Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Election 2020: Some Old, Some New

Seems like a lot of old content, and some new mixed in. First, fresh off the Instapress, from Paul Bedard at WaEx, GAO Bombshell: DHS blew it on Jan. 6, can’t adapt to security threats. DHS is a pretty new agency to be so badly ossified, but I suspect it's because it was cobbled together from already ossified bureaucracies. At Am Great, Conrad Black calls the "insurrection" committee Pelosi’s Contemptible Fraud. Yep. 

It is an incontestable fact that the Trump Administration and campaign had nothing to do with what went on after the president addressed his followers near the White House on January 6. It is equally clear that almost none of the intruders at the Capitol were armed. There is not one scintilla of truth in any claim that President Trump or his collaborators had anything to do with promoting any intrusion at the Capitol or any physical threat to anyone, or any disturbance of the normal lawful processes of government. It has also been clearly established that President Trump, several days before the intrusion at the Capitol, offered 10,000 National Guardsmen as supplementary reinforcements in recognition of the fact that some of his supporters might be in a hostile mood on January 6.

Andrea Widburg at Am Think thinks Dov Fischer has A massive dose of common sense about January 6

Insurrection was not on the mind of anyone serious at the Capitol on January 6. It was a very large demonstration aimed at protesting the way an election was conducted. No matter what anyone thinks of the November 2020 election, there was something wrong with states changing their election laws months, even weeks before balloting. In addition, social media monopolies suppressed the news of the Hunter Biden laptop, which would have been a game changer.

In the face of all that stuff, many thousands came to Washington, D.C. to protest. They did not come to seize the reins of power. There were no U.S. military generals or captains or colonels or lieutenants leading or strategizing a coup. There was no shooting of rifles or taking of hostages. Rather, people came dressed like it was a carnival, such as the men dressed in bear or wolverine outfits.

Anyone who ever has read or learned anything about military coups or Bolshevik-style revolutions knows that January 6 was a demonstration that got out of hand, as did scores of racist, anti-Semitic “Death to the Police” Black Lives Matter demonstrations all summer.

Politico reports  Judge suggests feds are too lenient toward Jan. 6 political prisoners defendants, while Nice Deb at Am Great claims Newly Released Jan. 6 Detainee Says D.C. Jail Did Not Allow Him to Shave or Get a Haircut Unless He Got Vaccinated among other things. He also said conditions improved after some Republican Congresscritters attempted to get in to see them. Hmmm. Insty, NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG:

Yesterday's news today at TNP, New Ashli Babbitt Docs Show Fingerprints Sent To D.C. Govt Official, Email Returned With Chinese Characters. I think we all know the Chinese are catching all our email. The news is that now they're answering them too. Or maybe this was a DC official checking in with his higher ups? Also dated news, HE, MARTYRED: Two Officers Fired for Jan. 6 Attendance, Did Not Enter Capitol

George Parry at Am Spec speculated that The Death of Brian Sicknick  is Exploiting Tragedy for Political Gain "So much for “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.” After dispelling the misinformation regarding Sicknick's death he discusses other attacks on the politicos and the Capitol. Julie Kelly at Am Great discusses The Elite Beltway Pedigree of Officer ‘Redneck’ "
The only question now is which book publisher will give Fanone a multi-million- dollar advance." Clearly the black sheep of the family and wallowing in his 15 minutes of fame.

And news from the real insurrection from PM, Antifa violently clash with people dispersing Christian concert in Portland, "Saturday's violent actions failed to deter Christians from attending Sunday's worship service. However, Antifa attacked worshippers as they left." Police stood by idly. Well, they voted poorly. 

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 08.09.21, a couple from The Geller Report: GA Ballots Rejected By Machines Later Altered By Democrat Election Workers To Count, also, Voter Group Says Over 150,000 Illegal Ballots Cast In Wisconsin Election. Some follow up on the GA matter by Matt Margolis at PJ Media, Thousands of Rejected Ballots in Atlanta Were Later Adjudicated and Counted, basically letting the pro-Biden workers decide who the vote was for, instead of just throwing it out as GA law demanded. No wonder Georgia Governor Boo’d Off Stage By Constituents… (Weasel Zippers, via the Wombat). WaEx reports Arizona attorney general investigating Maricopa County failure to comply with subpoena. Put somebody in jail; that'll get their attention.

Among the proposed solutions were that “states should conduct risk-limiting post-election audits.”

“Election security experts agree that all states should be routinely conducting these audits to detect any anomalies in election results and to increase the public’s confidence in elections,” the task force summarizes before reiterating that audits “increase public confidence in the election system.”

“These audits are useful in detecting any incorrect election outcomes, whether they are caused by a cyberattack or something more mundane like a programming error,” the report reiterates.

In contrast, officials including Pamela Karlan from Biden’s Department of Justice has threatened leaders of the Arizona election audit with criminal prosecution.

 An I&I/TIPP Poll asks Are State Voting Reforms Racist? Americans Again Are Deeply Divided. Ever since Nov 2020, about half the country has "decided" that voting reforms are racist. But don't worry, that'll change the next time they lose. 

I can already see a thousand ways this will go sideways; but I don't care, it's California. Breitbart, California Will Allow Some Voters to Prepare Ballots at Home in Upcoming Recall, and at Red State, Here's What We Know About California's "Print-at-Home Ballot" Recall Election Scheme "Here’s what we know right now – along with some helpful background information about how we got here. Buckle up; it’s a bumpy ride."

The tale of the Texas Fleebaggers continues, first, from atop da Hill, Texas Supreme Court denies request to overturn Abbott veto of legislative funding. No workee, no payee. But Karen Townsend at Hot Hair reports Judge blocks arrest of runaway Democrats as they begin to return home. Awe, that's no fun! WaT, Runaway Texas House Democrats mocked for ‘embarrassingly bad’ lawsuit blaming exit on GOP and Nick Arama at Red State claims It's Beginning to Fall Apart: Runaway Texas Dems Blast Each Other When Some Return to State and from Twitchy, Texas Dem superspreader is thrilled to be back from DC ‘to clean up Greg Abbott’s latest messes’ (but some of his colleagues aren’t happy).

Kerry Picket at WaEx thinks House GOP eyes removing Democratic media stars if in the majority. Turnabout is fair play after all. But the media will be all kind of upset. Twice the value!

Also at WaEx, PayPal whipped into cancel culture by woke police, conservatives say "However, neither PayPal nor the ADL clarified what criteria would be used to determine what qualifies as a "hate group" or what will guide its research for identifying extremist individuals and organizations." What ever the media is whining about most loudly at a given time, no doubt. 

AllahPundit at Hot Hair takes on the question of whether or not Fox News edited out Trump's claim of election fraud from his interview with Dan Bongino? It sure looks that way.

Today Bongino made clear to listeners that his loyalty never wavered. He didn’t authorize the edit to the YouTube version, he claimed. Fox did that on its own, to comply with some sort of rule set by YouTube.

Why is a news agency agreeing to excise non-defamatory (and clearly newsworthy) content at the request of another company, particularly when it has a website of its own on which it can post its video content? Did YouTube threaten to boot Fox from its site entirely if it didn’t remove the bit from Trump’s interview with Bongino?

That would be surprising since there are plenty of clips of Trump alleging election fraud still available on the site. But if YouTube did make that request of Fox, questions necessarily follow. What other content edits is it demanding from news agencies? Which agencies have complied with those demands? What penalty was threatened if Fox refused to comply? News clips on YouTube are supposed to be documentary evidence of events. If the company is memory-holing bits and pieces of them for ideological reasons then nothing on the site can be trusted.

And why would anyone trust content from Alphabet/Google? We know they've gone deep into the censorship business.

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