Friday, March 19, 2021

Election 2020: Just a Little Bit

This must be a dwindling topic; I could barely find enough to be worthwhile, and the threads that hold them all together are wearing thin.

Althouse chose to feature a quote "On the day the Capitol was stormed by pro-Trump rioters in January... his phone began to buzz with text messages and phone calls from friends and colleagues, predicting that Clearview AI would be critical..., from a long NYT article, "Your Face Is Not Your Own/When a secretive start-up scraped the internet to build a facial-recognition tool, it tested a legal and ethical limit — and blew the future of privacy in America wide open.". It was bad right up until they discovered it could be used against the common enemy, conservatives. And speaking of the common enemy, Ted Mahan at PJ Media,  Biden Admin Halts Navy Operations, Orders Sailors to Undergo 'Chilling' Stand-Down Training. You won't shocked to find right-wingers on the list, but socialists and Antifa just fine and dandy. 

Extremism was narrowly defined as “supremacist” beliefs only. That’s it. Nothing else. Nothing about anarchism, nothing about any group that might be found on the left. Everyone in the room – of every race, incidentally – had a collective hush as the chilling effect of this clearly biased definition dawned on our team. As one person on our team put it, “Why does the DoD only care about one kind of extremism? Why do they refuse to talk about antifa? Why is it extremist to attack a Capitol police officer, but not extremist to attack a Portland police officer?”
At Am Great Victor Davis Hanson asks Who Is Our Military’s Enemy?

Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 03.18.21 Eric Ledrum at Am Great has a Rassmussen poll which shows  Shows Overwhelming Majority Support Voter ID Laws and Jeff Dunetz at Da Lid, 75% Of Likely Voters (Including Most Dems) Support Voter ID Laws. Nevertheless, from Mary Chastain at LI, Schumer: ‘Everything is on the Table’ to Pass Voting Reform Bill, which would ban requiring an ID to vote, among it's many other flaws. What could go wrong? At TNP, Natalie Winters reports a Mail-In Ballot Sent Four Months After Election, Despite Recipient Voting.
The Baltimore Sun reports:
Towson resident Isaac Perry Cocke had long since given up on receiving his mail-in ballot for November’s presidential election when it arrived last week, a whopping four months after Election Day. He was still able to vote — he drove to a county Board of Elections site and picked up his ballot all those months ago.
“Cocke’s experience, while unique, is yet another example of mail-related woes that have persisted over the past few months,” the outlet adds.

Mail service has be atrocious here too, with letters and packages taking weeks to arrive, going either direction.

Also, Judge Rules Election Must Be Held In-Person, Ensures A ‘Fair Process.’ She's an Indian tribal judge. No need for a fair process for the United States:

The case, filed by tribal members including chairman candidate Aaron Tobey Jr, centered on whether or not ballot drop boxes could be viewed as polls in a manner consistent with the tribe’s constitution.

WhiteEagle ruled in favor of Tobey, noting that the defendants attempted a “linguistic somersault” by conflating a U.S. Postal Service a mailbox to a poll.

“As elected officials, we have the duty to do the right thing, and mail-in voting is not one of them, I’m glad the courts are enforcing the laws of the constitution. This is not the time to experiment with mail-in voting. Voting in person gives more confidence to the voters that the election will be a fair process,” Tobey noted.

“The election can be held safely, Tobey said, by following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines,” the outlet adds.

Fred Fleitz at Da Fed,  US Intelligence Just Released Another Rigged Report On Russian Election Meddling — This Time In 2020

U.S. intelligence agencies just issued yet another post-presidential election analysis claiming Russia meddled in the election to help Donald Trump defeat his Democratic opponent. The report also cited limited efforts by Iran and China to defeat Trump. But it appears that just like a similar intelligence report issued after the 2016 presidential election, there are good reasons to believe the new report was rigged to hurt Trump.

The intelligence agencies burned their credibility, to the extent they had it, with the shenanigans from 2016 on. It doesn't magically reappear when a Democrat gets into office. 

At Am Great, Nice Deb reports Mike Lindell Announces Countersuits Against Dominion; Claims to Have ‘Amazing’ Evidence The 2020 Election Was Stolen

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has announced that he will countersue Dominion Voting Systems with the help of a team of lawyers, including Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz.

The U.S.-based voting machine supplier is suing MyPillow and Lindell for $1.3 billion for defamation, alleging that Trump’s ally spread baseless lies when he accused Dominion of helping to rig the 2020 presidential election.

Dominion is also suing Trump allies Rudolph Giuliani and Sidney Powell in similar civil suits. Meanwhile, several news outlets have retracted claims about Dominion voting machines after receiving legal warnings from the company’s lawyers.

During a conversation with Stephen K. Bannon on his popular “War Room Pandemic” podcast, Monday, Lindell said that he and his business would be “going after” Dominion in two separate lawsuits of his own. According to the conservative businessman, the voting software company violated RICO law by bullying news outlets that booked him as a guest.

“You’re also going to have My Pillow going after Dominion in a counter-suit,” Lindell, 59, said, explaining that the suits will be about protecting “First Amendment speech.”

“There are two cases. One will be My Pillow, one will be Mike Lindell. They’re both going to be a little bit different because what Dominion did is violate the rights of everyone in this country by using bullying lawsuits and RICO law,” he explained. “Basically what they’re saying to news outlets is, ‘If you let this guy on to talk about Dominion we’re going to sue you!’ That’s racketeering. That goes back to the mafia days.”
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“Nobody’s ever looked at the evidence that we have now with the machines and what’s overseas, ever—except for Antrim County Michigan and a primary in Massachusetts,” he explained.

The MyPillow CEO told Bannon that he would be dumping all of the evidence onto his website so the American people can see it all, “and it will be amazing.”

He had a message for Dominion or Smartmatic employees who were allegedly part of the election fraud.

“I would just turn yourself in right now to get less jail time. Everyone’s going to fall like dominos,” Lindell said, adding that he has “whistleblowers and witnesses” who will testify in court.
Hmm. We've been disappointed before. 

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