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Biden's DOJ civil rights pick exposed as 'black supremacist'? Woke media silent after Tucker Carlson segment on Kristen Clarke

Kristen Clarke
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Biden pick for civil rights post, Kristen Clarke, finds out the internet is forever.
Champions of "anti-racism" in the media, academia and Hollywood have gone silent on Joe Biden's pick for the chief US civil-rights lawyer, after Fox News host Tucker Carlson revealed her allegedly racist and anti-Semitic views.

There's been no denouncing of Kristen Clarke by the likes of MSNBC, woke actor Robert DeNiro or leading anti-racism professor Ibram Kendi. Nor have Democrat politicians or leftists rushed to the defense of Clarke, whom President-elect Biden has announced will head the civil rights division of the Department of Justice. Journalist Jack Posobiec said Wikipedia has locked entries to its Kristen Clarke page and doesn't include her racial superiority comments.

Control Panel

Upbeat Xi says "Time and situation on China's side" amid turmoil in US

China's President Xi Jinping
While the political gridlock and alarmist headlines out of Capitol Hill as well as a dramatic Democratic move to impeach look to define Trump's final week in office, Bloomberg notes that China's President Xi Jinping is sounding "unusually upbeat".

According to the publication he issued an unusually upbeat assessment about China's future, noting that "time and the situation" were on the country's side in a new year marked by domestic turmoil in the U.S.

The purpose of the speech before a top-level meeting of government officials in Beijing on Monday was to lay out the Communist Party vision over the next three decades, which included the presence of the Politburo Standing Committee, Beijing's highest decision-making body.

"The world is in a turbulent time that is unprecedented in the past century," Xi said, striking a tone which many pundits observed stood in contrast to recent more dire sounding warnings. "But time and momentum are on our side. This is where we show our conviction and resilience, as well as our determination and confidence."


Pompeo warns Iran is new 'home base' for al Qaeda

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday charged Iran with aiding and abetting al Qaeda, warning that the partnership poses a "grave threat" to international security and safety of Americans at home.

The secretary made his remarks in a speech at the National Press Club less than a week after a mob attacked the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers were certifying the Electoral College count for the presidential election. Pompeo has condemned the violence by the mob, though he has avoided criticism of President Trump, who has widely been accused of inciting it.

The secretary focused his remarks on laying out the connection between Iran, which the U.S. lists as a state sponsor of terrorism, and al Qaeda, the group responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The secretary's speech served as a warning to the incoming Biden administration against rapprochement and engagement with Iran. Referring to the current leader of al Qaeda, he said:
"Since 2015, Iran has also given al Qaeda leaders greater freedom of movement inside of Iran under their supervision. As a result of this assistance, al Qaeda has centralized its leadership inside of Iran. Ayman al-Zawahiri's deputies are there today, and frankly, they're living a normal al Qaeda life.

"The time is now for America and all free nations to crush the Iran-al Qaeda axis. The Trump administration's actually made progress. Let's not tolerate Iran giving al Qaeda a second wind."

Comment: Many agree with Mr. Zarif on his assessment of Mike Pompeo's rabid dog handling of US foreign policy that is especially vicious to Iran:

Facebook's hostile move towards Press TV has coincided with new allegations raised against Tehran by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. However, Iranian news outlet PressTV has had its Facebook page restored after appealing the platform's decision to remove it.
Bullies, to remain viable and on course, must create bigger ones. "Look there, not here" - a trademark of Pompeo policy.

Arrow Down

In response to Capitol rioting, Musk weighs in on Big Tech censorship

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Elon Musk
Tesla CEO Elon Musk weighed in Monday on Big Tech's recent move to censor President Trump in response to the Capitol riot by pro-Trump supporters last week.

"A lot of people are going to be super unhappy with West Coast high tech as the de facto arbiter of free speech," Musk replied to a tweet of a satirical article entitled "Evil Fascist Dictator Censored and Voted Out Of Office."

Comment: Earlier in the year Musk prefaced his messaging with the following:
Musk has evinced some conservative views for some time. In May 2020, he gave an indication of how fed-up he is with the leftist governance of what was then his home state of California, apparently urging followers on Twitter to join the conservatives of America as he tweeted succinctly:
Neither did he spare a jab at Karl Marx!
At least in the past, when nefarious plans were mentioned on social media, there was a 'heads up' warning announced to the public-at-large. Now arbitrary big tech blackouts leave the public blind and clueless. How does this serve - except to bottleneck control and further mask intentions via disguised and disingenuous altruism? Just like the rich are growing richer, the powerful are increasing their power. Exponentially.

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Snakes in Suits

William Burns, Biden's nominee for CIA Director is a career diplomat

William Burns
© US State Department
William Burns, as US Deputy Secretary of State in 2014
President-elect Joe Biden has finally named a new CIA director, one of the final senior-level appointees for his new administration. Much to the surprise of many of us who follow these things, he named senior diplomat Williams Burns to the position. Burns is one of the most highly-respected senior U.S. diplomats of the past three decades. He has ably served presidents of both parties and is known as both a reformer and as a supporter of human rights.

Burns is currently the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an important Washington-based international affairs think tank. He served as deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama and was ambassador to Russia under President George W. Bush and ambassador to Jordan under President Bill Clinton. He was instrumental in the negotiations that led to the Iran Nuclear Deal and spent much of his career focused on the Middle East Peace Process. Burns joined the Foreign Service in 1982.

When he made the announcement of Burns' appointment, Biden said,
"Bill Burns is an exemplary diplomat with decades of experience on the word stage keeping our people and our country safe and secure. He shares my profound belief that intelligence must be apolitical and that the dedicated intelligence professionals serving our nation deserve our gratitude and respect. The American people will sleep soundly with him as our next CIA Director."
The message from Biden is clear: The CIA will not be led by a political hack like Mike Pompeo, a CIA insider like John Brennan, or someone associated with the CIA's crimes of torture, secret prisons, or international renditions like Gina Haspel.


What is the Insurrection Act and how could Trump use it? What to know:

Military/US Capitol
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False social media posts swirled late Sunday that President Donald Trump in the wake of the U.S. Capitol riots had invoked the Insurrection Act, a law that allows the president to deploy the military to quell rebellion. Tweets sharing images of military personnel in Washington continued to spread Monday morning and became a trending term on Twitter. However, Trump has not invoked the law.

The law, which has existed in various forms since the time of George Washington and in its current state since the Civil War, allows the president to dispatch the military or federalize the National Guard in states that are unable to put down an insurrection or are defying federal law.

It was last invoked in 1992 by George H.W. Bush during the unrest in Los Angeles after the acquittal of police officers who beat Rodney King.

What is the Insurrection Act?

The Insurrection Act gives the president authority to call on military and National Guard forces to suppress an insurrection if a state requests it, if there is an insurrection that makes it impossible to enforce federal law, or if there is an insurrection or domestic violence that deprives others of their Constitutional rights. The Act also requires the president to issue a proclamation demanding those participating in the insurrection disperse.

Control Panel

Apps now being developed for global vaccine passport help fulfill 'one world order' totalitarian agenda

Covid-19 passport
Vaccine passports, hastily ushered in as a byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic, are expected to become "widely available" during the first half of 2021. "Rest assured, the nerds are on it," Brian Behlendorf, executive director of Linux Foundation, told CNN Business.1

The Linux Foundation has partnered with IBM, the COVID-19 Credentials Initiative and CommonPass, a digital "health passport," in order to develop vaccine credential apps that will be applicable globally.

If the initiative is successful, you'll likely be required to pull up a vaccine certificate on your phone showing when and where you were vaccinated, along with which type of vaccine, in order to get on a plane or attend an indoor event, such as a concert, for starters.

"If we're successful, you should be able to say: I've got a vaccine certificate on my phone that I got when I was vaccinated in one country, with a whole set of its own kind of health management practices ... that I use to get on a plane to an entirely different country and then I presented in that new country a vaccination credential so I could go to that concert that was happening indoors for which attendance was limited to those who have demonstrated that they've had the vaccine," Behlendorf said.2

Cardboard Box

Insurrection Versus Insurrection

miliarized police
In the dark hours of Sunday, the BigTech-government alliance showed its hand in its massive purge of the public square — which is what social media became in a nation of strip-malls, parking lots, and nonstop propaganda — shutting down all voices countering the constructed narrative-du-jour: that the Democratic Party stands for defending Americans' liberty against a rogue president. There have been many "shots" fired so far to kick off a civil war, but that action was an artillery blast.

Remember, the Left's playbook is to accuse their opposition of doing exactly what they are doing. And so, of course, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a last-minute impeachment on grounds of the president inciting "insurrection." By a strange coincidence, reports on as-yet-still-live web channels say that the president has actually invoked the Insurrection Act against seditionists in our government, including, perhaps, Ms. Pelosi. If it is true — and I can't confirm it — then the nation has blundered into an epic political battle.

Some facts may suggest the truth of the situation: The Washington DC air-space was shut down for hours on Sunday afternoon, and 6000 national guard troops have been moved into the District of Columbia as well as other cities controlled by Democrats with Antifa/BLM mobs at their disposal. What does that signify? The news media couldn't be troubled to find out. Mr. Trump is reported to be in "a safe location." As of last week, that was Dyess Air Force Base outside Abiline, Texas. Maybe he is somewhere else now. The New York Times, WashPo and CNN would like you to think that Mr. Trump has been pounded down a rat-hole. That's one possibility. Another possibility is that the Democratic Party is unnerved and desperate about what's liable to come down on them in the days ahead, which resembles a colossal hammer in the sky.

Comment: Some of the above, such as the President being at a military base in Texas - turned out to be incorrect. Which only goes to show how much emotion and speculation is invested in Trump doing something to counteract the forces arrayed against him.

See also: Dark day for America: Will Trump strike back - and if so how?

Red Flag

Escobar: 9/11 was the prelude. 1/6 is the Holy Grail

Trump supporters
© REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Whether civil war is coming will depend on the degree of stoicism prevalent among the Deplorable multitudes.
I hear the sons of the city and dispossessed
Get down, get undressed
Get pretty but you and me
We got the kingdom, we got the key
We got the empire, now as then
We don't doubt, we don't take direction
Lucretia, my reflection, dance the ghost with me

Sisters of Mercy, Lucretia my Reflection
9/11 was the prelude. 1/6 is the Holy Grail.

9/11 opened the gates to the Global War on Terror (GWOT), later softened by Team Obama to the status of Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) even as it was suavely expanded to the bombing, overt or covert, of seven nations.

9/11 opened the gates to the Patriot Act, whose core had already been written way back in 1994 by one Joe Biden.

1/6 opens the gate to the War on Domestic Terror and the Patriot Act from Hell, 2.0, on steroids (here is the 2019 draft ), the full 20,000 pages casually springing up from the sea like Venus, the day after, immediately ready to roll.


It is not the police's job to enforce the lockdown whims of UK ministers - former senior judge Lord Sumption

uk police lockdown

A police car patrols London's Greenwich Park in April at the height of the first lockdown
What is a police state? It is a state in which individuals are answerable to the police for the most routine acts of daily life. It is a state in which the police and not the law decide what is allowed. It is a state in which people have to hide their doings from their neighbours for fear of the twitching curtain and anonymous call to the police. It is a state in which ministers denounce activities of which they disapprove and the police are their compliant instruments.

These things have happened in every totalitarian state of modern times. It is an unattractive spectacle. We are fortunate to live in a country with a tradition of ministerial reticence, the rule of law and sensitive policing. We are unfortunate to live at a time of national hysteria, when that tradition has been cast aside and every one of these classic symptoms of a police state can be seen all around us.

The lockdown regulations confer powers of enforcement which no policeman should have in a society with even the most basic standards of governance. They authorise the police to give orders to members of the public if they "consider" that they are out of their homes without a "reasonable excuse". If they "consider" that two people are together without a good enough reason, they can separate them by force. They do not have to be right, or even reasonable.

Comment: The UK establishment are using the manufactured crisis as cover to implement a totalitarian nightmare that the public have yet to fully wake up to: