20 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-6-23

  1. “TUCKER CARLSON: This is what democracy looks like”

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-this-what-democracy-looks-like

    “Kevin McCarthy has just lost the 11th round trying to be speaker. And it’s funny how we’re supposed to feel about this. We’re all supposed to be highly upset, outraged, appalled, on the verge of tears about the fact that some of his colleagues are trying to make it hard for Kevin McCarthy to become the speaker of the House. Very upset.

    But why exactly is it so upsetting? It should be hard to become speaker of the House in this country. Very hard. It’s a big job. It’s one of those powerful jobs in the world. It’s not one of those positions you give to elderly men who’ve campaigned from their basement.

    If you want to be the guy who’s second in line from the presidency in America, you’ve got to work for it. And Kevin McCarthy certainly has worked for it this week, whatever you think of him. You get the feeling McCarthy would crawl naked through a sewer to get this gig. And that’s not necessarily an insult, by the way. It’s what it takes, obviously. Maybe it’s what it should take.

    So if you take a deep breath and you think about it for a second, nothing we have seen in Washington recently, the supposedly apocalyptic world-ending drama of politicians arguing with each other, none of it qualifies as especially unusual or even bad. This is what democracy looks like when you get up close. I want one thing. You want another thing. We schedule a vote to see who gets it, or in this case, 11 votes.

    But whatever. How is that a disaster? Well, it’s not a disaster. It’s how the system is supposed to work. But don’t tell the moron community that. They’re too overwrought to hear you. “

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  2. Yes Virginia, there are political prisoners in the US.

    “Enemies of the State

    Two years after rioters stormed the Capitol, hundreds of defendants remain tied up in legal limbo and the government’s investigation is still growing”

    https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/enemies-of-the-state

    “Two years on, the legacy of January 6, 2021, is reflected in the ongoing saga around the protesters, agitators, and rioters who gathered at the U.S. Capitol: Some are in prison, and some still await trial, while others have just recently been arrested. Whatever one thinks of the events at the Capitol, the judicial process has been wildly inconsistent in its application of the law to those involved. The pretrial detention of certain defendants has been inhumane. The long periods of solitary confinement for even nonviolent offenders led Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren to believe that isolation was being used to punish people before they had been convicted of anything, or to “break them so that they will cooperate.” Hundreds of other defendants remain tied up in legal limbo.

    Perhaps it’s no surprise that the criminal justice system seems to be playing by a special set of rules for the January 6 defendants given the way that day has been described. President Biden has referred to those involved as “insurrectionists who placed a dagger to the throat of our democracy” and last year called it the “worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.” Not to be outdone, Vice President Kamala Harris compared January 6 to both Pearl Harbor and 9/11.

    Biden and Harris can’t possibly believe that a riot in which only one person died by violence—that was Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt who was shot by a Capitol police officer—is comparable to some of the bloodiest calamities in American history. The over-the-top language, which has been repeated by countless other politicians and pundits, places the event and the people who participated in it in a special category outside the normal standards of the law.

    According to the latest Department of Justice update, published on January 4, 2023, -950 people have been arrested for their roles in the events at the Capitol. The agency reports that more than 284 defendants “have been charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers or employees, including approximately 99 individuals who have been charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon or causing serious bodily injury to an officer.” Of the 950 people arrested, “approximately 860 defendants have been charged with entering or remaining in a restricted federal building or grounds. Of those, 91 defendants have been charged with entering a restricted area with a dangerous or deadly weapon.” 484 defendants have pleaded guilty, although only 119 to felonies and 351 defendants have been sentenced to date, including 192 to jail time.

    Many of those arrested for their activity on January 6 were charged with and convicted of violent, inexcusable crimes, like assaulting Capitol police officers. Others, however, appear to have been swept up in overly aggressive charges and sentences, and are now lingering in legal limbo. Among the hundreds of people arrested and imprisoned since that day, these are the stories of just a few of those currently incarcerated.”

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    “The investigations are far from over. The FBI says it has ID’d hundreds of suspects who have not yet been arrested. In December alone, the DOJ arrested 10 nonviolent offenders. They have the money to find many, many more. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is getting an additional $212.1 million in the new budget in part to “further support prosecutions related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and domestic terrorism cases.” And the FBI is getting a boost of $569.6 million over last year, “including for efforts to investigate extremist violence and domestic terrorism.””

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    The persecutions will continue if the feds have their way.

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  3. “January 6: A Day That Will Live in Alchemy

    In a feat of political sorcery—fueled by lies, cover-ups, and careerism—the Biden regime has transformed an unruly, four-hour protest into an act of domestic terror.”

    https://amgreatness.com/2023/01/05/january-6-a-day-that-will-live-in-alchemy/

    “A few weeks before Christmas, federal authorities arrested a Washington state couple for their participation in the Capitol protest on January 6, 2021.

    The FBI investigated Scott and Holly Christensen for more than 14 months; agents interrogated coworkers, scoured social media accounts, reviewed hours of security video from inside the Capitol building and body cam footage from law enforcement, and issued a search warrant to confirm the couple’s whereabouts that day.

    “According to records obtained through legal process served on AT&T, cellphones associated with [the Christensens] were identified as having utilized a cell site consistent with providing service to a geographic area that included the interior of the United States Capitol building, on January 6, 2021, from 2:43 EST to 3:51 EST. AT&T records confirm that both devices belong to Scott CHRISTENSEN of Puyallup, Washington,” an unidentified agent on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force wrote in a November 2022 criminal complaint.

    So, what exactly did these alleged “domestic terrorists” do? They entered the Capitol through open doors as police officers stood by. Carrying no weapons, the couple took photos inside the Rotunda and wandered through some hallways; surveillance video shows Holly Christensen talking to a Capitol police officer. At another point, Scott Christensen chatted with a D.C. Metro police officer, a conversation captured on a body-worn camera. Police led the pair toward an exit door about 45 minutes later without arresting them.

    For that uneventful jaunt through a public building that posed a threat to no one, the Christensens will now be destroyed by the Department of Justice, the federal court system, and the news media. Although both were charged with nonviolent misdemeanors—the same four offenses that represent the overwhelming majority of charges—journalists dishonestly portrayed the couple as traitors to their country. “Washington state couple to face Jan. 6 insurrection charges,” an Associated Press headline blared on December 12.

    Which, of course, is music to the ears of the Biden regime. Two years after the events of January 6, the Justice Department is preparing to accelerate its retaliatory, destructive manhunt for Trump supporters. More than 950 people have been arrested and charged so far, a figure expected to at least double by the time the dust settles. Last year, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves, the Biden appointee handling every January 6 case, hinted the total number of defendants could reach 2,000.

    The newly-appointed head of the FBI’s Washington, D.C. field office warned this week the agency’s work on January 6 cases will continue for “months and years to come.” Attorney General Merrick Garland released a statement to commemorate the second anniversary of the “attack on the Capitol” with a similar sentiment. “Our work is far from over,” Garland said, boasting how the prosecution “continues to move forward at an unprecedented speed and scale.”

    And why shouldn’t it? After all, 18 GOP senators voted to pass the $1.7 trillion omnibus bill last month, which included a $3.5 billion raise for the Justice Department, millions of which will be spent on hiring more government lawyers to prosecute January 6 cases. The FBI won a $570 million boost, bringing the bureau’s total annual budget to more than $11 billion.

    Nothing like feeding the wolves eating your herd.

    Joe Biden continues to fixate on January 6 in an attempt to brand Trump supporters, or any American who does not blindly embrace the Dear Leader, as “insurrectionists” and “terrorists” endangering the safety of the country. To honor the second anniversary of January 6, Biden will make remarks and hand out Presidential Citizens Medals to individuals who gave televised performances before the January 6 select committee.

    The family of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick will receive a posthumous medal for “[losing] his life protecting our representatives.” Biden, who has difficulty telling the truth about the circumstances of his own son’s death, shamelessly perpetuates the falsehood that Sicknick and several other police officers died as a result of January 6. (In his statement, Garland claimed five police officers died.)”

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    Thank God for real investigative journalists like Julie who have been on this fraud since day one. Her writings are extensive and fact filled, and you should check them out if finding the truth of Jan6 really matters to you.

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  4. Satan’s minions are well funded as they target children. And they have their useful idiots on the right as well.

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  5. The joke is on us.

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  6. The establishment shills are in panic mode.

    Chicken Littles gotta chicken.

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  7. Good.

    Call out the racist.

    “Cori Bush Gets Roasted on the House Floor for Her Vile, Racist Attack Against Byron Donalds”

    https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/01/05/cori-bush-gets-roasted-on-the-house-floor-for-her-vile-racist-attack-against-byron-donalds-n684206

    “The battle over who will be the Speaker of the House brought out the worst in Rep. Cori Bush, though that’s not exactly a tough task.

    As RedState reported, after Rep. Byron Donalds was nominated for the position in place of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Bush lashed out, essentially accusing Donalds of being an Uncle Tom who wants to perpetuate “white supremacy.” You know, because black guys are famous for their white supremacy.”

    “It’s just incredible what Democrats can get away with. Imagine if a Republican launched into that kind of vile, racist attack against a colleague, much less a colleague from a minority group. Don’t you think it might be major news and that it would lead to major consequences? That person would be stripped of their committees and censured in no time. But when Bush launches into a racist attack or Rep. Ilhan Omar dabbles in anti-Semitism, the leaders of the Democrat caucus just shrug. There’s zero accountability on that side of the aisle.

    Still, the status quo being maintained didn’t stop Republicans from lambasting Bush, and Rep. Dan Bishop roasted her on the House floor on Thursday.”

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  8. Another illegal just seeking a better life, right?

    “Man Charged in Federal Court for Allegedly Possessing Enough Fentanyl to Kill Entire Population of San Francisco

    Meanwhile, San Francisco is facing a natural disaster in the form of a bomb cyclone….in addition to the man-made one it created through its drug policies.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2023/01/man-charged-in-federal-court-for-allegedly-possessing-enough-fentanyl-to-kill-entire-population-of-san-francisco/

    “The last time we checked on San Francisco, city officials called for ideas to address the area’s massive drug crisis.

    Yet fentanyl continues to be a deadly problem in the Bay Area. In fact, a 24-year-old man has been charged in federal court for allegedly possessing 7.8 pounds of fentanyl, which is enough to kill the entire population of that city.

    Miguel Ramos was indicted in December on charges of possessing more than 400 grams of fentanyl for distribution, as well as similar charges for methamphetamine, crack cocaine and heroin. The charges stem from an October arrest in which San Francisco police allegedly found the 7.8 pounds of fentanyl, two ounces of meth and approximately one-ounce quantities of heroin and cocaine in Ramos’ backpack.

    The fentanyl distribution charge carries a maximum term of life in federal prison, the court indictment says.

    Ramos’ Oct. 8 arrest was publicized by San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins, who announced in a news release that Ramos had enough fentanyl to wipe out the entire population of San Francisco.

    When he was arrested, federal prosecutors subsequently moved to keep Ramos in federal custody while the case was pending, arguing that fentanyl is so easy to overdose from that he was a danger to the community.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler did order Ramos detained without bail, but did not seem swayed by federal prosecutors’ argument on the dangers of the drug.

    In her detention order, Beeler noted Ramos, “a native of Honduras, lacks significant ties to the Northern District of California and does not possess the type of employment or family stability that would reasonably assure his appearance at future federal court proceedings.””

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  9. There’s no doubt in my mind that if it was the Democrats holding 13 votes, the talking heads on the right would calling it incompetent and embarassing but because its Republicans its just democracy being a bit messy. In truth its a lack of discipline and somewhat undermocratic.

    Going into an election, everyone knew the House leader of each party – McCarthy and Pelosi. Some centrists independents in swing seats may have in fact based their vote on speaker preferences and now after the election, some Republicans want to switch leaders? Perhaps after leading the House for a bit and getting nothing accomplished, some Republicans could press for a change but not even giving their leader a chance? In the UK, several conservative PMs have been ousted by their own party in mid term most famously Margaret Thatcher. That seems reasonable but immediately after the election, it’s a bait and switch to the voters.

    In addition, if house reps have a problem with their party’s leader, then this should be hashed out in a caucas meeting prior to the vote. This promotes an image of competency. Now McCarthy looks like a man who acts entitled and didn’t have the foresight to insure his leadership. Not an image you want to project to independent voters or foreign gov’ts.

    Normally, I like the lack of party discipline in American politics. It allows members to advocate for their district independent of party constraints but this crosses the line into chaos. The Brits have the right idea, leader elected by the people but can be turfed by the caucus.

    Canada has far too much party discipline – most people vote the party platform and their leader not the local rep which is unfortunate. The local representative is more or less a puppet, rarely can they vote against the party without being kicked out. We also don’t have open primaries, each local party constituency runs their own nomination meetings and elections. I bought a party membership just so I could vote for my choice of representative (since the same party always wins my district). In addition the only way to turf a leader is a party confidence vote held at most once a year.

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  10. Apparently McCarthy now has a plurality – 213 votes. Honestly that should be enough for him to lead however precariously. Jefferies will never get more than 212 votes.

    When I noticed that Donald was the only African American in the group of 20 yet he was their nominee, it was hard not to think it wasn’t coincidental. The talking heads of the right would call it affirmative action or tokenism in another context. Bush voiced aloud what everybody else was thinking. It reminded me of Herschel Walker; there’s no way the Republicans couldn’t find a better candidate in Georgia. Republicans have longed viewed Democratic attempts to diversify their candidates as tokenism and playing to the electorate. It’s hard to think that they’ve decided to play the same game.

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  11. Of course there are political prisoners in the US. Leonard Peletier has been in jail for decades. You can go all the way back to the Palmer Raids in the 1920s and the deportation of American Communists to the USSR despite not having any ties to the place. You could even consider John Brown a political prisoner.

    Of course, the US justice system is messy, slow and inconsistent. How else do you explain a teenager spending years awaiting a trail in Rikers for stealing a backpack?

    All through the BLM summer, conservative talking heads were saying victims of police violence should have complied properly and listen more carefully to instructions. They said non-violent demonstratos were complicit in the violence because they were there. These commentators have done a full 360 demanding police (at least the FBI) be defunded. Political opportunism at its finest.

    The most striking thing to me was the complete naivete of the Jan 6 protesters. They saw scenes of police violence throughout the summer of 2020 yet couldn’t imagine it taking place when they protested? With no masks and cell phones with the location set, they entered/broke into a place with cameras everywhere and in broad daylight – what did they expect to happen? They virtually wrote their own arrest ticket.

    I genuinely feel sorry for some who clearly had no ill intent but were caught up in the moment. However, when you see violence at a demonstration it’s time to leave. When you see projectiles starting to fly, it’s time for an exit plan not a tourist visit to the Capitol building. You can’t blame police incompetence or even police assistance for your behaviour, there’s violence breaking out, leaving the area and not enter the building.

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  12. Dark money, corporate personhood and health care capitalism will give a South Dakota health care company having more influence than the people. Obviously there’s a counterpart on the right – for example the building of pipelines despite native and local farmer land claims. When corporations were declared persons by the Supreme Court, the left warned people. Its hard not to say I told you so.

    It’s actually hard for leftist not to say “I told you so” for many right wing populists complaints.

    Fentayl use is actually worse in rural areas as opposed to California – the Rust Belt, Appalachia and New England have a far greater problem. Opioid addiction can’t just be blamed on Mexicans – Big Pharma initially started the epidemic especially in poor rural areas. Apparently Dayton Ohio has the highest rate of opioid overdose deaths and Missoula, Montana has the highest rate of addiction.

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  13. Sure, “accidentally”….

    “J6 committee exposes nearly 2,000 Social Security numbers of Republicans, GOP governors, family members”

    https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2023/01/06/oopsie-j6-committee-exposes-nearly-2000-social-security-numbers-of-republicans-gop-governors-family-members-n522008

    “At least no one can say that the January 6 committee didn’t have an impact! Greg Abbott, Kristi Noem, Henry McMaster, and their families will have to guard against identity theft for the rest of their lives, thanks to the committee’s work in exposing their Social Security numbers.

    How many numbers got exposed? “Around 1900” of them, according to the Washington Post, which came from White House visitor logs supplied to the committee. The J6 committee failed to redact those from a spreadsheet released to the public as part of its final report on the riot.

    Ben Carson, a Trump Cabinet member that had nothing to do with the riot on January 6th, claimed validation from Ronald Reagan when informed his SSN had been exposed:

    When the House Jan. 6 committee wrapped up its work in recent weeks, it posted hundreds of records online, including interview transcripts, audio recordings and text messages.

    Also buried in the massive cache was a spreadsheet with nearly 2,000 Social Security numbers associated with visitors to the White House in December 2020, including at least three members of Trump’s Cabinet, a few Republican governors and numerous Trump allies. …

    Representatives of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) and former health and human services secretary Alex Azar, who were listed in the spreadsheet alongside Social Security numbers, declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment.

    “Whether it was a careless and sloppy handling of records or a deliberate disregard of decorum, either scenario is a perfunctory and callous display of government and a frightening reminder of the current state in Washington,” said former housing and urban development secretary Ben Carson, whose name was listed in the spreadsheet alongside a Social Security number. “President Reagan was a savant indeed — the nine most frightening words to hear are ‘I am from the government and here to help.’”

    Not only did a number of Republican officials and their families — Kristi Noem’s children, for instance — have their SSNs exposed, no one warned them either before or after the release. Noem’s office pointed that out when asked by the Post to comment. Most others declined to comment and thus validate the data that the committee had published to a world of scammers and identity thieves. That also includes two federal judges and “at least a half-dozen people” who testified to the committee, as well as one of their attorneys.

    One committee aide, talking anonymously, claimed that the release was “inadvertent.” It wasn’t “inadvertent” as much as it was incompetent. This data should have been redacted from the records as soon as the committee received it. The National Archives, which supplied those records to the J6 committee under subpoena, told the Post that they never thought the committee would be stupid enough to release them unredacted:

    The National Archives appeared to cast some blame on the Jan. 6 committee. The Archives’s public and media communications office told The Post in a statement that “while we took affirmative steps to redact personally identifiable information (PII), we did not expect that the Committee would publicly release records that still may have contained PII.”

    The statement added that The Post’s request for comment “was the first we had heard of a potential inadvertent release of personally identifiable information” and that “we are assessing the situation and any necessary steps to address an inadvertent release.””

    Incompetence or malicious, the results are the same. Clowns.

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  14. Looks like a deal has been made, and the holdouts will have their demand for a Frank Church Committee on the abuses at the FBI and several other govt agencies and interfering in elections.

    This was what they held out for. Some will also have rolls on the committee. This is a win for the holdouts and the country, even if the ungrateful don’t see it yet.

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