29 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-11-21

  1. “Your children’s children will live under communism, You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright; but we will keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you will finally wake up and find you already have Communism. We will not have to fight you; We will so weaken your economy, until you will fall like overripe fruit into our hands.” “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

    Nikita Khrushchev, Sept. 29, 1959.


  2. How close the elections for all branches of government actually were (even given that they weren’t honest elections)…


    “Donald Trump is toxic. The GOP is finished. Joe Biden won; he has a mandate — all of these things are false. Also, it would seem demography is not destiny and higher turnout isn’t an automatic lock for Democrats. We have another autopsy of sorts from The Washington Post on the 2020 election. Want to take a guess how many votes Republicans needed to control everything? One million votes, two million? Nope. It didn’t even break 100,000. It was 90,000 votes. Republicans just needed 90,000 votes to control all of Washington this past election cycle.”


  3. Of course everyone with a brain already figured this out….


    “Parler Vindicated: Study Finds Facebook ‘Far and Away’ Most Used Social Media By Capitol Hill Rioters

    Parler was deplatformed for merely being suspected of this dubious distinction”

    “The coordinated Big Tech deplatforming of Parler is looking more and more suspect. Last month, I reviewed every arrest report the DOJ had made available at that time, and the overwhelming number of social media posts cited in these reports were those posted on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. There was barely any mention of Parler.

    Georgetown University’s Program on Extremism collated not just those arrest reports made available via the DOJ press releases but the more than 200 arrest reports otherwise available.

    According to this assessment of DOJ arrest reports related to the events at the Capitol on January 6th, Facebook is the overwhelming “winner” in the violence-spreading, hate speech-permitting social media landscape. YouTube and Facebook-owned Instagram were close seconds and thirds.

    Parler, purportedly shut down as the purveyor of right-wing extremist hate, lagged the other, more prominent (and well-protected) “insurrection” plotting social media tools.”

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  4. Leave. Now.


    “As Democrats whip up a political circus in Washington DC with the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump, they’re focusing the nation’s attention on the rhetoric that they allege incited violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

    Yet for those of us paying attention, we see through the absurdity.

    It is the Left that is overwhelmingly responsible for the political violence and destruction that is hammering our great nation.

    For years, Democrats like me have watched with increasing alarm as our own political leaders and activists – from Speaker Nancy Pelosi to media outlets like MSNBC – have used an endless stream of hateful, violent and ultimately un-American rhetoric that has resulted in billions of dollars in economic damage and given birth to a violent national movement.

    Some of the earliest hatred coming from the party was out of the mouth of “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar in 2019. Not once but twice did she use anti-Semitic smears that for generations have been used to marginalize Jewish people.

    But rather than condemn her vitriol and strip her of her committee assignments, Democrats in the House – from Speaker Pelosi on down – chose a toothless resolution that broadly condemned hatred and avoided any mention of Omar herself. Of course, Omar is not alone in her bigotry. Sadly, there are other examples of it flowing throughout the base of the Democrat Party, suggesting that the bigotry is systemic.

    Consider the campaign of now-Vice President Kamala Harris.

    When she was asked why Democrat primary voters failed to support her presidential bid, she gave voice to an uncomfortable truth.

    “The elephant in the room about my campaign,” she explained, was that her party was not ready “for a woman and a woman of color to be president of the United States.”

    Vice President Harris was right, of course. Democrat primary voters were too bigoted and hateful to support a woman of color for president, just as they were too bigoted and hateful to support another minority: Pete Buttigieg.

    Democrat primary voters in South Carolina put an end to the presidential bid of the openly gay man because he was a sexual minority. An internal memo from the Buttigieg campaign itself confirmed that many black Democrats in the Palmetto State simply would not support a gay candidate.

    Later, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) admitted as much, saying there’s “no question” that Buttigieg’s sexual orientation is “an issue.”

    In short, Democrats may blast others for bigotry but, unquestionably, it is they who peddle deeply and strategically in the stuff.

    Not surprisingly, the systemic hatred that pulses through the modern Left has inflamed profound political divisions and the predictable outcomes that come with them, most especially violence and destruction. The most egregious example came in the summer of 2020, with Leftist race riots that cost upwards of $2 billion in damages. As the fires raged, property vandalized, and lives destroyed, Speaker Pelosi responded to her party’s violent mobs not with condemnation but not-so-subtle encouragement.

    “People will do what they do,” she said to the destruction of a statue of Christopher Columbus.”

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  5. More on something from yesterday….

    “The threat is said to be existential. It fuels secessionism. Gnaws at national unity. Abets Islamism. Attacks France’s intellectual and cultural heritage.

    The threat? “Certain social science theories entirely imported from the United States,’’ said President Emmanuel Macron.

    French politicians, high-profile intellectuals and journalists are warning that progressive American ideas — specifically on race, gender, post-colonialism — are undermining their society. “There’s a battle to wage against an intellectual matrix from American universities,’’ warned Mr. Macron’s education minister.

    Emboldened by these comments, prominent intellectuals have banded together against what they regard as contamination by the out-of-control woke leftism of American campuses and its attendant cancel culture.

    Pitted against them is a younger, more diverse guard that considers these theories as tools to understanding the willful blind spots of an increasingly diverse nation that still recoils at the mention of race, has yet to come to terms with its colonial past and often waves away the concerns of minorities as identity politics.

    Disputes that would have otherwise attracted little attention are now blown up in the news and social media. The new director of the Paris Opera, who said on Monday he wants to diversify its staff and ban blackface, has been attacked by the far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, but also in Le Monde because, though German, he had worked in Toronto and had “soaked up American culture for 10 years.”

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  6. With acquittal a foregone conclusion, the real drama is what Trump does next.


    “Given that there have been only four presidential impeachments in American history, and given that only one man has twice suffered the indignity, viewers who tuned into the start of Donald Trump’s second Senate trial had a right to expect a buzz of excitement and a sense of drama.

    What they got instead was buzz-kill and all the drama of watching paint dry. Who knew impeachment could be so lifeless and history so meaningless?

    Certainly Chief Justice John Roberts knew. His refusal to preside reveals the exercise to be a cheap knockoff rather than the real thing.

    And it’s impossible to believe the Founders would approve of Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont acting as both a juror and presiding officer, a conflict of interest so large that it alone renders the trial out of bounds, as Trump lawyer David Schoen effectively argued. His display of Leahy tweets calling for conviction sealed the argument that Leahy cannot be viewed as neutral.

    For viewers, Day One was mostly a dud, in that they didn’t even get a trial, only a debate about whether there should be a trial. The dueling videos were the most interesting part, but they were also irrelevant to the threshold question of constitutionality.

    Although it passed in a late-afternoon vote with six Republicans joining all 50 Dems, the impeachers’ victory will be temporary. Their fundamental problem is that there can be no tension about the proceedings because there is no tension about the outcome, and thus no logical reason for the trial.

    Trump is a private citizen in Florida, Joe Biden sits in the Oval Office and acquittal is rightly a foregone conclusion. The smart idea would be to call the whole thing off, on both constitutional grounds and common sense.

    As I have said, Trump’s speech to the enormous rally on Jan. 6 was reckless in that it was too angry and too bitter. But there is no honest way to conclude he intended to incite the Capitol invasion and riot.

    The only way Dems could argue otherwise was by omitting his line to the crowd that “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

    The real question, then, is why Dems are putting the nation through the exercise again, just a year and five days after Trump was acquitted the first time.

    To say they hope for partisan advantage is obvious because nothing unites their party like hating Trump. It’s the glue that holds them together and prevents the factions from breaking into civil war.

    That makes Biden the chief beneficiary and explains why, despite his calls for national unity, he gave his approval to the unprecedented trial of his predecessor. If it weren’t for the endless flogging of Trump, his left-wingers would be fighting with the far-left wingers over which socialist programs to ram through now and how many dimes they can wring from taxpayers.

    But Dems also perceive another, longer range advantage in trying both Trump and Americans’ patience. For at its heart, the second Trump impeachment trial is exactly like the first in that both aimed at voter suppression.

    Although the very definition of impeachment focuses on past acts while in office, the twin Trump impeachments have been about looking forward to the next election. The aim has been to knock him off the ballot if possible, but if not, dirty him up so he could be defeated.”

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  7. Good. At least some aren’t just rolling over for Beijing Biden.


    “14 State Attorney Generals Tell Biden They’re Reviewing Legal Options Regarding Keystone XL

    “We cannot ‘Build Back Better’ by reflexively tearing down.”

    “Attorney generals in 14 states warned President Joe Biden they began “reviewing” legal options regarding his decision to revoke the Keystone XL pipeline.

    “Your decision will result in devastating damage to many of our states and local communities,” they wrote.

    The signers include:

    Steve Marshall of Alabama
    Leslie Rutledge of Arkansas
    Christopher Carr of Georgia
    Todd Rokita of Indiana
    Derek Schmidt of Kansas
    Jeff Landry of Louisiana
    Lynn Fitch of Mississippi
    Eric Schmitt of Missouri
    Austin Knudsen of Montana
    Wayne Stenehjem of North Dakota
    Alan Wilson of South Carolina
    Jason Ravnsborg of South Dakota
    Ken Paxton of Texas
    Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia”

    “The AGs noted that Biden’s executive order cited “climate crisis,” but did not explain how eliminating the Keystone XL pipeline protects “Americans and the domestic economy from harmful climate impacts.”

    But it’s obvious why Biden took this route: appealing to special interest groups.

    The AGs reminded Biden he hurts the people he promised to help.

    “We cannot ‘Build Back Better’ by reflexively tearing down,” they stressed. “America needs every tool in her possession to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis stronger and more secure. You have expressed a commitment to unite the Nation. If that is to be more than empty rhetoric, you must fully consider and account for the alarming effects your actions have on states, local communities, farmers, and workers.””

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  8. OK, so 5 deaths.

    What do we know about them? One was unarmed, on the other side of a barricade, and shot in the face by a cowardly cop, a cop died and they lied about what caused it, but still haven’t told us what really killed him, and we have 3 others with barely a peep on, because there deaths were medical issues.

    Now why do you suppose that is, a month and a week later?

    Today Dems line up one behind the other and lie on the record about it, under the guise of impeachment. But they’ve been lying about it from the start.


    “By saying that the riots were deadly – and often adding that five people were killed – the articles may encourage readers to forget the nature of those deaths and even to fill in the blanks with the thought that the rioters killed five people and killed them purposely. But three of those deaths were described this way in a January 7 article:

    Those people were Rosanne Boyland, 34, of Kennesaw, Georgia; Kevin Greeson, 55, of Athens, Alabama; and Benjamin Phillips, 50, of Ringtown, Pennsylvania, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

    Boyland collapsed at the Capitol, where police performed CPR, 11Alive.com reported. She was taken to a hospital, but did not survive.

    Greeson’s family said in a statement that the Trump supporter suffered a heart attack during the chaos, The News Courier reported.

    Phillips, who had organized a group to drive to Washington, D.C., from his home state, died of an apparent stroke after being taken to George Washington University Hospital, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

    It sounds as though the deaths of Greeson and Phillips were probably natural events, perhaps brought on by stress. We have other articles such as this one from Reuters headlined, “Trump to blame for death of woman trampled in Capitol riot, family member says.” In it, 34-year-old Rosanne Boyland’s death is described this way:

    The brother-in-law of a woman killed during Wednesday’s assault on the U.S. Capitol by a mob seeking to overturn President Donald Trump’s election loss said he blames Trump for the riot, and has joined calls for him to be removed from office…

    Police did not disclose the cause of Boyland’s death.

    However, Justin Winchell, a friend who accompanied Boyland to a Trump rally near the White House and marched with her to the Capitol, told Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL that she was trampled to death in a massive crowd surge when protesters clashed with Capitol Police…

    Asked if Trump was to blame for his friend’s death, Winchell said: “Does he have blood on his hands? No!”

    Here’s a description and some video alleged to be of what Winchell is describing above, and featuring one man who attacks an officer with a hockey stick (the man, named Michael Foy, is a Detroit resident now in custody, who is alleged to have suffered recently from substance abuse and mental health problems).

    Then we have demonstrator Ashli Babbit, who died from being shot by a person who is reportedly a member of the Capitol Police. The rioters certainly didn’t kill her, and we’ve had very little official word on her death except for the existence of an investigation. We don’t know the identity of the person who shot her, either.

    Which leaves the fifth person who died, Capitol Police Officer Sicknick. Again, so far we know very little in terms of statements from officials, although there are certainly many rumors.

    Some people may think reports such as this one, of the arrests of rioters who allegedly tried “to crush an officer who was pinned by a mob as it tried to break into the building,” may be describing the infliction of the injuries that might have caused Sicknick’s death. There is video of the alleged crushing – but that video does not involve Officer Sicknick, and the officer in that video did not die.

    You may also have read reports that Officer Sicknick was hit in the head by a fire extinguisher thrown or wielded by a rioter and died as a result of that head injury, but the source of that report was not an official statement of the Capitol Police. Their press statement can be found here. The way it is written it’s very difficult to tell what happened, except that some injury to the officer seems to have occurred while the riot was ongoing and he was engaging with protestors. The report doesn’t say his injury was sustained at anyone’s hands, it doesn’t say what the injury was, it doesn’t say how long it was between the injury and his death, it doesn’t say why his injury did not cause him to go to the hospital and why he just went back to his division office (where he collapsed), and it doesn’t mention a fire extinguisher. It also doesn’t say on what basis the Capitol Police concluded he died of that injury or injuries, as opposed to some other cause such as a heart attack:

    At approximately 9:30 p.m. this evening (January 7, 2021), United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away due to injuries sustained while on-duty.

    Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

    Sicknick’s death is being investigated, but it’s been four weeks and I’ve not seen any recent updates. And yet if a poll was taken right now, I would guess that for most people who know about Sicknick’s death, the majority of them may think that it is a known and proven fact that right-wing Capitol “insurrectionists” killed Sicknick by beating him with a fire extinguisher.

    Here’s some typical coverage that attempts to link those dots. It’s from Yahoo:

    Sicknick died last Thursday at the hospital, where he was being treated for “injuries sustained while on-duty,” USCP said in a statement. More specifically, this officer was violently struck with a fire extinguisher during the pro-Trump riots at the Capitol on Wednesday.”

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  9. Own it hack. You deserve nothing less. 🙂


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  10. Traitor who slept with a Chinese spy was a fine choice…..


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  11. It’s theater of the absurd.


    “Lindsey Graham: The ‘Not Guilty’ Vote Is Growing After Today — ‘This Is a Liberal Democratic Novel Being Presented as Evidence’”


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  12. If anyone has a link to the house managers video, that would seem to be newsworthy. All I’ve been able to find is people talking about the video, and giving a few seconds at a time of the video, and I prefer original sources to commentary on those sources.

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  13. I came across some of the House managers presentation this morning on the News Max TV show this morning. I tried to watch/listen but it was just too stupid. I changed channels until I came across “Major Crimes.”

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  14. I’ll not waste my time with NBC’s Dem propaganda piece, so one of you who watches it can answer this.

    Did they too edit out what Trump actually said, like yesterday?


    And some seem happy to play along with this farce. It’s not news, it’s unconstitutional, which is why Roberts is nowhere to be found.

    How fair a trial is it when Dems are they prosecutors, majority of the jury, and the judge?

    Not. At. All.

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  15. It’s a distraction, nothing more. They have no hope of the 67 votes required, they know this. They seek only to dirty up 74 million R voters.

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  16. OK, so here’s a video clip of the Trump defense team.

    And yes, both of these clips are news in the real meaning of the word (which seems to have long been left behind and sadly misunderstood on both sides of the partisan spectrum; it’s all commentary all the time these days). Both sides are presented in each of these abbreviated clips, but yes, that is part of the news of the event. Let the viewers watch (this and more, of each side’s presentation) and decide.

    Good comment and request Cheryl. I actually had not seen it, either.

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  17. First clip (at 4:55), btw, has nothing at all to do with “NBC.” It’s a straight showing of the opening video argument presented by the one side.

    Likewise, the second clip has nothing to do with Fox, it’s a straight presentation given, also with video clips as part of that presentation, by the defense team.

    It’s source material, love it or hate it. But it is what was actually presented. Both are news.

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  18. That’s where the viewer and reader need to be discerning.

    My point was mainly that there’s a difference between events that happen — news — and straight reporting of that (as dispassionately as possible), or simply airing source material for the reader or viewer to weigh; and the emotionally-charged partisan opinion pieces or tweets that so dominates the landscape today. That distinction seems to have been lost on our generation.


  19. What I saw today DJ watching it live was Dem after Dem standing there lying and slandering 74 million people due to the actions of a few, half of whom where leftist plants. Same thing I saw yesterday.

    This is a joke.

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  20. Not funny, nor particularly truthful either. I’ve pretty much stopped watching news for awhile. I read the headlines just to see what the current “narrative” is from Democrats. Trump isn’t saying much. He doesn’t need to. Everyone else is just exposing themselves for who and what they really are.

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