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Lockdown Britain turning into Stasi-ruled East Germany? No, in many ways it's worse

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L) A public health information sign during the spread of the coronavirus disease pandemic, London, Britain, January 7, 2021. REUTERS / Toby Melville; (R) The former Berlin Wall border crossing point Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany, March 22, 2020. REUTERS /
"I don't want to live in East Germany," says Nigel Farage in a new video in which he expresses concern at where Britain is heading. He has a point; I was in the DDR in 1989 and found it to be less oppressive than Britain today.

It started with stamps. My interest in the 'German Democratic Republic' began when a very nice lady called Frieda, who lived on our road when I was a child, started to give me her old East German stamps for my collection. She was from the DDR, and went every year to visit her elderly mother there. She told my mother she was followed by the secret police when she went back. My apolitical fascination with this rather mysterious 'Behind the Iron Curtain' country grew. I had a pen friend who lived in Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz), and we exchanged football pennants and stickers. In September 1989, I was finally able to visit. It was some experience.

Without wishing to brush over or downplay in any way the negatives, which I will go into, I found the country was a lot less grim than popularly portrayed. Perhaps that was partly due to the gloriously sunny weather. But it soon became clear to me that, despite living in a 'dictatorship', people could still enjoy happy, meaningful lives. I remember packed bars and restaurants (including one self-service cafeteria that was open all night at Erfurt station, where my friend and I spent our first night on wooden benches).

Comment: Expect all the above and worse to occur in the US once Biden is inaugurated.

See also: MindMatters: Interview with Rod Dreher: How to Survive the Coming Soft Totalitarianism

Black Cat

Bail fund promoted by Kamala Harris won't share records of alleged criminals it sprung from jail

Amid violent riots, vice president-elect promoted cash fund that helped convicted rapist, accused murderer.

A bail fund promoted by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris that reportedly helped bail out several accused and convicted criminals — at least one with a markedly violent history — is refusing to share the records of the individuals it helped spring from jail in the midst of last year's deadly Black Lives Matter-led riots in Minnesota.

In June 2020, as violent unrest swept the country in the wake of Minneapolis resident George Floyd's death at the hands of city police, Harris — then two months away from being chosen as Joe Biden's running mate — tweeted out a link to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which claims to "pa[y] criminal bail and immigration bonds for those who cannot otherwise afford to."

Comment: The story above and the following statements by Harris (stating that the Leftist political violence should continue) suggest she had no small part in helping it along. And yet no one holds this malevolent political animal to account.

Evil Rays

Yawn: House Dems briefed on 3 'terrifying' plots to overthrow government

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Capitol Police briefed Democrats on Monday night about three more potentially gruesome demonstrations planned in the coming days, with one plot to encircle the U.S. Capitol and assassinate Democrats and some Republicans.

On a private call Monday night, new leaders of the Capitol Police told House Democrats they were closely monitoring three separate plans that could pose serious threats to members of Congress as Washington prepares for Democrat Joe Biden's presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.

The first is a demonstration billed as the "largest armed protest ever to take place on American soil."

Another is a protest in honor of Ashli Babbitt, the woman killed while trying to climb into the Speaker's Lobby during Wednesday's pro-Trump siege of the Capitol.

And another demonstration, which three members said was by far the most concerning plot, would involve insurrectionists forming a perimeter around the Capitol, the White House and the Supreme Court, and then blocking Democrats from entering the Capitol ― perhaps even killing them ― so that Republicans could take control of the government.

The members of Congress whom HuffPost spoke to Monday night were extremely concerned by the call.

"It was pretty overwhelming," one member said.

Comment: Be terrified.


Fresh from censoring select voices before and after US election, Twitter howls 'HUMAN RIGHTS' as Uganda shuts down social media

Yoweri Museveni
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A supporter of Uganda President Yoweri Museveni is shown taking a selfie in front of a campaign poster for his re-election.
After banning the US president and other voices challenging Joe Biden's election victory, Twitter is aghast that Uganda has shut down the social media conversation two days before voters there go to the polls.

"We're hearing reports that internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps," Twitter said on Tuesday. "We strongly condemn internet shutdowns. They are hugely harmful [and] violate basic human rights and the principles of the open internet."

With tens of thousands of conservative voices, including President Donald Trump, being banned by Twitter and other Big Tech platforms in recent days, the irony of the company's statement was not lost on critics. "Shutting down voices online is a violation of human rights in Uganda but necessary to protect democracy in America," Blaze TV host Lauren Chen tweeted.

Media critic Mark Dice said, "Maybe they don't want Twitter interfering in their election like you've done in the US."

Comment: Best response:


Pelosi uses list of gendered terms after introducing resolution to oppose them

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Last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proposed a series of new House rules, including banning the use of gendered terms.

Instead of using "he" or "she," members would be required to use "member," "delegate," or "resident commissioner."

Similarly, instead of saying "father" and "mother," members would say "parent;" "brother" and "sister" would be replaced with "sibling."

But, in a speech Wednesday, she seemed to throw everything in that proposal away, doing the exact opposite.

"I stand before you as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter," Pelosi said while speaking on the House floor to demand Trump's impeachment.

The resolution Pelosi proposed just last month read: "Strike 'father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, step sister, half brother, half sister, grandson, or granddaughter' and insert 'parent, child, sibling, parent's sibling, first cousin, sibling's child, spouse, parent in-law, child-in-law, sibling-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, step-sibling, half-sibling, or grandchild.'"

Seems like the idea is easier said than done, Nancy.

Comment: Welcome to the new pseudo-reality, comrades. Good luck navigating the insanity.


Republican congresswoman to file impeachment articles against Biden immediately following inauguration

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Freshman Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene announced she'll file articles of impeachment against Joe Biden the day after his inauguration.

The Georgia Congresswoman announced her decision via Twitter and reiterated her promise on Newsmax, specifying her articles would impeach him for "abuse of power":

Greene added three hashtags to her tweet - including "#QuidProJoe" and "#BidenCrimeFamily" - which appear to invoke the former veep's son's host of corrupt, foreign business deals, often with the Chinese Communist Party.

Comment: By Democrat standards, Harris, Pelosi, and countless others should also be impeached. In fact, Trump was impeached for allegedly doing what these Democrats have been doing for ages - and he didn't even do what they claim he did. That's ideological paralogic for you.


Media are accusing Republican lawmaker Gohmert of insurrection for quoting Nancy Pelosi's words

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
Corporate media journalists and left-wing activists took to social media on Wednesday to spread claims that Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas is in favor of inciting insurrection.

"Here's a quote. 'I just don't even know why there aren't more uprisings all over the country, and maybe there will be,'" Gohmert said on the House floor during the impeachment debate.

While Gohmert specified that what he was saying was a quote, taken directly from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's previous statements encouraging uprisings, journalists and activists quickly twisted his words, publicly speculating and claiming he was calling for increased political violence around the nation.

"Louis Gohmert: 'I don't know why they aren't more uprisings all over the country,'" Blake News, a Politico editor tweeted.

"Louie Gohmert calls for more violent uprisings claims Nancy Pelosi is destroying the American experiment and quotes the History Channel in about two minutes," tweeted Sarah Reese Jones, a managing editor and columnist at PoliticusUSA.

Comment: Blue checkmark = certifiably detached from reality (in what seems to be the majority of cases).


Trump calls on Americans, Big Tech to help ensure peaceful transition: 'No violence'

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US President Donald Trump
President Trump on Wednesday is calling for "all Americans" to help "ease tensions and calm tempers," saying he does "not" stand for violence "of any kind" -- and he's asking Big Tech to join the effort. Trump's statement came before House impeached the president a second time, days before Biden inauguration:
"In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. That is not what I stand for and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You."
The White House press office later sent out the statement while attempting to post it to all of Trump's official social media accounts. A senior Trump adviser told Fox News:
"President Trump is asking all Americans to join with him in ensuring that there is an orderly and peaceful transition next week. President Trump is also asking that Big Tech companies join with him in this effort. This is a critical time in our nation's history and surely we can all come together to deliver this important message and not continue to play partisan politics."

Comment: Remarks from Jonathan Turley on Trump Impeachment #2:
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley says 'the president would have standing to challenge' the impeachment trial potentially taking place after he is no longer in office 'and the court could rule on it.'
Additional from The Hill as others comment:
At least six Republican lawmakers have announced plans to vote in favor of Trump's impeachment, including House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (Wyo.), the third most powerful GOP member in the lower chamber.
"The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.

"The president, however, has signaled he bore no responsibility for the violence, telling reporters Tuesday that his remarks before the attack were "totally appropriate."
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said Tuesday:
"I call on President Trump to address the nation and explicitly urge his supporters to remain peaceful and refrain from violence. If our nation experiences additional violence and destruction at the hands of his supporters ... and he does not directly and unambiguously speak out now when threats are known, he will bear responsibility."
The Left has been utterly silent regarding multiple uprisings around the country and the mayhem, destruction and loss of life that ensued. Their inactions speak louder than words.


NYC to terminate contracts with Trump Organization after Capitol riot

Trump golf links
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City Hall will yank the Trump Organization's multimillion-dollar contracts to operate four popular attractions in the Big Apple's public parks, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.

Hizzoner accused President Trump of inciting the mob that rioted on Capitol Hill in violation of provisions barring criminal behavior. Mayor de Blasio told reporters during a virtual morning press conference from City Hall:
"This president has committed an unlawful act, he has disgraced himself, he will no longer profit from his relationship with New York City. It's quite clear the president of the United States committed a criminal act. He directed an insurrection against the United States Capitol. Period. That's criminal, that's treasonous."
The Trump Organization operates four major attractions in city parks: Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in The Bronx, the Wollman Rink at the southern part of Central Park, the Lasker Rink at the northern end of Central Park and the famed Central Park Carousel.

Comment: Trump is being hit tooth and nail from all directions. The Left's propaganda machine must be damned proud of itself.

Star of David

US-Israeli intel reportedly closely coordinated 'massive air strikes' on Syria

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© AP/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch, USAF
Israeli warplanes carried out a series of intense air strikes near the Syrian towns of Deir ez-Zor, Mayadeen and Boukamal along the border with Iraq on Wednesday, amid heightened tension in the region, driven by fears of retaliation for the US killing of Iran's Revolutionary Guard commander Qassem Soleimani last year in Baghdad.

A US intelligence official has claimed that the United States and Israel coordinated the intense airstrikes that targeted eastern Syria early Wednesday. Syria's state news agency SANA said the strikes were carried out by Israeli warplanes with intelligence supplied by the United States.