Where will the censorship end?

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“You’re not allowed to think that!”

Censorship of the Biden corruption story by big tech and the corporate media had a major effect on the election.

A Media Research Center (MRC) poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates found that 36 percent of Biden voters were not aware of the evidence behind claims that Joe Biden was personally involved in his son Hunter’s business deals with China. Thirteen percent of those voters (4.6 percent of Biden’s total vote) said that if they had known the facts, they would not have voted for Biden.

That’s just one instance of The Left’s censorship pogrom. You already know about the media and big tech. Now consider:

What Wikipedia’s Daily Mail ‘Ban’ Tells Us About The Future Of Online Censorship

Then the deplatformers came for Dan Bongino

Mailchimp Gets In on the Censorship Game

PayPal relies on censorship recommendations by far-left Southern Poverty Law Center

GoFundMe Censors Billboard Fundraising Campaign

Eventbrite Removes ‘March For Trump’ Event, Allows Left-Wing Events

WordPress just had to get into it, as well. WordPress is used by more than 60 million websites, including 33.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2019. WordPress decided to kick a popular conservative blog, The Conservative Treehouse, off its platform. This means the censorship has moved to web hosting sites.

The next step would be Internet Service Providers, who provide access to the Internet. Would they be interested in blocking ideas they don’t like. Uh, yes.

The largest collection of public internet censorship data ever compiled shows that even citizens of what are considered the world’s freest countries aren’t safe from internet censorship.

“When the United States repealed net neutrality, they created an environment in which it would be easy, from a technical standpoint, for ISPs to interfere with or block internet traffic,” said Roya Ensafi, University of Michigan assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science who led the the study. “The architecture for greater censorship is already in place and we should all be concerned about heading down a slippery slope.” It’s already happening abroad, the researchers found.

Is there yet a higher authority who could get in the game? Sure. It’s the companies who comprise what is known as the Internet’s backbone. These are called Tier 1 providers, and they include AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, SingTel, Pacific Internet, Japan Telecom, Telstra, China Telecom and British Telecom.

AT&T, you will not be comforted to know, also owns … CNN.

Then, of course, governments control the Internet and censor things they don’t like. That, of course, can’t happen here. Oh wait …

Sen. Blumenthal Urges Mark Zuckerberg to Remove Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Steve Bannon from Facebook

Apparently it had something to do with them labeling him “Da Nang Dick.”

~ Consanguineous

The resurrection of the Stasi

Office ReprimandAmid all that’s going on I happened to catch a TV show about the Stasi, East Germany’s agency of control.

The Ministry for State Security—commonly known as the Stasi—wiretapped, bugged, and tracked citizens. It steamed open letters and drilled holes in walls. It had nearly 200,000 unofficial informers and hundreds of thousands more occasional sources providing information on their friends, neighbors, relatives, and colleagues. As the self-declared sword and shield regime, it aimed not merely to stamp out dissent, but to support a far-reaching propaganda machine in creating a new, perfect communist human being.

Does any of that sound familiar? How about:

Covid Testing And “Compliance Ambassadors.” Our business license officers & compliance ambassadors continue to visit 300 businesses per day every day, to ensure they are following @GovSisolak’s recent directive to help keep workers and visitors safe. — City of Las Vegas (@CityOfLasVegas)

cars“Great Reset” Mastermind Suggests Risk Assessment “Brain Scans” Before Allowing Travel. “Great Reset” mastermind Klaus Schwab suggests a number of draconian measures for controlling the population under the umbrella of the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’, including risk-assessment brain scans to cross borders and implantable chips to read people’s thoughts.

Dr. Anthony Fauci: Americans Must ‘Do What You’re Told’ Despite ‘Independent Spirit.’ “Our countries have that independent spirit, where we don’t want to be told what to do,” he said. “Well, I understand that, but now is the time to do what you’re told.”

Democrats Compile List Of Names Targeting White House Staff, Trump Campaign, Judges, And Donors. The list of names was initally published on the project’s website asking people to “remember what they did,” and is now privatized, but captured by internet archives. It shows an extensive Google Sheets document listing off people who the project deems necessary to curb from “profiting from their experience” working with the Trump Administration.

‘Society of Snitches’: Northam Asks Virginians to Report Churches, Gun Ranges That Violate COVID Restrictions. “[The governor of Virginia] is now trying to turn us into a society of informers and snitches?” State Sen. Mark Obenshain asked. “The Governor and his Health Secretary, through the VA Dept. of Health is now asking for people to make anonymous complaints to the Dept. for violations of the Gov. Northam’s mask order.”
John Stossel: Facebook Is Using Activists To Fact-Check Posts They Don’t Like – It’s Wrong. Facebook now lets other people censor their content. Mark Zuckerberg told Congress, “We work with a set of independent fact-checkers.”

This is where we are today, Charlotte Bailey writes in The Atlantic:

All over the world, authoritarian regimes still use some of the tactics favored by the East German dictatorship—informers are still widely used, for instance. But states are now using modern technology to oppress their citizens in ways simply unavailable to the Stasi—by monitoring movements, spying on communications, and tracking financial transactions, to name just a few. The tools, in fact, are available to (and used by) companies and the governments of liberal democracies, too. “States now have far more power than the Stasi,” David Murakami Wood, a surveillance sociologist and an associate professor at Queen’s University in Canada, says. “And it’s not just states we have to worry about now.”

The New World Order is just deja vu all over again.

~ Propugnaculum

This is it. This is the coup.

boxesAs I write, on November 7, 2020, the media are calling the election for Joe Biden, Trump is refusing to concede, and this is all according to the plan.

I assumed it was just a slip of the tongue from a troubled mind when Biden said:

“We’re in a situation where we have put together, and you guys did it for President Obama’s administration before this, we have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”

In context, it seems he was referring to Trump trying to steal the election. Remember: The Left always accuses its enemies of what it itself is doing. This strategy has been variously attributed to Karl Marx and Adolph Hitler, among others.

Whatever was rumbling aroiund in Biden’s febrile mind, a petri dish for Freudian slips, his handlers and enablers have indeed put together “the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of Amerian politics.”

This is The Coup Act III. Act I was the Russian “collusion” investigation. Act II was impeachment. Now corrupting the election is Act III.

Here are the steps.

  1. Establish widespread mail-in voting, using Covid as an excuse.
  2. Prepare the public’s expectations about delays in vote counting.
  3. Halt vote counts on the night of the election where Trump is ahead.
  4. Bring in balllots for Biden.
  5. Lose ballots for Trump.
  6. Block Republican observers from vote tally rooms.
  7. Insist that there is no evidence of fraud.
  8. Engourage people to think the media call elections.
  9. Declare Biden the winner.
  10. Censor any effort to disagree with the narrative.
  11. Assert that Trump will have to be forcibly removed.
  12. Begin referring to Biden as the President.

Smoke and mirros, chaos and confusion.

The only thing missing was Ruth Bader Ginsberg, wbo was doing her best to outlive election day. She couldn’t pull it off.

Now the election goes to the Supreme Court, exactly as it did 20 years ago. Chief Justice John Roberts did his darned best to help Biden. Alas, without Ruth, it won’t be enough.

Already, as I write: Justice Alito orders Pennsylvania officials to separate ballots that arrived after Election Day.

~ Coquelicot

Yet another time they stole an election

mueller brennanIn the 2018 midterm election, Democrats gained a net total of 40 U.S. House seats, 17 more than the 23 seats they needed to win control of the House.

This led to two years of harrassment of the President and to his impeachment by the House.

How did it happen? There’s no doubt that the fraudulent investigation of “Russian collusion” contributed to voter doubt about President Trump. This was inflamed by Robert Mueller’s bogus investigation.

The noted investigative reporter John Solomon spells it out:

As the “Impeach Trump” machine raged with fuel provided by Democrats and an errant media, a funny thing happened: More than three dozen Republican incumbents in Congress announced they were retiring in 2018, leaving the GOP with a gaping hole in the House that Democrats exploited.

Polls showed the impact of the Russia coverage on voters. About half of American voters declared they believed Trump or his aides had colluded with Russia, even though they hadn’t.

It’s important to remember that Mueller and his gang knew there was nothing to the charges against Trump early in their game, but they sat on that knowledge until their hand was forced by AG William Barr after the election.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) called it: “When I hear that Giuliani is saying, ‘Oh, if it goes past September 1, Mueller will be blamed for you know, playing politics and affecting the election,’ Mueller could care less, he would love to affect the election.”

Then we had Democrat Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons warning Mueller not to release anything before the election. Now why would they do that? Because they suspected Mueller was a nothing burger? If they thought he had something on Trump wouldn’t they have demanded he release it?

1We now know that Mueller was not operating with 100 percent of his mental capabilities. His investigation was actually run by his chief counsel, Andrew Weissmann, who has a notorious reputation as a prosecutor.

Here’s what Weissmann said of the 1918 election: As Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election gained steam in 2017 and 2018, “one thing that the whole office soon realized was that the third act in this play would be an inevitable investigation of us, by the Trump administration, when our investigation was complete.”

“This led to more gallows humor within the office,” he wrote. “Whenever someone gave an opinion or spun out a possible theory to test that out, someone would pipe up: ‘Write that down, that will be for the investigation of the investigators.'” The jokes “took on a darker hue” ahead of the November 2018 midterm elections, Weissmann continued.

One of his prosecutor, Jeannie Rhee, said: If Republicans “retain the House, we all need to retain criminal lawyers. That’s how bats— crazy they are. I am not joking.”

Nothing has happened to these people, and nothing will. Just as nothing has happened to the top IRS officials who helped Obama get elected.

~ Homeoteleuton

Another time they stole an election

Does anyone even remember how Obama’s IRS swung his 2012 reelection?

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In 2019 the federal government began issuing settlement checks to 100 right-of-center groups wrongfully targeted for their political beliefs under the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service.

About $2 million of the settlement goes to cover the legal costs of five long years of litigation. IRS attorneys attempted delay after delay, objection after objection, trying to use the very taxpayer protection statutes the plaintiffs were suing under to suppress documents.

Here’s what happened.

Disgraced former bureaucrat Lois Lerner (in photo) led the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt groups. A 2013 inspector general’s report found the IRS had singled out conservative and tea party organizations for intense scrutiny, oftentimes simply based on their conservative-sounding or tea party names. The IRS delayed for months, even years, the applications, and some groups were improperly questioned about their donors and their religious affiliations and practices.

So?

A 2013 study by the American Enterprise Institute —“Do Political Protests Matter? Evidence From The Tea Party Movement”— found that the movement boosted Republican turnout by three to six million votes in the 2010 election. This effect was blunted in the 2012 election, though, because growth in the movement stalled.

Co-author and AEI economist Stan Veuger argues that this most likely had a major impact in the 2012 election.

“The founders, members, and donors of new Tea Party groups found themselves incapable of exercising their constitutional rights, and the Tea Party’s impact was muted in the 2012 election cycle,” Veuger said.

He added: “The data show that, had the Tea Party groups continued to grow at the pace seen in 2009 and 2010, and had their effect on the 2012 vote been similar to that seen in 2010, they would have brought the Republican Party as many as 5 to 8.5 million votes compared to Obama’s victory margin of 5 million.”

Yes, it can, and did, happen here.

~ Pishogue

We’ve just crossed a sea change shark in the sand

hunterSea Change — A profound transformation.

Watershed — A dividing point, from which things will never be the same.

Jumping the Shark — To signal, especially through a conspicuous activity, event, or maneuver, a decline in the progress or evolution of something.

Defining Moment — The point at which a situation is clearly seen to start to change.

Line in the Sand — A point beyond which, once the decision to go beyond it is made, the decision and its resulting consequences are permanently decided and irreversible.

By now you know that emails on Hunter Biden’s laptop show the Bidens cashing in on Joe’s position as vice president.

How significant is this? There can nw be no doubt that:

  1. Joe Biden is dirty. He was using his office to get rich. This could be considered treason. It also opens him up to blackmail. He is completely compromised.
  2. The media are covering for him, of course, which is to be expected. No longer can we pretend they care about objectivity
  3. Big Tech Twitter and Facebook are censoring efforts to report on Biden’s handiwork. Why do we get upset that they are biased? Of course they are. There can no longer be any doubt.
  4. The Presidential Debate Commission is a farce. It changed the topic of the final debate from foreign policy so that Sleepy Joe won’t have to answer any questions about his treachery.
  5. Perhaps most revealing: FBI Director Christopher Wray has been sitting on this information, which would have neutered the impeachment procedings against Trump. Instead, the FBI is pursuing the Democrats’ talking point, which is that this new information is Russian disinformation. Wray is dirty. There is no longer any doubt. He has to go. The coup against Trump continues.

The line is drawn. Everyone now understands where we are.

~ Aemilius

Do you jump around in the shower to get wet?

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Wonder why so little is coming out of that thing up there? That, you know, shower head, nozzle thing, whatever?

Here’s why.

First, the President you love to hate has proposed that we let the water flow again. Of course he’s disparaged for this.

Here’s the backstory.

A Democratic Congress passed and Republican President George H.W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 1992, which dictated the maximum flow rates on “showerheads, faucets, water closets, and urinals.”

The law banned any shower head that allowed water to flow out at a greater rate than 2.5 gallons per minute (which comes out to 5.3 ounces per second) “when measured at a flowing water pressure of 80 pounds per square inch.”

But even this intrusion into the most personal moments of a person’s day was not enough for Obama. He wanted to make sure that no showers, including those with more than one shower head, ever spat out more than that congressionally mandated 5.3 ounces per second. Obama could have accomplished this crackdown on multihead showers by pushing legislation to that effect through Congress, where his party controlled both chambers.

But outlawing people’s showers isn’t terribly popular, so Obama opted to use regulatory means. He rewrote the language to redefine “shower head.”

You may think you know what a shower head is. It’s a fitting on the end of a pipe that disperses water into a spray in your shower. But Obama’s Energy Department decided that the term no longer meant that. What you call a shower head, Obama declared, is now a “nozzle.” A multihead shower was now a multinozzle shower head. And thus, if each “nozzle” is pumping out the legal maximum of 2.5 gallons per minute, then under Obama’s redefinition, you are taking an illegal shower.

Wonder if Barry and Michelle take legal showers in their Martha’s Vineyard mansion or their Washington estate or their new Hawaiian digs?

They probably have underlings take showers for them.

~ Fomites

“We will stand firm and unwavering.”

trumpI saw only the first part of President Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech, but several people have said it is his best.

Roger Kimball, editor and publisher of The New Criterion, writes:

Looking back on the 2020 election, historians will say that last night’s speech was the moment that Donald Trump won reelection. It was a magnificent speech that will, I predict, take an honored place in the library of great American political addresses.

So I read it, and it is very good. Follow the link, and see for yourself. Watch it here. Why not share it with your children and discuss it? (Side note: When I search Google-owned YouTube for the speech the first thing that came up was a video of CNN’s Briant Stelter with this title: “Stelter: Trump’s Mt. Rushmore speech won’t make sense to most people.” Kinda proves Trump’s point.)

Here’s a passage of President Trump’s speech that stood out for me:

We are the country of Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Frederick Douglass. We are the land of Wild Bill Hickock and Buffalo Bill Cody. (Applause.) We are the nation that gave rise to the Wright Brothers, the Tuskegee Airmen — (applause) — Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Jesse Owens, George Patton — General George Patton — the great Louie Armstrong, Alan Shepard, Elvis Presley, and Mohammad Ali. (Applause.) And only America could have produced them all. (Applause.) No other place.

We are the culture that put up the Hoover Dam, laid down the highways, and sculpted the skyline of Manhattan. We are the people who dreamed a spectacular dream — it was called: Las Vegas, in the Nevada desert; who built up Miami from the Florida marsh; and who carved our heroes into the face of Mount Rushmore. (Applause.)

Americans harnessed electricity, split the atom, and gave the world the telephone and the Internet. We settled the Wild West, won two World Wars, landed American astronauts on the Moon — and one day very soon, we will plant our flag on Mars.

We gave the world the poetry of Walt Whitman, the stories of Mark Twain, the songs of Irving Berlin, the voice of Ella Fitzgerald, the style of Frank Sinatra — (applause) — the comedy of Bob Hope, the power of the Saturn V rocket, the toughness of the Ford F-150 — (applause) — and the awesome might of the American aircraft carriers.

Quite a story.

~ Aphelion

“What country is this?”

carksib'“It’s a country in a lockdown,” Tucker Carlson answers. “We’re told we have no choice but to do this — to stop our lives completely.”

And he makes a disturbing point.

“Mass quarantines, they tell us again and again, are the only way to save lives. But that’s a lie. They don’t know it’s true, despite what they’ve claimed. There’s no scientific record to consult. It’s never been done. We’re currently living through the largest and most expensive experiment ever conducted in human history. We’ve spent trillions of dollars, and crushed millions of people, purely on the guess that a nationwide lockdown would save us from the coronavirus. Has it worked? Was the guess correct?”

When you compare per capita numbers per state, he says, you find that a state’s lockdown strategy had virtually no effect on how severe its outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus was.

“Are you surprised by this?” Carlson asked. “Maybe you shouldn’t be. You can see the same trend at work in other countries. Sweden, most famously, has never locked down. Restaurants there have never closed. That country is still suffering from coronavirus, suffering more in fact than we are in the U.S. But the country’s epidemic appears to have peaked. And without locking down, Sweden has, and this is the key, has fared far better than other European countries that did lock down. That includes Britain, Italy, Spain and Belgium.”

“How can this be true?” he asked rhetorically. “It seems to contravene everything we hear all day long. ‘Lockdowns stop the virus.’ That’s what they tell us, almost always at high volume and with maximum outrage and self-righteousness daring us to disagree. But in fact, there’s not much evidence that it’s true.”

“This is insanity,” he concluded. “It is definitely not science. This is not science. It has nothing to do with the public’s health, much less the broader public interest. This is instead what happens when mediocre people suddenly find themselves with God-like power: deciding who can go outside, when people can get married, which medical procedures you’re allowed to have. That’s a feeling of omnipotence, and they like that feeling. It fills an empty place inside. They don’t want to give it up. They want it to last forever, even as the country dies. But it can’t last forever. Because it’s not their country. It’s ours.”

~ Quidnunc

The police are not your friend

busPerhaps you were thinkng that your local police would exhibit some common sense should the authorities decide to encroach on your rights, by, for example, coming to confiscate your guns. Think again.

During this pandemic, officers around the country have followed the orders of overbearing politicians without restraint.

Idaho Police Arrest Subversive Mom For Taking Children to Playground…

16-Year-Old Wisconsin Girl Threatened With Arrest Over Coronavirus Instagram Posts, Now Suing Sheriff

New Jersey Woman Charged With Plotting to Violate Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order

Police Tell Pastor “Your Rights Are Suspended” While Busting Up ‘Drive-In’ Church Service

Passenger is ‘dragged off Philadelphia bus by 10 cops for not wearing a face mask’

Police Departments Use Drones To Enforce Social Distancing

So what happens if our betters in Washington send the troops out to control us?

~ Cumbrousl