27 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-14-21

  1. Cheryl,

    What garbage this is.

    “Nevertheless, I was opposed to the first impeachment and I think this one justified and probably would have voted to impeach had I been in the position to vote. ”

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    For what? He did nothing wrong. Once again, show me what he said that incited anyone. You can’t, because he didn’t.

    He did nothing wrong. Milquetoast folks like you who would side with un-American Dems is why I’m leaving the party. With “friends” like you, who needs enemies. You guys are the un-American Dems greatest tool.

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  2. Nope, no fraud here.

    https://breaking911.com/breaking-texas-election-official-arrested-for-widespread-vote-harvesting-and-fraud/

    “Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the arrest of Rachel Rodriguez for election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot. Each charge constitutes a felony under the Texas Election Code. Rodriguez was exposed in a Project Veritas video last fall while she engaged in vote harvesting leading up to the 2020 election.

    The Election Fraud Division of the Office of the Attorney General reviewed dozens of hours of unedited, raw footage, which led to this arrest. In an uncharacteristic moment of honesty, Rodriguez acknowledged on video that what she was doing is illegal and that she could go to jail for it. If convicted, Rodriguez could face up to 20 years in prison.”

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  3. Total self awareness fail from the censors at Twitter.

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  4. Traitor.

    https://www.oann.com/gop-lawmakers-urge-rep-liz-cheney-to-resign-from-leadership-role/

    “GOP Lawmakers Urge Rep. Liz Cheney To Resign From Leadership Role”

    “Congressman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is reportedly circulating a petition among conservative lawmakers, which is calling for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) to resign from her position as conference chair of the Republican Party.

    On Tuesday, Biggs said Cheney was not representing Republican ideals when she announced her support for impeachment efforts against President Trump and that she should resign from the role.

    Congressman Matt Rosendale (R-Md.) also came out against Cheney in a statement posted on Twitter. He claimed Cheney “ignored the preferences of Republican voters” when she came out in support of the impeachment.”

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  5. The establishment traitors strike again. Remember this when you begin your permanent minority party status on Jan 20th. They helped build this farce.

    “Why Is the GOP Glad Trump Lost?”

    “Establishment Republicans will learn the hard way how very much they have lost in helping Joe Biden win the way he did.”

    https://amgreatness.com/2021/01/08/why-is-the-gop-glad-trump-lost/

    “Alittle after 2 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, protesters crashed into the U.S. Capitol and forced a halt in the certification of the electoral vote. As the Senate reconvened that night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), speaking as though he had just survived 9/11, condemned the “thugs” waving flags who had forced them to run away for a few hours. Man of the People Mitt Romney, who probably will not repeat his mistake of flying commercial, called the Capitol storm “an insurrection, incited by the president of the United States.”

    If you wonder where these big politicians were last year when people were having their businesses closed down by government mandates or watching their cars torched by Antifa with Molotov cocktails, the answer is they were most likely in incredibly comfortable homes, enjoying taxpayer-guaranteed salaries and genuinely insane expense accounts, secure in the knowledge that, whatever happens—whether they return to Capitol Hill for the rest of their lives or are forced one day into semi-retirement on K Street—they will never again have to live like “normal people.”

    And when they blame President Trump for the Capitol protest, they are doubly foolish and doubly deceived. First, they implicitly deny that these protestors had any reason to be upset. Even the CHAZ protestors who demolished central Seattle were granted the presumption that they might have had reasons, however misguided.

    But the Capitol Hill protestors had already been told, repeatedly, by the news media, social media, and their political leaders, to shut up and go home. And yet they didn’t—so it must be Trump’s fault.

    The idea that a large part of America genuinely could be infuriated by the behavior of our elected officials has not dawned on them. When they get yelled at on planes, they think, “Why don’t my constituents believe me? Why don’t they trust me? It’s Trump’s fault!”

    But they never ask themselves if they might have given their constituents legitimate reasons not to trust them. Did they ever, for example, vote to send a $10 million check to Pakistan and a $600 check to some Americans? Would that upset anyone?

    Today, these politicians are breathing a sigh of relief—their second mistake: “My constituents trusted me before Trump came,” they think. “Now that he’s on the way out the door, they will trust me again!” They believe that Trump not being president means that they can go back to vacuuming up money and power just as before. They think Trump is finished.

    In reality, they are finished. ”

    Trump could have announced the formation of a new political party. A majority of Republican voters probably would have followed him. Eventually, after a few election cycles of mutual destruction, the rest of the GOP reluctantly would acquiesce in a new party which would likely have many of the same ills as the old. Instead, Trump has made clear his intention of primarying every Republican who opposed airing election fraud claims in court.

    Career GOP politicians will spend the next several years watching “their” party rapidly remade in what they mistakenly believe to be Trump’s image. But it is actually the image of a large part of America that feels totally ignored.

    The principals that Trump represents do not start and end with Trump. Limited regulation, limited government, low taxes, fair trade, stricter immigration laws, belief in God and in the earnest goodness of the average American, a weariness of foreign wars and entanglements: You might call it George Washington conservatism. These ideas have been absent from politics for at least 30 years, as voters had a choice between the party of big government and the party that claims to prefer limited government but also embraces big government. These are the ideas Trump has expressed and on which he governed.. America First: You mind your business and we’ll mind ours.

    If a politician rolls his eyes at that suggestion, he’ll never understand why the people don’t want him. He’ll never understand why those angry Americans were at the Capitol the other day. He’ll never understand why he lost his seat and had to become a highly paid consultant instead of a highly paid public servant.

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    Millions of folks like me will ensure it.

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  6. But yet some people don’t get it.

    https://justthenews.com/government/congress/three-critical-questions-about-capitol-siege-remain-unanswered

    “One thing recent history has taught America is the first storyline of major tragedies or controversies is never the most accurate.

    Americans were told by the Bush administration that they were sucker-punched by a surprise attack on 9/11 by terrorists, only to learn the CIA and FBI had significant advance evidence of the plot and its players and failed to connect the dots.

    Susan Rice originally told the nation that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was carried out spontaneously by a mob angered by an anti-Muslim video. The attack, it turned out, was pre-planned and carried out by an al-Qaeda-aligned terror group in Libya.

    The country was assured Christopher Steele’s dossier provided credible evidence of Donald Trump colluding with Russia, when in fact the CIA and FBI knew almost immediately it was uncorroborated and based in part on Russian disinformation.

    And now just a week after the heinous and deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol, the final narrative of what actually happened is still being written, revised and unmasked.

    Since the weekend, major bombshell revelations already have substantially revised the initial story of a spontaneous mob overrunning an unsuspecting Capitol police force.

    The FBI admitted Tuesday it received information ahead of the Jan. 6 tragedy suggesting some participants were planning a “war” on the Capitol, including killing officers and distributing maps of the complex. It alerted Washington D.C. law enforcement through the joint terrorism task force alert system. It also “disrupted” the travel plans of some of the suspected trouble-makers.

    “We developed some intelligence that a number of individuals were planning to travel to the D.C. area with intentions to cause violence,” Assistant Director Steven M. D’Antuono said. “We immediately shared that information, and action was taken.”

    The New York Police Department is reported to have given the Capitol Police similar intelligence warnings of impending violence.

    The chief federal prosecutor in Washington declared Tuesday he is pursuing conspiracy charges, signaling the attacks on the Capitol involved multiple acts and multiple conspirators working in concert with each other. The prosecutor talked about the planting of carefully constructed IEDs as one such act. In other words, there was pre-planning for some elements of last Wednesday’s chaos.

    And the official timeline of events constructed by the New York Times through videos shows protesters began breaching the perimeter of the Capitol a full 20 minutes before Trump finished his speech.

    This new evidence raises the first compelling question that remains unanswered. How could Trump incite an attack that had already been pre-planned and was in motion before his speech ended?

    A senior intelligence official told Just the News he has found no evidence that the president, the White House or the National Security Council was alerted in formal intelligence briefings to the pre-warnings or suspicions of violence the FBI and NYPD have admitted they had.”

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    Still waiting patiently for someone to show me a quote or video of Trump’s “inciteful words” yet no one has, because they don’t exist. He never said it, yet some of our own would impeach?

    The timeline shows he incited no one, they were already on the way to their pre-planned objective. It’s BS.

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  7. For those of you who would have joined un-American Dems in impeach Trump, here’s Alan Dershowitz explaining why you are wrong.

    You’d be wrongly convicting the man because you don’t like him. Just admit it. You have no case for impeachment, and neither did Dems, so you got that @##$%$$#@$%^% yesterday instead.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/impeachment-over-protected-speech-would-harm-the-constitution-opinion/ar-BB1cGZJp

    “Impeachment Over Protected Speech Would Harm the Constitution”

    “Whatever one may think of President Trump’s speech last Wednesday—I personally found it deeply upsetting—one thing is clear: It was fully protected by the First Amendment. Nothing the president said constituted unprotected “incitement,” as narrowly defined by the Supreme Court over nearly a century of decisions. His volatile words plainly fell on the side of political “advocacy,” which is protected speech.”

    “In the leading case of Brandenburg v. Ohio, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled that even the advocacy of the use of force is constitutionally protected, unless it is specifically “directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action.” In subsequent decisions the courts have narrowly defined “incitement” to exclude the kind of speech delivered by President Trump. It is beyond dispute, therefore, that his speech—disturbing as it may have been—is within the core protection of political speech.

    If that is correct, then the following question arises: whether the constitutional criteria for impeachment—”treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors”—can plausibly be understood to encompass constitutionally protected expression; that is, speech that could not constitutionally be made criminal under the First Amendment’s mandate that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” The constitutionally correct answer to that question is surely no.

    So the article of impeachment Democrats introduced in Congress—which focuses on President Trump’s speech that urged listeners to go to the Capitol—is unconstitutional. Impeaching President Trump on grounds that violate both the First Amendment and the impeachment clause would do more serious and enduring harm to our Constitution than the unlawful rioters did when they temporarily took over the Capitol building. These rioters did grave harm to the rule of law, but at the end of a long and difficult day, the rule of law prevailed. The Capitol was secured and Congress continued with its business, voting down what the rioters were demanding. Many of those who broke the law have been arrested and will be prosecuted and convicted for serious crimes including possibly homicide. But now, the Democratic leaders of Congress and some Republicans are threatening to take political steps that endanger the line carefully drawn by First Amendment jurisprudence between those who advocate unlawful conduct and those who commit it.”

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    You’re wrong, and your actions would be unconstitutional, just like what the Dems did yesterday.

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  8. Ben Stein chimes in too….

    https://spectator.org/free-speech-trump-parler/

    “Incitement: The Biggest Lie of the Postwar Era
    Saturday

    Freedom of speech is gone. The media and high tech barons and princesses have gone completely mad to kill a site called Parler. That was a free speech zone site that allowed postings by anyone, left or right. It undoubtedly ran some shocking pictures and words that should never have been run.

    But the internet has always had staggering amounts of really deep pornography. It has had endless coverage of the notorious Jew-hater and fan of Der Führer, Louis Farrakhan. It has had instructions on how to make bombs and automatic weapons. These were all allowed and caused very little stir.

    But on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, President Trump gave a speech to many thousands of his supporters in the park just behind the White House laying out in considerable detail, county by county in the “swing states,” his reasons for alleging election fraud.

    After the speech, several thousand Trump fans walked about 20 blocks to the Capitol and marched around it chanting for Trump and against Biden. Some of them walked into the Capitol and waved American flags and Trump banners.

    In the melee one woman protester was shot and killed by a Capitol police officer, three others died of medical emergencies, and a Capitol police officer died of injuries sustained during the riot. No senators, representatives, or aides were killed or injured. President Trump was nowhere near the Capitol at the time.

    As soon as Mr. Trump heard about the rioting at the Capitol, he urged his supporters to stop and go home.

    Nevertheless, the news media and the leftists and the RINOs insisted that Mr. Trump had “incited” his followers to attack the Capitol. To punish him, Google, YouTube, Twitter, Amazon, and every other large internet platform took away Mr. Trump’s email and then shut down the platforms for Parler because it had contributors who had defended Mr. Trump and thus were party to his January 6 “incitement.”

    There was no precedent for this shutdown of free speech. Nazis and Muslim terrorists still have use of the internet. Only the president who got more than 70 million votes is shut off.

    What’s even worse is this: I have read every word of Mr. Trump’s January 6 speech to his supporters. There is not one single word of “incitement” to lawlessness. In fact, Mr. Trump, explicitly tells his fans to be “peaceful.”

    And so, over a clear-cut lie, the powers in media and politics have ended free speech in America. And Joe Biden has not even been sworn in yet. These are terrifying times. Goodbye, America.”

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    You’re wrong if you’re siding with Democrats..

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  9. What we are witnessing is a coup…from the left…and it’s happening….and most are floating in the warm water just like the frog…wait until it starts bubbling over…it’s too late. The voice of freedom be damned. President Trump saw this happening and now they are making him pay for standing up for what is good and true. Sickening…..

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  10. Watch as your airline slides faster toward bankruptcy….

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    And you idiots just made it worse.

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  11. Figures…..

    https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2021/01/14/social-media-killed-david-quintavalle-twitter-mob-fingers-wrong-man-capitol-riot/

    ““Social Media Has Killed David Quintavalle”: Twitter Mob Fingers Wrong Man In Capitol Riot”

    “Ask not for whom the Twitter lynch mob tolls, it tolls for … anyone in CFD gear, apparently. David Quinavalle spent January 6th quietly at home in the Chicago area celebrating his wife’s birthday, but that didn’t matter to a mob of Twitter sleuths looking for the identities of those involved in the Capitol riots. After a picture of one man wearing a CFD cap showed up in the pictures and videos, the mob came after Quintavalle, a retired firefighter with a passing resemblance:”

    “Twitter did its thing, all right … about as badly as one might expect (via Ken Vogel and Twitchy):

    The retired Chicago firefighter from Mount Greenwood — whom social media trolls called a “terrorist” and accused of fatally wielding a fire extinguisher that killed a cop as a mob of Trump-supporting insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 — was grocery shopping and celebrating his wife’s birthday in Chicago, Patch has learned.

    Twitter exploded with unsubstantiated claims Tuesday that Quintavalle — who retired from the fire department in 2016 after 32 years — was the bearded “#extinguisherman” in a surveillance video wearing a “CFD” stocking cap wanted for questioning and “soon to be arrested” by the FBI regarding the fatal beating of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.

    Quintavalle, who shaved his beard before Christmas, told Patch that he wasn’t in Washington, D.C., last week. He went grocery shopping at Aldi at 9 a.m. and made a home-cooked supper of filet mignon and lobster to celebrate his wife’s birthday with their Chicago police officer son on the day rioters breached the Capitol.

    Because Quintavalle doesn’t have any social media accounts, he didn’t know that a Twitter lynch mob had formed up to track him down. That’s when the calls started coming to his house:

    By Tuesday night, Quintavalle began getting angry calls from people saying he’s a “f—— murderer” who belongs in jail. TV news reporters had staked out his house. Chicago police dispatched a patrol car to keep watch overnight, as well, his lawyer said. …

    “This story has f—– my life up,” Quintavalle said.

    “Social media has killed David Quintavalle,” his attorney said, speaking metaphorically. Quintavalle might count himself lucky that it didn’t do that literally. He now has to hope that this story gets out widely enough to reverse the damage done by the Twitter mob, and to keep anyone from deciding to take the law into their own hands … against the wrong guy.”

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  12. The Nikki Haley news is a glimmer of hope, looking ahead already to ’22 and ’24.

    The over-reach we’re seeing may make that way forward easier than we think right now.

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  13. So if I read this correctly the defense against the second impeachment is Trump didn’t incite a riot because it was preplanned.

    Thats actually the left wing’s positoin. It was not riot but a preplanned attack (insurrection) on the Congress when the ballots were being ceremonously entered into the record. 1. Right wing chatter on the internet all indicated plans were on the way. Some even planned right on social media. 2. Video of the attack shows some individuals directing others where to go based on maps of the building they previously viewed. 3. The day before the rally, Republican congressmen were giving tours of the building to people later seen on video attacking the capital the next day. 4. Police have been suspended and others investigated based on their actions and their contact with pro Trump groups prior to the attack. 5. Police discovered a cache of pipe bombs and moltov cocktails. 6. Once in the building certain individuals moved with purpose looking through builidng for either people or the actual vote boxes.

    If the impeachment goes to trial in the Senate, I’ll be interested to see if Trump uses the above as a defense and how many people he’s willing to throw under the bus. My guess is as many as it takes.

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  14. AJ — your 8:11 post is interesting.

    Republicans did not oppose Trump claiming fraud nor presenting evidence in court. Claiming fraud works toward the party’s advanatage as a means of surpressing the vote. Nor did they oppose any attempt to present fraud to the courts. The truth is Trump’s legal team declined to present fraud to the court since these claims did not meet any measure of proof needed for the court. What is surprising is how loyal the party has been to Trump despite the events of last week. After being chased out of the legislature by a mob, the party still came back and for the most part still voted according to the demands of the mob. The legal means had been exhausted; the vote was essentially theatre to placate their base and as part of a long term plan of voter suppression. And after comig back from hiding the Republiicans still did not think its time to hit pause on this nonsense and at least abstain no they still objected. Strategically that makes no sense.

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  15. To correct Ben Stein;
    “In the melee” — in the riot or accoding to Trump defenders and Dershovitz.. a preplanned attack on the Capital

    “one woman protester was shot and killed by a Capitol police officer,” — a woman with a history of restraining orders who failed to comply with a lawful order was shot while breaking into the Congress.

    “a Capitol police officer died of injuries sustained during the riot. ” — a police officier was hit over the heat with a fire extinguisher, fell down into a mob where he was bludgeoned to death by a mob hitting him with flag poles some of which still had an Anmerican flag attached to it.

    “As soon as Mr. Trump heard about the rioting at the Capitol, he urged his supporters to stop and go home.” — Mr Trump watched the riots live on television and only urged the rioters (ie his supporters) to go home hours after it started; stating we love you but go home–this according to his own advisers and staff.

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  16. I grew up in the 80s. We were told that ideas should fight it out in the market place without govt intereference. Hence media was deregulated. And as economic lefitst predicted mass media became an oligopoly. And as social media emerged, an new tech based oligopoly also formed. And in this oligopoly world two world views emerged in the market place of ideas — neo-con economics and “woke” liberals. The former had money but the latter simply outworked everyone. Not a big fan of either but I will give the woke crowd props for their hard work.

    To hear Trump supporters complain of censorship is bizarre. Mass media is controlled by private enterprise and capitalism and accordingly, gov’t censorship is non-existent. What does exisit is the censorship of ideas by capitalism — and here Trump supporters are late to the party, economic leftist have been saying this for a century. This is why we opposed Reagan and deregulation in the 80s ie so we don’t allow the rich monopolist to squash ideas and dissent.

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