The fact that QAnon disappointed the QAnon conspiracy theorists by not showing up at the Capitol on March 4 continues to dominate the conversation. From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 03.05.21 (Morning Edition),Twitchy: QAnon Theorists Get It Completely Wrong On March 4 “Insurrection”, Claim It’s Still Happening & LOL. Paul Mirengoff at Power Line, Threat to Capitol was a “mirage”
Was there a reasonable basis to fear an attack? The Post says that the fear was based on predictions by some Trump supporters that the former president would return to power on March 4, which used to be Inauguration Day.
But was there any reason to believe that Trump supporters would commemorate this supposed event by storming the Capitol? I doubt it.
The January 6 storming occurred after Trump called on his supporters to come to Washington. The idea was to exert pressure on Mike Pence and others as the election results were about to be certified (although I don’t think there’s evidence that Trump envisaged a storming of the Capitol). Trump was in Washington that day and delivered a speech to his supporters.
None of these elements was present yesterday. Trump did not call on supporters to come to D.C. Trump himself was in Florida and gave no speech, as far as I know. Congress was engaged in no activity affecting the outcome of the 2020 election.
Were Trump supporters coming to Washington in large numbers? Nothing in the Post’s report suggests that they were. Thus, it seems that the show of force was a response to an imaginary threat.
At the PM, Democrats used a March 4 'QAnon attack' to justify a military occupation of Washington DC—it never happened. Ace reports Democrat Sits Bravely on Capitol Steps to "Send a Message" to QAnon and Various Other Groups Which Are Not Planning an Armed Insurrection, "Bravely risking nothing at all, sitting behind tall razor-topped fences and National Guardsmen armed with M-16's.
And speaking of Congressmen who literally sleep with the enemy, Capt. Ed at Hot Hair, “A Direct And Forseeable Consequence”: Swalwell Sues Trumps, Giuliani, Brooks Over Capitol Riot; UPDATE: Discovery, Wonders NYT?. Ace, LOL: Eric Fang-Bang Swalwell Sues Trump, Claiming Trump Gave Him "Severe Emotional Distress" This sashaying ponce also says he's "prepared himself for hand-to-hand combat."
From the Guardian via MSN, A few rightwing 'super-spreaders' fueled bulk of election falsehoods, study says. "The Big Lie" is the new Big Lie.
Ann Althouse notices an article by Gleen Grenwald, “As the Insurrection Narrative Crumbles, Democrats Cling to it More Desperately Than Ever.” A new piece from Glenn Greenwald.
Perhaps the most significant blow to the maximalist insurrection/coup narrative took place inside the Senate on Thursday. Ever since January 6, those who were not referring to the riot as a “coup attempt” — as though the hundreds of protesters intended to overthrow the most powerful and militarized government in history — were required to refer to it instead as an “armed insurrection.” This formulation was crucial not only for maximizing fear levels about the Democrats’ adversaries but also, as I’ve documented previously, because declaring an “armed insurrection” empowers the state with virtually unlimited powers to act against the citizenry. Over and over, leading Democrats and their media allies repeated this phrase like some hypnotic mantra...
And predictably -- just as happened during the Cold War, Oklahoma City, & 9/11 attack -- FBI is now using the threat of "insurrectionists" and "domestic terrorism" to justify greater surveillance powers. That's why exaggerating the threat is so dangerous.
Breitbart, National Guard Requested at Capitol for Two More Months. Is two months to flatten the opposition like two weeks to flatten the curve? Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 03.05.21 (Evening Edition), the Victory Girls, Russel Honore Recommends Quick Reaction Force For Capitol Hill. A new Praetorian Guard, properly vetted of course, no conservatives need apply. Jordan Davidson at Da Fed, Pelosi’s Left-Wing Security Czar Demands More Fencing, More Troops, And More Money For Capitol ‘Security’ . Slso from from the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 03.05.21 (Morning Edition), Weasel Zippers FBI’s Wray Bizarrely Claims Conservative Groups Behind ‘Most’ BLM/Antifa Riots…. Natalie Winters at TNP, Petition To Stop Capitol Hill Fence Hits 25,000 Signatures.. also from AIR TV, Peter Strzok Suggests Trump’s ‘Explicit Bias’ Prevented FBI.
Eric Lundrum at Am Great, FBI Confirms No Firearms Were Found During January 6th Capitol Protests, LI, FBI Official Tells Senate No One ‘Recovered’ Guns During Capitol Hill Riots. Worst "armed insurrection" ever.
Julie Kelly at Am Great tells the story of A Family on Trial for January 6 "The Justice Department, which acts more like a consigliere for the Democratic Party than an impartial enforcer of the rule of law, wants to ruin the Cua family and send a message to others", while the WaPoo whines that Federico Klein, a Trump appointee in the State Department, arrested in Capitol riot probe, FBI says. Meanwhile TNP reports 1 In 3 BLM/AntiFa Rioters Are Having Their Cases Dismissed By Biden’s Dept Of Justice. And from the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 03.05.21 (Morning Edition), Weasel Zippers, Biden* Justice Dept Quietly Dismissing Hundreds Of Cases Against BLM/Antifa Rioters… Sometimes assaulting Federal officers and trying to burn Federal buildings isn't so bad after all. As long as it's done in the name of a dead junky.
And then there's HR. 1, Nancy Pelosi's plan to take over the world. The Big Monkey at Ace's Morning Rant
Let's see what's in this poisonous, 800-page long "For the People" bill, H.R. 1, the House Democrats have succeeded in passing.
The information I'm presenting here comes from this tweet thread. If you don't want to give Twitter any direct clicks, the threadreader app version can be read here. He's got screen grabs of the actual text of the bill, so you can check it out for yourself.
Or, alternately, the entire bill can be downloaded as a pdf file.
Here are some of what's in store for us if it is passed:
Automatic voter registration. Did I hear someone say "motor voter"? Well, this is worse. If you change your address, you're automatically registered to vote. Apply for welfare, registered to vote. Register for a college class, automatically registered to vote.
This is a federal law, so it will be in effect in every state.
What about illegal aliens, excuse me, undocumented immigrants? I'm glad you asked. If they try to vote, they're protected from any consequences. Or if they are erroneously allowed to vote, they're Also protected from any consequences.
There will also be nationwide same day registration.
They'll be a boatload of new restrictions on the ability of states to remove ineligible voters from the rolls.
There are provisions regarding registering minors to vote. It effectively lowers the voting age to 16.
States aren't allowed to ask for voter ID, not even for absentee ballots
Mandating that states allow ballot harvesting.
Higher education will be paid and required to register voters and encourage them to vote, as long as they say they're citizens.
Absentee ballot drop boxes will sit out for a month and a half.
Mandatory curbside voting.
And this is just the stuff in the bill about voting. There's also provisions for DC statehood, a federal takeover of redistricting, and stiff penalties for propagating election "disinformation".
News Max, Rep. Scott DesJarlais: H.R. 1 Changed the Rules to Win the Game. From Faye Higbee and Jeff Dunetz at Da Lid, Twenty Attorneys General Send Letter Telling Congress HR 1 Is Unconstitutional "Do The Dems Care? Doubt It!" Given the constitutional primacy of state law over elections, one would think it's and open and shut case, but with our Supreme Court, it could go either way. Don Surber (also from the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 03.05.21 (Morning Edition)) Don Surber tells Republicans Learn to ballot harvest. I believe I've been saying this right along.
And on the widely hoped for split in the Republican party, POLITICO Playbook: McCarthy struggles to manage Trump. I'll bet he does. Regarding this article Sundance responds, President Trump Positioning Resources and Strategy to Destroy DeceptiCons, also, Paul Ryan White-Knights For Liz Cheney, Will Hold Joint DeceptiCon Fundraiser. I'm ambivalent about Ryan; the Republicans need a fiscal conservative voice. I have no use for Cheney, I hate political nepotism and certainly Wyoming could find a more representative representative.
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