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2020 ELECTIONS: UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

Welcome to Day +27…

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Pennsylvania…

Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “When you lose an election, you should leave quietly. It’s the will of the people that has been expressed,” obviously referring to President Trump.

But, considering his role in the implementation of a questionable electronic voting system, the botched rules and regulations governing the election, and his ignoring of evidence of massive vote tampering, perhaps it is he that should silently leave and turn the mess over to a special counsel.

Bad news in Georgia...

Federal Judge Timothy Bratten had issued a Temporary Restraining Order against the Governor and Secretary of State and other officials stopping them from destroying Dominion voting machines, software, and data and to produce the contract between Georgia and Dominion forthwith. However, a second order was hastily issued and Federal Judge Thomas Batten quickly rescinded his recent order barring Georgia officials from wiping or resetting the state’s voting machines and is now allowing them to erase the machines as scheduled

"In addition, Plaintiffs contend that Union County officials have advised that they are going to wipe or reset the voting machines of all data and bring the count back to zero on Monday, November 30. On this basis, Plaintiffs seek a temporary restraining order to impound and preserve the voting machines in the State of Georgia, and to prevent any wiping of data. However, Plaintiffs’ request fails because the voting equipment that they seek to impound is in the possession of county election officials. Any injunction the Court issues would extend only to Defendants and those within their control, and Plaintiffs have not demonstrated that county election officials are within Defendants’ control. Defendants cannot serve as a proxy for local election officials against whom the relief should be sought." [1:20-cv-4809-TCB]

Knowing of the controversy and allegations, if the Georgia officials allow the destruction of evidence, they should be charged with obstruction of justice. 

Better news in Georgia...

Bowing to public pressure and a late-night Zoom appeal, it appears that the judge issued a late-night third order...

1. Defendants shall have until Wednesday, December 2, at 5:00 p.m. EST, to file a brief setting forth in detail the factual bases they have, if any, against allowing the three forensic inspections. The brief should be accompanied and supported by affidavit or other evidence, if appropriate.

2. Defendants are hereby ENJOINED and RESTRAINED from altering, destroying, or erasing, or allowing the alteration, destruction, or erasure of, any software or data on any Dominion voting machine in Cobb, Gwinnett, and Cherokee Counties.

3. Defendants are ORDERED to promptly produce to Plaintiffs a copy of the contract between the State and Dominion. 

4. This temporary restraining order shall remain in effect for ten days, or until further order of the Court, whichever comes first.

IT IS SO ORDERED this 29th day of November, 2020, at 10:10 p.m. EST.

Israel and Iran…

As the deadlines for the selection of the President and the inauguration are nearing, we are seeing a number of unintended, but anticipated consequences.

With the rising tide of anti-Semitism and antipathy for Israel in the Democrat Party and the likelihood that numerous anti-Semitic/anti-Israel Clintonistas and Obamacons will serve as advisors to a Biden/Harris Administration, the general anti-Semitism within the Department of State, and the reappearance of those involved with the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, the time for America’s support for Israel militarily and in the United Nations may be growing short. Not to forget that cheese-eating surrender monkey John Kerry who will rush to his Palestinian terrorist pals and Iranians who he has been secretly negotiating with.

Especially when the Democrat Party tolerates and refuses to condemn the open and virulent anti-Semitism of Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and the majority of the Congressional Black Caucus. And the openly communist, anti-Semitic Black Lives Matter mob that the Democrats allow to run rampant on American streets as they “defund the police.”

So, we must question whether or not the recent assassination of Iran’s nuclear scientist and grand poohbah of its covert nuclear program, Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, ostensibly by Israel’s Mossad with the authorization of Benjamin Netanyahu, was a deliberate provocation design to spark a retaliatory response on Israel?

“The chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, described Mr. Fakhrizadeh’s killing as ‘a bitter and heavy blow to the country’s defense system’ and said there would be ‘severe revenge.’”

“The commander in chief of the Revolutionary Guards, Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, said ‘the assassination of our nuclear scientists is a clear, violent war against our ability to achieve modern science.’ He carefully avoided mention of the overwhelming evidence that Mr. Fakhrizadeh taught physics once a week at the Guards’ own university, but spent the rest of his time keeping alive the option of building a nuclear warhead that could fit atop one of Iran’s growing fleet of missiles.” <Source>

“Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed Friday a ‘definitive punishment’ for the death of the country’s top nuclear scientist. Describing Fakhrizadeh as a ‘martyr,’ Khamenei promised retribution while avoiding being specific.”

And a justification of an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities while President Trump is still in office and able to provide military and diplomatic assistance to Israel? Or will Iran wait to see if it can sucker the Biden/Harris Administration into reducing or eliminating sanctions in return for another meaningless deal that sees Iran continue its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program?

The United States appears to be responding to Iran’s rhetoric by deploying the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf. It should be remembered that this single carrier strike group, including its guard submarines, has more firepower than the Iranian armed forces combined.

Some in the media are openly wondering if increased hostilities in the region will keep a President Biden from returning to the bogus one-sided 2015 joint nuclear agreement that traded away sanctions relief and billions of dollars in return for a worthless piece of paper promising an end to its nuclear weapons program. Biden — who may enter office on Jan 21, 2021 — appears to believe that the nuclear agreement had been working as intended in preventing the Iranians from developing a nuclear weapon. Blind and stupid – what a combination in a President!

Just in time – an Israeli bomb shelter in the Negev Desert…

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Bottom line…

No matter what you may think or say about President Trump or members of his administration, there was little doubt in anyone's mind that Trump is not a racist, not anti-Semitic, pro-America, and fully supports Israel.

With the progressive socialist democrats, crazy never stops.

We are so screwed.

--steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



JOHNS HOPKINS' STUDENT NEWSLETTER DISHONESTLY SELF-CENSORS SCIENCE REPORTER

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"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." — John Adams (1770)

When politicians, the mainstream news media, and the social media platforms say “follow the science,” it is best to ask: what science, what scientists, and what are the underlying motivations for the science they are touting.

So it comes as somewhat of a shock that a student publication of a prestigious educational institution like Johns Hopkins would actually admit to intellectual dishonesty as a “good thing.”

Remember, they are disappearing their reporter’s work – not the actual cited author’s work.

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A closer look at U.S. deaths due to COVID-19

Editor’s Note: After The News-Letter published this article on Nov. 22, it was brought to our attention that our coverage of Genevieve Briand’s presentation “COVID-19 Deaths: A Look at U.S. Data” has been used to support dangerous inaccuracies that minimize the impact of the pandemic.

[OCS: First and foremost, have the enlightened editors of this student newsletter noticed that the work being withdrawn is a piece written by Yanni Gu and not the author of the research being cited or referred to by the misleading headline. If anything, the headline should be “Reporter’s work withdrawn because of social media outcry.”

Second, this is not a scientific article as one might find in a peer-reviewed journal, but a report on an opinion as expressed in the cited subject’s work. Hence, it is more a publicity puff piece than an authoritative article. That being said, consider the journalistic behavior in handling this matter.

There have always been “unfashionable or disputed” articles in both the scientific literature and the lay media to expose divergent and differing points of view. It was left up to the intelligent reader to select how the information was interpreted and to what use the information was put. The entire phenomena of the scientific method is one of controlled skepticism whereby a hypothesis could be tested, the findings and conclusions published, and the findings replicated, validated, or falsified.

While peer-review is a publishing process, as is editorial control over the selection of content to be published, it is quite extraordinary to find a published work withdrawn because of its social impact on the fashionable one-sided science of the day.]

We decided on Nov. 26 to retract this article to stop the spread of misinformation, as we noted on social media. However, it is our responsibility as journalists to provide a historical record. We have chosen to take down the article from our website, but it is available here as a PDF.

[OCS: You will notice that they did not actually retract or repudiate the underlying work itself, but their reporter's story to which they provided a link. What they did is to self-censor and semi-disappear their own article from mainstream news media and social media platforms.

I find the PDF-overlay “Retracted by the News-Letter” to be offensive and an insult to the reporter who is expressing an opinion and reporting on the research of a third-party having nothing to do with the publication. You can retract material containing material misstatements of fact but cannot make the same argument when dealing with opinions.]

In accordance with our standards for transparency, we are sharing with our readers how we came to this decision. The News-Letter is an editorially and financially independent, student-run publication. Our articles and content are not endorsed by the University or the School of Medicine, and our decision to retract this article was made independently.

[OCS: I wonder if, as publishers, they appreciate the irony of claiming to have a “standard for transparency” and then disappear an article? However, they do a nice job of providing plausible deniability to the University and its School of Medicine, both of which are the recipient of multi-million dollar government grants as well as private donations.]

Briand’s study should not be used exclusively in understanding the impact of COVID-19, but should be taken in context with the countless other data published by Hopkins, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

[OCS: There is that magic word “context.” As if the reader were too stupid to be able to read, interpret, and assign some weight to the content based on one’s education and experience without someone needing to supply “context,” – in this case, references to the politically-correct and fashionable science of the day. Much of which is used as an excuse to drive public policy. And, certainly, public policies that are political with little or no legitimate basis in science.

Want context? Consider the psychological and physiological effects of the economic trauma driven by a need to “flatten the curve.”  Not to eradicate or control the spread of the COVID-19 disease – but to ensure that the medical system has the physical capacity to serve the sick. Common sense will inform the average reader that simply locking down a portion of the population will shift the disease curve to a later date. And, if one is intellectually honest, most of the reporting based on testing-dependent cases is meaningless as a metric – but is useful as a political scare tactic to ensure public compliance with freedom-denying policies promulgated by self-serving and power-hungry politicians and their special interests.]

As assistant director for the Master’s in Applied Economics program at Hopkins, Briand is neither a medical professional nor a disease researcher. At her talk, she herself stated that more research and data are needed to understand the effects of COVID-19 in the U.S.

[OCS: Another display of intellectual dishonesty. The truth is that one does not have to be a medical professional or a disease researcher to statistically analyze data presented in a public forum. One needs a background in statistics and economics. Or necessarily a journalist with scientific credentials to highlight the work of a credentialed researcher.

The author of the work cited is a Ph.D. and “has taught for the Applied Economics Program since summer 2015 and currently teaches Microeconomic Theory, Statistics, and Econometrics. She has many years of experience teaching numerous and varied economics and statistics courses. Her fields of interest are microeconomics and econometrics.” <Source> Certainly well qualified to analyze the data.]

Briand was quoted in the article as saying, “All of this points to no evidence that COVID-19 created any excess deaths. Total death numbers are not above normal death numbers.” This claim is incorrect and does not take into account the spike in raw death count from all causes compared to previous years. According to the CDC, there have been almost 300,000 excess deaths due to COVID-19. Additionally, Briand presented data of total U.S. deaths in comparison to COVID-19-related deaths as a proportion percentage, which trivializes the repercussions of the pandemic. This evidence does not disprove the severity of COVID-19; an increase in excess deaths is not represented in these proportionalities because they are offered as percentages, not raw numbers.

[OCS: I must be blind. I do not see the above statements about an incorrect claim as being attributable to anybody, credentialed or otherwise. It is just like someone standing up and shouting out an opinion.]

Briand also claimed in her analysis that deaths due to heart diseases, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia may be incorrectly categorized as COVID-19-related deaths. However, COVID-19 disproportionately affects those with preexisting conditions, so those with those underlying conditions are statistically more likely to be severely affected and die from the virus.

[OCS: The national COVID-19 statistics contain significant errors, especially given the lack of uniform standards for reporting deaths, the government’s incentivization of increased reimbursement for COVID-19-related diseases, and the government’s own allowance of opinion versus confirmation of Covid-19's presence is suspect. As is the correct categorization of those who were near the end of their natural life when stricken or those afflicted with physiologically-significant comorbidities.]

Because of these inaccuracies and our failure to provide additional information about the effects of COVID-19, The News-Letter decided to retract this article. It is our duty as a publication to combat the spread of misinformation and to enhance our fact-checking process. We apologize to our readers. <Source>

[OCS: The inaccuracies are built into the system and can be correctly acknowledged by citing the bounds of statistical error. Your duty as a publisher is to present timely and interesting information to your readers, not to provide “context” or uninformed or unattributed editorial comment.

As for “fact-checking,” this is an editorial process that should have taken place before the article was published – and not in response to how it may have been received by the public. If you haven’t noticed, your publication is not a peer-reviewed journal of scientific repute.

It is your right to publish what you want, but if you want to publish a refutation – by all means, publish a refutation by a credible author willing to make their argument with at least the same scientific rigor as the argument being refuted.

And, yes, you should apologize to your readers. Not for publishing the author’s work CITING THE WORK OF ANOTHER, but for infantilizing your audience and suggesting they may need your guidance and context to understand, appreciate, and apply what they are reading. There is little doubt in my mind that some students are smarter than their professors, and continually dumbing-down content for public consumption weakens our entire educational system and collective national wisdom.]

Why is all the COVID-19 News bad?

Precisely the very question asked by three professors; Bruce Sacerdote and Ranjan Sehgal from Dartmouth, and Molly Cook Brown, who have produced a research paper (Working Paper 2810 dated November 2020) for the National Bureau of Economic Research titled, “Why Is All COVID-19 News Bad News?

ABSTRACT

We analyze the tone of COVID-19 related English-language news articles written since January 1, 2020.

Ninety one percent of stories by U.S. major media outlets are negative in tone versus fifty- four percent for non-U.S. major sources and sixty five percent for scientific journals. '

The negativity of the U.S. major media is notable even in areas with positive scientific developments including school re-openings and vaccine trials. Media negativity is unresponsive to changing trends in new COVID-19 cases or the political leanings of the audience.

U.S. major media readers strongly prefer negative stories about COVID-19 and negative stories in general. Stories of increasing COVID-19 cases outnumber stories of decreasing cases by a factor of 5.5 even during periods when new cases are declining.

Among U.S. major media outlets, stories discussing President Donald Trump and hydroxychloroquine are more numerous than all stories combined that cover companies and individual researchers working on COVID-19 vaccines.

Of course, the short answer is the extreme influence of progressive socialist democrats in the mainstream media and on the social media platforms where, unfortunately, elite academics and political and corporate poohbahs mistake random musings of ill-informed individuals as representative of real life in the United States. It is almost amusing to see how the powerful react when they find a 16-year-old and a few bots driving their marketing decisions in an echo chamber.

Bottom line...

Editorial pressure on authors writing about subjects involving public policy and fashionable science is growing more severe each day in this politically-correct atmosphere controlled by media moguls and tech tyrants.

To condemn an author for reporting on a researcher's work by retracting their article is disingenuous. 

We are so screwed.

-- steve

Gg


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



ELECTION 2020: IS A LOSS A LOSS?

Welcome to Day +26.

Election fatigue is setting in, but not a loss of hope as people, despite the media blackout and social media censorship, are starting to realize the magnitude of election tampering, which seems only to benefit one side.

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Setbacks can sometimes seem like progress when properly spun…

While the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit rejected the Trump campaign’s appeal of a federal lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania that challenged the outcome of the 2020 elections, it did clear a pathway for the case to be appealed to the United States Supreme Court – if they choose to take the case given their reluctance to interfere in elections.

Excerpts from the opinion…

[Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., et al. v. Secretary Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, et al., C.A. No. 20-3371  <Source>]

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”

“The Trump Presidential Campaign asserts that Pennsylvania’s 2020 election was unfair. But as lawyer Rudolph Giuliani stressed, the Campaign “doesn’t plead fraud. . . . [T]his is not a fraud case. Instead, it objects that Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State and some counties restricted poll watchers and let voters fix technical defects in their mail-in ballots. It offers nothing more.”

“This case is not about whether those claims are true. Rather, the Campaign appeals on a very narrow ground: whether the District Court abused its discretion in not letting the Campaign amend its complaint a second time. It did not.”

“Most of the claims in the Second Amended Complaint boil down to issues of state law. But Pennsylvania law is willing to overlook many technical defects. It favors counting votes as long as there is no fraud. Indeed, the Campaign has already litigated and lost many of these issues in state courts.”

The Campaign tries to repackage these state-law claims as unconstitutional discrimination. Yet its allegations are vague and conclusory. It never alleges that anyone treated the Trump campaign or Trump votes worse than it treated the Biden campaign or Biden votes.

And federal law does not require poll watchers or specify how they may observe. It also says nothing about curing technical state-law errors in ballots. Each of these defects is fatal and the proposed Second Amended Complaint does not fix them. So the District Court properly denied leave to amend again.

“Voters, not lawyers, choose the President. Ballots, not briefs, decide elections. The ballots here are governed by Pennsylvania election law.

No federal law requires poll watchers or specifies where they must live or how close they may stand when votes are counted. Nor does federal law govern whether to count ballots with minor state-law defects or let voters cure those defects.

[OCS: This is the core issue. The State of Pennsylvania did not have adequate safeguards against fraud, including bi-partisan monitoring of election proceedings. No, the State wants its electorate to accept possibly fraudulent votes and ignore the well-documented misbehavior cases. That the State is complicit in alleged illegal election activities is an issue that needs to be addressed in the legislature, which created the election rules and regulations, not the courts.]

Those are all issues of state law, not ones that we can hear. And earlier lawsuits have rejected those claims. Seeking to turn those state-law claims into federal ones, the Campaign claims discrimination.

But its alchemy cannot transmute lead into gold. The Campaign never alleges that any ballot was fraudulent or cast by an illegal voter. It never alleges that any defendant treated the Trump campaign or its votes worse than it treated the Biden campaign or its votes. Calling something discrimination does not make it so. The Second Amended Complaint still suffers from these core defects, so granting leave to amend would have been futile.

And there is no basis to grant the unprecedented injunction sought here. First, for the reasons already given, the Campaign is unlikely to succeed on the merits. Second, it shows no irreparable harm, offering specific challenges to many fewer ballots than the roughly 81,000-vote margin of victory. Third, the Campaign is responsible for its delay and repetitive litigation. Finally, the public interest strongly favors finality, counting every lawful voter’s vote, and not disenfranchising millions of Pennsylvania voters who voted by mail. Plus, discarding those votes could disrupt every other election on the ballot.


Response from the campaign…

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My take…

The judge’s well-reasoned and well-written opinion is valid. That the campaign screwed up their first pleading and wasted their customary second pleading by withdrawing some of the arguments from the first speaks to inartful drafting and incompetence. That the campaign is fighting to further amend the pleading to cure previous defects is admirable but likely to be a loser in the courts.

The other important claim…

The argument that Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting law—Act 77—violated the commonwealth’s constitution that was filed by a group of Republican lawmakers and candidates appears to be in play, with Pennsylvania Commonwealth Judge Patricia McCullough, who ordered a halt in certification, noting, “Petitioners appear to have established a likelihood to succeed on the merits because petitioners have asserted the Constitution does not provide a mechanism for the legislature to allow for expansion of absentee voting without a constitutional amendment.” 

In the legislature…

Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives plan to file a resolution “declaring the results of statewide electoral contests in the 2020 General Election to be in dispute.”

House Co-Sponsorship Memoranda…

THEREFORE, be it RESOLVED that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives—
1. Recognizes substantial irregularities and improprieties associated with mail-in balloting, pre-canvassing, and canvassing during the November 3, 2020 election; and
2. Disapproves of the infringement on the General Assembly’s authority pursuant to the United States Constitution to regulate elections; and
3. Disapproves of and disagrees with the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s premature certification of the results of the November 3, 2020 election regarding presidential electors; and
4. Declares that the selection of presidential electors and other statewide electoral contest results in this Commonwealth is in dispute; and
5. Urges the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the Governor to withdraw or vacate the certification of presidential electors and to delay certification of results in other statewide electoral contests voted on at the 2020 General Election; nd
6. Urges the United States Congress to declare the selection of presidential electors in this Commonwealth to be in dispute.

The first key date to remember is December 14, 2020 …

December 14, 2020: Electors Vote in Their States

Monday after the second Wednesday in December of presidential election years is set (3 U.S.C. §7) as the date on which the electors meet and vote. In 2020, the meeting is on December 14.

Electoral college delegations meet separately in their respective states and the District of Columbia at places designated by their state legislature.

The electors vote by paper ballot, casting one ballot for President and one for Vice President.

The electors count the results and then sign six certificates, each of which contains two lists, one of which includes the electoral votes for the President, the other, electoral votes for the Vice President, each of which includes the names of persons receiving votes and the number of votes cast for them. These are known as Certificates of the Vote, which the electors are required to sign.

They then pair the six Certificates of Ascertainment provided by the state governors with the Certificates of the Vote, and sign, seal, and certify them (3 U.S.C. §§8-10).

The six certificates are then distributed by registered mail as follows: (1) one certificate to the President of the U.S. Senate (the Vice President); (2) two certificates to the secretary of state (or equivalent officer) of the state in which the electors met; (3) two certificates to the Archivist; and (4) one certificate to the judge of the U.S. district court of the district in which the electors met (3 U.S.C. §11).

In other news…

Reading former CIA Director John Brennan’s comments on the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, allegedly the father of Iran’s nuclear weaponry, reminds me that Brennan appears to be a thoroughly disreputable douchebag and should probably be in prison for his various unconstitutional and criminal acts… including perjury and lying to Congress.

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Let us not forget the joint CIA/State Department operation in Benghazi, Libya, where Brennan and Hillary Clinton were unconstitutionally and illegally transferring military-grade weaponry to Islamic terrorists to be used in Syria. Brennan has the blood of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on his hands. And an unknown number of wounded who seemed to have disappeared into the swamp. No real investigations or an attempt to bring the attackers to justice. Most disgraceful is that President Obama was nowhere to be found, and lower-level functionaries like Leon Panetta may have ordered American forces to “stand down” rather than rescue Americans under attack.

Bottom line…

As for Biden, before we discuss tomorrow, let's finish today. Life is what happens next.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



2020 ELECTIONS: WAS THE GA SECRETARY OF STATE THE PRIMARY BAD ACTOR?

Welcome to Day + 25.

Enjoying turkey-bone soup and leftovers. Vote counts and recounts are still happening in California, where Republican David Valadao just flipped a Central Valley seat.

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The face of political corruption in Georgia is a Republican one…

Georgia Secretary of State: The responsibilities of the secretary's office include supervising and monitoring elections, providing campaign finance disclosure, and managing and preserving public records.


Proof that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger knew that Georgia’s previous election processes and systems were deeply flawed is contained within a civil case that reached the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division.

The case, Curling v. Raffensperger (1:17-CV-2989-AT), resulted in an order from District Court Judge Amy Totenberg (Document 579; filed 08/15/19), that noted…

"The Court specifically grants narrowly tailored relief measures to ensure that the GEMS/DRE system is not resorted to as a stopgap default system in the event the Secretary of State and its contractor are unable to fully and properly rollout the new BMD system in time for the 2020 Presidential Preference Primary or any of the ensuing elections.

And it requires that the State Defendants promptly file with the Court all proposed and final audit requirements that the State Elections Board and Secretary of State’s Office considers or approves in connection with elections to be held in 2020 or thereafter. '

Finally, the Court views the significant voter registration database and related ExpressPoll deficiencies and vulnerabilities demonstrated in this case as a major concern both relative to burdening or depriving voters’ ability to actually cast ballots.

The Court therefore requires the State Defendants to develop procedures and take other actions to address the significant deficiencies in the voter registration database and the implementation of the ExpressPoll system.

IT IS SO ORDERED this 15th day of August, 2019."


So, it appears that the man in charge of the elections, Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger knew that Georgia’s past and current voting systems had serious operational and security flaws – and further compromised the system …

Raffensperger authorized the removal of the poll-worker login screen, thus removing the password requirement from a key voting system component known as the “poll book” that confirm a voter’s eligibility to vote and to prevent multiple votes (e.g., absentee and in-person ballots) from being cast by the same person. The poll books possess internet connectivity and are linked together with shorter range Bluetooth systems – both of which can be remotely hacked from a site away from the devices and controlled physical space.

Raffensperger also authorized a last-minute update of approximately 30,000 voting machines, ostensibly to remedy missing Senate candidates, using hundreds of uncontrolled thumb-drives that are capable of injecting malware into the voting systems.

Raffensper could not account for a number of flash drives that went missing and it is unknown if the votes they contained were ever recorded.

And, Raffensperger was the last individual in the responsibility chain concerning voting systems and procedures.


So what are we to conclude when Raffensperger, knowing of serious systemic flaws, declares a Biden victory and rushes the certification process prematurely through the system. 

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Georgia’s top elections official on Friday certified election results showing Joe Biden won the presidential election in that state after a hand tally stemming from a mandatory audit affirmed the Democrat’s lead over Republican President Donald Trump.

The final results certified by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had Biden with 2.47 million votes, President Donald Trump with 2.46 million votes and Libertarian Jo Jorgensen with 62,138. That leaves Biden leading by a margin of 12,670 votes, or 0.25%. <Source>

In other news…

I am growing increasingly worried about the Biden/Harris administration as they speak of using social justice and critical race theory to triangulate public policy between healthcare, our economy, and our military. And the increasing role that Obamacons and Clintonistas might play in a Biden administration.

For anyone who does not believe former President Obama is a racist whose actions have divided Americans, they should read his latest self-indulgent autobiography, A Promised Land.

“Since August, Palin had tanked during a number of high-profile media interviews, becoming a punch line on Saturday Night Live and other late-night comedy shows. But her power lay elsewhere. She’d spent the first week of October drawing big crowds and enthusiastically gassing them up with nativist bile. From the stage, she accused me of “palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.” She suggested that I was “not a man who sees America the way you and I see America.” People turned up at rallies wearing T-shirts bearing slogans like PALIN’S PITBULLS and NO COMMUNISTS. The media reported shouts of “Terrorist!” and “Kill him!” and “Off with his head!” coming from her audiences. Through Palin, it seemed as if the dark spirits that had long been lurking on the edges of the modern Republican Party—xenophobia, anti-intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories, an antipathy toward Black and brown folks—were finding their way to center stage.”

There is no doubt that Obama’s political career started in the house of two communist domestic terrorists, Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn. There is no doubt that Obama sat in Reverend Wright’s church and listened to his racist bile for 20+ years. There is no doubt that Obama was a trained Marxist community organizer, much as those who founded Black Lives Matter. Indeed, Obama does not see America as most Americans – one need only review Obama’s “apology tour” to see how he described and disparaged America while abroad. As for paranoid conspiracy theories, consider this next quote.

“With few exceptions, we avoided the open hostilities and constant leaks that had characterized some previous administrations. Without exception, we avoided scandal. I’d made clear at the start of my administration that I’d have zero tolerance for ethical lapses, and people who had a problem with that didn’t join us in the first place.”

I could point to scores of “good government” initiatives we’d introduced, whether it was placing limits on the hiring of former lobbyists, or giving the public access to data from federal agencies, or scouring agency budgets to eliminate waste. All these actions were worthy on their merits, and I was glad we’d taken them; it was one of the reasons we hadn’t had a whiff of scandal around my administration.

It turned out that most of the so-called right-wing conspiracy theories were not only true, but they were often worse than imagined. There is no doubt that the Obama Administration was mired in scandals, many of them far worse than the previous administrations because they included spying on Americans and the subversion and politicization of the nation's premier intelligence, law, and administrative agencies. And if the FBI was correct, plotting to spy on a presidential candidate, subvert an election, and subsequently attempt to remove a sitting president from office. Obama was correct about a whiff of scandal – it was the stench of scandal that rendered Obama’s top nominees smell-blind after a short time in government.

Riots R Us…

Amazing how the Democrats seem to turn “civil disobedience, rioting, looting, and arson on-and-off based on the political climate of the moment. And it seems to be a customary pattern and practice to project their evildoing onto the opposition, full-well-knowing an uncritical media will provide them with cover.

Where are all those “principled” public servants in the Trump Administration?

Where is Attorney General Bill Barr? Why are FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel still employed? And, what’s happening at the Department of Justice? What is John Durham, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, doing? Will we ever see a Durham Report?

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About that pesky “voter fraud”…

“Sixteen federal prosecutors tapped by leadership at the Justice Department to monitor voting in last week’s presidential election have sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr making clear that they have seen no evidence to substantiate claims that voting tallies have been marred by widespread fraud or other ballot issues, two sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.” <Source>

It really depends on where you decide to look, doesn’t it!!

At least the Israelis respect us: a bomb shelter in Halutza – An Israeli community in the Negev Desert whose citizens are under constant rocket attack from terrorists… 

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Bottom line…

Remember, December 14th is the day that the Electoral College convenes to formally choose the next president.

Too many things we cannot control. It's looking more-and-more like a Biden inauguration with the nation agreeing that the election was illegitimate – but taking no actions. Heaven forbid the GOP should take to the streets in the act of civil disobedience. Time for another Tea Party movement and time for a turkey sandwich.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



2020 ELECTIONS: THE KRAKEN IS KRAP

Welcome to Day +24, and  I hope you had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday -- and are enjoying the tasty leftovers today… 

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Kontemplating the Kraken…

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Instead of watching television or napping, I confronted the dreaded Kraken, unleashed by Sidney Powell and her legal team in the form of two filings, one 104-page filing in Georgia, and one 75-page filing in Michigan.

Both documents looked like they were written by first-year law students, rife with misspelled and poorly-formatted paragraphs.

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I would think that misspelling the court's name would set the tone for the filing and perhaps be taken as disrespect for the court.

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CAVEAT: I am willing to give the legal team a pass if I found out that the original document -- possibly transmitted by FAX -- was processed using some form of OCR (Optical Character Recognition) into a PDF and nobody re-read the document Or if the errors were introduced by the court's scanning system during filing. ]

I would not bet on the outcome of these filings…

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Both documents were a hodge-podge of theories previously introduced, some involving unconstitutional acts, some poorly defined rules, and procedures, some allegedly deliberate acts that appear to be nefarious, and some conflating the capabilities of hardware and software with deliberated ill-intentioned acts.

Evidence? Maybe!

Proof? No! -- Remember evidence does not become truth until it faces adversarial opposition in a court of law or stipulated by the opposition as accepted fact.

Convincing? Not really! -- However, let us not forget that all previous court cases have been about standing and procedural issues, and not one court has been presented with the evidence. 

In my humble and uninformed opinion, not enough to get a judge to issue a summary judgment to invalidate thousands of votes, call for an election do-over, or declare a specific winner -- but may be sufficient to initiate a hearing which might lead to discovery and a trial.

For evidence, we have sworn affidavits from unchallenged individuals with unexplored motives, observations, and possibly rabid partisanship.

There does not appear to be any whistleblowers, insiders who actually committed illegal acts in the 2016 or 2020 elections. As we have heard in the media, some of these individuals may require subpoenas to compel testimony and protect their government jobs. Others are fearful of physical harm and may require protection much as mob witnesses. The actual exhibits are unavailable for examination as they have been filed "under seal" with the court.

As for procedural issues, a clear case has been made that the election was, to some degree, unmonitored by poll-watchers. However, without specific proof of sufficient wrongdoing, it is unlikely the court would disenfranchise thousands of legal votes -- even though it expressed regrets that the system was not monitored and there were "integrity" issues. The court almost always leans toward system stability. However, Rudy Guiliani has a valid response, "If you don't punish them, they will do it again." Essentially saying that if you don't toss the votes and award the election to Donald Trump, you are guaranteeing bad behavior in the next election and promoting corruption of our entire voting system.

Better odds…

A more likely scenario involves convincing state legislators to refuse election certification or to select "faithful" electors who will cast their electoral votes for President Trump. A long shot, to be sure.

Most likely…

However, an even more likely scenario would see a president Biden, inaugurated under a cloud of illegitimacy. Whether or not the democrat-controlled House of Representatives would investigate and impeach Biden for alleged acts of corruption and seek to remove him from office as they attempted with president trump is unlikely given the alternative of a president Harris that nobody likes or, more importantly, trusts.

It may well be that the state legislators may take emergency action for the upcoming vote in Georgia, have limited “re-do” elections for close and challenged down-ballot candidates, and continue with committees and commissions in the pursuit of “election reform.” In Yogi Berra’s classic observation, Déjà vu all over again.”

It may be that the U.S. Congress will create national standards and certification programs through the non-partisan NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology).

Should the evil-doers be worried? I think not, given the reluctance of politicians to point the finger at other politicians knowing that their party is also guilty of dirty tricks -- just not at this scale or this brazenness.

Red flag on the play?

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Does one wonder if this is a scheme to monetize the issue to benefit Sidney Powell? The address shown is a UPS Store renting post boxes.

Bottom line…

I decided not to re-hash or analyze the specific and repetitive allegations because the situation is fluid and still a crap-shoot.

One of the disturbing allegations in the Georgia filing comes from a social media interview with Michelle Malkin (MICHELLE MALKIN LIVE: JOE OLTMANN EXPOSES DOMINION SYSTEMS RUN BY ANTIFA) where Joe Oltmann, identified as Colorado businessman and activist, claims he infiltrated an “Antifa call” and overheard Eric Coomer, a director at Dominion Voting Systems, allegedly saying: “Don’t worry. Trump won’t win the election, we fixed that.”

“Plaintiffs have also learned through several reports that in 2010 Eric Coomer joined Dominion as Vice President of U.S. Engineering. According to his bio, Coomer graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics. Eric Coomer was later promoted to Voting Systems Officer of Strategy and Security although Coomer has since been removed from the Dominion page of directors. Dominion altered its website after Colorado resident Joe Oltmann disclosed that as a reporter he infiltrated ANTIFA, a domestic terrorist organization where he recorded Eric Coomer representing: “Don’t worry. Trump won’t win the election, we fixed that.” – as well as social media posts with violence threatened against President Trump. (See Joe Oltmann interview with Michelle Malkin dated November 13, 2020 which contains copies of Eric Coomer’s recording and tweets).” [Page 58-59 of Georgia filing]

What makes this disturbing is that this is the type of information contained in the filing and, if true, needs to be presented to the FBI and DOJ rather than a media personality.

I am greatly disappointed in the official and unofficial Trump legal teams. However, I am amazed that noted attorneys like Sidney Powell or Lin Wood would attach their names and reputations to these sloppy filings.

The only reliable conclusion that I can faithfully draw is that our election systems are not secure and needs to be reformed.  They are not even as secure as the ones we implemented in Iraq with a photo-identification, one biometric ID-fingerprint, and in-person voting with purple dye to ensure one citizen-one vote), 

By the way -- the Turkey was great!

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



2020 ELECTIONS -- SYDNEY POWELL LAUNCHES, OR NOT!

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Welcome to Day + 23. Today, we will celebrate Thanksgiving. The very first Thanksgiving came amid a fierce winter. This Thanksgiving comes amid a historic pandemic that has deeply impacted our community, our country, and our world, and an election with unprecedented procedural abuse and fraud. We can give thanks that some seek to uphold our American Constitution, the Rule of Law, and American fairness. The outcome of these efforts is unclear, and we can only pray for an equitable outcome.

NOTE: I received a 104-page complaint, purportedly from Sydney Powell and others, that purports to lay out a scenario that deals with, among other constitutional issues, is voting system fraud involving Dominion Voting Systems. This PDF does not include a case number, no court filing information, and a material spelling error in the header which makes me suspicious of the document. Imagine submitting a document to the court with the header, "IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICCT COURT, NORTHERN DISTRCOICT OF GEORGIA, ATLANTA DIVISION?" After the filing clerk stopped laughing, I think you would be so embarrassed as to withdraw the filing. So I will not be commenting on this particular filing at this time. The source of this document was investigative reporter John Solomon's Just The News Site.

The Pennsylvania Complaint (Excerpts) …

Basically, the new filing alleges Act 77, the statute which allows for voting by mail, violates Pennsylvania’s Constitution and is implemented illegally.

IN THE COMMONWEALTH COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA
No. 620 M.D. 2020

The Honorable Mike Kelly, Sean Parnell, Thomas A. Frank, Nancy Kierzek, Derek Magee, Robin Sauter, Michael Kincaid, and Wanda Logan, Petitioners

v.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania General Assembly, Honorable Thomas W. Wolf, Kathy Boockvar, Respondents

COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF

1. This is an action seeking a declaration that the universal mail-in ballot provisions of a law called Act 77 (Act of October 31, 2019, P.L. 552, No. 77 ("Act 77''); see also 25 Pa.Stat.§§ 3146.6(c), 3150.16(c)) are unconstitutional and an injunction prohibiting certification of the results of the November 3, 2020 election in Pennsylvania and/or requiring any such certification to be rescinded, and for other appropriate relief. Act 77 is the most expansive and fundamental change to the Pennsylvania voting code, implemented illegally, to date. Under the Act, and the mail-in ballot scheme it implements, any and all qualified electors are eligible to vote by mail, and no justification needs to be provided. As with prior historical attempts to illegally expand mail-in voting by statute, which have been struck down going as far back as the Military Absentee Ballot Act of 1839, Act 77 is another illegal attempt to override the limitations on absentee voting prescribed in the Pennsylvania Constitution, without first following the necessary procedure to amend the constitution to allow for the expansion.

WHEREFORE, Plaintiffs respectfully request that this Honorable Court enter an order, declaration, and/or injunction that prohibits Defendants from certifying the results of the General Elections which include mail-in ballots which Defendants improperly permitted on a statewide basis; prohibits Defendants from certifying the results of the General Elections which include the tabulation of unauthorized votes, including mail-in ballots which did not meet the Constitutional requirements and, instead, compels Defendants to certify the results of the election based solely on the legal votes or, alternatively, directs that the Pennsylvania General Assembly choose Pennsylvania's electors; award Plaintiffs' reasonable costs and expenses of this action, including attorneys' fees and costs; and provide such other and further legal and equitable relief as this Court deems just and proper.

The Judge Rules (Excerpts) …

IN THE COMMONWEALTH COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA

No. 620 M.D. 2020


The Honorable Mike Kelly, Sean Parnell, Thomas A. Frank, Nancy Kierzek, Derek Magee, Robin Sauter, Michael Kincaid, and Wanda Logan, Petitioners

v.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania General Assembly, Honorable Thomas W. Wolf, Kathy Boockvar, Respondents

ORDER


NOW, November 25, 2020, upon consideration of the Petitioners’ Motion for Emergency/Special Prohibitory Injunction (Emergency Motion), the subsequent
filings by the parties, and the new allegations raised in the Petitioners’ Supplemental
Application for Emergency Relief filed at 11:42 p.m. on November 24, 2020
(Supplemental Emergency Application), it is hereby preliminarily ordered and
decreed as follows:

1.  As to the Supplemental Emergency Application, to the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election (the “Election”) for the offices of President of the United States of America, Respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so, pending an evidentiary hearing to be held on Friday, November 27, 2020 at 11:30 am via WebEx.


2. As to the Emergency Motion, filed on November 22, 2020, inasmuch as Respondents, based on their Press Release and briefs, have not undertaken certification of any of the other results of the Election, Respondents are preliminarily enjoined from certifying the remaining results of the Election, pending the evidentiary hearing on Friday, November 27, 2020 at 11:30 am via WebEx.

3. Respondents shall file and serve an Answer and Memorandum of Law in opposition to the Supplemental Emergency Application by 3:00 p.m. TODAY, November 25, 2020.

4. A scheduling order concerning the evidentiary hearing will follow.

/s/ Patricia A. McCullough
PATRICIA A. McCULLOUGH, Judge

Pennsylvania’s Notice of Appeal to the Supreme Court (Excerpts)…

NOTICE OF APPEAL

Notice is hereby given that Respondent Kathy Boockvar, in her official capacity as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Respondent the Honorable Thomas W. Wolf, in his official capacity as Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and Respondent the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (“Respondents”) appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from the November 25, 2020 Order enjoining Respondents from taking “further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election … for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America” and from certifying “any of the other results of the Election.” This Order, which is attached as Exhibit A, has been entered on the docket as evidenced by the copy of the docket entry attached as Exhibit B. There is no verbatim record of the proceedings relating to Petitioners’ Motion for Emergency/Special Prohibitory Injunction. A Jurisdictional Statement is being filed and served concurrently with this Notice of Appeal.

Since the Pennsylvania Secretary of State hastily certified the election results, and Governor signed the certificate of ascertainment, in favor of presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden, it is unknown what effect the Judge’s order may have other than providing a path to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and then to the United States Supreme Court. Let us not forget that it was Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who is responsible for much of this mess as he refused to hear a legitimate case involving procedural irregularities in Pennsylvania. The Governor’s “certificate of ascertainment” has allegedly been sent to the national archivist in Washington.

It remains to be seen if the evidence is so compelling as to justify the decertification of the results and/or eliminating defective or improperly cast ballots.

More good news in Georgia...

Following District Judge Steven D. Grimberg's denial of Lin Wood's original Verified Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (subsequently amended) for an emergency motion injunction to delay certification of the Georgia voting results, Wood stated that he would appeal the case to the Eleventh Circuit court.

"Appellant further submits that the procedures enacted by the Secretary of State and the State Board of Elections relate to the enormous quantity of mail-in-ballots cast in Georgia pursuant to the unlawful 'Consent Decree,' which precludes ascertainment of these ballots’ compliance with the detailed requirements for demonstrating the authenticity of such votes and the eligibility of those purportedly casting such ballots to vote in Georgia. Appellant’s vote was made more difficult that the votes of others who were not required to present identification or were struggling with signature verification."

And, the 11th Circuit granted Lin Wood's Emergency Motion for Expedited Review of his lawsuit challenging the validity of Georgia election procedures. (USCA: 20-14418-RR, 11/25/2020)

And yet another lawsuit was filed by Phillip Kline, not associated by Sidney Powell) which was based on an expert analysis of government data showing that the total number of illegal votes counted and legal votes not counted is greater than 200,000 — vastly exceeding the 12,670-vote margin in the presidential election contest.

No promises of anything other than continuing court proceedings. 

Bottom line…

Constitutional conservatives have one more thing to be thankful for today.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



ONE CITIZEN SPEAKING WISHES YOU A HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Take time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in your life.

If the video is missing, you can find it here.

Wishing you and yours a safe, healthy, Thanksgiving. Be thankful for those who fought and died to secure your freedom today.

ArmedServices-MIA--steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



GOOGLE DISAPPEARS NEW GEORGIA LAWSUIT

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A search for breaking news – a lawsuit filed in Georgia is nowhere to be found on Google, had to switch to DuckDuckGo…

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Bottom line…

My conclusion, is that when it comes to critical political news that negatively impacts the progressive communist democrats, Google disappears it.

We are so screwed.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



ELECTION 2020: IS PENNSYLVANIA A DONE DEAL?

Welcome to Day + 22 – Pennsylvania Certifies Election for Biden…

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Pennsylvania certifies Biden as winner of election

Pennsylvania’s secretary of state certified Democrat Joseph R. Biden Tuesday as winner of the presidential election in the commonwealth where President Trump’s legal team is still challenging the results in court.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar certified the results of the Nov. 3 election.

“As required by federal law, I’ve signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Mr. Wolf tweeted.

[OCS: Considering the numerous affidavits presented by the Trump team, claiming a fair and free election is a bald-faced lie.]

He thanked election officials “who have administered a fair and free election during an incredibly challenging time in our commonwealth and country’s history.”

“Our election workers have been under constant attack and they have performed admirably and honorably,” Mr. Wolf said. <Source>

Bait and switch: most people do not understand what  Trump’s Pennsylvania appeal means…

While the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to hear an appeal of the president’s case, the appeal has nothing to do with the election or certification, but simply a request to allow the Trump team to refile an amended complaint in the first court where their original complaint was rejected by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann who excoriated the Trump team.

“One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption, such that this Court would have no option but to regrettably grant the proposed injunctive relief despite the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens.”

That has not happened. Instead, this Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence.”

Shell game – where’s the fraud? Meanwhile, fundraising continues…

State legislatures in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan will hold public hearings on the 2020 presidential election to “provide confidence” that all legal votes have been counted and that “illegal votes have not been counted,” the Trump campaign said.

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The Trump spin…

PENNSYLVANIA, ARIZONA, MICHIGAN LEGISLATURES TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON 2020 ELECTION

MAYOR GIULIANI: “IT’S IN EVERYONE’S INTEREST TO HAVE A FULL VETTING OF ELECTION IRREGULARITIES AND FRAUD”

The Donald J. Trump for President Campaign Legal Team today announced that the State Legislatures in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan will hold public hearings on the election beginning tomorrow and next week in an effort to provide confidence that all of the legal votes have been counted and the illegal votes have not been counted in the November 3rd election.

The first hearing, held by the Pennsylvania State Senate, will be conducted tomorrow, Wednesday, November 25th, in Gettysburg, PA, where each participating Senator will give a five-minute opening statement followed by testimony from witnesses who have filed affidavits attesting to 2020 election fraud. Tomorrow’s hearing will also feature a presentation from former New York City Mayor and Personal Attorney to President Trump, Rudy Giuliani.

On Monday, November 30th, the Arizona legislature will hold their own hearing, followed by the Michigan legislature holding their own hearing on Tuesday, December 1st. Details for both hearings to follow.

“It’s in everyone’s interest to have a full vetting of election irregularities and fraud,” said Mayor Giuliani. “And the only way to do this is with public hearings, complete with witnesses, videos, pictures and other evidence of illegalities from the November 3rd election.”

“We are pleased that the State Legislatures in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan will be convening hearings to examine the November 3rd presidential election,” added Trump campaign Senior Legal Advisor and Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump, Jenna Ellis. “There were serious irregularities, we have proof of fraud in a number of states, and it is important for all Americans to have faith in our electoral process. All we have wanted from the outset is to count every legal vote and discount every illegal vote.”

State Legislatures are uniquely qualified and positioned to hold hearings on election irregularities and fraud before electors are chosen. As established in Article 2, Section 1.2 of the United States Constitution, State Legislatures have the sole authority to select their representatives to the Electoral College, providing a critical safeguard against voter fraud and election manipulation.  <Source>

These hearings have no legal value, and any conclusions are likely to be resisted by the Democrats. There is little or no doubt in my mind that this is a self-serving effort by the politicians to explain away anomalies and to attempt to rebuild the public’s confidence in the election process and the 2020 election results. Meaningless bullshit that does absolutely nothing to redress the massive election fraud that was perpetrated by the progressive socialist democrats. Do not confuse motion with meaningful action.

Establishment Contingency Plan for a Biden Presidency: Let the waste, fraud, and abuse begin…

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Bottom line…

I do not understand why the authorities are not taking a closer look at "black box voting" and the ability to create fractional or weighted voting schemes or system components that would allow operators to change votes as they "cure" ballot flaws. WHERE ARE THE TAMPER-RESISTANT LOGS? 

The latest democrat voter scam in the upcoming Georgia Senate races is urging GOP partisans to write-in Trump's name for the Senate race -- which invalidates and diminished the GOP vote. 

Looking forward to promised court cases in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Arizona, but really looking forward to Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, apple pie, and ice cream.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



2020 ELECTION: TWO DIFFERENT STORIES: ONE FOR THE PUBLIC, ONE FOR THE JUDGE

Welcome to day + 21...

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It appears that the Trump legal team continues to pursue their Pennsylvania case, claiming massive election fraud in the media and filing allegations of procedural errors in the courts.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Trump team's request for an expedited review of a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann that dismissed a lawsuit that requested the remedy of disenfranchising seven million voters, which would give Trump a victory in Pennsylvania.

Request for review…

What the Trump team is asking is for a ruling to compel the original lower court to accept an amended complaint contending that election officials excluded observers as part of an effort to process thousands of flawed mail-in ballots that largely favored Biden. The team did not seek an immediate order from the 3rd Circuit to block certification of Biden as the winner and suggested that they would seek “decertification” if the vote were certified.

“The proposed Second Amended Complaint (ECF 172-2) asserts claims under the Civil Rights Act for violation of the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses because Defendants, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, and seven County Boards of Elections, controlled by Democrats, engaged in a intentional scheme to count defective mail ballots which they knew would favor Joseph Biden over Presidential Donald J. Trump.”  [Case: 20-3371; Document: 5; Filed: 11/22/2020]

The original claim…

The Trump team argued that seven million mail-in ballots in seven majority-Democrat counties in Pennsylvania should be disqualified because of procedural errors; among them were various claims that observers were not generally given full access to the ballot-opening and counting process. This was backed by hundreds of sworn affidavits executed under penalty of perjury and submitted as evidence. The opposition argued the legal action should be dismissed as there was no claim of voter fraud.

The Judge wrote…

“In this action, the Trump Campaign and the Individual Plaintiffs (collectively, the “Plaintiffs”) seek to discard millions of votes legally cast by Pennsylvanians from all corners – from Greene County to Pike County, and everywhere in between. In other words, Plaintiffs ask this Court to disenfranchise almost seven million voters. This Court has been unable to find any case in which a plaintiff has sought such a drastic remedy in the contest of an election, in terms of the sheer volume of votes asked to be invalidated.

One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption, such that this Court would have no option but to regrettably grant the proposed injunctive relief despite the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens.

That has not happened. Instead, this Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence. In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state.

Our people, laws, and institutions demand more. At bottom, Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. Therefore, I grant Defendants’ motions and dismiss Plaintiffs’ action with prejudice.”

V. CONCLUSION

“Defendants’ motions to dismiss the First Amended Complaint are granted with prejudice. Leave to amend is denied. “Among the grounds that could justify a denial of leave to amend are undue delay, bad faith, dilatory motive, prejudice, and futility.” Given that: (1) Plaintiffs have already amended once as of right; (2) Plaintiffs seek to amend simply in order to effectively reinstate their initial complaint and claims; and (3) the deadline for counties in Pennsylvania to certify their election results to Secretary Boockvar is November 23, 2020, amendment would unduly delay resolution of the issues. This is especially true because the Court would need to implement a new briefing schedule, conduct a second oral argument, and then decide the issues.”  [Memorandum Opinion: Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. v. Kathy Boockvar; Case 4:20-cv-02078-MWB; Document 202; Filed 11/21/20]

Bottom line…

Still waiting for word of Jordan Sekulow’s “shocking filing” in Georgia.

I see no need for the Trump Team or surrogates to further inflame the lower court by suggesting the Obama-appointed judge lacked the ability of a first-year law student or other pejorative remarks, which I find are highly unprofessional.

We continue to be spectators in this spectacle.  You may want to read: A dozen compelling allegations of voting irregularities in 2020 election .

We are so screwed.

--steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell