Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Election 2020: Electoral College Selects Biden

for now... I suppose you heard, Breaking: Biden Passes 270 In Electoral Votes, Making His Election Official (Hot Air cites NBC who went with the title After Electoral College cements win, Biden unleashes scathing attack on Trump's refusal to concede). Althouse, "Every single avenue was made available to President Trump to contest the results.... President Trump was denied no course of action he wanted to take...."

He clears his throat near the beginning and then seems to resist clearing his throat as much as he needs to, so you can't watch this without thinking Phlegm! way more than is reasonably comfortable, and he's trying so hard to make you feel comfortable. It's just before the 10-minute mark that it gets very bad, and 10 minutes is a good cut-off point. Why not edit it down? It's not a super-pithy text. It would be better 3 minutes shorter. There was no reason to make him go this long... not unless the idea was to make us get comfortable with the idea of phasing him out and swapping in Kamala at the earliest possible moment — say, around March 1st.

From Insty's Facebook:

As presidential electors vote today, a few thoughts: 

1) it is not a “constitutional crisis” or an effort to “overturn the election” when a candidate challenges initial election results in court. Indeed, such challenges are part of the process, specifically provided for by law. The fact that some people think the challenges are weak on the merits is irrelevant. Al Gore did not concede defeat until well into December 2000, and even then he did not concede that he lost the election–only that George W. Bush had been “selected” president. 

2) Polling in December 2016 showed that roughly half of Democrats believed–falsely and without evidence–that Russians had hacked American election tabulators and changed the results of the election. 

3) The effort to get state legislatures to appoint slates of electors directly is similar to the effort, wildly popular among large segments of the Democratic Party in 2016, to convince electors to vote for a candidate who did not win their states and for whom they were not pledged–constitutionally permissible, politically catastrophic if successful, but with no chance of success; 

4) In every Republican presidential win of the past 30 years–2000, 2004, and 2016–at least one Democratic House member has challenged the Electoral votes when they were counted in January.

At Hot Air, AllahPundit crows  Some Republican Senators Coming Around Towards Acknowledging Biden Victory After Electoral College Passes 270, stealing a page from the NYT, After Electoral College Votes, More Republicans Warily Accept Trump’s Loss. But wait! Ace, Republican Electors in Contested States Meet to Vote for Trump/Pence for President, To Provide Alternate Slate of Electors If the "Official" Slate is Disqualified, causing AllahPundit to whine, Republicans In Georgia, Wisconsin, Other Swing States Choose “Alternate” Pro-Trump Electors and Sundance at CTH to report Republican Legislatures Choose Alternate Electors in NV, WI, GA, PA, AZ to Preserve Election Challenge Options

State legislatures in Nevada, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania have selected republican electors to preserve cases and lawsuits of election fraud in each state. If the outstanding court cases are successfully argued the republican electors would be able to cast votes for President Donald Trump.

But what are the prospects of that happening? Not good but, from Sundance, Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Absentee Ballot Distribution Violated State Law, Opens Door For Challenges. Having read (well, scanned) the actual document, which sundance posted, I don't see how to square it with this headline, from Channel 3000 in Madison, Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects Trump’s call to disqualify ballots. It certainly looks to me like it opened the door.

And then there's Michigan, where, initially, Michigan AG and Sec. of State Block Results of Forensic Audit of 22 Dominion Machines in Antrim County (Tennessee Star), and then, whoa boy,! From WaEx, Michigan judge allows release of report from Dominion voting equipment forensic audit in Antrim County, Megan Fox, Forensics Report on Mich. County's Voting Machines Claims Dominion 'Intentionally and Purposefully Designed' for 'Fraud'  and TNP, Report Claims Dominion Error Rate Of 68%, ‘Intentionally Designed To Create Systemic Fraud’ and sundance, Michigan Judge Orders Release of Damning Forensics Report of Dominion Vote Tabulation System, Full Forensics Report:

“We conclude that the Dominion Voting System is intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results.

The system intentionally generates an enormously high number of ballot errors. The electronic ballots are then transferred for adjudication. The intentional errors lead to bulk adjudication of ballots with no oversight, no transparency, and no audit trail. This leads to voter or election fraud.

Based on our study, we conclude that The Dominion Voting System should not be used in Michigan. We further conclude that the results of Antrim County should not have been certified.

[…] The allowable election error rate established by the Federal Election Commission guidelines is of 1 in 250,000 ballots (.0008%). We observed an error rate of 68.05%. This demonstrated a significant and fatal error in security and election integrity.

[…] It is critical to understand that the Dominion system classifies ballots into two categories, 1) normal ballots and 2) adjudicated ballots. Ballots sent to adjudication can be altered by administrators, and adjudication files can be moved between different Results Tally and Reporting (RTR) terminals with no audit trail of which administrator actually adjudicates (i.e. votes) the ballot batch.

[…] A staggering number of votes required adjudication. This was a 2020 issue not seen in previous election cycles still stored on the server. This is caused by intentional errors in the system. The intentional errors lead to bulk adjudication of ballots with no oversight, no transparency or audit trail. Our examination of the server logs indicates that this high error rate was incongruent with patterns from previous years.

The statement attributing these issues to human error is not consistent with the forensic evaluation, which points more correctly to systemic machine and/or software errors. The systemic errors are intentionally designed to create errors in order to push a high volume of ballots to bulk adjudication.

[…] Research is ongoing. However, based on the preliminary results, we conclude that the errors are so significant that they call into question the integrity and legitimacy of the results in the Antrim County 2020 election to the point that the results are not certifiable.

Because the same machines and software are used in 48 other counties in Michigan, this casts doubt on the integrity of the entire election in the state of Michigan.” (source)

Sorry, I can't even imagine a machine counting system with a 68% error rate. So it's wrong more often than it's right? 68% of ballots were kicked out to be "adjudicated" by poll workers, overwhelmingly Democrats? With no audit trail? These machines were also in use in about 30 states. And yet, Smartmatic Threatens To Sue Fox News, Newsmax, OAN For Defamation Over Election Claims. Weird, and possibly related, from sundance, The SolarWinds Orion Data Breach into Federal and Civilian Organizations Highlights a Silent Agenda by Foreign Actors, and Gateway elaborates, SolarWinds HQ Raided in Austin — More News Coming on CEO and Executive Vice President (Update)  "Dominion Voting Systems uses SolarWinds products.It’s right there on their website."

Dan Payne at JTN Michigan legislature presses ahead with investigation into election irregularities. Better late than never; but not much. Michigan State Police arrest celebrated Democratic official on six felony charges of election fraud "forging records and falsely marking absentee ballots as invalid." And Allah Pundit approves that Cops Bar Pro-Trump Michigan Electors From Entering State House As Electoral College Meets

Paul Sperry at RCP, With U.S. Senate Runoffs Near, Georgia's Not Prosecuting Its Unprecedented Number of Double Voters and probably won't be. At the Raconteur Report, Debunked? NOTHING Has Been:

No one's explained why a USPS truck driver was trucking 20-30 pallet-sized cartons of already-completed PA ballots into PA from NYFS.

No one's explained why all poll watchers and press were lied out of the Atlanta counting room.

No one's explained why after that happened, multiple cartons of ballots were pulled out of hiding and counted, God alone knows how many times.

No one's explained why the woman responsible for that explained on her social media page that she admitted to stuffing the Atlanta ballot boxes and throwing the election victory from Trump (when the rules were being followed) to Biden (once the ballot stuffing began).

No one's explained satisfactorily why Dominion voting machines are pre-loaded to count a single vote for Trump as .87 votes, and a vote for Biden as 1.13 votes (which was why you had the ridiculous fractions of votes showing up on live tallies all night).

No one's explained why all the key swing states all decided, independently, to stop counting votes after 2AM, nor why when they resumed there were magical swings in votes suddenly giving Biden just barely enough votes to win every single state.

No one's explained how, in states that were split 51/49, there suddenly appeared whale-choking gobs of ballots that were 98% Biden, and 2% Trump.

No one's explained why Republican poll watchers were systematically excluded from all the states where such obvious and massive shenanigans occurred, and why the windows were blocked, and why, when they were allowed to watch, it was from half a football field away, through binoculars, providing anything but an actual view of the proceedings.

None of this has been "debunked', no matter how many times the lying sonsofbitches at Communist News Network et al keep repeating The Big Lie, and trying to gaslight the entire country on the real score, when they talk about it at all.

Because there is no explanation, except to acknowledge that election fraud and stealing, not on an Industrial Age scale, but on an Information Age scale, took place in plain sight on Election Night, and for days afterwards, cheered on and abetted by an anti-Trump and pro-communist media, exactly as described by the president, and just as anyone with two brain cells has seen with their own lying eyes.
NYT whines, What’s Next for Trump Voters Who Believe the Election Was Stolen? We'll give Biden the same respect and deference the NYT, Democrats and media (but I redund) gave Trump. WSJ, Trump’s Challenge Is Over "After losing at the Supreme Court, he has no legal alternatives and ought to concede."  Da Beast reports Trump Says He’ll Fight On. His Campaign HQ Is Literally Taking Down His Name and from Mediaite, Karl Rove whines Trump Is ‘On the Edge of Looking Like a Sore Loser’ and Rick Moran at PJ Media points out how Stacey Abrams claims Challenging Election Results Is OK When She Does It. The Deeper Thought, The Fight Will Continue
The people who pulled this theft off think that our history of peaceful transfers of power in the past is their guarantee that their theft will succeed. Like an over-confident bank robber, they have taken our Constitution hostage with this brazen heist and are now holding a gun to its head. “One false move,” they are in effect saying, “and we kill this thing and take over.”

ET Ed Board, With Our Election System Under Assault, Americans Need to Speak Up and from the Gates of Vienna, Coup d’État in America: A Limey Viewpoint

What we are looking at today in America is just another iteration of purported good versus purported evil where the end justifies the means. President Trump is evil and must be removed scream the Left, but lacking the democratic means to remove him, he must instead be removed by any means necessary because the end justifies the means.

The foolish, spoiled, decadent, ignorant little children in adult bodies who are now, right now engineering the coup d’état to remove President Trump are playing with fire. In their hazy, fuddled, naïve, closed minded thinking they feel there will be no real world consequences resulting from their action, but their naïveté is dangerously unlike the pragmatism of revolutionaries in the brutal and undemocratic parts of the world who know full well that if they fail in their coup they will be killed and if they win they will do the killing.

Kurt Schlicter at Town Hall, Could Secession Succeed? Hint; he's not really suggesting it. KM White at WaEx is more direct, Talk of secession is madness. But it is kind of fun to contemplate. Jazz Shaw at Hot Air, Our Electoral Processes Need To Be Fixed Well Before 2024. I expect massive resistance from Democrats, who are pretty happy the way this has worked out so far. 

At the WaEx, Texas attorney general laments Supreme Court tossing case. This is a surprise? Losers lament, but winners celebrate. 

Sarah Lee, at RS  DNI Ratcliffe Connects China, the Pandemic, and Possible Foreign Election Interference. Everybody likes Sarah Lee!

And from Newsweek, Calls for Alex Jones to be Arrested after Speech about Removing Biden. And I remember when they were pro-free speech. Yes, I'm that old.

And lastly, and likely but not certainly related to the election, I'm sure you heard Attorney General William Barr is resigning, just prior to Christmas. Why not? His term will end soon enough anyway, and maybe this gives the guys under him a chance to burnish their resumes a bit. And nothing important gets done in the week or two after Christmas in DC, but since we have to make a crisis out of everything, Twitchy, CNN reports Bill Barr reportedly called President Trump a ‘deposed king ranting’. Good old anonymous source. Ace doubts it AG Barr Steps Down (or Is Fired by Trump)

Earlier, the media claimed that Barr disparaged Trump.

I'm not sure he did. Check out this claim: 
Barr "cannot be intimidated" by Trump and thinks the president's attacks are a "deposed king ranting," a source told CNN. The relationship between Trump and Barr is reportedly like a "cold war.
Note that those aren't Barr's (alleged) words, as most of the Twitter Idiots claimed. Those are the words of a "source close to Barr."

And this is a CNN source. And we know how they turn out.

 Katie Pavlich at Town Hall, BREAKING: President Trump Announces When AG Barr Will Leave Office Stacy McCain, Attorney General William Barr Resigns "Not particularly surprising. . ." Althouse, Barr's out.

Much more at the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 12.14.20 and JJ Sefton's The Morning Report - 12/15/20 at Ace's.

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