Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Natural Bridge

Today, we (me, Georgia, my brother Mark, and his wife Brigitte) went on a walk to Natural Bridge in Calaveras County. A nice 2 mile round trip walk down into a canyon where a stream goes under a hill. Some pics.

Looking Out Our Backdoor

A bunch of these visit the tree outside the house we’re staying in in Murphys. I have no clue what the are.

Diving in Wednesday Wetness

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Monday, September 27, 2021

RIP: Commander Cody

 George Frayne a.k.a. country rock maverick Commander Cody dead at 77

Nicollette Larson isn't on any of my recordings 

A Reading from the Annals of the Biden Crime Family - MSM Admits Hunters Laptop Veracity

 Another attempt to help clear the decks:

Hunter Biden being Hunter Biden:

Politico Playbook: Hey, the Hunter-laptop story was legit after all – HotAir

Politico Confirms Emails From Hunter Biden Laptop

The Hunter Biden laptop is confirmed?! Color us shocked!

New Proof Emerges of the Biden Family Emails: a Definitive Account of the CIA/Media/BigTech Fraud - by Glenn Greenwald - Glenn Greenwald

Fresh Hunter Biden Emails Reveal Detailed Evidence of Corruption and Probable Illegality – RedState

Biden Inc cont'd: Hunter tried to shake down Libya for $2M while Joe was VP to "unfreeze" assets – HotAir

Ace of Spades HQ New Emails: Hunter Biden Tried to Use His Father To Get Billions in Libyan Assets Unfrozen, In Exchange for "Success Fees"

REPORT: Dem Donors Had Second Thoughts About Paying Hunter Biden Millions To Help Unfreeze Libyan Funds Due To Chasing ‘Low Class Hookers,’ Drugs - The Daily Caller

If These Latest Revelations Aren't Enough to Arrest Hunter Biden, Then Nothing Is – PJ Media

New York Times quietly deletes claim Hunter Biden laptop story was 'unsubstantiated' |- Washington Examiner

Report - Biden Family Corruption: 'We’ve Got People' to Invest in Joe

Hunter Biden emails boast ties to White House and China

House Oversight Republicans probe Hunter Biden's art dealings - Fox News

Hunter Biden’s Art Show Is an Ethical Quagmire - The Atlantic

New book reveals how Joe Biden's family used his position for profit

Proof Hunter Biden's 'work' was about selling influence over Joe

Just Joe being Joe

Confused Joe Biden Doesn't Think Tornadoes Are Called Tornadoes Anymore

EXC: Biden's National Security Council China Director Is Former Fellow At Chinese State-Funded Group Advising Communist Officials Sanctioned For Human Rights Abuses.

VP Harris-Backed Bail Fund Freed Alleged Domestic Abuser Now Charged With Murder - Dan Bongino

Minnesota man freed by Kamala Harris-supported bail fund now charged with murder | Fox NewsWhite House planning to withdraw ATF nominee - POLITICO

WaPo: White House to raise the white flag on Chipman – HotAir

Biden White House stonewalls two key senators in inquiry into president's use of private email - Just The News

REVEALED: Biden Cabinet Secretaries, Local Mayors Collude With Chinese Communist Party on Agriculture Policy.

White House abruptly cuts feed of Biden mid-sentence as he asks question at wildfires briefing -| Fox News

Biden Acts Like Crazy Person During 9/11 Ceremony - by Jim Treacher - Who the Hell Is Jim Treacher?

Biden, Blinken under fire after announcing $64 million aid to Taliban controlled Afghanistan - News Thud

"We're here!" GOP Rep. and Blinken CLASH over appearance at hearing - YouTube

Biden claims first job offer from Idaho lumber company, 'no record' of it

Joe Biden’s Swamp - The Spectator World

Facebook drops hammer on song critical of Biden, ‘Blood on my hands’ - Washington Examiner

Monica Crowley goes *there* after Joe Biden’s latest incoherent mic moment –

Pew: Share who say Biden is "mentally sharp" drops to 43%, down double digits since March – 

Beach Report 9/27/21

Another gorgeous day here in Slower Maryland, temperatures about 75, skies all but perfectly clear, no humidity, and no wind to speak of.
The tide was about low, and we managed about 18 shark's teeth, none amazing, and 4 crab claws, which may be a daily record.
This GBH was watching us carefully as we walked under the log around to the north side

Not all the Ospreys are gone. I saw one come in from out in the Bay, and four eagles came out of the trees to check it out. But it wasn't carrying any fish, so they ended up leaving it alone.

Election 2020: Are Things Calming Down?

A very slack day, as befits a slack weekend. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette worries All eyes turn to Pennsylvania after Ariz.’s ‘audit’ affirmed Biden’s presidential victory. No, what the Arizona audit did was confirm that there were enough votes of questionable origin to cover the spread between Trump and Biden several times over. A few nudges from fraud in the mail in voting alone could easily have account for Biden's victory. Andrea Widburg at Am Think thinks (no, not yet) It’s fake news that the Maricopa audit proves Biden won

Democrats are strutting because the final Cyber Ninjas audit in Arizona showed that “[t]he auditor’s final hand count—which quadruple-checked every single one of the 2.1 million ballots—matches Maricopa County’s official machine count.” Big whoop. For those complaining about irregularities in the 2020 election, the question was never about miscounting. Instead, it was about the claim that an inordinate number of the ballots in the Joe Biden pile didn’t come from real people. Instead, they were alleged to have been faked—and the audit confirms almost 60,000 wrongfully counted ballots that could easily switch the Arizona Electoral College vote from Biden to Trump. No wonder Cyber Ninjas says the Arizona result should not have been certified.

ET, Arizona Senate Hears of Multiple Inconsistencies Found by Election Audit and from Front Page, a Video: Maricopa County Fraudulently "Verified and Approved" Mail-In Ballots

At the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Trump intensifies war with Georgia GOP leaders at Perry rally and from AllahPundit at Haut Hair, Trump sort of endorses Stacey Abrams. At least she's an enemy out in the open. Liz Cheney, "I like Republican presidents who win re-election", which would have carried more weight if she had actually worked for his re-election, instead of trying to knife him in the back.

I&I/TIPP Poll: Biden Voters Abandon Him In Droves, Paul Bedard at WaEx reports Pollster Zogby: Biden ‘is in trouble,’ a ‘D’ for the week. Well, there has been grade inflation. And NYT's caged conservative, Ross Douhat worries (via Haut Hair), Can Joe Biden recover?
Whereas what should worry Democrats most are scenarios that require a lot from this president: adaptability, finesse, a skillful use of the bully pulpit. Biden can definitely float back up; I’m less sure that he can claw his way back, as Bill Clinton did after his early-presidency stumbles.

Across da pond at Da Mail, Rudy Giuliani blasts Fox News after network banned him for three months over 2020 election claims

Citing a Politico story, Bannon said Giuliani is under 'double secret probation' at Fox News.

Bannon said: 'Fox did not allow Rudy Giuliani to appear on Fox and Friends on the morning of September 11 - now they tell you you've been on some secret probation over there that nobody knew about?'

Giuliani replied: 'It’s really strange that I’m on probation at a time in which just about everything I said is being corroborated.'

'And they actually are reporting all the things they claim I misled them about.'

Vickie Taft at PJ Media claims the FBI Narrative About the Jan. 6th Capitol 'Insurrection' Is IMPLODING, with at least two FBI informants in on the action. 

It’s already known that the Proud Boys leader, Enrique Tarrio, had been an FBI informant. The Times report concentrates on yet another FBI informant in the right-leaning group who reportedly warned his handler in real-time that some bad stuff was going on at the Capitol.

Though several Proud Boys are charged with a conspiracy, this latest informant maintains that there was never any plan by the group to violently storm the Capitol and, indeed, there’s evidence to back that claim.

Indeed, the paper concludes the obvious: that “the new information is likely to complicate the government’s efforts to prove the high-profile conspiracy charges it has brought against several members of the Proud Boys.”

At Da Caller, Justice For J6 Rally Organizer Said The Group Was In Constant Contact With Law Enforcement Ahead Of The Event

“We communicated with them on a near-daily basis for two months and ahead of this, to make sure it all went smoothly, they were very responsive to everything,” Braynard said. “And for the most part, I think they did a phenomenal job in helping us coordinate and have a safe and successful event.”

“I know there were federal agents at the rally, they were surrounding us in all directions,” Braynard added. “They were expected to be there. I knew they were gonna be there. We coordinated with them [federal law enforcement officials], we told them everything we were doing.”
. . .
“None of our people were arrested,” Braynard told the DCNF. He added that he was never concerned about attendees showing up armed and that the accusation was “a political decision to suppress turnout.”

The Monday Morning Stimulus

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Beach Report 9/26/21

On our way down to the beach, Skye and I encountered a Viceroy butterfly on the same stair rail that I've seen one on several times before. Is it the same butterfly, or am I seeing successive generations in the same place?
We had lovely fall weather again today, temperatures in the low 70's, a bit windier than yesterday, and a few fluffy clouds. 
The tide was pretty low, and we made it around past the big slump and tree.
Georgia found the "shamer" (ain't that a shame), most of the blade of a big White Shark tooth. I found 15 little teeth, but lost 3 when I dropped my jar by accident. Easy come, easy go.
We didn't see any Ospreys fishing today, may the last of this years hatch have gone, but this Eagle was patrolling the area they've been hanging out in lately.

DIY Russiagate: Durhamgate and Beyond

Need to scrub the decks here.  It's been a week of so since Special Counsel John Durham indicted David Sussman, the Perkins Coie lawyer who, allegedly, went to the FBI with the Alfa Bank story, at the behest (and on the payroll) of the Clinton campaign, where he denied working for the campaign. triggering the "lying to the FBI" charge: 

The Durham Investigation

John Durham’s Opening Salvo | The American Spectator - USA News and Politics

5 False Narratives About The Spygate Indictment Of Michael Sussmann

The Sussmann Indictment Reads Like Overts Acts In Furtherance of a Conspiracy - Because That's What It Is. - by shipwreckedcrew - Shipwreckedcrew's Port-O-Call

‘A Very Well Laid-Out … Conspiracy Charge’: Kash Patel Says Sussmann Links Clinton, Fusion GPS And DOJ - The Daily Caller

Latest Durham Indictment May Make Russiagate the Most Corrupt Scandal in U.S. History – PJ Media

Dirty Deeds Done Not Cheap - American Thinker

Eric Trump says Durham indictment revealed Clinton bankroll of Alfa Bank dirt - Washington Examiner

The Clinton Lawyer Indictment - Transterrestrial Musings

'Clinton indictment' blows Russia collusion conspiracy wide open, top GOP investigator says - Washington Examiner

GORDON: Durham Indictment In Russiagate Could Lead To Jake Sullivan - The Daily Caller

Did Jake Sullivan commit perjury? Emails reveal 'lie' on Trump

Biden Security Adviser Jake Sullivan Tied to Alleged 2016 Clinton Scheme to Co-Opt the CIA and FBI to Tar Trump - RealClearInvestigations

How Durham Bombshell Made a ‘Birther’ Out of Me - American Thinker

The Indictment of Hillary Clinton's Lawyer is an Indictment of the Russiagate Wing of U.S. Media - by Glenn Greenwald - Glenn Greenwald

Sussmann indictment: "Bizarre coda," or harbinger of deep-state exposure? – HotAir

Where does John Durham go from here? - by Techno Fog - The Reactionary

Michael Sussmann case: Defense attorneys, judge have high-level Democratic connections - Washington Times

Judge in case of anti-Trump mudslinger is married to attorney for ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page -| Just The News

Don Surber: Why I don't have faith in John Durham

The Media Continues to Ignore Hillary’s Dirty Tricks - The American Spectator

Other "Russiagate" related articles.

Confirmed: The Obama DOJ Went Rogue to Spy on an Ex-Trump Campaign Official

Russiagate, More Like Watergate - by Matt Taibbi

The FBI’s Incurable Rot - American Greatness

Abolish the FBI - WSJ

Grassley To Block Bill That Would Prevent Oversight Of Corrupt Intel Agencies

How Old Friends In High Places Assembled The Russia Collusion Hoax

Senate Dems Tapped Soros-Funded Operative To Research Trump-Russia Conspiracy

Effort to spread discredited Russia collusion theory welcomed by McCain Senate panel, memos show | Just The News

It Gets Worse: Look Who Worked Together to Frame Donald Trump With Fake Russia Hoax – PJ Media

‘You Took It Hook, Line And Sinker’: Rand Paul Grills FBI Director Over 2016 Trump-Russia Investigation | The Daily Caller

'Actual malice': Courts greenlight Devin Nunes defamation lawsuits against mainstream media - Just The News

Appeals court reinstates Devin Nunes defamation lawsuit over reporter's tweet - Washington Examiner

Trump Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against New York Times Over Illegally Obtained Tax Records - The Daily Caller

Trump sues New York Times and niece over story about his taxes - Just The News

Prosecutors pit Trump Organization dynasties against each other – HotAir

Wait Until He Gets to The Vaccine - The Last Refuge

Election 2020 In the Sunday Doldrums

Not a lot by recent standards. JTN is keeping up the news on the Arizona audit, which the MSM has already written off as vindicating victory for Biden, Arizona releases audit results, as state Senate President says statutes ' were broken' 

The draft report concluded Democrat Joe Biden received more votes for president than incumbent Republican Trump but flagged as many as 44,000 votes as "critical."

Roughly half of the flagged votes fell into the category of "Mail-in Votes without Ballots Received.”

How does that even work? Also at JTN, John Solomon writes Arizona audit flags thousands of suspect ballots, kicking issue to state's attorney general

The more than 50,000 ballots flagged by auditors for more investigation involved concerns ranging from people voting from addresses from which they had already moved to residents voting twice. The total in question was nearly five times the 10,400 vote margin that separated the two presidential candidates, giving Donald Trump's troops fresh reason to call for more scrutiny.

The job of resolving the question now falls to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican who has ambitions of winning a U.S. Senate seat in 2022.

Brnovich immediately seized the opportunity, announcing his office's election integrity unit would review the questionable ballots to determine if further action was warranted.

"I will take all necessary actions that are supported by the evidence and where I have legal authority," Brnovich tweeted a short while before the final official audit results were to be released. "Arizonans deserve to have their votes accurately counted and protected."

DJT, Donald J. Trump On Arizona Audit Report, Media

The Fake News is lying about the Arizona audit report! The leaked report conclusively shows there were enough fraudulent votes, mystery votes, and fake votes to change the outcome of the election 4 or 5 times over.

The number includes 23,344 mail-in ballots, despite the person no longer living at that address. Phantom voters!

The official canvass does not even match who voted, off by 11,592—more than the entire Presidential Election margin. Voters who voted in multiple counties totaled 10,342, and 2,382 ballots came from people who no longer lived in Maricopa County.

There were also 2,592 “more duplicate ballots than original ballots.” Just those fraudulent ballots alone total 50,252 and is fraud many more times than the so-called margin of “victory,” which was only 10,457.

In addition, election data appears to have been intentionally deleted, and ballot images were “corrupt or missing.” This is not even the whole state of Arizona, but only Maricopa County. It would only get worse!

At Mediate,  Arizona Governor Says ‘There Will Be No Decertification’ of Election Results After Trump Demands It in Statement Raging Over Audit

“There will be no decertification of the 2020 election — the audit does not call for one, and even if it had, there is no lawful way to decertify. As we have every step of the way, Arizona will follow the law,” Ducey continued.

He concluded his thread by talking about “meaningful election reform” before 2022.

Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Daniel Greenfield at Front Page says Dems Complain Putin Stole Their Election Theft Ideas

“The Russian government’s use of laws on ‘extremist organizations,’ ‘foreign agents,’ and ‘undesirable organizations’ severely restricted political pluralism and prevented the Russian people from exercising their civil and political rights,” State Department spokesman Ned Price sniffed.

That playbook ought to sound familiar because it’s the one Democrats used in 2016 and 2020.

Nick Arama at Red State, Trump Makes It Clear He's Running, Lights up Georgia Rally on Biden, Durham, and the Audit while Haut Hair cites a TIPP Poll: Biden voters abandon him in droves.

On the matter of Jan 6, confirming what has been obvious for some time, the NYT has finally admitted to at least one FBI snitch in the mix. Jordan Williams on Da Hill, FBI had informant in crowd during Capitol riot: report

The FBI had an informant in the crowd during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, The New York Times reported Saturday, citing confidential records it obtained.

The informant’s name was not revealed in the records, though he was affiliated with a Midwest chapter of the far-right group the Proud Boys, according to the newspaper.

Based on an account of the informant’s activities detailed in the records, the informant described meeting up with men from other Proud Boys chapters at 10 a.m. at the Washington Monument and eventually entering the Capitol.

The informant entered after debating whether to do so, the Times reported. He left through a window after police told him that someone had been shot — likely Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, the newspaper noted.

The informant has since denied that the Proud Boys intended to use violence on Jan. 6 but rather were consumed by a herd mentality. He has also denied that the group planned to attack the Capitol in interviews, the Times reported.

'Bonchie' at Red State, The FBI Admits to Having Informants at January 6th Protest

But, I think it’s a distraction to focus on this one informant. Understand, as someone who has watched many prior leaks from the government get published by The New York Times and The Washington Post, this kind of thing only gets printed if it’s an attempt to get out in front of a much bigger revelation. Remember that recent leak to The Washington Post involving John Durham indicting Michael Sussman? The Post’s write-up made it sound like Sussman was innocent. Then the actual indictment dropped and it was far, far worse.

That’s the pattern going well back into the Trump years, and that’s likely what’s happening here. The FBI needs to normalize for the public the idea that they had people participating in what happened on January 6th. That way, when we learn who the men in black are that opened the doors, or something else related to the FBI’s involvement, it seems like less of a big deal.

Julie Kelly at Am Great is on it, Times Reveals FBI Role in January 6, "One thing is certain; the Times' damage-control article is just the tip of the FBI iceberg. And more proof January 6 was an inside job." Ed Driscoll at Insty's, UNEXPECTEDLY: Times Reveals FBI Role on January 6th. . .  Finally, as Roger Simon writes: It’s Time to Break Up the FBI. “Like Carthage, the FBI delenda est. The FBI must be destroyed.” Althouse reads the NYT so you don't have to, "But statements from the informant appear to counter the government’s assertion that the Proud Boys organized for an offensive assault on the Capitol intended to stop the peaceful transition from Mr. Trump to Mr. Biden."

"On the eve of the attack, the records show, the informant said that the group had no plans to engage in violence the next day except to defend itself from potential assaults from leftist activists.... Then, during an interview in April, the informant again told his handlers that Proud Boys leaders gave explicit orders to maintain a defensive posture on Jan. 6. At another point in the interview, he said that he never heard any discussion that day about stopping the Electoral College process.... According to the records, the informant first began to tell the F.B.I. what he knew about Jan. 6 in late December after a pro-Trump rally in Washington that month turned violent.... [T]he records contain no indication that the informant was aware of a possible plot by Proud Boys leaders to purposefully instigate those normal Trump supporters — or what members of the group refer to as 'normies'— on Jan. 6."
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ADDED: My hypothesis has been that if there had been a plan, the FBI would have known about it and it would have been defended against. If the government has evidence of a plan now, my question is why didn't they know in advance and defend the Capitol properly? The simplest answer is that there was no plan.

At JTN,  FBI charges former FreedomWorks organizer over Jan. 6 riot, says in Capitol less than 4 minutes "FBI also conducted surveillance on Brandon Prenzlin in June at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport as part of its case. . . . Prenzlin faces four federal misdemeanor charges including entering the Capitol without permission and disorderly conduct." I want those charges pressed against leftist when they do it too. 

Rebecca Down at Town Hall reports (I should just call them Twon Hall instead of having to always correct myself), as expected, Key Figures Subpoenaed by January 6 Select Committee, Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Daniel Scavino, Former Defense Department official Kashyap Patel and Former Trump advisor Stephen Bannon. Remember, under the precedent established by Hillary Clinton, "I don't remember" is always a satisfactory answer, especially when you want to say "fuck you and the horse you rode in on." PM claims President Biden poised to cooperate with Congress over January 6th inquiry into Trump, ""The president has already concluded that it would not be appropriate to assert executive privilege," explained White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki." Biden might live to regret that, surely some of his staff will.

Palm Sunday

 Another cheapo post, featuring this weeks Rule 5 lovey, Ami Shi:

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Beach Report 9/25/21

Another pretty nice fall day, with morning temperatures in the low 50s, but reaching 70 by the time we got ready for the walk. There's not very much wind, and the humidity is low. Fall is one of our two nice seasons
You never know what's going to fly over. 
Georgia scored the winning shark tooth of the day, this 1 inch White Shark lower, which earned a spot on the kitchen shelf.
Yakking it up.
This Osprey seems like the only one left. As I was walking back to the harbor he stooped and grabbed  . . .
. . . a fish. Unmolested by any eagles, at least this time. Although we had seen one patrolling the beach earlier.
Waiting for me at the car.

Modelling COVID

Bella Adid
A couple of amusing articles from the world of women who wear clothes for a living. Hey, don't knock it 'til you try it. First, from Page 6, Bella Hadid reveals vaccination status after skipping Met Gala 2021

She’s vaxxed.

Bella Hadid proved she got the COVID-19 vaccine after speculation mounted that she missed the 2021 Met Gala on Monday because of the event’s safety protocols.

“for anyone concerned , ” the supermodel, 24, captioned a photo of a nurse injecting her with a vaccine on her Instagram Story on Wednesday.
Gigi Adid

Her sister, Gigi Hadid, was present at the 2021 Met Gala wearing Prada. The pair usually attend the event together.

On Monday, all celebrities attending fashion’s biggest night were required to follow the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s visitor guidelines, which are in accordance with New York City’s
Maybe the vaccination was never the issue. Maybe she was having a spat with her sister. Maybe she thought the Met Gala would be full of pretentious idiots. Nah.

The second story of the interaction of modelling and WuFlu comes from Da Wire, regarding Gisele Bündchen, part of America's favorite breeding project, and a person with "fuck you money" from modelling, and husband Tom Brady, the GOAT, Gisele Bündchen Defends Fellow Supermodel Who Spoke Out Against Vaccine Mandates
Gisele Bündchen
Gisele Bündchen came to the defense of fellow supermodel Doutzen Kroes this weekend after Kroes spoke out against COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

“I know Doutzen and she is a kind and loving person. I can’t believe the hate being directed at her because she expressed her feelings,” Bündchen said via Instagram. “It saddens me to see all the judgment and the lack of empathy in so many peoples hearts. Hate is not the answer.”

“I invite you to silence your mind and go deep within to find love in your heart so we can all unite in peace and create harmony in our lives and in our world,” she added. “We need it more than ever.” 

Doutzen Kroes

Over the weekend, Kroes posted to social media that she’s against restrictions for the unvaccinated and said she will not be getting the vaccine herself.

“The past few months have been very peaceful without social media,” the model started her post. “A part of me wanted to escape into my family bubble and leave everything up to faith. That part of me believes in the power of consciousness, that whatever you give energy to will grow. So I tried to ignore the negative and focus on the positive. But at this point, I can no longer turn a blind eye to the injustice that is happening right in front of us.”
“Other people have given me hope and strength with their courage to stand up for our rights,” she continued. “They touched my heart and inspired me to do the same. So although my hands are shaking while writing this, I feel it is time to choose courage over comfort and speak my truth.”

“I will not be forced to take the shot,” asserted Kroes. “I will not be forced to prove my health to participate in society. I will not accept exclusion of people based on their medical status.”

“Freedom of speech is a right worth fighting for but we can only solve this united in peace and love!” the model added. “Pass on the torch of hope and love and speak your truth.”

Now, models are all, almost by definition, young and thin, and thereby in groups at minimal risk of WuFlu, so vaccination may not be high on their list of priorities. But good for Gisele, for sticking up for a friend against the forces of social media. Get the vaccine, or not. It's your life no mine. 

The Wombat has Rule 5 Sunday: Gwen Verdon up and awaiting your digital pleasure.

Election 2020: Maricopa Audit Report Is In

Sundance at CTH, Arizona Senate Hearing on Results From Maricopa County Audit – 4:00pm EST Livestream Links. And the lefties and MSM (but I redund) want you to look the other way while they try to convince you the everything was hunky and dory with the Maricopa election. As I predicted yesterday, the results are that ballots exist to cover the election, but their provenance leaves much to be desired. WaPoo, Arizona ballot review commissioned by Republicans reaffirms Biden’s victory and Report that found no evidence of fraud raises stakes for other GOP-backed ballot reviews. NYT, cited at Haut Hair, "Stop the steal" movement races forward, ignoring Arizona humiliation. Fox, cited at MSN, Maricopa County GOP audit confirms Biden 2020 victory in Arizona. Even 'Bonchie' at Red State, Arizona Election Audit Delivers Surprise Result, Per Reports

But Matt Margolis at PJ Media says Ignore the MSM: Here’s What the 2020 Maricopa County Election Audit Actually Says

“What has been found is both encouraging and alarming,” the report summary reads. “On the positive side there were no substantial differences between the hand count of the ballots provided and the official canvass results for the County.”

The summary continues:
  • However, while it is encouraging for voters, it does not allay all of the concerns:
  • None of the various systems related to elections had numbers that would balance and agree with each other. In some cases, these differences were significant.
  • There appears to be many ballots cast from individuals who had moved prior to the election.
  • Files were missing from the Election Management System (EMS) Server.
  • Ballot images on the EMS were corrupt or missing.
  • Logs appeared to be intentionally rolled over, and all the data in the database related to the 2020 General Election had been fully cleared.
  • On the ballot side, batches were not always clearly delineated, duplicated ballots were missing the required serial numbers, originals were duplicated more than once, and the Auditors were never provided Chain‐of‐ Custody documentation for the ballots for the time‐period prior to the ballot’s movement into the Auditors’ care. This all increased the complexity and difficulty in properly auditing the results; and added ambiguity into the final conclusions.
The audit team faults Maricopa County officials for not cooperating with the audit, which would have resolved many of these obstacles. “By the County withholding subpoena items, their unwillingness to answer questions as is normal between auditor and auditee, and in some cases actively interfering with audit research, the County prevented a complete audit,” the summary explains. “This did not stop the primary goal of offering recommendations for legislative reform to the Arizona Senate, but it did leave many questions open as to the way and manner that the 2020 General Election was conducted. As a result, while many areas of concern were specifically identified, our full audit results validating the 2020 General Election are necessarily inconclusive.”

While the media is claiming that the audit report confirms Biden’s victory, it does not. “There are sufficient discrepancies among the different systems that, in conjunction with some of our findings, suggest that the delta between the Presidential candidates is very close to the potential margin‐of‐error for the election,” the audit summary explains.

Here is a table showing the discrepancies and other issues found by the audit team and the number of ballots impacted. However, the audit team notes that no single finding would necessarily favor a single candidate. “In many cases there could be legitimate and legal votes within the Ballots Impact amount.” . . .
Nice Deb at Am Great details how the Arizona Audit Finds Over 50,000 Illegal Votes; Discrepancies Due to Either ‘Malicious Actions or Severe Incompetence’. From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.24.21, Twitchy: Maricopa County Responds To Trump & Others On Leaked Audit Report. MSN cites Kaelen Deese at Arizona Senate asks state attorney general for 'formal' investigation to bolster Maricopa election audit

A little rambling, but note all the time she worries about triggering the censors at YouTube.

Karen Townsend at Haut Hair wonders Texas Secretary of State begins elections audit of four counties ... why now? Because you want to nip cheating in the bud, and not end up with a mess like Arizona. Insty has a FLASHBACK, NOV. 2, 2020: USA Today: Will your ballot be safe? Computer experts sound warnings on America’s voting machines.
Just a few days later, anyone raising such concerns was a conspiracy theorist, and probably a Russian agent.

America is showing remorse. Capt. Ed at Haut Hair, Oh my: Biden underwater .... in the Land of 10,000 Lakes?. Ace, Pew Poll: Support for Biden Falls 11 Points -- and Falls Thirteen Points Among Democrats. Also rom the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.24.21 Don Surber Lose the war, lose the presidency.

Rick Moran at PJ Media claims Republicans' Chances for a Senate Takeover Just Got Much Better when 88 year old Chuck Grassley decided to run for reelection.

At Reason, Steve Greenhut says Republicans Got What They Deserved in California Recall. No, Californians got what they deserved when they elected Newsome, good and hard. 

Politico, POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Fox to Rudy: You’re banned

From the Wombat, a couple of drive-by Jan. 6 items, Victory Girls: 1/6 Committee Subpoenas Trump Allies and Don Surber, Media Won’t Call Them Peaceful Protests This Time,

Last year, the media described BLM riots as fiery, but mostly peaceful protests.

If they go on too long, BLM can expect their vaccine mandate protests eventually to be called insurrections.

WaPoo says Biden probably will release information about Trump’s Jan. 6 activities, White House says. Payback is a bitch.

Austin Bay, Mark Milley's Perception Warfare Deserves a Leavenworth Long Course, but of course, Peggy Noonan thinks otherwise, WSJ cited at Haut Hair, What Milley got right -- and wrong

Linked at Pirate's Cove in the weekly Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup and links.

Rule 5 Saturday - Amy Shi

This week's Rule 5 post features Amy Shi
Born in southern China, Amy was secretly raised by her grandmother in a small village far away from the city where her parents lived. Five years later, Amy returned to her family fold to greet her baby brother, but the impact of her earliest years close to nature left a deep impression on her. Amy grew up liberated in spirit, inheriting the fearlessness of her grandmother from those early years. She studied intensely, earning top grades, and aspired to be a scientist. She earned her BA in marketing and computer science, and eventually a MBA.
Although Amy acted in school plays and was scouted at her teen age, she didn't think of pursuing acting till she was strongly encouraged by a mentor while living in Chicago. She studied improv at the legendary Second City and attended major acting schools. Soon she signed with a major agency in Chicago, and she was cast in theater shows such as "Autumn Moon", TV/Film projects including "Shameless". Amy relocated to Los Angeles in 2016 and continued her stage work in the play "Wonder Women." Her film work includes "Samurai Cop 2" "Tales of Frankenstein," the award-winning film "Whisper," "Zalla", "Deep Feelings", to name a few. She received the Best Lead Actress Award at the 2017 Canada Golden Maple Film Festival for her portraying of scientist Dianna in Whisper.
While pursuing a career in acting, Amy also worked as banker for two of the most prestigious banks. She was the 2018 Ms. Los Angeles at the 11th Ms. Corporate America pageant and a recipient of "The Spirit Award". Amy was also an honoree of 2018 Mandarin Leader in recognition of her excellence in Art amongst Chinese Americans. Amy started producing movies since 2017, helping funding creative projects.
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