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Remember when the duty of law-enforcement was to protect businesses and the public from bad actors? Remember when crimes of destruction and vandalism were rare, and punished when the perpetrators were found, tried, and convicted? Well, those days are gone. The expected riots in Seattle, around Tuesday’s inauguration of the New Regime in the other Washington, happened on Wednesday. Here’s a description of what went down.

Chopper 7 showed a crowd of more than 100 people dressed in all black. By now it’s a familiar, if dreaded, group in downtown Seattle.

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Folks are still hanging in there with masks. I think they genuinely like ’em, regardless of efficacy. I also think that many folks who like ’em also deplore the less-than-1000% level of belief in them, such as might darkly dwell in the hearts of other people who nevertheless wear them. The opposite of a masquerade […]

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It’s time to face the possibility that Covid-19 has, like other coronavirus diseases, mutated into the next season’s version—Covid-20 or Covid-20a/20b/20c—with the identification of the Great Britain strain, with more to come in future years. Are we dealing with a virus not dissimilar in behavior to the annual flu? If so, what does that mean […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they discuss President Biden’s paltry goals in ramping up vaccine distribution. They also hammer CNN for falsely reporting that the Trump administration had no vaccine plan and that the Biden team was starting over from scratch. And they discuss the very weak response from the White House about Biden not wearing a mask on federal land just hours after insisting that everyone must do it.

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I think the comments on the nomination of Dr Levine to HHS miss the point. Dr. Levine has accomplished more than any other Democrat, including Gov Cuomo, during this pandemic. She has killed more Medicare beneficiaries than any other single person. That, from a Democratic perspective, is a huge success and should be rewarded. Of […]

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Biden has issued a number of Executive Orders in his first 24 hours of office. A current list of them is found here, and I go through a few of them that stood out to me below. Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-WearingI’m from the Smoky Mountains, and my parents’ property […]

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George W. Bush Former President George W. Bush told House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat, that he was a “savior” for endorsing President Joe Biden at a critical moment during the 2020 Democratic presidential primary and helping ensure his victory, Clyburn told reporters. Preview Open

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Join Jim and Greg as as they discuss leftist riots in at least three American cities Thursday night. Will the Democrats finally admit this is a problem since these people claim to hate Biden too? They also sigh as President Biden not only rejoins the World Health Organization but does so without one demand for accountability or reform. And they react to MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace and former Obama official Ben Rhodes discussing how to “detox” speech they don’t like and even bar Republicans from stating opinions if they don’t accept the left’s version of the truth.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Begging Your Pardon

 

President TrumpPresident Trump, like almost all* presidents, exercised the constitutional power of the pardon. In his last hours in his first term of office, President Trump pardoned 73 people and commuted the sentences of another 70. Most of the cases involved drug offenses now treated less harshly, while some rang of government misconduct and ax grinding by the feds. Two rappers made headlines: Lil Wayne and Kodak Black. The former mayor of Detroit, Kwame Malik Kilpatrick, got a break from a very long sentence. No, President Trump did not pardon terrorists, like certain prior occupants of the office. Here is the official release (emphasis added), followed by linked official clemency records for all presidents since Nixon.

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grants of Clemency
LAW & JUSTICE | Issued on: January 20, 2021

President Donald J. Trump granted pardons to 73 individuals and commuted the sentences of an additional 70 individuals.

As the Biden administration officially begins, join Jim and Greg as they cheer the U.S. for declaring a Chinese genocide against the Uighurs on President Trump’s final day in office. They also groan as Biden plans an economic policy around issues like race, gender equality and climate change rather than traditional metrics. And they’re surprised to see Democrats predict a COVID relief bill being delayed until March, although given what’s likely to be in it, we’re in no hurry to see much of it become law.

This week on “The Learning Curve,” Cara and Gerard are joined by Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of a landmark trilogy on the Civil Rights era, America in the King Years. They discuss the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, whose birthday the nation observed on Monday. They review Dr. King’s powerful, moving oratory, drawing on spiritual and civic ideals to promote nonviolent protest against racial injustice, and how, as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, he shared leadership of the movement with organizations such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. They also discuss the pivotal role that school-aged children played in the successes of the Civil Rights Movement, and how to talk with schoolchildren today about those heart-wrenching images such as six-year-old Ruby Bridges being escorted by U.S. marshals as she desegregated the New Orleans Public Schools, and young students facing Bull Connor’s dogs and fire hoses in Alabama. Branch shares thoughts on how to ensure that the women involved in the movement, including Septima Clark, Ella Baker, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Diane Nash, receive due credit for their contributions. He concludes with a reading from one of his books.

Stories of the Week: President-elect Biden is backing up his pledge to get kids back to school with a proposed $130 million in stimulus funds to cover the costs of reconfiguring K-12 classrooms, improving ventilation, personal protective equipment, and other social distancing requirements. Will the cash infusion work, and will support be offered to income-eligible private school students? A U.S. Government Accountability Office study takes a close look at school improvement efforts across all states, with some promising findings.

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The legislature of Washington State is 100% DemocRat-owned. All three branches are now in Crackdown Mode, with the boot of government ever harder on the necks of the citizens. Who were already laid low by Covid restrictions, business closures, and unemployment. Just today, the Dems announced their “transportation” package, including the expected gasoline-tax increases ($0.18-$0.25 […]

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I have heard people ask, “if the vaccine is here, why are we still shut down?” Public health officials tell us not to stop distancing even if you have been vaccinated; there might still be transmission. My response is this. The vaccine represents rapid herd immunity. We should see infection rates drop. When that happens, […]

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Last week, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection,” stemming chiefly from his remarks before a large crowd near the White House on January 6. As I have previously written, serious questions still remain as to whether those charges are valid as a matter of fact and law. But assuming they are, the question is what comes next.

Press coverage is mostly limited to tactical and political issues. On the Democratic side, the chief concerns are the timing and form of the expected trial. Should Speaker Nancy Pelosi delay sending the article of impeachment to the Senate to give House leaders more time to gather evidence to strengthen their case? Or will that delay undercut the perceived public urgency of the trial? If there is an impeachment trial, will that slow down the Senate confirmations of top cabinet officials or the passage of Joe Biden’s legislative agenda? On the Republican side, the question arises of whether individual senators should break ranks with Trump and convict him, even if most Republican voters are as strongly opposed to conviction as Democratic voters are in favor of it.

In an important sense, these questions put the cart before the horse. First, we must ask whether the Senate even has the power to try this impeachment once the president is out of office. As a textual matter, the answer is no. There are two relevant provisions in the Constitution: Article I, Section 3, and Article II, Section 4. Article I, Section 3, gives the sole power of impeachment to the Senate. First, a simple declarative sentence provides that “When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside.” The key word is “the” as in “the President.” The word “the” is used instead of the word “a.” “The” has a definite reference to the president now sitting in office, which will be Joe Biden on January 20. Once Donald Trump is out of office, he cannot be tried under this provision.

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Excerpt from a story on KOMO in Seattle, about a “demonstration” blocking an onramp to I-5 in downtown. Bolded sentence mine. Troopers cleared the scene and took 13 people into custody. One of the protestors, a 40-year-old woman, was taken to a local hospital for an unrelated medical need and was in stable condition, Seattle […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they expose the insanity of Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen, who says the National Guard could be a threat to Biden since many of them probably voted for Trump. They also pummel Joe Biden for yet another nomination based solely on identity politics rather than competence. And they also condemn Biden for planning to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline, despite many good reasons for the project to continue.

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Ben Sasse as Cicero. “Plutarch judges Cicero harshly. He portrays the Roman as a skilled orator whose poor grasp of political reality and aversion to necessary action rendered him ineffective as a statesman. It’s not clear Plutarch was fair to Cicero. But his critique is more apt for a modern-day American Senator: Ben Sasse.” Preview […]

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