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Grotesqueries about Rush’s passing: When did we become animals?

The Daily Wire has a piece this morning entitled ‘I’m Glad Rush Limbaugh Lived Long Enough To Get Cancer And Die.’ Blue-Check Leftists Celebrate Rush Limbaugh’s Death”, a long, detailed, extremely sickening display of comments so vile, so devoid of humanity and compassion, they are truly enough to make one sick at the stomach. Following will be just a very few of the most outrageous of these after which I will pose a few questions about what these comments tell us about where we are as a Nation built on the premise that while we were all free to express our opinions, it was assumed we would do so in good faith and from a basis of good will and being fully informed. 

The author opens this horrid collection of abominations by noting “Following an unfortunately familiar pattern in the aftermath of the death of a conservative figure, Leftists rushed to mock Rush Limbaugh and celebrate news of his death after a year-long battle with lung cancer.”

The first example he cites is a person in the leadership of an organization curiously named Catholics for Choice (how is that even possible, even in our almost totally upside-down world?) who had these lovely remarks to offer:

Charlotte Clymer, whose Twitter bio states that she works for the pro-abortion Catholics for Choice, took to the social media platform and described Limbaugh as a “coward and white supremacist.”

“He aggressively and cynically exploited divisions in our country by weaponizing hatred and bigotry for his own personal gain. He was in service to his own greed, prejudice, and hypocrisy, and that is how history will remember him,” she wrote.

“If Rush Limbaugh deserves credit for anything, it his pioneering work in spreading disinformation and directly enabling our nation’s current state of vast distrust of experts and spurning of good faith in the public discourse. He will not be missed by rational adults.”

Some person named Cenk Uygur, who is apparently famous for something and hosts his own show which I never heard of, admittedly no high bar as there are more and more things in this increasingly strange and foreign world I have elected to avoid in the name of what little mental health I have left, has these reassuring words for the rest of his confreres in The Animal Farm:

Host of The Young Turks, Cenk Uygur, stated that “The idea that you say artificially nice things about people after they die is weird,” and that he “never understood the logic of it.”

“Rush Limbaugh was a terrible person while he was alive. He made a living by attacking the powerless. His death does not in anyway change or redeem that,” Uygur added.

An Editor of Media Matters, that source of reasoned, enlightened discourse and exchange of views which can always be counted on to try to destroy as many lives and reputations as possible, had this rare note of warmth in this collection of vipers’ venom, but not for Humanity:

Parker Malloy, an editor at large for Media Matters, wrote “I was 4 days into a weeklong break from Twitter, but Limbaugh dying felt like a necessary moment to reemerge.”

“My sincerest condolences go out to hell’s other residents who now have to deal with being associated with him,” she continued.

The hypocrisy of one of the comments almost, but not entirely, overcame the meanness of the comments from David Axelrod, former campaign manager and general right-hand flunky (can I still say that without expecting a visit from the Thought Police?) of the absolutely, clearly, without question most polarizing and divisive President in American History, Barack Hussein Obama:

Whether you loved him or hated him-and there are very few people in between-Rush Limbaugh was indisputably a force of historic proportions.
Over the past three decades, he did as much to polarize our politics as anyone and laid the groundwork for Trump and Trumpism.

In a dreadfully poisonous tweet, this denizen of the deep called Rush– you guessed it!– poisonous!

In this now deleted tweet, Jared Yates Sexton wrote that “Rush Limbaugh was one of the most harmful and poisonous people in the modern United States of America,” and that “His pursuit of wealth and power hurt untold numbers of people and wrought incalculable damage to politics as a public good, society as a whole, and the planet itself.”

“[P]olitics as a public good?” At the risk of publicly admitting that I have finally, as a result of the last few months, crossed over from disappointment and disgust with politics into pure, unadulterated cynicism, it is difficult to imagine thinking of “politics” in its current iteration as anything even approaching “a public good.” 

And then there is this model of civility by someone identified as an actor who wrote one of those messages on Twitter which only a member of the Marxist wing of the Democrat party could pass by the Twitter Brownshirts without being banned for life (obviously sanitized in view of the C of C):

Rush Limbaugh was a foul f_ _ _ rat who spread nothing but hate & terror throughout his career. His radio show poisoned hundreds of millions of people’s minds. He’s a racist, a misogynist, & homophobe. His death brings me joy.

It is apparent that Hell and its Master Satan are very prominent in the thinking –probably giving them way too much credit for actually doing any of that — of these vicious, angry, snarling people:

Feeling very sorry for the people of Hell who now have to deal with Rush Limbaugh for the rest of eternity

And:

Satan finding out Rush Limbaugh is on his way.

There is, sadly, much more, in this particular article and all over those supposedly closely monitored social media sites-you know, for good taste, civility, accuracy, hate speech (what a joke, in light of some of the hate just in this piece alone!) — and it does prompt questions many of us find ourselves asking over and over again in this time hatred of President Trump, hatred of Senators who dared object to the tally of votes from one of, if not the, most corrupt elections in our history, allegations by the looniest of the loons, AOC, of attempted murder hurled at a highly respected member of the Senate, Ted Cruz, hatred of every single person who voted for President Trump and now hatred of the very soul of a departed hero of America whose main crime was to not only speak his mind in favor of conservatism but to do it clearly, intelligently, persistently to a huge following for over 30 years. 

From my vantage point as a retired trial lawyer (or, as my law partner and wife refer to that status, a Lawyer in Recovery) living a life of relative tranquility in the Florida Panhandle, I am able to honestly state that we simply do not know any people so filled with hate that they would be capable of statements like some of those we are seeing about Rush. I did, most definitely, know a few “haters” in active practice, both in and out of Black Robes, and they did, in fact, poison every thing, person, institution, around them with their bile and meanness. 

Do you know anyone who is capable of this kind of hatred? I hope not. But, if you do, I would be most interested in hearing about them and, if you know, how they came to hate so deeply, so bitterly, so devoid of human goodness or kindness. 

It is worth thinking about and discussing, as these are real, live persons (?) and, whether we like to admit it or not, their side of the aisle controls all three branches of our government today. 

As I was completing this discussion, I happened to see Victor Davis Hanson’s article this morning, entitled, aptly for purposes of this subject matter, “Our descent into collective madness.” Its opening line is: “These are crazy times.”

Indeed. 

Hillsdale Online Courses: A Beacon of Light for These Days of Darkness

“The best thing for being sad…is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. …Learning is the only thing for you. Look at what a lot of things there are to learn.” Merlin in The Once and Future King.

I woke up this morning with the realization that my life begins most mornings with looking at a screen filled with images which could have been taken from the pages of Dante’s Inferno–Madness. Disorder. Cruelty. Chaos. Meanness of Spirit. Incivility. No Manners. Bad Manners. An Almost Total Lack of Courtesy Toward Each Other. And emails which are often just print versions of the same with ads from companies/people I frequently have not a clue as to who they are or why they want my money. As I awakened I kept thinking of the one word to describe what was missing from my life: pleasure. I thought of music, culture, literature, learning, history, beauty (in memory of Sir Roger Scruton, RIP, the great philosopher and advocate for more beauty in everyday life), museums, art galleries, antique shops (remembering strolls along Magazine Street, New Orleans), so many lovely and valuable things almost totally missing from this world of venality we live in today. I want more of those things in my life and fewer of the venal, cruel, ugly things. And I shall have them. I say with genuine hope and aspiration on this crisp, bright, sparkling clear morning which The Lord has given us and will endeavor with all my might and will to rejoice and be glad in it! The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that Our Lord could never have wanted us to live in a world so nearly devoid of pleasure and courtesy and niceness and consideration for one’s fellow man as we see all around us today.

All of which, as our Nation stands poised to watch the beginning of what seems like the 10th or 15th Impeachment of President Trump, as dreary, venal, vitriolic, mean spirited an exercise as may be imagined, brings me to my prescribed therapy for the darkness with which we are shrouded and apparently will be for another couple of years. Thus, I turn to my prescription for some of the best therapy I have discovered, in the hope you may find it to be of benefit, as well. It is the therapy of learning new things, as prescribed by no less a personage than Merlin himself.

While is know there are any number of online courses available, not to mention videos of talks on many sites such as You Tube (and I would be most interested in hearing of some of your favorites so I can check them out), I cannot recommend too highly the many well produced offerings of Hillsdale College, taught by outstanding faculty of the college and covering any number of fascinating areas of study. They are free of charge, although the consumer is offered the opportunity to donate to the College, which accepts not one single dime of Federal funds, freeing it up to teach such subjects as the classics, American history, inclusion of portions of the Bible in its course on Great Books 101, Ancient to Medieval, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, etc. I note, in explaining why I am so “hooked” on the courses– in addition to my love for Hillsdale College and all it stands for– I have now completed courses on Shakespeare, American History (based on the recent textbook, “The Great American Story, A Land of Hope”, and taught by its author, Dr. Wilfred McClay), Great Books 101, Ancient to Medieval (including The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aneid, The Book of Job, Dante’s Inferno) taught by members of the English Department at the College. I have just started Western Heritage: From Genesis to John Locke and next up for me will be The Second World Wars, taught by the eminent military historian, Victor Davis Hanson.

They are accessible at online.hillsdale.edu and here is just a brief sampling of the wonderful smorgasbord of learning on offer: Introduction to Aristotle’s Ethics: How to Live a Good Life (material we could all benefit from in these days of “the dark winter”), Introduction to the Constitution, American Heritage From Colonial Settlement to the Current Day, Athens and Sparta, Winston Churchill and Statesmanship, An Introduction to C.S. Lewis: Writings and Significance and a number of others.

As I reviewed the Hillsdale site to set forth the short illustrative list above, I realized how many adventures in learning I have ahead of me and it is my genuine hope that I may have piqued your interest in these great courses as well. As I am well into Dante’s Inferno as a result of the superb lecture on that work I just attended taught by Professor Stephen Smith , I will close by noting that while I am fairly certain getting involved in these courses will almost certainly lift you out of the horrible morass of The Inferno and may even get you up on Mount Purgatorio, whether you complete your journey all the way up to Paradiso is entirely up to you!

Happy Learning!

The Biden-Susan Rice “Administration” Has Suspended the First Amendment.

A recent post (“If you voted for Biden…” by @bryangstephens) sent a message to Biden voters illustrating, now that we are well into the most far-left Administration in American history, what they voted for when they voted for Biden and the purpose of this post is to add one more astonishing outrage to the smoking pile of carnage the Biden-Susan Rice “administration” is leaving in its wake. 

This question is specifically directed at our resident Lincoln Project alumnae, devotees of every washed up has-been Rino, all those “brave” members of Congress who plan to find the President of their own party guilty of inciting an “insurrection” by urging his followers to “march peacefully” to THEIR Capitol Building to peaceably address THEIR Congresspersons with their concerns. I add here, en passant, a personal note that it is difficult for me to imagine the level of hatred it must take for a person, especially those “brave” RINOs who hold a license to practice law, to actually come to the conclusion that there was one single jot or tittle in the President’s speech on the evening of January 6, 2021, which could in any way be tortured into an interpretation that he used “words of incitement” and was, in the disgraceful words of former Senate Leader McConnell, “responsible” for the wilding which took place in the Capitol later that evening. 

Now comes the outrage du jour, as spelled out in a recent article:

Feds Arrest Twitter Troll Ricky Vaughn For Posting LOL Memes, Biden Administration Claims Subversive Election Interference Via Twitter
Posted on January 27, 2021 by Sundance

Well folks, for those few remaining Americans who did not accept we were entering the full Orwellian era, you can eliminate those remaining shreds of hope. As unbelievable as it might sound federal authorities in the DOJ have arrested the person behind the Twitter Account “Ricky Vaughn” for posting memes against the interests of the U.S. government.

Let that sink in for a few minutes.

Literally all the guy did was post snarky memes poking fun of democrats and Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election… However, the United States government has now claimed: “the defendant exploited a social media platform to infringe one the of most basic and sacred rights guaranteed by the Constitution: the right to vote.”

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So what was 31-year-old Douglass Mackey’s (aka Ricky Vaughn), activity? He posted a funny and snarky meme on Twitter:

DOJ – […] Mackey allegedly tweeted an image that featured an African American woman standing in front of an “African Americans for [Hillary]” sign. The image included the following text: “Avoid the Line. Vote from Home. Text ‘[Hillary]’ to 59925[.] Vote for [Hillary] and be a part of history.” The fine print at the bottom of the image stated: “Must be 18 or older to vote. One vote per person. Must be a legal citizen of the United States. Voting by text not available in Guam, Puerto Rico, Alaska or Hawaii. Paid for by [Hillary] for President 2016.” The tweet included the typed hashtags “#Go [Hillary]” and another slogan frequently used by the Candidate.

This “meme artist”, now accused of a Federal crime and facing imprisonment, was charged under 18 US Code Sec. 241, which reads as follows–one must read every word carefully to fully appreciate how we have now entered the world of Winston Smith and 1984:

If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or

If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—

They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

My question to our “brave” Never Trumpers naturally follows, like the night the day–you voted for this abomination of a National Government, you sent money to these execrable, despicable, America-hating candidates, some of you actually boasted of your support before Nov. 3, 2020, and gloated after the election: how can you possibly, in good faith, defend this kind of Jackboot conduct of the people you voted for? After four years of calling President Trump every name in the book for “dictator”, “tyrant”, “authoritarian”, YOUR administration now has 10,000 members of the military patrolling the streets of our Capital because juveniles like AOC are frightened of what people — like me, and about 74 million like me– might do to her because we are domestic terrorists, don’t you know? And, now, YOUR administration has charged a person with a Federal criminal violation for putting memes up on a website. 

Authoritarian? Tyrannical? Dictatorial? If this kind of “rule”, to use the word your last favorite far-left ideologue used in the place of the one our Founding Fathers intended, i.e., “govern”, can be defended in any rational manner, we have already lost our Nation.

These questions are not intended to be pejorative; I am genuinely interested to hear the rationale behind any defense of this roughshod dismantling of the Bill of Rights. 

Sincerely, Jim

Joe Biden will never be my president. Never, Never, Never.

I happened upon this most incisive piece by Newt Gingrich and it so clearly and vividly described how I believe so many of us are feeling right now I decided to bring it to your attention. 

It is entitled, most aptly for me, at least, and I have a strong sense that it is so for many American citizens in that number of about 74 Million (who knows, really?) who voted for a second term for one of the most productive Presidents in our history “Why I will not accept Joe Biden as president“, and can be found here

The passage which really struck me, as it so concisely describes my state of mind since I decided I had seen enough evidence (emphasis added in view of the numerous howls from the Loonocracy that there is none) to know that there was credible, provable evidence of deep and widespread fraud, follows:

As I thought about it, I realized my anger and fear were not narrowly focused on votes. My unwillingness to relax and accept that the election grew out of a level of outrage and alienation unlike anything I had experienced in more than 60 years involvement in public affairs.

The challenge is that I — and other conservatives — are not disagreeing with the left within a commonly understood world. We live in alternative worlds.

That phrase is, to put it mildly, as heavily freighted and chilling as one may use in what we all thought was our Constitutional Republic–think about those words: “We live in alternative worlds.” Although Mr. Gingrich did not specifically reference it in his article, I came away from reading it haunted by Mr. Lincoln’s words of eternal wisdom and wondering, as I have many times in the last five years but especially in the last two months, if those words are the perpetual truths many assume they are, how we can possibly stand as a Nation with this jagged tear right down the middle of our sacred fabric? 

Another National treasure, Rush Limbaugh, who has our prayers every single day, made a statement recently which struck me as hard as this one did, although it simply put in words what many of us have been feeling for some time: What do we have in common with them? He cited past national emergencies when we Americans all pulled together for a common cause, with a dedication fueled by our common love for the land that we love. As Rush noted, that critical component — love for and dedication to America and the idea of America– simply no longer exists with a large segment of the electorate who voted for Joe Biden–a man described recently as “a sleazy, corrupt-to-the-bone-marrow lifelong politician, who has accomplished absolutely nothing in his 78 years on Planet Earth.” Speaking for myself, which I fervently hope I may continue to be free to do after January 20, 2021, I cannot understand the thinking of an American citizen who would vote for such a person of proven – time and time and time again–dishonesty and corruption or, as I suspect the case actually was for many, who would be so driven by such a white-hot hatred of a person that he or she would vote against President Trump even if the only choice was to vote for such a dangerously sleazy and corrupt person. 

Speaker Gingrich sets the stage:

The left’s world is mostly the established world of the forces who have been dominant for most of my life.

My world is the populist rebellion which believes we are being destroyed, our liberties are being cancelled and our religions are under assault. (Note the new Human Rights Campaign to decertify any religious school which does not accept secular sexual values — and that many Democrat governors have kept casinos open while closing churches though the COVID-19 pandemic.) We also believe other Democrat-led COVID-19 policies have enriched the wealthy while crushing middle class small business owners (some 160,000 restaurants may close).

The rest of the piece, which I highly recommend be read in its entirety, continues to enumerate the many ways the world of the far-left is probably by now irreparably irreconcilable with ours and why we are truly living in two different worlds, separated by oceans of distrust, corrosive venality, dishonesty, corruption, amorality, condescension, hubris, arrogance and utter disdain for our Founding Documents, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, upon which our beloved Nation was built. 

Thus I return to the question put by Rush Limbaugh and apply it to myself, as I cannot and do not pretend to speak for others, while noting I know to a certainty that many share these views and I also know to a certainty that if there are any factual errors in any of these statements my colleagues here on Ricochet will quickly bring them to the fore.

What do I have in common with those elites in entertainment, academia and the media who spent the last four years savagely attacking not only our duly elected President, calling him every name in the book such as Hitler and Mussolini, parading around with a mock-up of his severed, bloody and gory head, and, as their designated “President” “elect” and his communications director did recently, calling us, his loyal supporters names such as “chumps” and “f (C of C)s”?

What do I have in common with those mega-rich tech oligarchs (other than the obvious, as “oligarch” I am definitely not) who think their astonishing wealth gives them the power to not only censor the extremely significant news that both Biden and his son were on the take from China and received at least $5 million from an entity controlled by our most dangerous adversary but who also think they have the power, so far totally unchecked by our less than stellar Congress, to censor the President of the United States, an act of hubris never before seen in the history of our Republic. 

What do I have in common with members of the media and the far-left loon wing of the Democrat Party and some members of the Republican Party, a/k/a the Never Trumpers, who sit on the sidelines as piles of evidence are being accumulated of out-and-out election fraud in the form of affidavits sworn under penalty of perjury and other forms of documentary evidence and repeat the mantra “but there is no widespread evidence of election fraud” and cheer as Judge after spineless Judge refuses to even hear the evidence, including, most sadly, our brand new, great, good for the next half-century, “conservative” majority on the Supreme Court?

What do I have in common with those intrepid members of the media who go out to do on the scene reports while standing in front of the blazing St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington and state, on camera, for all the world to see, with a straight face, that the scene behind him is a “mostly peaceful” demonstration? As our friend and colleague, Susan Quinn, recently observed in her excellent post “Will there be justice?”, how do these people sleep at night? How do they explain to their children why they must be so blatantly fraudulent just to make a living? 

What do I, admittedly not the most devout or regular churchgoer, have in common with a person millions voted to occupy the most powerful office in the world who holds himself out to be a devout, Rosary praying, Roman Catholic, but who now, as phrased in a recent article, “supports abortion up until college graduation, if the mother finds the child inconvenient.”? 

What do I have in common with a woman who used every means at her disposal to get ahead, no matte how unsavory or tawdry, and then proceeded to savagely, cruelly, immorally, attack a candidate for the High Court right in front of his wife and little daughters, and then gloated about it, and who also not only did not raise a single question about the Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters burning down American cities across the land but who also helped raise bail money to get them out of jail, almost certainly never to be seen again by the Court system? I well and truly pray I would never have a single thing in common with such a despicable person, even if she may possibly be (probably?) the President of the United States within the next four years. 

What do I have in common with a large, muscular, strong ox of a man in a Law Enforcement uniform who wrestles with a young, small mother sitting in the stands watching her son play football — without, qeulle horreur!, a piece of cloth over her face– putting her in handcuffs in front of her fellow parents (including several large men who, disgracefully, did nothing to help her) and, perhaps more to the point, what do I have in common with despicable, power-mad “leaders” like Cuomo, Wolfe, Whitmer, Murphy, deBlasio, and, sadly, many others who ordered this kind of barbaric behavior?

Would that I could have a more positive outlook as we move into a New Year, carrying so many good promises if for no other reason than not being named 2020, truly annus horribilis, but also bringing us the closest thing we have ever had to a Marxist administration. A year in which the person elected to occupy the Oval Office, the most powerful office in the world, is not in full possession of his cognitive faculties and, at times, simply does not know where he is. A year in which the Biden Administration, an oxymoronic phrase if ever there was one, will be staffed with so many Obamatons as to make it, in effect, Barack Hussein Obama’s third term, a thought which should frighten any citizen with a sentient mind.

Like so many of us, I spent the last four years on that roller coaster ride of watching in awe the boundless energy and creativity and drive and determination of one of the great Presidents in our history while almost simultaneously praying that someone would please, please shut down his Twitter account and take away his phone. I related in a post recently the one emotion one could never fully realize unless they attended one of his rallies– the pure, unadulterated outpouring of love this President’s supporters feel for him. It is a true phenomenon to see and experience for oneself.

Positive outlook? Thank you, but I think I’ll let that cup pass me by. 

Sincerely, Jim

My IRATE letter to Sens. and Cong. Rep. about insane Porkulus bill.

Senator Scott:

What in the hell are you people doing in Congress, passing a bill like this which is an insult to every citizen of the United States, especially those breadwinners with children to feed who have lost their means of making a living due to the insanities of crazy bureaucrats like Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, who have never missed a paycheck and who also don’t follow their own Draconian directives which are tearing our country apart. PLEASE, I implore you, give me an answer to this inquiry and not just another form letter that one of your clerks can generate with a touch of a key– I already have more of those than I need right now, thank you. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE and you are one of my representatives in the National Legislature; therefore, I expect an answer about this specific matter. With all due respect, which many of us are losing daily seeing this kind of lunacy going on,  I am not at all sure how aware you and your colleagues are of the growing, building, simmering anger which many of your constituents have been feeling since the election was stolen from OUR PRESIDENT and to have to have this shoved down our throats may well represent a tipping point for many good, suffering Americans. I look forward to your response.

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The Stimulus Bill:

The gov’t closes the economy. You lose your job. You face eviction.

$600 for all your troubles.

Meanwhile they send:

$135 million to Burma

$85.5 million to Cambodia

$1.4 billion for “Asia Reassurance Initiative Act”

$130 million to Nepal

They hate you.

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We The People Need To Wake Up-Our Republic Is At Stake!

We the people need to wake up and do the work necessary to fully realize what we will have lost if the corrupt-o-crats in the sinkholes known as major Democrat run cities are successful in stealing this election from our duly elected –twice!–President. We need to study and read the readily available materials to teach ourselves the “down-and-dirty” of exactly how they (almost) pulled this off, as well as view the readily available videos of testimony such as that at the Gettysburg Legislative Hearing which leave no doubt about what was attempted by these soon to be felons. While all of this is available at the click of a mouse to anyone with an internet connection, it will be my aim in this brief message to make them even more easily accessible by setting out the links to the writings and videos I think are the most persuasive, at least in the time I have spent reviewing this nightmarish scenario. 

This effort of mine is prompted, in part at least, by the results of a MRCTV poll just out which found, among other seriously chilling conclusions, that approximately 20% of those interviewed who voted for Biden would not have done so had they been aware of the scandals swirling around him and his sleazy son, Hunter Biden and their probably-illegal deals in Ukraine, China and others. As a self-confessed “news junkie”, I would be the first to admit that many, if not most, of our fellow Americans do not spend as much time on political news as we “junkies” do, and it would certainly be more healthy for me if I did not do so. However, while not judging anyone, it is incomprehensible to me that a person with a sentient mind could not have known about, for example, the Burisma Scandal in Ukraine, or about Biden’s threat, as Obama’s Vice President, to withhold a huge amount of money from that nation if it did not fire the prosecutor who just happened to be looking into his son’s “freebie” job on the Board of Burisma for which he was paid $84,000 a month for doing nothing. But, that’s just me. 

Here, for example, is the conclusion from one of the many affidavits filed in Michigan by Sidney Powell– on behalf of We The People! In concluding a 9 page affidavit setting forth his findings, an eminently qualified computer engineer, Navid Keshavaraz-Nia, who was once called “the smartest person in the room” by no less than the New York Times, makes this statement which, tragically, the mainstream media simply ignores as if it did not exist:

I conclude with high confidence that the election 2020 data were altered in all battleground states
resulting in a hundreds of thousands of votes that were cast for President Trump to be transferred to
Vice President Biden. These alterations were the result of systemic and widespread exploitable
vulnerabilities in DVS, Scytl/SOE Software and Smartmatic systems that enabled operators to achieve
the desired results. In my view, the evidence is overwhelming and incontrovertible

In considering these affidavits, it is extremely important to bear in mind that all of them were given under penalty of perjury:

Pursuant to 28 U.S.S. 1746, I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of
America that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

The following is a brief synopsis of Dr. Kershavarz-Nia, which in my most humble opinion based on many years in trial work, is going to be a serious, perhaps insurmountable, challenge for the Democrat-Media-Big Tech triumvarate to overcome:

1. Hammer and Scorecard is real, not a hoax (as Democrats allege), and both are used to manipulate election outcomes.

2. Dominion, ES&S, Scytl, and Smartmatic are all vulnerable to fraud and vote manipulation — and the mainstream media reported on these vulnerabilities in the past.

3. Dominion has been used in other countries to “forge election results.”

4. Dominion’s corporate structure is deliberately confusing to hide relationships with Venezuela, China, and Cuba.

5. Dominion machines are easily hackable.

6. Dominion memory cards with cryptographic key access to the systems were stolen in 2019.

Although he had no access to the machines, Dr. Kershavarz has looked at available data about the election and the vote results. Based on that information, he concluded

1. The counts in the disputed states (Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia) show electronic manipulation.

2. The simultaneous decision in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia to pretend to halt counting votes was unprecedented and demonstrated a coordinated effort to collude toward desired results.

3. One to two percent of votes were forged in Biden’s favor.

4. Optical scanners were set to accept unverified, un-validated ballots.

5. The scanners failed to keep records for audits, an outcome that must have been deliberately programmed.

6. The stolen cryptographic key, which applied to all voting systems, was used to alter vote counts.

7. The favorable votes pouring in after hours for Biden could not be accounted for by a Democrat preference for mailed in ballots. They demonstrated manipulation. For example, in Pennsylvania, it was physically impossible to feed 400,000 ballots into the machines within 2–3 hours.

8. Dominion used Chinese parts, and there’s reason to believe that China, Venezuela, Cuba interfered in the election.

9. There was a Hammer and Scorecard cyber-attack that altered votes in the battleground states, and then forwarded the results to Scytl servers in Frankfurt, Germany, to avoid detection.

10. The systems failed to produce any auditable results.

Here is a link to the 104 page (including 19 exhibits, one of which is 234 pages long and appears to consist of hundreds of affidavits) Complaint Ms Powell filed on your behalf and my behalf, for your review.

Some of the most startling evidence has come in the form of testimony and comments given in connection with a hearing of a Committee of the Pennsylvania Legislature held a few days ago in Gettysburg. Here is a link to the live stream of the entire hearing should you care to review it. In his podcast today, prominent analyst Dan Bongino refers to this hearing as “The election hearing that blew my mind” and that reaction is being echoed by many who have virtually attended the entire proceedings. To me, one of the most dramatic revelations was by an electronic warfare specialist, Retired Army Col. Phil Waldron, who related that in a time period of about 90 minutes, there was a questionable spike in votes of a total of almost 600,000 votes– there were gasps of shock and laughter in the audience when he revealed that of that number approximately 570,000 were for Biden and 3,200 were for Trump. One member of the audience can be very clearly heard exclaiming “Oh, My Lord” at this astonishing set of numbers. Not surprisingly, he said that this was a prime indicator of fraudulent voting. 

To me, the most impressive witness, personally, was a Marine veteran, Gregory Senstrom, who had gone to sea and gone to war, and testified, as a poll watcher and data scientist, to his shock and dismay, as an American and a patriot, to what he saw on Election Night and thereafter. In making this assessment of this witness, I am making a good-faith attempt not to let my love of The Corps color my opinion of the force and weight of his testimony and I invite anyone who is interested to view it for yourself. A news article sums up his testimony thusly:

A U.S. Navy veteran and data scientist from Pennsylvania alleged this week that 47 USB cards used during the state’s Nov. 3 election have gone missing – and asserted that as many as 120,000 votes cast in the election should be called into question.

At a hearing in Gettysburg on Wednesday, poll watcher Gregory Stenstrom of Delaware County identified himself a former commanding officer in the Navy and a forensic computer scientist with expertise on security and fraud issues.

“I personally observed USB cards being uploaded to voting machines by the voting machine warehouse supervisor on multiple occasions,” Stenstrom testified. “This person is not being observed, he’s not a part of the process that I can see, and he is walking in with baggies of USBs.”

USB (Universal Serial Bus) cards are small, handheld devices that help people move data from one electronic device to another.

Stenstrom alleged the cards may have been used to add illegal votes to the state’s vote count — and claimed there was a lack of proper oversight on how state election workers handled ballots.

“In all cases the chain of custody was broken,” he said. “It was broken for the mail-in ballots, the drop-box ballots, the Election Day USB card flash drives. In all cases they didn’t follow any of the procedures defined by the Board of Delaware County of Elections.”

The witness also told lawmakers that law enforcement personnel failed to act after he reported the alleged mishandling of ballots.

“I literally begged multiple law enforcement agencies to go get the forensic evidence from the computers. It’s a simple process. It wouldn’t have taken more than an hour to image all 5 machines. That was never done despite my objections and that was three weeks ago.”

The committee also heard from a number of witnesses – voters, poll watchers, other officials– who were courageous enough to come and give live testimony as to the possibly–in my opinion probably– illegal conduct of many of the workers and election officials. A commentator had this to say about their patriotism and bravery:

Despite all the bombshells dropped in Gettysburg this week, Democrats and the news media still cling to the outlandish claim that there’s “no evidence” of vote fraud. Twitter continues to flag the president’s tweets for containing “disputed” information even when there’s nothing to dispute.

But no one can censor or dispute the credible allegations made in Gettysburg on Wednesday. Pennsylvania Republicans showed a level of courage and patriotism woefully lacking in the establishment GOP, which is ready to dispatch Donald Trump and move on with a Biden presidency. If we are indeed creeping toward a second civil war to reclaim the country, the shots fired at Gettysburg this week might, as they did in the first, represent a decisive turning point.

Another dramatic development took place late Friday evening, November 27, 2020, when Pennsylvania District Judge Patricia McCullough handed down her ruling in a case filed by a Republican Congressman, Mike Kelly, and several candidates for office in that state against the Governor and Secretary of State seeking an order enjoining them from certifying the results of the election until their arguments could be fairly heard and adjudicated. The arguments, which have the potential to be far-reaching and applicable to the other battleground states as well, are set forth in the news item excerpts below:

A group of Republican lawmakers and candidates sued the Keystone State earlier this week, arguing that the state legislature’s mail-in voting law—Act 77—violated the commonwealth’s constitution.
“Petitioners appear to have established a likelihood to succeed on the merits because petitioners have asserted the Constitution does not provide a mechanism for the legislature to allow for expansion of absentee voting without a constitutional amendment,” McCullough wrote.
When ruling on an emergency injunction, judges have to consider whether the party which requested the injunction is likely to win the case or “succeed on the merits.” McCullough opined that the “petitioners appear to have a viable claim that the mail-in ballot procedures set forth in Act 77 contravene” the plain language of the provision of the Pennsylvania Constitution which deals with absentee voting.

The potential impact could spring from the possible similarity of the Constitutions of the various states in which there are allegations of fraudulent conduct involved–the battleground states– which largely if not close to exclusively involved “mail-in ballots” authorized by similar legislation in all of these states. The significance of this ruling, which appears on its way to the United States Supreme Court after its anticipated reversal by the 5-2 Democrat majority Pennsylvania Supreme Court, is fully explained and discussed in a video presentation by Dr. Steve Turley which can be accessed here.

In another development in Pennsylvania the State Senator who spearheaded the Gettysburg hearings, Sen. Doug Mastriano, a retired U.S. Army Colonel with a doctorate in history and four Masters Degrees, will seek a resolution tomorrow in the Pennsylvania Legislature to the following effect:

In an interview Friday, Mastriano said he and his colleagues are considering a joint resolution—both chambers are controlled by Republicans—to name the state’s electoral slate rather than keep that authority vested in Kathy Boockvar, the appointed Democratic secretary of state. (Biden’s 20 electors are scheduled to meet in Harrisburg on December 14 at the same time electors meet in state capitals across the country.)

As if all these developments taking place in Pennsylvania are not piling up enough evidence to present a very credible case that the President– and, it follows like night the day, we the people– was fraudulently and corruptly robbed of a legitimate, possibly an overwhelming and decisive, victory in this election in a number of states, similar developments, lawsuits, appeals, hearings, etc., are taking place in a number of those states simultaneously. A hearing, apparently similar to that conducted in Pennsylvania, will be held tomorrow, Monday, November 30, 2020, in Arizona and another is being arranged in Michigan in a few days.
In trying to put together as succinct as possible an overview of all the evidence citizens should have at least a basic knowledge of one is reminded of the statement of the now much-maligned Sidney Powell earlier when this process was just getting underway. She said that witness were coming forward and documents were being discovered in such a volume it was difficult to keep up with the magnitude of what they were discovering. This is clearly evident in trying to get even a slight understanding of the massive amount of statistical evidence which has been compiled about the Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia elections, mainly consisting of a study performed by Vote Integrity entitled Anomalies in Vote Counts and their Effects on Election 2020. This study and the massive detail which supports its conclusions are, especially to a non-statistics-friendly person such as yours truly, is not for the faint of heart, but a recent news analysis entitled The Definitive Case Proving Donald Trump Won The Election is very helpful in getting a handle on some of the more astonishing findings.

The report is written in dry and academic language, filled with graphs, footnotes, and various hedges, but its implications could not be more obvious. Indeed, if the authors were less tepid, they might have fairly titled it:
Joe Biden’s Victory Was Not Legitimate. And Now We Can Prove it.
Because that’s exactly what the report does. It looks at election data and shows what many would expect: the states and cities that had the most suspicious circumstances on election night and into the next day are precisely where the analysis flags extreme anomalies.
Summary and Background of the Report
It starts out with the background on Michigan and Wisconsin — the famous “vote spikes” that were plainly ridiculous and fundamentally changed both the electoral reality and the narrative. The report reminds us of the infamous vote spikes in Michigan and Wisconsin.
***
The report is based on an analysis of the difference between successive updates in each state, each of which it calls “vote updates.” In online discourse, these are often referred to as “vote dumps” or “vote batches.”
It examines them across states and, controlling for how big a state is and how Democratic it is, does the following:
Defines, mathematically, what a “vote spike” is
Shows just how rare those are
Shows how, during a five-hour period, four particularly extreme vote spikes arrived favoring Joe Biden
Shows how crucial these were to Joe Biden’s election in MI, WI, and GA
Most damningly, shows how Joe Biden likely would have lost these states — and the election — were these only more “spiky” than 99% of all vote dumps

To a non-numbers person, the finding which literally jumps off the page, is that these huge, “straight-up”, spikes all occurred in the same five-hour period and in all three states, the count was “stopped” to give cover for electoral fraud on the scale of hundreds of thousands of votes which were released in the middle of the night, hoping few would notice.
As noted at the outset of this piece, I started this because I wanted as many Americans as possible to have a resource of current information and data (qualifier: these events are moving literally at “warp-speed”, so I can only claim currency as of the evening hours of Sunday, November 29, 2020) they could read, study, analyze, view video discussions and the Gettysburg hearing, in order to see for themselves the depth of the dishonesty, deceit, corruption and fraud to which Biden owes his electoral “victory”. One cannot really have a complete feel for how deep this rot goes without getting “into the weeds” of much of this material, but to me it is absolutely necessary that as many citizens as possible can familiarize themselves with this exercise in National theft so as to appreciate how close we are to losing our Republic–as we know, one of Dr. Franklin’s great fears.
The article discussed above about the statistical study encapsulates the upshot of this entire nightmare better than any words I could possibly come up with, so here they are:

“Joe Biden’s election “victory” relied on a fraudulent counting process in the dead of night.”

Chumps for Trump vs. Thugs for Plugs




By Jim George
| November 24, 2020 (26 Minutes Ago)

[Author’s note: the title assumes the reader is familiar with the nickname Rush has given to Joseph Robinette Biden for many years as a result of his hair transplant (plural?) years ago. ]

I write this out of a sense of some of the most acute and severe frustration I have ever felt in my (very, very long) life, a life which has had its fair share of many of the same frustrations we all get hit with in this old life. I must say, looking at some of the posts on Ricochet, it would appear I am hardly alone in the way I am feeling, although my sense of helplessness, for want of a better word, might come from a slightly different place.

I write this as a veteran of many years as a practicing trial lawyer, the kind of a lawyer you rarely see on the billboards or on the TV ads aimed primarily at the hospital wards in the morning hours (what a sordid way to make a living, if that’s living!), but the kind, not to get all virtue signaling about it, who actually got down in the dirty work of depositions, Motions, briefing, more Motions, and actual trials– in actual courtrooms, not movie-like sets.

I write this from that background, as well as one in which I was taught by my parents, my mentors, Law Professors, Judges, Senior Lawyers, Military Officers I looked up to for guidance and teaching, to love the Good Ol’ US of A with everything I had and to despise deep in my bones anyone who would wish it harm — in other words, “enemies foreign and domestic.” One source of my frustration tonight is that I feel, in the true sense of the word, surrounded by scores of people who not only seem to wish our Beloved Nation harm, which means they wish us harm, but who are saying it out loud — and acting on that statement.

As a lawyer of “the old school”–how could I pretend to be of any other?– a major source of my frustration is with the howling mobs of the mainstream media (who we have permitted to “call” the election for Biden, to our shame), academia, the execrable “leadership” of the Democrat Party as well as a few of our own, and even some of our own colleagues here on Ricochet who never saw a corrupt old politician or member of The Lincoln Project or The Bulwark they wouldn’t support and send money to, who profess great urgency in convincing the Trump campaign to “give up the ghost” as there is no way he can develop a path to victory.

As one who spent decades in the vineyards of the practice of trial law, I find these complaints to be, to use the most polite term possible, divorced from the real world of what it takes to develop any case, and especially a case of this monumental complexity which must be investigated, drafted, filed (in numerous jurisdictions), argued, tried in the instances where the Court sets an evidentiary hearing, appealed (especially here where there does not seem to be a Judge in the entire county willing to let these cases go forward) on an excruciatingly tiny timeframe.

But, my disdain is heightened tenfold when these complaints come from those I will refer to in a shorthand manner as “The Lincoln Project” geniuses who are wallowing in their gloating revelry at the prospect of a Harris Administration –how about we try a little realism here, for a change?– who hold themselves out to be practicing, working, licensed, lawyers, who must, if, indeed, they are what they claim to be, know a little about what is involved in putting these cases together and would be presumed to know that everyone is entitled, as an American citizen, to make whatever legal claims he or she can, in good faith, make–even, and this is what causes the break apparently, President Donald J. Trump!

Unity! they say. It is only because I honor the C of C here that I restrain myself from saying what I really feel about people who display what may be a whole new level of hypocrisy rarely seen even in the cesspool which our National Capital has become. Fortunately, our friend Dr. Bastiat has kindly provided us with a remarkable summary by an unusually well suited observer to help us understand what we are experiencing in “Fighting Words.” There, he set forth a recent essay by David Horowitz, CEO of the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor of its publication, Front Page and himself a former far-left radical, which every one of us should read, study, review, re-read, and study again, as it is one of the most perceptive pieces I have seen and may be likened to Mr. Jefferson’s “fire bell in the night.” @drbastiat did all of us a great service in bringing this chilling commentary to our attention, and it bears at least a cursory review here.

Here is his description of the person the Never Trumpers and the Lincoln Project groupies so proudly supported and the “party” he “leads”:

“This is not “playing” people. It is war. They are trying to kill us politically, and we need to respond accordingly, to fight fire with fire. Today’s Democrat Party is a party of character assassins and racists. Republicans know this but are reluctant to say it. That is how a pathological liar and corrupt political whore like Joe Biden can accuse the choice of 73 million Americans of being a white supremacist and also murdering 220,000 corona virus patients. That’s why Biden and his gunslingers can do so with no consequences – without so much as a wrist slap – from “moderates” and independents, who know better. The Democrats’ ability to intimidate well-meaning Americans is that great.

“Is this too blanket a condemnation? Where, then, is the Democrat who was outraged by the four-year Russia collusion hoax and the failed coup and impeachment attempts – all of which accused the president, without a shred of evidence, of treason? Where was the Democrat who dissented from the public lynching of an exemplary public servant, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, over an incident that never happened 37 years ago at a time when he was a high school kid? Where is the Democrat who has condemned the violent street criminals of Antifa and Black Lives Matter who got away with conducting the most destructive civic insurrection in American history, orchestrating mayhem and disrespect for the law that led to the murders of scores of people who happen to have been mainly black?” (Emphasis added)

But, the centerpiece of the Horowitz essay was, in my opinion, at least, his “brief vocabulary for understanding the political war that has engulfed us”:

” … When it is used by enough Americans who love their country, it will cancel the surreal universe that Democrats’ lies have imposed on us, and the war will be on its way to being won.

“Democrats are not democrats; they are totalitarians. They have declared war on the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, the Electoral College, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the election system, and the idea of civil order. They have called for the Republican President of the United States to be de-platformed and jailed. Their obvious goal is a one-party state that criminalizes dissent. To them, support for such basic necessities as borders and law enforcement are racist. If you oppose their efforts to legalize infanticide, they will condemn you as enemies of women, and if you make videos of their confessions to selling body parts of murdered infants, they will – like Kamala Harris – throw you in jail.

“Progressives are not progressive; they are reactionaries. They are out to abolish liberal value systems and create a status hierarchy where race, gender, and sexual orientation define and confine you to an unalterable place in their new social order. If you are white or male or heterosexual or religious – Justice Kavanaugh was all four – you are guilty before the fact.”

In conclusion, he gives one of the best short rebuttals to the incessant accusations of “systemic racism” I have seen, and finishes with a sad commentary on the squishy composition of Republican backbones and what we, as individual patriotic Americans need to do to combat this horde of barbarians:

“Systemic racism” is an assertion made reflexively by Democrats that is never accompanied by evidence. For good reason. Systemic racism has been outlawed in America since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If there were actual instances of systemic racism in 2020, there would be lawsuits – plenty of them. Even making the racist assumption, which the Identity Politics crowd does make, that all white people are white supremacists by dint of their skin color, there are tens of thousands of black lawyers, prosecutors, district attorneys, attorneys general, and elected officials who would be filing lawsuits over a practice that is illegal. You never hear of massive lawsuits over systemic racism, because “systemic racism” is a myth. The myth lives because it is an indispensable weapon wielded by Democrats to advance their anti-democratic agendas and quests for power.

But the only reason Democrats are able to do this so successfully – even going so far as to justify the arson, looting and general destruction in more than 600 American cities this summer – is because Republicans, and conservatives generally, are too cowardly to confront them. This war will continue until patriotic Americans summon the courage to call Democrats the racists, liars, character assassins and aspiring totalitarians that they actually are. And to do so in so many words. Blowback works.

A similar recommendation as to what we, as individual Patriots may well be called upon to do, is found in the most recent issue of the Claremont Review of Books (very highly recommended) in which the brilliant scholar and novelist, Mark Helprin, in an essay entitled The Revolution of 2020, issued this stirring clarion call to action:

“No”is one of the most difficult yet liberating words in any language. Though it often comes at a steep price—of peace, tranquility, livelihood, and even life—it is the master key to independence and freedom. Were every American made aware of this inherent power, we would then see how much courage and character we have left. For the simplest declaration is the most potent, and sometimes it moves like wildfire.

How difficult would it be to say, when the demand comes, when the threat comes, when the command comes: No, I do not agree with your redefinitions. No, I will not do as you tell me. No, I will not say what you order me to say. No, I will not surrender my freedom of speech and expression. No, I will not accept your revolution. And I will not stand against my country.

To shamelessly “borrow” from Mr. Horowitz’ questions: where are the lawyers who care deeply about the Rule of Law who will admit that President Trump has exactly the same right to pursue every single, possible, valid, good faith claim under the law that I have or you have or your neighbor has or, yes, even Messrs Kristol and Conway and French and Goldberg and their esteemed Never Trumper colleagues have as American citizens? Where are the lawyers, other than, Thank God, such warriors as Guliani, Powell, Ellis, Wood, etc., who will stand with this American citizen until the last claim is adjudicated and the last appeal is rejected, as they would with any client they represent? Where are the citizens who will say, with Mr. Horowitz and Mr. Helprin, NO! This will not stand; and I will NOT stand against my country?

No!