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FEBRUARY 10,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

TRIUMPH OF THE GOOD – FROM DAILY MAIL:   The Dallas Mavericks have played the national anthem before a home game against the Atlanta Hawks, just hours after billionaire team owner Mark Cuban relented to the NBA's demand that the song be played at all games.  A recorded version of the Star-Spangled Banner was played before Wednesday night's game at American Airlines Center, while Mavericks and Hawks players and staff stood lined up on the court.  As the anthem concluded, the smattering of fans in attendance broke out in applause and cheers. The Mavericks are currently allowing 1,500 fans at home games, with tickets available to vaccinated healthcare and essential workers.   It came hours after the NBA issued a stark statement saying 'all teams will play the national anthem', forcing Cuban to reverse course after he announced the practice would be discontinued, saying the Star-Spangled Banner does not represent 'all communities'.  The big loser here is Mark Cuban, who has probably committed political suicide.  There'd been much talk of his entering politics.  The big winner is the United States of America. 

I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT – FROM THE HILL:    MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday apologized for wrongly correcting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) about the source of the quote “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”  “@SenTedCruzsays #ImpeachmentTrial is like Shakespeare full of sound and fury signifying nothing. No, that’s Faulkner,” Mitchell tweeted. The quote “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” appears in the fifth act of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” William Faulkner’s 1929 Southern Gothic novel derives its title from the quote.  “I clearly studied too much American literature and not enough Macbeth. My apologies to Sen. Cruz,” Mitchell said in a followup tweet, after numerous tweets correcting her.   Well, I guess anyone can make that mistake, but Ms. Mitchell's error reflects the general level of research done in today's news industry. 

February 10, 2021       Permalink

ANY CONDEMNATIONS FROM THE DEMS? – OVERNIGHT:   Some Portland rioters rudely engaged in some violence today, diverting attention the Democratic Party's attempt in Washington to convict former President Trump for...inciting violence.  From Fox: 

Rioters are attempting to break down the door of the Portland Police Association, law enforcement said on Wednesday evening.

"A protest has developed near North Lombard Street and North Campbell Avenue, where participants have tried to break down the door to the Portland Police Association," the Portland police tweeted. "We are monitoring the situation."

Police added that those trying to break in were subject to arrest.

"To those participating in the protest, this direction is being given over loudspeaker: stay on the sidewalk, do not try to break into the building or violate any other laws. If you do you're subject to arrest and/or use of force including less lethal weapons."

The incident came as Portland saw months of unrest. Journalist Andy Ngo, who frequently tracks these types of demonstrations, posted purported footage of recent demonstrations online.

Left-wing protests in Portland have caused roughly $2.3 million in damage to federal buildings since they broke out over the summer, according to local media.

COMMENT:  News of the Portland riots has apparently not reached Washington.  And it is just too 2020 for the major news organizations to notice.

What is that impeachment trial in the Senate about?  I forgot.

February 10, 2021       Permalink

 

FIGHTING BACK – AT 8:18 P.M. ET:  The Trump defense woke up on the second day of the Ringling Brothers Barnum... I mean the impeachment trial.  From Fox: 

The Trump War Room is firing back at the House Democrat impeachment managers who were making their case against former President Donald Trump during the opening arguments of his trial.

On Wednesday, the impeachment managers spent hours attempting to convince enough senators to convict the former president that he incited the insurrection on Capitol Hill last month. Much of their argument relied on Trump's rhetoric, including when he told his supporters on the National Mall on Jan. 6 to "fight like hell."

However, the Trump War Room turned the tables on the Democrats by reviving various examples of them using the same language.

The Trump campaign account pointed to a "FLASHBACK" of Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., the leading impeachment manager, who said during a 2019 interview with The Atlantic he'd "fight like hell" for the Constitution on the subject of the conservative-controlled Supreme Court and judiciary.

A tweet made by Raskin from September 2020 urges his Twitter followers to "fight like hell" amid the Supreme Court battle following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In 2017, Raskin similarly said, "We’ve to wake up every day and fight like hell for liberal democracy, not just in Maryland, not just in the United States, but all over the world..."

During the Russia investigation, Raskin also tweeted, "This is our Democracy--fight for it."

Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., who has beenn widely praised as the breakout star of the impeachment trial, was similarly called out by the Trump campaign for a tweet from April 2018 touting the endorsement of then-Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

"Humbled to have the support of such a fearless leader as we fight to take back Congress and make Colorado history!" Neguse exclaimed.

The War Room repeatedly took aim at Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., for his past ties to an alleged Chinese spy, but it also revived comments he made during a 2019 CNN interview.

"I'll fight like hell to make sure that we see this report whether it's organizing again, whether it's using my lungs, whether it's out-maneuvering with our minds, the American people are going to see this report," Swalwell told Don Lemon about the Mueller report.

The War Room retweeted criticism at Swalwell's appointment as an impeachment manager by pointing to his dismissal of the threats Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, received amid the bitter Supreme Court confirmation battle of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

COMMENT:  And that's only the start.  The violent threats of Auntie Maxine Waters would take many minutes to recite and study. 

And what about the Democrats' refusal to condemn the violence over the summer that destroyed thousands of businesses, many of them built by minority entrepreneurs and immigrants?  No problem there, apparently.

The president's rhetoric may have been unwise, or even over the top.  But he never advocated violence of any kind. 

February 10,  2021     Permalink

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 9,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

END OF HIS POLITICAL CAREER – FROM FOX:  The Dallas Mavericks have taken a stance against the playing of the national anthem.  Mavericks owner Mark Cuban confirmed to The Athletic that it was his decision to no longer play the national anthem prior to home games at American Airlines Center. The Mavericks haven’t played the national anthem prior to home games this season, and the team doesn’t plan on playing it for the foreseeable future.  The Mavericks, who have an 11-14 record, have played 12 games at their home arena this season. They haven’t played the national anthem in any of their 13 preseason games, as well as those 12 regular-season matchups, including Monday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, which was the first game with a small number of fans in the stands.  What an absurd thing to do. He needs to drop his presidential ambitions.

THE MARCH OF HIGHER EDUCATION – FROM COLLEGE FIX:   The University of Leicester recently dumped English literature foundational to the English language because it got woke.  Not to be outdone, the University of Oxford renamed a physics chair founded in 1900 after a company tied to Chinese spying, because it donated nearly $1 million to the U.K. university, The Daily Mail reports, citing “Oxford sources.”  The U.S. government claims that Tencent, the owner of popular messaging app WeChat, was founded with seed money and support from China’s Ministry of State Security, its version of the CIA. It’s also closely working with Chinese security companies on artificial intelligence, according to the Pentagon.  The company was also accused of spying on Chinese citizens and censoring discussions under the direction of Chinese Communist Party, in President Trump’s executive order last year.  Oxford’s longtime chancellor Chris Patten, the U.K.’s last governor of Hong Kong, was unaware of the donation and renamed chair until the Daily Mail told him, and he wasn’t happy:  "Given that China has become a surveillance state, is probably guilty of genocide against the Uighurs in Xinjiang, and is snuffing out freedom in Hong Kong, we should be looking at these relationships..."  The suicide of the West continues, but I doubt if the Oxford faculty will mind. 

February 9, 2021       Permalink


THIS IS WHAT WE LIKE TO SEE – OVERNIGHT:  While the circus continues in Washington – the lions and tigers are  on tomorrow morning – Republican attorneys general are suiting up to do battle with the dictatorial Biden administration.  From Daily Signal: 

As President Joe Biden issued more than 40 executive actions with less than a month in office and Democrats took control of Congress, Republican attorneys general in the states appear poised to be the strongest check on overreach by the federal government.

“Everything is fair game. We are going to defend the Constitution of the United States and look out for the best interest of our states,” Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association, told The Daily Signal.

“It’s not just lawsuits, but also working with members of Congress,” Carr said. “And we will try to work with the administration.”

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen led 13 other attorneys general Tuesday in calling on Biden to reconsider his first-day revocation of a permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Nebraska. Knudsen advised the president that states are reviewing legal options to “protect our residents and sovereign interests.”

“Your decision will result in devastating damage to many of our states and local communities. Even those states outside the path of the Keystone XL pipeline—indeed all Americans—will suffer serious, detrimental consequences,” Knudsen and the other attorneys general write to Biden, adding:

In Montana, for instance, killing Keystone XL will likely cost the state approximately $58 million in annual tax revenue. Montana will lose the benefits of future easements and leases, and several local counties will lose their single-biggest property taxpayer. The loss of Keystone XL’s economic activity and tax revenues are especially devastating as five of the six impacted counties are designated high-poverty areas.

Also signing the letter are the attorneys general of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and West Virginia.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last month scored an early win against the Biden administration by halting the 100-day “pause” in deportation of illegal immigrants. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sued last week to permanently upend Biden’s halt of deportations.

Biden also signed executive orders to change other aspects of immigration policy, including stopping construction of the border wall. An executive order itself isn’t grounds for litigation until the government implements the action.

Pressuring the federal government to enforce its own laws will be one goal for the Republican Attorneys General Association, said Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, vice chairman of the group.

“He’s not enforcing immigration laws,” Schmitt said of Biden in an interview with The Daily Signal. “Their idea is to make it easier to come here illegally. The policy of not enforcing the law, we have a hard time wrapping our minds around that.”

Attorneys general from West Virginia, Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, Montana, and Texas already have issued a formal warning to the president, making it clear they intend to defend the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution.

“The growing and dangerous hostility to the free exercise of religion in recent years … is appalling,” says the letter to Biden from six Republican attorneys general, led by West Virginia’s Patrick Morrisey. “As president and as a man of faith, we hope that you will ensure your administration accommodates and respects the free exercise of religion and complies with both the Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

COMMENT:  A good start.  The more we push back and publicize the push, the greater our chances of racing to victory in 2022.  This nation loves fighters.

February 9, 2021       Permalink

 

A SIGN OF ACQUITTAL – AT 7:15 P.M. ET:  On the first day of the ridiculous impeachment trial of former President Trump, the Senate voted  to declare the proceedings "constitutional."  Kind of like the votes taken in the parliaments of banana republics.  From Vox: 

Senate Republicans, in a Tuesday vote on the constitutionality of the impeachment trial, have signaled once again that they’re unlikely to convict former President Donald Trump.

Although the Senate overall voted 56-44 that the trial was constitutional, just six Republicans agreed, indicating that most of the GOP conference favored ending the proceedings. This vote followed hours of presentations by House impeachment managers and defense counsel explaining their cases for and against the Senate’s jurisdiction over Trump’s impeachment.

Ultimately, most Republicans signaled agreement with the defense’s team’s argument, leading to a vote breakdown that was similar to that of another vote that took place in late January, when senators also weighed the constitutionality of the trial. In that vote, five Republican lawmakers supported moving ahead with the trial, while 45 of their colleagues disagreed.

The Republicans who joined Democrats to vote in support of the trial both in January and on Tuesday are Sens. Mitt Romney (UT), Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Ben Sasse (NE), and Pat Toomey (PA). Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) voted against the trial in January, but joined these five in voting for its constitutionality Tuesday.

Bill Cassidy told @tedbarrettcnn it was a “very good opening” by the House managers and made “very good arguments” on Constitutional question

Republicans have largely said they intend to listen to the evidence for and against impeachment before making up their minds on whether to convict Trump. However, their votes on the constitutionality of the trial effectively serve as a proxy for how they are currently leaning — suggesting that the majority of the conference will probably vote to acquit.

According to a count by the New York Times, nine other Republican lawmakers — in addition to the five who voted for the trial’s constitutionality in late January — have yet to announce their position on conviction, meaning the other 36 have already pretty much settled on acquittal.

Given this dynamic, and Tuesday’s vote, the Senate is expected to fall far short of the 67-member threshold needed to convict Trump of impeachment, since 17 Republicans would have to join Democrats to do so.

COMMENT:  He should be acquitted fairly easily, but the Democrats apparently won't stop.  Should Trump be cleared, they apparently plan to introduce a resolution to censure him, and will try to make it stick in such a way that he cannot run for office again.  I have no idea how this can be done legally in the grown-up world.

February 9, 2021       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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