Friday, December 10, 2021

Election Stuff: Yes. St. Christopher, Antifa is a Criminal Organization

Well, we're still rehashing the apparent move of Hispanics toward the GOP. Matt Vespa at Town Hall thinks New Hispanic Voter Numbers Should Send Chills Down the Spines of Democrats. John Sexton at Haut Hair pretends to wonder What is driving Hispanics away from the Democratic Party? Althouse cites Ruy Teixeira in "It is hard to avoid the conclusion that Democrats have seriously erred by lumping Hispanics in with 'people of color' and assuming they embraced the activism around racial issues..."  Remember, Teixeira used Hispanics to predict "The Emerging Democratic Majority" in 2002. If Hispanic citizens are voting Republican, we must import new ones to vote Democrat. NR, NYC's Non-Citizen Voting Proposal Should Be Rejected.

Insty, in his part-time gig at NYPo, says The ‘cabal’ that bragged of foisting Joe Biden on us must answer for his failed presidency. But of course, they won't. Paul Bedard at WaEx observes Most say Biden failing COVID fight, Trump better 49%-39%. Well, he has. Even starting with vaccines, Biden has seen more deaths than Trump in his year with the virus. At Haut Hair VIP, AllahPundit is concerned that Many more Democrats in Nevada are switching to Republican than vice versa.

Adriana Cohen at NYPo claims Incompetent Kamala Harris is even worse than you think, and that's a damned high bar. Matt Vespa again, Here's What Biden Did at Bob Dole's Memorial Service That's Making People Wonder If He Hates Kamala Harris. 'Streif' at Red State, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Engage in a 'Shade War' at the Lying in State of Former Senator Bob Dole. Pat Nolan at Am Spec wonders Is Kamala Harris Being Forced Out by the Dems? "By any reckoning, her days are numbered." But, via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 12.09.21, Da Tech Guy: Cuomo Discarded But Harris Isn’t Going Anywhere Under The Fedora. The Vice Preznit is not a servant of the Preznit; technically she's even a member of a separate branch of government, the Legislature. But he doesn't have to keep her if he runs again. Wouldn't that be fun!

Benjamin Yount at JTN reports a Dispute over Zuckerberg election bucks likely headed to court after Wisconsin regulators’ decision, "Wisconsin’s Elections Commission has determined the so-called Zuckerbucks are not technically illegal. Some disagree." If not, they should be. And WUWT, rarely cited in political posts catches In court filing, Facebook admits ‘fact checks’ are nothing more than opinion, but we knew that. 

HE reports Pima County, Arizona to Hold Election Integrity Hearing, better late than never, barely. At PJ Media, Chris Queen finds Reuters Buries the Truth in Its Georgia Elections Board Story. "Reuters" and "Truth" don't belong in the same headline. Jackie Gingrich Cushman has a Note to Georgia’s Republican Candidates: Be for Something in 2022, "The candidates should blame themselves for running uninspiring, negative campaigns." Good advice for all politicians. 

At NYPo, Elicia Brand is incensed that the Virginia prosecutor goes easy on a rapist while trying to jail the victim’s father, in the Loudoun County rape case.  At City Journal, Closures and Consequences, "Politicians in both parties, but especially Democrats, need to understand just how unpopular school shutdowns are with parents." At the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 12.09.21 Da Fed, As Students Struggle To Recover, Portland Teachers Demand Four-Day Work Weeks,

Also from the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 12.09.21 The Geller Report: Mark Meadows Sues Pelosi’s 1/6 Committee Over Subpoena. At Breitbart, Joel Pollak claims Mark Meadows’ Lawsuit Could End the January 6 Committee. That would moot this, Date Set for Steve Bannon’s Contempt of Congress Trial July 18. (HE) Seeing that Pelosi and the committee clearly ignored its own enabling legislation, it should, but then, courts have shown extreme cowardice in intervening with the legislature.

Kaelen Deese at WaEx reports Federal appeals court rejects Trump bid to keep records from Jan. 6 committee, so AllahPundit at Haut Hair whines It's all down to SCOTUS: D.C. Circuit says January 6 committee can get Trump's presidential records. Not if Meadows suit kills the kommittee. 

The Insider is incensed that A 72-year-old Publix heiress 'addicted' to Alex Jones and Infowars funded groups behind Jan. 6, report says

Fancelli gave $200,000 to a group called State Tea Party Express that went to ads encouraging Republicans to protest at the Capitol on January 6, tax filings obtained by the Post show. That sum is on top of a previously reported $300,000 donation to Women For America First, one of the organizers of the January 6 rally at the Ellipse, and a $150,000 donation to a nonprofit offshoot of the Republican Attorneys General Association.

Wow, somebody donated to a rally? Let's round 'em all up! I hope to see George Soros held to the same standard. Tristan Justice at Da Fed reports on how McConnell Canceled A Bob Dole Funeral Worker For Exercising His First Amendment Rights for being stage manage at the Jan. 6 Rally (not the riot). Karen Townsend at Haut Hair, Event planner helping with Dole funeral let go for alleged tie to January 6 rally. Also from the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 12.09.21  The Geller Report Trump Says McConnell Holds All The Cards But Doesn’t Have The Guts To Play Them. McConnell may well be past his use by date. 

Rolling Stone (cited at Haut Hair) claims Meadows say Trump ordered me to "bust some heads" before Lafayette Park was cleared. It's OK by me if he said that, but do we believe RS? at Anxious Jon Swan thinks he's Inside Trump's hunt for "disloyal" Republicans

Kevin Downey at PJ Media, January 6 Meemaw 'Insurrectionist' Sentenced to Probation for unauthorized site seeing. 

MAGA granny Jennifer Parks and her friend Esther, both of Kansas, entered the Capitol on January 6. They wandered around for 15 insurrectiony minutes and left when law enforcement told them to do so. They may have taken some seditious selfies.

The Department of Justice was hoping to nail Parks with 30 days of home detention and three years of probation for her brief, non-violent stroll through the Capitol. The judge gave her 24 months of probation, 60 hours of community service, and a $500 fine. Seems a bit harsh, considering there are pictures of Capitol cops letting people in. Parks’ traitorous partner, Esther Schwemmer, gets her comeuppance on December 12.

At Twitchy, The ReidOut blogger explains what conservatives should realize before relishing the Jussie Smollett verdict, it's all Trump's fault!

At JTN, After antifa arrests, FBI director under fire for denying violent militants are an 'organization' "Antifa is "not a group or an organization," Chris Wray testified before the House Homeland Security Committee last year. "It's a movement or an ideology.""

Critics are now speaking out against Wray's description and the FBI's approach to antifa following the arraignment of at least seven antifa militants earlier this week.

Those arraigned in San Diego Superior Court were part of a group arrested last Thursday in raids conducted by police officers and sheriff's deputies across Southern California. The defendants "are self-identified to be affiliated with Anti-fascists or Antifa," according to the criminal complaint.

Prosecutors allege the antifa members used pepper spray, small flag poles, sticks, and other items — including their fists — to attack the crowd at a pro-Trump "Patriot March" in Pacific Beach in January.

"Video evidence analysis shows that overwhelmingly the violence in this incident was perpetrated by the Antifa affiliates and was not a mutual fray with both sides crossing out of lawful First Amendment expression into riot and violence," said the office of San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan in a press release.

One man, Jeremy Jonathan White, 39, is accused of pepper spraying a dog and its owner, appearing to match video of the incident that was shared online.

"I was very heartened to see law enforcement take steps to make these arrests," said Kyle Shideler, director and senior analyst for homeland security and counterterrorism at the Center for Security Policy. "Hopefully it will be the start of a trend in state and local law enforcement to reject the inaccurate notion promoted by the FBI that Antifa lacks organization, network, or structure."

Retired FBI Special Agent Jeff Danik agreed with Shideler that local authorities need to fill the void left by federal law enforcement.

"Once again, local law enforcement has had to step up to fill gaping systemic failures which Chris Wray and a highly politicized Department of Justice refuse to address: enforcing the law equally, especially against violent rioters, irrespective of the perpetrators' political opinions or motivations," said Danik, who served nearly three decades with the bureau. "Wray, and his carefully selected echo chamber of rear-echelon executives, should take a lesson in law enforcement ethics from these professional southern California local agencies."

The antifa militants are accused of conspiracy to commit a riot and other felony charges, including illegal use of tear gas, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and vandalism.

The alleged conspiracy began one week before the pro-Trump rally, according to the criminal complaint, which described antifa groups from Los Angeles and San Diego planning to commit acts of violence.

"Antifa, and similar anarcho-communist extremists, have elaborate but decentralized structures," explained Shideler. "But so do many criminal gangs and other terrorist groups which are understood by law enforcement to function as organizations, and which are addressed as such through a variety of laws to deal with such threats (gang designations, criminal conspiracy and racketeering charges, etc.)."

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