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Amendments, Post Offices and Presidents

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I was responding to a question by Vet in the previous post to this one (Their ‘Jo’) but felt my response needed a post of its own given the complexities.

Vet’s question was as follows:

Should Biden be forced to stand down for whatever reason then Harris becomes President. She would then appoint a Vice-President who would be second in the line of succession (so I guess technically Adolf could be right re Obama although there could be a problem with him having already served two terms (the maximum) as President). After that comes the Speaker of the House – Pelosi (cringe) although post November that position could well be filled by a Republican.

The 22nd Amendment, ratified in 1951 after FDR’s four election wins, is very definitive about getting elected more than once, irrespective of whether the two terms are consecutive or not. It even restricts a candidate if they serve as President for more than two years in the term of another elected President (one removed by death, incapacity or impeachment), which was a clear shot across the bows of someone like Harry Truman, who ended up serving as President for almost a full two terms despite winning only once because FDR had started his fourth elected term in March 1945 (March used to be the starting month after the November election) and died in April. Had Truman been popular he could have served almost three terms had he tried and won in 1952, for which he was eligible (note the compromise language of the Article not applying to anybody then President).

Unlike Russia, Belarus, Venezuela and some other banana republics there’s been no attempt to fiddle this by lengthening the term of office or only talking about two consecutive terms.

In the wake of JFK appointing his brother Bobby as AG there were laws passed to prevent that but I’m not sure if those laws would apply to a President Harris appointing Obama as VP as I think they were aimed specifically at family members being appointed to Cabinet positions and so forth.

Strangely enough it’s not a constitutional amendment but a statute of The Postal Revenue and Federal Salary Act of 1967, of all things. Some background from that link which, amusingly enough, was written because of the debate in 2017 about Trump appointing his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a “senior advisor”:

In 1967, as the Johnson administration was trying to raise federal employees’ salaries and increase postal rates, Neal Smith, a republican representative, proposed an amendment to ban nepotism in all the U.S. administration, mentioning specifically the President.[10] While Smith had been a long advocate of anti-nepotism policies — and had tried to pass his amendment without success since 1961 — his main focus was on the prohibition for low scale government employees such as postmasters to hire their relatives.[11] Finally, in 1967 — despite a low turnout — the amendment was voted and the law passed a few weeks later.[12] According to the wording of the new statute, JFK could not have hired his brother. Some analysts argue that Johnson pushed this amendment, yet this point is still highly contested. Regardless of the role President Johnson played, he was certainly eager when signing into law the Postal Revenue and Federal Salary Act of 1967 — later renamed the Bobby Kennedy law.

Heh! Eager is an understatement considering how LBJ and RFK had long hated each other’s guts.

But on top of that, in the case of appointing a VP rather than electing one the VP has to be approved by the Congress anyway; I recall one of the last episodes of The West Wing dealing with this issue because the VP had died on the verge of election day (incidentally this was forced on the writers because the actor playing the VP candidate had died during filming of the episode). Time’s running out for the Democrats to pull that off, given their almost certain loss of the House and Senate later this year – and that’s assuming they’d have the numbers; despite the propaganda and images not everyone in the Democrat Party is still a fan of Obama.

The thing is that some people are wondering if we don’t already have a “President” Obama anyway, based on several arguments.

  1. Biden is clearly being directed by his staff (and the First Lady) in even the smallest, public things, which makes it likely that in the big decisions behind the scenes he’s being totally directed policy-wise by his staff.
  2. That staff consists of a huge portion of Obama Administration hangovers, something like 2/3’s I believe. They likely are pushing the same crap as before in multiple areas, like the JCPOA deal with Iran.
  3. Obama, unlike all previous Presidents, maintains a presence in D.C. In fact his digs are just a short walk from the White House. And look at the reception he got when he officially returned for a visit.
  4. Things that Obama talks about seem to have a way of happening a little later in the Biden Administration, the latest example being his speech at Yale on “disinformation” and the need for the government to regulate it in the wake of Musk’s purchase of Twitter. Just a week later we got the Disinformation Governance Board at the DHS.
  5. Before he became President he spoke in 2008 of being “just five days away from fundamentally transforming this country”. Those are not the normal words of a President pushing policies or an empty slogan (“MAGA”). They sound like a fanatic and fanatics don’t give up even when they’re out of power.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 6, 2022 at 1:49 pm

Mr Musk continues to have fun

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It should be obvious that when you’re the richest man in the world you’re going to be able to have fun, but based on the sad stories of other rich people in history that’s no certainty.

Some, like Henry Ford, were morose misanthropes; the Astor family were a horror story, along with others; even today we have billionaires like John Caudwell (founder of Phones4U) who admits he’s often on levels 1-2 on the 10 happiness scale.

But Musk is not that sort of person and it shows with his Tweets dealing with people attacking him, starting with Democrat Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The background to Musk’s response to her is a Tweet she sent months ago when Right-wingers attacked her for fleeing her masked-up, native New York City for the unmasked joys of Florida, even as she fanatically supported the mask mandates in NY. Her response got all her fans giggling because they know that all us Righties want to date hot, Left-wing woman: they just know.

So the other day when she got stuck into Musk for buying Twitter, using the now-standard High School Mean Girl snark which is her primary mode of argument, Musk used her approach to burn her down.

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

On a more serious note was an attack on Musk by a bunch of nobodies from the broadcast network, NBC, one of whom actually labeled Musk as “not so bright”. AYFKM? What chutzpa that reporter has, but that seems to be how most of them think of themselves

Once again Musk let them have it right between the eyes.

It’s interesting to see that despite his focus on making a success of Tesla, SpaceX and his other businesses he still takes time to remain aware of what’s happening in the ordinary, everyday world.

That all this stuff is increasingly backfiring on these stupid bastards in the MSM is something that they’re still not getting, despite being brighter than Musk. The latest example is what happened after a Washington Post reporter doxxed the woman behind the Libs of TikTok Twitter account – because it’s just such fun to dox an Orthodox Jew in New York where attacks on Jews have increased dramatically in recent years. So far she’s having the last laugh.

No wonder the US Democrats are reaching for the big Stasi stick.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 5, 2022 at 7:00 am

Really quite atrocious

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The world gets sillier with each passing day.

The ridiculous creature you’ve just watched is now the head of a new part of the US Department of Homeland Security, the Disinformation Governance Board.

What a coincidence that this announcement comes just days after Elon Musk buying Twitter and the Liberal world setting its hair on fire as a result.

The Department of Homeland Security is setting up a new board designed to counter misinformation related to homeland security, with a focus specifically on Russia and irregular migration. The board will be called the “Disinformation Governance Board,” and will be headed by executive director Nina Jankowicz.

And there it is right out of the gate, “irregular migration”. So we won’t be able to say “open borders” any longer? Or “illegal aliens”, (even though that’s the legal term) without the ban hammer coming down, or worse.

I’m going to call it the Ministry of Truth from here on because that’s entirely appropriate.

Ms Jankowicz herself writes:

Now that I’ve got it: a HUGE focus of our work, and indeed, one of the key reasons the Board was established, is to maintain the Dept’s commitment to protecting free speech, privacy, civil rights, & civil liberties.

That sounds like exactly the opposite of what this board is designed for. It’s purpose will be to stamp out information that the Biden administration doesn’t like, censor any thoughts that run counter to the MSM narrative of the day, and “fact-check” points of view deemed “inappropriate.”

The thing is that she herself is a peddler of disinformation as, for example, the 2020 claim that Hunter Biden’s business records were a Russian plant. In fact she was still pushing this as of March 2021.

Amazing how all those “natsec experts” were completely wrong, although that’s being generous as I think they just flat-out lied: they’ll probably gets jobs working for her at the Ministry of Truth. Hmmm… DGB… that acronym rings a bell.

It was the claim that it was Russian Disinformation that was the actual disinformation — partisan Democrat Deep State disinformation. As the new Disinformation Czarina, she should, of course, be eager to apologise for her previous disinformation. What are the odds?

I see some back-peddling going on with the Biden Administration now claiming that work on this started on Trump’s watch in 2020. Oh really? When during 2020 did this “work” begin? What exactly was that “work,” of which the current bureau is a merely a “continuation”? Did Trump ever hear about it? Did the Trump administration ever appoint an Executive Director of a Ministry of Truth?

Actually it’s fun to imagine the Liberal world’s reaction if Trump had done this. It would have made the Musk meltdown look like nothing.

But then something like this was always on the cards with the DHS. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks twenty years ago I figured that President GW Bush would tear down the CIA, FBI and other “intelligence” agencies that had so clearly failed and then re-build them into something fit for purpose. But instead, as a typical Moderate, Centrist Right Winger – the sort who loves Big Government almost as much as the Left does – he simply created yet another giant bureaucracy called the Department of Homeland Security and draped it over the top of the existing failures, supposedly to tie them together better.

Claims from the Right and Left that making the National Security state even bigger posed future dangers to the freedom of Americans was ignored in the heat of 9/11 emotions. The Right – admittedly mainly Libertarians – saw it as just another example of how bigger government creates bigger problems in the future, mainly because it further empowers those who love state power for its own sake in controlling individuals. The Left had traditionally felt uneasy about the NatSec state – until recently it seems, now that there’s a chance it can be weaponised against Right Wing enemies.

As silly as Ms Jankowicz appears, this is deadly serious. That joking meme of GW is no joke when you read official shit from the DHS like their March 2021 report, ‘Internal Review of Domestic Violent Extremism.’:

A March 2021 unclassified threat assessment prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Department of Justice, and DHS, noted that domestic violent extremists “who are motivated by a range of ideologies and galvanized by recent political and societal events in the United States pose an elevated threat to the Homeland in 2021.”

The assessment pointed to newer “sociopolitical developments such as narratives of fraud in the recent general election, the emboldening impact of the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol, conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and conspiracy theories promoting violence” that “will almost certainly spur some [domestic violent extremists] [sic] to try to engage in violence this year.”

This is what DHS is now all about, exactly as its critics predicted two decades ago, and this new Board is simply another drawing back of the covers to reveal the machinery underneath. What’s next?

It’s probably easier going after “domestic violent extremists” than after the people that were originally supposed to be the focus of DHS: people like Nidal Hassan, Omar Mateen, Fahreed Skyhook and his concubine and at least a dozen or so other attackers as well as plots that were only foiled by sheer dumb luck rather than by the DHS/FBI.

It’s appropriate to leave you with this interesting article: Would censorship have stopped the rise of the Nazis? The short answer is no!

Weimar Germany had laws banning hateful speech (particularly hateful speech directed at Jews), and top Nazis including Joseph Goebbels, Theodor Fritsch and Julius Streicher actually were sentenced to prison time for violating them. The efforts of the Weimar Republic to suppress the speech of the Nazis are so well known in academic circles that one professor has described the idea that speech restrictions would have stopped the Nazis as “the Weimar Fallacy.” 

Meh – I couldn’t leave it on such a grim note, so here’s the original silliness, featuring what is generally agreed to be one of the worst fake accents on film, courtesy of American actor Dick Van Dyke as a Cockney chimney sweep.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 2, 2022 at 8:41 am

Saturday Morning Transitions

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“Transgenderism” or “gender identity disorder” is based on an actual, rare, psychological condition known as Gender Dysphoria. No one is sure how many individuals are actually afflicted with the condition. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) — the Bible for psychiatry — estimates that about 0.005% to 0.014% of people assigned male at birth and 0.002% to 0.003% of people assigned female at birth are diagnosable with gender dysphoria.

That’s an extraordinarily small number of people, but you wouldn’t know that judging from the way the trans movement has exploded in recent years. Not only that but the movement have their own stats: according to a 2014 survey, 1.4 million American adults identify as transgender. And that survey did not include the parents who are being railroaded into believing their child is transgender by incompetent or politically active teachers, therapists, and psychologists and then allowing the administration of drugs and hormones.

Although there have been recent signs that the Transgender movement is starting to encounter serious grassroots opposition, there’s also no doubt that it is very embedded within the US education system where – thanks to the overwhelming support of the Democrat Party by teachers unions – it’s now part of the political wars in the USA. But there are signs on that front that it may be getting the Democrats in trouble, starting with their loss of the Virginia governorship a few months ago.

You can see why the Washington Post was so keen on trying to destroy the Libs of TikTok account by doxxing the woman behind it, but that’s a story for another day.

This has caused a few – so far only a very few – Democrat activists to start warning about the election losses that may hit the party as a result of jumping on the trans bandwagon. The following Tweet (or rather a Tweet thread) is one such, although to be fair she sounds like she’s also genuinely concerned about what the trans movement is doing to vulnerable children.

Laura Wiley Haynes @haynes_wiley
Attn: Democrats!
We are not in reality about “trans kids.”I am a CASA (Leftie/ Dem/atheist). I am neck deep in the population who is declaring this ID. And I know too much!

1. It is important to know that as recently as 15 years ago, all kids claiming to be in wrong body were given therapeutic support and time, to address the more likely issues that often underlie a child feeling miserable/ out of place in their body.

2. 90% of kids given this approach outgrew their Gender Dysphoria with no meds. 2/3 of them were gay in adulthood. Rapid ‘affirmation’ tells youth they *need* hormones and surgery because they *are* trans. Given the above, ‘affirming’ is basically gay conversion therapy.

3. 80% of trans IDd also have **two or more** mental health disorders, on top of GD. Common: ASD, PTSD, Depression & Anxiety….& these conditions precede the idea of “being trans.” Kids who have these disorders are very unhappy, impulsive & seeking relief. Some are abused and abandoned. Foster youth ID as trans at fifteen times the % of kids at large. This demands we do not reify the presenting ‘gender’ problem but look at the whole child and their mental health needs prior to labeling them/medicalizing them.

4. “Affirmation” supposes that kids are never Wrong about their ‘gender identity.’ That’s opposite of reality! Kids make mistakes!

5. Affirmation = “You’re actually a boy! ok!” = Step 1 in cementing this as ‘reality.’ Step 2 is puberty blockers, and Step 3 is cross-sex hormones. 1+2+3 = a sterile child. One who may never orgasm! With ruined physical health! UNJUSTIFIABLE, when 90% **outgrow** this!

6. The suicide fears used to browbeat parents into unquestioning support are lies. When control group has as many MH disorders as the ‘trans ID ‘ group, the suicide risks are identical, e.g. the risk is from the depression/PTSD/Trauma history not the Trans ID. The moment Trans is affirmed, these other issues (which do cause suicidal thoughts) get ignored. They get attributed to ‘how hard it is to be trans.’ BS!! This is rank dereliction of duty of care to struggling kids. It is indefensible and negligent.

7. Puberty blockers + cross sex hormones not only sterilize child. They leave boys with micro penis. They often cause girls to need hysterectomies in 20’s. Bones do not get stronger, brain development is affected. Cancer and heart risks rise. They need hormones for life.

8. Long term effects are not well-known, but in the countries in Europe who have begun to track them, they have pulled back from medicalizing children due to significant issues, such as osteopenia in 11 year olds! This is experimental and unproved Tx! Not benign!

Democrats: We cannot defend confusing/ sterilizing/ maiming kids who would have outgrown TG if simply supported emotionally. It is indefensible!! We must course correct… Yes, respect and support all kids, without diagnosing or reifying transient claimed identities.

“Trans kids rights” must include:
– The right to be protected from impulsive and dumb permanent choices.
– The right to appropriate trauma care.
– The right to fertility and orgasm in adulthood.
– The right not to be wedged away from parents by well-meaning activists

A few added thoughts. I think most people, left and right, have thought about this issue *barely at all*. T was force-teamed with LBG. T has nothing to do with sexual orientation but by making it “LGBT” many people have assumed it is like sexual orientation and innate. Ppl think, “well, if kid was born that way, if the parents & doctors approve it…” not realizing “affirmation” is dogmatic/immediate/little scrutiny. They think “don’t attack kids for being different.” This describes virtually everyone who is not an activist on this issue.

JK Rowling – author of the Harry Potter wizarding books who has been a target of really nasty threats from trans – shared a video of this clinical psychiatrist talking about the perils of “affirming” kids’ momentary identification with a faddish identity.

That post immediately got the trans attack team, with all the standard bullet points, starting with the classic “Trans woman are women” claim. As well as more of attacks like the one shown here, although it’s nice to see Rowling taking it in stride and with a sense of humour.

Of course Rowling is so wealthy and accomplished that she cannot be intimidated successfully by these maniacs: I doubt the same could be said about an author just getting started in the industry.

BTW Twitter has taken no action against this toxically male psychotic, even as The Babylon Bee gets locked out of their accounts for their satirical take on Rachel Levine being Man of The Year.

If the video above of an Old, White Male clinical psychiatrist is too easily dismissed you might be interested in what Erica Anderson, a transgender doctor, who until recently led the US professional society at the forefront of transgender care, recently told the Los Angeles Times:

“I think it’s gone too far. For a while, we were all happy that society was becoming more accepting and more families than ever were embracing children that were gender variant. Now it’s got to the point where there are kids presenting at clinics whose parents say, ‘This just doesn’t make sense,‘”

It is not a coincidence that the number of young adults who identify as transgender has increased more than twentyfold over the past several years as transgenderism has become more mainstream, but that tells you that it’s a social phenomena rather than a psychological one.

Similarly the Swedish medical community, famous for their pioneering work on transgender surgery decades ago, are now having second thoughts about whether they’re actually helping:

An extensive study conducted in Sweden found that 10 to 15 years after sex-reassignment surgeries, the suicide rate of those who underwent the procedure rose to 20 times that of their peers. Another review  of more than 100 follow-up studies of transgender individuals who underwent sex changes, undertaken by Birmingham University’s Aggressive Research Intelligence Facility, found that none of the studies provided conclusive evidence that gender reassignment benefited the patients. And just a couple of years ago, U.S. researchers were forced  to issue a correction to a major 2019 study that claimed transgender individuals who underwent reassignment surgeries showed significantly improved mental health. The study now states, “The results demonstrated no advantage of surgery in relation to subsequent mood or anxiety disorder-related health care visits or prescriptions or hospitalizations following suicide attempts.”

Having worked with a couple of trannies back in the 90’s (both trans-woman and BTW that word is now a No No according to the trans community) I can say that they seemed happy with what they’d done. But they didn’t make the transition until they were in the twenties and forties respectively. I don’t accept that this crap is helping teenagers, let alone younger kids.

I’ll leave this with the following interview of a woman who got subjected to all this and is now de-transitioning back to being a woman. It’s a sad tale.

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April 30, 2022 at 11:44 am

Breaking News for those who lack self-awareness

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When I saw this I almost could not believe it. Even though I’ve long been very down on the MSM and its “journalists”, the following piece is still breathtaking even for me.

Is it a lack of self-awareness? Or perhaps just a lack of awareness in general – like of recent history and current affairs?

Really, Mr Melber of MSNBC? Really? It sounds terrifying! What would that look like, because I’m having a tough time even imagining it – but I’ll give it a shot?

I’m seeing…. a tech monopoly suppressing a major story about a corrupt POS presidential candidate who spawned a son who is an even bigger POS with booze, drugs and the ladies and who grifts millions of dollars from Chinese and Russian oligarchs and corrupt Ukrainian front companies?

No? Okay. How about this?

I’m seeing …. a tech monopoly using secret algorithms to throttle speakers of one political bent while boosting those of another political bent? Or using its algorithmic power as a publisher (not a platform) to falsely claim that some unpopular stories are “Trending” and to falsely claim that some actually-trending stories are not? And all this to crush the reach of news that hurts one political party and one political ideology?

Crazy no?

Where the fuck has this prick been in the last two years? Or perhaps he’s just fallen so far into gaslighting mode that he wipes his memory each night so that he doesn’t go insane with all the cognitive dissonance?

And also right on schedule is this….

Complete with talk about “reforming section 230” and “anti-trust reform” and all the crazy stuff that a goodly (and growing) portion of US right-wingers have been pushing for several years now.

My goodness, where did that suddenly come from? What a coincidence that it came just a day after Musk takes over Twitter.

That’s government intimidation, isn’t it? That’s the government saying, “You will enforce our chosen narrative on a range of issues via censorship of your users – or we will act punitively against your monopoly position.” Sure sounds like it to me, and the response of the GOP to this will be to say how they’re not like that, even as the owners and employees of those companies snigger at their desks, curse the GOP, donate overwhelmingly to the Democrats, curse the Right even more and do everything with their considerable online power to screw them over.

This is why the GOP is often called by its own voters The Stupid Party.

In fact those voters been begging the GOP for some time now to get their useless backsides into gear and rip away the cover of Section 230 from the likes of Twitter, Facebook and their ilk, given the fact that, despite the well intentioned motives of protecting the fledging Web in the 1990’s, they’ve been acting as publishers not platforms for quite some time now in their censoring zeal:

No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.

The grass-roots have also begged the GOP to go full Teddy Roosevelt and start using trust-busting measures against Google and their ilk – only to be greeted with whinging about the “principles” of the libertarian, pro-corporate Right-Wing when it comes to the state and private sector companies – well, giant private sector companies at least. Look at the recent moans from the National Review crowd (and others on the Corporatist Right) about the Florida GOP actions taken against Disney.

Now that the Democrats have breached that particular dam perhaps the GOP will jump on the issue. Still, it would not be surprising if The Stupid Party decides that defending Google, Facebook, Twitter and company against such outrages is a winning issue in 2022, thereby condemning themselves to a tiny win or perhaps even a tiny loss this year, rather than the Red Tsunami they’re currently on target for.

An amazing interview

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Now that even the NYT and Washington Post, plus reef fish like CNN and MSNBC, have acknowledged that Hunter Biden’s laptop and contents are the real deal and not “Russian Disinformation”, it’s interesting to go back to the source of the story, the Mac repair guy, and see what he has to say about it.

The following lengthy Breitbart interview of the man is both fascinating and horrifying. There are several portions that I think need to be quoted. First up, his dealings with the FBI about the laptop:

JM: I don’t look at it that way. My ‘What if?’ is ‘What if the FBI had done its job?’ What if they had taken the drive in October of 2019 and done something with it instead of doing nothing with it?’ I count four times, including the time Rudy handed it to them, that the FBI had the opportunity to do something and chose not to. If they had done something two-and-a-half years ago, maybe now I would have a job and I wouldn’t have had to have gone to Giuliani and Giuliani wouldn’t have had to go to the Post to get the truth out.

Then there is that Washington Post contact by Giuliani:

JM: I remember, the day after the story broke, it was October 15 [2019],  and I had CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post in my store. It was immediately obvious they were only there to catch me in a lie. They were not there for the truth. They wanted to catch me revealing their narrative. I told them everything. I offered to show them a photo of Hunter’s signed authorization. They weren’t interested. They were only interested in their narrative. They were only interested in what their trusted government sources were feeding them. So they published nothing I said because it wasn’t what they wanted to hear— that this was a valid, factual, and consequential story.

Yesterday, I left a comment with the Washington Post and they probably won’t publish that.

BNN: CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post didn’t use anything you said back when the story first broke?

JM: They were only interested in discrediting me. If not, they would have told the public what I told them. The thing that messed me up is that I wasn’t ready for this. No one coached me. I didn’t even know what I could or could not say. I’m cornered in my shop by five members of the press. It was a very awkward interview. I was as uncomfortable as I have ever been. My main concern was protecting my family. I didn’t want my dad harassed so it was awkward.

I find it amazing that Giuliani could have been naive enough to think that the WaPo would treat the story as evidence of Hunter Biden’s corruption and then follow-up with hard questions for Joe Biden and further investigation: that he never thought they’d run the opposite angle. It’s a key lesson for every single GOP politician and activist: never, ever trust the NYT, WaPo or any of the MSM again. They’re actively working for the Democrat Party and they will destroy you, even if you’re a nobody, in order to get Democrats elected. As the journalist who interviewed him, John Nolte says:

You can’t go to the media anymore. It used to be that if you could just get the truth to the media, the media would publish the truth and the truth would protect you. There are all kinds of movies about this, about how the goal is to find a heroic journalist who will tell the truth and save you… The Three Days of the Condor, The Pelican Brief, The China Syndrome… The idea was always this: if the government and big business were about to crush and destroy you — you, the individual, the brave truth-teller, the lonely whistleblower —  there was always a safe place to run. 

No more. They’re all in on it.

In this case “JM” had to abandon his business and get out of Biden’s state, Delaware, for a year. Even now he’s still getting harassed as a “Putin stooge” and a “criminal hacker”, despite having jumped through every legal hoop to do it right, including with the FBI. He did at least get good protection from the local cops in the face of multiple death threats from Biden supporters. But there’s still damage:

JM: Bankruptcy is possible. I could lose my house. I’m not there yet and I hope not to lose my house. A friend finally convinced me to let her open a GiveSendGo account to help me out. That’s helping some. I’m also doing odd jobs, like going to people’s homes and picking up trash for twenty dollars an hour. It’s not like fixing computers like I used to. I’m reluctant to go back into that business because I have no control over who will show up.

Speaking of trust there’s this from “JM”: he doesn’t blame the WaPo after they “failed” to protect his identity by not blurring out the name of his little shop from a photo in their article, which is when the trouble started:

JM: (laughs) With the New York Times finally coming out last week and admitting the laptop was real, that’s what I want to see more of. The more that news gets out that I’m not a hacker, not a Russian spy, not a traitor, the more quickly and efficiently I can rebuild my life. Once people realize ‘He’s not these things, He did the right things,’ then I feel I will have an opportunity to rebuild my life. Last week, with the New York Times’ admission, that was the first glimmer of hope I’ve had in over a year. It’s only one news source, but the Washington Post just reached out to me, so…

JM: You have to trust that system, that it’s going to work. Once you go outside the system, it has no purpose.

Oh dear. He also still believes in the system that largely destroyed him.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 3, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Election conspiracy theory updates

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As a long-time observer of US elections in my lifetime, and with great interest in their history, leading to being an avid reader of books like Down For The Count (Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America) by Guardian writer Andrew Gumbel, I got quite a kick out of the sudden and dramatic turnaround of the US Democrat Party, the MSM and all “balanced and impartial observers” with regard to claims of election corruption in the wake of the 2020 US Presidential election.

Suddenly all those claims about corruption and cheating in the 2000, 2004 and 2016 US elections started to get memory-holed. It’s perhaps not surprising then that the book quoted above, first published in 2005 and updated in 2008, does not have a Wikipedia entry (it’s also known as Steal This Vote)!

However, perhaps the reason is that the people who won the election for Joe Biden in 2020 actually didn’t keep quiet about it, but burst forth into print just a few months later to boast about their efforts in the now infamous TIME magazine article, The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election. Rather than memory holing, the tactic was blatant spin as the election was “fortified” (not stolen you see).

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.

You see! It was Trump that was stealing the election and the USA was “saved” by all these brave and honest billionaires and Democrat activists.

Also “behind the scenes” since then has been a major effort by the Republican Party across the USA to fix up the process and make sure the sort of crap pulled in 2020 does not happen again, at least not on as large a scale and not in swing states. Interestingly the progress that has been made shows up the same things that the TIME article noted – except from a POV that they were corrupted things rather than good ones.

First up is a Wisconsin legal decision on ballot drop boxes:

A judge in the state of Wisconsin ruled on Thursday that the use of ballot boxes in the 2020 election was, in fact, illegal. Joe Biden was declared the winner over Donald Trump in the state by 20,682 votes.

This stunt was pulled in various places leading up to the 2020 election: various election practices not approved of by the state legislature as legally required. In this case simple instructions issued by election bureaucrats, along with no legal requirements on what a drop box could be, on protecting them or even having a chain of custody log or ballot count.

The Healthy Elections Project reports that, during the 2020 election, “only eight states explicitly permit[ed] or require[d] ballot drop boxes by statute or regulatory guidance,” but that drop boxes were nonetheless available to voters in at least 19 states. In other words, under the umbrella excuse of COVID!, at least 11 states used drop boxes without legislative authorization to do so.

By an odd coincidence, Wisconsin is one of a handful of swing states where “midnight magic” occurred on election night. These were the states where, at some point in the wee hours, massive vote dumps produced huge jumps in Biden’s, and only Biden’s, vote tallies.

Associated with this was testimony from former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who led an audit of the 2020 election in his state, that the election was so corrupt that the state legislature should “take a very hard look at the option of decertification of the 2020” presidential election. Purely symbolic at this stage re “President” Biden of course and it’s more important to focus on future elections.

Then there’s another big swing state, Pennsylvania, where the ballot mail-in laws have been found to be unconstitutional:

This will be bittersweet news for a lot of people. A five-judge panel has ruled that Pennsylvania’s universal mail-in voting law violates the state’s constitution, an argument conservatives have been making since it was enacted in 2019. That election law went on to play a pivotal role in delivering the state for Joe Biden in 2020, who trailed on Election Night, but pulled ahead as more and more mail-in votes were counted.

Now this is not the end of the matter. Democrat Governor Tom Wolf will appeal the decision and it will make its way to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, where the Democrats have a majority so it will likely be reinstated. I’d like to think that it will then be taken to the US Supreme Court, given how important it is, both as an election-corrupting law in general and as an example of how constitutions don’t matter a crap to the Democrat party unless their ox is being gored.

We live in an era where the judiciary is simply an activist wing for Democrats. While you are always holding your breath on how a Republican-nominated judge will rule, those put in place by Democrats typically vote in lockstep.

The idea that the “right to vote” only exists in the absence of any and all guardrails is moronic. But that’s the argument Democrats are making all over the country, including in Pennsylvania. By their logic, why not let people vote on their phones? Heck, let’s have a full year of early voting. If all procedures and protections qualify as voter suppression, as Democrats claim, then what’s the argument for not just blowing up everything?

As an addendum to this, recent video and audio recordings from the state’s Delaware County (3rd largest in Pennsylvania), have revealed ever more systemic problems with the voting than previously suspected:

To date, the videos have exposed a wide array of problems with election integrity, including on-tape admissions that the election laws were not complied with, that 80 percent of provisional ballots lacked a proper chain-of-custody, that there were missing removable drives for some of the voting machines, and that election workers “recreated” new drives to response to the Right to Know request.

With boxes of voting sheets lining the basement floor of a Delaware County building, the election worker tells Miller, “There were six precincts in one location and all of the machines were, all of the scanners were, programmed to accept any ballot of those six precincts.”

“It was a nightmare,” the Delaware County official explained, adding that “you couldn’t, there’s no way you could reconcile” the results.

To a certain extent what is described there is little different than what Gumbel describes in his hilarious (and hair-raising) chapters on electronic ballots, mail-in ballots and scanners, starting in the 1970’s. This is just bigger than the elections he looked at.

They’ll be more stories to come from many US States as they repair the system and with Chinese Lung Rot in abeyance the primary reason for mail-in ballots, ballot-harvesting and the like will also recede. One note not mentioned in these articles or cases is that while the number and proportion of mail-in ballots showed massive increases in 2020 the error rates collapsed:

  • Georgia: 6.5% rejections in 2016 to a mere 0.2%, more than 30 times lower.
  • Pennsylvania: 1% in 2016 to 0.03% this year.
  • Nevada: 1.6% in 2016 to around 0.75% this year.
  • Michigan: 0.5% in 2016 to 0.1% this year.
  • North Carolina: 2.7% in 2016 to 0.8% this year.

The folks at FiveThirtyEight provide several sober reasons for this incredible improvement in quality control, but given the screwups in so many other areas of the election that looks like special pleading that would not be used if Trump had won.

We’ll have to wait for the 2024 elections to see if these miracles re-occur.

Meantime I’m reminded of a line from Down For The Count where the advisor of one long-forgotten losing candidate’s said of his opponents: “They cheated fair and square”.

Written by Tom Hunter

March 25, 2022 at 3:46 pm

Weekend Hunter Headlines

Of course these won’t be headlines, even though they should be.

First up is news from the world of US Left-Wing corruption, starting with Burn Loot Murder seemingly having nobody in charge of the accounts that still have $60 million of donated moolah sitting in them. You know that it’s actually a sign of respect (a small sign) that the BLM leaders ripped off only $30 million from it. I guess there were more BLM real estate investors like Patrisse Cullors than anybody knew.

Anyway the good news is that a lawyer has stepped in to take care of things: Marc Elias. And who is he? Why he’s Hillary Clinton’s chief fixer, her Russia Collusion cut-out man, and as a result currently a person of interest for the Durham inquiry. Remember 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.

So the Democrat Party, which claims to be separate from BLM and Antifa, can strike deals with them to tamp down on the violence and rioting the two months before the election so that they don’t hurt the Democrats’ chances – all while claiming to not have anything to do with them – besides donating to them and bailing their criminal thugs out of jail. And now, over a year later, one of Clinton’s key guys swoops in to take care of BLM’s loose change

Elias, best known for his funding of British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s discredited anti-Trump dossier while he served as Clinton’s 2016 campaign general counsel, appears to be representing the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation through his recently formed Elias Law Group. BLM’s national organization repeatedly lists the Elias firm as one of its addresses and states in its short-year 2020 Form 990 that its books were now in the care of the Elias Law Group.

Additionally, Minyon Moore, a longtime top ally of both Bill and Hillary Clinton, is now listed as part of BLM’s board of directors in the charity’s filings.

The level of corruption in Washington D.C. is off the scale, in the sense that these people can pull these stunts right in front of you and get away with it. Of course part of the secret to getting away with it is to have cover from the MSM, like the NYT – and this news deserves to go not to them but their cross-town rivals, the NY Post, who cracked the original story of Hunter Biden’s laptop:

How did The Times “authenticate” the laptop? It doesn’t say. Unlike The Post’s reporting, which detailed exactly how we got the files and where they came from, The Times does a hand wave to anonymous sources. No facts have changed since fall 2020. They knew the laptop was real from the start. They just didn’t want to say so.

There’s never any shame with these 180s. Sorry that we wrote a “fact check” that turned out to be bull! Sorry we wrote a piece claiming something wasn’t a story and you were stupid for thinking so!

Twitter banned us for supposedly publishing “hacked materials” that weren’t hacked. The company’s CEO apologized, but by that point they had accomplished what they wanted. Like The Times, they cast enough doubt to avoid making their preferred candidate look bad.

Readers of The Times have discovered in March 2022 that Hunter Biden pursued business deals in Europe and Asia, and may have leveraged his father’s position as vice president to do it. Hunter also may not have properly registered with the government nor declared all his income. All legitimate topics of discussion about a presidential candidate’s family, no?

Readers of The Post have known this since October 2020. We also have a much better sports section. We’ve authenticated it.

Remember that the Post is dismissed as a mere “tabloid” – unlike that paragon of reporting, the NYT, who ignored this story in late 2020 because the only thing that mattered was beating Trump, and who now bury it 20 pages into their A-section. Remember also that they and the WaPo, among others, screamed about how some fifty retired “intelligence professionals” swore up hill and down dale that the laptop story was “Russian Disinformation”. What are the odds that any of these MSM “journalists” will follow-up on those assholes?

And gee, who could the President of the United States have been thinking of when he gaffed this out the other day unscripted…

Between naked shots, hookers, cocaine, booze and shady deals from China to the Ukraine the question is what Putin and the FSB (and the Chinese) don’t have on Joe Biden.

Written by Tom Hunter

March 19, 2022 at 9:07 am

Now this is a stupid GOP Senator

Yes, yes, I know. There’s so many to pick from.

Earlier in the week I took my co-blogger The Vet to task for running with the Democrat/MSM screaming about GOP Senator Marco Rubio Tweeting out a photo of his Zoom call with Ukrainian President Zelensky during the meeting – when the real story of that meeting was Zelensky ripping Biden a good one; the Democrats weren’t going to let that be the lead story, not that they need worry about their MSM covering Biden’s ass.

But lest it be thought that my objection to that “story” (already vanished in history, as intended) was pure GOP partisanship, I thought I’d highlight a GOP Senator who this week said something that was truly, dangerously fucking stupid in the context of this war, something far worse than Rubio’s photo. Allow me to introduce to you, Lindsey Graham (GOP, S.C.), and his Tweet:

Lindsey Graham

Are you fucking kidding me? I’m sure a lot of people in the Western world have idly wondered that. I certainly have, but me just humble blogger and the rest of us similarly obscure. This guy is a senior US Senator with a lot of sway. Having an American government official that prominent call for Putin’s assassination is outrageously stupid.

For a start does he think it’s only a one-way street? The FSB is much better at this sort of thing than the CIA, with an entire unit dedicated to poisons.

Rather than a drone missile from 5km in the sky or a lead injection from 1500m you’re likely to get some Polonium-210 in your cuppa!

The good news is that Putin is likely to simply raise an eyebrow, as much of the GOP does whenever “Ms Lindsey” gets publicity hungry and goes full Southern Belle drama queen.

Incidentally, while looking through that Wiki page on Litvinenko’s poisoning, I noted this from his last statement before he died on November 20, 2006:

…this may be the time to say one or two things to the person responsible for my present condition. You may succeed in silencing me but that silence comes at a price. You have shown yourself to be as barbaric and ruthless as your most hostile critics have claimed. You have shown yourself to have no respect for life, liberty or any civilised value. You have shown yourself to be unworthy of your office, to be unworthy of the trust of civilised men and women. You may succeed in silencing one man but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life. May God forgive you for what you have done, not only to me but to beloved Russia and its people.

Written by Tom Hunter

March 11, 2022 at 5:00 pm

The US Left loses Maher

Bill Maher will never vote Republican – but at the rate he’s going he may never vote Democrat again either. Judging by the polls he’s not the only one.

The Left in the US, and in many parts of the English-speaking world, have loved the US comedian and late night talk-show host for a couple of decades.

Unlike his staid and controlled competition on the broadcast networks, Maher’s cable show has allowed him to be “edgy” in topics and language. As a self- confessed, drug-using Libertine atheist with no kids who supports all the classic socially liberal causes like abortion, LGBT rights, etc, Maher has been very much the enemy of the Republicans and Social conservatives, especially Christians and has been celebrated for ripping them in his acerbic style. Now it’s the Democrat’s turn.

[I’ll] break out my coach hat and try to point the Democrats in the right direction. That’s all I can do. Point you in the right direction. I’m like Deep Throat. Cause the way this party is running for office is making me gag.

But it’s wider than the Democrats. When it comes to the US Left in general, Maher appears to have hit his limits and after some confusion his audience of clapping seals seems to be moving with him on a number of issues. Herewith some quick takes.

“I’m just asking how much wrong do you get to be while still holding the default setting for people who represent – ‘the science?’”

On the feckless twat of a Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau.

This one’s a doozy on the $800 billion Paycheck Protection Bill and where that money went – almost 3/4 of it went to the top 20% of income earners in the USA.

But all this has been building for a while. In January, Maher absolutely destroyed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor:

“I mean, that’s really ignorant for a Supreme Court justice. So don’t be the ‘We’re the people who believe in science,’ but you don’t have the facts!

I read this before, like 41 percent of Democrats last year thought that over 50 percent of people who got COVID were hospitalized. It was less than one percent!

This is I think where Democrats look bad. Like, ‘We’re the people of science’ and then a lot of what they do has nothing to do with science like suggesting you wear masks outside. There’s no science to that.

Or that the virus can get me when I’m walking in a restaurant but not when I’m sitting down. There’s so much mindless bureaucracy! [NBA star and anti-mandate] Kyrie Irving can play on the road but not home games!’ That— it’s just stupid!

To be fair, Sotomayor wasn’t chosen for the Supreme Court as anything other than a “Wise Latina”.

In September of 2021, in a truly beautiful beatdown, Maher ripped Socialist Barbie™ Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and the entire Democrat Party a new one, this time over wokeness:

“[AOC rejected Carville’s analysis, claiming ‘wokeness’ is a term] almost exclusively used by older people these days … so that should tell you all you need to know.”

“What?! This is a term folks like you brought out very recently, had been proudly displaying it every march since. Just last year, The Guardian declared ‘woke’ the ‘word of our era.’ I guess they didn’t get the memo from the Mean Girls Club.

“What a great strategy, never missing an opportunity to remind voters how lame and clueless and hopelessly cool they are, especially since those are the ones who actually vote.

But OK, fine. What word would you like us to use for the plainly insane excesses of the left that are not liberalism but something completely different?”

Finally, there was his classic takedown in October 2021 of Biden’s ill-fated “Build Bolshevism Better” monstrosity, in addition to the disastrous Biden Border Crisis™.

“Canada is much more to the right than we are on immigration. You have to have a skill — that’s mostly what it’s based on. Ours is mostly based on family [and race]. And it’s odd because we still can’t find enough workers in this country.”

“It’s interesting. Because I keep reading about the Build Back Better bill. They want — we can’t — we don’t have enough workers, even if we passed it tomorrow. And because of all these supply chain problems, we don’t have building supplies. So, how are we going to build back better if we have no workers and no supplies?”

Bill Maher will never vote Republican – but at the rate he’s going he may never vote Democrat again either. Judging by the polls he’s not the only one.

Written by Tom Hunter

February 14, 2022 at 9:15 am