Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day 2021 Beach Report

After 2 days of rain and cold, a warm, sunny day on Memorial Day was well attended.

Georgia found the tooth of the day with this 1 7/16 inch prehistoric White Shark tooth.
But I was pretty happy when I stooped down to scoop up this Tiger Shark tooth, and then noticed the small, but complete, except for the root, Cow Shark tooth. 

Time for the local cactus to bloom. Believe it or not, this Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus is native to Maryland, and does well in the sand dunes next to the beach. There are several much larger clumps nearby.

Election 2020 - And Monday Morning Stimulus

Something to go with our coffee. CBS reports Texas Republicans' sweeping voting restrictions bill passes state Senate, and boy are they ever pissed. Of course, what they call voting restrictions are what the rest us call measures to prevent the Democrats from cheating. 

The bill, S.B. 7, includes several controversial provisions that critics say would disproportionately affect poor and minority voters. It also specifically targets voting practices employed this past year in Harris County, which includes Houston, by banning drive-through voting and 24-hour voting. Those practices were used by 140,000 voters in 2020.

S.B. 7 makes it a state jail felony for local officials to attempt to send mail-in ballot applications to voters who did not request them, a practice Harris County employed in 2020. The bill also limits early voting and implements more restrictions on absentee voting, including adding more identification requirements for those who wish to vote-by-mail.

President** Biden was none too happy. Fox, Biden calls Texas voting bill ‘wrong and un-American’

"It’s part of an assault on democracy that we’ve seen far too often this year—and often disproportionately targeting Black and Brown Americans," Biden said in a statement. "It’s wrong and un-American."

He called on Congress to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, two Democrat-led voting bills that seek to expand voting access, particularly to minority communities.

It would also ban using temporary structures as a voting facility and would strengthen access for poll observers. It also imposes new penalties for poll workers who violate rules in a way that is deemed to interfere with the voting process.

Speaking of none too happy, Sundance at CTH on  Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey Vetoes Election Integrity Bill Passed By Arizona Legislature

There’s a particular trend pattern to identify DeceptiCons in the Republican party. The Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, is one easily identifiable member of that club.

The DeceptiCons support leftist goals and objectives; they are paid handsomely for their duplicity to support them; but they hide their support through parliamentarian tricks (cloture votes) and obtuse justification. Cue the demonstration:
Today, I vetoed 22 bills. Some are good policy, but with one month left until the end of the fiscal year, we need to focus first on passing a budget. That should be priority one. The other stuff can wait. 
. . .
Once the budget passes, I’m willing to consider some of these other issues. But until then, I will not be signing any additional bills. Let’s focus on our jobs, get to work and pass the budget. 

That's just bullshit. It's hard enough to get legislators to do their job the first time, let alone a second, and with enough votes to override a veto.  

HuffPo wishcasts, The Secret Service Has To Protect Former Presidents — But What If They Are In Jail?. It also has to protect former first Ladies, so how about Hillary, who clearly belongs in jail. Rebecca Downs at Town Hall, Hillary Clinton Lies About What Happened on January 6. "An angry mob attacked our Capitol, our lawmakers, and our election. They killed a policeman. " Why not, she lies about everything else and the media never calls her on it. 

And the Peacock struts For Democrats, GOP filibuster of Jan. 6 commission tests 'limits of bipartisanship' "Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is planning a series of votes soon on equal pay, voting rights and other bills that will shape the fate of the 60-vote threshold."

The Wombat has Rule 5 Sunday: Samsung Sam finished on time and under budget.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Annals of the Biden Crime Family - Bitch Set Him Up!

Starting with the icing on the cake, from Tristan Justice at Da Fed, Hunter Biden Bragged About Smoking Crack With Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry. It's an elite group at the top.

More importantly, though, from Miranda Devine at NYPo,  his laptop shows Hunter Biden brought VP Joe to dinner with shady business partners. NYPo, Joe Biden was a ‘regular’ at DC hotspot where he met Hunter’s Kazakh associates. And from Tyler O'Neil at PJ Media, Laptop BOMBSHELL: Hunter Biden Introduced His Dad to Business Cronies in 2015

Hunter Biden invited guests to the dinner on April 16, 2015, held in the private “Garden Room” at Café Milano, a Georgetown restaurant whose catchphrase is, “Where the world’s most powerful people go.” The New York Post first reported on the emails on Wednesday.

The next day, Vadym Pozharskyi, an executive at Burisma, emailed Hunter Biden to thank him for introducing his father.

“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your fatherand spent [sic] some time together,” Pozharskyi wrote on April 17, 2015. “It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.”

Pretty much proving Joe Biden lied about his involvement in Hunter's Ukrainian affairs during the campaign (Andrea Widberg at Am Think). Geller, BIDEN BIG LIE BLOWS UP: VP Joe Biden Met with Hunter Biden’s Corrupt Foreign Business Associates. Ace, New Emails Reveal That Joe Biden Did Meet With Hunter Biden's "Business" Partners -- Despite "The Big Guy's" Claim That He Had Absolutely No Knowledge Of Hunter's "Business" Dealings

Let's review:

Hunter Biden's laptop -- CENSORED and BLACKLISTED by social media with the legacy media's urging. Kept topic from being discussed during a presidential election. But the laptop is REAL.

Discussions of covid's origins -- CENSORED and BLACKLISTED by social media with the legacy media's urging. Kept topic from being discussed during a presidential election. But the lab leak theory is the most viable theory, and almost certainly the true one.

The Russiagate Hoax and "Pee Pee" Dossier - not only permitted by social media, but literally a topic on every single leftwing news channel at least three times a week -- and every single day on CNN. Kept topic being constantly discussed for not just an election seasons, but for two election seasons. But the Russiagate Hoax was FAKE, created by Hillary Clinton for purposes of interfereing with an election.

Breitbart,  ‘Breaking the News’ Reveals: Secret Service Records Show Hunter Biden Took at Least 23 flights Through Joint Base Andrews, Home of Air Force One and Two and Exclusive — Devin Nunes on Revelations of Hunter Biden Trips Through Joint Base Andrews: ‘Proof of Corporate Media’s Utter Corruption’

NYPo, Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveaway, In short, according to Larry O'Connor at Town Hall, The ‘Big Guy’ Is Compromised. Yep. Am Mil News, Biden’s top intel lawyer pick won’t rule out working for China and Huawei again. Again, get that?

Henry Rodgers at Da Caller, Tom Cotton Presses Biden’s ATF Nominee Over Prosecuting Hunter For Lying On Background Check To Purchase Firearm "Chipman responded by saying: “I will ensure that all violations of law are investigated and referred.”" First, Biden ATF Nominee Promises To Give Hunter Biden Gun Background Check Form To Senate, Probe Any Crimes, but a day later, ATF Will Not Release Information About Hunter Biden’s Guns Because Of ‘Substantial Privacy Interests’ (Both at Da Wire). Quick, now do the Proud Boys or the Oath Keepers. 

Which is a good segue into Biden's nominations and appointees, House Republicans Say Biden’s ATF Pick Should Be Disqualified For ‘Alarming Ignorance’ And ‘Anti-Gun Bias’. Seriously? That's why he was nominated! Natalie Winters at TNP, REVEALED: Biden’s India Ambassador Pick, Eric Garcetti, Praised China’s Xi As ‘Extraordinary’ And Privately Messaged Communist Influence Chiefs. At the Wa Free Bee, Biden’s Top Energy Regulator Lobbied for Company Behind Admin-Approved Wind Farm "FERC chair Richard Glick now working to aid Biden's green energy push" Insty, BIDEN APPOINTEE’S RENEWABLES CONFLICTS OF INTEREST: "You may never have heard of Richard Glick, President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an obscure federal agency with significant energy industry power (no pun intended). Biden would probably prefer that your ignorance continue." Not to mention, Granholm’s Green Energy Millions "Biden energy secretary nets $1.6 million after offloading admin-backed electric bus company" (Wa Free Bee).

Also from Wa Free Bee, Labor Board Swats Down Biden Appointee. J. Christian Adams at PJ Media,  You Knew DOJ's Kristen Clarke Was a Radical, But It's Much, Much Worse Than They're Letting On. Chris Bedford at Da Fed, Biden Purges Non-Partisan US Commission On Fine Arts In Unprecedented Move Against Popular Classical Architecture. There's nothing too trivial to ignore in their march to destroy the culture. 

Breitbart, Biden Spends as Much on Health Care for Illegal Aliens as Trump Did on the Wall

Sundance at CTH, Biden Administration Will Import Metals and Close U.S. Mines To Appease Environmental Wing of Party. Insty, YOU F*CKED UP, YOU TRUSTED US:

Then: Biden campaign tells miners it supports domestic production of EV metals.

Now: Exclusive: Biden looks abroad for electric vehicle metals, in blow to U.S. miners.

Nick Arama at Red State, Biden Officials Shut Down State Department Investigation Into Wuhan Lab Leak Theory, Capt. Ed at Hot Hair, Biden admin shut down Wuhan lab-leak inquiry: CNN. Of course, now that it becoming clear the there's a strong likelihood that the WuFlu escaped from the Wuhan Virology Institute, he has started a new study.

Sundance, JoeBamanomics, New Home Sales ‘Unexpectedly’ Drop in April, March Results Revised Sharply Lower. "Unexpectedly"

Beach Report 5/30/21

It rained all day yesterday, with the temperature steadily declining, and we settled for a short street walk. This morning it was still raining, and blowing hard out of the north. By waiting out lunch, we managed to get the rain down to a slight mist by the time we left. It was chilly, and initially I wished I had worn a heavier shirt and gloves. Despite the low tide, much of the beach was eroded back, and tooth hunting  was tough, one broken tooth and a ray chevron. Skye found a couple of people to pet her though, so it was good with her. 

Election 2020: 2 If By Sea!

A pretty light load, as is often the case on Sunday mornings. Stacey Lennox at PJ Media thinks Republicans Show Real Backbone In Blocking January 6th Commission Political Theater, but at the WaPoo, Kathleen Parker has an opinion (which are like assholes; everyone has one) The anti-elite elites who want to thwart a Jan. 6 commission. And to think, she get gets paid to write this dreck. Fox highlights the 11 senators were totally absent from Jan. 6 commission vote, "Two Democrats and nine Republicans missed the Friday vote."

At the Lawfare homeground, Law&Crime, ‘2 If By Sea’: Oath Keepers Messages Shed New Light on Alleged Plot to Storm D.C. With Guns by Way of Potomac

Hours before Senate Republicans killed an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6th siege, federal prosecutors disclosed communications about how Oath Keepers allegedly plotted to storm Washington, D.C. with guns by boat by way of the Potomac River.

Those discussions became public in a filing seeking to maintain the strict pretrial release conditions of Oath Keepers member Thomas Caldwell, whom prosecutors allege organized a group of militia members on “standby with guns in a hotel across the river.” In the brief, prosecutors also alleged that a message from the militia’s leader described a “worst case scenario” where former President Donald Trump “calls us up as part of the militia to to assist him inside DC.”

Pulling a line from one of the immortal verses of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the extremist group’s Florida chapter leader Kelly Meggs allegedly imagined the militia members as the modern day equivalent of their American colonial forebears.

“1 if by land,” Meggs allegedly wrote in an encrypted message on the group’s Signal channel, quoting Longfellow’s 1861 poem “Paul Revere’s Ride.”

“North side of Lincoln Memorial,” Meggs’s message continued, according to the government. “2 if by sea[,] Corner of west basin and Ohio is a water transport landing !!”

The alleged Oath Keepers plot to ferry heavy weapons across the Potomac River on a boat was previously reported by the New York Times in February, but prosecutors first made new evidence supporting that claim public on the day Trump’s Republican Party blocked independent scrutiny into the attack.

Clearly, they don't know the Potomac in DC is one of the most heavily patrolled waterways in the country. Do we need more evidence that some of these guys were living in a fantasy?

And Georgia's Fulton County keeps making news. Sundance at CTH, Fulton County Ballot Update – County Officials Hire Criminal Defense Attorneys, ie Lawfare, as President Trump Releases Statement

Fulton County, Georgia, election officials are attempting to avoid an audit of 147,000 absentee ballots. President Trump asks the following: “Why are the Radical Left Democrats in Georgia fighting so hard that there not be a Forensic Audit of 150,000 absentee ballots in Fulton County? There can be only one reason, and that is because they know the vote was corrupt and the audit will show it. Republicans must fight hard and win!”

With witness affidavits saying there was something very wrong about the absentee ballots in Fulton County, a Georgia judge granted plaintiff Garland Favorito with authorization for an audit of the physical ballots and high-resolution scanned images. However, the County officials, the Election Board as a whole and the individual members, are all pointing fingers at each-other saying the lawsuit has identified the wrong defendant.

Plaintiff Garland Favorito appeared this morning for an interview on the current status with Monica Perez. Mr. Favorito explains the current status of the ballot audit as the previously authorized review has been suspended for 30 days pending the outcome of obtuse legal arguments about who is the right defendant.

Dan Chaitin at WaEx, Trump issues rally call after judge cancels meeting to discuss Georgia ballot review

Former President Donald Trump encouraged Republicans to keep up the fight as he interpreted a push to stop a judge's order allowing an inspection of 147,000 mail-in ballots cast in the 2020 election in Fulton County, Georgia, as evidence of corruption.

He released a statement on Friday after Superior Court Judge Brian Amero canceled a meeting to discuss plans for the review to give him time to consider and rule on motions filed by attorneys for Fulton County to dismiss the overarching lawsuit in which voters sued for access to look for evidence of fraud in November's election. A hearing on the motions has been scheduled for June 21, according to GPB News.

"Why are the Radical Left Democrats in Georgia fighting so hard that there not be a Forensic Audit of 150,000 absentee ballots in Fulton County? There can be only one reason, and that is because they know the vote was corrupt and the audit will show it. Republicans must fight hard and win!" Trump said in a message shared by his Save America PAC.

And nothing suspicious here, from sundance,  Newsmax Correspondent Reports Alarm Sounds Today in Building Holding Fulton County Ballots for Audit – Building Found Wide Open

Is someone tampering with the evidence, or just trying to cast doubt on the audit to come. 

Chris Pandolpho at Da Blaze finds that Facebook bans donations to 147 Republicans who voted against certifying Biden's 2020 victory. The tech monopolies need breaking. 
"As a result of our review, the FBPAC Board has decided to resume contributions, but not to any members of Congress who voted against certifying the 2020 election following the events at the Capitol on January 6," Rice said in an internal memo. "While a contribution to a candidate for office does not mean that we agree with every policy or position that a candidate may espouse, we believe this decision is appropriate given the unprecedented events in January."
Will they apply this in hindsight to the Democrats who voted not to certify Trump or Bush? Of course not.

Rebecca Downs at Town Hall reports on Chuck Schumers plan to take over America: Chuck Schumer Announces Timeline for Key Legislation to Upend Elections. Week of June 21, while WaPoo whines that Democrats grapple with the enemy within: What to do about the filibuster rule that could kill their agenda and that Texas Senate approves stringent voting restrictions after all-night debate. Any attempt to limit Democrat election fraud must be termed a restriction.

Palm Sunday

 Featuring yesterday's Rule 5 winner, Linda Palacio:

Linked at Pirate's Cove in the weekly Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup and links. The Wombat has Rule 5 Sunday: Samsung Sam finished on time and under budget.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Russiagate: Re-re-revisited

It's been a while, and it's a cold, stormy day here, so I can't use the excuse that I need to walk the dog. Besides, I already did that. So what's new since we last looked?

In what what must have been a great disappointment to Trump-haters everywhere, Capt. Ed at Hot Hair reports on the OLC memo to Barr: We wouldn't have charged Trump with obstruction even as a private citizen and  the DOJ Releases Redacted OLC (Office of Legal Counsel)  Opinion Following Review of the Special Counsel's Report, (Josh Blackmun at The Volokh Report):

For the reasons stated below, we conclude that the evidence described in Volume II of the Report is not, in our judgment, sufficient to support a conclusion beyond a reasonable doubt that the President violated the obstruction-of-justice statutes.FN1 

In addition, we believe that certain of the conduct examined by the Special Counsel could not, as a matter of law, support an obstruction charge under the circumstances. Accordingly, were there no constitutional barrier, we would recommend, under the Principles of Federal Prosecution, that you decline to commence such a prosecution.

Rick Moran at PJ Media, Another Left-Wing Hoax About Trump Blows Up

The Left and the media long suspected that the Department of Justice memo upon which former Attorney General William Barr based his decision not to prosecute then-president Donald Trump for obstruction of justice contained a “smoking gun” that would prove Trump guilty and discredit Barr’s conclusions.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson apparently put that theory to rest when she ordered the release of part of the memo that dealt with how Barr reached that decision. Barr relied on advice from several sources, including the Office of Legal Counsel. The OLC recommended against prosecuting Trump, not only because there are constitutional issues with prosecuting a president for obstruction, but also because even if Trump were a private citizen, there wouldn’t be enough evidence to charge him.

But, according to JP Zane at RCP,  Peddlers of Russiagate Won't Take Truth for an Answer.   The NYT, cited at Hot Hair, McGahn likely to testify next week on Trump's efforts to obstruct Russia probe. The non-existent efforts? Tristan Justice at Da Fed thinks it's ironic that After Using Fake Dossier To Spy On Carter Page, DOJ Says He Waited Too Long To Complain

The Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the U.S. District Court of Columbia to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former Donald Trump adviser Carter Page over the deep-state witch hunt during which FBI officials spied on Democrats’ political opponents under operation Crossfire Hurricane.

Page filed suit against the Justice Department over abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). A federal judge ruled in January last year federal authority granted to spy on Page under the act was “not valid.”  In requesting the D.C. District Court to dismiss the case, the government argued it may abuse the FISA process and unlawfully spy on American citizens without liability.

“Plaintiff alleges that after the Defendants obtained the process — the FISA orders — Defendants used it ‘to spy on the Trump presidential campaign by unlawfully invading the privacy of Dr. Page without probable cause,'” DOJ attorneys wrote. “Even taken as true, which Defendants do not concede, Plaintiff fails to state a claim for abuse of process because conducting surveillance and collecting information for foreign intelligence purposes are exact purposes for which FISA orders are intended; that is, they are the end intended by law.”

In other words, the Justice Department argues that even if warrants to spy on Page were an unlawful violation of Page’s privacy, the government can’t be held accountable.

The government argued Page’s lawsuit also came too late. “The facts alleged in the Complaint and in various judicially noticeable public documents establish that Plaintiff’s claim accrues well more than the two years before he presented it administratively to the Department,” government attorneys wrote.

Dan Chaitin at WaEx cites Trey Gowdy: High-level Trump administration officials 'don't have a clue' about John Durham's progress. His investigation will disappear. He might, too. 

"Part of me thinks that prosecutors who don't have enough to allege a crime need to keep their mouths shut," he said. "And part of me thinks that this is more than just a criminal investigation. It's a counterintelligence investigation. It's an investigation into whether procedures and powers that we give government, whether folks were good stewards of those powers, and you could make an argument that we should know that. We should know whether or not someone abused their authority or their power in a non-criminal way. And I guess we should know if they did so in a criminal way, but for some reason, the case is not prosecutable, I guess. But I am not convinced that we should know everyone who is investigated but never charged because that's just not the way the system works."

 At NYPo, How anti-Trump ‘Steele dossier’ exposed shoddy world of ‘private spies’

Capt. Ed, Hmmm: Manhattan DA empanels new grand jury in Trump Org probe ... and others. Jonathon Mosely at Am Think wonders Can New York Arrest Donald Trump? Of course they can, but will it hold up? Insty, WITCH HUNT: “New York City and State are suffering the highest crime rates in their history, and instead of going after murderers, drug dealers, human traffickers, and others, they come after Donald Trump.” "They don’t even know what they’re investigating him for. It’s a case of “show me the man, and I will find you a crime.”" Sundance at CTH, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr Uses “Wrap-Up-Smear”, Seeds Grand Jury Story to Washington Post

Create a fraudulent accusation; then leak (or merchandise) the accusation to media; then “merchandise” the media report of the leak as evidence to support the fraudulent accusation. This is precisely what Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance is doing with a leaked story about his grand jury against President Trump. You can tell this is the political motive because grand jury secrecy is dismissed in favor of the media leak.

If the motive wasn’t political, the DA wouldn’t need the leak.

Politico gloats  ‘Cloud of nerves’ hovers over Trump land after grand jury report. Rusty Weiss at the Political Insider,  Grand Jury Seated For NY Trump Investigation, Former Pres. Slams ‘Greatest Witch Hunt In American History’. Sundance, President Trump Responds to Manhattan DA Leaking Grand Jury Information to Media and President Trump Remarks on Political Targeting by JoeBama DOJ and New York AG

There is nothing more corrupt than an investigation that is in desperate search of a crime. But, make no mistake, that is exactly what is happening here. The Attorney General of New York literally campaigned on prosecuting Donald Trump even before she knew anything about me. She said that if elected, she would use her office to look into “every aspect” of my real estate dealings.

She swore that she would “definitely sue” me. She boasted on video that she would be, and I quote, “a real pain in the ass.” She declared, “just wait until I’m in the Attorney General’s office,” and, ”I’ve got my eyes on Trump Tower.” She also promised that, if elected, she would “join with law enforcement and other Attorney Generals across this nation in removing this President from office,” and, “It’s important that everyone understand that the days of Donald Trump are coming to an end.”

The Attorney General made each of these statements, not after having had an opportunity to actually look at the facts, but BEFORE she was even elected, BEFORE she had seen even a shred of evidence. This is something that happens in failed third world countries, not the United States. If you can run for a prosecutor’s office pledging to take out your enemies, and be elected to that job by partisan voters who wish to enact political retribution, then we are no longer a free constitutional democracy.

Althouse cites Trump, "This is something that happens in failed third world countries, not the United States. If you can run for a prosecutor’s office pledging to take out your enemies...". Kim Wehle at the Slantic The Country Is On the Cusp of a New Era "America is inching closer to a possibility it has never seen before: the indictment and trial of a former president." An era where it's routine for the party in power to try to criminalize policy differences with the party out of power. That's not a scenario that encourages peaceful transfers of power. To whit, Sundance, Citing Executive Pardon Judge Dismisses Federal Case Against Steve Bannon

Speaking of which, NYPo reports Feds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raid. But refused Hunter's laptop. There're some cans of worms DOJ doesn't want opened. WaPoo reports today that Judge orders ‘special master’ to review Giuliani’s phone, computer records

A federal judge overseeing an investigation of Rudolph W. Giuliani will appoint an independent attorney to sort through 18 electronic devices seized by federal authorities and shield any content that, because Giuliani is an attorney, may be off limits to investigators examining his foreign contacts while representing President Donald Trump.

U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken on Friday adopted a proposal from prosecutors to appoint what’s called a “special master” to review the materials and filter out items that could be considered privileged, a process expected to take months. Attorney-client privilege applies to communications between a lawyer and a client, and such messages are protected as long as they do not advance criminal activity.

Giuliani’s lawyers also have argued that executive privilege applies because he represented Trump during his presidency.

The Justice Department is looking into Giuliani’s dealings with Ukrainian figures ahead of last year’s election to determine whether, in his bid to find information that would prove damaging to President Biden, he violated a law that requires agents of foreign interests to register with the U.S. government. The former New York mayor, who once led the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office now scrutinizing his activities overseas, has not been charged with a crime and adamantly denies wrongdoing.

FARA is clearly a bullshit law used to punish opponents of the Democrats. If they're serious about it, why hasn't Hunter been charged. He's clearly been representing both the Ukrainians and the Chinese. FARA should be overturned on First Amendment grounds. 

Steve McCann at Am Think thinks (no, not yet) Trump Derangement Syndrome Could Save America

Trump Derangement Syndrome fortuitously exposed what has been metastasizing beneath the surface for many years and is now spotlighted on center stage for all to see.
  1. There is a two-tiered system of justice in the United States based on political affiliation or beliefs. The FBI, once the most respected arm of law enforcement in the country, is now an appendage of the Democrat party with the Department of Justice their de facto enforcer. They operate politically through maliciously investigating fictitious allegations (e.g. Trump-Russia collusion), stoking malevolent accusations (e.g. January 6th “armed insurrection”), and pursuing the harshest treatment possible against “wrong-think” transgressors while largely ignoring the anarchists who regurgitate “right-think.”
  2. The federal bureaucracy is a leftist-sympathizing power unto themselves that can willfully destroy a president or a common citizen and face no repercussions.
  3. By exploiting the Chinese Coronavirus pandemic as a vehicle to defeat Trump, the elected members of the Democrat party exposed themselves as petty and vindictive tyrants. They calculatingly curtailed individual freedoms, initiated unnecessary and devastating lockdowns, provoked unwarranted fear among the populace, destroyed the credibility of the government-based medical and science community, and brought the nation to the brink of economic chaos.
  4. The Democrat party in their pursuit of Trump has been self-exposed to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of the radical American Left which flagrantly utilizes Nazi tactics to achieve their goals.
  5. The ruling elite/left cabal, determined to defeat Trump in 2020, pulled out all the stops including election fraud to accomplish their goal. As a result, there should no longer be speculation about election fraud on a grand scale. It exists. Further, this same cabal is now audaciously attempting to embed potential election fraud in every state and make certain someone unacceptable to them is never elected president.
  6. What was once referred to as the “mainstream media” can no longer claim to be impartial as they marched in lockstep denigrating Trump and vilifying his voters. They are the unabashed propaganda arm of the ruling elite/American left oligarchy, willingly disseminating “fake news” about the opposition and regurgitating the talking points given to them by their masters.
  7. The elites have acquiesced to their bedfellows, the left, accelerating their schedule for achieving political hegemony by willfully fomenting civil unrest. The main weapons in this scheme are the accusation of “systemic racism” and the advocacy of Critical Race Theory that mandates overt racial discrimination, the turning of a blind eye to virulent and growing anti-Semitism, and confrontational censorship of “misinformation” and “unacceptable beliefs” by utilizing social media, corporate and governmental extortion.
Over the past four months, the media has extensively trumpeted the autocratic policies of the Biden Administration and a Democrat-controlled Congress. -- policies which encompass and further expose all the above. Thus, the bulk of the citizenry cannot honestly claim to be ignorant or unaware of what is happening in the country as it should be evident to anyone with a modicum of awareness and intelligence not drowning in mindless fealty to the Democrat party or Marxist ideology.

And some miscellaneous stuff:

Jack Cashill at Am Think reminds us Just Who Made Obama's Birth Certificate an Issue? Hillary!

WaPoo is tickled pink that Key impeachment witness Gordon Sondland sues Mike Pompeo and U.S. for $1.8 million in legal fees

WaPoo whines that the Biden Justice Dept. asks judge to toss lawsuit against Trump, Barr for violent clearing of Lafayette Square. Sauce for the goose. 

Election 2020: Republicans Scotch Pelosi's Jan. 6 "Truth Commission"

And boy, is the WaPoo ever pissed. GOP senators block Jan. 6 commission, likely ending bid for independent probe of Capitol riot, Dan Balz, Analysis, The Senate vote on the bipartisan Jan. 6 commission showed Trump’s power and a government under duress, Karen Tumulty, The really scary reason Republicans don’t want to face the truth about Jan. 6, Ed Board, Pelosi should appoint a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 riot

Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 05.28.21 The Geller Report reports Democrat Effort To Establish January 6 Commission Dies In The Senate.  AllahPundit whines GOP filibusters January 6 commission, with six Republicans voting yes, Spencer Brown at Town Hall, Republicans Block January 6th Commission in First Filibuster Victory of Biden Presidency, Sundance at CTH, Senate Republicans Block Formation of January 6th Commission, The Election Narrative of The DC UniParty, Ace, Senate Blocks Partisan Star Chamber January 6 Commission

It got 54 votes, with 35 voting nay. It takes 60 votes to close debate on the bill and proceed to final passage. A lot of people abstained, it looks like. Some real heroes there. Fox News

Nick Arama at Redstate notices that CNN, WaPo Reporters Upset COVID Origins Might Be Investigated, but Gov't Might 'Ignore' Capitol Riot, and AllahPundit whines (he does a lot of whining) about poor Joe Manchin issues statement: I sure am disappointed in Republicans for filibustering the January 6 commission. That's kind of the point of the filibuster, to stop things?

In other Jan. 6 related news, Julie Kelly at Am Great has the receipts, New Video Depicts Capitol Police Using Stun Grenades on Crowd "The video appears to contradict official claims and testimony that police did not use flashbangs on the January 6 Capitol Hill protesters." PM, BREAKING: Hillary Clinton falsely claims Jan 6 rioters killed a police officer "Hillary Clinton posted a tweet after Republicans blocked the formation of the Jan. 6 Commission, making the false claim that those who rioted at the Capitol Building on that day "killed a policeman." I thank the stars every day that Trump defeated that lying sack of shit. Peter D'Abrosca at Am Great, No, the Capitol Trespassers Aren’t ‘Terrorists’ "We are entering a period of political persecution unlike anything we’ve seen in American history." And they're not "insurrectionist" either, another slur that the liberal media uses liberally. 

Language is the primary mechanism of communication. If the words that comprise our language lose meaning, it will become impossible for us to understand each other. We will become, and are becoming, inherently less connected and more divided.

Perhaps more concerning is what the American regime is currently doing to the Capitol trespassers. The regime’s actions are without question more evil and immoral than the act of trespassing at the Capitol itself.

Federal prosecutors and judges are holding mostly first-time offenders without bond in a segregated section of a D.C. jail. The vast majority of detainees have been charged with misdemeanors, not felonies. The Justice Department has yet to charge any of the people they arrested after January 6 with “insurrection” or “terrorism,” let alone “treason” or “sedition.” They are being denied due process.

Worse, the FBI and the Defense Department are turning the surveillance powers we generously granted them after 9/11 inward, and using them against anyone who might be considered subversive to the official narrative. The regime is quietly using January 6 as a pretext to launch a new “War on Terror” against any American citizen who doesn’t obey.

We are entering a period of political persecution unlike anything we’ve seen in American history, all premised on the lie that “fascist, white supremacist, terrorist insurrectionists” attempted a “coup” on January 6—a lie constructed using words that no longer have an agreed-upon meaning.

It can only end badly.

Ken Blackwell at CNS News, Democrats Pull Hat Trick With Dishonest Voting Rights Bill. It's too long to excerpt effectively, but it's damning. Also from the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 05.28.21 Don Surber claims Democrats in a panic

The biggest problem for Democrats is they cheated to win in 2020 by getting states to violate their own election laws to make it easier to stuff the ballot box with mail-in votes.

If Democrats do not codify those mid-election rule changes, Biden could be their last president.

Atlantic reported, "Anxiety is growing among a broad range of civil-rights, democracy-reform, and liberal groups over whether Democrats are responding with enough urgency to the accelerating Republican efforts to both suppress voting and potentially overturn future Democratic election victories."

Democrats want "to pass the national election standards," which means federalizing all election, which means having the federal bureaucracy decide who wins what election. Look for demands for diversity and equity to ensure Democrat victories. Poca Town Hall could look like a Harvard faculty meeting.

But Republicans have the votes to stop them in the Senate.

So far, Republicans are.

Also, at Da Tech Guy Blog, Interesting bit of Lawyering Up in GA

As you might have heard a Judge in Georgia has ordered an examination of absentee ballots in Georgia

Apparently this has resulted in some lawyering up both officially

Now it seems to me that the county would have it’s own lawyers but these folks have hired some serious legal muscle to fight this.

Why you might think that despite all those people in the media insisting otherwise that things might not be on the up and up.

Unexpectedly of course
You might get a clue why by reading Stu Cvrk at Red State's AUDIT of Elections Update: A Week’s Worth of Bombshells. Get to the section on vote "adjudication", the process where a ballot that won't scan correctly on the machine is "judged" by a real live person, who in the five cities where all the action happened, are mostly Democrat poll workers. For example in Maricopa County, 11% of ballots went to adjudication. And the adjudication records were deleted (and then, recovered). Also follow the time travelling ballots. One time is an error, two times is two errors, multiple times is knavery. 

At Insty, WISCONSIN: Top Wisconsin Republican Robin Vos hires former cops to investigate November election.
Arizona: GOP lawmakers seek to nullify Hobbs in election litigation. “Republican lawmakers took the first steps Tuesday to strip Secretary of State Katie Hobbs of some of her powers. Measures approved by both the House and Senate Appropriations committees would take away her power to defend state election laws and give it to Attorney General Mark Brnovich.”

Georgia: Motion to dismiss delays Georgia’s ballot fraud lawsuit.

Thanks to commenter Porkypine for these links.

UPDATE: From the comments: “Not once in all the challenges have the Democrats responses indicated ‘we have nothing to hide.'”

Well, as Nate Silver says:

ET, Judge Rejects CNN’s Motion to Dismiss Dershowitz Defamation Lawsuit
A federal judge rejected a motion made by CNN this week to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz.

CNN presented an abridged version of remarks made by Dershowitz to the Senate during former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial, which “is not accurate, to the extent that it omitted a crucial qualification: that an illegal motive for a quid pro quo would be corrupt,” U.S. District Judge Raag Singhal, a Trump nominee, wrote in his 22-page ruling.

Matt Vespa at Town Hall, With These Numbers, All Trump Has to Do Is Declare His 2024 Run and the GOP Primaries Are Over

Trump isn't going away. The populist movement is here. It's here to stay. And this is merely halftime. Trump's political value hasn't depreciated in any way, shape, or form. What to do? He's in his 70s. He's rich. Why bother running for office again when he can enjoy his money? Would he like the kingmaker role? If Trump decides to run again, the primaries are over. If he doesn't, he needs to pick a successor, and right now, that looks like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. The only question is whether the base will follow? We all see what happens when Trump isn't on the ballot. Turnout dips, but DeSantis is popular with more establishment types as well. Political coalitions are often non-transferable. Will Trump be an exception to the rule if he gets behind DeSantis quickly? We shall see.
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Rule 5 Saturday - Linda Palacio

This week's selectee for the Rule 5 post is Linda Palacio, a Columbian model:
Linda Palacio is considered the Colombian version of model Adriana Lima.

According to her Instagram page while she is building a career in modeling she studies “Business Administration”.

Her beauty has taken her to different places in the world like Turkey and Mexico to be the image of underwear campaigns and bathing suits, among her great achievements is being the image of Axe deodorants in Asia and Latin America.

From Spanish: She is Linda Palacio, the sexy model who undressed for Don Juan magazine
Linda Palacio , one of the most beautiful and desired women in the modeling world in Colombia, posed for Don Juan Magazine and left more than one of them dripping with drool.

Since her foray into modeling, she has been flattered by her stunning body and green eyes.

Her black hair and delicate silhouette have been the image of different advertising campaigns in Mexico and Turkey.

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Extinction is Forever . . .

Except when it isn't, UPI, Scientists confirm discovery of giant tortoise believed extinct since 1906

A giant tortoise believed to have gone extinct more than 100 years ago has been found in the Galapagos Islands, and researchers are now preparing an expedition to see if more can be found.

Scientists from the California Academy of Sciences said the lone female turtle, identified with the chelonoidis phantasticus species, was found in 2019 on Fernandina Island during a joint expedition of the Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Conservancy.

Yale University researcher Gisella Caccone and a team of geneticists performed an analysis on the tortoise and compared it with the last known specimen taken in 1906 for confirmation, according to the Galapagos National Park Facebook page.

"Rediscovery of this lost species may have happened just in time to save it," tortoise expert James Gibbs, vice president of science and conservation with the Galapagos Conservancy, said in a statement. "Now we urgently need to complete the search to find other turtles."

It would be nice if the could find a male on the island (as far as I know, the Galapagos Tortoise species are mostly endemic to a particular island (I think Darwin wrote a book about that). But if not, a hybrid, preserving half the genes could be an alternative. And I know just the turtles to do it:  COWABUNGA! THIS CENTURY-OLD TURTLE’S NO MUTANT, BUT MIGHT AS WELL BE AFTER SIRING 800 BABIES

Diego the horny tortoise

A 100-year-old giant tortoise named Diego and from the Galapagos' Española Island is retiring from controlled baby-making after he helped saved his entire species from extinction by fathering 800 children, reports The New York Times. Nearly eight decades after he was taken from his native habitat, Diego will finally return home to Española Island in March.

While Diego was one of several turtles participating in a breeding program at the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Center on the island of Santa Cruz, he "displayed an exceptional sex drive," according to the article. He joined the program in 1976 after living at the San Diego Zoo for 30 years. With his coital help, the Tortoise Center amazingly increased its shelled population from 15 to 2,000. Forty percent of those offspring were sired by — you guessed it — Diego himself. If you can believe it, though, he wasn't even the most feisty member of the bunch.

“Another more reserved, less charismatic male" produced 60% of the kids, according to James P. Gibbs, a professor of environmental and forest biology at the State University of New York in Syracuse, per the Times. A third male had virtually no progeny.

“It clearly is the other quieter male that has had much more success,” said Gibbs, according to the article. “Maybe he prefers to mate more at night."

The sly dog tortoise.

Maryland, My Maryland

Maryland Governor Vetoes Bill Making Maryland a Sanctuary State

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that he has vetoed a bill that would make Maryland a sanctuary state.

“As promised, I have vetoed sanctuary state legislation that would hinder local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal law enforcement,” Hogan tweeted. He also asked for people to sign a petition telling the state legislature to uphold his veto.

“Local law enforcement should fully cooperate with federal law enforcement—a principle I have consistently upheld throughout three federal administrations led by presidents from both political parties. Flawed legislation such as this sets a dangerous precedent regarding the state’s commitment to upholding the law and ensuring the safety of our citizens,” Hogan said in the petition.

Hogan is not much of a Republican; how can he be in a state so dominated by Democrats. But he's likely better than the alternative.

Of course, his having to veto it means our legislature voted in favor. Our own delegate, Mark Fisher, a Republican, voted against it. It looks like a override vote in the MD could be close, the original vote was 86 - 44, with several missing or abstentions. 

Election 2020: The "Truth" is Out There

The media push is on for the Jan. 6 "Truth" Commission, which, being a Democrat congressional effort, will be about anything but the truth. WaPoo whines Sicknick’s family and the police officers who protected lawmakers Jan. 6 plead with GOP senators to back investigation. Sicknick did pretty good out of this, by getting a state funeral, lying in the Rotunda, out of an ordinary stroke.  Are they going to take that back, when the "Truth" officially shows his death was unrelated? CNN reports Romney says Republicans blocking January 6 commission 'would be seen as not wanting to let the truth come out' . Truth or "Truth?" At PM, Senator Collins signals she's in favor of January 6th bill but demands changes. WapPoo is counting, Where Republican senators stand on voting for a Jan. 6 commission, 3 support, 9 still considering, 28 oppose, and 10 won't answer the Poo. According to AllahPundit at Hot Hair, CNN reports McConnell asking GOP senators to tank the January 6 commission as a "personal favor" but he's not sure he believes them. But I hope so. At least McConnel is clear eyed about what the Democrats are trying to do.

Either way, =Politico is reporting that he’s now locked down the votes he needs to guarantee that the commission is filibustered. Red-state Dem Jon Tester is irate. “We’ve got to get to the bottom of this sh*t,” he told Politico. “Jesus. It’s a nonpartisan investigation of what happened. And if it’s because they’re afraid of Trump then they need to get out of office. It’s bullsh*t. You make tough decisions in this office or you shouldn’t be here.” Even so, Manchin reiterated again today that he won’t nuke the filibuster to get the commission through . . .

'Shipwreckedcrew' at Red State,  How Many Times Does He Have to Say "No"? Joe Manchin Is Not Going to Eliminate the Filibuster “I’m not ready to destroy our government. I’m not ready to destroy our government, no.”

WaPoo whines Trump, Giuliani, Oath Keepers ask judge to dismiss Capitol riot lawsuit. How dare they resist our lawfare!

If “the right of the people to exercise their right to peaceably assemble for the purpose of petitioning Congress for redress of grievances should be subject to a conspiracy law,” there will be “nothing left” of the constitutional right to petition at all, Oath Keepers attorney Kerry Lee Morgan of Michigan wrote in a 44-page filing.

Sundance at CTH has Democrat Officials in Fulton County Georgia Ask Court to Dismiss Ruling Granting Audit of 150,000 Absentee Ballots, followed shortly by Georgia Judge Postpones Fulton County Ballot Examination After Last Minute Court Filings by County Officials. They really, really don't want you to know what happened in Fulton County that night. Or in Arizona and Michigan, for that matter, Michigan Secretary of State and Dominion Corp Warn Local Officials Not to Audit any Election Results.

Daniel Payne at JTN, In move to strip secretary of state of lawsuit powers, AZ GOP tees up battle with state Democrats 

The move has been widely seen as a rebuke to Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who has been vocally critical of the continuing audit of Maricopa County's 2020 election results. Last week Hobbs suggested that hundreds of machines that had been handled by auditors should be decommissioned, with Hobbs intimating that taxpayers may end up footing the bill for that decision.

AllahPundit at Hot Hair VIP, Tim Scott to bank CEOs: Can you specify what your objections are to Georgia's new election law? "A leftover from yesterday, but not to be missed. It features some of the most awkward silence you’ll ever (not) hear."

Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 05.07.21 , the Volokh Conspiracy has a long video on  “The Free Speech Implications Of The De-platforming Of Donald Trump”. Maybe later, if it rains.  Also yet another article from Da Fed on  How Zuckerberg Spent Millions To Get Leftist Hands On The 2020 Elections

Fish Pic Friday - Rackandtusk

RackandTusk, aka Mayte & Paul: 🏹 Hunt🎣 Fish 🔫 Shoot
🇺🇸 2A NRA RSO 📍Miami, FL - Born & Raised

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