Looks like some of them ARE getting right back to business as usual.
For a good long while, many Republicans believed Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham would produce a slew of indictments for the bad actors of the Russia probe. A bushel of bad news always sat just around the corner for James Comey, James Clapper, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, and many others.
Judgement day, however, kept getting postponed. The trove of sealed indictments always seemed to slide just beyond arm’s reach. In the meantime, the Republican Party went P. T. Barnum on Bill Barr, fundraising on the promise of revenge against a whole host of ne’er-do-wells.
But after a year-and-a-half of imminent indictments, and a lot of fundraising, it became more than evident that the Barr-Dunham probe which provided so much chum for right-wing waters was pure grift. The “deep state” goon squad would never see the inside of a prison cell.
Not because they were exonerated, or blameless. Nor was it because a good case against them wasn’t made, or makeable. It was because the fix was in. That hardly serves as an affirmation of the integrity of the system. Quite the opposite, actually.
Then another investigation came along. One that sparked the hopes of millions of Trump supporters still reeling from an election night gone wrong, one that started off just as promising as the Barr-Durham probe.
Amid a series of irregularities and apparent voter fraud, Sidney Powell, a former federal prosecutor and a member of Trump’s legal team for the election, leaped onto the scene, guns blazing. Just like Barr.
Bear with me just a bit further, gang; he’s about to go way wrong, you’ll see.
The issue with Powell was never that fraud didn’t occur or that she was making it up out of whole cloth, but that her claims are so extraordinary that they would threaten to discredit the case for real fraud if they turned out to be exaggerated or in any way untrue. There are many compelling examples of irregularities involving mail-in ballots, ejected poll observers, and more that are worthy of serious investigating.
But Powell has set the bar so incredibly high above those things now. This is not to say that there is not or could not be some basic truth to some of her claims, but that it is dangerous to build the case for fraud entirely on one person’s shoulders. As a result, “belief” in Powell has become a kind of purity test for some Trump supporters, creating internecine conflicts at the drop of a hat. It’s also preventing the Trump movement from performing any kind of introspection on what might have been some of the campaign’s mistakes.
Codswallop. If fraud was committed—and it couldn’t be more apparent that it was, with an abundance of credible evidence confirming it—then “introspection” and “mistakes” aren’t relevant.
If Powell’s claims are all true, then there would be no need to consider that perhaps it was a mistake to court rather than tackle the corporate and tech forces now garroting Trump’s last-ditch efforts. If Powell is right, there is no reason to criticize the Trump campaign’s racial-spoils pandering, its failure to keep signature platform promises, or its critical personnel problems. Because the only problem will have been, according to her, that as many as 10 million fraudulent votes and up to 7 million votes were switched from Trump to Biden. The unexpected side effect of all this is an unremittingly uncritical movement that will circle the wagons to defend the most poisonous pills in the White House and viciously attack those who are otherwise allies. Powell’s moment in the limelight is reminding us of the dangers of personality cults.
“Personality cults”? Well, okay then.
Now, as the recent spate of Powell skeptics or debunkers go, the above is actually mild stuff. This guy is more even-handed and polite about it than many others have been, let’s just concede that right up front. Even so, it still gripes me, although possibly not for the reasons you might assume. Let’s start with this.
I don’t have that evidence, but the fact that Sidney Powell claims she does is enough to convince me. This is a woman who gave up years of income she could have earned in her profitable practice to write, print, and promote a book no publisher would touch. Its charges were too explosive, I imagine.
Its targets, like Andrew Weissman (the protege of FBI director Christopher Wray) wield too much power. Tellingly, none of the people Powell exposed in Licensed to Lie have dared to sue her for defamation or libel. She put herself out there as a target for such a suit by writing the book—with no publishing house’s attorneys on board to defend her. But no one did, I’m sure because her charges were absolutely truthful.
Non-partisan legal expert Jonathan Turley is one of the few reliable commentators left out there. He observed after watching the press conference that Powell and the rest of the president’s team took a similar risk today. They accused a massive corporation, Dominion, with links to friendly billionaires like Soros and many foreign governments, of felonies. Of colluding with corrupt election officials to steal the White House.
Given the death threats to election officials in Michigan, and the doxing of their children, for refusing to certify a corrupt election, I’d say Ms. Powell is risking a lot more than money.
But there Sidney stood fearlessly on television, her voice quavering a little at the enormity of the evil she has helped to uncover. Meanwhile the Vichy-conservatives over at National Review and other “squish” venues sniped at her, and at Rudolph Giuliani, who faced down the hitmen of the New York Mafia, then broke its back. One called the Trump team “unhinged,” and sniffed at its lack of “dignity.”
If you think your country’s elections are being stolen, and your main concern is for keeping your “dignity,” then I don’t want you next to me in a foxhole. You’ll switch sides if the enemy offers a chocolate bar, and a chance to save your skin.
Getting closer, but still not quite there yet. More, and closer still:
Imagine that fairly high-ranking government officials, former mayors and prosecutors, hold a press conference accusing the Joint Chiefs of Staff of planning to shoot down an American airliner. They say the plan is to blame China, Russia, or Cuba.
Immediately they are depicted as nuttier than a Christmas fruitcake. Legacy media paints them as fabulists looking for book deals. Psychologists speculate on their sanity. Social media doubles down on purges. It’s almost like there was a Zoom call to coordinate it all.
Undaunted, the self-described whistleblowers offer even bolder claims in interviews. They say the Joint Chiefs will set off bombs in Washington, D.C. and other U.S. cities. Canada and U.S. bases abroad will be attacked. It’s described as a “very well-funded” operation with CIA involvement.
There are mentions of original documents and check stubs proving payoffs. We’re told to expect more details by the end of this week.
Americans split into factions. The conspiratorial say this is only the beginning and Jeff Bezos and the Post Office and Bill Gates are in on it. MSNBC veers between ignoring the claims and screeching about Nazis. The rival political party starts muttering about criminal charges for treason. Fans of Enemy of the State, Wag the Dog, or Three Days of the Condor keep an open mind. Wasn’t Burt Lancaster that Joint Chiefs guy in Seven Days in May who tried a coup?
This is a little like the situation we find ourselves in when evaluating claims of a massive operation to steal the election for Joe Biden.
If we were told that boxes of ballots for Biden were carted into Philadelphia inner-city precincts at 3 a.m., that would be easy to believe. Or if we were told that Republican observers were prevented from observing and that windows are boarded up in Detroit. We’ve seen the videos despite our increasingly irate Silicon Valley overseers threatening us with the lash.
But attorneys Sidney Powell and Lin Wood are not stopping there. They say perhaps 10 million fake votes were generated. They argue that the rot is global. In an interview two days ago, Powell said there was “foreign interference in our election” including from “China, Iran, Serbia, Lichtenstein.” Powell said “the CIA, I’m sure, has a hand in it.” She said to expect a lawsuit by the end of this week.
These allegations raise the stakes. They transform suspicions of Chicago-style fraud into an existential national crisis. If their claims about national-scale computerized fraud are true, democracy in the republic is over. The fix is in. Elections are a sham. Our ruling elite select the winner, and complainers get the camps.
Yep, almost there now. JJ brings us onto the porch and rings the bell:
If anyone doubts that there is not a Globalist plot to take America down, especially in light of what we and this President have experienced these past four to 20 years and really since the end of the Second World War, then please describe the bumps on your sigmoid as you have your head up your ass. If Sidney Powell is guilty of anything, it’s perhaps fighting the right battle but at the wrong time. That is unless she really does have the Kraken of all evidence ready to be released. I hope she does. In any case, my anger is not at her, nor at Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis or anyone else on the Trump Team. My incandescent rage that can never be slaked is at the traitors and the Enemy for snuffing out the last vestige of this republic and for those allegedly on our side who are their willing accomplices. Worst of the bunch are the state legislators and other GOP politicians in the six states that know firsthand that the Enemy stole their elections and should be convening right now to assign their electors to Trump. There is no excuse for that, threats of violence or not. This is a war now, and we are this close to an open shooting war, and considering the firebombing of several dozen cities over the past six months, arguably we’re at that stage already.
Whatever happens with Sidney Powell’s case, she is the very last person I am ever going to attack. For me, her motivations, if not perhaps (as remains to be seen) her strategy, are beyond reproach. Until you (the royal you) show me the proof – as you have demanded of her – that she is anything but a great patriot, I’m with her all the way. Because we are going to need an army of Sidney Powell’s should worse come to worse.
Dingdingdingdingding! We’re home, everybody!
See, it’s like this: I don’t give a tinker’s dam whether Powell is exaggerating, or grandstanding, or stoking her own ego, or just dead wrong. I don’t care if she’s stretching the truth a mite, if she has some of her details jumbled, or if she’s being misled in some fashion. Honestly, she could be making the whole thing up for all I give a shit. I’ll still stand shoulder to shoulder with her against our common enemy, be he a rabid Lefty loon, a Democrat-Socialist con artist, or a NeverTrumpTard Vichy Republican. I’m on her side no matter what, and Cadaver Joe Biden, Commie Kamala, and every last Enemedia propagandist can all go piss up a rope. Likewise Bill Kristol, Ewan McMuffin, David French, Mitt Romany, and the whole sorry lot of ’em.
The Enemy closes ranks when attacked, no matter what. We, on the other hand, natter and obssess over trivia, personality conflicts, and general persiflage. We bog ourselves down in niggling “debate” as if our very way of life wasn’t on the line here. We respond to direct frontal assault with over-intellectualizing and parlor pedantry. Then we kill our wounded, apologize for our beastly shortcomings, and slink off the field in ignominious retreat.
No Vichy GOPer ever yet found a hill that was worth dying on. For our side, “living to fight another day” always seems to take precedence over kicking the enemy’s ass up between his fucking shoulder blades. Because we’re “better than they are.” Because we must always “take the high road.” Because “that’s not who we are.”
The Enemy is making war. We’re making tea and crumpets. Bottom line:
What Trump, like Caesar, understands is that he can’t back down from this fight, even should he wish to. During his long campaign in Gaul, Caesar made it a point never to retreat; on one occasion when even the famed 10th Legion temporarily broke ranks during a battle, the chagrined legionaries asked their commander to decimate their ranks for cowardice. (Caesar refused.)
Trump similarly grasps that to stand down now, even in the face of overwhelming opposition—some of it coming from within his own ranks—would spell an ignominious end to his presidency and demoralize his voting legions. To leave an open question of whether our porous and multifarious systems of voting are easily manipulated and therefore untrustworthy would be to do the nation a great disservice.
As we’ve seen throughout the past four years, appeasement doesn’t work. No matter what the duly elected president of the United States did, there was no satisfying the rabid left and its media lackeys, short of Trump’s expulsion from office, however effected.
And so they mounted one of the strangest counter-campaigns in U.S. political history, rigging their nomination process to spit forth a superannuated, lifelong political hack rushing headlong into his embarrassing dotage and installing as his vice president the dangerous woman they really wanted to head their ticket, but who couldn’t garner any support during the primaries. It’s a breathtakingly cynical ploy, and a stain on American political history should it succeed.
So please, Mr. President, fight all the way to the end. Until these cases get to court—the big one, located right behind the Capitol—and your augments can be heard over the talking heads and the chattering classes, go on national television and explain to the American people what the stakes really are: not your political survival, but the survival of the Republic itself under a Constitution the left increasingly and openly despises.
Just so. Oh, and about that whackadoo conspiracy theory Normal American mentioned, wherein the JCOS plotted to down an American airliner for their own nefarious purposes? Silly stuff, I know, and it does kinda put Sydney Powell’s reckless, baseless allegations in a somewhat dimmer light. Right?
Back to our whistleblowers’ claims of false flag attacks on an airliner and Washington, D.C. It might sound like a half-baked conspiracy theory.
But it would have been true. In 1962, the Joint Chiefs of Staff proposed shooting down an American civilian airliner, bombing D.C., and other false flag actions. It was called Operation Northwoods. President Kennedy rejected the proposal. He was assassinated the next year.
Then and now, extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. The kraken remains elusive.
Perhaps. But for me, proof no longer matters. I know who the enemy is; I know what he is, what he intends, how he will use the power he’s usurped. I care about one thing now, and one thing alone: annihilating him. I won’t hesitate to employ any and every weapon I can get my hands on—large or small, clean or dirty, fair or unfair, honorable or sneaky—that will help to get that job done. If Sydney Powell is such a weapon then I’m all for her, and straight to hell with all other considerations. If not, I’ll look for another.
Perfect Mike! 100%
“I know who the enemy is; I know what he is, what he intends, how he will use the power he’s usurped. I care about one thing now, and one thing alone: annihilating him.”
Notice how much they are “helping” overturn an election fraud perpetrated not only by the damnocrats but by foreign enemies?
Maybe the damn marxist party of democrats along with the GOPe doesn’t consider the enemy, enemies? Maybe they are colluding with them? $$$ exchanges?
Some very good news on the legal front all day today and General Flynn gets Pardoned.
Well, I’ll be giving thanks to the Lord tomorrow and I’m not even very religious.
There must be a God though, for Trump to have been sent our way.
With you there Kenny. Trump is the right man at the right time.
ABout the Fake lies he said about “military losers” he said “welcome to the roaring 20’s”.
Does anyone know any details about Sidney Powell’s filings in Georgia today?
SHe should never had joked about “releasing the Kraken” but that is silly pedantic nonsense to attack her when she is a brilliant, Patriotic American who has done a lot for this Country.
Try to watch the Press Conference last Thursday with her and Giuliani.
First off, they deliberately directed bright, hot lights so Giuliani was sweating (he’s how old now?). An asshoe trick on their part.
But just the Substance of the Presentation are damning, on both the part of Rudy and Ms. Powell. I also liked the Trump legal team lawyer who spoke and fielded questions from the asshoe Press and smacked them around like Sarah Huckabee and McEnnany combined.
Rereading the text of the Presser was even more illuminating. SO many little details were revealed to show how utterly brazen, and therfore so utterly easy to prove, were the moves to cheat by the Dems. I especially liked how Giuliani tied together the various State Frauds into a a neat “conspiracy”. “Did they just all wake up separately that morning and decide…”
Take a moment and think about what he did there in a few sentences. He changed the whole Election Fraud from one that needed to be fought State by State, into a RICO like case that was a Federal Matter now. A criminal conspiracy that crossed State Lines. A perfect setup for individual States to fight (like the PA legislature GOP leaders did today) yet it still ends up eitehr way at the SCOTUS as a Federal matter.
Giuliani was the first to use the RICO laws against the Mafia. He’s now using it against the non-Italian Mafia known as Dems/Uniparty.
If I ever wanted a lawyer on my side it would be Rudy Giuliani (with all due respect to Archie Bunker, who wanted a Jewish Lawyer because they’re the best [his words])
BTW the Cousin Vinnie schtick was priceless too. If only Sidney could do a Brooklyn accent.
Well, as everyone knows the 66 Pontiac didn’t come with positraction, it was only available on the 67 models and only the GTO at that, so those skid marks could have only been made by a 67 GTO or later Pontiac model…
[chewing gum optional].
Actually, he DID go with Archie’s recommendation. Just pronounce Giuliani’s name to be sure!!!
Hey doofus, do you really believe Rudolph William Louis Giuliani is a member of the “Tribe”.
The man is about as NY Italian as you can get.
As far as how you correctly pronounce Giu, it’s Gee-oo-liani.
You’re worse than Adam Schiff, seeing Russians everywhere except yours are Jewish.
LOl, there’s a jew behind every door for Matis.
And now, Giuliani himself, defender of freedom and liberty, the man that told the Saudi’s to shove it up their ass after 9/11 is suspected of Jewry?
I’ll just guess Mr Matis is making a joke.
Aren’t jokes supposed to be funny?
The future of the republic really is at stake – if this theft is allowed to stand?
Or maybe it already was over?
I don’t think we’ve had a republic for a while now, but it was in that icky state before a Tyranny of Fascist or Commie design.
A Democratic Socialist state?
Absent fair elections the Demo is gone and it’s simple a Marxist form of Socialist State.
We were on our way to “utopia” until Trump stepped up and halted the long slide. Is the election of Trump an 8 year hold or the beginning of a return to liberty?
I don’t know the answer. I suspect Iron Bear is right.
Too many young people buy all this shit.
Too many “conservatives” can’t look at numbers and use common sense with a virus.
One “conservative” has been arguing with me that we should Punish corporations with higher taxes because they get limited liability for “free”. I tell him that shareholders have the last claim and first loss in the creditors hierarchy and so it’s not “free”. Plus the benefits to society for everyone far exceeds the downside for corporations. Finally I show him the research that shows that corporations don’t pay tax and it hurts workers and consumers far more. I relay the Calvin Coolidge idea that The Business of America is Business.
He calls me a Liberal for relying on something a hundred years old.
He’s not a kid neither. Yet here he is right in line with Bernie Sanders and AOC and he calls me the Liberal.
How can we win when we beat ourselves like that.
Tell me about it. The idea that a corporate tax is not one of the “costs” of a product or service and will be offset by the product/service price is stupidity
I don’t think Trump halted the long (long, long) slide into tyrrany. At best he has slowed it down for a while. The swamp has proven to be invulnerable to reform from within the system. Buying some time is about the best case available now.
Core problem is we have too many TWANLOCs.
Sure, 1/3 of Democrats recognize there was fraud. How many don’t approve? Means to an end and all that.
Which means that either 2/3 of them are lying or are completely blissfully unawares. I guess there is the part that are uncaring, as long as the checks keep coming and the EBT card fills.
90% of federal employee’s are damnocrats.
90% of federal employee’s don’t do shit.
What was that rule, 20% do 80% of the work in any given organization?
That is especially true in any bureaucracy and probably even worse in most government jobs.
I’ll bet the 10% Not Democrats do 90% of the work in government work.
Guaranteed. 90% of the government is make work or boobs trying to make the productive miserable and unproductive.
Bodybags For Blackpills: A Rant
LOL, that video is good.
Hey, Sarah Hoyt even linked to it at Insty’s. 🙂 I think that’s the first time I’ve ever seen her link a Razorfist vid.
I’ll have to check it occasionally.