Just musings, is all

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Re: Just musings, is all

Post by thelivyjr » Wed Jul 21, 2021 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR JULY 21, 2021 AT 6:35 PM

Paul Plante says:

And talk about the train leaving the station with no brakes, square wheels and a full head of steam and then some, with the boiler about to explode as the DEMOCRATS on Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked KANGAROO COURT pour on the coal, and true to form the TYRANNICAL DESPOT Nancy Pelosi has vetoed two of the Republican choices because they didn’t meet her standards, while there is no challenge whatsoever of obviously biased and prejudiced DEMOCRATS on the hand-picked KANGAROO COURT like Elaine Luria, let’s go to an article in The Guardian entitled “Capitol attack committee chair vows to investigate Trump: ‘Nothing is off limits’” by Hugo Lowell in Washington on 21 July 2021, where we have as follows:

Congressman Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the new House select committee to scrutinize the Capitol attack, says he will investigate Donald Trump as part of his inquiry into the events of 6 January – a day he sees as the greatest test to the United States since the civil war.

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And talk about HYPERBOLIC (exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally) HORSE****, people, there we have it in spades staring us right in the face, because as events go, what happened on January 6 was a YAWNER, despite what Bennie wants us to believe, an event bordering on HO ******* HUM and it certainly was far from the “greatest test to the United States since the Civil War,” as we can clearly see from this newsreel footage of an assault on the Pentagon by protesters during the DEMOCRAT VEET NAM DEBACLE:

Anti Vietnam War Protest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk09F1fTs1E

Or this assault on the capitol in 1971 by VEET NAM WAR protesters:

1971 MAY DAY ANTI-VIETNAM WAR PROTEST FILM “THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING” WASHINGTON D.C. XD13614

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQzgchtpUFc

Or how about this for a candidate for the “greatest test to the United States since the Civil War,” to wit:

Protesters besiege White House as chaos sweeps Washington | ITV News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwDcvAH43UQ

And my goodness, having been around back then, who can possibly forget this from a time when the United States was truly at the breaking point:

Vietnam War protest in Washington

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv7Gk-Pg7Rw

Which thought about America at the breaking point back then because of the Democrats and the VEET NAM war of Democrat Lyndon Baines Johnson takes us to this:

1969 Point Of Breaking (The Vietnam Protest – Washington, DC)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoeWqtjCJ_I

And this makes what took place on 6 January 2021 look like small potatoes:

Largest Anti-Vietnam War protest in Washington, D.C. – 1969 | Movietone Moment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nT-_ieQ57A

And my goodness, people, talking about an event that is another prime candidate for the “greatest test to the United States since the Civil War,” who can possibly forget the Bonus Army, which was a group of 43,000 demonstrators – made up of 17,000 U.S. World War I veterans, together with their families and affiliated groups – who gathered in Washington, D.C. in mid-1932 to demand early cash redemption of their service certificates.

According to Wikipedia, organizers called the demonstrators the “Bonus Expeditionary Force,” to echo the name of World War I’s American Expeditionary Forces, while the media referred to them as the “Bonus Army” or “Bonus Marchers.”

Many of the war veterans had been out of work since the beginning of the Great Depression.

The World War Adjusted Compensation Act of 1924 had awarded them bonuses in the form of certificates they could not redeem until 1945.

Each certificate, issued to a qualified veteran soldier, bore a face value equal to the soldier’s promised payment with compound interest.

The principal demand of the Bonus Army was the immediate cash payment of their certificates.

On July 28, 1932, U.S. Attorney General William D. Mitchell ordered the veterans removed from all government property.

Washington police met with resistance, shot at the protestors, and two veterans were wounded and later died.

President Herbert Hoover then ordered the U.S. Army to clear the marchers’ campsite.

Army Chief of Staff General Douglas MacArthur commanded a contingent of infantry and cavalry, supported by six tanks.

The Bonus Army marchers with their wives and children were driven out, and their shelters and belongings burned.

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So, bottom line, people, do not let Bennie Thompson and the Democrats bury you under a mountain of hyperbolic horse**** that simply is not true.

This nation has faced far worse in its history than what happened on 6 January 2021 and we survived.

And we survived 6 January 2021, as well, although the Democrats will have us believing otherwise with their full-bore propaganda barrage, which is what these hearings will be, this as we read in the breaking NBC News story entitled “McCarthy threatens to pull his choices from Jan. 6 panel after Pelosi rejects GOP Reps. Jordan and Banks” by Teaganne Finn and Leigh Ann Caldwell on 21 July 2021, as follows:

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rejected two of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s picks for the select committee charged with investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, prompting the Republican leader to threaten to pull all of his proposed appointees.

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What ******* BULL****!

Pelosi DEMOCRACY in action, right before our eyes!

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Re: Just musings, is all

Post by thelivyjr » Thu Jul 22, 2021 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR JULY 21, 2021 AT 9:07 PM

Paul Plante says:

And as we pause here to consider the word hypocrisy as it pertains and applies to the Biden government inside the TEN MILES SQUARE of Washington, D.C., which in the Cato V political essay by Cato on November 22, 1787 was described quite accurately as “the ten miles square, if the remarks of one of the wisest men, drawn from the experience of mankind, may be credited, would be the asylum of the base, idle, avaricious and ambitious,” which word as applied to the Biden administration means “the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform,” and here we are talking with respect to China’s hotly contested Economic Opportunity Zone, let us go back into our own history, which you would think if you were rational that the Biden-istas and CULT OF JOE along with the U.S. 7th Fleet public affairs would be aware of as they do all this posturing and make these bellicose Jingoistic threats of theirs towards China, to Proclamation 5030–Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States of America, Source: The provisions of Proclamation 5030 of Mar. 10, 1983, appear at 48 FR 10605, 3 CFR, 1983 Comp., p. 22, unless otherwise noted, where we have as follows concerning our own history as it pertains to our own Exclusive Economic Zone, or the liberties we grant ourselves, but would at the same time deny to China, to wit:

WHEREAS the Government of the United States of America desires to facilitate the wise development and use of the oceans consistent with international law;

WHEREAS international law recognizes that, in a zone beyond its territory and adjacent to its territorial sea, known as the Exclusive Economic Zone, a coastal State may assert certain sovereign rights over natural resources and related jurisdiction; and

WHEREAS the establishment of an Exclusive Economic Zone by the United States will advance the development of ocean resources and promote the protection of the marine environment, while not affecting other lawful uses of the zone, including the freedoms of navigation and overflight, by other States;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the sovereign rights and jurisdiction of the United States of America and confirm also the rights and freedoms of all States within an Exclusive Economic Zone, as described herein.

The Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States is a zone contiguous to the territorial sea, including zones contiguous to the territorial sea of the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (to the extent consistent with the Covenant and the United Nations Trusteeship Agreement), and United States overseas territories and possessions.

The Exclusive Economic Zone extends to a distance 200 nautical miles from the baseline from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured.

In cases where the maritime boundary with a neighboring State remains to be determined, the boundary of the Exclusive Economic Zone shall be determined by the United States and other State concerned in accordance with equitable principles.

Within the Exclusive Economic Zone, the United States has, to the extent permitted by international law, (a) sovereign rights for the purpose of exploring, exploiting, conserving and managing natural resources, both living and non-living, of the seabed and subsoil and the superjacent waters and with regard to other activities for the economic exploitation and exploration of the zone, such as the production of energy from the water, currents and winds; and (b) jurisdiction with regard to the establishment and use of artificial islands, and installations and structures having economic purposes, and the protection and preservation of the marine environment.

This Proclamation does not change existing United States policies concerning the continental shelf, marine mammals and fisheries, including highly migratory species of tuna which are not subject to United States jurisdiction and require international agreements for effective management.

The United States will exercise these sovereign rights and jurisdiction in accordance with the rules of international law.

Without prejudice to the sovereign rights and jurisdiction of the United States, the Exclusive Economic Zone remains an area beyond the territory and territorial sea of the United States in which all States enjoy the high seas freedoms of navigation, overflight, the laying of submarine cables and pipelines, and other internationally lawful uses of the sea.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of March, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and seventh.

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So, because we are the United States, the greatest nation ever since we made Joe Biden the president, we get to have an Exclusive Economic Zone of 200 miles.

So what is China claiming then?

How about this: The exclusive economic zone of the People’s Republic of China is the area adjacent to and beyond the territorial sea of the People’s Republic of China, extending as far as 200 nautical miles measured from the baseline that is used for calculating the breadth of the territorial sea.

Doesn’t that language sound familiar, as if it was lifted straight out of Proclamation 5030–Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States of America?

And of course it was.

So why the hypocrisy of the Biden administration?

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Re: Just musings, is all

Post by thelivyjr » Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR JULY 22, 2021 AT 5:57 PM

Paul Plante says:

Staying for the moment with this subject of goofy old Joe Biden being a “transformational” president, I am first reminded of these words by Cato in his Cato V political essay on November 22, 1787, to wit:

Is it because you do not believe that an American can be a tyrant?

If this be the case you rest on a weak basis; Americans are like other men in similar situations, when the manners and opinions of the community are changed by the causes I mentioned before, and your political compact inexplicit, your posterity will find that great power connected with ambition, luxury, and flattery, will as readily produce a Caesar, Caligula, Nero, and Domitian in America, as the same causes did in the Roman empire.

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Is Joe Biden another Caesar, Caligula, Nero, and Domitian in America?

Or another Joe Stalin?

Something to think about as we consider this “transformative” president business, which takes us back to a Bloomberg article entitled “Harris Rips Trump as Warren Jabs Biden at California Summit” by Jeffrey Taylor, Sahil Kapur and Emma Kinery on 2 June 2019, where we had another political usage of the word “transformative” in connection with a RADICAL PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRAT, as follows:

(Bloomberg) — Senator Kamala Harris used her home state’s Democratic convention to deliver one of her sharpest critiques to date of President Donald Trump’s policies and performance in office.

“We need to begin impeachment proceedings and we need a new commander-in-chief,” Harris said Saturday to thunderous applause.

“We’ve seen how this president has lied to divide.”

“It’s a pathological failure of leadership.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts drew roars and stole some of Harris’s thunder as she outlined her transformative platform and vowed not to settle for incremental change.

‘Moral Clarity’

“When I lead the Democratic Party, we will be a party of moral clarity, a party of courage, and a party with a backbone,” she said, touting her plans for a wealth tax on ultra-millionaires, universal child care, and to cancel student debt.

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And today, in the person of Joe Biden, we are seeing her transformative agenda being acted out, and who can be surprised at that?

Which thought takes us to 28 April 2021 and the full transcript from President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress on that date, where we had from Joe, as follows:

The autocrats will not win the future.

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But that is not true, people!

Not only will the autocrats win the future, they have won the present, and their names are NANCY PELOSI and JOE “CORN POP” BIDEN.

And if one looks for synonyms to the word “autocrat” to find the company Joe and Nancy are keeping as autocrats here in America, one finds despot, fascist, tyrant, Hitler, authoritarian, caesar, overlord, and totalitarian, all of which fit the occasion.

If you ask Google what is an example of an autocracy, the answer you get back is as follow:

Nazi Germany ruled by Adolf Hitler.

Nazi Germany is an example of an autocracy run primarily by a single leader and his party.

Spanish State, ruled by Francisco Franco.

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That should make everybody in America feel all warm and squishy inside, alright, knowing that we too are going to have a STRONGMAN LEADER who is able to stand up to any other autocrat in the world and stare them down and make them cower and cringe.

If we ask Google who is an example of an autocratic leader, we get back the following:

What do Adolf Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, Queen Elizabeth I, and Vladimir Putin have in common?

They are all examples of autocratic leadership — when one leader exercises complete, authoritarian control over a group or organization — or in the case of these famous autocrats, vast empires.

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So, is Joe Biden really transformative then?

And of course he is – he is transforming our former Republic into a one-party dictatorship, which reminds me of the definition of fascism in the Reader’s Digest Great Encyclopedic Dictionary, where one would find “fascism” defined as a one party system of government in which each class has its distinct place, function, and representation in the government, but the individual is subordinated to the state and control is maintained by military forces, secret police, rigid censorship, and governmental regimentation of industry and finance.

Is the future now?

Stay tuned!

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Re: Just musings, is all

Post by thelivyjr » Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR JULY 22, 2021 AT 9:22 PM

Paul Plante says:

And my goodness, people, talk about crying havoc and letting slip the dogs of war, here we have a case of it right before our eyes with a Hearst-style Op-Ed by Democrat Elaine Luria in the Wall Street Journal lighting a fire under the tail of the seemingly pusillanimous (showing a lack of courage or determination; timid) Joe Biden in the same manner as the Yellow Journalism of William Randolph Hearst getting the U.S. into the Spanish-American War, turning old Joe overnight from pusillanimous to bellicose (demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight), and Jingoistic (characterized by extreme patriotism, especially in the form of aggressive or warlike foreign policy), a literal raging bull with respect to China, to the point of where he has turned loose his secretary of world dominance Tony Blinken on them to rip them a new *******, as that trite old political saying goes, and to let them know in no uncertain terms that nobody, but nobody, ***** with Joseph “CORN POP” Biden if they know what is good for them, we need to go to a CNN article on that very subject of Tony Blinken, who appeared to be literally puce with rage, delivering some tough talk to the Chinese on behalf of Joe Biden entitled “US warns China it stands behind South China Sea ruling and is committed to Philippine defense” by Jennifer Hansler and Brad Lendon on July 12, 2021, the day following the Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, as follows:

Washington(CNN) – United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reaffirmed the US’ commitment to defend the Philippines’ armed forces from attack in the South China Sea, under a 70-year-old mutual defense treaty.

Blinken made the comments Sunday, in a statement marking the fifth anniversary of a ruling by an independent arbitration tribunal rejecting China’s expansive territorial claims over the waterway, siding with the Philippines.

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And here we are talking about UNCLOS, which the United States rejected on several grounds, arguing that the treaty was unfavorable to American economic and security interests, and claiming that the provisions of the treaty were not free-market friendly and were designed to favor the economic systems of the Communist states.

Now, to get an idea of just how clueless Tony Blinken, an Obama-era retread really is, this is the same Tony Blinken who was featured in an AFP story entitled “US ‘likely’ to keep troops in Iraq after 2011” by Dan De Luce on Sept. 4, 2010, as follows:

“The (Obama) White House, keen to wind down the US role in Iraq, has played down the possibility of a large US force.”

“Vice President Joe Biden’s national security advisor, Anthony Blinken, has said only “dozens or maybe hundreds” of troops could remain.”

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What an ignorant moron!

So it is indeed interesting watching the same Tony Blinken giving the Chinese the sharp side of his tongue defending something the U.S. rejected, as well as an arbitration agreement not worth the paper it is written on, since it can’t be enforced, and what makes this all the more clownish and pathetic and ridiculous is to be found in a CNN Philippines story entitled “Duterte says PH arbitral win vs. China ‘just’ a piece of paper, trash to be thrown away” by CNN Philippines Staff on May 6, 2021, to wit:

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 6) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday called the country’s arbitral victory against China’s claims in the West Philippine Sea a piece of paper that he can throw away in a trash bin.

In his second late-night address this week, Duterte said the ruling affirming the Philippines’ sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone is just a piece of paper that led to nothing.

“Nag-file sila ng kaso nanalo tayo… Sa totoong buhay, between nation, ‘yang papel wala iyan… Actually… bigay mo sakin iyan sabihin ko ‘P*t*ng-ina papel lang iyan’. Itatapon ko iyan sa waste basket,” he said.

[Translation: They filed a case and we won. In real life, between nations, that paper is noting. Actually, if you give that to me, I will tell you ‘Son of a ***** that is only a paper.’ I will throw that in a waste basket.]

The President also said calls for him to bring current developments in the West Philippine Sea to the United Nations to continue the fight is “a waste of time and at the same time disrupting the good relations of China and the Philippines.”

The arbitral tribunal constituted under the United Nations Convention on the Law of Sea (UNCLOS) largely ruled in favor of the Philippines in its case against China’s sweeping claims in the South China Sea.

It invalidated Beijing’s “historic rights” claim to nearly the entire waterway and recognized Philippine sovereign rights in areas within its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf that China contests.

Beijing has refused to recognize the ruling.

Duterte also lashed out at Albert del Rosario, the Foreign Affairs secretary during the term of President Benigno Aquino III, saying he should be investigated for withdrawing Philippine ships from Scarborough Shoal during a standoff with China in 2012.

Del Rosario previously reminded Duterte that it was Chinese President Xi Jinping who “deceitfully breached” the agreement mediated by the United States to jointly withdraw all ships in the area.

Carpio and Del Rosario have been vocal against Duterte’s inaction and the importance of asserting the country’s sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea.

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So, if Duterte considers the arbitration decision to be just a piece of paper, and is concerned about the good relations between the Philippines and China, why are we suddenly now finding the yapping mouth of Tony Blinken involved?

Stay tuned!

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Re: Just musings, is all

Post by thelivyjr » Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR JULY 23, 2021 AT 10:59 AM

Paul Plante says:

And while we have on the one hand goofy old Joe Biden telling us, as if he knew anything about it, that an increase in the prices we common folks who are not Joe Biden have to pay for the things we need and use was expected to be temporary, and that his administration, which is the very best administration we have ever had in this country, understands that unchecked inflation over the longer term would pose a “real challenge” to the economy and therefore would remain vigilant, i.e., keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties, what are other “market experts” saying about it?

For example, the Rigzone story “Oil Prices Swing Back Upward” by Bloomberg and Jill R. Shah on July 20, 2021, where we had as follows:

“The market has yet to adjust to the idea that the end of the pandemic might not be a clear binary event and it might not be soon,” said Paul Horsnell, head of commodities research at Standard Chartered.

Also, the slowing of monetary and economic stimulus next year will likely hurt growth, Hatfield said.

“We see next year’s economic situation as being dominated by ‘stagflation,’ so that’s not as positive for demand,” he said.

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Younger people in America who did not live through the seventies are most likely unaware of that word “stagflation,” and so, cannot appreciate the gravity of that comment, which I am sure Joe Biden and the CULT OF JOE would deny is a possibility, but nonetheless, there it is, in plain sight before us, that other point of view from the industry side of things, given that Rigzone is an oil industry publication.

For those unfamiliar with the term, stagflation, which we older Americans who still have functioning memories lived through in the seventies, is defined as “persistent high inflation combined with high unemployment and stagnant demand in a country’s economy.”

And yes, people, it did happen here, and yes, despite anything the goofball Joe Biden might say, it can happen here again, which takes us to a Reuters story entitled “U.S. Treasury yields rebound from 5-month lows” by Herbert Lash and Sujata Rao on July 20, 2021, to wit:

“Equity markets were pricing an explosion of growth and margins over the next two to three years and it’s clear now we won’t have that,” said Ludovic Colin, senior portfolio manager at Vontobel Asset Management.

“We don’t think we will have recession, just long-term growth that won’t be as beautiful as what was expected by investors in the January-March period,” Colin said.

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Hmmmmm, they must not be drinking the Biden KOOL-AID, or my goodness, they would be raving about how great the economy is going to be in the future as Joe Biden makes America great again (MAGA), which takes us to another Reuters story entitled “U.S. housing starts accelerate, building permits skid to eight-month low” by Lucia Mutikani on July 20, 2021, as follows:

WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) – U.S. homebuilding increased more than expected in June, but permits for future home construction fell to an eight-month low, likely reflecting hesitancy caused by expensive building materials as well as shortages of labor and land.

Though lumber prices are coming down from record highs, builders are paying more for steel, concrete and lighting, and are grappling with shortages of appliances like refrigerators.

Permits for future homebuilding fell 5.1% to a rate of 1.598 million units in June, the lowest level since October 2020.

Permits are now lagging starts, suggesting that homebuilding will slow in the coming months.

The Mortgage Bankers Association Builder Application Survey, which was published on Tuesday, showed mortgage applications for new home purchases fell 23.8% in June from a year ago.

Applications decreased 3% compared to May.

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But fear not, people, for as we see from the following from that same article, the Biden-istas are all over it, as follows:

Homebuilders and a group of other stakeholders met last Friday with White House officials, including Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge, to discuss strategies to address the short-term supply chain disruptions in the homebuilding sector.

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So that problem is most likely already ended, what with those high-level Biden administration officials on the scene!

Which then brings us to this Reuters story entitled “IMF says Fed ‘highly effective,’ must carefully communicate withdrawal plans” by Reuters Staff on July 22, 2021, to wit:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund’s Executive Board on Thursday said the U.S. Federal Reserve has been “highly effective” at managing the COVID-19 crisis and supporting recovery with its commitment to overshoot a 2% inflation target in the near term.

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Overshoot the 2% inflation target?

But doesn’t that mean higher inflation?

Stay tuned!

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Re: Just musings, is all

Post by thelivyjr » Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR JULY 23, 2021 AT 6:32 PM

Paul Plante says:

In his political essay “A Countryman II” on November 22, 1787, Roger Sherman (April 19, 1721 – July 23, 1793), an early American statesman and lawyer, as well as a Founding Father of the United States who was the only person to have signed all four great state papers of the United States: the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution, openly made mock of Cato, who in his own political essay “Cato V” on November 22, 1787, stated thusly:

It is a very important objection to this government, that the representation consists of so few; too few to resist the influence of corruption, and the temptation to treachery, against which all governments ought to take precautions.

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In his reply, Roger Sherman first of all is forced to have to admit to the obvious, to wit:

On examining the new proposed constitution, there can not be a question, but that there is authority enough lodged in the proposed federal Congress, if abused, to do the greatest injury.

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And that is exactly what we are witnessing today in our REPUBLIC, which it is no more, with this Pelosi-ite KANGAROO COURT which has as its purpose to be the slimiest political smear job in this nation’s sorry political history excoriating Republicans as insurrectionists and terrorists right up to the morning of election day 2022 as we clearly see from an article in The Guardian entitled “Capitol attack committee chair vows to investigate Trump: ‘Nothing is off limits’” by Hugo Lowell in Washington on 21 July 2021, as follows:

“Notwithstanding elections next year, we will not stop until our investigation is complete,” Thompson said.

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In that same article, we are further informed as follows:

“The issues of January 6 are one of the most salient challenges we have as a nation, to make sure that this democracy does not fall prey to people who don’t really identify with democracy,” Thompson said.

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Democracy is becoming a state religion in this country.

Getting back to Roger Sherman, he got around his telling us that there can not be a question, but that there is authority enough lodged in the proposed federal Congress, if abused, to do the greatest injury, by employing sophistry (the use of fallacious arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving), as follows:

If the members of Congress can take no improper step which will not affect them as much as it does us, we need not apprehend that they will usurp authorities not given them to injure that society of which they are a part.

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Which raises the serious question of is Nancy Pelosi really a part of the same society that we common folks in America are a part of?

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Re: Just musings, is all

Post by thelivyjr » Sat Jul 24, 2021 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR JULY 24, 2021 AT 5:19 PM

Paul Plante says:

Think about this, people!

And think seriously, because this is hardly a frivolous question: since they have existed as a political party or faction in American politics, have the Democrats ever told us, we, the real American people who are not Democrat KOOL-AID drinkers, the ones who DEMOCRAT Bennie Thompson, the head of the Pelosi-ite KANGAROO COURT, wants to make sure democracy does not fall prey to, as people who don’t really identify with the democracy of the Democrats, as if the democracy of the Democrats were now our state religion, the truth about anything?

Did they tell us the truth about Korea?

How about Viet Nam?

And how about lying about an insurrection at the Capitol on 6 January 2021, when there is no credible evidence that an insurrection ever occurred, and credible evidence of an insurrection would only come out after the Department of Justice convened a federal grand jury, and based on evidence presented to it, the grand jury returned an indictment, which to date has not happened.

So back to the question of whether a Democrat would ever tell the truth about anything, with their long and well-known history of deceit, dishonesty and outright political violence as a political party, does anyone who is not a KOOL-AID drinking Democrat seriously believe that the Democrats are even capable of telling the truth, about anything, including the time of day and whether the sun is shining, or not?

Consider a recent Politico article entitled “Pelosi mulls adding more anti-Trump Republicans to Jan. 6 investigation” by Heather Caygle, Olivia Beavers and Nicholas Wu on 22 July 2021, where we had as follows:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is considering adding another anti-Trump House Republican to the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, with Rep. Adam Kinzinger as a leading contender.

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What Nancy is doing of course, is known in the gutter politics hack politicians like Nancy Pelosi practice as “stacking the deck,” which is “to arrange a situation unfairly against someone, or in your own favour,” as in “The Speaker of the House of Representatives is doing everything in her power to stack the deck in her favour and guarantee her regime’s lock on power," which takes us back to the article, as follows:

“We’ll see,” Pelosi told reporters when asked if she’d appoint more Republicans to serve alongside Cheney.

“It’s not even bipartisan; it’s nonpartisan.”

“It’s about seeking the truth and that’s what we owe the American people.”

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Seeking the truth?

Nancy Pelosi?

Seriously, people, is there anyone out there who actually believes that BULL****?

Going back to that article, we have this in response to my question above, to wit:

Rep. Jaime Herrera Butler (R-Wash.), who joined Cheney and Kinzinger in voting to impeach Trump in February told reporters that she would not participate.

“Unless this is made up of people who are not members of Congress, the American people cannot trust the results,” she said.

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And how very true that statement is, given the long history of the Democrats lying to us and feeding us copious amounts of BULL****, because they have nothing else to offer, which takes us to a Yahoo News story entitled “Exclusive: Jan. 6 select committee will include former CIA inspector general found to have retaliated against whistleblower” by Jenna McLaughlin · National Security and Investigations Reporter, on July 23, 2021, where we learned as follows about this Pelosi-ite KANGAROO COURT that is rapidly taking on the characteristics of a STAR CHAMBER PROCEEDING, to wit.

WASHINGTON — As the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot prepares to get underway next week, it will include former CIA Inspector General David Buckley in the role of staff director.

The selection of Buckley to serve in that capacity, however, could come back to haunt the Democrats on the committee who selected him.

Yahoo News has obtained a previously unpublished 2019 report compiled by the Department of Homeland Security’s watchdog office showing that investigators urged the CIA to take action against Buckley for his alleged retaliation against a whistleblower, a conclusion that would likely be troubling to potential witnesses who might testify in the Jan. 6 inquiry.

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Now, keep in mind that the head of the KANGAROO COURT is Bennie Thompson, who also happens to be the head of the House Homeland Security Committee, so it is hardly credible that Bennie Thompson would be ignorant of this history, which takes us back to that story, as follows:

The authors of the report recommended that “at minimum” the CIA determine “whether [their] findings affect the security clearances” of Buckley and several fellow senior officials — a serious rebuke that would have affected his future government contract work as well as his tenure with the highly sensitive Capitol riot investigation.

The future of Buckley’s security clearance remains uncertain, and it is unclear whether the CIA heeded the report’s recommendations or took any action against him or his former colleagues.

The CIA declined to comment.

Buckley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The target of Buckley’s retaliation, former CIA IG official Andrew Bakaj, has yet to receive any remedy for a series of adverse actions that affected his career, including being put on administrative leave and having his security clearance suspended after cooperating with an external investigation into potential evidence manipulation at the CIA inspector general’s office.

While intelligence community whistleblowers do not always have substantial protections for disclosing evidence of government fraud, waste, abuse or wrongdoing, several developments including a policy directive issued by President Barack Obama in 2012, referred to as PPD19, were designed to fix that gap.

Bakaj was, in fact, in charge of implementing Obama’s directive at the CIA, making him extremely familiar with the protections afforded under the law.

Bakaj’s superiors became frustrated, however, when he did not inform them he had responded to requests for information from the intelligence community inspector general, who was tasked with independent reviews affecting agencies within the intelligence community.

Bakaj ultimately chose to retire rather than continue to suffer professional consequences, later becoming the lead counsel for the still anonymous whistleblower who raised concerns about then-President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

He waited over five years for the Department of Homeland Security inspector general to conclude an impartial review of his retaliation complaints, which vindicated him, as Yahoo News reported in September 2019.

According to a spokesperson for the Jan. 6 select committee, the subject of the investigation into Buckley’s actions as CIA watchdog did surface during his interviews for the position.

During that questioning, Buckley denied he had retaliated against Bakaj for his “claimed whistleblowing,” despite the fact that an independent government agency substantiated those allegations.

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Isn’t this simply incredible, people – the dude appears to have been lying through his teeth to the committee that hired him, a totally transparent lie, and still they hired him on, which takes us back to that story, as follows:

But in their report, DHS investigators concluded that Buckley’s decision to launch an investigation into Bakaj’s record in the first place, regardless of what it found, was “tainted” and motivated by retaliation.

The Report of Investigation viewed by Yahoo News was sent to Christine Ruppert, then the acting CIA inspector general, on June 10, 2019.

While a previously published executive summary revealed that CIA IG leadership opened a “retaliatory investigation” into an employee whistleblower, the newly obtained, 36-page report goes into further detail about the conclusions of the investigation and the specific people involved.

The report names Bakaj as the whistleblower who raised the complaints, as well as Buckley as one of the perpetrators.

According to the report’s timeline, Bakaj met with intelligence community inspector general deputy counsel Paul Wogaman in April 2014 to help with an inquiry into the CIA IG’s office.

When his superiors learned of the disclosure they became angry, telling Bakaj that he should have “confirmed that the request was authorized” before speaking to Wogaman, though Bakaj had no responsibility to do so.

In response, the CIA launched a review of his computer searches and other professional activity.

The investigation into Bakaj turned up one instance in which he accessed and copied a sensitive CIA file on his computer.

However, the CIA couldn’t find any evidence that Bakaj had done anything with the files, and he told interviewers the search was benign.

During the investigation, Buckley placed Bakaj on administrative leave.

Ultimately, the CIA concluded the files were not leaked, and the FBI declined to investigate Bakaj’s computer searches.

By then, however, he had retired from the agency.

In 2015, after Bakaj had retired, he filed a complaint of retaliation against the CIA.

The DHS inspector general got involved after determining that the CIA had failed to properly review it.

“Upon reviewing the case file, the DHS-OIG determined that the CIA-OIG did not complete a full local agency review under PPD19,” the investigators wrote.

DHS investigators determined that the evidence revealed in Bakaj’s complaint was protected under the law.

Additionally, the investigators concluded that the CIA OIG’s investigation into his record “was a pretext for gathering evidence to use to retaliate against” him.

In addition, Bakaj’s disclosures were a “contributing factor” that led to his administrative leave and clearance suspension, the investigators continued.

There is “significant evidence” that the CIA OIG “had a motive to retaliate” against Bakaj, wrote the investigators.

Despite the fact that Buckley retired in 2015 to work at the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG, the DHS-OIG forwarded the report to the CIA “to determine appropriate corrective action.”

While it’s unclear whether the CIA responded to those recommendations, Christopher Sharpley, Buckley’s former deputy who served as the acting CIA IG in 2018, withdrew his nomination for the full-time IG job after his involvement in retaliating against Bakaj and others was covered by the media.

The Democratic leadership’s decision to hire Buckley despite the DHS’s conclusions has enraged former CIA IG officials familiar with Buckley’s tenure as well as experts on whistleblower protections who, as a result, are casting doubt on the legitimacy of the select committee’s investigation.

Dan Meyer, who previously led the whistleblowing and source protection program at the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General, told Yahoo News he was unable to comment on the specific case, due to a nondisclosure agreement.

However, Meyer, currently a managing partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey, wrote in an email that “reprising [creates] a corrupting management culture,” a pattern of behavior that “will give congressional sources pause.”

“The IC whistleblowing program, from 2013 to 2018, received a number of allegations, some substantiated, that inspectors general themselves were engaging in retaliation against their own intelligence officers charged by President Obama and Director [James] Clapper with, ironically, protecting whistleblowers,” Meyer, speaking in his personal capacity, continued.

“It was an unanticipated challenge, and one that ultimately ended the program.”

“No whistleblower is likely to trust someone with a record of opening a retaliatory investigation,” wrote Jason Foster, the former chief investigative counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“The chaos and partisanship infecting the process undermines the committee’s credibility, which has developed into a full-blown dumpster fire at this point.”

One former CIA IG employee told Yahoo News that he “came out of his seat” when he heard Buckley had been selected for the Jan. 6 select committee.

“There’s an objective, impartial government agency that substantiated the allegations against him … and now he’s going to be the chief of staff to a high-visibility committee [that is] going to have whistleblowers providing testimony before the committee,” he said.

“This makes absolutely no sense.”

“It taints the entire process.”

Irvin McCullough, deputy director of legislation at the whistleblower protection nonprofit the Government Accountability Project, agreed.

“The free flow of information through whistleblower testimony is the lifeblood of any congressional investigation,” McCullough wrote in an email to Yahoo News.

“How can whistleblowers safely step forward to the Select Committee when a federal watchdog found its staff director reprised against a whistleblower?”

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So, people, ask yourselves this question: WHAT POLITICAL PURPOSE OF NANCY PELOSI’S IS THIS KANGAROO COURT OF HERS INTENDED TO SERVE?

And who will it benefit?

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Re: Just musings, is all

Post by thelivyjr » Sun Jul 25, 2021 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR JULY 24, 2021 AT 6:32 PM

Paul Plante says:

According to a Politico article entitled “Psaki excoriates criticism of Biden administration work on vaccine misinformation” by Nick Niedzwiadek on July 16, 2021, it is posts like this one above here that cause Biden press mouthpiece and former “Obama Scold” Jen Psaki to become so filled with rage that it is a wonder that all of a sudden, gouts of foam don’t come pouring out of her mouth while she spins around on the floor chewing off her own leg!

Going to that article, we have as follows:

White House press secretary Jen Psaki forcefully defended the Biden administration’s growing offensive on vaccine-related misinformation spreading on Facebook and other social media platforms.

“Our biggest concern, and frankly I think it should be your biggest concern, is the number of people who are dying around the country because they are getting misinformation that is leading them to not take a vaccine,” Psaki said during Friday’s daily press briefing.

“Young people, old people, kids, children … a lot of them are being impacted by misinformation.”

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Thus, it seems only a matter of time before the Biden-istas get the Cape Charles Mirror in their crosshairs for this post above here for posting a joke on Facebook that said “Apparently, walking around Walmart with an Alka-Seltzer in my mouth and yelling ‘THE VACCINE HAS SIDE EFFECTS’ isn’t funny.”

Getting back to the article:

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Thursday declared falsehoods and conspiracy theories proliferating online as an “urgent threat to public health” because of their effect on people’s willingness to get a Covid vaccine.

Murthy’s advisory set off a firestorm in some conservative-leaning circles where such misinformation has circulated and contributed to stubbornly low vaccination rates in certain regions.

Top Republican lawmakers accused the Biden administration of being in cahoots with social media companies to censor speech.

Public health officials have sounded the alarm in recent weeks because the overwhelming number of people hospitalized and dying from Covid-19 now are unvaccinated.

The White House decided to more aggressively respond to those who are discouraging vaccinations and create more pro-vaccine content, including spots featuring Gen Z pop star Olivia Rodrigo.

President Joe Biden took a shot at platforms including Facebook while leaving the White House on Friday afternoon.

“They’re killing people,” he told reporters in response to a question about Facebook.

“The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they’re killing people.”

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Which statement by goofy old Joe Biden takes us to a Reuters story entitled “Vaccinated people make up 75% of recent COVID-19 cases in Singapore, but few fall ill” by Aradhana Aravindan and Chen Lin on July 23, 2021, where we have as follows concerning the fate of those who are vaccinated, to wit:

SINGAPORE (Reuters) -Vaccinated individuals accounted for three-quarters of Singapore’s COVID-19 infections in the last four weeks, but they were not falling seriously ill, government data showed, as a rapid ramp-up in inoculations leaves fewer people unvaccinated.

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I don’t know about anybody else, but when I read that, and this is keeping in mind that there have been break-through COVID infections among the vaccinated right in the white house, where there shouldn’t be any COVID, at all, I wonder at what protection these vaccines really give us, which takes us back to the story, as follows:

While the data shows that vaccines are highly effective in preventing severe cases, it also underscores the risk that even those inoculated could be contagious, so that inoculation alone may not suffice to halt transmission.

Of Singapore’s 1,096 locally transmitted infections in the last 28 days, 484, or about 44%, were in fully vaccinated people, while 30% were partially vaccinated and just over 25% were unvaccinated, Thursday’s data showed.

Infections in vaccinated people do not mean vaccines are ineffective, experts said.

“As more and more people are vaccinated in Singapore, we will see more infections happening among vaccinated people,” Teo Yik Ying, dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

“It is important to always compare it against the proportion of people who remain unvaccinated…Suppose Singapore achieves a rate of 100% fully vaccinated…then all infections will stem from the vaccinated people and none from the unvaccinated.”

“We’ve got to accept that all of us will have to have some restrictions, vaccinated or not vaccinated,” said Peter Collignon, an infectious diseases physician and microbiologist at Canberra Hospital in the Australian capital.

“It’s just the restrictions are likely to be higher for those unvaccinated than vaccinated people, but that may still mean they have mask mandates indoors, for instance.”

The Singapore data also showed that infections in the last 14 days among vaccinated people older than 61 stood at about 88%, higher than the figure of just over 70% for the younger group.

Linfa Wang, a professor at Duke-NUS Medical School, said elderly people had been shown to have weaker immune responses upon vaccination.

In Israel, which also has a high vaccination rate, about half of the 46 patients hospitalised in severe condition by early July had been vaccinated, and the majority were from risk groups, authorities said.

It was not immediately clear if the Singapore data reflected reduced protection offered by vaccines against the Delta variant, the most common form in the wealthy city state in recent months.

Singapore uses the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in its national vaccination programme.

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So can we believe goofy old Joe Biden when he says “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated?”

Or is that just some more “Joe Biden” we are being fed there?

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Re: Just musings, is all

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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR JULY 25, 2021 AT 11:58 AM

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And as we try to make a lick of sense out of all this Jingoism (extreme patriotism, especially in the form of aggressive or warlike foreign policy) and bellicosity (warlike or hostile attitude or nature) by the Biden-istas and CULT OF JOE to include Democrat Elaine Luria pounding the drums of war for Joe in the House of Representatives and Tony Blinken, a retread from the days of the Hussein Obama administration who has managed to amass a net worth of $8 MILLION doing “public service” since then, let’s drop back in time to an article in Daily Finance entitled “China, Not U.S., Likely to Benefit from Afghanistan’s Mineral Riches” by Charles Wallace on 06/14/10, when Hussein Obama was the COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF of the American people, Joseph “Corn Pop” Biden was his vice president and Tony Blinken was National Security Advisor to Joe, at which time, according to his published bio, Tony helped to build a crafted policy in two countries Pakistan and Afghanistan, to see what that “crafted policy” looked like in real life, to wit:

Although the U.S. government has spent more than $940 billion on the conflict in Afghanistan since 2001, a treasure trove of mineral deposits, including vast quantities of industrial metals such as lithium, gold, cobalt, copper and iron, are likely to wind up going to Russia and China instead of American firms.

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2010, people!

And Hussein Obama, “Corn Pop” Biden and Tony Blinken were handing a financial windfall to the Chinese and Russians, while having our American troops fight and die to keep them safe and protect their investments for them, which investments served to put us as a nation at a disadvantage.

So where was Joe Biden’s and Tony Blinken’s bellicosity towards China back then?

Before they were against China, they were for China?

Getting back to that story, we have:

The New York Times reported Monday that U.S. officials and American geologists have found an estimated $1 trillion worth of mineral deposits that have yet to be exploited in the country.

The paper said a Pentagon report called Afghanistan potentially “the Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key component in batteries for cellphones, laptop computers and eventually, a plug-in fleet of electric cars.

But while the United States and other North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries are providing the bulk of the security for Afghanistan — U.S. troop levels are set to rise to 100,000 by year’s end — the firms that are profiting from the resource boom are primarily Chinese, and to a lesser extent, Russian.

“China has an absolute advantage in Afghanistan as far as resource development goes,” says James R. Yeager, a Tucson, Ariz., consultant who worked as an adviser to the Afghan Ministry of Mines.

In December, 2007, China’s state-owned China Metallurgical Group Corp. (MCC) signed a $2.9 billion agreement with the Kabul government to extract copper from the Aynak deposit, one of the world’s largest unexploited copper deposits with an estimated 240 million tons of ore.

The Washington Post, quoting a U.S. intelligence official, reported that the Afghan minister of mines was accused of taking approximately $30 million in bribes from the Chinese company in exchange for the contract.

The minister denied the charge and said the Chinese firm had offered the best deal.

Yeager produced a 78-page investigation into the Aynak deal, which he described as a “murky and insufficient tender process.”

He said a number of sources have come forward since the report was written to confirm that bribes were paid to Afghan officials at clandestine meetings in Dubai in the Aynak tender process.

Now the problem is the way the Kabul government interprets the mining laws.

“The law says that if you buy land and acquire exploration rights, then you can go right into a mining license,” Yeager says.

“But the government of Afghanistan says if you go out and explore and find something, you can give it back to us and we’ll tender it.”

“No one will put up their risk capital just to turn the deposit over to the Chinese.”

Yeager also said the cozy relationship between the Russian and Chinese governments and Russian and Chinese mining firms gave them a major advantage over Western firms in winning mining licenses.

MCC, for example, is 44% owned by the Chinese government.

When MCC entered into negotiations with the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, it offered substantial aid for resource development as part of the package, Yeager says.

The United States, on the other hand, has no program to support U.S. mining companies with development assistance or other aid.

The irony is that it is U.S. government geologists and Western companies that are locating the vast mineral deposits that the Chinese and Russians are exploiting in Afghanistan.

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Isn’t history fascinating?

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Paul Plante says:

As the longtime chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Thompson is accustomed to dealing with grave matters of national security.

But his stewardship of the Jan. 6 panel will be a test unlike any other, as he tries to untangle the events of a violent insurrection that many House Republicans increasingly play down and deny.

“We have to get it right,” Thompson said.

If the committee can find ways to prevent anything like it from happening again, “then I would have made what I think is the most valuable contribution to this great democracy.”

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That, people, is the latest news to come out in an Associated Press story entitled “‘We have to get it right,’ Dem vows as Jan. 6 probe begins” by Mary Clare Jalonick on 26 July 2021 concerning this Pelosi-ite KANGAROO COURT headed up by Homeland Security Committee Head Honcho and Big Dog Democrat Bennie Thompson, who has already picked his conclusion, that despite no evidence to support the premise, there was a “violent insurrection” on 6 January 2021 that was incited by Trump which is an absurd assertion since if Trump actually did incite a real insurrection, which this was not, he would have been attempting to overthrow his own administration, given that an “insurrection” is defined as “a violent uprising against an authority or government,” and then Bennie, using the art of casuistry (the use of clever but unsound reasoning) is going to link the alleged “insurrection” to domestic extremism and its links to white supremacy, which are familiar subjects for Thompson not only from his time on the Homeland Security Committee but also from his early involvement in the civil rights movement in Mississippi, as we see by returning to that AP article, to wit:

A frequent critic of Trump, Thompson joined other Democrats in filing a lawsuit against the former president after the insurrection, charging that he incited the attack and conspired to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory.

Last week, Thompson withdrew his participation in that lawsuit, which he joined soon after the Senate acquitted Trump, at his second impeachment trial, of inciting the insurrection.

Thompson’s withdrawal petition said he “wishes to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest between his role on the Select Committee and his role as a Plaintiff in this litigation.”

The lawsuit, which is still active, names as defendants Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, and the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.

The Justice Department has filed charges against members of those groups in connection to the attack, and the panel is expected to investigate them as part of its probe.

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And that’s how you do it, people, if you are a DEMOCRAT seeking to influence and undermine the 2022 congressional elections and tilt them in your favor – pick your conclusion, and then keep hammering home the conclusion while carefully arranging the “evidence” to support the conclusion, no matter how unsound the conclusion really is, because people, it is not about truth, it is not about facts – it is about PROPAGANDA, and good propaganda is based on an appeal to the emotions, not the rational mind.

And talk about HYPOCRISY, people, returning to the AP article, we have this:

Still, Thompson has taken sharply partisan stances.

He joined with about 30 Democrats in a 2005 vote to invalidate President George W. Bush’s victory — not unlike the dozens of Republicans who voted to invalidate Biden’s in January.

In that challenge, the dissenting Democrats claimed irregularities if not fraud in Ohio’s vote.

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Sauce for the goose versus sauce for the gander?

Looks like it to me, anyway.

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