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The workers paradise of Venezuela

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They are sitting on the worlds largest known petrolium deposit but their system is so broken that they can not touch it.  They can not refine the crude if they manage to pump it out of the ground. Their refineries are broken. From Reuters:

Tankers carrying Iranian fuel begin entering Venezuelan waters
The first of a group of three tankers carrying Iranian fuel for gasoline-starved Venezuela entered the waters of the South American nation on Monday, according to Refinitiv Eikon data, in the most recent sign of the countries’ expanding trade.

The two OPEC members have increased cooperation this year by exchanging crude, fuel, food, equipment for refineries and other industrial goods. Many details about the transactions are not available.

Of course Iran is sending their oil to Venezuela.  Iran's primary business is terrorism and political upheval.  They are eyeing the market here. Not good.  These are purely evil people.

Venezuela used to be the shining star of South America - they used to export food.  They used to be the richest nation in South America.  Now, they are the poorest and have to beg for food from other socialist shitholes.  The cause of this downfall? 30 years of socialist leadership. Works every single time. Show me a socialist paradise. Just one.

Voter fraud - the Biden Campaign

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Expect nothing less - first the Illhan Omar mess in Minneapolis and now this - from National File:

Biden’s Texas Political Director Accused of Illegal Ballot Harvesting At Texas Supreme Court
The Joe Biden campaign’s Texas Political Director has been formally accused of helping to run an illegal ballot harvesting operation, according to two separate affidavits filed Monday at the Texas Supreme Court.

A bit more:

The affidavits were filed as part of the class-action lawsuit against Harris County and the state of Texas, filed by citizens, called Steven Hotze, M.D. et al. Journalist Patrick Howley of NATIONAL FILE has exclusively obtained this testimony and much more evidence will be coming out in the case. Dallas Jones was named the Biden campaign’s Texas Political Director in early September.

From one of the affidavits:

“I have in my possession video-taped interviews of witnesses attesting to the aforementioned people having groups of people completing thousands of absentee and mail-in ballots, including completing ballots for deceased individuals; illegally going into nursing homes, with the complicity of the nursing home staff, and filling out and forging the signatures of nursing home residents; signing up homeless individuals to vote using the ballot harvester’s address then completing the ballot and forging the homeless individual’s signature."

Much more at the site including more affidavits, links to the court filing.  This is big and it is real. Biden is dirty. Very very dirty.  They have nothing to offer us normals so they have to cheat to hold onto their power. Time for them to get a good shellacking and get on with their lives - out of the political arena.

Now this will be fun - Trump's Taxes

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Someone leaked his returns to the New York Times.

LONG-CONCEALED RECORDS SHOW TRUMP’S CHRONIC LOSSES AND YEARS OF TAX AVOIDANCE
The Times obtained Donald Trump’s tax information extending over more than two decades, revealing struggling properties, vast write-offs, an audit battle and hundreds of millions in debt coming due.

Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750.

He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.

As the president wages a re-election campaign that polls say he is in danger of losing, his finances are under stress, beset by losses and hundreds of millions of dollars in debt coming due that he has personally guaranteed. Also hanging over him is a decade-long audit battle with the Internal Revenue Service over the legitimacy of a $72.9 million tax refund that he claimed, and received, after declaring huge losses. An adverse ruling could cost him more than $100 million.

Nothing damning - paying no Federal taxes is unfortunate but totally legal.  When you are this rich, you can afford really good tax lawyers. Of course, Trump paid the Payroll taxes as well as State and Local taxes. Paying no Federal taxes is common. From CNBC, December 16, 2019These 91 companies paid no federal taxes in 2018, From Fact Check, April 24, 2012GE Pays No Taxes  Again, unfortunate but totally legal.

I do love this comment at the very end of paragraph seven:

Nor do they reveal any previously unreported connections to Russia.

Of course not.  Trump does not want to get in bed with Russia.  Hillary does.  Her deal with Rosatom allowing the sale of 20% of the US reserves of Uranium to Russia while she was Secretary of State was a major give-away from the Obama administration to Russia.  What did the United States get in return? Nothing. Bill Clinton got to deliver a speech in Moscow a few months later and was paid a half a million US Dollars for the privilage. Not only are the Clinton's selling our collective crown jewels, they are selling them for cheap.

I have this thought running around my brain...  President Trump is such a master-class troller.  I am thinking that HE leaked these returns.  After all, he has nothing to hide.  What better way to sow confusion than by doing this just a few weeks before the election. The Dems will be wasting valuable time sifting through? nothing...

Voter fraud - Illhan Omar

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The only way she could get elected.  From Project Veritas - talk about a bombshell:

Ilhan Omar Connected Cash-For-Ballots Voter Fraud Scheme Corrupts Elections: 'These Here Are All Absentee Ballots...Look...My Car Is Full..." 'Money Is The King Of Everything'

    • Ballot Harvester Liban Mohamed: “Money is Everything. Money is the King in this World. If You Got No Money, You Should Not Be Here, Period. You Know What I am Saying? Money is Everything and a Campaign is Managed By Money.”
    • Mohamed: “Numbers Do Not Lie. Numbers Do Not Lie. You Can See My Car is Full. All These Here Are Absentee Ballots. Can’t You See? Look at All These, My Car is Full.”
    • Paid Voter: “When We Sign The Voting Document and They Fill It Out Is When They Give Us The Money,”… “The Minute We Signed The Thing [Ballot] For The Election. That’s When We Get paid.”
    • Ballot Harvesting Triangle: River Plaza Apartments, Horn Towers seniors Community and 980 Hennepin Polling Site All Subject to Fraud
    • Minneapolis Somali Community Insider: “It’s an Open Secret” … “She [Ilhan Omar] Will Do Anything That She Can Do To Get Elected and She [Omar] Has Hundreds of People on The Streets Doing That.”
    • Seniors at Horn Towers Ballots Compromised; Harvester: We “Request” Ballots For The Seniors and Then Take Them Away.

Project Veritas investigators revealed a ballot harvesting scheme here involving clan and political allies and associates of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.) in the first of a series of reports.

“Numbers don’t lie. Numbers don’t lie. You can see my car is full. All these here are absentees’ ballots. Can’t you see? Look at all these, my car is full. All these are for Jamal Osman... We got 300 today for Jamal Osman only,” said Liban Mohamed in a series of Snapchat videos posted July 1 and July 2 on his own Snapchat profile.

Mohamed said he was collecting the ballots to help his brother win the city’s Aug. 11 special election for a vacant Ward 6 city council race—which was held the same day as the primary for Omar’s MN-05 congressional seat. Ward 6 is the heart of the city’s Somali community and the Omar’s political base.

James O’Keefe, the founder and CEO of Project Veritas, said: “Ballot harvesting is real and it has become a big business. Our investigation into this ballot harvesting ring demonstrates clearly how these unscrupulous operators exploit the elderly and immigrant communities—and have turned the sacred ballot box into a commodities trading desk.”

Much much more at the site - names. video, transcriptions, story.  This violates both state and federal law.
The Democrats have nothing to run on so they have to cheat.  Simple as that.

Hmmm...

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Senator Blumenthal needs to go - now.

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Go home and take care of your family. He is a perfect example of a liberal who has been corrupted by the communist's attempted take-over of America. He is a member of the elite, private schools but he is uneducated in the realities of life. He served as the Attorney General of Connecticut and proceeded to represent big business, not his constituency.
His entry at Infogalactic.

He tweeted and  radio hose Tammy Bruce took him to the woodshed - I do not have the links to the original tweets but here is a screen cap:

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Speaking truth to power - Senator Blumenthal has tried/done all of these things. An odious little man.

Truth in a couple of tweets:

SHOT: Brent Baker with a video clip of some odious little man:

CHASER: Johnathan Turley - a reply in three parts:

It is worth remembering that Mr. Turley holds the Shapiro Chair of Public Interest Law at George Washington University and is a criminal defense attorney and legal analyst. His blog can be found here: Jonathan Turley

He ain't no dummy when it comes to the law. Or, to common sense.
Unlike some entertainers...

A good start - Veteran deaths - Wuhan Flu

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From Just The News:

Two Massachusetts doctors charged with criminal neglect for 76 coronavirus deaths at veterans' home
The Massachusetts Attorney General has indicted two doctors on charges of criminal neglect in connection to the deaths of at least 76 veterans' home residents who died of the novel coronavirus.

Bennett Walsh, 50, and David Clinton, 71, were indicted by a state grand jury on Thursday in connection to their work at the Holyoke Soldiers' home in Massachusetts. Each man was indicted on five counts, specifically for charges including "wantonly or recklessly" permitting or causing bodily harm and mistreatment of an older or disabled individual.

A good start but the charges need to be Federal and more of the "doctors" need to be brought to justice.  This treatment is unconcionable.

If you are not guilty, why would you do this - from The Federalist:

‘Trump Was Right’: Explosive New FBI Texts Detail Internal Furor Over Handling Of ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Investigation
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents tasked by fired former Director James Comey to take down Donald Trump during and after the 2016 election were so concerned about the agency’s potentially illegal behavior that they purchased liability insurance to protect themselves less than two weeks before Trump was inaugurated president, previously hidden FBI text messages show. The explosive new communications and internal FBI notes were disclosed in federal court filings today from Sidney Powell, the attorney who heads Michael Flynn’s legal defense team.

“[W]e all went and purchased professional liability insurance,” one agent texted on Jan. 10, 2017, the same day CNN leaked details that then-President-elect Trump had been briefed by Comey about the bogus Christopher Steele dossier. That briefing of Trump was used as a pretext to legitimize the debunked dossier, which was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign and compiled by a foreign intelligence officer who was working for a sanctioned Russian oligarch.

“Holy crap,” an agent responded. “All the analysts too?”

“Yep,” the first agent said. “All the folks at the Agency as well.”

“[C]an I ask who are the most likely litigators?” an agent responded. “[A]s far as potentially suing y’all[?]”

“[H]aha, who knows….I think [t]he concern when we got it was that there was a big leak at DOJ and the NYT among others was going to do a piece,” the first agent said.

While the names of the agents responsible for the texts are redacted, the legal filing from Powell, quoting communications from the Department of Justice (DOJ), states that the latest document production included handwritten notes and texts from Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, and FBI analysts who worked on the FBI’s investigation of Flynn.

Much more at the site - links to source documents. They knew they were doing something illegal but their hatred for the Orange Man was so intense that it blinded them. Time to pay the piper.

I would bet that if Absentee Ballots from Military addresses were looked at, they would be uniformly voting to re-elect President Trump. From FOX 11 News:

Mail found in ditch in Greenville
A U.S. Postal Service investigation is underway after mail was found along the road in the Fox Valley.

The Outagamie County Sheriff's Office says three trays were found in a ditch around 8 a.m. Tuesday. The trays were near the intersection of highways 96 and CB, near the Appleton International Airport.

The mail was immediately turned over to the postal service.

On Wednesday, a USPS spokesman said the mail included absentee ballots

And the DOJ is taking this seriously - from The United States Department of Justice, Middle District of Pennsylvania

Revised Statement Of U.S. Attorney Freed On Inquiry Into Reports Of Potential Issues With Mail-In Ballots
HARRISBURG - On Monday, September 21, 2020, at the request of Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, the Office of the United States Attorney along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scranton Resident Office, began an inquiry into reports of potential issues with a small number of mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Board of Elections.

Since Monday, FBI personnel working together with the Pennsylvania State Police have conducted numerous interviews and recovered and reviewed certain physical evidence. Election officials in Luzerne County have been cooperative. At this point we can confirm that a small number of military ballots were discarded.

Only a few but this was probably a test run. The Main Event is forty days away.

The City Council has overridden a Mayor's Veto.  That is a power grab and they need to be shut down. What laws currently on the books give them that much power. My bet is that they do not legally have this authority, they are just taking it in a soviet power grab and the mayor is too timid to object.

From CBS News:


Seattle City Council overrides mayor's veto of partial reallocation of police funding
Seattle will reduce the police department's budget and reallocate some money to community programs after the City Council voted Tuesday evening to override Mayor Jenny Durkan's vetoes of adjustments to this year's budget.

The council's proposals approved last month were supported by demonstrators who have marched in the city for months following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis but were strongly opposed by the mayor and former police Chief Carmen Best.

"Divestment from a broken policing model is not only the right thing to do … I believe it is the needed course of action," Council President M. Lorena González said. "We cannot look away from this and we can no longer accept the status quo if we truly believe that Black lives matter."

And here is a perfect sample of the wisdom and maturity of the council - from FOX News:

Seattle hires former pimp as 'street czar' for $150,000 after CHOP fiasco
Seattle is paying an ex-pimp $150,000 a year to act as the city's "street czar" and offer "alternatives to policing" after protests morphed into the no-police-allowed Capitol Hill Occupied Protest.

Activist Andre Taylor is open about his past as a pimp (he appeared in the documentary "American Pimp") and is working with the city of Seattle through his nonprofit, Not This Time. Taylor says he started Not This Time after his brother Che Taylor was killed by Seattle police in 2016.

Words fail. And of course this communist's brother was named Che.
Yes, that Che. Go and read to find out the ream man behind the "legend"

A corrupt family - Biden

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Son Hunter is quite the millstone around his fathers neck. Will the media notice? Probably not.
From The Daily Wire:

Hunter Biden Received Millions From Wife Of Ex-Moscow Mayor, Paid Suspects Allegedly Tied To Trafficking, Had Contacts With Chinese Military, Senate Report Alleges
A bombshell report from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) and the Committee on Finance makes a series of damning new allegations against Hunter Biden, the son of Democrat presidential nominee.

The investigation launched after Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) publicly raised conflict-of-interest concerns about the sale of a U.S. company to a Chinese firm with ties to Hunter Biden a month before Congress was notified about a whistleblower complaint that was the catalyst for Democrats’ impeachment of President Donald Trump. The Senate’s investigation relied on records from the U.S. government, Democrat lobbying groups, and interviews of numerous current and former officials.

More at the site - they list payment by payment. Corrupt as hell. The Dems could be running Pigasus and they would still not think anything was amiss. ABT - anybody but Trump.

I would expect nothing less - China

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From the New York Post:

China, WHO could have helped prevent COVID-19 pandemic: congressional report
The coronavirus pandemic might have been prevented if not for Chinese cover-ups in the early days of the outbreak and the World Health Organization “parroting” Beijing propaganda, according to a damning audit from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The 96-page report — obtained by The Post ahead of its planned Monday release — says the Chinese Communist Party destroyed evidence and buried troubling data, while nationalizing the supply chains and limiting exports of US companies 3M and General Motors, keeping key goods in the country.

“It is beyond doubt that the CCP actively engaged in a cover-up designed to obfuscate data, hide relevant public health information, and suppress doctors and journalists who attempted to warn the world,” reads the report, authored by Republican members of the Democrat-held committee.

Had China been more transparent and proactive when the first signs of the burgeoning health crisis emerged in Wuhan in late 2019, the outbreak could have been largely contained — potentially saving hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide, the pols wrote.

The report will be interesting - see which media outlets discuss it.

Unverified but...

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From American Thinker:

FORMER BIDEN CAMPAIGN STAFFER: Joe Biden is in the early stages of dementia and is on medication for it.
"This is the big one, and the one I have the least direct experience with, but it’s been an open secret for some time. Anyone who has had a relative with Alzheimer’s or dementia can tell you, there are good days and bad days. On the good days, when Joe is at his most lucid, his campaign manager Jen will send him out for photo ops or TV interviews… make hay while the sun is shining, you know? On the bad days, Jen just tells the press pool “No Joe today,” and they’re all like, “Okay, cool!” Most of the time, he’s just a little foggy and gets really agitated. But one of my co-workers told me that back in May, there was a day where he thought he was running against Gary Hart in the ’84 primary again. Joe went under wraps for several days after that.

He’s been more lucid recently because his physician, Dr. O’Connor, put him on Namenda. Jen apparently was worried about someone finding it out, because she insisted that he prescribe it under a series of phony names, and then have the interns pick it up. I bet there are a lot of pharmacists in Philly wondering why there are so many young people on Namenda.

The dementia medication has had, um… unfortunate side effects.

There’s no dancing around this… the medication has made Joe incontinent. Though his “good days” have increased dramatically, he can barely get through a press event without running to the bathroom. That’s why he didn’t take questions after announcing Harris as his running mate. They weren’t afraid of the questions, the press loves him… they were afraid he was going to piss his pants on-camera. Lately, Jen’s been having closed-door meetings to discuss which brand of incontinence pads would be best to purchase. Seriously, a group of paid staffers sat around and discussed which brands were the least visible, the least likely to leak, and wouldn’t audibly “crinkle.”

That’s around the time I left the campaign. I can’t be a party to this sick game anymore. I never really liked Joe Biden, but he deserves better than to be thrust into the public eye when he should be in memory care. His wife should put a stop to this, but she’s way too excited about being “First Lady” to care about her ailing husband."

As I said, unverified but it certainly fits the narrative. If the liberals can use narrative, conservatives can too. From Yahoo Answers:

What drugs does Joe Biden take that makes him slur and talk incoherently?

Eleven answers so far - here is one:

My guess would be cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine, used to treat dementia.

Memantine is the generic name for Namenda

We are looking at elder abuse. Dr. Jill really really wants to be FLOTUS - even if only for a month or two.

Wonderful news - human trafficking

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From the United States Marshals Service:

35 Missing Children Recovered & Permanent Unit Established in Northern Ohio
Cleveland, OH – United States Marshal Pete Elliott, Police Chief Calvin Williams, Sheriff David Schilling, East Cleveland Police Chief Scott Gardner, and Newburgh Heights Police Chief John Majoy announce the recovery of 35 children during of Operation Safety Net.

The U.S. Marshals Service has been working with its state and local partners over the past month to locate and recover missing juveniles from the Cuyahoga County area. 35 missing and endangered children, between the ages of 13 and 18, were recovered during the operation. A little more than 20% were tied to human trafficking cases and those cases were referred to the Human Trafficking Task Force in Cuyahoga County. Of the 40 missing cases referred to the Marshals Task Force only 5 cases remain open. Members of the task force and its local partners will continue to work over the next several weeks to bring these 5 remaining children and other children to safety.

Chief John Majoy of Newburg Heights stated “We are proud to assist in Operation Safety Net and I commend the United States Marshals Service for their hard work and dedication toward locating these children. Many times, they do not know they are a victim and this operation offers hope, freedom and safety they would not otherwise have. This is a fine example of local, state and federal partners all working together for a notable cause. Together we can all make a difference.”

More at the site - coming on the heels of these other recoveries:

And let us not forget this little list - from here

A little bit of history - RBG

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From The New York Times Magazine from July 7th, 2009:

The Place of Women on the Court
In late February, three weeks after she had an operation for a recurrence of cancer, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to Barack Obama’s first address to Congress. Given the circumstances, it wasn’t an event anyone expected her to attend. She went, she said, because she wanted the country to see that there was a woman on the Supreme Court.

Now another woman, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, is about to begin the confirmation hearings that stand between her and a seat near Ginsburg on the high bench. After 16 years on the court — the last three, since the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, as the only woman working alongside eight men — Ginsburg has a unique perspective on what’s at stake in Sotomayor’s nomination. I sat down with the 76-year-old justice last week to talk about women on the bench and their effect on the dynamics and decisions of the court.

And the line in question - you can read the whole interview to see that I am not taking it out of context. Also, although I disagree with Justice Ginsberg on some of her decisions, she was intellegent and an excellent Justice.

Q: Are you talking about the distances women have to travel because in parts of the country, abortion is essentially unavailable, because there are so few doctors and clinics that do the procedure? And also, the lack of Medicaid for abortions for poor women?

JUSTICE GINSBURG: Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae — in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.] Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion.

Emphasis mine. Eugenics? Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood and she was very much a eugenicist. Here, herehere, here and here for starters.

Group dinners during times of COVID

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Heh - TelePrompTer

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So true - Joe Biden

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What his handlers are doing to him constitutes elder abuse.

Some history about the TelePrompTer Corporation can be found at Infogalactic.

A look to the left - moral compass

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If John F. Kennedy were running for President, I would vote for him in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, the radical actors of the 1960's have taken over the Democrat party and are using it to implement a socialist worker's paradise. A Utopia if you will. This despite the plain and simple fact that this has never ever worked before. Even the first colonies in America tried a socialist form of government and it did not work. Here, here, here, here, here, here, here (video), here, here but I could go on. Alright, one more here. Documented. They tried it. It did not work. It never works. Ever.

An interesting look at the moral compass of the people trying to do this now.
From Dennis Prager at The Daily Wire:

The Left’s Moral Compass Isn’t Broken …
All of my life, I have said that the Left’s moral compass is broken.

And all of my life, I was wrong.

Why I was wrong explains both the Left and the moral crisis we are in better than almost any other explanation.

I was wrong because in order to have a broken moral compass, you need to have a moral compass to begin with. But the Left doesn’t have one.

This is not meant as an attack. It is a description of reality. The Left regularly acknowledges that it doesn’t think in terms of good and evil. Most of us are so used to thinking in those terms — what we call “Judeo-Christian” — that it is very difficult for us to divide the world in any other way.

But since Karl Marx, the Left (not liberalism; the two are different) has always divided the world, and, therefore, human actions, in ways other than good and evil. The Left, in Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous words, has always operated “beyond good and evil.”

Marx was an idiot who was wrong about so many things. He had great hair and his ideas sound fantastic to a low-information citizen who does not see the illogic and falsehoods.

Latinos for Biden

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No one there so CBS had to steal the image of Latinos for Trump and use it falsly - from 90 Miles:

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So true - The Democrat Zone

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From James Woods:

Slow Joe Biden and COVID-19

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From CNS News:

Biden: ‘Imagine If He Had Said Something’ About Virus in State of the Union (He Did)
Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden suggested on Thursday night that President Trump had said nothing about the emerging coronavirus outbreak during his State of the Union address early this year.

During a CNN town hall in Pennsylvania, Biden contrasted Trump’s response to the crisis to his own, implying that he had been way out ahead of the president.

“He knew about it, he knew the detail of it, he knew it in clear terms,” he said of Trump.

And, of course, CNS News offers this direct quote from our President:

“Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases,” he said. “We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”

Video at the site. They think that they can lie and get away with it. Low information voters...

Old Joe Biden

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This clip is from 1987:

An Executive Order - 1776 Commission

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President Trump is like the Energizer Bunny. He is unstopable. From the Miami Herald:

What is the 1776 Commission? Trump announces plan to promote ‘patriotic education’
President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he will be establishing a commission to promote “patriotic education” in the United States.

He announced the plan, called The 1776 Commission, during a speech at the White House History Conference.

“It will encourage educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history and make plans to honor the 250th anniversary of our founding,” Trump said during the speech held on Constitution Day, which marks the anniversary of the adoption of the United States Constitution.

Good - America has always been great. It just suffers from an artificial image problem created by a few nihilists who want to tear it down. Defeat their narrative and teach the truth. We are suffering now from their long march through the institutions.

The party of the little guy

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An interesting look at some numbers - from CNS News:

26 of 27 Richest Congressional Districts Represented by Democrats
Twenty-six of the 27 richest congressional districts in the United States, according to 2019 median household income data released today by the Census Bureau, are currently represented by Democrats.

In fact, every one of the nation’s seventeen richest congressional districts, when measured by median household income as of 2019, are currently represented by Democrats.

The eighteenth richest congressional district—New York’s 2nd District—is the richest one currently represented by a Republican. Located on Long Island, it has a median household income of $108,725 and is represented by Republican Rep. Peter King.

The nation’s richest congressional district, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, is California’s 18th District, which sits south of San Francisco and includes part of Silicon Valley.

Not surprised. The mega-rich can ride out any storm and the Dems hand out free shit to the institutionally poor. It is us guys in the middle that get crunched. The actual numbers at the site.

An inconvenient email - Nashville, TN

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Looks like their mayor got some 'splainin' to do - from the Nashville FOX News affiliate:

COVID-19 emails from Nashville mayor's office show disturbing revelation
The coronavirus cases on lower Broadway may have been so low that the mayor’s office and the Metro Health Department decided to keep it secret.

Emails between the mayor’s senior advisor and the health department reveal only a partial picture. But what they reveal is disturbing.

The discussion involves the low number of coronavirus cases emerging from bars and restaurants and how to handle that.

And most disturbingly, how to keep it from the public.

They wanted to keep them closed but the actual numbers were showing that there was no danger. Solution? Hide the numbers.

And yes, the mayor is a Democrat.

California

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From America's Newspaper of Record - the Babylon Bee:

D'oh! Last Guy Left In California Gets Stuck Paying The $140 Billion Tax Bill
With high taxes, low electricity, and everything on fire, people continue to leave California. One man, Warren Stanley, was determined to stay, though. “I just enjoy the climate,” he explained. But he got a surprise this morning when he received a tax bill in the mail for $140 billion.

“As the last person remaining in California,” stated the letter from California Governor Gavin Newsom (who now works remotely from income tax-free Florida), “you’re going to have to pay all the taxes. Thanks for choosing our great state!”

“Aw, man,” Stanley whined. “I knew I hadn’t seen my neighbors in a while, but I didn’t think I was the last.” Stanley says he doesn’t think he’ll be able to pay the tax bill, as most of his income goes to paying his rent. If he doesn’t pay it, though, he’ll be arrested for tax evasion -- though it will take a while for the police to get him since they all live out of state.

Stanley is currently working on negotiating some sort of payment plan. His main question was whether, if he paid his taxes, the state would be able to keep the electricity on continuously, but the answer he got was “probably not.”

Fact checking? True on all counts.

Standards

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So true - from Woodsterman:

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A braying ninny - John Kerry

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Perfect 44 second summation of his intellect:

He's got great hair and is propped up by his wife's money (the Heinz food fortune) but, at heart, he is a dummy.

A tale of two stories - Minneapolis

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From National Public Radio, dated June 26, 2020:

Minneapolis Council Moves To Defund Police, Establish 'Holistic' Public Safety Force
The Minneapolis City Council on Friday unanimously approved a proposal to eliminate the city's police department, marking the first step toward establishing a new "holistic" approach to public safety.

The move follows more than a month of national outrage and protests against police brutality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died after an officer pressed his knee into his neck for more than eight minutes.

From Minnesota Public Radio, dated September 15, 2020:

With violent crime on the rise in Mpls., City Council asks: Where are the police?
The meeting was slated as a Minneapolis City Council study session on police reform.

But for much of the two-hour meeting, council members told police Chief Medaria Arradondo that their constituents are seeing and hearing street racing which sometimes results in crashes, brazen daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults and shootings. And they asked Arradondo what the department is doing about it.

"Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police’?” said Jamal Osman, newly elected council member of Ward 6. He said he's already been inundated with complaints from residents that calls for police aren’t being answered.

And some numbers:

The number of reported violent crimes, like assaults, robberies and homicides are up compared to 2019, according to MPD crime data. More people have been killed in the city in the first nine months of 2020 than were slain in all of last year. Property crimes, like burglaries and auto thefts, are also up. Incidents of arson have increased 55 percent over the total at this point in 2019.

Heh - you broke it, you bought it. Invite thugs into your neighborhood, dial back police activity and then you are surprised at the result? Talk about being a special kind 'o stupid.

That is only three months - imagine what Minneapolis will be like in two more months - after the election.

Maintaining communication - Pelosi

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I didn't realize that it was this bad.  From the New York Post:

‘Forget him’: Pelosi defends not speaking to Trump for almost a year
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended how she has handled her relationship with President Trump — after it was pointed out that the two leaders haven’t spoken in almost a year amid mounting crises.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Craig Melvin on Monday, Pelosi (D-Calif.) faced pushback after repeatedly saying “Forget him” while answering a question about countering the commander-in-chief’s rhetoric and narrative.

Melvin noted to the nation’s highest elected Democrat that, “with all due respect, you just said, ‘Forget him.'”

“Yeah, forget him,” she responded.

The MSNBC host then asked if she and the president had “just stopped talking? Is that where we are?”

“You haven’t talked to him about the wildfires, I get the impression you probably haven’t talked to him about the coronavirus relief bill.”

Pelosi and Trump have not spoken since the House speaker got up and walked out of a heated White House meeting in October 2019.

How is she even able to do her job without talking to President Trump? Oh. Wait. She is not able to do her job. She lives in her little bubble and talks only to those people who agree with her. She is the queen of garbage. Her district is a shithole.

Not a surprise there. The bitter little marxists are not a 501(c)(3) and have not applied for that status. To do so would mean a large measure of transparency into their finances and they do not want that exposure. If you go to their donations page, you will see that the money is actually going to Act Blue - a Democrat run organization that acts as a funding agency for fringe groups. Now this from The Federalist:

Chinese Organization With Communist Party Ties Funds Black Lives Matter Ventures
The Black Futures Lab, a venture of Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza, is sponsored by the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), an organization that works with China’s communist government to push its agenda in the United States, according to an investigation by the Heritage Foundation’s Mike Gonzalez.

Gonzalez discovered that the Black Futures Lab donation page explicitly states they are “a fiscally sponsored project of the Chinese Progressive Association,” explaining where donations to Black Futures Lab are funneled.

Gonzalez explains the history of the CPA in the United States, documenting the activities the group sponsors on behalf of the Chinese government, including one instance in which the People’s Republic of China flag was flown over Boston’s City Hall to honor the takeover of China by the Chinese Communist Party. The CPA is routinely praised for its work in the U.S. by China’s official mouthpiece, China Daily.

“It is clear, then, that CPA works with China’s communist government, pushes its agenda here in the United States, and is regularly praised by China’s state-owned mouthpieces,” Gonzalez writes. “It is clear, too, from, this perspective, why the CPA would sponsor a new enterprise by Garza: They espouse the same desire for world communism.”

All the same people behind the scenes. Not surprised at all.

Facebook - the background story

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Sums it up in one meme:

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From FOX News:

Kamala Harris accidentally touts plans under a 'Harris administration' during virtual roundtable
Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's running mate in the 2020 election, raised eyebrows on Monday evening after she accidentally touted economic plans under a "Harris administration."

Speaking during a virtual roundtable with small business owners in Arizona, Harris vowed that they will have an ally in the White House with the campaign's "Build Back Better" initiative.

However, the California senator appeared to briefly suggest that she was at the top of the Democratic ticket.

"A Harris administration, together with Joe Biden as the president of the United States," she said. She quickly clarified, "The Biden-Harris administration will provide access to $100 billion in low-interest loans and investments from minority business owners."

Emphasis mine - no big surprise there but you think that she would be a little more discreet until November 4th.

Oh. Wait. I forgot. Voting day for Democrats is November 5th.  If you are an evil fascist Republican, you need to get your vote in by November 3rd. If you are an intellegent and caring Democrat, you have two more days to vote so your final day to get your vote in is November 5th. Drop your ballot in the mail at the last possible moment on the 5th so we can see a huge landslide.

The man behind the curtain

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Wonderful rant from Victor Davis Hanson at American Greatness:

Biden, ‘The Great and Powerful’
Media bias is not new.

In addition to the Russian collusion hoax and the phone-call impeachment farce, who can forget the marquee media toadies of JournoList and the release of John Podesta’s email trove?

Or the moderator Donna Brazile’s primary debate questions, leaked through CNN, or Candy Crowley’s hijacking of a debate as moderator-turned-real-time-hack “fact-checker”?

Nothing then is new to the media’s fusion and collusion with the “progressive party.”

Yet never in American history have mainstream journalists not merely promoted a candidate but actively fused with his political candidacy to the point of warping, fabricating, and Trotskyizing the news and indeed history itself.

The trope of a vast charade to create an illusionary powerful figure out of nothing is an old one in fiction, Hollywood and television. We remember “The Great and Powerful” Wizard of Oz fakery, a formidable screen image created backstage by gears and levers operated by a tiny man “behind the curtain.” Similar is the famous scene in an episode of the old Star Trek series, depicting a near comatose on-air John Gill used as a televised prop by his puppeteers, in a utopian federation project gone haywire.

But reality has outdone art with the Biden campaign. The concoction is holistic, from the mundane construction of a fantasy, on-the-go candidate to the supposed middle-of-the road old Joe Biden from Scranton radiating an aura of kindness and moderation in times of plague, panic, and protest.

Great analogy - where is Toto when we need him.

Now this is interesting - Slow Joe

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From The Washington Free Beacon:

FBI Raids Home of Netflix Star and Biden Surrogate Over Underage Sex Allegation
A man featured in a campaign video with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is under federal  investigation for soliciting sex with minors, according to USA Today.

Federal agents raided the Illinois home of Jerry Harris, who gained notoriety due to his role in the Netflix documentary Cheer, Monday afternoon as part of a probe into messages sent to minors asking for explicit photos and to meet for sex. The solicitations were flagged for authorities by the 21-year-old's employer.

Just three months ago the Biden campaign used Harris, who has over a million followers on Instagram, as part of Biden's push to sway young voters and "win back the internet," Time magazine reported. The Instagram live video of Harris and Biden was viewed nearly 300,000 times.

After publication of this article, the Instagram video was removed from the social media platform. The Free Beacon captures a screenshot of the image before it was deleted.

Hope and change - part deux. Who do you want in office, a leader or an internet influencer?

Must see video - 28 seconds long

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Tip 'o the hat to Powerline for the link and this commentary:

THE DUMBEST THING YOU’LL SEE TODAY
I generally avoid writing about events or people merely because they are dumb. We are so awash in stupidity that doing so would be more than a full-time job, and you and I both have better things to do with our time.

However: sometimes stupidity is entertaining, as in the video below. I don’t know what the event was, except that, per Mike Nayna’s tweet, it is a group of academics trying to “cure racism.” The other reason why the video is worthwhile is that, as Kurt Schlichter points out, there is one sane person in the picture, reacting silently but appropriately to the madness in front of him. My advice is, don’t let this kid go to college. His common sense could be ruined.

Be sure to visit Mike's twitter page for this to see the additional commentary.

One state at a time - Pennsylvania

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Great news - from Pittsburgh station WTAE:

Judge: Pennsylvania's pandemic restrictions unconstitutional
A  federal judge in Pittsburgh says Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine had good intentions to protect people from the coronavirus but their orders went too far. The judge ruled in a court order that Wolf's closing of "non-life-sustaining" businesses and restrictions on gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic were unconstitutional.

"You  can't tell 13 million Pennsylvanians that they have to stay home. That's not America. It never was.  That order was horrible," Thomas W. King, III, an attorney for the plaintiffs, told Pittsburgh's Action News 4.

Judge William Stickman IV ruled that the state-posed limits on gatherings violated the First Amendment and the stay-at-home and business-closing orders violated the Fourteenth Amendment.

And some great news:

Stickman, an appointee of President Donald Trump, wrote in his ruling that the Wolf administration's pandemic policies have been overreaching, arbitrary and violated citizens' constitutional rights.

Stickman ruled in favor of individual and business plaintiffs, and he dismissed the county governments from the case. Individuals who won the favorable ruling include U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa.; state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler; and various businesses including hair salons and the Starlight Drive-In.

"This ruling stands for the proposition that  even in a pandemic, the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania do not forfeit their constitutionally protected rights,\" Thomas E. Breth, an attorney for the plaintiffs, told Pittsburgh's Action News 4.

Elections have consequences - President Trump has been appointing some excellent judges.

Now if only Washington State would do the same. A lot of people are getting very tired of this. I have a facial diaper that reads: "My governor is an idiot" and I get a lot of positive comments when I go anywhere.

The wildfire situation - two stories

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California's governor is stumping for OMG climate change

But, to our North - from Bruce White Bear

The California wildfires are a tragedy and I feel sorry for those involved but the root cause is not climate change. The root cause is the failure of the Californian government to maintain its infrastructure and to perform basic forest management practices. I have said before that we learned a serious lesson thirty two years ago when the Yellowstone fires of 1988 burned 36% of the park. 1,200 square miles of land.

Now this could be interesting - Tom Hanks

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From Jenna Jameson's twitter account:

Be sure to visit her account and scroll down - some people have posted things that could be germane. Ghislane Maxwell germane. Robert Mueller germane.

Shit meet fan?

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