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“How anyone could be that irresponsible?”(Updated)

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DOOCY (Fox News): “Classified materials, next to your Corvette? What were you thinking?”

BIDEN: “My Corvette’s in a locked garage, okay? So it’s not like they’re sitting out on the street.”

A second set of classified documents that Biden used has now been found – in his garage.

“And I thought what data was in there that may compromise sources and methods.”

Yes, “President” Biden, these are indeed deep questions about the stupidity, irresponsibility and carelessness of an American President exposed to all that IC information and leaving it in places – like “locked closets” unprotected by the Secret Service (ie. not Mar a Largo) or computer servers setup in bathrooms (right Hillary?), where it could be accessed by enemies of the US.

“As soon as the Penn Biden Center opened, China quadrupled its donations to UPenn. The Chinese funneled $55 million into UPenn, and UPenn was paying Biden a million-dollar salary.”

Especially when it turns out that you’ve lost them in more than one place.

Whoops.Whoopsie! As TDS sufferer David Farrar might say.

I’ll give credit to the MSM channels, CBS and NBC who have broken these stories. It’s been a long time since the MSM conducted journalism that hurt a Democrat, especially the Not-Trump. Of course this simply raises the suspicion that it’s yet another attempt by the Democrats to stop Biden from running in 2024.

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Still, it’s the followup questions that need to be asked and we’ll see how well they do with that:

How many documents were discovered? How and when did they get where they were found? What information exists in the documents and at what level of classification? Did Biden and/or his aides know that the documents had been taken? When was Biden told the documents were discovered? Why was the public not told the first batch was discovered before the midterm elections? How will the administration ensure that an investigation isn’t tainted, and is a plan in place to search for additional documents?

I’ll leave you with liberal Democrat supporter, law professor Jonathan Turley (yes, I know his constant, waspish questions of Democrats have their supporters screaming that he’s a GOP plant:

While the media continues to dismiss the influence peddling investigation as, in the words this weekend of NBC’s Chuck Todd, a “personal” attack, it is far more serious as a form of corruption due to an array of dangers from such access.

The millions given to Hunter Biden came from a variety of foreign sources, including some coming from figures tied to foreign intelligence. This money not only gained influence but access to the Bidens.

[DOJ head]. Garland again refused to appoint a special counsel and will keep the matter within the DOJ rank-and-file.

Biden can count on every possible consideration and accommodation from the media. The public is used to that. However, Garland will undermine both investigations by continuing to block the appointment of a special counsel into Biden and his family.

It’s amazing to me, even though it should not be, that there are so many people in the US and around the world, that are willing to forgive Biden for all the sins that they pin on Trump.

UPDATE:

Good grief, the White House Press Corp are finally acting like journalists (hit the link for a larger set of videos than what’s shown below. Up until this it’s basically only been FoxNews’s Peter Doocy who’s has been hammering away on Biden over various issues.

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Written by Tom Hunter

January 13, 2023 at 6:48 pm

Latin America La La Land

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We never pay enough attention to Latin America – which includes the nations of Central and South America – except when something is in crisis, like Argentina and the Falklands War, or revolutions and military coups.

As just a small example, I’m only now adding a category for “Latin America” for posts such as this.

There are probably any number of reasons for this neglect: a non-English-speaking world; only minor involvement in two world wars and the Cold War; not big economic players in the world (yet); not a big cultural influence (what influence has occurred has been via the American entertainment industry and translations of novelists like Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez); a continent fractured in exactly the way North America is not.

Admittedly Africa is even more neglected in everyday Western thought and for much the same reasons, but at least there one also can point the lack of commonality due to European colonialism – despite all it’s influence – not leaving as deep an imprint; the Spanish, Portuguese and native peoples mixed to a far greater degree than did Europeans in Africa. There’s also the simple fact that those two European nations were relegated to the fringe of that continent as early as the 18th century by the rising powers of Britain and France.

It’s not as if the West is completely unaware of the area, but that awareness is tinged with attitudes like those expressed in Banjo Paterson’s poem The Boss Of The Admiral Lynch, written in 1892:

And the man that goes out of office, he goes for the boundary quick,
For there isn’t no vote by ballot — it’s bullets that does the trick

But you can hardly be annoyed at such British colonial arrogance when stories like this appear 130 years later:

[Peruvian President] Pedro Castillo was arrested for violating the constitution by shutting down Congress ahead of an impeachment vote.

In a speech on Wednesday, he declared a state of emergency and announced his intentions to dissolve the parliamen. The country’s vice president said the move was a “coup d’état”.

Riots and protests ongoing as I write. I was amused by this backstory from mid-2021:

The Morning Star compared Corbyn to the South American victor, writing that Peru had been given a choice between “socialism or barbarism”Tribune magazine wrote that Castillo “opens up the possibility of a government of the poor” and gives Peru a chance to “break with its neoliberal history”

It’s not just Latin America that seems to learn nothing from history.

Did you ever hear tell of Chili? I was readin’ the other day
Of President Balmaceda and of how he was sent away.
It seems that he didn’t suit ’em — they thought that they’d like a change,
So they started an insurrection and chased him across the range.

This comes on top of the story out of Chile months ago (The Revolution is Postponed – Chile episode), where yet another New, Young Star Of The Left – a 35-year-old former student activist named Gabriel Boric who was elected President in 2021 to the same Western Far Left orgasmic acclaim as above for the Peruvian guy – did a face-plant with his effort to re-write their Constitution:

On Sunday, voters in Chile rejected a new constitution that would have represented a major turn to the left in the South American country. The vote was almost a landslide, with 62% of Chileans voting against the proposed constitution and not one of the country’s 16 regions approving the measure.

The voters themselves responded in an overwhelming fashion. Turnout was a whopping 85%

They seem to be restless people — and, judging by what you hear,
They raise up these revolutions ’bout two or three times a year;

Finally there’s Brazil, where yet another Socialist, former President, Luis Inácio “Lula” da Silva, convicted of corruption by multiple courts, won the most recent election in a runoff against Right-wing incumbent, Jair Bolsanaro:

These are the largest-scale protests in a democratic nation in human history. And the ramifications of this outcome are existentially important for Western Hemisphere.

Recall that ‘Lula’ da Silva was convicted in three separate courts – on 12 charges – by 19 judges, unanimously. Not Bolsonaro appointees — this was years before Bolsonaro was elected. His judicial appointees in the supreme court freed him in the last two years.…They annulled and vacated his multiple sentences — of a 12 year sentence, 580 days he served. They let him out to run. And Brazil has a law on the books that no convicted felon can be elected to office.

Those do look like huge protests.

Yet as that investigative journalist, Matthew Tyrmand, notes, the only Western MSM that covered them was Tucker Carlson on Fox News. As Tucker himself wryly puts it, “And when the Left wins, you can’t contest the outcome because it’s legitimate”.

What a contrast to the uniform MSM coverage of the 2015/16 protests against then President Dilma Rousseff!

This Brazilian reporter, Paula Schmitt, says the whole situation is dystopian. She blames Big Tech, the old media, their Supreme Court, and academia. That sounds familiar. She continues to report here and also has this to say (Google translation):

Columnist Paula Schmitt says that Lulas left and the corporatocracy have become inseparable in state capitalism.

She is a leftist but is disgusted with da Silva. Notice the term “state capitalism” – otherwise known as fascism.  And on that front it turns out that da Silva’s not exactly keen in Ukrainian President Zelensky:

“You are encouraging this guy and then he thinks he is the cherry on your cake. We should be having a serious conversation: ‘OK, you were a nice comedian. But let us not make war for you to show up on TV’. And we should say to Putin: ‘You have a lot of weapons, but you don’t need to use them on Ukraine. Let’s talk!’

Much as the usual suspects on the Western Far Left (see above) have cheered da Silva on in the Brazilian election against the evil of the “Trump-like” Bolsonaro and will cheer this on as well, I’d like to think it’ll cause a few Centre-Leftists to choke on their cornflakes.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 16, 2022 at 9:24 am

Send the word that the Yanks are coming

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After the photos from yesterday’s post on clouds I think we’ve had quite enough beauty and it’s time to get back down into the muck of common humanity.

How low can humanity go?

Well let’s start with the story of Sam Brinton, fabulously acclaimed as the first ever gender-fluid person picked for a leadership position in a Federal agency, in his case becoming the deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition in the U.S. Department of Energy.

This is they – looking fabulous. Gender-fluid means that some days he’s female and other days a male, and on some days he’s one of the other 57 genders.

At the time that photo was taken people wondered about where he got that outfit from. Two weeks ago Alpha News broke the story about how he’d been arrested for stealing a woman’s suitcase from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. He was caught on camera and since he had no luggage there was no reason for him to be in the collection area.

But the question of his clothing choices has now been definitively answered as it turns out that he was caught a second time doing the same thing, this time at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas.

Despite being the insane face of the Biden Administration, along with his mate, Assistant HHS Secretary Rachel Levine, Brinton has actually now been fired. It also turns out that a licensed psychotherapist, Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, had warned them about Brinton’s lies and psychological issues:

Sam Brinton’s story was always too good to be true. But politicians and activists cared more about how he advanced their narrative than about ensuring that people understand that sexual fluidity goes more than just one way.”

Unfortunately it looks like just one firing won’t do. I know that General Milley was very worried about White Rage in the ranks, but it seems he’s not too concerned with this…. Systemic Perversion?

Looks like people finally found Joe Biden’s Real Dog-Faced Pony Soldiers. Is “Conduct Unbecoming an Officer” still a thing, or has that been trashed along with the rest of Western civilisation?

In Connelly’s defense, pup bondage is what Army Aviation Branch refers to as “Tuesday,” You don’t want to be around on Friday because you won’t like it.

That snark is from former infantry officer, Strieff, who goes on to explain that the US Army has launched an investigation, but that it’s just a sham:

The Army is trying to show the rubes in the cheap seats that “we’re really upset and we’re doing something, oh, and please tell your congressman to vote for the Defense appropriation bill, while you’re at it, how about convincing your kid to enlist.”

Comments in the thread about Colonel Pup Fetish indicate that, literally, everyone knew what he was into. He kept the mask hanging in his office. He and the other men (I use the term advisedly) involved communicated and shared images via social media accounts that were visible to anyone. This behavior went on because the chain of command of Colonel Connelly and his playmates were either OK with the sexual perversion or they were too intimidated by the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Gestapo to complain about it.

This is yet another one of those stories like Hunter Biden, Twitter suppression of Right-Wingers, the “fortified” 2020 election and so forth; “everybody knew” – and nobody did anything but accept the corruption. But this crap is having real-world impacts, as Strieff explains:

At one time, the code of the officer corps was the same as that of West Point cadets. You will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate anyone who does. The reason for this is simple. On the battlefield, the truth is vital. Even when the truth is unpleasant and places you or your unit in an unfavorable light.

He refers to a story he wrote way back in 2012 about Brigadier General Tammy Smith, the first lesbian general, which is now celebrated without mentioning the lies and deceit that enabled her to become a general in the first place. The modern chain of command is now okay with such as long as it serves a bigger cause, which did not used to be the case; your career would be trashed if you lied and deceived on duty, irrespective of whether it was in a “good cause”. That was the code.

The US Army is an institution in crisis. Culturally, it was foundering by the time 9/11 took place. The failures in Iraq and Afghanistan stripped the Army of its ability to resist adopting Critical Race Theory and DIE indoctrination, assuming arguendo that it wanted to resist. Indeed, the Army seems to have embraced every institution-killing novelty Ivy League race-and-gender faculties can dish out.

This has not happened without cost. The cost has been the warrior ethos any military force needs for battlefield success. The cost has been camaraderie replaced with division along race and gender lines. The cost has been the destruction of unit cohesion in the combat arms by inserting into those units sexual relationships, natural and unnatural. The yet unpaid cost is dead soldiers because the career possibilities for women were more important than lives (Women In Combat: Making A Virtue Of Weakness Gets People Killed).

The son of a good friend of ours is on the verge of entering the US Infantry Branch after finishing his Bachelors degree at Princeton. He’s White, Male, Catholic and Heterosexual. I have not the heart to send his parents this story, but given Gen Z’s Social Media habits he’ll know about it soon enough. Given his personality he will likely decide to stick with it and try to improve things, but given that his ideas for a good and effective infantry will differ markedly from that of his fellow officers, I fear for his professional future.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 14, 2022 at 9:30 am

“Not a single person in any of the emails raised an ethical problem…

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… with putting New Zealand citizens in jail for coming back to their own country,” said lawyer Tudor Clee.”

A comment from a news article about the Chief Ombudsman concluding that the MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) acted “unreasonably” in its advice to ministers about the managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) voucher allocation system.

As in the USA with Twitter censorship or the corruption of the Biden family most people already knew this, and nobody will ever suffer any consequences, but still it’s interesting – if useless – to have it confirmed by the Chief Ombudsman:

“We ended up with a lottery – a system that did not fully allow for the consideration and prioritisation of individual circumstances of people trying to come home during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Peter Boshier said on Monday.

“Key decisions about the allocation system were made by government ministers and I do not have jurisdiction under the Ombudsmen Act to recommend they apologise,” Boshier said.

“Not a single person in any of the emails raised an ethical problem with putting New Zealand citizens in jail for coming back to their own country,” said lawyer Tudor Clee.”

Meh! Much as I loathe this government, that is the key point because it could be applied to millions of Kiwis.

And Australians…

I loved this little detail

Dimension, aka Robert Etheridge, was on his third pandemic-era trip to New Zealand, before returning a positive test for Omicron after breaching isolation rules.

Immigration NZ confirmed 564 arts and entertainment workers – including some DJs – had been given permission to enter New Zealand between June 18, 2020 and December 8, 2021.

Or this…


“In the article, the Prime Minister extolled the importance of being together as a family – especially in challenging times.Well, times didn’t get more challenging than they did at the height of the Covid pandemic. Imagine how those hundred of thousands of Kiwi citizens who found themselves locked out of their country by a totally unfit-for-purpose MIQ system, felt seeing the PM finally acknowledging that being together as a family was important.

Kindness…. Team of Five Million… Family…. blah, blah, blah..

Written by Tom Hunter

December 13, 2022 at 6:03 am

Fortify your election with SBF Bucks

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Or Zuck Bucks, as they were called after the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, poured $400 million into getting Joe Biden elected in 2020.

Sam Bankman-Fried Bucks just doesn’t roll off the tongue in the same way, even though he’s been revealed as yet another Democrat Party mega-donor, the largest individual donor to the party outside of Nazi-collaborator George Soros for the just completed Mid-Term elections, the money having been used by the Democrats for “get-out-the-vote” and various ballot-harvesting mechanics.

SPF pumped $10 million into Biden’s campaign in 2020 and then $40 million for the just-completed Mid-Terms, where they were used in the same way as in 2020.

In fact it never was just Zuckerberg or SBF. Take a look at this chart of Big Tech employee donations by political party in the USA and then not be surprised that the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Google (among others) have been acting as censors for the Democrat Party in recent years.

SBF won’t be back given the catastrophic bankruptcy of his ponzi crypto-currency scheme of FTC and Alameda Research (which requires a post all its own) and Zuckerberg’s fortune has collapsed by $100 billion thanks to his company Meta not being the Neuromancer extension of Facebook that he’d hoped for. Of course that still leaves him with $40 billion or so, but perhaps he’ll be forced to pay less attention to elections for a while.

You may recall that great TIME magazine story about how the 2020 election was “fortified”:

There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.

So the word went out: stand down.

But Zuckerberg’s role was much simpler, because the methods used with Zuckerberg’s $400 million were pretty simple:

The Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL – whose three founders are former co-workers at the Democrat-aligning New Organizing Institute) and The Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR – whose founder was formerly a director of the leftwing People For the American Way) passed a staggering $419.5 million of Zuckerberg’s money into local government elections offices, and it came with strings attached. Every CTCL and CEIR grant spelled out in great detail the conditions under which the grant money was to be used.

The CTCL had been a small outfit founded in 2012 with its yearly revenues from contributions and grants had maxed out one year at $2.84 million

Conditions? More like processes that this vast sum was poured into:

  • Self-described “vote navigators” in Wisconsin to “assist voters, potentially at their front doors, to answer questions, assist in ballot curing … and witness absentee ballot signatures,” Philadelphia got $10 million to hire new city employees (fresh from local activist groups) to go door to door delivering ballots. Since they worked for the election office, everything was “legal.” They bought radio advertising on Spanish and urban radio stations; “vote by mail, no need for any witnesses anymore!”
  • The promotion of universal mail-in voting through suspending election laws, extending deadlines that favoured mail-in over in-person voting, greatly expanding opportunities for “ballot curing,” expensive bulk mailings, and other lavish “community outreach” programs that were directed by private activists.

Especially in swing states, the rules were thrown out in the name of an emergency. In Nevada, the state rushed to all of the mail-in ballots being sent automatically, even though the Public Interest Legal Foundation had documented tens of thousands of dead registrants, vacant lots and commercial addresses on the voter rolls. Other states suspended their laws: Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Mexico, Colorado, Minnesota, Arizona, North Carolina, and more. In Virginia, the law said that mail ballots had to come in by election day or three days after election day, but only if they were postmarked by election day. Virginia state election officials ignored the law and issued rules to accept late ballots without any postmark. They called it “fair.”

  • Unmonitored private dropboxes (which created major chain of custody issues) and opportunities for novel forms of “mail-in ballot electioneering,” which allowed for numerous questionable post-election-day ballots to be submitted. as well as providing another way to help ballot harvesting.
  • Temporary staffing and poll workers, which supported the infiltration of election offices by paid Democratic Party activists, coordinated through a complex web of Democrat-leaning non-profit organisations, social media platforms, and social media election influencers.

More detail on all this here. CTCL and CEIR are registered 501(c)(3) corporations that can be created for elections but which are supposed to be non-partisan.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity.

Does the following look like non-partisan spending?

Of the 26 grants CTCL provided to cities and counties in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia that were $1 million or larger, 25 went to areas Biden won in 2020. 

What are the odds that the Biden IRS will be investigating CTCL and CEIR?

As another article put it about those Zuck Bucks: They converted election offices in key jurisdictions with deep reservoirs of Biden votes into Formula One turnout-machines.

The 2020 election was not stolen. It was purchased.

The GOP strikes back

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In the same way that Leftists love shooting people when they can’t shoot back, they also love having the powers of investigation in their hands only.

Hence the hair-on-fire efforts on Trump, starting with the announcement by Merrick Garland, head of the Department of Justice, of a “Special Prosecutor Counsel” who’ll be taking another look at the claims that Trump stole precious security documents on his way out of the White House, as well as being involved in the great Jan 6 “Insurrection”.

The person chosen as the Special Prosecutor Counsel has an interesting history:

Smith led the corrupt prosecution of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. The DOJ went to such absurd lengths to broaden the federal bribery statute to target the Republican politician that the Supreme Court eventually overturned the conviction.

“According to Mr. Pilger, the Justice Department convened a meeting with former IRS official Lois Lerner in October 2010 to discuss how the IRS could assist in the criminal enforcement of campaign-finance laws against politically active nonprofits,” the committee wrote in a 2014 letter to DOJ. “This meeting was arranged at the direction of Public Integrity Section Chief Jack Smith.”

In case you’re wondering, Mr Smith was appointed as the “Public Integrity Section Chief” after his case against the GOP Governor was quashed by the Supreme Court. More failing upwards in US government. Lerner was forced to resign but she not only did not face jail time or a fine but kept her pension.

Word is that the Manhattan DA is also trying to revive the dead investigation of Trump’s “hush money” payment to Stormy Daniels:

Under Bragg’s predecessor, the district attorney’s office rejected the idea of focusing a case solely on the hush money, concluding, with the help of outside legal experts, that it would hinge on a largely untested and therefore risky legal theory. And if Bragg were to charge Trump without uncovering any new evidence or relying on a more conventional theory, he would risk having a judge or appellate court throw out the case.

Which was why Bragg booted the case when he became the DA. I guess the pressure was too much. And then these people wonder why public trust in institutions is going down. Fox News must be more powerful than I thought?

But the good news (sort of) is that with the House now won the GOP has gained it’s own powers of investigation, and it would appear that after the last few years of lawfare bloodletting they’ve developed a spine – or perhaps they’ve just realised that if they don’t use these weapons against the Democrats they’ll be at the mercy of the latter forever, and there is no mercy on the Left.

Jordan and Republicans have sought information on the FBI’s raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, alleged FISA abuse, information on domestic violent extremism cases, the Justice Department’s efforts to monitor parents at school board meetings and label them as domestic terrorists, among other issues.

Basically these are the issues they’re going after:

Moreover, they’re going after the people responsible:

  • Merrick Garland (DOJ head)
  • Christopher Wray (FBI)
  • Miguel Cardona (Education)
  • Alejandro Mayorkas (DHS) head

In the wake of the Democrat’s use of police to enforce their subpoena power, with numerous Trump supporters being arrested, even if only temporarily, I appreciated the following:

Jordan is warning both Garland and Wray that if the requests “remain outstanding” at the beginning of the next Congress, the committee “may be forced to resort to compulsory process to obtain the material we require.”

In other words there may not be a repeat of the treatment given to Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, some years ago when he refused to supply information to a Congressional investigation, found himself held in contempt on a bi-partisan vote – and …. nothing further happened. Holder effectively told Congress to go fuck themselves and laughed his way to a prosperous future outside of government at the end of Obama’s administration.

Those days may be over, but again we’ll see if The Stupid Party have learned anything or whether they’re going to just roll over and have double standards shoved up them forevermore.

Having said that I don’t expect any criminal charges to emerge from all this, any more than I do from the Trump stuff. As much as corruption and breaches of the law may have occurred the fact is that this is all political, with each side using the facts uncovered to win political points and put their opponents in a corner that makes their election tougher.

Despite some calls from the usual suspects about how these investigations may hurt the GOP…

In short: How do you know when James Comer (R) is lying? Well, if his lips are moving, it’s a sure bet.

… there’s no evidence that they ever hurt the investigating party. Two years after the Clinton impeachment (which I did not agree with) the GOP won the Presidency and Congressional investigations did not hurt the Democrats in 2008, nor the GOP in 2014 and 2016, nor the Democrats this year.

In fact, given the Democrats will be increasingly desperate to move Joe on and have him not run in 2024, they may even secretly welcome the Hunter Biden “revelations”. When even their good friends in the MSM begin to “discover” things about the Biden’s it’s an evil portent for the First Family – and no Twitter to cover it up this time which none other than CBS has declared to be “safe” for them to return to.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 22, 2022 at 9:11 am

An appeal to those who still believe

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…. in law and order and justice and the agents who impose such.

As opposed to those Americans who don’t give a shit about such things except as a way of gaining political advantage and who very much believe in political revenge and love double standards.

The number of such Americans who believe the latter now number in the millions at least, and those numbers are likely increasing rapidly every day as America polarises further and begins to split (Austin has been invaded by Texas).

The thing is that The Powers That Be (TPTB) in Washington D.C. may be under the strange impression that those numbers are increasing only on their side and that their political opponents are mere chumps who still believe in the honesty and decency of the Department of Justice and the FBI and can thus by taken advantage of (admittedly this may be the case for The Stupid Party aka the GOP). It’s as if TPTB think tens of millions of GOP voters are unaware of the plight of the Jan 6 prisoners, many of whom still languish in jail awaiting trial on charges of stuff like trespassing – and whose ranks we now know were infiltrated with more than a few undercover FBI agents (which begs the question of why the FBI did not prevent Jan 6 from happening?)

Garland as much as admits that this is about stopping Trump running for President.

No special prosecutor for Hunter Biden, naturally!

I think TPTB are wrong, but clearly it’s going to take a crisis to make them realise that there are two sides to this game they’re playing. They think they can keep pushing the system to the edge because it’ll never break or if it does, it won’t break against them.

Ted Cruz Hit By Thrown Missile, Media Snarks and Reminds Readers that Cruz Is Hated and Had It Coming

Since Dobbs Decision Leak, Violence Against Pro-Lifers Was Over 22 Times That Against Pro-Choicers

Perhaps the plan of the Democrat Party is to start a Civil War in the USA? They’ve done it before.

In the meantime the Washington Post and a few of the other usual MSM suspects, recently supplied their TDS readers with a bit of a shock about those “nuclear secrets” Trump had stashed away – but only after the Mid-Term elections were out of the way:

Federal agents and prosecutors have come to believe former president Donald Trump’s motive for allegedly taking and keeping classified documents was largely his ego and a desire to hold on to the materials as trophies or mementos, according to people familiar with the matter.

That review has not found any apparent business advantage to the types of classified information in Trump’s possession, these people said. FBI interviews with witnesses so far, they said, also do not point to any nefarious effort by Trump to leverage, sell or use the government secrets. Instead, the former president seemed motivated by a more basic desire not to give up what he believed was his property, these people said.

Another one bites the dust. But there were several other similar stories that dropped after the Mid-Terms:

  • California goes from budget surplus to deficit.
  • Rudy Giuliani cleared after a two-year “investigation” of foreign lobbying.
  • Biden’s student loan forgiveness killed in court (what a surprise)

The stunt being repeatedly played here is to “investigate” and perhaps even “indict” because those will play and play and play in the pages of the likes of the Washington Post for the next two years and get TDS sufferers all stirred up and passionate to vote against Trump – followed by the same disappointing news that has followed every other one of these “bombshells” for six years now.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 19, 2022 at 12:19 pm

Which election is stolen now?

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I guess Politico has become an alternative for those wanting to read about US politics but who are no longer very trusting of the traditional MSM – especially the NYT, WaPo and the three alphabet TV channels.

Unfortunately the same sort of people who work for those latter businesses also end up working for Politico. The bias is not in the particular media but in the minds of the journalists and editors, and they carry that virus with them everywhere that they go.

In my previous post I linked to a Tucker Carlson piece from Fox News about Joe Biden’s recent speech where – among other desperate claims – he talked about how it might take days to get the final results in tomorrow’s Mid-Term elections, and that nobody should question the result if that happens.

Tucker described this as as a “bizzare” take that “did not inspire confidence” – but I think that’s the Good Will take. It struck me as dangerous. For decades Western democracies, including vast ones like the USA, had no problem in deciding elections on election night, even when they were tight.

Only in recent years has this nonsense become more common, especially in the USA, and the reason is the increased amount of mail-in voting, which has been heavily pressed by the Democrats with the claim that it increases voting participation – and hence any resistance to it, like validating that the ballot is a genuine one from the actual voter who could not come to the polling booth in person, is “voter suppression”.

Thus the Democrat anger about the Georgia election laws being tightened up by the Republicans who run the state, in the aftermath of 2020. President Biden said the new laws were so awful that they weren’t just Jim Crow 2.0 but “Jim Eagle” (clumsy metaphor to say the least). Corporates were enlisted to attack the state by moving their business out and MLB’s All Star game was shifted to 95% White Colorado. As it turns out, Black voting numbers were up in the various Georgia 2022 primary elections, and by considerable margins.

So much for “Jim Eagle”.

But one of the other amusing things that has emerged out of the last two years is that the US Left can no longer attack such claims as “conspiracy theories”, because they’ve got their own. This should have been obvious to anybody who remembered the howls about the 2000 Presidential election (“Selected, not elected”), claims about dirty work with electronic voting machines (Senior Democrat representative and power player James Clyburn) in 2004, and of course the whole “Russian interference” screamfest in the 2016 election.

Yet the Democrats and their MSM allies are so confident in their powers of propaganda that they appear to be making the claim again, in advance, and sometimes in the same breath with which they defend the 2020 election as the cleanest ever.

The 2020 presidential election was rife with allegations of voting machine hacks that were later debunked. Yet there are real risks that hackers could tunnel into voting equipment and other election infrastructure to try to undermine Tuesday’s vote.

Or to put it another way…

Politico:
Anyone Alleging Voter Fraud in the 2020 Election the Democrats Won (LOL) With the Most Votes in History (LOL) Is a Big-Lie-Peddling Jan 6 Insurrectionist Ultra-MAGA who wants to destroy democracy .

Also Politico:
Election Fraud Is Real and the Vote Tomorrow Will Probably be #Hacked

Or to put it yet another way…. the Democrats are going to lose, badly, and Politico knows it.

Tomorrow is going to be lit.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 8, 2022 at 9:12 pm

“Stolen Elections” is now permitted speech – again

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And now not a conspiracy theory.

Or being an “Election Denier”, which is sort of like being a Climate Change Denier or C-19 Vaccine Denier – but worse!

Who says so? Why the Democrat Party of course, courtesy of Hillary Von Pantsuit herself.

My apologies for spoiling your lunch with the following image but needs must when the devil drives – and it is Halloween after all.

“Right-wing extremists” have a plan already in place to “literally steal the next presidential election, and they’re not making a secret of it,” Hillary Clinton says in a video recently posted to Twitter.

In the video, posted by the progressive group Indivisible, the former first lady, senator from New York, secretary of state, and Democrat presidential nominee looks straight into the camera and says, “The right-wing-controlled Supreme Court may be poised to rule on giving state legislatures the power to overturn presidential elections.”

Hang on: I thought the QAnon, Alt-Right Extremists had given up on stealing elections and were just going doing coups now? I mean that is what those hundreds of January 6 Capitol protestors are rotting in jail for a year or more awaiting trial for, no?

Nothing new here of course, since this pre-dates Hillary in the Democrat Party.

As the good folk at Powerline explain, what she’s on about is a case that’s coming up soon before the Supreme Court, Moore v. Harper, which will clarify this language in the US Constitution.

The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.

The Moore case itself is a lawsuit:

The Moore case arises out of a series of events in North Carolina, where the Republican legislature came up with a map of Congressional districts following a census, and the North Carolina Supreme Court held it invalid under state law as an “extreme gerrymander.” But does a state’s judicial branch have the power to overrule the legislature, on any grounds? The Constitution doesn’t say “prescribed by…the government thereof,” it says “prescribed by the legislature.” So there is a tension between what most people think is a good idea, and what the Constitution actually says.

Hillary is apparently connecting this to the fact that the US Constitution has a similar provision and langauge governing election of the president. They explain why that doesn’t work.

Still, it’s good to see what TPTB are now allowing people to talk about in public now, and of course the new Musk-owned Twitter won’t be shutting down this speech as “disinformation”. As far as the rest of the Social Media sites and MSM are concerned of course, I doubt they’ll be shouting this down.

Speaking of Democrats, corruption, the MSM and Musk, it looks like he’s taking the lead on showing what speech and debate is now permitted on Twitter:

And as always….

Written by Tom Hunter

October 31, 2022 at 11:27 am

I’m shocked, shocked, to find this out about Ballot Harvesting

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“A new, fully updated edition of Steal This Vote—a rollicking history of American democracy showing that electoral fraud is as American as apple pie

That was the rave about a book written in 2016 by a Guardian journalist living in America. Naturally it’s not as promoted now as it was since it’s very, very important to not say such things about the US 2020 election – even by the Brave Lefties of The Guardian (or perhaps especially by them)

Funny that.

The big joke about ballot harvesting – designating people to go out and collect voter’s ballots and get them delivered to the polling booths – is that it’s been legalised for years now in California and has spread to other states.

As you can easily see, it’s a system that’s begging to be corrupted by the simple act of handing your ballot over to another person to deliver. So much for the secret ballot.

Oh, of course if you accept that the person taking your ballot – sealed in an envelope – won’t break it open and substitute their own, then it’s all good, at least from your point of view:

“In rare circumstances, if the voter has filled out the ballot and sealed the envelope certificate, the ballot broker will take the ballot and then steam open the sealed envelope,” the affidavit added. “The ballot broker will either correct any votes, if necessary, that were not voted according to their wishes or just throw them out.”

More on that in a bit

Even before that little bit of trust, there’s the question of the ballot harvester having control over more than just the act of collecting a completed ballot from a person who is fully compos mentis. It’s like the old joke about who watches the spies who watch our enemies (and us).

A Wisconsin investigation unmasked a sophisticated ballot harvesting effort targeting vulnerable nursing home patients in communities like Racine, Wisc.

Nursing homes you say?

I first had suspicions about the practice when the California Democrats passed a law called AB 1921 in 2016. They have super-majorities in the CA House and Senate, which means they can pass any law they like even if the Governor is Republican; they can override the Governor veto, but that’s moot because the governors have been Democrat for years now.

Before the law was passed, only a family member or a member of the household was authorized to deliver a ballot on behalf of a registered voter. But AB 1921 relaxed that rule, allowing others — including canvassers, campaign workers and anyone else — to solicit voters to fill out ballots and deliver them.

And then in 2018 a number of House seat elections in California switched to the Democrats after the GOP members held healthy leads on election night – only to see those leads vanish with overnight counting of mailed ballots.

Sound familiar?

Naturally because that link is to the Democrat Operatives With Bylines, the LA Times, they’re adamant – ADAMANT – that no cheating occurred with the process in the 2018 elections, even though they admit that the 2016 law “does open the door to coercion and fraud and should be fixed or repealed before the next election” – and then go on to describe how it was abused in a Democrat primary election:

In the final weeks of the race, complaints surfaced about aggressive campaign workers pressuring voters to hand over ballots on behalf of Wendy Carrillo, who ultimately won the race.

But that could never happen in a general election amirite? Do these MSM journalists even listen to themselves?

The scam and all its excuses has finally started to unravel, not in California, but in Florida, where a Democrat whistleblower has unloaded:

Former Orange County Commissioner candidate Cynthia Harris filed a sworn affidavit in late August with the Secretary of State’s office alleging that illegal operations to collect third-party ballots have been going on for years in the Orlando area where voting activists are paid $10 for each ballot they collect.

She described an intricate system funded by liberal leaning organizations that dispatch ballot brokers into black communities to pressure voters to turn over their ballots. The $10 fee per ballot is divvied up among the parties who help complete the harvesting.

No! Really? Tell me more. And let’s not ascribe any decency to the whistleblower; as with Deep Throat this revelation is all about personal loss:

Harris, who narrowly lost her election for county commissioner in August, described to Just the News her years-long knowledge of ballot harvesting in the black communities in central Florida. She even recorded a ballot broker coming to her home in 2017 to collect her ballot, and obtained the script that harvester was given by her bosses to make the pitch for a voter to turn over their ballot.

Yes, well, “oft evil will shall evil mar“.

As a result of this Florida Democrat’s sworn admissions, DeSantis’s new election crimes unit has recommended state police open a full criminal investigation into the whole scheme in Florida.

Recall that the claims of corruption in the 2020 Presidential election – in key swing states controlled by local Democrats – made famous by the research of the conservative watchdog group True the Vote and a documentary released earlier this year by filmmaker Dinesh D’Sousa called “2,000 Mules.”, were dismissed as “conspiracy theories” and then understand what’s going on here according to the admissions of a Democrat County Commissioner.

Democrat ballot harvesters either pick up blank ballots and fill them out “right,” or they pick up already filled out ballots – but they throw away the ballots for the “wrong” candidates, or steam open the envelopes to “correct” them so they are votes for the “right” candidate.

$10 per ballot in Black communities. Ballots just picked up in nursing homes.

Common practice in the Florida Democrat machine.

What are the odds against the Democrat machines across the USA not doing the same?

Written by Tom Hunter

October 31, 2022 at 6:00 am