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JANUARY 7,  2022

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT: 

EVEN A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE – OVERNIGHT,  FROM FOX:   Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor came under withering criticism Friday after she falsely suggested that upwards of 100,000 children in the United States are hospitalized from COVID-19, many of them on ventilators.  During oral arguments on the Biden administration's mandate on private businesses for employees to be either vaccinated or frequently tested, Sotomayor drastically overstated the number of young people who have fallen severely ill from coronavirus.  "We have hospitals that are almost at full capacity with people severely ill on ventilators. We have over 100,000 children, which we've never had before, in serious condition, many on ventilators," she said.  While there are more children hospitalized now than at any point during the pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the seven-day average of pediatric hospitalizations was around 3,700 this week, according to the Washington Post. As with prior strains of the virus, younger people are at far less risk than old ones of severe outcomes from the coronavirus. "Fact-checkers. Hello?" Fox News contributor Joe Concha asked in response to Sotomayor.  I hope the justice is more careful with facts when she decides cases that involve human lives.  She was Obama's first Supreme Court pick, as you'll remember.

January 7, 2022       Permalink

 

ABOUT A WORD – OVERNIGHT:  The word is "insurrection."  You've been hearing it many times this week as the Democratic Party tried once again to pin the ugly events of last January 6th on Donald Trump, and suggested that the "storming" of the Capitol was a true insurrection.  Trouble is, the American people, despite the best efforts of our leftist press, really aren't buying it.  I call your attention to Jonathan Turley's excellent analysis, as published on his own website.  One of the best things I've recently read: 

In the day long events commemorating January 6th, Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a telling statement to her fellow members and the public at large. Pelosi declared “It is essential that we preserve the narrative of January 6th.” Part of that narrative is that this was not a riot but an “insurrection,” an actual “rebellion” against our country. Pelosi’s concern over the viability of that narrative is well-based as shown by a recent CBS News poll. The majority of the public does not believe that this was an “insurrection” despite the mantra-like repetition of members of Congress and the media. The public saw that terrible day unfold a year ago and saw it for what it was: a protest that became a riot. (For full disclosure, I previously worked as a legal analyst for CBS News).

Not surprisingly, the poll received little comparative coverage on a day when reporters and commentators spoke of “the insurrection” as an undeniable fact. Yet, when CBS asked Americans, they received an answer that likely did not please many. Indeed, CBS did not highlight the answer to the question of whether the day was really a “protest that went too far.”   The answer was overwhelming and nonpartisan.  Some 76% believe that this was a protest that went too far.

That, however, was not one of the four options to the matinee question featured by CBS. It did not allow the public to call this a riot when it asked them to describe “What happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021?” Why? There was the ever present “insurrection” and “trying to overthrow government.” However, the other two options were “patriotism” or “defending freedom.” That is perfectly bizarre. The most obvious alternatives to an actual rebellion in a violent clash would be a protest or a riot. However, the public was simply not given those options.

The result was predictable. Some 85% of Democrats dutifully checked “an insurrection” or “trying to overthrow government” while only 21% and 18% of Republicans agreed respectively.  For those who did not see the riot as an act of patriotism or defending freedom, they were simply left without a choice.

The poll perfectly captured the state of our media. There is no choice. Using the term insurrection is now a litmus test.  In the age of rage, one’s legitimacy is based on your volume and fury. After the attack, I wrote that this was not an insurrection, but it was a desecration of our constitutional process. When I have used “riot” in columns, I have received a torrent of emails objecting to the characterization as proof of being an apologist or “Trumper.”

Yet, “insurrection” and “sedition” are legal terms. They have a meaning. The FBI investigated thousands after January 6th and charged hundreds. Not one is charged with insurrection or sedition or conspiracy to overthrow the country. The vast majority are charged with relatively minor offenses of trespass or unlawful entry or property damage- the type of charges that are common in protests and riots.

None of that takes away from the disgraceful conduct of these people or the legitimacy of their prosecution. It is simply not an insurrection. This was a protest fueled by reckless rhetoric that was allowed to become a full riot by a shocking lack of security preparations by the Capitol police and the District of Columbia. A large national guard deployment was rejected and critical intelligence not shared by officials planning for the long-planned protests. Again, the fault still remains with the rioters themselves but this would have remained a protest if Congress had taken obvious steps of fencing and guard deployments. Indeed, those measures were used previously in Lafayette Park when the White House security was almost breached by rioters.

Yet, there remains a determined effort to keep the “insurrection” narrative “preserved.” the New York Times recently declared “Every Day is Now Jan. 6.” This is not simply important for political purposes. Democratic members and groups are again calling for members (and Trump himself) to be disqualified from running for future offices under the 14th Amendment. The “disqualification clause” was created for actual rebels who attempted to overthrow the government in the Civil War. Self-described “pro-democracy” advocates like Marc Elias believe that nothing says democracy like barring people from voting for the candidates of their choice.

If January 6th was an insurrection, then members challenging the electoral votes were little more than Confederate rebels. As with villages in Vietnam, it seems that democracy will be saved by destroying it.

The problem is that the public is not buying it. Even when the public is not given the choice by CBS of calling this a riot rather than an insurrection, the truth emerges like water finding a way out. The poll also shows the limits of not just Speaker Pelosi but the mainstream media in preserving such narratives. Despite the endless drumbeat of coverage referring to the day as an “insurrection,” the media cannot get the public to ignore what they witnessed — any more than getting viewers to accept reporting on largely “peaceful” protests with images of burning buildings in the background. 

COMMENT:  Do read the entire piece.  It is worth the time, and the piece is worth sending to friends.  This is clear, logical analysis, something that is increasingly rare.

January 7,  2022     Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 6,  2022

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

YOU MEAN SOME PEOPLE STILL BELIEVE THAT ELECTIONS CAN BE STOLEN?  DISGRACEFUL RADICAL RIGHTISTS! – OVERNIGHT – FROM EPOCH TIMES:   State officials in Georgia are now investigating allegations that ballot harvesting–a practice that is unlawful in the state—was used widely during the November 2020 general election and the U.S. Senate runoff elections that followed two months later.  The allegations originated from good-government group True the Vote, which promises to release other information on voting irregularities in five other states.  Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, confirmed to John Solomon of Just the News, that a probe is underway and that subpoenas from the state’s election board may soon follow as part of the evidence-gathering process.  True the Vote, which focuses on electoral integrity issues, acknowledged in a statement late on Jan. 5 that following “a year’s worth of research and analysis,” the group “submitted three official complaints to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office regarding occurrences in the 2020 General and 2021 Run-off Elections.”  As a result of this, on Jan. 3, 2022, Raffensperger “announced a statewide investigation into ballot trafficking in Georgia.”  True the Vote added that “shockingly similar findings will soon be released to appropriate authorities in five additional states.”  Raffensperger fought efforts by activists including Democratic Party attorney Marc Elias to overturn the state’s ballot harvesting ban. He also clashed with then-President Donald Trump and Republicans in 2020 when he dismissed claims that fraud was widespread in the election.  I'm glad to see this happening.  While I doubt that there is enough corruption out there to swing the 2020 presidential result, the probe can possibly reveal widespread practices that urgently need correcting.  Those practices would probably be found mostly in Democratic cities.

January 6, 2022       Permalink

 

GRIM AND GRIMMER – OVERNIGHT.  No matter what Joe Biden does, his approval rating keeps dropping.  From Breitbart: 

Only 35 percent of respondents approved of President Joe Biden’s job performance, according to the CIVIQS rolling job approval average.

Biden also received record-high (56 perfect) disapproval from the poll, with nine percent having no opinion. The poll showed Biden with net approval of negative 20. This comes as Biden has been in office just less than a year and has dealt with a host of problems so far: a supply chain crisis, record-high inflation, and botched Afghanistan withdrawal.

Biden had the lowest job approval among the 18- to 34-year-old age group, as 27 percent and 58 percent disapprove. The 65-plus-year-olds gave Biden the highest approval at only 41 and 54 percent disapproval.

The president was underwater with women and men. Men only showed 31 percent approval with 62 percent disapproving, while women only showed 39 percent approval and 50 percent disapproval.

Broken down by race, white respondents showed 28 percent approval and 64 percent disapproval. However, Biden was roughly the opposite among black respondents, who indicated 63 percent approval and 20 percent disapproval.

Biden’s job performance is underwater in 47 states, including California, which is considered a solidly blue state in the presidential elections and an overwhelming vote for Biden in 2020.

Only three states approve of Biden’s performance: Massachusetts (48 – 39 percent), Hawaii (49 – 42 percent), and Vermont (49-39 percent).

The CIVIQS rolling job approval average had 147,731 responses tracked between January 20 and January 4, just less than a whole year of Biden being in office.

The CIVIQS tracking model is meant to capture the shifts in attitude of various groups over time across all 50 states and Washington, DC. These changes can occur either over time or rapidly.

COMMENTS:  It seems to me that only a dramatic victory in some area can turn it around for Biden, and his helpless vice president, Kamala Harris.  The administration gives us no reason for confidence, and hasn't tried to find one. 

The midterms are ten months away, about 50 lifetimes in politics.  Anything can happen.  Biology can take its course.  But I'd rather be a Republican today than a Democrat.

January 6, 2022       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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