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With Christmas approaching and COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus cases rising, Americans are bracing for more lockdown orders that seem to be aimed more at shutting down businesses, churches and Christmas celebrations than actually stopping the spread of the virus. So before we get too far past the recent Thanksgiving hypocrisies of the “Do as I say, not as I do” leaders, here are a few things worth remembering when they start in with the war on Christmas in the name of stopping the pandemic (using the same failed tactics that were supposed to be imposed for only two weeks, eight months ago.)

First of all, PJ Media made a handy list of prominent Democrats who imposed crackdowns on their constituents, then flouted their own rules. It ranges from big names like Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo, Bill DeBlasio and Gavin Newsom to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who told everyone to avoid travel 30 minutes before he got on a plane to go visit his own family for Thanksgiving.

The media have also been pushing draconian measures that they seem to think don’t apply to them. CNN’s Chris Cuomo made the previous list of hypocrites, but let’s not overlook ABC’s Jonathan Karl, who has become notorious for shaming others who don’t wear masks while being caught not wearing one when he thinks the cameras aren’t on.

The latest is the L.A. County Supervisor who voted to ban outdoor dining restaurants, then was spotted eating at one a few days later. (If she looks familiar, yes: she did used to play Zelda on the ‘50s sitcom “Dobie Gillis.” I think Maynard G. Krebs might now be in charge of coming up with the state's plans to stop the coronavirus.)

And let’s not forget the California state lawmakers who, after doing such a bang-up job dealing with riots, crime, blackouts and wildfires, shut down businesses and told Californians to stay home and not travel for the holidays. Then they set off on a plane for a taxpayer-paid “conference” at a luxury resort in Hawaii.

Americans have just about reached the end of their patience with the hypocrisy of politicians and their endless job- and business-killing lockdowns and restrictions that defy common sense and often have little to do with any scientific evidence about stopping the spread of the virus. Some are staging full protest rallies

Others are becoming quite creative in their ways of protesting the dictates, or getting around them entirely.

I’m proud to say that I inspired Pastor Rob McCoy, who took off his tie to striptease music before his sermon so his church could be declared a “strip club” and therefore, an essential business that’s allowed to stay open in California. Here’s a video of that, but watch it beyond the funny opening to hear a very important message in his sermon.

There was also the Buffalo, New York, restaurant owner who put a sign on his business that read “WalMart,” so that he could be deemed worthy of remaining open.

The owner of a New York pub declared it a Seattle-style “autonomous zone,” where, as we all learned, COVID restrictions simply don’t apply.

And the owner of “Eat At Joe’s” restaurant in Redondo Beach, California, protested Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “sheer insanity” of restrictions by putting a banner over his place for the tony “French Laundry” restaurant, where Newsom attended a birthday party after telling everyone else not to gather in indoor groups. I guess the French restaurant is special, and as with anti-cop protests and Biden election celebrations, the virus doesn’t spread there.

I’m very glad to see that people are finally saying enough is enough, and before they give up their rights and lose their jobs and businesses, they're starting to demand to know what the scientific basis is for these restrictions, why they’re expected to work now when they haven’t before, why they’re going on indefinitely, and why the people creating them think they don’t apply to themselves.

Since my strip tease idea was so inspiring, I hope that my latest suggestion will be picked up nationwide: The reason it’s so easy for these politicians to shut down other people’s businesses is that, no matter what, their government paychecks never stop coming. I think we should all demand that they not receive any pay as long as they have their states’ or cities’ economies shut down and their constituents aren’t getting paid. I’ll be they would come up with some much better ways to deal with the virus pronto if their endless lockdowns also locked down their own paychecks.

A Very Subjective Term

December 2, 2020

Remember when Hollywood liberals and feminists were all riled up about “Me Too” and started the “Time’s Up” movement to fight sexual abuse of women in the workplace? That all went out the window when Joe Biden was nominated, but until that point, they were so worked up that some top name Hollywood celebrities started a charity composed of two groups, the Time’s Up Foundation and Time’s Up Now Inc. They had such luminaries as Reese Witherspoon, Amy Schumer and Brie Larson on their boards, and they quickly went to work raising money to fight sexual predators.

The New York Post reports that in their founding year of 2018, the nonprofit organization raised over $3.6 million. It spent $157,155 on conferences on “gender equity,” which included “a retreat at the Ojai Valley Inn, a luxury resort and spa north of Los Angeles. The retreat was dominated by agents from the Creative Artists Agency, who apparently had difficulty deciding on what the core mission should be.” They also spent $288,000 on advertising, $112,000 on a public relations firm, over $58,000 on travel, and $1.4 million on salaries. That included $342,308 to former WNBA head Lisa Borders, who ran the group for four months before resigning after her adult son was accused of sexual misconduct.

I’ll let you click the link to find out how much they spent on supporting women who made legal claims of sexual harassment. They say their legal defense fund has spent over $1.7 million to help women, but the share of it that the two groups kicked in themselves is less than what Borders was paid for four months’ work.

Apparently, “non-profit” is a very subjective term.

The “cancel culture” is coming for guitar hero Eric Clapton, for daring to record a song written by Van Morrison that protests the endless lockdowns that are killing live music and destroying musicians’ livelihoods. He couldn’t be allowed to go around expressing a non-approved opinion, so the Twitter keyboard warriors dug up an old racist comment he made in the 1970s and are using it as a pretext to try to “disappear” him.

The comment was indeed shocking, but he’s apologized for it repeatedly for years, explaining that when he said it, he was out of his head and suicidally addicted to booze and drugs. The left seemed to forgive him, until it suddenly became useful to take it back.

I’d also point out that the song the self-righteous social justice warriors are so outraged over is to raise money to help struggling musicians whose livelihood is being destroyed by their policies. Just by recording it, he’s already done more to help others than they ever will. And I seriously doubt that anyone who already knows Eric Clapton is going to stop listening to his music because some twits on Twitter said to.

Crime is sky-rocketing

December 2, 2020

In cities across America where leftwing leaders sided with rioters and slashed police budgets, crime is skyrocketing. As Gomer Pyle used to say, “Sur-prise! Sur-prise!”

How devastating was that insane abdication of public responsibility? We can now put some figures to it. The Major Cities Chiefs Association (an organization of police chiefs representing 69 of America’s largest cities) reports that from May 25 to July 31, about 8,700 protests took place in US cities. Of those, 574 were riots that included mass looting and destruction. During them, more than 2,000 police officers were injured in the line of duty.

One police agency reported 115 commercial burglaries in just one day. Another reported a single looting event at a shopping mall that resulted in over $70 million in damage. One agency alone reported 300 police cars damaged, including 19 that were engulfed in flames.

But maybe this, more than any statistics, will drive home just how bad it was: It was SO bad that in Minneapolis, ground zero of the Defund The Police movement and current site of a surging crime wave, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey stood up Monday at a city council meeting and shot down the council’s plan to slash the police budget.

The plan, hilariously named “Safety For All,” calls for reducing the police department from 888 to 750 officers. Frey, actually sounding like a voice of reason, said, “It’s irresponsible and untenable, especially given what we are presently experiencing now in this city. If the goal is simply to dramatically reduce the number of police officers we have and hamstring our chief, no, I cannot sign onto that.”

Frey also noted that any plan was supposed to wait until after a year-long “community engagement process” to find out what the people want. They could find out right now, if they’d listen: the people want more cops on the street. It sounds as if the only way to make that happen would be to throw their useless city council out onto the street.

Oh, and if you need any further verification of just how bad, dangerous, counterproductive and idiotic the council’s police plan is, try this: Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted her support for it.

Considering that Trump's election challenges have “no evidence” (right), there sure is an explosion of such activity going on around the country. It’s so much, in fact, that we can’t possibly condense and comment on it all. Believe me, you wouldn't want that, and my little staff and I would be in the loony bin if we tried. (They risk ending up there anyway; it's a risk that comes with the job.) Fortunately, THE EPOCH TIMES' homepage has links to most of the updated information, state by state.

https://www.theepochtimes.com

Their news site has done an amazing job of staying on top of all this. The story out of Nevada is one we find of particular interest at the moment.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is pushing forward with certifying the election for Biden just as District Judge James Russell in Carson City has set an evidentiary hearing for this Thursday, December 3, in a contest-of-election case filed by Trump’s campaign attorneys. Trump attorney Jesse Binnall says he intends to prove that so many fraudulent votes were cast across the state of Nevada that Trump actually won there, not Biden.

Kayleigh McEnany, appearing on Sean Hannity’s TV show Monday evening, talked briefly about this. Part of this lawsuit, she says, is that Trump’s side has been granted discovery, which means they get to depose witnesses. “Democrats have been fighting tooth and nail,” she said, for us not to be able to depose witnesses, not to be able to investigate and ask questions.” One question: if Democrats didn't steal the election in Nevada, what possible objection could they have to this?

It’s not in the EPOCH TIMES story, but what we find especially interesting about this is that the moment Trump's team was granted discovery, ten attorneys from the law firm Perkins Coie magically appeared. These are the same Hillary cronies who hired Fusion GPS and paid for the phony anti-Trump “dossier.”

Most interesting of all, the lead attorney for the group is Hillary's guy Marc Elias, the very lawyer who spent this year going around the country filing lawsuits in key states to make them loosen their election laws! I am not kidding. Democrats are bringing out the big guns in Nevada, and one has to wonder what they're hiding there. Stay tuned.

The federal judge in one of Sidney Powell’s election lawsuits, this one concerning Dominion Voting Systems in Georgia, issued an order Sunday requiring the state to cease and desist wiping or resetting machines.

Shortly afterwards, U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten, Sr., reversed himself.

Oh, but he had a good reason. “The state” was not in possession of the machines. “Plaintiffs’ request fails because the voting equipment that they seek to impound is in the possession of county election officials.”

Got that? The STATE doesn’t have the machines. The COUNTIES have them, and “...plaintiffs have not demonstrated that county election officials are within Defendants’ [the state’s] control.”

Good grief.

Lin Wood, an attorney associated with the Trump campaign, couldn’t believe it. “What???” was his response. He noted that the machines are owned by THE STATE and that Georgia elections are overseen by the Georgia secretary of STATE. This judge used a ridiculous technicality to reverse a completely reasonable order to prevent officials in the state of Georgia from wiping forensic evidence.

The plaintiffs had filed their emergency motion after an election official told a poll worker that ballot-counting machines would be “reset to zero” on Sunday, November 30, prior to the recount. This information was put into an affidavit by the poll worker, a Republican, who had expressed concerns to the official about wiping the machines.

When the poll worker asked the official if the reset would wipe forensic evidence off the machines, he was told, “Atlanta already did it.”

I'll pause while that sinks in.

Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer is fed up. He tweeted, “Our Republican recount monitors at the World Congress Center waited today for four hours while Fulton County election officials ‘updated the software.’”

“Updated the software"?? At the risk of sounding like Lin Wood, WHAT??

In an update late Sunday night, the judge –- I assume because the story got out –- finally did grant a temporary restraining order on election officials in Cobb, Gwinnett and Cherokee counties to prohibit them from “any alteration, destruction or erasure of any software or data on any Dominion voting machines” used in the 2020 elections. He graciously allowed Wood to amend the previous complaint to include COUNTIES in possession of voting machines. But what about Fulton County? Is it true that "Atlanta already did it?"

Here’s the full story at THE EPOCH TIMES.

The NOQ REPORT has this story, too, with an interesting add-on about a Department of Justice plane logging two trips to Toronto, where Dominion Voting Systems is headquartered. After spending three days there, the same plane flew to Atlanta, where it remained on the tarmac for just over an hour. The speculation: the DOJ was picking up hard drives or other equipment to take back to DC for analysis. Hard to believe they’re on the case, but maybe they are, very quietly.

Here’s the original story on those Justice Department flights, which was reported by NOQ on Saturday.

This Georgia story is just one of many unacceptable facts --- repeat, FACTS --- coming to light in the aftermath of Election Day. If you still hesitate to tell friends and acquaintances that you question the results of the election, fearing they’ll think you’re a crank or conspiracy theorist, just have them read the best article we’ve seen that lays out the many reasons for doubt. It’s from the SPECTATOR, by Patrick Basham, “Reasons Why the 2020 Presidential Election is Deeply Troubling.”

Basham is a director of The Democracy Institute and a pollster himself who, after looking at the many anomalies, believes that Trump campaign “is well within its rights to contest the tabulations.” He knows that with the given media narrative and the current political climate, “to say out-loud that you find the results of the presidential 2020 election odd is to invite derision. You must be a crank or conspiracy theorist.”

“Mark me down as a crank, then,” he says.

Perhaps his largest concern is the staggering amount of vote-flation there was. Trump got more votes than any incumbent President ever seeking re-election. He got 11 million more votes than he got in 2016, and somehow still lost. According to exit polls, he grew his support among black voters by 50 percent. He increased his share among Hispanic voters to 35 percent, making it “arithmetically impossible for a Democrat presidential candidate to win Florida, Arizona, Nevada or New Mexico.”

Basham is wondering exactly the same thing we have: where did those thousands of Biden votes that put him over the top COME FROM?? I would stress that if these were fraudulent, every one of them canceled out someone’s legitimate vote for Trump.

Even more to the point, Biden got them in exactly the places he needed to, to win the Rust Belt states that usually go the way of Ohio, which went red big-time this year. Biden got them in the cities of Philadelphia, Detroit, Milwaukee and Atlanta. “He did not receive comparable levels of support among comparable demographic groups in comparable states,” Basham said, “which is highly unusual for the presidential victor.”

Basham goes on to list in bullet points many of the problems we’ve discussed here, such as the suspicious halt to the counting just in those cities (he doesn’t even mention the phony “burst water main” story in Georgia), the statistically abnormal results that coincidentally started when counting resumed, the ejection of Republican poll watchers, destruction of mail-in ballot evidence (which contain signatures that should have been matched), missing USB cards containing thousands of votes, non-resident voters (he mentions the discovery by Matt Braynard that thousands of of Georgia “voters” no longer met residency requirements or were using commercial addresses or boxes as “residence” addresses), and much more.

And when you take a look at the amazing down-ballot sweep for Republicans all across the country, it just doesn’t make sense.

Basham brings up a particularly incredible coincidence: “For...53 batches of votes counted, Biden led Trump by the same exact 50.05 to 49.95 percent margin in every single batch.” What are the odds?

"Whether the cause was simple human error or nefarious activity,” he says, “or a combination, clearly something peculiar happened. If you think that only weirdos have legitimate concerns about these findings and claims, maybe the weirdness lies in you.”

In interviews over the past couple of weeks, Basham has asked the question that if there's really no evidence of fraud and it's crazy to think Biden didn’t really win, what's the harm of taking a closer look and letting the lawsuits play out? Wouldn’t this simply end up confirming that Biden is the real President? Our side would then have to say that we lost fair and square. Isn’t that what Democrats would want? Then the only people still questioning Biden’s win would BE the cranks and conspiracy theorists.

The very fact that courts are trying to squelch efforts to examine what happened on Election Night tells us something that no judge or election official can cover up, no matter how hard he tries.

The compelling statistical evidence gathered by data analyst Matt Braynard has apparently gained the attention of the FBI.

Braynard, former data and strategy director for Trump’s 2016 campaign and head of the Voter Integrity Project, amassed “data that has been used to identify hundreds of thousands of potentially fraudulent ballots in the states where we filed litigation,” according to former Kansas attorney general Phillip Kline, now of the Amistad Project.

Attorney Sidney Powell is already using Braynard’s findings in two lawsuits, one in Georgia and one in Michigan, to help her make the case that their election results are invalid.

In case you didn’t see our first report, here are some of the serious problems Braynard turned up. He says they could “easily” switch at least three states from Biden to Trump.

The FBI never confirms or denies an ongoing investigation. It was Braynard who tweeted about it on Sunday, saying, “The FBI has proactively and directly requested from me the VIP findings that indicates illegal ballots. By Tuesday, we will have delivered to the agency all of our data, including names, addresses, phone numbers, etc.” Presumably they didn’t tell him to keep it quiet.

Specifically, he’s put together the names of all the people who voted in this election who also filed change-of-address cards in Georgia that moved them to another state. (People who are thinking of “moving” to Georgia to vote in January might want to take heed. It wouldn’t be hard for authorities to find out and prove that they broke federal law.) He can then show that these individuals registered to vote in that other state but still voted early or absentee in Georgia. He’s got names of people who are on record as having voted in multiple states. Oops.

The states make this information available in the form of raw data; Braynard just put it all together. It seems as though he might have just made the FBI’s job a whole lot easier. Thank goodness for that, or for anything that kick-starts the FBI.

Anyway, there might actually be something to the report that a Department of Justice plane went to Toronto, which is headquarters for Dominion Voting Systems, for a three-day trip and after that, made a quick jaunt down to Atlanta, staying on the tarmac for just over an hour before flying back to Washington, DC. Perhaps they were in Atlanta just long enough to pick up evidence such as hard drives and other records.