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Yes, Academics are this dumb!

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“Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.”

There are countless examples from history – as that Orwell quote shows – as well as our present day (see Souxie Wiles and Michael Baker).

Yet I still find myself being surprised by such stupidity, as with this story of then freshly minted President Biden meeting with a bunch of US historians in March 2021.

The enlisted attendees, all credentialed progressives, included Michael Beschloss and Doris Kerns Goodwin, each of whom has written on several presidencies; Joanne B. Freeman, a Yale professor and expert on Alexander Hamilton’s life; and Walter Issacson, many of whose books touch on presidential power.

I liked Goodwin in Ken Burn’s series Baseball, where she described the agony of being a Boston Red Sox fan, especially in 1986. But it would be fair to say she’s been tarnished in recent years by (accurate) accusations of plagiarism. Freeman is excellent on Hamilton, as Issacson is on more general US history, especially when it comes to the modern Hi-Tech period.

They had all gathered at the request of another historian, one Jon Meacham, whose ethical standards shine throughout:

Meacham was credited with writing Biden’s acceptance speech at the Democratic convention; he later characterized the speech as “poetic” on MSNBC without disclosing his authorship.

It looks like Biden, like so many other Democrat Presidents, was trying for a bit of JFK magic by mixing with intellectuals as he had, reaching for his strand of the mystic chords of memory.

They had assembled to advise the President on how his presidency might be shaped to be considered “historic.” Press reports hinted that the President’s staff saw an opportunity to nudge their boss into adopting an ambitious domestic agenda by crafting an image of Biden consulting history as a guide.

The historians were fully onboard with these plans:

He was, they argued, in a special position to undertake a programmatic agenda that would transform the nation’s civic and economic life. He could achieve that which President Obama had promised but failed to produce.

The advice is reported to have come in simple phrases—go really big, go really fast. The conjured image of what Biden could achieve was a fusion of the accomplishments of FDR and LBJ, only bigger, to meet the enlarged aspirations of a woke society.

Biden had just beaten a guy with some of the highest negatives in Presidential poling history, who had almost never been above 50% approval in his term, and Biden had been helped along further by one of the biggest voter turnout operations in Democrat history, the machine fueled by some $350 million supplied from the billionaire owner of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.

But even if the resulting 81 million votes did fool them into thinking Biden had a mandate rather than just the Trump-hate vote, the threadbare results of the Democrats in the House, where they lost seats and won none, and the Senate where they barely got the two they needed merely to get a tie, in post-2020 special elections in the state of Georgia (an unlikely-to-be-repeated fluke), surely should have been a clue that the Democrats did not.

When FDR launched the New Deal in 1933 he did so after a landslide win, plus coattails that delivered him huge majorities in the House and Senate. Same with LBJ and his Great Society programs in 1965. Obama had only slightly less power in 2009-2010.

For historians, so deeply informed not just of American history but American political history, to suddenly ignore their own knowledge because they had glittering Leftist prizes in their eyes, is almost criminally stupid.

Suffice to say that Biden, with fifty years of sometimes rough and raw political experience of winning and losing behind him, certainly should have known better as he surveyed the lay of the land. Bill Clinton post 1994 should have been the model, as it likely will soon have to be after this year’s Mid-Term elections.

But sometimes ordinary people and politicians are as stupid as intellectuals.

Roe v Wade is aborted

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As has been anticipated for weeks now – ever since the leak from the US Supreme Court of a draft decision written by Justice Alito that overturned the infamous SCOTUS Roe v. Wade decision on abortion – the official ruling has been released that confirms the draft. Full opinion here. An excellent concision of it here.

The 1973 case that set US abortion policy across the nation, has been overturned. So too has its lesser known but equally important – some would say more important – 1992 decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Casey had already booted the trimester nonsense of Roe but kept in place the even more ridiculous notion that abortion derived from a right to privacy supposedly embedded in the 14th amendment, itself a result of an earlier SCOTUS ruling in the mid-1960’s.

Despite lasting for fifty years and seemingly settled in the minds of most US Liberals, the ruling was always on shaky ground with its talk of rights based on “penumbras”, – implied rights that could be glimpsed in parts of the US Bill of Rights as derived from other explicit rights. Almost from the moment the decision was made it was attacked by constitutional scholars, such as this Yale Law school paper from 1973, The Wages of Crying Wolf, which laid out the arguments for and against abortion but focused on the weakness of the privacy claim. The author of that paper appears to support the right to an abortion, and there have been other pro-abortion legal scholars who have, nevertheless, explained why Rose was such a weak, unconstitutional and plain bad law. Such people included none other than Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

She thought Roe v. Wade went too far. “Measured motions seem to me right, in the main, for constitutional as well as common law adjudication,” she argued. “Doctrinal limbs too swiftly shaped, experience teaches, may prove unstable. The most prominent example in recent decades is Roe v. Wade.”

Ginsburg noted that Roe struck down far more than the specific Texas criminal abortion statute at issue in the case. “Suppose the court had stopped there, rightly declaring unconstitutional the most extreme brand of law in the nation, and had not gone on, as the court did in Roe, to fashion a regime blanketing the subject, a set of rules that displaced virtually every state law then in force,” she said. “A less encompassing Roe, one that merely struck down the extreme Texas law and went no further on that day, I believe and will summarize why, might have served to reduce rather than to fuel controversy.”

Ginsburg went on to contrast the court’s landmark decision in Roe with a slew of decisions from 1971 to 1982 in which the court struck down “a series of state and federal laws that differentiated explicitly on the basis of sex.” Rather than creating a new philosophy of law and imposing it on the nation immediately, “the court, in effect, opened a dialogue with the political branches of government…In essence, the court instructed Congress and state legislatures: rethink ancient positions on these questions,” Ginsburg noted. “The ball, one might say, was tossed by the justices back into the legislators’ court, where the political forces of the day could operate.”

It is this reasoning that has turned up in this decision, and exactly as Ginsburg stated, the ball has now been thrown back to the legislators, especially the State ones, and as my co-blogger GD explains, that does not mean it has been banned.

Some states will be hardline in both directions, others will find middle ground that their voters accept. I expect the Deep Blue parts of the nation like California, Illinois and New York, to promptly pass laws that widen abortion laws even further – perhaps as low as the standards of New Zealand, where anything goes – whereas others, especially Red States, will be more restrictive, although I don’t expect any of them to outright ban abortion. Even the Mississippi law that triggered this case allows abortions up to 15 weeks of pregnancy, which brings up this interesting factoid:

This is similar to other European countries, including Western Europeans like Sweden.

Of course now that the decision is back in the hands of politicians that’s going to mean a lot of problems for them – or at least for the principled ones.

However, as this article explains, other groups will no longer be able to hide behind “Law Of The Land” arguments and the fight either, like the US Roman Catholic Church:

For years, Supreme Court rulings like Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey allowed our leaders to hide. Republicans could campaign against it, rallying their base and decrying its injustice, then once in power make the excuse that, like it or not, Roe was “the law of the land.”

Democrats alike could claim they were personally against abortion, but believed it was up to the woman. Moreover, they didn’t need to vote much on the issue — it was already decided; it was “the law of the land.”

Even Catholic bishops could shirk confrontation, pointing to those politicians’ dodges and excuses, and hiding behind the same. No drastic action needed.

I’d like to think that the spineless fucks who lead the RC church nowadays might even consider excommunication for the likes of Nancy “Abortion is Sacred” Pelosi and Joe “Mass Every Sunday” Biden. Being a Catholic who quietly supports abortion is one thing: loudly proclaiming that you love and defend even its most extreme versions is something else. No principled person would remain in such a church, but of course Pelosi, Biden and other politicians have done so because they know there are (or were) millions of traditional working class Catholics who also religiously voted Democrat and loved being able to vote for Democrat Catholics – without thinking too much about how Catholic these frauds were.

Such nonsense was already changing before this ruling. Long gone are the days when liberals like Bill Clinton took the demure position that abortion was basically a necessary evil that should be “safe, legal, and rare”. Neither he nor any other recent Democrat president would dare take that position now. which is why Pelosi, Biden and other Democrat “Catholics” have basically stiffed the church while hiding behind its public garments.

The political and cultural brawl that is about to commence will be nasty – I often think that with Roe, SCOTUS was trying in good faith to avoid this, but it’s more like the similar screwup with the Dred Scott decision in 1857, thinking they had resolved the issue of slavery – but it will likely be less Federal than at the State level. That’s because the Democrats have held off putting Roe and Casey into Federal legislation over the last fifty years, even when they had big majorities, because it is still so controversial with their own voters – and again because they could hide behind the SCOTUS decisions.

No longer:

Lenin allegedly said, “There are decades when nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen.” He was supposedly discussing the Bolshevik Revolution, but the saying could be applied to America’s growing turmoil at home, too.

Ever upward is the only path liberal government permits, which is why the repeal of Roe would be devastating. “Our democracy,” as they call it, depends not only on never turning back the clock of social reform, but never even admitting such a thing is possible. Even if, as is likely, almost half the states would enact abortion regimes as permissive as, or even more permissive than, the current one, the game would be up. The nature of such modern rights would be exposed, unforgettably. It would be, as the liberals fear, a kind of revolution.

Which is why they have little choice but to object not merely to the leaked decision and the brave justices who support it, but to the whole system…. Prepare for decades to happen in the next year or so of our politics, as the battle between the progressives’ constitution and the founders’ Constitution intensifies.

That was written just after the leak happened, and we’ve already seen what was directed at the key Justices, with attempted protests outside their homes – illegal actually but not enforced by Biden’s politicised DOJ of course – plus attempted an assassination and implied threats of such.

The Democrats are not helping themselves with crap like that, or this:

Representative Bishop followed up [with abortion activist Aimee Arrambide ], “Do you believe then that men can become pregnant and have abortions?” She had those eyes — the ones that make you know you’re going to get an answer that you’re going to regret. “Yes,” she declared.

Party of science did you say? I also can’t wait for the whole My Body, My Choice argument to re-appear, shamelessly so in the wake of vaccine mandates pushed relentlessly by many Democrats.

The protests are already on the way with the Nights of Rage, and given the arsons and attacks that have already been made on dozens of Catholic churches and pro-life pregnancy clinics I’ve no doubt that there are going to be even more:

Brace for impact.

However, it should also be noted that the SCOTUS leak of this ruling, undoubtedly done to try and intimidate the Court and gin up Democrat voters for the up-coming Mid-Term elections, failed on both counts. Yes, there have been protests, but they have not been very large, have consisted of little more than the White Liberal Woman demographic, and have not shifted the issue up the scale in polls of voters over the last month.

I doubt the next wave will be any more successful, though I’m also sure the MSM will amplify it as much as possible to make it seem that way.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 25, 2022 at 5:36 pm

How much longer can Biden go on?

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Now that Democrat voices are starting to appear in MSM sources criticising Biden, expressing fears about him dragging down the Democrats in the upcoming Mid-term elections (duh), and about how Biden will be too old to run again in 2024 (duh), and that he’s exhibiting all sorts of … problems (duh)…. it may be a case of flogging a dead horse to bring up more recent examples of his hopelessness.

But since he should never have run for President in the first place – you can thank his ambitious wife and staffers for that – it’s entirely fair to keep displaying his senile dementia, especially since he insists on not staying in the basement as he did during the 2020 election campaign.

Here he is visiting a COVID-19 vaccine site in D.C. on Tuesday, where he forgets who runs his own CDC. You know, totally normal stuff considering we are talking about an agency Biden has supposedly been intimately involved with for the last year-and-a-half.

Nothing new here of course. This is the same guy who has repeatedly forgotten Barack Obama’s name despite serving in his administration for eight years as vice president, and who routinely mixes up the names of officials in his cabinet.

The mask charade (on, off, on, off) is also a hoot.

Then there’s this doozy, from the whole falling-off-a-standing-bicycle photo op. When a reporter asked if he was talking to Xi, he said, “I ain’t telling ya.” When he was asked if he had made up his mind on China tariffs, he said “We’re in the process of doing that.” The reporter, surprised, asked if that meant he was lifting tariffs? That’s when he made this telling comment:

That’s a very strange but revealing comment and his last comment doesn’t even follow – if he’s “prepared to sign it” and “ready to go,” hasn’t he already made up his mind? It sounds like he’s waiting for someone else’s go-ahead. Who would that be? Who’s running the USA and telling him what to do? Isn’t he supposed to be the leader of the free world? Why is he in office if someone else is pulling the switches?

Finally there’s this incident on the beach near his holiday home when some reporter again got close enough to question him about non-fluff issues – like the fact that most economists are predicting a coming recession – and got a Biden snap back about the guy being a Republican, before saying that he was “just joking”. Sure, sure: senile old men are not known for getting angry and losing it when challenged on anything at all. But it was when others chimed in with questions and Biden began producing word salad answers that the following happened:

Incredible. To see his daughter step up behind him, waving her hands, saying “no more, no more” while Biden is still talking. They’re treating him as if he’s totally out of it and unaware of his surroundings, Could you imagine Ivanka Trump doing that to Donald Trump? Or Barack Obama’s daughters telling him when he can speak while he addressed reporters? It’s not just awkward. It’s not normal. Presidents who still possess their right minds are not treated like this.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 24, 2022 at 10:33 am

Cassandra

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Actually all of the following things that Trump forecast for a Biden Presidency were entirely predictable, including a recession arising from all these forces, the reason being that Biden told people what he was going to do – shutting down the oil and gas industry, for example.

It’s just that Biden, his staff and his Democrat Party were stupid enough to think that these would lead to good results and refused to listen to anybody pointing out to them the perfectly logical consequences.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 15, 2022 at 12:40 pm

GOP Tsunamis and Democrat Islands

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It’s taken longer than I expected but the reality of President Biden’s uselessness is finally catching up with him.

The only surprise I have is that so many Democrats are surprised by this.

For almost a year now, every poll has seen increasingly worse numbers for Biden. The trigger was the Afghanistan debacle, no matter how the MSM and his many sycophants around the world tried to spin it.

Since then nothing has gone right for him. But saying that makes it sound simply like a hapless, hopeless President has been overwhelmed by events beyond his control, and while it’s true that this low-IQ, senile, husk of a human being is incapable of dealing with problems that land on his desk, many of those problems stem directly from the idiocies of “his” policies. Actually they’re the policies of the Nancy Pelosi Democrat Party and his Obama-retread staff, policies that he regularly fumbles while reading off a large-print teleprompter in the fake Oval Office set created for him. (BTW, for a laugh, check out Reuters early 2021″fact check” of why there is no fake Oval Office).

He’s underwater on almost all issues.

He’s underwater in almost all states:

There are only three states where Biden’s approval is above water:

* Hawaii: 50 percent approval, 40 percent disapproval
* Massachusetts: 45 percent approval, 42 percent disapproval
* Vermont: 46 percent approval, 38 percent disapproval

His “base” is abandoning him:

In new polling provided exclusively to Secrets, he is losing support among younger voters, suburbanites, women, minorities (especially Hispanics), and union members.

To be fair he never really had a “base” as someone like Trump or Bernie Sanders does, and that showed in two successive failures in Presidential runs in 1988 and 2008, with the same pattern in 2020 until James Clyburn rescued him in the South Carolina primary. His “base” was simply people who hated Trump: they had no loyalty to Biden,.

Inflation via gas and food prices is bad enough, but when you see particular food items like infant formula you understand how all the spin in the world cannot counter people’s direct experience. This is not “inflation” in the monetary sense but supply chain problems, ones that Biden and his staff missed for months. It didn’t help when his staff did a video-op of Biden with CEO’s of companies making infant formula where they bluntly said that they’d known about the approaching crisis for months – followed by this from Biden:

This sort of cluelessness is dragging down the entire Democrat Party heading into the Mid-Terms, where a large loss is already baked into the cake, and it could get worse. As a result Democrat insiders are getting frustrated with Biden:

“It’s really simple: ‘Be the f—ing president!,” said one Democratic strategist frustrated by the administration. “I realize it’s tough and you’re drinking out of a fire hose every single day, but there are things you can do to control the public perception and they haven’t done any of that.”…

Here’s a hint pal, it’s because they’re utterly incompetent in everything they do and also because spin can only go so far in twisting reality. The frustration has turned into finger-pointing inside the White House with the Pre-criminations beginning:

Faced with a worsening political predicament, President Joe Biden is pressing aides for a more compelling message and a sharper strategy while bristling at how they’ve tried to stifle the plain-speaking persona that has long been one of his most potent assets.

Biden is rattled by his sinking approval ratings and is looking to regain voters’ confidence that he can provide the sure-handed leadership he promised during the campaign, people close to the president say.

Amid a rolling series of calamities, Biden’s feeling lately is that he just can’t catch a break. “Biden is frustrated. If it’s not one thing, it’s another,” said a person close to the president.

It’s called being the President, idiot! That link is to one of his MSM tongue-bathers, NBC, which alone tells you how bad this is. Even so their ingrained Democrat/Left bias produces comedy gold

An assumption baked into Biden’s candidacy was that he would preside over a smoothly running administration by dint of his decades of experience in public office.

Yet there are signs of managerial breakdowns that have angered both him and his party.

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

A lot of us didn’t assume that! The people who did were the increasingly poorly-specified Smartest Guys in Any Room.

“He’s now lower than Trump, and he’s really twisted about it,” another person close to the White House said.

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

He’s said that “I don’t look at the polls — no joke”, which turns out to be more BS. I won’t say “lie” because you need an active brain to know you’re lying. He believes everything he says in the moment and is thus angry at staff who correct him.

Beyond policy, Biden is unhappy about a pattern that has developed inside the West Wing. He makes a clear and succinct statement — only to have aides rush to explain that he actually meant something else. The so-called clean-up campaign, he has told advisers, undermines him and smothers the authenticity that fueled his rise. Worse, it feeds a Republican talking point that he’s not fully in command.

Ah yes, the ever-present “Republican Talking Point”, otherwise known as the “Republicans Pounce” meme.

LOL. That bit almost makes it look like he’s just a feeble puppet and that policy decisions are being made behind the scenes by staff that no one voted for, and when this senile figurehead breaks with their bureaucratic consensus, they veto him.

Asked about the staff’s practice of clarifying Biden’s remarks, the official said: “We don’t say anything that the president doesn’t want us to say.”

“We never overrule the President”

At the White House Easter Egg Roll the Easter Bunny begged to differ!

Standard practice actually. After Biden announced that Putin must not be allowed to remain power, Jen Psaki and others rushed out to reassure the Washington Blob that Biden hadn’t meant that. But then Biden went out to the microphones again to say he wasn’t walking anything back, and had in fact meant the thing he’d first said. I’m surprised he didn’t push the Easter Bunny over so he could keep talking, but that would have upset the children.

What all this actually means is that the Cottonhead Puppet’s handlers are directing things from behind the scenes – except the puppet occasionally manages to put his pudding aside and stand in front of TV cameras to announce some dramatic shifts in US policy because he thinks that sounding like a tough guy will juice his polling.

It’s no surprise to find out that Biden staffers are leaving in droves, with special emphasis on the comms staff, another indication that these people think that this is all a messaging problem.

In the wake of that NBC piece a Biden staffer attacked NBC “News” as actually a right-wing operation doing a hit on Biden. Yes! Really! His proof was that their official denial, claiming that the staff never issues statements without Biden’s approval, only ran in paragraph 28 – while the stuff that was said off-the-record about Biden being Spongebrain Angry Pants was featured much more prominently.

That staffer will find it much harder to tag the NYT as such, with their “Democratic whispers” story

In interviews, dozens of frustrated Democratic officials, members of Congress and voters expressed doubts about the president’s ability to rescue his reeling party and take the fight to Republicans.

Doubts? No! Really?

Written by Tom Hunter

June 15, 2022 at 6:00 am

Aborted Assassinations

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The results of a US survey were released the other day in which a rather unusual question was asked:

“Do you approve or disapprove of assassinating a politician who is harming the country or our democracy?”

Well, the answer is obvious surely? No!

Holy shit! Nearly half of Democrat men under the age of 50 (44 %) approved, as did 34% of younger Republican men, 40% of Republican woman, and 32% of Democrat woman. Look at the generation gap also!

And so we come to this. A man, Nicholas Roske, was arrested the other day when he turned up at the home of Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, equipped with a pistol, ammo, various bits of tactical gear, and openly calling the cops to tell them he was going to kill the Justice because of the anticipated US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) abortion decision. They’d already spotted him getting out of a taxi beside Kavanaugh’s home and looking damned suspicious to the Marshalls guarding the home so his call was moot.

Since last year I’d planned to do a post on the decision from the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) on abortion, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, expecting its release in June/July 2022. The most important such case in decades, with a majority of Originalist or Textualist judges on the Supreme bench, there was a distinct possibility that the fifty year old standard, Roe v Wade, and even the more recent confirmation of that decision, the 1992 case of Planned Parenthood vs Casey, would be overturned and the issue returned to the legislators of the fifty US states to decide. But I’m not going to address the actual decision until it’s confirmed.

However, that process was disrupted a month ago when persons unknown within SCOTUS leaked to the MSM a draft of the conservative opinion and argument. As expected it over-turns Roe and other similar cases and since it was written by Justice Alito it seems certain that it represents the majority. Nothing has since appeared to contradict that, although it’s still possible that it may be merely the dissent.

The leak itself was an unprecedented move that shocked the legal community because it struck directly at the heart of the Court’s ability to debate and decide constitutional issues free from immediate political pressures. It also struck at the heart of the trust required between the Justices themselves for those debates and arguments to occur in a dispassionate and calm way.

This was quite deliberate. Obviously a Court member, likely a clerk for one of the three Liberal Justices, possibly one of those three Justices themselves, had seen the decision and decided that public pressure might change it by convincing one of the conservative Justices to cave. Damage to the court be damned.

But of course they had outside help, in the form of the good old MSM, as Stromata points out in The Unsung Villians of the Supreme Court Leak:

Chief Justice Roberts has ordered the Court’s marshal to investigate the leak. Whether the culprit will be found seems dubious, but there are three guilty parties who can be identified and who, although they almost certainly cannot be prosecuted, can be shunned by all polite company. They are Politico and the two writers whose names appear on the story proclaiming the leak: Josh Gerstein and Alexander Ward.

Neither the web publisher nor its employees innocently picked up the draft opinion from off the street. They knew that it was stolen. They knew that no Supreme Court opinion has ever, in the history of the United States of America, been released without the Court’s authorization, no matter how important or controversial its subject. They knew that, in the normal course of its activity, the Court would have published its decision within the next two months. They knew that the Justices often continue considering and refining opinions until shortly before they are announced. They knew that the Court’s effectiveness has for over two centuries depended crucially on trust among the Justices and their staff.

They knew and didn’t care. For the frisson of a “big story”, and almost certainly with the hope of assisting the Democratic Party, they peddled their ill-gotten goods and inflicted serious harm on our nation’s highest judicial body. Honorable men would have written a story beginning, “Today, a person connected to the Supreme Court attempted to give Politico confidential Court documents concerning an upcoming decision. Politico has returned the documents unread to the Court chambers and advised the Justices of the identity of the miscreant.”

One of the benefits of an unfettered press is that scoundrels eventually identify themselves. Remember their names and cover them with maledictions: Politico, Gerstein, Ward.

The pro-abortion movement certainly treated the leak as both real and decisive and immediately cranked up the protests, aided by a Democrat Party that’s desperate to avoid an electoral disaster in this year’s Mid-Term elections in November. One group, Ruth Sent Us, went further, doxxing the locations of the conservative Justices and organising protests outside them. They tried to weasel out of being responsible by saying they hadn’t actually put up the addresses, but in their videos they made no effort to hide the house numbers. It was from this list that Roske got his targeting information.

Amidst all of this you had senior Democrats like VP Kamala Harris saying they would have “fight” with “everything we have”. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wasn’t much better as she specifically called on the public to act to “improve” the decision, about as clear an example of intimidation as you can get. Senate leader Chuck Schumer said that Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Coney Barrett had lied in their Senate hearings in answering questions on abortion, this on top of his comments two years ago to Gorsuch & Kavanaugh that:

“You will pay the price.. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions”

Sure, you can argue that this is all just typical political hot air – which I could agree with if I hadn’t seen similar, ordinary political speech from the likes of Trump and Sarah Palin (in the Giffords shooting of 2011) held to be “incitement” to violent followers, with the MSM once more helping out by amplifying those claims while memory-holing the likes of Bernie Bro assassin, James T Hodgkinson and his shooting of GOP members of Congress

Moreover, Virginia State law prohibits such protesting against judges precisely because it is understood to be an attempt to intimidate them in making their decisions. Notably nobody has been prosecuted by either the Virginia law authorities or the Federal DOJ.

The cherry on top on is that President Biden, via his press secretary at the time, Jen Pasaki, refused to condemn the protests despite repeated invitations from some reporters to do so; encouragement with a wink from the President.

Finally, there are specific examples arising from the prosecution of violent criminal actions involving allies of the Democrats. The mug shots below are of two people – Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman – who were arrested in New York City in 2020 for assembling Molotov cocktails, handing them out to the “mostly peaceful” crowds protesting George Floyd’s death, and even firebombing an empty police car.

Ginning herself up to distribute explosives to the crowd, Rahman gave a video interview in which she declared, “This shit won’t ever stop until we fuckin’ take it all down,” adding that “the only way [the police] hear us is through violence.”

Domestic terrorism doesn’t get much clearer, no? Many years of jail time resulting?

Not so fast, lynchers:

They reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors in October 2020 that wiped out six of the seven charges against them. Those prosecutors, nonetheless, sought a maximum 10-year sentence and argued that the incident qualified for a so-called terrorism enhancement that would turbocharge sentencing–a determination with which the U.S. Probation Office concurred.

Well, that’s the marginally acceptable; charges are often dropped to focus on the important one. But then Merrick Garland – himself proposed for SCOTUS during Obama’s last year after Justice Scalia died – and the U.S. attorney for New York’s Eastern District, Breon Peace, who’s handling the prosecution, took office and in May, the same career DOJ prosecutors who had argued for that 10-year sentence were back in court withdrawing their plea deal, tossing out the terrorism enhancement entirely and entering a new one that allowed the defendants to cop to the lesser charge of conspiracy:

The new charge carries a five-year maximum sentence, but the prosecutors are urging the judge to go below that, asking for just 18 to 24 months on account of the “history and personal characteristics of the defendants” and the “aberrational nature of the defendants’ conduct.”

Because, you know, Mattis graduated from Princeton and New York University Law School and was an attorney at the white-shoe law firm Pryor Cashman, and Rahman was a public-interest lawyer whose “best friend,” Obama administration intelligence official Salmah Rizvi, guaranteed the $250,000 required to release her on bail.

Law360, which reported on the events, calls the new deal an “unusual step.”

That’s some understatement. Then combine this outcome with the hundreds of Antifa and BLM rioters from 2020 who had all charges dropped (only a handful convicted), Clinton and Democrat Party lawyer Michael Sussman being found not guilty by a jury selected from a 92% Biden voting D.C. pool, the wrist slap given FBI lawyer Clinesmith for falsifying CIA emails and lying to the FISA court, and the general escape from justice of the Obama-Clinton team players on the Russia-Collusion attempted coup.

In the face of all this why should anybody be surprised at either that poll result or Kavanaugh’s would-be assassin. It shows that you’re basically looking at a Democrat Party that not only encourages such violence against Republicans – politicians, activists and voters alike – but strongly signals that you’ll get away with it.

Time to re-visit the possibilities of A second American Civil War and A Civil Break, not a Civil War.

No Hillbillies wanted

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J. D. Vance first became a public figure back in 2016 with the publication of his book, Hillbilly Elegy, which became a best-seller and was even turned into a movie, which I covered in the post, The Power and the Glory.

Vance himself got almost as much praise as his book, which told the tough story of his upbringing in Ohio and his family connections in Kentucky. A working class background sent him into the US Marines, thus into the Iraq War and back to the US where he graduated from Yale Law school. This caused a lot of Democrats to go all gooey on him and he even got a contributor slot on CNN, although The New Republic criticised him as “liberal media’s favorite white trash–splainer”. Criticising Trump didn’t hurt either.

It was therefore entirely predictable that as he began to move towards the GOP, the Leftie love would die, and the closer he’s gotten to an actual political career – culminating (so far) with his winning the GOP primary to run for the US Senate seat in Ohio held by a retiring Republican, Portman – the more that former love has turned to hate:

In case you still harbored the faintest hope that the party has some moral red line, its unquestioning affirmation of Vance ought to dispel it.… Politicians who wish to defend democracy ought to draw a line at supporting allies who pose a threat to democracy. J.D. Vance is an authoritarian. Granted, this charge is difficult to prove without first handing him power, but the authoritarian nature of his beliefs is established as clearly as it can be without a pile of corpses.

That’s the faithful and prominent Democrat journalist mouthpiece Jonathan Chait, and his main objection seems to be to Vance’s increasingly unwoke opinions, something you’d think Chait might have re-thought given the hits he’s taken from the same sources for identifying many of the same things as Vance. Of course it could also be that Vance being endorsed by none other than the Great Orange One sent Chait into his shallow and hysterical rant.

Other Democrats are piling into Vance as well, but that may be simple partisanship, since they had been eyeing Portman’s seat and thinking they had a shot with their guy Tim Ryan, even in what looks to be a tough year for them. I think they can kiss that goodbye now against a hometown boy with name recognition, solid money backing, a life-story and opinions that fit perfectly with the times, in a state that Trump won by 8 points in 2020.

But it’s not just the Democrats bringing the hate, and after winning the primary Vance went on Tucker Carlson’s show and unloaded on those other people:

“I mean, look, if you think of some my biggest enemies in this primary, you know, the slime ball Karl Rove who shipped a lot of American jobs overseas, got rich in the process, and also sent a lot of Americans to die in stupid conflicts,…. Karl Rove spent a lot of money. He wrote a lot of op-eds criticizing my candidacy. He was even calling my donors after Trump endorsed me, encouraging them to drop my campaign.

So you know, in a lot of ways, what this revealed is that you do have some very corrupt political consultants in the Republican Party who despise their own voters. It was crazy, Tucker. I mean, a couple of days before the primary after I … I think we’d already kind of locked it up. We were way ahead in the polls. A Republican donor group put $2 million on TV to attack me, which really didn’t hurt my candidacy against the other Republicans. It actually just hurt me against the Democrats. So actually the candidacy — my candidacy revealed an incredible amount of corruption in our own party, and I think that’s one of the things that I do have to fight against.

Hoo boy. I’d bet that most Democrats have described Karl Rove as a slime ball and worse (It was GW Bush himself who labelled him “turd blossom“), but to have a Republican go after him so viciously tells you something about the struggle going on inside the GOP even as they look towards a thumping victory in this year’s Mid-Term elections.

One of the things I appreciated about the Trump Presidency was how many of these bastards were forced to pull their masks off, and there are turning out to be quite a few Karl Roves in the GOP, as I pointed out in this post, and which is noted far more forcefully here by the inimitable Ace from Ace of Spades:

  • The Lincoln Project, supposedly a bunch of “True Conservatives” who were only against Trump in 2020, are supporting Democrat Tim Ryan against Vance.
  • Texas Governor Abbott’s chief of staff just signed on to be a lobbyist for the leftwing Soros-controlled Tides Center.
  • Steve Schmidt, McCain’s 2008 campaign manager and the guy who supposedly selected Palin and ran Alito’s confirmation process for the Supreme Court, has now come out supporting abortion.
  • [National Review’s] David French used to pose as rootin’-tootin’ sixgun-shootin’ Severe Conservative himself for years and years before Trump’s embrace of actual rightwing culture war issues caused him to show his real belief system. [He] is no longer pretending he’s against the GOP’s push to get CRT out of the schools because he worries that it might cause suburban PTA Moms to desert us. No, he knows that suburban PTA moms hate this CRT poison and want to get it out of the schools themselves. He supports CRT because, get this, he just supports CRT. And he says you’re not a Christian if you oppose it.
  • Even on a small scale, in one heavily Hispanic Texas District where a GOP guy who’s door-knocked all the Hispanic areas and leads in the Hispanic vote by 5 points over the Democrat, is being opposed by the GOP Establishment (GOPe) guy who loses that vote by 11 points. Gosh, it’s as if the GOPe wants to lose.
  • Even though the GOP is killing the Democrats on the issue of illegal immigration, Senator Thom Tillis and his gang of liberal “Republicans” is back negotiating with Democrats to amnesty illegal aliens and give the Democrats one less thing to worry about in November.

Remember, guys: the permanent DC “Republican” Swamp Dwellers of the Lincoln Project are and always were “True Conservatives” Fighting For You.

He also points out that this is not new:

When Mark Levin entered the Reagan administration, the chief obstacle to implementing the agenda Reagan had run on, and which the public had, with full informed consent, voted for, was not the scattered and battered Democrat Party, but the resistance from the liberal Establishment GOP, the northeastern George Bush Republicans who came into the Administration with Reagan’s conservatives. They were the Disloyal Internal Opposition who thwarted Reagan at every turn, coordinating with Democrats, leaking to the media to block conservative policies, etc. They were Democrats in all but branding.

Sounds familiar.

In another post he quotes a Twitter thread from John Hayward (aka Doctor Zero, whose waspish commentary I’ve long enjoyed) talking about prissy side of the US Right Wing:

For these timid elements of conservatism, the worst offense of the Right is questioning the motives of the Left. Nothing makes them spring into action against other conservatives faster than insinuations of bad faith or sinister motives against the Left. The Left must always be regarded as the loyal opposition, good people who want the best for everyone, but are simply mistaken about how to achieve these noble ends. Accusations of malevolence or hidden agendas against the Left are denounced as ugly conspiracy mongering.

This attitude holds among timid conservatives even as the Left wages all-out war and loudly asserts there are no honest, sincere, good-faith arguments against its agenda. Is there a political argument on the Left that doesn’t begin with denying the good intentions of opponents?

Run through the list of top issues: if you want border security, you must be a xenophobe. If you oppose abortion, you must be a blind religious fanatic or misogynist. If you want smaller government, you’re cruel and greedy. Question global warming? You’re a tool of Big Oil.

But Ace disagrees with Hayward’s take on such Conservatives, arguing that they’re not “prissy” about fighting wars, but are bad faith actors who are actually on the other side, and he then describes how this “fight” goes using the example of illegal immigration, starting with this point about Vance from, of all places, National Review.

The Open Borders contingent did not want to admit they’re open borders – they’re dishonest, craven, shifty motherfuckers who do not confront arguments honestly and fairly by head-on engagement, but by subversion and innuendo and sidewinder collateral attacks – but they did want to kneecap the border hawk position.

So they just began making a series of basically-insincere attacks on Trump. Oh, there was some sincerity in the attacks on Trump – they genuinely disliked him. But the attacks were made in place of the real attack, which was: “He’s ruined the Comprehensive Immigration Reform sell-out we were just about to broker!”

So they began offering up collateral attacks. “Say, you Rubes like Morality, don’t you? Well this Trump feller’s been divorced twice, doesn’t that just steam your beans?! This Trump feller’s had four business bankruptcies! What a lout! And look at all this rubbish he says on Twitter! What an absolute heel! So unchristian!”

You’ll notice they never talk about immigration, whether to support Trump or to oppose him. That’s because they’re sneaky, cowardly rats who do in fact oppose him, and support Open Borders – Oh, I’m sorry, I mean, Comprehensive Immigration Reform that Welcomes Undocumented Americans with Love and Kindness – but they know they can’t win on that so it’s just this constant series of dishonest attacks on side-issues about “character.”

They’ll talk about “Free Trade” as a stand-in for what they won’t talk about, which is Open Borders. But when they say “Free Trade” – understand, they also mean Open Borders.

And they will not stop subverting us and throwing elections until we submit and give up and agree to their Comprehensive Open Borders schemes. This isn’t even just an economic corporate play at this point – though it is that too – it’s a holy, racial-redemption religious point for them at this point too. This is how they prove they’re #NotRacist to their liberal friends, wives, and lovers.

And now they’re proving it by trying to take Vance down. If that means losing a Senate seat to the Democrats that’s an acceptable short-term loss for a long-term policy gain.

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.

“For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power”

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“Trump has been bad for the Western Alliance nations. He has fundamentally weakened the Alliances. Biden will get them working again.”

That comment continues to be Gold as the low-IQ dementia patient currently acting as the US President horrifies his allies in Europe and around the world by saying brain-dead things in public that have to be walked back.

A couple of months ago it was the “minor incursion” comment that drew a tough, if diplomatic response from President Zelensky, as well as both the French and German leaders diplomatically telling Biden that they were quite happy to talk to Putin themselves without Biden.

They knew of which they spoke. When you’re trying to talk somebody like Putin out of starting another war or trying to negotiate with him to end one, the last thing you need is an idiot who will blurt un-diplomatic soundbites, especially those containing implied threats about the other’s imminent demise.

To be fair we’d already had one idiot senior US politician, Senator Lindsay Graham (Now this is a stupid GOP Senator), foolishly opine about the need for a Brutus or Stauffenberg in Putin’s circle. As I said at the time, you or I might think that but its outrageously stupid to have it said by such a prominent American government official.

But what happened yesterday in Poland with Biden’s speech is far worse than that, simply because he’s the US President and it was part of a formal, serious speech. I think the intention of his staff was to try and make him a Wartime President, boosting his dreadful polling and giving some hope to his Democrat Party as they face a catastrophe in this year’s Mid-Term elections. To do this they sent Biden to Poland and gave him a speech that would mirror JFK’s Ich bin ein Berliner” and Reagan’s “tear down this wall” efforts.

BTW, that last link also shows how a 76 year old Reagan, already being accused of suffering from dementia, actually led the fight to have those words included against the wishes of the State Department and sundry other experts because it would be “inflammatory”. Now ask yourself whether 79 year old Biden would be capable of the same?.

Allowing Biden to speak in public is never a good idea. He’s easily confused and screws up reading the teleprompter, mashing up words and sentences – and often ad libs whatever emotion he’s feeling in the moment. (when the WH or MSM says “ad libs” it means they have no idea what’s going to come out of his mouth at any minute). In this case the speech probably looked okay (the original still isn’t available), even if it did come across as the declaration of a new multi-generation Cold War against Russia (those polls remember). But at the end, Biden just couldn’t control himself and allowed his brain to directly hook into his mouth by referring to Putin and then blurting out “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”

So much for for Sun Tzu’s famous advice:’

“Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.”

Even during the Cold War no US President ever made such a demand of its enemies, even the minor ones. It’s the last thing you do when you’re trying to negotiate an end to war or cool things down. Also, Biden confirmed much of Putin’s most beloved propaganda about what the US wants to do to Russia, propaganda he’ll recycle to Russians. The White House, who actually have people with higher IQ’s and no dementia problems, immediately tried to walk it back:

“The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region,” a statement attributed to a senior White House official read. “He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.”

Yeah… Nah. The fallout among the Western allies was immediate and brutal:

Emmanuel Macron led a chorus of disapproval following the US president’s comments, in which he called Vladimir Putin a “butcher” and insisted the Russian premier “cannot remain in power”.
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Rebuking his US counterpart, Mr Macron, the French president, said on Sunday: “I think we must do everything to avoid the situation getting out of hand. I wouldn’t use these kinds of words because I’m still in talks with President Putin.”
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Downing Street said it was for the Russian people to choose their leader, while Mr Biden’s own secretary of state contradicted the president in an attempt to limit the diplomatic fallout.
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A senior US diplomat said Mr Biden had “made a dangerous situation more dangerous” and threatened to “extend the scope and duration” of the conflict.
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A Downing Street spokesman said that regime change was not a policy being pursued by Boris Johnson and echoed comments made by Nadhim Zahawi earlier.
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In the US, there was a recognition that Mr Biden had made a serious error of judgment.

I disagree. It wasn’t judgement at all. It was just Biden being angry at Putin (a man he’s called a “butcher”, “pure thug” as well as someone with no soul), the usual angry outburst you get from senile old men. Ad libbed or not he meant to say it: it may have escaped but it came from what’s left of his brain.

Apart from his WH team there were also efforts by his MSM friends to clean up the mess, although even the Washington Post had to make some damaging admissions:

White House officials were adamant the remark was not a sign of a policy change, but they did concede it was just the latest example of Biden’s penchant for stumbling off message. And like many of his unintended comments, they came at the end of his speech as he ad-libbed and veered from the carefully crafted text on the teleprompter.

As Liberal law professor Ann Althouse said in response:

Do you believe that? I don’t. There is mind-blowing incompetence whether it’s true or false. How can you have a United States President, giving the most high-profile speech on the most dire matter, and accept that he stumbles off message. It’s his penchant. They had a “carefully crafted text,” but he veered.

She also pointed out that Trump would never have done this – but he is not mentioned in that WaPo article. 🙂

Back in Washington a chastened Biden said “No” when asked if he was demanding regime change in Russia. But it’s a bell that can’t be unrung; Biden blurted out what he was really thinking and we can only hope that it wasn’t also based on what he may have been hearing from his staff.

Although it will overshadow them, this was the third Biden gaffe on this trip that has had to be cleaned up by WH staff:

On Friday, the White House reassured people that Biden would not send American troops into Ukraine, even after the president spoke with the troops about what they would see when they got to the country.

On Thursday, the White House had to clarify that Biden did not mean the United States would use chemical weapons when he said that if Putin used them the United States and NATO would respond “in kind.”

When all the Biden supporters around the world said that his election would mean a return to normality, to “norms”, I don’t think the current US situation in domestic or foreign policy was what they were thinking. But it should have been because with this guy, all of it was entirely possible.

But no mean, embarrassing Tweets, amiright?

I did love this comment from Althouse’s blog:

Is General Milley going to call up the Russians and to assure them that the United States was “100 percent steady” and not on the brink of collapse or war?

I mean, Surely, Milley “was certain that Biden had gone into a serious mental decline”

Or, do i have my Presidents mixed up? OR, did Milley have His Presidents mixed up?

Let’s also recall the recent WSJ editorial:

It’s not too harsh a judgment to say that this is a man who has risen to the top of American public life without a trace of accomplishment. When you’ve been in national politics for almost 50 years, you ought to have achieved something, if only by accident. But this journeyman politician, when he wasn’t getting almost all the big issues wrong, was largely a bystander. He is now a husk of a leader, a dangerously debilitated figure, who oscillates between displays of vacuous incoherence and weird, angry outbursts, like a confused old man at the wrong bus stop.

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March 28, 2022 at 6:37 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