Where did the Capitol protest anger come from? What to do about it?

Kenosha, Wisconsin, after what CNN deemed “a fiery but mostly peaceful protests.”

By John Ruberry

Wednesday was a dark day in American history. Most of the blame for the riot at the US Capitol deservedly goes to the hooligans, about 1,500 of them, who broke through blockades and defied law enforcement and entered the Capitol building–the first such mass hostile group to do so since British forces marched in during the War of 1812 before setting it ablaze.

Many of the thugs who illegally entered the Capitol have been arrested and they deserve, if found guilty, to face the full brunt of the law.

This was not, as the media deemed last year’s many instances of “unrest” in American cities, “a mostly peaceful protest.”

President Donald J. Trump is by no means blameless. He should have conceded his loss to Joe Biden weeks ago. I support Trump’s fight for free and fair elections. But even in states where the vote count was the most questionable, Pennsylvania and Georgia, had their electoral votes magically gone to the president, Trump still would have lost. And while I disagree with the mainstream media blowhards and Democratic politicians who said Trump incited the crowd to riot, he gave some of the protesters hope. Normally hope is a good thing to spread but he gave some people the belief that their protest might have compelled Congress to ignore the Electoral College and keep Trump in the White House. That was never going to happen.

On Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show Thursday night he asked that we look at why the protesters–not just the rioters–attended the rally. They were angry.

Why?

In November a Rasmussen poll found that 75 percent of Republican voters believed the presidential election was stolen. Even many Democrats agreed. As for myself I don’t believe the election was stolen. My view is that the weak standards with mail-in voting, put in place on a widespread basis for the first time in many states because of the COVID-19 epidemic, has something to do with that. Mail-in voting, without safeguards, makes such crimes as voting twice or more, dead people voting, and voting in a jurisdiction when you live someplace else more likely. 

While elections need to continue to be run at the state level Congress should, if such a thing is possible, have an open mind in regards to exploring new nationwide election standards, such as what was done after the Florida recount debacle of 2000. Banning ballot harvesting is a good place to start, as well as replacing early voting, that is “election season,” with–and this is an idea that comes from the liberals–making the day of a general election a work holiday. And photo ID should be required for voting too.

If millions of Americans don’t have faith in the election process then democracy rests on a flimsy leaf.

Now let’s look at the mainstream media and Big Tech. I’ll be brief only for the sake of not overwhelming you. I could bring up dozens of examples of media bias but I won’t for now.

For over four years most of the media flogged a dead horse of a story in Russian collusion. There was no Trump-Russia collusion. Zero. Robert Mueller’s exhaustive investigation found none. That didn’t stop the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and MSNBC from hawking it, not so subtly, as the way to oust Trump from power for nearly four years nearly every day.

Meanwhile the Hunter Biden laptop story was minimized by that same mainstream media during the 2020 campaign. The younger Biden’s alleged influence peddling activities are not a nothing-burger. And Facebook and Twitter for a while blocked the posting the New York Post story about the deeply troubling news that the former vice president’s son might be compromised by foreign governments, including our greatest rival, China. Twitter, in a preview of 2021’s ongoing purge of conservatives that includes Trump, from the microblogging platform, locked the Post out of its account for nearly two weeks. Free press anyone? The suppression worked. Many people I spoke with, folks who only get their news from Facebook, never heard about the Hunter laptop scandal until I told them about it. 

Mission accomplished. 

After the election Hunter Biden revealed that he has been under federal investigation for two years. He says its for tax reasons but Hunter does not come across to me as a man who can be trusted.

Not a nothing-burger.

Trump’s core base of supporters are voracious consumers of news–and yes, to be fair of course some of their news stories come from Facebook and Twitter, unless of course they’ve been purged from those sites. And the double-standard of most of the media on those two stories seethes the Trump base.

After the riot the media continued its dismissive attitude of Trump supporters. 

Anderson Cooper of CNN, a scion of the Vanderbilt family that got filthy rich during the Gilded Age, said of the protesters after the riot. “And they’re going to go back to the Olive Garden and to the Holiday Inn they’re staying at, or the Garden Marriott, and they’re going to have some drinks and talk about the great day they had in Washington … They stood up for nothing other than mayhem.”

Clearly Cooper dines at what he deems are better restaurants than the Olive Garden. And he can afford to stay at the finest hotels, places that are beyond my financial reach. And yes, I’ve stayed at those hotels Cooper denigrated. I’ve eaten at the Olive Garden a few times.

Another cruel irony of the mainstream media coverage of the Capitol riot is that they deemed it one, while they went to great pains to call the many urban riots of 2020–which occurred almost exclusively in Democrat-run cities–anything but that. While storming the Capitol is clearly a much different dimension than looting and arson, and yes, a very disturbing one, the hypocrisy of the media is apparent to a 10-year-old. 

More than ever we need new media. If you agree with my post, especially if you dine at the Olive Garden, stop seething. Start your own blog. WordPress and Blogger.com are good places to start. Even if you have just ten readers a day–my own blog has many more than that in case you are wondering–you will be making a difference. Besides, much of the mainstream media, particularly daily newspapers, are endangered species. Warren Buffett, no conservative, expects only a few of them to survive and he made that prediction before the COVID-19 outbreak that has devastated their ad revenue. Those papers, for the most part, take their lead in reporting news from the aforementioned Washington Post and the New York Times. It’s where they learn not to use words like “riot” unless it involves conservatives. They invent terms like “mostly peaceful” or sugarcoat the carnage by saying it is “unrest.” Those last two newspapers aren’t going anyhere but we can fight back with reality. An army of mosquitoes can make a difference.

There’s a void coming. Fill it. Bite back.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Update (DTG) I put something like this in as a comment but figured it belonged as a post update as this has gotten instalanched. (Thanks Ed)

John is one one my original magnificent seven bloggers/ He produces quality work and I’m proud to have him here.

I believe he is completely wrong about the election not being stolen, both math, the actions of the left and common sense in my opinion scream it to be the case, but he has the right to his opinion and I respect that he comes by it honestly and have no problem with him expressing it here.

If anyone has problem with him expressing that opinion on my site and want him off for having & expressing it, well that’s too bad.

This isn’t twitter and my name’s not Jack

4 Reminders for GOP Members of Congress before the Jan 6th Vote.

John Adams: It would be a pity for a man who’s handed down hundreds of wise decisions from the bench to be remembered only for the one unwise decision he made in Congress.

1776 (Movie) 1972

Assuming the report of Senator Hawley’s determination to challenge the electors on the 6th is correct I’d like to remind GOP members of congress who are going to face intense pressure to go along with the steal of the election of four things they should keep in mind.

  1. Media Love is fleeting media hate is lasting: Never forget that to the MSM you are the enemy. You have always been the enemy and will always be the enemy. While you might get nice press for one or two days at the start of your term for voting with the Democrats on this I guarantee that within a very short time the moment you vote against one of their priorities or suggest that if a person has a penis they’re not a woman or that ripping babies from the womb & murdering them is a bad idea you will once again be considered one level short of Hitler.
  2. Who wants to be primaried? Given that 70% plus of the GOP believe this election has been stolen and evidence that this is the case continues to come out each day you’re not going to endear yourself to the GOP electorate by voting with the left here. The moment you reject a challenge to the vote in PA or GA etc you will find that not only will you have a primary opponent but said opponent will almost certainly have a built in vote block and a giant national donor base who will be delighted to vent their anger against you. Oh and if you’re in the senate and not up till 2024 or 2026 don’t think that you’ll escape this fate, why? Well because Jacksonians have long memories.
  3. Trump the Jacksonian: If you think the pushback from the voters back home and the money pouring into a primary is bad news for you, just wait until what happens when you give a lot of free time to a man with a long memory for slights. At best he will hold huge rallies for your primary opponent denouncing you as a coward who supported stealing an election from the American people. At worst he will use his connections and cash to dig deep into your background. Of course if you’re Mr. Clean you have nothing to worry about but I suspect any person willing to vote to uphold the theft of an election is unlikely to be all that clean.
  4. You’ll take the blame: There is a memorable ahistorical scene in the play 1776 where, thanks to a poll of the Pennsylvania delegation, James Wilson is put on the spot and votes for independence because he doesn’t want to be remembered as the man who stopped American independence. Right now GOP voters rightly blame the Democrats for the steal and are outraged at the cowardice state legislatures and the courts in punting on this issue, but once the votes comes up in the House and Senate the responsibility for stopping the steal or not will be on YOU and if your vote allows the steal to take place it will stick to you like a scarlet letter branding you as the one responsible for the theft of an election by the angriest (and most heavily armed) electorate since 1860 and now that social media is even more segregated by ideology said anger will be amplified for years. In an age of protests in front of people’s homes I’m sure that will be a comforting thought.

As a rule the right thing is usually the smart thing and if you are smart you will keep all of these things in mind when it comes time to vote to allow this steal to take place or not.

Because the Press Will Love Trump the Moment he gives Up? Seriously?

There are reports that the President is being urged to concede because, it will hurt him with members of the press if he doesn’t.

This would be the same press that has

  • Attacked him from day one.
  • Encouraged faithless electors against him
  • Pushed the Russia Hoax
  • Pushed impeachment
  • Lied about “anonymous”
  • Took Iran’s side against the US over him
  • Took China’s side against the US over him
  • Declared HCQ as deadly over him
  • Hid the Hunter Biden story
  • Advanced the idea of punishing Trump supporters
  • Hid the news of the various peace deals in the middle east
  • And did all they could to cover for the theft of this election.

These are the people that advisors to Donald Trump are telling he has to appease? Do they actually think any amount of appeasement will win their favor?

How stupid can someone be?

A Quick Note to My Fellow Christians in General and Catholics in Particular

Screwtape: Look, you must think of your man as a series of concentric circles, his will being the innermost, his intellect coming next and finally his fantasy. You can hardly hope at once to exclude from all circles anything that smells of the enemy…

Wormwood: You mean the Germans?

Screwtape: No NO! Not them you fool! I mean the REAL enemy!

The Screwtape Letters Focus on the Family

Given what I’ve been seeing and hearing from some of my brother Christians I think it’s incumbent to remind people of something.

Christ came to save us from the clutches of the enemy.

The enemy he was referring to is Satan, not the Democrats, not the deep state and not Biden or Harris as the song notes

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, let nothing you dismay.
Remember Christ our savior was born in Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan's power when we have gone astray
Oh tidings of comfort and Joy, comfort and joy.
Oh tidings of comfort and joy!

It is for the redemption of our sins allowing us eternal life, not relief from the effects of the sins of others than Christ came in the world lived and died.

If you are counting on God saving us from them you are likely to be as disappointed as the Zealots who expected the messiah to bring down Roman Rule.

While it’s true that the enemy had some influence on those who did it, the fraud and theft of this election is the work of man. It’s up to men to make it right.

God can provide virtue to such men, and their Guardian Angels might prompt them to do so, but in the end, men they must make that call.

McConnell to GOP GA voters: Stay Home! Biden’s Mayfly Voters, Missing the Lede on NFL ratings, A Medical Miracle & a 2A feature Under the Fedora

Given Mitch McConnell’s statement warning GOP senators not to challenge electors and force a senate vote I can’t see any incentive for GOP voters to turn out on January 5th for Kelly Loeffner or David Perdue unless they immediately and publicly vow to challenge said electors on the 6th if elected.

Both candidates should be made to commit to do so before a single conservative consents to vote for them.

Apparently Mitch McConnell would rather be the Senate Minority Leader for at least two years rather be majority leader and have his caucus have to vote to challenge electors in a fraudulent election.

Odd that the Democrats are not pushing for such a challenge by the GOP if it will be so fatal for the party isn’t it?


Joe Biden gave a key speech this week and managed only 52K live viewers watching it.

This is in the middle of a pandemic with people stuck at home after supposedly getting 80 million votes

Apparently the mythical Joe Biden voters who gave him the election are like Mayflies they exist and show activity for one day a year and then disappear.


I found these paragraphs from the WSJ piece on advertisers and the NFL amusing:

But this year, NFL ratings have taken a hit as pandemic-related postponements have pushed some games to less desirable times and the coronavirus has sidelined some star players. Unexpected competition from other sports leagues whose seasons were delayed from earlier in the year also has taken a toll on ratings.

You have to go to paragraph 20 for the journal to get to the actual reason

Much of the ratings drop is attributed to the 2020 presidential election coverage siphoning away viewers and the pandemic’s wreaking havoc on the league. Aside from reschedulings and some sidelined stars, the league has faced a backlash from some fans over its social justice efforts, including its embrace of Black Lives Matter. These factors are compounded by the secular decline of traditional TV viewing, in which ratings have been eroded by the uptick in ad-free streaming services.

Shades of “Only in paragraph on page 107“.


I saw something that made me laugh out loud on twitter yesterday:

Let me introduce you to Vin Gupta Twitter blue check

As you can see Vin is, in addition to a doctor, a NBC news and MSNBC news analyst and he had some big news.

Perhaps he should have also expressed some gratitude on the President who put Operation Warp Speed in place which made it possible.

Of course his gigs on NBC & MSNBC depend on him not doing so. After all “Do no Harm” as a rule for doctors has been replaced by “do no harm to Democrat election prospects”

Unexpectedly of course


Finally As I was writing this post an old tweet of mine from two years ago was retweeted and I found it particularly apt for what might be coming.

If there is a more important reminder to those who would enslave us I can’t think of it. I think it’s also worth pointing out that Democrat efforts to convince such heavily armed people that participating in the Democratic Process of a republic is a waste of time by openly stealing an election is short sighted and dangerous.

Michigan’s AG & Sec of State Act like Conspiracists #Unexpectedly of Course

I keep hearing from people that claims of voter fraud and magic ballots are simply conspiracy theories.

My answer to them remains the same:

I’ll believe that claims of Voter Fraud and Magic Ballots are conspiracy theories when the officials who claim that they are conspiracy theories stop acting like conspiracists.

For example Lin Wood and Sydney Powell have claimed and produced witnesses who claim that the Dominion voting systems were “fixed” in terms of turning Trump votes into Biden votes.

Now if you were an official, say an Attorney General or a Secretary of State, in a swing state, say Michigan, who claimed that the election was on the up and up and a forensic audit of such machines had taken place one would think you would be anxious to release the results to prove the claims of folks such as Sidney Powell and Lin Wood and those people making claims under oath was false.

Instead…

Michigan AG and Sec. of State Block Results of Forensic Audit of 22 Dominion Machines in Antrim County

Again I’ll believe that these things are conspiracy theories when these guys stop acting like conspirators.

DaTechGuy off DaRadio Cardinal George Kindergarten of Eden Edition 10:15 AM EST

Today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio we will be talking about the disappointment at the supreme court in conjunction with our announced topics:

  • Why it’s important not to give an inch on the election
  • The dangers of letting this go
  • What’s in it for some in the GOP who are playing along with the left.

It all begins at 10:15 EST, until Youtube pulls me you can watch it here

https://youtu.be/5lsDvfN3LOU

(Had to use the Youtube link as they are no longer offering the embed code)

Hope to see you there

“General Bragg, We can get all the supplies our Army needs in Chattanooga”

One of the battle cries I have heard over and over again from people I respect such as Kurt Schlichter and the president himself has been the need to turn out and vote in the GA Senate runoffs since failure to win at least one of them would give the Democrats a majority in the upper chamber and free reign to wreak havoc on America.

This despite the fact that said election would be using the same machines that are in question and be run by the same people in the cities who stole the last one on the presumption that GOP poll watchers will be less willing to leave the room when they’re told this time and that the same party with the audacity to openly steal a national election won’t be daring enough to steal two senate races in Georgia.

While there is some merit to this argument as holding the senate is a worthy goal there is something I want to remind everyone.

One of the victims of the steal of the election of 2020 (I use this term not conceding that it has yet been successful) was the GOP candidate for the US Senate in Michigan.

And while John James has conceded if the steal in Michigan is reversed is it very possible, nay even probable that the Senate result in Michigan would also be reversed, after all the Senate Race in NH is the reason why alone among swing states in 2016 Democrats confident of victory in the national election took the time to steal it (Ed Naile has done yeoman work on the subject over the years here). This would provide the 51st vote regardless of the results in Georgia.

The majority of GOP state officials and legislature members who are either running away from exposing this fraud in an Election where their party made incredible gains in both the house and in state legislatures is reminiscent of Braxton Bragg insisting that after his victory at Chattanooga “any immediate pursuit by out infantry and artillery would have been fruitless.”

When Nathan Bedford Forrest who had been harassing the Union Army in full panicked retreat came back to protest the waste of their huge victory cost at a large price of blood Bragg told him he couldn’t move far from the railroad due to a lack of supplies. When he made the point that is the title of this post and was rejected he stormed away doubtless thinking of the thousands of causalities that their victory cost them said: “What does he fight battles for?”

I would ask the same basic question: What is the point of voting for members of the GOP to protect our interests if in the case where our national interests and indeed the republic are at stake they choose to get along to go along?

Is there any reason to believe that the Democrats backed by the social media and tech giants reinforced by a Obama Justice Department an Obama FBI and a Obama CIA in an Obama Administration (let’s stop pretending that this will be a Biden Administration rather than an Obama one) will not be able to protect and foil all efforts to stop a steal in 2024 nor that the Democrats having four years rather than four hours to create the ballots margins and programs needed will be ready to act on a scale that will boggle the mind? Particularly when they will have the full help and corporation of their good friends in China?

We have the power to stop this steal, we have the power to expose this corruption and crush it, now while it’s still weak and tentative (if it wasn’t weak and they weren’t afraid of exposure you wouldn’t see such efforts to hide the facts from the general public nor would grand statements not withstanding Democrat courts dismiss cases on technical grounds rather than based on the facts of the cases.

Those on the right who suggest we don’t push forward and simply wait things out till 2024 are analogous to Bragg’s decision to let Rosecrans get to Chattanooga unmolested. And while I don’t doubt that if the President’s attempts to stop this crime fails that he will be as energetic as ever to counter the left I fear that we of the right are likely to come to the same end that Bragg did, even if the left doesn’t come up with a Grant to lead them.

My Best Advice: Don’t Let Events Rule Your Life

One of the reasons why I needed a day off yesterday is that watching what is happening is rather stressful.

Any person who knows the history knows that republics tend to commit suicide due to the population becoming too comfortable and the state becoming too powerful to the point where it provides the bread rather than the people providing for themselves.

Knowing this and watching the rather blatant steal of the election going on while those with the power to stop it choose (for reasons we can only speculate about) inaction can be soul crushing.

So I have a suggestion.

If you aren’t actually involved, walk away for a bit.

  • If there is something you can directly do to affect the decisions in the key states involved by all means take the necessary action to do so.
  • If there is something that the people directly acting to stop this fraud ask of you, by all means do it. (This can be anything from retweeting a video to voting in the Georgia runoff).
  • If there is something indirect that you can do from attending a local rally to holding a sign at a protect by all means do so.
  • By all means pray whether you are a priest praying an exorcism or a lay person asking God for help in this endeavor.

But if you can’t do any of these things, walk away for a bit, remember that Christmas is upon us and take joy in the season. Live your life and do so with joy (this will depress the left to no end) and tune out the idiots trying to keep you obsessed.

Regardless of what happens life is going to go on. Help where you can but don’t allow any of these people to keep you from living it.

That’s the best advice I can give and I intend to take it as much as possible while of course still putting out my thoughts on the subject.

Illinois Democrats may finally eject Boss Madigan

By John Ruberry

I can’t track down the exact quote from Hunter S. Thompson about the end of Richard M. Nixon’s presidency, but the self-described gonzo journalist viewed it something along the lines of a football cheap-shot artist got felled by his own weapon, the dirty hit. Not that Thompson, a huge football fan like Nixon, favored dirty hits, but he delighted in his mental image of Nixon helplessly departing public life, like an NFL goon being wheeled off the playing field in a stretcher, never to return. 

We may be nearing that ignominious point with Boss Michael Madigan of Chicago. 

Good.

A refresher for those of you who are not from Illinois. For all but two years Madigan, 78, has been speaker of the Illinois state house since 1983, a national record for state legislative leadership. He’s been chairman of the state Democratic Party since 1998. Madigan has been a Chicago Democrat ward committeman since 1969. He’s been a member of the Illinois General Assembly since 1971. Hey, Madigan even managed, at great effort, to get his daughter, Lisa, elected Illinois attorney general in 2002. She was reelected three times.

Fox Chicago’s longtime political reporter, Mike Flannery, gained the scorn of other reporters when he half-jokingly asked Madigan, in one of his rare press conferences, if Illinois politicans should be limited to half a century in public office. The Boss abruptly ended the presser.

Madigan is America’s last political machine boss. And Madigan is, as I’ve noted before, the Pablo Picasso of gerrymanderers. Madigan’s maps aren’t pretty, but they achieve his goal, electing as many Democrats to Congress and the General Assembly who are beholden to the Boss as possible. Yep, beholden to Madigan–not the Democrat Party. Unloyal Democrats, in the manner of that classic Twilight Zone episode, find themselves drawn by Madigan into the empty political cornfield if they cross the Boss.

Federal investigators, led by US District Attorney John R. Lausch, have been chipping away at the Madigan machine for the last three years. I wrote about that here, here, and here. Last month the feds indicted lobbyist, former state representative, and close Madigan confidante Michael McClain on bribery and other charges. One of McClain’s biggest clients was Commonwealth Edison, the Exelon-owned electrical utility. It’s alleged that Madigan, who has not been charged and vows he is not involved in any criminal acttivity, used the utility, in exchange for legislation favorable to ComEd, to hand out jobs to members of his political organization. Also indicted for were some former top ComEd officers, including its onetime CEO. 

The cheap shot, in Madigan’s opinion, that leads to criminal charges, may still come, if someone rats the Boss of Illinois out. But Madigan, who reportedly doesn’t use a cell phone or email, will be a tough old tree to fell. Besides, he has a lot of money in his political warchest and his still has many friends, particularly among minority politicians, who of course enjoy being funnels for jobs for their cronies and constituents.

Still, according to multiple media reports there currently are enough votes in the state House to deny Madigan another term as speaker. The Blue Wave predicted by political prognostictors also was non-existant in Illinois, the weak state GOP managed to pick up a seat in the House. Worse for Democrats, the so-called Fair Tax Amendment, that would replace Illinois’ flat-rate income tax with graduated ones, was resoundingly defeated by voters. Corruption reports surrounding Madigan’s inner circle have been seen by political scribes as among the reasons the Fair Tax Amendment failed. Madigan has been a very poor steward of public monies–more on that in a bit. 

If Madigan loses the speakership he won’t be able to hold on to his party chairmanship for long. He needs both offices to remain on the balance bar. Madigan’s political idol, the first Richard Daley, who was mayor of Chicago and chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party. His yin needed the yang. Sadly, Madigan doesn’t have the public-finance chops of Boss Daley.

To use a football analogy again, the score in the game is 7-0 with Madigan trailing, but we’re early in the first quarter. Illinois has never, at least in my opinion, fully recovered from the Great Recession. The lockdowns of the state’s second-most powerful politician, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, have caused great damage to the Illinois ecomony. So have the two rounds of riots and looting in Chicago this year. Jobs are hard to come by here–and my guess is that Madigan still has some to hand out to the right friends. Don’t count him out.

Oh yeah, what about the money? Madigan has been at the table that drafted every Illinois budget since 1983, and probably earlier. And it was during that time that the fuse of Illinois’ public-pension bomb was lit. The phony Madigan budgets keep kicking the can down the round as Illinois’ severely underfunded public worker public pension plans continue to eat away at state prosperity. Illinois has had a backlog of billions in unpaid bills for more than a decade. The state hasn’t had a balanced budget–despite our constitution requiring one–since 2002. Coincidentally that was the last year there was a Republican majority in the state Senate. 

If only because of his fiscal malfeasance, Madigan needs to go. 

Speaking of going, many Illinoisans are doing just that. The Prairie State, as I’ve noted here at Da Tech Guy many times, has been losing residents since 2014.

Eject Madigan now.

John Ruberry, a Commonwealth Edison customer, reguarly blogs from the Chicago area at Marathon Pundit.