Daily Archives: November 16, 2021
The speakers at John Hagee’s church are off the chain:
Appearing with a long line of conspiracy theorists at the “ReAwaken America” rally this past weekend at right-wing pastor John Hagee’s Texas megachurch, Right-wing anti-vaccine activist Sherri Tenpenny declared that requiring non-vaccinated people to undergo regular covid testing is “torture” and that giving vaccines to children is modern-day “child sacrifice” and an effort to carry out “very, very, very, very late-term abortion.”
“We know that this is murder by injection,” she said.
“You’re supposed to give this as sacrificing your children to Baaloch, to Baal,” he continued, referring to Old Testament deities. “Child sacrifice being resurged in these final days from the Babylonian mystery schools, from the Tower of Babel and the descendants of Nimrod. And this is what is happening.”
Anyone who knows what the hell this nutbird is talking about, drop a line please.
Cleta Mitchell is something of a shadowy insider Trump figure, who was on the Trump/Raffensperger call to find the eleven thousand some odd votes. She “resigned” from her law firm following her participation in that call. She has now resurfaced on the Election Assistance Commission, which assists in, in an ironic turnaround, election security. Mitchell’s on record saying she still doesn’t know who won the election.
Just what we need.
Jane Mayer wrote an exhaustive expose chronicling some of Mitchell’s recent activity; you should look it over. She doesn’t need to be anywhere near the electoral process.
I got my bachelor’s degree in Sociology. In the four years I spent as an undergraduate, not once was I instructed in critical race theory. Oh sure, I was introduced to some writers whose works were informed by the phenomena, but even as a social science major I did not study it.
It goes without saying that your average fifth grader is not learning it either. But that’s not going to stop a large portion of chuckleheads from thinking they are.
A Washington Post/ABC News poll asked respondents: “How much do you think public schools should teach about how the history of racism affects America today?” A majority of Republicans said it should be taught not so much or not at all. That’s not an objection to critical race theory even in its most expansive definition. That’s an objection to kids learning that, possibly within their parents’ lifetimes but definitely within their grandparents’ lifetimes, the U.S. had explicitly racist laws that have continuing effects today.
The Post/ABC poll follows a Monmouth University poll that asked a slightly different question: Should public schools teach the history of racism? That question didn’t ask about how the history of racism affects America today, but it still found a lot of opposition among Republicans: 43% disapproved somewhat or strongly—and in fact, 34% strongly disapproved.
That’s nearly one in two Republicans who would rather your children not know how we treated Black people in this country for most of its existence. That’s what they’re really bugged about. When they talk of banning critical race theory, it’s simply code for “let’s not talk about racism at all”.
At this point, we really don’t need to question the veracity of reports that affirm just how desperate Donald Trump was to stay in the White House. With that in mind, an ABC correspondent has penned a book that makes some truly eye-opening claims:
According to the book, Flynn — who had just received an unconditional pardon from President Trump after pleading guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI during the Russia probe — made a frantic phone call to a senior Trump intelligence official named Ezra Cohen (sometimes referred to as Ezra Cohen-Watnick), who previously worked under Flynn at both the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the National Security Council.
Karl writes that Flynn told Cohen, “We need you,” and told the DoD official that “there was going to be an epic showdown over the election results.”
Flynn, according to the book, urged Cohen that “he needed to get orders signed, that ballots needed to be seized, and that extraordinary measures needed to be taken to stop Democrats from stealing the election.”
“As Flynn ranted about the election fight, [Cohen] felt his old boss sounded manic,” Karl writes in the book. “He didn’t sound like the same guy he had worked for.”
“Sir, the election is over,” Cohen told Flynn, according to the book. “It’s time to move on.”
Flynn, according to Karl, fired back: “You’re a quitter! This is not over! Don’t be a quitter!”
In light of some of the general’s nuttier statements and actions, this fits within the context of his behavior.
“Betrayal” also reports that Sydney Powell, Flynn’s former lawyer who was then advising President Trump, called Cohen shortly after the Flynn conversation and tried to enlist his help with one the most far-fetched claims about the election, involving then-CIA Director Gina Haspel.
“Gina Haspel has been hurt and taken into custody in Germany,” Powell told Cohen, pushing a false conspiracy theory that had been gaining steam among QAnon followers, according to the book. “You need to launch a special operations mission to get her,” Powell said.
Powell, according to the book, was pushing the outlandish claim that Haspel had been injured while on a secret CIA operation to seize an election-related computer server that belonged to a company named Scytl — none of which was true.
“The server, Powell claimed, contained evidence that hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of votes had been switched using rigged voting machines. Powell believed Haspel had embarked on this secret mission to get the server and destroy the evidence — in other words, the CIA director was part of the conspiracy,” Karl writes.
Powell wanted the Defense Department to send a special operations team over to Germany immediately: “They needed to get the server and force Haspel to confess,” Karl writes.
Considering Haspel was on the outs with the administration at the end and that Sidney Powell is/was certifiably insane, it’s not much of a stretch to find this report credible.
What’s clear that 1/6 didn’t happen in a vacuum; it was part and parcel of a larger operation to overthrow an American election.