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Robert Barnes has a theory that Q Anon is a psy-op. A psychological operation developed by somebody to defeat Trump. They promoted a series of false narratives designed to reassure Trump supporters that they were winning, and that all they needed to do was “trust the plan.” Every time a prediction failed to come true, […]

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How I’m Responding to Facebook and Twitter Censorship

 

The previously clandestine and now quite overt censoring of conservative voices on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Platforms has now reached dangerous levels. This is not just about Trump. Social media is critical to modern political discourse. The censorship must be resisted. That means targeting profitability, and that means boycotts. But I won’t cut off my nose to spite my face.

I will continue to use these platforms in the short term while taking the following measures to abandon them as soon as it is practical.

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What happened at the Capitol yesterday was a spontaneous act of civil disobedience by a group of exuberant and frankly reckless Trump supporters. Nothing more. The MSM has seized upon the event to perpetuate their false narrative that Trump is an existential threat.   Some are buying that story including many Republican lawmakers. January 6 […]

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  Trump may yet win this election.  Or he may not.  I believe that if he loses, there is solid evidence it will be as the result of fraud.  But that’s not directly relevant to what I want to discuss in this post.  Regardless of the outcome for Trump, I think it can be generally […]

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  #Seth Rich is trending this morning as I write this thanks to this Michael Isakoff story on Yahoo News about FoxNews settling a defamation suit with the Rich family to avoid depositions by key players in the story.  I’m one of those people who believe that the Seth Rich “conspiracy theory” sounds credible. Not […]

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  Twitter changed their retweet policy this morning. They’d warned it was coming a few days ago. I remember getting the notification. If you don’t add a comment of your own (what I think was referred to as quote tweeting) your retweet WON”T get sent. I think it’s a ploy to slow the viral spread […]

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Winter Is Coming

 

People talk about the country being on the verge of civil war. I think we are already there. It’s just that the left has known about it for years while the right has been mostly oblivious to it and in denial. Think of our attitude towards Al Qaeda before 9/11.

I think of the pre-2016 Republican Party as General McClellan and Trump as General Grant of whom Lincoln famously said, “I can’t spare this man. He fights!”

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I thought it was nice of our opponents to coordinate their campaign signs to help us make our point. This is from ten years ago. My son and I had just joined the Libertarian Party, and they were looking for local candidates. The only selection criteria were being able to fog a mirror and a […]

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On the evening of 31 August I received a message from Facebook notifying me of a change in their Terms of Service which would take effect as of 1 October, 2020. It specifically referenced Section 3.2 of those Terms. I don’t recall ever having received such a specific notice before, and it raised some suspicions. […]

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Don’t Fall for Conspiracy Theories. Then again…

 

 

Why does Colorado have color coded ballots? I guess it is because color coding is way quicker than that little R or D under the bar code to know what party the ballot represents.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
But why would anybody need to know that?
 
OK, I know how conspiracy theories work. It’s possible that these are primary election ballots, and there might be some good reason for election officials to want to quickly separate out ballots from the various different parties prior to counting.
 
But that’s not the rumor that is being widely circulated. The rumor is that the purpose is so unscrupulous persons who end up handling the ballots know which ones they want to destroy before they are counted.
 
Before I dismiss that theory, I’d like to be sure that general election ballots are not similarly marked. It’s one thing for primary election ballots to be designated by party. It’s quite another for general election ballots to be treated in that fashion.
 
I’m still opposed to universal mail in voting. There are too many opportunities for fraud. Ballot harvesting is one such opportunity, and data is available to accurately forecast voting patterns by zip code. It wouldn’t be too tough for knowledgable fraudsters to figure out which zip codes they wish to target for maximum effect.
 
In the justice system, there is such a thing as chain of custody for evidence. I believe most election procedures use some similar system, though possibly not as robust. I’m reasonably certain that routine mail is not subject to any such supervision. Mail in voting eliminates the chain of custody safeguard.
 
Isn’t this election divisive enough? Do we really need to introduce another source of contention into the process with mail in ballots?
 

‘The Crisis’

 

I re-posted this Twitter thread on my Facebook page which was a description of some correspondence the author had recently received about the state of cities across the nation with all the recent unrest. My comment accompanying the Facebook post was “Rather depressing thread.” A well-meaning friend replied:

Jess, you should avoid depressing threads. I have read more good books — mostly history — in 2020 than in any previous year (retirement helps, but it’s not the sole cause). I also avoid MSM outlets like the plague, at least for national news. Good for my mental health!”

I understand where he is coming from. It’s probably good advice. But I’m not going to take it. Here was my response to my friend:

Ode to Steve, My Wrong Friend

 

I have this Facebook friend. Let’s call him Steve….’Cause his name is actually Steve, so why not? Steve penned a Facebook post this morning that kind of got under my skin as most of Steve’s posts have lately. And, as usual, I have this problem keeping my big fat mouth shut whenever anybody on the internet is wrong.

Now, as we all know, the list of people on the internet who are wrong is quite long, and it helps to prioritize one’s responses depending on how egregious the nonsense is that is being spewed forth. Well, it seems that Steve must have missed that day in Kindergarten where they teach kids to wait their turn because Steve keeps selfishly pushing his way to the top of my list with every new thing he posts. I penned a few quick replies, just to remind Steve that there are still one or two people following him who aren’t drinking his Kool-Aid. Steve replied in kind. Well, not so kind actually, but kind enough. I’ve had worse. Anyway, I eventually felt that a more lengthy response was in order, but as I began furiously composing the following reply, I soon came to realize that this was going to be way too long for anyone on Facebook to bother with. Especially the folks that Steve has cultivated on his friends list. So I thought I’d drop it here instead. Nobody on Steve’s page would have read past the first paragraph or two anyway, and even if they had, I suspect I would have been deluged by lots of negative feedback. Now, I don’t have any problem with negative feedback, but you see there’s that list I was telling you about. The one with all the wrong people to whom I must reply. Yeah, that one.

Stormtroopers in Portland? I Don’t Think So!

 

There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the alleged “blackbagging” of protesters at the Portland Federal Building demonstrations. I’m only aware of one instance of this having happened from a story in The Nation. There may be others. In that story, the detainee describes being detained, put in an unmarked vehicle, blindfolded with his own beanie, and hustled away to what turned out to be the Federal Building. He was Mirandized, his belongings were searched, and he was asked to answer some questions. When he refused to cooperate, the LEOs released him without charges having found nothing incriminating in his belongings (weapons, spray paint, etc.)

I’m not convinced that anything illegal took place here. The Nation is an extremely left-wing source with an agenda. They have an interest in driving a political narrative about totalitarianism and Trump having invoked the NDAA etc. when nothing of the sort is likely to have happened. I got curious about just what police are allowed to do in terms of arresting/detaining/questioning a suspect. Do they need a warrant etc? It seems the rules are determined by the Supreme Court case Terry v Ohio. Here’s an interpretation of the rules from this link.

“In Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1, 88 S. Ct. 1868, 20 L. Ed. 2d 889 (1968), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution permits a law enforcement officer to stop, detain, and frisk persons who are suspected of criminal activity without first obtaining their consent, even though the officer may lack a warrant to conduct a search or Probable Cause to make an arrest. Now known as a Terry stop, this type of police encounter is constitutionally permissible only when an officer can articulate a particularized, objective, and reasonable basis for believing that criminal activity may be afoot or that a given suspect may be armed and dangerous.”

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  Imagine this scenario. You’re sitting at home with your wife or husband on the couch next to you, and she/he turns to you and asks, “What do you think about Black Lives Matter?” How do you respond? If you’re like me, your response is, “All lives matter.” Now what if you were in a […]

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  My Twitter feed is my news feed. Some people think that’s funny. Some people think I must be some kind of a dimwit. And some people don’t know what to think because they don’t understand Twitter. The savvier among you who may be more familiar with the medium know that there’s a good case […]

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Good Cops? Bad Cops?

 

Dear Ricochet readers.

I need your help. I’m conflicted. I’m struggling to come to grips with my feelings on all this. Actually, I’m struggling to push aside my feelings and let logic and reason run the show. Like many of you, the best way for me to do that is to write about it.

You Know What’s Wrong with America? Bedwetters!

 

It’s 8:30 p.m. on a beautiful Friday evening. Had a productive day. Vacuumed in the morning. Took the dogs for their two miles this afternoon. Cut the grass after the market closed at four as the temperature was moderating. (Lost some money today. Not much….I’ll live.) Had a shower. Had dinner. Now I’m listening to one of my favorite podcasts (Ricochet). My back is feeling better than last week. Even better this evening despite the yard work. Could be the rum and coke.

For some reason though, I’m not content to just be content. Just can’t leave well enough alone. My life hasn’t changed much. Too bad millions of my fellow Americans can’t say the same. I had a good day, but America didn’t. Retail sales down this morning 16.4% month over month. Worst result ever. Ever! 36 million new jobless claims since this started. About one-quarter of the entire American workforce unemployed or underemployed. Twenty-five percent! Let that sink in. I could go on and on, but half of you already know the argument, and the rest of you just don’t care. COVID-19 will kill some people. So will the worldwide poverty that is coming our way largely as a result of our policy response to this. I’m not sure which will kill more.

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