Letter from America re the Virus

Letter from America re the Virus. By David Archibald.

Our correspondent in Missouri writes:

“We have to get it through the numties’ thick heads that it isn’t “just a head cold.” We know a lot of people now from the spring and summer waves that had very mild cases (symptoms of very low grade fever under 100F and maybe a headache for just one day) who have permanent organ damage. Never hospitalized, never had pneumonia, no difficulty breathing but now have heart damage, lung damage, retinal damage, kidney damage, etc. One dude is having significant neurological issues right now. He had it in July/August and still isn’t right. Not at deaths door was he either before or after … but he can’t work now.

“There’s a reason China did not go herd with this. If it only killed the old and weak they’d have been seeding it from planes…

“The issue with “going herd” is that the antibodies you generate with the first instance of contracting the virus won’t be effective the next time it comes around. Your antibodies may last for years for the first viral variant you got. The virus will be different enough the next time that they won’t recognize it.

“The only long term way out of this (unless we want 70 yr old Caucasians to be unicorn type myths) is to stop giving the virus more hosts to make new and better versions of itself. Or you/I/we will ‘expire’ about the time we lose our usefulness to the state as taxpaying wage earners. …

“This is a roulette virus. You never know if it’s the one for you. And even after you’ve recovered, even if you had a mild case, it’s like you’ve been robbed. There’s the stuff you immediately see is missing (the TV, the A/V equipment, the computer/laptop/tablet — feeling like crap, running fever, missing a few days of work, being quarantined for a couple of weeks). And the stuff you find months later isn’t there anymore when you open a drawer to look for the inlaid penknife your grandfather gave you for graduation and it’s gone too (heart damage you discover when your feet begin to swell in late afternoon/early evening, lung damage you find at a routine exam for something else, retinal damage you discover when you get in your car to drive to work that first day and realize you can’t read the road signs).

“The weirdest thing. I’ve talked to lots of people about this, including some in NYC who know people who were infected nearly a year ago. … Nearly everyone that had more than a ‘sniffle’ type case (but not hospitalized ones) — i.e. the ones who ran fever a day or two or so — are wraiths now. I’m talking emaciated post covid (some months). With no appetite. Even when their taste/smell senses returned. They aren’t just 1970’s jogger type skinny, they’re anorexic level skinny now. You can tell these people if you haven’t seen them in a while and when you ask them, sure enough, they had covid. It’s creepy.” …

Surviving a Covid infection is one thing. It appears that maintaining your pre-infection quality of life will require reversing the viral load as rapidly as possible.

Long covid, it’s called. There’s a lot more to its harm than just death rates.

As experience builds up, we know now that either we really do not want to get this, or we have an effective treatment on hand.

The New Domestic War on Terror is Coming

The New Domestic War on Terror is Coming. By Glenn Greenwald.

Rhetorically, “incitement to violence” can mean any political speech you want:

Much of the alarmism and fear-mongering is being driven by a deliberate distortion of what it means for speech to “incite violence.” …

This phrase — “inciting violence” — was also what drove many of the worst War on Terror abuses. I spent years reporting on how numerous young American Muslims were prosecuted under new, draconian anti-terrorism laws for uploading anti-U.S.-foreign-policy YouTube videos or giving rousing anti-American speeches deemed to “incite violence” and thus provide “material support” to terrorist groups — the exact theory which Rep. Schiff is seeking to import into the new domestic War on Terror.

It is vital to ask what it means for speech to constitute “incitement to violence” to the point that it can be banned or criminalized. The expression of any political viewpoint, especially one passionately expressed, has the potential to “incite” someone else to get so riled up that they engage in violence. …

No political speech will be safe from this term when interpreted and applied so broadly and carelessly. …

If you rail against the threats to free speech posed by Silicon Valley monopolies, someone hearing you may get so filled with rage that they decide to bomb an Amazon warehouse or a Facebook office. If you write a blistering screed accusing pro-life activists of endangering the lives of women by forcing them back into unsafe back-alley abortions, or if you argue that abortion is murder, you may very well inspire someone to engage in violence against a pro-life group or an abortion clinic. If you start a protest movement to object to the injustice of Wall Street bailouts — whether you call it “Occupy Wall Street” or the Tea Party — you may cause someone to go hunt down Goldman Sachs or Citibank executives who they believe are destroying the economic future of millions of people. …

The Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer and hard-core Democratic partisan, James Hodgkinson, who went to a softball field in June, 2017 to murder Republican Congress members — and almost succeeded in fatally shooting Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) — had spent months listening to radical Sanders supporters and participating in Facebook groups with names like “Terminate the Republican Party” and “Trump is a Traitor.” Hodgkinson had heard over and over that Republicans were not merely misguided but were “traitors” and grave threats to the Republic. As CNN reported, “his favorite television shows were listed as ‘Real Time with Bill Maher;’ ‘The Rachel Maddow Show;’ ‘Democracy Now!’ and other left-leaning programs.” …

But the Supreme Court has ruled on this before, in Claiborne v. NAACP:

The Supreme Court [explained] that free speech will die if people are held responsible not for their own violent acts but for those committed by others who heard them speak and were motivated to commit crimes in the name of that cause … Even explicitly advocating the need or justifiability of violence for political ends is protected speech, ruled the court.

They carved out a very narrow exception: “where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action” — meaning someone is explicitly urging an already assembled mob to specific violence with the expectation that they will do so more or less immediately (such as standing outside someone’s home and telling the gathered mob: it’s time to burn it down). …

“Incitement” is not so much left versus right as the oligarchy versus the ruled:

Continuing to process Washington debates of this sort primarily through the prism of “Democrat v. Republican” or even “left v. right” is a sure ticket to the destruction of core rights.

There are times when powers of repression and censorship are aimed more at the left and times when they are aimed more at the right, but it is neither inherently a left-wing nor a right-wing tactic. It is a ruling class tactic, and it will be deployed against anyone perceived to be a dissident to ruling class interests and orthodoxies no matter where on the ideological spectrum they reside.

The last several months of politician-and-journalist-demanded Silicon Valley censorship has targeted the right, but prior to that and simultaneously it has often targeted those perceived as on the left. The government has frequently declared right-wing domestic groups “terrorists,” while in the 1960s and 1970s it was left-wing groups devoted to anti-war activism which bore that designation. …

If you identify as a conservative and continue to believe that your prime enemies are ordinary leftists, or you identify as a leftist and believe your prime enemies are Republican citizens, you will fall perfectly into the trap set for you. Namely, you will ignore your real enemies, the ones who actually wield power at your expense: ruling class elites, who really do not care about “right v. left” and most definitely do not care about “Republican v. Democrat” — as evidenced by the fact that they fund both parties — but instead care only about one thing: stability, or preservation of the prevailing neoliberal order.

Unlike so many ordinary citizens addicted to trivial partisan warfare, these ruling class elites know who their real enemies are: anyone who steps outside the limits and rules of the game they have crafted and who seeks to disrupt the system that preserves their prerogatives and status.

The one who put this best was probably Barack Obama when he was president, when he observed — correctly — that the perceived warfare between establishment Democratic and Republican elites was mostly theater ….

A standard Goldman Sachs banker or Silicon Valley executive has far more in common, and is far more comfortable, with Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan than they do with the ordinary American citizen.

Except when it means a mildly disruptive presence — like Trump — they barely care whether Democrats or Republicans rule various organs of government, or whether people who call themselves “liberals” or “conservatives” ascend to power. …

Neoliberalism and imperialism do not care about the pseudo-fights between the two parties or the cable TV bickering of the day. They do not like the far left or the far right. They do not like extremism of any kind. They do not support Communism and they do not support neo-Nazism or some fascist revolution.

They care only about one thing: disempowering and crushing anyone who dissents from and threatens their hegemony. They care about stopping dissidents. All the weapons they build and institutions they assemble — the FBI, the DOJ, the CIA, the NSA, oligarchical power — exist for that sole and exclusive purpose, to fortify their power by rewarding those who accede to their pieties and crushing those who do not.

The oligarchy rule us from behind a curtain. But their rule is threatened by Trump and his voters, so the fist has come out.

It’s as if our rulers commanded: Get rid of Trump — cheat if necessary. Silence his followers — sack them if necessary. Democracy and free speech can take a hike.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Remember What Snowden Told Us

Remember What Snowden Told Us. By Rod Dreher.

Now would be a very good time for everybody to go back and reacquaint themselves with what Edward Snowden revealed about US intelligence and surveillance capabilities. Here is a short list. 

Every one of us should be aware that nothing we do electronically — not our phone calls, not our e-mails, not our non-cash transactions, not our texts, nothing — is private. In Citizenfour, the documentary Laura Poitras made about Snowden, all of it is scooped up by the NSA and stored for future mining using artificial intelligence. It may never be accessed, but it’s there if they feel the need to get at it.

“We are building the biggest weapon for oppression in the history of mankind,” Snowden says, in the movie. And:

Know that every border you cross, every purchase you make, every call you dial, every cellphone tower you pass, friend you keep, site you visit and subject line you type is in the hands of a system whose reach is unlimited but whose safeguards are not.

This is not science fiction. It’s our reality.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Tucker Carlson Makes His First Post-Trump Play

Tucker Carlson Makes His First Post-Trump Play. By Curt Mills.

In less than two days’ time, the most powerful Republican, conservative or merely Democrat-skeptical venue in the United States, will no longer be the White House, nor the defunct Twitter account of the executive mansion’s most recent occupant.

It will quite likely be the marquee television show of Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Carlson tried his first hand at the role, on Monday night. “Good evening and welcome to Tucker Carlson Tonight,” he said. “Our capital city is under military occupation tonight. There are now 26,000 armed federal troops in Washington.”

Several elements of Carlson’s monologue — which was swiftly lapped up by the faithful on social media — distinguish him from his forebears. He’s also drawn lines for potential rivals to cross, if they dare.

Here it is again (we ran it yesterday):

 

First, and strikingly, is Carlson’s pronounced willingness to strike out against Conservative, Inc., and the small government apparatus that funded much of the early opposition to the last Democratic president. “Members of the media call for a secret police agency. This is the stuff of libertarian nightmares,” Carlson said. “It’s what they claim to hate. Where are they now? Why isn’t billionaire libertarian man of principle Charles Koch spending billions of dollars to stop this?” …

Second, Carlson has declared war on the neocons. He has tacitly endorsed the line of longstanding critics of the war on terror, … that vicious American policies abroad, borne of extraordinary circumstances, may eventually be visited on those at home. …

Third, and perhaps most notably, Carlson has rejected “whataboutism,” perhaps the watchword of the moment. He has denounced efforts to compare the government reaction to last summer’s riots …

“They don’t blame entire groups for the crimes of a few,” Carlson inveighed. “Bigotry is immoral. So is collective punishment. There’s nothing more un-Amercian.”

Carlson’s approach is not universal, even on the right. There will be those who argue, potentially forcefully, that the government should take an uncompromising line against all violence and rioting, and spare little in its prevention. …

Even if Carlson, once derided as America’s bow-tie-wearing reactionary par excellence, is now the monopoly man’s enemy, the old anti-socialist line isn’t totally going away.

Invoking the people’s republics of China and North Korea, Carlson said: “‘Domestic spy agency’ is a not-very-subtle euphemism for ‘secret police.’ That’s what they’re calling for.” Drawing on circumstantial evidence, Carlson previewed the previously unthinkable. “Democrats in Congress support a new secret police agency. Why wouldn’t they support it? What better way to protect your own power than funding a quote, ‘domestic spy agency to fight extremists at home’?” He said: “Those ‘extremists,’ needless to say, will be your political opponents. You won’t have to worry about them any more. They’ll be in jail.” …

If Carlson is a messenger of the right, he is like Trump, or even Ronald Reagan before him, an eclectic one. With a toehold in the entertainment world, he is a performer with a wide friend network, and a bespoke ideology that he means to popularize.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Why the Left Has To Suppress Free Speech

Why the Left Has To Suppress Free Speech. By Dennis Prager.

Let us begin with this fact: The left always suppresses speech. Since Vladimir Lenin and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1917, there has been no example of the left in control and not crushing dissent. …

Why does the left need to crush all dissent? This is a question made all the more stark because there is no parallel on the right: Conservatives do not shut down dissent or debate. …

Leftism is venerated by intellectuals. But there is little intellectual substance to leftism. It is a combination of doctrine and emotion. The proof? Those with intellectual depth do not stifle dissent; they welcome it.

That is why universities are so opposed to conservatives coming to speak on campus. One articulate conservative can undo years of left-wing indoctrination in a one-hour talk or Q and A. I know this from personal experience on campuses. You can, too. Watch the speeches given by any conservatives allowed to speak on a campus — many of these talks are still on YouTube — and you will see large halls filled with students yearning to hear something other than left-wing pablum. Look at their faces, filled with rapt attention to ideas they never heard that are clearly having an impact. Universities are entirely right to fear our coming to speak. We come with the pin that bursts their $50,000-a-year balloon. …

Every conservative intellectual I know says yes to every one of the (very few) left-wing invitations we receive. Of course, we are almost never invited. We regularly invite leftists. Leftists almost never invite us. They claim it’s because we are not up to their intellectual level and they have no desire to waste their time. One would think that the opportunity to publicly show how vapid we conservatives really are would be too good to pass up.

Leftists do not debate us or appear as guests on our shows and prevent us from speaking whenever possible, because they (correctly) fear conservatives. Race-baiters such as Ibram X. Kendi or Ta-Nehisi Coates or “White Fragility” author Robin DiAngelo would never debate Larry Elder, for example. Why won’t they? Because they would be shown to be the intellectually shallow purveyors of hate they are. Deep down, they know it. Larry Elder is one of many conservative black intellectuals who left-wing blacks (and whites) refuse to debate.

The left suppress speech because they promote their causes with convenient fantasies. Free speech allows others to puncture those politically-correct fantasies.

Election Lawsuits Move Forward Despite Silencing Crusade

Election Lawsuits Move Forward Despite Silencing Crusade. By Julie Kelly.

After refusing to fast-track election-related lawsuits before Inauguration Day, the Supreme Court now confronts several pending cases alleging voting illegalities in swing states.

Pennsylvania:

On Friday, two days after Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, a response is due in President Trump’s lawsuit against Kathy Boockvar, Pennsylvania’s unelected secretary of state. …

Almost 2 million mail-in votes were cast for Joe Biden — four times the number for Trump — giving Biden his 82,000 vote victory. Trump’s attorneys correctly argue that “non-legislative officials . . . ignored or significantly altered and thereby violated state election law including . . . laws enacted to minimize the risk of fraud in mail-in voting.” The super-majority Democratic Pennsylvania Supreme Court thrice dismissed clear violations of state election law; signature verification, required mail-in ballot declarations, and observers’ proximity to the canvassing process all were scuttled by partisan bureaucrats then endorsed by the state’s top court. …

Two additional lawsuits filed before Election Day — one by the Pennsylvania Republican Party and one by the state’s Republican senate president — that challenge Boockvar’s three-day deadline extension for receipt of mail-in ballots, including those without postmarks, remain on the court’s conference list; an update on both cases is expected January 19. …

Wisconsin:

The Trump campaign has two separate lawsuits pending before the court related to Wisconsin’s fraudulent election, naming the Biden campaign, election officials in Milwaukee and Dane Counties, and the Wisconsin Election Commission as defendants.

In 2020, Badger State election workers broke several laws; mail-in ballots were illegally “cured” by county officials and public events organized by Democrats allowed for the illegal harvesting of thousands of mail-in ballots where chain of custody was not secured. …

Trump’s legal team identified 51,125 unlawful absentee ballots; Biden won Wisconsin by less than 21,000 votes. In a 4-3 ruling on December 14, the Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected Team Trump’s pleading mostly based on “laches,” the idea it was too late for the court to intercede. …

Responses to both Wisconsin lawsuits are due February 3.

Others:

A handful of other election lawsuits seem unlikely to proceed, including Lin Wood’s suit against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Sidney Powell’s lawsuit against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and Arizona Republican Party Chairman Kelli Ward’s case against election officials and Biden electors in her state. …

Where this could lead:

It’s anyone’s guess as to what the Supreme Court will do over the next several weeks. If the past is prologue, the majority will again shirk their constitutional duties by seeking some procedural excuse rather than consider the overwhelming evidence before the court. The highest court will follow the lower courts’ craven lead.

But what if the justices do take up these lawsuits? What if the court rules that unelected authorities in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in fact broke election laws, delegitimizing Biden’s 30 electoral votes from both states? Biden would still have enough electoral votes to have won the presidency — 276 rather than 306 — but such a verdict would lend even more credence to the view that laws were violated in other swing states, too. …

For now, nothing changes the belief shared by the president and the overwhelming majority of Republicans that fraudulent mail-in votes put Joe Biden across the finish line; no amount of intimidation, bullying, or deplatforming will change that view.

The former vice president and his running mate will take the oath of office Wednesday amid an unprecedented, theatrical security presence in the nation’s capital, stagecraft designed to send a message to tens of millions of Americans who doubt the election’s outcome to get on board or else.

Oligarchy now rules in the USA

Oligarchy now rules in the USA. By Roger Kimball.

Why are there some 21,000 troops and oodles of razor wire in Washington D.C.?

Really, it is an amazing, not to say an ominous, spectacle. As one Twitter wit put it, Donald Trump brought peace to the Middle East, Joe Biden brought war to Washington. …

One rigged election:

As the years go by, historians, if the censors allow them access to the documents and give them leave to publish their findings, will count the 2016 presidential election as the last fair and open democratic election.

Beginning with the election of 2020, the game was rigged.

I know, I know, we are not supposed to say that, and Twitter, Forbes, Facebook, and other woke guardians of the status quo will frown upon the suggestion.

But every honest person knows that the 2020 election was rigged.

The statistician William M. Briggs has a handy round-up of the evidence. He also makes the commonsense observation, “If a party cheats, and is in charge of investigating accusations of cheating, and if the media calls the cheating a conspiracy theory, and if the rulers move to expel those who question the cheating, as has already happened, then that party will win by virtue of its power.”

That, as he goes on to observe, “is the way power works.”

Noted. …

An oligarchy is a political system governed by a few people:

There are many lessons to be drawn from the 2020 election. The transformation of the United States of America from a republic into an oligarchy is a large and portentous lesson.

Of course, it didn’t happen all at once. These things take time. Even Vladimir Lenin needed several years to get rid of Kerensky and install his workers’ paradise.

People have been warning about the dangers of an unaccountable administrative state for many years. Rule by unelected bureaucrats and judges was not exactly what Alexander Hamilton and James Madison had in mind when they outlined the rudiments of the American political system. …

In our particular form of oligarchy, the people do have a voice, but it is a voice that is everywhere pressured, cajoled, shaped, and bullied. They have a choice, but only among a roster of approved candidates.

The central fact to appreciate about Donald Trump is that he was elected without the permission, and over the incredulous objections, of the woke oligarchy that governs us.

Representatives of that power tried for four years to destroy Donald Trump. The first mention of impeachment came mere minutes after his inauguration, an event that was met not only by a widespread Democratic boycott and hysterical claims by Nancy Pelosi and others that the election had been hijacked, but also by riots in Washington, D.C. that saw at least six policemen injured, numerous cars torched, and other property destroyed.

You will search in vain for media or Democratic denunciations of that violence or for bulletins from corporate America advising their customers of their solidarity with the woke ambassadors of the latest left-wing initiative.

What they say goes, regardless of how you actually vote.

And the inauguration is a show of military power to remind you that they have that power.

Why You Can’t “Just Build Your Own Twitter”

Why You Can’t “Just Build Your Own Twitter”. By Robert Mariani.

The balance of two opposing forces — military-industrial surveillance capitalism and progressive cultural hegemony — once formed an equilibrium that gave the average Joe some options in life. That equilibrium was on its way out for a while, but it collapsed with the Capitol riots. The progressive camp has swallowed up its rival — or maybe the other way around. Anyway, who cares. …

We’re seeing the beginnings of what unambiguous power looks like. Corporate donors are dropping the GOP, throwing away an intimate, decades-long DD/lg relationship. But perhaps more important is the wave of unprecedented internet censorship that included the digital death penalty for Trump and his allies, and also for any users who continue to make claims of election fraud. This was seemingly coordinated among the entire now-private public square, and private companies are of course allowed to do whatever they want.

Average Joe might feel like he’s living on the edge of a knife.

Don’t like it? Why not just create your own social media website that competes with Twitter in moderation policies? This is America, right?

But to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. Here are the interconnecting layers of the internet that you’ll need to recreate yourself.

1. Build Your Own Website …

2. Build Your Own Mobile OS and App Store …

3. Build Your Own Hosting Infrastructure …

4. Build Your Own DDoS Mitigation …

5. Build Your Own Domain Registrar …

6. Build Your Own Search Engine …

7. Build Your Own Payment Processor …

8. Build Your Own Bank …

We can finally do it! We can finally implement a social media website with a moderation policy different from Facebook and Google! We acted on the advice of Very Smart online commenters and simply outcompeted every multibillion- and multitrillion-dollar company at every layer of the internet and financial sectors of the global economy. Voila! All it took was creating a vertically integrated monopoly, the likes of which the world has never seen.

Not so fast. …

9. Build Your Own Government

Here we are, at the bottom of the stack. Here we find enlightenment: everything is interconnected, no company is truly “private,” and the government is laundering political favoritism through several degrees of separation. There’s no escape from this web of interdependence. It’s just like the acid trip told us.

We hinted at ways that the federal government deputizes private actors to circumvent constitutional limits of its power, but there’s more. Businesses face legal penalties in the form of hostile workplace litigation if they don’t police employee speech, very often in a partisan direction. …

With cultural domination in one hand and financial muscle in the other, power is assuming its final, undivided form. American progressivism has gone mask-off and revealed itself to be little more than pink libertarianism.

The interests of working people take a backseat to two symbiotic concerns: increasingly radical social crusades, and the apparently sacred property rights of megacorporations that insulate social crusades from opposition. … For social media giants, an expensive, complex, and mandatory moderation regime serves as a tall barrier to entry.

Fox News Lays Off 20 Fox News Staffers as Network Ratings Crater

Fox News Lays Off 20 Fox News Staffers as Network Ratings Crater. By Cristina Laila.

Chris Stirewalt, the Fox News political editor in charge of the decision desk which called Arizona for Joe Biden before the polls closed on election night was laid off on Tuesday. …

Stirewalt, alongside approximately 20 other Fox News staffers were let go today. …

“Here’s what happened guys, let’s be honest with you, I can talk about this, Donald Trump on November 3rd — Fox declared Biden the winner in Arizona. MAGA-world went ballistic, they said ‘I’m not watching Fox News,’ they switched over and they looked and they found Newsmax,” former Fox News host Eric Bolling said.

“Fox lost about 40% of their audience. 40 percent. That’s a big number,” Bolling continued, a statement that sparked roaring applause from the audience of young conservatives.

“I have friends still there that say they are very, very nervous about it, they’re sucking wind on it and they don’t know how to turn it around,” Bolling said.

The price for betrayal. Some Fox news people revealed themselves as left leaning at critical moments on election night.

Viral #TrumpsNewArmy Video Is Liberals At Their Craziest And Scariest

Viral #TrumpsNewArmy Video Is Liberals At Their Craziest And Scariest. By Caitlan Johnstone.

A new viral video calling on liberals to form “an army of citizen detectives” to gather information on Trump supporters and report their activities to the authorities has racked up thousands of shares and millions of views in just a few hours. …

So if you were hoping that maybe liberals would chill out and get a little less crazy with Trump out of the White House, I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

This is as insane and scary as I have ever seen these people get, and I was in the thick of peak Russiagate hysteria. An aggressively manufactured push to get an army of citizens spying on each other calls to mind the Stasi informants of East Germany, the patriotism-fueled digital “digging” of the QAnon psyop, and the NatSec LARPing of Louise Mensch Twitter, all rolled into one great big ball of crazy. ..

The fact that Winslow stays very vague about what he means by “Trump’s new army” and constantly conflates rank-and-file Trump supporters with white supremacist terrorists means people are effectively being pointed at all Trump supporters, especially when normal Trump rallies are what he points to in the video.

If this takes off it can very quickly lead to a volunteer army of power-worshipping snitches against literally anyone who is critical of US foreign policy or the Democratic Party, whether they actually support Trump or not. In fact just following the trending hashtag I’m noticing Twitter users saying this means targeting all Trump supporters, so clearly that is the message that’s being absorbed. …

Winslow mixes in … generic comments about “Trumpers” with comments about “white supremacists”, about whom he tweets “1. We expose them. 2. We identify them. 3. We notify law enforcement. 4. We notify their employers.”

Their employers.

This is just liberals being pushed toward targeting anyone who isn’t ideologically aligned with them for destruction. I really, really hope it doesn’t take off, because it is profoundly ugly. Please don’t let the manipulators trick you into ripping each other to pieces, America. They’re only pointing you at each other so you don’t look at them.

Fearful and guilty after stealing the election: Disarm the troops!

Fearful and guilty after stealing the election: Disarm the troops! By Amuse.

Biden’s fears started with his Secret Service detail, he had every agent on the White House detail demoted as he worried about their loyalty to Trump. Democrats think that anyone who supports Trump is a very real threat. …

Even @SpeakerPelosi is fomenting fear by falsely claiming Republican members of Congress are planning to bring guns to the inauguration to intimidate and threaten the president-elect.

The Army has confirmed they’ve acquiesced to Biden’s demand for security screening for National Guard members who support President Trump.

Even the AP is reporting that there is a purge of Republican soldiers from the military underway to placate president-elect Biden.

The FBI has taken over vetting of the 25,000 troops. Any soldiers who believe there was election fraud are being referred for disciplinary action and removed from the Capitol.

Disciplined for believing there is election fraud? Believing in election fraud is now effectively outlawed in the USA. There is no actual law (which would be unconstitutional, obviously). But you will be cancelled, demoted, sacked, ostracized, belittled, etc. for saying it in many circumstances.

Joanne:

Not acting like a team that won Eighty Million votes.

Democrats have fed division so well they now don’t trust the National Guard. …

According to @amuse, the Biden transition team have confiscated their ammo, and wanted to ask who the Guard voted for. The insulting request was refused initially, though eventually, sadly, the Army acquiesced. …

It’s all Trumps fault of course. If only he hadn’t been so popular, all that cheating wouldn’t have been necessary.

The Democrats get to play the Victim card on the national spotlight, they add more loaded questions. And perhaps this horrible “vetting” process has a side “benefit”? It might work like the CCP brainwashing techniques. Getting guards to publicly state who they voted for (or lie about it) might work. If people do it often enough they might start to believe they really did vote for Biden and that the claims of voter fraud were “baseless”.

But even if that doesn’t work, many members of the National Guard will be that much warier next week to say who they voted for.

Welcome to the world of Democrat Healing.

Just like a communist dictatorship, only in Washington!

Purging the military is standard operating procedure for Stalinist regimes.

Tucker Carlson:

The troops are being asked to profess loyalty not to their country, but to a specific political party.

Congressman Steve Cohen just told us on CNN that every white man in this country is a potential murderer. Every white man in America should be under suspicion purely on the basis of being white and male of planning a presidential assassination. The National Guard troops, who are overwhelmingly white and male, must therefore undergo government background checks to prove they are not planning murder.

Our Mail-In Elective Dictator

Our Mail-In Elective Dictator. By Jim Bovard.

More than 65 million people voted by mail, providing the Biden victory margin. In Pennsylvania, a key swing state, Biden “won 3 of every 4 mail ballots” while “Trump won 2 of 3 votes cast in person, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. While many mail-in ballots had been nullified for errors in previous years, almost none were invalidated this year.

The Trump campaign or Trump supporters filed a barrage of post-election lawsuits, almost all of which were dismissed on procedural grounds. Democrats claim the court rulings prove that no foul play occurred. But as publisher Conrad Black quipped, this is like saying, “I saw a dozen psychiatrists and none ordered a chest x-ray, so my lungs are healthy.” …

Biden is taking office at a time when more Americans believe in witches, ghosts and astrology than trust the federal government. Barely a quarter of Republican voters now trust U.S. elections. Despite the best efforts of the media to hallow Biden’s power, the controversies of the 2020 election continue to cast a cloud over his legitimacy.

Biden may also stumble badly out of the gate from the dreadful optics of his inauguration. Tens of millions of Americans who have not followed the latest announcements on the shutdowns of bridges to Washington will be appalled to see that Biden is speaking not to fellow citizens but to 190,000 flags surrounded by daunting fences. Only a smattering of Washington elite will be permitted to hear Biden.

Four years ago, the media relished Trump’s yammering about the size of his inauguration crowd. This time, the only question will be how many National Guard troops are deployed and how visible or aggressive they are. The media insists the massive lockdown and militarization is necessary to thwart “violent extremism” but the only person shot during the January 6 ruckus was an Air Force female veteran killed at point blank range by a Capitol policeman. …

After four years of endless howling that Trump was literally Hitler, his successor will take power with a level of suppression of dissent and a display of military force that may resemble an old-time Kremlin May Day Parade more than a traditional American inauguration.

Watch what they do, not what they say.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The terrifying scourge of ‘multiracial whiteness’

The terrifying scourge of ‘multiracial whiteness’. By Cockburn.

It’s hard being a pundit these days. Not only does steadily advancing groupthink and fear of cancellation increasingly force you to copy the same takes as everybody else, but frequently those views are very dumb.

Take the riot at the Capitol. Some minatory cabal of Twitter, Facebook, Google, the Bilderberg Group, FEMA and the Jesuits has issued its secret decree to all news outlets: the rampage through the halls of Congress was the work of dastardly white supremacists! And the outlets oblige.

AP: ‘Years of white supremacy threats culminated in Capitol riots.’

Vox: ‘The Capitol riot is a reminder of the links between police and white supremacy

New York Times: ‘America in 2021: Racial Progress in the South, a White Mob in the Capitol

CNN: ‘The Capitol insurrection could be a bigger racial reckoning than the George Floyd protests

New Yorker: ‘The Bitter Fruits of Trump’s White-Power Presidency’

OK, OK, we get the point.

But there’s a small problem. Somehow, on their way to launching a neo-fascist takeover of the United States, the white supremacists ran out of whites. Simply looking at video of the Capitol riot, or looking at the FBI’s wanted images afterwards, makes it obvious that the mob of Trump die-hards were multiracial. The two most famous members of the Proud Boys, America’s premier ‘white nationalist’ group, are an Afro-Cuban and a Samoan. ‘Stop the Steal’ organizer Ali Alexander identifies as black and Arab. And of course, there are November’s famous exit polls, which showed that Joe Biden was carried to the White House by improving on Hillary Clinton’s support with white voters, while faltering with Hispanics and blacks.

Yikes! When you read those facts a few too many times, you start to wonder: what if the white supremacists aren’t white supremacists? …

Multiracial…whiteness? Aren’t those antonyms? Not at all, you fool. [NYU history professor Cristina Beltrán:] explains: ‘Rooted in America’s ugly history of white supremacy, indigenous dispossession and anti-blackness, multiracial whiteness is an ideology invested in the unequal distribution of land, wealth, power and privilege — a form of hierarchy in which the standing of one section of the population is premised on the debasement of others. Multiracial whiteness reflects an understanding of whiteness as a political color and not simply a racial identity — a discriminatory worldview in which feelings of freedom and belonging are produced through the persecution and dehumanization of others.’

See? Sloppy reporting has left everyone tragically confused. When the Post calls Trump supporters white, it’s not talking about their actual skin color. It’s just calling them evil. But the path of unrighteousness is open to all. Beltrán warns that those born brown may fall to whiteness by embracing the evil path of…’colorblind individualism’.

But what of those born white? Beltrán offers them only one way to be free of the original sin on their souls: “America’s racial divide is not simply between Whites and non-Whites. Thinking in terms of multiracial whiteness helps us recognize that much of today’s political rift is a division between those who are drawn to and remain invested in a politics of whiteness and those who seek something better.”

Oh, so “whiteness” is the problem for leftists. I can see why:

Those seven points are a bit hard on most lefties.

Far-Right Extremist Suggests Treating People Of All Races Equally

Far-Right Extremist Suggests Treating People Of All Races Equally. By the Babylon Bee.

A dangerous, far-right extremist has suggested that we treat people of all races equally, shocked and horrified sources confirmed Friday.

The hateful bigot has been canceled for his controversial comments that people should be treated with respect no matter their skin color.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” said the dangerous, alt-right extremist, according to sources. “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.”

The offensive comments were platformed at large protests and marches, and everyone associated with the problematic racist has also been canceled.

The anti-white racist culture of the left

The anti-white racist culture of the left. By Rod Dreher.

Here is a recent shot of the black sportscaster and media personality Jemele Hill, from her Instagram account:

… On that same Instagram thread, a white reader objected:

Jemele Hill replied:

Duly chastened, the white guy accepts the antiwhite racism, and thanks Hill for correcting him:

So here’s how that went down, in three acts:

  • Act 1: reasonable objection on basic liberal principles.
  • Act 2: pushback with patent exaggeration and unfalsifiable platitudes from a race bully.
  • Act 3: white persons cared of being called a racist, retreats to pathetic submission to ideological bully.

From my point of view, Chosen_Rosen22 ought to be ashamed of himself.

He has allowed someone to demean him on racial grounds, and accepted that he deserves to be.

More broadly, Jemele Hill and Chosen_Rosen22, as well as the business executives who make Hill’s career possible, are building a culture in which antiwhite racism is not only tolerated, but celebrated. A culture in which people are taught to take pleasure in the racial humiliation of others.

They must believe there will be no backlash here, that all white people are going to respond like the tame Chosen_Rosen22 will. I guess that’s because how all the white people in their circles do. But that’s not the whole country. …

I have to say that you Woke people — the ones in charge of institutions, in particular media institutions — you are making the conflict much worse.

You amplify racist antiwhite voices and messages, and you expect that this will have no effect? You expect every white person in the world to react to their demonization and dispossession meekly, accepting the place in the world that you have assigned for them?

Not going to happen. I’ve been saying for years in this space that the Woke Left is awakening demons that it cannot control. …

People on the Left and the Right should both be asking, before the shooting starts: Do we want to live in peace? Because if we do, then garbage like Jemele Hill’s performative antiwhite racism needs to go away, and go away fast. …

The fact that she can do this, and nobody in power notices or cares (in fact, she is rewarded for it), whereas any white person who came within a thousand million miles of mocking “black tears” or any such thing, would find himself cast into outer employment darkness — it tells you something about power in contemporary America.

White privilege, sure. Another politically-correct leftist fantasy that they believe in for fun and profit, and one-up-man-ship in their game of competitive virtue-signaling.

This nonsense is very dangerous in the real world.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

‘Will This Cr*p Ever End?’: Gardening is Racist, Claims National Trust-Backed Professor

‘Will This Cr*p Ever End?’: Gardening is Racist, Claims National Trust-Backed Professor. By Kurt Zindulka.

The British pastime of gardening is rooted in “racial injustice”, a professor who has been active in a BLM-style iconoclastic push in the National Trust has claimed.

In a book entitled the Green Unpleasant Land, the Professor of Post-Colonial Literature at the University of Leicester, Corinne Fowler, pronounced that the British “countryside is a terrain of inequalities”.

As a result of this, the left-wing professor declared that “it should not surprise us that it should be seen as a place of particular hostility to those who are seen as not to belong, principally black and Asian Britons,” the Daily Mail reported on Saturday.

Professor Fowler argued that because many British estates were financed in part from colonialism and slavery, “knowledge about gardens and plants, in particular botany, has had deep colonial resonances.”

“The scientific categorisation of plants has at times engaged in the same hierarchies of “race” that justified empire and slave and slavery,” she said adding that “inevitably, then, gardens are matters of class and privilege.” …

In response to the latest attack on British identity, former Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney wrote on social media: “Will this crap ever end? Or is this now our destiny: to forever bang our heads on tables at the sheer stupidity of humanity?”

The left is obsessed by race, in the worst possible way. Yet more anti-white racism from the left.

hat-tip Stephen Neil