Monday, November 30, 2020

11/30/20 Beach Report

Skye and I waited until after lunch to take a walk, hoping for the rain to clear. We had one shower on the way down, as we were about to come into the marina. 
Despite a very high tide (and rising) and not being able to cross the stream to Matoaka even in my boots, I managed find six fairly ordinary shark's teeth. You can see a pretty significant rain storm passing to our north.

For the first time in quite a while I found the Great White Heron that Georgia has affectionately dubbed Whitey, sitting in a tree over a house on the beach.

Georgia picked Skye and I up at the beach parking lot, and it's a good thing, because it thundered and rain hard on the short drive home.

Rock a Bye Baby . . .

Prehistoric baby sharks were raised in NURSERIES 16 million years ago, fossilised megalodon teeth reveal

Ancient giant predatory sharks made use of nurseries to rear their young millions of years ago, according to a new study investigating fossilised megalodon teeth.

Five potential nurseries, dating from 3.6 to 16 million years ago, have been identified by University of Bristol researchers using fossilised teeth of different lengths.

Slow to reproduce, megalodon nurseries likely contributed to the success - and later demise - of this iconic top predator, the authors discovered.

Some of the better Meg teeth
 in our collection. 
They examined nine areas where megalodon remains have been found, and say five may have been nurseries, because most of the remains found there were from newborn or young juvenile animals.

Raising these ancient baby sharks in this way may have improved survival, but it may also have contributed to the demise of the monster sharks, they say, as a lack of suitable nursery sites could have contributed to their extinction.

Slow to reproduce, megalodon nurseries likely contributed to the success - and later demise - of this iconic top predator, the authors discovered

Georgia standing the reconstruction of
a Megalodon Jaw at the Smithsonian.

 

Nursery areas are fundamental for the success of many marine species and play a key role in maintaining viable adult populations, the researchers explained.

As part of the study, the international team - from the US and UK - examined the size-class structure of the extinct gigantic shark through these potential nursery sites.

Otodus megalodon is the largest shark to have ever lived, with body length estimates of up to 50–60 feet for the largest adult individuals.

People say that the most of the Megalodon teeth found in our area are small, 1-3 inches, suggesting that the region may have been a nursery area. This was before the Chesapeake Bay existed, and the whole region was an Atlantic coastal zone. Given the abundance of fossils, from shells to fish and whales, it was clearly a very productive area. Even a Meg wasn't born big enough to take on a whale.

It frustrates me, though, that an article like this doesn't at least list the areas the scientists identified as Meg nurseries.

Election 2020: ‘Biggest Presidential Theft’ Since 1824

I guess I need to do this. After doing an "Evil" level Sudoku in under 9 minutes, and getting a Word Wipe score over 35,000 my brain should be adequately warmed up, but I'm not really feeling it.


So where were we? Over the weekend, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tosses Challenge to Vote-by-Mail Because It Came Too Late, saying the Trump campaign didn't file suit protesting the unconstitutional mail-in balloting before the election, so it's too late to actually follow their own constitution. Don't judges take oaths to uphold the constitution or something like that?  But (Da Caller), Trump Officially Wins Ohio As State Certifies Election Results, so that's something.

Carrie Sheffield at JTN, Data expert: Vote tabulation feeds in PA, GA show 'anomalies' suggesting Trump missing votes

“You know what's even MORE suspicious than BIG vote dumps giving Biden the lead in WI and MI? Taking AWAY votes from

@realDonaldTrump in Pennsylvania!,” Hart tweeted Nov. 20 in a tweet that Trump retweeted on Tuesday. “This chart: the 25 data dumps where Trump LOST votes from the Dominion feeds. 97,676 votes LOST! And Biden GAINED 160K+ votes!”
I can imagine why there might be case it would be necessary to subtract votes. But 25 times, and always Trump? If three time is enemy action, what is 25? TNP, DATA: Michigan Analysis Suggests Absentee Votes ‘Manipulated By Computer’, Flags Hundreds Of Thousands Of Ballots. Twitchy, ‘Arithmetically impossible’! Pollster explains why the 2020 election is ‘deeply puzzling’ in fact, stat, and math-filled thread. Anders Hagstrom at Da Caller, Trump Says His Campaign Will Make New Legal Challenge In Wisconsin After Recount. Recounts aren't enough; recounting the same illegal and fictitious ballots doesn't help.
Patrick Basham at Da Spectator,  Reasons why the 2020 presidential election is deeply puzzling
"If only cranks find the tabulations strange, put me down as a crank" Sharyl Attkisson has What you've been asking for: A (fairly) complete list of (some of) the most significant claims of 2020 election miscounts, errors or fraud, most of which she could have gleaned from these posts since election day.At Breitbart, Newt Gingrich: 2020 Election May Be ‘Biggest Presidential Theft’ Since 1824. Election fraud is a long tradition in America. 
“The more data comes out on vote anomalies that clearly are not legitimate the more it looks like 2020 may be the biggest Presidential theft since Adams and Clay robbed Andrew Jackson in 1824,” the former House speaker said in a Friday tweet:

An interesting update, sort of, on the story regarding a raid on servers in Germany that may be related to the election, from Andrea Widberg at AmThink,  New reports about election manipulation read like a Tom Clancy novel. If it going to help it needs to come out soon.

On Friday, a retired top Air Force intelligence analyst stated with certainty during an interview that special forces had secured a CIA-run facility in Germany that had computers showing election manipulation. If this report is real, we are witnessing the biggest coup attempt, sabotage, and treason in American history. No matter what, though, because this report is out there and comes from serious people, it deserves serious investigation.

I have no idea whether this raid happened. Its having taken place, however, is consistent with my ruminations about Trump’s peculiarly-timed shake-up at the Pentagon: Firing defense secretary Mark Esper and replace him with Christopher Miller, a special forces man; moving special forces into their own command, rather than having them function as subsets of other military branches; and firing potentially disloyal members of the civilian Defense Policy Board. These actions indicated that Trump was clearing the decks for something big.

In this post, I’ll sum up the most recent reports about events in Germany, although without taking any stand as to their veracity because I can’t take a stand. I don’t know enough.
. . .
For those of us sitting in our homes, it’s impossible to tell if we’re witnessing treason or fiction. We know only that the doddering Joe Biden who campaigned from his basement could never garner the most votes in American history.
What's the hurry? Paul Bedard at WaEx, FBI requests files of people voting ‘in multiple states’ and Nick Arama at Red State, Huge: FBI Finally Looking Into Significant Voter Fraud Claims Pertaining to Hundreds of Thousands of Ballots in Multiple States  Good, maybe, but: KC James at Heritage, The Federal Election Reform Commission Must No Longer Be Ignored, but it will be anyway.

At Town Hall, Kurt Schlichter warns Liberals Want You Demoralized, So Don’t Be. Revenge is a dish best served cold. 
And finally, from Sundance's "new" CTH, (same address though), Sunday Talks: Extensive President Trump Interview With Maria Bartiromo.. (video, it's on Rumble, though, so I haven't figured out how to embed it). How long before they run her off TV Fox?

Plenty more at JJ Sefton's at Ace's, The Morning Report - 11/30/20.

Your Monday Morning Stimulant

 


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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Ten Years After

Ten years ago today, around 7 PM, I pushed the submit button on the First  Post for A View From the Beach:

This is the first post of my new toy, A View from the Beach. I intend it as something of a journal, but I hope that others may find value in its content. I may discuss science, fishing, music or politics, or I may post a picture from a walk on the beach. You are welcome to join in on the comments. For today, a picture from the beach.

Apparently, not too much has changed. Oh, We've gotten older, and I retired from being an active scientist, to become a mere commenter. Our health is pretty good, considering, although I've experienced some "interesting" complications with my eyes, which I've thoroughly documented. I Can See Clearly Now...Ah, the Joys of Aging...The Joys of Aging - Part Deux...The Joys of Aging - Part Trois...,  The Joys of Aging: Part Quatre . . . and So Here It Is . . .. My eyes have been more or less stable since then, and although I have huge floaters in my left eye, the right eye is very good, and I consistently test around 20/20 with my glasses. 

Along the way, I have lost both of my parents, not particularly unexpectedly, and acquired three grandchildren, Graham, Miles and Gabrielle (aka Gabby).

Georgia and I still live in the same house near the shores of Chesapeake Bay, and we still walk the beach with a Siberian Husky named Skye, albeit a different husky.

Along the way, I've accumulated some 16,339 posts,  7,627,823 hits (as of this instant), and 2,072 comments. I'm currently averaging about 2,300 hits daily, most of which come to older posts via Google or other search engines, I assume. 


You can see at least two times that fairly sudden drops in the hits occurred. I assume this is due to changes in Google search algorithm. 

I haven't quite achieved Althouse's standard of at least one post a day; a few times travelling, and one internet outage prevented that, but on the long term, I manage 3-4 a day. I try to have a post on the Chesapeake Bay nearly every day, which may be just pictures from a walk at the beach, or a post on news which interests me from the Chesapeake Bay news service. In the past several years, especially since retirement, I have had one major political post each day, usually in the AM. These started with Obamacare Schadenfreude, then Clinton.com, Reasons Trump was Elected, Russiagate and recently Election 2020.

My most popular posts, are of course, the "Rule 5" (everybody loves a pretty girl) posts, which I try to have one every morning for the morning eye opener. although, I may get multiples if the news offers a juicy opportunity. This has been assisted by Wombat-socho at the The Other McCain, who posts a list of Rule 5 posts weekly. The singly most popular post of all time, head and shoulders above all the rest for some weird reason, is this Zombie post, even though it isn't as racy as many others. 

I considered ending this at 10 years. It does consume a lot of time that I could be fishing or playing with Gabby. But I've decided to continue, at least for now.

Election 2020: Still Dragging On

Lot's happening in Pennsylvania, not all of it good. Capt. Ed at Hot Air, first Hmmm: PA Judge’s Stay Order On Certification Argues Mail-In Ballots Challenge “A Viable Claim”; Update: Laches Doctrine In Play? then   Breaking: PA Supreme Court Tosses Challenge To Mail-In Ballots. Citing the "Laches" doctrine, which basically holds that if you went along with and conducted the election according to the rules, even though the rules were imposed unconstitutionally, there is no remedy. You played the game, now live with the score. Gateway, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tosses GOP Lawsuit on Absentee Ballots, Lifts Block on Certification of Election  But there is one remedy, Pennsylvania GOP Legislature Will Seek to Reclaim Power to Appoint Electors: State Senator. John Solomon at JTN, State lawmakers seek to decertify Pennsylvania election results, citing 'substantial irregularities', or as Newsweek whines, Trump Allies Call for Nixing Certification, Picking Electors After 'Compromised' Pennsylvania Election. AllahPundit crows PA State Senator, Retweeted By Trump, Falsely Claims More Mail-In Ballots Were Returned Than Were Sent Out

Three interesting links from Sam Faddis at AND, Voter Fraud – First of Three: Did The Dead Vote In Pennsylvania?Voter Fraud – Second Of Three: More Dead Voters In Pennsylvania and “One Person One Vote” Means Each Person Votes Only Once, and speak of the Devil, Gateway reports that thousands of "indefinitely confined" people in Dane County, Wisconsin voted with the same signature, MLW, President Trump Is After the Individual or Individuals Who Voted Illegally in Wisconsin – As Gateway Pundit Exposed Earlier. Hmm. Start looking through Wisconsin ballots for other repeats. Repeated by sundance at CTH,   Hot Air, Biden Gains 132 Votes After Milwaukee Recount Paid For By Trump Campaign. Recounts alone won't solve the problem, which is that votes were added illegally. Gateway has Five Videos – Five States Where Votes Were Switched Live on TV Away from President Trump to Biden –Updated. Interesting if true, from Gateway, REVEALED: Video Released of Phone Call Recording to Chinese Manufacturer Requesting a Bulk Order of Fake US 2020 Ballots.

From Gilbar at Althouse, the 5 (or 6) Stages of Election Fraud:

The PA Supreme court said it didn’t matter if the PA election was unconstitutional because there is no remedy, except there is.

so, to review; the stages of fraud (paraphrased)

1 There IS NO Fraud!
2 Fraud is COMPLETELY INCONSEQUENTIAL because it is SO RARE!
3 Sure, there's fraud, but no more than usual
4 Yeah, there's lots of fraud, but Not Nearly Enough to make a difference
{where we are now}5 Well, the fraud made a difference, but can't cry over spilt milk
5 Thank Gaia there was fraud! Otherwise, we would have had to have had 4 more years of Trump!

Gateway, “These People Were Vicious – I Saw All Kinds of Illegal Behavior” – Michigan Election Witness Who Saw 4 AM Illegal Ballot Drop for Biden Speaks Out (VIDEO) and Dominion Rep Who Scanned Ballots in Georgia County Where Thousands of Trump Votes Were Uncounted Also Worked for Kamala Harris. Not illegal, but certainly suspicious. Matt Braynard: FBI Has Requested Vote Fraud Research To use or to bury, that is the question. Why would we trust the FBI.

Sundance, Greg Kelly Walks Through The Mysteriously Magical Biden Election Results that No-one Believes Actually Happened…




Dan Payne at JTN, Majority of voters believe ballot harvesting should be against the law - The practice is illegal in some states, legal in others. To get it made illegal, all the GOP has to do is be better at it than the Donks.  Michelle Malkin explains How It Was Done:



MSM messaging continues on task, WaPoo, 20 days of fantasy and failure: Inside Trump’s quest to overturn the election, former conservative and rabid anti-Trumper Jonah Goldberg at NYPo, Team Trump’s legal arguments veering into paranoid kook-land.

While most of the focus has been on the fraud that happened in the presidential election, it’s also worth nothing that other Republicans are also getting screwed by sketchy, late rushes of Democrat votes counted well after the election had ended. One case has become especially egregious, and it’s taking place in New York.

The race for NY-22 has suddenly flipped to the Democrat by 13 votes and the story behind how that happened will have you punching walls or facepalming, whichever you prefer. 

Sunset Sunday

 Or are they sunrises? It's hard to tell:


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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 Drรถttningu 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

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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.”

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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?

Wombat-socho has Rule 5 Sunday: Natalie Dormer up and running on time.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving at the Beach

 

Skye and I took off for beach around 11:30. You couldn't ask for a nice Thanksgiving day, low 70s, sunny, with a few fluffy clouds and no wind. Short sleeve weather (and shorts if you wanted them) in late November. 

Rounding the bend into the harbor.
We met up with Georgia at the beach, after the pumpkin pie finished.

Despite a very high tide, we did OK with teeth, 27 if I counted right, two crab claws and a Tilly bone. Nothing terribly exciting, but a few good ones.

Thanksgiving Russiagate: Flynn Pardoned

Of course, there would have been no need for a pardon if Judge Emmett Sullivan weren't being a partisan, pompous ass and delaying the DOJ's desire to dismiss the case because it was pursued by a corrupt prosecutors. 

First, from Anxious: Scoop: Trump tells confidants he plans to pardon Michael Flynn, echoed by Capt. Ed at Hot Air. Axios: Trump Plans To Pardon Flynn Before Leaving Office. You can read Capt. Ed's version if you don't want to give clicks to Axios. Also Althouse calls Least surprising scoop.

Then, 

The Peacock, Trump pardons Michael Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, Tyler O'Neil at PJ Media, Trump Pardons Michael Flynn After Sullivan ForTrump: General Michael Flynn ‘Has Been Granted A Full Pardon.’ced His Hand "Trump Pardons Gen. Flynn and Jerry Nadler Can't Stand it." Johb Sexton at Hot Air, Trump: General Michael Flynn ‘Has Been Granted A Full Pardon.’ and documents the instantaneous reactions of loathing on the left, and rejoicing on the right. Ace, Trump Pardons General Flynn
Rogue "judge" Sullivan got what he wanted -- he illegally, unconstitutionally acted as prosecutor against Sullivan and refused to dismiss his case, thus forcing Trump to pardon him, and denying Flynn the simple dropping of charges he was entitled to.

The Deep State must be uprooted -- by any means necessary.

You might remember that Sullivan was ordered by the DC Circus to deal with this expeditiously, but instead he dithered another 3 months to put the election behind him.

Sundance at CTH, Flynn Family Issues Statement After Presidential Pardon… and Sidney Powell Discusses Flynn Pardon and Election Investigations With Lou Dobbs… 


Flynn has been harried by prosecutors and judges and had his name besmirched (including through unethical leaks, to the potential harm of national security) without solid evidence of having committed a crime.

Flynn was pressured into pleading guilty to perjury (actually, a near equivalent) in order to spare his son a prison sentence. Yet the supposed perjury itself, as we now know, was not considered a lie by the FBI agents whose queries precipitated the allegation. Moreover, the subject about which he supposedly perjured himself, the conversation with the Russian diplomat, already had been deemed by investigators as containing an “absence of any derogatory information or lead information.”

In other words, they weren’t sure that he lied, and they didn’t think he had done anything wrong in the first place that he would want to lie about. 
And more investigation into the Flynn investigation, NR, Senate Intel Republicans Ask DOJ to Declassify Notes from FBI Interview with Miles Taylor
Two top Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee have asked the Justice Department to declassify notes from an FBI interview of Miles Taylor, who authored the anonymous New York Times op-ed about the resistance to President Trump within his own administration.

Taylor was interviewed as a possible witness in the Crossfire Hurricane probe and is identified in briefing notes intended for former FBI director James Comey dated May 1, 2017. It is not clear who wrote the notes, which span eleven pages and are heavily redacted, and were released by the Justice Department on October 30 of this year. Taylor’s role in the Flynn probe is also unclear.

Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wis.), head of the committee, and colleague Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Monday requesting the declassification.

“We request all records relating to the FBI’s interview of Miles Taylor, including all 302s and notes, to better understand his role in the Flynn investigation,” Johnson and Grassley wrote.

The 2017 briefing notes refer to a “witness interview of Miles Taylor” in connection with Flynn Intel Group, the lobbying firm of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and the group’s work in Turkey. Taylor was a staffer on the House Committee on Homeland Security at the time, and met with Flynn’s firm on several occasions in October 2016. In 2017, Taylor moved to the Department of Homeland Security, where he wrote an anonymousop-ed for the Times touting himself as part of a “resistance” within the Trump administration.

Andy Weissass is not pleased:

But Andrew Weissmann, a former member of the special counsel team, tweeted, "Trump's abuse of the pardon power undermines the crown jewel of our democracy: the rule of law."

Of course, at the NYT, Andy Weissass is still calling for Trump's prosecution. Should Trump Be Prosecuted? Strictly a rhetorical question on his part, Of course he wants to.  Or you can have Hot Air's clip. Breitbart, Mueller Investigator Andrew Weissmann Calls for Biden DOJ to Prosecute Trump. How many bites of that apple does he think he's entitled to?

Weissmann’s op-ed comes after the former Mueller prosecutor compared President Trump to Nazi Germany Dictator Adolf Hitler.

“For those people who say we should appease Trump, how did that approach go for Neville Chamberlain,” he wrote on Twitter.

Jim Treacher at PJ Media,  Computer Repairman Who Threatened Biden's Electoral Prospects Goes Into Hiding, meanwhile, New Senate findings 'confirm the connections' between Biden family and Chinese, Russian governments (PM). 

Election 2020: Kraken Released!

First from Vicky Taft at PJ Media, BREAKING: Sidney Powell Releases the 'Kraken' in Georgia with Explosive New Lawsuit

Defense Attorneys Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and others have filed a lawsuit in Georgia demanding that the results of the 2020 election be set aside because of “massive election fraud” and foreign influence in the election. The lawsuit claims that 96,600 mail-in ballots “were fraudulently cast” and that “136,098 ballots were illegally counted as a result of improper manipulation of the Dominion software.”

Powell, a high-profile attorney who represents former Trump National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn, asks that the governor be enjoined from certifying the election. The 104-page lawsuit claims that Gov. Brian Kemp, Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger, and the chair and members of the Georgia State Elections Board failed to police the alleged fraud, including “multiple violations of Georgia laws, including O.C.G.A. §§ 21-2-30(d), 21-2-31, 21-2- 33.1 and §21-2-522, and multiple Constitutional violations, as shown by fact witnesses to specific incidents, multiple expert witnesses and the sheer mathematical impossibilities found in the Georgia 2020 General Election.”

The lawsuit, co-filed with attorney Lin Wood and an Atlanta attorney, asks a judge to set aside the results of the election in a permanent injunction; enjoin elections officials from certifying the election; demands that all voting machines be subjected to forensic assessment; and asks that election officials produce 36 hours of surveillance video of “all rooms used in the voting process at State Farm Arena in Fulton County, GA from 12:00am to 3:00am until 6:00pm on November.”

The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, also alleges that Georgia’s sloppy mail-in balloting was responsible for thousands of shady, illegal votes.
Plaintiff’s expert also finds that voters received tens of thousands of ballots that they never requested. (See Exh. 1, Dr. Briggs’ Report). Specifically, Dr. Briggs found that in the state of Georgia, based on a statistically significant sample, the expected amount of persons that received an absentee ballot that they did not request ranges from 16,938 to 22,771. This range exceeds the margin of loss of President Trump by 12,670 votes by at least 4,268 unlawful requests and by as many as 10,101 unlawful requests.
She alleges that voters were denied their due process because the fraud diluted their votes and treated the mail-in ballots differently in different counties, which is similar to what Trump attorneys have alleged in the Pennsylvania election case.

The lawsuit alleges that “rogue actors” were able to manipulate the voting software.
Russell Ramsland confirms that data breaches in the Dominion software permitted rogue actors to penetrate and manipulate the software during the recent general election. He further concludes that at least 96,600 mail-in ballots were illegally counted as they were not cast by legal voters.

Sundance at CTH has a link to the actual filing in Sidney Powell Files Lawsuit Against State of Georgia For Election “Rigging” – Links and pdf…

Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, Matt Margolis at PJ Media,  Judge Blocks Further Certification of PA Election Results Over Mail-in Ballot Fight  

“To the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America, respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so, pending an evidentiary hearing to be held on Friday,” read the injunction from Judge Patricia McCullough. . . .You can read the entire order here.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, has promised to appeal the decision but also claims the order has no bearing on the results, as the election was already certified and electors chosen.

State Rep. Mike Kelly, a Republican, is responsible for the lawsuit that sought the injunction, which was prompted by the certification of the results on Tuesday. “It appears that respondents’ actions may have been accelerated in response to the application for emergency relief … in an effort to preclude any remedial action by this court faster than this court was able to evaluate the application for emergency relief and the answers to it,” the plaintiffs wrote in their emergency request to halt the certification.

BREAKING: Pennsylvania election certification process blocked by federal judge (PM), Law360, Pa. Judge Halts Election Certification For Mail-In Vote Fight, AP, Pennsylvania judge orders halt to further vote certification, and as usual Sundance has a link to the injunction at Pennsylvania Judge Issues Injunction Against Certification of Election Results…. I guess now the MSM has to stop claiming Trump never wins in court? 

Tyler O'Neil at PJ Media, Trump Addresses Irregularities in Pennsylvania: 'We Won This Election by a Lot'. PM, President Trump calls in to explosive Pennsylvania hearing on election irregularities. Sundance, President Trump Delivers Remarks at the PA State Senate Hearing on Voter Fraud in the 2020 Election…




FWIW, I've seen that number disputed. 

Newt Gingrich at ET, The Thieves Who Stole Our Election Got Sloppy. JB Shurk at Da Fed, 5 More Ways Joe Biden Magically Outperformed Election Norms. Ace responds, The Federalist: Joe Biden's Unprecedented, Statistically Unlikely, History-Defying Magical Election "Victory" "They just straight up executed a coup. . . .And of course they'll now cover it up -- and harass, beat, and imprison anyone who notices. . . .Treason never prospers, for if it prospers, none dare call it treason." Roger L. Simon at ET, The Smartmatic Story: From Venezuela With No Love

If anything upsets the WaPoo more than the President challenging and losing, it's the President challenging and winning, You don’t have a ‘right’ to a lawyer when you’re trying to steal an election and Trump’s assault on the election could leave a lasting mark on American democracy. Dan McLaughlin at NR, Oh, Now Democrats Care About Legitimacy
Suddenly, Democratic partisans are in high dudgeon at Donald Trump and his legal team spreading irresponsible and self-defeating stolen-election conspiracy theories. For example, the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent complains that Trump’s approach is “designed to place a cloud of illegitimacy over Biden’s presidency.” Julie Pace and Steven Sloan of the Associated Press fret that “Republicans risk leaving millions of Americans with the false impression that the results of the 2020 race are illegitimate. . . . Biden will almost certainly be viewed as an illegitimate president by some voters, potentially denying him that period of goodwill that typically greets a new president.” They quote Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett: “Their intent is to delegitimize this election and thereby delegitimize President-elect Biden’s presidency. It is damaging to the democracy. Once again they’re putting their short-term political interests ahead of the interests of the country.”

Well, well, well, how the worm has turned. Are Democrats and their media partisans actually against undermining the legitimacy of American elections and weaponizing that to weaken the presidency? Some of us were not born yesterday. As has often been the case, the real problem with Trump’s rhetoric is that it comes straight out of the Democratic playbook for undermining the legitimacy of an American election. 
Politico whines,  The Inside Story of Michigan’s Fake Voter Fraud Scandal and Trump carries on a fight everyone else is abandoning "The campaign has gone quiet — no briefings about legal fights, few tweets, a dwindling crew. But Trump is still clinging to the White House." He's still President until Jan. 20, at a minimum.   Time to try accuse some Democrats for violations of the Logan Act! Beth Baumann at Town Hall, State Legislators In Three Swing States Were Caught Off Guard By the Trump Camp's Latest Announcement 
The Trump campaign on Tuesday announced that legislatures in key swing states – Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan – would hold hearings on alleged voter fraud. Legislators in those states, however, say nothing is scheduled to take place.

And the real crime? Vicky Taft at PJ Media, Big Tech Expert Says Google's 'Manipulations' Shifted 'at Least Six Million Votes' to Joe Biden

And something light? From Milwaukee, On day five of election recounts in Milwaukee, all observers were given poop emoji wristbands from Wisconsin Center staff

Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson dismissed the controversy as silly.

"I always thought it was chocolate ice cream, personally," Christenson said when asked about the poop emoji wristbands. "Wisconsin Center is our vendor. They handle the logistics. They are probably just pulling what they have in stock, because this is the first opportunity they've had to be open in quite some time due to this pandemic. So again, it's a non-issue. Everybody got one."

More at the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 11.25.20 and at Ace's The Morning Report - 11/26/20 by J.J. Sefton