23 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-29-21

  1. https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/california-officials-biden-linked-firm-colluded-with-big-tech-to-censor-election-posts-judicial-watch_3793973.html

    “California officials colluded with Big Tech to censor social media posts in the United States during the 2020 presidential election, government watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Tuesday.

    The findings come after Judicial Watch received 540 pages and a further four pages of documents from the office of the Secretary of State of California in response to an open records request, the group said.

    It had filed the request after a December 2020 report surfaced revealing that California’s Office of Election Cybersecurity had surveilled and asked the social media giants to remove or flag as “misleading” at least two dozen messages.

    Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that SKDKnickerbocker, a communications company linked to President Joe Biden’s election campaign, was involved in the censoring of speech during last year’s election period.

    The company did this by sharing its “Misinformation Daily Briefings” with California officials, who then passed them on to social media giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google for dissemination, according to Judicial Watch.

    “These new documents suggest a conspiracy against the First Amendment rights of Americans by the California Secretary of State, the Biden campaign operation, and Big Tech,” Fitton said.

    He added, “These documents blow up the big lie that Big Tech censorship is ‘private’—as the documents show collusion between a whole group of government officials in multiple states to suppress speech about election controversies.””

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  2. So Biden gave a speech last night…. or something….

    “TWILIGHT ZONE MATERIAL”

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/04/twilight-zone-material.php

    “Joe Biden’s speech to a joint session of Congress last night was Twilight Zone material. The White House has posted the text here.

    As always, Biden himself looked like an escapee from Madam Tussauds, but he appeared to have had a touch-up for his appearance last night. Through the proliferation of falsehoods, the clichés, the incredibly tired language, the theme was too much is not enough and Biden’s head emerged as its expressive form. Even with the best efforts of cosmetic surgeons, no one would mistake Biden for anyone but a superannuated politico who has stayed too long at the fair.

    The setting was bizarre even by Twilight Zone standards. House seats were mostly vacant. Mask theater was the order of the day. Who among those in attendance is at risk of contracting Covid?

    Despite the manifest fear of the virus communicated by the scene, Biden rattled on about his great vaccination success. As usual, he did so without any mention of the man who made it possible, thus giving us yet another opportunity to meditate on the smallness of the man and his minions. It would be to his benefit to fake a kind word about the contribution of his predecessor, but it is not in their playbook. That much I can tell you.

    The speech should have worked its greatest effect on those who know nothing of LBJ and the Great Society, the Carter administration, and of American history generally. Other sorry historical episodes came to mind as Biden unveiled his big plans of free stuff for everyone, “good jobs” that are net detriments to productive economic activity, and the assessment attributed to the intelligence community: “[We] won’t ignore what our own intelligence agencies have determined – the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today is from white supremacist terrorism.”

    Can we get a new set of intelligence agencies?

    On the too much is not enough front, Biden also decried “systemic racism in our criminal justice system.” This combines generalized defamation with a global falsehood. Racial disparities in offending rates must be ignored and cannot be mentioned.”

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    Here’s the a look at that pipe dream infrastructure bill he keeps prattling on about.

    “Biden’s Trillion-Dollar Train Wreck”

    https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/bidens-trillion-dollar-train-wreck/


    On the menu today: No, really, you can’t keep track of the Biden administration’s trillion-dollar spending bills without a scorecard — and this administration appears to be whistling past the graveyard on the threat of inflation; there’s some easily overlooked good news on COVID-19 over the past two weeks; another police controversy, this time in California’s Bay area; and looking ahead to Thursday night’s NFL Draft.

    Biden’s Playbook: ‘The American [Insert Noun Here] Plan’

    What is the Biden presidency? The Biden presidency is . . .

    . . . spending $1.9 trillion on the “American Rescue Plan,” commonly described as “the pandemic-relief bill,” so you can move on to . . .

    . . . a $2.3 trillion “American Jobs Plan,” commonly described as “the infrastructure bill,” so you can move on to . . .

    . . . a $1.8 trillion “American Families Plan,” which hasn’t gotten a nickname yet, but will probably end up being called “the education bill” because it pledges to provide, at minimum, four years of free education . . .

    . . . so you can move on to the “Green New Deal for Cities,” which would “provide $1 trillion for struggling municipalities” . . .

    . . . so you can move on to a “Green New Deal for Public Housing,” which would spent $180 billion to “retrofit, rehabilitate, and decarbonize the entire nation’s public housing stock,” both of which are separate from . . .

    . . . the THRIVE Act, which would spend — excuse me, “invest” — $15 trillion over 15 years to create “family-sustaining, union jobs across the economy,” which is separate from . . .

    . . . I guess we would call it the “Green New Deal Classic,” which originally called for eliminating 88 percent of our current energy sources, banning cars, and cutting military spending by at least half.

    Got that? Like the old joke about the turtles, it’s massive spending bills, all the way down.

    Fact-checkers are quick to emphasize that Biden’s infrastructure plan “is not the Green New Deal.” PolitiFact asked Greenpeace, and Greenpeace emphasized that the two proposals are different, so that settles the issue:

    The American Jobs Plan also includes about $480 billion to boost manufacturing and research and development, some of which might boost clean energy. The THRIVE Act folds money for those activities into other line items, primarily its investments in clean energy.

    Ryan Schleeter, spokesman for Greenpeace USA, a Green New Deal Network member, said it is misleading to equate Biden’s proposal with the Green New Deal.

    “The American Jobs Plan is similar in intent to the THRIVE Act, but far narrower in scope and scale,” Schleeter said.

    Good heavens, how could anyone possibly mix up those two massive new spending proposals focused on clean-energy projects? It’s like Dylan McDermott and Dermot Mulroney. They’re completely different.

    Just in those first three Mad Libs bills listed up there — “The American [Noun] Plan” — Biden wants to spend an additional $6 trillion beyond what the federal government would ordinarily spend. That’s about a third of the entire U.S. economy, all on top of the $4.4 trillion the government spent in 2019, the last non-pandemic year.”

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    He’s senile if he thinks this is a good thing.

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  3. Tim Scott knocked it out of the park with his response.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/04/29/tim_scotts_2024_star_rises_after_biden_rebuttal_145675.html

    “Sen. Tim Scott never actively sought the role of race relations ambassador for the Republican Party. The role found him. And on Wednesday night, the happy but sometimes reluctant warrior embraced it with gusto. The only black Republican in the Senate and the most prominent African American Republican on the national stage, Scott delivered his party’s nationally televised response to the President Biden’s joint address to Congress.

    It was a powerful moment. South Carolina’s junior senator respectfully but forcefully accused Biden of failing to live up to his promise of unity while the senator expressed commonality with all Americans struggling to rise from humble roots. He then acknowledged the need for significant police reform while arguing the nation isn’t inherently racist:

    “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country. … It’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”

    The speech was undeniably genuine, calm and solution-oriented. Scott pledged to pursue “common sense and common ground” — welcome balm for a party still struggling to find its way in the post-Trump era even as he credited Trump’s and Republicans’ fight against the coronavirus for creating the “joyful spring” for our nation.

    Raised in hardscrabble North Charleston by a single mother who worked long hours, Scott retold his story about overcoming bad grades and disillusionment to become a county official, state legislator, congressman and, ultimately, a U.S. senator. “Growing up, I never dreamed I’d be standing here tonight,” he said solemnly.

    Scott then carefully took the fight to Biden, though first saying the president seems like “a good man” and noting that his speech was “full of good words.”

    “But our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes,” he argued. “We need policies and progress that bring us together. But three months in, the actions of the president and his party are pulling us further apart.”

    Instead of healing the nation, Scott stressed, Biden has delivered a sharp left turn, pushing $6 trillion in proposals, hiking taxes to pay for it all — while failing to require schools to reopen promptly and “weakening our southern border.”

    He also lamented Democrats’ decision to use Senate rules to push through COVID-relief legislation on a mainly party-line vote and threatening to do so again with a massive infrastructure bill and other spending measures.

    “They won’t even build bridges to build bridges!” he exclaimed.

    Afterward, pundits on the right and left gushed with praise even as some social media platforms, including Twitter, were trending with the racially tinged epithet “Uncle Tim.”

    Just minutes after Scott’s remarks ended, Fox News’ Chris Wallace hailed his “mad political skills.”

    “Man, if I were the Republican National Committee … I would put Tim Scott out as often as I can because he is a great spokesman for the party and a great counterpart to Joe Biden,” Wallace said, declaring that the speech had catapulted Scott into the top tier of the 2024 GOP presidential hopefuls.”

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    Shut up Chris you hack. He’s VP material at best. Show a little patience old man.

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  4. Again…. Yep.

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  5. Sorry, as always the GOP establishment plays the role of the spineless cucks.

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  6. ———

    Indeed it is.

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  7. Here’s Rudy’s lawyer statement.

    https://rudygiulianics.com/2021/04/28/statement-by-robert-j-costello-on-april-28-2021/

    “The Biden department of justice has completely ignored clear evidence (which the FBI has had for over a year) in texts and emails on Hunter Biden’s hard drive of failing to register numerous times as a foreign agent, child pornography, money laundering, and 30 years of the Biden Crime family taking millions and millions in bribes to sell his public offices.

    Instead, the Justice Department decided it was a higher priority to serve (at dawn) search warrants for electronics at the home and law office of former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

    The search warrants involve only one indication of an alleged incident of failure to register as a foreign agent. Mayor Giuliani has not only denied this allegation, but offered twice in the past two years through his attorney Bob Costello to demonstrate that it is entirely untrue. Twice the offer was rejected by the SDNY by stating that while they were willing to listen to anything Mr. Costello had to say, they would not tell Mr. Giuliani or Mr. Costello, the subject matter they wanted him to address.

    This contrasts with multiple proven incidences of failure to file as a foreign agent contained on the Biden hard drive which the FBI and the Department of Justice has ignored. You have not seen the home of Hunter Biden raided by the FBI with search warrants. This behavior of the justice department, enabled by a compliant media, running roughshod over the constitutional rights of anyone involved in, or legally defending, former President Donald J. Trump is becoming the rule, rather than the exception.

    It is also a clear example of a corrupt double standard. One for high-level democrats whose blatant crimes are ignored, such as Hilary Clinton, Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, and Republicans who are prominent supporters and defenders of President Trump who, are subjected to false charges and procedures used in the past, if at all, in cases involving terrorists and organized criminals.

    The electronics taken are, also, replete with the material covered by the attorney-client privilege and other constitutional privileges. The warrant served on Mr. Giuliani’s law office is another disturbing example of complete disregard for the attorney-client privilege protected by the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution.

    Remember the newspaper reports that explained that twice before, the SDNY went to Main Justice to seek permission to obtain a search warrant for Mr. Giuliani’s electronic devices and twice before the request was rejected. What changed? A new Administration – a new Attorney General. Were they ever informed of Mr. Costello’s offer? Was the Judge who signed the search warrant ever informed of Mr. Costello’s offer? We think not.

    Twice, Mr. Giuliani’s counsel offered to sit with the SDNY and demonstrate that Mr. Giuliani’s conduct was lawful. It is outrageous that the Trump Derangement Syndrome has gone so far that hatred has driven this unjustified and unethical attack on the United States Attorney and Mayor who did more to reduce crime than virtually any other in American history. Mr. Giuliani respects the law, and he can demonstrate that his conduct as a lawyer and a citizen was absolutely legal and ethical.

    Of course, I’m sure you will not be surprised that the FBI left behind the only electronics that contain evidence of crimes, the Hunter Biden hard drives. Mayor Giuliani offered them on several occasions, but the agents steadfastly declined. Keep in mind that the agents could not read the physical hard drives without plugging them in, but they took Mr. Giuliani’s word that the hard drives were copies of Hunter Biden’s hard drive and did not contain anything pertaining to Mr. Giuliani. Think about what that tells you. Their reliance on Mr. Giuliani’s credibility tells you everything you need to know about this case.”

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    Witch Hunt.

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  8. At this point it’s persecution, not prosecution.

    All for having the wrong political views.

    “The Feds’ Nonexistent Case Against Alleged Sicknick Assailants

    There is no reason to keep these men in jail, let alone in solitary confinement, in a D.C. prison.”

    https://amgreatness.com/2021/04/26/the-feds-nonexistent-case-against-alleged-sicknick-assailants/

    “he cause of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick’s untimely death on January 7 is finally settled, but the prosecution of his alleged attackers rages on.

    After months of dishonest accounts about what happened to Sicknick—first that he was bludgeoned to death by “insurrectionists” with a fire extinguisher and then that he died of an allergic reaction to bear spray—the D.C. Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the 42-year-old died of a stroke; the chemical sprayed in his direction during the chaos outside the Capitol on January 6 did not contribute to his death.

    In its haste to bolster the new narrative maintaining Sicknick was killed by rioters wielding bear spray—the acting attorney general was in on the lie from the start—the Justice Department charged two men with the chemical attack. George Tanios and Julian Khater were arrested March 14 and charged with several crimes including four counts related to possession and use of a “deadly or dangerous weapon” and for conspiring ahead of time to use the spray against police officers.

    They’ve been behind bars ever since. Both were transported to the nation’s capital where they joined dozens of January 6 detainees held in solitary confinement in a D.C. jail. A judge on Tuesday will consider motions filed by their attorneys to release both defendants as they await trial. (Tanios and Khater, friends since college, are being tried together. They deny all charges.)

    “An Assault on Our Nation’s Home”
    As I’ve reported for the past few months, federal courts, at the direction of Joe Biden’s Justice Department, are denying bond to nonviolent protesters as their cases continue a slow slog through an intentionally overloaded D.C. judicial system. The presumption of innocence has been suspended for Trump supporters involved in the January 6 protest largely based on a supposed “thoughtcrime” of doubting the legitimacy of the 2020 election.

    Before announcing his ruling, a federal magistrate berated Tanios from the bench. “Everyone in our country knows what happened on January 6,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Aloi lectured during a March 22 detention hearing. “We also generally know . . . that they were supporting the president who would not accept that he was defeated in an election. And so we have created this culture, radicalized by hate, and just refusal to really accept the result of a democratic process.”

    Aloi also suggested the bear spray killed Brian Sicknick—it was “surreal,” the judge said, to see a video of the “officer who no longer is with us”—and described what happened on January 6 “an assault on our nation’s home.”

    He preached on: “I don’t think I have ever seen anything play out in a way that was more dangerous to our community.” Even though the judge admitted Tanios did not spray the chemical, Aloi nonetheless ordered Tanios, a business owner with no criminal record, to remain in jail indefinitely.

    But the government’s case against Khater and Tanios is weak if entirely nonexistent. The flimsy evidence in the Tanios-Khater prosecution, as in most of these cases, relies almost solely on various sources of video taken on January 6—and the Justice Department is seeking protective orders to keep the full body of video evidence concealed from defense attorneys.

    Dangerous Evidence?
    Law enforcement officials have argued in court pleadings that defendants shouldn’t have “unfettered access” to tens of thousands of hours of video evidence because they might pass along the information to those who “wish to attack the Capitol again.”

    Instead, according to a recent Politico article, prosecutors are “working to build an archive of video that would permit defendants to peruse relevant clips but sharply restrict their access and permit prosecutors a chance to object if they feel such footage could be misused or present a risk.”

    This appears to be the situation for Tanios and Khater. An attorney for Tanios accused the government of presenting only “tiny limited seconds of evidence” and refusing to allow the defense team an opportunity to see the rest. “We see their limited interpretation of videos, and their view of those videos because they are tiny little pieces of them, handpicked by the government to show to the Court.”

    The sketchy photographic evidence against Tanios and Khater included in charging documents isn’t the government’s only problem. Law enforcement doesn’t know for certain if they used the spray at all. Under questioning by Tanios’ lawyer last month, FBI Special Agent Riley Palmertree could not confirm that either man pulled the trigger on the bear spray can:

    Attorney: Did Khater use the bear spray that day?

    Agent: Not that I know of, but that’s for further investigation—the investigation is still going on regarding the bear sprays.

    Attorney: OK. So it’s your understanding that Khater used the smaller canister of OC spray with the black handle that was sort of like on a keychain or could be a keychain?

    Agent: That’s according to my investigation, which is still going on.

    Attorney: You don’t have any reason to believe that the bear spray was deployed that day at all, do you?

    Agent: I have the bear spray cans myself and I haven’t submitted them for analysis, so that’s what I would need to do. That’s a very serious thing that I have to be sure on in a scientific way the best I can.

    In a separate filing, Julian Khater’s lawyers argued their client and Tanios were sprayed by others in the crowd, perhaps police officers, and never used the bear spray. The government even admitted in its affidavit that Khater at one point yelled out, “they just sprayed me.” Therefore, it’s a strong possibility the officers, including Sicknick who reportedly told family members he was hit by pepper spray during the protest, were sprayed by something other than the bear repellent.”

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  9. Well Amen, I’m with Chris Wallace on that comment. What his personal future is I don’t know, it’s way too early to hazard a guess at this stage. But Scotts’ message strikes a tone that will resonate with more conservative voters — and nonpartisans — going forward.

    People are absolutely worn out by the ugliness, anger and even rage — on both sides.

    The “Uncle Tim” slurs on the left were predictable, sadly. I was sorry to hear they “went” there. But not surprised. The political culture is absolutely toxic right now.

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  10. Scott is excellent, make no mistake.

    But he’s relatively unseasoned at this point.

    Besides, DeSantis is the hands down choice of R voters polled at this point, even when Trump is included. But Scott would be a great VP.

    Wallace knows this, but isn’t a DeSantis fan, so he does what he does….

    The Uncle Tim bull%$# is just racist Dems letting the mask slip. They are what they say we are.

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  11. The Democrat message is exposed as a lie yet again.

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  12. Facts?

    Pfffffttt……

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    Bueller?……..

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  13. Truth?

    Truth and Biden are no longer on speaking terms….

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  16. Blue Check Twit gets called out for his racist tweet.

    Then he trips over his own past while apologizing.

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  17. And how encouraging to see some new and inspiring party leadership and messaging begin to emerge and stand out. May there be more to come. It’s time to move forward.

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  19. That exploding noise you hear is just Traitor Liz’s career imploding.

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    From your mouth to God’s ears…..

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