29 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-13-21

  1. How can anyone say that this bill suppress votes? It expands the hours of early voting, and requires employers to give time off for employees to vote, either through early voting or on Election Day. There is always the possibility of absentee voting for those 65 and older, the disabled, or those out of the state, for early voting or on Election Day. And to single out blacks and Hispanics… do the Dems honestly think that these folks are too dumb to get to the polls? What a slap in the face of minorities!

    You won’t hear these things from the corrupt media…

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/texas-senate-passes-election-reform-bill-after-democrat-ends-filibuster_3945917.html

    “The Texas Senate approved an election overhaul measure on Aug. 12 after a Democrat senator ended a 15-hour filibuster.

    The Republican-controlled body passed Senate Bill 1 (pdf) on an 18–11 vote just moments after state Sen. Carol Alvarado, a Democrat, stopped speaking at around 9 a.m.

    Alvarado had been standing on the floor since just before 6 p.m. on Aug. 11.

    Authored by Republican state Sen. Bryan Hughes, the bill would tighten up voter roll maintenance, expand early voting hours, and force employers to give workers time off to vote, whether on Election Day or on other days.”

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  2. Obama, Super Spreader.

    “CONFIRMED: Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard Birthday Bash a Super Spreader Event

    Maybe we should call it the ‘Choom Gang variant.’ Blood on his hands?”

    https://freebeacon.com/politics/obama-super-spreader/

    “Former president Barack Obama shrugged off the concerns of scientific experts by throwing himself a massive 60th birthday party at his $17.5 million estate on Martha’s Vineyard this past weekend.

    As usual, the scientific experts were correct: The star-studded affair was a confirmed “super spreader” event, putting countless lives at risk and further cementing Obama’s reputation as a narcissistic war criminal.

    According to data compiled by the New York Times, COVID-19 infections in Dukes County, Mass., which contains Martha’s Vineyard, have spiked in the days since Obama’s selfish display of clout. Cases have increased 1,829 percent over the last two weeks, while hospitalizations have jumped 157 percent.

    As the Washington Free Beacon previously reported, Martha’s Vineyard and other vacation locales frequented by the Liberal Élite have become COVID-19 hotspots. Celebs, journalists, and other left-wing activists have been driving the national infection rate higher, putting countless lives at risk.”

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  3. Yet another politicized medical org turns to garbage before your eyes.

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    Inevitably.

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  6. Dems are enemies of America and continue to do all they can to seed areas with Covid positive invaders.

    “Eleven Senate Democrats voted against testing illegal migrants for COVID-19 at the border”

    https://hotair.com/karen-townsend/2021/08/12/eleven-senate-democrats-voted-against-testing-illegal-migrants-for-covid-19-at-the-border-n408444

    “Senator Marshall from Kansas put forth an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution that requires illegal migrants apprehended on the southern border to be tested for COVID-19 before they are transported away from the border. If the test result is positive, they will be quarantined and not transported from the border until they test negative.

    The amendment is a part of Section 3 of S. Con. Res. 14. Marshall’s amendment was supported by Senators John Cornyn, Susan Collins, and Jerry Moran. Senator Marshall is also Dr. Marshall, a medical doctor (OB/GYN), with public health expertise. Section 3 establishes “a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to protecting migrants and local communities against COVID-19.” Marshall’s amendment is a no-brainer except for eleven Senate Democrats who voted against it. It is such a common-sense amendment, as a matter of fact, that both Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Majority Whip Dick Durbin ended up urging the no voters to change their votes to yes.

    The amendment is straightforward. It ensures resources are provided for testing and treatment of migrants at the border and for quarantining those who test positive for COVID. What is there to object to?

    Schumer and Durbin aren’t stupid. They know that as the highly contagious Delta variant is causing a spike in COVID-19 cases around the country – especially in Texas – it is important for the Democrats to show a united front in measures to protect the health of Americans. But, no, the holdouts for providing safe haven for illegal migrants at all costs, including human health, aren’t concerned about a public health crisis.”

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  7. The Texas Supreme Court ruled this week and said Dems who fled their obligations could be arrested. Then some lower court judges thought they’d override that with an injunction. How’d that work out? 🙂

    “Texas Supreme Court Wipes the Smile off Runaway Dems’ Faces With Latest Order”

    https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/08/12/texas-supreme-court-wipes-the-smile-off-runaway-dems-faces-with-latest-order-n425579

    “In the last installment of the saga of the runaway Texas Democrats, Gene Wu was crowing about securing an order in Harris County preventing him from being arrested and dragged back to the House so that they could have a quorum, despite the arrest warrants being signed and the House Sergeant at Arms serving them at the offices of the legislators.

    From Reuters:

    “I was the crash test dummy,” Wu told Reuters from the Houston courthouse on Thursday, where he was helping file applications for the same type of writ for 44 other Democratic lawmakers.

    Wu said the writs were temporary, pending the court’s review of whether it has jurisdiction to block the arrests. Wu said the Democrats had “more cards up our sleeves” if the defense strategy failed, but declined to provide further details.

    Take out “crash test” and he’d be right. As we noted, the law wasn’t on the side of the Democrats.

    Wu’s crowing didn’t last long, as Gov. Greg Abbott announced.

    The Texas Supreme Court ruled to stay those orders from Harris County district court.”

    Doh!

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  8. Nice to see the WHO coming around to reality. 🙂

    “WHO scientist: China pressured us not to mention lab leak in the report and maybe there’s a reason for that”

    https://hotair.com/john-s-2/2021/08/12/who-scientist-china-pressured-us-not-to-mention-lab-leak-in-the-report-and-maybe-theres-a-reason-for-that-n408494

    “There are really two stories significant stories here both of which come from an interview which Peter Ben Embarek gave to Danish documentary makers. Embarek is the person who led the WHO investigation into the origin of the coronavirus, including a visit to Wuhan. He had some interesting things to say about the lab leak theory. The first bit of news is that the Chinese scientists involved in the investigation did their best not to have the theory mentioned at all in the final report.

    “In the beginning, they didn’t want anything about the lab [in the report], because it was impossible, so there was no need to waste time on that,” Ben Embarek said during the interview. “We insisted on including it, because it was part of the whole issue about where the virus originated.”

    A discussion of whether to include the lab-leak theory at all lasted until 48 hours before the conclusion of the mission, Ben Embarek told the Danish reporters. In the end, Ben Embarek’s Chinese counterpart eventually agreed to discuss the lab-leak theory in the report “on the condition we didn’t recommend any specific studies to further that hypothesis.”

    You may recall that after the final report deemed the lab leak theory to be “very unlikely” there was some pushback on that from the Biden administration and later from the Director of the WHO, Dr. Tedros who said last month, “lab accidents happen.” So given where the conventional wisdom seems to be at this moment it’s pretty remarkable that we almost got a WHO report that didn’t mention the lab leak theory at all.

    The second and perhaps even more significant comment from this same interview involves the way Embarek spoke about the likelihood of a lab leak. He argued that while a traditional leak might be unlikely, a collection error in which someone gathering viruses for the lab was infected might be considered both a lab leak and a zoonotic transfer. That hybrid theory, he suggested, was more likely than a lab leak alone.

    “A lab employee infected in the field while collecting samples in a bat cave — such a scenario belongs both as a lab-leak hypothesis and as our first hypothesis of direct infection from bat to human. We’ve seen that hypothesis as a likely hypothesis,” Ben Embarek said.

    Embarek even suggested a reason why Chinese authorities might be refusing to reveal all they know about the origin of the virus:

    In further comments during the interview that were not included in the documentary but were incorporated in an account by the Danish channel TV2 on its website, Ben Embarek suggested that there could have been “human error” but that the Chinese political system does not allow authorities to acknowledge that.

    “It probably means there’s a human error behind such an event, and they’re not very happy to admit that,” Ben Embarek was quoted as saying. “The whole system focuses a lot on being infallible, and everything must be perfect,” he added. “Somebody could also wish to hide something. Who knows?”

    That’s a pretty stunning statement. It really sounds as if Embarek believes the Chinese pushback on the lab leak is because they know some kind of human error is involved that they simply refuse to acknowledge. And once you open that door then it’s just a matter of what they’re hiding. Maybe it was a collection error. Maybe a lab leak. Could be anything.”

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  9. Good question, and note how the “experts” ignore RCTs they dislike.

    “Do Masks Work?

    A review of the evidence”

    https://www.city-journal.org/do-masks-work-a-review-of-the-evidence

    ““Seriously people—STOP BUYING MASKS!” So tweeted then–surgeon general Jerome Adams on February 29, 2020, adding, “They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus.” Two days later, Adams said, “Folks who don’t know how to wear them properly tend to touch their faces a lot and actually can increase the spread of coronavirus.” Less than a week earlier, on February 25, public-health authorities in the United Kingdom had published guidance that masks were unnecessary even for those providing community or residential care: “During normal day-to-day activities facemasks do not provide protection from respiratory viruses, such as COVID-19 and do not need to be worn by staff.” About a month later, on March 30, World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Program executive director Mike Ryan said that “there is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any particular benefit.” He added, “In fact there’s some evidence to suggest the opposite” because of the possibility of not “wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly” and of “taking it off and all the other risks that are otherwise associated with that.”

    Surgical masks were designed to keep medical personnel from inadvertently infecting patients’ wounds, not to prevent the spread of viruses. Public-health officials’ advice in the early days of Covid-19 was consistent with that understanding. Then, on April 3, 2020, Adams announced that the CDC was changing its guidance and that the general public should hereafter wear masks whenever sufficient social distancing could not be maintained.

    Fast-forward 15 months. Rand Paul has been suspended from YouTube for a week for saying, “Most of the masks you get over the counter don’t work.” Many cities across the country, following new CDC guidance handed down amid a spike in cases nationally caused by the Delta variant, are once again mandating indoor mask-wearing for everyone, regardless of inoculation status. The CDC further recommends that all schoolchildren and teachers, even those who have had Covid-19 or have been vaccinated, should wear masks.

    The CDC asserts this even though its own statistics show that Covid-19 is not much of a threat to schoolchildren. Its numbers show that more people under the age of 18 died of influenza during the 2018–19 flu season—a season of “moderate severity” that lasted eight months—than have died of Covid-19 across more than 18 months. What’s more, the CDC says that out of every 1,738 Covid-19-related deaths in the U.S. in 2020 and 2021, just one has involved someone under 18 years of age; and out of every 150 deaths of someone under 18 years of age, just one has been Covid-related. Yet the CDC declares that schoolchildren, who learn in part from communication conveyed through facial expressions, should nevertheless hide their faces—and so should their teachers.

    How did mask guidance change so profoundly? Did the medical research on the effectiveness of masks change—and in a remarkably short period of time—or just the guidance on wearing them?

    Since we are constantly told that the CDC and other public-health entities are basing their recommendations on science, it’s crucial to know what, specifically, has been found in various medical studies. Significant choices about how our republic should function cannot be made on the basis of science alone—they require judgment and the weighing of countless considerations—but they must be informed by knowledge of it.

    In truth, the CDC’s, U.K.’s, and WHO’s earlier guidance was much more consistent with the best medical research on masks’ effectiveness in preventing the spread of viruses. That research suggests that Americans’ many months of mask-wearing has likely provided little to no health benefit and might even have been counterproductive in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    It’s striking how much the CDC, in marshalling evidence to justify its revised mask guidance, studiously avoids mentioning randomized controlled trials. RCTs are uniformly regarded as the gold standard in medical research, yet the CDC basically ignores them apart from disparaging certain ones that particularly contradict the agency’s position. In a “Science Brief” highlighting studies that “demonstrate that mask wearing reduces new infections” and serving as the main public justification for its mask guidance, the CDC provides a helpful matrix of 15 studies—none RCTs. The CDC instead focuses strictly on observational studies completed after Covid-19 began. In general, observational studies are not only of lower quality than RCTs but also are more likely to be politicized, as they can inject the researcher’s judgment more prominently into the inquiry and lend themselves, far more than RCTs, to finding what one wants to find.”

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  10. The media malpractice continues…..

    But at least they corrected the “error”.

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  11. I just read in the paper that the cost for homes rose 23% against last year.

    Since housing, gas, and food are not counted by the US government in the inflation rate (So they don’t have to raise social security payments, and both military pay and retirement pay), that 23% is probably a more accurate representation of the overall inflation rate in the US right now.

    A consequence of printing money, among other things. 😦

    I simply don’t know how families are feeding their children.

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  12. See that, Turley agrees.

    The media blackout on pervy Hunter Biuden was entirely predictable.

    https://jonathanturley.org/2021/08/12/it-was-fing-crazy-sh-videotape-shows-hunter-biden-purportedly-admitting-russians-have-blackmail-material-on-him/

    “The media blackout on Hunter Biden’s laptop remains in force this week despite a major new development with the release of a videotape that purportedly shows Biden claiming that one of his laptops was stolen by Russians for blackmail purposes. He allegedly recorded the statement after filming having sex with an alleged prostitute in a Las Vegas hotel. This is major news from any standpoint. Either the President’s son admitted that Russians have blackmail material on him or the media (or others) have created a fake videotape and falsely framed Biden. One would expect, if it is the latter, that the Biden team will be announcing a lawsuit today. However, like the coverage in most major news outlets, there are only the familiar sound of crickets.

    On the videotape, Biden is reportedly shown having sex with a woman identified as a prostitute in the coverage. In the midst of this sordid scene, Biden describes how he went on a Vegas bender with Russians — “going round from penthouse suite to penthouse suite.” He stresses that the penthouses cost $10,000 a night.

    The videotape has Biden describing how he passed out in a hot tub “hangs over the edge of the $#%@^ top floor, with glass, it’s ridiculous.” He then says

    “I wake up and the only people that are there are Miguel, the guy frantically running round gathering things up, ok – and Miguel, and Pierce, this guy, his friend.

    They had kicked everybody out. And they had cleaned up the entire place, everything ok? And they were getting ready to leave, and I woke up. And there was this Russian 35-year-old, really nice, pure brunette.

    She refused to leave and they wouldn’t call an ambulance. And they didn’t know whether I was dead or not, at first.”

    He then states that the Russian took the laptop filled with compromising photos and material:

    “I think he’s the one that stole my computer. I think the three of them, the three guys that were like a little group. The dealer and his two guys, I took them everywhere. $#@^%$^^%$ everywhere, crazy out of your mind sh**…

    They have videos of me doing this,’ he said, referring to the filmed sex he just finished. ‘They have videos of me doing crazy $%^#%$#%$^ sex $#@%$#%$^, you know…

    They have videos of me doing this. . .They have videos of me doing crazy %$^#^ sex %^$#^%$, you know.

    My computer, I had taken tons of like, just left like that cam on. And he would always put in a passcode and all that, you know what I mean? It was #$%%$# crazy sh**. And somebody stole it during that period of time. He did all this kind of like pretend search and sh**.”

    When the woman asks if Hunter Biden was worried the Russian alleged thieves would try to “blackmail” him, Hunter replies “Yeah in some way yeah.”

    As usual, most Americans have not seen the story which is running largely on foreign media. This is likely to result in yet another run of President Biden to the nearest ice cream store.

    Before the election, the national media and social media companies imposed a virtual blackout on the Hunter Biden story. Even when Biden’s laptop emerged with highly embarrassing and incriminating emails, Democratic politicians and the media pushed a conspiracy theory that the emails might be Russian misinformation, even though the recipients of the emails confirmed their authenticity and American intelligence dismissed the theory. Worse yet, a key business associate of the Bidens, Anthony Bobulinski, confirmed the authenticity of the emails and accused Joe Biden of lying about his involvement. Bobulinski detailed meeting with Joe Biden in a hotel to go over the dealings.

    Social media companies like Twitter responded by barring the original New York Post story before the election. The media (which exhaustively investigated any story involving the Trump children) simply ignored the growing evidence that Joe Biden lied repeatedly for months in claiming to have had no knowledge of his son’s business dealings. The media refused to investigate the story even after Hunter himself contradicted his father’s repeated denial.

    Soon after Biden was safely elected, the media began to reluctantly acknowledge that the laptop might be authentic while avoiding the obvious questions about millions acquired from influence peddling or Joe Biden’s apparent lying to these reporters.

    The laptop revealed that, while receiving millions from the Chinese and other foreign sources, Hunter was an utter mess. He admits that during this period he was a crack addict and alcoholic: “[d]rinking a quart of vodka a day by yourself in a room is absolutely, completely debilitating” as well as “smoking crack around the clock.”

    The new emails contain additional information directly contradicting Joe Biden. In addition to earlier pictures from golf trips and references to his involvement or knowledge, the new material refers to an actual dinner arranged in Washington, D.C.

    It would be easy to dismiss these stories as the record of a hopeless addict. However, Biden was receiving massive payments from dubious foreign figures from China to the Ukraine to Russia during these years. The claim was that they needed his guidance on issues like energy development and financial dealings. Yet, Hunter Biden says that he was a wreck dealing with drug and alcohol abuse. Biden admits that he was still a crack addict running into his father’s last presidential campaign and the photos from China show him passed out and doing drugs as well as sexual trysts with various women, including possible prostitutes. In this book, Hunter admitted that he was still a crack addict and alcoholic: “[d]rinking a quart of vodka a day by yourself in a room is absolutely, completely debilitating” as well as “smoking crack around the clock.” Why would these sources be forked over millions to a self-admitted hopeless addict other than buying access and influence with his father?

    The irony is considerable in this latest disclosure since Hunter Biden is referring to losing a series of laptops on the laptop that he would later abandon at a computer repair shop.

    Now you have the son of the president saying that he believes the Russians have blackmail material on him but the media continues to struggle to avoid the story. Imagine if a laptop contained videos of Donald Trump Jr. having sex with an alleged prostitute while talking about how Russians likely have blackmail material on him. The media would reach critical mass with wall-to-wall coverage. Yet, most major media outfits continue to minimize or ignore such stories.”

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    But yeah, no story here….

    Move along….

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  13. My granddaughter, who was born with Down Syndrome, was having speech therapy before Covid. Since she had to wear a mask and look at a therapist with a mask, my daughter has withdrawn her from the therapy. It just makes no sense to think masks do not affect the way children learn to speak or learn phonics. Shame on those who support this nonsense.

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  14. Good question….

    “Why does the Biden administration have harsher words for Ron DeSantis than for the Taliban?”

    https://spectatorworld.com/topic/progressives-sense-proportion-hyperbole-biden-administration/

    “Isn’t it odd how progressives constantly emit platitudes like words matter, yet can never resist a chance to indulge in hyperbole of the highest order?

    On Friday’s Real Time with Bill Maher, former navy officer and current MSNBC crank Malcolm Nance made the absurd claim that 40,000 people stormed the Capitol on January 6. Though conservative pundit Ben Shapiro aggressively rebutted this falsehood, Nance did not back down.

    So what if he was lying?

    Insisting that ‘40,000 people’ entered the Capitol sounds a lot more dramatic — or melodramatic — than ‘1,000 people’ and it helps bolster Nance’s asinine storyline.

    The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (a Democrat) used to say, ‘You’re entitled to your own opinions, but not to your own facts.’

    That obvious maxim no longer applies.

    Consider the rhetoric of a school board member in an Oklahoma college town this week.

    Linda Sexton, an elected official, claimed that kids who don’t wear masks to school might in fact be murdering their classmates.

    ‘It’s just not OK for kids to commit murder by coming to school without a mask,’ Sexton said. ‘And when it comes down to it, it’s possible. They will cause a death of another child because they come to school without a mask. That’s not OK.’

    What a totally proportional comment!

    If you understand the vanishingly low risk of death that COVID-19 poses to kids (as even the New York Times grudgingly concedes), you would roll your eyes at this sad woman’s desperate attempt at fear-mongering.

    But these MSNBC contributors and COVID Karens are taking their cues from the top.

    Some moderate Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans naively believed Joe Biden would cool off our insanely polarized political atmosphere. Clearly those people were wrong.”

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    Again. Still.

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  15. Birds of a feather and all.

    “Republican Betrayal on Fake Infrastructure Bill

    Establishment Democrats and Republicans and their corporate media mouthpieces view the American taxpayer as an ATM to fund their priorities.”

    https://amgreatness.com/2021/08/11/republican-betrayal-on-fake-infrastructure-bill/

    “he so-called infrastructure bill that 19 miserable, loathsome Republican senators just helped to pass shows the utter worthlessness of a corporatist Republican Party out of touch with its constituents. Most of these senators are from red states, and many of them are people Trump bailed out in 2016 and 2020 (including McTurtle) and helped to get reelected. They just gave their voters, and the American people, the middle finger. One can’t help but think they’re either incredibly stupid or incredibly corrupt; probably both if we’re being honest.

    Not only does this bill add anywhere from $256 to $400 billion to our roughly $30 trillion national debt, it has very little to do with anything accurately labeled “infrastructure.” Only $110 billion of the $1.2 trillion is for highways, roads, bridges and major projects. If you throw in the monies for airports, ports, and assorted other items, you might get to 23 percent of this monstrosity designated for actual infrastructure.

    The other 77 percent of the bill’s funding reads like a far left wish list that paves the way for the Green New Deal. That’s why this bill should be dubbed the Gateway to the Green New Deal Bill and not infrastructure. Take for example that nearly 20 percent of the entire bill, $213 billion, is allocated for retrofitting two million homes and buildings to make them more sustainable, whatever that means. Or the $20 billion for racial equity and environmental justice. Or the mileage tax, as in yes, they want to explore taxing you for every mile you drive in your car.

    What adds insult to injury is the waiver permitted to corporations for the Buy American requirement included in this idiotic bill. As Breitbart reported, those 19 Republicans voted to outsource American manufacturing jobs overseas. Why? Breitbart writes: “Due to China’s dominance in steel and manufacturing, the carve-outs are likely to be a massive benefit for corporations in China that often are linked to the Chinese Communist Party and party officials.”

    So these predominantly red state Republicans voted to outsource jobs when that is a position that is wildly unpopular in their states. It couldn’t be clearer from this action how much they despise their voters. It also shows how much the Republican Party is in bed with corporate interests, who, I would remind people, are often not working to benefit the American people. This also highlights, yet again, that our biggest divisions are not explained by a red vs. blue dynamic. This is a corporatist ruling class working against the American people in which most of the D.C. elite cabal of establishment Democrats and Republicans and their corporate media mouthpieces view the American taxpayer as an ATM to fund their priorities.

    So not only have these Republicans shown complete and utter contempt for their constituents and all American taxpayers, should this bill become law, they will have helped pave the way for the Green New Deal. ”

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    I hope voters put these RINOs on the endangered list.

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  16. It’s an insurrection!

    Worse thing evah!

    Yeah…… no.

    “Jan 6 Prosecutors admit to possession of “images of officers hugging or fist-bumping rioters, posing for photos with rioters, and moving bike racks”

    Calls into question the trespassing and related non-violent crimes charged against defendants like Cuoy Griffin.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/08/jan-6-prosecutors-admit-to-possession-of-images-of-officers-hugging-or-fist-bumping-rioters-posing-for-photos-with-rioters-and-moving-bike-racks/

    “This week, federal prosecutors quietly revealed that they possess evidence that may sink their prosecutions of many of those who were present at the Capitol on January 6.

    This under-the-radar admission was made in a filing in the case of United States v. Couy Griffin. Griffin – an elected county commissioner for Otero County, New Mexico, a former pastor, and the founder of “Cowboys for Trump” – is charged with entering a restricted area outside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

    On Jan. 6, Griffin and a videographer traveled to Washington, D.C. to protest the results of the 2020 Presidential Election. After attending the Stop the Steal rally at The Ellipse, Griffin headed toward the Capitol as the crowd formed around fencing which had been set up in anticipation of the presidential inauguration.

    Griffin and his videographer made their way to the outside deck of the Capitol, where the Presidential Inauguration was set to occur in a few weeks. There Griffin borrowed a bullhorn and led a group of protesters in prayer. He remained on the deck for about an hour and a half before voluntarily leaving the Capitol grounds with his videographer.

    Griffin thereafter posted a video to the Cowboys for Trump Facebook page in which he stated that he “climbed up on the top of the Capitol building and … had a first row seat.”

    Griffin’s Arrest and Charges
    After the FBI was tipped off that Griffin had entered the Capitol grounds on January 6, the government charged Griffin with two misdemeanor violations sounding in trespass and disorderly conduct under 18 U.S.C. § 1752, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment.

    Griffin’s Facebook post has since been deleted, but these screenshots from it were included in the criminal complaint against him:”

    The Department of Justice appears to have an double standard when it comes to enforcing 18 U.S.C. § 1752. Recall that hundreds of protesters “broke through Capitol Police barricades” before “storming” the Capitol Building and the Supreme Court during the Justice Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.

    One photo from Roll Call shows some of those protesters standing in the same “restricted area” the government alleges Griffin “illegally entered.”
    Yet none of these protesters was charged under 18 USC § 1752 despite the fact that Congress was disrupted when the protesters invaded the Capitol Building in the middle of the confirmation hearings. Instead, they were charged with D.C. Code §22-1307 – a local law that carries a maximum of 90 days in jail.

    John Adams said that ours is a government of laws and not of men. Yet it becomes clearer every day that the opposite is true – the entrenched bureaucrats at the Department of Justice have one set of rules for those it views as enemies of Democrats and another for those they view as their political allies. And we know which category Couy Griffin falls into.

    The Government Tried To Keep Him Imprisoned
    Griffin was arrested on January 19, 2021, and as with many of those who were merely present at the Jan. 6 melee (and as I wrote about regarding another Jan. 6 prisoner here), the government prosecutors sought to detain him without bail for the duration of his criminal prosecution.

    In its motion for pretrial detention of Griffin, the government argued that Cowboys for Trump “advocates for fun rights” and that Griffin “is an inflammatory provocateur and fabulist who engages in racist invective and propounds baseless conspiracy theories, including that Communist China stole the 2020 Presidential Election.” According to the government, Griffin’s “inflammatory conduct, repeated threats, delusional worldview, and access to firearms makes him a danger to the community.”

    In other words, the prosecutors asked that Griffin be deprived of his liberty indefinitely pending trial simply because they disliked his opinions about politics and government.”

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    This is a farce.

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  17. Kids in cages!

    Where’s a crying AOC when you need her?

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    Gee, now what could have happened in January to set this off?

    Hmmmmm…

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  18. If reference to the Daily Mirror article — it is irrelevant. Nothing in the article and video transcript indicate anything other than homemade porn in the laptop; a story a stoned Hunter tells a prostitute about events which occurred while he passed out on an 18 day bender the previous year (not sure if his memory is credible in any case). Since Hunter is not part of the Biden admin, there’s no relevance to videos to Hunter sniffing coke and cavorting with prostitute other than click bait for Daily Mirror. The opinion piece AJ linked this morning seems to combine the contents of all three laptops and make conjectures on their contents.

    My analogy between Hunter and Tiffany had nothing to do with their actual behaviour but the lack of relevance they have for their father’s admin. Btw, not sure if Tiffany actually practises law; she’s an Instagram “influencer” with 250K followers posting updates of the lives of trust fund rich kids. However, the other Trump children were part of the admin and thus their behaviour is relevant so yes if Donald lost a laptop of homemade porn while sniffing coke with Russian drug dealers it would be relevant. There’s nothing to indicate the Russia girl was an actual prostitute.

    The MSM is bipartisan if there is relevance and factual evidence — they just forced Cuomo to resign. In any case, police just arrested a Republican campaign manger, donor and founder of a PAC for child sex trafficking. So even if Hunter’s story had any relevance this story features an actual arrest so it will have more legs.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/567688-minneapolis-gop-campaign-manager-pac-founder-allegedly-sex-trafficked?rl=1

    The man in question, Lazzaro, ran Lacy Johnson’s campaign against Omar.

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  19. It would be interesting to see the actual amendment on testing. Sanders and Warren are rarely on the wrong side of a health issue. I’d like to see their rationale.

    The AAP only said there is no studies to suggest speech delay. Obviously there are no proper studies — mask wearing has never been universal or prevelant until last year. I would think it would contribute to speech delay. Surprised a speech therapist would not use a plexiglass separation or face visors.

    The “Obama super spreader” article has some fun with data. In a small population like Martha’s Vineyard you can create huge percentage increases yet in terms of actual numbers its not a huge break out. Say for example you went from 2 to 6 cases in a week — that’s a 300% increase over a week. Given the county only had 40 cases in the last month which have been traced to three separate breakouts, there’s no super spreader. Even if the writer has good data, his last sentence where he blames leftist, celebrities and journalists for spreading covid nationwide removes any semblance of reliability — leftist are not responsible for the covid breakout that is the state of Florida.

    Numbers are difficult to believe in the middle of the pandemic — for example no one believes the Chinese numbers. The “correction” to Texas data is weird — the data was recorded by doctors, coroners, hospital adminn, etc and now with a stroke of the pen, its been drastically changed. As school policy becomes contentious, one can’t help wonder if the correction is politically motivated. As for Florida numbers, DeSantis needs to get his house in order and stop blaming others.

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  20. Speech language pathologists I have seen in the clinical setting use a mask with a clear insert over the mouth are so that the lips and their movements may be seen by the client.

    Young children have had a difficult time establishing a trustful relationship when they cannot see the facial expressions of their unfamiliar providers. I extend my badge to them and begin with”this is what I look like under this mask”. It helps to acknowledge they have apprehension even up through grade school.

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  21. The use of masks has been really difficult for those who are hard of hearing as they rely so much on being able to read lips along with the parts of the conversation they can actually hear. Now the masks make everyone a “mush mouth”. The lighter surgical masks are a little better. The return of full time N95s makes it diffcult again.

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  22. I am slightly hard of hearing but I found out last year how dependent I am on seeing the lips move in order to hear properly — its been far harder for me to hear students. The eye-ear coordination is important for some people.

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  23. Good tips, rkessler. I’ve seen the see-through mouth masks, probably in a broadcast news report, not in person yet.

    I have a hard-of-hearing friend at church and this has complicated life for her, she relies heavily on watching lips. We will all be glad when masks are no more — or at least recommended “only as needed” rather than all the time in many settings.

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  24. I have genetic hearing loss. I tried hearing aids and they only amplified sound that was closest to me. So if the stereo was on at work and a co worker was saying something to me a bit away from me, I could hear the music and not her words…I knew she said something but could not make out the words due to the loud music! (I lost one of the aids while taking off my mask…I didn’t realize it until it was too late…had no idea which time it was when de masking at the car!)
    With the masks, plastic barriers between cashiers and customers and 6 ft distances I am at a total loss as to what someone is saying much of the time. I usually put my ear down on the counter as I mumble…”what’d ya say?”!!!! 😜

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  25. I am hard of hearing, too, even with my hearing aids. The times that I have been out, Nightingale has been with me, and has “translated” when I couldn’t hear well enough.

    NancyJill – I don’t know if my hearing loss is genetic or due to Moebius or due to something else. Although my hearing aids do help a lot, I have found that they are not the same as merely amplifying sound in a natural way. They seem to amplify ambient sounds more than the human voice. My family still says I have the TV on too loud because I need the volume up to hear the voices, while realizing that the music in the show or movie is too loud.

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