22 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-8-21

  1. https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/arizona-governor-signs-bill-to-defy-any-new-federal-gun-control-laws_3766323.html

    “Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation on April 6 that would prohibit police and sheriffs in the state from enforcing new federal gun laws that may violate the Constitution’s Second Amendment.

    Proponents of the bill have argued that it would ensure that the rights of gun owners are protected from what they have described as potential overreach by the federal government, while critics say the law will undermine cooperation between Arizona law enforcement and federal officials.

    “The state of Arizona and its political subdivisions are prohibited from utilizing any financial resources or state personnel to administer, cooperate with or enforce any law, act, order, rule, treaty or regulation of the federal government that is inconsistent with any law of this state regarding the regulation of firearms,” according to the text of the legislation.

    President Joe Biden has said he’s seeking a ban on certain firearms and gun magazines in the wake of two mass shootings last month. Top Democrats such as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said two House bills that expanded background checks would be taken up by the Senate, although it’s not clear when that will occur.”

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  2. “I ate too many drugs….”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/04/chauvin-trial-day-8-wrap-up-i-ate-too-many-drugs-video-may-be-game-changer/

    “Then Nelson scored what many may perceive to be an important point, albeit I’m rather ambivalent about this one. Nelson played a short piece of video in which Floyd is prone on the street, and speaking in his muttering fashion.

    What’s Floyd saying there, asked Nelson? Is he saying “I ate too many drugs”? Stiger answers he can’t tell.

    No worries, Nelson is happy to play it again for Stiger. And the jury.

    Stiger is still unsure if that’s what Floyd was saying, and Nelson lets it go—but the jury has heard the suggestion.

    Later in the day, with a different witness, BCA Special Agent Reyerson, whose testimony I won’t spend much time on because it was so boring, Nelson would play the same video, and ask the same question. This time, the witness will agree—yes, Reyerson answers, it sounds like “I ate too many drugs” to me.

    Ka. Boom.

    So damaging was this Reyerson testimony for the state that they actually re-called Reyerson as a witness for the sole reason of having him listen again, and give a different answer. Oh, now, says Reyerson the second, now it sounds like “I didn’t take no drugs.”

    Well, OK. As I said, I’m ambivalent about Floyd’s statement on the merits, because I sure can’t understand what he’s actually saying. Although it must be said Nelson’s version will certainly appear reasonable to a jury that’s been exposed to the toxicology report on Floyd.

    But in terms of legal strategy by the defense, this was brilliant. Not only did Nelson plant that seed in the jury’s mind that Floyd had eaten too many drugs and knew it, he got to play the audio for Stiger not once, but twice.

    And then again a third time, for Reyerson.

    And then the state itself played it for the jury a fourth time!

    Amazing.”

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  3. Let’s do it.

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/04/07/its-high-time-we-make-woke-corporate-america-feel-real-pain-heres-how-we-can-start/

    “It’s High Time We Make Woke Corporate America Feel Real Pain: Here’s How We Can Start

    It’s long past time our elected politicians use the powers they have to protect their constituents from the powerful and wealthy private interests who have so casually set us in their sights.”

    “Companies must be held accountable. When they carelessly and callously wield their power to strike out at the American people, they must be made to feel pain. Not simply nagging second thoughts or embarrassment, but real pain: pain in their wallets, in their boardrooms, and in the offices of their general counsels.

    It’s a tactic the American left long ago mastered. Boycotts and sponsorship threats have been a hallmark of their activism, but with rare exceptions, conservatives have failed to catch on. If a company bucks them, the left won’t hesitate to use the power of government, from regulation to the Internal Revenue Service to the Environmental Protection Agency, to frighten them into subservience.

    “Government is a gun!” the modern American right’s libertarian streak tells us. “Don’t aim it at your opponents,” the warning goes, “or it will soon be used on you.” Makes sense in theory, but of course nearly every chance the left gets it turns the power of government on the rest of us and pulls the trigger.

    Over the past year, we’ve seen government pressure campaigns and vindictive investigations and prosecutions evolve into police raids on defiant businesses and churches. It’s well past time we can say enough: The non-aggression principle is a nice theory — but it’s a theory that doesn’t stand up against vicious and unscrupulous opponents. And it’s long past time our elected politicians use the powers they have to protect their constituents from the powerful and wealthy private interests who have so casually set us in their sights.

    The American corporate leaders of today are woke. What might once have begun as simple profit-seeking, more influenced by fear of left-wing boycotts than conservative scolding, has long-since evolved into full-fledged devotion to the new ideas.

    What might once have simply been callous and self-interested business practices is now a new religion. The corporate titans of today have total faith in their new morality. They have bought into the woke religious priority, and it animates them to such a degree that they truly do believe they are serving the cause of right, of making the world anew.

    Our old capitalist economy was once vibrant, creating a Chamber of Commerce model of geographically diverse business owners who had ties to cities in the Midwest, the South, the West — all over the country. With the rot of industry and the rise of tech and finance, our economy has increasingly come to be dominated by coastal elites with few or no ties to the heart of the country.

    These men wield outsized dominance, and they are woke. Further, they aren’t just the young and usual suspects like Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, but also old titans like Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer, Jeff Bezos, and the dozens who want to be just like them.

    There are ways to beat them, of course. While corporate politics might seem fun, and the little men of human resources and public relations get to hold a lot of sway, accountants and lawyers still hold the real power in these companies. So how do we do it?

    Shame isn’t working. Congressmen, senators, governors, and even customers’ statements, no matter how righteous, are having little impact. Just take a look at the companies that spent millions on Super Bowl ads calling conservatives racists. They were subjects of ridicule among right-thinking people for days. That was just a few months ago. Can you even remember which ones they were? Which ones called me a racist again? I’m pretty positive Jeep ticked me off, but it’s getting foggy.

    Companies like Major League Baseball, which have moved from simple insult to punitive action, are also immune to reason. Moving the All-Star game to Denver, Colorado, a state that rightly has stricter election integrity protections than Georgia, doesn’t seem to faze the league’s brass at all. Perhaps they might next move the game to China; a market they love, where there aren’t any election laws to ruffle their dresses.

    Their feigned moral protest against the Peach State is a pretty little lie, but it won’t look so pretty anymore when it shows up on a spreadsheet at a corporate shareholder or board meeting. How can we do that?”

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  4. “Trump Vindicated as Judge Rules Michigan Secretary of State Violated Election Laws”

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2021/03/17/trump-vindicated-as-federal-judge-rules-michigan-secretary-of-state-violated-election-laws-n1433162

    “A judge in Michigan has vindicated President Trump by ruling that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, broke state law when she unilaterally changed election rules concerning absentee balloting in the 2020 election. This ruling legitimizes a key claim made by the Trump legal team in its challenges to the 2020 election.”

    “A major change imposed by Benson was loosening the signature verification requirement for absentee ballots. Michigan Court of Claims Chief Judge Christopher Murray ruled that this change violated Michigan Administrative Procedures Act.

    The court made the following conclusion:

    …nowhere in this state’s election law has the Legislature indicated that signatures are to be presumed valid, nor did the Legislature require that signatures are to be accepted so long as there are any redeeming qualities in the application or return envelope as compared with the signature on file. Policy determinations like the one at issue — which places the thumb on the scale in favor of a signature’s validity — should be made pursuant to properly promulgated rules under the APA or by the Legislature.

    Over 3.1 million Michiganders voted by absentee ballot in November. Biden “won” the state by just over 154,000 votes, according to the state-certified results.”

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    More…………

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  5. “The GOP Needs to Understand That the Corporations Are Its Enemy”

    https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2021/04/08/the-gop-needs-to-understand-that-the-corporations-are-its-enemy-n2587517

    “Old habits die hard, and now it’s time for the GOP’s habitual support of big business to die, and to die hard.

    Look around – the corporations have decided it’s a great time to use their power against us. There used to be a kind of gentleman’s agreement – they stay out of our business and we stay out of theirs. But they broke that agreement. They decided to go all in. And it’s no coincidence that the political positions they have taken conform exactly to those of the Democrat Party. So, the hell with them.

    This change has been coming for a while. We need to understand the nature of the old Republican/big business relationship to see what happened. The companies were never with us culturally – they wanted fewer regs, lower taxes, open borders, and docile workers. They didn’t care about social issues. They stayed out of it. But a few decades ago, when those icky evangelicals and others who actually worshipped something besides the almighty dollar showed up, the corporate types got restless. After all, it made for awkward convos at the country club when you were allied with the Jesus gun people from out there in Americaland. So, today, they have intervened in favor of our enemies, but they expect us to sit back and pretend it’s 1987.

    Why did they go with the liberal establishment? Because that’s who the multinational bigwigs are, and always have been. It’s always about class, and the class these robber barons circulated within looks down on regular Americans. Hence the current virtue signaling, where you have airlines and shaving cream companies telling us we’re racist. It’s all about the execs making sure everyone knows whose side they are on, so the message to their brethren and sisteren and otherkin is, “Hey, we’re not like those people. Not at all.”

    But what’s hilarious is how they still expect us to go to bat for them against the left, just like before. It doesn’t work that way. Relationships are about give and take, and we’ve given our support to the big companies when it comes to taxes, regulations, and the like. But what have we taken? A lot of crap from woke jerks.

    It’s not even just the lectures about how we are all the -ists and all the -phobes. The corporations have fought for open borders. They have sent our jobs overseas and killed small businesses at home by leveraging the government to favor the Walmarts and Costcos over the mom and pops. Why do you think your little shop (not to mention your church) had to close because of Covid, but the big boxes were wide open and packed?

    They are not our friends. They are not even our allies. They are the enemy, and until now they have successfully used the GOP as their defense against the Democrats even as they clink Chardonnay glasses with the libs on Park Avenue.

    Time to rethink our coalition.

    Time to think about our coalition without the huge anchor of the big corporations weighing us down.

    And they do weigh us down. It’s not just that we get a big, fat nothing from our relationship. It’s that we end up buying all their corporate depredations. How many times have we had to take the hit for the damage the giant companies have done? The Democrats use it to pummel us every election cycle, alienating natural allies of every race and ethnicity in return for…what?

    What, exactly, do we get out of the big companies?

    Donations? Take a look at the numbers, because those fat checks are heading left. Big business not only funds the Democrats. It funds their commie outside agitators, like BLM. Even the Chamber of Commerce went full on liberal last time, firing the last Republicans left on its staff.

    Oh, now the Chamber of Communism is making little whiny noises about the huge taxes the Democrats are planning. And big business is going to turn to us to once again help it stop the bloodbath.

    It needs to be greeted with a middle finger.

    They want to play politics? Well, dudes, here’s politics. Good and hard.”

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  6. The clown show continues.

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  7. “Truth and Transparency?”

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    While not allowing the press.

    As transparent as a black trash bag.

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  8. But the lapdogs allow it, so……

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  9. No clown, they’re not.

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  11. Math is hard people.

    So hard.

    https://campusreform.org/article?id=17070

    “Profs help push program that claims math is ‘racist’ because it requires a ‘right answer'”

    “An Oregon Department of Education newsletter from February promoted an online course designed to “dismantle” instances of “white supremacy culture in the mathematics classroom.” One example of “white supremacy” highlighted by the course was “the concept of mathematics being purely objective,” an idea which the resource stated is “is unequivocally false.”

    The program, known as “A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction,” describes itself as “an integrated approach to mathematics that centers Black, Latinx, and Multilingual students” that provides “opportunities for ongoing self-reflection as they seek to develop an anti-racist math practice.”

    The “feedback advisors” for a portion of the program include William Zahner, who is an associate professor at San Diego State University; Melissa Navarro Martell, who is an assistant professor at San Diego State University, and Elvira Armas, who is the Director of Programs and Partnerships for the Center for Equity for English Learners at Loyola Marymount University in California.

    “White supremacy culture infiltrates math classrooms in everyday teacher actions,” the guide states. “Coupled with the beliefs that underlie these actions, they perpetuate educational harm on Black, Latinx, and multilingual students, denying them full access to the world of mathematics.”

    The newsletter pitched the program to educators “looking for a deeper dive into equity work,” offering to teach “key tools for engagement, develop strategies to improve equitable outcomes for Black, Latinx, and multilingual students, and join communities of practice.”

    The Oregon Department of Communications Director of Communications, Marc Siegel, told Campus Reform that math instruction should be built on an “equitable foundation.”

    “Building math instruction on an equitable foundation can better ensure all our students have a pathway to success in math,” Siegel said.

    Examples of “white supremacy culture” cited by the document include a focus on “getting the ‘right’ answer” and requiring students to show their work.”

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    That’s a double face palm.

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  12. Cause and Effect in action.

    Nauseating….

    Cause………

    https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/iran/u-s-ready-to-partially-lift-iran-sanctions-to-push-return-to-nuclear-accord-1.9691963

    “U.S. Ready to Partially Lift Iran Sanctions to Push Return to Nuclear Accord

    ‘We are prepared to take the steps necessary to return to compliance with the JCPOA, including by lifting sanctions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA,’ said the U.S. State Department”

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    Effect…….

    https://freebeacon.com/national-security/iran-claims-victory-over-united-states-as-new-nuke-talks-begin/

    “Iran Claims Victory Over United States as New Nuke Talks Begin

    Tehran set to unveil ‘133 new nuclear achievements'”

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  14. Michelle: I wouldn’t be able to advise you on a phone, but in terms of carriers, have you ever heard of Patriot Mobile? They are, almost uniquely in the world of cell phone
    providers, on our side. You can keep your old number, and stop giving money to the
    enemies of our freedoms. You can switch over in just a few minutes.

    People won’t even have to know that you’re on the Patriot Mobile network (since you’ll have the same number that you have now)… if that sort of thing concerns you. You’d be helping to put the Leftist-supporting cell companies out of business.

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  15. I did look, thanks, Mumsee. I’m seriously considering a Samsung Galaxy–but it also means buying another tablet, so I’m taking my time.

    Tychicus–Great idea. My phone service, however, comes from an extended family member account I don’t control.

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  16. https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/mass-covid-19-vaccination-site-shut-down-after-adverse-reactions-reported_3767612.html

    “A mass vaccination site at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado was shut down after several adverse reactions to the Johnson & Johnson CCP virus vaccine, said Centura Health, which is managing the site.

    More than 600 people who had appointments were turned away from the “Vaccines for All” event in Commerce City after 11 people who were administered the shot developed adverse reactions during the on-site observation period, Kevin Massey, a spokesperson for Centura Health, told local news outlets.

    “Following the administration of the J&J vaccine and during onsite observation, we saw a limited number of adverse reactions to the vaccine,” Centura Health said in a separate statement. “We followed our protocols and in an abundance of caution, made the decision—in partnership with the state—to pause operations for the remainder of the day.”

    The Colorado Department of Public Health said some patients experienced nausea and dizziness after getting the J&J vaccine, while Centura confirmed that nine individuals were monitored on-site and were sent home and two individuals were taken to nearby hospitals out of an abundance of caution.”

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/246-fully-vaccinated-people-in-michigan-test-positive-for-covid-19-3-dead_3765643.html

    https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article250532089.html

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  17. Tychicus, looked into patriot mobile but it apparently does not cover here. Probably not even the upper limits of the playground in town.

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