The mythical octopus-like Kraken...

All we heard from Sidney Powell in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election was that she was about to release the “Kraken” because she had “evidence” of evildoers manipulating voting machines that were specifically designed to steal elections.

What was actually presented to the public was a series of sworn affidavits and declarations where individuals swore, under the penalty of perjury, that they actually believed – not that it was true – what they were alleging. Some of their identities needed to remain secret for their own safety. And as we later learned, some of the statements appeared to have been crafted by persons other than the sworn author, some had egregiously misstated their backgrounds, and in one case, identical declarations were apparently attributed to two different individuals. Remember, while sworn statements are considered a form of “evidence,” but do not rise to the level of “proof” or “fact” until they are tested in court.

Simultaneously, we heard the words "election fraud" from some attorneys and saw multiple lawsuits filed in various jurisdictions. However, I did not see any lawsuit allege election fraud, especially fraud involving Dominion voting machines, only procedural issues. In fact, the lawsuits that were filed appeared to be the work of amateurs – filled with misspellings, including the name of a court. Some lawsuits were tossed due to lack of standing, others because the court could not or would not fashion a wide-ranging remedy that disenfranchised thousands of voters who voted in good faith.

At least three attorneys pressed a vigorous media campaign, including presentations before election officials…

The most strident voices were attorney Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and L. Lin Wood. Both Powell and Wood even urged Republican voters in Georgia to sit out the Georgia run-off election for two U.S. Senate seats – the loss of which cost the Republicans a narrow majority in the Senate -- to punish the GOP for not forcefully supporting Trump. 

Much like President Trump, the public appearances were filled with bluster, bombast, and bravado.

Demands for retractions from Dominion were ignored with vigor – with the parties claiming that their allegations would be affirmed and their reputations redeemed after lengthy discovery and presentation in court. Dominion Voting Systems sued Powell and Giuliani for more than one billion dollars. [Powell (Case 1:21-cv-00040 Filed 01/08/21), Giuliani (Case 1:21-cv-00213 Filed 01/25/21)]

G-P-CONSPIRACYBe careful what you wish for…

Excerpt from the Dominion/Giuliani filing…

1. During a court hearing contesting the results of the 2020 election in Pennsylvania, Rudy Giuliani admitted that the Trump Campaign “doesn’t plead fraud” and that “this is not a
fraud case

Although he was unwilling to make false election fraud claims about Dominion and its voting machines in a court of law because he knew those allegations are false, he and his allies manufactured and disseminated the “Big Lie,” which foreseeably went viral and deceived millions of people into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election.

Giuliani reportedly demanded $20,000 per day for that Big Lie. But he also cashed in by hosting a podcast where he exploited election falsehoods to market gold coins, supplements, cigars, and protection from “cyberthieves.”

Even after the United States Capitol had been stormed by rioters who had been deceived by Giuliani and his allies, Giuliani shirked responsibility for the consequences of his words and repeated the Big Lie again. This defamation action follows.

2. Dominion was founded for the purpose of creating a fully auditable paper-based vote system that would empower people with disabilities to vote independently on verifiable paper ballots. As it grew, Dominion developed technology to solve many of the technical and voter intent issues that came to light as a result of the 2000 election. Its systems are certified under standards promulgated by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission  (“EAC”), reviewed and tested by independent testing laboratories accredited by the EAC, and were designed to be auditable and include a paper ballot backup to verify results. Indeed, recounts of paper ballots have repeatedly shown that Dominion machines accurately counted votes in the 2020 election—conclusively disproving the election-fixing claims promoted by Giuliani and his allies.

3. As a result of the defamatory falsehoods peddled by Giuliani—in concert with Sidney Powell, Russell Ramsland, L. Lin Wood, Mike Lindell, Patrick Byrne, Lou Dobbs, Fox News, Fox Business, Newsmax, One America News Network (“OAN”), The Epoch Times, and other like-minded allies and media outlets determined to promote a false preconceived narrative about the 2020 election—Dominion’s founder and employees have been harassed and have received death threats, and Dominion has suffered unprecedented and irreparable harm.

4. Dominion brings this action to set the record straight, to vindicate the company’s rights under civil law, to recover compensatory and punitive damages, and to stand up for itself, its employees, and the electoral process.

The way I see it…

Many in the Trump legal defense team were buffoonish and unprofessional as they pursued fantastical tales of massive voter fraud. That is to say, some level of fraud was likely and being covered up by local election officials who are desperately trying to keep ballots, voting systems, and other information from the public. There is no doubt that there were constitutional issues involved and that much of what has happened can be attributed to the Supreme Court and Chief Justice Roberts. The Roberts’ Court refused an election-related case that should have ended in a ruling that states needed to follow the U.S, Constitution and, secondarily, their own state constitutions. Not following the Constitution did result in a massive number of illegal votes cast – votes that could potentially overturn the 2020 election results. However, nobody in the judiciary wanted to disenfranchise individuals who voted in good faith but were mislead by election officials.

As for the fantastical claims regarding vote-stealing machines, foreign involvement, and other shenanigans, they have a low probability of being valid. A little higher up on the probability scale is the mishandling of ballots during the transport and tally process. When dealing with large events like elections, people will make mistakes, things will be misplaced, and some level of fraud is guaranteed.

I cannot wait to see the next filings after those being sued, deny each and every allegation, or ask for onerous discovery – some of which may not be possible given the mishandling of election materials and machines.

Capitalizing on publicity – be wary of those donation requests…

Some attorneys establish “defense funds” which they publicize – forgetting to mention that much of the money goes to the attorneys, some into professional fundraising, and some for expenses the principals use for travel, food, beverage, and lodging in premium venues. Other attorneys establish other types of legal entities.

Restore the Republic…

Sidney Powell Has Started A Super PAC which provides her and her associates with the ability to raise unlimited amounts of money to pursue any political activities of her choice. It appears that the principals of Restore the Republic were involved in the General Michael Flynn defense as well as Trump election defense activities.

According to the FEC filing, it appears that the PAC is located in a mailbox (#342) at The UPS Store #4138, 10130 Northlake Blvd., Ste 214, West Palm Beach, FL 33412, in the Publix Shopping Center. It should be noted that a Super PAC may receive money from other sources that do not disclose their donors – washing dark money of unknown origin through the political system.

Defending the Republic …

Powell also requests donations at “Defending the Republic, a 501c3 (Tax Exempt Status Pending) Non-Profit for Non-Partisan Government Corruption, Federal Litigation, Education, and Constitutional Issues Vital to Maintaining the Republic.” The address for Defending the Republic also appears to be the same mailbox address. “please make payable to: Sidney Powell, PC. Address: 10130 Northlake Blvd. #214342, West Palm Beach, Florida 33412 Memo: Defending The Republic Election Integrity.”

The craziness continues with continuing claims of foreign involvement...


Bottom line…

What are the two most important takeaways? One, people are being whipped into a frenzy by publicity campaigns based on specious allegations. And two, grifters abound, and all want some of your hard-earned cash.

Considering the number of dodgy characters who are piggybacking on the Trump name, the 2022 congressional election is a beneficent windfall for fundraisers on both sides.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

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