I came across this interesting quote today and it really made me rethink my position on the rioting. This was written in 1971 but it could have been written yesterday:
I wrote last week that if we continue to see all the mobs and their rioting and “protesting”, and nothing is ever done about it, then eventually we’re going to live under a dictatorship. Eventually the normal people will get radicalized in their desperation and clamor for order to be restored by any means necessary.
Once we become desperate enough that we want the riots stopped by any means necessary, we are in trouble.
What we need is for Democratic mayors to let law enforcement enforce the law and maintain order. We need the media to stop running PR for the rioters.
Otherwise we’re going to end up living in a police state. We scoff at the brainwashed leftists who are willing to give up their freedoms over Covid, but our side seems to be, if not ready, then at least warming to the idea of trading our liberties for an end to the riots and chaos.
We can’t let this happen. As bad as the riots are, they’re not as bad as living under a full-blown police state.
I originally entitled this post “thoughts on the debate” or something like that, but then I realized most of it was about how awful Chris Wallace was literally from start to finish.
Here’s my main takeaways from the debates, most of them are about how blatantly biased Chris Wallace was:
Why was Biden not called out for perpetrating the Russia hoax?
Why was Biden not corrected on repeating the “Trump called the troops losers and suckers” hoax?
Why was Biden not corrected on repeating the “fine people” Charlottesville hoax?
Why was Biden not forced to say whether he would pack the Supreme Court or not?
Why did Chris Wallace refer to Critical race theory indoctrination as simply “racial sensitivity training”? He framed the question as if Trump was a racist. He was playing defense for critical race theory by calling it simply “racial sensitivity training.” At least admit there’s debate on the matter. Wallace took the left’s position by default.
Why did Wallace want to talk about climate change and pose gotcha questions for Trump? Most Americans give zero f*cks about “climate change” but Chris Wallace felt the need to demand whether Trump “believed” in it. And Wallace, once again, based his question on a partisan Democrat assumption: that the wildfires in California were 100% caused by “climate change”.
Biden tried to duck the question of why he has not called the mayor of Portland and tell him to stop the riots. At one point when Trump told him he was controlled by the radical left, Biden said “I am the Democratic Party.” But then when Wallace asked him if he had ever used his purported primacy in the Democratic Party to perhaps urge the Democratic mayor of Portland to get his city under control and to stop the 100+ days of rioting and chaos taking place there, Biden said no he hadn’t, because he’s a private citizen and not an elected official. What an absolute cop-out. Biden has the power to stop the rioting but he simply will not do it. That might actually be a crime, in spirit if not in letter.
Why didn’t Wallace bring up the Hunter Biden payments from Russia at all? Why did Trump have to bring this up repeatedly while Wallace either ignored the matter or shouted at him to stop talking? Wallace clearly didn’t want to talk about Hunter Biden at all.
Why was Biden allowed to talk about how he’s gonna bring back businesses but wasn’t called out on demanding ANOTHER lockdown?
Why didn’t Wallace mention the fact that the lockdowns and the subsequent economic collapse directly because of the lockdowns were the doings of the blue state governors?
Why was Biden able to get away with blaming Trump for the economy and all the jobs lost when everyone knows the collapse was because of the virus and the Democrat lockdowns? The US economy did not crash, it was purposely destroyed.
Why was Trump forced to condemn WHITE SUPREMACISTS while Biden wasn’t asked to condemn Antifa and BLM? We are constantly told that WHITE SUPREMACISTS are everywhere, but it’s Antifa and BLM that are doing all the rioting and looting.
Why was there an equivalence made regarding the propensity for rioting and violence from both sides? At the end Wallace made both candidates promise they would tell their supporters not to riot if the election didn’t go their way, but when has there ever been any Trump supporters rioting? We know the chaos and violence all comes from the Biden side. Why was Trump asked to tell his supporters not to riot? His supporters haven’t been the ones rioting. It’s not a “both sides are equally guilty” matter. One side is clearly the guilty party. But not in Wallace’s eyes. He had to muddy the waters and group Trump and his supporters in with Biden’s marauding stormtroopers.
All the pundits pooh-poohing the fact that the debate was nasty and combative: just shut up. We have no place for pussies like you. These people think they’re so moral and pure by condemning “both sides”. Just shut up. We can handle two grown men arguing. “Ugh, all this nasty name calling and yelling, I just couldn’t stomach it.” Just stop it. Nobody thinks you’re morally superior because You Were Disgusted By The Debate.
Trump forced Joe to denounce the Green New Deal. Big win.
Biden was just so low energy. He’s clearly not the man he once was. Biden back in 2012 was pretty high energy. But now he’s a frail old man. I found myself losing interest when he started talking. Probably part of that was that he didn’t say much of substance, but he was just so low energy. That was my biggest takeaway with him.
If the bar for Biden was “don’t look like you have dementia” then I guess he cleared it, but so many of his answers were clearly scripted and it seemed like he had the questions in advance. There were so many lines he had there clearly concocted beforehand.
And Wallace continually let Biden off the hook, rarely if ever forced him to go off-script and improvise where he could have potentially said something really stupid or embarrassing. So of course Biden is going to appear competent.
Biden called Trump a clown, a liar and a racist and was allowed to get away with it.
Why was he allowed to call Trump a racist? Because Chris Wallace is a liberal and he believes it too. But there’s a lot of us out there that don’t believe that at all. Why did Wallace just begin from the assumption that Trump was racist, as if everyone agrees that he is?
Why was Biden allowed to tell Trump to shutup? And after Trump pressed him on whether or not he’d pack the courts, no less! Wallace just let it happen.
Who “discredited” the Hunter Biden payments from Russia, as well as the Ukrainian oil company Burisma? Joe kept saying it was “discredited” anytime Trump brought it up. It wasn’t “discredited.” Why was Biden not asked to clarify this?
Why was Joe Biden not asked about defunding the police?
Why wasn’t Biden asked about when he said, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or for Trump, then you ain’t black!” Shouldn’t he at least be asked to clarify what he meant by this remark?
Biden literally said Antifa was an “idea, not an organization.” This was a flagrant and provable lie, yet Wallace did not push back at all on this.
Wallace: “Mr. President, if you believe man has an impact on the climate, then why did you reverse Obama’s climate policies?” As if Obama is this unassailable God-like figure whose policies were all perfect in every way. What if Obama’s “climate policies” were actually terrible for the economy and little more than crony capitalist handouts? Chris Wallace simply assumed Obama’s “climate policies” were basically magic.
When libs talk about SCIENCE!!!!! all they’re really talking about is climate change, which itself is their religion. Chris Wallace wanted to talk about SCIENCE!!! but didn’t want to ask Biden if believed that life begins at conception, or how many genders there are.
Everything Wallace asked Trump was from the perspective of the Blue Check Twitter left. Wallace was deeply concerned about Trump’s tax returns even though they’re both irrelevant and have already been discussed in the 2016 election. He kept asking Trump how much he paid in taxes in 2016, and Trump immediately answered “$38 million.” But that wasn’t the end of it. Because Wallace wanted to impress his Cool Friends At The New York Times, he asked the question again. Yet of course, there was no mention of Hunter Biden getting millions from both Russia and Ukraine. Because Wallace and his liberal “Journalist” friends only care about foreign money when it comes to Trump.
Bongino on Hannity last night was 100% right when he said this was a base election. Trump fired up his base and made Biden betray his. That was the strategy last night and Trump succeeded. There was nothing that Trump did or said in that debate that made his supporters jump ship, in fact they probably like him even more. Biden, though, had to back off of a lot of radical leftwing agenda items and probably pissed off people in his base.
However, the one thing above all that motivates Biden’s base is hatred of Trump, so I don’t know how many radical lefties in Biden’s base will actually stay home because of what he said about the Green New Deal and other radical left agenda items.
I was going out of my head with Chris Wallace declaring the urgent “NEED TO MOVE ON” every single time Trump was effectively attacking Biden.
We NEED TO MOVE ON from every single issue that Republicans find interesting, in order to discuss the issues that Democrats — such as red diaper baby Chris Wallace — find interesting.
No, we can’t talk about Hunter Biden’s receipt of three and a half million dollars from the richest woman in Russia, the ex-wife of a former mayor of Moscow.
Even though the media — including leftwinger Chris Wallace — considered RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE the only story that mattered for three and a half of the last four years, now that we’ve got Hunter Biden taking millions of Russian money, we NEED TO MOVE ON.
Another great point from Ace regarding the critical race theory/”racial sensitivity training” conflation:
One of the worst moments of the night was Chris Wallace pretending as if he doesn’t know what Critical Race Theory is and trying to needle Trump for opposing it.
The motte-and-bailey fallacy (named after the motte-and-bailey castle) is a form of argument and an informal fallacy where an arguer conflates two positions which share similarities, one modest and easy to defend (the “motte”) and one much more controversial (the “bailey”). The arguer advances the controversial position, but when challenged, they insist that they are only advancing the more modest position. Upon retreating to the motte, the arguer can claim that the bailey has not been refuted (because the critic refused to attack the motte) or that the critic is unreasonable (by equating an attack on the bailey with an attack on the motte).
This is such a common logical fallacy offered by leftists that they don’t even know it’s a fallacy– they just think it’s how people argue.
Critical Race Theory gets its foot in the door by saying, “What’s wrong with teaching people some sensitivity?”
And then, once they get hired by a corporation or a government, they have white people standing alone in front of a group being forced (on pain of being derailed in your career) to Confess Their White Sins.
It’s a literal Maoist struggle session.
Chris Wallace pretends he doesn’t know that — because he’s playing the Motte and Bailey game with CRT. It’s a thoroughly dishonest, and thoroughly leftist, tacitc.
And Chris Wallace — who reports FACTS, not OPINIONS! — is only too eager to deploy it.
And that’s because Chris Wallace agrees with this leftwing Maoist goal of endlessly denigrating white people and treating them as lower than second class citizens.
Chris Wallace, like all other left-liberals, thinks that white people should be discriminated against. Except themselves, of course. Interestingly, most of the very white people who support this shit are too rich to be negatively impacted by a reimposition of Jim Crow.
Ace is the best.
Here’s the big thing though: debates don’t really matter. They’re TV spectacles and little more. I remember basically one thing from the 2016 debates: Trump’s “Because you’d be in jail” line to Hillary. That’s it. I don’t remember who won or lost each debate. And I don’t think they swayed the election.
People are pretty much locked in by this point. The media perpetrates this myth that lots of Americans wait until the debates to make up their minds, but this is only to boost the public’s perception that the debates are Super Important, and thereby boost viewership. They’re not. People who “haven’t made up their minds” at this point probably aren’t even watching the debates.
I think Trump energized his supporters, and probably some of Biden’s too because they hate him so much. Biden himself didn’t energize anybody because he has no energy. I don’t think Trump did as well as he could’ve, but he did fine.
Also, just as I was about to publish this post, I saw this:
Now, they’re saying that as streaming and online watchers are added to the total, it will obviously increase in the coming few days. But it will still be nowhere close to the numbers for 2016’s first debate.
I really think it has a lot to do with the fact that Biden is highly unappealing and people are just uninterested in him and his campaign. The Twitter Left is as rabid as ever, but I don’t think the country feels the same.
But of course the “fact checkers” had to come to the rescue:
How on earth did PolitiFact “confirm” it was a crease in his shirt? Did they inspect his shirt immediately after the debate? Of course not. They probably asked a Biden spokesperson if he was wearing a wire, they said no, and that was good enough for the “fact checkers.”
What an utterly ridiculous claim to make.
And on top of this Biden refused an “ear inspection” before the debate:
Why on earth would they not agree to this? If you’re not wearing an earpiece, then what’s the harm in allowing an “ear inspection”?
The man understands the stakes of the election and lays them out clearly. This is the most important issue at stake in the election: we have to go back to normal ASAP.
He talks about the increased alcoholism, drug abuse, divorces and depression due to the lockdown. He gets it. People are not meant to be locked down and isolated.
“He will shut it down again. He will destroy this country. You know, a lot of people—between drugs, alcohol and depression, when you start shutting it down, you take a look at what’s happening in some of your Democrat-run states. One of them came out last week, ‘Oh we’re gonna open up on November 9th.’ Why November 9th? Because it’s after the election. They think they’re hurting us by keeping it closed. They’re hurting people. People know what to do: they can social distance, they can wear masks, they can wash their hands, or whatever they want. They’ve gotta open these states up…”
He gets it.
Many times in the debate Biden stared into the camera with his Botoxed face and rambled about how Trump doesn’t care about you at all and blah blah blah.
But in that one statement Trump made it clear that he’s the only one with a clue. He’s the one that actually gives a shit about the American people who after six months of lockdown are starting to realize that the lockdowns are worse than the virus itself.
The most evil people in the country are the Democratic governors who are cruelly keeping the lockdowns in place because they figure it’ll hurt Trump. Biden and his people do not care at all about the American people. They will do whatever it takes to regain power because that’s all they care about. That’s why they’re in government: money and power.
This was Trump’s best moment of the whole debate. Sure he had a lot of great zingers and haymakers that he landed but this was the most substantive and empathetic line maybe in the history of presidential debates. This was the President of the United States making perfectly clear that he understands what the American people are going through and how hard this has been on us.
The Democrats only care about the Covid death toll (which is wildly inflated) to the extent that they can use it to attack Trump, so they can regain power. Not once did Biden provide a nuanced take on the coronavirus and demonstrate that he understands that the American people simply cannot be locked down indefinitely.
I don’t know how they gained access to the Russian intelligence. Was it due to sharing? That’s doubtful. Was it due to our own spying efforts?
How did the Russians obtain such information about Hillary Clinton? Did they have someone embedded in her campaign? Was Hillary actively coordinating with the Russians?
More likely, it was because the Russians simply had access to all her emails. You know, because she kept them on a janky-ass unprotected server in her basement. Every foreign intelligence agency on the planet probably had access to her emails.
So the Clinton campaign started the Trump Russia smear to distract from the fact that Hillary was carelessly mishandling classified intelligence.
As the letter says, it’s unclear whether the Russian report was actually accurate. It may have been, as the letter says, “an exaggeration or fabrication.”
However, the CIA took it seriously enough to brief the President on it. So take that for what you will.
Everyone mentioned in this letter–Obama, Brennan, Comey, Strozk–knew that the Trump Russia thing was a hoax the whole time, and they still treated it like it was a real story.
Instead of going after Clinton for her attempt to Spread Misinformation about Trump, the Obama administration actively participated in the effort.
That’s the bottom line here: instead of putting the kibosh on Hillary’s evil scheme, the Obama people decided to help them with it.
Last week a lower court judge in Wisconsin ruled that ballots in the state could be counted up to six days after the election, but now an appellate court judge has overturned that ruling, saying, “Nah, election day means election day. No cheating allowed in Wisconsin.”
Just kidding, he didn’t say that. But he did rule that the deadline for ballots to be counted is 8pm on election night. That’s it. Democrats don’t get “overtime” to scrounge up a bunch of fake votes to hand the state to Biden and his non-functioning brain:
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Sunday temporarily halted a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s presidential election, a momentary victory for Republicans and President Donald Trump in the key presidential battleground state.
As it stands, ballots will now be due by 8 p.m. on Election Day. A lower court judge had sided with Democrats and their allies to extend the deadline until Nov. 9. Democrats sought more time as a way to help deal with an expected historic high number of absentee ballots.
The Democratic National Committee, the state Democratic Party and allied groups including the League of Women Voters sued to extend the deadline for counting absentee ballots after the April presidential primary saw long lines, fewer polling places, a shortage of workers and thousands of ballots mailed days after the election.
Oh, sure. The Democrats are just such nice, caring people. All they want to do is “help deal with an expected historic high number of absentee ballots.”
No. There is no reason we should not know the results of the election on election night. We have had months–years even– to prepare for this. Everybody has known the date of this election for a very long time. In fact, we already know the date of the 2024 Presidential election: November 5, 2024. It’s on the Wikipedia page. There is no excuse here.
Mail-in ballots should have a deadline of at the latest one week before election day. Preferably two weeks.
Great news that Wisconsin has denied the Democrats’ efforts to get “overtime” and steal the state.
That’s the common refrain from the Democrats, year in and year out. Sometimes they concede that it does happen sometimes, but on such a small scale that it has literally zero impact at all on elections.
Well, two private investigators have come forward with what they claim is proof that a Biden campaign operative in Harris County, Texas (where Houston is located) was behind a ballot harvesting scheme that could have swung up to 700,000 votes.
A Biden Campaign operative in Texas is attempting to rig the 2020 election with the help of others in a massive ballot harvesting scheme, according to two private investigators who testified under oath that they have “video evidence, documentation and witnesses” to prove it. With the help of mass mail-in ballots, the illegal ballot harvesting operation could harvest 700,000 ballots, one Harris County Democrat operative allegedly bragged.
The investigators—a former FBI agent and former police officer—claim that Biden’s Texas Political Director Dallas Jones and his cohorts have been “hoarding mail-in and absentee ballots” and ordering operatives to them fill out for people in Harris County illegally, “including dead people, homeless people, and nursing home residents in the 2020 presidential election,” Patrick Howley of the National File reported.
While law enforcement agencies are reportedly investigating these potential crimes, nothing will be done about it until “well after the November 3, 2020 election” the former FBI agent said. Dallas Jones was appointed the Biden campaign’s Texas Political Director in late August.
And that’s the risk with “ballot harvesting”: it effectively makes it legal for campaign operatives to vote on someone else’s behalf, and the most common victims end up being homeless people, elderly people living in nursing homes and even dead people.
If this operation just in Houston could have “harvested” up to 700,000 ballots, imagine how many more votes are being stolen via schemes like this in other cities in Texas, as well as all over the country. Dallas, Austin, El Paso and San Antonio are huge cities where this is probably happening as well.
We only know of the schemes that are busted. We have to assume the problem is far worse than what is uncovered, and that the Democrats’ nationwide voter fraud scheme is staggering in size.
And that’s just the beginning: in Minneapolis, Ilhan Omar is running an organized crime racket and literally paying people for their absentee ballots so Omar’s “campaign operatives” can fill them out and mail them in. James O’Keefe just put out a video blowing the lid off the whole scheme:
Omar Jamal, O’Keefe’s insider source, says the Omar campaign is planning on harvesting between 80k-100k ballots in order to swing Minnesota to Biden in the general election–and obviously keep Ilhan Omar in Congress.
Hillary only won Minnesota by about 45,000 votes in 2016. One wonders if this was going on then, too. Although Ilhan Omar only (dis)graced us with her presence in national politics in 2018, she was elected to the Minnesota state legislature in 2016, so it’s a good bet this was all going on back then.
It’s apparently an “open secret” in Minneapolis’ Somali neighborhood that this is going on, and that Ilhan Omar is regularly engaging in massive voter fraud.
Can you believe she had the audacity to tweet this out just a few weeks ago?
She is the absolute worst.
Here’s another of O’Keefe’s videos about ballot harvesting:
Let’s hope the Hennepin County Attorney actually does his job here.
The Minneapolis PD is also investigating, they say:
This is such a shit-show. The Democrats are unfathomably corrupt. It seems like every day there’s a new voter fraud scheme uncovered, which only makes me wonder how big in scale it truly is nationwide. It’s hard to keep up with it all.
And yet the only thing the media does is ask Trump, “Mr. President, will you promise to concede the election?”
Ace of Spades nailed it:
I wish the media and the NeverTrump traitors would spend 1% of the time on insisting on a clean and legal election as they do in demanding that Trump concede no matter what the outcome, or how it was purloined.
It’s all deflection. Whatever they accuse us of, they are guilty of.
Former CIA Director John Brennan personally edited a crucial section of the intelligence report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and assigned a political ally to take a lead role in writing it after career analysts disputed Brennan’s take that Russian leader Vladimir Putin intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump clinch the White House, according to two senior U.S. intelligence officials who have seen classified materials detailing Brennan’s role in drafting the document.
The explosive conclusion Brennan inserted into the report was used to help justify continuing the Trump-Russia “collusion” investigation, which had been launched by the FBI in 2016. It was picked up after the election by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who in the end found no proof that Trump or his campaign conspired with Moscow.
The Obama administration publicly released a declassified version of the report — known as the “Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent Elections (ICA)” — just two weeks before Trump took office, casting a cloud of suspicion over his presidency. Democrats and national media have cited the report to suggest Russia influenced the 2016 outcome and warn that Putin is likely meddling again to reelect Trump.
The ICA is a key focus of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing investigation into the origins of the “collusion” probe. He wants to know if the intelligence findings were juiced for political purposes.
RealClearInvestigations has learned that one of the CIA operatives who helped Brennan draft the ICA, Andrea Kendall-Taylor, financially supported Hillary Clinton during the campaign and is a close colleague of Eric Ciaramella, identified last year by RCI as the Democratic national security “whistleblower” whose complaint led to Trump’s impeachment, ending in Senate acquittal in January.
Major conflicts of interest here.
The two officials said Brennan, who openly supported Clinton during the campaign, excluded conflicting evidence about Putin’s motives from the report, despite objections from some intelligence analysts who argued Putin counted on Clinton winning the election and viewed Trump as a “wild card.”
The dissenting analysts found that Moscow preferred Clinton because it judged she would work with its leaders, whereas it worried Trump would be too unpredictable. As secretary of state, Clinton tried to “reset” relations with Moscow to move them to a more positive and cooperative stage, while Trump campaigned on expanding the U.S. military, which Moscow perceived as a threat.
These same analysts argued the Kremlin was generally trying to sow discord and disrupt the American democratic process during the 2016 election cycle. They also noted that Russia tried to interfere in the 2008 and 2012 races, many years before Trump threw his hat in the ring.
“They complained Brennan took a thesis [that Putin supported Trump] and decided he was going to ignore dissenting data and exaggerate the importance of that conclusion, even though they said it didn’t have any real substance behind it,” said a senior U.S intelligence official who participated in a 2018 review of the spycraft behind the assessment, which President Obama ordered after the 2016 election.
But of course, Brennan had an election to overturn on behalf of the Beltway Uniparty.
Anyone following this story from day one knew it was obviously BS that Putin preferred Donald “America First” Trump over Hillary Clinton, the swamp creature par excellence who had repeatedly cozied up to foreign countries in exchange for cash. America’s ruling class of the past 30 years–which Clinton is an inner-circle member of–has continually sold out America and pursued policies which were good for the Ruling Class’s collective net worth, but terrible for the American people themselves.
Donald Trump was the candidate in 2016 promising to restore America’s place in the world, unleash American oil drilling and energy production (something that directly harms Russia’s oil-dependent economy) and renegotiate all of our trade agreements to be more in our favor.
I’ll put it in even simpler terms, who do you think our foreign rivals would support for President: a globalist or a nationalist?
Of course Russia preferred Hillary. They would be able to continue taking advantage of America with Hillary in office, because Hillary doesn’t care about America.
But John Brennan had a narrative to push, so he did.
I missed this story last week, but apparently this picture of Cuomo doing a one-armed tricep extension with a 100lb dumbbell went viral last week:
Anyone who has ever lifted weights knows that’s impossible. Flat-out.
So bodybuilder Marc Lobliner called BS on Cuomo and said he was using fake weights. Lobliner, being a professional bodybuilder, is far stronger than Cuomo. He tried to replicate Cuomo’s supposed feat and was unable to even get one rep with a 100lb dumbbell in that position:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced Friday the state will completely reopen its economy, allowing restaurants to operate at full capacity and barring localities from ordering businesses to close.
The state now enters Phase 3 of its reopening, lifting the vast majority of any remaining restrictions on gyms, bars and retail spaces.
These spaces had already been operating at or near full capacity under previous phases of Florida’s reopening.
Cities and counties would be forced to justify any localized restrictions that bring capacity below 100%.
“We’re not closing anything going forward,” DeSantis said at a press conference.
As much as people make fun of Florida, they’re doing it right down there. Other states with Republican governors would be wise to follow suit, and fast. Now that people in other states see Florida fully reopened, they’re going to start asking why their states can’t fully reopen either.
The first domino has fallen. Florida is the first state to say, “No more.”
In the Presidential election of 1920, Republican candidate Warren G. Harding won in one of the biggest landslides in history on the slogan “Return To Normalcy.” The country had just been through World War 1 and the Spanish Flu Pandemic, and Harding sensed the mood of the nation. People were ready to get back to some semblance of normalcy in their lives.
100 years hence, it’s time once again for the country to Return To Normalcy. Thank you, Gov. DeSantis, for taking the first step towards that.