How do you fire someone who no longer works for you?

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How do you fire someone who no longer works for you?

How do you fire someone who no longer works for you? You impeach them. Essentially, that is what some are trying to do to President Trump. Is it constitutional? Some people do not think so. I think its vindictive and I think the efforts will spark a major backlash from American citizens. How will that manifest? I predict new political parties will form as old parties waiver, more opposing voices will be silenced and the fabric of our nation will be torn asunder; unless something changes and soon.

It seems to me that there are two major parties in the United States. A bi-partisan group who believe in the traditional rule of law (Democrats and Republicans: Unity Party #1) and a bi-partisan group that believes progress occurs when all opposition is silenced and united under their belief system. (Again, Democrats and Republicans: Unity Party #2). The more I notice the divide, the more cynical I am about our political system enduring in its latest incarnation.

The official narrative is that impeachment is necessary because President Trump allegedly incited the violence at the Capital. CNN reported things this way:

“The US Capitol is once again secured but four people are dead — including one woman who was shot — after supporters of President Donald Trump breached one of the most iconic American buildings, engulfing the nation’s capital in chaos after Trump urged his supporters to fight against the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes that will confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win.”

However before and during the cries and attempts at impeachment, various news reports (and video footage) have surfaced disputing the narrative echoed ad nauseum in the mainstream.

I would think that after so many accounts (and I did not list them all) of contrary evidence proving President Trump did not incite his followers to storm the Capital would bring proceedings (which may not be constitutionally valid) to a halt until further investigation. Unfortunately, Washington operates under a different paradigm. The consensus for some is “I feel he should be punished. So, truth be damned.”

As a result, House Republicans and House Democrats (Unity Party #1) pushed forward with Impeachment. A list of the Republicans who supported President Trump’s impeachment can be found here, in case you’re curious. There were a few Democrats who voted against impeachment or simply voted – present. (Unity Party #2) The website “Heavy” talked about them here; again for the curious. (Umm… probably include these people too.)

Today, the Senate weighed in, although Harvard Law professor emeritus and lifelong Democrat Alan Dershowitz said that the Senate lacked legal authority to move ahead. Here’s a quote:

“But the case cannot come for trial in the Senate because the Senate has rules, and the rules would not allow the case to come to trial until – according to the majority leader – until 1 p.m. on Jan. 20, an hour after President Trump leaves office,” he told Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo.

“And the Constitution specifically says, ‘The President shall be removed from office upon impeachment.’ It doesn’t say the former president. Congress has no power to impeach or try a private citizen, whether it be a private citizen named Donald Trump or named Barack Obama, or anyone else. The jurisdiction is limited to a sitting president, and so there won’t be a trial.”

Nevertheless, impeachment was introduced to the Senate floor and this happened. I quote Reuters:

Forty-five Senate Republicans backed a failed effort on Tuesday to halt former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, in a show of party unity that some cited as a clear sign he will not be convicted of inciting insurrection at the Capitol.

Republican Senator Rand Paul made a motion on the Senate floor that would have required the chamber to vote on whether Trump’s trial in February violates the U.S. Constitution.

The Democratic-led Senate blocked the motion in a 55-45 vote. But only five Republican lawmakers joined Democrats to reject the move, far short of the 17 Republicans who would need to vote to convict Trump on an impeachment charge that he incited the Jan. 6 Capitol assault that left five people dead.

“It’s one of the few times in Washington where a loss is actually a victory,” Paul later told reporters. “Forty-five votes means the impeachment trial is dead on arrival.”

Will that be enough to stop Unity Party #2? I hope so but, I doubt it. In closing, some people say that President Trump was so evil that he should not be allowed to run again in the future. Isn’t that for the American people to decide and not for elites to mandate? Just asking.

Russia, Russia, Russia was a lie and they knew it on day one.

This is bombshell today. Imagine if it was released umm… 4 years ago!!! To quote Just the News

“Four days before the FBI secured a surveillance warrant against him in fall 2016, Trump campaign adviser Carter Page repeatedly knocked down the key allegations at the heart of the Russia collusion investigation while talking to a government informant who was wearing a wire.

Page’s unwitting statements of innocence to informer Stefan Halper were never shared with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court before it approved four warrants authorizing a full year of surveillance of Page’s communications.

Page’s exculpatory statements were kept from the American people for four years until President Trump declassified them on his final day in office last week. They were obtained by Just the News.

“The core lie is that I met with these sanctioned Russian officials, several of which I never even met in my entire life, but they said that I met them in July,” an FBI transcript quotes Page as telling Halper during an Oct. 17, 2016 interaction at Halper’s farm in Northern Virginia.

Makes me wonder what else was held back from the American public or simply stalled indefinitely. One thing I do know, thanks to recently declassified papers, is that the FBI slow-walked investigations into the Clinton campaign and clearly showed her candidacy favoritism (to put it lightly).

Susan Rice is the first female President?

Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell said that, based on President Joe Biden’s initial executive actions, he believes someone else is actually setting the agenda — Susan Rice.

Grenell raised eyebrows earlier this month when he first said he believes that Rice, who was President Obama’s UN ambassador and national security adviser and is now serving as Biden’s domestic policy director, is calling the shots in the current administration.

Read more here.

Umm… How is this not racism?

Cornell University is mandating flu shots for students, but not if you’re Black. I quote Campus Reform:

Students at Cornell University can use their status as a “person of color” to be exempt from the university’s flu vaccine requirement.

“Students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Color (BIPOC) may have personal concerns about fulfilling the Compact requirements based on historical injustices and current events,” explains Cornell Health’s vaccine requirement FAQ.

The article goes on to say:

“We recognize that, due to longstanding systemic racism and health inequities in this country, individuals from some marginalized communities may have concerns about needing to agree to such requirements,” explains the page. “For example, historically, the bodies of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) have been mistreated, and used by people in power, sometimes for profit or medical gain.”

Hmm… I think they are making the suggestion that black people may see a mandatory flu shot as being the same as the Tuskeegee experiment. If anyone cares, my feelings of this, if you are going to exclude one group from a mandate then exclude all. Giving preferential treatment to any group over another, no matter now well intentioned, can end badly for all concerned.

And since we are on race, let me point out a poignant statement that Bill Maher said recently. I’m not a fan of his but, every blue moon he makes some valid points. Here are a few quotes from this Daily Beast article.

“So, am I wrong to not want to see race all the time? Because that’s how I was brought up. Like that’s what a good liberal does, is you don’t see race. And now, they switched it all around and I’m bad because I don’t see it all the time. Is ubiquity even effective? To make people aware of this issue at every turn?” said Maher.

Further down in the article he said:

“I’m so sympathetic to the cause, but don’t gaslight me, you know?” argued Maher. “And this is what I hear privately from my Black friends: I don’t want to be the focal point. I just want to blend in. I want to have a beer like you. Don’t look at me like I have to make a speech about it, or you have to make a speech about it.

“Is the picture of America that’s presented by the radicals, I would say—Black Lives Matter, some of them, the anti-racists—of America 2021, is it an accurate picture? Because sometimes I’m like, ‘Are they talking about 2021?’” pondered Maher.

Ice Cream and Bagels

Greg Gutfeld roasted the mainstream media and most notably CNN on Monday, for their sycophantic coverage of President Joe Biden and his administration. The Post Millennial reports:

“This weekend, we learned two important things from the white house and they’re enabled us media. Joe’s favorite flavor of ice cream.”

Fox cut to a clip of Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, speaking on a livestream for the administration. Psaki said, “When I was in Wilmington before the president was inaugurated, I did ask him for my four year old niece Sariah, and was very curious about what the super ice cream wasn’t his favorite ice cream is chocolate chip.”Gutfeld responded: “Amazing. And we also learned what Hunter Biden had for breakfast bagels. Let’s hope he ate them. Can’t wait for the daily report on regularity. I hope they’re both getting enough fiber, but isn’t it adorable? How fast?”

The difference in Presidential coverage is striking and undeniable. The video clip is worth a look.

Then and always… The Troller-in-Chief

Say what you will, no one can troll the media like Donald Trump. Case in point, he recently created “The Office of the Former President” from which will be responsible for his “correspondence, public statements, appearances and official activities.”

Could this be a jab at the “Office of the President Elect” desk that Joe Biden set up before starting his administration? Could be. Probably. Yeah, I think it is. One thing for certain, he won’t be announcing that he’s the head of the new MAGA Patriot Party. Too bad. I wouldn’t mind seeing a viable 3rd party shaking things up right about now.

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Week One: Buyers Remorse Sets In

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Wikipedia describes “buyer’s remorse” as “the sense of regret after having made a purchase. It is frequently associated with the purchase of an expensive item such as a vehicle or real estate.” I would add voting decisions to the list of frequent associations as well. Why? There is a difference between Presidential Candidate Joe Biden and President Joe Biden and those who supported him are beginning to realize this. But to be fair, it did not begin the first week after the election.

Last year, there was a lot (and I mean a lot) of early voting but around the October 25 – 31, 2020 timeframe there was a spike in a particular Google search. What were people searching on? “Can I change my vote?Click here to see the data for yourself. (Or, look below.)

So, what was going on around that time? 2 things: There had just been a Presidential debate between Biden and Trump and there was the heavily censored story about Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell.” At the time, there were several on social media repudiating the trend as normal. Countering that supposition was Nick Flor, media professor at the University of New Mexico who tweeted this.

But I digress, recent examples of buyer’s remorse include several union members. Prior to being elected, United Association, The Building Trades and Laborers’ International Union of North America all sang praises of Joe Biden. Now, I imagine the tone of their union meetings would have changed to something like this.

The website Black Tea News cited a couple more regrets. Here are some quotes from an article discussing them.

Author and renowned feminists Naomi Wolf was surprised to find out Biden was open to more lockdowns, after he already won the election. But if she had known, she would have never voted for him. Perhaps Dr. Wolf was too busy to notice, but Biden said repeatedly that he was in favor of locking down the country, enforcing mask mandates, and so on. He presented no new ideas on how to defeat the pandemic; he only repurposed measures the Trump Administration already put in place.

Biden, who once blamed literally every Covid-19 death on President Donald Trump, is now saying there’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory in the next several months.

Candidate Joe Biden catered heavily to the black community when campaigning. However, after he was elected, a slightly different tone emerged. (Click here to listen to the change in tone for yourself.)

The Bourbon Street Chronicle posted an article stating how “New Mexico Leaders Say Biden Energy Bans Will Destroy The State’s Economy.” Here’s a quote on that.

New Mexico leaders are concerned that Biden’s war on the energy business will destroy the state’s economy, where education, jobs, and public programs depend on industry funding.

Joe Biden (reportedly) won New Mexico with 54.29% of the vote versus 43.50% for Trump.

“During his inauguration, President Biden spoke about bringing our nation together. Eliminating wells on public land will cost thousands of New Mexicans their jobs and destroy the remnants of our state’s economy, “Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway told The Associated Press on Friday. “How does that bring us together? Environmental efforts should be fair and well researched, not jerky mandates that only hurt an already impoverished state.”

To be fair, some of the buyer’s remorse was founded on the hope of what Biden would do and not stated facts. Case in point, he was asked repeatedly about whether or not he would pack the Supreme Court but refused to answer. Some speculated that this was because if voters knew where he stood on the issue then, they would not vote for him. I understand the strategy but do not agree with it. I would not want to pay $100 for what I thought would be a steak dinner only to find out that I paid for a McDonald’s Happy Meal. The same mindset may have been in play for other policies that we have learned about this week.

Case in point, I like how “MichiganMoon” expressed his views in a certain online forum about all the Biden policy announcements. He (presumably a he) said this:

“He (Biden) waited to announce these controversial policies that could have made him shed voters:

More troops to Syria, because we haven’t created enough power vacuums in the Muslim world (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria).

$15 national minimum wage, which some rural areas can’t support (his own economist says it will cost 1.3 million jobs).

$15,000 for new home buyers, the 2008 housing bubble was created by Clinton and W Bush pushing people who can’t afford houses into houses.

Biological men allowed to play in women’s sports.

Increased gas taxes.

A reduction in the 401K tax benefit for families making above ~$80K.

Blasting people who don’t wear masks and then both Biden and Kamala being caught violating Biden’s own executive order on masks not less than 7 hours from it being issued.

Reversal on insulin prices.

Reversal on deportations of illegal immigrants and stopping more construction of more wall. Etc…

Maybe those policies are good in your mind, but the point is, we had to vote for Joe to find out where Joe stood on those as they weren’t announced before the election, but were ready to go once he won.”

It was that last sentence that stood out to me the most. Whether you loved or hated President Trump, he said what he meant and followed up on his promises. (Whether that is good or bad is debatable.)

If someone hates me, I rather they come out and say it so I know where we stand. Its the people who say one thing and do another that I disdain. I don’t like being surprised when it comes to people I vote for. I suspect most people do not. Time will tell what the Biden supporters were really voting for and like them, those who did not support Joe Biden for President, might be just as remorseful as those who did.

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The cure was worse than the disease.

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The cure was worse than the disease.

The website revolver released a study that said Covid-19 lockdowns were 10+ times more deadly than the pandemic itself. And they are not the only ones to note this. Academic research out of Canada says roughly the same thing. Here’s a quote:

“Dr. Ari Joffe, a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Canada, has authored a peer-reviewed paper that substantiates popular claims that lockdowns have consequences. He is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Alberta in Canada.

Joffe has authored a peer-review academic paper titled COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink that finds the repercussion harms caused by the COVID lockdowns are ten-times greater than any benefit that can be perceived.

“Initial data falsely suggested that the infection fatality rate was up to 2-3 percent, that over 80 percent of the population would be infected, and modelling suggested repeated lockdowns would be necessary,” Joffe said in an interview.

“But emerging data showed that the median infection fatality rate is 0.23%, that the median infection fatality rate in people under 70 years old is 0.05%, and that the high-risk group is older people especially those with severe co-morbidities,” Joffe continued.”

One of the places that were lockdowns were initiated almost tyrannically was in New York where Governor Andrew Cuomo threatened huge fines for churches holding drive-in services or even arrest. Thousands of restaurants and other businesses failed as Cuomo kept the state in strict lockdown mode deep into the summer. Now his tune has changed.

So, what happened? Could it be the mass migration of 2,600 people a week leaving NYC taking with them all their tax money? Or could it be that now that there is a new administration, the crisis is over? The cynical side of me leans towards the latter. The more realist side of me leans towards the former. But maybe there is room for both viewpoints?

Back in August, 2020, an academic study found no link between strict lockdowns and coronavirus mortality rates. And there were others which basically said the same thing:

A study posted May 2020 said, “Full lockdown policies in Western Europe countries have no evident impacts on the COVID-19 epidemic.”

One more that was commented on by the Daily Mail back in July 2020 said,

“Lockdowns have not had a big impact on coronavirus death rates around the world, scientists have claimed, and the health of nations beforehand was more important. Dozens of countries have been forced to tell people to stay home and close shops in a bid to stop the Covid-19 pandemic since it broke out in January.

But now a study has claimed the drastic measures don’t even work. They found that whether a country was locked down or not was ‘not associated’ with death rate.”

And while there are others, I will stop my research examples with the latest one being from the “European Journal of Clinical Investigation” and dated January 21, 2021. Here is the bottomline from their research conducted on 8 countries.

We find no clear, significant beneficial effect of mrNPIs on case growth in any country….In none of the 8 countries and in none out of the 16 comparisons (against Sweden or South Korea) were the effects of mrNPIs significantly negative (beneficial). The point estimates were positive (point in the direction of mrNPIs resulting in increased daily growth in cases).

Can I paraphrase that? The harsher the lockdowns the more dire the outcomes from said lockdowns. If you want (or need) more data to validate these facts, I cannot recommend enough this book – Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns by Alex Berensen. You might not be familiar with it because it was once banned by Amazon. But I digress.

If there were several studies last year proving that lockdowns made things worse, why did it continue? Willful ignorance? This is where the cynical side of me kicks in. Now that Biden is in office, the narrative around Covid seems to be changing. Last week, Newsweek published a story about an academic study proving lockdowns did not work.

NPR reported on January 21, 2021, “Current, Deadly U.S. Coronavirus Surge Has Peaked, Researchers Say.” Here’s a quote:

The devastating fall and winter wave of coronavirus infections that is causing so much misery across the U.S. appears to have finally peaked, according to several researchers who are closely tracking the virus.

While another surge remains possible, especially with new, more infectious variants on the horizon, the number of new daily infections in the current wave appears to have hit a high in the past week or two and has been steadily declining in most states since, the researchers say.

“Yes, we have peaked in terms of cases,” says Ali Mokdad, who has been tracking the pandemic at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. “We are coming down, slowly. This is very good news — very good news.”

Some major cities are loosening restrictions on indoor dining like Chicago and Baltimore. I find Chicago’s reopening especially ironic. Like Cuomo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was adamant about lockdowns continuing for seemingly, an indefinite period of time.

Some people complain about how conspiracy theories spread online about Covid-19 and they want to censor free speech for the greater good of the country. (I’m looking at you Fauci.) Yet, when there are academic studies galore proving lockdowns don’t work and the press censors them and suddenly they are now being shared at the dawn of a new administration… well, something does not pass the smell test. And when people, thankfully I am not the only one, see that something more is happening, conspiracy theories take root and flourish. Does this mean that every theory is validated simply because its being censored? Most definitely not! However, the more they are silenced, the more likely they are to be believed.

For example, project warp speed produced a vaccine in record time. Some people believe that it is not quite ready for prime time, which is why so many US health care workers are refusing to take it and front line workers and nursing home staff. Add to that concern that the elderly are possibly more susceptible to harmful side effects than others and high profile deaths certainly do not do much to quell those concerns.

That being said, am I proposing that no one should get vaccinated for Covid-19? No. I am not a medical professional and cannot make that determination. What I am saying however, is that it should not be forced upon the public when there is so much push back from the medical community that is being censored. When there are studies proving the benefit of preventative measures, a vaccination shot may not even be necessary. Yet, it is consistently being pushed (and resisted).

And if there is a cure why wouldn’t that squelch all talk about vaccines? Doesn’t that seem strange? (The research cited in the tweet below was from April 2020 yet, it did not make the mainstream news.) Sigh.

Does being pro-prevention mean anti-vax? I don’t think it does, or should. I mean, I think the focus all along should have been on prevention measures that work. (Not excluding vaccines but also, not making them the sole solution. I mean once injected, if something goes wrong, what then?) Sure, in the beginning, no one knew what to do so being extra careful made sense. However, once we were able to prove lockdowns were ineffective, we should have moved on to something else. Likewise, if there are meds and means to prevent getting coronavirus that are provably sufficient we should focus on that. It just seems logical to me and when it does not seem too logical to the powers that be, I have to wonder if something more is going on.

I’ll stop rambling now. Can you tell I’m in a mood? Hit reply and let me know.

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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He did it his way.

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He did it his way.

On his last day in office, President Donald Trump enjoyed a 51 percent approval rating, according to Rasmussen Reports.

I have seen the enemy and it is us

Several people on the left are referencing #TrumpsNewArmy which is a call to fight domestic terrorism; Trump voters in other words.

Isis? Really?

The call against #TrumpsNewArmy is growing and growing and growing and growing and growing and growing and growing and growing and… you get the picture.

Glenn Greenwald talked about this new domestic war on terror. I quote…

The last two weeks have ushered in a wave of new domestic police powers and rhetoric in the name of fighting “terrorism” that are carbon copies of many of the worst excesses of the first War on Terror that began nearly twenty years ago. This trend shows no sign of receding as we move farther from the January 6 Capitol riot. The opposite is true: it is intensifying.

We have witnessed an orgy of censorship from Silicon Valley monopolies with calls for far more aggressive speech policing, a visibly militarized Washington, D.C. featuring a non-ironically named “Green Zone,” vows from the incoming president and his key allies for a new anti-domestic terrorism bill, and frequent accusations of “sedition,” “treason,” and “terrorism” against members of Congress and citizens. This is all driven by a radical expansion of the meaning of “incitement to violence.” It is accompanied by viral-on-social-media pleas that one work with the FBI to turn in one’s fellow citizens (See Something, Say Something!) and demands for a new system of domestic surveillance.

While I can understand political opposition and ideological debate, does it make sense to label 70+ million Trump voting Americans as terrorists? Most Republicans think Joe Biden is illegitimate. (And nearly a third of Democrats!) I will go on the record and say that unless the labeling of Trump voters as terrorists stops and soon, we will have states seceding the union. And we already know what happened the last time that happened.

When White Isn’t White, Its Multiracial

From the Washington Post opinion section:

Multiracial whiteness reflects an understanding of whiteness as a political color and not simply a racial identity — a discriminatory worldview in which feelings of freedom and belonging are produced through the persecution and dehumanization of others.

Multiracial whiteness promises Latino Trump supporters freedom from the politics of diversity and recognition. For voters who see the very act of acknowledging one’s racial identity as itself racist, the politics of multiracial whiteness reinforces their desired approach to colorblind individualism. In the politics of multiracial whiteness, anyone can join the MAGA movement and engage in the wild freedom of unbridled rage and conspiracy theories.

Once again, critical race theory rears its ugly head. Oh, how I hate thy evil. One more example, just for the heck of it.

This is why people don’t trust virus experts

Now about those lockdowns. Tom Woods has been producing charts that appear to show virtually no difference in virus outcomes between US states with aggressive lockdown policies and those without. California, for instance, has shuttered most of its small businesses and imposed widespread curfews, while Florida hasn’t. Here’s the result:

To fight big tech, you should recruit big tech so they can fight themselves

The American Prospect said this:

Renata Hesse, a former Justice Department official under President Barack Obama, worked alongside Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) defending Google a decade ago, helped shepherd through the Amazon/Whole Foods merger, and represented several pharmaceutical companies and other clients in antitrust cases. She is the leading contender for the assistant attorney general for antitrust position, multiple sources told the Prospect and The Intercept on Friday.

Should someone who worked for Google and Amazon be the person who goes up against them for anti-trust violations? Umm… I’m thinking no. I could be wrong.

The Second Amendment is in Mortal Jeopardy

The new bans on President Trump and Conservative voices around the nation over the last two weeks are what I’ve been dealing with and actively fighting against for years.

My speech on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have been banned and eliminated.

My ability to conduct business on PayPal, Venmo, GoFundMe and other financial institutions has been banned.

Chase Bank once shut down my online banking.

Comcast blocked my congressional campaign from sending texts and emails to voters while they donated to my opponent.

Even my ability to travel has all been restricted, as I am permanently banned on Uber and Lyft.

I can’t even have a sandwich delivered because I’ve been banned on UberEats.

What I haven’t shared with you is that last year, I found out my 2nd Amendment rights have also been stripped without warning or explanation.

That’s right, I – a young woman who faces constant death threats – cannot own or possess a firearm for my own personal protection. My 2nd Amendment right has been BANNED. 

Read the rest here.

Oh, how the mighty has fallen

Fox News finished third to both CNN and MSNBC across the board in the ratings on Friday for the third straight day—the first time since September 2000.

Fox News, which finished 2020 as the most-watched network in cable news history, has seen a ratings decline since the election, resulting in the conservative-leaning channel overhauling its weekday lineup on Monday.

So, what happened? Well, for those who don’t know.

On Twitter there was a trending hashtag #Foxit (Like Brexit, get it?) and people began flocking to Fox alternatives like Newsmax and OANN.

And finally this…

President Joe Biden’s White House stripped down the Trump administration’s 1776 Report, released on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, moments after the new executive took office.

The 45-page report, compiled by a multi-racial commission and beseeching Americans to take pride in their country, was immediately vilified by the progressive left as racist for rejecting social justice narratives of American history that characterize the United States as an irredeemably racist empire built for the sole purpose of oppression.

Read the report here. I’ll share a few quotes that you likely won’t learn in American public schools.

It was the Western world’s repudiation of slavery, only just beginning to build at the time of the American Revolution, which marked a dramatic sea change in moral sensibilities. The American founders were living on the cusp of this change, in a manner that straddled two worlds. George Washington owned slaves, but came to detest the practice, and wished for “a plan adopted for the abolition of it.” By the end of his life, he freed all the slaves in his family estate.

Thomas Jefferson also held slaves, and yet included in his original draft of the Declaration a strong condemnation of slavery, which was removed at the insistence of certain slaveholding delegates. Inscribed in marble at his memorial in Washington, D.C. is Jefferson’s foreboding reference to the injustice of slavery: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

The 45-page report is well worth the read. America is imperfect but, there is plenty to be proud of.

Final Report- The President… by The Federalist

Thanks for reading to the end. More news tomorrow.