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- Bible Verse of the Day - James 3:17-18
- Why the questions about Kamala and January 6?
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1. DAILY BIBLE VERSE
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
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2. Why the questions about Kamala and January 6?
Question: Why are we just now hearing about where Vice President-elect Kamala Harris was during last year’s Capitol Hill riot?
Although the “Justice” Department long maintained that she was at the Capitol, a curious correction was made in a court filing for one of the January 6 cases: “The government incorrectly stated that Vice President-Elect Harris was present at that particular time. In fact, [she] was not present at that particular time, though she was present earlier that day and was present later that day.”
As reported in POLITICO, a similar correction was made last week during a sentencing hearing for another January 6 defendant. One of the prosecutors said the government had “recently learned” that Harris was not actually inside the Capitol building when rioters entered. It was only after the skirmishes ended and the building was cleared that she returned to cast a vote to certify Biden’s election victory, and her own.
“Recently learned”? How would they not have known where she was? As Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, has pointed out, she had Secret Service protection wherever she went. (I would think that on such a momentous day, that protection would've been on high alert.) The Secret Service keeps logs of everywhere they go, he said; there’s no way Kamala’s location would not have been accounted for.
In other words, this makes no sense.
POLITICO called this an example of “fundamental facts” about the riot –- what they call the “insurrection” –- that “remain murky.” They wanted to know, like us: “where was the Vice President-elect and why did she leave the Capitol?”
Some have said that since her presence inside the Capitol complex would've automatically rendered it a “restricted” area, the assumption that she was there was critical to some of the charges against protesters. But it wouldn't be if Vice President Mike Pence was there. Both Pence and Harris had Secret Service protection, and that means the presence of either of them –- not necessarily both –- would have caused the area to be restricted from public access.
But now that we know Kamala wasn’t there, Pence’s whereabouts need to be nailed down; otherwise, defense attorneys might argue that the Capitol building wasn’t technically “restricted.” Interestingly, prosecutors in one case are trying to get the judge to prevent the defense from asking for details about Pence’s exact location.
The question does remain, of course, how any member of the public walking into the Capitol building through open doors would've KNOWN the building was temporarily restricted. Apparently even some members of the Capitol Police didn’t know, as some doors were unlocked and they waved the Trump supporters right in to look around the Rotunda and take selfies.
Legal experts cited in the POLITICO story didn’t seem to consider this a big deal. We bring it up because it’s unclear –- and a little intriguing –- why the DOJ has been insisting all this time that Kamala was there. The language in these documents is quite detailed but a total inaccuracy, reading like something that was just made up. (I’m not alleging someone made it up, just saying it reads like that.) In a couple of the cases, for Proud Boys Nicholas Ochs and Nicholas DeCarlo, the descriptions referring to Kamala’s whereabouts in the building are identical.
Even now, according to POLITICO, some of the charging documents say she was “temporarily visiting” the Capitol building when defendants breached security lines or disrupted business. That phrasing is right out of the code that designates when a building is restricted.
Charging documents still carry this mistake even though just days after the attack, some news reports said, accurately, that Kamala had left the building that morning after attending a Senate Intelligence Committee briefing. In mid-January, there were published reports in which Kamala herself said she wasn’t in the building during the riot, though she wouldn’t say more.
The L.A. Times reported on January 16 of last year that she “declined, for security reasons, to say where she was during the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters.”
So, next question (actually two): Where WAS she? And why did she go there?
Well, at least now we know where she was. CNN, in a bit of actual reporting, determined that the Vice President was at the DC headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. She arrived at 11:30AM. And to get there, she was driven within a few yards of the pipe bomb that had been placed under a bench near the building the night before, between 7:30 and 8:30PM, by that mysterious person who STILL hasn’t been identified. (He or she placed one at the RNC headquarters as well.) The bomb was discovered while Kamala was inside, and she was evacuated soon after. She was in the building for about two hours.
Before she got there, the Secret Service had swept the building, parking decks and entrances. How they would miss a bomb that close to the building, leaving it to be discovered a while later, I can’t imagine.
Tucker Carlson, on his Thursday night show, asked some interesting questions about this. He wondered why Kamala hadn’t played up the narrative of being at the DNC and coming so close to that insurrectionist bomb! It would have been so dramatic, after all. But she never told that story.
And were those pipe bombs really planted by a Trump supporter? As Columbo would say, “There’s something about this that bothers me...” After all this time, the FBI has still not identified the would-be bomber. With all the time and effort and technology they’ve devoted to tracking down every nice little MAGA-hatted grandmother who attended that rally, you’d think they would’ve found the person wearing those distinctive Nike Air Max sneakers and made quite a show of perp-walking him. But there’s no DNA evidence, no prints, no leads, nothing.
Who thinks Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Special Committee” will investigate this? Anyone?
The bombs appear to have been placed as a diversion. The first one was discovered just one minute before the first protesters swarmed a police line at the Capitol. Steven Sund, chief of the Capitol Police, said they were meant to draw law enforcement away from the Capitol –- to be found, not to explode. In fact, since they’d been planted 16 or 17 hours before they were found, the old-fashioned “kitchen clock” timing devices could not have been set to go off on January 6. We’re not bomb experts by any means –- so if you happen to be a bomb expert, please correct us –- but our understanding is that those timers could only be set for an hour maximum, and there was no remote detonator.
So the timing of all this raises questions, and we do NOT have the answers. Carlson, along with Dan Bongino, won’t hesitate to ask the same questions, even though anyone who does will be called a conspiracy theorist. Already one report, from the LGBTQ NATION, carries the hilarious headline, “Tucker Carlson insinuates that Kamala Harris planted a pipe bomb near the DNC headquarters.”
3. More on Canada:
Speaking of the Canadian truckers’ protest, here’s the latest with reporting by Ezra Levant: the government is preparing a big police crackdown that includes armored vehicles and snipers positioned on rooftops.
Yes, snipers to deal with peaceful pro-freedom protesters. I don’t want to hear any complaints about my Justin Trudeau/Fidel Castro comparisons.
4. “Travel Tips” for the Super Bowl:
It’s Super Bowl weekend, and if you’re foolhardy enough to be traveling to Los Angeles for the game, then you must read these tongue-in-cheek “travel tips” for visitors, courtesy of the California Republican Party (yes, there is one.)
In fact, even if you’re not going, you should read these tips, which don’t just apply to the Super Bowl (for instance: fill up your gas tank before you cross the state line.)
5. Good timing:
President Biden has an itinerary full of crises – the worst inflation in 40 years, the supply chain backup threatened by massive trucker protests against vaccine mandates, Russia possibly set to invade Ukraine as early as next Tuesday (either Putin is now so unafraid of us that he feels safe in announcing his invasion plans a week in advance or somebody in DC needs a war to boost his approval ratings.)
And so, Joe’s picked the perfect moment to take a long weekend off.
Biden is at Camp David, which is in Maryland…in February. Even AOC had enough sense to go to Florida. But that’s the kind of solid judgement and rational decision-making America has come to expect, as proven by a new CNN (!) poll. It showed Biden with a new low 41% approval/58% disapproval rating.
Worse, when those who disapproved were asked to name just one thing he’s done that they approved of, 56% couldn’t. One kind soul tried by saying, “I really like his new cat, Willow Biden.” Astoundingly, 83% of the Democrats in the poll rated Biden’s first year as a “success,” which makes me shudder to imagine what they’d consider a “failure.”
Here’s a suggestion: since Biden’s on a mini-vacation, let the cat act as President. It can’t possibly do a worse job, or take more naps, and it will work for food.
6. NYC Vaccine Mandate News:
Friday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected a request for an emergency injunction against New York’s COVID vaccine mandate for teachers and other Education Department staffers who weren’t granted a religious exemption.
The Epoch Time reports that the ruling came “the same day as the deadline for the teachers as well as other New York City public workers, firefighters, and police officers to get their COVID-19 vaccinations. Those who do not have proof of vaccination will likely be fired or put on unpaid leave.”
So, just what New York City needs right now: with the pandemic waning and restrictions being lifted all over, get rid of a lot of their teachers, firefighters and police officers. No wonder New Yorkers keep electing Democrats. They’re so good at prioritizing.
President Biden’s latest nominee, for an important job relating to nuclear energy, is likely to make you go nuclear. Warning: this link isn’t for children, and once you see it, you can’t unsee it.
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