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Encore of Revival: America, July 19, 2021

The greatest indication of fraud isn’t fingerprints or photographic evidence, but results. You don’t need to see a video to know that a used car salesman poured sawdust into an engine. Just change the oil.

The newly Democratic Washington can’t figure out if vaccines are valuable. Everyone should get vaccinated because vaccines are so wonderful and helpful that everyone needs them except Bill Gates’s children, but in LA it doesn’t matter; you must wear a mask anyway. Something doesn’t make sense. It’s not being pro- or anti- vaccine or mask that indicates a breakdown in a Democrat-run government; it’s the overt contradiction.

Biden spouts the failings of his own policies. If Communism and Socialism fail as he says, then why does he lead a party that relentlessly seeks to implement socialist-born ideologies? He’s not saying this because he believes it. Puppets don’t have beliefs. Biden says this because he believes it is popular to bash Communists, whether Chinese or Cuban. Where did he learn that from? Trump.

Police struggle with increasing road-rage. This comes alongside many reports of drivers and pedestrians  struggling with increasing police rage. America doesn’t have a road-rage problem, nor a police rage problem nor a Democrat or Republican rage problem nor a Christian or Atheist rage problem; America simply has a rage problem. At least some people are starting to see it.

Democrats

Biden Says Communism Is A ‘Universally Failed System,’ And Socialism Is No ‘Useful Substitute’ // Daily Caller

Violence, Radicalism & Terrorism

Padres, Nats recall harrowing scene after shots outside park // AP

Scandal, Graft & White Collar Crime

NYC socialites running scared from BBC’s Ghislaine Maxwell docu-series // Page Six

News Media, Journalism & Free speech

Katie Hopkins to be deported from Australia ‘imminently’ after visa cancelled // Guardian

Security & Public Safety

Police scramble to deal with deadly road rage during pandemic // Police 1

Soc Media, Cybersecurity & Tech

Huge data leak shatters the lie that the innocent need not fear surveillance // Guardian

Responses from countries to the Pegasus Project // Houston Chronicle

Private Israeli spyware used to hack cellphones of journalists, activists worldwide // Houston Chronicle

Pandemic

Los Angeles County to reinstate mask mandate regardless of vaccination status // Just the News

Culture & People

Shop won’t give Uber DOB/legal-name for payment
Houston restaurant says Uber Eats owes more than $20,000 for hundreds of orders // Houston Chronicle

Latinoamérica

Cuban government holds mass rally in Havana after protests // Yahoo News

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Encore of Revival: America, July 12, 2021

Trump and Conservatives are gearing up for elections less than 16 months away. CPAC is among the first venues that will rally the Conservative base. Convinced of election rule breaking in 2020, any attempt to break rules at polling stations in 2022 will be met with fierce and potentially lethal force from the gun-wielding base. They are stoked. Trump’s presence at CPAC only throws gasoline on the fire.

But, a hot election in 2022 isn’t the only disturbance Washington faces. A lawsuit involving the Saudis threatens to reveal US State secrets. Apparently CIA, NSA, and the DoD got too cozy hiring overseas. Now, a lawsuit in Canada has become a problem for Washington.

Social media is also on the defense. Few respect YouTube and Facebook. Conservatives are censored and professional YouTubers are burned out from the algorithms that affect their rankings and views. With Trump filing a class-action lawsuit, Conservatives may be joined by disenfranchised Liberals, who face a choice: let big tech continue to squash them or file suit alongside the former president with whom they didn’t see eye to eye.

Trump

CPAC & opinion in news:
Donald Trump’s false election claims persist at conservative gathering in Texas // CNN

Trump says he made up his mind about running in 2024 during ‘Hannity’ exclusive // YouTube @ Fox News

Donald Trump: ‘This can’t go until 2022’ // YouTube @ Fox News

Scandal, Graft & White Collar Crime

US alarmed as Saudi lawsuits threaten to expose secrets // France 24

Soc Media, Cybersecurity & Tech

Trump files suit against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube // AP

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Encore of Revival: America, July 5, 2021

Tucker Carlson makes claims and claims are made about Tucker Carlson. We haven’t seen this much media attention-gathering brilliance since Trump. Did Tucker gossip with journalists on the other side? Can anyone prove FBI involvement in the January 6 revolt? Did the NSA really spy on Tucker? More than evidence, history has the public convinced it’s all plausible.

The NSA’s denial that Tucker was a target would be more believable with two circumstances: 1. if it came from the White House which would have something to lose if the denial was proven false and 2. if the feds hadn’t given credence to Snowden by martyring him. But, lacking these, many find it all too believable.

Just as believable is the notion of Tucker being in a gossip circle. Scandals are everywhere, after all.

But, the bigger problem with Tucker isn’t a theory, it’s a result. He is divisive. He points out problems in the other side, but without any path to restoration or friendship. Listening to him stirs hatred and fear—for whichever opinion is different from that of the listener. Democratic and Republican voters could tend to hate and fear each other more after listening to Tucker. That’s Tucker’s type.

Bickering and unrest are stirring up all over the country. Some is warranted, much is not, but all of it is what we asked for when we decided to win arguments and fights instead of supporters and friends.

Grimly yet hopefully, I wish you a Happy Independence Day.

Trump

Trump tells Florida rally that New York prosecutors are behaving like third world dictators // Daily Mail

News Media, Journalism & Free speech

NSA denies spying on Fox News host Tucker Carlson // NBC News

Tucker Carlson Says The NSA Wants Him Off The Air. Fox News Isn’t Following His Lead // NPR

Stelter: Why isn’t Fox News fact-checking Carlson’s January 6 claim // CNN

Tucker Carlson: NSA hits back at allegations it spied on Fox News host // BBC News

The Questions Raised By Tucker Carlson’s Reported Leaks To His Media ‘Friends’ // Forbes

Have Tucker Carlson and Ron DeSantis filled the ‘Trump void’ for the left? | TheHill // The Hill

Fox News Really Wants You to Think Its Ratings Aren’t Down // Yahoo News

Mark Levin, the Fox News host who won’t stop criticizing other Fox News personalities // MSN News

Security & Public Safety

11 people in custody after hourslong armed standoff on I-95 // AP

Wakefield Standoff Suspects Claim To Be Part Of Group Called ‘Rise Of The Moors’ // CBS Boston

Massachusetts cops issue urgent ‘shelter-in-place’ warning with eight heavily armed men on the run // Daily Mail

Pandemic

WHO warns that coronavirus variants are spreading faster than vaccines can stop them // Yahoo News

Face Masks to Become ‘Personal Choice’ as UK Lifts Covid-19 Lockdown // MSN News

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Encore of Revival: America, June 28, 2021

Justin Bieber is not being smeared in the news because he wore Nike shoes in his visit to French President Macron. He is being smeared for being a Christian. The purported claim that he was “labelled ‘disrespectful'” by fans is not from any scientific poll, it’s from anecdotal comments that fit with the narrative. Such comments could come from news writers themselves and the reporting wouldn’t clarify otherwise. Headlines would have us believe that the majority of the people who love him and his music—that is his fans—object to his shoes. But, that is not a reasonable claim. Objections probably come from non-fans and haters. The biggest haters are those in the news industry who hate all Christians, Bieber included. We already know that haters rarely disclose their affiliations and biases, including those in the news industry.

But, why does society keep placing the same expectations on both politicians and entertainment stars? Bieber is a singer, we should expect him to dress somewhat like one. You won’t see the same newspapers reporting objection when Bono wears his trademark sunglasses in photos with heads of state. We know they are different—but do we really? Why do Hollywood and the Chinese government care what John Cena says about China?

Perhaps people can’t tell a difference between Bieber’s and Macron’s professions because both are seen as simply “on TV”. It’s no wonder democracies are collapsing around the world—the voters view politics as entertainment and make entertainment political. An article reporting on fans that expect a pop entertainer to dress or act like a politician should focus on a society that can’t tell the difference between the two. Fortunately, at least one news article does address the deeper issue.

Trump

New York prosecutors set deadline for Trump on legal action – report // Guardian

Trump calls out ‘fake news’ reporters: Do you miss me? This is a message you can’t cancel // YouTube @ Newsmax TV

Scandal, Graft & White Collar Crime

Snowden Says After McAfee’s Death by Suicide That ‘Assange Could Be Next’ // Sputnik News

John McAfee’s Instagram posts mysterious ‘Q’ after his jail ‘suicide’ // The Sun

Culture & People

Justice’s Gaspard Augé: ‘Justin Bieber’s album is a very conscious rip-off’ // Guardian

Biebers labelled ‘disrespectful’ for the way they dressed meeting French President Emmanuel Macron // News.com.au

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Encore of Revival: America, June 7, 2021

The DOJ set an interesting precedent by siding with Google against the DOJ. This DOJ action transcends presidential administrations. The DOJ ordered Google to hand over email info about a few New York Times reporters—without Google telling the newspaper. Google resisted the government on the basis of its private contract with the New York Times. Finally, the DOJ caved and allowed a top executive to know, which led to negotiations and legal counsel.

Based on the DOJ having cooperated with Google’s private contract on user privacy, we now have a precedent that no digital company would be obligated to hand over user information without informing the users, not even in the face of a court order. Therefore, there is no excuse for censorship of private users on social media, including former President Trump. Companies only take users content and information if they want to, never because they must because, well, they don’t need to anymore.

We don’t know what Trump really thinks because social media giants found an excuse to mute him. If they want us to know what he truly thinks, they will unmute him. But, they don’t unmute him, so no one can trust hearsay about what Trump thinks. The latest nonsense was about him being re-instated in August. But, if Trump really thought that, Twitter and Facebook would allow him to say it for himself because it would be so embarrassing. If he’s too dangerous to be allowed to speak, then what they say he says is too dangerous to trust.

Social media giants are losing their power. Facebook objected to “digital services” taxes around the world. Now, all corporations face a flat 15% corporate tax, in G7 markets. Leaders facetiously thanked Facebook for urging governments to remove “digital services” tax. Facebook will get its way, which means Facebook will pay more, so Facebook won’t get its way because Facebook got its way. The same could be said about what Facebook doesn’t let Trump say for himself.

Trump

Donald Trump responds to Facebook ban by hinting at return to White House // Guardian

Human Rights, Civil Liberties & Privacy

U.S. Put Gag Order on Times Executives Amid Fight Over Email Logs // MSN News

Monopoly & Big Greed

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to build new kind of nuclear reactor in Wyoming // Guardian

Global Summit

G7 nations reach historic deal on global tax reform // CNBC

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Encore of Revival: America, May 24, 2021

The establishment gloats over Trump’s defeat—more his defeat on Twitter than his defeat in Congress, which goes to show which defeat meant more to them. All the while, Gates is caught in real scandals. Not only is he hated for a buggy operating system, broken promises that cost many startups dearly, funding controversial vaccines, and losing his wife—one of his big population control partners—now the hated company he started must defend him while he’s no longer there. Their defense?—they run things differently now.

Which billionaire is the worse between Gates and Trump? They won’t be too different in the near future, with Trump seeking to create his own news and social media platforms. Trump supporters are sick of masks. COVID cases fall. Space travel booms, as does a volcano in the Congo. Life returns to its despicable normal.

Trump

Trump is sliding toward online irrelevance. His new blog isn’t helping. // MSN News

Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg under criminal tax investigation by New York attorney general // CNBC

Scandal, Graft & White Collar Crime

Satya Nadella addresses Bill Gates controversies: ‘The Microsoft of 2021 is very different from the Microsoft of 2000’ // Business Insider

Bill Gates was wearing his wedding ring at a virtual event nearly 2 weeks after announcing his divorce // Business Insider

Science, Weather & Health

Global cactus traffickers are cleaning out the deserts // Deccan Herald

Thousands evacuated as Nyiragongo volcano erupts and fumes turn the sky red in apocalyptic scenes // The Sun

Space

Virgin Galactic completes third spaceflight of VSS Unity // CNBC

Pandemic

Most employers shy away from mandating coronavirus vaccines // MSN News

New COVID-19 cases plummet to lowest levels since last June // AP

Greene under fire for comparing mask policy to the Holocaust: ‘A neurotic lack of self awareness’ // The Hill

You’re Kidding

Why are women becoming witches? // UnHerd

Israel

A conflict on pause as both sides claim victory // BBC News

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Encore of Revival: America, May 17, 2021

The establishment is all out against Trump. They’d have you believe that Republicans were Liberals from the beginning—that Republicans actually thought like Democrats from the beginning—that the Republican Party is the party of getting along with people who will never accept friendship, but only your defeat—that original, true Republicans stand only for getting along at the expense of competence and survival. Somewhere along the line, the Republican Party was commandeered. Now, this minority acts as if they represent everyone; and their marketing seems very convincing.

In truth, we can get along. We should find peace within disagreement. We can keep quality and competence while also being respectful and gaining respect. But, these are not the main drive of this self-appointed group of uninvited spokesmen for the Republican establishment. They tout these universal values as their pass to develop a party that is Republican in-name-only while promoting closet Democratic Party values.

Now that their grand enemy, Trump, seems to be fading in the establishment’s narrative, the COVID virus also seems to be less and less relevant. The only thing that remains constant is the power of the Court, now headed toward a showdown with abortion.

Election

Republican Arizona election official says Trump ‘unhinged’ // Politico

Trump’s grip over Republicans hardens as party cleaves to election ‘big lie’ // Guardian

Law

The Supreme Court is facing a showdown over abortion this week // Vox

Republicans

Ignore the hype of Republicans threatening to ‘break away’ over Trump – Cas Mudde // Guardian

Opinion: Vote against Liz Cheney proves GOP’s only ideology now is revenge // NBC News

Scandal, Graft & White Collar Crime

Rightwingers tried to discredit Trump ‘foes’ with honey trap plot – report // Guardian

Pandemic

‘Today is a great day for America’: Biden removes his mask as CDC relaxes guidance – as it happened // Guardian

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Encore of Revival: America, April 26, 2021

Conviction! The George Floyd murder trial has concluded with a conviction on all counts. The police officer who murdered Floyd while on video will go to prison. People are happy. People are overjoyed. But, should we be surprised?

A murder conviction of a murderer shouldn’t be a reason to celebrate, it should be normal. But, apparently it’s not. So far, the public has responded with gratitude, but we still have a long way to go.

There could have been riots. There could be speeches of ingratitude—complaining about the glass being half-empty, so to speak. But, thankfully, that’s not happening. Gratitude is good. But, we need to restore trust in law enforcement to a point where there is no need for a murder trial for police because police shouldn’t be killing people.

Meanwhile, the Court sits in charge and rules in favor of itself as always. It is attracting the spotlight. With noises of 2024, so is Trump.

Trump

Trump on if he’s considering a 2024 presidential run // youtube.com

Law

‘The Supreme Court ruled in favor of scam artists,’ FTC chief says after justices gut agency’s powers // Politico

Security & Public Safety

Derek Chauvin found guilty of all three charges for killing George Floyd // CNN

State lawmaker wants to rework police chase policy and end legal defense officers use to avoid liability // Chicago Sun Times

Minneapolis braces for unrest as Derek Chauvin trial enters final phase // MSN News

Murder case against ex-cop in Floyd’s death goes to the jury // AP

Judge Cahill Scolds Rep. Maxine Waters for Trial Comments // Mediaite

NATO Focus

Vladimir Putin issued ‘stark warning’ to US, NATO // youtube.com

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Encore of Revival: America, March 8, 2021

The GOP is in a season of soul-searching. The party that’s all too happy to offer financial support to its candidates wants to use the name of the president some of its members voted against. It’s like the Little Red Hen, only if the rat had been fighting her the whole story. Maybe they should be called “rats” instead of “RINOs”.

Whether voters support or oppose Trump, we should all fear a party that allows its members to be so blatantly fork-tongued. Then again, purifying that party with new blood might not solve the problem. It just might make things worse.

Democrats are getting along a whole lot better than Republicans ever did, especially recently. The COVID-19 porkulous bill is sailing through Congress faster than lies from a used car salesman. Yet, the bigger topic of Capitol discussion is the sixty-vote requirement for non-budget bills. That’s part of the Senate’s current “Standing Rules” named after the late Democratic Senator Robert Byrd. So, they call it the “Byrd” rule. They made it, now they want to end it. That would look like a power grab.

You know how midterms go. Democrats ending their own “Byrd” rule might backfire. They seem bent on getting Trump elected in just four years. Obama took eight, so their efficiency is improving. If people can trust elections again, Biden may have to join Carter and HW in the great hall of one-term presidents. Maybe Biden will get lucky and have a dam named after him like Hoover, or maybe a vacuum cleaner.

Law

Supreme Court: Bad GOP lawyering may have just saved the Voting Rights Act // Vox

Congress

Voting rights fight could move Democrats to finally end the filibuster // Yahoo News

More Democrats Join Effort to Abolish the Filibuster // NY Times

Pressures grows on Biden to take on the filibuster // WA Post

Washington as Usual

Democrats

Cuomo defiant as top New York lawmakers call on him to quit // AP

Republicans

Trump says he’ll campaign against Murkowski in Alaska next year // CNN

Trump sends cease-and-desist letters to GOP campaign committees // NBC News

CPAC: Trump targets Republicans like Liz Cheney, Mitch McConnell // USA Today

Violence, Radicalism & Terrorism

Boulder party on the Hill: Police looking to make arrests // NBC 9 Boulder

Security & Public Safety

Minneapolis on edge as the first officer charged in killing of George Floyd goes on trial // MSN News

Markets, Economy & GDP

China is sounding the alarm about a global market bubble // CNN

The Isles

Meghan Markle says she was ‘suicidal’ in bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview with Prince Harry // Daily Mail

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Encore of Revival: America, February 15, 2021

We are in a new world of politics. Trump actually stands a chance of being a 2024 contender. Even with the irreparable damage the Republican Party did itself, even with the march Trump invited to Washington going its own way, even with lost trust in the election systems—Trump actually stands a chance of being a 2024 contender. A new party or three will likely rise. Party coalitions may become necessary. Something severe will be required of the election system. But, Trump actually stands a chance of being a 2024 contender.

Biden will only embolden Conservative voters, as Democrats always do. Trump overstepped and lost some enthusiasm from his base. Though he didn’t lose much, to stand a chance he will need some diversity in his platform and a Conservative rejected by Republicans. Palin could make it a winning Republican ticket, if any third parties got behind hit. But, Trump actually stands a chance of being a 2024 contender.

Trump is not Jesus Christ. That’s a lesson his base learned the hard way. He can’t stop the problems that are bigger than America itself. He won’t stop the push for a police state nor will he regain trust in law enforcement. Biden may take care of that anyway, which could completely change the issue by 2024. But, the fact that Trump even stands a chance of being a 2024 contender tells us about the state of America itself.

Biden and Trump are both heavily disliked for their own reasons, but things haven’t completely fallen apart yet. The road ahead looks much bumpier than the road behind, but at least the road continues.

Trump

Donald Trump acquitted by Senate in second impeachment trial // CNBC

Obama Biden Harris

DOJ to ask Trump-appointed US attorneys to resign // CNN

Election

Dominion says it hired private investigators in a bid to reach pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell // Politico

Law

Lin Wood doubles down on attacking Pence, Roberts // Politico

Supreme Court: Amy Coney Barrett’s surprisingly revealing first opinion // Vox

Violence, Radicalism & Terrorism

Oath Keepers leader waited for Trump’s direction before Capitol attack, DOJ says // CNN

Accused Capitol rioter to the FBI: Officers ‘helped us’ enter building // Business Insider

Scandal, Graft & White Collar Crime

‘You Are One Step Away from Complete and Total Insanity’ // The Dispatch

Cuomo looks very sheepish in the Oval as Republicans and Democrats join calls for him to resign // Daily Mail

News Media, Journalism & Free speech

New York Times staffers Donald McNeil, Andy Mills resign // NY Post

Soc Media, Cybersecurity & Tech

EU could force Google and Facebook to pay for news // Business Insider

Markets, Economy & GDP

NYSE chief warns it may leave New York if stock transfer tax is imposed // Fox Business

Robinhood faces class-action lawsuit over trading platform that’s ‘designed to go down’ // Fox Business

Alex Kearns died thinking he owed hundreds of thousands for stock market losses on Robinhood. His parents have sued over his suicide. // CBS News

Pandemic

Bill Gates and Dr. Anthony Fauci talk regularly about Covid pandemic // CNBC

Judge dismisses charges against protesting Michigan hair stylists // Detroit News

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Encore of Revival: America, February 8, 2021

To win a defamation case, the plaintiff must establish five things: 1. that a defamatory statement was made, 2. that the statement was about the plaintiff, 3. that the statement was a matter of fact and not opinion, 4. that the statement was false, and 5. malice, the intention to do harm. The farther we get to the end of that list, the more difficult it may prove to prove.

News agencies don’t claim facts; they report what other people claim as facts. Defamation usually doesn’t become a problem for a news agency unless the agency knows a statement to be false and reports it as truth anyway. Usually, defamation cases should target the false witness, not the news agency or the attorney. But, in the case of the 2020 election machines, targeting Giuliani, Powell, and Fox News looks more like a theatrical stage of a failed sting. Pathological liars don’t give up on the lie when caught, but often dismiss and even accuse whistleblowers of conspiracy. The voting machine companies would seem more credible if they were suing attorneys and news agencies for access to the whistleblowers.

Speaking of whistleblowers, didn’t Democrats establish with the Russianewsgategate scandal that whistle-blowers should be protected?

Trump will live at Mar-a-Lago as an employee, which hosts the first ever “Office of the Former President”. Obama holds such a titular office. Trump is the first president to be impeached twice. His post-presidential trial will be held on Tuesday, February 16, only eight days away. Senate Republicans fear convicting him, lest they do even more irreparable damage than their insolvent party has already sustained.

Trump

Trump opens ‘Office of the Former President’ in Florida // CBS News

From Jan 27:
Donald Trump Opens ‘Office of Former President’ from Mar-a-Lago // People

Trump’s defense team will show clips of Democrats urging violence in 2020 // WA Times

Mar-a-Lago: Palm Beach completes legal review of Trump’s residency // CNN

Trump officially opens ‘Office of the Former President’ // NY Post

Election

4: They often don’t give up on the lie 5: They are very likely to dismiss you
5 Signs You’re Dealing With A Narcissist // YouTube @ Charisma on Command

Lou Dobbs, and the most problematic claims Trump allies made about voting machines // Houston Chronicle

Law

Alito ‘not surprised’ about reaction to comments about virus restrictions // The Hill

White House

Mike Rogers calls Jen Psaki’s Space Force quip disgraceful // NY Post

State & Local

Restaurants reopen today for indoor dining – here are Michigan’s new rules // MLive.com

Dozens of restaurants in Michigan defy virus restrictions // Detroit News

Violence, Radicalism & Terrorism

Seditionaries: FBI net closes on Maga mob that stormed the Capitol // Guardian

Texas Man, Self-Proclaimed Leader of Honolulu Proud Boys Now Indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for Conspiracy to Obstruct Congress // US Department of Justice

Markets, Economy & GDP

Elon Musk on Clubhouse: Robinhood CEO explains trading restrictions // CNBC

Pandemic

Graphs
Nationwide COVID-19 Metrics Apr 1 – Feb 3 // pbs.twimg.com

Why ARE coronavirus cases falling so fast in the US? New infections drop 44% over last three weeks // Daily Mail

You’re Kidding

Photo
Crashing wave appears to show the face of Poseidon // Daily Mail

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Encore of Revival: America, January 25, 2021

Whew! That was an intense week. We have no idea how close we came to martial law, which Trump did not declare because he is not the monster some think him to be. In the future, we may discover just how close we came, but those facts will hide from the history books for a little while longer.

Now, we see things much more important.

For all his flaws, Trump saved the world, and America itself, from America’s messiah complex, which compels us to “help” the rest of the world—even before helping ourselves survive—even when our so-called “help” only injures. Thanks to Trump alone, we stopped wasting so much money on so much uninvited meddling. But, Republicans and Democrats throughout government could not allow Trump to continue because saving the world meant saving the world from them.

Now, Trump faces a Senate trial to remove him from an office he no longer holds, as a shepherd brought before before a judge and jury of wolves.

So much for Washington hating witch hunts! His opposition criticized him for his tone—something they regard as more important than being the first president to get out of other countries’ business. But, when the so-called “moderates” don’t get their way, they become more angry than they blame Trump and everyone else of being. Frank Luntz gave us a perfect demonstration when he harshly scolded his own focus group. What would Luntz have said if Trump even once used half the critical tone Luntz did? These self-appointed ambassadors of bipartisanship can no longer lecture the nation about how to create peace which they themselves sabotage.

America is spiraling toward a long-awaited chaos. It’s well-deserved. Even if Trump had tried to handle the pneumonia virus as Taiwan did, his own base would have revolted. Everyone either over-reacted or acted like there was no outbreak at all. The Taiwanese did neither, yet Americans blame Trump for riding a pendulum Americans themselves won’t get off of.

Ending wars was nice while it lasted. But, just enough people found their excuse to get back to nasty business as usual.

No less than five state legislatures held all-day hearings, receiving evidence and testimony of voter fraud like we have never seen before. Elections don’t need to be proven fraudulent; they need to be proven trustworthy, and this one can’t be. Nonetheless, those same legislatures approved a more-than-reasonably doubtful election of their opposition, as did the US Senate. They constitutionally and lawfully ignored the people and according to rules installed a president statistically proven to be against the will of the people. We saw further evidence of this in the overwhelming dislikes on White House YouTube videos. Though he is the legitimate president under the Constitution, such a president cannot govern. And, such a feckless opposition party cannot remain solvent.

While martial law came close during Trump’s final days, it is a certainty under Biden. That is the only way he could remain in an office he legally and allowably stole with the aid of a treacherous Republican Party. While Republican loyalists would have tolerated martial law in Trump’s situation, Democratic loyalists already doubt both parties and refuse to vote, which is probably why Biden needed the election fraud network he boasted about on TV. The Democratic base quietly left their party before this election. The Republican base loudly left their party after.

If things go as planned—which they won’t—the shadow running the Democratic machine won’t seek to remove Biden until his third year. That way Obama’s vicar Harris can enjoy ten years as president through a political machine of future fake elections. Others may speculate an attempt to remove Biden within weeks. Either way, Biden may have to declare martial law sooner than planned. Then, both parties will have loudly lost solvency. Third party, here we come.

Trump

Members are quitting ‘sad’ Mar-a-Lago after Trump loses // CNN

Last speech from White House
President Trump gives a farewell address to the American people // YouTube @ Fox News

Trump’s farewell speech has warning on Biden tax hikes // Fox Business

Donald Trump delivers his last speech as U.S. President // YouTube @ WION

Can Trump Issue Secret Pocket Pardons for self, family? // Mediaite

Donald Trump pardons: Steve Bannon, Elliott Broidy, Kwame Kilpatrick // USA Today

Trump’s last-minute pardons include Bannon, Lil Wayne and scores of others // CNN

Donald Trump plans to end his presidency at Mar-a-Lago in Florida // USA Today

Farewell address: Trump stresses record, condemns Capitol riot, does not name Biden // USA Today

Poll: Republican support for convicting Trump in Senate growing // Politico

Trump to issue around 100 pardons and commutations Tuesday, sources say // CNN

Obama Biden Harris

3x dislikes
President Biden Swears In Day One Presidential Appointees in a Virtual Ceremony // YouTube @ The White House

4x dislikes
The Inauguration of the 46th President of the United States // YouTube @ The White House

Already critical
Joe Biden’s proposed stimulus checks are a lousy way to fix the economy // CNN

Biden to sign executive orders rejoining Paris climate accord and rescinding travel ban on first day // CNN

Election

Sidney Powell withdraws ‘kraken’ lawsuit in Georgia // The Hill

Biden Transition Approval Remains High at 68% // Gallup

Congress

Your next stimulus check — for $1,400 — will move closer this week // Yahoo News

White House

Biden signs executive orders on stimulus checks, food stamps and minimum wage // CBS News

Washington as Usual

Third Party Politics

What are the chances of a ‘Patriot’ party emerging? | Newsmax TV panel // YouTube @ Newsmax TV

WSJ: Trump Has Talked of Forming ‘Patriot’ Party // Newsmax

Republican Party Implosion

Fauci credits Biden for letting ‘the science speak’ as new administration puts focus on virus // Yahoo News

World Loves Biden But Is Losing Faith in the U.S., Survey Says // MSN News

Ex-GOP pollster Frank Luntz says ‘I don’t want to do this anymore’ after ‘unity’ themed focus group goes off the rails // MSN News

THE SWAMP: McCarthy Defends Liz Cheney After She Votes To Impeach Trump, Says She’ll Keep Conference Chair // National File

Ga. Republican files articles of impeachment against Pres. Biden // WMTV NBC 15 Madison, WI

‘A total failure’: The Proud Boys now mock Trump // Seattle Times

News Media, Journalism & Free speech

At Voice of America, a sweeping ouster of Trump officials on Biden’s first full day // NewsTimes

Security & Public Safety

Blocked from social media, extremists discuss turning to radios to plan attacks, FCC warns // CNN

Soc Media, Cybersecurity & Tech

Twitter Embroiled in New Child Porn Scandal as Lawsuit Claims They Defend Sick Content, Says It Doesn’t ‘Violate Policies’ // National File

Prices, Rates, Oil & Food

Bill Gates’ 20,000 acres in Nebraska help make him the top farmland owner in the U.S. // omaha.com

Gold Steadies Above December Low With Focus on Stimulus, Dollar // Bloomberg

Markets, Economy & GDP

Legendary investor Jeremy Grantham says Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan will make the stock market bubble even worse // Markets Insider

Pandemic

Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US // The Hill

Music & Entertainment

1.2 million people watch Eminem’s new video in two hours // Geo News

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Encore of Revival: America, January 18, 2021

America is primed for a dictatorship. Trust in the legislature is at an all-time low. The proven-larger voter bloc feels disenfranchised. The proven-larger voter bloc has an undue, almost cult-like respect for the executive. In the minds of that voter bloc, once one election is allowed to be stolen, there will be no future elections. To the proven-larger voter bloc, this is a crisis.

The inauguration this week is set to be surrounded by a military under control of a disenfranchised president who will not be there. That’s not exactly a recipe for safety. The president made a major document dump, severely discrediting his opposition. Now, come reports of martial law in the planning. That may be necessary to undo a stolen election, but it is never best and is always dangerous.

Some of the demonstrators who broke into the Capitol now ask for a pardon from Trump—truly believing they were following what he wanted. They stand no chance of receiving a pardon. They allowed themselves to be led like sheep to the slaughter, merely used for political grandstanding. And, that president who won’t pardon them calls for more respect toward police, something else in a recipe for martial law. It would be surprising if we don’t end up there, and it will be dangerous either way.

Democratic voters have been set up for shock if Trump remained in office, no matter how it could happen. They have been told by the media that the election is finished merely on the basis of saying so—despite half of the country not being convinced. Conservatives recognize this recipe for danger; Liberals do not.

The blame for America’s situation falls on all of us. We failed to convince our neighbors that we can listen. If Trump is in the midst of any conspiracy, then both parties in Congress were in on it, along with the media. His own son-in-law doesn’t want him talking to his own supporters on Gab. If anyone is conspiring anything nefarious, it isn’t Trump, but someone close to him. If Biden could get into power, it would take a political miracle. Most importantly, this was all made possible by we, the American people—those of us who respected a fallible man too much, those of us who hated a mere man too much, those of us who thought rules could be broken without backlash, and those of us who failed to teach otherwise. We’ll start to figure it out in the days and months ahead.

Russianewsgategate

Declassified Document Dump: Crossfire Hurricane, FISA & Trump Campaign Surveillance // National Preview

Bombshell: Trump Declassifies All FBI Documents in Russia Probe // Before It’s News

Here’s the doc dump
BREAKING: President Trump Declassifies Russia Collusion Documents — Coming as Soon as Friday // Gateway Pundit

Trump

Gab CEO Confirms Reports That Jared Kushner, Dan Scavino Blocked Trump From Joining Gab Following Twitter Ban // National File

Acting secretary of defense orders NSA chief to install Trump loyalist as agency’s general counsel // CNN

‘I’m facing a prison sentence’: US Capitol rioters plead with Trump for pardons // Guardian

Trump administration staffers are struggling to find their next jobs // Business Insider

Senate GOP torn over convicting Trump: ‘There’s no love lost’ // CNN

A Message from President Donald J. Trump // YouTube @ The White House

YouTube is suspending President Donald Trump’s channel // CNN

Recap
Mike Pence Reached His Limit With Trump. It Wasn’t Pretty. // NY Times

Ex-WH nat-sec official: Trump attempted ‘self-coup’ in Capitol siege // Business Insider

More of the same
Pence and Trump finally speak after post-riot estrangement // CNN

Trump has not reached out to Pence since the Capitol riots: report // Business Insider

Election

The Tweet
@MyPillowUSA CEO Michael Lindell shows off his notes before going into the West Wing at the White House on Friday, Jan 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. // Twitter @jabinbotsford

As if knife-to-back
American Thinker Posts Retraction of Dominion Stories // Mediaite

Andrew Yang announces candidacy for mayor of NYC // Facebook

Ali Alexander claims Reps. Biggs, Brooks, Gosar helped plan ‘Stop the Steal’ rally at Capitol // WA Post

Law

Death Penalty: As Trump leaves office, Supreme Court liberal justices lash out at unprecedented ‘rush’ of executions // CNN

Congress

Pelosi says Democrats will move forward with trying to remove Trump // Politico

White House

Pence calls Harris while Trump continues to stew in denial // CNN

State & Local

Michigan bars and restaurants to reopen February 1, group says // Click on Detroit

Violence, Radicalism & Terrorism

Bay Area GOP official posts ‘citizens take arms’ during violent pro-Trump riot // SF Gate

News Media, Journalism & Free speech

Gab: Everything you need to know about the fast-growing, controversial social network // CNN

Meltdown
James Murdoch criticizes ‘media property owners’ who have ‘unleashed insidious’ forces with election denialism claims // CNN

CNN Wins in All Ratings Categories During Impeachment // The Wrap

Peloton is blocking the #StopTheSteal hashtag from being created or used // The Verge

Human Rights, Civil Liberties & Privacy

‘Stop the steal’ groups hide in plain sight on Facebook // CNN

Selena Gomez elaborates on calling out Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg: ‘I could not handle what I was seeing’ // Yahoo News

Supreme Court hands down first anti-abortion decision of the Amy Coney Barrett era // Vox

Security & Public Safety

State capitols tighten security and brace for the unknown as far-right groups plot shows of strength // Laredo Morning Times

Off the grid, heavily armed and radicalized: He’s a law enforcement nightmare // NBC News

Attack on Capitol was the beginning of an American insurgency, counterterrorism experts warn // Yahoo News

Mike Lindell Visits Oval Office, Appears to Urge Martial Law // Mediaite

A Marine Searches for Answers After the Police Shoot His Son in ‘American Skin’ // Military.com

‘The Oligarchs [Are] Taking Control of Our Country.’ – Rudy Giuliani on the Capitol ‘Frame Up’ Last Week and Big Tech Censorship // Gateway Pundit

Who really breached the Capitol?
REPORT: Bail Fund Promoted By Kamala Harris Won’t Reveal Records Of Alleged Criminals They Bailed Out // Gateway Pundit

Who really breached the Capitol?
CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Antifa Protester John Sullivan Brags About Posing As Trump Supporter, Breaking Window At US Capitol Building During Riots // Gateway Pundit

The Destruction of Separation of Powers // Facebook

FCC Issues Advisory About Emergency Alerts // Weatherboy

Soc Media, Cybersecurity & Tech

Parler sues Amazon, leveling far-fetched antitrust allegations // TechCrunch

Rush Limbaugh, Dan Bongino, Mark Levin take action against Twitter after platform permanently bans Trump // The Blaze

Prices, Rates, Oil & Food

America’s Biggest Owner Of Farmland Is Now Bill Gates // Forbes

Markets, Economy & GDP

Maybe-maybe, but thoughtful
Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan could wreck Wall Street’s favorite money-making trade // Yahoo News

Pandemic

Third stimulus check for $2,000? This is how much you could get with another payment // CNET

Music & Entertainment

Joyner Lucas to receive the key to the City of Worcester // Vanyaland

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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, January 11, 2021

Let’s look past the fact that Chinese state media doesn’t know what it means to be “cowardly”. Pompeo rejecting Chinese Communist preferences on US policy with Taiwan is not “cowardly”, at worst it would be “foolish” or “over-confidence”; but “cowardly” would mean letting someone else tell the US what to do. Likewise, China is not “cowardly” either; it is “foolish” and “over-confident”. But, the Chinese don’t know the difference, just how they don’t know this decision on Taiwan is meant to provoke China to commit strategic folly. Let’s look past all that.

What is Trump doing? Biden’s strings held by China were well known before they were secluded by the socialist-minded media in the US. By lacing up ties with Taiwan, Trump forces any future White House attempts to let China dictate policy to be seen for what they are. No president or secretary of state would be politically allowed to back down on Taiwan relations without being exposed as a Chinese manchurian candidate.

In the past, socialist media in the US—which is nearly all media in the US—acted as mouthpieces for Communist Russian propaganda. Now, they act as Communist Chinese tools to install a president owned by China—Biden—all the while publishing bad news about China. From the US perspective, there is a pregnant need to protect the US government from saboteurs—shoes which fit Biden and the primary failure Harris perfectly. Trump taking action that would force Chinese-owned saboteurs to tip their hands only makes sense. But, that still doesn’t explain what is going on.

We must not assume that America is in a peaceful transition from one undisputedly elected president to the next. But, of course China hoped for that. The bipartisan-orchestrated chaos in Washington and state capitals comes as a surprise to the Chinese. If they knew what was coming, they wouldn’t have wasted their time snuggling up to Biden last month. So, because they think this capital chaos was a surprise to them, it was therefore not part of a rouse to make them think America is weak. But, that still doesn’t explain what is going on.

Follow the money. Who makes money off China thinking America is vulnerable? Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics. They don’t need to be part of any conspiracy; only a few stakeholders do—perhaps not even shareholders, perhaps only suppliers of suppliers. However things play out in the dual-fated cities of Washington and Taipei, it will happen that American weapons contractors make the most profit. We are looking at a short and costly skirmish where neither those weapons contractors’ customers are defeated, nor are their profitable enemies. The South Sea is the perfect place. And, China is the perfect dupe to take the bait.

China

The Latest: Scores test positive in China’s Hebei province // AP

China orders military to be ready for war ‘at any second’ as Brit aircraft carrier prepares to sail to South China Sea // The Sun

WHO Covid team blocked from entering China to study origins of coronavirus // CNN

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma suspected missing after calling for economic reform: report // Fox Business

Taiwan

Chinese state media blast latest Pompeo move on Taiwan // AP

Officials welcome Pompeo’s decision to lift restrictions on contact with Taiwan // Taipei Times

US ends limits on Taiwan contact // Taipei Times

Korean Peninsula

South Korea New Aircraft Carrier: Looks Like Royal Navy Carrier // Popular Mechanics

Military Faceoff

UK says aircraft carrier strike group is ready to deploy. China’s already watching // CNN

Marines and Japanese troops train together to capture islands, coastal areas // Stripes

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