First day on the job…

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First day on the job…

You can tell a lot about someone’s priorities by how they act on the first day of the job. Here is what happened today under President Biden.

But wait, that’s not all.

Is it too soon to entertain impeachment? Not for some. Freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene already submitted the paperwork.

And some are already plotting a Trump comeback. In a nutshell, Steve Bannon suggested this pathway.

The idea is that Trump would run for Congress in FL in 2022, and for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. This would coincide with an expected ‘red wave’ washing into the 2022 general election.

If successful, Trump would then be in a position to impeach Kamala Harris who will for sure be POTUS at that point due to Joe Biden’s dementia.

Trump would then run again for POTUS in 2024 to carry on the America First agenda and attend to unfinished business in the first term.

If all that is possible (or likely), maybe he will run under the new Patriot Party flag.

One Man, One Vote. (Unless you’re black then, you get 2)

Brandon Hasbruck is an assistant professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law who recently said this. (Get ready to roll your eyes. I did.)

“But there’s another way to undo the damage of the Electoral College and other structurally racist political institutions: We can implement vote reparations by double-counting ballots cast by all Black residents. The poisonous legacy of slavery applies to Black people regardless of when we or our ancestors arrived in this country… Because white votes currently count more than Black ones, double-counting Black votes would restore electoral balance. Vote reparations would be a giant step toward remedying our nation’s long history of denying and devaluing Black votes.”

 At this writing, that article has 52 comments. This is a typical response.

“This is the most ridiculous article in your magazine (and there are many) that i’ve read, Scary to think that this guy educates our youth.”

I am slightly more optimistic about my country after reading public comments like that. Here is a sound constitutional rebuke.

Pot, meet Kettle

Twitter can ban the former President of the United States from it’s platform, but it is okay with having child pornography on it’s platform? According to the New York Post, Twitter refused to take down a widely shared pornographic image of a teenage sex trafficking victim, after an investigation the company “didn’t find a violation” of the company’s “policies”.

Read about it here.

Pot, meet Kettle (Part deux)

Despite attempts to play down the use of Facebook amongst Capitol Hill rioters, the social media giant is furnishing the feds with data on users who took part in the siege, including their private messages, after calls from lawmakers to do so.

In a criminal complaint filed against New York resident Christopher M. Kelly on Wednesday, a search warrant on his Facebook account was revealed. After being tipped off about Facebook posts from an account belonging to Kelly containing images of him at the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the FBI sought his private messages, as well as his linked IP address, phone number and Gmail address.

Read it all here.

Another 900,000 Americans Filed for Unemployment

Another 900,000 American workers filed for state unemployment benefits last week, a slight drop from the week before and a sign that the labor market’s stalled recovery remains frozen in what one expert called a “winter of discontent.”

The Labor Department said in a Jan. 21 report (pdf) that the number of people who filed initial state benefit claims fell last week by 26,000 from from the previous week’s revised level of 926,000. Economists polled by Reuters predicted the jobless claims number would come in at 910,000.

And after locking down New York, Gov. Cuomo forecasts state’s decimated job market won’t recover from COVID-19 until 2025. But at least coronavirus relief is on the way soon. Umm… sorry, maybe not.

Wait, I thought we were friends?

Antifa rioters smashed windows at Portland’s Democratic Party headquarters, burned US flags in Denver and vandalized store fronts in Seattle just hours after President Joe Biden was sworn in.

While some right-wing extremist groups had vowed to disrupt Biden’s inauguration following the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, only scattered protests and violence emerged on Wednesday.

Federal police were forced to deploy tear gas in an attempt to disperse protesters who threw rocks and eggs at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Portland, Oregon, late on Wednesday night.

Read the rest of the story here.

Hometown Hero Makes Good

The residents of Thulasendrapuram, a small village in southern India, celebrated with chants of “Long live Kamala Harris,” as the granddaughter of one of the village’s well-known families was sworn in as the U.S. vice president on a historic day.

The village’s residents gathered to watch a live broadcast of the inauguration while holding portraits of her and then set off fireworks moments after she took the oath, the Associated Press reported.

The residents of Thulasendrapuram — where Harris’s maternal grandfather and former Indian diplomat PV Gopalan was born — had also adorned their local Hindu temple with flowers and offered special prayers for her success.

Read it all here.

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