Saturday, November 28, 2020

11/28/20 Beach Report

Georgia beat Skye and I down to the beach today, a little before noon. It's another sunny day, mid 50's with bit of a north wind.

A male Bufflehead duck rather close offshore. You can get some hint of the glossy purple and green highlights in the head

A couple of Semipalmated Sandpipers stopped by on their long journey south.
It was a mid tide rising, and tooth hunting was OK, about 15.

Russiagate: Carter Page Sues the Usual Suspects

But, first, some continued discussion of the Michael Flynn pardon. John Solomon at JTN lays out The dozen belated disclosures that turned the tide in Michael Flynn’s case "Long-withheld evidence of innocence revealed the FBI never thought it had a case against former Trump national security adviser." Nothing you haven't seen here before, but won't see in the NYT or WaPoo. Eli Lake at Yahoo! Trump Was Right to Pardon Michael Flynn. Yes, after Judge Emmett Sullivan refused to do the right thing and dismiss the charges the way the DOJ wanted in a timely matter. But, of course we have naysaying from the usual never-Trumpers and Democrats. David Frum from the Atlantic spins a wild tale about how Trump Pardoned Flynn to Save Himself and Adam Schiff: Flynn Pardon Demonstrates Our System ‘Can Be Exploited by Hostile Foreign Powers’ (Breitbart). What's he gonna say when Joe has to pardon Hunter? (Fox, After joining Burisma, Hunter Biden requested meetings with Antony Blinken: State Dept. emails, President-elect Joe Biden nominated Blinken for secretary of state)

And the media? Tom Maguire at JOM asks you to Pardon Their Coverage

Resistance "Journalists" belly flop on the Flynn pardon.

For an example of an inarguably corrupt purchased pardon we turn to Bill Clinton and Marc Rich. However, despite investigations and hearings no crimes were charged.

For pardons arguably linked to obstruction of justice we can turn to Bush 41. His Christmas Eve pardon of Caspar Weinberger effectively ended the seemingly immortal Walsh investigation into Iran/Contra. And of course Wild Bill Clinton had entrants in the obstruction category, notably Susan McDougal of Whitewater fame.

And Carter Page? Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media, Justice Is Coming: Carter Page Takes Comey, McCabe, Strzok to Court in $75M Obamagate Lawsuit  and Althouse reports "Carter Page sued fired FBI Director James Comey, fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, the FBI, and others involved in the improper Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act snooping..."

"... on the former Trump campaign associate that relied upon British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s discredited dossier to obtain approval from the FISA court."

The Washington Examiner reports Carter Page sues James Comey, Andrew McCabe, the FBI, and others for $75M

Carter Page sued fired FBI Director James Comey, fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, the FBI, and others involved in the improper Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act snooping on the former Trump campaign associate that relied upon British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s discredited dossier to obtain approval from the FISA court.

Page filed the 59-page complaint with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday, with his lawyers saying that he “seeks relief herein for Defendants’ multiple violations of his Constitutional and other legal rights in connection with unlawful surveillance and investigation of him by the United States Government.”

The lawsuit was filed against Comey, McCabe, the bureau, the Justice Department, fired FBI deputy assistant director of counterintelligence Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, former supervisory special agent Joseph Pientka, FBI agent Stephen Somma, and supervisory intelligence analyst Brian Auten, with Page condemning the "unjustified and illegal actions" and "unlawful spying” and arguing that the court should award him “compensatory and special damages” for no less than $75 million.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s December 2019 report on FISA abuse concluded that the FBI’s investigation was filled with serious missteps and concealed exculpatory information from the FISA court. Horowitz criticized the bureau for at least 17 “significant errors and omissions” discovered in the Page FISA applications spanning from fall 2016 to summer 2017. The FISA filings relied upon a salacious, unverified, and now-discredited dossier compiled by Steele, who’d been hired by Fusion GPS, which in turn was hired by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee through the Perkins Coie law firm.

Page was never charged with any wrongdoing.

 Filed under suits I want to succeed, but probably won't because they're filed in the DC Circus.

Election 2020: Pennsylvania - A Crack in the Blue Wall?

 From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 11.27.20 (Afternoon Edition) Vox Popoli offers An Analysis Of The Powell Filing In GA.

. . . I have no idea about the likelihood of success. Plaintiffs make an excellent argument. That is, what they allege is indeed serious. It's not a complaint that you read and wonder "What the hell were these lawyers smoking when they filed this?" Maybe Plaintiffs are wrong. Maybe they can't prove what they allege. But that is different than "what were they smoking?" If they can prove what they allege, the court has the power to grant their request to de-certify the election and audit the votes. But courts are generally loathe to overturn elections. If the Plaintiffs' evidence (key word is evidence, not allegations) ultimately comes down to really improbable voting patterns, Plaintiffs are not likely to win. Plaintiffs need to be able to say, "Here is how voter fraud occurred and here are the number of fraudulent votes cast/changed/deleted/added because of that fraud." If they can't do both, or at least do both in sufficient numbers to cast Biden's margin of victory into doubt in Georgia, they won't win. If they can do both, this case will get real interesting real fast. If this court finds that Dominion voting machines do not keep records that allow an audit of votes in a Presidential election despite a clear federal statute to do so, then I truly have no idea where this ends up. In that case, I am truly glad that RBG is not on the court any longer.

From Sundance via OAN, Rudy Giuliani Discusses Pathway to Supreme Court… (Video) and Pennsylvania State Legislature Files Resolution to Dispute Statewide 2020 Election Results…, and from Wombat's In The Mailbox: 11.27.20 (Evening Edition), Vox Popoli, The PA House Steps In, and Legal Insurrection: PA State Judge Upholds Halt To Certification

As AllahPundit crows, 3-0: All-Republican Panel Of Third Circuit Savages Trump Appeal In Pennsylvania Election Case and Fox, Trump campaign eyes Supreme Court battle after appeals panel tosses Pa. fraud case. At JTN, from Sophie Mann, 'Sooner the better.' Trump plans to take election case to Supreme Court, adviser says

"If we can overturn even just one state and get it to not certify a Biden win because the vote was so tainted, in a place like Pennsylvania, that alone would be a pretty massive win," he said, just hours after an appeals court rejected the Trump campaign's lawsuit in Pennsylvania.

"We will be appealing to the United States Supreme Court, which has always been where we wanted to end up. The sooner the better. We want to make these cases before the high court and we believe we have a compelling argument to make," Cortes said.

Sundance, Arizona Legislature Schedules November 30th Public Hearing For Evidence in Election Fraud…. Going that same route as Pennsylvania? 

ET, Election Findings Could ‘Easily’ Overturn 3 States, Data Analyst Concludes and Video: Matt Braynard: Evidence of Vote Fraud Enough to Flip StatesData Scientist: ‘Weird’ Spike in Incomplete Nevada Voter Registrations, Use of ‘Casinos’ as Home Addresses and Pennsylvania Poll Watcher Describes Election Irregularities, Including 47 Missing USB Cards.

Sundance, Renowned Data and Cyber-Crimes Expert Concludes 2020 Election Results Were Fraudulent…

Dr. Navid Keshavarz-Nia, is an experienced cybercrimes investigator and digital security executive, who has worked with the CIA, NSA, FBI, and U.S. military counterintelligence. In addition to his work with U.S. intelligence agencies Dr. Keshavarz-Nia works on cyber security and fraud with financial giants like Deutsche Bank and Stripe.

Within the documents filed by Sidney Powell in Georgia Wednesday, Dr. Keshavarz-Nia shares this bombshell assessment in his affidavit. Ms. Powell has some high-powered experts in support of her court filings. [pdf link here]

Daniel Greenfield at Front Page, An Illegitimate Election Plunges the Republic into a Crisis; I'm not sure it's a crisis, yet.  

Not helping. MSN citing Bloomy, Pro-Trump Group Donor Sues Over Failure to Expose Election Fraud

A pro-Trump group that promised to challenge the Nov. 3 election results and expose fraud was sued by a North Carolina money manager who donated $2.5 million to the cause but says he didn’t get his money’s worth.

So, if a vote doesn't go my way, can I sue the losing candidate for not trying hard enough. On the other hand. On the other hand, what starts as a cause, becomes a business, and then degenerates in a scam. That was awfully quick, though. 

Rule 5 Saturday - Arctic Fox - Sienna Guillory

Somehow recently we started watching Fortitude on Prime a story about mysterious happenings in the far north, and saw Sienna Guillory. Good enough for a Rule 5 Post:

Sienna Tiggy Guillory (born 16 March 1975) is an English actress and former model. She is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Jill Valentine in several entries of the Resident Evil action-horror film series. Other prominent roles include elf princess Arya Dröttningu in the fantasy-adventure film Eragon, and the title role in the TV miniseries Helen of Troy. She has also taken on starring roles in popular TV shows including Fortitude, Stan Lee's Lucky Man, and Luther.
As Natalie Yelburton in Fortitude
Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England, Guillory is the daughter of the American folk guitarist Isaac Guillory and his first wife, English model Tina Thompson, whom he married in 1973. Her father was the son of American and Turkish-Jewish parents and born at the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba.

Her parents moved to Fulham, London when Guillory was two, then later to Norfolk when she was 11. At the age of ten, she went to stay with cousins in Mexico to learn Spanish. 

As Jill Valentine in Resident Evil
Guillory explained that she "became an actor because I wanted to know what it was like to be other people. Because possibly I don't like myself", and later said "I hate acting, really hate it. I kind of fell into it sideways ... I started acting because I got offered a job when I was 16, and they wanted to pay me £8,000, and we'd always lived on Family Support". She went on to say that her frustration with later film roles left her bitter, but after seeing Helen Mirren on stage she was inspired again.
. . .
Before becoming a model to support her acting career, Guillory waited tables at a club. In an interview in 2000, she said about the experience "Supporting my acting habit with waitressing was probably the most useful thing I've done."

Some minor NSFW

Friday, November 27, 2020

Election 2020: Is The Kraken Floundering?

Lots of discussion about Sidney Powell's multiple lawsuits in several state alleging massive voter fraud of different kinds, with affidavits to back them up affectionately dubbed, "the Kraken". Insty, HERE’S SIDNEY POWELL’S COMPLAINT, just filed today in Michigan. Twitchy,  Sidney Powell reportedly files lawsuits in Michigan and Georgia; UPDATE 'Shipwreckedcrew' at Red State, Sidney Powell Shoves Her Chips 'All in' With Georgia Complaint Alleging Rigged Election -- Part One.

On behalf of several Republican Presidential Electors, Powell — joined as Plaintiffs’ counsel by famed Atlanta trial attorney Lin Wood — filed a 104-page complaint that begins with the allegations that the Dominion voting system sold to Georgia was originally designed for, and used by, Hugo Chavez to ensure that he never lost an election as President of Venezuela. The complaint alleges that various uncontrolled and open parts of the software architecture are designed so that real-time activity logs can be modified to delete activity involving vote switching and/or addition/subtraction from the accumulated vote totals in such a way that the activity would not appear on the activity logs as part of an audit.

She alleges that video from the State Farm Arena in Fulton County, where vote counting activity involving mail-in ballots took place, documents that a false claim of a water main break was used to evacuate the area of all election workers and observers involved in the counting of ballots for a period of two hours, but that a small number of election workers remained behind working at the computer terminal on vote tallying without any supervision or observation by outsiders for nearly three hours.

Breitbart, Sidney Powell Files Lawsuits Challenging Election Results in Georgia, Michigan. Matt Vespa at Town Hall, Here's the Part of Sidney Powell’s Lawsuit That Could Impact the Outcome of the Election. The number of votes likely cast be people from out of state, which can be documented, and is sufficient cover the margin between Biden and Trump.

“To me, the easiest way to reach that goal is something much simpler alleged in the complaint at paragraph 121: That thousands of specific, identifiable voters, cast ballots after they moved out of state as evidenced in their registration in a national database, and may even have cast votes in their new states also which can easily be checked against the other state’s records,” she added.

Sundance at CTH, Doug Ross Journal Creates Infographics of Sidney Powell Georgia Lawsuit…  "Our good friend Doug Ross has created a series of great INFOGRAPHICS that outline the stunning evidence, discoveries and allegations within the recent lawsuit filed by Sidney Powell" and Andrea Widberg at AmThink, Help is on the way for understanding Sidney Powell’s Georgia complaint

Capt. Ed at Hot Air, Krakens Released: Powell Publishes Lawsuits In GA, MI Alleging Massive Fraud. He doesn't think too much of them. And George Conway found spelling errors in the 100 page filing! Sidney Powell Files Election Suits In “DISTRCOICT” Court, and a stickler for proper language, Althouse chimes in with First impressions maahttter. Let he (or she) who has never left a typo in their final product cast the first stone. It won't be me.

Breitbart, Twitter Blocks ‘Potentially Harmful’ Links to Sidney Powell Election Lawsuit

A number of users across Twitter have reported being unable to share links to lawyer Sidney Powell’s lawsuit relating to voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential election. When attempting to share the link to the document, users receive a notification stating that the link has been identified as “potentially harmful.”

And evidence of the fraud continues to surface, The Spectator, The Intimidation and Unfair Enforcement of Detroit's Election, Leah Barkoukis at Town Hall, GOP Poll Watcher and Fraud Expert Gives Explosive Testimony About What He Observed Happen in Delaware County

Gregory Stenstrom, a Navy veteran and forensic computer scientist, testified Wednesday before the State Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, about an election process in Delaware County he described as being “forensically destructive.”

“In all cases the chain of custody was broken,” the GOP poll watcher said. “It was broken for the mail in ballots, the drop box ballots, the election day USB card flash drives."

Sundance, Crowd Gasps, Laughs, as PA Legislature Learns of Ballot Upload With 600,000 Votes Biden and 3,200 For Trump…. Video at link. Joseph Weber at JTN, Georgia voters registered at postal, commercial addresses that appeared to be residential, study

The addresses listed on the rolls included information that didn't make sense for the locations, but appeared on paper to look like residential ones, the newspaper also reported.

Some of the locations were UPS and FedEx locations.

Nearly all those "who disguised a postal facility as their residential address" used an absentee ballot to vote, Braynard said.

Georgia election law states that “the residence of any person shall be held to be in that place in which such person's habitation is fixed, without any present intention of removing therefrom."

It also states that anybody who knowingly gives false information when registering as an elector can be charged with a felony and put in prison for up to 10 years or fined up to $100,000.

Sundance, Matt Braynard Outlines Results of Voter Integrity Project…

The Bookworm Room, Busting all the Democrats’ lies about election “security” "Everyone should watch Russell Ramsland’s 45-minute presentation about the ease with which computer voting systems allow election interference."  David Solway at Am Think,What the Election Will Come Down To

The Stream, Letting the Democrats Steal This Election Is Real Appeasement “You were given the choice between war and dishonour. You chose dishonour, and you will have war.” ― Winston Churchill, to Neville Chamberlain."
Insty, Given Nate Silver’s track record, maybe he shouldn’t be throwing shade here. Also, THAT WAS DIFFERENT, BECAUSE SHUT UP:
At LI, Reminder: In 2016 Democrats Threatened and Harassed Members of Electoral College to Stop Trump and  Mexico’s President Still Refuses to Recognize Biden Win
“We do not agree with offering congratulations in advance,” President Obradord told reporters on Wednesday. “What’s the best thing? For us to wait.”


Fish Pic Black Friday - Jen Kitchen

This week's fisherwoman is Jen Kitchen, who, I'm just going to guess, is from Florida
Is that a tattoo of a Blue Crab on her bikini line? Weird, but OK weird. 

Her Instagram handle is huntress_jen7. I want to know who got the first six?