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JANUARY 2,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

HEY, YOU NEVER KNOW – FROM THE NEW YORK POST:   When the first sign of intelligent life first visits us from space, it won’t be a giant saucer hovering over New York. More likely, it will be an alien civilization’s trash.  Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard’s Department of Astronomy, believes he’s already found some of that garbage.  In his upcoming book, “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), out Jan. 26, the professor lays out a compelling case for why an object that recently wandered into our solar system was not just another rock but actually a piece of alien technology.  The object in question traveled toward our solar system from the direction of Vega, a nearby star 25 light-years away, and intercepted our solar system’s orbital plane on Sept. 6, 2017.  If they come, and are conservatives, we should let them in illegally, and allow them to vote.  We can play that game, too.

THE EMPIRE STATE FAILS AGAIN – FROM THE NEW YORK POST:  New York’s slow-footed COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been a mismanaged mess, critics said Friday, with recent data showing that even Florida has doled out shots at a faster clip than the Empire State.  The harsh words come a day after The Post reported that New York State has injected less than a third of the vaccines it has — casting doubt on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s dream of jabbing a million city residents in January.  “It’s chaos out there. The state has no idea what it’s doing,” said Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin, particularly taking aim at the leadership of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  “The Cuomo handling of the vaccine is blithering incompetence.”  Speak it, brother Speak it.  New York is a mess, which is why you can't even get a moving van in New York City.  So many people are leaving.

January 2, 2021       Permalink

 

STATE OF THE CHALLENGE – AT 11:40 P.M. ET:  The Republican steam engine has left the station, and is gaining speed in an attempt to challenge the results of the presidential election.  There's not much chance that the challenge will succeed, as we've pointed out, but any action that draws attention to the issue of voter fraud is potentially valuable.  From Fox: 

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said Republican congressmen held a rare Saturday night conference call to address their goal of overturning the Electoral College’s votes Jan. 6.

"Our fight for honest & accurate elections gains momentum," Brooks tweeted as the conference call continued.

"[Jim Jordan] & I co-lead conference call w 50+ Congressmen who join & fight for America's Republic," he said, adding that the call began at 6 p.m. and continued well through 7 p.m.

"President Trump & [White House Chief of Staff] Mark Meadows speaking. Morale is HIGH! FIGHT!"

Neither Brooks nor Jordan could be reached immediately by Fox News to confirm which representatives were on the call.

Trump applauded the Republican congressmen who have said they will reject the Electoral College votes. He has shown his frustration for congressmen who have accepted the Biden victory, calling them "weak and tired" in a Tuesday tweet. 

In order for an objection to be considered, it must be endorsed by at least one senator and representative, which ia looking more likely as a dozen senators came forward Saturday following Sen. Josh Hawley’s announcement that he would object Pennsylvania’s results. 

COMMENT:  One by-product of this challenge is to prompt the Republican Party to look at its immediate future.  Republicans are starting to ask whether this is a party of its members, or Donald Trump's party.  The question isn't easy, for Trump, even in defeat, commands significant loyalty from the Republican base. If he continues hinting that he may run for president in 2024, he can wreck the progress of other, younger candidates.  

The Republican National Committee is already working on the 2022 Congressional races.  Historically, the GOP should pick up seats and almost certainly retake the House.  Party unity will be crucial, and is not guaranteed.

January 2, 2021       Permalink

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 1,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK – FROM FOX:    New York City dropped the ball again on New Year's Eve, but perhaps not as much as its mayor, Bill de Blasio did.  Critics are laying into the Big Apple's leader for dancing on national television while the rest of the city was told to stay inside and socially distance during the coronavirus pandemic.  Against the backdrop of a mostly empty Times Square, de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, danced on stage together at the famous landmark. Typically, it is packed with people doing the same on New Year's Eve.  "The View" co-host Meghan McCain tweeted: "You've always been basically the worst politico in modern history - but shutting down the NYC but having your own private party in Times Square is really the most tone deaf thing I may have ever seen a Mayor do. Everyone hates you DeBlasio."  He is a socialist, a fan of Fidel Castro.  A man who is never right.  And New York elected him.  We get the government we deserve.

IS IT NEWS WHEN THEY RIOT IN PORTLAND? – FROM FOX:   Fireworks set off in downtown Portland, Ore., on Thursday night had little to do with New Year’s Eve celebrations – and more to do with continuing the unrest that has plagued the city for nearly a year, according to reports.  Once again, city police declared a riot as a gathering estimated to be about 100 people targeted a federal courthouse, FOX 12 of Oregon reported.  "Participants have thrown multiple firebombs at officers and launched commercial grade fireworks at the Federal Courthouse and Justice Center," the Portland Police Bureau wrote on Twitter just as the new year arrived early Friday.  A string of messages included a warning to those congregating in the streets.  "If you do not leave you are subject to arrest, citation, and/or the use of force," the police wrote, "including but not limited to impact weapons and tear gas."  Rioters also smashed windows and set fires in the area, Portland’s KOIN-TV reported.  Police began using pepper spray or mace against the crowd, as well as what appeared to be rubber bullets or pepper balls, KOIN reported.  Does anyone move to Portland these days?  Does anyone admit it? 

January 1, 2021       Permalink

 

OUR FUTURE – AT 10:37 P.M.. ET:  I know you'll want to take notes on this so you don't offend any members of the New Woke Nation.  We teach cultural courtesy here.  From Breitbart:   

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern (D-MA) unveiled the rules for the 117th Congress on Friday, which contain “future-focused” proposals, including the elimination of gendered terms, such as “father, mother, son, and daughter.”

“This package, which will be introduced and voted on once the new Congress convenes, includes sweeping ethics reforms, increases accountability for the American people, and makes this House of Representatives the most inclusive in history,” said the House Committee on Rules in a statement.

House Speaker Pelosi went on to say she is “pleased to join Chairman Jim McGovern in introducing this visionary rules package, which reflects the views and values of the full range of our historically diverse House Democratic Majority.”

“Thanks to the leadership of Chairman McGovern and our Members, Democrats have crafted a package of unprecedented, bold reforms, which will make the House more accountable, transparent, and effective in our work to meet the needs of the American people,” said Pelosi.

“These future-focused proposals reflect our priorities as a Caucus and as a Country,” the House Speaker added.

Within the proposals are the creation of the “Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth,” which would require Congress to “honor all gender identities by changing pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender neutral.”

In clause 8(c)(3) of rule XXIII, gendered terms, such as “father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, grandson, or granddaughter” will be removed.

In their place, terms such as “parent, child, sibling, parent’s sibling, first cousin, sibling’s child, spouse, parent-in-law, child-in-law, sibling-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, stepsibling, half-sibling, or grandchild” will be used, instead.

COMMENT:  There are other changes coming.  Friends will be known as "comrades."  Cabinet officers will be called "commissars."  Legislators will be the "politburo."  And the president will be renamed "the other Joe," for Joe Stalin, who will be called "real father."

January 1, 2021       Permalink

 

THE CONFRONTATION – AT 3:37 P.M. ET:  There will be no New Year's relief from the political combat in Washington.  But at least we can say that the Republican Party, which some used to call the party of green eyeshades, is developing a backbone.  Maybe we should call it a Trumpbone.  From Daily Mail: 

At least 140 Republicans in the House of Representatives are planning to vote against counting the electoral votes to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory, according to two congressman.

The certification will take place on January 6, and despite the numbers claimed to be planning to vote against, President Donald Trump's Republican allies have very little chance of overturning the 2020 election result.

Instead, they will likely just delay the inevitable affirmation of Biden as the winner of the Electoral College and the next President of the United States by a few hours.

Two Republicans in the House of Representative reportedly told CNN about the plot to vote against the certification of Biden.    

Meanwhile, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Senate Republicans that his vote to certify Joe Biden's election victory will be the 'most consequential' of his political career, a report claimed on Thursday.

The Majority Leader made the declaration in a conference call on Thursday morning, according to Axios, which spoke to one person who was on the call and two who were briefed on its contents. 

COMMENT:  Biden's election will be certified, and he will be sworn in.  But there is nothing wrong with a protest vote, an affirmation of the widespread belief, supported by a growing amount of evidence, that there were serious irregularities in the presidential election.  There may be some increased supporting evidence based on Tuesday's runoffs in Georgia.

Thus far the Trump campaign hasn't convinced the courts to intervene in any meaningful way to challenge the election results.  But ballot reform should be high on the GOP agenda, and should become a regular theme.  As a nation, we must confront electoral corruption, especially in our large cities.  The Democrats will do nothing, as they gain from the crimes.   But Republicans can champion the issue, and should continue to build a mountain of facts.  I personally can't say that the election was definitely stolen, but there is ample evidence to conclude that something wasn't on the level.

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