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ELECTION 2020: DESTROYING TRUMP'S CREDIBILITY

Welcome to Day +53…

Vote-day-after-53From what we have seen in legal filings and media appearances, it appears that much of what attorneys Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, and to a lesser extent, Rudy Giuliani have claimed in the media may be harmful to any plea to Members of Congress for a successful case for a change of electors on January 6, 2021, when Congress meets in joint session to count elector votes and announce the President-elect of the United States.

Putting aside the fantastical claims of voting systems developed on the orders of Hugo Chavez to subvert Venezuelan elections and the use of derivative voting machines in our domestic U.S. elections, it is the dodgy nature of those who are filing declarations and sworn affidavits that appears problematical.

Sidney Powell’s secret ‘military intelligence expert,’ key to fraud claims in election lawsuits, never worked in military intelligence

The witness is code-named “Spyder.” Or sometimes “Spider.” His identity is so closely guarded that lawyer Sidney Powell has sought to keep it even from opposing counsel. And his account of vulnerability to international sabotage is a key part of Powell’s failing multistate effort to invalidate President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Powell describes Spyder in court filings as a former “Military Intelligence expert,” and his testimony is offered to support one of her central claims. In a declaration filed in four states, Spyder alleges that publicly available data about server traffic shows that voting systems in the United States were “certainly compromised by rogue actors, such as Iran and China.”

Spyder, it turns out, is Joshua Merritt, a 43-year-old information technology consultant in the Dallas area. Merritt confirmed his role as Powell’s secret witness in phone interviews this week with The Washington Post.

Records show that Merritt is an Army veteran and that he enrolled in a training program at the 305th Military Intelligence Battalion, the unit he cites in his declaration. But he never completed the entry-level training course, according to Meredith Mingledorff, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, which includes the battalion.

He kept washing out of courses,” said Mingledorff, citing his education records. “He’s not an intelligence analyst.

In an interview, Merritt maintained that he graduated from the intelligence training program. But even by his own account, he was only a trainee with the 305th, at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, and for just seven months more than 15 years ago.

His separation papers, which he provided to The Post, make no mention of intelligence training. They show that he spent the bulk of his decade in the Army as a wheeled vehicle mechanic. He deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he said he worked in security and route clearance. He held the rank of specialist when he was honorably discharged in 2013, having received several commendations.

Merritt acknowledged that the declaration’s description of his work as an “electronic intelligence analyst under 305th Military Intelligence” is misleading. He said it should have made clear that his time in the 305th was as a student, not as a working intelligence expert.

He blamed “clerks” for Powell’s legal team, who he said wrote the sentence. Merritt said he had not read it carefully before he signed his name swearing it was true.

On Friday afternoon, as his name increasingly circulated on social media, Merritt said he had decided to remove himself from the legal effort altogether. He said he plans to close his business and relocate with his family.

Asked about Merritt’s limited experience in military intelligence, Powell said in a text to The Post: “I cannot confirm that Joshua Merritt is even Spider. Strongly encourage you not to print.”

Of her description of him as a military intelligence expert, she said, “If we made a mistake, we will correct it.” <Source>

[OCS: One might assume that a competent attorney with a reputation to protect would vet any witness prior to accepting their written statement and using it as one of the prime facets of their case presentation.

And, one might assume that a competent attorney would not continue to hide behind obfuscation and false security once a source was compromised. Offering to correct errors of this magnitude is not acceptable – because the error should have never occurred in the first place.]

Déjà vu all over again…

Sidney Powell’s secret intelligence contractor witness is a pro-Trump podcaster

As she asked the U.S. Supreme Court this month to overturn President Trump’s election loss, the attorney Sidney Powell cited testimony from a secret witness presented as a former intelligence contractor with insights on a foreign conspiracy to subvert democracy.

Powell told courts that the witness is an expert who could show that overseas corporations helped shift votes to President-elect Joe Biden. The witness’s identity must be concealed from the public, Powell has said, to protect her “reputation, professional career and personal safety.”

The Washington Post identified the witness by determining that portions of her affidavit match, sometimes verbatim, a blog post that the pro-Trump podcaster Terpsichore Maras-Lindeman published in November 2019.

In an interview, Maras-Lindeman confirmed that she wrote the affidavit and said she viewed it as her contribution to a fight against the theft of the election.

[OCS: Even a cursory $19.95 internet records check may have revealed the type of previous behavior and deception that would make an individual unsuitable as a witness in a court trial.]

In a recent civil fraud case, attorneys for the state of North Dakota said that Maras-Lindeman falsely claimed to be a medical doctor and to have both a PhD and an MBA. They said she used multiple aliases and social security numbers and created exaggerated online résumés as part of what they called “a persistent effort . . . to deceive others.”

Powell’s reliance on Maras-Lindeman’s testimony may raise further questions about her judgment and the strength of her arguments at a time when she is becoming an increasingly influential adviser to the president. Trump’s legal team distanced itself from Powell last month after she falsely claimed Republican state officials took bribes to rig the election. But she has visited the White House three times in the past week, once to participate in an Oval Office meeting. Trump has weighed naming Powell a special counsel to investigate the election, according to previous reports.

Maras-Lindeman also claimed that she was targeted by the state for political reasons, noting that around that time she was exploring running for mayor of Minot — under the slogan “Make Minot Great Again.” She said that in 2018 she assisted the campaign of David C. Thompson, the Democratic challenger to longtime Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (R). Thompson is now Maras-Lindeman’s defense attorney.

[OCS: Could she be a democrat operative used to exploit Sidney Powell’s gullibility, or is Sidney Powell becoming increasingly incompetent? Is it possible that Powell is simply amassing a trove of documents to throw at the court, much like the document dumps that were provided at the Flynn case?]

Maras-Lindeman’s 37-page affidavit outlines a purported conspiracy by the Canadian company Dominion Voting Systems, which sells voting machines used in some states, and Scytl, a Spain-based firm that provides election software. She claims that votes cast on Dominion machines in key states were hacked as they passed through Scytl tallying systems and rigged in favor of Biden.

[OCS: This claim of hacking appears to be little more than speculative fiction created by cobbling together disparate sources and throwing them against the wall to see what sticks.

The sheer magnitude of gathering domestic and foreign witnesses, deposing them, and cross-examining them in a court of competent jurisdiction – even if they are willing to participate – is a monumental task that could take years to accomplish. Not in time to affect court actions to assist the Trump campaign. Therefore, I suspect this effort is little more than a media sideshow to condition public opinion. 

This affidavit is really a declaration and appears to contain a crap-box of the same allegations that appear elsewhere in other court filings.

That the declarant states:

“In my professional opinion, this affidavit presents unambiguous evidence that there was Foreign interference, complicit behavior by the previous administrations from 1999 up until today to hinder the voice of the people and US persons knowingly and willingly colluding with foreign powers to steer our 2020 elections that can be named in a classified setting.” and signs... “I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.” appears to be meaningless]

Maras-Lindeman told the Post that she has never spoken to Powell and that she distributed the affidavit to several individuals. She was not immediately made aware that the claims had reached Powell.  <Source>

Bottom line…

I have little or no faith in the Powell-related cases and suggest that something may be radically wrong with her judgment. The idea that the president “reportedly discussed the idea of naming Powell to the position of special counsel for an investigation into alleged voter fraud” is almost unbelievable.

Most of the claims of "voter fraud" appear only in the media while claims of unconstitutional or illegal procedures appear in the court filings.

I hope you are enjoying your holiday.

-- 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: CHRISTMAS 2020

To all my readers…  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones the very best for the coming Holiday Season.

To everyone else…  

Please accept with no obligation, expressed or implied, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2021, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. This is, of course, neither to suggest nor imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country; also, this is not to imply that "America," as noted herein, is the only America in the Western Hemisphere. May these heartfelt wishes be received with equal intensity regardless of distribution of individual wealth, documented carbon footprint, or perceived social privilege among the wishes addressed herein. This wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual preference of the wish.

If the video is missing, it can be found here.

Let us, for a moment, forget the political and financial catastrophes which have befallen our nation and concentrate on family and friends.

And, most importantly, let us not forget those who have protected our nation and who stand watch over our celebration.

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



2020 ELECTION: AFTER JANUARY 20, 2021

Welcome to Day + 52 …

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If you can spare a few moments today, I would humbly request you think about what happens after January 20th and the inauguration.

Consider for a moment how the illegal acts of your city Mayors, county officials, and elected members of your state legislatures should be redressed and the perpetrators held responsible for their actions, -- in particular those clearly unconstitutional and illegal acts which interfered in the 2020 election, the vote tally, and its aftermath?

Consider the cronyism and special interest no-bid contracts to companies with no experience and which sub-contracted the actual work after siphoning off a large undeserved slice of the pie.

Consider how your elected officials and other government employees failed their constituency.

And, consider those protected government individuals who are asking for raises while sitting out the pandemic at full salary and with full benefits.

Now enjoy the rest of your holiday, if you can.

Best wishes for a safe and healthy holiday to you and yours.

-- 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



FAUCI'S FANTASIES DRIVE THE NATION'S CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE?

If you have wondered why the American people no longer trust most government institutions and the mainstream media, this is a perfect illustration of the corruption of science by politics and the media.

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Dr. Fauci’s confession…

December 24, 2020 – Washington  Times

Fauci says he's been intentionally moving the goalposts on herd immunity estimates.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, admitted in a new interview that he’s been intentionally moving the goalposts on his recommendations regarding herd immunity based on what he thinks the American people are ready to hear.

[OCS: First, Dr. Anthony Fauci is not the nation’s top infectious disease expert. He may be the nation’s most prominent media-hyped face of the pandemic, but he is far from being the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

Second, it appears that “The Science” is based on “what he thinks the American people are ready to hear.” This is not science; it is not medicine; it is not informed by psychology; it is politics.]

Herd immunity, or the percentage of a population that acquires resistance to the coronavirus through infection or vaccination, has been widely estimated at roughly 60 to 70 percent for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

Dr. Fauci, a member of the White House’s coronavirus response, also cited that number in the beginning of the pandemic but said it would be about “70, 75 percent” in an interview about a month ago, The New York Times reported. Last week, he reportedly told CNBC “75, 80, 85 percent” and “75 to 80-plus percent.”

[OCS: I can understand the manipulation of the numbers when it is informed by science. Anything else is majorly suspect as politically-driven.]

Dr. Fauci told The Times in an interview published Thursday that he had slowly but deliberately been moving the goalposts, partly based on new science, and partly on his gut feeling that the American public was ready to receive the information, which is that 70-90% herd immunity should be achieved before the country can go back to normal.

[OCS: Can you even begin to understand how politicians based destructive public policy on Fauci’s “gut feeling?”

There is a great deal of controversy over “The Science” used by politicians to grab power and, demonstrably, to cripple Donald Trump's presidency. That crippling our economy and destroying lives is somehow dictated by the “The Science” is another example of The Big Lie.

In fact, the stated goal of the preventative measures was to “flatten the curve,” that is, to delay to some degree the number of people requiring acute medical intervention and hospitalization – not to save lives per se. As we have seen, projections were wildly inconsistent, and any conclusive proof of an effective strategy was missing. And, the basic death statistics were redefined and manipulated for political and financial purposes.]

He said he hesitated to state a number as high as 90% weeks ago because many Americans still seemed skeptical about vaccines.

[OCS: Of course, many Americans seemed skeptical of the vaccine. I wonder if it could have anything to do with the fact that the nation’s politicians and the mainstream media tied the vaccine to the basic political theme of “Orange Man Bad” and that anything he said was probably overstated or an outright lie. Or the media’s 24/7 repetition of stories about vaccine side effects that are well within the bounds of normal expectations – sensationalizing and highlighting the worst cases to attract an audience.]

“When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent,” Dr. Fauci, who took his first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, told The Times. “Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, ‘I can nudge this up a bit,’ so I went to 80, 85.

[OCS: Medical conclusions and prescriptions based on science, particularly in medicine, which is still part art, are not based on deeply-flawed public opinion polling that can’t possibly ensure than any statistically valid sample that would contain enough people with underlying conditions, co-morbidities, to make conclusory statements.

We need to have some humility here,” he added. “We really don’t know what the real number is. I think the real range is somewhere between 70 to 90 percent. But, I’m not going to say 90 percent.”

[OCS: Screw humility – what is required is the basic honesty of real science. And the lack of infantilizing the American public by elitists who claim to be superior enough to tell us how to live our lives.]

Dr. Fauci said he wouldn’t state that number because it would potentially discourage Americans from getting the vaccine, The Times reported. <Source> <Original New York Times Article>

[OCS: The truth is clear: Fauci doesn’t know the number, so he either should admit the fact or keep his mouth shut.] 

Another medical celebrity?

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, we have been told that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the 36-year director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is the best expert on the Communist Chinese Party Virus in the Trump Administration.

Why, I am not sure.

Dr. Fauci, like many other experts who believe their own expertise is enough to discover, verify, and distill the incoming information on the emerging virus, was, in fact, woefully inadequate.

Based on the historical record, it appears that the good doctor did not know more about the emerging disease than many other similarly credentialed and experienced professionals. Which is to say, his knowledge was just above that of some of the more enlightened members of the general public.

Mask on – Mask Off – Mask on … Which is it? Are masks helpful in protecting ourselves from the virus, protecting others, likely to create problems with those who have underlying pulmonary and cardiac issues, or likely to increase the chance of infection? Which mask? How effective or dangerous if not fitted properly? Don’t bother Dr. Fauci because he has been wildly inconsistent – again admitting his pronouncements were driven by politics and not science. 

Fauci said US government held off promoting face masks because it knew shortages were so bad that even doctors couldn't get enough

A few days earlier, he tweeted that masks were "not effective in preventing" COVID-19 in the general public, saying, "Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!" He later reversed his advice.

Fauci explained the early advice against masks by saying: "The public-health community — and many people were saying this — were concerned that it was at a time when personal protective equipment, including the N95 masks and the surgical masks, were in very short supply."

"Now we have masks, and we know that you don't need an N95 if you're an ordinary person in the street," he said. "We also know that simple cloth coverings that many people have can work as well as a mask in many cases." <Source>

It appears that Fauci's real expertise is in presenting an image of a wizened all-knowing physician with the ability to speak with certitude about the latest findings of others -- but without the wisdom to assess their degree of correctness. He was much better as the story's narrator and blowing smoke up your ass than he was in the interpretation of the initial mathematical models that predicted up to two million dead Americans.

In making every one of his pronouncements, it is apparent that Fauci did not understand the recursive nature of human behavior, where some highlighted behavior results in a cascade of that very behavior -- or he was outright lying for political purposes.

What he did not say was that the goal of the government's effort was not to minimize the disease's transmissibility to protect individuals but to flatten the curve so that medical facilities were not overwhelmed.

Likewise, he did not say much about the governors who condemned thousands of senior citizens in nursing homes to a lonely death. Nor did he appear to understand the human cost of lockdowns and bankruptcies as small businesses evaporated in a sea of debt. Or the tyrannical and nonsensical power grab by governors and others who literally were picking winners and losers as they dined out, unprotected in an exclusive and expensive fine French restaurant.

Can you believe this? We have entered the realm of unreality …

Mayor Muriel Bowser proclaimed Thursday, December 24, 2020, “Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Day” in Washington, DC. Tomorrow is Dr. Fauci’s 80th birthday.

“Dr. Fauci has been a hero to our nation during this incredibly difficult year, working tirelessly to save lives and guide our nation’s response to and recovery from the pandemic,” said Mayor Bowser. “We are incredibly proud to count him among the many DC residents who are sacrificing so much to keep our communities healthy and safe. I issue this honor on behalf of all Washingtonians in gratitude and recognition of Dr. Fauci’s service to our nation and our city.” <Source>

Bottom line…

We are now seeing screaming headlines that warn us that “We the People” need to be “managed” as a new mutation of the virus has been discovered with the same cycle of uncertainty exploited for political purposes. What we have learned over the past ten months is that “you don’t know what you don’t know” and that the elites are mostly empty suits motivated by power, position, prestige perks, privileges, and personal and professional profits.

That Dr. Fauci should continue to be the public face of “medicine” as the Chief Medical Advisor to President-elect Biden in a Biden/Harris Administration should be an anathema to the long-suffering American people – and an insult to the U.S. Surgeon General.

And that individuals who take their medical advice from celebrities deserve what they get.

If you are going to consider the totality of treatment options, you will do well to follow the sage advice of Dr. Bradley Hennenfent, a physician and economist. "Put the patient first. Ask what is the net treatment benefit for the patient? Combine the mathematics of medical statistics with the mathematics of economics."

What we have learned from our experience with Dr. Fauci: trust the science, not necessarily the scientist.

We are well and truly 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



PASS ALONG: A GREAT BRTISH RANT ON TODAY'S WOKE CULTURE

Note: contains “salty” language…

If the video is missing, it can be found here.

So true!

-- 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: KRAKEN KRAZIES?

Welcome to Day + 51 … as we approach Christmas, things appear to be winding down somewhat -- except for the pushback from those accused of voting machine-related wrongdoing.

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On the election front…

It appears that Dominion and SmartMatic have scared the bejesus out of some media companies with their demand for retraction letters from their respective lawyers, primarily those who gave access to Sidney Powell, L. Lin Wood, and to a lesser extent Rudy Giuliani.

And Dr. Eric Coomer, the Director of Product Strategy and Security for Dominion Voting Systems, has filed suit against the Trump Campaign, Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, and others for placing him “at the center of a national conspiracy to fraudulently elect the President of the United States.”

If anything, it appears that those bringing suits against various states alleging election fraud, including fantastical claims of foreign origins of voting equipment and other oddities, have not gotten to any court to present their evidence, nor does their evidence extend beyond unvetted declarations and affidavits from third parties. Even worse, although many of these Trump-affiliated parties throw around the words “election fraud,” it seems that fraud is not being alleged in their lawsuits, and they rely on allegations of unconstitutional or illegal procedural irregularities.

In one surprising move, a Delaware Court Judge presiding over an unaffiliated Carter Page lawsuit takes L. Lin Wood to task, apparently for his other non-Delaware election-related cases and says, “It appears to the Court that, since the granting of Mr. Wood's motion he has engaged in conduct in other jurisdictions, which, had it occurred in Delaware, would violate the Delaware Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct.”

Going case-by-case, the Judge notes, “Mr. Wood's conduct in filing this false affidavit violates DRPC 1.1 (Competence), 3.1 (Meritorious Claims and Contentions), 3.3 (Candor to the Tribunal), 4.1(a) (Truthfulness in Statements/False Statement of Material Fact), and Misconduct (Dishonesty and Deceit).” All of this questioning L. Lin Woods’ fitness to appear in his Court. “All of the foregoing gives the Court concerns as to the appropriateness of continuing the order granting Mr. Wood authorization to appear in this Court pro hac vice.”

Both Giuliani and Powell are still promising bombshells to come in the near future – something we have heard numerous times before. The only thing I regret is that they have apparently dragged Lt. General Michael Flynn down their rabbit hole.

Even the City of Detroit is pushing back.

Detroit Is Trying To Punish Sidney Powell For ‘Kraken’ Lawsuit—Legal Experts Say It Could Work

The city of Detroit is asking a federal judge to impose sanctions against attorney Sidney Powell and other lawyers involved in filing the infamous “Kraken” lawsuit, which the city argues was “frivolous” and was filed for the “improper” purpose of “undermining people’s faith in the democratic process.” <Source>

Will the politicians voluntarily give up their “emergency” powers?

With the pandemic providing an excuse for governors and others to wield exceptional powers over their respective residents, one wonders if that power will be relinquished without a fight? Not easily, it seems, they are now talking about a more virulent or easily-spreadable mutant virus – and the need to keep their “emergency powers.”

Why is South Africa's new variant so scary? UK bans all arrivals from SA where highly contagious Covid mutant is driving massive second wave among young people

  • Cases in South Africa have spiked from 3,000 to 9,500 per day in three weeks
  • New strain announced last Friday and accounts for up to 90% of SA's new cases
  • Strain called 501.V2 believed to be more extreme than one discovered in Britain
  • Two cases of SA mutant detected in Britain, Hancock calls it 'highly concerning' 
  • Scientists say it is more transmissible but so far not believed to be more deadly
  • More than 100 flights thought to have flown between UK and SA since October
  • Experts in South Africa warn: 'Maybe the virus is beginning to outsmart us'
  • UK, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, Israel and Mauritius banned flights from SA <Source>

Biden Coronavirus Task Force’s Osterholm on New Virus Variant: ‘Nothing Will Stop This Virus From Transmitting’

Tuesday, Dr. Michael Osterholm, a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force, weighed in on the new strain of COVID-19 popping up in the United Kingdom.

After emphasizing the need for better testing, Osterholm told CNN’s “New Day” that the new variant goes to show that “nothing will stop this virus from transmitting country to country.”

“The U.S.’s program for sequencing these virus strains has actually been far under what we need,” Osterholm stated. “We need much better testing right now. The second thing is, remember, this has all emerged within the last couple of weeks. And so, the testing of only the strains within really the last two to three weeks would probably have given us the idea of how much of this is coming in from the U.K. or, for that matter, anywhere else. Let’s just be really clear right now: Nothing will stop this virus from transmitting country to country. Our job is to slow it down.” <Source>

Is the Biden team attempting to create their own virus legacy and to demonstrate the inadequacy of the Trump response?

Bottom line…

We see a massive loss of faith, trust, and credibility in our government institutions and news media.

To say we are screwed is an understatement.

-- 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: A ROUSING CHEER FOR PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

Welcome to Day +50…

Former Trump legal team member, Sidney Powell is complaining that the gatekeepers in the White House are keeping her from speaking directly to President Trump. Could it be that two lawsuits challenging her conspiratorial theories involving Hugo Chavez, SmartMatic, and Dominion are highlighting material flaws in her presentation?

Pollsters, if they can be trusted, show the two Georgia run-off elections running at a dead heat or within the margin of error -- setting the stage of a new round of late-night mysterious ballots to materialize.

Vote-day-after-50Only six GOP Members of Congress stood up for America…

While the majority of the Members of Congress are salivating over the pork-laden “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021,” which was passed with a near-unanimous veto-proof bipartisan vote, only President Trump stood up for ordinary American citizens and those small restaurant owners who are going out of business at a staggering rate during the government-imposed lockdown.

Of course, facing unanimous Democrat and Independent approval, there were six “nays” – all Republicans. As you might expect, the dissenters were: Rick Scott (Florida), Rand Paul (Kentucky), Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Lee (Utah), and Ron Johnson (Wisconsin). Two Republicans did not vote: Mike Rounds (South Dakota) and Michael Enzi (Wyoming). I would not be surprised to see the six conservative dissenters surface in 2024 as presidential candidates.

Playing the Democrat’s own game of last-minute brinkmanship…

Trump knows that the government will technically shut down on December 29, 2020, if an appropriations bill is not passed and signed into law. The choice given to the Democrats is to do it my way or I, President Trump, will veto the bill and force the matter into the next seated Congress.

Trump’s gambit was revealed in a December 22, 2020, Twitter video to Congress -- criticizing the  $1.4 trillion general spending bill that included the additional $900 billion economic relief package passed by Congress and requesting $2,000 for each American. 

Donald Trump...

Throughout the summer, Democrats cruelly blocked COVID relief legislation in an effort to advance their extreme left-wing agenda and influence the election. Then a few months ago, Congress started negotiations on a new package to get urgently needed help to the American people. It’s taken forever. However, the bill they are now planning to send back to my desk is much different than anticipated. It really is a disgrace.

For example, among the more than 5,000 pages in this bill, which nobody in Congress has read because of its length and complexity, it’s called the COVID Relief Bill, but it has almost nothing to do with COVID. This bill contains $85.5 million for assistance to Cambodia, $134 million to Burma, $1.3 billion for Egypt and the Egyptian military, which will go out and buy almost exclusively Russian military equipment. $25 million for democracy and gender programs in Pakistan, $505 million to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. $40 million for the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, which is not even open for business. $1 billion for the Smithsonian and an additional $154 million for the National Gallery of Art. Likewise, these facilities are essentially not open.

$7 million for reef fish management, $25 billion to combat Asian carp, $2.5 million to count the number of amberjack fish in the Gulf of Mexico. A provision to promote the breeding of fish in federal hatcheries, $3 million in poultry production technology, $2 million to research the impact of down trees, $566 million for construction projects at the FBI.

The bill also allows stimulus checks for the family members of illegal aliens, allowing them to get up to $1,800 each. This is far more than the Americans are given. Despite all of this wasteful spending and much more, the $900 billion package provides hardworking taxpayers with only $600 each in relief payments, and not enough money is given to small businesses. And in particular, restaurants, whose owners have suffered so grievously. They were only given a deduction for others to use in business, their restaurant, for two years. This two year period must be withdrawn, which will allow the owners to obtain financing and get their restaurants back in condition. Congress can terminate it at a much later date, but two years is not acceptable. It’s not enough.

Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists, and special interests while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it. It wasn’t their fault, it was China’s fault. Not their fault. I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple. I’m also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation and to send me a suitable bill or else the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package, and maybe that administration will be me, and we will get it done.

Thank you very much.

Pelosi caves (maybe)…

Deliberately forgetting that Donald Trump publicly proposed a payment of $1,200 to the American people on October 6, 2020, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi replies to Trump’s video with a Tweet of her own…

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It could be that this is a negotiating ploy to get the relief back to the original $1,200 – but we will have to wait and see. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin promised the checks, for whatever amount, can be processed within a week or so and sent out electronically, followed by mailed checks.

And this is the President the Democrats, many of them ordinary suffering individuals like the rest of us, voted against. Likely because they have been indoctrinated by 4-years of media negativity and derision – and a blackout of serious news of Democrat corruption, hoaxes, and perfidy.

Many a truth is said in jest…

From the great Babylon Bee satire site…

Americans Excitedly Anticipate Getting Paid With Their Own Money

Americans have reported they're very optimistic about the stimulus package passed by Congress last week. In particular, people all around the country are excited to get paid with a little bit of the money that they paid the federal government already.

Americans from all walks of life said they couldn't wait to receive a check with a small percentage of the money the government had already taken from them.

"I can't wait to get that $1,200.00 check of my own money," said one man in Texas, rubbing his hands together. "Surely this will get the economy back on track."

From the rich to the poor, American citizens spent many hours dreaming of all the things they will spend their newfound riches on. "With $1200, I could save enough to pay my taxes on time this year," said one woman in Los Angeles. "Thanks so much, Congress. You're the real heroes here."

A small percentage of the population said they thought it would be way more efficient for the economy if the government just didn't take the money in the first place. These people were shouted down as "libertarian conspiracy theorist wackos" and told to move to Somalia.

Sadly, by the time all the administration costs, government pet projects, and handouts were factored in, the stimulus each American was to receive became a negative amount, forcing Congress to raise taxes to pay for a new stimulus bill. <Source>

[OCS: So effin’ true.]

Bottom line... 

Has anyone noticed that Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) inserted language in the "stimulus" bill that further federalizes theft of streaming content? Once again, we find the hand of Disney pushing copyright restrictions and demanding that the federal government investigate, prosecute, and punish as a felony content theft whereas it used to be a civil procedure that placed the burden on the infringed company. Disney has done more to bring about a surveillance state with tracking codes than almost any other company. 

Among the things that piss me off are the politicians who refer to "stimulus" bills without realizing that the net economic effect of money taken from individuals and organizations in taxes or simply printed by the Department of Treasury cannot overcome the negative effects of wealth redistribution and currency devaluation. This continued socializing of investment is designed to give the government more control over the economy to the detriment of individuals and our quasi-free market system of capitalism. In essence, they are using our money to buy votes and secure their future.

While our attention is focused on the Communist Chinese Corona Virus, corrupt politicians are stealing our election, our freedom, and our money. 

Are you voting to work and pay for your neighbor’s new car?

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: INSANE TIMES

Welcome to Day +49 and many questions…

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(1)  Just glancing through the 5,593-page Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 PDF reminds me how corrupt, dysfunctional, and unmanageable Congress has become. Nobody can read and understand this bill without specialized expertise and knowledge of thousands of laws, rules, and regulations that are incorporated by reference. In fact, Congress appears to be shirking its sworn duties and institutionalizing corruption by presenting outlines that leave the actual law-making to staffers in Executive Branch agencies where they formulate the rules and regulations that are implemented under the force of law. Talk about separation of powers; Congress has outsourced the heavy lifting to the deep-state bureaucracy.

(2)  We appear to be living in an age of corrupt professional politicians that care little for the United States Constitution and place their political careers, power, prestige, perks, privileges, and profits above the Country. At least with King George, we were dealing with one tyrant, not hundreds, if not thousands, of petty tyrants that will never be held accountable for their corruption, malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance.

(3)  We can no longer trust this nation’s premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies as they appear to be more concerned with protecting themselves from criminal charges for demonstrable wrongdoing than keeping America safe and secure from our enemies, both foreign and domestic. Someone needs to explain to me why a Chinese spy in Diane Feinstein’s office was allowed to “retire” rather than face prosecution and a long jail term. Could it be because Feinstein was compromised? Then there is the matter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, who allowed Representative Eric Swalwell to remain on the intelligence committee full-well-knowing he was compromised by a communist Chinese Spy while holding a top secrete (and above) security clearance?

(4)  Which brings us to the perfidy of Hunter Biden and President-elect Joe Biden. Both clearly compromised by criminality and possibly representing a threat to our national security. Joe Biden is surrounded by individuals who appear to hate the United States and seem willing to provide aid and comfort to our enemies. I am still waiting to find out how former President Barack Obama is held in such high esteem when he literally provided access to billions of dollars as aid and comfort to one of our most virulent enemies, Iran, while they were chanting “Death to America?”

(5)  And, it is not just the Democrats and their families that are profiting from relations with Communist China. There is the GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose family fortune is built on their business relationships with China, as are the fortunes of the media moguls and tech tyrants that support the Democrats.

(6)  Looking inward, we find the public sector employee unions who are little more than mob protection rackets that actively corrupt politicians to gain wages and benefits that are bankrupting our municipalities and states. Someone needs to explain to me why teachers continue to get paid and receive healthcare benefits while not performing any useful work? Or why government workers who are furloughed as “non-essential” during a funding shut-down suddenly become “essential” during a pandemic.

(7)  With all this talk about how President Trump may be the greatest President in modern times, explain to me why the CIA’s Gina Haspel and the FBI’s Christopher Wray are still employed? Haspel was the CIA station chief in London, while the CIA used foreign intelligence operatives and organizations operating in London to spy on Americans domestically. Christopher Wray refuses to turn over unclassified documents subpoenaed by Congressional oversight committees. Where are the prosecutions of known unindicted felons within our government? Will, we ever see a Durham report and indictments, or will the clock have run out – similar to using a ten-year timeline and phony budget numbers to justify funding Congressional spending?

(8)  Is this entire election charade simply distraction 5.0 to protect Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the rest of their cadre of fellow travelers from the consequences of their illegal actions?

(9)  You know that intelligence report on the election interference that was due on December 18, 2020 – want to bet the deep-state is deliberately withholding it to keep it from being used in an election challenge before the United States Supreme Court? Since when do low-level apparatchiks like Lt. Col. Vindman say “no” to the President of the United States?

(10)  If you think crazies are only on the Democrat side, consider the alleged criminal actions of a former Texas police officer who surveilled an innocent Hispanic air conditioning repairman on the suspicion he was transporting 750,000 counterfeit ballots. The ex-cop rammed the innocent man’s vehicle, held him at gunpoint on the ground with his knee in his back – and turned him over to the police. Surprise, the truck contained air conditioning repair parts and no ballots. What the former cop did not say was that he had received over $250,000 from some right-wing nut jobs and their charitable foundation. The former officer faces 20-years in prison, and I hope he gets at least 10-years.  Read the police report.

(11)  Some readers chuckle over my usual last line that says, “We are screwed.” But can anyone tell me different?

You want scary…

Pelosi-textThis is the witch that gave the Communist Chinese a pass while distracting most of Congress with phony impeachment claims -- that are so unconstitutional as to be ludicrous. Where the hell is the media? Oh! I forgot they are bought and paid for by the Communist Chinese and their Democrat agents.

Why is the New York Times not covering the Eric Swalwell Chinese Spy story?

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One thought comes to mind… Swalwell may have illegally leaked classified House Intelligence documents or proceedings information to the Times. Then again, The Times ignored most of the Holocaust and fed Americans Stalin’s propaganda while he massacred millions of Ukrainians by starvation.

Can you even believe that the United States Department of Justice is ignoring today’s massive election fraud and government corruption to charge a foreign bomb-maker 32 years after the fact?

Monday, December 21, 2020 -- Former Senior Libyan Intelligence Officer and Bomb-Maker for the Muamar Qaddafi Regime Charged for The December 21, 1988 Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103

Today, Attorney General William Barr, Director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers, and Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Michael Sherwin, announced new charges against a former Libyan intelligence operative, Abu Agela Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi, aka, “Hasan Abu Ojalya Ibrahim” (Masud), for his role in building the bomb that killed 270 individuals in the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988.

[OCS: That explains it: why William Barr and Christopher Wray did nothing for years about Biden selling influence to foreign entities.]

“Today’s announcement should remind the world that when Americans are harmed, the FBI and the United States government will never stop pursuing justice for our citizens, no matter where that takes us, how long it takes us to get there, or how difficult the road might be,” said FBI Director Chris Wray.  “Without the thoroughness and professionalism of our FBI personnel, the Department of Justice, our Scottish partners, and the people of Lockerbie, we never would have found the trail that led us to the men responsible for this attack.  We will never forget the loved ones who were lost, and we remain committed to continuing our work to achieve justice for the victims and their families.”

[OCS: I wonder if this bullshit left a brown ring around Christopher Wray’s mouth? Hey, Chris – what about those who attacked our embassy in Benghazi, Libya and killed our Ambassador and other American citizens? You know the perpetrator – the one that was giving media interviews while the FBI was sitting on their collectives asses? Americans are being harmed NOW by politicians selling out to our enemies, both foreign and domestic? By the way, where are the prosecutions of those who attacked a Federal Courthouse in Portland or are you too effin busy with your media consultants?]

Today’s unsealing of criminal charges in the Pan Am 103 case is monumental on several fronts,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin for the District of Columbia.  “First, the criminal complaint against the alleged ‘bomb maker’ signifies that the work of federal prosecutors never ends, even after several decades, until all criminal actors are held accountable.  In addition, these charges remind the public of the horrific effect that acts of terrorism continue to have on victims and their families.  The bombing of Pan Am 103 was historic in that it was, until the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the largest terrorist attack on U.S. civilians in history.  It also remains the deadliest terrorist attack in the history of the United Kingdom – for all of these reasons we will never forget and the D.C. United States Attorney’s Office will continue to seek justice for all of the Pan Am 103 victims and their loved ones.” <Source>

[OCS: How about seeking justice for Americans and holding the CIA and Hillary Clinton accountable for transferring arms to Islamic militants in Benghazi? Or selling out her country’s uranium stockpile to the Russians? Or creating the largest ongoing scandal in American history to hide the criminality of the Obama administration with her private email server containing classified emails. In fact, why are you even going after Julian Assange or Edward Snowden when you have domestic perpetrators like Clinton who sold out their country?]

Bottom line…

With the Democrats in power, does it even matter which Democrat puppet is President any more?

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: CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Welcome to Day + 48. Has anyone else noticed the massive conflicts of interest and intimidation occurring in our so-called “free and open elections?

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Another retraction demand to Sidney Powell…

RE: Legal Notice and Retraction Demand from Smartmatic USA Corp.

Dear Ms. Powell:

I am litigation counsel for Smartmatic USA Corp (“Smartmatic”). You have made numerous statements and postings regarding Smartmatic in connection with the November 3, 2020 election (the “2020 U.S. election”) through various publications. I identify some of those statements below and refer to the totality of your statements regarding Smartmatic from November 2020 through today as the “Statements” for purposes of this letter. I am writing to provide you Smartmatic’s response to the Statements and put you on notice of potential legal claims.You have engaged in a concerted disinformation campaign against Smartmatic. You appeared on numerous news networks, including but not limited to, Fox News, Fox Business, and Newsmax, and told millions of viewers that Smartmatic was created under the direction of Hugo Chávez, that its software was designed to fix elections, and that Smartmatic conspired with others to defraud the American people and fix the 2020 U.S. election by changing, inflating, and deleting votes. Through your appearances on news networks and published Tweets, you have spread lies about a company that had absolutely nothing to do with the voting that took place in areas at the heart of the “conspiracies” discussed following the 2020 U.S. election. <Source>

Noted defamation lawyer, L. Lin Wood replied by letter. “I represent Sidney Powell. I have carefully reviewed your letter of December 15, 2020. I am not impressed. Ms. Powell retracts nothing. File your lawsuit.” It is believed, by myself and others, that Sidney Powell is trying to goad Dominion, SmartMatic, and other organizations and individuals into lawsuits to effect discovery.

Déjà vu all over again – another opportunity for the Supreme Court to do the right thing and say follow the constitution or suffer the consequences…

This is the Trump Campaign’s first independent U.S. Supreme Court filing without the usual attorneys. It is not that any of the cases being filed will affect the election, but that it will influence key Congressional delegations to challenge the submitted slates of electors and to force a 2-hour discussion and vote on each challenge.

“While the tellers announce the results, Members may object to the returns from any individual state as they are announced. Objections to individual state returns must be made in writing by at least one Member each of the Senate and House of Representatives. If an objection meets these requirements, the joint session recesses and the two houses separate and debate the question in their respective chambers for a maximum of two hours. The two houses then vote separately to accept or reject the objection. They then reassemble in joint session, and announce the results of their respective votes. An objection to a state’s electoral vote must be approved by both houses in order for any contested votes to be excluded.” <Congressional Research Service>

MOTION FOR EXPEDITED CONSIDERATION OF ТНЕ PETITION FOR А WRIT OF CERTIORARI AND EXPEDITED MERITS BRIEFING AND ORAL ARGUMENT IN ТНЕ EVENT ТНАТ ТНЕ COURT GRANTS ТНЕ PETITION

Petitioner Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., the re-election campaign for President Trump, respectfully requests, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 21, that this Court expedite its consideration of the petition for а writ of certiorari filed today. Petitioner further requests, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 25.4, that if the petition is granted, the Court expedite the schedule for briefing and oral argument, if the Court deems such helpful. Such expedited review would allow an orderly and timely
resolution of the important questions presented under the U.S. Constitution and federal law. It is in the best interests of the parties, as well as the Nation, that this Court have as much time as possible to consider the relative merits of the parties’
positions and to issue its decision sufficiently in advance of impending deadlines.

The Cases At Issue

Petitioner seeks а writ of certiorari to review the constitutionality of three related Pennsylvania Supreme Court opinions eviscerating the laws enacted by the Pennsylvania Legislature governing the election of presidential electors in the middle of the 2020 Presidential election, in violation of Article II and Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000). <Source>

Continuing selective censorship of one of Trump’s attorneys by the social media tech tyrants…

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Conflicts of interest…

It appears that numerous governors, state officials, and others are  afraid of losing their well-paying jobs in these economically-challenging times or are afraid of being censured by the left’s so-called “cancel culture.” And that also includes judges and lawyers who are afraid to hold evidentiary hearings or represent challenges to the election. 

As we approach one of the most pivotal elections in the history of the United States, an election which will determine whether or not the progressive socialist democrats will be given a free hand in our government or be impeded by constitutional checks and balances, we find that the State of Georgia, with evidence of electoral fraud, is preparing to allow the same flawed system to determine the outcome of this crucial run-off election.

Georgia County Elections Board Dismisses Challenges to Voter Roll

“Challenges to more than 16,000 people on the voter registration list in a Georgia county have been dismissed by an elections board. The Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration voted on Dec. 18 to dismiss three complaints that sought to remove voters from the compilation.”

[OCS: Mouthing platitudes and hiding being unspecified laws. Can anyone believe that some unspecified federal law prevents a state from keeping accurate, true, and faithful records, the absence of which promotes fraud? Where are the results of investigations into suspected problems and criminal referrals when necessary?]

“Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said in a statement released by True the Vote: ‘I’ve said since Election Day that I must follow the law in the execution of our elections, and I’ve also encouraged Georgians to report any suspected problems for my office to investigate. Though federal law restricts our ability to update our voter registration lists, the Elector Challenge is a vehicle under our law to ensure voter integrity. I support any effort that builds faith in our election system that follows the proper legal procedure.’”

[OCS: This is prima facie probable cause that should have ended in an investigation, not a summary dismissal. Who cares what one of the county’s attorneys may think, this is clearly a matter for investigation and  the Court;s determination.]

“After meeting to determine if probable cause existed for the three challenges, the Cobb Board of Elections and Registration said it denied all three. According to reports on the virtual meeting, the vote was unanimous.”

“‘I don’t believe this is probable cause to challenge these voters,’ Gregg Litchfield, one of the county’s attorneys, said during the meeting, Patch reported. ‘The mere production of a voter registration database compared with a national change-of-address registry is not sufficient.’ He said the list of voters didn’t distinguish between permanent and temporary change of address, which is a division that can be found from the National Change of Law Address Registry.”

[OCS: What is the probative value of proposed evidence that serious flaws exist in the electoral process before an election? Is this another case ignored – like the one ignored by Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Roberts that request a reminder for  a state to follow federal and state constitutional law. By not ruling, the Supreme Court let unconstitutional behavior stand and set the conditions for a fraudulent election. Show me where conditions in the National Voter Registration Act knowingly encourage fraudulent elections.]

“Additionally, tinkering with the list cannot be done this soon before the Jan. 5, 2021, Senate runoff elections, he said, referring to conditions in the National Voter Registration Act.”

[OCS: How can some County Commissioners come to a determination without allowing a complainant to speak? And, we must point out that the County attorneys at the proceedings are advocates– not for justice, the rule of law, or “We the People,” but for the potentially corrupt county officials, acting in their official capacity.]

In an emailed statement, Shepherd told The Epoch Times that the county board “utterly failed in its duty to keep elections in Cobb secure by refusing to investigate whether any of the over 16,000 voters who have filled out and submitted a change of address form with the US Postal Service showing they have changed their residence to a new one outside the State of Georgia have, in fact, moved outside the state and are ineligible to vote in Georgia under Georgia law.”

The county attorney, Daniel White, made several assumptions about my ability to provide further proof, however, despite my attendance, I was not allowed to answer his challenges or otherwise speak in defense of my own petition,” he said. <Source>

Former Wisconsin Judge: ‘Our Court System Has Been Deeply Intimidated by the Left’

A former judge from Wisconsin, who is now representing the Trump campaign in the state, told lawmakers this week that he believes intimidation by the left has prevented lawyers and judges from accepting and hearing election fraud cases.

“We have to acknowledge that the court system has been deeply intimidated by the left, just as the lawyers have been intimidated,” James Troupis told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday. “And that’s a sad, sad state of affairs.”

During the Senate hearing, Troupis, one of the witnesses, explained why he decided to represent the campaign in their effort to challenge election results when many lawyers refused. He said that he believes many prominent law firms did not want to participate in the election lawsuits due to a fear of retaliation by the left.

One of the reasons I was called because virtually every major law firm in this country and in this city refused to represent the president. Not because of the lack of merit in his claims—we’ve certainly demonstrated that there’s merit—but because of the cancel culture,” Troupis said.

“Because of the environment that has been created by the left that has intimidated lawyers so that they can’t be here. They’re not here, from the giant law firms, precisely because they were ordered by their management committees and others that, ‘You cannot take those cases. The reasons you cannot take those cases is because our clients, or the Democrat party, or the incoming administration will remember that and they will hold it against you.'”

This comes as other lawyers representing the president and his campaign have revealed that they have been harassed or threatened following their decision to take up election cases. <Source>

Meanwhile, the national mainstream media ignores hundreds of years of investigative journalism and remains silent or provides false “context” to the news.

One need only look at the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop findings or their mischaracterization as potential Russian disinformation to see evidence of a corrupt media. Why is the mainstream media not investigating individual stories of election fraud? Why are they not all over attorney Lin Wood for suggesting that we need to find out if it was U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts who appears twice in the flight log of aircraft controlled by pedophile Jeffrey Epstein?  Will the media bear some of the responsibility if a corrupt, communist-compromised, mentally deficient President takes office due to their manipulation of legitimate stories and control over social platforms?

Then there is the case of the New York Times, America’s newspaper of record, or America’s Pravda if you believe what you read. How can they continue to cite anonymous sources with any degree of credibility after three-plus years of touting a factually false Trump-Russian hoax collusion without retraction or apology? How can they have any credibility when they claim “Mr. Trump asked about invoking martial law and deploying the military to “rerun” the election in a meeting with top advisers -- with only second-hand sources.

Trump Weighed Naming Election Conspiracy Theorist as Special Counsel

In a meeting at the White House on Friday, President Trump weighed appointing Sidney Powell, who promoted conspiracy theories about rigged voting machines, to investigate voter fraud.

Ms. Powell’s client, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser whom the president recently pardoned, was also there, two of the people briefed on the meeting said. Some senior administration officials drifted in and out of the meeting. During an appearance on the conservative Newsmax channel this week, Mr. Flynn pushed for Mr. Trump to impose martial law and deploy the military to “rerun” the election. At one point in the meeting on Friday, Mr. Trump asked about that idea. Mr. Trump also asked about Ms. Powell being given security clearances to pursue her work, two of the people briefed on the meeting said. <Source>

Again with the anonymous second and third-hand sources who were not participants and were only “briefed” on the matter. As we have seen before, a low-level functionary with no direct connection to the President was falsely characterized as a senior White House official. And let us not forget it was the New York Times that labeled serious Obama scandals as “conspiracy theories” until testimony and documentary proof emerged to show that the theories were, indeed, fact. And yet, President Trump is characterizing the idea of “martial law” as fake news.

Bottom line…

The more I see about the voting machines and the statistical analyses, the more I want to review and recount the actual ballots and tie them back to their original venues. This would prove or disprove counterfeit ballots as the real ones have hidden security codes and folds whereas the counterfeit ones may contain hidden codes that copiers place on documents and no folds or perfect fill-ins.

Your destiny and that of your children is a choice. Choose wisely what principles you are willing to fight for, who you will support, and who you will oppose.

-- 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: SPINNING

Welcome to Day + 47 and the battle continues…

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A little lightness among dark times…

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What they don’t want you to know…

What was so secret, embarrassing, proprietary, damaging, incriminating that it had to be redacted from the court-approved release of the Antrim County preliminary forensic audit report?

Redacted Information in Dominion Audit Report Shows Races Were Flipped: Analyst

The analyst who led the forensic audit of Dominion Voting Systems in Michigan said on Friday the information state officials pushed to redact shows that the outcomes of races were changed.

[OCS: Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t the officials admit to flipped votes and blamed human procedural error?]

The original report had log evidence that we published in the report to show exactly what we did and exactly the findings. Now, those did ultimately get redacted. And so now, the complaint is ‘well, but there’s no real proof and Dominion says ‘no, these things can’t be done,'” Russell Ramsland Jr. said during a virtual appearance on Newsmax’s “Greg Kelly Reports.”

“But at that point, Dominion’s argument is no longer with us. Dominion’s argument is with their own user’s manual and their own logs, because the logs—had they been able to be published—show very clearly that the RCV [ranked-choice voting] algorithm was enacted. It shows very clearly that the error messages were massive. It was very clearly [sic] that races were flipped,” he added.

[OCS: A user’s manual is evidence of a feature's existence and capability and possibly instructions for using a feature, it is not proof that the feature exists in a particular implementation or that it was used.

Didn’t Dominion testify under oath that they did not support Antrim County, did not have a copy of their database, did not have any logs or other Antrim materials?]

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment.

[OCS: It appears that the Michigan officials are not open, transparent, and cooperative. If they were truly convinced there were few irregularities, one might think they would open their systems and procedures to demonstrate their system was safe, secure, and the votes recorded were legally cast, correctly tabulated, and reported. After all, they work for their public constituents.]

Ramsland and his team at Allied Security Operations Group earlier this month audited Dominion machines and software in Antrim County, where officials on election night reported a win for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The officials later said the results were skewed and that President Donald Trump actually received more votes in the county.

[Allied Security Operations Group is a relatively new company (2017) with no known or publicized election systems expertise, and co-owner Ramsland is a businessman with no recognized subject-matter expertise. There was no expert CVs included in the report, although they are a normal and customary part of anything submitted by third-parties acting as experts in court proceedings.

I am unaware of anything that indicates Ramsland had possession of any operational Dominion equipment to perform confirmatory systems and operational tests. ]

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Confusion and conflation…

I can understand why partisans might want to link voting machines with a company that suffered a massive data breach, but one needs to be wary of the claim.

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Valid conclusions are hard to make when you do not have full access to the systems and coding…

Dominion Voting Systems CEO Says Company Has Never Used SolarWinds Orion Platform

The CEO of Dominion Voting Systems on Tuesday said the company has never used a platform that experts believe was breached by hackers as far back as last year.

“We don’t use the SolarWinds Orion package that was the subject of the DHS report from the 13th,” CEO John Poulos told legislators in Michigan via video link.

However, a screenshot of a Dominion webpage that The Epoch Times captured shows that Dominion does use SolarWinds technology. Dominion later altered the page to remove any reference to SolarWinds, but the SolarWinds website is still in the page’s source code.

SolarWinds’s technology was exploited by actors who inserted malicious software into updates for its Orion platform, according to officials with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and cybersecurity experts. <Source>

[The captured badging …

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Note that while the login screen displays the SolarWinds logo, it refers to their Serv-U system, which is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program to facilitate file transfers and is not the Orion system, which is a program for monitoring and management of IT systems and programs. A different functionality altogether. Unless SolarWinds uses Orion to manage their Serv-U product and exposes the Serv-U user’s passwords and encrypted file traffic, there is no there, there. More information is needed before drawing any conclusions.]

The big surprise…

Remember the long 2018 Trump Executive Order, Executive Order on Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election?

It specified that government agencies have 45-days after the end of the election to identify potential foreign interference with our elections, report to the President, and to impose sanctions…

Sec. 2. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any foreign person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security:

(i) to have directly or indirectly engaged in, sponsored, concealed, or otherwise been complicit in foreign interference in a United States election;

(ii) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, any activity described in subsection (a)(i) of this section or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

(iii) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property or interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

It also triggered a declaration of a national emergency, which provides the President with plenary powers -- to do what I am not sure.

I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that the ability of persons located, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States to interfere in or undermine public confidence in United States elections, including through the unauthorized accessing of election and campaign infrastructure or the covert distribution of propaganda and disinformation, constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.

Although there has been no evidence of a foreign power altering the outcome or vote tabulation in any United States election, foreign powers have historically sought to exploit America’s free and open political system. In recent years, the proliferation of digital devices and internet-based communications has created significant vulnerabilities and magnified the scope and intensity of the threat of foreign interference, as illustrated in the 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment. I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with this threat.

Bottom line…

We may be facing the last popular election as we begin to realize that the electoral process is a political one where any state can object to a slate of electors and reverse an election. Will this become the pattern and practice to disenfranchise the entire nation's popular vote?

Stand by for an exciting week or two.

-- steve 


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

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