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JANUARY 14.  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

WILL FOREIGN LEADERS HELP SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY? – FROM AP:  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president vowed Thursday to lead an international effort to combat what he considers censorship by social media companies that have blocked or suspended the accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump.  President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration is reaching out to other governments to form a common front on the issue.  “I can tell you that at the first G20 meeting we have, I am going to make a proposal on this issue,” López Obrador said. “Yes, social media should not be used to incite violence and all that, but this cannot be used as a pretext to suspend freedom of expression.”  Amazing how we have to be lectured on freedom by a foreign leader.  Thank you, leftists.  You've done your bit in the destruction of America.

FROM BLUE TO PURPLE – FROM FOX:  The country’s blue state exodus is shaking up demographics in red states that are serving as landing spots.  States like Texas and Florida are seeing an influx of Democrats looking for more affordable, tax-friendly costs of living, turning these once Republican-strongholds into purple toss-up states.  Even before 2020, demographics in the Sunbelt began to tilt, driven by favorable financial perks and economic incentives that conservative states have to offer. However, those trends have accelerated amidst a pandemic-induced recession, and with more jobs now being able to operate via remote.  “West Coasters are going to Texas and East Coasters are going to Florida, and it’s no coincidence that Texas and Florida are red states that don’t collect state income taxes,” FOX Business’s Jackie DeAngelis told colleague Connell McShane on "After the Bell."  Clearly a danger for our side.  But what's wrong with these migrating dummies?  They leave poorly run Democratic states for much-better-run Republican states, and immediately start voting for the kind of Democrats who wrecked the states they came from.  Remarkable.

January 14,  2021     Permalink

 

THE FIRST STAGE IN FIGHTING BACK –AT 5:30 P.M.:   David Goldman, also known as Spengler, is a first-class conservative writer with a very strong background in economics and business.  Here he proposes a first step in conservatives fighting back against the Democratic/socialist tide that has enveloped our electoral system.  From PJ Media:

Trump made a colossal tactical blunder by telling his supporters to fight vote fraud in the streets. That led to last week’s excesses, and the biggest crackdown on conservatives in American history. David Horowitz likes to say, inside every progressive is a totalitarian screaming to get out. Is he ever right!

The suspension of President Trump’s Twitter account (denounced by Germany’s Angela Merkel and top French officials as a violation of basic rights) is an affront to democracy: Whatever Trump did or didn’t do, he is the elected president of the United States, convicted in no court of law, and the people have the right to hear from him. The suspension of the free-speech social media platform Parler is another totalitarian outrage by what France’s Finance Minister calls “the digital oligarchy.” And now CNN demands that cable companies drop Fox News and Newsmax.

The Trump campaign’s vote fraud lawsuits crashed and burned because the standard of proof required by a court to overturn an election is extremely high. Proof of some fraud, or a statistical proof that the outcome was highly improbable, do not meet that standard. It must be proven that sufficient votes were stolen or invented to change the outcome. No one can collect that kind of information in a few weeks. But it can be collected in months or years, and that’s what it will take.

Either we are in this for the duration, or we’ve lost. But we have not lost yet. There was massive fraud. Whether there was sufficient fraud to determine the outcome is beside the point. Large parts of the Democratic Party are criminal organizations and have to be held accountable. Take a cold shower and a deep breath, and prepare for a long war. Ask yourself if you want to win, or just let off steam.

COMMENT:    Read the rest.  This is the kind of thinking we need.

January 14, 2021       Permalink

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 13,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT: 

REAL SMALL-TIMER – FROM WBAP:   New York City will terminate business contracts with President Donald Trump after last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.  The Trump Organization is under city contract to operate the two ice rinks and a carousel in Central Park as well as a golf course in the Bronx.  The Trump Organization profits about $17 million a year from those sites, de Blasio said.  “I’m here to announce that the city of New York is severing all contracts with the Trump Organization,” de Blasio said.  It is the latest example of how the Jan. 6 breach after a Trump rally is affecting the Republican president’s business interests.  The small-timers are at work, getting in their kicks at the president.  Bill de Blasio is one of the smallest of them all, and an absolutely horrible mayor.  I guess this is as brilliant as he gets. 

HER AGAIN – FROM THE WASHINGTON TIMES:   President-elect Joseph R. Biden on Wednesday named Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration, as his pick to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Mr. Biden also elevated the position to be in the National Security Council (NSC).  “As USAID Administrator, Ambassador Power will be a powerful force for lifting up the vulnerable, ushering in a new era of human progress and development, and advancing American interests globally,” Mr. Biden said.  Before she served as U.N. ambassador from 2013-2017, Ms. Power was on the NSC staff from 2009-2013 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights.  Another recruit from the failed foreign policy of the Obama administration.  We'll have a kind of shadow government, where the shadow of Barack will be seen in every hallway.

January 13,   2021       Permalink

ABSOLUTELY CHILLING – OVERNIGHT:  The socialists in Congress are getting ready for their "To Moscow with Love" show.  I want no part of it.  From the New York Post:   

WASHINGTON — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez revealed that Congress is looking into creating an investigative commission to “rein in” the media in the wake of the US Capitol siege.

During a lengthy Instagram Live on Tuesday evening where she revealed that she feared for her life during the siege, the “Squad” member accused the mainstream media of “spewing disinformation” ahead of the deadly riot which killed five people.

“There’s absolutely a commission that’s being discussed but it seems to be more investigating in style rather than truth and reconciliation,” she said.

“I do think that several members of Congress in some of my discussions have brought up media literacy because that is part of what happened here,” she went on.

“We’re going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation,” she said.

“It’s one thing to have differentiating opinions, but it’s another thing entirely to just say things that are false so that’s something that we’re looking into.”

COMMENT:  The language of a budding totalitarian.  We don't need the government to tell us what to think.  In the immortal words of Sam Goldwyn,  "Include me out."

January 13, 2021       Permalink

 

MAKING A JOKE OF THE CONSTITUTION – AT 5:20 P.M. ET:  So President Trump becomes the only president in American history to be impeached twice.  I hope the American people are watching their elected representatives make fools of themselves.  From Fox: 

The House of Representatives Wednesday made history by voting to impeach President Trump for a second time for "incitement of insurrection" after a mob of his supporters besieged the Capitol on Jan. 6 in a failed attempt to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's electoral college win.

Poor journalism there.  Not all of the rioters were Trump supporters.  Indeed, they may have been a minority.

The House voted 232-197 to impeach the president. Ten Republicans joined with Democrats.
Trump has just one week left in office, but the supporters of the impeachment push say Trump is too dangerous to stay in office a minute longer. The impeachment resolution condemns Trump for spreading lies that he won the election in a landslide and whipping up a crowd of supporters in Washington D.C. before the riot that killed five people, including a Capitol Police officer.

"The bottom line is this: This Capitol was stormed. People died because of the big lies that were being told by this president, and by too many people on the other side of the aisle. Enough," said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., in a floor speech before the vote. "People should be outraged as to what happened. It was unforgivable, unconscionable.

"The president of the United States instigated an attempted coup in this country," McGovern continued. "People died. Everybody should be outraged. Whether you're a Democrat or Republican. If this is not an impeachable offense. I don't know what the hell is. This president is not fit to remain in office."

What a circus.  Most Americans probably know that the House cannot remove a president.  It can send a bill of impeachment to the Senate, where the president is tried.  But Mitch McConnell has already ruled out any trial before President Trump leaves office a week from today. 

Unlike the last House impeachment of Trump in December 2019 for soliciting foreign interference in the presidential election, Democrats had GOP support. Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, backed impeachment because she said the violent attack at the Capitol could not have happened without Trump.

"The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack," said Cheney, who is from Wyoming. "Everything that followed was his doing."

Joining Cheney in support of impeachment were GOP Reps. Dan Newhouse of Washington, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, John Katko of New York, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Tom Rice of South Carolina, David Valadao of California and Peter Meijer of Michigan.

COMMENT:  It would have been nice if some of the solemn, self-righteous members of the House, on the Democratic side, had vigorously condemned the violence we saw all summer long in Democratic-controlled cities.  But I guess they had shopping to do.

Now the question is whether the Senate can try a president who is no longer in office.  CNN will be holding a prayer session tonight to pray that it can.  CNN needs Trump, even after he leaves the White House.  What else have they got?

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