22 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-6-21

  1. The Banana Republic of America.

    That’s usually the case when Dems run the show. Obama taught them well. Show trials for everyone!

    “Cy Vance’s Trump case is straight from a banana republic — punish your political enemies”

    https://nypost.com/2021/07/01/cy-vances-trump-case-is-straight-from-a-banana-republic/

    “Donald Trump has long claimed that investigations of him are a partisan “witch hunt.” Manhattan DA Cy Vance seems determined to make Trump’s point for him by indicting the Trump Organization along with its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.

    The 15-count indictment throws a kitchen sink of charges, including grand larceny, conspiracy, scheme to defraud,and tax fraud. But the whole thing comes down to paying perks to Weisselberg — such as his parking garage fees, tuition for family members and reimbursement of holiday gratuities — and not reporting them as taxable income, or reporting that the wrong Trump entity paid them.

    For this they slapped Weisselberg in handcuffs Thursday and paraded him in front of the media — a stage-managed political show trial.

    Corporations almost never get criminally prosecuted for this sort of thing, but Vance wanted the name “Trump” in his indictment. You can bet that he would have indicted The Donald if he had the goods. The feds — who’ve been auditing Trump’s taxes forever — haven’t filed charges.

    Equal justice under law means the same law for everyone. That is violated not only when we give powerful people a pass in cases that would get ordinary people locked up, but also when prominent figures get pursued over things that would never get a normal person prosecuted.

    Attorney General Robert Jackson, later a Supreme Court justice and Nuremberg prosecutor, warned against “picking the man and then searching the law books, or putting investigators to work, to pin some offense on him,” in which case “the real crime becomes that of being unpopular with the predominant or governing group, being attached to the wrong political views, or being personally obnoxious to or in the way of the prosecutor himself.”

    True in 1940, true in 2021.”

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  2. It’s only a bad thing if Republicans do it.

    “Is Questioning Election Results a ‘Threat to Our Democracy’ When Democrats Do It?

    “All three candidates who are still in the running in New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary have filed legal actions seeking the right to review the ongoing ranked choice vote tally.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/07/is-questioning-election-results-a-threat-to-our-democracy-when-democrats-do-it/

    “The Democrat primary for the New York City mayoral race is a mess. Candidate Eric Adams raised concerns last week after more than 100,000 ballots mysteriously appeared and was mocked by some people for it, but then he turned out to be right.

    Now all of the candidates still in the running want to be able to review ballots. Weren’t we told that questioning the outcome of elections is a threat to our democracy? I’m pretty sure we were.

    The Associated Press reports:

    NYC mayoral contenders file lawsuits seeking ballot review

    All three candidates who are still in the running in New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary have filed legal actions seeking the right to review the ongoing ranked choice vote tally.

    Civil rights attorney Maya Wiley filed a lawsuit Thursday in state court in Brooklyn seeking to preserve her right to challenge the election results and asking for all of the ballots that were “cast or attempted to be cast” to be saved.

    “This is a wide open race and as is standard procedure, my campaign filed a petition to preserve the right to challenge the results should we believe it is necessary,” Wiley said in a statement Friday.

    Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and former city sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia filed similar legal actions on Wednesday. That was the day after New York City’s Board of Elections posted vote totals for the June 22 primary that erroneously included test data and then retracted them.

    Revised vote counts posted Wednesday showed Adams, a former police captain and state senator, leading Garcia by 14,755 votes. Wiley was practically tied with Garcia, falling just 347 votes behind in the ranked choice analysis.

    Part of the problem here is that they’re using ranked choice voting. Ranked choice voting is like Common Core math. At some point, a progressive looked at something that’s very simple and decided they could improve it by making it more complicated.
    The candidates are already signalling that they may sue over the results. Will they be accused of being a threat to our democracy?”

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  3. It’s OK though, because it’s mostly black on black crime, which is always ignored, and no one was shot by a cop.

    2 cops however were among the victims.

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  4. They wanna take their newest racist scam nationwide.

    “National Education Association Votes To Push “Critical Race Theory” Into K-12 Schools Across The Country

    Puts the lie to claims CRT is not taught in K-12: NEA Representative Assembly passes Resolutions requiring NEA action “Supporting and leading campaigns that … Result in increasing the implementation of … critical race theory … curriculum in pre- K-12 and higher education””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/07/national-education-association-votes-to-push-critical-race-theory-into-k-12-schools-across-the-country/

    “When the history of the Critical Race Theory in K-12 is written, the role of teachers unions will be prominent, if not dominant. The National Education Association (NEA) is the largest teachers union in the country, and it has been active in pushing CRT training and teaching both through its national headquarters and local chapters.

    NEA in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, targeted local mom Nicole Solas for serving a large number of public records requests, and NEA’s fingerprints are all over the messaging taking place to oppose dissident parents (more on that in subsequent posts). As we documented recently, the NEA Representative Assembly just passed a resolution directing NEA To Invest In Researching Groups Opposed To Critical Race Training

    One of the messages we continually hear is that “Critical Race Theory” is not taught in K-12. That’s of course a deception because kindergarteners may not have a book called “Critical Race Theory” but they are indoctrinated into the key principles using euphemisms like “antiracism” and “equity.”

    To the extent there was any doubt, at the NEA Representative Assembly just passed another resolution, New Business Item A, directing NEA to push “Critical Race Theory” into schools (emphasis added):”

    “The National Education Association, in coordination with national partners, NEA state and local affiliates, racial justice advocates, allies, and community activists, shall build powerful education communities and continue our work together to eradicate institutional racism in our public school system by:

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    2. Supporting and leading campaigns that:

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    Result in increasing the implementation of culturally responsive education, critical race theory, and ethnic (Native people, Asian, Black, Latin(o/a/x), Middle Eastern, North African, and Pacific Islander) Studies curriculum in pre- K-12 and higher education;
    A second resolution, New Business Item 39, reiterates the point, including that NEA must lead the effort against parental pushback (emphasis added):”

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  5. The teachers unions are neck deep in this scam.

    “Union-Linked Coalition Scripts ‘Messaging’ To Counter Parental Pushback Against Critical Race Theory

    Attacks on parents and groups opposing CRT in K-12 follow closely the messaging scripts and tactics prepared by the 300-group Future of Learning coalition CRT Messaging Guide. And deep in the mix was the largest teachers union in the nation, the National Education Association.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/07/union-linked-coalition-scripts-messaging-to-counter-parental-pushback-against-critical-race-theory/

    “For the past several weeks, mainstream media and K-12 school and teachers union officials have been in a frenzy asserting that Critical Race Theory (CRT) does not really exist outside of legal and higher ed academia, that CRT is not taught in K-12, that parents protesting against CRT are billionaire-backed astroturf, and that opponents can’t even define what CRT is.

    The opposition to CRT, we’ve been told, seeks to bar teaching historical truths and even “banning conversations about racism.” The messaging was been remarkably consistent, and erupted in the media in mid-June 2021, as we documented in two posts:

    Media Panics Over Mounting Opposition to Critical Race Theory (June 15, 2021)
    Panicked Media Escalates Disinformation War Against Critical Race Theory Opponents (June 17, 2021)
    Was this media and activist frenzy organic, or itself astroturf?

    Maybe it’s just coincidence, but shortly before the mid-June frenzy, a large coalition of over 300 progressive educational and union groups, over a dozen major left-leaning foundations and a parade of affiliated “influencers,” rolled out a CRT Messaging Guide with talking points identical to those repeated almost daily by teachers unions, in major newspapers, on MSNBC and CNN, and in digital media.

    Whether the Message Guide was a script being read from, or simply reflected a coalescing of tactics and talking points, its appearance reflects how organized the messaging against parents has become.

    Read the Messaging Guide below. It will all sound very, very, familiar.”

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  6. Charge this fraud with perjury already.

    “Dr. Anthony Fauci Finally Responds to Congressman’s Letter and the Ignorance is Stunning”

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2021/07/03/dr-anthony-fauci-finally-responds-to-congressmans-letter-and-the-ignorance-is-stunning-n2592006

    “Back in May, I reported on a letter Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) sent to Dr. Anthony Fauci about the origins of the Wuhan coronavirus, which The Washington Post included in their coverage. Jerry Dunleavy with The Washington Examiner who has been consistently covering the issue, had an update on Friday. While the congressman did hear back from Dr. Fauci, in a letter from June 25, he is less than thrilled with the level of ignorance:

    Gallagher told the Washington Examiner, “Dr. Fauci continues to hide behind highly legalistic responses that raise more questions than answers.

    “Moreover, if it’s true that the man in charge of our response to the pandemic didn’t have access to the relevant intelligence, that’s extremely troubling, and we need to find out why.”

    “Have you scrutinized all that the U.S. government knows about the sick researchers at the WIV, including the facts released by the State Department in January and any additional underlying intelligence or other information? If so, how so? If not, why not,” one of the questions asked.

    While Dr. Fauci’s answer to that question read “I am aware of unconfirmed reports of illness in WIV personnel,” Fauci said. “I do not have in my possession, nor do I have access to, any of the non-public information,” former officials say otherwise:

    A former Trump administration official told the Washington Examiner: “Dr. Fauci could easily request the underlying information as part of the Biden administration’s review of COVID origins. He should also provide his insights to the director of national intelligence review, including his view on COVID origins and WIV’s coronavirus research.”

    The State Department fact sheet released in January stated Wuhan lab workers became sick with COVID-19-like symptoms in 2019, which called into question the truthfulness of the lab’s denials. The WHO-China report said Wuhan lab officials claimed “no unusual respiratory infections had been noted in the previous year” and that “no suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 was seen by PCR and antibody testing of all staff was negative.”

    David Asher, the former head of a State Department task force examining COVID-19’s origins, discussed the sick lab workers in March, saying: “There is a possibility it was influenza, but I’m very doubtful that three people in highly protected circumstances in a level three laboratory working on coronaviruses would all get sick with influenza that put them in a hospital or in severe conditions all in the same week, and it didn’t have anything with the coronavirus.”

    Another former State Department official told the Washington Examiner: “I believe they were hospitalized. … If those people were sick — I think they were, we know they were — and the Wuhan Institute of Virology didn’t take any measure, then that is gross negligence. If they did take measures and they still lie about it, then it’s a cover-up.”

    In his answers to the five questions, Dr. Fauci referenced trusting in a World Health Organization investigation no less than three times, even and including when responding to a question where the congressman expresses concerns with “the Chinese Communist Party’s extensive coverup and lack of transparency, surrounding the origins of the pandemic.” As Rep. Gallagher has told Townhall before, the WHO investigation is “corrupted.” Nevertheless, the Biden administration still continues to put faith into the agency.

    The Biden administration also pulled out of an investigation put in place from the Trump State Department, as Townhall has reported. When joining the GOP Doctors Caucus in a press conference last week, Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Steve Scalise (R-LA) reaffirmed this point and reiterated concerns with the WHO.

    Another question asked about gain of function research, yet Dr. Fauci still claimed, as he’s done in the past, that what took place was not gain of function:

    Fauci replied that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases “supported coronavirus research conducted by WIV under a sub-award from EcoHealth Alliance from fiscal years 2015 through 2019” and the agency’s “funding for the coronavirus research at WIV totaled approximately $600,000 over the five-year period.” He contended that “no NIAID funding was approved to support gain-of-function research at WIV as defined by United States Government criteria” and that the U.S.’s gain-of-function moratorium “did not apply to any of the NIAID-funded studies at WIV because the approved work did not propose to manipulate the viruses in a way that would increase their transmissibility of pathogenicity.” Fauci said, “Therefore, the research that NIAID approved EcoHealth to conduct with WIV did not meet the USG criteria for gain-of-function research.”

    Richard Ebright, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Rutgers University, told the Washington Examiner in May that “the research was, unequivocally, gain of function research.”

    The NIH’s RePORTER website said the agency has provided $15.2 million to Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance over the years, with $3.74 million provided toward understanding the risk of bat coronavirus emergence.

    In a testy exchange with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who is also a doctor, Dr. Fauci insisted that gain of function research did not apply in this case.”

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  7. Call it.

    This lie is dead.

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  8. A diary for the Left, and definitely NOT a reliable resource.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/wikipedia-co-founder-warns-wikipedia-is-more-one-sided-than-ever_3887650.html

    “Larry Sanger, a co-founder of Wikipedia, warned that the online encyclopedia is “more one-sided than ever” in light of the website’s entries for Black Lives Matter, the 2020 election, former President Donald Trump’s two impeachments, and other contentious topics.

    Sanger, in particular, took issue with how some Wikipedia entries are sourced.

    “In short, and with few exceptions, only globalist, progressive mainstream sources—and sources friendly to globalist progressivism—are permitted,” he wrote in an article on his website.

    “Several centrist news outlets like The Daily Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, and The Weekly Standard are sometimes allowed to be sourced, he said, but Wikipedia editors are “careful never to leave the current Overton Window of progressive thought.”

    Unlike Facebook Inc. and Twitter, which take more top-down approaches to content moderation, Wikipedia, which turned 20 years old earlier this year, largely relies on unpaid volunteers to handle issues around users’ behavior, editing entries, and other aspects of the site’s management.

    Wikipedia has 230,000 volunteer editors who work on crowdsourced articles and more than 3,500 “administrators” who can take actions like blocking accounts or restricting edits on certain pages, according to a Reuters article.

    Further, Sanger suggested, Wikipedia’s editors have “systematically purged conservative mainstream media sources” because its editors “do not want what they dismiss as ‘misinformation,’ ‘conspiracy theories,’ etc., to get any hearing. In saying so, they (and similarly biased institutions) are plainly claiming exclusive control over what is thinkable. They want to set the boundaries of the debate, and they want to tell you how to think about it.”

    “It is not too far to say that Wikipedia, like many other deeply biased institutions of our brave new digital world, has made itself into a kind of thought police that has de facto shackled conservative viewpoints with which they disagree,” Sanger wrote in a conclusion on his website. “Democracy cannot thrive under such conditions: I maintain that Wikipedia has become an opponent of vigorous democracy.””

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  9. Exhibit B. in the case against The Banana Republic of America.

    The politicization of the justice system to target political enemies continues…

    “The Disciplinary Railroading of Rudy Guiliani

    The freewheeling and politically-ionized standards employed by the court to suspend Guiliani’s law license on an emergency basis without hearing erode trust in our justice system.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/07/the-disciplinary-railroading-of-rudy-guiliani/

    ““The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers!”

    Dick the Butcher’s famous line in Shakespeare’s play King Henry VI, Part 2 was not, as many think, a disparagement of the legal profession, but an acknowledgment that potential despots – in that case, Jack Cade, an anarchist seeking to overthrow the government – must sideline those who defend the rule of law in order to achieve their authoritarian goals.

    The New York State Supreme Court took a cue from Dick the Butcher last week when it suspended Rudolph Giuliani from practicing law.

    The move violated the U.S. Constitution in at least two important ways. First, the court impermissibly punished the former mayor for exercising his First Amendment right to free speech, and second, it violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s requirement that any deprivation of property be preceded by a hearing.”

    The Parties
    Several parties filed grievances against Giuliani. These included Reps. Ted Lieu and Mondair Jones, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, and an organization called Lawyers Defending American Democracy (LDAD) – a group whose directors includes one member who serves on the board of Planned Parenthood and another who represented traitor Bowe Bergdahl and phony “whistleblower” and Trump impeachment instigator Lt. Col. Eugene Vindman. The disciplinary grievance from LDAD reportedly was signed by over 3,000 lawyers.

    The court that issued the suspension order was the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division. The panel consisted of five Democratic judges: Rolando Acosta, Dianne Renwick, Sallie Manzanet-Daniels, Judith Gische and Barbara Kapnick. (Notably, Gische had prior experience with Giuliani – she presided over the litigation of the mayor’s very messy public divorce from second wife Donna Hanover in 2002.)”

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    Due process?

    Pfffttttt……….. Not in this Banana Republic.

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  10. It’s The Green Scam 2.0

    Obama taught them well, and having the Biden admin filled with Obama acolytes doesn’t hurt either…

    “What is China Buying in the Biden Administration?”

    And why does it all seem to benefit Democrat donors, just like in the Obama years?

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17518/china-biden-administration

    “The simple fact is that there are large, powerful donors to the Biden campaign that have big financial stakes in these green energy companies. It is a wealth transfer to Biden’s biggest bundlers, and that is a huge and massive problem.

    For those companies with inside connections to the Biden campaign, it is American taxpayer money that is truly “shovel-ready.”

    Former congressmen and senators, and former US ambassadors are being paid large sums of money by governments such as China, or by firms directly linked to those governments, which do not have America’s best interest at heart. They are lobbying in Washington to get their paymasters’ voices heard.

    If you invest a couple of million dollars, let us say, in lobbying, or you invest a couple of million dollars in campaign contributions, often you can get benefits that are worth ten times that.

    For Wall Street and Silicon Valley, the prospect of doing deals in China is mesmerizing. To do those deals in China, as they have learned, you must play nice with the regime, speak well of them, feather their nests…. It is no less tempting for American politicians…. Of greatest concern are the deals that actually advance Chinese state interests.

    There is no other way to state this. The only way we can correct this situation is by exposing these people and showing U.S. citizens exactly what they are doing in our society.

    [J]ust before the 2020 election, the [New York Times ran a piece by its “media reporter” bragging about their role as gatekeepers that would not pursue the Hunter Biden story.

    What is China buying in the Biden Administration? A look to the recent past may provide some answers.

    If you go back to 2009-10 and look at the “shovel-ready” stimulus package that President Barack Obama pushed through, as most people now know, there were huge amounts of money in the form of direct grants and loan guarantees that went to Solyndra and other “green energy” companies that failed. Yet, the question remained: Where did all that taxpayer money go for green energy?

    If you trace it, you will find that 80 percent of that money went to green energy companies that were owned by individuals who sat on Barack Obama’s Finance Committee for his 2008 campaign.

    Now that Obama’s former VP is president, another infrastructure package will include plenty of expenditures for more green schemes. Whether they work or whether they will simply raise our energy prices, the simple fact is that there are large, powerful donors to the Biden campaign that have big financial stakes in these green energy companies. It is a wealth transfer to Biden’s biggest bundlers, and that is a huge and massive problem. For those companies with inside connections to the Biden campaign, it is American taxpayer money that is truly “shovel-ready.””

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  11. Biden’s America.

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  12. These frauds only get to publish their garbage because of far better men and women than themselves.

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  13. He just lies and makes stuff up.

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  14. If you drive 70 in a 55, and are pulled over, you can’t use; everyone else is doing it as a defence. Similarly, Trump’s corporate and personal taxes were being audited long before he was president (they probably put it on hold while he was president) Any corporate audit would look at upper management, and its the benefits, etc that auditors focus on. Sure everyone does it but that’s no defense and since his taxes have been under an audit for over a decade you would think they would be more careful. Its similar to speeding when a sign tells you speed trap ahead. There’s an attitude of entitlement and exceptionalism.

    From what I know, the NYC election board has always been a mess. I see it as the natural results of a “one party” city. This also applies to a “one party” district or state. When districts are gerrymandered so that primaries are the real elections, the lower level of scrutiny causes problems. I was extremely puzzled when I found out that some representatives ran unopposed. In Canada, even in districts where its almost automatic one party will win — rural western seats for the Conservatives, my district for the socialist NDP — the other parties always nominate a candidate. This forces some honesty and less shenanigans at the nomination level.

    I always wonder why Republicans focus on Chicago violence. Its 10th in the city in per capita murder; Its St Louis, Balitmore, Detroit for the top 3; In terms of total violent crime, Chicago ranks 17th.

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  15. The right is coming closed to defying CRT but to say “antiracism” and “equality” are euphemisms for CRT is casting a pretty wide net. With that type of definition, all whats left is glorious story telling and a burying of the past. The NEA memo doesn’t seem to over the top — it all depends on how you define the terms; you could imagine an impossible exaggeration or you can see it as the usual drivel which rarely makes it into a classroom. As far as I know, the NEA does not write curriculum and the majority of history textbooks have to be approved by a Texas Board which is normally fairly conservative. By the time, any history curriculum makes its way to the classroom, its watered down and the constrained by time and other factors. Elementary teachers are mostly middle class and slightly conservative. They also don’t like to draw attention to their classroom so they teach according to the community and even the class. My health lessons changed when I changed schools and even from class to class. Thus much of what is fueling the right wing angst is unnecessary fear.

    Its manufactured outrage. People look at their screens everyday to find why they are supposed to be scared or mad and they parrot the message. A few months later, another group looking at similar screens learns what the response to the outrage should be. And the cycle continues — outrage keeps eyeballs on the screens waiting for instructions.

    As for CRT, it doesn’t seem too radical. Look critically at the past so we can understand how the underlying structure which still remains continues the problems of race, class, etc. Can’t really teach it at the elementary level other than to veer away from the “great men” and “great narratives” of past history but that’s been going on for at least 25 years.

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  16. Wikipedia isn’t biased. For all its short comings the system of crowd sourcing has produced an extensive source of information. There’s a liberal joke that facts have a liberal bias hence the conservatives find sites like wikipedia annoying. A bit of an exaggeration but what is apparent is the echo chamber some people inhabit. Wikipedia doesn’t reflect the right side of the internet but neither does it reflect the left side. But the political spectrum is far wider in the world (which includes wikipedia contributors) than it is in the US.

    I’m not sure what the swarming thieves has to do with racism and dog whistles. Swarming as a shoplifting techniques isn’t that unusual and is pretty color blind.

    Biden lied about his baseball game in 1973. As a scandal, this ranks right up there with Obama’s tan suit. Seriously, if this is all they have, the right side of the internet needs to find another hobby.

    The Nation aritcle was a bit over the top in some respects but to view the US as a colonizer of the continent isn’t a radical proposition — Canada did the same, moving westward establishing Europeans settlements and moving natives out of the way, and Russia did the same in Siberia. Europeans weren’t the only colonizers. The idea that US foreign policy is geared to perpetuate white privilege applies a domestic issue to an international action — a more accurate claim would focus on class not colour. US foreign policy (and they’re not the only country) is geared to maintaining and extending influence and control — always has been, not a radical proposition –I’d argue its for the benefit of the rich some others will argue its to benefit white people but they mix colour with race which is common in the US but not applicable as much elsewhere.

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  17. Speaking of a squirrel — last year an average of 112 people were shot to death per day. By that measure 150 over a two day period is a fairly quiet weekend in America. I think the attempt to distract is going the other way.

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  18. Now you’re doing a Biden and just making stuff up.

    Show your source, and no including self-inflicted people like you lefties love to do.

    Chicago had 118 alone, so I want sources.

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