28 July, 2021

July 28, 2001

9/11 hijacker Marwan Alshehhi (lett) pays for some flying time at Kemper Aviation in Lantana, FL.

According to a document used as evidence at the Zacarias Moussaoui trial, on the first day, “Alshehhi could not answer basic questions on the written aviation test, which he needed an instructor’s assistance to complete.” Alshehhi returns on July 30 and August 8, when he rents a plane for approximately one hour.

16 July, 2021

July 16, 2001

The Village Voice receives the following disturbing information from a New York City taxi driver:

You know, I am leaving the country and going home to Egypt sometime in late August or September. I have gotten e-mails from people I know saying that Osama bin Laden has planned big terrorist attacks for New York and Washington for that time. It will not be safe here then.

10 July, 2021

July 10, 2001

fbi agent ken williamsFBI Agent Ken Williams (left) sends memo warning that an unusual number of Muslim extremists are learning to fly in AZ. He notes that many of these people are likely tied to Al-Qaeda, and he believes that Osama bin Laden is using these men to hijack aircraft.  He recommends that the FBI further investigate flight schools around the country.

05 July, 2021

July 5, 2001

President George W. Bush (R-USA), disturbed by the intelligence reports he’s been receiving on Al-Qaeda planning a large scale attack, directs National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to “figure out what [is] going on domestically.”


That same day, 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta is pulled over for speeding in Delray Beach (!!), FL is only given a warning. Police do not notice there’s a warrant out for his arrest.

01 July, 2021

July 1, 2000


9/11 hijackers Mohammed Atta (left) and Marwan Alshehhi move to Venice, FL and enroll in flight training at Huffman Aviation.

28 June, 2021

June 28, 2000

Starting this day in 2000, and going on through December, 9/11 hijacker Ziad Jarrah attended the Florida Flight Training Center in Venice, FL.

[School owner] Arne Kruithof says that although Jarrah eventually receives his private pilot license and instrument rating, he does not do so while at FFTC. Kruithof later claims that Jarrah becomes an “average” pilot, saying, “We had to do more to get him ready than others. His flight skills seemed to be a little bit out there.”

June 28, 2001

On this day in 2001, CIA official Richard Blee told CIA Director George Tenet that bin Laden was planning a spectacular attack against US or Israel within weeks.

“Based on a review of all source reporting over the last five months, we believe that [Osama bin Laden] will launch a significant terrorist attack against US and/or Israeli interests in the coming weeks. The attack will be spectacular and designed to inflict mass casualties against US facilities or interests. Attack preparations have been made. Attack will occur with little or no warning.”

Tenet responds by warning National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice that:

“It is highly likely that a significant al-Qaeda attack is in the near future, within several weeks”

15 June, 2021

June, 2000

Several interesting web domains were registered this month in 2000. All expired in June, 2001. These included:

attackamerica.com, attackonamerica.com, attackontwintowers.com, august11horror.com, august11terror. com, horrorinamerica.com, horrorinnewyork.com, nycterroriststrike.com, pearlharborinmanhattan.com, terrorattack2001.com, towerofhorror.com, tradetowerstrike.com, worldtradecenter929.com, worldtrade-centerbombs.com, worldtradetowerattack.com, worldtradetowerstrike.com, and wterroristattack2001. com

03 June, 2021

June 3, 2001

I’m revisiting my 9/11 posts this year. Hard to believe it’s been 20 years. Apologies to those who have read them before and are uninterested.


See here.

Ziad Jarrah, the alleged hijacker pilot of Flight 93 on 9/11, has two sessions of training at a flight school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but is denied a request to rent a plane from there due to his inadequate piloting skills.

21 April, 2021

You’ve Given Too Many People the ‘Margaret Sanger Award’ To Distance Yourselves Now

Planned Parenthood Admits They Need To ‘Reckon’ With Founder Margaret Sanger’s ‘Legacy’ On Race (lifezette.com)

She was a racist and believed in eugenics and the reason she founded Planned Parenthood was to destroy the Black race.

That’s the founding principle of the organization. You can’t hide from it.

Vice President Walter Mondale (D-USA) R.I.P.

Sorry to hear of his death.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93 – Axios

We’d be better off if the modern Democratic party was full of Walter Mondales. He never became President, and he would not have been a good one, if he had. But he would have been a better one than some of the choices the Democrats have given us.

Rest in peace, Mr. Vice President.

Chairmanship? Seriously? She Needs To Go to Prison

McCarthy Moves To Censure Waters For Inciting ‘Violence,’ Could Cost Waters Chairmanship | The Daily Wire

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced on Monday that he will move to censure Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters (CA) for allegedly inciting violence with remarks that she made over the weekend.

“This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence. Increased unrest has already led to violence against law enforcement and her comments intentionally poured fuel on the fire,” McCarthy said in a statement. “We’ve heard this type of violent rhetoric from Waters before, and the United States Congress must clearly and without reservation reprimand this behavior before more people get hurt. But Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters’ behavior. That’s why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these dangerous comments, and I hope that all my colleagues – both Republican and Democrat – will stand up for peace on America’s streets.”

I’m really curious to see if any Democrats break ranks on this one. I’d like to know if there is anyone on the left side of the aisle that deserves respect. Right now I’m betting against it.

You Impeached a President for Less, You Hypocrite

Pelosi On Whether Maxine Waters Should Apologize For Alleged Incitement: ‘I Don’t Think She Should’ | The Daily Wire

Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) said on Monday that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) should not apologize for highly controversial remarks that she made over the weekend that were widely condemned as incitement and have prompted calls that Waters be removed from her committee assignments.

“Pelosi says she doesn’t think Waters should apologize for her remarks about confrontation after the Chauvin verdict,” Fox News reported. “Pelosi also said she didn’t think Waters [sic] comments would incite violence.”

These people have no shame whatsoever. This is actual incitement. You impeached a President over pretend incitement.

I agree, though. Waters shouldn’t apologize. I wouldn’t believe her if she did. She should be expelled from Congress.

Today.

Thanks, But I’ll Keep Saying “Illegal Aliens”

If you don’t like that, I can also use the word “Invaders”. Those are your two options.

Biden Bans "Illegal Aliens" Not the Activity, Just That Term – PJ Media

Biden is dealing with the worst border crisis in decades, a crisis he has no small part in creating, and his solution is to stop using a perfectly descriptive term. That’s the problem right there, you see. It’s not that the term is offensive. People can and will be offended about anything and everything. It’s that the term succinctly and accurately describes the problem.

Yes, what we call them is clearly the most important problem right now. Not that we have people living in conditions that you wouldn’t wish upon your worst enemies.

20 April, 2021

Positively Revolting

But then we know from Project Veritas that CNN isn’t really a news organization, they are the propaganda arm for the Democratic Party.

WATCH: CNN defends Maxine Waters incitement of violence against police | The Post Millennial

One guest on the program, Matthew Dowd, said effectively that he considered Waters to be above criticism.

"I actually just listened to Maxine Waters. We all have to be cognizant of what we say. I don't think what she said in anyway should, we should criticize her for. Of course, we should be more confrontational. That doesn't mean we should be more violent," he said.

It’s clear that they would not have been nearly as forgiving regarding the same words from President Donald Trump (R-USA). Media bias is one thing. This goes way beyond that. The FEC should examine their books and fine them for unlawful contributions to the Democratic Party.

18 April, 2021

This is Actual Incitement

Maxine Waters urges Minnesota protesters to 'stay on the street' if Chauvin acquitted in Floyd case | Fox News

Asked about the Derek Chauvin murder trial in Minneapolis, Waters told reporters if the former police officer isn't found guilty of murdering George Floyd, "We've got to stay on the street and we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business."

She’s from California. Why is she in Minnesota, anyway??

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is right about her:

And here’s the result:

BREAKING: Minnesota National Guard Shot At Just Hours After Maxine Waters Incited Violence - National File

“A Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis Police team were fired upon by a light colored SUV early Sunday Morning,” said Lt. Col. Scott Hawks. “Two National Guard members did sustain minor injuries from the incident. One National Guard member was taken to a hospital to receive care for lacerations from shattered glass.”

The attack took place around 4:19 a.m. as soldiers and police provided security in the area of West Broadway and Penn avenue. “This event highlights the volatility and tension in our communities right now. I ask for peace as we work through this difficult time,” said Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General.

And I agree with Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA-14):

MTG To Introduce Resolution To Expel Maxine Waters From Congress for Her ‘Incitement of Violence’ (ijr.com)

Now, the Georgia Congresswoman is planning to introduce a resolution to expel Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) from Congress after a video surfaced of her saying that protesters need to “stay on the street” and “get more active” if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

In series of tweets on Sunday, she wrote, “Very soon I’ll be introducing a resolution to expel [Maxine Waters] from Congress for her continual incitement of violence on innocent American people. Rep Waters is a danger to our society.”

She needs to be forcibly removed from Congress and thrown in prison.

The New York Post agrees.

Impeach and remove Maxine Waters (nypost.com)

Now. She should not serve another day in Congress.

In supporting the second impeachment of President Trump, California Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters said he was “inciting” his followers, and was “trying to create a Civil War.”

By her own standards, Maxine Waters should be impeached and removed.

On Sunday in Minnesota, Waters, breaking the law by violating curfew (because “she didn’t agree with it”) said that if ex-police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty of murdering George Floyd, “We’ve got to get more confrontational.”

There’s been rioting, looting, graffiti — what did Waters mean by “more confrontational?” In Portland, they set fire to an Apple store. They’re trying to take over government buildings.

She is way over the line. She’s so far past the line she can’t even see the line anymore.

She needs to be expelled. If the Democrats aren’t complete hypocrites (ha!) she will be. First thing tomorrow.

 

There’s Always a “Yes, But…”

CDC: Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose | TheHill

Great news.

Roughly half of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Saturday.

Across the country, more than 128 million people ages 18 and older have received at least one shot, with more than 82 million fully vaccinated with one of the three vaccines approved for emergency use in the U.S., the CDC said.

Overall, 49.7 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one vaccine dose, according to the data, and nearly a third are fully vaccinated.

Yes, but…

Looking at my handy-dandy spreadsheet, I see that the 7-day rolling average of cases in the U.S. reached 62,813 on April 13th. That’s after bottoming out at 47,418 on March 14th. That’s a 30% increase in a month. Not good.

Even worse, worldwide cases reached their highest 7-day rolling average of 733,613 on April 16th.

Fatalities continue to remain low in the U.S. In fact, the 7-day rolling average today was the lowest since October 10th, so that is encouraging. However, worldwide, the average is at an all-time high, just like cases.

We can see the light ahead, but we’re not out of the woods yet.

April 18, 1775

Paul Revere’s Ride!

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch
Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light,—
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country-folk to be up and to arm.”

Then he said “Good night!” and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war:
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon, like a prison-bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.

Meanwhile, his friend, through alley and street
Wanders and watches with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers
Marching down to their boats on the shore.

Then he climbed to the tower of the church,
Up the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the belfry-chamber overhead,
And startled the pigeons from their perch
On the sombre rafters, that round him made
Masses and moving shapes of shade,—
By the trembling ladder, steep and tall,
To the highest window in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town,
And the moonlight flowing over all.

Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead,
In their night-encampment on the hill,
Wrapped in silence so deep and still
That he could hear, like a sentinel’s tread,
The watchful night-wind, as it went
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, “All is well!”
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the place and the hour, and the secret dread
Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away,
Where the river widens to meet the bay,—
A line of black, that bends and floats
On the rising tide, like a bridge of boats.

Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride,
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere.
Now he patted his horse’s side,
Now gazed on the landscape far and near,
Then impetuous stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle-girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry-tower of the old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and sombre and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry’s height,
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns!

A hurry of hoofs in a village-street,
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed that flies fearless and fleet:
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat.

He has left the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides;
And under the alders, that skirt its edge,
Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge,
Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides.

It was twelve by the village clock
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer’s dog,
And felt the damp of the river-fog,
That rises when the sun goes down.

It was one by the village clock,
When he galloped into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, blank and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon.

It was two by the village clock,
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning breeze
Blowing over the meadows brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket-ball.

You know the rest. In the books you have read,
How the British Regulars fired and fled,—
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard-wall,
Chasing the red-coats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,—
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo forevermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

Remind Me to Never Go Back to Oregon

As mask mandates end, Oregon bucks trend with permanent rule (apnews.com)

A top health official is considering indefinitely extending rules requiring masks and social distancing in all businesses in the state.

The proposal would keep the rules in place until they are “no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace.”

Michael Wood, administrator of the state’s department of Occupational Safety and Health, said the move is necessary to address a technicality in state law that requires a “permanent” rule to keep current restrictions from expiring.

Until it’s “no longer necessary”. That sounds like “forever” to me. I will pass. The mandate is over here in Indiana, but I’m still wearing my mask. For the moment.

Not much longer though. Practically counting the days…

Does This Mean That the AP Can Use That Word Too?

HE FINALLY DID IT! Biden Admits There's a Crisis at the Border! – PJ Media

I have no doubt that he’s been aware of the fact that the situation at the border is a crisis, and that he’s known this for some time.

However, he’s never admitted it. That is, until Saturday when he described the situation at the United States’ southern border as a “crisis” for the first time.

“We’re going to increase the number [of refugees],” Biden told reporters. “The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn’t do two things at once. But now we are going to increase the number.”

Well, that’s a lie. This is a giant federal government. We can do ten million things at once. Does anyone even fall for this crap?

But he did call it a crisis. Finally. Notify the AP.

Associated Press denies that border crisis is a crisis | Washington Examiner

Associated Press Vice President and Editor-at-Large for Standards John Daniszewski cautioned staffers the U.S. immigration disaster does not yet meet the dictionary definition of the word “crisis.”

In an internal memo this week, titled “From the Standards Center: A note about the current increase in border entrances," Daniszewski told staffers to aim for "accurate and neutral language.”

It is a crisis. It has been a crisis. It appears to be getting worse every day.

This is a complete failure of the Biden administration.

This Is One of the Saddest Things I've Seen in a While

Queen Elizabeth all alone at the funeral for her beloved Prince Philip.

Damn China Virus. This is just wrong.

Prince Philip funeral: Queen looks upset as she sits alone due to Covid restrictions | Daily Mail Online

The Queen sat alone inside St George's Chapel today as Covid regulations forced her to be separated from her family and wear a mask.

The 94-year-old monarch cut a figure of silent dignity as she watched on while her beloved husband of 73 years was laid to rest.

Following strict social distancing rules during the pandemic, the queen set an example even in grief, sitting apart from family members arranged around the church. Other royals who are in family bubbles sat together.

Wrong. Sad. Heart-wrenching.

Twitter Isn’t Even Pretending Anymore

Paper Uses ‘Breached’ Data To Dox Police Who Donated To Innocent Colleague Targeted By BLM; Twitter Promotes | The Daily Wire

Why is that significant? Oh yeah…

British news outlet The Guardian published an article Friday, based on information from a group that specializes in trafficking hacked materials, listing the names of low-level police employees who anonymously donated to funds supporting the due process rights of colleagues who have garnered the ire of Black Lives Matter.

Twitter then put it atop its “trending” section, which is manually curated by the site – after it silenced all references to an election-eve New York Post story that was damaging to the Joe Biden campaign, claiming it violated a policy that Twitter will not promote hacked materials. There is no evidence the Hunter Biden laptop featured in the story was hacked.

See, Twitter claimed they were blocking the Post story because it was due to a “hack”, even though it clearly wasn’t.

Now we have another story, that is based upon a hack, and it’s not only not squelched, it’s promoted.

Curious, that.

Democrats Prove—Again—That Riots Are Only Bad When One Side Does Them

Gov. DeSantis Signs “Anti-Riot” Bill, Democrats Upset (lifezette.com)

But not everyone is thrilled about the new laws put in place to help protect protesters. According to Florida Sen. Daryl Rouson, who happens to be a Democrat, “This won’t stop anything, except those who are afraid. I’m not afraid. I just want to say to people, keep on knocking, keep on protesting, keep on rising in spite of an attempt to stifle voices.”

So while the Republicans are trying to protect the liberties of Americans, the Democrats are still urging for restlessness and violence although their President’s current narrative is “Unity”.

We can’t have a law that clamps down on riots unless it specifically targets “right-wing” “white supremacists”. Otherwise, it’s just a racist intimidation act that must be resisted.

That’s Because It Is

Americans Now View Biden Border Crisis As A Bigger Problem Than COVID-19 (lifezette.com)

According to a new research poll conducted by Pew Research, Americans’ concern over the crisis at the Southern Border now surpasses the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since Biden has taken office, the number of migrants being detained at the border has reached record numbers. In addition there is concern with the number of migrant children being detained in cages and the number of migrants being released into communities don’t have the resources to properly handle the influx.

The worst thing about this from President Joe Biden’s (D-USA) standpoint is that there’s no way they can pin this on Trump. I am sure they will try, but you’d have to be gullible beyond belief to fall for it.

There was no crisis before Biden took office. Biden changed policies and let everyone know he was going to have an open-door policy regarding illegal aliens, and immediately there’s a crisis. This is all on Joe.

Democrat Presidents hate it when they can’t blame things on their Republican predecessor. Obama did it for 8 years. Joe is going to try to do it too, but he can’t on this one.

17 April, 2021

April 17, 1964

The Ford Mustang Debuts at the World’s Fair!

Another InstaPundit Post I Must Quote In Its Entirety

Instapundit » Blog Archive » JIM TREACHER: Ted Cruz Stops Wearing a Mask After Getting the Vaccine, Which Is Somehow Newsworthy. … (pjmedia.com)

JIM TREACHER: Ted Cruz Stops Wearing a Mask After Getting the Vaccine, Which Is Somehow Newsworthy.

Why?

This isn’t a rhetorical question. If these vaccines work, why do vaccinated people need to wear masks?

Why?

People are getting kicked off passenger flights for allowing their children to eat without masks, as if it were somehow possible for them to eat with their mouths covered.

Why?

Jen Psaki regularly stands at a podium in front of the White House press corps, all of whom are wearing masks, and she never wears a mask.

Why?

There hasn’t been a single reported case of someone getting COVID-19 from touching a surface, yet there’s still all this cleaning theater going on. A public figure walks away from a microphone, and somebody rushes in and sprays down everything he might’ve touched or breathed on.

Why?

Now one of the vaccines has been pulled entirely because there’s literally one chance in a million that if you’re pregnant or on birth control, you could get blood clots. That’s a 0.0001% chance.

Why?

None of this crap makes sense. There’s nothing scientific about any of this. It’s just hysteria. Superstition.

From everything I’ve seen and read, these vaccines work wonderfully. Miraculously, even. I’m getting my second dose next week, and I can’t wait. I’m not spending one more minute living like this than I have to.

Ron DeSantis has the best response to the multi-mask-obsessed left:

I had my 2nd vaccine dose almost a week ago. When my two week period is up, I probably won’t stop wearing masks entirely, but I’ll start limiting use. And I expect by the end of next month to only be wearing masks where required by the proprietor of wherever I’m entering.

And I may ask them why it’s necessary.

We need to go back to living normal lives. This whole China Virus hysteria has to end. And it has to end soon.

A Bad Day for @Jack, I think

After Twitter Banned James O’Keefe, Conservatives Accuse Them Of Protecting CNN: ‘They’re All On The Same Team’ (lifezette.com)

Donald Trump Jr. says what we’re all thinking.

This is how it works. This is the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party. No unfiltered or unapproved message is allowed to be published. And absolutely nothing that might go against the narrative or bring harm in any way to the left. Such voiced must be silenced. Permanently.

Welcome to Biden’s America.

#IToldYouSo

Live From New York—It’s Project Veritas!

BREAKING: Project Veritas confronts Brian Stelter after CNN director admits to creating propaganda | The Post Millennial

Brian Stelter becomes the first of what I predict will be many at CNN to learn that it’s foolish to make enemies of Project Veritas.

I Noticed This Had Happened During My Two Weeks of Catching Up on Blogging, but Wasn’t Sure of Details

BREAKING: Twitter permanently bans Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe | The Post Millennial

I don’t see how they can back this up. He posted some undercover videos. Unless they are planning on shutting down “60 Minutes” and “20/20” and other “news magazine” shows that do the same thing, they don’t have a legal leg to stand on.

Update: Twitter responded to queries saying that "The account was permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules on platform manipulation and spam."

Uh huh. He tweets to promote his videos. If they banned people for that, they’d lost 3/4 of their “blue checkmark” members

I agree with Andy Ngo here:

Prediction: this will not end well for Twitter.

Or CNN.

I’ve Not Posted on This Even Though It Occurred Right Here

I don’t know what to say. At least there so far does not appear to be a rush to judgment on this one.

I’m just going to provide some links. Read or not, as you will. I may have more comments in the coming days.

Eight Dead in Indianapolis FedEx Shooting – PJ Media

Indianapolis FedEx facility gunman identified | One America News Network (oann.com)

The Indianapolis shooter had previous FBI contact due to mental health related issues and threats – The New Neo

CBS News Caught Lying—Again

Never forget. This is the news network that brought you Rathergate.

CBS News slammed for cropping bodycam footage of Adam Toledo holding gun before fatal shooting | Fox News

I can’t imagine that CBS would deceptively edit anything, can you?

Maybe we should ask Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL).

Not only did Florida Democrats speak out in defense of DeSantis, "60 Minutes" was caught editing an exchange between the governor and correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi that omitted his explanation of what led to a coronavirus vaccine distribution deal with the company.

Oh yeah, that’s right. This is nothing new for them.

This Is Only True If You Are Willfully Blind

CNN's Lemon: 'You Don't See Racists' Flourishing in the Democratic Party (breitbart.com)

I’ll be blunt. The Democratic party was founded upon racism. It has always been built upon racism. And it always will be. It’s part of being a Democrat.

The Week in Pictures

“I’m finally caught up”

Via Power Line Blog:

 

She’s Right

Breonna Taylor’s Mother Claims BLM Louisville Is A ‘Fraud’ That Exploited Her Daughter’s Death | The Daily Wire

She’s Right.

Breonna Taylor’s death is tragic.

But it’s the result of standing next to a person wanted on drug charges who opened fire on police officers.

That is always going to be a very high risk place to be. You want to avoid getting shot by police? Don’t put yourself in such a situation.

Tamika Palmer, the mother of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, said in a Facebook post that the Black Lives Matter organization is a “fraud” that exploited her daughter’s death. Taylor was killed last year when plainclothes police officers executed a no-knock warrant on her Louisville, Kentucky home.

It’s worth pointing out for the record, once again, that while police had a no-knock warrant, they did not execute a no-knock warrant, as the paragraph above states. They did, in fact, knock. Sadly, that may have been the cause of the shooting.

Breonna’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, heard the knock, and knew the police were there for him, and he started shooting. They fired back. Breonna was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Had they actually executed a no-knock warrant, Breonna Taylor might still be alive.

Ugh. No. If You Vote for This, You’re Admitting That You’re Not Qualified To Be In Congress, Because You Don’t Understand 7th Grade Civics

Full House Will Vote to Make Washington D.C. a State Tuesday (breitbart.com)

The founders had very good reasons for this. It’s spelled out in the Constitution and in their writings of the time. Even if you think they’re wrong, the answer isn’t to make D.C. a state, but to merge it back into Maryland and Virginia.

This is beyond stupid.

[T]wenty-two state Attorneys General sent a letter Tuesday to President Joe Biden and Congress arguing Washington, D.C., cannot transition into a state via legislation, but only through the method of a Constitutional amendment.

The primary arguments against D.C. statehood are:

  1. Our nation’s capital was always meant to be unique. The Framers established in the Constitution’s District Clause that the nation’s capital is a federal district, existing beyond the borders or influence of any state.
  2. H.R. 51 is doubly unconstitutional, violating both the plain meaning of the District Clause as well as the necessary implications of the Twenty-Third Amendment.
  3. Even those who support D.C. statehood admit district residents enjoy special benefits due to where they live and would enjoy an outsize influence in Congress.

I no longer understand Democrats. And they clearly don’t understand the United States.

Oh, That #FakeNews

Master List Of Official Russia Claims That Proved To Be Bogus - TK News by Matt Taibbi (substack.com)

Too many to quote here. Read the whole thing.

An excerpt:

Ex-spy Christopher Steele was a “credible source,” October 31, 2016. In Mother Jones, David Corn cited a “senior U.S. government official,” who characterized an ex-spy who claimed Russia had been cultivating Donald Trump for at least five years, and could “blackmail him.” Corn’s senior official said the ex-spy, who we later found out was Christopher Steele, was “a credible source with a proven record of providing reliable, sensitive, and important information to the US government.”

But Steele was subsequently dismissed as an FBI source for his “completely untrustworthy” decision to talk to the media, and Horowitz not only discovered that both the FBI and the CIA (who dismissed his reports as “internet rumor”) had many reservations about his credibility, but that his famed “blackmail” claims about pee and prostitutes had been made in “jest,” over “beers.”

And:

Updated 3/29/21 More than Circumstantial Evidence” for collision [sic], Meet The Press, March 22, 2017. The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, was asked by Chuck Todd on Meet the Press if he only had a circumstantial case for collusion against Donald Trump.

“Actually no, Chuck,” he said. “I can tell you that the case is more than that and I can't go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now.”

Schiff never had such evidence, and never explained what he meant. Moreover, in secret testimony, he would repeatedly seek confirmation of his public statements, and would repeatedly be shot down. In July of 2017, he asked former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper if such evidence existed. Clapper said he “never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting/conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election.”

Far more at the link. Read the whole thing.

Social Distancing and Masks Can’t Last Forever

CDC: Just 5,800 known "breakthrough" COVID infections in more than 66 million fully vaccinated people so far – HotAir

These so-called breakthrough cases, which are defined as positive Covid-19 test results received at least two weeks after patients receive their final vaccine dose, represent 0.008% of the fully vaccinated population

And yet, you’re still not allowed out without a mask. The China Virus hysteria has gone on long enough. It’s time to end it. I think it will end on its own. I think people are sick and tired of social distancing and mask wearing, and they see the numbers daily on increasing vaccinations, and they are going to say in one collective voice “enough”. And that will be it.

I predict this happens by Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer.

The Left Doesn’t Care About Misinformation—They Care About Losing Their Stranglehold On It

This was huge news at the time. But just one more drop in the bucket of fake news about the President.

U.S. Officials Walk Back Claim that Russia Paid Bounties – PJ Media

There’s no excuse for the Times running this story. Will anyone hold them to account?

According to the officials on Thursday’s call, the reporting about the alleged “bounties” came from “detainee reporting” – raising the specter that someone told their U.S.-aligned Afghan jailers what they thought was necessary to get out of a cage. Specifically, the official cited “information and evidence of connections to criminal agents in Afghanistan and elements of the Russian government” as sources for the intelligence community’s assessment.

Without additional corroboration, such reporting is notoriously unreliable.

Obviously, the Times didn’t get “additional corroboration.” They saw a juicy anti-Trump story and ran it without checking it.

“All the news that’s fit to fake.”

Oh, that #FakeNews.

There’s a reason President Donald Trump referred to you as “enemies of the people.”

Boy Did You Step In It. I Bet Georgians Are More Glad Than Ever That You’re Not Their Governor

Stacey Abrams Group Tells Hollywood To Nix Boycotting Georgia | The Daily Wire

Abrams was up in arms on the new law and encouraging others, including corporations, to be up in arms as well.

Then she saw the results and figured out what it would mean to Georgia.

Oops.

An organization founded by failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has called upon Hollywood to continue standing against Georgia’s voter integrity laws while not hurting the state economically.

In a statement to Newsweek, Fair Fight, the voter organization founded by Stacy Abrams, told Hollywood to “stay and fight” the new law as opposed to cutting and running.

When one of your political leaders in a state chases businesses away, that’s a bad thing.

“[Governor] Brian Kemp [(R-GA)] and Georgia Republican lawmakers are singularly responsible for any job that is lost and any dollar that goes out of Georgia, because they prioritized suppressing voters of color over the economic well-being of all Georgians,” Fair Fight spokesman Seth Bringman told Newsweek.

No. Not the Governor. You. These businesses didn’t consider leaving until you started lying about the law and trying to drum up outrage. You’re lying now. This is all your fault and you know it. You’re stupid and pathetic and it’s clear that Georgians would be much better off if you would just shut up and go away.

Biden Said the D.C. Riots Would Have Been Handled Differently If The Perpetrators Were Black—He’s Absolutely Right

WALSH: Ashli Babbitt Was Killed By Capitol Police On January 6. They Still Won’t Tell Us Who Did It Or Why. | The Daily Wire

If Ashli Babbitt had been a Person of Color, we would have had this information within days of the January 6 riot, probably hours.It has been three months and we still don’t know. Compare with the shooting of Daunte Wright.

Less than a day after armed robbery suspect Daunte Wright was shot by police, the name of the police officer who pulled the trigger was publicly released. A short time later, her address was leaked. Now her home is surrounded by concrete barricades, metal fencing, and armed police guards, in hopes of preventing the violent mob from burning it to the ground. This is generally how things have played out for all of the high-profile police shootings in recent memory. All except one.

It was announced yesterday by the DOJ that the officer who shot Ashli Babbitt, one of the pro-Trump rioters at the Capitol on January 6th, will not be charged in her death.

We don’t know who the shooter was. It looks like we’ll never know. And he won’t be charged with anything.

They couldn’t get away with this if Babbitt were Black. We’d have riots in the streets every day until the information was released and until the shooter was charged.

Note I corrected some errors in the original text in this next quoted bit.

[Four Three] months later, and we know absolutely nothing about the federal officer who shot an unarmed woman in the Capitol. It took one day to find out who shot Daunte Wright and where she lives. But more than [120 100] days after Babbitt’s killing, and we know as much about the shooter as we did the moment after he pulled the trigger.

I hope Babbitt’s family sues for this information and for retribution for their grievances.

Oddly, we have had no additional riots over this event, despite it being three months ago and we still don’t know anything.

President Joe Biden (D-USA) was right. This would have been handled completely differently if Babbitt was a Person of Color.

If You Still Had Doubts About CNN, This Should End Them

CNN Twists the Facts on Race, Shootings, and BLM – PJ Media

More in the same undercover series by Project Veritas.

“I was trying to do some research on the Asian hate, like the people [who] are getting attacked and whatnot. A bunch of black men have been attacking Asians,” Chester says in the latest Project Veritas video. “I’m like ‘What are you doing? Like, we [CNN] are trying to help BLM.'”

“The optics of that are not good,” the CNN director admits. He says these “little things… are enough to set back movements, because the far Left will start to latch on and create stories like ‘criminalizing an entire people,’ you know, just easier headlines that way, I guess.”

Chester later explains that he meant to say “the far Right” when he said “the far Left.”

This really is propaganda. There’s no other word for it. It’s not news.

“You can shape an entire people’s perception about anything [depending] on how you do it,” he says.

Sick.

This May Be the Only Way She’s Not Reelected

Trump Celebrates After Sen. Murkowski Indicates She May Not Run Again - 'Great News' (lifezette.com)

The headline exaggerates a little, though.

President Donald Trump is in celebration mode right now after Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said that she has not decided if she will run again for reelection.

To me, there’s quite a bit of difference between “indicates she may not” and “hasn’t decided yet”.

It would be something to be excited about. It’s almost certain that any other Senator from Alaska would be a more reliably conservative vote. A Democrat has almost no chance of being elected there, and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is very much a moderate Republican.

This Is Textbook Media Bias and Gaslighting

Drew Holden lays it all out here. Read the whole thing. I’ll copy of a couple of the more egregious examples, but there are many more.

Drew Holden’s thread on media’s brazenly biased coverage of Trump and Biden on Afghanistan may be his ‘most damning’ yet [screenshots] – twitchy.com

Read the whole thing. Really. If you’re not appalled, then you’re deranged.

This Is the Very Definition of “Gaslighting”

Nadler: ‘We’re Not Packing The Court. We’re Unpacking It.’ | The Daily Wire

On Thursday, defending the plan he has sponsored to pack the Supreme Court with additional justices so that the Democrats have control over the Court, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) insisted, “Some people say we’re packing the Court. We’re not packing the Court; we’re unpacking it.”

The Democrats must change the rules anytime they lose. Their end goal is to change the rules enough so that they never lose again.

Court packing is a stupid idea, though.

Look, I’m not saying there’s something magical about the number 9 and that we must have 9 Supreme Court justices. I’m sure we can make just about any relatively low number work. It used to be 7 up until about 100 years ago.

But packing the court for political reasons is doomed to failure and will only result in escalation. So, the Democrats add four more Justices in 2021. Then the Republicans take back Congress & The White House in 2024, so they respond by adding four more Justices in 2025. Where does it end?

I’m really hoping saner heads prevail on this one, but sanity is not in great supply in Washington, D.C. right now.

I Can’t Argue With This

In fact, I find it thoroughly disgusting that Dan Rather is treated with respect by anyone at all.

Which Brand of Conservatism Will Win in 2022?

Donald Trump Plans Endorsement in Wyoming Primary Against 'Crazy Liz Cheney' (breitbart.com)

Clearly, President Donald Trump (R-USA)  is planning on being a major force in the 2022 elections. It will be interesting to see how his preferred candidates fair in both the primaries and the general elections.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would make an endorsement in the Republican primary against Rep. Liz Cheney, warning too many Republican challengers would allow her to win reelection.

“So many people are looking to run against Crazy Liz Cheney — but we only want one,” Trump outlined in a statement to reporters.

I can’t wait to see how this turns out. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY-AL) has clearly out-lived her usefulness to the party.

Idiocy in Government

You’re complaining that not enough people are taking the vaccine. You’re complaining about people not having confidence in the vaccine. And then 6 people out of 6 million get blood clots, so what do you do? You shut it down.

Effect?

BREAKING: Biden Admin’s Decision To Pause J&J Vaccine Causes Confidence In Vaccine To Plummet | The Daily Wire

Morons.

“Among those who started the survey before the announcement about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause, about half (52%) considered the shot ‘very safe’ or ‘somewhat safe’ – twice the number who believed it ‘very unsafe’ or ‘somewhat unsafe’,” the poll said. “After the announcement was made, these figures had converged – just 37% called the vaccine safe, and 39% feeling it unsafe.”

The poll also said that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has suffered reputational damage after experiencing setbacks in Europe. The vaccine has not been approved for use in the U.S.

Most of the country can’t or won’t bother to do the math. They assume you did and “paused” the vaccine for valid reasons.

Morons.

It’s a Shame We Won’t Be Continuing These Policies, Then

US Sanctions Pushed Iran to Brink of Bankruptcy - Washington Free Beacon

I’d like to go much farther than just “the brink”.

Iran burned through nearly all of its cash reserves in the final years of the Trump administration as harsh economic sanctions crippled the country’s economy and brought the hardline regime to the brink of financial collapse, according to findings published by the International Monetary Fund.

The Islamic Republic had $122.5 billion on hand in 2018 and just $4 billion by 2020, when the former administration’s "maximum pressure" campaign on Tehran was at its height, according to the IMF’s 2021 Middle East and Central Asia report, which tracks the region’s economies. Iran burned through $118.5 billion in two years, nearly depleting its cash reserves. The country’s coffers are forecast to grow by several billions in the coming years as the Biden administration moves to unwind sanctions as part of an effort to reenter the 2015 nuclear deal.

Regime change must be our goal in Iran. The Ayatollahs must be removed as a political force. Economic sanctions are the best way to do that. We were soooooo close.

And now it looks like our new President will just destroy years of hard work.

“Number 2” Is What I Think Of When I Think Of Her Work In Iran, so It Fits.

Senate confirms Wendy Sherman for No. 2 post at State Department - Al Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East (al-monitor.com)

Sherman was the lead negotiator for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The debate over her nomination mostly focused on the agreement, which the Biden administration is currently seeking to reenter.

Yeah, she’s definitely a “number 2” person. The entire Iran deal was a “number 2”, as I’ve mentioned before.

Brett Favre on Woke Politics in Sports

As a player, I couldn’t stand Favre. QB for the hated Packers and all that.

As a person, I’ve come to really respect him. He definitely seems as if he has not let fame and fortune affect him. He seems like he’s the same guy he’d be if he’d never played in the NFL, just a whole lot wealthier.

I am not sure I would be as grounded if I’d had his life experiences. So I find that impressive.

NFL Legend Brett Favre Slams Woke Sports Leagues: 'It's A Shame' (thefederalist.com)

“I think both sides, for the most part, want to see it just remain about the sport, not about politics,” Favre said. “At least that’s my interpretation. I know when I turn on a game, I want to watch the game. I want to watch the players play and teams win and lose and come from behind. I want to watch all the important parts of the game, not what’s going on outside the game. I think the general fan feels the same way.”

My mom and I used to talk about “preachy” shows on TV, and how much they drove us crazy. Even if they were preaching what we believed. I don’t tune in to M*A*S*H or Friends, or whatever to be lectured on the issues of the day. I tune in to be distracted from them, to be entertained. It’s the same with sports. If I can’t use sports as an escape, there’s no point in watching.

Favre gets that. I wish more players did.

I Often Disagree With Nate Silver on Process and His Conclusions, but the Dude Knows Math

Wow, Donald Trump and Nate Silver Agree On Something... and It's Huge – PJ Media

It is huge. What is it? It’s that we should not stop giving out the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The numbers don’t support such a move.

Explanation here:

“Say there’s a 1 in 100 chance someone acquires COVID because of a delayed vaccine (maybe conservative in the US where spread is still quite high) and a 1 in 150 chance they die from it. That’s a 1 in 15,000 chance vs. 1 blood clot death in 7,000,000 doses so far,” Silver explained.

“We also have to consider that the person who gets COVID because of a delayed vaccine will pass her case along to an average of 1 other person…. So the death rate is actually twice as high as I indicated above,” he added.

In other words, a pause for the J&J vaccine is almost certainly going to do more harm than good.

That’s just stupid, as Silver makes clear:

“It’s going to create more vaccine hesitancy,” Silver tweeted. “These people don’t understand cost-benefit analysis. They keep making mistakes by orders of magnitude.”

“He Was Doing a Great Job”, But We Fired Him Anyway

The Death Of Due Process: Supporting A Constitutional Right Now Gets You Fired | The Daily Wire

Brooklyn Center City Manager Curt Boganey was fired on Monday, just hours after he suggested the police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright in Minneapolis should receive due process before being fired.

After firing Boganey, the Brooklyn Center city council expressed fears that Boganey’s comments about due process might cause the city to further descend into violence.

If his comments about supporting a Constitutional right causes your city to descend into violence, you need to do some better messaging with your citizenry.

“He was doing a great job. I respect him dearly,” [Council Member Kris Lawrence-Anderson] said. “I didn’t want repercussions at a personal level.”

He was doing a great job, but they fired him anyway. Not for poor behavior. Not for incitement to violence. But for speaking out in favor of a Constitutional Right.

If this is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Riots? What Riots?

Google shadowbans news about Minnesota violence in its search results for "riots today" (reclaimthenet.org)

If you can’t trust your search engine, who can you trust?

News about the two nights of violence that erupted in Minnesota following the police shooting of Daunte Wright has been almost totally purged from the Google Search news tab results for the term “riots today.”

With the exception of a single news story from Fox News, which is buried below the fold four results down, the results are dominated by news stories about the less relevant January 6 storming of the US Capitol and riots in Montreal following COVID-19 curfews.

Huh. Interesting. What about other search engines?

Searching for the same “riots today” term in the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo does display unfiltered news stories about the Minnesota violence in its news tab results with eight of the top 10 results covering the unrest in Minnesota.

Imagine that.

Interestingly, the Google Search news tab results for “protests today” are dominated by coverage of the unrest in Minnesota with six of the top 10 results covering the story. The shadowban is only triggered when the searcher characterizes the recent events in Minnesota as “riots.”

Ah. So they’re “protests”, not “riots”. I would love to see how their algorithm made that choice and to see if it had any outside help in its decision making process.

He May Use This in 2022, but Most Of It Won’t Be For an Election That Year

Florida Gov. DeSantis Rakes In Huge Fundraising Haul For 2022 - The Political Insider

PACs don’t have to raise funds for a specific election. He can use this for his reelection campaign in Florida in 2022, or for a bigger election in 2024.

Apparently Speaking About Eastern Orthodoxy Is No Longer Allowed by Facebook

Facebook swings the banhammer and hits a monk.

Facebook bans Orthodox Christian monk, Abbot Tryphon (reclaimthenet.org)

Facebook has banned the page of an Orthodox Christian monk based in the Pacific Northwest, cutting him off from his nearly 40,000 followers without prior warning.

In a blog post entitled, “Dark Forces,” Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington, explains his mission in life and on the internet, and his situation now that the trend of, as he said, the truth being blocked online by dark forces has affected him as well.

I’ve read a little bit. The worst (it appears) that you can say about Tryphon is that he may be a bit of a kook. So what? He’d probably say I’m a bit of a kook. He might have harsher words for me than that. And I probably deserve them. Being eccentric doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be allowed a voice.

As for Facebook, the abbot said his goal was to share encouragement and equip his followers on this social network with the tools to cope with what he describes as “the age of nihilism.”

Abbot Tryphon describes the internet as something that, while it does plenty of harm, also presents a very useful way for Christians, including Orthodox ones, to communicate and spread their message.

Ahh. See, he probably said some bad things about Big Tech. Big Tech protects its own.

16 April, 2021

75,000,000 Voters Say Otherwise

Flake Attacks Trump And His Voters - Says He 'Plays Well To The Base, But It's A Shrinking Base' (lifezette.com)

“I think there are a number of Republicans, a lot of Republicans who want the get back there,” Flake said. “John was right, what went on in Mar-a-Lago, it plays well to the base, but it’s a shrinking base. If we want to be successful in future elections, then we have to do more what John Boehner is talking about. We’ve got to appeal to a broader electorate. That shouldn’t be hard to figure out, but that is what we have to do.”

If it’s more of Club for Growth Republicans like John Boehner count me out.

Twice.

CNN, Goebbels Would Be So Proud of You

PART 1: CNN Director ADMITS Network Engaged in ‘Propaganda’ to Remove Trump from Presidency … ‘Our Focus Was to Get Trump Out of Office’ … ‘I Came to CNN Because I Wanted to Be a Part of That’ | Project Veritas

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“Look what we did, we [CNN] got Trump out. I am 100% going to say it, and I 100% believe that if it wasn't for CNN, I don't know that Trump would have got voted out…I came to CNN because I wanted to be a part of that,” Chester revealed.

and

“[Trump’s] hand was shaking or whatever, I think. We brought in so many medical people to tell a story that was all speculation -- that he was neurologically damaged, and he was losing it. He's unfit to -- you know, whatever. We were creating a story there that we didn't know anything about. That's what -- I think that’s propaganda,” Chester said.

There’s lots more including video at the link. I was trying to link to O’Keefe’s Tweet about it, but surprisingly his account has been suspended.

Leftist media protects its own.

#ThisIsCNN

But Twitter Won’t Let You Talk About It

BLM Of NYC Calls For ‘Independent Investigation’ Of BLM Co-Founder After $3.2 Million Home-Buying Binge | The Daily Wire

The head of New York City’s Black Lives Matter (BLM) chapter is calling for an investigation into Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of BLM, following her purchase of four homes worth millions of dollars.

Hawk Newsome, who leads Black Lives Matter Greater New York City, called for “an independent investigation” into Cullors’ finances and the operations of the national Black Lives Matter group.

Well, that sounds kind of newsworthy. Exactly the kind of thing I might expect to see breaking on Twitter.

Oh, yeah, there’s that little problem.

April 16, 1963

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail”.

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Oh Gee, I Can’t Imagine This Being Abused

Users can now appeal to Facebook's Oversight Board to delete content – Neowin

Facebook has announced that, starting today, users of either Facebook or Instagram can now appeal to the company's Oversight Board if reported content is left up on the platforms. In October of last year, Facebook had announced that the board was ready to start reviewing cases, but it was limited to appealing content that was removed, if the user disagreed with that decision. Now, if a user reports content and Facebook decides it doesn't go against its Community Standards, the user can request an additional review.

When requesting further reviews by the Oversight Board, users can select a number of reasons for the appeal. For example, they may believe the content goes against the Community Standards, but they may also consider that the Community Standards aren't where they should be, which could potentially prompt Facebook to rework its policies.

We need less Thought Police, not more. This just gets worse and worse day by day. Practically hour by hour.

Good Thing MLB Moved the All-Star Game, Huh?

List: Georgia among 'easiest' states to vote in, better than Delaware and New York | Washington Examiner

A new nonpartisan evaluation of 2022 election laws has named Georgia as one of the easiest states to vote early in, a repudiation of attacks from baseball, corporate America, and others that criticized new state reforms under pressure from liberals, including President Joe Biden.

While critics have called recent reforms in the state “racist” and an effort to limit minority voting, the Center for Election Innovation and Research found that Georgia is among the 36 states with the easiest rules.

D’oh!

YouTube Strikes Again—Are You Sensing a Theme?

YouTube bans Sebastian Gorka's channel for repeated violations of 'presidential election integrity policy' | Washington Examiner

"In accordance with our long standing strikes system, we terminated the channel America First with Sebastian Gorka, for repeated violations of our presidential election integrity policy," Ivy Choi, a YouTube spokesperson, told the Washington Examiner on Sunday. "As we’ve publicly shared, our presidential election integrity policy prohibits content uploaded after last year’s safe harbor deadline that alleges widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Any channel that violates this policy will receive a strike and channels that receive three strikes in the same 90-day period are permanently removed from YouTube, as in the case of America First with Sebastian Gorka."

If you were confident in your opinions, you wouldn’t be bothered by the voicing of others. Silencing dissent is not a way to encourage people to believe what you have to say.

People Need To Give Nikki Haley a Break For Not Being In Lockstep With Trump

She’s a good team player and conservatives could do far worse than her as the nominee.

She’s still a team player:

When You’ve Lost Nate Silver, It’s Time To Hang It Up

Nate Silver Accuses Dr. Fauci of Gaslighting on COVID Transmission – PJ Media

Fauci needs to just shut up and go away.

The Firemen in Fahrenheit 451 Would Be So Proud

Another online retailer, Bookshop.org, bans Ryan T. Anderson's "When Harry Became Sally" (reclaimthenet.org)

Another retailer has banned a book critiquing aspects of transgender ideology. The book-burning started in February, when Amazon silently removed all traces of the book from its ecommerce platform.

Bookshop.org, a bookselling online shop, has banned “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement,” because of multiple complaints.

Don’t allow people to read books on current events and current culture. They might learn something different than what you want them to learn.

YouTube Is on a Censorship Spree

YouTube suspends Indian news outlet that covered workers' protests over lockdowns (reclaimthenet.org)

YouTube has banned the channel of Millat Times, an Indian news website, for posting a video showing workers protesting lockdown in the state of Maharashtra. YouTube said that the video violated its COVID-19 misinformation policy.

On April 9, Millat Times uploaded a video titled “People Continue Protest Against Lockdown, Gherai CM’s House.” The post showed clips of people protesting the newly enforced lockdown in Maharashtra outside the state’s Chief Minister’s residence.

I don’t see how showing protests can possibly be a violation of a misinformation policy. But then, I don’t think they should have a misinformation policy unless they take an extremely narrow view of what constitutes misinformation that must be censored.

Hint: they don’t.

The New York Times Is Complicit in the Border Crisis Cover-Up

As the founder of RealClearPolitics makes “real clear”.

There’s a Word for This

‘Twitch’ Live Streaming Platform Creates Snitch Service To Police Off-Platform Thought and Conduct (legalinsurrection.com)

“we’ve created a dedicated email address where anyone can report egregious, off-service misconduct in the categories above committed by a member of the Twitch community,” the company noted in an April 7th blog post.

If I were “a member of the Twitch community”, I would destroy my account this instant.

There’s a word for this. And it isn’t “anti-fascist”.

I’ll Just Let You Speculate on Why

Twitter censors criticism of BLM founder's $1.4 million home purchase (reclaimthenet.org)

Twitter has censored those posting tweets criticizing Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors for purchasing a home worth over $1.4 million.

Cullors’ purchase of the property was covered by various outlets, including dirt.com[.]

Hmm. Well, that seems newsworthy. Why can’t I post that?

Multiple Twitter users who posted the article from dirt.com showed Reclaim The Net evidence that their accounts had been locked for posting the article. Twitter said it was due to posting “private information.”

She’s a public figure. We comment on purchases by public figures all the time. It’s never before been considered “private information” to my knowledge.

But the issue here is not the expensive house or what she chooses to do with her income. The issue is Twitter’s censorship of the criticism. Like any other public figure, Cullors will continue being the subject of public scrutiny and commentary and Twitter censoring articles that criticize Cullors under the premise of photos of the home being shown, is only fueling censorship accusations against Twitter.

Well said.

Leave. Twitter. Now.

This. Is. CNN.

Note the chyron at the bottom. This is real. Not Photoshop. CNN actually thinks it’s important that Fox News hosts have not posted selfies of themselves getting vaccinated.

Really.

Trump Proven Right—Again. but You’re Probably Not Allowed to Talk About It on Twitter or Facebook

Trump Vindicated as Judge Rules Michigan Secretary of State Violated Election Laws – PJ Media

A judge in Michigan has vindicated President Trump by ruling that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, broke state law when she unilaterally changed election rules concerning absentee balloting in the 2020 election. This ruling legitimizes a key claim made by the Trump legal team in its challenges to the 2020 election.

A major change imposed by Benson was loosening the signature verification requirement for absentee ballots. Michigan Court of Claims Chief Judge Christopher Murray ruled that this change violated Michigan Administrative Procedures Act.

So, what’s the end result of this? There were 3.1 million votes cast by absentee ballot in 2020. A significant number of them were probably invalid. I won’t say fraudulent. We can speculate that the loosened restrictions allowed for more fraud potential and therefore it’s more likely that fraud occurred. But we don’t really have any hard evidence on how much fraud there was. Nor are we likely to find any, because it’s just very hard to prove after the fact.

But we can say “invalid”. The loosened restrictions allowed many ballots to be counted that normally would not be. Biden led widely in absentee ballots, so any significant reduction in the legal count of absentees likely would have turned the state election to Trump.

In fact, I think it’s fair to say that based upon this ruling, that without the loosened restrictions, Trump would have almost certainly won the state. I am not saying the election will be overturned, or even that it should be. I don’t believe either of those are the case at this point. This is one of the many problems with voter fraud. If you can ever prove it, it takes so long to do, that it’s almost certainly too late by then.

I’m really curious, though. Twitter and Facebook have blocked almost any discussion regarding voting issues in the 2020 election. I assume that they still are doing so, and now you’ll not be allowed to talk about a legal win for Trump in court.

He Can Still Change His Mind, But This Makes It Harder

Joe Manchin has written an op-ed in the Wapo saying he will uphold the filibuster – The New Neo

Politicians often say one thing and then do another, but if you take the trouble to write an Op-Ed in a major newspaper like The Washington Post, and then you change your mind, you know you’re going to be in trouble back home.

So, this is encouraging news if you like the filibuster the way it is. And will no doubt cause much teeth-gnashing on the side of the aisle that is (currently) against it.

One thing that will be interesting to see is if the Republicans ever regain control of the Senate and White House, whether or not all those people currently screaming “Jim Crow” about the filibuster will become once again its biggest supporters. I can’t wait to see that.

15 April, 2021

I Think This Is Wrong

It’s in poor taste. But it’s not evil. I suppose that’s a step up for our President.

White House says Biden not planning to attend Prince Philip's funeral | Washington Examiner

The Week in Pictures

I’d fallen quite a bit behind in my blogging. Hence several TWiP posts over the last week or so. I’m almost caught up though. This is from last Saturday. Next Saturday I should post one more and that will be the current one.

Via Power Line Blog:

 

YouTube Is Going After Everyone Now

YouTube demonetizes gun review channel Justin Opinion (reclaimthenet.org)

Justin Opinion, a YouTube channel that reviews guns and related gear, has been told that it’s no longer eligible to monetize its videos because YouTube has deemed them to be “harmful content.”

The channel has been posting to YouTube since 2012 and during that time, it has racked up more than 23 million total views and gained over 84,000 subscribers.

I imagine that was fairly lucrative.

Well, we can’t have that. Not in 2021. YouTube won’t let anyone make any money off guns by using their service.

“From where I sit, it seems extremely arbitrary,” the channel’s host Justin said. “There was no information given that was of any use to me. I have always tried to comply with policies and to the best of my, of my knowledge, I do comply with their policies of YouTube and, but they say ‘harmful content’ is, is the reason.”

Justin added that because his channel is small, there’s nobody he can talk to at YouTube.

“‘We’ve made this arbitrary and vague ruling that drastically affects you, good luck with that,'” Justin said. “So, that is the, that is the hatred that is, that is the YouTube organization towards its ‘partners.'”

I just love Biden’s America, don’t you?

They Come For Everyone Eventually

Progressive news outlet Status Coup is at risk due to YouTube's heavy-handed censorship policies (reclaimthenet.org)

Once again YouTube has taken to making lives of independent creators and media who choose it as their distribution platform quite difficult, by removing content and threatening further restrictive action.

This time the policy of non-transparent removals hit Jordan Chariton, a progressive journalist, and an outlet he helped co-found, Status Coup.

YouTube must control the narrative. And part of that means that only “reliable sources” that agree with the narrative are allowed to post about it. If you’re a small shop, you can’t even post even if you agree.