• Pragerisms

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    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
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    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
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    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

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    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Massive Dem Fraud in the 2020 Presidential “Election”

The ‘smartest man in the room’ has joined Sidney Powell’s team

By Andrea Widburg at American Thinker:

In her Georgia complaint, Sidney Powell included the declaration of Navid Keshavarz-Nia, an expert witness who stated under oath that there was massive computer fraud in the 2020 election, all of it intended to secure a victory for Joe Biden.  Dr. Kershavarz-Nia’s name may not mean a lot to you, but it’s one of the weightiest names in the world when it comes to sniffing out cyber-security problems.

We know how important Dr. Kershavarz-Nia is because, just two and a half months ago, the New York Times ran one of its Sunday long-form articles about a massive, multi-million-dollar fraud that a talented grifter ran against the American intelligence and military communities.  Dr. Kershavarz-Nia is one of the few people who comes off looking good:

Navid Keshavarz-Nia, those who worked with him said, “was always the smartest person in the room.” In doing cybersecurity and technical counterintelligence work for the C.I.A., N.S.A. and F.B.I., he had spent decades connecting top-secret dots. After several months of working with Mr. Courtney, he began connecting those dots too. He did not like where they led.

Not only does Dr. Kershavarz-Nia have an innate intelligence, but he’s also got extraordinary academic and practical skills in cyber-fraud detection and analysis.  The reason we know about his qualifications is that it takes seven paragraphs for him to list them in the declaration he signed to support the Georgia complaint.

His qualifications include a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in various areas of electrical and computer engineering.  In addition, “I have advanced trained from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Security Agency (NSA), DHS office of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A) and Massachusetts Institution of Technology (MIT).”

Professionally, Dr. Kershavarz-Nia has spent his career as a cyber-security engineer.  “My experience,” he attests,” spans 35 years performing technical assessment, mathematical modeling, cyber-attack pattern analysis, and security intelligence[.]”  I will not belabor the point.  Take it as given that Dr. Kershavarz-Nia may know more about cyber-security than anyone else in America.

So what does the brilliant Dr. Kershavarz-Nia have to say?  This:

1. Hammer and Scorecard is real, not a hoax (as Democrats allege), and both are used to manipulate election outcomes.

2. Dominion, ES&S, Scytl, and Smartmatic are all vulnerable to fraud and vote manipulation — and the mainstream media reported on these vulnerabilities in the past.

3. Dominion has been used in other countries to “forge election results.”

4. Dominion’s corporate structure is deliberately confusing to hide relationships with Venezuela, China, and Cuba.

5. Dominion machines are easily hackable.

6. Dominion memory cards with cryptographic key access to the systems were stolen in 2019.

Although he had no access to the machines, Dr. Kershavarz has looked at available data about the election and the vote results.  Based on that information, he concluded

1. The counts in the disputed states (Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia) show electronic manipulation.

2. The simultaneous decision in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia to pretend to halt counting votes was unprecedented and demonstrated a coordinated effort to collude toward desired results.

3. One to two percent of votes were forged in Biden’s favor.

4. Optical scanners were set to accept unverified, un-validated ballots.

5. The scanners failed to keep records for audits, an outcome that must have been deliberately programmed.

6. The stolen cryptographic key, which applied to all voting systems, was used to alter vote counts.

7. The favorable votes pouring in after hours for Biden could not be accounted for by a Democrat preference for mailed in ballots.  They demonstrated manipulation.  For example, in Pennsylvania, it was physically impossible to feed 400,000 ballots into the machines within 2–3 hours.

8. Dominion used Chinese parts, and there’s reason to believe that China, Venezuela, Cuba interfered in the election.

9. There was a Hammer and Scorecard cyber-attack that altered votes in the battleground states, and then forwarded the results to Scytl servers in Frankfurt, Germany, to avoid detection.

10. The systems failed to produce any auditable results.

Based on the above findings, Dr. Keshavarz-Nia concluded with “high confidence that the election 2020 data were altered in all battleground states resulting in a [sic] hundreds of thousands of votes that were cast for President Trump to be transferred [sic] to Vice President Biden.”

This is going to be tough evidence for Democrats to counter.  Back when the naïve Democrats thought Trump would be the one to commit fraud, they held congressional hearings and wrote articles about the voting machines’ vulnerability.  And with the New York Times touting Dr. Keshavarz-Nia’s brilliance and his ability to sniff out fraud, they’ll struggle to that he’s not a reliable expert.  Things are getting fun.

Image: Dominion voting systems.  PBS YouTube video screen grab.

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Fascistic Dems Can’t Close Churches!!

SCOTUS Swats Cuomo: You Can’t Shut Down Churches While Keeping Businesses Open

ED MORRISSEY at HotAir:

As Justice Neil Gorsuch writes in a scathing concurrence, “It is time—past time—to make plain” that the Constitution applies at all times, even in pandemics. In a 5-4 vote late on Wednesday evening, the Supreme Court issued an injunction against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s order that allowed businesses to operate at the capacity of their choosing but limited religious services to either 10 or 25 people at a time.

Cuomo’s not the only target of this injunction, however:

A divided Supreme Court blocked New York from imposing strict limits on attendance at religious services to combat Covid-19, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett casting the pivotal vote to depart from past cases that deferred to state authorities on public-health measures.

In orders issued late Wednesday, the court, in a 5-4 vote, set aside attendance limits that Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo imposed on houses of worship in areas most severely affected by the coronavirus: 10 people in red zones and 25 in orange zones. New York classifies places where coronavirus infections are of increasing severity as yellow, orange or red. …

The court found it troubling that businesses that the state considered essential weren’t subject to the same occupancy limits. Those included “things such as acupuncture facilities, campgrounds, garages, as well as many whose services are not limited to those that can be regarded as essential, such as all plants manufacturing chemicals and microelectronics and all transportation facilities,” the court said.

“Members of this Court are not public health experts, and we should respect the judgment of those with special expertise and responsibility in this area,” the opinion said. But New York’s restrictions “strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty.”

“Who knew public health would so perfectly align with secular convenience?” Gorsuch wrote in his concurrence about the lack of similar restrictions on the aforementioned businesses in the Wall Street Journal’s quote. But Gorsuch had more on his mind than just New York’s latest — or semi-latest — attempts to arbitrarily impose disparate limits on religious worship. Gorsuch also pointedly called out the court for its earlier pusillanimity on similar cases, especially in Nevada:

In recent months, certain other Governors have issued similar edicts. At the flick of a pen, they have asserted the right to privilege restaurants, marijuana dispensaries, and casinos over churches, mosques, and temples. See Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak, 591 U. S. ___, ___ (2020) (GORSUCH, J., dissenting). In far too many places, for far too long, our first freedom has fallen on deaf ears.  …

Why have some mistaken this Court’s modest decision in Jacobson for a towering authority that overshadows the Constitution during a pandemic? In the end, I can only surmise that much of the answer lies in a particular judicial impulse to stay out of the way in times of crisis. But if that impulse may be understandable or even admirable in other circumstances, we may not shelter in place when the Constitution is under attack. Things never go well when we do.

This comes down to the issue of scrutiny. When government actions proscribe or interfere with a constitutional right, especially an explicit right enumerated in the Constitution, it requires a strict-scrutiny review. That means New York has to identify a compelling state interest, for which public health and pandemic control certainly qualify, but also demonstrate that the intrusion is narrowly tailored and rationally based. The state has no evidence that worship services when following proper social-distancing protocols and disinfecting regimes present any more risk than the businesses that the state allows to operate with lesser or no restrictions. That means it’s plainly discriminatory and arbitrary as well as unconstitutional.

Amazingly, Chief Justice John Roberts doesn’t disagree — and yet still didn’t join the majority. He voted against injunctive relief while generally tilting toward the majority’s read on Cuomo’s restrictions at the time the suit was filed. Roberts argued that the issue was not ripe for injunctive relief because Cuomo had relaxed the restrictions, which Roberts admitted “do seem unduly restrictive” and might well “violate the Free Exercise clause.” At this point, the issue looks moot-ish, Roberts argued:

I would not grant injunctive relief under the present circumstances. There is simply no need to do so. After the Diocese and Agudath Israel filed their applications, the Governor revised the designations of the affected areas. None of the houses of worship identified in the applications is now subject to any fixed numerical restrictions. At these locations, the applicants can hold services with up to 50% of capacity, which is at least as favorable as the relief they currently seek.

Numerical capacity limits of 10 and 25 people, depending on the applicable zone, do seem unduly restrictive. And it may well be that such restrictions violate the Free Exercise Clause. It is not necessary, however, for us to rule on that serious and difficult question at this time. The Governor might reinstate the restrictions. But he also might not. And it is a significant matter to override determinations made by public health officials concerning what is necessary for public safety in the midst of a deadly pandemic. If the Governor does reinstate the numerical restrictions the applicants can return to this Court, and we could act quickly on their renewed applications. As things now stand, however, the applicants have not demonstrated their entitlement to “the extraordinary remedy of injunction.” Nken v. Holder, 556 U. S. 418, 428 (2009) (internal quotation marks omitted). An order telling the Governor not to do what he’s not doing fails to meet that stringent standard.

As noted, the challenged restrictions raise serious concerns under the Constitution, and I agree with JUSTICE KAVANAUGH that they are distinguishable from those we considered in South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom, 590 U. S. ___ (2020), and Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak, 591 U. S. ___ (2020). See ante, at 1, 3–4 (concurring opinion). I take a different approach than the other dissenting Justices in this respect.

The problem with this argument, Gorsuch argued in his concurrence, is that Cuomo appears to be acting even more arbitrarily in changing the restrictions around as this case worked through the courts. Justice Brett Kavanaugh rebutted Roberts in a slightly different manner. The problem with relying on the momentary status quo is that the underlying order remains in place, Kavanaugh wrote. If Cuomo never changes it, then an injunction will do no harm — but will signal clearly the boundaries to Cuomo and other governors:

For those reasons, I agree with THE CHIEF JUSTICE that New York’s “[n]umerical capacity limits of 10 and 25 people . . . seem unduly restrictive” and that “it may well be that such restrictions violate the Free Exercise Clause.” Post, at 1. I part ways with THE CHIEF JUSTICE on a narrow procedural point regarding the timing of the injunctions. THE CHIEF JUSTICE would not issue injunctions at this time. As he notes, the State made a change in designations a few days ago, and now none of the churches and synagogues who are applicants in these cases are located in red or orange zones. As I understand it, THE CHIEF JUSTICE would not issue an injunction unless and until a house of worship applies for an injunction and is still in a red or orange zone on the day that the injunction is finally issued. But the State has not withdrawn or amended the relevant Executive Order. And the State does not suggest that the applicants lack standing to challenge the red-zone and orange-zone caps imposed by the Executive Order, or that these cases are moot or not ripe. In other words, the State does not deny that the applicants face an imminent injury today. In particular, the State does not deny that some houses of worship, including the applicants here, are located in areas that likely will be classified as red or orange zones in the very near future. I therefore see no jurisdictional or prudential barriers to issuing the injunctions now.

There also is no good reason to delay issuance of the injunctions, as I see it. If no houses of worship end up in red or orange zones, then the Court’s injunctions today will impose no harm on the State and have no effect on the State’s response to COVID–19. And if houses of worship end up in red or orange zones, as is likely, then today’s injunctions will ensure that religious organizations are not subjected to the unconstitutional 10-person and 25-person caps. Moreover, issuing the injunctions now rather than a few days from now not only will ensure that the applicants’ constitutional rights are protected, but also will provide some needed clarity for the State and religious organizations.

Precisely. The Supreme Court should have set this boundary in the ridiculously easy case of Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolakdecided wrongly in July on a 5-4 vote. Nevada had imposed onerous restrictions on worship services while allowing casinos and other businesses to operate at 50% capacity. The court refused to intervene, leading Gorsuch and Samuel Alito to write stinging dissents:

“That Nevada would discriminate in favor of the powerful gaming industry and its employees may not come as a surprise, but this Court’s willingness to allow such discrimination is disappointing,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in a dissent joined by Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh.

“We have a duty to defend the Constitution, and even a public health emergency does not absolve us of that responsibility,” Alito said. “The Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion. It says nothing about freedom to play craps or blackjack, to feed tokens into a slot machine or to engage in any other game of chance.”

Kavanaugh also wrote his own dissent, as did Justice Neil Gorsuch, who said today’s world “with a pandemic upon us, poses unusual challenges.”

“But there is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesars Palace over Calvary Chapel,” Gorsuch wrote.

The court’s refusal to deal with such an obvious case of First Amendment violations emboldened governors to continue to act arbitrarily to violate those civil rights. Had Roberts acted when he should have in Calvary Chapel, there would have likely have been no need to intervene now. Roberts learned nothing from that failure, even though he admits that Cuomo was using his power abusively in this instance. It’s amazing that this decision didn’t go 6-3 after Calvary Chapel … and that it wasn’t 9-0 even apart from that. And by amazing, I mean shameful.

Obama Right On for His Love of Social Fascism…..so!

Obama wrong again

By Silvio Canto, Jr. at American Thinker:

Once upon a time, retired presidents took long walks like President Harry Truman or showed up at baseball games like President George W. Bush.  It was seen as “unpresidential” for former presidents to stick their noses in the political arena.

Not so President Obama.  He can say anything he wants, and the media will not challenge him at all, at least never to his face.

President Obama this week spoke about Hispanics voting for President Trump.  He said this:

There’s a lot of evangelical Hispanics who, the fact that Trump says racist things about Mexicans, or puts undocumented workers [sic] in cages, they think that’s less important than the fact that he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion.

Well, the bit about putting “undocumented workers” in cages is a bit strange coming from the man who built those cages and was given the nickname “deporter in chief.”

Not sure what “racist things” President Trump said about Mexicans.  He did speak about illegal aliens and crime on the border.  Is that racist?  Well, it wasn’t when a guy named Obama said the same.

So what’s up with Obama?  He knows that no one will challenge him no matter what he says.

Image: Johan Viirok.

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Obamalings on the Attack Again in Minneapolis…

 BY JOHN HINDERAKER  at PowerLine:

MORE EVIDENCE THAT LIBERALS HATE AMERICA

Actually, I am not sure that more evidence is needed, now that hating America has evolved from an allegedly scurrilous accusation to the essence of the liberal program. But, for what it is worth, Thanksgiving brought liberals out of the woodwork in Minneapolis as elsewhere across the country. The Star Tribune reports on two instances of vandalism last night:

Vandals toppled a statue of George Washington in the Washburn Fair Oaks Park across from the Minneapolis Institute of Art and also splashed it with paint. A few miles away in northeast Minneapolis’ B.F. Nelson Park, unknown suspects spray-painted the words “no thanks,” “no more genocide,” “decolonize” and “land back” on the large granite Pioneers statue.

This is the George Washington statue. It was torn from its base and may not be salvageable:

More:

The graffiti on the Pioneer statue in Minneapolis appeared to be protesting colonialism. The monument depicts three generations of a pioneer family standing before sheaves of grain, which illustrate the agricultural product and flour industry that played a large part in creating the city. The Pillsbury family, founders of the famous Pillsbury flour brand, gifted the sculpture to the city during the Great Depression, Sommers said.

The front of the monument features men are holding a rifle, ax and plow. A woman and her newborn stand at their side. On the back of the statue’s base, an engraving shows an American Indian handing a peace pipe to Father Hennepin.

The Park Board was already defensive about the idea of a monument to white settlers:

This spring, the Park Board placed a sign near the statue acknowledging the complaints and invited people to share their thoughts.

“The Park Board is working together with the community to address and respond using a racial equity lens to determine next steps,” Sommers said.

Shockingly, kneeling down to the leftists did no good.

One is tempted to say that such destruction of innocuous public monuments, including memorials to indisputably great men like George Washington, shows that leftists are irredeemably stupid. What is most striking, though, is that not a single Democratic politician, to my knowledge, has even criticized, let alone done anything to try to stop, this anti-Americanism. On the contrary, many Democratic politicians have encouraged it:

The destruction comes six months after protesters pulled down a Christopher Columbus statue outside the State Capitol this summer.

Columbus, a 15th-century Genoese explorer, has long been a target of activists for his role in colonizing, killing and exploiting Indigenous people.

That is an objective way of describing the discoverer of the New World!

The monument’s expulsion at the Capitol marked the first of many statues on public grounds felled by protesters in the nationwide reckoning over institutional racism that followed the May 25 killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers.

The Star Tribune, like many other “news” outlets, ritually refer to the “killing” of Floyd by police officers. That allegation has yet to be tested in court, but so far the evidence suggests that Floyd died of a fentanyl overdose, and the police had nothing to do with it. Maybe the evidence at trial will warrant a different conclusion–the one that the Star Tribune casually, and without evidence, asserts–but the fact that Floyd had two to three times a lethal dose of fentanyl in his blood and showed the classic symptoms of fentanyl poisoning, like inability to breathe, suggests, at this point, that Floyd died of a drug overdose.

Gov. Tim Walz decided not to restore [the Columbus statue].

Of course he did! Because Tim (“Dim Tim”) Walz hates America, and thinks it was unfortunate that his own European ancestors ever came here, to disturb the bliss that the Indian tribes enjoyed prior to 1492. That is now, apparently, the official position of the Democratic Party.

The Fascist Dems’ Maneuverings to Get Trump

Here’s how they think they finally got Trump

By Simon de Hundehutte at American Thinker:

The “defeat” of President Donald J. Trump is still in the “remains to be seen” category, due to that formidable foe known as Sidney Powell.  In the meantime, we are being asked — or rather, commanded — to believe that it was a fair and honest election that finally defeated the president.

Here’s the “logic” we are being spoon-, or rather, shovel-fed by all the influential forces in our culture:

The Democrats and the far left, with their allies in the media, Hollywood, academia, and social media platforms, have tried every forceful, vicious scheme for well nigh four years to send packing the man they deem was mistakenly elected president in 2016.

Their tactics have included, but have not been limited to: the Russia election collusion scandal, the impeachment over a simple Ukrainian phone call, the president’s claimed direct responsibility for causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of citizens due to mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic — combined with non-stop labeling of xenophobia, homophobia, and the coup de grâce, the “racist!” stigma.

This clearly did not work.  The president somehow came out on top of the entire onslaught.  So what remained?  Did they fire all their arrows, only to find that every single one of them fell short of the mark?

No.  Not all.  Indeed, the most powerful arrow of all remained in their quiver.  The left must have finally realized their ultimate plan, one that was pure genius:

Why not bring down Donald J. Trump by following the rules of the Constitution — the part in there (somewhere) about using elections to decide the will of the people?

“Yes, that’s it!” one of the top Einsteins in the left’s inner circle might have said.  “Let’s hold a fair and honest election.  Let’s let the decision fall to We the People.  I mean, last time we came ever so close with Hillary Clinton — so with a little extra effort this time, even in the swing states, Clinton’s so-called ‘deplorables’ can be persuaded to vote to remove that evil Trump who has clearly shown himself to be Hitler 2.0.”

The idea surely must have caught on.

Another far-left genius, his eyes brightening, chimed in.  “I believe you’re on to something here!  We could run a really old white guy for our candidate, someone who shows signs of early-onset dementia, and choose as his running mate someone we can pass off as non-white and who dropped out of the primaries early because she couldn’t garner any electoral interest.  And she’ll have a sour personality, to boot!”

Now everyone in the inner circle was onboard with this truly winning game plan.  The ideas were coming fast and furious.

“And our stellar presidential candidate will hold sporadic campaign rallies and appear on camera wearing a black, foreboding mask.  And his myriad supporters, perhaps two or three dozen, will complete the winning optics by sitting twelve feet apart in big wide circles, also wearing masks.”

“Yes, yes,” another will shout, “and when voters compare our candidate’s rallies with Trump’s, with his tens and tens and tens of thousands, they’ll have to agree with us that nasty Trump attracts so many losers and our winsome candidate attracts only winners!”

Is it possible this little narrative played out at some point in time in Democratic circles somewhere?  Really?

Or…

Should we perhaps believe something more obvious, something that’s staring us all right in the face?

They cheated.

Image credit: Pixabay public domain.

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Will Dems’ Massive Corruption Conquer the Trump Win?

We Needed the Result We Got

By Rodney O. Willis at American Thinker:

There are two elections the Democrats have never gotten over:  Bush v. Gore, and Trump v. Clinton. 

In the 2000 Bush v. Gore election, all eyes were focused on Florida and the drama over hanging chads and butterfly ballots.  Republicans believed that election officials in predominantly Democrat counties in south Florida were engaged in small-scale election fraud by fabricating illegal ballots.  In turn, Democrats believed that the Republicans were using their state officials and the Supreme Court to throw out legal ballots.  “Disenfranchised” was the word of the year.

In the 2016 Trump v. Clinton election, it became clear on election night that Hillary had gotten swept in an electoral rout by President Trump.  Democrats were dumbfounded, wrestling with how a crass political neophyte could defeat “the smartest woman in the world.”  Two brutal defeats were enough to push the Democrats toward a new strategy.

Small-scale fraud would not work in 2020 — only large-scale, industrial strength, systematic fraud would ensure an electoral victory.  It appears that Joe Biden wasn’t kidding when he said they had put together the most “inclusive voter fraud” operation.

On election night 2020, most Republicans went to bed feeling very confident about the outcome of the election.  The leads were so great, that no amount of chicanery would upset the balance, or so they thought.  Instead, Republicans woke up the next morning to find that all the leads had completely evaporated — and in very suspicious ways.  The realization hit hard.  The Democrats had really done it — they had gone all in to make sure Trump lost.

In the aftermath of this election, it is clear that no election will ever be the same again.  The level of distrust can hardly be measured.  The level of anger is palpable.  The desire for revenge is formidable.  Every future election will be contested; every outcome will be doubted.

But what if Trump had prevailed?  What would have happened if the voter turnout was so overwhelming that it had overcome the Democrats’ attempts at stealing the election?  Would we not just be overjoyed that we “dodged a bullet”?  Would we not just celebrate the victory while paying lip service to “preserving the integrity of our election?”  After all, did any significant reform take place after the 2000 election?

It was inevitable that at some point the Democrats would master the art of the steal, and America would be left speechless at the breadth and depth of the maniacal machine that pulled it off.  It’s one thing to lose fairly on a level playing field and with unchanging rules.  It’s quite another to lose through outright villainy to a man whom history will likely show to be the most corrupt person to run for President.

This election result might just be the result we needed to save our democracy.

The 2020 election revealed three very real dangers to our democracy.

The first danger is the media.  They cannot be trusted.  Their credibility has long been suspect, but they are little more than a Democrat PR firm.  They not only refused to call out Joe Biden on his corruption, but actively suppressed any stories relating to it.  Going forward, the so-called “fourth branch” can no longer consist of just the officially recognized journalists.  They must forever be supplanted by citizen journalists who will disseminate information through means outside the control of the government and corporations.  Americans have a right to hear all sides to all stories.

The second danger is the Corporation.  Once the backbone of American industry and a symbol of pride for our nation, the American executive class has taken on the role that was once the domain of despotic governments — social monitors and censors.  It’s not just big tech, although they are the most egregious, but big finance and big media, too. PayPal regularly “deplatforms” legal and legitimate businesses for the crime of being conservative.   Under the Obama administration’s “Operation Choke Point,” banks like SunTrust closed the accounts of gun stores simply because they sold guns. This cancer is spreading to all fields.  These companies are banning businesses and individuals for failing to comply with the left’s agenda.  This must be stopped.  We must break these companies and restore individual liberty and the freedom of expression without fear of reprisal.

The final danger is this:  the system of elections is controlled by the elected.  The process of obtaining power is operated by those already in power. We the people must assert our authority over our most sacred right for the sake of ourselves and our posterity.  If we cannot do so, then future elections will be nothing more than communist-style charades giving the illusion of democracy over the fist of tyranny. 

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Why the Wuhan Flu Up in the Midwest?

 BY JOHN HINDERAKER  at PowerLine:

COVID SHUTDOWNS AND MASKS

Many are hysterical over the second COVID wave that has hit a number of states, and governors are responding with harsh shutdown orders. Here in Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz blames our citizens for not wearing masks, deeming it self-evident that if his brilliant anti-viral strategies are not working, the fault must lie with us. That is, to the extent that the fault does not lie with our neighboring states; the Sturgis motorcycle rally, along with Wisconsin’s more laissez faire approach, has assumed a Goldstein-like level of villainy in the Walz administration’s press briefings.

What is really going on? This map, from the New York Times, shows new cases per 100,000 people over the last week:

It is pretty obvious what is happening. The Wuhan flu is surging in the Midwest, especially the Upper Midwest. Why? Because the weather has gotten colder. The cold and flu season is under way. The states where cases are rising fast cover the gamut from harshest restrictions (like Minnesota and Illinois) to least intrusive (South Dakota). These factors–shutdowns and mask mandates–make no apparent difference. There aren’t so many new cases in the Northeast, where the weather is also getting colder, I assume because those areas where hit much harder earlier this year.

Note, in particular, that Tim Walz’s repeated assertion that Minnesota’s lax neighbors are dragging his state down are ridiculous. It would be at least as easy to argue, from the data, that Minnesota is infecting neighboring states. But, as Walz says, “It’s not about numbers. It’s not about data. It’s about neighborliness.” In other words, he just makes stuff up.

Mask wearing is a particular focus of social posturing these days. In many parts of the country, venturing outdoors without wearing a mask risks being accosted and yelled at by strangers. But is there actually any correlation between wearing pieces of cloth over our faces and rates of COVID infection? It doesn’t seem so.

This map, from Carnegie-Mellon University, shows the current percentage of people who wear masks most or all of the time while in public, based on Facebook surveys–which are certainly not infallible, but are the best data I know of:

If you compare the states in these two maps, there is no evident correlation between mask wearing and new Wuhan infections. In particular, Tim Walz’s repeated assertion that Minnesotans are letting him down is shown to be ridiculous. According to the Carnegie-Mellon survey, Minnesota has a 93% rate of face masking, one of the highest in the country, which doesn’t appear to prevent it from having a higher new-case rate than Wisconsin or the Dakotas. In truth, though, mask wearing doesn’t seem to vary much–from 96% in New York and Massachusetts to 79% in South Dakota and 75% in Wyoming, states that have never had a mask mandate.

In my opinion, the current surge in COVID cases is a good thing. The virus needs to work its way through the population, and delaying its progress, if that is even possible, can only increase the damage done by the virus and the measures taken to “fight” it. Meanwhile, there is little reason to think that the supposedly urgent restrictions being put on our freedoms are doing any good, even if we assume that slowing the spread of the virus is desirable.

Big Business Biden “Won” With 12,000,000 PHONY Ballots!

73 million people can be a formidable group

By John Watson at American Thinker:

While the number may be even higher when the smoke clears, we know that at least 73 million people voted for President Trump’s re-election.  We also know this is an honest number.  Regardless of the outcome of the fraud challenges, these 73 million people need to think about what they can do.

There are those in the Republican Party who opposed Trump all along, the self-styled NeverTrumps.  Despite the president’s enormous successes, these still oppose anything Trump.  Sadly, their hatred for one man was stronger than their love for their country.  They just don’t see the writing on the wall that a healthy portion of America, Republicans and even some Democrats, were fed up with do-nothing politicians.  They wanted someone who would fight for them and push back against the left and the Deep State.  That man was Donald Trump.

The Republican Party has something of a dilemma on its hands.  To survive and fight for America the way President Trump has done, the party will have to change.  Either the NeverTrumps need to leave the party, or the 73 million Trump-supporters will.  If we, as I am in that latter group, leave and form a new party, be it the American Party or whatever, I submit that a lot more people who have identified as Democrats would join us, given that the Democrat Party has been hijacked by radical leftists.  A recent Rasmussen poll showed that approximately one third of Democrats believe that the election was stolen from Trump.  No one likes cheaters.  There are more than enough good people who still love America for such a new party to be a success.

What can 73 million people do?  We now know that the big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and the like are supportive of the left.  If a good portion of these 73 million people simply got off Facebook and Twitter and stopped buying from Amazon, the impact would be huge. 

Similarly, it is obvious that the so-called MSM essentially elected Joe Biden by hiding the Hunter Biden stories that show corruption if not bribery in the Biden family.  Recent polls have shown that many Democrats said that, had they known about Hunter Biden and Joe’s corrupt dealings, they would never have voted for Biden.  This number is large enough to have denied Biden a victory or would at least have required even more cheating.

It’s time to end their power.  Trump and his supporters should establish news outlets that report all the news and totally abandon network news, leftist newspapers, and cable news.

The same goes for Hollywood, the NBA, the NFL, and any other entity that tries to tell us how to think.  Close accounts with those financial institutions who say they will not finance or do business with anyone in the firearms industry.  Don’t deal with companies who cave to the P.C. crowd.

Yes, 73 million people can be a formidable group.  The enthusiasm is there.  Let’s harness their power for the good of the nation.

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That Vile Corruption in Georgia…Will It Continue?

Dominion in Georgia: What Happened?

By Anne-Christine Hoff at American Thinker:

Sidney Powell made waves last weekend when she said that the lawsuit being filed on behalf of Trump in Georgia would be “biblical.” Frankly, this entire election has had a biblical quality to it. When speaking about it, pastors reference the Book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar, the times of Jeremiah, and other prophetic books. If I were to cast a real-life character as the biblical figure of Judas, that man would definitely be Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who calls himself a “passionate Trump supporter” but whose actions prove otherwise.

There is an explosive investigation in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) regarding the Dominion Voting Machines (DVM) and Brad Raffensperger’s role in easing the security surrounding those machines. According to the AJC, in October the Secretary of State’s office was responsible for weakening the system’s defenses, disabling password protections on a key component that controls who is allowed to vote.

Just days before the early voting started, on October 12th, according to the AJC, Raffensperger’s office “pushed out new software to each of the state’s 30,000 voting machines through hundreds of thumb-drives that experts say are prone to infection with malware.”

According to the article, the features that make this new software vulnerable to hacking would “not be detected without an audit after the election.” The software has a feature where voters verify their selections as a paper ballot and then the ballot is fed into an optical scanner by an election official. For reasons that are difficult to understand, the scanner doesn’t record the text of the ballot. Instead, it reads “an unencrypted quick response” or QR barcode that is indecipherable to the human eye.

That feature, according to the AJC, makes it possible either to tamper with individual voting machines or to infiltrate the state’s central election theory. In theory, hackers could alter the barcodes to change votes and there would be no way to detect the changes. 

What was the purpose of this software update? Why did Governor Kemp and Secretary of State Raffensperger spend more than $100 million of taxpayer money to roll out the Dominion voting software at the same time that the Texas’ Secretary of State’s office released a report saying that the machines were vulnerable to manipulation?

And now look at the results:

Texas was deemed a battleground state, and yet without the help of the Dominion voting machines, Trump won Texas easily, winning 89% of Texas’ 254 counties. Governor Greg Abbott called the state for him on election night because there was just no ambiguity surrounding the results.

Powerful people in Georgia must have really wanted the DVS machines, since the DVS machines were rushed out in Georgia despite multiple objections that there was not enough time for a complete overhaul of the voting system before the March 24 presidential primary. According to the AJC, the rollout in Georgia was “the largest rollout of election equipment in US history.”

On Friday Governor Kemp and Secretary of State Raffensperger certified the election results in Georgia after a recount that many Trump supporters viewed as largely useless as it simply recounted vote tallies that had not been audited. In a news conference at the State Capital on Friday, Raffensperger claimed his engineering background had led him to understand that “numbers don’t lie.”

There are some other numbers that are worth keeping in mind: Biden is said to have won the state of Georgia by just 12,670 votes. Biden, who has multiple times at major events referred to himself as “Joe Biden’s husband.”

Just as in Minnesota, this shift is anomalous, considering that in 2016 Trump carried the state of Georgia by 211,141. I have personally seen Biden at a rally in Atlanta calling himself “Kamala’s running mate.” I have watched him struggle to keep the crowd’s attention. Thanks to Dominion’s presence in every single county in Georgia, thanks to Governor Kemp and Secretary of State Raffensperger pushing through the Dominion machines, and the Secretary of State’s office weakening the password protection just days before early voting, this state has been delivered to a corrupt man who can’t speak without a teleprompter and who skims off the top for his family at every turn.  

Anne-Christine Hoff is a proud American whose father lived through the propaganda of Nazi Austria. She considers the big lies being peddled today as dangerous as the ones peddled during the 1930s and 40s Nazi period. Her work has appeared in New English Review, American Thinker, Middle East Quarterly, and LifeSite News.  You can also find her political commentary on her YouTube channel Scarlet Pimpernella.

Image: Dominion

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Have Dem Fascists Illegally Grabbed the Presidency?

This is War!

By J. Robert Smith at American Thinker:

We are at war with enemies of liberty, domestic and foreign.  Domestic enemies are now pressing relentlessly.  Why shrink from the word “enemy,” the simple definition of which is “one seeking to injure, overthrow, or confound an opponent.”  Who other are these warmakers?       

This war is much more than disputes over fraudulent elections, though that would be cause enough.  The Democratic Party is a means.  The new war has been imagined, developed, and phased in over decades by the left.  It’s unconventional, asymmetric, and cunning.  It’s insidious, and has been about stealth and infiltration more so than outright confrontation — until this year, when state shutdowns have been imposed to test the limits of tyranny… to gauge the level of tolerance of unconstitutional centralized rule over a free people.  Targeted violence has been employed in cities to engender angst, a sense of helplessness, and, consequently, to demoralize us.     

The left’s warfare — underwritten by coastal plutocrats, chiefly — is comprehensive.  The target now are our politics.  The aim is to capture our national and state governments.  Dominating the means of government nearly ensures its ends, which have nothing to do with our freedoms.  Capturing governments is an endpoint — the crowning achievement in the left’s long march. 

What would follow leftist consolidation of power in the United States is the hoped-for realization of the leftist-globalist dream of a “Great Reset,” whereby the United States is subsumed in some oligarchic-Marxist transnational utopia.  As the history of the last 100 years teaches us abundantly, the left’s quests for utopia resolve in hells.  The body count reaches into the millions, thanks to leftist slaughter.  

The new war has and is being waged principally against our culture — against our values, beliefs, and mores.  It has been and is against the fundamentals of a healthy, free, and civil society.  The assaults are against what’s organic to a vital society: marriage, family, and children, neighborhood and community.  The tissue, bone, and sinew of American society must be separated and destroyed for the enemy to reconstruct society according to its perverse vision.    

In the name of public health, our churches, synagogues, businesses, and schools suffer shutdowns at the whim of petty tyrants like Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio.  Tens of millions of Americans are injured as a result.  All of us have been injured by degrees in assaults on our God-given rights.  We’ve been forced to wear masks to “stop the spread,” but, in fact, to compel subservience. 

Our voices are increasingly silenced in social media.  The tech giants are imperious gatekeepers of speech; they’re eager facilitators of the gathering tyranny.  Step out of line and face restrictions or cancellation. 

Men and women who dare to speak out and dissent — or simply do their duties — are cruelly doxed.  Cancel culture — another means of censorship and punishment for noncompliance — spreads like cancer into corporations and organizations.  White Americans are unjustly branded racist.  Demands for reparations and calls for reverse discrimination are commonplace among “woke progressives.”

Leftists, and even establishment Democrats, call for “truth and reconciliation” commissions to force patriots to repudiate their support for President Trump and express fealty to leftism’s strictures.  Failure to comply will be met with punitive actions along the lines of communist China’s evolving — and sinister — social credit system.           

It’s good to understand where the leftist-oligarchs draw their intellectual firepower and conviction.  Three sources come readily to mind, all of whom have made critical contributions in modernizing Marxist war on America and Western Civilization.             

The assaults, in part, are rooted in the works of Marxist Italian intellectual, Antonio Gramsci, whose thinking is summed up:

The defining Gramscian concept is that of hegemony. This denotes a level of political domination that extends beyond control of a state or a parliament into the realm of culture and ideas.   

In the Frankfurt School — a school of thought — whose principals:

[snip] “are known for their brand of culturally focused neo-Marxist theory—a rethinking of classical Marxism updated to their socio-historical period. This proved seminal for the fields of sociology, cultural studies, and media studies.”  

And in Maoism.  Mao, who waged a pitiless Cultural Revolution using China’s youth as avengers.  Per Andrea Widburg

James David Banker’s article about the Cultural Revolution describes how schools were turned into places of propaganda rather than knowledge and how the indoctrinated students brutally turned on their teachers, their families, and their friends. 

The new war being waged has less to do with a classic Marxist focus on economics and wealth disparities.  It’s the totality of Western experience that’s in the crosshairs.  The evisceration of the West is the goal.  The left desires to strip away the protections a free society affords to rule our very souls.             

Many of us have termed what’s occurring here a cold civil war.  The last cold war the nation fought was a 45-year struggle against Russian communism.  It contained some of the elements we’re seeing in this civil war.  Disinformation, propaganda (the mainstream media’s domain), subterfuge, betrayal, and subversion, among other facets.  While the last cold war had enemies within, in this cold civil war the enemy within is diffuse, occupying positions of power in virtually every sector.  In fact, in sectors like tech, education, the media, arts and entertainment, whole populations are hostile to traditional America.

This enemy is formidable.  It’s entrenched with tentacles that reach throughout the country.  But we must keep in mind that American revolutionaries were up against a British Empire as formidable in its day.  But for God and the French, the Revolution would have likely foundered and failed.  Today, we still have God — and we have a growing righteous anger at the injustices being done us — but we await time and events to see if the equivalent of the French materializes.  Yet, we can say this with confidence: “If God is for us, who can be against us?”   

Military strategists will tell you there’s a tendency to fight the last war.  It’s a disastrous error.  To win this war, we must first accept that we are at war, that the enemy is real and homegrown, and grasp why and how it’s being waged against us.  We must resist the temptation to believe that the full-blown tyranny described really can’t happen here.  We’ve received no pass, no exemption.  We face the most perilous challenge ever to our liberties.  We must accept the reality of this fight and engage with steely resolve and vigor or perish as a free people.  

As Lincoln once remarked, “America will not be destroyed from the outside.  If we falter and lose our freedom, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” 

Though we prize our individuality, we must, compelled by circumstance, unite, fighting as one.  As Benjamin Franklin famously said, “We must hang together or, surely, we shall hang separately.”

Consider this: Perhaps the Good Lord, in His infinite wisdom, is allowing the threat of tyranny to arise on these shores precisely because we’ve been chosen to vanquish it.  Are we David to the left’s Goliath?  It’s also said that to whom much is given, much is expected.  We are now expected to bear the coming burdens — to willingly accept costs and sacrifices — to defeat an ancient enemy newly disguised, thereby restoring the fullest measure of freedom to our nation, and to again provide a beacon of liberty in a darkening world. 

J. Robert Smith can be found on Twitter @JRobertSmith1and Parler @JRobertSmith.  He also blogs at Flyover.           

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