Actions of the sort described in this tweet are not the sort of thing I would expect from someone confident in victory—
The Gentle Reader may remember that the Washington (Democracy Dies in Derpness™) Post published a false story saying the Eire, Pennsylvania, postal worker who had offered testimony about backdated postmarks on mail-in ballots had “recanted.” I found it interesting that when Project Veritas published the raw audio tapes of the interrogation of the postal worker, we found out the investigator conducting the interrogation was named Strasser. Neither Captain Renault nor any of the usual suspects were available for comment.
Following along a mid-20th-century line of thought, Don Surber has a post up suggesting that we Don’t blow off AOC. He writes,
Let’s not blow off Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. You may not see her appeal, but millions of Democrats do. She is the soul of the soulless Democrat Party.
AOC’s danger is that unlike Obama, Manchin, and the rest of the 50 and older crowd in the Democrat Party, she does not seek power. She seeks a revolution.
I think I understand her appeal to the younger cohort of socialists. It’s this: When we had Obama as President, we were fundamentally changing America. But then the old men and women in our party let Orange Man Bad win. We were stabbed in the back.
You may not want to buy what she’s selling, but there’s historical precedent for that sales pitch working, particularly when tied to appeals to racial superiority. That’s where the other members of the Squad come in. Surber’s post notes that Politico has quoted Rashida Tlaib as saying,
“We are not interested in unity that asks people to sacrifice their freedom and their rights any longer. And if we truly want to unify our country, we have to really respect every single voice. We say that so willingly when we talk about Trump supporters, but we don’t say that willingly for my black and brown neighbors and from LGBTQ neighbors or marginalized people.”
Take her seriously.
She is playing with racist fire. Her message is clear. Black and brown people are superior to white people.
This is not the Democrat Party’s worst nightmare. Democrats believe this rhetoric and the ideas it stands for will propel them to power.
No, this is America’s worst nightmare.
I’ll be 73 on New Year’s Eve. Over my life, I’ve watched most of America move away from the ugliness of racial superiority. Most but not all. It seems that a portion of the Democrats have held on to it, merely flipping on which side they imagine to be superior.
We really don’t want a redo of the 1920’s and ’30s.
It will be a few days or weeks before we know whether Joe Biden’s “most extensive and inclusive voter fraud” has flipped enough states to hand him the Presidential election. While the Democrat’s operation has been extensive and inclusive, it hasn’t been stealthy. It’s been an in-your-face exercise of raw power by overtly corrupt election officials and their enablers. Too many people have seen how the sausage is being made, enough that I expect that effective steps will be taken to improve election security and integrity before the 2024 election cycle.
The Democrats may win the presidential battle, but they probably have lost the overall campaign. As a result of the unexpectedly good performance by Republicans up and down the ballots, the Republicans will have even more control of the state legislatures that will be redrawing Congressional districts. That won’t be good for House Democrats in 2022. The Republicans will still control the Senate, providing a firewall against most of the Democrat’s legislative wish list—especially court packing. And the federal judiciary now has a significantly higher proportion of judges who are committed to following the Constitution.
If Biden “wins,” I suspect Harris will be a failed one-term President.
Pyrrhus of Epirus was unavailable for comment.
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Gentle Reader, do you ever wonder what the Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin does when he isn’t involved in vexatious lawsuit? He’s the Director of a not-for-profit called Justice Through Music Project. One of the sca … uh … activities run by JTMP is a web site called Protect Our Elections dot org. The site claims to be a “national collaboration of grassroots organizations that have joined together to reclaim our democracy, providing oversight to rescue our elections from partisan politics and privatization.” It has a DONATE button that appears to go straight to JTMP’s authorize dot net account.
Now, that’s a chilling thought: Brett Kimberlin providing “oversight to rescue our elections.”
Here’s what the top of the site’s home page looked like around 8 pm yesterday evening.And here are a couple of front page links to featured stories.The stories relate to a nuisance suit that Protect Our Elections has filed against the Federal Elections Commission. Take a close look at what I’ve circled in red. Those are the comment counts on the stories. As of 8 pm yesterday, there had been absolutely none. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Bupkis.
That shows you the relative impact of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s Internet operation vis-à-vis those of us who he is suing because we write truthful things about him. Indeed, the most recent comment on the POE site was made at 8:59 pm on 11 August. By way of comparison, Monday noon’s Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering? post generated six comments.
The Team Kimberlin theory of lawfare involves punishment of the victims by causing them to have to deal with the time and expense of a protracted legal ordeal run at relatively low cost to the pro se plaintiff. It’s backfired. TDPK is up against pro se defendants, one of whom is a lawyer, who are able to mount low-cost defenses; First Amendment activists with pro bono legal counsel; and media personalities and organizations whose best interests are served by fighting the suit.
The Streisand Effect will be cranked up to 11 until all TDPK’s vexatious lawsuits are completely dealt with. Brett Kimberlin won’t disappear from public scrutiny until he’s either given up or been beaten. Given his poor choices to date, I suspect we’ll have to whip him in court.
I thought the whole purpose of an election was partisan politics, as in, choosing between two or more candidates representing differing views. Whigs v. Tories. Democrats v. Republicans. That sort of thing.
Of course, JTMP’s politics are avowedly progressive. Perhaps the statement is simply an honest description of a desire for one-party rule.
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Through the years, Kimberlin has given up any pretense of non-partisanship, openly working with Democrat and Ukrainian interests since the 2016 election cycle. His attempt at affecting this year’s election seems to have fizzled. Both his It’s Time 2020 and EMPR websites have gone silent, and the Justice Through Music Project site isn’t accessible.
The Biden email scandal isn’t going away, even if Joe wins the election. Indeed, it will accelerate if he wins because it will useful in putting Kamala in the Oval Office.
For decades, the Left conducted what has been called its march through the institutions to place itself in control. They wish to stay in control, but in 2016 the Deplorables cheated by using the Electoral College to install Donald Trump as President. Trump, in turn, has worked to disrupt the Left’s control. The situation is intolerable. Therefore, the Left has pulled out all the stops and is using every means necessary to defeat Trump in 2020. At times, their naked use of their power to conceal one form of corruption has revealed another, but the Left doesn’t seem to care. Winning really has become the only thing for them.
Victor Davis Hanson has a post over at National Review about the Left’s efforts to retain control.
The progressive project is now hubristic, drunk with power and the belief that it can control an America that does not like it and that in turn it holds in contempt.
But with hubris comes nemesis, as we saw on all fronts last week. Joe Biden, the DNC, the media, Silicon Valley, the identity-politics industry, and the FBI were all shown to be not so much partisan and corrupt as, far more important, inept and ridiculous.
The corrupt can tolerate charges that they are dishonest, because such an accusation implies (they assume) a tacit compliment that they are also cunning and adroit in obtaining such power in the first place to use for such unethical purposes.
One of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals is to hold the opponents to their own rules. Another is that ridicule is the most potent weapon. That’s why the Hunter’s Laptop and the Toobin Zoom stories are so important. As VDH notes,
But when they become so brazen that they are exposed as silly and absurd, they begin to fear. The Left doesn’t mind being portrayed as Machiavellian or even perhaps a little Rasputin-like. But they can’t tolerate being revealed as the buffoons they so often are.
If we want to win this November, we Deplorables would be well advised to follow an order given by a 19th-century Democrat, and “Keep up the skeer!” We need to keep confronting the Left with the incompetence of their corruption so that all voters understand the real nature of the choice before them.
Where has Joe Biden been going to campaign when he does leave his basement?
Well, he was campaigning in Las Vegas when he removed his mask to cough Friday.
Hillary carried Nevada in 2016. Obama carried the state twice. If Biden’s cruising to a blowout victory, why is he campaigning in a state that Hillary won? Perhaps this sentence from a local Las Vegas TV station‘s coverage of the first of Biden’s two events yesterday points us toward the answer to that question—
He spoke to a small crowd around 11:30 a.m. at the East Las Vegas Community Center.
When Donald Trump held a rally in Nevada in September, the Nevada Independent reported that the local fire department estimated about 5,600 people were in the venue and security estimated as many as 20,000 were outside.
It’s almost as if the Democrats are afraid that Trump will win by a margin beyond the threshold of theft.
The Democrats and the press (but I repeat myself) are in full handwringing mood over how Cocaine Mitch’s following of the established precedents of the Senate is somehow “violating norms.”
It turns out that Norm was available for comment; he just wants another beer.
One of the things that I learned from my training as an Army officer is that amateurs study tactics while professionals study logistics.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
—Hunter S. Thompson
Der Krieg ist eine bloße Fortsetzung der Politik mit anderen Mitteln. War is merely the continuation of politics by other means.
—Carl von Clausewitz
UPDATE—My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has more about Louisville here.
UPDATE 2—UPDATE 3—It’s being reported that a second police officer has been shot by the rioters in Louisville.
UPDATE 4—The Louisville Metro Police Department has issue a statement with the following information around midnight ET:
One officer is stable and alert.
The other officer is in surgery but stable.
Both appear to have suffered non life-threatening injuries
A suspect is in custody.
I’ve noticed a trend among some writers on the Interwebz to refer to rioters and certain other criminals as “Biden voters.” I’m not sure that this is a generally accurate classification.
First, most criminals don’t seem to have the kind of civic engagement that leads one to vote, so many of them simply aren’t voters of any sort.
Second, I believe that a significant minority of the rioters are similarly disconnect for the mainstream of society and don’t bother with voting.
Third, to the extent that many of the other rioters are voters, they are Bernie’s not Biden’s. Some of them may hold their nose and vote for Joe Biden, but they will be voting against Donald Trump rather than for Biden.
I saw the hashtag #BidenRiots on Twitter this morning. Biden Rioters may be a more accurate classification.
… Nancy Pelosi turned down a date to obey local masking requirements because she had to wash her hair.
I found this comment in a review of the second night of the Republican Convention in a post by cccc Liel Leibovitz at Tablet.
This is not to say that watching both conventions will get a sizable number of voters to stop worrying and learn to love Donald Trump. But it is to say that it’s becoming increasingly more clear that the Democrats’ real problem isn’t the party’s aging candidate or its rambunctious left flank but, rather, its relationship with reality itself.
One of the themes of the emerging debate around the 2020 election is the idea that Joe Biden is A Diminished Trojan Horse With an Army of Marxist Transformers Inside. Mark Ellis writes
Which brings us to this election year’s other big narrative: Biden as Trojan Horse for a swarm of America-haters. A timeworn, once-was “moderate” on the precipice of collapse, being pushed onstage by forces whose aim is to change the nation forever.
On this point, it bears mentioning that even if Joe Biden was not in cognitive decline, even if he was still as sharp a tack as he ever was, he would remain a menacing electoral threat to the American way of life.
Biden’s mental state won’t matter once the DNC, the ingrate Squad, Pelosi, Schumer, Feinstein, Schiff, the detestable Maxine Waters, and the rest of the extremist Democrats get their hands on the levers of power. Even at the peak of his powers, Old Joe could not stave off what these people have in store for America. The fact, incontrovertible now, that Biden is beset by cognitive decline, only makes it easier for them if they can get this rickety warhorse over the finish line. Once wheeled back into the internals of governance, he will become a functionary figure whose presidency sets the stage for an army of Marxist transformers.
The Branco cartoon published yesterday encapsulates the argument.
OTOH, there’s a certain ineptness in the way that the Democrats are presenting their argument that suggests they haven’t thought things through. Do they really believe that they have a message that will resonate with voters? Let’s hope that their 2020 campaign is more like this——and is rejected like this—
Laura Loomer has won the Republican primary in the 21st Congressional District in Florida and will face incumbent Democrat Lois Frankel in the general election.
Meanwhile, at the Democrats’s virtual simulation of a political convention, She Guevara (aka AOC) seconded the nomination of Bernie Sanders to be the that party’s candidate for President in the general election.
No surprises so far tonight.
Boring and …
The Democrats are having trouble cobbling together a sufficient police presence to provide security for their convention in Milwaukee.
What are they worried about? It’s not like it’s 1968.
The Democrats’ official party Twitter account sent this tweet—
The rally referred to in the tweet is a fireworks display at Mr. Rushmore on Independence Day. They took it down, but not before it was archived.
So now, the Democrats are on record saying that celebrating the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July is an act of white supremacy.
Thomas Jefferson was unavailable for comment,
Sleepy Joe woke up early enough to be on Morning Joe today. Of course, he denied Tara Reade’s claims that he sexually harassed her.
Mika Brzezinski’s suggestion during the program that the matter could be cleared up by information in Biden’s senatorial papers held by the University of Delaware resulted in what has been described as a look a panic on his face. The DNC/Media complex are turning on Biden. They understand that he isn’t a viable candidate.
Joe Biden has served his purpose and is now expendable. The challenge from the Bernie Sanders/AOC wing of the party has been turned back, and now the Inner Party can select the candidate they will put forward for the fall campaign. Thus far, the only agreement among the majority of Inner Party members is that Biden must go. The factions haven’t coalesced around anyone else yet, and they may not. They may wind up fighting all the way to the convention floor.
… there are things happening that aren’t related to the Wuhan virus pandemic.
Perhaps the most significant political development over the past few days has been the release of FBI and DoJ paperwork, including handwritten notes, about the Flynn case and how that investigation was handled. At first blush, the documents seem to paint a picture of official corruption, suggesting not only that General Flynn should be exonerated, but that some government officials may deserve disbarment, jail time, and other sanctions.
The optics of the story aren’t good for the Deep State, but they could be even worse for the Democrats who are on the verge of nominating a key figure of the administration that corruptly used the Deep State for its political ends. The opposing sides campaign ads almost write themselves.
On The Other Podcast last Saturday I suggested that the smarter members the Democrat/Media/Deep State complex will use Tara Reade’s accusations against Joe Biden as the way to prevent his nomination (“See. We believe this woman.”) now that he’s served the purpose of stopping the Bernie Bros from seizing the party. The process has started; WaPo has published an opinion piece calling for Biden to address Ms. Reade’s claims. The coming fight for control of a brokered convention should be interesting to watch. I have no idea who will crawl out from under which rock and grab the nomination.
One of the pieces of lard that the Democrats have gummed up the passage of a pandemic relief bill with is $10,000 in debt relief for student loans. People have been asking what relationship exists between student loan debt and the Wuhan virus panic.
I think I see their angle. They’re trying to optimize the amount of debt to be forgiven.
You see, while student loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy, they don’t usually survive the death of the debtor. Thus, dying results in 100% debt relief.
Now, if the nation’s response to the pandemic can be delayed enough to increase the number of excess deaths, it’s possible that the total amount of student debt relief could exceed a mere $10k per debtor.
At least, that theory makes as much sense as anything the Democrats have said in public.
It looks as if Biden has taken the lead with 397 delegates, and Bernie is not far behind with 356. Fauxcahontas is in a distant third place with 48, but that still more than the 43 that Mini Mike was able to buy. The two dropouts, Mayor Pete and Klobuchar, have 26 and 7 respectively, and the least insane of the Democrats running, Tulsi Gabbard, has 1.
A side note about Sanders and Bloomberg: There’s an old line that says and honest politician is one who stays bought, meaning one who honors the “requests” of his significant “donors.” Bernie and Mini Mike seem to be pursuing what they hope is an honest electorate—one that will stay bought. The difference between the two is that Bernie is promising to use other peoples’ money while Mini Mike is also using quite a bit of his own.
Yep, everything is proceeding more or less as I have foreseen.
Tulsi Gabbard won a delegate which would have qualified her for the next debate under the old rules, so the DNC is already making noise about the rules changing.
Fauxcahontas came in third in her home state of Massachusetts.
Bernie finally got more than 50 % of the vote in a primary—in his home state of Vermont.
Biden appears to have beaten the 50 % mark in Virginia and Alabama.
The poll are just closing in California as I type this, and I’d rather get some sleep than pretend to be especially interested.
BTW, there were more voters in the Republican primaries than in the Democrat races in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah.
Bernie Sanders is proposing a national health care system commonly referred to as Medicare for All. The low-side estimates of the program’s cost are around 3 trillion dollars a year.
Michael Bloomberg’s net worth is estimated to be about 62 billion dollars. If Bernie were to confiscate all of that wealth (and it could be liquidated as cash), he could pay for a week of his proposed program. If he could similarly liquidate the fortunes of the ten richest Americans, he wouldn’t find enough money to run Medicare for three months. And he would have destroyed productive assets that would generate further cash flow to fund the system. Even if he kept the seized assets as an investment portfolio (equivalent to a 100 percent income tax rate), a reasonable long-term rate of return would only provide for a week-and-half of Medicare for all each week.
The other 95 percent of the money required would exceed the government’s current income from taxes, so bringing Medicare for All online while maintaining something near the current level of other government services would require at least doubling the current total amount of federal taxation. If the billionaires have had their assets seized so that they have nothing left to be taxed, who do you think is left to be taxed? Cleaning out the millionaires won’t produce the same windfall as billionaires. If it’s still possible to pay wages at the current level after much of the productive investment in the economy is destroyed, then the average citizen’s share of the federal tax burden would likely rise to above 33 percent of personal income.
And then we’d have to figure out how to pay for the Green Nude Eel.
I’m seeing reports that Joe Biden claimed during the South Carolina debate tonight that 150 million Americans have died of gun violence since 2007.
Or was it the tax cut that killed me?
And why do I still seem to be breathing?
And can we hold out for another 11 years?