”

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  3. Well it certainly won’t be the spineless crop in there now.

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-republican-party-trump-voters-left-revenge

    “Tucker Carlson: Who will stand up for everyday Trump voters facing retribution from the left?
    The Republican Party must look after its voters, not its leaders”

    “Within minutes of Trump supporters breaching the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday, virtually every powerful person in the country erupted in rage at the president

    Business leaders demanded that Trump be removed from office immediately under the 25th Amendment. Members of Congress clamored to impeach him, and at least one Democrat suggested that anyone in Congress who supported his claims of election fraud must be expelled. Meanwhile, the media set about denouncing Trump as a terrorist and a murderer, etc.

    Notice a theme? The reaction was all about Donald Trump. The people in charge of every institution in American life spend all day talking about Donald Trump. You may not have noticed, because that’s not very different from any other day over the past five-and-a-half years since he announced his candidacy.

    It has been all about Donald Trump all of the time. And the effect on us has been noticeable. We’ve gone from being this big, sprawling country with an enormous span of concerns and interests to a kind of sweaty, airless chat room of 330 million people, all of whom are simultaneously focused with monomaniacal intensity on a single man. That is not healthy, no matter how you feel about Trump.

    Is any president worth all of this time and attention? All politicians come with a shelf life. In Trump’s case, the expiration date arrives in 13 days.

    Just for a moment, let’s think about what life will be like next month. Two weeks from Thursday, Donald Trump will no longer be in control of our nuclear arsenal. He will not have command of federal agencies or even, most likely, his own Twitter account.

    The rest of us, and this is key, will still be here. We’ve got nowhere to go. So what is life going to be like for us on Jan. 20? Not many people seem to be thinking about that, up to and including the people we pay to think about it. Donald Trump thinks almost exclusively about Donald Trump, but so does almost every single Democrat and Republican in the Congress. Who’s got your concerns top of mind? Who wakes up in the middle of the night worried about your family? As far as we can tell, no one.

    That’s the main thing we need to change. It won’t be easy, but the themes are pretty clear. Here are the basics: The point of the Republican Party is not to protect the personal reputations of its leaders, but its voters. In practice, that means protecting the Bill of Rights, the bedrock promises of American life. Without them, you wouldn’t want to live here. Those freedoms are incalculably more important than any single politician.

    Donald Trump could become immortal and win the next 40 presidential elections and his daughter the next 40 after that. But if America becomes a place where you have to violate your own conscience in order to hold a job, you’re not allowed to protect your family from mob violence and your children can’t afford to get married and raise your grandchildren because employers don’t like their skin color, then what’s the point of all of it? There is none. No one wants to live in a place like that or should have to, no matter who the president is.

    We should be very concerned about all of this right now. Wednesday’s riot is already being used as a pretext for an unprecedented crackdown on civil liberties. Just in the last several hours, we have heard people in positions of power demand that those who support Donald Trump should no longer be allowed to publish books or use the Internet or fly on airplanes. Driving cars, holding jobs and staying in hotels will certainly be next and we’re barely exaggerating.

    To justify these mind-bending, terrifyingly un-American demands, they are, as usual, relying on lies and hysteria. What happened Wednesday wasn’t simply a political protest getting out of hand after the president recklessly encouraged it (Which is, you know, what actually happened). Instead, they’re calling it domestic terrorism and, needless to say, White supremacy.

    Why are they doing that? Simple. They know that if they keep saying it, history will record it as true. They understand the power of language, and that’s why they try to control it. They know that words have consequences. This is scary, and the party that should be stepping in to stop it, to push back, to tell the truth in the face of lies and to protect its voters from this deception and the destruction that inevitably comes next, does nothing. Often, in fact, they join in.”

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    Again, because they’re spineless, as always.

    They’re dead to me.

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  4. Fake news flips the script. They’re biased beyond repair.

    https://justthenews.com/accountability/media/black-lives-matter-boomerang-how-media-flipped-script-violent-protests-after

    “Black Lives Matter boomerang: How media flipped script on violent protests after Capitol riot
    After a year of equivocation on destructive BLM riots, journalists appear to reverse position.”

    “The violent, deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday has prompted numerous media players to apparently flip the script on violent protests, brushing aside standards that they established last summer when much of the country was gripped by Black Lives Matter-led violence and rioting in major American cities.

    Wednesday’s riot, in which an unarmed woman was shot by a U.S. Capitol Police officer, was spun off from a massive “Stop the Steal” rally organized by supporters of President Donald Trump in protest of congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 election win. A large group of attendees from that march eventually stormed the steps of the U.S. Capitol, pushing back a police barricade.

    A smaller but still sizable portion of that group made its way inside, breaking windows and driving lawmakers into evacuation while effectively seizing control of portions of the Capitol for a period of time.

    While there, protesters dangled from ledges in the Senate chambers, occupied and trashed the offices of various elected officials, stole and/or defaced property, and clashed with police. In many cases law enforcement had their weapons drawn and pointed at protesters. Ashli Babbit, a 35-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran and Trump supporter from Ocean Beach, Calif. was shot in the neck and was later pronounced dead.

    Media drops rationalization of violence in favor of condemnation

    The violent intrusion into the Capitol was met with near-universal condemnation worldwide, including by virtually every media outlet, broadcaster and commentator.

    Yet the language on display from much of the media yesterday was a sharp departure from rhetoric deployed by journalists last summer at the height of the Black Lives Matter-led riots and violence that gripped the country intermittently for several months.

    At the time, many reporters, commentators and news organizations took pains to contextualize, rationalize and in some cases soften their coverage of those riots. Nearly 20 people died in the civil unrest in its first two weeks, which caused billions of dollars in damage to businesses, homes and other property, turning some urban centers into fiery wastelands and sending business owners scrambling to fortify their shops against destruction.

    In early June, CNN host Chris Cuomo argued at the time that protesters should not be expected to be “polite and peaceful” during their demonstrations.

    “[P]lease, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful,” he said at the time. “Because I can show you that outraged citizens are what made the country what she is and led to any major milestone. To be honest, this is not a tranquil time.”

    In the midst of Wednesday’s Capitol riot, Cuomo appeared to have sharply changed his tune. “Those who stoked these flames must be remembered. They fed lies and moved people to exactly what we are seeing,” he wrote on Twitter.

    “This is what you all pushed for,” he wrote later, referring to Trump-aligned conservatives. “Stoked. Agitated. Deceived. So angry, all ‘us vs them’ … and this is where it led. As you all knew it might.” He further referred to the riot as “the low point in modern history.”

    The Associated Press, meanwhile, appeared in its coverage of the riot to depart from a new stylistic approach it adopted last year.

    Informing readers that it would be “us[ing] care” in describing civil unrest, the news organization in September wrote on Twitter: “A riot is a wild or violent disturbance of the peace involving a group of people. The term riot suggests uncontrolled chaos and pandemonium.”

    The AP argued that “focusing on rioting and property destruction rather than underlying grievance has been used in the past to stigmatize broad swaths of people protesting against lynching, police brutality or for racial justice, going back to the urban uprisings of the 1960s.”

    Suggesting an alternative, the AP wrote: “Unrest is a vaguer, milder and less emotional term for a condition of angry discontent and protest verging on revolt.”

    The news wire appeared to utilize that standard in its coverage of last summer’s violent demonstrations, when in the late spring it described violent looting, arson, flag-burning and clashes with police as “unrest.” It similarly described as “unrest” sustained chaos in Minneapolis that involved the burning of a police station and multiple other buildings, some of which firefighters were unable to access due to ongoing violence.

    Yet the Associated Press in multiple stories this week described the Capitol crisis as a “riot,” making it unclear just how the news service applies the standards it appears to have developed in the midst of the Black Lives Matter protests last year. ”

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    It’s BS.

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  5. The latest – the final nail in the coffin on the Coup! Italian military satellite uplink was used to transfer links (change the votes) from Trump to Biden…. Obama/Soros/CIA agents/former Italian PM and others are culpable and implicated. (Hopefully they can still get this out!)

    Maria Strollo Zack, Chairman of Nations in Action, is the main person who you hear in the following audio. Nations in Action, a government transparency organization, partnered with the Institute of Good Governance to thoroughly investigate and research the election irregularities which yielded the long-awaited proof that a flawless plot to take down the USA was executed with extraordinary resources and global involvement.

    Christians like Maria are the ones working at the “tip of the spear.” Please pray for their protection, and for the right timing for release in the US after securing final docs and depositions of the key officials…

    https://vocaroo.com/1e976QE4oDoy

    This is the probable reason why the never-Trumpers are suddenly seeking to use the 25th Amendment against Pres. Trump, and shutting down his means of communication, and now wanting to ‘impeach’ him again – they are terrified that this BIG news will get out…

    From an earlier, related report (though the audio above provides much more detail). If Mr. Johnson’s statements are true, Italy would be in direct violation of the 2018 Executive Order against foreign election interference that was signed by Pres. Trump:

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  6. Something is just not right and I have to believe truth will be revealed one day. The Dems looking into invoking the 25th amendment back in Nov was thought to get Biden out after the inauguration to get Harris in the top spot. Now I am thinking this is exactly what they had intended…to get our President out before they are outed on their even more dastardly deeds. So much happening it makes my head spin!

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  7. Interesting comments from people who were there. The large numbers of people, what they were doing (singing, praying, chatting, enjoying being around like minded people, sitting on the steps, walking on the lawn, totally unopposed, unaware of what was happening inside). The pictures from inside do not seem to have lots of people in them. And many of those have been identified as previous agitators, antifa and blm.

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  8. “ENOUGH WITH THE OUTRAGE”

    FIFY.

    “Enough with the Faux Outrage…..

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/01/enough-with-the-outrage.php

    “Like pretty much all conservatives, I have consistently criticized riots and other forms of political violence for many years. That includes yesterday’s Washington, D.C. riot. You can’t say the same about liberals, however. Until yesterday, one might have thought that liberals consider rioting and other forms of political violence to be as American as apple pie.

    You could write a book in support of that proposition, but for now let’s cite just a few examples. Do you remember when President Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017? Leftist Democrats rioted in Washington that day. That riot was arguably worse, more violent and more destructive, than what happened in D.C. yesterday. The liberal rioters destroyed stores, set vehicles on fire and battled with the police. Six police officers were wounded. Here is a video reminder:”

    I don’t recall a single Democratic office-holder denouncing the Democrats’ Inauguration Day riot, and the Associated Press came perilously close to praising the rioters.

    Over the ensuing four years, Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioted countless times, bringing devastation to cities like Portland, Seattle, Kenosha and Minneapolis. Did any Democrats denounce these riots? Not that I remember. Many Democrats endorsed them, or seemed to do so. Kamala Harris, for example, said about the riots in June:

    They’re not going to stop. They’re not going to stop. This is a movement, I’m telling you. They’re not gonna stop. And everyone beware because they’re not gonna stop. They’re not gonna stop before Election Day and they’re not going to stop after Election Day. And everyone should take note of that. They’re not gonna let up and they should not.

    This was after 12 people had been killed in Democrat-sanctioned rioting, and billions of dollars in destruction committed. Have any Democrats denounced Black Lives Matter for its role in the riots? Not one. Has any Democrat denounced Antifa? Not that I know of, and some, like Keith Ellison, have specifically endorsed Antifa’s political violence.

    Democratic Party journalists have joined the party’s politicians in excusing riots. The New York Times, for example, published an admiring profile of Antifa. The Washington Post, likewise, has carried water for Antifa.

    The litany could go on for a long time. Yesterday’s assault on the Capitol was outrageous, but let’s not forget that last time out-of-control demonstrators interrupted business at the Capitol, shouted down senators and pounded on the doors of the Supreme Court, it was Democrats objecting to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

    And speaking of assaults on capitols, did any Democrats object when leftists occupied the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison for four months, destroying property, impeding public business and violently assaulting conservatives? Not a peep.”

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    Faux outrage is the most outrageous kind.

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  9. This video shows the one side of the capitol where people were in prayer. It seems to lose connection at one point but don’t stop watching as it reconnects. Is this shown on MSM? Yet this is important news.

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  10. A video interview with Maria Zach (see above) from two days ago. She and her team have been working tirelessly on this for the past seven weeks. Congress actually had the key affidavit on the 6th, and did nothing! Let that sink in…

    I don’t know if Mark Meadows can actually be trusted…

    It seems that not just five or six states were affected by the Dominion machines, but 17 STATES!!!

    Please PRAY that Maria will get her meeting with the President, if she hasn’t already.

    If members of Congress don’t act quickly, then there should be military tribunals…

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  11. Outrage? No thank you. The full truth of these events may not come out until judgement day. So, I refuse to be outraged any longer about any of it. And I still think Trump is the greatest president in my memory.

    I was reading in Psalms this morning and chuckled as I followed a reference to Numbers 25:4:

    And the LORD said to Moses, “Take all the chiefs of the people and hang them in the sun before the LORD, that the fierce anger of the LORD may turn away from Israel.”

    Tempting solution to our present troubles. Very tempting….but, I fear the LORD. Oh that our chiefs and leaders would fear him as well. It would be better for us all.

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  12. 95% of the country seems to have forgotten where and what we came from.

    Good thing our ancestors weren’t as cowardly as what we have today.

    Ignore the Mail’s constant editorializing of what they wish he said, and concentrate on his words.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9124133/Rush-Limbaugh-rebukes-calling-end-unrest.html

    “‘There’s a lot of people demanding the end of violence…I am glad the men at Lexington and Concord didn’t feel that way’: Rush Limbaugh rebukes those calling for an end to unrest after MAGA mob run riot

    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh took a dismissive tone to those calling for an end to violence after the MAGA mob looted the Capitol

    He compared the rioters to the colonists who sparked the American Revolution

    Limbaugh said Wednesday’s unrest was a result of months of American citizens being ‘fed up’ with left-leaning political activism in the country”

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    “‘We’re supposed to be horrified by the protesters,’ Limbaugh said on his program on Thursday.

    ‘There’s a lot of people calling for the end of violence. There’s a lot of conservatives, social media, who say that any violence or aggression at all is unacceptable. Regardless of the circumstances,’ he said.

    ‘I’m glad Sam Adams, Thomas Paine, the actual tea party guys, the men at Lexington and Concord didn’t feel that way,’ he continued.”

    ——–

    “‘Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of people — Americans who have gotten tired of being ignored and lied about and smeared as racists by these very Democrats in the media and the popular culture,’ the conservative radio icon told listeners.

    ‘Americans who have gotten fed up with having election stolen from them by the Democrats, including the White House. Now they think two more Senate seats have been stolen, and they thought they were going to be stolen even before the election.’

    Limbaugh attempted to further excuse the actions of those who participated in Wednesday’s violence suggesting Republicans do not know how to protest or loot despite thousands of Trump supporters appearing at the Capitol.

    ‘A tiny minority of these protesters and undoubtedly including some Antifa Democrat-sponsored instigators did decide to go to the Capitol to protest,’ he added without providing any evidence. ‘The people’s house by the way.’

    ‘As recently as this time last year, anti-Trump protests were held in the Capitol during the impeachment. All of the sudden protesting Congress is being called the end of the world,’ Limbaugh said.

    ‘Can’t have this. The worst crime against democracy in our nation’s history. And yet, all kinds of anti-presidential protest were held in the Capitol during the impeachment and nobody was concerned about it in terms of the damage being done to our government institutions.'”

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  13. Agree that now it’s time for some calmer reflection. Also agree that the “punishment” from Democrats is sounding over the top. The remarks by both Biden and Harris yesterday weren’t helpful from a future administration that says it’s interested in healing and bringing people together. No matter what one thinks of Trump, he was supported in the last election by about half the voting public.

    And I agree that it was not a ‘majority’ of demonstrators who had gathered who breached the Capitol building.

    But it was more than two or three folks from the footage I’ve seen.

    And let’s agree that it was bad enough. Efforts to try to gloss over it don’t serve us well right now, either.

    Gene Veith today had a column on some of Luther’s thoughts on political violence and he opened with this stark assessment of what happened Wednesday:

    ~ Five people dead. Fourteen police officers injured, including one who was killed. Pipe bombs. Molotov cocktails. The nation’s Capitol building assaulted, vandalized, and pillaged. American flags torn down and replaced by Trump flags. ~

    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2021/01/luther-on-political-riots/

    As Christians, let’s first and foremost pray for the nation as we seem to be lurching from bad to worse crises at a rapid pace right now. The U.S. is in a very precarious and even dangerous time in its history. We need guidance, calm and sober voices and (certainly) God’s mercy right now.

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  14. Biden and Harris say the want to unite? You think the country is divided now just wait…and I don’t blame Trump one bit for not attending the inauguration…why would he? I’m not going to watch it..I think I’ll go shopping…and yes…I’m going to be one of “those people”….not my president 😢

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  15. It’s best that Trump not attend the inauguration at this point for obvious reasons; I believe Pence will be there. We need to observe the nation’s orderly transfer of power.

    Both sides are powder kegs right now (we’re having local demonstrations in downtown LA in which a black woman passing by — who made the mistake of responding verbally when she was called the ‘n’ word — was grabbed and pepper-sprayed, had her wig pulled off by the crowd until a burly white guy, one of the conservative demonstrators I believe, grabbed and rescued her; a freelance photographer caught the images, all from Thursday).

    I don’t see much leadership from either side seeking to calm emotions down right now. Very worrisome.

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  16. I read the piece on Luther and riots @1:00. The difference between mob rebellion and a justified action seems to be organization and a righteous cause. The American Revolution articulated a righteous cause in the Declaration of Independence. We may have another such Declaration someday in this country, but we are certainly not there yet. There is still great hope that our nation can be salvaged.

    What we are seeing now in DC is neither American nor French styled revolution. It’s not a revolution at all, yet. Even those who broke into the capital chambers were claiming it as ‘the people’s house’. They have not advocated dissolving our government, yet. By today’s standards, it was not even a riot. Overall, it was a mostly peaceful and constitutional protest by people who simply want justice for all. On the fringes there was some violence, but on the whole the protesters were not rebels engaged in rebellion. The are American patriots insisting on accountability. And considering what we have endured for the last 4 years, it’s a reasonable request.

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  17. That is horrible Dj..(about the woman)…what a mess 😢
    Honestly if something doesn’t happen to quell the emotions on both sides the transfer of power is not going to go well 😢….. praying…..

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  18. Nancyjill, 4:33: That was part of my thought on a resignation — that a quiet resignation now, allowing Pence to step into the two-week gap, might help quell the waters that are only growing rougher each day with the continued demands for impeachment and immediate removal. It doesn’t appear that those demands will let up anytime before the inauguration, that they may further antagonize the president and his supporters — and generally will only serve to heighten the emotional state the nation finds itself in at this moment.

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  19. He has no reason to resign.

    It will not placate Dems, nothing ever does, so stop pretending it will.

    If Pence wants the office, run. He’ll never win now, but he can try.

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  20. Ah yes, attacking the messenger because you don’t like his message. Same as it ever was.

    Just because you disagree with his views on other things, doesn’t make him wrong on this. But you already know that.

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  21. Elections have consequences…..

    Like destroying the public’s trust in the economy.

    A dark winter indeed, with Senile Joe in charge.

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  22. DJ, if you happen to have a link or know who ran the story about the woman who was attacked in LA I would like to read it. Of course, it’s probably not really unique, as the new mostly peaceful protests seem to be more tactile than in years gone by.

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  24. Debra,

    Here.

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  25. Stoking the flames with lies.

    Right out of the Obama playbook, the Race Card.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/01/biden-harris-inject-race-into-non-racial-riots-at-capitol-hill-lie-about-blm-riots/#more-339599

    “Biden, Harris Inject Race Into Non-Racial Riots at Capitol Hill, Lie About BLM Riots

    Falling back on an Obama tactic — make everything about race, and use it to stoke tensions.”

    “Ah, the beginning of four years of feels and not facts. Social justice instead of the economy and jobs.

    President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris both injected race into the Capitol Hill riots while ignoring basic facts about said riots.

    Race? No!
    The riots on Capitol Hill are no different than the violence at protests in the summer when it comes to the objective: CHAOS.

    It’s not about race. It’s not about a stolen election. It’s about causing chaos and being jerks. Maybe even achieving 15 minutes of fame.

    ALL OF THEM are thugs.

    See how easy that was to be consistent?”

    —–

    So HRW can stop pushing this lie now.

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  26. Man busted with gun was not a Trump supporter as is being reported.

    https://bearingarms.com/cam-e/2021/01/08/dad-man-gun-charges-not-trump-supporter/

    “One of at least six individuals from the state of Michigan arrested in Washington, D.C. this week in connection with protests over the 2020 election wasn’t in our nation’s capitol to back Donald Trump, but to “keep an eye” on Trump supporters, according to his father.

    25-year old Logan Grimes was busted with a handgun, “high capacity” magazine, and “unregistered ammunition” on Wednesday afternoon about a 1 /2 miles from the Capitol, near the District’s Chinatown neighborhood. In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Robert Grimes described his son as a “gun hobbyist” who’s always followed Michigan law, and blamed the president for his son’s arrest.

    “Now thanks to that man that I just despise, Donald Trump — who I did not vote for and did everything I could to make sure he would finally leave office — has served me up one last injustice by making sure my son got arrested so he could stick his pride out,” he said.

    Sorry, Mr. Grimes, but just as Antifa didn’t make people storm the Capitol, Donald Trump didn’t make your son drive from Michigan to Washington, D.C. with his guns and ammunition. He’s a grown adult capable of making his own decisions, and in this case, he decided unwisely.

    I happen to think that Washington, D.C. gun laws are abysmally unconstitutional, but for the moment anyway they’re still on the books; even that absurd provision that makes it a crime to possess any ammunition in a different caliber from a legally-owned firearm registered with the D.C. police. It was up to Logan Grimes to know the laws of the District before he hopped in his car and headed east.

    The elder Grimes became aware his son was headed to Washington, D.C., from a post on Facebook, he said. When he saw the unrest, he hoped his son wasn’t in it…

    “I’m hoping a lot of stuff will come forward that my son was probably trying to do the right thing in the wrong way at the wrong time,” he said.

    Robert Grimes won’t want to hear this (and probably won’t accept it), but the excuse he gave for his son is the same excuse being offered by the friends and family of many of those who stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday. They too believe that their loved one was trying to do the right thing in the wrong way at the wrong time.”

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  27. The R party is flatlining.

    It’s over.

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  28. AJ, your 5:21, it has nothing to do with “not liking the message” but everything to do with whether the message is trustworthy. And a conspiracy theory being touted by someone who makes a living with extraterrestrial conspiracy stories and the like is . . . not the most trustworthy source. Similar to how if we read that a pastor now has new information about the book of Romans, and we see that said “pastor” is actually in a fringe Mormon sect, we are more likely to disregard his teaching. Attacking the person and not the message is a logical fallacy, but pointing out that the “iffy” message is from an untrustworthy source can be quite helpful as you try to determine how much credence to give it. In this case, we can’t verify the information he is giving, but we can say that the messenger isn’t credible and not waste our time with his message.

    Indeed, Pence probably has no future for a presidential run, which is a shame. He is way up there as one of the few trustworthy men in Washington, and he probably has helped keep Trump “sane” for four years. But at the end of an honorable stint as vice president he is simultaneously “tied” to Trump (who is widely hated and distrusted by many) and seen by a few as a “traitor” to Trump because he didn’t go along with a power grab. The combination has probably killed his political career, which is a sad thing. He’s a very good man.

    For the record, your frequent use of the line “But you already knew that” comes across as condescending. It comes across as a finger-wagging, “Son, you know better than that.” The people to whom you say that have a disagreement with you, not a need to be “reminded of truth” and lectured.

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  29. Also, “But you already knew that” implies that the person is intentionally lying or sharing false information.

    AJ – You often dismiss sources or writers you disagree with in general, so yes, it is appropriate for others to do the same, especially if that source is as way out there as that Parkes guy. You do have a point that someone with whom we disagree may have a view on an issue worth considering, but then you need to do the same.

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  30. Something I wish a lot of people on social media would stop doing is accusing people of lying or spreading lies when in fact they may be (and probably are) merely mistaken or wrong. (Or maybe the accused is correct, and the other person is wrong or mistaken. Happens to the best of us.)

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  31. The way some Republicans are behaving I’m not certain I will be registered as one any longer. I have heard comments from some Senators and Congress people of that party which would lead me to believe they are placing all responsibility and blame on our President for the rioters at the Capital….and I don’t see it that way.

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  32. “But you already knew that” comes across as condescending. It comes across as a finger-wagging,”

    Good. I was worried you might not catch that. Glad I was clear.

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