Friday, December 11, 2020

Joe Biden, the Manchurian President - John Leonard

 

​ by John Leonard

There can be little doubt left that Chinese influences corrupted the 2020 elections, interfering on behalf of Joe Biden.

In the political/Cold War thriller The Manchurian Candidate, a U.S. soldier being held as a prisoner-of-war is brainwashed by Chinese and Russian agents and becomes a traitorous “sleeper” agent hidden within the civilian population. The film’s popularity led to the phrase “Manchurian candidate” used to define any person or politician as a disloyal puppet of an enemy power.

In 2016, Donald Trump was falsely accused of being a Manchurian candidate and colluding with Vladimir Putin and the Russian government to steal the presidential election from Hillary Clinton, even though the only “evidence” to support the fantastic claim was the salacious, unconfirmed, and ludicrous Steele dossier. Apart from a couple of Macedonian content farms spending a measly few hundred thousand dollars on Facebook ads to promote strife and confusion over any particular candidate, there was no evidence of foreign interference from Russia or anywhere else that affected the outcome of the 2016 election of Donald Trump. However, the same cannot be said of Trump’s alleged 2020 electoral defeat by Joe Biden. China, not Russia, clearly interfered with the 2020 elections. The only question about this interference is whether the release of COVID-19 was accidental or on purpose.

Before the pandemic crippled the U.S., Trump was headed to reelection by a historic landslide. The economy was roaring, and a record number Americans were enjoying prosperity and freedom. In spite of Democrat efforts to remove Trump from office by impeachment and the economic shutdown because of the virus, the president still earned ten million more votes than 2016 and in any other election would have crushed his political opponent. The virus not only had a horrific detrimental impact on our economy, it was used as an excuse for making substantive changes to the electoral process through unprecedented millions of mail-in votes.

Even if it was an accidental release from a Wuhan lab, the Chinese are responsible for the criminally negligent deaths of U.S. citizens and the economic damage caused by the virus. If the virus was deliberately released, it was an act of war. So, are we at war with China?

In support of the theory that China released the virus on purpose as an act of war, we can see signs of aggression on multiple fronts -- health and economic being the most obvious. In February of this year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed that the Chinese government keeps a list of U.S. governors organized by whether or not the governors were susceptible to Chinese influence. Interestingly, even though Georgia governor Brian Kemp was listed as a hardliner (presumably meaning pro-American, anti-Chinese) this amazing website, apparently written in Mandarin and owned by the state of Georgia to promote Chinese investments, would seem to suggest Kemp is a lot friendlier to the Chinese than his inclusion on the list implies.

Back in September, Tucker Carlson interviewed Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a well-known Chinese virologist. She made the sensational claim that in her expert opinion the COVID-19 virus was manmade in a Wuhan laboratory, not a natural virus emerging from the “wet markets” where exotic wild animals such as bats are sold to the general public and eaten as food, as some had speculated. To the best of my knowledge her claims were never debunked, but they were also never repeated, and she hasn’t been seen in public since. What happened? She had impeccable credentials and her opinion should have carried significant weight. If the virus was a Chinese attack on the rest of the world, shouldn’t the rest of the world know about it?

Why doesn’t anyone seem to care about that claim? Is it because Joe Biden keeps assuring everyone that China isn’t a threat? The Chinese government didn’t just want America or Donald Trump to lose, they apparently wanted Joe Biden to win. Cui bono? Biden has been thoroughly corrupted through the business dealings of his son, Hunter, according to well-documented public information and confirmed by Joe’s own words, and not just corrupted by China. We know about the Ukraine and Burisma, and that Hunter also allegedly accepted $3.5 million dollars from Elena Baturina, a Russian billionaire.

We have evidence, and a corroborating witness. Everyone seems to have forgotten that Tony Bobulinski’s claims confirm the authenticity of Hunter’s laptop as indisputable evidence of Joe Biden’s corruption. Bobulinski, a patriotic American citizen, came forward to defend himself against accusations of being part of a Russian disinformation campaign and confirmed that Joe Biden accepted millions of dollars from the Communist Chinese through his son Hunter. The evidence of Joe Biden’s corruption is ubiquitous, actually, and that body of evidence grows by the day. Tucker Carlson’s most recent bombshell report revealed that a Chinese economics professor confirmed in a speech that foreign agents have corrupted our federal government at the highest levels. He also confirmed we are in a war -- as he put it, a trade war. If the translation is correct (and two translators said it was), this economics professor just bragged that the Communist Chinese government “have people at the top” (of the U.S. government.)

Well, doesn’t that just warm the cockles of your heart? There can be little doubt left that Chinese influences corrupted the 2020 elections, interfering on behalf of Joe Biden. Given their admitted bias against Donald Trump, is there any reason to assume the release of the virus and election interference wasn’t a deliberate act of war?  

I have a question I’d like to ask the half of America that supposedly hates Donald Trump so bad they voted for a corrupt, senile old man… do you really hate him so much you’d betray your own country? Are you willing to side with Communist Chinese over a man doing his best to return America to greatness and keep us there? If the electoral college certifies Joe Biden’s election, we’ll have our first Manchurian president.

Donald Trump has donated every penny of his salary to charity. Joe Biden has been a parasite living off the American economy almost all of his adult life. A lifetime of working for the government didn’t make Biden rich and he didn’t get William Ayers to ghostwrite a bestselling autobiography for him, so Hunter had to scrounge for foreign contributions to the Biden family’s concept of wealth redistribution.

And remember, the big guy got half.

Image: Gage Skidmore

 

John Leonard  

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/12/joe_biden_the_manchurian_president.html 

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A Summary of the Texas Election Lawsuit - Robert Madsen

 

​ by Robert Madsen

A complete roundup of the facts involved in the most important lawsuit in American history.

Texas claims that the presidential elections as held (and as directed by government officials outside the legislature) in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Michigan all flagrantly violated their own election laws by materially weakening or doing away with security measures.  Further, according to the U.S. Constitution, the legislature (representing the citizens) of each state has absolute authority and responsibility for how presidential electors are chosen; the will of legislature being expressed through state law.

Texas claims that the violations of election law in these states created an environment where ballot fraud was enabled and likely to occur.  The lawsuit lists the violations of law in each of the defendant states and provides evidence of fraud (the number of ballots handled unconstitutionally) in each of the states sufficient to change the outcome of the ballot counts.

Pennsylvania

Facts:

  1. Vote Tally: 3,445,548 for Biden and 3,363,951 for Trump - margin 81,597.
  2. Requests for mail-in ballots 70% Democrats and 25% Republicans.
  3. Mail-in ballots increased from 266,208 in 2016 to over 3,000,000 in 2020.

Violations of Election Law:

  1. The Secretary of State unilaterally abrogated signature verification requirements for mail-in ballots.
  2. PA supreme court changed existing deadline for receiving mail-in ballots from 8:00 PM on the day of election to 3 days after the election and adopted a presumption that non-postmarked ballots be considered as valid.
  3. Election officials in Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties did not follow state law permitting poll-watchers to be present for the opening, counting, and recording of mail-in ballots.
  4. The Secretary of State directed election officials to remove ballots before 7:00 AM on the day of election in order to “cure” defective mail-in ballots.  This was done only in Democrat majority counties.
  5. Election officials did not segregate ballots received after 8:00 PM on election day breaking the promise made to the U.S. Supreme Court thus making it impossible to identify or remove those ballots.

Evidence of Fraud:

  1. Ballots with no mailed date: 9,005 (no evidence they were sent to a voter)
  2. Ballots returned on or before the mailed date: 58,221
  3. Ballots returned one day after the mailed date: 51,200 (Perhaps not impossible, but highly unlikely for the average voter to receive a ballot, fill it out, place it in the mail and have it returned the next day.)
  4. On Nov 2, the day before the election, PA reports that 2.7 million ballots had been sent out.  On Nov 4 that number had increased to 3.1 million -- an increase of 400,000 mail-in ballots at election time with literally no reasonable chance of them being used by legitimate voters.

Georgia

Facts:

  1. Vote Tally: 2,472,098 for Biden and 2,458,121 for Trump - margin 12,670.
  2. Mail-in ballots: 65.32% for Biden and 34.68% for Trump.
  3. Mail-in ballots increased from 213,033 in 2016 to 1,305,659 in 2020.

Violations of Election Law:

  1. The Secretary of State unilaterally abrogated signature verification requirements for mail-in ballots.
  2. The Secretary of State authorized opening and processing mail-in ballots up to three weeks before election day when the law prohibits that until after the polls open on election day.
  3. The Secretary of State materially weakened the security requirements for ballot rejection based on signature verification or other missing information.

Evidence of Fraud:

  1. Mail-in ballot rejection rate for missing or inaccurate information or for non-matching signatures decreased from 6.42% in 2016 to .36% in 2020.  Rejecting 2020 ballots at the same rate as 2016 would have resulted in a net gain of 25,587 votes for Trump – twice the number needed to overcome Biden’s count.  With a six-fold increase in the number of mail-in ballots, reason would indicate that the rejection rate would increase, or at least stay the same, with so many first-time mail-in ballots.

Michigan

Facts:

  1. Vote Tally: 2,796,702 for Biden and 2,650,695 for Trump - margin 146,007.
  2. In 2016 587,618 voters requested mail-in ballots.  In 2020 3.2 million votes were cast by mail-in ballot.
  3. Democrats voted by mail at a rate approximately two times that of Republican voters.

Violations of Election Law:

  1. The Secretary of State unilaterally abrogated signature verification requirements for mail-in ballots.
  2. The Secretary of State sent out unsolicited ballots to all 7.7 million registered voters contrary to election law which requires a voter to request a mail-in ballot through a process that includes a signature to be matched with the voter registration.
  3. The Secretary of State also allowed absentee ballots to be requested online without signature verification.
  4. Local election officials in Wayne County -- containing 322,925 more ballots for Biden than for Trump -- opened and processed mail-in ballots without poll-watchers present.
  5. Local election officials in Wayne County also ignored the strict election law requirements of placing a written statement or stamp on each ballot envelope indicating that the voter signature was in fact checked and verified with the signature on file with the state.

Evidence of Fraud:

  1. 174,384 mail-in ballots in Wayne County had no valid registration number, indicating they likely resulted from election workers running the same ballots through the tabulator multiple times.
  2. 71% of Wayne County Absent Voter Counting Boards were unbalanced, where the number of people who checked in did not match the number of ballots cast.

Wisconsin

Facts:

  1. Vote Tally: 1,630,716 for Biden and 1,610,151 for Trump - margin 20,565.
  2. Mail-in ballots increased from 146,932 in 2016 to 1,275,019 in 2020.

Violations of Election Law:

  1. The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) positioned hundreds of unmanned illegal drop boxes to collect absentee ballots.  (The use of any drop box, manned or unmanned, is directly prohibited by Wisconsin statute.  Any alternate mail-in ballot site “shall be staffed by the municipal clerk or the executive director of the board of election commissioners…”  “Ballots cast in contravention of the procedures specified in those provisions may not be included in the certified result of any election.”)
  2. The WEC encouraged voters to unlawfully declare themselves “indefinitely confined” in order to avoid security measures like signature verification and photo ID requirements.  Nearly 216,000 voters said they were indefinitely confined in the 2020 election, nearly four times as many as in 2016.
  3. Strict laws requiring mail-in voters to certify by signature including the signature of an adult witness were ignored or circumvented by election officials.

Evidence of Fraud:

  1. One hundred thousand ballots were supposedly missing and directed to be “found” after election day.

Conclusion

Significant violations of election law that were put into place to protect against election fraud is sufficient to invalidate the results of the elections, apart from whatever evidence is able to be gathered in a short time to show actual numbers of fraudulent ballots.  Reason would indicate that there is a high number of fraudulent ballots that are impossible to identify, which is why the election laws pertaining to mail-in ballots were established to begin with.

There is no remedy to correct the Nov 3rd election because ballots that did not adhere to election law cannot be identified as separate from those that did.  An accurate count of legal ballots that were cast cannot be made.  Therefore, as directed in the Constitution, it falls to the legislature of each state to choose electors as has been done in the past.  Failing that, each state may determine not to submit any presidential electors.

The Texas lawsuit claims the odds of Biden overcoming Trump’s lead and winning any of the states after the point indicated was one in a quadrillion.  And therefore, the odds of winning all four was one in a quadrillion to the fourth power.  The lawsuit did not provide information on how that number was determined.  This may seem an exaggerated to some.  It is enough to state that the odds of winning any one of the states was highly unlikely and the odds of winning all four were extremely unlikely.  For example, if the odds of winning any one of the states was numerically much less extreme but still highly unlikely, say something like one in twenty, then the odds of doing that in all four states would be 1 in  160,000.  Twenty beans in a jar: 19 white and 1 black.  Reach in without looking and be lucky enough to pull out the one black bean.  Chances of doing that again is 1 in 400.  Clearly indicative of cheating if someone claims to have done that four times in a row.  As I said the statistical analysis behind the claim of odds of 1 in a 1,000,000,000,000 are not given so I cannot speak to that.  But even if the odds were orders of magnitude better than that, they were still astronomically small.  At any rate, the merits of the lawsuit do not depend on any certain level of odds of Biden overcoming a lead that had been established by 3:00 A.M. the day after election.

Image: 1778011/Pixabay

 

Robert Madsen  

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/12/a_summary_of_texas_election_lawsuit_.html 

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YouTube bans content questioning legitimacy of US elections - Eitan Divinsky

 

​ by Eitan Divinsky

 Hat tip: Dr. Carolyn Tal

The video-sharing platform announced it would 'terminate' thousands of 'harmful and misleading elections-related videos.'

 

Breitbart News reported that Google-owned video-sharing network YouTube announced it will remove content questioning Biden’s election win or alleging fraud effected the final results.

"Our main goal going into the election season was to make sure we’re connecting people with authoritative information, while also limiting the reach of misinformation and removing harmful content," opened a statement from the video-sharing platform.

The social media platform admitted to "terminating" more than 8,000 channels along with "thousands of harmful and misleading elections-related videos" and said it would remove all claims that "widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of a historical U.S. Presidential election."

YouTube said that while it had continued allowing "controversial views" on election results, but that with Biden receiving enough electoral votes to certify his victory, it would no longer tolerate "content… that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 US Presidential election…," adding that "videos claiming that a Presidential candidate won the election due to widespread software glitches or counting errors" would be removed.

The platform took the opportunity to provide free publicity for liberal news networks it deemed "authoritative," stating that, "…the most viewed [election-related] channels and videos are from news channels like NBC and CBS" and urged views to stick to "authoritative election news," while "limiting the reach of borderline content" in order to "protect [them] from problematic content..." It further boasted that "authoritative news channels" had received "over 70% of recommendations on election-related topics" and were "recommended over 14 times more than the top 10 non-authoritative channels…"

After stating that there was more work left to be done to discourage viewers from accessing "problematic content," YouTube called for a "broad range of political speech." The final part of the sentence, however, stuck a slightly different note, vowing to "[ensure] our platform isn't abused to incite real-world harm or broadly spread harmful misinformation."

 

Eitan Divinsky  

Source: https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/292876 

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Democrats Pay Off Intrusive IT Man Imran Awan - Lloyd Billingsley

 

​ by Lloyd Billingsley

And Biden taps Awan’s collaborator Xavier Becerra for HHS boss.

 


“Congress Pays $850,000 to Muslim Aides Targeted in Inquiry Stoked by Trump,” reads the November 25 New York Times headline. According to the story, the previously unreported settlement is one of the largest to resolve discrimination or harassment claims, in this case by people who “lost their jobs and endured harassment in part because of their Muslim faith and South Asian origins.”

Reporters Noam Scheiber and Nicholas Fandos give no date for settlement and do not explain why it was “previously unreported.” Congress reportedly made the payment but the only House member quoted is Florida Democrat Ted Deutch, a leading figure in Democrats’ charge that candidate Donald Trump was guilty of collusion with Russia and a vocal proponent of impeaching President Trump.

“It is tragic and outrageous the way right-wing media and Republicans all the way up to President Trump attempted to destroy the lives of an immigrant Muslim-American family based on scurrilous allegations,” Deutch told Sheiber and Fandos. As they explain, the settlement was also “an attempt to bring a close to a convoluted saga that led to one of the most durable — and misleading — story lines of the Trump era.”

What started as “a relatively ordinary House inquiry into procurement irregularities by Imran Awan, three members of his family and a friend, who had a bustling practice providing members of Congress with technology support, was twisted into lurid accusations of hacking government information.” That side of the story could use more detail. 

Of all the IT people in all the IT firms in all the world, House Democrats thought Imran Awan was best man for the job. Sometimes working from his native Pakistan, Awan and his family team accessed the computers of some 40 Democrats, including those on the intelligence and foreign affairs committees. Without their consent Awan and his team stashed the Democrats’ data on a server controlled by Xavier Becerra, chair of the House Democratic Caucus.

Capitol Police wanted a copy of the server but the one Awan produced turned out to be a fake. In February, 2017, Awan and his team got booted off the House computer network, but Becerra had already fled to California where Gov. Jerry Brown made him state attorney general. Becerra had nothing to say about Awan’s IT intrigue, and he got additional protection from federal judge Tanya S. Chutkan.

The Obama appointee repeatedly delayed Awan’s trial on bank-fraud charges, and the case did not become a factor in the 2018 election that kept Becerra in the AG slot. In August of 2018, Awan was sentenced to time served, his one day in detention and 11 months of GPS monitoring and three months’ supervision. Judge Chutkan was not content to let Awan off with nothing.

“There have been numerous allegations lobbed at him from the highest branches of the government,” she said, “all of which have been proved to be without foundation by the FBI and the Department of Justice.” In reality, Awan had never been formally charged with unauthorized possession of government material or anything of the sort. Judge Chutkan conveniently left out the context and background.

At the time, the upper reaches of the FBI and DOM were still involved in covert operations against duly elected President Donald Trump. For its part, the FBI had been known to look the other way at terrorist threats from Muslims. For example, as Lessons from Fort Hood confirms, the FBI knew Nidal Hasan was plotting with terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki to kill Americans, but the Washington office of the FBI deliberately dropped the case.

For FBI agents of that mindset, it would be an easy call to look the other way at Imran Awan’s security infractions, especially since one of his accusers was President Trump, the man FBI bosses were trying to take down. Trump wondered aloud about Awan’s capers, so Chutkan had to pronounce Awan innocent. By contrast, judge Emmett Sullivan continued to prosecute Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn, after new evidence showed he was entrapped by the FBI and after the DOJ dropped the case against him.

For further reading on the Awan case, see Spies in Congress by Frank Miniter and Obstruction of Justice: How the Deep State Risked National Security to Protect Democrats, by Luke Rosiak, target of lawsuit by Imran Awan. While that plays out, Joe Biden has tapped Xavier Becerra to head the Department of Health and Human Services, a position for which he is highly unsuited.

As California attorney general, Becerra worked three shifts filing lawsuits against the Trump administration. On the other hand, a killing spree of 19 murders and “medieval-style violence,” by the Salvadoran MS-13 gang in Los Angeles drew no special action. After a “reign of terror” claimed at least 14 victims in Mendota, Becerra made it clear he was not concerned with the gang’s “status.”

Senate Republicans may not be able to send Becerra packing but they could use the confirmation hearing to grill him on Imran Awan and the elusive server. Was anything possibly amiss? Or were Awan and his family simply persecuted for their Muslim faith and South Asian origins?

What goes around comes around. Special privilege for Muslims is back, with rewards for enablers and protectors. As President Trump says, we’ll have to see what happens.

 

Lloyd Billingsley  

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/12/democrats-pay-intrusive-it-man-imran-awan-lloyd-billingsley/

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Watson Video: Meet the New Boss - Paul Joseph Watson

 

​ by Paul Joseph Watson

The military-industrial complex is back.

 


Paul Joseph Watson is back with a new short video, this time to warn us that, with the possible ascension of Joe Biden to the White House, "the neo-liberal war machine is back!" Don't miss this video below, delivered in Watson's inimitable style:

 

Paul Joseph Watson  

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/12/watson-video-meet-new-boss-paul-joseph-watson/ 

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Trump: '... you’ll see a lot of big things happening over the next couple of days' - Thomas Lifson

 

​ by Thomas Lifson

It's like a third-world country

If you pay close attention, it sure looks as though something is up.  I realize that conservatives have endlessly been disappointed by the failure of major scandals to result in serious investigations and revelations, much less criminal trials and convictions.  That's the new normal in corrupt 21st-century America.  Maybe I am playing Charlie Brown to Lucy Van Pelt holding the football, but hope springs eternal that the brilliant self-correcting mechanisms designed by the Founders can operate as intended.

Maybe, with prospect of apocalypse of the Great Reset looming, lips are loosening and action finally is being taken before it is too late.  Maybe it was not just overheated rhetoric when President Trump took the occasion of awarding the Medal of Freedom to Dan Gable to tell us:


YouTube screen grab (cropped).

"... I think the case has already been made. If you look at the polls, it was a rigged election. You look at the different states. The election was totally rigged. It's a disgrace to our country. It's like a third-world country — these ballots pouring in from everywhere, using machinery that nobody knows ownership, nobody knows anything about. They have "glitches," as they call them. Glitches. The glitches weren't glitches. They got caught sending out thousands of votes — all against me, by the way.

No, this was like from a third-world nation. And I think the case has been made. And now we find out what we can do about it. But you'll see a lot of big things happening over the next couple of days." [emphasis added]

Clarice Feldman points out that aside from the election fraud:

Strange stuff this week:

Swalwell unmasked

We learn that for 2 years Hunter's been under criminal investigation

We learn that for 4 years the FBI has been sitting on Seth Rich's computer and thousands of papers and lying about it

She asks:

Who blew open the FBI vaults and why now?

One thing we know is that John Durham has been at work for a long time now.

Maybe he has not been the disappointment that so many people think he is.  Remember that his investigation was seriously delayed by the inability of grand juries to meet.

Despite the corruption that seems to characterize the FBI's behavior, I suspect there are patriotic and honest FBI personnel appalled at what has been happening.  Have they been feeding evidence to Durham or others, and now with the apocalypse looming, fires have been lit?

I don't know.

But there is a sense that something is up now.  Maybe it is my forlorn desperation at work.

 

Thomas Lifson  

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/12/trump__youll_see_a_lot_of_big_things_happening_over_the_next_couple_of_days.html 

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Will the Supreme Court ignore the stolen election? - Robert Arvay

 

​ by Robert Arvay

Are the justices afraid? Have they been threatened?

Remember the famous football game?  It wasn't just a pass-interference infraction that caused the controversy.  It was blatant.  It was seen on live television by millions of football fans.  The pass defender virtually crawled up on top of the back of the intended receiver before the ball reached either player.  The referee saw it, right squarely in front of himself.  There was no doubt that, because of the required penalty, the game would therefore soon be won by the passing team, the team that had been illegally interfered with.

But the referee called it an incomplete pass, no interference, no penalty, in effect ending the game in favor of the team that had committed the infraction.  In football, this is referred to as a non-call.

When millions of people see a rules violation in football, and when the violation is permitted to go unpenalized, there is controversy, anger, and much discussion, after which all is soon forgotten.

When the same thing happens in a presidential election, when millions of people see the steal, and when the legislatures and courts do nothing, it is called corruption.  More than that, it is corruption so deep, so pervasive and widespread, that we are at a loss for words.

It now appears possible that Joe Biden will successfully steal the presidency from the voters.  As ludicrous as that sounds, the reality is slowly beginning to sink in.  There is no shortage of evidence; there is no lack of witnesses.  Worse yet, the consequences of the crime we are all witnessing will not be merely one team winning and the other losing.  It may well be the end of the republic, and for those who are witnessing it, there is no hyperbole in that foreboding.

The case is now before the Supreme Court, a court that seems reluctant to even hear the facts, much less acknowledge the obvious.  Why?  Are the justices afraid?  Have they been threatened?  Is the corruption so deep, so vast, so embedded, that they see no hope of success in opposing it?

There is a saying: when the people fear the government, there is tyranny.  When the government fears the people, there is liberty.

 

Robert Arvay  

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/12/will_the_supreme_court_ignore_the_stolen_election.html 

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Trump Won His Other Campaign - Larry Elder

 

​ by Larry Elder

To destroy media credibility.

 


Convinced that President Donald Trump lost his bid for reelection, the media suddenly became less hysterical. Just like that, the media, at least to some degree, rediscovered concepts such as fairness and perspective, AWOL the last four years.

Two weeks after the election, New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof haltingly, grudgingly and reluctantly, admitted that yes, Trump was right. Banning in-person school education to fight COVID-19 was and is bad policy. Kristof wrote: "Some things are true even though President Trump says them. Trump has been demanding for months that schools reopen, and on that he seems to have been largely right. Schools, especially elementary schools, do not appear to have been major sources of coronavirus transmission, and remote learning is proving to be a catastrophe for many low-income children." Kristof, of course, could not acknowledge Trump's correct judgement without the "somethings are true even though Trump says them" snark. But remember, this is The New York Times, a paper that has not endorsed a Republican for president since 1956. Little steps.

Kristof even took a Trump-like swipe at Democratic-run cities. And, whether inadvertently or not, he made the case for K-12 vouchers for inner city kids: "So Democrats helped preside over school closures that have devastated millions of families and damaged children's futures. Cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., have closed schools while allowing restaurants to operate. ... School closures magnify these inequities, as many private schools remain open and affluent parents are better able to help kids adjust to remote learning. At the same time, low-income children fall even further behind."

The New York Times again, after the media awarded the election to former Vice President Joe Biden, even questioned the science behind a ban on outdoor dining, like most counties in California recently enacted. In "Small Gatherings Spread the Virus, but Are They Causing the Surge?" the Times wrote:


"But are dinners and backyard barbecues really the engine driving the current surge of infections? The available data do not support that contention, scientists say. Still, the idea has been repeated so often it has become conventional wisdom, leading to significant restrictions in many states. ...

"But many epidemiologists are far less certain, saying there is little evidence to suggest that household gatherings were the source of the majority of infections since the summer. Indeed, it has become much harder to pinpoint any source of any outbreak, now that the virus is so widespread and Americans may be exposed in so many ways. ...

"A constant drumbeat about the dangers of social gatherings may help to convey the seriousness of the current surge, (Harvard University infectious disease epidemiologist Julia Marcus) said. On the other hand, in some states the misperception has led to draconian policies that don't square with science."

Goodness! If Pulitzer gave a prize for "Fair and Balanced Coronavirus Stories in the Post-Trump Era," The New York Times might actually deserve this one.


Former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein shared the mood of much of the Trump-hating left when he accused Trump of "homicidal negligence" in his handling of the coronavirus. But Dr. Anthony Fauci, post-election, also sounds Trumpian. On the possibility of further lockdowns, Fauci recently said: "There is no appetite for locking down in the American public, but I believe that we can do it without a lockdown. I really do. ... You could still get businesses going. You could still have economic forward thinking while you're doing that. You don't necessarily have to shut everything down. Hopefully we won't have to do that."

No "appetite" for another lockdown? What happened to "follow the science"? This is yet another tacit admission that, as Trump insisted, we must consider the unintended consequences of shutting down the economy, including increased rates of suicide, depression, homicide, drug abuse, alcoholism and domestic violence.

Finally, did serial Trump CNN critic, Jake Tapper praise, literally praise and credit Trump for the speed with which drug manufacturers have apparently developed vaccines for COVID-19? Yes, he did. Tapper said: "We should take a moment, as we always have when discussing vaccine and Operation Warp Speed, that this is — you know, putting aside all of the failures of the Trump administration when it comes to the coronavirus, and there are lots — this is an unmitigated success and we should acknowledge that."


For four years, major media, along with their Democratic comrades, banded together to bring down Trump. They appear to have succeeded. But as to Trump's campaign to expose the media's blatant, often vicious anti-Republican bias so that much of America will never again trust it, Trump won. Huge.

 

Larry Elder is a bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host. His latest book, The New Trump Standard, is available in paperback. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an "Elderado," visit www.LarryElder.com. Follow Larry on Twitter @LarryElder.

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/12/trump-won-his-other-campaign-destroy-media-larry-elder/ 

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Chinese Military Bases in The Caribbean? - Lawrence A. Franklin

 

​ by Lawrence A. Franklin

China is clearly not a government that honors its agreements.... The US can ill afford any Chinese drive to place under threat any Western Hemisphere country, much less the United States.

  • China also seems to have a military agenda in the Caribbean region... Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe already is on record expressing China's willingness to deepen military cooperation with Caribbean countries.

  • Of more concern to US security interests is the ongoing seaport expansion project in the already commercially important port at Kingston, Jamaica, as well as the port at Freeport, Bahamas, China's possible new base of operations 90 miles off the US coast.

  • China is clearly not a government that honors its agreements.... The US can ill afford any Chinese drive to place under threat any Western Hemisphere country, much less the United States.

Of concern to US security interests is China's seaport expansion project at Kingston, Jamaica, as well as at Freeport, Bahamas, China's possible new base of operations 90 miles off the US coast. The projects are an opportunity for Chinese Communist Party intelligence operatives to suborn the sovereignty of Caribbean countries by luring them into "debt trap" economic dependency on China. Sri Lanka's inability to pay back loans for Beijing's modernization of the port of Hambantota (pictured) has resulted in the South Asian country's effective loss of the port. (Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP via Getty Images)

China's Communist Party (CCP) seems to be implementing a multidimensional strategy in the Caribbean, reaping economic, political and potentially military gains a few miles offshore the United States. China's ultimate objective of its Caribbean strategy may well be to confront the US, not only with its presence near the mainland US, but also with a situation analogous to America's military presence in the region of the South China Sea. There, China created new islands in the sea, pledged not to militarize them, then went and militarized them.

It is important to remember that China also promised Hong Kong autonomy until 2047, then, in 2020, jumped the gun by 27 years. "Hong Kong will be another communist-run city under China's strict control," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared in July. China is clearly not a government that honors its agreements.

The CCP leadership has also been launching a diplomatic effort in the Caribbean with the goal of delegitimizing the state of Taiwan, while encouraging regional countries to open relations with the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Chinese shipments of military and police equipment to several Caribbean states could be developing into beachheads for future People's Liberation Army (PLA) "advisory groups" in the Western Hemisphere. China's construction projects already include the modernization of airports and seaports, which could increase Chinese geopolitical and military influence in the region. Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe already is on record expressing China's willingness to deepen military cooperation with Caribbean countries.

Additionally, China has been investing considerable revenue in the economies of the hemisphere's anti-American Caribbean socialist states of Cuba and Venezuela. China's establishment of a Caribbean Belt and Road Sector is an opportunity for CCP intelligence operatives to suborn the sovereignty of Caribbean countries by luring these societies into "debt trap" economic dependency on China. In Sri Lanka, for instance, the country's inability to pay back its Chinese creditors for Beijing's modernization of the port of Hambantota has resulted in the South Asian country's effective loss of the port.

China's Caribbean offensive so far includes a "medical diplomacy" initiative that is providing Latin America, but especially the region's island states, with face masks, personal protective gowns and gloves, ventilators, ambulances, and pharmaceuticals. This May, China convened a video-link conference on the COVID-19 virus at the vice-ministerial level with the nine Caribbean countries that have diplomatic relations with Beijing: Antigua, Barbuda, Barbados, the Bahamas, Dominica, Granada, Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

China's dominant role as a world leader in the production of pharmaceuticals and medical devices is, as presumably intended, enabling the Chinese to garner considerable good will in the region. China has already delivered 30,000 virus test kits to Jamaica and at least 100,000 protective masks to Cuba as well as about 100 ventilators to the Dominican Republic. China also has built hospitals in Dominica, St. Kitts, Barbados and Trinidad, as well as a children's hospital in Jamaica. Throughout the COVID-19 virus epidemic, China has also donated medical supplies to around 15 Caribbean states.

Chinese investors are plowing millions of dollars into tourist-oriented construction projects. China's state-supported construction enterprises are building hotel resorts in the Bahamas, Guyana and Barbados. Of more concern to US security interests is the ongoing seaport expansion project in the already commercially important port at Kingston, Jamaica, as well as the port at Freeport, Bahamas, China's possible new base of operations 90 miles off the US coast.

Other Chinese-sponsored port projects are underway at Cuba's ports of Santiago and Mariel, as well as Guyana's port of Berbice. Another Chinese construction project that deserves scrutiny for its implication for US national security is China's modernization of Guyana's Cheddi Jagan international airport. Once the site of US Air Force military operations during World War II, with its runway of over 10,000 feet, it is capable of hosting Chinese military jet aircraft. However, disagreements over the terms of the original contract signed in 2011 are a source of tension between the Chinese contractor and the usually pro-Chinese Guyanese government. China also has an interest in regional access to raw materials such as bauxite from Jamaica, and offshore oil near Guyana.

The Chinese regime is effectively employing "soft power" by way of propagating anti-US diplomacy through China's regional ambassadors and Confucius Institutes. Particularly active in this regard is Liu Quan, the China's Ambassador to Suriname. China's propaganda arm has established approximately 10 of its 45 pro-Communist Confucius Institutes in the region, in Antigua and Barbuda, Suriname, the Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. These institutes propagate the same ideological pro-Chinese Communist Party, anti-Taiwan line. Additionally, the Confucius Institute in Suriname, home to one of the largest number of overseas Chinese of any country in the region, may also be attempting to recruit agents

In 2018, the Dominican Republic revoked its diplomatic ties to Taiwan, presumably to take advantage of the economic opportunities that relations with China might bring.

China's military agenda in the Caribbean region includes the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, which has donated Chinese Y-12 transport aircraft to Guyana. PLA military aid continues to arrive in Jamaica. Chinese-produced motorcycles have been exported to West Indian police forces in Trinidad and Tobago, and police cars to Guyana. Moreover, selected military officers from virtually every Caribbean country continue to receive training at Chinese military academies.

Were China to establish a beachhead in the Caribbean, the US could be faced with a dark replay of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. China could insist that the US reduce, or entirely withdraw, its considerable military force structure in the Western Pacific Ocean, in exchange for a draw-down of PLA assets in the Caribbean -- or any other bargain it dreamed up.

US policymakers need seriously to address Communist China's aggressive expansionist policies in the Caribbean. The US should not permit the PLA Air Force or the PLA Navy to establish bases that could interfere with American freedom of navigation, both for commerce and for military convoys re-supplying NATO allies in the event of a military crisis. The US can ill afford any Chinese drive to place under threat any Western Hemisphere country, much less the United States.

 

Dr. Lawrence A. Franklin was the Iran Desk Officer for Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld. He also served on active duty with the U.S. Army and as a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16813/china-military-caribbean 

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

The Texas lawsuit in the Supreme Court is huge - Andrea Widburg

 

​ by Andrea Widburg

There's a reason other states are joining the case: the case puts the matter immediately before the Supreme Court and has impeccable arguments.

On Tuesday, the State of Texas filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.  The suit alleged that because these states conducted elections that violated their own laws, they tainted the integrity of the vote, something that damaged not only their own citizens, but also the citizens in other states.  Because this is an intelligent, powerful case, it's no surprise that eight other states have already joined the litigation.

To date, we've seen a multiplicity of lawsuits filed, although, significantly, none has come before the Supreme Court for substantive review.  Courts in various states, however, have proven resistant to these suits.

As I noted here, partisan judges are issuing what I will politely call "garbage" decisions.  Judges are refusing to consider the evidence, with only one Nevada court attempting to do so.  Instead, they make variations of the argument that, if courts were to consider Trump's claims, they would run the risk of "disenfranchising" Biden voters.

That is a singularly dishonest argument.  Disenfranchisement occurs when people are deprived of the right to vote.  No one was deprived here.  What Trump is doing, with his request that every legal vote count, is asking that courts invalidate illegal votes.  You cannot disenfranchise an illegal voter, whether that "voter" is dead, a computer algorithm, or a form filled out in a Chinese print shop.

Do you know what happens when you invalidate fraudulent votes and count only legal votes?  You identify the winner and loser in an election, as has happened in America since 1792.  Those who voted for the losing candidate were not disenfranchised; they just voted for the losing candidate.

The Texas lawsuit argues that the four defendant states changed their mail-in voting rules without going through the constitutional, legislative process.  By doing so, they assured illegal mail-in votes, meaning that all votes under the new "rules" were illegal from the get-go.  These invalid votes override the will of those who legitimately cast votes, tainting the national election.

After all, we are a federation of states.  While the individual states control their own election rules, each state is affected by the election outcomes in the other states.  Texas attorney general Ken Paxton's statement about the lawsuit perfectly sums up the correct legal standard:

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a lawsuit against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in the United States Supreme Court. The four states exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to justify ignoring federal and state election laws and unlawfully enacting last-minute changes, thus skewing the results of the 2020 General Election. The battleground states flooded their people with unlawful ballot applications and ballots while ignoring statutory requirements as to how they were received, evaluated and counted.

"Trust in the integrity of our election processes is sacrosanct and binds our citizenry and the States in this Union together. Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin destroyed that trust and compromised the security and integrity of the 2020 election. The states violated statutes enacted by their duly elected legislatures, thereby violating the Constitution. By ignoring both state and federal law, these states have not only tainted the integrity of their own citizens' vote, but of Texas and every other state that held lawful elections," said Attorney General Paxton. "Their failure to abide by the rule of law casts a dark shadow of doubt over the outcome of the entire election. We now ask that the Supreme Court step in to correct this egregious error."  

Elections for federal office must comport with federal constitutional standards. For presidential elections, each state must appoint its electors to the electoral college in a manner that complies with the Constitution. The Electors Clause requirement that only state legislatures may set the rules governing the appointment of electors and elections and cannot be delegated to local officials. The majority of the rushed decisions, made by local officials, were not approved by the state legislatures, thereby circumventing the Constitution.  

Because this is a suit between two states, the Supreme Court has original jurisdiction.  It's also a factually pure case, which does not require looking at the reams of evidence demonstrating fraud.

If you want a good overview about why the case is really huge, Jay Sekulow, one of America's most brilliant constitutional lawyers, and his team at the American Center for Law and Justice explain the procedure and the substance:

 

 (Here's more about the role the House of Representatives could play.  Also, you can see the lawsuit here.)

No wonder it appears that eight other states have joined the case (Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina).  The only thing that remains to be seen is whether the Supreme Court justices are willing to show the necessary courage to ensure that the will of the people, and not the will of the corruptocrats, prevails in this election.

 

 Andrea Widburg 

 Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/12/the_texas_lawsuit_in_the_supreme_court_is_huge.html 

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Who Will Be the Fraud Deniers? - Jay Valentine

 

​ by Jay Valentine

The all-in media are double-timing to convince people there is nothing to see here. It isn't working.

"These are just anomalies.  They happen in every election." 

Well folks, anomalies cease to be anomalies when they all go in one direction.  When every outlier favors Biden, we enter the realm of prima facie fraud.

Fraud. 

It's an ugly word. 

It does not have a pretty synonym.  Too bad.

Election fraud at the industrial scale perpetrated in the 2020 election is a crime most Americans will remember all their lives.  Books and movies will come out.  Retired math PhDs exiled to the basement by their spouses will continue to find statistical patterns that simply do not happen in straight data sets.

Like all great crimes, the 2020 election fraud will have a diffusion curve with early believers and early deniers, later adopters and fewer deniers and finally, only the ideologically blind will deny.

Diffusion curves happen in nature, in technology, in disease spread, in the understanding of any popular idea.  In early stages only the really committed dig in.  Over time, a realization makes its way into popular culture and eventually most have generally seen the data.  We are departing the early adopter stage of 2020 election fraud understanding.

The all-in media is double timing to convince the later adopters there is nothing to see here. 

It isn't working.  Too much stuff is coming out from too many places and there are just too many alternative web sites publishing fraud examples on such a scale it cannot be denied by any but the willful.

We are about to move out of the early adopter phase and more into the later adopters, the early mainstream.  Evidence of this is the hardy groups of state legislators inviting Rudy and the Excellent Adventure Team to make sure they are not on the wrong side of this gnarly problem.

Some of the Atlanta folks who took advantage of a fake water main break are hiring lawyers.  Seemed like a slam dunk only a month ago.  What happened?

Formerly anonymous people, now public witnesses to election fraud, are coming forward and their personalities, magnified by television - quirky, innocent, naïve, immigrant, feisty are having a pronounced effect.  Some are gathering fans.  This is not how it was supposed to be.

Trump MAGA voters appear to be driven by only one issue:  Trump got screwed and any Republican politico who denies it is in for tough sledding.  Politicos are starting to get it.  The Trump voters do not appear to be getting on the program.

Fox News ratings plummeted in just a week or two because they seemed to be in on it and later doubled down by not reporting it.  It being industrial scale election fraud – against Trump.

Erwin Rommel told his generals that if they did not stop the Allies on the beach, the war was lost. 

Similarly, the media needed to extinguish the 2020 election fraud story in a week or two, or this multi-headed demon would be too big to stop.  It is getting too big.

It was easy for Governor Ducey or Kemp, the hapless Georgia Secretary of State and Lt. Governor to be above it all and deny fraud for the first couple of weeks.  These are the good guys, elections are honest, this is America.  Let's move on.

But we aren't moving on.  Things are getting sticky.  There is that video of the suitcases.  Yuk!  So inconvenient.  Then that Trump rally, masses of committed voters all with one voice.  "Stop the Steal!" shouted together does scare guys like Kemp in a very existential way.  This was not supposed to happen.

There are these websites, talk radio people, MIT statisticians, all-too-human witnesses on the Rudy Show.  This is having an impact and the narrative is no longer being controlled by the media.  The fraud story is spreading to the early mainstream.

There is the growing understanding that vote machines should not count in fractions.  No black and white denial that they were spawned in some very bad places.  Compelling evidence accumulates, from crew cut, straight backed military types, showing election night internet packet traffic from voting machines that are not connected to the internet.  Oops.

Packets went to Iran, Serbia, Germany.  Why?  People are noticing there is no Dominion CEO coming forth, under oath saying "not so."

Even the most computer illiterate understands this is not as it ought to be.

There is a universal characteristic to really bad news.  It never comes out early.  It drips out, a bit at a time, and there is always one more painful point coming.

This narrative is coming apart and it will only escalate, move quickly, get more colorful, people will turn.

Who then will be the 2020 election fraud deniers?

Hey Ducey, Kemp, RINOs, it's all downhill from here.

 

Jay Valentine's website is www.JayValentine.com.

"These are just anomalies.  They happen in every election." 

Well folks, anomalies cease to be anomalies when they all go in one direction.  When every outlier favors Biden, we enter the realm of prima facie fraud.

Fraud. 

It's an ugly word. 

It does not have a pretty synonym.  Too bad.

Election fraud at the industrial scale perpetrated in the 2020 election is a crime most Americans will remember all their lives.  Books and movies will come out.  Retired math PhDs exiled to the basement by their spouses will continue to find statistical patterns that simply do not happen in straight data sets.

Like all great crimes, the 2020 election fraud will have a diffusion curve with early believers and early deniers, later adopters and fewer deniers and finally, only the ideologically blind will deny.

Diffusion curves happen in nature, in technology, in disease spread, in the understanding of any popular idea.  In early stages only the really committed dig in.  Over time, a realization makes its way into popular culture and eventually most have generally seen the data.  We are departing the early adopter stage of 2020 election fraud understanding.

The all-in media is double timing to convince the later adopters there is nothing to see here. 

It isn't working.  Too much stuff is coming out from too many places and there are just too many alternative web sites publishing fraud examples on such a scale it cannot be denied by any but the willful.

We are about to move out of the early adopter phase and more into the later adopters, the early mainstream.  Evidence of this is the hardy groups of state legislators inviting Rudy and the Excellent Adventure Team to make sure they are not on the wrong side of this gnarly problem.

Some of the Atlanta folks who took advantage of a fake water main break are hiring lawyers.  Seemed like a slam dunk only a month ago.  What happened?

Formerly anonymous people, now public witnesses to election fraud, are coming forward and their personalities, magnified by television - quirky, innocent, naïve, immigrant, feisty are having a pronounced effect.  Some are gathering fans.  This is not how it was supposed to be.

Trump MAGA voters appear to be driven by only one issue:  Trump got screwed and any Republican politico who denies it is in for tough sledding.  Politicos are starting to get it.  The Trump voters do not appear to be getting on the program.

Fox News ratings plummeted in just a week or two because they seemed to be in on it and later doubled down by not reporting it.  It being industrial scale election fraud – against Trump.

Erwin Rommel told his generals that if they did not stop the Allies on the beach, the war was lost. 

Similarly, the media needed to extinguish the 2020 election fraud story in a week or two, or this multi-headed demon would be too big to stop.  It is getting too big.

It was easy for Governor Ducey or Kemp, the hapless Georgia Secretary of State and Lt. Governor to be above it all and deny fraud for the first couple of weeks.  These are the good guys, elections are honest, this is America.  Let's move on.

But we aren't moving on.  Things are getting sticky.  There is that video of the suitcases.  Yuk!  So inconvenient.  Then that Trump rally, masses of committed voters all with one voice.  "Stop the Steal!" shouted together does scare guys like Kemp in a very existential way.  This was not supposed to happen.

There are these websites, talk radio people, MIT statisticians, all-too-human witnesses on the Rudy Show.  This is having an impact and the narrative is no longer being controlled by the media.  The fraud story is spreading to the early mainstream.

There is the growing understanding that vote machines should not count in fractions.  No black and white denial that they were spawned in some very bad places.  Compelling evidence accumulates, from crew cut, straight backed military types, showing election night internet packet traffic from voting machines that are not connected to the internet.  Oops.

Packets went to Iran, Serbia, Germany.  Why?  People are noticing there is no Dominion CEO coming forth, under oath saying "not so."

Even the most computer illiterate understands this is not as it ought to be.

There is a universal characteristic to really bad news.  It never comes out early.  It drips out, a bit at a time, and there is always one more painful point coming.

This narrative is coming apart and it will only escalate, move quickly, get more colorful, people will turn.

Who then will be the 2020 election fraud deniers?

Hey Ducey, Kemp, RINOs, it's all downhill from here.

 

Jay Valentine's website is www.JayValentine.com.

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/12/who_will_be_the_fraud_deniers.html 

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