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New York congressional race all tangled up as both Democrat and Republican claim lead by a DOZEN votes

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A New York district showed a 28,000-vote lead for the Republican challenger on Election Day, until a judge got involved. Ballots 'found' since have shown the Democrat winning by 13 votes, but now the GOP candidate leads by 12.

New York state's 22nd congressional district, stretching from Utica to Binghamton, is considered Republican by six percentage points by the Cook Political Report. It elected Democrat Anthony Brindisi in 2018 by a margin of just 4,500 votes.

Claudia Tenney, who held the seat before that, came back as a challenger this year, and seemed ahead until a county judge blocked certification and said he would personally review all the rejected mail-in ballots.

The review put Brindisi ahead by just 13 votes, and last week he triumphantly declared he would be "sworn in and continue to work with both parties" come January.


'I want blood': Rachel Maddow's audience fired up over NYT story baselessly accusing 'Russian hackers' of attacking US hospital

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Accusing Russia of hacking anything from the 2016 election to US cancer hospitals may be fun and games for MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, but when her audience responds by demanding apocalypse, the shtick stops being funny.

Maddow's conspiracy theories about 'Russian collusion' and supposed hacking of the 2016 election that resulted in President Donald Trump have been a staple of MSNBC audiences over the past four years. She's not giving up that routine now, even as the entire mainstream media machine has turned on a dime and insists that the 2020 election was flawless - since it resulted in Democrat Joe Biden's victory, that is.

On Monday, Maddow cherry-picked a couple of quotes and linked a New York Times story - published last week - about 'Russian' hackers allegedly targeting the University of Vermont Medical Center last month.

The Times story is long on feelings and emotions of the medical personnel and cancer patients affected by the fact that the UVMC computers stopped working, but short on actual facts about the case. It works in a jab at President Donald Trump for firing head of the cybersecurity agency Chris Krebs - for disputing "baseless claims of voter fraud," of course - even though that happened long after the alleged attack.

Snakes in Suits

New York Governor Cuomo calls coronavirus 'the Grinch,' but critics say he's the real villain

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose Covid-19 briefings earned him an Emmy award, has upped the theatricality, comparing the virus to "the Grinch" over jaunty Christmas music. His bizarre performance drew scathing ridicule.

In a briefing on Monday, Cuomo painted a picture of a cheerful Christmas season, as festive music jingled in the background.

"We're now all happy and cheery and we're going to come together. We're doing gift buying, and we're going to do holiday celebrations, we're gonna start to have meals together, families coming together," he mused, before issuing a stark warning for anyone lulled into a false sense of holiday cheer.

"Yeah," he said. "Covid is the Grinch. Think of it that way. And the Covid Grinch is an opportunist, and the Covid Grinch sees this as the season of viral transmission."

Heart - Black

Germany: Driver kills 4, injures several in Trier pedestrian zone

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Police in Trier said four people were killed after a car had driven into them in the pedestrian zone in the city. Authorities said the driver, a 51-year-old man, had been arrested.

Four people died and 15 others were injured in a pedestrian zone in the western German city of Trier, after being struck by a vehicle on Tuesday.

Authorities have said the driver was a 51-year-old German man. He was arrested shortly after the rampage and his car was seized.



Articles of impeachment filed against GOP Ohio governor over coronavirus orders

Mike DeWine
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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine
A group of Ohio Republicans has officially filed articles of impeachment against Gov. Mike DeWine (R) in response to his coronavirus orders.

GOP state Rep. John Becker of Clermont County led a group including fellow Republican state Reps. Nino Vitale, Candice Keller and Paul Zeltwanger in filing 12 articles of impeachment against DeWine, calling it an "effort to restore the rule of law."

The allegations claim DeWine's administration implemented unconstitutional orders in response to the pandemic. In a statement shared with local news outlets, Becker's office blasted DeWine, alleging:
"mismanagement, malfeasance, misfeasance, abuse of power, and other crimes include, but are not limited to, meddling in the conduct of a presidential primary election, arbitrarily closing and placing curfews on certain businesses, while allowing other businesses to remain open."
The group of state Republican lawmakers argues that DeWine violated Ohioans' civil liberties by issuing a stay-at-home order and requiring them to wear masks. They have argued that the face covering rule "promotes fear, turns neighbors against neighbors, and contracts the economy by making people fearful to leave their homes."

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'Woke folk' strike again? Eyerolls after UK uni students call for banning the word 'black' as a negative adjective

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University of Manchester, England
Undergraduates at the University of Manchester have suggested that restrictions be placed on the word 'black' after a report published by the institution said that some minority students complained about "divisive" language.

The university recently carried out a review of issues specific to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and faculty. One section of the report, citing feedback from "some black students," said that there were "linguistic concerns about Black being associated with negative expressions" such as "blackmail" and "black sheep." The document described the terms as "divisive and not inclusive."

According to the Telegraph, the university's students' union recommended that such terms and "any other use of the word 'black' as an adjective to express negative connotations" should be prohibited in research papers, lecture slides, and books published by professors. The student group claims that there is a "colonial history" attached to using black as an adjective, and that the practice should be done away with, especially following the ascendance of the global Black Lives Matter movement.

As the British paper points out, the allegedly racist roots of the word are disputed by experts.


Twitter suspends mathematics expert who claimed voter fraud to Arizona legislature

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Bobby Piton during his live testimony on election fraud in Arizona
A mathematician who offered the results of his investigation regarding allegations of voter fraud in front of members of the Arizona State Legislature said that he's been suspended from Twitter.

"Just got suspended OFF TWITTER AGAIN.... Guess I'm no longer welcomed there anymore," Bobby Piton wrote on social media website Parler.

An account on Twitter with his name says, "Account suspended ... Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules." It's unclear why Piton's account was suspended, and Twitter has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Piton, at the event on Monday, stated that based on his analysis, "I would have never certified" the election results in some battleground states. "I'd rather resign than certify those results," he said, adding, "I believe they're fraudulent ... assuming that the data that I got is accurate."

Comment: Gateway Pundit adds:

Twitter will NOT ALLOW dissent.

Despite the mountains of evidence of elections fraud you are NO LONGER allowed to discuss this publicly and keep your twitter privileges.

Light Saber

Nevada judge has ordered inspection of Clark County election equipment

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Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt speaks at press conference announcing Trump campaign lawsuit in Carson City challenging election results, November 17, 2020
President Trump tweeted late Monday night that a Nevada judge has ordered the inspection of voting equipment in Clark County.

"A judge in Nevada has ordered Clark County officials to allow an inspection of the elections equipment and sealed containers used in the 2020 election by 1:00 P.M. tomorrow. @RichardGrenell @AdamLaxalt @mschlapp"

Comment: The Gateway Pundit also reported Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria is dodging a subpoena service :
Clark County, Nevada Registrar Joe Gloria is hiding from service of a subpoena by the Trump campaign, according to a post by a columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Victor Joecks wrote on Twitter Monday night, ".@realDonaldTrump's campaign tells me they've been trying to serve Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria with a subpoena since Wednesday. County workers locked the building to keep them out and then Gloria hid in his house all weekend. What are Gloria and Clark County hiding?"

Nevada Trump campaign official and former state attorney general Adam Paul Laxalt wrote in a Review-Journal op-ed two weeks ago about irregularities by Gloria in the recent election:
..."In Clark County, registrar Joe Gloria used a new machine to verity signatures for mail-in ballots. He inexplicably and unilaterally lowered the signature-matching accuracy standard on this machine used to count ballots to 40 percent — well below the manufacturer's recommended setting. AI and computer-vision experts have said that once the factory setting on the machine is altered, it takes months of effort from a massive team with the appropriate expertise to get it back to a reliable standard.

There are more than 600,000 mail-ballot signatures statewide, roughly 200,000 of which have gone through this machine in Clark County. Under this system, an unbelievable 99 percent of Clark County ballots have been counted as accurate, with no opportunity for any signatures to be challenged once verified.

Additionally, the county refused to allow any meaningful observation of signature verification. We simply don't know how many of these signatures are bad and thus how many improper votes were counted.

We now know that there are thousands of illegal votes consisting of a combination of dead voters, out-of-state voters, double voters (those who cast ballots in Nevada and another state), among other improper votes. Gloria has said any look he would take at possible problems is complaint-based — in other words, not proactive but reactive in the event a complaint comes in. The same is true of the secretary of state's office. There's no mechanism for these votes to be checked if officials aren't actively poring through these categories of voters where fraud is likely...
Videos of Gloria speaking about the election:

Stock Down

British retail giant Debenhams likely to collapse, putting 12,000 jobs at risk

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A sculpture on Debenhams' building in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Britain
Debenhams, one of Britain's biggest department store chains with more than two centuries of history, is set to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic after rescue-deal talks ended in failure.

The retailer, which went into administration in April for the second time in a year, announced on Tuesday that it is going to start the "wind-down of Debenhams UK." The company is still looking for buyers for all or parts of the business, but if no offer emerges, it will close all 124 stores across the country, possibly next year, leaving 12,000 jobs hanging in the balance.

"The economic landscape is extremely challenging and, coupled with the uncertainty facing the UK retail industry, a viable deal could not be reached," joint administrator at FRP Advisory, Geoff Rowley, said in the statement.

Comment: See also: Major UK retailer Debenhams on brink of collapse, blames lockdown

Alarm Clock

Dominion rep who worked for Kamala Harris was ballot scanner in Georgia county where thousands of votes were not recorded

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Aric Thompson, Dominion representative and Georgia poll worker
A Dominion representative who has been scanning ballots in Floyd County, Georgia, appears to have worked as an official photographer for Kamala Harris' campaign last year.

Over 3,000 votes, the majority of which were for President Trump, went initially uncounted in the county.

Aric Thompson, Dominion representative and one of men scanning ballots there, worked as an official photographer for Senator Harris in 2019, according to his LinkedIn profile. He even has a portfolio online with photos he took of her.

Comment: Nothing to see here . . . .