23 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-9-21

  1. Another win for team Trump. 🙂


    “Manhattan D.A. Cannot Prosecute Paul Manafort After Trump’s Pardon Due to Double Jeopardy”

    “President Donald Trump pardoned former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Christmas Eve after a court found him guilty of tax fraud, bank fraud, and concealing his foreign bank accounts.

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. thought his case against Manafort could go forward. But the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, put a stop to the case.

    The court decided not to review a lower court’s decision that Vance’s case against Manafort “violated the state’s double jeopardy law.”

    Vance wanted Manafort to “face state charges for mortgage fraud and other state felonies, crimes similar to those for which he was convicted in federal court and then pardoned by Mr. Trump.”

    Many thought Vance brought the charges on the chance Trump would pardon Manafort. He filed the charges in March 2020.

    A New York State Supreme Court appellate panel with four judges decided in October that Vance’s 16-count indictment against Manafort violated the double jeopardy law:

    The two-page order on Manafort’s appeal brusquely dismissed Vance’s arguments that the prosecution was permitted because the mortgage fraud and business records falsification charges were sufficiently different from a broad federal tax and bank fraud case special counsel Robert Mueller had brought against the longtime lobbyist and political consultant in 2018.

    “The People failed to establish that the federal and state statutes, all of which were directed against fraudulent transactions, were designed to prevent very different kinds of harm or evil,” the appellate panel’s order said. “The statutory differences cited by the People fall far short of satisfying the ‘very different kinds’ test.””


    This is why we have double jeopardy laws, to prevent this type of prosecutorial abuse.

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  2. The rats are abandoning ship now that their grifting has been exposed for the fraud it is. 🙂


    “SINKING SHIP: Just 3 of 8 Founding Members Remain at Scandal-Plagued Lincoln Project

    Jennifer Horn becomes fifth founder to resign after allegedly demanding $730K pay package”

    “The Lincoln Project lost its only female founder last week when Jennifer Horn resigned from the scandal-plagued super PAC, which has now seen five of its eight founding members depart since August 2020.

    Like the Lincoln Project itself, Horn’s resignation from the group is marred by controversy. She told the New York Times that her decision was based on the “grotesque” and “sickening” behavior of John Weaver, the Lincoln Project founder who left the group last month after being accused of having inappropriate sexual interactions with dozens of young men.

    Horn also said, rather vaguely, that it was “clear at this point that my views about how the Lincoln Project’s efforts are managed, and the best way to move the Lincoln Project forward into the future in the wake of these awful events, have diverged.”

    The remaining Lincoln Project founders immediately attacked Horn, suggesting that her resignation was prompted by a dispute over compensation. The group alleged that Horn had recently demanded a pay package totaling $730,000. Additional demands included a seat on the Lincoln Project board, as well as “a television show, a podcast hosting assignment, and a staff to manage these endeavors.”

    The Lincoln Project “immediately accepted” Horn’s resignation after her demands were “unanimously rejected” by leadership, the group said in a statement. The group did not elaborate on how the $730,000 figure compared with the compensation of its other founding members.

    Steve Schmidt, the Lincoln Project founder best known for advising John McCain to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008, offered some additional details on Twitter. Schmidt claimed that Horn had stated her desire to “establish immediate and long term financial security” from the Lincoln Project.

    The super PAC has raised more than $87 million, primarily from liberal donors and activist groups, since launching in 2019. At least $1.5 million of that was funneled to Schmidt’s consulting firm in December 2020.

    Horn, the former chairwoman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, is the fifth Lincoln Project founder to cut ties with the group since August 2020. Ron Steslow and Mike Madrid reportedly resigned from the group in December, but their resignations were not publicly announced until Feb. 1, after the New York Times published a story on the Weaver scandal.

    George Conway, husband of longtime Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, announced in August 2020 that he would be “withdrawing” from the Lincoln Project to “devote more time to family matters.””


    Didn’t take them long to start turning on each other. 🙂

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  3. VDH nails it again.

    “Our Animal Farm

    The Left’s 1960s dream is America’s 2021 nightmare. ”


    “George Orwell published Animal Farm in August 1945, in the closing weeks of the Pacific War. Even then, most naïve supporters of the wartime Soviet-British-American alliance were no longer in denial about the contours of Moscow’s impending postwar communist aggression.

    The short, allegorical novel’s human-like farm animals replay the transition of supposedly 1917 revolutionary Bolsheviks into cynical 1930s Stalinists. Thereby, they remind us that leftist totalitarianism inevitably becomes far worse than the supposed parasitical capitalists they once toppled.

    Orwell saw that the desire for power stamps out all ideological pretenses. It creates an untouchable ruling clique central to all totalitarian movements. Beware, he warns, of the powerful who claim to help the helpless.

    Something so far less violent, but no less bizarre and disturbing, now characterizes the American New New Left. It is completing its final Animal Farm metamorphosis as it finishes its long march through our cultural, economic, and social institutions. Leftists may talk of revolutionary transformation, but their agenda is to help friends, punish enemies, and to keep and expand power.

    First, remember the 1960s and 1970s agendas of the once impotent, young, and supposedly idealistic leftist revolutionaries.

    We were lectured 60 years ago that “free speech” preserves were needed on university campuses to be immune from all reactionary administrative censorship. Transparency and “truth” were the revolution’s brands.

    The First Amendment was said by them to be sacred, even as the “free speech movement” transitioned to the “filthy speech movement.” Leftists sued to mainstream nudity in film. They wanted easy access to pornography. They mainstreamed crude profanity. The supposed right-wingers were repressed. They were the “control freaks” who sought to stop the further “liberation” of the common culture.

    In those days, the ACLU still defined the right of free expression as protecting the odious, whether the unhinged Nazis, the pathetic old-Left Communists, or nihilistic Weather Underground terrorists.

    “Censorship” was a dirty word. It purportedly involved the religious bigots and medieval minds that in vain had tried to cancel ideological and cultural mavericks and geniuses from Lenny Bruce to Dalton Trumbo. “Banned in Boston” was a sign of cretinism. Only drunken “paranoids” like Joe McCarthy resorted to “blacklists.” We were reminded that the inferior nuts tried to cancel the brilliant careers of their betters whom they disliked, or feared.”


    “Students in the 1960s high schools were spoon-fed Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm, Brave New World, and other dystopian novels. Orwell and Huxley warned them of the dangers of a super-spy apparat, a one-party state that reorders a docile subservient population, and the combination of “science” with thought control—the sort of stuff that Nixon or Goldwater was no doubt plotting.

    So better to be an individualist, the Left preached, a rebel at war with all orthodoxy and conformity, a “Rebel Without a Cause,” Holden Caulfield, or one of the good renegades in “The Wild Ones.” We were to worship James Dean, Marlon Brando, and Steve McQueen because they were “free,” “didn’t give a s—t,” and demolished “the Man’s” silly imposed “rules and regulations.” “Easy Rider” was the 1960’s bible.

    On campus, professors began to drop F-bombs in class. They dressed like students, tore down hierarchies between student and teacher (“Just call me Mike”). Once staid academics now invited edgy campus speakers to blast America. In melodramatic fashion, they considered themselves perennially teaching from the barricades.

    We were told that they were the frontline speakers of truth to power. These were the nonconformists who had defeated loyalty oaths. After all, they dated their students and joined radicals to storm the college president’s office. They preached a “do your thing” credo of letting professors pretty much say whatever they wished.

    Reporters were either iconoclastic Gonzos or shoe-leather investigators on the scent of deep state overreach. They were obsessed with wrongdoing at the CIA and FBI. Politicians, of course, weren’t to be trusted—given the corporations who pulled their puppet strings.”


    “Fast forward a half-century. What did these now-late septuagenarians give America?

    Yes, the downtrodden pigs, the exploited horses, and the victimized sheep finally did expel Farmer Jones from America’s Animal Farm.

    But in his place, as Orwell predicted, revolutionary pigs began walking on two feet and absorbed all the levers of American cultural influence and power: the media, the bureaucracies, Wall Street, Silicon Valley, publishing, the academy, K-12 education, professional sports, and entertainment. And to them all, the revolutionaries added their past coarseness and 1960s-era by-any-means-necessary absolutism.

    We are now finally witnessing the logical fruition of their radical utopia: Censorship, electronic surveillance, internal spying, monopolies, cartels, conspiracy theories, weaponization of the intelligence agencies, pouring billions of dollars into campaigns, changing voting laws by fiat, a woke revolutionary military, book banning, bleeding the First Amendment, canceling careers, blacklisting, separate-but-equal racial segregation and separatism.

    Conspiracies? Now they brag of them in Time. Read their hubristic confessionals in “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.” Once upon a Time, radicals used to talk of a “secret history” in terms of the Pentagon Papers, or a “shadow campaign” in detailing Hollywood blacklisting. They are exactly what they once despised, with one key qualifier: Sixties crudity and venom are central to their metamorphosis. “

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  4. The answer?

    Nowhere, because they don’t exist.


    “Peter Doocy Blasts Jen Psaki: ‘When Do [Union Workers] Get Their Green Jobs?’

    “When it is and where it is that [union workers] can go for their green jobs?””

    “During Monday’s White House press conference, Fox News’s Peter Doocy asked the White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, where are the Biden administration’s so-called “green jobs” for unemployed union and construction workers.

    On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that revoked a key permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, which was designed to more efficiently move oil from Canada to the United States. The Biden administration’s proposed green jobs plan has promised to create more than 10 million “well-paying jobs in the United States,” though no immediate legislation or executive order has been proposed to create such jobs.

    In a tense exchange, Doocy asked the press secretary where these “green jobs” are and when unemployed Keystone XL Pipeline workers can expect to apply for them.

    “When is it that the Biden administration is going to let the thousands of fossil fuel industry workers, whether it’s pipeline workers or construction workers, who are either out of work or soon to be out of work because of a Biden [executive order], when it is and where it is that they can go for their green jobs?” Doocey asked.

    Psaki addressed Biden’s climate proposal and said that the plan may be rolled out in the upcoming “weeks or months.”


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  5. Even the unions have figured out they’re screwed under Biden.

    But you voted for him, so enjoy the suck you’ve helped foist on the rest of us.


    “Top Union Leader Slams Biden’s Job-Killing Order: ‘Cost Us Jobs,’ Needs To Consider ‘Future Of Country’”

    “AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka slammed President Joe Biden during an interview that aired in part on Sunday over his executive order that canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline, which cost a lot of people their jobs.

    “Organized labor is crucial to the Biden coalition. But there are significant tensions among environmentalists, the president’s team addressing climate change and some parts of the labor movement,” Axios reported. “The Laborers’ International Union of North America said the Keystone decision will cost 1,000 existing union jobs and 10,000 projected construction jobs.”

    “Well, I wish he had not done that on the first day because the Labor’s International was right, it did and will cost us jobs in the process,” Trumka said. “I wish he had paired that more carefully with the thing that he did second by saying, here’s where we are creating jobs, we can do mine reclamation, we can fix leaks, and we can fix seeps, and create hundreds of thousands in doing all of that stuff.”

    Trumka said that he “thinks” that Biden realizes it was a mistake to sign the executive order costing Americans jobs during the middle of a pandemic.

    Trumka was then asked if he agreed with the following statement from the Laborers’ International Union of North America:

    We support the president’s campaign to Build Back Better. Killing good union jobs on day 1 with nothing to replace them is not building back better.

    “Yes,” Trumka responded in agreement with the statement. Regarding how comfortable he was with Biden’s plan to ban fracking on federal lands, Trumka paused for several moments before saying that it needed to be studied and thought through.

    “If you destroy 100 jobs in Greene County, Pennsylvania, where I grew up, and you create 100 jobs in California, it doesn’t do those 100 families much good,” Trumka said. “If you’re looking at a pipeline and you’re saying we’re going to put it down, now what are you going to do to create the same good-paying jobs in that area?””

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  6. The Farce 2.0 starts today. Should be fun……….


    “Trump’s Lawyer Previews Defense Strategy, Says Will Use Videos of Democrats During Trial

    “I think you can count on that,” Bruce Castor said when asked if he’d use videos of Democrats like Maxine Waters during the trial. “If my eyes look a little red to the viewers, it’s because I’ve been looking at a lot of video.”

    “Last week, President Trump announced a new team of lawyers who would be presenting his defense during the Senate’s impeachment trial, which is scheduled to begin later this week.

    In a statement released to the media, David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor Jr. were named as his attorneys in the trial. Castor, who is the lead attorney, is a former Solicitor General for Pennsylvania. Schoen, a civil rights lawyer and criminal defense attorney, has been practicing law for over three decades. Schoen is also one of the lawyers who represented Roger Stone.”

    The team filed a legal brief on Tuesday that gave a glimpse into what their case will look like once the trial starts on Tuesday. Their primary argument will be that the Senate trial is unconstitutional because Trump is no longer in office. Further, they will argue that Trump’s speech did not incite the Capitol rioters and that he had a First Amendment right to say what he did:

    The crux of Trump’s legal argument is that the trial is unconstitutional — a “legal nullity,” his attorneys write — because he is no longer a sitting president.


    In their brief filed Tuesday afternoon, Trump’s attorneys deny that Trump was “factually in error” when he claimed on Jan. 6 that he had won the election by a landslide.

    “It is admitted that President Trump addressed a crowd at the Capitol ellipse on January 6, 2021 as is his right under the First Amendment to the Constitution and expressed his opinion that the election results were suspect, as is contained in the full recording of the speech,” Trump’s lawyers write.

    Part of the Democrats’ case against Trump reportedly will involve airing video footage at the trial, including video of his January 6th speech as well as videos of the Capitol building being breached.

    In response to that, Castor stated on Laura Ingraham’s show Friday that Trump’s defense would also be airing videos, except his clips would be of Democrats who either encouraged the Antifa/BLM-led riots from last year or who urged their supporters to harass Trump officials during the course of his time in office. His point is that Democrats are traveling down a dangerous path with the “incitement” charge considering what they’ve said over the last four years:

    “Will you then respond with Maxine Waters, a number of other Democrat officials not speaking out about the Antifa and other extremist rallies over the last summer?” Ingraham asked.

    “I think you can count on that,” Castor said. “If my eyes look a little red to the viewers, it’s because I’ve been looking at a lot of video.”

    Earlier in the segment with Ingraham, Castor alleged “there’s a lot of tape of cities burning and courthouses being attacked and federal agents being assaulted by rioters in the streets, cheered on by Democrats throughout the country,” seemingly referring to ongoing unrest in Portland, Ore.


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  7. Headlining will be the shrill fraud from the state of Cali. known as Maxine Waters.

    She’s doing her best along with the complicit media hacks to rewrite history, but the video doesn’t lie.


    “Maxine Waters Denies She Ever Encouraged People to Harass Members of Trump Administration

    Waters in 2018: “The people are going to turn on them. They’re going to protest. They’re absolutely going to harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the president, ‘No, I can’t hang with you.’”

    “Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) is aghast that President Donald Trump’s impeachment lawyers might her dangerous rhetoric to defend him in his impeachment trial. She claims she never “glorified or encouraged” any violence against Republicans or members of Trump’s administration.

    Waters made the declaration on MSNBC. Do you know what she said on MSNBC in 2018? She wanted people to harass Republicans and Trump’s administration.

    Sunday, February 7, 2021
    MSNBC host Ali Velshi asked Waters, “Can you say that you have not glorified or encouraged violence against Republicans?”

    Waters said:

    “Absolutely, I can say it. As a matter of fact, if you look at the words that I used, the strongest thing I said was, ‘Tell them they’re not welcome. Talk to them. Tell them they’re not welcome.’ I didn’t say go and fight. I didn’t say anybody was going to have any violence. And so they can’t make that statement.”

    She also said:

    “There was a movement at the time where restaurants were denying members of his administration, of his cabinet, and saying, ‘You guys should speak up for the children,’” she said, referencing the family separation policy that had gone into effect at the time. “And so that does not in any way equal what this president has said and what he has done.”

    But no matter what Waters says or does, she insisted it cannot compare to what Trump did to America:

    “Nothing any Democrat that I know of have ever said or acted in the way the president of the United States has acted. People must realize, this president was out to destroy our democracy if he could not be president. He sent those people, those domestic terrorists, to the Capitol, to take over the Capitol. Even they are saying so, they’re saying they were invited by the president. The president was rallying them right before they went. He told them to ‘be tough,’ he told them to ‘take back their government.’””



    She’s lying, as is usually the case with her…..

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  8. Of course they are…..

    “Warping the Credit for Trump’s Operation Warp Speed

    Let’s give credit where credit is due.”


    “Ithink the [Trump] administration deserves some credit getting this off the ground with Operation Warp Speed,” conceded then-President-elect Joe Biden in late December upon he and his wife Jill getting their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in Wilmington, Delaware.

    Biden’s notable concession to Trump didn’t get the attention from his media partisans that it should have. That’s no surprise. They revile Donald Trump, they made it their mission to run him out of office, and they shape their “journalism” accordingly.

    As for Biden, the concession was gracious, but he should say more. A lot more.

    In fact, it would be a great gesture of unity — the very unity that President Biden says he seeks, and a gesture of goodwill and decency that Trump advocates would remember appreciatively — if Biden paused to more deliberately thank and recognize Trump’s efforts. Unfortunately, I don’t think he’s going to do that, and the terribly biased liberal media certainly will not be stepping up with any awards for the dreaded MAGA man.

    That’s a shame. It’s yet more rancorous, toxic, bitter partisanship, by a media that claims to be objective. It’s not right. It fails to recognize a truly historic accomplishment by Trump and the biomedical community.

    We are now full-throttle into the mass distribution of vaccines for the COVID-19 pandemic. And let there be no doubt: the swiftness of the development and delivery of these vaccines is a remarkable achievement. I want to underscore the point by revisiting what I wrote about in several columns here in The American Spectator last spring, most notably placing President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed into historical context — looking particularly at the polio vaccine that was pioneered by Dr. Jonas Salk at the University of Pittsburgh in the 1950s. Considering that comparison really helps us to understand what a big deal Operation Warp Speed has been.

    Polio terrified people of that era; it was known as “infantile paralysis.” What people right now should realize, given the incredible speed of the COVID vaccine development — in retrospect, “warp speed” was spot-on language — is how long it took for the polio vaccine to develop. That vaccine, too, like those today, involved the government getting behind private research efforts that needed mass infusions of public sector dollars.

    Salk’s polio vaccine was announced to the world in April 1955. But the push by the federal government began many years earlier, namely in January 1938 when a tenacious Irish lawyer named Basil O’Connor became President Franklin Roosevelt’s point man to wage war on the disease, including through the creation of the March of Dimes. (For the record, in 1935 two polio vaccines were announced by two separate research teams, one led by Maurice Brodie and another by John Kolmer, both of which were announced at a major conference of the American Public Health Association in November 1935, but both of which were quickly shelved because vaccinated children had died in clinical trials.) In 1949, O’Connor went further still, upping the ante by pouring yet more research dollars into the search for a vaccine. Though the medical community was skeptical, an ambitious 30-something named Dr. Jonas E. Salk was not.

    Salk had some major critics, including a fellow researcher, Albert Sabin. The debate was centered on (among other differences) a live versus a heat-killed vaccine. Sabin was harshly critical of Salk. Sabin’s own (oral) vaccine was not released until 1961, years after Salk’s vaccine was distributed.

    In sum, it took many years (decades, in fact) to develop the polio vaccine. Even once federal money was pumped into the Salk effort, things got worse, with 1952 being the worst outbreak of polio yet: over 3,000 Americans died of polio that year, and another 21,000-plus were left with some form of crippling paralysis. By contrast, the development of the current COVID vaccines took less than a year — in some cases, from about March to November. The rapidity of the development of these vaccines is extraordinary and unprecedented.

    To be sure, there are many reasons why COVID vaccines were able to be developed so much quicker than the polio vaccines. Consider the example that I wrote about here last spring regarding the University of Pittsburgh’s COVID vaccine effort: researchers at Pitt had already mapped out the RNA sequencing for COVID. “We had previous experience on SARS-CoV in 2003 and MERS-CoV in 2014,” said Pitt’s lead researcher Dr. Andrea Gambotto last year. “We knew exactly where to fight this new virus.” When the genetic sequencing for the COVID-19 virus was identified last January, they “were able to plug into” their existing framework “and rapidly produce a vaccine,” testing in mice.

    Even then, whatever head start the COVID vaccines had over the polio vaccines, and whatever the superiority of modern technology, the breathtaking speed is a stunning biomedical accomplishment.

    None of this should be a political issue, of course, but that’s precisely what it became, including the stubbornness that begrudges President Trump any credit for this extraordinary success. Throughout 2020, Trump’s Operation Warp Speed met doubt and ridicule, the naysayers and doomsdayers. Go back and watch the presidential debates with Joe Biden, where Trump emphatically took issue with his own advisers who suggested that the release of the vaccine could not be possible within the optimistic time frame that Donald Trump was shooting for — as Joe Biden rolled his eyes and smirked at Trump like he was a knuckle-drugging idiot and a shameless liar.

    At the second and final presidential debate on October 22, moderator Kristen Welker asked President Trump if he could “guarantee” there would be a COVID vaccine within the coming weeks. “I can’t guarantee that, but it will be by end of the year,” said Trump with a rather bold prediction, effectively guaranteeing a vaccine within the coming weeks, and no doubt to howls by liberals. “It will be distributed very quickly,” he said. He pointed to the progress of the three leading developers of a vaccine, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer, reporting to the national viewing audience that they “are doing very well.”

    Biden was not just incredulous, but snidely dismissive of that statement. Biden told Welker that Trump had “no clear plan” for the “dark winter” ahead, and said of Trump’s optimism about a vaccine before the end of 2020: “He has no clear plan and there’s no prospect that there’s going to be a vaccine available for the majority of the American people before the middle of next year.”

    Less than eight weeks later, Joe Biden wasn’t rolling his eyes anymore. He was rolling up his sleeves in Wilmington, Delaware for his first dose of vaccine.

    And if that didn’t frustrate Donald Trump, you can bet this did:

    Very shortly after that second debate, the first of the vaccine developers announced it had a vaccine — an announcement that curiously came one week after the November 3 election. This huge news was the double-bold headline at CNN the morning of November 9, with CNN reporters aglow at the news — one week too late to help Donald Trump’s reelection bid. You can be sure that the smiles at CNN were not merely about the vaccine; they grinned ear to ear at the announcement coming conveniently too late to help Trump politically.

    Yes, yes, I know, I know — this or that “fact-check” thingy on the web claims that Trump and his Operation Warp Speed had nothing to do with this or that development of this or that vaccine. I’ve read them. Most are outrageously petty, using weasel words like “full credit” or “partial credit” or nitpicking to deprive Operation Warp Speed any credit at all, with some focusing on details of one vaccine produced by one pharmaceutical company but ignoring details of others. If you want to navigate your way through them, then go for it. (For the record, PolitiFact did a pretty fair job in its evaluation.) It’s an infuriating exercise that immediately raises one’s B.S.-detectors. But those not poisoned by ideological bias and political hatred know in their hearts that Donald Trump deserves some major credit here.”


    Trump did this, and he deserves the credit.

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  9. They do indeed, but Orange Man Bad, so…..


    “The Abraham Accords Deserve a Nobel Prize”

    “As first reported by Reuters, former White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Special Representative for International Negotiations Avi Berkowitz have been nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize by Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus at Harvard Law School. The pair joins former president Donald Trump, who has been nominated for the prestigious honor several times since the initial signing of the Abraham Accords in September of last year.

    President Trump, Kushner and Berkowitz are being honored for their leading roles in negotiating the historic Abraham Accords. The accords established normalization agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, the first of their kind in more than 25 years.

    There are many leaders from around the world who deserve credit for the Abraham Accords, but none more so than Kushner, Berkowitz and the 45th president of the United States. The Trump administration implemented a groundbreaking policy in the Middle East by focusing on turning the Arab world toward Israel and away from the terror regime in Iran. That policy resulted in more Middle East peace deals signed in 5 months than had been signed in the previous 70 years.

    In a difficult year dominated by a deadly pandemic, the Abraham Accords stand out as a bright spot. In his letter to the Nobel Committee, Professor Dershowitz wrote that “The Abraham Accords was the single most important peace-oriented event of the year 2020.” He continued, “There’s no other event in the world that compares to it in importance.”

    That perspective can be easily extended—the signing of Abraham Accords as a whole is the most important peace-oriented event of this generation.

    Considering our highly politicized environment, it is important to note that even President Joe Biden has praised the accords, calling them a “historic step.” The Biden administration has already said it intends to follow the path forged by Trump, Kushner and Berkowitz to pursue further agreements.

    Thanks to the Trump administration, if the Biden team is serious about its intentions to bring more peace to the Middle East, the opportunity for additional agreements is ripe. The Abraham Accords have shown Arab countries that peace with Israel can be accomplished safely, and will lead to further deals that can improve the security of the entire region. These lessons appear to have been internalized in the Arab world. There has already been speculation that countries such as Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Mauritania are considering normalizing with Israel as well.

    In contrast with Israel’s past agreements with Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994), the Abraham Accords have created a warm peace between its signatories instead of focusing solely on national security. Despite COVID complications, more than 50,000 Israelis visited Dubai in the final quarter of 2020, Emirati investors have invested millions of dollars in Israeli culture and Moroccan officials have promoted tourism between the two nations. There have been multiple first-time flights on Israeli carriers, and Saudi Arabia has allowed Israeli planes to routinely fly over its airspace.

    It can easily be argued that the Middle East has never seen transformational change like the Abraham Accords, and the people-to-people interactions they have spawned. Just last week, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Sharaka, a group formed in the wake of the accords to encourage Gulf-Israel interactions, organized an online event with Auschwitz survivor Vera Kriegel. Ms. Kriegel spoke about her horrific experiences during the Holocaust to young people from Israel, the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. Many of the participants commented that they had never been taught about the Holocaust before.”

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  10. Still waiting for them to say what killed him…….

    But they’re not, they lied about him being hit with a fire extinguisher, so why hide the truth?

    Because it doesn’t fit the narrative…..


    “What Happened to Officer Brian Sicknick?

    No one should discount the idea that Democrats and the news media would intentionally promote a totally fabricated story to destroy Donald Trump and vilify his supporters.”

    “The claim is so pervasive as not to be questioned: Five people died as a result of the January 6 “insurrection” at the Capitol building, killed by blood-thirsty Trump voters at the president’s behest, out for revenge over a stolen election.

    Even though only one death—the shooting of Ashli Babbitt by a still-unidentified police officer—is provable by video evidence, the other fatalities nonetheless are accepted as an article of faith to stoke public outrage about what happened that day.

    The most tragic death, the media and lawmakers lament, is that of United States Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. The 42-year-old New Jersey native was a 12-year veteran of the Capitol police force and himself a supporter of Donald Trump.

    Before details about his death could be confirmed, the media quickly insisted Sicknick died after he was attacked at the Capitol.

    “A United States Capitol Police officer died Thursday night from injuries sustained when he engaged with a pro-Trump mob that descended on the U.S. Capitol the day before,” the New York Times reported January 8. The officer, according to the Times, had been “struck . . . in the head with a fire extinguisher, according to two law enforcement officials. With a bloody gash in his head, Mr. Sicknick was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support.”

    Sicknick died on January 7. A statement released by the police department later that night vaguely supported the media’s emerging narrative.

    Narrative vs. Evidence
    Democrats wasted no time exploiting Sicknick’s untimely death. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) immediately ordered flags flown at half-staff at the Capitol; news and opinion outlets on both the Left and NeverTrump Right blamed the so-called “insurrectionists” for killing Sicknick.

    National Review claimed, without evidence, that Sicknick was “murdered.” The president and his allies in the Senate, pundits raged, were accomplices. “When he told followers to ‘STAND UP,’ they listened and murdered a cop while storming the Capitol,” one Washington Examiner writer tweeted about the role of Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). “Make him pay.”

    Lawmakers of both parties paid their respects to Sicknick last week during a rare Capitol ceremony; his body lay in honor in the Rotunda on February 3 following a brief memorial service. When Joe Biden and his wife walked away from the display, the president shook his head in grief.

    The widely-accepted circumstances surrounding Sicknick’s death are part of the Democrats’ impeachment crusade against Donald Trump. “The insurrectionists killed a Capitol Police officer by striking him in the head with a fire extinguisher,” House impeachment managers allege in a memorandum detailing their evidence.

    But that inflammatory accusation isn’t backed by an autopsy report or any hard evidence such as a video clip. It isn’t backed by charging documents filed against anyone suspected of killing Sicknick; nearly five weeks later, no one has been accused of murdering the officer even though federal law enforcement officials have arrested more than 200 people tied to their involvement in the January 6 melee.

    No, the only proof the House impeachment managers can find is the January 8, New York Times article that relied not on evidence but on background from “two law enforcement officials.”

    Struggling to Build a Case
    If Sicknick is the face representing the carnage of January 6, Democrats are at risk of losing their most compelling sympathy storyline just as the impeachment trial gets underway.

    “Investigators are struggling to build a federal murder case regarding fallen U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, vexed by a lack of evidence that could prove someone caused his death,” CNN disclosed last week. “Authorities have reviewed video and photographs that show Sicknick engaging with rioters amid the siege but have yet to identify a moment in which he suffered his fatal injuries.”

    A medical examiner’s report has not been released and law enforcement authorities are tight-lipped; in a January 26 email to me, an FBI spokeswoman refused to comment on the status of the investigation. The District of Columbia medical examiner’s office told me Monday by email they “will release the cause and manner of death when this information is available.”

    Sources, however, told CNN that the medical examiner “did not find signs that the officer sustained any blunt force trauma . . . and early reports that he was fatally struck by a fire extinguisher are not true.” Investigators also couldn’t confirm that Sicknick died as a result of reaction to pepper spray.

    Messaging from the FBI does little to inspire trust in the Sicknick storyline. The agency at first issued a statement that claimed 37 suspects were under investigation for the officer’s death but later said the statement was in error and relied on “incorrect internal information.”

    During a January 12 press briefing on its sweeping investigation into the events of January 6, the assistant director for the FBI’s D.C. field office twice referred to Sicknick as having “passed away,” with no mention of his having been “murdered” or “killed.” A distinction, in this matter, with a big difference.


    I think we’re being gaslighted again, because I smell gas…….

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  11. And here is that video, which I already posted above. Politifact is lying again.


    This isn’t hard to find on the internet. Perhaps they should choose a search engine that doesn’t scrub stories unflattering to Dems and they would have located it.

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  12. The media continue their role as town crier for the Deep State: Jan 6th was supposed to be another “9/11” to justify the attack on conservatives; it fizzled, but the Dems and DS are still carrying out their planned response as if the false flag event had played out as planned. They don’t care that most everyone can see that it was a farce – they want to activate the response.

    The media is blowing up the Capitol intrusion for one main purpose… to get attention off of them being guilty of treason for hijacking the election. It is the only thing they have left, and they will falsely accuse those who went in there as insurrectionists in order to save their hides. The truth is this: The Dem party and the media are complicit in the crime of treason.


    “As former President Donald Trump’s Tuesday impeachment trial approaches, there is a growing body of evidence in criminal complaints and affidavits that the Jan. 6 Capitol breach had been pre-planned, undercutting the allegation leveled against Trump that he is guilty of “incitement to insurrection.””

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  13. We had some ‘green’ jobs come here. They do not pay what the mines pay. One businesses went bankrupt and was taken over by a company from Canada, I believe.

    Our area has also had businesses brought in by state monies. My husband worked at one when we were first married. He replaced a highly paid person as a supervisor and was promised the same pay. He never got that pay and left the job, which was fortunate since the business shut down not long after. Another business was here until the government money ran out. Another business started with government money as a catalogue business ended up being (when that business folded) more of a calling center that (unofficially) was used more for Democrats calling for votes. I was told that by a former employee, whom I don’t doubt. Many of these jobs are cronyism at its best and then they go out of business when they have skimmed off the government money. All the poor people hoping to have jobs only have them for a short time. So call me skeptical about all their wonderful green jobs or any other jobs for that matter.

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  14. Beijing Biden strikes again.


    “Biden’s CIA Pick, William Burns, Leads A Think Tank With Close Ties To China”

    “William J. Burns, the nominee for CIA director, is the president of a prominent think tank that has received as much as $2 million in recent years from a Chinese businessman and a think tank with links to the Chinese Communist Party.

    As part of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s work with China, Burns invited a group of congressional staffers on a junket to China in 2019 where they met with a professor who works for the Chinese Communist Party’s central committee. They also met with the president of a prominent Chinese front group.

    Zhang Yichen, a Carnegie board member and prominent donor, is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which advises the Chinese Communist Party on policy issues.”

    ““We are very fortunate to have Zhang Yichen on our board,” Burns, a former deputy secretary of state, said in a statement in October 2016. “I look forward to working with him to make Carnegie an even finer institution.”

    Zhang, the CEO of CITIC Consulting, a China-based investment firm, donated between $500,000 and $999,999 to Carnegie from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018, according to Carnegie’s website. He gave between $250,000 and $549,999 in the 2020 fiscal year, according to Carnegie’s 2020 annual report.

    Zhang is a member of two organizations linked to the Chinese Communist Party, according to his biography at CITIC Capital: the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the Center for China and Globalization.

    CPPCC is an advisory group for the Chinese Communist Party that is affiliated with China’s united front system, which promotes Chinese government initiatives abroad.

    It is described on the website of one Chinese embassy as “a united front organization under the leadership of the Communist Party of China and an organ for various other political parties, mass organizations and personages of various social circles to take part in the running of the state.”

    The Center for China and Globalization, where Zhang serves as senior vice chairman, is a Beijing-based think tank also linked to the communist apparatus.”

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  15. Shocking exactly zero people.

    Dem run areas are horrible at their most basic functions, so why would anyone think this would be different?

    Plus there’s the cynical part of me that suspects it was slow rolled by Dems so Trump didn’t receive any credit.


    “Blue-State COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plagued With Problems

    On the other hand, West Virginia crushed the rollout.”

    “It’s been over a month since the first wave of coronavirus vaccines arrived in the states for distribution.

    Now is an excellent time to determine which state others should follow.

    In this laboratory of democracy, New York could be considered a model….for failure. Take, for example, New York City (the epicenter of this country’s epidemic). People describe vaccine distribution centers as “ghost towns.”

    The city’s 15 vaccination hubs were ghost towns last Saturday, and the city Department of Health is refusing to reveal just how bad distribution went.

    One DOH staffer stationed at the Hillcrest High School hub in Queens on Jan. 30 said he did nothing all day.

    “You cannot imagine how much nothing it was,” he said of the demoralizing day.

    He said there were about 70 workers on hand — some earning overtime pay for 12-hour shifts — and about 10 people to vaccinate.

    The worker said several appeals were made to DOH officials to be able to vaccinate people without appointments, and they were denied. He said the hubs had about 400 to 700 doses.

    Meanwhile, distribution in California went spectacularly…for those with a great deal of privilege.

    While affluent regions like the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California and Long Beach in Southern California were able to efficiently vaccinate their first batch of eligible residents, overburdened communities in parts of Los Angeles and the Central Valley have struggled to meet early demand as supplies remain low throughout the state.

    “We’re one of the most innovative states in the world, not just the country, and yet we failed in the most basic ways,” said Nick Vyas, executive director of the University of Southern California’s Center for Global Supply Chain Management. “We missed the opportunity to set the system up right the first time.”

    I will point out that leaders among California Democrats (Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom, Dianne Feinstein, and Kamala Harris) hail from Northern California.

    In part, the distribution fiasco explains why Newsom is on the brink of facing a recall vote. It also helps explain why the state is now arranging for Blue Shield to spearhead the efforts.

    “We’re suffering from individual and collective exhaustion. We just want this to be over, right now,” said Paul Markovich, CEO of Blue Shield of California.

    With broad strokes, he explained to physicians and state leaders how the health insurance giant plans to make that happen, as they take over California’s vaccine operation.

    “We are going to track all vaccines from order to injection. I’ve told my team, if there’s a truck on the side of the road with the vaccine in it just outside of Fresno we need to know that.”

    Markovich said Blue Shield’s phase one involves improved communication, data, and tracking. Phase two will be accelerating the rate of vaccination.

    “We believe there’s going to be more vaccine coming in the coming months, we need to be ready for it,” Markovich said.

    On the other hand, West Virginia crushed the distribution process.

    But the state is now being hailed as a vaccination success story, with 85 percent of its delivered doses already used, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, putting it second in the country behind North Dakota as of last week.

    A key part of the strategy, health officials say, was the decision not to activate a federal partnership with the CVS and Walgreens pharmacy chains and instead rely on independent drugstores like those owned by the Reeds.

    Meanwhile, there has been a plunge in the number of COVID19 cases in the United States.”


    Which everyone should be thanking Trump for. His admin did the hard work, cut the red tape, and got this out there. The lower numbers are a result of his hard work, which has been successful despite the inability of Dems to do their jobs.


  16. I heard a report on the radio last week about one reason the vaccine rollout is so slow in some areas. They are afraid of creating inequities in who gets the vaccine first, so rather than just let people come get it, they want to be sure only the people who should be at the front of the line get it, and when those people don’t show up (whether because they didn’t hear about it, don’t have transportation to get there, are afraid of contact with anyone tied to the government, are afraid of the vaccine itself, or whatever), no one ends up getting those doses. In areas where there is less concern about the right people getting the vaccine first, they’re doing more doses because they’re not being as picky who gets it, and while there may be complaints about inequities in who gets it, at least they’re moving faster toward a higher proportion of the community having it and thus reducing the spread of the virus.

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  17. Who actually rejected the offer, and who ordered the Capitol police to simply let some of the people into the Capitol that day?

    They don’t want you to know the answers to these questions…


    “Former President Donald Trump offered to deploy 10,000 National Guard troops in Washington D.C. prior to Jan. 6, the day of the Capitol building breach, according to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

    Meadows told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that although Trump had been vocal about offering Capitol Police and National Guard presence at the Capitol on multiple occasions last month, his offer was rebuked “every time.””

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  18. What evil has been unleashed that those people are shoving down old people and such in the Asian communities? Some kind of gang “proof of allegiance”? Antifa?


  19. George Orwell was not a fan of academics and was a big fan of plain, precise well written English, he would flee the woke crowd of university. He was also a socialist, a critic of capitalism and fought in the Spanish Civil War in an anarchist army; he was an originial antifa. For conseravtives to see themselves in his writing is pure wish fulfillment and delusion.

    Animal Farm is indeed a tale of revolution becoming totalitarianism. However, people miss the point that Napoleon (Stalin) is not a new form of tyranny but the same tyranny of capitalism and feudalism. Hence the pigs walk on two feet, and work with the other farmers. Its a case of meet the new boss same as the old boss. However, there is an other pig in the story who stays true to the spirit of the revolution and refuses to bend to tyranny — Snowball (Trotsky). A careful reading of the story finds Orwell’s true sympathy; the working class (Boxer the horse) and the true revolutionary (Snowball, Trotsky) -both of whom are portrayed positively in the story. If Orwell was alive to today, he would be friends with Sanders, AOC and in all liklihood woiuld lean fiurther left. My avatar is a copy of 1984; I’m an old school Labour/Socialist — Orwell is one of my intellectual heros (along with Albert Camus who’s dissent from French communists in the 1950s in the Rebel is another classic in indepedent left wing thought). Before any conservative cites Animal Farm or 1984; they need to read the Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia to have a clear idea of his political thought.


  20. Manafort is guilty of tax fraud, bank fraud and hiding foreign bank accoutns and yet you are happy he is getting away with it. He’s a politcal operative working for the highest bidder but because he worked for Trump, its a win for your side if he gets away with ciminal behavior. What happened to the party of law and order?

    Speaking of law and order, why is the Republican party so quick to brush off the deaths of policemen and the injuries to other Washington police officiers? I would think Devin Nunes would be starting 500 days of hearings… this is similar to Benghazi except instead of a US consulate its the US Capitol bldg.

    Nunes can start by investigating why the DC guard wasn’t there with the police. The mayor of Washington requested the guard be deployed but she doesn’t have the authroity, the president’s administration does. Someone in Trump’s adminstration turned down the request.

    The attack on the Capitol had been preplanned — Nunes needs to investiate this too; who organized it, who helped them, their motivation, etc. However, the presistent denial of the election results for months leading up to Jan 6 encourage and incited this planning. I don’t think this takes away any culpablity of the Trump admin.

    To point at Maxine Waters in an argument of equivilancy is a distraction. When you are pulled over for speeding you can’t argue others are speeding too. You were speeding and you were caught. If Waters instigated violence that’s a separate investigation, however, right now, its a question of who incited actual violence against the US gov’t. Repulicans need to stop minimizing responsibility by pointing elsewhere.

    Finally the party of Reagan and Trump, the party of the working class — please. Reagan destroyed the working class and the blue collar jobs of the what is now the Rust Belt. Trump is a grifter who cares for only himself. The Republican party still endorses trickle down economics and tax cuts for the rich — both of which are failed economic policies of the last 40 years. And to listen Republicans repeatedly say “good union jobs” is highly ironic considering many come from right to work states which have destroyed private sector unionization. And not to mention its refusal to raise the minimum wage and extend Medicare/aid to the working poor. The Democrats have alot of issues and their tent is far too open to big money but at least its big enough to include Bernie Sanders. I would also like to point out AOC skipped Biden’s inauguration in favor of the walking the picket line with stirking workers in her district.


  21. Here in free America we have double jeopardy laws that say you cannot be charged and tried for the same crimes twice. He was convicted, sentenced, and imprisoned.

    And then he was pardoned by a sitting president. As such, malicious prosecutors in individual states don’t have the right to try him again on the same crimes. Even a far left state court system like NY understands this, yet you don’t. Maybe you should read up on US law before commenting further.


    If a cop is killed, the guilty should pay. But we’ve seen no evidence any of the people who died were murdered. Some had medical issues. They’re not saying what killed the cop, probably donuts, but we know the left lied and said he was killed by protesters with a fire extinguisher. This is a lie. Until you can prove someone responsible, no one is guilty of anything. Or are you looking to imprison people now just because you disagree with them? How communist leftist of you.


    I agree the DC op was preplanned, by leftists and our Dems, but I repeat myself, as a false flag op to justify turning DC into a 3rd world junta. It’s a joke.


    Maxine Waters is a projecting hag, like most Dems she projects her on camera quotes onto her enemies. She is the radical.


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