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Saturday, November 7. 2020
Why Einstein is always proved right
Business Is Moving to the Suburbs
The Frenchman Who Saved Mona Lisa From the Nazis - The story of a forgotten hero Jacques Jaujard
Erasing history is so woke
NYC was no basket case
BET's Billionaire Founder Says Black People Get "Minimal Return" By Voting For Democrats
The Kafka Election: Finding a Way Out of the Maze
Glitch: Corrupted Software Used in Michigan County that Stole 6,000 Votes from Trump — Is Also Used in ALL SWING STATES — PA, GA, NV, MI, WI, AZ, MN!
That is not good
AOC and other Dems’ vows of vengeance on Trump supporters ensure a fanatical fight to the bitter end
America’s New Power Couple: Mitch And Joe
Althouse rather annoyed by Biden
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Why Einstein is always proved right: I'm not smart enough to know...
AOC and other Dems’ vows of vengeance on Trump supporters ensure a fanatical fight to the bitter end: And bitter, Bitter, BITTER end it shall be.
Ocasio-Cortez Touts Secret List Targeting
Trump Supporters For Retaliation: But they don't KNOW who they are... We know who THEY are, though...
OK, I got this, guys. We are the butt of some sort of weird cosmic joke. How else to explain the apparent win of the sleaziest, subpar team to ever occupy the WH. To add to your chagrin, why, oh why, did the democraticals pick such a dreary and vacuous pair to be their standard bearers. It has to be a feature not a bug!
I could have lived with a few of the other primary candidates. I even voted, in the primary, for Andrew Yang, not because I agree with him, but because I sense that he isn’t anti-American, and he is authentic and likeable. In any case we know that the primary was rigged and that Joe and Bloe, the two with the least support, were dragged to the finish. I am forced to conclude that Joe is the Bestest and the Brightest with the mostest character and rectitude of any other Dem. Am I right?
To my liberal friends, next up, flakey geezer narratives. You had a lot of gall to mock DJT and his supporters. For 4 years, you harangued us, pissing and moaning over stories about Trump, you, yourselves, made up; then you vote for a candidate, who actually is creepy and actually is corrupt, with noticeable neurological deficits. For this, you traded the freedom and prosperity of all Americans to Chairman Xi.
To AOC, you are the deranged EX everyone fears. Please post your lists so we Normies can override your efforts by supporting your targets.
AOC: Wonder if the silly, fatuous, infantilized women who make up your base will catch on and when, if ever, they will realize that they were played. Nah. that’s probably expecting too much, especially from your constituents.
As bad as Joe and Kamala are they are better than Obama. If the DOJ hadn't been stacked with anti-American lawyers Obama would have been serving has 4th year of a life term in jail for his many crimes.
By "better than Obama" do you mean "less worse"? From my perspective, Obama had a pretty clear desire of what he wanted to do. Biden just seems to have "The thing, you know?". Only thing Harris has presented was hunting down Trump supporters.
I might quibble about Kamala. During the variety show that was the Democrat primary, she said she would be the country's first prosecutorial President. That's a at least step beyond the divisive and vindictive policy Obama's crew were pushing in public service. Apart from.the cost in promotions and careers, this cost at least two lives that I'm aware of.
Will we ever know?
I saw some comment about problems with Detroit Wayne County tabulation in the 2016 election - revealed by the abortive Green Party recount request, but "would have been revealed anyway in post-election analysis" according to the contemporaneous press.
They had a whole bunch of mismatch in both directions between number of voters recorded and number of physical ballots present afterwards.
All the press reports said that an audit would be carried out, but it took me far too much searching (abandoning Google for alternate search engines not related) to find a single article on the results.
They never did manage to reconcile ballots recorded to ballots stored for 52% of the machines, but it was all poor training and procedures, not malfeasance, according to the audit. And the head of elections for the state retired right after.
I'd sure like to know more detail, and one would think an audit report like that would be public so that I don't have to rely on some reporter's impression of what it said.
We know that Republican observers were not allowed to observe the count. We know that ballots were accepted after the deadline, and were thus illegitimate, and were mixed with legitimate ballots. These and other frauds are impossible to unwind. I’m still hopeful that the SCOTUS will hear Trump’s case and call for a creative remedy like a revote, but I also realize that is probably unlikely.
Will we ever know? Certainly not all. It appears that the Democrats figured out that since there is limited time to investigate voter fraud, if you flood the zone with lots of little fraud, it can’t all be investigated much less litigated. Now that a method has been tried, if it is allowed to be successful, all that is needed is to replicate it at subsequent elections.
After SCOTUS remedies, there are other more distasteful remedies that might be considered. We might want to start thinking about them now.
Wasn't there a story during pre-Trump administration that our voting machines were made by some Spanish company, owned or controlled by Soros.
Yes I remember reading about that and the question of voter interference and fraud.
They have just called Arizona and Pennsylvania for Biden, he is the elected 46th president.
Of course there are mandatory recounts and legal dramas to play out but does anyone really believe that in an environment that allowed blatant and obvious ballot cheating that any of that will change the result. We literally do not know who the voters choose. We know who the vote counters chose. Again I think the emphasis should be placed on rooting out the fraud and prosecution of those who committed it. Our system "allows" what we just saw happen but the least we can do for our republic and our citizens is to make the cheaters pay.
What Trump and the RNC should do is concentrate on exposing the fraud and the people behind it. I honestly believe that concentrating on recounts and legal battles in courts headed by leftist judges was anticipated and it will only be used to run the clock out ending in nothing. Go after the criminals.
Which is exactly why Trump should have been ready with his own attorneys in every state - but he wasn't. That is a major error on his part, so now we have Giuliani, who is not an attorney, running the show for challenges without much preparation. Trump is playing catch-up. He is very good at that, but really, he should have prepared better if he thought there would be fraud.
I have a different take.
First, a reminder about 2016. I have seen people wondering why Hillary didn't resort to this level of election fraud? The most common answer is that Hillary's campaign was certain they had the election in the bag and that there was no need to resort to fraud.
Fast forward to 2020. I was under the impression that the Trump team was preparing for fraud for many, many months. However, I'm inclined to believe that, by election day, the Trump team, based on internal polling, was very confident that they had a lead sufficient to offset any fraud. Naturally they would have focused on FL, PA, MI, WI, and AZ. Weren't you a little taken aback at the volume and extent of the election fraud? I was.
I wasn't taken aback at the volume and extent of the election fraud. Back in September I told my sister that Biden would win AND that the election fraud would huge and in obvious to everyone. The Democrats have always stolen close elections. They did indeed believe in 2016 that they had the presidency in the bag. It is for that very reason that election fraud in 2020 was going to be over the top. They weren't going to make that mistake again.
IMHO once the election is done it cannot be undone. Sure you can have some recounts but you can't in most cases identify fraudulent ballots. So Trump should put all his effort into exposing the fraud, and identifying the people who participated and make sure that there is both a price to pay for what they did but a carrot on a stick if they turn in higher-ups. Let's see some perp walks at the highest level. That is how you prevent or decrease election fraud.
"Weren't you a little taken aback at the volume and extent of the election fraud? I was."
Kinda, but not really.
What's really been disappointing are all the people who recognize the fraud and don't care. Or worse, support it.
Without commenting on the rest of your post, Giuliani is an attorney.
True. I was in error there. He is not the right sort of attorney for election challenges, but he is legitimately and attorney.
To the others, you are making excuses for Trump here. You didn't think the fraud would be so great? It's about what it always is, it's just being challenged this time. There is no evidence that Trump was really ready but then everyone relaxed their grip because they thought they had this in the bad. It's classic Trump: getting things largely right by instinct, being willing to follow it up when others aren't, but not having done his homework and developed a plan.
It's the Alphabet Fake Media who gets to declare who is president?? I don't remember that in the Constitution.
At least the Praetorian Guard picked the Roman Emperor. (And later the charioteers and their fan clubs picked the Emperor in the Eastern Empire.)
A Serb's warning:
With all due respect to Jacques Jaujard, I commend to readers the movie "The Train" starring Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, and Jeanne Moreau. Like many movies, it's loosely based on a real story, but it does convey a message.
Re: Cultural Revolution Week in Higher Education
"George Washington University is encouraging students to seek therapy following the election, while warning students to prepare for Election Day “as you would for a hurricane or a snowstorm,” by encouraging students to stock up on supplies."
This was an amusing article, because it outlined how people's "feelings" are supposed to have political or even legal ramifications. I just read another article about a girl who wore tight shorts to the Farmer's Market, and then she got mad when a guy took a picture of her butt.
This story was interesting for two reasons. First, the girl fails to acknowledge the obvious: in our surveillance society, we are photographed all day long, by strangers whom we can't see. But for her, that's fine. Why? Because the government is like God, it's morally pure and only takes photographs for security reasons. So there's no reason to even think about it. That's what happens when people buy into the lie that governments are "good". Washington D.C. is full of jackals, who spend all day leering at security camera footage.
But besides that, the girl did dress provocatively on purpose. So she invited attention. And the guy didn't try to rape the girl, he just took a picture for fun. But she felt that he had committed a moral crime, because taking a picture is a violation of one's personal space (or something like that). But if the government makes you answer a million questions on a web form, or keeps you on video for hours, or records your phone calls, or examines your browser history, that's not a violation of personal space. The whole thing doesn't make any sense. These girls are trying to vilify men for looking at them, but at the same time they are willing to surrender their most personal and private information to complete strangers.
That's what happens when "men" are the enemy, and the "government" is God.
RE: Business is moving to the suburbs.
Yep, my company just announced last week that we will NOT be returning to Manhattan. In fact, we are still under "work from home" rules; but, they have made the decision to be out of Manhattan by end of year.
I could not be happier. In fact, this news from my company helped to soften the blow for me that Trump has lost the election.
It isn't just because of COVID that I do not want to return to New York. I put up with Occupy Wall Street, and also put up with BLM, but the horror stories of people being randomly attacked in Manhattan lately make me never want to step foot in Gotham again. I value my life to much to want to risk it walking down the street as thugs run wild.
So Althouse is annoyed that Biden, the hack politician, speaks exactly like a hack politician? She was expecting what, freshness and originality? Courage?
Althouse spent the last four years referring to Trump as "weird" or "abnormal", but seemed to have little of substance to object to in terms of Administration policy. To be fair she was at least as critical of Biden during the campaign. In the end she did not vote for either--yet complains that Biden behaves exactly as the stale, phony old windbag he's always been.
I've pretty much had it with the Althouse blog and her smug narcissism. Maybe she'll wake up and realize that elections like this really matter and can affect her personally. Perhaps when the mobs move from downtown Madison to her street.