37 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-22-21

  1. Gross suck ups.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/01/20/get_ready_for_4_years_of_media_sycophancy_145074.html

    “Get Ready for 4 Years of Media Sycophancy”

    “On Sunday, Jan. 17, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris sat down with Jane Pauley of CBS News “Sunday Morning.” Pauley treated Harris to a full-on journalistic massage. At no point was Harris asked a tough question; at no point was Harris treated as anything other than an idol worthy of worship. Perhaps the most awkward manifestation of this sycophancy came when Harris — an extraordinarily and transparently manipulative and mechanical politician — spouted a canned speech about relentlessness. “I was raised to not hear no — let me be clear about it,” said Harris. “I eat no for breakfast!”

    This prompted a spasm of ecstasy from Pauley, who immediately reflected Harris’ bizarrely inappropriate laughter with an enormous grin of her own.

    It will be four long years.

    For four years, the media complained that outgoing President Donald Trump treated them as an enemy. They self-servingly claimed that they were actually the protectors of democracy and individual rights. It took all of one month after Trump’s inauguration for The Washington Post to add the slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness” to its masthead. By October 2017, CNN began running ads explaining that it was all about “Facts First.”

    Trump, for his part, attacked the media whether they deserved it or not: Every disparaging headline, true or not, became “fake news.” That was unjustified and wrong, obviously. But the media’s lack of credibility wasn’t solely attributable to Trump. It resulted from their own journalistic malfeasance for years on end during former President Barack Obama’s administration — “his only scandal was wearing a tan suit!” — followed by their aggressive repetition of even the most thinly sourced scandal regarding Trump.

    And now we’ll return to the gaslighting of the Obama era, when members of the Obama team could openly admit to lying to the media, only to receive obsequious praise in return. Already, media outlets are praising the newfound veracity of Biden’s press team — despite the fact that Jen Psaki, Biden’s choice for White House press secretary, was accused of openly and explicitly lying to the media in 2016. Media members are even admitting that the vacation has begun: CNN’s Jim Acosta — and, ladies, find you a man who loves you like Jim Acosta loves Jim Acosta — admitted that he’d be covering Biden differently, explaining, “If being at the White House is not an experience that might merit hazard pay … then perhaps it is going to be approached differently.”

    Of course, Acosta never needed hazard pay. He was too busy declaring himself a hero and preening for the cameras while pulling down a lucrative book contract. But now that the Biden administration is a reality, our media can go back to sleep.”

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  2. Obey Cesar Biden when this is what’s planned for us?

    NO!

    “The New Domestic War on Terror is Coming

    No speculation is needed. Those who wield power are demanding it. The only question is how much opposition they will encounter.”

    https://greenwald.substack.com/p/the-new-domestic-war-on-terror-is

    “The last two weeks have ushered in a wave of new domestic police powers and rhetoric in the name of fighting “terrorism” that are carbon copies of many of the worst excesses of the first War on Terror that began nearly twenty years ago. This trend shows no sign of receding as we move farther from the January 6 Capitol riot. The opposite is true: it is intensifying.

    We have witnessed an orgy of censorship from Silicon Valley monopolies with calls for far more aggressive speech policing, a visibly militarized Washington, D.C. featuring a non-ironically named “Green Zone,” vows from the incoming president and his key allies for a new anti-domestic terrorism bill, and frequent accusations of “sedition,” “treason,” and “terrorism” against members of Congress and citizens. This is all driven by a radical expansion of the meaning of “incitement to violence.” It is accompanied by viral-on-social-media pleas that one work with the FBI to turn in one’s fellow citizens (See Something, Say Something!) and demands for a new system of domestic surveillance.

    Underlying all of this are immediate insinuations that anyone questioning any of this must, by virtue of these doubts, harbor sympathy for the Terrorists and their neo-Nazi, white supremacist ideology. Liberals have spent so many years now in a tight alliance with neocons and the CIA that they are making the 2002 version of John Ashcroft look like the President of the (old-school) ACLU.

    The more honest proponents of this new domestic War on Terror are explicitly admitting that they want to model it on the first one. A New York Times reporter noted on Monday that a “former intelligence official on PBS NewsHour” said “that the US should think about a ‘9/11 Commission’ for domestic extremism and consider applying some of the lessons from the fight against Al Qaeda here at home.” More amazingly, Gen. Stanley McChrystal — for years head of Joint Special Operations Command in Iraq and the commander of the war in Afghanistan — explicitly compared that war to this new one, speaking to Yahoo News:

    I did see a similar dynamic in the evolution of al-Qaida in Iraq, where a whole generation of angry Arab youth with very poor prospects followed a powerful leader who promised to take them back in time to a better place, and he led them to embrace an ideology that justified their violence. This is now happening in America….I think we’re much further along in this radicalization process, and facing a much deeper problem as a country, than most Americans realize.”

    Anyone who, despite all this, still harbors lingering doubts that the Capitol riot is and will be the neoliberal 9/11, and that a new War on Terror is being implemented in its name, need only watch the two short video clips below, which will clear their doubts for good. It is like being catapulted by an unholy time machine back to Paul Wolfowitz’s 2002 messaging lab.

    The first video, flagged by Tom Elliott, is from Monday morning’s Morning Joe program on MSNBC (the show that arguably did more to help Donald Trump become the GOP nominee than any other). It features Jeremy Bash — one of the seemingly countless employees of TV news networks who previously worked in Obama’s CIA and Pentagon — demanding that, in response to the Capitol riot, “we reset our entire intelligence approach,” including “look[ing] at greater surveillance of them,” adding: “the FBI is going to have to run confidential sources.” See if you detect any differences between what CIA operatives and neocons were saying in 2002 when demanding the Patriot Act and greater FBI and NSA surveillance and what this CIA-official-turned-NBC-News-analyst is saying here:”

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  3. Our fanboy media.

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  4. Goodbye, but first, declassify. 🙂

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  5. Is there nothing he can’t do?

    I mean besides string together cognitive thoughts…..

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  6. The narrative shift you knew was coming.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/01/even-more-covid-19-narratives-shift-as-new-administration-takes-charge/

    “Even More COVID-19 Narratives Shift as New Administration Takes Charge

    Study nixes any link to in-person classes & outbreaks, smeared treatment gets OK by NIH, and Wuhan scientist admits to bat bite.”

    “We reported on several COVID-19 narrative-shifting stories that were now being published in the American media, putting an entirely new emphasis on returning to normal.

    The post discussed studies showing lockdowns failed to effectively reduce caseloads, created long-term health problems due to unemployment, and may cause 890,000 excess American deaths over the next 15 years because of the health impacts.

    There are even more narratives that are beginning to turn, favoring a reopening of schools and the economy. To start, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say that in-person classes aren’t driving the COVID-19 outbreaks.

    The return to in-person classes in nearly two-thirds of the U.S. hasn’t led to a rash of community outbreaks, federal scientists said in a study of 2.87 million cases among those under age 24.

    Disease rates in counties where in-person learning is available for school-aged children and adolescents is similar to areas where classes are entirely online, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It concludes schools should be the last to close, and the first to re-open.

    Meanwhile, young adults ages 18 to 24, who led the country in infections during the summer and fall, may have contributed more to community transmission, the agency said in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

    “CDC recommends that K-12 schools be the last settings to close after all other mitigation measures have been employed and the first to reopen when they can do so safely,” according to the report.

    Interestingly, Ryan Craig, the Forbes’ Senior Contributor for Education, says that LA County health officials “cried wolf” when forcing schools to shut down.

    …L.A. was the only county in America that effectively prohibited all K-12 schools from opening. Second, according to the L.A. Times, L.A. became the epicenter of the Covid-19 epidemic. There’s good reason to believe the two are related: L.A. County’s decision to cry wolf on schools has contributed to the current public health disaster.

    …L.A. County’s singular decision on school openings left zero public health dry powder for the winter surge everyone knew was coming. Now the surge is here, and there’s little more the County can do to make it clear to Angelenos that it’s officially very dangerous out there.

    Instead of doing too little too late, L.A. County did too much too early. If L.A. County had allowed schools to open this fall, it would have preserved the option to close them in an actual crisis, shocking the community into action. But throughout the summer and fall, L.A. County cried wolf. Our kids paid a price over the course of a remote, mostly useless fall semester. This winter thousands of Angelenos are paying the ultimate price.

    Additionally, there has been a narrative shift on a potential new treatment, Ivermectin. Before last week, the press warned against this anti-parasite drug as a treatment for Covid-19.

    Then, a judge intervened in one case:

    A judge ordered Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital last week to give a Covid-19 patient an experimental treatment, and her family and attorneys say they believe that saved 80-year-old Judith Smentkiewicz’s life.

    The drug Ivermectin – a pill sometimes used to treat children with head lice or to rid dogs and cats of worms – is not yet approved by the federal government for use against Covid-19. But Smentkiewicz’s son and daughter call it “a miracle drug” in their court papers.

    So do her attorneys, Ralph C. Lorigo and Jon F. Minear.

    “This lady was on a ventilator, literally on her deathbed, before she was given this drug,” Lorigo told The Buffalo News about Smentkiewicz, a Cheektowaga resident. “As far as we’re concerned, the judge’s order saved this woman’s life.”

    Shortly after, the National Institutes of Health revised its guidance on Ivermectin and removed the recommendation against its use for COVID-19. Now the press is abuzz about the treatment’s “encouraging results.”

    Finally, the narrative denying a Chinese laboratory connection to the virus’s origins is also shifting. Now, one of the Wuhan scientists is admitting….to being bitten by a bat.”

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  7. Go ahead, pull this illegal and unconstitutional move. Get in bed with Dems and watch your party die you idiots.

    This is yet another reason they’ll never win a presidential election for the foreseeable future. They’re disloyal traitors.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/01/report-senate-republicans-negotiating-terms-of-unconstitutional-post-departure-trump-impeachment-trial/

    “Report: Senate Republicans Negotiating Terms of Unconstitutional Post-Departure Trump Impeachment Trial

    There’s nothing to negotiate. The trial would be unconstitutional and illegitimate. It doesn’t matter what you think of Trump, the Capitol Hill riot, or the election.”

    “The Democrats plan to put Donald Trump on trial even though he no longer is in office. It’s plainly unconstitutional, for reasons explained in prior posts:

    Impeachment 2.0 – No, the Senate cannot convict Trump after he leaves office
    Impeachment Problem? Chief Justice Roberts May Not Have Constitutional Authority To Preside At Trial Of FORMER President

    The arguments in favor of a post-departure Senate trial are convoluted, whereas the argument against simply looks at the text of the Constitution. There are arguments that in a small number of non-presidential cases the Senate attempted a post-departure impeachment trial, but those instances are not really on point, and in any event, because the Senate on a small number of prior occasions may have unconstitutionally grabbed power does not justify doing again here.”

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    “There’s nothing to negotiate. The trial would be unconstitutional and illegitimate, regardless of when it starts or how long it takes. It doesn’t matter what you think of Trump, the Capitol Hill riot, or the election.”

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  8. I’m going to “celebrate” 27/4…no mask 🙃
    Oh and the 5 year old “inspired” by Biden’s speech…sort of reminiscent of Carter’s discussion with his 13yr old daughter… ‘I think to close out this discussion, I think it would be better to put into perspective what we are talking about. I had a discussion with our daughter, Amy, the other day before I came here to ask her what the most important issue was. She said she thought it was nuclear weaponry, and the control of nuclear arms,’ uh huh… 🙃

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  9. NancyJill, non violent protests (where you burn and otherwise vandalize small businesses and such) and celebrations like photo ops are the only exceptions. Behave yourself.

    I see people are wondering where the federal response is to the attack on the federal building in Seattle yesterday has gone.

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  10. Pray for him every day, may he grow in the Lord. And may people note the difference: a pro life President or pro death anti woman anti foreigner guy.

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  11. Let them eat cookies, right Marie?

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    Seems like the least they could do for these men and women, after throwing them out of course…..

    https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/21/national-guard-troops-vacate-capitol-461220

    “‘We feel incredibly betrayed’: Thousands of Guardsmen forced to vacate Capitol
    Guardsmen were later let back into facilities after an outcry from lawmakers.”

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  12. Miss him yet?

    Oh yes……

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  13. And……………

    Poof. It’s gone.

    Magic!

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  15. AJ et al;
    Not one post on Sanders winning the internet? The best story of the last two days — the media all over the Biden, discussing Harris’s dress, etc and yet the people on the internet decided they prefer Binden’s mittens hand made by a Vermont school teacher. Sanders upstages everybody. Even the right should be happy –Biden/Harris upstaged by an old Jewish carpenter

    https://time.com/5932101/bernie-memes-mittens/

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  16. The cowards in DC have unintentionally created a super spreader event, because right side bad.

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  17. I’m sure the cowards in DC are grateful for your sacrifice.

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  18. AJ – You wrote, “Oh Kizzie…….

    QAnon is a hoax.”

    Yes, of course. I know that. Why are you telling me this? It is a hoax that a lot of Trump supporters in particular have fallen for, and continue to fall for. Even many who would vehemently deny that they are into QAnon believe theories that started with them or are related.

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