Republicans might need 53 percent of the vote to win elections

By John Ruberry

A post by Da Tech Guy himself last week got me thinking about Chicago’s legendary newspaper columnist Mike Rokyo. Yes, he was another of the greats in journalism who didn’t have a college degree. For most of his life Royko was a steadfast liberal, but his blue collar roots made him suspicious, for good reason I’d like to add, of left-wingers. Yet Royko was a harsh critic of the Boss of Chicago, the first Mayor Richard Daley, as well as the Cook County Regular Democratic Organization, better known as the Chicago Machine. Still, Rokyo understood why rank-and-file Chicagoans kept the Machine in power.

I’ll return to Royko in a bit.

The January 6 protest in Washington will forever be remembered as the Capitol Riot because of the 1,000 or so hooligans and loons who stormed the Capitol building. But the great majority of the protesters didn’t riot and they had valid reasons to question the vote count, and yes, to also be angry about those results.

News reports of the fraud allegations regarding the November election are typically partisan. The mainstream media calls claims of vote fraud “baseless,” conservative media, Newsmax for instance, is more forceful

President Joe Biden, before he went on his unprecedented flurry of executive orders pushing far-left causes such as cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline and banning new oil and gas leases on federal lands, was calling for healing. 

A good start for healing would be a bipartisan congressional committee investigating 2020 vote fraud allegations, such as dead people voting, abuse of mail-in voting, and the like. Here’s are few more: Were ballots in Georgia tallied after party observers left? Why were votes counted at Detroit’s TCF Center after people were told to depart and the windows of the building covered? Were election integrity standards sacrificed every place else to protect voters from COVID-19?

There may be plausible reasons for what occured in Georgia and Detroit and other places, such as Arizona, where some are crying foul. 

Maybe the 2020 vote count was quite accurate.

Or perhaps not. 

What’s the harm in finding out? After all the Democrats and a special prosecutor spent three years investigating Donald Trump’s “collusion” with Russia. They might have been better off tracking down post-death Elvis Presley sightings. It’d be worth a laugh at least to see crazy California Democratic congressman Adam Schiff analyzing the lyrics of Mojo Nixon’s novelty tune “Elvis Is Everywhere.” He’d wonder, “Did Elvis really build Stonehenge?”

Because there are only a few weeks for investigators to look into vote fraud charges before a winner is sworn in after an election, having an honest and secure ballot count is crucial. Scandals take a long time to be exposed. It took ten months for Watergate to break wide open and Richard M. Nixon, no relation to Mojo Nixon by the way, didn’t resign the presidency until two years after the Watergate break-in.

We’re not off to a good start with the 117th Congress. HR 1, which means that it is the first bill proposed the the new Congress, will broaden the use of mail-in voting and the vile practice of ballot harvesting if made law.

The latest snowstorm here in the Chicago area is winding down as I write this post which gets me thinking of Royko and the devastating winter of 1979. After Daley’s death in 1976 the Chicago City Council chose Michael Bilandic, the alderman in Daley’s ward, as his successor. It’s generally believed Bilandic was selected to be a placeholder for Richard M. Daley, the Boss’s son, who would then run in 1983. It’s a long story worth telling but not now, but Richie Daley would finally become mayor in 1989, serving until 2011, while destroying Chicago’s finances.

Bilandic, on Chicago standards, was a decent and hardworking man, whose character flaw was that he assumed everyone else was too. Snow removal after a major January snowstorm that came after a couple of smaller ones was not handled well by Bilandic, who was lied to and misled by other city officials when they told him everything was fine. Meanwhile Jane Byrne, a minor player at City Hall who was fired by Bilandic, challenged the incumbent in what was seen as a longshot bid in that year’s Democratic primary. Her initial core support was the Democrats’ progressive wing, then known as the Lakefront Liberals. Rage over the botched response in digging the city out of the snow gave Byrne her opportunity to pull off an upset and she ran with it.

I remember a Chicago Sun-Times Royko column from that year where he wrote somthing along the lines that Byrne wouldn’t beat Bilandic if she captured 50 percent of the vote plus one. Or if she collected 51 or 52 percent. Her magic percentage, Royko reasoned, was 53 percent. 

Really?

That’s because of vote thefts by the Machine, Royko surmised, amounted to three percent of the total each election. Four decades ago crooked Democratic tactics were different. Non-existent people were registered in vacant lots, roving bands of homeless people, which in mock Latin Rokyo labeled hobo floto voto, voted multiple times, and the seeds of ballot harvesting could be found, particularly in nursing homes, even then. Oh, dead people voted. An effective yet dishonest Chicago precinct captain kept a close eye on who passed away in the neighborhood. And when Election Day came–there wasn’t an “Election Season” like now–thousands of Lazurus voters exercised their franchise.

In short, Chicagoans, even those who supported the Machine, didn’t see election results as fair. Ironically back then it was the liberals who were calling for election integrity in Chcago.

Imagine a football game where the NFL commissioner is a Chicago Bears fan. And at kickoff Da Bears have a 7-0 lead. And the referees are Bears backers too.

Byrne won that primary and prevailed in the general election over a hapless Republican, but the Machine, with some new faces in power, had the last laugh over the Lakefront Liberals as she set herself up as a new Boss. Royko eventually called her “Mayor Bossy.” 

Back to the present. 

Has America reached the point where the Democrats, because of mail-in voting, ballot dropboxes, and ballot harveting, possess that three-percent advantage in elections? Let’s throw in non-citizens and illegal aliens voting. Will Republicans need 53 percent of the vote to win? 55 percent?

If HR 1 becomes law will we ever have another Republican president? Will the system perpetuate the permanent Democratic majority that the leftists dream of?

And if tens of millions of Americans don’t trust the results of elections our republic is in peril. 

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Five Reasons Why Game Stop is still a viable business

Let’s be blunt. If you consider the value of a company based on its assets and potential there is no actual way that stock if Game Stop should be worth anywhere near $100 let alone $300. On the flip side of that argument while there are credible reasons why a stock shorter might decide that a company like Gamestop is overvalued there are several basic reasons why it’s unreasonable to presume they are on their way out.

  1. Consoles and accessories
    Games need platforms to play on, and Game stop sells said platforms. As long as there is not some sort of direct plugin into your brain your going to need a system to play on and as long as Game stop carries those platforms and the accessories for them then they provide a product that there is an actual demand for.
  2. No waiting: Amazon might have next day shipping or even drone shipping in a few limited places but if you decide you want that headset NOW or you want that platform NOW there is no substitute for actually being able to drive under an hour to a location that has said platform or accessory.
  3. Porch pirates & the law: In an age of riots when police might not be all that interested in enforcing laws like theft of packages from your front porch or decide that to enforce said laws against the wrong people might bring the wrath of God upon them the choice to actually travel to a store to buy your game might be the surest way to make sure you get what you want and paid for without grief.
  4. Physical contact: For all the talk about the convenience of downloads or cloud spaces there is a real difference between holding something in your hand and knowing you physically own it and owning something virtually that can disappear with a system crash or need to be downloaded a second time. Additionally at a store you can actually see the accessories that you are buying, feel how they fit, perhaps even try some of the games depending on the setup and even (gasp) talk to fellow gamers in your area who have a similar interest and (gasp) make friends. Furthermore said friends that you can see and touch are more likely to be who or what they claim to be rather than an image on a screen or a line of text.
  5. Can’t cancel this: In an era of cancel culture where having the wrong political opinion or religious opinion or the wrong definition of what a man or a woman is can get you banished from all kinds of things online who is to say that a site or a cloud service won’t suddenly decide that yourself excluded, your games unplayable and the downloads and storage that you though you “purchased” revoked because it was in reality a “license”? Alas for the lords of cancel culture, if you have a physical copy of a game and a source of electric power this power virtually disappears. They can hate you all you want but unless your game requires access to said cloud as long as you have that physical copy you can tell tell them where they can stick it because they can’t just erase you. They’ll have to take that copy of the game out of your cold dead hands.

And this list doesn’t even touch on things like nostalgia, or convenience or even something to do.

Word of the week

Democrats have started using a word with increasing frequency recently. White House domestic policy advisor and former UN Ambassador Susan Rice stated that the White House will work to push “racial justice and equity” and “equity for families.”

Press secretary Jen Psaki said that the Biden Administration considered immigration part of “racial equity.”

And Joe Biden himself sputtered that “equity and justice” must be “part of what we do every day.”

Leftists care deeply about words. From parsing definitions of “is” to mysteriously finding distinctions with a difference between “persons of color” and “colored persons,” what words are used, and how, are of supreme importance to the Left. Apparently, using “black” to describe people with heritage from certain parts of Africa is discouraged, but using Black – capital “B” – is acceptable. Leftists will even attempt to colonize a foreign language to impose their gender hang-ups on other cultures (good luck finding a Latino or Latina who actually uses “Latinx”).

So now, the new Biden Administration has begun using the word, “equity.” Sounds like “equality,” and everyone likes equality, right?

My 1960 Britannica World Language Dictionary defines “equity” as “[f]airness or impartiality; justness…Something that is fair or equitable.”

In Anglo-American common law, “equity” is a concept that provides certain justifications for a judge to rule in favor of one party or another, not based on law, but based on similar concepts of fairness or justness.  Bankruptcy, for example, began as an equitable remedy, among others. Equity allows a judge to go beyond legislation to find a just outcome.

Equity is distinct from equality, though the similarity between the words is not without importance. Everyone is familiar with and favors equality, at least equality before the law; the law ideally favors no one over another, rich or poor, black (Black?) or white (White? Or white?).

Equity is something else. What is “just” or “equitable” is in the eye of the beholder. In the court, a judge’s decision of what is equitable has basis in precedents established by prior cases, and those affected even by a wayward judge remain limited to the parties in the case. Somehow, trusting the judgment of people who funded bail money for rioters and who favor giving vaccines to enemy combatants held at Guantanamo before American citizens, who favor a deal that would let the mullahs go nuclear and giving the Chinese Communist Party access to the U.S. power grid, to decide what is and what is not equitable, seems… in poor judgment.

The Short Guide to Using MeWe, for formerly Facebook conservatives

Let’s say you’re a conservative, and after watching Big Tech attempt to single-handedly destroy Parler, blame Trump for inciting riots in the Capitol, and try to shutdown legitimate stock trading on Robinhood, you’re now really worried about social media censorship. You probably saw my previous posts on MeWe and NextDoor, and think there might just be no options.

Don’t lose hope! Since I couldn’t get Parler to test out, I double-downed and worked through the MeWe interface. If you need help building an account, there are hundreds of “How to get started on MeWe” videos to watch. After you create an account, do the following:

  1. If you liked memes, find a memes group. I would regularly browse Facebook and Reddit for memes. It brightened my days up and made me laugh. Reddit has become disappointingly hostile to conservatives, and Facebook is just part of the evil FAANG empire. MeWe has a pretty burgeoning list of meme groups. To find a meme group, on your home page click on “Browse Groups.” Simply type in Memes, and plenty pop up. I recommend “Meme’s From Everywhere” and “Funny memes and humor” as a start. There are plenty of darker and lighter groups, so experiment a bit and find what suits your tastes.
  2. Start a family group. A big reason for Facebook’s success is sharing pictures with your friends. My wife and I still want to share our family’s adventures with our friends, without the creepiness of Facebook sharing our pictures with others. To do that, we created a Family group and invited our friends to it. Now we can share photos and let our friends download and comment. We can even chat our upcoming plans to them. With your own group, its easy to get back to enjoying your friends as friends instead of focusing on where their politics don’t align with you.
  3. Replicate your interest groups. I never got into the groups on Facebook all that much, but on MeWe it really helps you link up with like minded people. I’m on a chainsaw group and I found a few home solutions for creosote buildup in my fireplace. The gardening group I’m part of helped me design a better fence for keeping the deer out of my garden. Its really easy to search the MeWe groups, find interests, and join groups.
  4. Tell the businesses your frequent. The ballet studio my girls attend uses Facebook to push out updates. That’s pretty common across businesses, and if you don’t have Facebook you miss out. We’re encouraging the studio to dump Facebook and switch to MeWe, since privacy for a ballet studio is pretty important, and the studio has a Christian background. Many businesses don’t even know there are other options, so helping them make the switch is key to breaking Facebook’s grip.
  5. Advocate for the missing features. I still need a livestream option, and neither MeWe nor Rumble have that yet. I also wish I could sell stuff on MeWe easily, but the privacy standards are pretty high, so NextDoor will have to suffice for now. You can communicate this to the developers, and with the explosion in growth they have, they are looking to keep their users. They are likely open to adding features, especially if its something their competitors don’t have.

I wish you the best on MeWe, maybe Peter will start a DaTechGuy group on MeWe so we can share thoughts about our favorite blog!

This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency.

Tom Brady is the 3rd Best Player in an American Team Sport Behind Russell 2nd and Ruth 1st

We have now been hearing a discussion where people are asking: Is Tom Brady the greatest player in an American Team Sport ever? Brady being in his 10th Superbowl has earned him a place in that conversation with 10 trips to the finals in 21 chances. Or to put it another way,

  • Tom Brady’s avg of going to superbowls is higher than Ty Cobb’s avg of getting hits.
  • Tom Brady’s avg of going to superbowls is higher than the 3 point percentage of any NBA player in history
  • The only NFL team that has been to more Superbowls than Tom Brady is the New England Patriots with eleven trips over 61 years to Tom’s ten in 21 years. Nine of those trips were in years they were led by Tom Brady.
  • Tom Brady’s as of today has one less playoff win then Maurice Richard has Stanley Cup goals.

That being the case Brady deserves to be in consideration for the best player in a major American Team sport (Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey) of all time. There are two people in that conversation with him. Babe Ruth and Bill Russell.

Babe Ruth in 22 years went to 10 World Series winning Seven and if you look at the Baseball Reference pages over his career led the league in over 200 different categories over his career as both a Pitcher and as a Right fielder.

Bill Russell in 13 seasons in the NBA went to the playoffs every season making it to the finals 12 times and winning 11 titles, two of them as player coach.

Brady has four things in common with Ruth and Russell.

  • A Long Career
  • Success early and late in a career
  • Regular trips to the Finals
  • Long tenures in Boston

Brady has one thing in Common with Ruth favoring him over Russell

  • Success on multiple teams under multiple coaches/managers

Brady has two things in common with Russell over Ruth

  • A high level of play every uninjured season of his career (to this point) (Ruth’s final season stunk)
  • Never having cost his team a title with a boneheaded play to lose a series (Ruth inexplicably getting caught stealing in 1926 to lose the World Series)

And Brady has one advantage over Both Russell & Ruth

  • No Margin for error.

In a championship season Babe Ruth and his teams had the liberty of having as many as three bad games or three games where the opposing team outplayed them while still being capable of winning a championship. Bill Russell’s margin of error was larger, with a 6 to 9 game margin or error as their series were all best of seven. Or to put it simply if your better team had a bad day you still had the rest of a series games to show the other guy whose actually better.

However Tom Brady , as a football player, had no such margin of error. A single bad game or a single bad move and you are out. Russell’s Celtics & Ruth’s Yanks and Sox could blow a game or two in a series and still win. Brady never had that luxury.

Why then does Brady rank behind Russell? Very simple. While this season it’s been implied that Brady has functioned as a “coach” to the Offense, Bill Russell for two seasons won titles while actually being the head coach as well as the center. He not only had to play at a high level but had to while on the floor manage the team, call the plays and be aware enough to coach the team to the playoffs and to the title. He not only managed to do so, but managed to do so TWICE.

For that reason I give Russell an edge over Brady, at least so far. If Brady goes to an 11th Superbowl (which is entirely in the realm of possibility I may revisit that advantage.

However Babe Ruth has an advantage over Brady that is even more pronounced. He not only won six titles as the most feared slugger in the major leagues but won three titles as one of the top pitchers in the Majors. It would be as if Brady won his first three titles as the top linebacker or Defensive End before switching to Quarterback. Furthermore Ruth fundamentally changed the game of baseball in a way neither Russell nor Brady did in their sports. It’s true that after Ruth started hitting homers other soon followed, but Ruth did it first and the only chemical enhancements he had were hot dogs and beer.

For this reason I consider Babe Ruth the greatest team sport player in the history of sports, over Russell and over Brady. If Brady wins the superbowl this year and perhaps one other then I may revisit these rankings, if not then.

FYI Michael Jordon doesn’t make this list because while he won six titles in six trips all those titles came in the 2nd half of his career all with the same team and system and failed to make the playoffs with the wizards when he came back. LeBron James doesn’t make this list because of only four titles wins but given that he won three titles in three different cities under three different systems and has been to the finals 10 times one more trip will force him to be considered in this company. Kareem fails to make the top 3 because despite the six titles with two teams and titles early and late in his career, he had a very long period without making those finals or more properly if included on this list he is currently 5th with LeBron right behind him. Yogi Berra with 10 titles in 14 years and 3 MVP titles in a league that had Mantle & Williams is the person that Brady edges out for 3rd. Berra might have had better stats but his development was curtailed by a more pressing engagement off Normandy on June 6th 1944 & two months later in the invasion on the southern coast of France. In fact you might even be able to make a case for Berra going all the way to the top.

My top five list as of this moment would run Ruth, Russell, Brady, Berra, & Jabbar in that order with King James knocking on the door and very likely to take Kareem’s spot on this list perhaps as soon as this year.

DaTechGuy off DaRadio Spontanious Livestream #Robinhood & #gamestop #Pipelines & #solarpanels #tombrady & #curtschilling

Woke up today in the mood to do a livestream so let’s do one.

Today’s topics are

  1. Robinhood, gamestop what it is, what it means and my opinion on it
  2. Pipelines, solar panels and the Biden John Kerry’s of the world
  3. Tom Brady Curt Schilling the Superbowl and the still clueless NFL

You can watch it here

If you like what you see and want to hit DaTipJar with your market winnings feel free before I’m kicked off. youtube or paypal or anywhere else I care to rant.

The Unexpectedly Chronicles: An Actual Arizona Maverick, A Phony WV one, McConnell being McConnell, Kaepernick vs Brady & Ace and a fact of life.

Two years ago Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) was conspicuous in standing and applauding during a President Trump SOTU address when he talk about tax cuts and opportunity zones announced.

Now she is conspicuous again bluntly ruling out the elimination of the filibuster as she promised back in 2019. This not only forces Chuck Schumer into a power sharing agreement in a 50-50 senate (based on the 2001 model) but also means that the Democrats will have to use reconciliation to push through their most radical bills as the only way to pass something with 50 votes (plus Harris).

A Democrat who keeps her promise even after she wins? That’s what I call a “Maverick” but I expect that term will not be applied to her by the press

Unexpectedly of course.


Apparently Joe Manchin of West Virginia has now also come out against Nuking the filibuster.

I found his sudden case of “principle” rather nostalgic because you might remember that during the Kavenaugh hearings Manchen hemmed and hawed and hesitated but in the end came out for Kavanaugh…the very moment Susan Collins declared she would vote for him meaning his vote meant nothing.

Joe Manchin is the John Roberts of the left. When he is the deciding vote that the left needs he always has a vote for them. But as long as his vote has no bearing on if the agenda of the left shall advance then he is with the voters of West Virginia defending them against the excesses of the left and the media trying to save a Democrat seat is ready to paint him as such.

Unexpectedly of course.


There were three interesting moves this week concerning Mitch McConnell as well the first being on the Filibuster . All were savvy moves that perfectly illustrated who and what Mitch McConnell is. On Wednesday McConnell was derided by Mark Steyn on the Rush Limbaugh show for dropping his demand during power sharing negotiations that Chuck Schumer explicitly vow not to nuke the filibuster.

Later that same day he was one of 45 GOP Senators who voted for Rand Paul’s point of order resolution saying the impeachment of an ex-president was unconstitutional.

Finally McConnell put out a threat of a “scorched-earth Senate” if Manchen or Sinema change their mind on a Filibuster

All were classic McConnell. The vote supposedly abandoning conservatives that got Steyn so upset was a meaningless concession to Schumer because it came after Sinema of AZ made it clear that she wouldn’t give Chuck Schumer the votes he needed to nuke it. Thus McConnell makes a public gesture in Schumer favor that I’m sure he got something in return for.

Likewise the “scorched earth” threat while I have no doubt he would follow through on such a threat (see what happened with judges) it again comes not before we know if the filibuster is in danger but after we know it isn’t.

Finally on the Rand Paul vote McConnell knew that his vote meant nothing because five Trump hating republicans, Romney, Collins, Murkowski, Sasse and Toomey were already with the Democrats. Thus McConnell’s could take a vote designed to appease Trump supporters who have been calling for his head and to head off those who are already extracting a deadly price from GOP house members who have gone along with this farce.

In all three cases McConnell made moves that meant nothing and cost nothing but were to his political advantage.

Unexpectedly of course.


As I’ve stated before the NFL is thanking it’s lucky stars that Tom Brady has made it to his 10th Superbowl because it gives conservatives and Trump supporters a reason to watch the game.

However this hasn’t stopped members of the left to cry injustice that Tom Brady still has a job in the NFL and Colin Kaepernick doesn’t.

I took the liberty of going to Football Reference.com and noted Mr. Kaepernick’s stats. Over his six year career he only led the NFL in one stat in any season. That was in 2014 when he threw the more pick-sixes (that is interceptions run back for a touchdown by another team) than any other quarterback in the league.

Meanwhile Tom Brady either leads or has led the NFL in 64 different single season, active or all time categories according to his page.

There is a legitimate debate on if Tom Brady has reached a point where he contends with Babe Ruth or Bill Russell as the greatest team sport athlete in history (pro tip Ruth beats him because he won titles both as both a pitcher & position player and Russell beats him not only for more titles (11) but winning two of them as a player/head coach) but there is no rational debate that suggests Colin Kaepernick is in the same league as Tom Brady.

Kaepernick knows this which is why no offer will be enough to tempt him back into the NFL

Unexpectedly of course.


Finally there is a point that needs to be made about something Ace of Spades said about the establishment GOP & abortion:

Conservative, Inc. only mouths very insincere pro-life rhetoric (but never demands actual action on the issue) to attract social conservatives, who would have no other reason to support their socially-liberal/arch-corporate-libertarian policies otherwise.

They’re “pro-life” with the “four exceptions:”

1. Rape
2. Incest
3. Life of the mother
4. “My situation”

Obviously, that fourth exception covers a lot of ground.

Now this isn’t all that inaccurate but frankly Ace without realizing it has hit on something that is not unique either to Rino or to abortion but is a basic trait when it comes to sin.

One thing you will find is no matter what a persons religion, lack of religion or belief system, when we are talking about the sins of other people we find ourselves ready to condemn those sins.

When it comes to our own sins, a person always seems to have a reason why we deserve a pass.

Unexpectedly of course

FYI that’s the reason why Catholic sacramental confession is superior to all other systems even those of our fellow Christians. Said folks automatically presume the forgiveness of Christ while a Catholic goes before a priest and acknowledges sins, even sins unknown to fellow men, and thus by the act of seeking confession admonish ourselves before God rather than waiting to be caught by others.

It is that self admonishment that opens the door the mercy we do not deserve.

I believe this scene from the final Hunger Games movie sums up the Capitol Hill Riot

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (8/10) Movie CLIP – These Things Happen in War (2015) HD – YouTube

It was obvious to me as I watched it unfold live on TV that there was a lot that was not right about the rioting that took place at the US Capitol on January 6th.  The nature of the US Capitol violence seemed so contrived and it seemed that is was so divorced from the massive peaceful protest that bore all of hallmarks of a true MAGA protest. 

The nature of the violence and the nature the more colorful characters on video leading the way and committing most of the violence seemed much more appropriate for an ANTIFA or a Black Lives Matters riot than a MAGA rally.

It made no sense that such a small group would break away from the rest and storm what was supposed to be one of the most secure buildings in the country.  It made no sense that the US Capitol Building could be so easily stormed period yet alone from such a small group. Nothing made sense until I started seeing the following articles indicating that the whole incident was a setup. 

Worrisome Signs the Capitol Breach was Planned to Discredit Trump Supporters: An Eyewitness Account – American Thinker

Based on what I saw and read, I have no doubt that dozens and possibly even hundreds of Antifa and/or other provocateurs had infiltrated the rally in order to carry out violent acts and suck impressionable Trump supporters into their antics. None of this violence was justified, but contrast the frustration and conflicted attitude of this Capitol building trespasser with that of the proud of this BLM rioter. One calls for prayer while the other calls for “reparations.”

Some of the more impulsive Trump supporters fell into a trap that served to scapegoat both the Trump administration and the 99.9% of rally participants who neither condoned nor participated in any of the violence.

Were leftist provocateurs leading the way into the Capitol? – American Thinker

First, to state the obvious, there is no question that Trump-supporters criminally entered the Capitol and behaved abominably.  All who breached the inadequate protective perimeter must be prosecuted to the full measure of the law.  Throw the book at them!

But there are grounds for suspicion that provocateurs, anxious to discredit Trump, his supporters, conservatives, and those who question the integrity of the presidential vote may have been the point of the spear in violently attacking the Capitol. 

The breach of the Capitol was an obvious set-up – American Thinker

What happened at the Capitol building on Wednesday, to my eyes, obviously was a stratagem to destroy the president’s popularity and support and overshadow the challenges to the Electoral College vote.  The building was breached at the beginning of that process and riveted the media news feeds.  Members of Congress were evacuated with hoods over their heads as if they were in grave danger.

As a group of protesters approached the building, a policeman removed the barricade and appeared to invite them in.

That group entered the rotunda peacefully and stayed behind the rope line.  Those who observed this noted that there were several instigators embedded among the crowd.  They were using bullhorns to agitate and move people.  A couple of them set off flash bangs.

We now know that several known Antifa activists were among the agitators.  As they broke windows, Trump-supporters tried to stop them.  But the distraction worked, frightened the pathetically spineless Republicans who were set to challenge the stolen election.  They quickly capitulated, and Biden was certified.  The Republicans, even the ones we thought had grit, got rolled.

As I read each of the articles I was continuously reminded of the scene from the final Hunger Games movie. which I shared at the beginning of the article.  If you have not read the Hunger Games novels I strongly recommend you do so.  They have an very libertarian message.  They are about a successful rebellion against an extremely powerful and oppressive central government led by President Snow. 

When the main character, Katniss Everdeen, and the rebel forces make it to the presidential mansion they notice that it is surrounded by pens containing capitol children serving as human shields for the president.  Out of nowhere a capitol hovercraft appears and drops bombs on the pens of capitol children.  At that point the remaining capitol forces abandon President Snow, ending the war.

As you can see from the scene I shared, President Snow informs Katniss that the head of the rebellion, President Coin, is the person who actually ordered a disguised hovercraft to bomb the capitol children as a ploy to break the will of the remaining capitol forces, ending the war.

I believed that the riot at the US Capitol was the same sort of political ploy by leftists to discredit President Trump and his supporter, just like the authors of the articles I shared here earlier, and the authors of so may other articles I have read on the subject.  I am no conspiracy theorist, I am just the opposite.  I am someone who has studied a great deal of history.  Similar tactics have been used by leftists over and over again.  The Germans during World War II and the Soviets both used that type of tactic. 

The #Unexpectedly Chronicles: Stock Manipulation is Fine Unless Done by the “Wrong” People

Mr. Jaggers: We’ll start setting his stocks short and keep selling it short until we break him.

Aide: But Mr. Jaggers his company has a solid reputation

Mr. Jaggers: Then start spreading rumors. Use that ugly word “mismanagement”… be inventive now, see to it.

Maverick: The Golden Fleecing 1961

So let me get this straight.

If well connected multi billion dollar hedge funds conspire to sell a stock short thus make a huge profit at the expense of the shareholders in a move that might damage or destroy the prospects of a company, why that’s is simply the free market at work with some people winning and some losing and anyone who objects is a communist!

BUT

If ordinary citizens seeing this move conspire to boost the value of a stock that been shorted strengthening the value of the company & the stock and making a huge profit at the expense of the hedge fund managers who were conspiring to destroy them, well that not only an example of online hate but it’s a travesty of justice that has to be stopped by new regulation and the shutting down of any recourse that makes it possible.

Now me, I don’t like either game. I’m for the the old fashioned concept of the value of a company & its stock being based on the quality of the product or service it creates and the demand or lack thereof said product or service generates, rather than on manipulation or tax breaks to shore it up.

Perhaps if traders worked on that principle rather than playing games they would not be in a dead panic now and remember, if this can happen with Gamestop or AMC it can happen with any publicly traded company.

An Army of Telosians Slaves

Telosian Magistrate: Wrong thinking is punishable. Right thinking will be as quickly rewarded. You will find it an effective combination

Star Trek The Menagerie Part 2 1066

Ghost of Christmas Past: Truth Lives!

A Christmas Carol 1984

Yesterday on Twitter I found myself being accused of “ageism” because I pointed out that Joe Biden was not Compos mentis. The person who made this accusation is a person I’ve known for decades, whose house I’ve visited and who citied the fact that his father at 86 was teaching Calculus.

The real world cultural implications of this argument is one of the saddest things I’ve seen in my 57 years.

This fellow is an intelligent person, a bit of a rebel is certain ways that I won’t repeat as I don’t want to cause him trouble, but most of all he is familiar with actual truth and actual evidence the difference between reality and propaganda.

This person is also a deep and I mean DEEP leftist. Oddly enough before the election he had very little to say to me on twitter, in fact I can’t recall a single tweet from the man to over the last several years even though he’s been on twitter since 2008.

So why would he suddenly decide my statements the statements of a fellow with only a few thousand followers require a reply?

The answer and it’s implications are serious.

If I wanted to feed my ego I’d presume that it’s the task of him (and perhaps millions like him) to go after smaller guys like me is part of the general censorship of conservative thought to be kept out of the public square as a danger to the new order. To some degree that’s true but I suspect it’s not true enough to make someone like me worth targeting, at least not yet anyways.

I suspect the real answer is more akin to the character Vina from the original Star Trek Pilot later made into the two part episode The Menagerie.

Mike knows what the reality is, but to acknowledge that reality in public is dangerous because it can result in the othering of him, a risk to his job, his livelihood and to his position and social standing.

But I think it’s deeper and more painful than that.

To have to live a lie, to pretend a reality that one knows is not true can not be easy, even if it is for the cause. To have to do it in the face of others unwilling to go along with the game, to pretend not to see reality that in right in front of their face for the sake of the cause must be unbearable for someone who has been by nature a free spirit.

Every day that we resist having our thoughts caged and refuse to acknowledge their false reality is a reminder that they are in fact in the cage, even if they as true believers are considered favored members of their menagerie they are still in a cage.

As the telosian Magistrate put it:

The customs and history of your race show a unique hatred of captivity. Even when it’s pleasant and benevolent,

There are plenty of ignorant leftists who were taught poorly and have no understanding of the reality in front of them. Our enemies invested a lot of time, money and effort to be sure of this.

But to someone who is old enough, smart enough and educated enough to know reality and have to both in public and in private life contrary to it has to be hell.

I know that the next four years will be rough and I won’t be surprised if I run into problems, both legal and financial, for my unwillingness to play along, but I’d not trade places with such a person for all the comfort in the universe.