Morning brief 1.13.21

Echo chambers

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Turning Twitter into an echo chamber is a bad look but won’t actually suppress the speech of most Americans.

Recent actions by Twitter to purge conservatives from their platform are chilling but the real suppression will come from the thought-Stazi that Speaker Pelosi and her gang of TDS addled misfits are gathering on the horizon.

Take it to the bank, American based social media behemouths Twitter and Facebook have reached their respective zeniths. Both will organically hemorrhage users because of their actions and due to states (foreign governments) banning the platforms.

Following the social media purge started in earnest last Wednesday, foreign leaders, including the President’s of Mexico and Germany, decried censoring of their peer Donald Trump.

Then, on Monday, Uganda banned Facebook and Twitter ahead of an election in that country because of selective censorship. It’s possible to quite likey that, like the media, social media is being manipulated by the intelligence community to interfere in elections both in the U.S. and abroad.

While Facebook and Twitter face possible global bans, they could also be turned off in the U.S. on a state by state basis. In Flordia, Ron DeSantis is considering action against Big Tech after Congress balked on the issue in recent years.

While the propaganda machine whirs, suggesting social media minnows like Parler and Gab are to blame for organizing riots and other nefarious activities, Facebook and Twitter are just as if not more blameworthy for bannable activity.

Both incumbents are regularly used to distribute illegal pornography and facilitate human trafficking.

Link: Speaking of echo chambers

IMPEACHMENT seems unlikely to happen before Donald Trump is scheduled to leave office (it has passed the House). As such, Democrats are dreaming up new scenarios to get rid of Trump because seven days isn’t quick enough.

Now the snowflakes in D.C. are openly contemplating use of the 14th amendment. Section Three bars anyone from serving in office who has given aid or comfort to an insurrection. It’s a stretch but so is most of what the Democrats have been up to for the past four years.

One positive outcome, it turns out Liz Cheney doesn’t have the pull she thought she had. Only nine other GOP members joined the Congresswoman in Impeach Orange Man Hate Fest 2021.

We’ll see how much time and energy they can waste on their fixation.

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Tuesday brief 1.21.2021

Rubric for the legislative session

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The first day of the TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION is today.

A few questions can be deployed as a rubric for judging Republican lawmakers this year.

  1. Is it a priority for the party?

  2. Does it aid Democrats?

  3. Is action inline with criticism of D.C.?

The Republican Party of Texas has a robust set of priorities it’s pushing this session. Will they be… prioritized? The current political environment dictates they ought to be. Leadership will deserve criticism if they don’t dominate the action.

After the 20202 election cycle, the country just endured, including in-broad-daylight abuse of our election system with last-minute changes to election administration, irregularities, and stonewalling of judicial remedy; Republicans should proactively address these issues after failing to enact reforms in 2019.

Currently, Republican lawmakers are being asked to make unforced errors like legalizing marijuana and casino gambling to close down a $1B budget shortfall. These are moves that benefit Democrats (won’t address the current shortfall) and should be DOA as bad public policy.

Finally, Republican lawmakers will be confronted repeatedly with valid hypocrisy criticisms if they predictably reject the Biden-Harris-Pelosi-Schumer hydra's advances while onboarding the left's policies in Texas.

Link: Will Drew Springer follow through and limit the Governor’s power?

The Houston Chronicle’s Jeremy Wallace has created an almost entirely inverted cheat sheet (5/6) on hot button issues.

  1. Election administration needs to be predictable and build trust by minimizing chances for fraud or maladministration. Also, Facebook should be barred from meddling in elections.

  2. Police reform should happen.

  3. Redistricting won’t happen, but when it does, Republicans should draw the maps they want. Democrats didn’t try to flip the legislature in 2010 and 2020 to draw maps that would benefit the other team.

  4. Casinos, as mentioned above, should be DOA. There will be no immediate economic benefit (it doesn’t solve the state’s current budget problem), and it’s a net negative on the economy.

  5. Medicaid expansion doesn’t have traction, according to Speaker Dade Phelan.

  6. Marijuana legalization, like casino gambling, is a con job for revenue, and it empowers Democrats. Why do that?

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Friday 1.8.2021

The left's escalating totalitarian tactics

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Unfortunately, TDS is a mental illness that will remain with the afflicted forever. A side effect will be impulsive tyranny.

Already, free speech is being limited. Social media oligarchs, with their pals now in power, are deplatforming the right. It’s also been reported that credit card companies are considering a ban on funds conservative groups.

These are bad but the escalation won’t stop there. Yesterday, in a since-deleted tweet, ABC’s Political Director called for the cleansing of Trump supporters.

The tweet did have the reasonable observation that focusing on Trump (i.e., impeaching or removing via the 25th Amendment) is a waste of energy since he’ll be out of office in a few days.

Still, with TDS overpowering reason, and the D.C. swamp wanting to banish Trump permanently, a slapdash impeachment is likely.

Sen. Sasse-pants has said he will entertain any charges the House sends over. This makes sense, Trump and his supporters don’t fit Sasse’s sensibilities, and Trump hampers the Senator’s unrealistic political ambitions.

Texas Democrats, who predictably lost in 2020, are trying to get in on the cancel culture action. The Castro twins and Beto boy have called on Ted Cruz to resign.

Speaking of cleansings, the official U.S. Chinese Embassy Twitter account yesterday boasted about its enslavement and believed genocide of Uygurs.

DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS is suing Sidney Powell for defamation.

The attorney moonlighting as a mythical squid has spent the better part of two months suggesting the November election was stolen via electronic tampering and that Dominion took part in the vote switching conspiracy.

To be clear, the November election was faulty, and there are issues with voting machines that must be addressed but Powell’s claims were based on bad, unverified information.

Distrust in elections paired with increased totalitarian tactics and aggressive rhetoric directed at the political right in American is dangerous.

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1.5.2021

GA run-off election day

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Tuesday is a lot like Monday; everyone is waiting for Wednesday.

GEORGIA’S RUN-OFF election to fill two seats in the U.S. Senate takes place today.

Both races are projected to be close, with Democrats likely to win given the state of play following the November election. It would be strange to see the seats split between the parties, but it might happen (Trafalgar polling shows a split).

Higher odds are on a sweep. If Democrats win and election challenges are lodged by either or both GOP candidates, it will be interesting to see how they’re treated compared to orange man bad.

Should Democrats prevail, we’ll have a 50/50 split in the upper chamber with Kamala Harris acting as the tiebreaker. A power-sharing agreement similar to the one reached in the year 2000 is possible.

THE MEDIA narrative setting continues to be that the 2020 election was legitimate (most Americans disagree). Lawmakers not going along with the media machinations are being called traitors and attacked.

In hindsight, barring a duly elected president from leading, maladministration of an election, and the complete bastardization of the U.S. judicial system to protect said the flawed election result would be correctly seen as treasonous.

Activity opposing Biden at this point has low odds of success. Still, the result's objection is needed and will be great.

In part, this week continues to set the stage for intraparty battles in 2022 and 2024. My money will be on substance beating performative politics. Think Governor DeSantis vs. Senator Sass-e-pants, any number of his colleagues, or former top-level Republican officials angling for the Oval Office.

These folks in the latter category are all hat and no cattle; they’re inauthentic and unrelatable. Their time leading the GOP is coming to a close.

There’s speculation a third party will form to capture these two competing camps. This is possible but unlikely. Would DeSantis prefer to win the GOP, which he can, or start a new party?

Even if a new right-of-center party were to form, it’s just as if not more plausible that a progressive/Socialist party will emerge and siphon support from Democrats.

Over the last year, there have been increasing signals from the far left that they are worried about the ruling establishment technocrats, their increasing authoritarian stranglehold on the media, technology, and late education.

If you haven’t already, check out the story of progressive tenured professor Mark Crispin Miller at NYU, who is being canceled because of assigned reading. His sin? The reading was on the propaganda of mask-wearing.

Miller believed and wrote a book contesting the 2004 election was stolen by George Bush. The popular theory of election fraud among Democrats in 2004 was electronic fraud.

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