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JANUARY 7,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

NIKKI TAKES HER STAND – FROM THE NEW YORK POST:   Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley called President Trump “very disappointing” since his November election loss — and said he’ll be “judged harshly by history.”  But Haley, speaking at a Republican National Committee dinner in Florida Thursday, softened her remarks by adding that the outgoing commander-in-chief also made some “truly extraordinary gains” while in the White House.  “President Trump has not always chosen the right words,” Haley said, according to Fox News.  “He was wrong with his words in Charlottesville, and I told him so at the time,” she said. “He was badly wrong with his words yesterday,” when Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol.  “And it wasn’t just his words,” Haley said. “His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history.”  Haley, a former South Carolina governor, was appointed UN ambassador in 2017, and remained in the post until two years ago.  This is important.  Nikki Haley is one of the most popular figures in the Republican Party and a prominent candidate for the national ticket in 2024.  The stand she's taking has clearly been thought out and is well stated.  There will be a distancing from Trump.  Question:  Will high-ranking members of the GOP ask Trump not to run in 2024, and ask him to withdraw early so other candidates are not held back.  What answer will he give?

WISDOM – FROM NRO:  Whenever Democrats manage to pick the “electoral locks” and “find themselves in control of the White House,” snarks Kyle Smith at National Review, they claim “the People have spoken” and want “Profound and Lasting Change!” Yet voters in November, as in past elections, simply chose the guy who wasn’t the incumbent. All Joe Biden needed to win was to say, “I’m not Trump.” Democrats “will be shoving themselves into a buzzsaw” if they interpret November’s results — which had Biden winning only by small margins in a few key states and left Congress closely split — as “a decisive mandate for sweeping change.” Or even as “a whispered suggestion of substantial change.” Americans “don’t want anything more complicated than to turn the page on the Trump era.”

EMBARRASSING – AT 11:45 P.M. ET:  Michelle Obama, who once said that the only time she was proud of her country was when her husband ran for president, is now gifting us with more of her accumulated wisdom.  From USA TODAY:

Pressure is mounting on the nation's leading social media companies to permanently ban Donald Trump from their platforms as former first lady Michelle Obama on Thursday joined the growing number of powerful voices calling for the president's ouster to prevent him from using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to incite another wave of violence.

Trump has been blocked from posting to Facebook and Instagram "indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday.

But Obama along with civil rights groups say he needs to be banned for good and condemned Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube for failing to stop the flood of extremist and dangerous content from Trump and his supporters that they say fueled Wednesday's violence.

“Now is the time for Silicon Valley companies to stop enabling this monstrous behavior –and go even further than they have already by permanently banning this man from their platforms and putting in place policies to prevent their technology from being used by the nation’s leaders to fuel insurrection,” Obama said in a statement posted to Twitter Thursday.

COMMENT:  That is the way of the authoritarian, and it's the direction the American left wants us to go.  Censorship and suppression. 

Michelle Obama and her husband, in the middle of a pandemic that has brought severe suffering to millions of Americans, moved into a $15-million mansion in Massachusetts, to supplement their $8-million mansion in Washington.  They have monetized the American presidency as no president and first lady ever have.  You'd think they'd be concerned about appearances, but apparently not.  The former first lady might consider her words and deeds more carefully in the future, and perhaps also contemplate the virtue of silence.

January 7, 2021       Permalink

 

JUST TO BE SURE YOU KNEW – AT 9:30 P.M. ET:  The laughingly called "news" networks have been spending all their time yapping about yesterday's break-in at the Capitol.  But, believe it or not, other things are happening.  Joe Biden has named his attorney general and other Justice Department officers.  From Fox:

President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday formally announced he will nominate Judge Merrick Garland as his attorney general, as well as other key nominations to the Justice Department.

Sources told Fox News on Wednesday that Biden intended to nominate Garland, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to lead the Justice Department.

"Our first-rate nominees to lead the Justice Department are eminently qualified, embody character and judgment that is beyond reproach, and have devoted their careers to serving the American people with honor and integrity," Biden said in a statement Thursday morning. "They will restore the independence of the Department so it serves the interests of the people not a presidency, rebuild public trust in the rule of law, and work tirelessly to ensure a more fair and equitable justice system."
Biden added: "They are among the most accomplished legal minds in our country who also reflect the best of America's full range of talents and background. I am honored they accepted this call to serve at such a critical time in our nation's history."

Garland rose to greater national prominence when then-President Barack Obama nominated him for the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016. He never received a hearing, as Republicans chose to wait until after that year’s election, allowing President Trump to appoint Justice Neil Gorsuch instead.

COMMENT:  If we have to have a liberal at Justice, at least Garland is a sane one.  He has a solid reputation, and is not a crackpot.   There is nothing in his career to suggest softness toward criminals.  On balance, as good an appointment as we were likely to get.

January 7,  2021        Permalink

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 6,  2021

AFTERMATH – OVERNIGHT:  Obviously, this is not a day anyone wants to repeat.  However, I'd like to make these points, things I've found in following the day's events, and the news coverage of same:

1)  While President Trump was his vulgar, self-centered self in his speech this morning, he cannot be convincingly accused of wilfully inciting violence.  He did encourage protesters to march to the Capitol, but that is common in Washington demonstrations.  And we now know that pre-made bombs were found at several locations and that some of the rioters brought gear to be used to scale walls around the Capitol.  They were ready for violence.  They didn't need someone to encourage them.

However, Mr. Trump can be properly criticized for responding to the violence too slowly, and ineffectively.  Once violence started, he should have been on national television, as commander-in-chief, making clear his revulsion and pledging quick action to get the Capitol back to normal and prosecuting the violators.

2)  The violence was committed by a small number of the thousands of demonstrators.  The media, to its disgrace, has not made much of an effort to identity exactly who was violent.  That should be their first responsibility.  Indeed, they simply referred to the lawless ones as "Trump supporters."  Some probably were, but many may well have been members of seasoned agitation groups. 

3)  The Washington police and Capitol Police were unprepared and undermanned.  This requires a full investigation.  It was disgraceful. 

4)  Vice President Pence performed superbly.  He was reportedly the executive who ordered the National Guard to be employed, raising serious questions as to whether the president was really in charge today.  Pence behaved as the leader and statesman that he is.  There may well be future political implications for him in the way he conducted himself.  Ditto many other Republican leaders, who were unsparing in their denunciation of the violence and their calls for prosecution.  Compare please with the behavior of Democrats in this last year of constant street violence committed by their constituents.  They were ready with every excuse, every justification, knowing that the leftist press would never hold them to account.

5)  Much of the media today was absolutely disgraceful, as I noted earlier.  The American people saw on display what many despise about journalists.  The double standard was presented in its full ugliness, and it never changed.  

And what's more, and I think this is important, our journalists are becoming out of date.  Watching many of them today was like watching people living in a past generation.  They live in a world created for them by their liberal professors, where America is a terrible place and one is either oppressed or an oppressor.  They have succumbed to one of the greatest curses in journalism, the inability to understand the passage of time.  In their world, a minority youngster must know his place, the place of the victim.  But in the real world of today, more and more minority youngsters are rejecting that role.  They don't want to wear Che Cuevara T-shirts.  They want to wear Brooks Brothers suits.  They don't reject America.  They want to be full participants.  But the world of many journalists is gone with the wind.  Increasingly, Americans will realize that and snap off their TV's. 

January 6, 2021       Permalink

 

GEORGIA – AT 2:35 P.M. ET:   

WELL, THAT'S HOW I BEGAN THE POST I WAS GOING TO PUT UP THREE HOURS AGO.  THEN I TURNED ON THE TV.

I don't have to tell you what's been happening in Washington.  A large group of presumed Trump supporters – although I wonder about the actual identity of some of those dudes – broke into the US Capitol and held a private riot.

It is completely unacceptable.  There are no excuses.  Leading Republicans have thoroughly denounced this obscenity.  While the president is being blamed by the usual suspects for provoking the rioters in a speech earlier today, he did nothing of the kind.  The fools did this themselves.  And what they did must not be tolerated.

But here's the rub:  The behavior of the press has been more than obnoxious.  I've never seen such pompous, self-righteous reporting.  The Trump haters are having their day.  I've tried to monitor all the major sources, and they're basically the same.   Why, did you ever believe this could happen in this great nation?  We cry out for law and order.  There has never been anything like this in the whole history of the world!  Maybe the Universe! 

In fact, we've just had a year of violence that has torn apart many of our cities, destroying businesses that often had been built up by minority citizens.  We've seen statues ripped down, windows shattered, police assaulted, and crime rates skyrocket.  And many of these same reporters, those who today wept for America, did everything they could to "understand" the "mostly peaceful protesters."  One could almost get sick over their hypocrisy.  Indeed, I didn't hear a single reporter today refer to the violence of 2020. 

Question:  What happens the next time there's a riot in a big city?  What will these same frauds say, and report?  What happens when the next crime figures are issued, showing that Democrat-run cities are turning into killing fields...with blacks the majority of the victims?  Will the journalistic corruptionists blame "the legacy of Donald Trump"?  No doubt some will.  It's hard to escape the party line.

The irony is that the press may come out of today as the big loser, especially if reporters report future violence in their usual, leftist manner.  More mature journalists, and there are some left, will know that the public will instinctively compare what they say about some future violence with what they're saying today, when they can blame the right.  The public is smarter than journalists thinks, and has a long memory. 

Oh, by the way, Fox has now called Jon Ossoff as the winner in the second of the Senate runoffs in Georgia.  The first was called last night for Democrat Raphael Warnock.  It is a clean sweep for radical Democrats in a moderate state.  More about that later.

January 6,  2021     Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

Everything is Georgia today.  We are awaiting results and analysis.  It is too early at this point to know which side has reason to smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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