Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Election 2020: At an Inflection Point?

The Peacock whines about  'An inflection point': Congress prepares for battle over massive voting rights bill, "Progressives say the survival of the republic depends on the legislation. Republicans call it a partisan power grab." Republicans are right. Lindsey Graham 2.0 It's 'Sick' for Biden to 'play the race card' on Georgia election law, filibuster "'They use the racism card to advance a liberal agenda, and we're tired of it,' Graham tells 'Fox News Sunday'" When all you have is a hammer  . . . Dave Catron at Am Spec, Election Integrity and Its Discontents "Democrats decry state efforts to bolster ballot security."

At PJ Media, J Christian Adams describes how Facebook money is trying to buy  elections in Lonestar Bias: Texas Election Officials Received $36 Million to Turn State Blue. Is that all Zuck could afford? And where there's money (the blood of politics), there are always parasites willing to tap the flow for personal gain, from Breitbart, Exclusive – Brian Kemp: Stacey Abrams Making Money Off ‘Scam,’ ‘Racket’ Election Bill Disinformation

“Stacey Abrams is making a lot of money off of this,” Kemp told host Matthew Boyle. “She’s getting billionaires and other people and people that don’t even have a lot of money to give money to this cause, really saying things that are untruthful to pad her bank account.”

Kemp also said President Joe Biden — who, like Abrams, criticized the bill as “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” — displayed a lack of awareness for the bill’s provisions, arguing Biden has failed to acknowledge strict voting measures in his own home state of Delaware and that Biden’s focus on Georgia’s new law allows the president to shift attention away from the growing southern border immigration crisis.

“I think Joe Biden’s so focused on Georgia’s election law even though he doesn’t know his own laws in his own state are more restricted than we are to take the focus away from the outrageous things that are happening on the border right now with kids being trafficked and people swarming across the border,” Kemp said.

Mlive,  Michigan man arrested after bragging about storming the Capitol on Facebook. It doesn't sound as if he did anything violent that they can cite, but his phone pinged in the Capitol, and they found his pictures on line. Kinda stupid. Too bad that the media is making sure he can't defend himself, Insty, CANCEL CULTURE IS ALL IN YOUR MIND, THEY SAID: Should Capitol Rioters Be Able to Crowdfund Their Legal Defenses? USA Today Says No…

A team of USA Today reporters targeted online crowdfunding platforms that allow people accused of crimes related to the Capitol riot to raise money for their legal defenses. In fact, the article suggested that USA Today reporters actively pressured companies to cancel defendants’ crowdfunding campaigns. The report painted these desperate people’s attempts to raise funds for their legal defenses as something nefarious.

“Defendants accused in the Capitol riot Jan. 6 crowdfund their legal fees online, using popular payment processors and an expanding network of fundraising platforms, despite a crackdown by tech companies,” USA Today reported. “The Capitol riot extremists and others are engaging these companies in a game of cat-and-mouse as they spring from one fundraising tool to another, utilizing new sites, usernames and accounts.”

In a particularly telling passage, the USA Today reporters appear to brag about getting companies like PayPal, Stripe, and Venmo to drop certain crowdfunding campaigns.
Wednesday, a USA TODAY reporter was able to donate $10 to [Proud Boys member Joe] Biggs’ fundraiser on Our Freedom Funding, using Stripe to process the payment.

A few hours later, his campaign disappeared from Our Freedom Funding.

Friday, a USA TODAY reporter donated to [Proud Boys member Dominic] Pezzola’s fundraiser using Stripe. Stripe told USA TODAY it does not comment on individual users.

A USA TODAY reporter was able to make a $1 donation to Pezzola’s fundraiser using Venmo, a payment app owned by PayPal. After being alerted by USA TODAY, Venmo removed the account.

Soon a PayPal account took its place. PayPal caught that and removed it, too.

“Any attempt to circumvent account closures is not permitted, and the company will ban these accounts when detected,” PayPal’s [spokesman Justin] Higgs said.
Yes, it seems USA Today reporters successfully pressured these companies to remove online fundraisers to raise legal fees for Biggs and Pezzola, who face criminal charges related to the Capitol riot.

Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald called the reporters out on it.

“Congratulations on using your new journalistic platform to try to pressure tech companies to terminate the ability of impoverished criminal defendants to raise money for their legal defense from online donations. You’re well on your way upward in this industry for sure,” he tweeted, sardonically. Greenwald suggested that it “seems like 50% of journalism these days is finding new ways to pressure and shame tech companies to silence, censor and vanish people from the internet disliked by journalists. Their main cause is not transparency but internet censorship.”

TMZ, TRUMP MAR-A-LAGO WEDDING SPEECH ... Enough About The Couple, Let's Talk About Me. Matt Palumbo at Bongino, “Do You Miss Me Yet?” – Trump Surprises Guests at Mar-a-Lago Wedding. When you invite him to speak at your wedding; what did you think you were getting?

Fox reports Alaska's Murkowski to face GOP challenge from state official Kelly Tshibaka "Former President Trump, Alaska GOP have pledged to back a Murkowski primary challenge" Prpnounced "Chewbacha"! Unlike Susan Collins, I think we can do better in Alaska than Murkowski. 

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