29 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-2-21

  1. Uh…….

    What’s wrong with this picture?


    “Only 38% of nursing home workers accepted COVID-19 vaccines, new data shows”

    “While residents of nursing homes and their caregivers have been considered a top priority for COVID-19 vaccination, only 38% of nursing home staff accepted shots when they were offered, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed Monday.

    Anecdotal reports have been circulating for weeks that nursing home staff members were turning down vaccination offers, but these are the first national-level figures.

    “These findings show we have a lot of work to do to increase confidence and also really understand the barriers to vaccination amongst this population,” said Dr. Radhika Gharpure, lead author of the study and a member of the CDC’s Vaccine Task Force.

    The report cited previous polling data to suggest why employees have been declining vaccines.

    Many raised concerns about vaccine side effects. Others said they didn’t want to be among the first to receive the vaccines, which were first authorized in December. Some said they didn’t trust the government, or referenced false claims about the shots.

    It’s also possible, Gharpure said, that some people didn’t get vaccinated because they weren’t working when the shots were distributed, or because they work in multiple facilities and were only counted at one.

    Residents, meanwhile, have been much more accepting of vaccines, with 78% receiving at least one shot, according to the new report, which examined vaccination rates at more than 11,000 long-term care facilities nationwide between Dec. 18 and Jan. 17.”

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  2. Overkill.


    “Justice Department Nominee Lisa Monaco Prosecuted Black Man Sentenced To 27 Years In Prison For Selling $20 Worth Of Drugs”

    “Lisa Monaco, who has been nominated to serve as deputy attorney general, helped prosecute a black man who was sentenced to 27 years in prison for selling $20 worth of drugs in a drug sting, court records show.

    Monaco disclosed in her responses to the Senate that she was an assistant U.S. attorney on a case against Patrick Steward. Steward and another man were arrested in 2002 on charges that they sold two dime bags of heroin to an undercover cop, court records show.

    Biden came under heavy criticism during the presidential primaries for sponsoring aggressive anti-crime and anti-drug laws while he was in the Senate. ”


    Team her up with Kamala (I never met a black man I didn’t try to lock up) Harris. Funny, Trump did criminal justice reform because of prosecutorial abuses just like this.

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  3. The number of victims of the Pervs Project continues to rise. Such principled conservatives they are! Remember these are the frauds who told us Trump’s character made him unfit for office.


    “Young men accuse Lincoln Project co-founder of harassment

    The influential “Never Trump” group denounced the co-founder, John Weaver, after the reports of sexual harassment surfaced.”


    “The online magazine The American Conservative first reported the sexual harassment allegations earlier this month.

    Days later, Weaver, a strategist who advised the late Republican Sen. John McCain and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich in their unsuccessful runs for the White House, acknowledged in a statement to the web site Axios that he had sent “inappropriate” messages he “viewed as consensual, mutual conversations at the time.”

    The statement by Weaver came after several men had taken to social media to accuse him of sending sexually suggestive messages, sometimes coupled with offers of employment or political advancement.

    The Lincoln Project made its most substantive comments about the mounting allegations against Weaver after The New York Times reported on Sunday that the paper had interviewed 21 men who said they had been harassed by Weaver.

    One of the alleged victims told The Times he started receiving messages from Weaver when he was only 14. The messages became more pointed after he turned 18.

    The Lincoln Project’s other founders included 2012 Mitt Romney presidential adviser Stuart Stevens, former McCain and George W. Bush strategist Steve Schmidt, and GOP ad maker Rick Wilson.

    The group throughout the 2020 election cycle produced some of the most eviscerating broadsides against Trump, questioning the president and his aides’ morality and leadership.

    The Lincoln Project said in its statement that at “no time was John Weaver in the physical presence of any member” of the super PAC.”


    So we founded this group, worked closely together, but never met. Sure….

    Liars too, go figure.

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  4. Oh, and they all have ties to Russia and tax issues. Slime balls all around. I can’t believe people fell for these fraudulent shysters schtick.


    “Lincoln Project founders have ties to Russia and tax troubles, docs reveal”

    “The founders of the Lincoln Project, a headline-grabbing anti-Trump political action committee formed by GOP operatives who describe the president as a “crook” and “huckster,” have their own checkered dealings with Russia and the tax man, documents obtained by The Post reveal.

    Since its inception last November — announced with a blistering New York Times op-ed — the brainchild of George Conway, Steve Schmidt, Rick Wilson and John Weaver has raked in more than $19.4 million, according to FEC filings, and has needled President Trump repeatedly with provocative TV ads.

    But the group — which the National Review on Monday dubbed “The Grifter Project” and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) last week dismissed as a “cabal of political consultants all in it for the money” — don’t exactly practice what they preach.

    Co-founder Weaver, a political consultant known for his work on John McCain’s and John Kasich’s presidential campaigns, registered as a Russian foreign agent for uranium conglomerate TENEX in a six-figure deal last year, filings with the Department of Justice show.

    TENEX’s parent company is Rosatom, a Russian state-owned corporation that also owns Uranium One — the company that paid Bill Clinton $500,000 in speaking fees and millions to the Clinton Foundation after then-President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed off on the controversial merger in 2010.

    Weaver backed out of the lobbying gig in May 2019 and called it “a mistake” in a tweet in which he denied having taken any money from TENEX.

    Still, that hasn’t stopped him from ironically railing against Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and his “rogue ties to Putin backed thugs in Ukraine & elsewhere.”

    According to IRS filings exclusively obtained by The Post, the Republican operative — who has also repeatedly called Trump a “tax fraud” and a “tax crook” on Twitter — also has an outstanding $313,655 federal tax lien against his Austin, Texas, home.

    This March, an Austin shopping mall also filed a lawsuit against the children’s clothing store that Weaver and his wife own, according to court documents obtained by The Post, just months after Weaver mocked the president’s own string of failed businesses.

    Weaver’s fellow Lincoln Project founder Wilson also has an interesting financial past. According to IRS documents, the GOP strategist has an outstanding $389,420 federal tax lien against his Tallahassee, Florida, home, and his bank moved to foreclose on the property in 2016.

    Wilson, a best-selling author with 1 million Twitter followers, has never disclosed the money woes publicly, allowing him to sneer online about Trump’s decision never to release his own taxes — at one point calling him “Brokeahontas,” despite the fact that American Express had taken Wilson to court for his own unpaid $25,729 credit card bill the year before, documents show.

    “It’s very clear that this isn’t about Trump and Republicans,” one GOP source told The Post. “It’s about making money to help pay off their massive personal debts.”

    Voter records on the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s website also show veteran Republican strategist Schmidt, another Lincoln Project boss, hasn’t recently voted himself — with his home state listing him as an “inactive voter.”

    An inactive voter is someone who has not voted in two general elections and has failed to respond to letters from the county clerk, according to Utah’s voter registration website.

    Schmidt, a communications strategist who has worked with George W. Bush, McCain and Arnold Schwarzenegger, disputed this account, telling The Post he voted by mail in 2016 and 2018 and registered as an Independent in 2018.

    The devastating National Review piece dismissed the outfit as “little more than the most brazen election-season grift in recent memory” and a “ragtag band of three otherwise unemployed strategists plus one lawyer.”


    Grifters gotta grift.

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  5. Biden’s admin is The Swamp.

    Criminal behavior gets rewarded, not punished.


    “REP. DEVIN NUNES: NUNES: Well, if you look at what happened to Clinesmith, the lawyer that knowingly lied, that was clear, that pled guilty, it looks like Peter Strzok is actually probably going to get reimbursed for all of his troubles, probably going to get paid above and beyond.

    The guy lost his job, but nothing’s happened to him to this point. I’m obviously being sarcastic. But I have no idea. If you let this lawyer off that was actually doctoring evidence, how is anybody else going to ever pay the price?

    Now, look, I don’t know this guy’s wife. Maybe she’s great. She could be a great public servant, for all I know.

    But if you look at the larger picture, the Russia hoaxers, the people that were pushing this out from the very beginning, and then lying about it after the fact, they’re all at the top echelons of the Biden administration.

    So, these were former Obama officials, lied, made up the Russia hoax, put it out there for four years, were all over social media. And now they have been rewarded. I mean, if you look at the Defense Department, within the White House, the National Security Council, it’s full of what I like to call it — we call it the Russia hoax, but it’s even more than that, because it was so outrageous, Maria.

    Remember, they’re really like pee tape hoaxers. Remember all the nasty stuff that supposedly happened in Moscow? This was not believable to anyone unless you had a sick, sick, demented mind. These people knew that this was written by Fusion GPS. They knew that they were putting it out to willing people within the media that would take and run with these narratives.

    And, look, they will deny this, but the FBI knew damn well and the DOJ. There was a small cadre of them. They knew this was all a lie. And they were all part of it. And now the first guy that had been — had been indicted just skated…

    KASH PATEL: I mean, this is a perfect example of the hypocrisy of the Biden administration. Their call for unity is a joke. If you start with what we started this conversation with, Strzok and Clinesmith, I’m sure Clinesmith is on his way to getting a presidential pardon, and maybe he will be the next attorney general.

    There’s one set of rules for them, and there’s a different set of rules for us.

    Now, to turn it to the Defense Department, that’s a great example. And you just named two individuals. Chris Miller and I appointed scores of individuals, maybe hundreds, as we’re entitled to, to the defense boards that help advise the Defense Department from business, innovation, science, technology, and policy.

    Now, here’s the kicker, Maria. These appointments were all signed by Secretary of Defense Chris Miller. They are a legal standing order that is being actually ignored.

    And I will give you one worse example, Maria. I was actually sworn in to the Defense Policy Board. And I received an e-mail from the White House liaison office, which is a group of small people that represent the White House at the Defense Department for the Biden administration, that said, even though you were sworn in, we are pausing your onboarding process.

    I don’t know where they get the constitutional ground to do that or the gall. But this call for unity is garbage. And I will give you one stark example that struck me on my way out of the Pentagon. They terminated my employees who are on paternity and maternity leave because they were appointees by President Trump.

    If we did that, that would be a travesty of justice, and it would be an internal investigation for months, if not years to come. How can you terminate the employment of someone who has taken maternity or paternity leave to take care of their newborn?

    It is simply outrageous conduct. And this call for unity is garbage.”

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  6. Such wonderful people these Biden appointees…


    “State Dept Spox: ‘Largest Threat to U.S. National Security are U.S. Cops’

    Jalina Porter said in a 2016 Facebook post that police officers are a greater national security threat than ISIS, Russians”


    “Porter, a former top aide in the congressional office of now-top Biden White House adviser Cedric Richmond, added, “If y’all don’t wake up and rise up to this truth, the genocide against Blacks in America will continue until we are near extinct.” At the time of the post, Porter was working as a communications official for the Truman National Security Project, a left-leaning foreign policy think-tank that previously employed Hunter Biden. Porter is also a former dancer for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and the NBA’s Washington Wizards.

    The State Department did not respond to multiple Free Beacon requests for comment on the posting. Emails sent to Porter via her website and to an address provided on it were not returned by press time.”


  7. Report: 2020 Homicide Rate So High There is ‘No Modern Precedent’


    “The National Commission of COVID-19 and Criminal Justice (NCCCJ) study on crime in 2020 revealed homicide rates increased by 30%.

    A large rise occurred in June after the death of George Floyd.

    The Council on Criminal Justice launched the NCCCJ to investigate crime statistics and the justice system during the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of states and cities spent the year shut down, leaving many to worry about crime and mental health.

    The NCCJ focused on 10 offenses:

    Aggravated Assault
    Gun Assault
    Domestic Violence
    Residential Burglary
    Nonresidential Burglary
    Motor Vehicle Theft
    Drug Offenses
    The homicide data showed the “rates were 30% higher than in 2019, an [sic] historic increase representing 1,268 more deaths in the sample of 34 cities than the year before.”

    However, the absolute rates of homicides remain low: “In 2020, the homicide rate was 11.4 deaths per 100,000 residents in sample cities; 25 years earlier, in 1995, the rate was 19.4 per 100,000 residents.”

    The study looked at 34 cities, which the authors did not draw at random. The largest city is New York with 8.42 million residents and Norfolk, VA, with the smallest at 245,000 residents.

    The authors noticed an increase once the pandemic started, but homicides spiked after Floyd’s death:

    That said, homicides rates in 2020 exceeded previous rates throughout the entire year and there was a structural break in the city average in June, indicating a large, statistically significant increase in rates after adjusting for seasonality and the longer-term trend. After this break, homicide rates increased sharply through July, then declined through the end of the year, though not to levels observed in the prior year.

    The pandemic began in March, but the report disclosed that “the average city homicide rate increased by 32.5% over the same period in 2019” in January and February.

    More from the report:

    From March through May, the rate was 19.4% higher. For the summer months of June through August, the homicide rate was 37.2% higher. For September through December, the rate was 28.2% higher.

    From the declaration of emergencies in March through the end of the year, the average city homicide rate increased by 28.6% over the same period in 2019. Across the entire year of 2020, the homicide rate was 29.6% higher in 2020 than the year before. That translates to an additional 1,268 homicides across the 34-city sample.

    Homicides went up in 29 of the 34 cities:”


  8. This is my shocked face.


    Daily Beast: Reporters Warn That Biden White House Trying To Manipulate Questions Asked At Pressers


    “The White House press corps supposedly let out sighs of relief with the return of the “normal” daily press briefings in the Joe Biden era. Psyche! According to the Daily Beast, the new administration has tried to get advance notice of the questions from reporters beforehand. It raises questions about collaboration and independence on the part of reporters, as well as the potential use of that knowledge to manipulate the briefings and access to them:

    According to three sources with knowledge of the matter, as well as written communications reviewed by The Daily Beast, the new president’s communications staff have already on occasion probed reporters to see what questions they plan on asking new White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki when called upon during briefings.

    The requests prompted concerns among the White House press corps, whose members, like many reporters, are sensitive to the perception that they are coordinating with political communications staffers.

    One reporter raised the issue during an informal White House Correspondents Association Zoom call last Friday. According to multiple sources, leaders at the meeting advised print reporters to push back against requests by the White House press team to learn of questions in advance, or simply to not respond to the Biden team’s inquiries.

    “While it’s a relief to see briefings return, particularly with a commitment to factual information, the press can’t really do its job in the briefing room if the White House is picking and choosing the questions they want,” one White House correspondent said. “That’s not really a free press at all.”

    So much for “circling back,” eh? White House press secretary Jen Psaki uses that phrase often enough during briefings with reporters that it’s turned into a meme of its own. Psaki uses it when she’s unprepared for the questions asked as a promise to get reporters what they need. One has to wonder just how much of “circling back” is on the level, and how much of it might be a circle of some other kind.”

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  9. I had to agree with the person who compared those who want to just keep ‘investing’ tax payers money to the point of trillions and trillions with children who think money just keeps coming as from out of the air when their parents write checks. The thought of inflation or value of the dollar is not even in their thoughts, apparently.

    Which reminds me of those who think that electricity just magically arrives at outlets for charging in homes, businesses and car ports.

    Which reminds me of those who think those minerals needed for ‘green’ energy just magically will appear. Or they will be some how harvested in a less polluting way in countries that have nowhere near the standards the US has. Or that fuel will be safer being driven in cars or coming by trains.

    It all just blows my mind.

    That doesn’t even cover those who really just want the US to fall. Useful idiots, one and all. 😦

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  10. AJ – As I said the other day, I didn’t share that article to make any kind of point, but to explain why the guy was arrested for “posting memes”. At least one of our friends thanked me for sharing that.

    As I also said the other day, I don’t necessarily share things to debunk or argue, but to offer another perspective or explanation or fill in more information. You often seem to be primed for battle even when no battle was intended. Do you miss Ricky?

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  11. Kathaleena – When I was little, I thought that electricity must be some kind of magic because my young mind couldn’t figure out where it came from or how it got to my house. 😀

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  12. Do I miss Ricky?

    Why would miss his constant misinfo from the people who were wrong and/or lying from the start of the Trump admin about just about everything?

    No, but there is a part of me that wants to rub his nose in everything he was wrong about. Russia, collusion, the FBI, The Deep State, the economy, the trade war, and especially the trash at the Lincoln Project, his heroes.

    But that’s the problem, people like Ricky and others never say they were wrong, nor do they admit they slandered an innocent man. No mea culpa, no my bad, nothing. It’s cowardly, and yes, I have no problem saying so.


  13. “In a statement, a spokesperson for Dominion told PolitiFact: “This is a completely false claim. Dominion systems have never been used in Myanmar at any time.”

    That’s corroborated by a report on the 2020 election in Myanmar, which doesn’t mention Dominion or any electronic voting system. Voters used paper ballots, folding them to ensure secrecy before dropping them in the ballot box.”


    This backs that up:


    Elsewhere I saw this referred to as another QAnon hoax.


  14. Humility, listening skills and grace aren’t very common attributes in many political discussions these days, we’ve all been guilty. And we’re all the worse for it.

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  15. I miss Ricky. The battle is always more interesting when you have a live opponent. And we didn’t disagree on everything. Of course , I also find survival quite interesting and challenging enough these days, so a live opponent is less necessary. :–)

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  16. Looking at yesteday’s posts; I couldn’t help but note a few things the 8:49 post of a tweet. Somehow it attemps to make an equivilancy between the political ideas of a the women of colour in Congress with the whacked ideas of Greene.

    First its interesting that thier ideas — universal medicare, free education, etc — are not whacked but fairley common world wide. Not to mentino they are the same ideas as Warren and Sanders but they are not mentioned in the tweet…..colour, ethnicity, religion making a difference here?
    To equivilate “false flag” conspiracies with free health care might indicated how far off the Republican party is in general.

    As for anti-Semitism, its a bane of both the left and right, but being critical of Israeli policy and actions is not anti-Semitc. However accusing Jews of fire starting laser beams is a bit much — through in a Soros-Rotshchild conspriacy .., and we are off to the races.


  17. AJ — Vaccination rates;

    Interesting stats; not sure who stereotypically works in long term care in the US but here its immigrant women and especially Filippinos. Immigrants tend to be sceptical of gov’t and corporation claims. The other thing to note is the number of care givers who work part time in two or more homes at once. They may have taken the vaccine but will be counted as not taken elsewhere.

    Another issue in vaccination rates is the history of African Americans and corporate and gov’t medicine. From what I understand African American women form a sizeble part of the caregiver workforce. Many African Americans, looking at the past, are sceptical and fear that they along with fellow wokers (hispanic, filippino) will be used as guinea pigs. A bit on the conspriacy side of things but given the past a not unreasonable fear. Even my Somali friends who have no past history with North American medicine are sceptical. They base this on the fact statistics indicate African American women are at the bottom of the pecking order in the medical world. For example maternal deaths are three times higher for African American women.


  18. Harris is inrteresiting in that most people stress her African American heritage but she was raised by her Indian mother and spent her teen years in Montreal; she’s an East Indian immigarnt girl. Like most of the immigrant girls I taught she’s hard working, does not suffer fools and has no time for foolish male behaviour no matter their colour or creed.

    The rise of the American gulag is a bipartisan error. And if one does not see the error then they are blind. Even those who were there for its origin, Reagan to Clinton, are backtracking. I’ve no doubt that Harris and others liker her will see how the wind is blowing.

    Grifters do have to grift — and in Washington grifting is bipartisan. 50% of Congresspeople are millionaires; most did not enter Congress as millionaires and their salary won’t make them millionaires. Phoning their stock broker after a covid briefing will make millions (ex Georgia senators) Hosting the G-7 conference at your golf course and charging the gov’t $5 for a bottle of water. Or spending 1.5 million taxpayer dollars at your own golf courses. And yes I’m sure Pelosi knows her stock portfolio before she grants yet another subsidy to that international grifter Elon Musk. And everyone and their relatives are using their connections to land good job; some even appointed their children to their adminstration.

    I’m sure the Jusitce Dept will get to the young lady misleading voters. They tracked down two people, one Democrat and one Republican who voted for dead relatives. They heard it was common place but they found out in reality its almost impossible. The rumors on Dominion are amusing — I had someone try to tell me DVS was responsible for Trudeau’s reelection. I had to ask if she ever actually voted — Canadian federal elections are counted by hand.

    Its been a long hot summer….metaphorically. But note the long standing crime trends is still an extremely low crime rate.


  19. HRW, on a complete tangent, what province are you in?

    We have a census going on the “Daily Thread” of the geography of WV participants. So far we’ve identified 16 US states, 2 Canada provinces (ON and SK), and 2 other countries. But we aren’t sure what province you’re in.


  20. Biden is caging children!

    But no faux outrage from the left.


    “Biden administration prepares to open overflow facility for migrant children”

    “The Biden administration is opening an overflow facility for unaccompanied migrant children apprehended at the US-Mexico border, the federal agency tasked with the children’s care told CNN in a statement.

    The Health and Human Services Department will reopen a facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, that can accommodate about 700 children and can be expanded if necessary.

    The reopening of the facility comes amid an increase in apprehensions of unaccompanied children on the Southwest border, fueled in part by deteriorating conditions in Latin America and a perceived possible relaxation of enforcement, and reduced capacity limits at other facilities due to Covid-19. It also comes as President Joe Biden rolls out new immigration executive orders tackling migration to the US southern border.”


    I’m sure the leftist protesters will be back at any minute now….

    Any minute…..


  21. Dark?

    Try Chinese…..

    And of course, more hypocrisy from Dems.


    “‘Dark Money’ Helped Pave Joe Biden’s Path to the White House”

    “Anonymous donors provided $145 million to pro-Biden groups
    After scorning it, Democrats embraced practice against Trump”

    “President Joe Biden benefited from a record-breaking amount of donations from anonymous donors to outside groups backing him, meaning the public will never have a full accounting of who helped him win the White House.

    Biden’s winning campaign was backed by $145 million in so-called dark money donations, a type of fundraising Democrats have decried for years. Those fundraising streams augmented Biden’s $1.5 billion haul, in itself a record for a challenger to an incumbent president.

    That amount of dark money dwarfs the $28.4 million spent on behalf of his rival, former President Donald Trump. And it tops the previous record of $113 million in anonymous donations backing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.

    Democrats have said they want to ban dark money as uniquely corrupting, since it allows supporters to quietly back a candidate without scrutiny. Yet in their effort to defeat Trump in 2020, they embraced it.”


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