Friday, September 10, 2021

Election 2020: Egg on All Our Faces

Or something. We have an odd lot today, many connected only tenuously to the election, mainly by twists of logic perhaps only I grok. 

Breitbart has news from the Public Interest Legal Foundation: 440,781 Pennsylvania Mail Ballots ‘Went Missing or Undeliverable’ in 2020 in a state where Joe Biden "won" by only 80,000 votes. But there's absolutely no chance anyone would take advantage of that, right? 

Some tinfoil hat material from sundance at CTH, Quid Pro Joe, Postal Workers Use Leverage from 2020 Mail-in Ballot Fraud to Gain Exemption From Vaccine Mandate. But just because it's a conspiracy theory doesn't make it wrong.

From JTN, Michigan’s 'independent' redistricting panel members face backlash over Democrat ties. A good time to remember O'Sullivan's Law.

Ace, Report: Chinese Government Created Hundreds of Fake Social Media Accounts to Push "Asian Hate" Hoax and Sow Division Among Americans, "Note that this took place partly in 2020 -- an election year. Subverting democracy in a way the ruling class approves of." And as Tim Graham at Creators notes The Media Coaches Democrats, Trashes Republicans

On Larry Elder and the California recall election, Capt. Ed at Hot Hair ponders Today's media puzzler: When *isn't* it racist for a protester in gorilla mask to throw eggs at black candidate? From PM, WATCH as Candace Owens slams media for not covering 'racist' attack on Larry Elder by white woman in gorilla mask.  At Front Page, Daniel Greenberg sarcastically notes A Hate Crime Against Larry Elder Isn’t 'Racist' "It’s not a hate crime when you have a monopoly on hate." Ace, White Leftist Woman Wearing a Gorilla Mask Throws an Egg at Larry Elder; Race-Crime Obsessed Media Refuses to Even Mention the Race-Crime "The white leftist woman's white leftist simps also got violent with Larry Elder's people as they attempted to protect him." On The Five yesterday (or was it Gutfeld!) Tyrus noted that Elder has good body guards; if he had been on the team she would have gotten a beat down. At The Mix, Dean Cain Entertains The Idea Of Running For Office In California If Larry Elder Fails To Win Recall Election Against Governor Gavin Newsom, "Dean Cain has entertained the idea of running for Governor of California if Larry Elder fails to win the recall election against Gavin Newsom." It might just require Superman to save California now.

Slip Sliding Away, NYPo reports Biden approval ratings down in six critical swing states. Arizona, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas. 

Julie Kelly continues her crusade (am I allowed to use that word) to defend the Jan. 6th delinquents,  Justice Department’s Foremost Felony Charge May Be on Thin Ice. The felonious obstruction of an official proceeding charge was designed with Enron shredding documents, not protestors blocking ceremonies in mind. 
But the Justice Department’s premier felony charge—obstruction of an official proceeding—is on shaky legal ground, to say the least. It’s a substitute for the sedition cases they cannot prove in court.

Prosecutors have slapped the felony count, which is punishable by up to 20 years in jail, against at least 200 defendants, including mostly misdemeanor cases, in an attempt to turn Trump-supporting trespassers into convicted felons.

Several defendants, including Jacob Chansely, the so-called QAnon Shaman, and Paul Hodgkins have pleaded guilty to the charge; both will serve prison time even though neither man has a criminal record. (Chansley has been behind bars since January. Judge Royce Lamberth refuses to release Chansley from jail, despite pleas from his attorney that he suffers from mental health issues.)

The statute, which I explained in a March column, was passed by Congress in response to the Enron scandal. It’s a clause under 18 U.S. Code section 1512, which criminalizes attempts to tamper with a witness or evidence. When George W. Bush signed the “obstruction of an official proceeding” provision in 2002, he specifically warned the law should not infringe on “the constitutional right to petition the Government for redress of grievances.”

That, however, is exactly how Joe Biden’s Justice Department is applying the statute. Unsatisfied with simply charging Capitol protesters for criminal behavior, such as assaulting police officers or damaging government property, prosecutors are twisting the intent of the obstruction charge to punish belief in “the Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen.

But two federal judges are not convinced the government is on solid legal or constitutional footing.

When a federal prosecutor on Wednesday told Judge Amit Mehta that the law was “unambiguous.” Mehta pushed back. “I wish it were that simple,” Mehta told assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Nestler during a hearing to dismiss the obstruction charge against all 17 defendants in the Oath Keepers case. (Two Oath Keepers already pleaded guilty to the charge.)

And notes it was never used against leftists who interrupted Congress, say for example in the Kavanaugh  confirmation hearings. Speaking of Kavanaugh, Fox reports Far-left protesters plan to target Kavanaugh's house: 'You're going to hear from us', "ShutDownDC has targeted the homes of other public figures" and at Da Wire, Leftists Plan Demonstration At Kavanaugh Home To Protest His Abortion Decision. Maybe we need some trigger happy Cap Cops like Michael Byrd to guard his house. Since when is attempting to intimidate Supreme Court justices not a felony?

Ace, Thug Sprung Out of Prison By Fund Supported By Kamala Harris Now Charged With Mostly Peaceful Murder

This was the fund that was bailing out BLM thugs.

But they didn't just bail out BLM thugs. They bailed out thugs generally.

This particular thug was a domestic abuser.

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