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Feds walk back DOJ memo saying Capitol rioters sought to "capture and assassinate"

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A U.S. Capitol police officer talks to supporters of US President Donald Trump, including Jacob Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli (R), a QAnon supporter known for his painted face and horned hat, on Jan. 6.
The top federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., said Friday that there is "no direct evidence of kill and capture teams" among Capitol rioters, walking back claims by federal prosecutors in Arizona, who said in court documents that rioters sought to "capture and assassinate elected officials," per USA Today.

The state of play: The prosecutors in Arizona made the claims in a detention memo late Thursday against Jacob Chansley — the man photographed wearing horns while standing at Vice President Mike Pence's desk in the Senate chambers. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona told Reuters prosecutors plan to file an amended memo later Friday.
  • Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said Friday that there may have been a "disconnect" between his office, which is leading the prosecution effort, and local offices on the evidence obtained so far in the cases, per Reuters.

Comment: More from CNN:
US takes back its assertion that Capitol rioters wanted to 'capture and assassinate' officials
Katelyn Polantz, Updated 0018 GMT (0818 HKT) January 16, 2021

Justice Department prosecutors have formally walked back their assertion in a court filing that said Capitol rioters sought to "capture and assassinate elected officials."

A federal prosecutor in Arizona asked a magistrate judge in a hearing on Friday to strike the line in a recent court filing about defendant Jacob Anthony Chansley, a man who is alleged to have led some in the crowd in the first wave into the Capitol with a bullhorn while carrying a spear and wearing a fur headdress.

The entire line the prosecutors want to omit from their court filing is: "Strong evidence, including Chansley's own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States Government."

The stunning move comes a few hours after the Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney in Washington, DC, said at a press conference there was "no direct evidence of kill and capture teams" at this time in the siege of the Capitol building.

In court, Todd Allison, a line prosecutor for the Justice Department in Arizona, said DOJ may want to argue that type of assertion if Chansley goes to trial, but cannot say that at the moment.

"We do not want to mislead the court by discussing the strength of any specific evidence" related to his intent, Allison said.

Chansley will remain in jail as he awaits trial, a judge decided on Friday, after the Justice Department portrayed him as a particularly belligerent leader among the rioters. Chansley's case eventually will move to the federal court in DC.

The line was a chilling description yet of rioters who seized the Capitol last week, writing in a court filing that the intention was "to capture and assassinate elected officials."

Justice Department lawyers have begun describing in more alarming terms what transpired.

In a separate case, prosecutors in Texas court alleged that a retired Air Force reservist who carried plastic zip tie-like restraints on the Senate floor may have intended to restrain lawmakers.

Chansley's attorney said he is not violent.

"He loved Trump, every word. He listened to him. He felt like he was answering the call of our president," Chansley's attorney Al Watkins, appearing on CNN Thursday night, said. "My client wasn't violent. He didn't cross over any police lines. He didn't assault anyone." Watkins said Chansley also hopes for a presidential pardon.

Prosecutors describe those who took over the Capitol as "insurrectionists" and offer new details about Chansley's role in the violent siege last week, including that after standing at the dais where Vice President Mike Pence had stood that morning, Chansley wrote a note saying "it's only a matter of time, justice is coming."

Chansley later told the FBI he did not mean the note as a threat but said the Vice President was a "child-trafficking traitor" and went on a long diatribe about Pence, Biden and other politicians as traitors.

Before he was arrested, Chansley told the FBI he wanted to return to Washington for the inauguration to protest.

Prosecutors accuse Chansley of being a flight risk who can quickly raise money through non-traditional means as "one of the leaders and mascots of QAnon, a group commonly referred to as a cult (which preaches debunked and fictitious anti-government conspiracy theory)."

They also said Chansley suffers from mental illness and is a regular drug user, according to prosecutors' detention memo.


Reporter who tried to cancel NFL coaching candidate for anti-gay remark in college is outed for his own racist, homophobic tweets

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A reporter who delved deep into the past of Detroit Lions head coach candidate Dan Campbell to find an anti-gay comment made in college has been outed on Twitter for more recent remarks of his own that were homophobic and racist.

A Detroit Free-Press article on Friday detailed how Campbell, speaking at a pep rally in 1998 before his Texas A&M University team took on arch-rival the University of Texas, said he was proud to attend a school where "men like women and women like men." He later issued an apology, which was published in a local newspaper.

The resurfacing of an old controversy came at an inopportune time for Campbell, who, according to reporter Marlowe Alter, was the leading candidate to fill the Lions' vacant head coaching position. But it quickly came to light that Alter himself has a far more extensive and recent history of bigoted commentary.

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Negative Covid-19 test to become MANDATORY for Slovakians to go to work, visit countryside

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Nurses prepare the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines at the University Hospital, in Nitra, Slovakia January 11, 2021.
Slovakians will not be allowed to go to work or make a trip to the countryside unless they have recently tested negative for Covid-19. The rule comes into effect next week, with Bratislava hoping to ramp up testing by then.

The plan is broken down into two phases. The first, which begins on Monday and will last for a week, will see Slovakians flocking to Covid-19 testing locations, including regular and mobile testing sites, to take either an antigen or a PCR test.

From next Wednesday, January 27, Slovakians who have failed to obtain test results proving they are not infected will be effectively confined to their homes. Such routine things as traveling to the workplace, walking to the post office, or countryside trips (for those aged 15-65 years) will be off limits. Visits to the doctor and shopping for groceries are among the few exceptions from the regulations.

If the newly introduced rules are not tricky enough, those who live in one of the 37 districts with a higher rate of infections will have to go through a second round of testing. They will be exempted from the de facto curfew, to last from February 3 to February 7, only if they test negative twice. Those who live in the remaining 36 districts won't have to repeate the procedure.

Light Saber

Parler CEO 'confident' platform will return by month's end after weekend of positive developments

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Parler chief executive officer John Matze is "confident" that his social media platform will be back online in the near future after his team was able to launch a static website and recover the company’s data over the weekend.
Parler chief executive officer John Matze is "confident" that his social media platform will be back online in the near future after his team was able to launch a static website and recover the company's data over the weekend in a series of positive developments.

"I'm confident that by the end of the month, we'll be back up," Matze told Fox News during a telephone interview on Sunday night.

Parler chief executive officer John Matze is "confident" that his social media platform will be back online in the near future after his team was able to launch a static website and recover the company's data over the weekend.

Parler registered its domain with host sharing website Epik last week, following Amazon Web Services' decision to shut Parler down for failure to moderate "egregious content" related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The move was a tiny-yet-important step that helped Matze realize his aggressive timeframe for Parler's eventual return is realistic.

"Every day it changes wildly, but I feel confident now," Matze said. "We're making significant progress. When you go into Parler.com it doesn't go into the void now, it hits a server, and it returns just one piece of information"

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Cardboard Box

Covid-19 vaccination drive: 1 'severe', 51 'minor' cases of adverse symptoms among health care workers in Delhi

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A health worker fills a dose in a syringe as Covid-19 vaccine drive starts at LNJP hospital in Delhi on Saturday
One "severe" and 51 "minor" cases of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) were reported among health workers who were administered the coronavirus vaccine in Delhi on the first day of the COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 16, official figures showed.

Against a target of 8,117 health workers to be vaccinated on the first day of the drive in 11 districts of Delhi, a total of 4,319 were administered the vaccine, figures showed.

Officials said a few cases of AEFI were observed in some people who were administered the vaccine.

"A few AEFI cases were reported but most were minor and the persons were normalised during observation period. Only one severe AEFI case was reported in South Delhi," said a top government official.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), any untoward medical occurrence which follows immunisation and does not necessarily have a causal relationship with the usage of the vaccine, is known as AEFI.

Comment: The pharmaceutical biz knows something is up with the vaccines their rolling out or they would not be offering compensation for the vaccine-injured. But by that time the damage would have already been done:
Bharat Biotech, an Indian pharmaceutical firm whose Covid-19 vaccine is being used in a nationwide immunization drive, has promised to fork over cash to those who suffer serious side effects from the drug.

Biotech's Covaxin is one of two jabs that have received emergency approval in India. Covishield, a jab based on the AstraZeneca/Oxford formula, is also being administered in a nationwide immunization drive that began on Saturday.

In a statement, Biotech said that it will pay compensation to recipients of its vaccine who experience "serious adverse effects," provided that the health episode is "proven to be causally related to the vaccine."

The firm also promised a "medically recognized standard of care" in government-designated hospitals or facilities, in the event that someone experiences a severe reaction to the drug. [...]

It's not clear how much an individual would receive under the compensation agreement, but even the promise of cash is somewhat unusual. For example, in the United States, companies such as Pfizer and Moderna have total immunity from liability if something goes awry with their vaccines.

Although the Indian government has hailed Covaxin, the decision to green-light the drug has been criticized by health experts and watchdog groups. Notably, the vaccine has yet to complete phase three clinical trials, raising questions about whether it has been properly vetted before hitting the market.

India hopes to immunize 300 million people by August, with long-term plans to administer the jab to most of its population.


'They were relentless': How I learned respect for our 'Communist' media

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Father Walter J. Ciszek • Mark Judge
Some of the best advice for dealing with the media can be found in He Leadeth Me, a 1973 book by American Jesuit Father Walter J. Ciszek. Father Ciszek was captured by the Russian army during World War II. They accused and convicted him of being a Vatican spy. He would spend 23 years in Soviet prisons and the labor camps of Siberia.

In one key passage, Ciszek describes how his dismissive contempt for his captors and the absurdity of the charge against him vanished. In a moment, they turned to cold realism when he realized what he was dealing with. The Russians were not about to stop asking him the same questions over and over again for days on end. They were not going to listen to facts or reason. "They were relentless, and they were thorough, and they were good at their trade," Ciszek notes.

Respect Thy Enemy

This kind of appreciation for the skill of your enemy is essential to dealing with atheist materialists, whether in the old Soviet Union or in the modern media. Sure, the press is filled with people who are incompetent and make unbelievable mistakes. You and I might consider the MSM something of a joke. But don't be fooled. In the midst of the mediocrities, you'll also find experts and fanatics. You'll meet people schooled in opposition research, psychological warfare and emotional manipulation.

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Daniel Baker arrested for plotting armed attack on pro-Trump protesters at state capitol

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Call to Arms announcement
Daniel Baker of Tallahassee, Florida, was arrested Friday by the FBI for attempting to coordinate an armed resistance to respond to any pro-Trump protesters who may gather before the Florida state capital, according to a press release.

Baker, who was arrested Friday morning, was allegedly attempting to recruit volunteers online to encircle protesters while carrying weapons, and trap them around the capitol building, according to a press release. Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, the press release said:
"Extremists intent on violence from either end of the political and social spectrums must be stopped, and they will be stopped. The diligent work in this case by the FBI and other public safety organizations has averted a crisis with this arrest, and we will not stop in our efforts to detect, deter, and disrupt anyone else planning to incite or commit violence."
Baker, who was reportedly in the army for a year, received an "other-than-honorable discharge in 2007" and has reportedly created extremist posts for months.

Comment: Here is the entire criminal complaint filed against Daniel Alan Baker:
Antifa supporter Daniel Alan Baker trained in Syria in 2017 with the YPG, was featured on VICE, and in 2020 participated in the CHAZ insurrection in Seattle, per DOJ documents. Daniel Alan Baker wanted to stockpile AK-47s and build bombs in CHAZ district in Seattle to start "the revolution."
Daniel Baker #33
Baker #34
See also; FBI arrests 'anarchist' said to have plotted attack on Trump gatherings in Tallahassee - fought in Syria with YPG


When conspiracy theories come true: Sunday Times under fire, brands Covid vax passports as 'freedom certificates'

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Vaccine victim Lichfield Cathedral, Birmingham, UK
The Sunday Times is facing a social media backlash for pushing Covid-19 vaccination passports as "freedom certificates" with many noting that the idea was considered a crazy conspiracy theory only a few months ago.

An article published in the UK newspaper on Sunday makes the case for "immunity passports," which would allow vaccine recipients to be exempt from lockdown restrictions.

The piece, titled 'Covid passports: a freedom certificate that may get the world travelling again', argues that several countries will start to introduce the documents, in some shape or form, and pressure will mount on British authorities to follow suit.

"Whether or not the moral, political and medical questions of favouring the vaccinated are resolved, demand from the jabbed hordes for the necessary paperwork to travel this summer is likely to prove irresistible," the article argues. The piece drew the ire of many, who couldn't help but take to Twitter to note that it appeared to be a conspiracy theory brought to life.

Comment: Some folks are in lockstep with the conspiracy theorists; others are in blind denial. You can flip a coin but both sides are coming up tails.


Prosecuted journalist tells RT that Latvia is running a campaign to DEHUMANIZE Russian media associates

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(L) Alla Berezovskaya (R) Latvian police
With a campaign to "dehumanize" journalists, Latvia is sending a signal that freedom of speech and human rights do not belong to those who work with Russian media, Alla Berezovskaya, a prosecuted journalist, told RT.

As a freelance journalist, Berezovskaya has for years collaborated with Baltnews - a local private news portal founded by her colleague, veteran Latvian journalist Andrey Yakovlev. And she continued to do so after he transferred control of the outlet to Russian media group Rossiya Segodnya.

In late December, Latvia opened a case against seven journalists working for two Russia-linked outlets - Baltnews and Sputnik. Berezovskaya is one of them, facing charges over the supposed violation of EU sanctions.

The journalist could now face a fine, or even imprisonment, if found guilty.

Comment: It's been a long-simmering situation, ridiculous almost, if it wasn't so dangerous.

Stock Up

Rasmussen poll shows no slip in support for President Trump

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On January 5, President Trump's job approval rating with Rasmussen was 47 percent. Today, the president's job approval is 48 percent.

The attack on Capitol Hill took place on January 6. Since then, there has been more than a week of 24/7, highly-coordinated media hysteria attacking the president as a traitor, as guilty of sedition, of being criminally liable for leading a violent coup against the United States of America ... and his job approval rating is up a point.

Don't pay any attention to media pollsters. Please don't. They're all crap. All liars. All proven liars who have been deceiving and lying to you for at least three election cycles. Rasmussen is one of the few pollsters you can trust, so when Rasmussen tells us Trump's support has not slipped, you can not only believe it, you are offered the opportunity to wonder why.

The main reason why is that corporate media no longer have the power to sway public opinion. Look at what's going on out there right now. You not only have the fake media accusing Trump of sedition and of starting a riot, you have all of Hollywood climbing on board and the Democrat Party impeaching him (again).

Trump was just impeached a second time, and his job approval rating hasn't budged.

Comment: Even an NBC poll shows his approval ratings haven't dropped. And he retains an 87% approval rating from registered Republicans. So the GOP better take Rand Paul's warning seriously if they want to stay relevant to their voter base:
"Look, I didn't agree with the fight that happened last week, and I voted against overturning the election, but at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion, [and] if Republicans go along with it, it'll destroy the party," Paul said.

"A third of the Republicans will leave the party," Paul continued. "This isn't about whether it was a right or wrong debate. This isn't about anymore ... the Electoral College, it's about the future of the party, and whether you're going to ostracize and excommunicate President Trump from the party. Well, guess what? Millions of his fans will leave as well."