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Economics / Federal Judge Rules Nationwide Eviction Ban Is Unconstitutional
« on: February 26, 2021, 10:25:21 AM »
Federal Judge Rules Nationwide Eviction Ban Is Unconstitutional
A  judge in Texas on Thursday ruled that the federal government does not have the authority to issue a nationwide eviction moratorium.

U.S. District Judge John Barker, a Trump appointee, ruled in favor of a group of property managers and landlords who challenged a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order that prevented them from temporarily evicting tenants for non-payment of rent during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.

The CDC order in question was initially issued in September 2020 and was originally set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020. It was extended to Jan. 31 and then again until the end of March. The order aimed to mitigate the spread of the pandemic by reducing congregation in shared living settings or in unsheltered homeless areas, and support state and local responses to the disease.

The order made it a crime for a landlord or property owner to evict a “covered person” from a residence, subject to several exceptions. Tenants who are covered by the order include those who have used their best efforts to obtain government assistance for rent or housing; or whose income falls below a certain income threshold.

A person who violated the order could face up to one year of imprisonment, to be followed by up to one year of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

The order only pauses evictions but does not relieve tenants from rent or housing payments.

Barker said eviction moratoriums are usually enacted by states and that the lawsuit does not question the states’ authority to do so. But plaintiffs in the case are asking the court to determine whether the U.S. Constitution allows the federal government to order or legislate a nationwide moratorium on evicting specified tenants.

“After analyzing the relevant precedents, the court concludes that the federal government’s Article I power to regulate interstate commerce and enact laws necessary and proper to that end does not include the power to impose the challenged eviction moratorium,” Barker wrote in his 21-page ruling (pdf).

The Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF) and Texas Public Policy Foundation jointly represented the plaintiffs in the case. The groups welcomed the judge’s decision.

“The court’s order today holding the CDC’s interference with private property rights under the veil of COVID-19 serves as notice to the Biden administration that the Constitution limits government power,” SLF General Counsel Kimberly Hermann said in a statement. The moratorium was first issued by the CDC under the Trump administration, and extended by Congress and then the CDC under Biden.

“The federal courts will continue to be a primary bulwark against unconstitutional overreach by federal and state governments. As our record shows, we have fought and won cases just like this for decades, and the current administration has shown no restraint. We are preparing cases across the constitutional spectrum to defend against unrestrained government action.”

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Medicine & Health / WSJ: We’ll Have Herd Immunity by April
« on: February 19, 2021, 06:35:07 AM »
We’ll Have Herd Immunity by April

Amid the dire Covid warnings, one crucial fact has been largely ignored: Cases are down 77% over the past six weeks. If a medication slashed cases by 77%, we’d call it a miracle pill. Why is the number of cases plummeting much faster than experts predicted?

In large part because natural immunity from prior infection is far more common than can be measured by testing. Testing has been capturing only from 10% to 25% of infections, depending on when during the pandemic someone got the virus. Applying a time-weighted case capture average of 1 in 6.5 to the cumulative 28 million confirmed cases would mean about 55% of Americans have natural immunity.

Now add people getting vaccinated. As of this week, 15% of Americans have received the vaccine, and the figure is rising fast. Former Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb estimates 250 million doses will have been delivered to some 150 million people by the end of March.

There is reason to think the country is racing toward an extremely low level of infection. As more people have been infected, most of whom have mild or no symptoms, there are fewer Americans left to be infected. At the current trajectory, I expect Covid will be mostly gone by April, allowing Americans to resume normal life.

Antibody studies almost certainly underestimate natural immunity. Antibody testing doesn’t capture antigen-specific T-cells, which develop “memory” once they are activated by the virus. Survivors of the 1918 Spanish flu were found in 2008—90 years later—to have memory cells still able to produce neutralizing antibodies.

Researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute found that the percentage of people mounting a T-cell response after mild or asymptomatic Covid-19 infection consistently exceeded the percentage with detectable antibodies. T-cell immunity was even present in people who were exposed to infected family members but never developed symptoms. A group of U.K. scientists in September pointed out that the medical community may be under-appreciating the prevalence of immunity from activated T-cells.

Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. would also suggest much broader immunity than recognized. About 1 in 600 Americans has died of Covid-19, which translates to a population fatality rate of about 0.15%. The Covid-19 infection fatality rate is about 0.23%. These numbers indicate that roughly two-thirds of the U.S. population has had the infection.

In my own conversations with medical experts, I have noticed that they too often dismiss natural immunity, arguing that we don’t have data. The data certainly doesn’t fit the classic randomized-controlled-trial model of the old-guard medical establishment. There’s no control group. But the observational data is compelling.

I have argued for months that we could save more American lives if those with prior Covid-19 infection forgo vaccines until all vulnerable seniors get their first dose. Several studies demonstrate that natural immunity should protect those who had Covid-19 until more vaccines are available. Half my friends in the medical community told me: Good idea. The other half said there isn’t enough data on natural immunity, despite the fact that reinfections have occurred in less than 1% of people—and when they do occur, the cases are mild.

But the consistent and rapid decline in daily cases since Jan. 8 can be explained only by natural immunity. Behavior didn’t suddenly improve over the holidays; Americans traveled more over Christmas than they had since March. Vaccines also don’t explain the steep decline in January. Vaccination rates were low and they take weeks to kick in.

My prediction that Covid-19 will be mostly gone by April is based on laboratory data, mathematical data, published literature and conversations with experts. But it’s also based on direct observation of how hard testing has been to get, especially for the poor. If you live in a wealthy community where worried people are vigilant about getting tested, you might think that most infections are captured by testing. But if you have seen the many barriers to testing for low-income Americans, you might think that very few infections have been captured at testing centers. Keep in mind that most infections are asymptomatic, which still triggers natural immunity.

Many experts, along with politicians and journalists, are afraid to talk about herd immunity. The term has political overtones because some suggested the U.S. simply let Covid rip to achieve herd immunity. That was a reckless idea. But herd immunity is the inevitable result of viral spread and vaccination. When the chain of virus transmission has been broken in multiple places, it’s harder for it to spread—and that includes the new strains.

Herd immunity has been well-documented in the Brazilian city of Manaus, where researchers in the Lancet reported the prevalence of prior Covid-19 infection to be 76%, resulting in a significant slowing of the infection. Doctors are watching a new strain that threatens to evade prior immunity. But countries where new variants have emerged, such as the U.K., South Africa and Brazil, are also seeing significant declines in daily new cases. The risk of new variants mutating around the prior vaccinated or natural immunity should be a reminder that Covid-19 will persist for decades after the pandemic is over. It should also instill a sense of urgency to develop, authorize and administer a vaccine targeted to new variants.

Some medical experts privately agreed with my prediction that there may be very little Covid-19 by April but suggested that I not to talk publicly about herd immunity because people might become complacent and fail to take precautions or might decline the vaccine. But scientists shouldn’t try to manipulate the public by hiding the truth. As we encourage everyone to get a vaccine, we also need to reopen schools and society to limit the damage of closures and prolonged isolation. Contingency planning for an open economy by April can deliver hope to those in despair and to those who have made large personal sacrifices.

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Journalist Glenn Greenwald is blasting Facebook for its decision to crackdown on users posting comments about the coronavirus vaccine that undermine official information being provided by “authorities.”

Greenwald, a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter, said social media giants like Facebook are under immense pressure from mainstream media outlets to censor dissenting opinion.

“I think it’s so important to recognize that Silicon Valley companies are not the ones who want to do this​.​ ​T​hey would rather stay as far away from censoring​,​ and arbitrating​,​ and intervening​,​ and keeping people off their platforms, not because they’re noble and nice​,​ but because it’s in their business self-interest not to do it​.​ ​They’re being pressured to do it​,” he told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Tuesday evening.

“​T​his is what’s so amazing​,​ by CNN, and NBC, and New York Times ​who are saying every time you allow information over your platform that we think is wrong​,​ we’re going to shame you​,​ we’re going to disgrace you​,” Greenwald continued.​

“​And they have their partners​,​ who are the ​Democratic ​Party​,​ who control the entire government now​,​ who are right along with them saying, ‘We demand that you censor more​.’ ​They’re being pressured​,​ led by journalists who are now the leading activists to destroy free discourse and free thought in the United States, that’s the dynamic that we have to understand​,” he added.

Greenwald said he and his family will be vaccinated, a decision he said he reached by researching on the “free and open” internet, including seeking out dissenting opinions.

“B​ut if the internet were a place where no dissent were allowed, I would have way less confidence in that ability because that would mean this is a profession that isn’t confident enough to allow dissent​,​ and if they’re not confident enough to allow dissent, I think that they earn much less trust and faith in their pronouncements​,” he said.

Facebook said it would expand its crackdown on dissenting vaccine claims, while at the same time offering information about how and where to get the shots.

The social media giant said it will pull posts that claim the vaccines are in​ef​fective, cause a variety of ailments, or are toxic.

“Health officials and health authorities are in the early stages of trying to vaccinate the world against COVID-19, and experts agree that rolling this out successfully is going to be helping build confidence in vaccines,” ​said ​​​Kang-Xing Jin, Facebook’s head of health​.​

Greenwald said the idea that Facebook would stifle dissent about the vaccine is “more pernicious than opinion-based censorship.”

“Everything they do​,​ these liberal guardians of ​orthodoxy and piety​,​ is about trying to make you think that they have a monopoly on objective truth by calling it ‘science.’ Science is a human study​,​ which means it’s fallible​,​ and exactly as you said, it is extremely dangerous to say that any kind of human knowledge is so unchallengeable to being discussed that it’s off-limits from even being questioned​,” he said.

https://nypost.com/2021/02/10/greenwald-blasts-facebook-for-censoring-covid-vaccine-opinions/
that is a straw man argument. Pre social media anti vaxxers had a handful of local ineffective magazines and newsletters to get their point across because no printed magazine or paper would touch it... Now they have endless email lists, blogs and dedicated websites. Commercial for profit easy access social media like facebook has finally decided they are more trouble then they are worth so they are booting them at long last and good riddance to bad garbage. Not a jackbooted coup but a restoration of some sanity... my two cents.

Spoken like a true fascist apologist. 2 cents implies you are responding substantively to the claims made... your post was more like an armed robbery, we are all left more uninformed after reading it than before it found us.

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The Lincoln Project, Facing Multiple Scandals, is Accused by its Own Co-Founder of Likely Criminality

The group of life-long Republican Party consultants who, under the name “The Lincoln Project,” got very rich in 2020 with anti-Trump online messaging has spent weeks responding to numerous scandals on multiple fronts. Despite the gravity of those scandals, its conduct on Thursday night was in a whole new category of sleaze. It not only infuriated their long-time allies, but also constituted the abuse of Twitter’s platform to commit likely illegal acts.

That the primary effect of the Lincoln Project was to personally enrich its key operatives by cynically exploiting the fears of U.S. liberals has long been obvious. Reporting throughout 2020 conclusively demonstrated that the vast majority of the tens of millions of dollars raised by the group was going to firms controlled by its founders. One of its most prominent founders — GOP consultant Rick Wilson — personally collected $65,000 from liberals through GoFundMe for an anti-Trump film he kept promising but which never came; to this date, he refuses to explain what he did with that money.

A study conducted after the 2020 election found that the group’s effect on the election’s outcome was trivial to non-existent — not surprising given its penchant for spending money on ads that aired in electorally irrelevant places such as Washington, D.C. or which circulated almost exclusively in liberal cable news and social media venues, and thus had no purpose other than to enable its consultants to take large commissions from the ad spending. They were producing ads solely for liberals, with the overriding intent not of defeating Trump but inflating their net worth. And it worked: until they were no longer needed.

Heading into the 2020 election, most of the U.S. media was uninterested in, if not outright hostile to, any reporting that might have helped President Trump’s re-election bid. As a result, the Lincoln Project continued to enjoy media veneration even as the magnitude of its scam became increasingly obvious. But with Trump now safely vanquished, the Lincoln Project is dispensable, and the protective shield it enjoyed against any real journalistic scrutiny is — like its reputation and prospects for future profiteering — rapidly crumbling.

On Monday, the Associated Press published a comprehensive exposé with new facts about two of the group’s growing scandals. It reported that “in June 2020, members of the organization’s leadership were informed in writing and in subsequent phone calls of at least 10 specific allegations of harassment against co-founder John Weaver, including two involving Lincoln Project employees” — directly contradicting the group’s emphatic denial that it knew nothing about Weaver’s misconduct until the New York Times reported on them at the end of January. As AP delicately put it, these new materials “raise questions about the Lincoln Project’s statement last month that it was ‘shocked’ when accusations surfaced publicly this year.” The gay news outlet The Washington Blade on Tuesday published emails and other correspondence similarly demonstrating the high likelihood that the group’s denials regarding its past knowledge of Weaver’s misconduct were false, as did New York Magazine.

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Media Shocked Gina Carano Fought Back As Her Movie Deal With Daily Wire Goes Viral

Two days after Gina Carano was reportedly axed by Disney “in what critics alleged was a politically-motivated hit,” The Daily Wire announced that they will be partnering with the former Mandalorian actress, who will “produce and star in an upcoming film exclusively for Daily Wire members.”

On Friday, The Daily Wire announced that it would be partnering with Carano to produce an upcoming film exclusively for Daily Wire members. “The Daily Wire is helping make one of my dreams — to develop and produce my own film — come true. I cried out and my prayer was answered,” Carano said in a statement. (The Daily Wire is offering a 25% discount for new members with the Carano-themed promo code “GINA.”)

“I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob,” Carano said. “I have only just begun using my voice which is now freer than ever before, and I hope it inspires others to do the same. They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them.”

After the exclusive Deadline report broke, news of Carano’s partnership with The Daily Wire immediately went viral, with massive media coverage of what can only be described as a complete rejection of cancel culture.

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Trump Lawyers Call Out Democrat ‘Hypocrisy’ In Video Montage

Attorney David Schoen recalled the Democrats’ strategy of using visual evidence throughout the week. He added, “The House managers spoke about rhetoric, about a constant drumbeat of heated language…we need to show you some of their own words.” He then turned to a video montage of Democrats and celebrities talking about punching Trump, “tak[ing] [Trump] out,” “put[ting] a bullet in Donald Trump,” “blowing up the White House,” “getting up in the face of congresspeople,” and more.

Vice President Kamala Harris, during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” is shown being asked by Degeneres if she would rather be “stuck in an elevator with either President Trump, Mike Pence, or Jeff Sessions.” Harris responds, “Does one of us have to come out alive?” and the host and guest break out in laughter.

It appeared as if there was going to be a break in the display of evidence as the news cameras focused on Schoen. But then the attorney added, “There’s more,” and the footage continued, showing similarly aggressive language used by Democrats, this time with the words “fight” and “fighting” spoken by various politicians.

Schoen appeared to use this not to claim the Democrats were wrong in how they spoke, but rather to demonstrate that former President Trump was using typical political rhetoric when he spoke to the crowds on January 6.

When the video ended, Schoen explained this purpose. He turned to the people in the room who appeared in the videos and said, “That’s okay. You didn’t do anything wrong. It’s a word people use. But please stop the hypocrisy.”

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/XG5BcU1ZGiA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/XG5BcU1ZGiA</a>

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Or this guy?

Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock Under Investigation For Voter Registration Misconduct

Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) is under investigation in his own state over allegations that an organization that he was a part of engaged in voter registration misconduct.

The Georgia State Election Board voted unanimously on Wednesday, 3-0, to move forward with an investigation into the organization, which was founded by left-wing activist Stacey Abrams, over allegations that the organization did not follow deadlines.

“Warnock, a Democrat elected last month to the U.S. Senate, is named as a respondent in the case because he was listed as the CEO for the New Georgia Project at the time,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, later adding that the organization claims that its own documents misidentified Warnock as the CEO when he was board chairman.

“Representatives of the New Georgia Project hand-delivered 1,268 voter registration applications to the Gwinnett County elections office beyond the time allowed,” AJC added. “State election rules require voter registration organizations to submit completed applications within 10 days after they were received from the voter.”

AJC noted that another case involving the group that Abrams created remains open. The case alleges “contractors for the New Georgia Project forged signatures and submitted incomplete forms.”

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Geopolitics / Re: AOC Just Can't Stop Lying in Easily Verifiable Ways
« on: February 11, 2021, 09:05:24 PM »

"are you going to apologize to senator Cruz for saying he tried to have, tried to have you murdered?"

AOC tweeted: "... but you almost had me murdered 3weeks ago ..." and that is not an insignificant difference either.

WTF is the difference? Even if she wasn't a huge liar, which she obviously is, she is still a fucking psychopath for claiming Ted Cruz "almost had her murdered" and was "trying to get her killed". Anyone who isn't an ideological puppet can see that.

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Trolls will troll.

You should be calling out liars troll

You mean like your leftist scumbag pal here?
 
Cuomo Coverup? Aide Admits Nursing Home Data Purposefully Concealed So Feds Wouldn't Find Out

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's top aide privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers over a decision to withhold the state's nursing-home COVID-19 death toll out of fear that it would be "used against us" by the Trump Justice Department, according to the New York Post.

Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor, made the shocking admission during a two-hour video conference call with Democratic leaders - telling them that the Cuomo administration stonewalled after the State Senate requested the information in August.

"Right around the same time, [then-President Donald Trump] turns this into a giant political football, says DeRosa in an audio recording of the meeting.

"He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes," she continues. "He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer."

DeRosa then suggested that Trump "directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us," and because of this, "basically, we froze" she said.

"Because then we were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we start saying, was going to be used against us while we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation."

...

Following the release of AG James' report, Cuomo callously said during a news conference that it didn't matter where nursing home fatalities ultimately occurred.

"Who cares [if they] died in the hospital, died in a nursing home? They died," he said.

Cuomo's office appears to have made this disclosure after they figured they were in the clear.

"All signs point to they are not looking at this, they’ve dropped it," said DeRosa, of the Biden DOJ. "They never formally opened an investigation. They sent a letter asking a number of questions and then we satisfied those questions and it appears that they’re gone."

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Congress ‘Put Itself Above the Law’ in Trump Impeachment: Dershowitz
Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Saturday that congressional lawmakers are violating the U.S. Constitution in what he described as a “show trial” against former President Donald Trump.

The House impeachment brief (pdf) alleges that Trump incited a mob to breach the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 while lawmakers were convened in a joint session to consider certification of electoral college votes.

Trump’s legal team denies the allegation and argues in a memo (pdf) that the trial is unconstitutional because Trump is no longer president. The team also argues that Trump exercised his First Amendment rights in calling into question the results of the election.

Dershowitz argued that an effective legal defense is based on challenging the constitutionality of the allegations against Trump.

“The best arguments he can make, and he will make, are the constitutional ones, namely the Senate had no jurisdiction over a former president and the speech was covered by the First Amendment,” Dershowitz told Newsmax in an interview.

“Congress has put itself above the law,” Dershowitz added. “They say the president is not above the law; they’re right, but Congress is not above the law, and the law makes specific provisions for when a president can be impeached and you can’t impeach a president in violation of the First Amendment.”

I'm watching the impeachment "trial" right now and one thing becomes obvious right away - the conservatives are way too nice. Bruce Castor Jr.  is treating this like it's an actual trial in front of a judge instead of the court of public opinion. He is making highly structured legal arguments which are generally boring and uninspiring. Meanwhile, the Democrats came out there and started trashing Trump immediately and playing to people's irrational passions. It's no damn wonder Trump wanted people to metaphorically "fight" for him, because the conservative politicians are too damn well-mannered.  That's the way it should be, obviously, but it just doesn't work in times like these when the other side is willing to abandon all traditions, legal principles and reason and get down in the dirt and bring all of their constituents with them.

I spoke too soon, because the next guy David Schoen is doing a great job. Unfortunately most Americans are too lazy to watch him destroy the Democrats' arguments and will only go off of headlines spoon fed to them by the MSM.

As news breaks of FBI investigations discovering premeditated plans to storm the Capitol on 1/6, is anyone here or on the American left asking themselves, "how could Trump's speech on 1/6 be the cause of those premeditated plots"? If not, then ask yourself why you are no longer able to think critically. And before you claim Trump should be impeached for questioning the election results which then incited the violence, remember that we are a nation of laws. There is nothing illegal about making claims of election fraud, no matter how unsubstantiated you believe they are, and there is everything illegal about impeaching a private citizen for speech (protected by the 1A) that is also outside the scope of the charges.

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From the culture which brought us Derrida, Foucault, Lacan, etc., the very founders of the critical 'post-structural' philosophy that was imported into America and now back into France...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9242453/Out-control-woke-leftism-cancel-culture-threat-FRANCE-French-politicians-say.html
'Out-of-control woke leftism and cancel culture' from the U.S is a threat to FRANCE because it 'attacks' the nation's heritage and identity, French politicians and intellectuals say
-French politicians, prominent intellectuals, and academics are arguing against the influence of America's 'out-of-control leftism and cancel culture'
-They claim it is undermining French society and an attack on French heritage
-French President Emmanuel Macron in October cautioned against 'certain social science theories entirely imported from the United States'
-His Education Minister also warned of a 'battle to wage against an intellectual matrix from American universities'

Politicians, prominent intellectuals, and academics in France have voiced concern that 'out-of-control leftism and cancel culture' from the United States is threatening French identity.

They are arguing that American ideas on race, gender, post-colonialism – especially those coming from U.S. universities – are undermining French society and are an attack on French heritage.

The collection of intellectuals arguing that France is being contaminated by the leftism of America was buoyed on last year after French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to side with them.

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Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Re: Philosophical Quotes Worth Remembering
« on: February 09, 2021, 07:48:13 PM »
"There is atmosphere of guilt. Take for instance the issue of racialism, the relation between the advanced and the so-called "backward nations", or between white and colored... what was until recently called "the white man's burden" was a burden of responsibility, not of guilt.
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People seem almost to go out of their way to find things to feel guilty about, or to encourage others to feel guilty about. I can think of two reasons in particular why it is bad... such confused feelings of guilt tend to beget paralysis rather than energy... when they do not beget paralysis, feelings of guilt tend to turn rather easily into feelings of hatred and contempt. We may feel a bit guilty ourselves, but we are very sure that a whole lot of other people are much more guilty, and probably ought to be destroyed.
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And just this darker side to the experience of guilt seems to be even more evident when the experience is collective rather than when it is the individual. 'All are responsible for all', said Alyosha in The Brothers Karamazov. A noble, a truly human sentiment - perhaps the only absolutely human sentiment there is... It is the irritation of guilt that turns it into the impulse to compel, into a determination to use every kind of violence, every device of indoctrination, in order to enforce on all a systematic equality that must entail a mechanical and inhuman uniformity."
-Owen Barfield; History, Guilt and Habit (1951)

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Geopolitics / Re: American Conservatives are Too Damn Well-Mannered
« on: February 09, 2021, 01:05:00 PM »
Congress ‘Put Itself Above the Law’ in Trump Impeachment: Dershowitz
Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Saturday that congressional lawmakers are violating the U.S. Constitution in what he described as a “show trial” against former President Donald Trump.

The House impeachment brief (pdf) alleges that Trump incited a mob to breach the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 while lawmakers were convened in a joint session to consider certification of electoral college votes.

Trump’s legal team denies the allegation and argues in a memo (pdf) that the trial is unconstitutional because Trump is no longer president. The team also argues that Trump exercised his First Amendment rights in calling into question the results of the election.

Dershowitz argued that an effective legal defense is based on challenging the constitutionality of the allegations against Trump.

“The best arguments he can make, and he will make, are the constitutional ones, namely the Senate had no jurisdiction over a former president and the speech was covered by the First Amendment,” Dershowitz told Newsmax in an interview.

“Congress has put itself above the law,” Dershowitz added. “They say the president is not above the law; they’re right, but Congress is not above the law, and the law makes specific provisions for when a president can be impeached and you can’t impeach a president in violation of the First Amendment.”

I'm watching the impeachment "trial" right now and one thing becomes obvious right away - the conservatives are way too nice. Bruce Castor Jr.  is treating this like it's an actual trial in front of a judge instead of the court of public opinion. He is making highly structured legal arguments which are generally boring and uninspiring. Meanwhile, the Democrats came out there and started trashing Trump immediately and playing to people's irrational passions. It's no damn wonder Trump wanted people to metaphorically "fight" for him, because the conservative politicians are too damn well-mannered.  That's the way it should be, obviously, but it just doesn't work in times like these when the other side is willing to abandon all traditions, legal principles and reason and get down in the dirt and bring all of their constituents with them.

I spoke too soon, because the next guy David Schoen is doing a great job. Unfortunately most Americans are too lazy to watch him destroy the Democrats' arguments and will only go off of headlines spoon fed to them by the MSM.

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Geopolitics / Re: American Conservatives are Too Damn Well-Mannered
« on: February 09, 2021, 12:42:44 PM »
Congress ‘Put Itself Above the Law’ in Trump Impeachment: Dershowitz
Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Saturday that congressional lawmakers are violating the U.S. Constitution in what he described as a “show trial” against former President Donald Trump.

The House impeachment brief (pdf) alleges that Trump incited a mob to breach the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 while lawmakers were convened in a joint session to consider certification of electoral college votes.

Trump’s legal team denies the allegation and argues in a memo (pdf) that the trial is unconstitutional because Trump is no longer president. The team also argues that Trump exercised his First Amendment rights in calling into question the results of the election.

Dershowitz argued that an effective legal defense is based on challenging the constitutionality of the allegations against Trump.

“The best arguments he can make, and he will make, are the constitutional ones, namely the Senate had no jurisdiction over a former president and the speech was covered by the First Amendment,” Dershowitz told Newsmax in an interview.

“Congress has put itself above the law,” Dershowitz added. “They say the president is not above the law; they’re right, but Congress is not above the law, and the law makes specific provisions for when a president can be impeached and you can’t impeach a president in violation of the First Amendment.”

I'm watching the impeachment "trial" right now and one thing becomes obvious right away - the conservatives are way too nice. Bruce Castor Jr.  is treating this like it's an actual trial in front of a judge instead of the court of public opinion. He is making highly structured legal arguments which are generally boring and uninspiring. Meanwhile, the Democrats came out there and started trashing Trump immediately and playing to people's irrational passions. It's no damn wonder Trump wanted people to metaphorically "fight" for him, because the conservative politicians are too damn well-mannered.  That's the way it should be, obviously, but it just doesn't work in times like these when the other side is willing to abandon all traditions, legal principles and reason and get down in the dirt and bring all of their constituents with them.

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Geopolitics / AOC Just Can't Stop Lying in Easily Verifiable Ways
« on: February 09, 2021, 07:20:50 AM »
If you actually believed someone in Congress was trying to murder you, then you would not forget about it. Therefore the below statement is yet another bold-faced lie.


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