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Not ready for prime time: weekend response to January 6
From Joey P, on Substack:
My goodness. And the networks really believe I will tune into this poopoo show. Good luck.
From Scott Adams podcast (Episode 1771), “Real Coffee With Scott Adams”:
“Let me say this: Any time people show you edited video, whether the clip is edited or it’s put together with the other clips from other things, and any time they put an audio overlay over that, especially if the audio comes from a different time or place, which is what the January 6 committee is doing…are we not sophisticated enough yet as voters and the public to know that when anybody does this, it’s propaganda? It wouldn’t matter who did it. If the Pope makes you a “mix” video, it’s propaganda.”
You are being manipulated. If your best friend does this, “he’s not your friend. I don’t know how much more clearly I can say it.”
“Every bit of that is criminal, basically, or should be criminal. We’re allowing our government to do something right in front of us that should be against the law [when the other side isn’t allowed to respond]. But the only reason it’s not is that the people doing it make the laws….and I’m kind of amazed that we put up with it.”
We’ve said it wasn’t the riot that was a threat to democracy, but the REACTION to the riot, and Adams observed essentially the same thing: “If I had to rank them for which was worse, the events of January 6 or the hearings, it’s not even close. The events of January 6, with the violence: REALLY BAD. But, it’s not as bad as what the Democrats are doing in the hearings. I consider that worse, ‘cause the risks are higher. There was no risk that the country was going to be overthrown on January 6...but this hearing...to me, this is a gut-punch to the Republic.”
The fact that we even allow this makes Adams want to “have an insurrection right now,” he said. He never felt the urge before, but he does now. It’s the lack of any counter-argument. The Democrats are doing this with such impunity, that –- although he stressed he does NOT recommend violence –- he said that if he “were going to do an insurrection, they’re talking me into it.”
Adams thinks there should be “a hearing about the hearings.” The GOP, when they retake the House, should look into why these hearings were allowed to happen and how they were put together, “and then the Democrats should not be allowed to respond,” haha. He’d also like to see impeachment for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for his incitement of violence against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who was refused a seat on the January 6 committee by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said essentially the same this weekend on “Sunday Morning Futures.” We need to see ALL depositions, ALL documents, he said. He also reminded us that the committee had previously altered evidence, a text exchange between him and Mark Meadows. Those snakes had to admit it in December of last year. Don't believe anything they put in front of you in these hearings.
I would add that we'll also need to find out about the elephant in the room: the FBI’s role (before and during the event), and the lack of security in spite of the FBI’s intel report to Capitol Police just days before. Another question: why did they not ever locate the person who planted a bomb outside RNC and DNC headquarters? What’s the real story with that?
In Tucker Carlson’s Friday monologue, he explained why this “hearing” –- shown, he said, on every news network except FOX News –- wasn’t a real hearing, because in a real hearing, “the other side can speak.” That’s what we’ve been saying: that Thursday was essentially a prosecutor’s opening statement. Actually, two things are missing from a prosecutor’s opening statement: 1) any opposition, and 2) EVIDENCE. Selectively edited video is not evidence.
And, yes, NEWSMAX did finally give in and run the political theatre --- to provide it “without the spin,” they said. At least they had some good commentators, such as former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker and legal analyst Alan Dershowitz.
This literally was a show trial, to the point where it was scripted and read off teleprompters.
Tucker’s hypothesis is that they’re doing this because every minute they devote to January 6 “and some imaginary threat from QAnon” is another minute “they’re not covering the collapse of the American economy.” As I’ve said, when leftists first started mentioning the so-called right-wing menace of QAnon, my staff and I had to look it up, because we didn’t know what it was.
Later in his broadcast, he recalled what so many seem to have forgotten: “It was just two years ago, live on television, summer of 2020, a mob of Biden voters tried to storm the White House; remember this? They torched a church across the street. They attacked Secret Service officers. A mob called for the President of the United States to be lynched. He was taken to an underground bunker for safety. We don’t like to be hysterical, so we kind of downplayed it at the time…”
“This is what our country’s capitol looked like,” he said, with video of raging fire, broken glass and protesters breaking down barriers in the background.
“It’s just too much,” Tucker said. “Stop lying to us! Stop telling us things that we know for a fact are not true. We watched them in real time.” But no, we’re expected to believe that “January 6, 2021, remains the single worst thing ever to happen to America.”
Ashli Babbitt’s widower Aaron was also on the show. We’ve learned more about her shooting death in recent days, such as that killer Michael Byrd admitted he knew Ashli was likely unarmed, that he never even had to file a police report, and that he received a $200 donation on his GoFundMe page from –- get ready –- committee member Adam Kinzinger. As you know, the committee on Thursday night never mentioned Ashli’s name.
Interesting note about Monday morning’s hearing: In an announcement late Sunday, one of the people called to testify --- in his case by subpoena --- is 2020 Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien. Stepien now happens to be campaign manager for Harriet Hageman, Liz Cheney’s Trump-endorsed opponent in her Wyoming congressional race, who is beating Cheney up in the polls. So, Liz Cheney will be interrogating her current opponent’s campaign manager. (Of course, Cheney’s side, the “prosecution,” is the only side doing any questioning.) This is one more hop away from the rules for this kangaroo court.
Jonathan Swan reports that a knowledgable source tells him Stepien might not be a “friendly” witness. Maybe he’s not fond of kangaroos.
Upon hearing this development, Taylor Budowich, communciations director for Trump and Save America, tweeted: “This circus is beyond embarrassment and will forever stain the integrity of Congress.”
Nick Arama at REDSTATE comments:
"Breakthrough" deal on guns is reached in the Senate
Sunday, a group of 10 Senate Republicans and 10 Democrats announced that they had reached a “breakthrough” deal on a "framework" of new gun laws. It’s not yet in the form of legislation. It doesn’t ban any particular guns, the way many Democrats want; but it includes money for mental health and school security, it would add juvenile records to background checks for any gun buyers under 21, it would deny guns to people convicted of domestic violence, and it includes grants for states to institute “red flag” laws.
These Republicans argue that it would be easier for people caught in red flag laws to appeal on the state level, but I’d say that depends on the state. Some of the provisions are sensible, like increasing school security, while others sound sensible on the surface but wouldn’t have prevented recent school shootings (for instance, most of the shooters didn’t have anything on their records for a background check to catch.)
Even though having the support of 10 Republicans might seem to make this a slam dunk in the Senate, it’s not clear whether Democrats who are pushing for much more radical plans will settle for it, or whether these Republicans will all stand firm after they hear from their constituents, or after they see what Democrats might try to add to it. And it will take 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.
In the meantime, conservative commentators are wondering why Republicans so close to a midterm election would want to tick off their constituents by backing new anti-gun laws that are wildly unpopular with them? (Daniel Horowitz, senior editor at The Blaze, noticed that of those 10 GOP Senators, four are retiring and none of the others are running for reelection this year. Coincidence?)
Even laws as seemingly reasonable as red flag laws can be abused to deny Second Amendment rights to someone who’s done nothing wrong. Good luck trying to convince Republican voters that they can trust the government never to falsely brand them as dangerous extremists or domestic terrorists.
The NRA issued a statement, but declined to go into detail until the “framework” actually becomes a piece of legislation.
At these links, Rick Moran of PJ Media and Spencer Brown of Townhall.com have more thoughts on this subject.
And Kevin Downey of PJ Media goes further, pointing out that Democrat DA’s aren’t even trying to arrest and lock up the people who are committing the vast majority of shootings. They call it “social justice” or “justice reform,” but Downey’s theory is that leftist DA’s have deliberately created a crime wave to give them an excuse to disarm the law-abiding.
Another Biden foreign policy debacle
Over the weekend, President Biden attended the Summit of the Americas conference in Los Angeles. I think it’s safe to say that it did not go well, as you can read here:
Biden refused to invite Cuba, which is one of the few things I’ve agreed with him on. But because of that, the nations most responsible for illegal immigration to the US – Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia and El Salvador – boycotted the meeting, which was largely concerned with illegal immigration, while those did attend slammed Biden for not including Cuba. So there was a lot of America-bashing and very little accomplished. Pretty much a typical international summit meeting.
Adam Schiff's tainted "evidence"
Adam Schiff went on TV Sunday to claim that the January 6th Kangaroo Kommittee has enough “evidence” to indict former President Trump. He didn’t actually show that evidence, of course. Maybe he has it in his pocket, along with the evidence he claimed to have of Trump officials colluding with Russia. Or maybe it’s with all the evidence the prosecutors in New York claimed to have of Trump committing countless business crimes before the grand jury was allowed to expire because the D.A. didn’t think they had enough evidence to convince a jury.
Considering that this Kommittee has already proven itself to be a one-sided star chamber that doesn’t even allow the other side to speak or question witnesses, it’s kind of amazing that they have to resort to lying and selectively editing and falsifying their so-called “evidence.”
But as Bonchie at Redstate.com points out, the fact that the process is illegitimate, illegal and hopelessly partisan and corrupt, and that the “evidence” is irredeemably tainted, doesn’t mean that they won’t be able to get Merrick Garland’s “Justice” Department to indict Trump. If the basic rules of due process and Congressional ethics still applied, this Kommittee wouldn’t even exist, so these days, anything can happen.
Kangaroo Kommittee Day 2 Preview
Here’s a preview of today’s Day Two of Nancy Pelosi’s January 6th Kangaroo Kommittee hearings. If you thought they promised a lot and delivered nothing during prime time, don’t expect anything different today.
And here are some good comments on that prime time show by law professors Alan Dershowitz and Jonathan Turley, two liberals who used to be celebrated by the left before they started applying the rule of law equally to Trump, so they’ve since become pariahs.
I like Dershowitz’s analogy to the basketball playoffs, that the way Nancy Pelosi set up this Kommittee is like letting the Golden State Warriors come out and start shooting baskets while the Celtics are barred from coming onto the court.
Alaska Special Election
There was an unusual Saturday special election in Alaska to fill the seat of my late friend, Rep. Don Young. While it’s kind of a complicated process, I think it’s safe to say that Sarah Palin will be advancing to the next round. I haven’t endorsed a candidate in this race, but I’ve got to admit there are few thoughts more enjoyable than the idea of Nancy Pelosi being the leader of a tiny Democrat minority in a House where Sarah Palin is in the majority.
Ukraine and the price of gas
We’re not hearing as much about the Russian invasion of Ukraine as we were. Part of that is because of the limited attention span of US media, which as the war has settled into a long, deadly grind, has found sexier topics to go chase. And no doubt it’s partly because they don’t want to cover certain aspects of it, like the fact that the Biden embargo on Russian oil has caused oil prices to skyrocket, while other nations aren’t observing the boycott, which means that Putin is now selling more oil than he was before, and at much higher prices.
On that subject, this weekend, the national average price of gasoline topped $5 for the first time ever. And before you let anyone convince you that this is the fault of Vladimir Putin or greedy oil companies, watch this video clip that’s making the rounds of the Internet. It shows Joe Biden debating Bernie Sanders in 2020. Biden declared that if he became President…
“No more subsidies for the fossil fuel industry. No more drilling on federal lands. No more drilling, including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill. Period. It ends.”
In light of that, Biden Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo’s claim that he’s “using every arrow in his quiver” to bring down gas prices was met with widespread derision on social media. He already used every arrow in his quiver to perforate our domestic energy industry.
I don’t know about you, but when people tell you what they are, I tend to believe them. That’s why I believe that Bernie Sanders is a socialist and that Joe Biden is to blame for $5-a-gallon gas that by the time he’s done is going to sound cheap.
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