1. This is too stupid to devote a post to, but too stupid to ignore. Some group of wackos calling itself the We the People Convention is advocating that President Trump invoke “limited martial law” and hold a new election by fiat. The group somehow scraped up the money to call for this in a full page Washington Times ad, not that the Times is a particularly prominent newspaper, but it is a conservative one, which I guess is why they thought it was okay to accept money for such junk. It isn’t.
As for the WTPC’s argument, it is based on bad history, bad law, and bad thinking. The press release “explains”:
The Ad compares the Extraordinary Executive actions implemented by President Abraham Lincoln in his efforts to save the Union during the Civil War and the literal civil war that is dividing our nation today. Without full confidence that our courts or Congress will indeed follow the 12th Amendment of the Constitution and defend our electoral process, the ad calls upon President Trump, like Lincoln, to exercise the Extraordinary Powers of his office and declare limited Martial Law to temporarily suspend the Constitution and civilian control of these federal elections in order to have the military implement a national re-vote that reflects the true will of the people.
Cue “Murder by Death”:
What the ad and petition are arguing for is wildly unconstitutional. Lincoln’s various excesses were also unconstitutional and among the most serious abuses of Presidential power in our history, but at least he had an actual Civil War to deal with. There is not, obviously, any “literal” civil war today. If something as unprecedented and nationally disrupting as a voided election and a do-over is going to happen (it won’t), it would have to occur through the courts, which is to say, through the rule of law.
The ridiculous, offensive, reckless and foolish suggestion would have probably received the scant attention it deserved had not, if what I have seem reported is correct, recently-pardoned Mike Flynn and pro-Trump lawyer Linn Wood, who looks and sounds more like Michael Avenatti every day, publicly endorsed it. (Wood is not a member of the Trump legal team, incidentally, though I keep seeing that reported.)
Well, shame on them both, but Flynn is a notorious loose cannon, and Wood, well, is Wood. Their approval won’t make the petition any less ridiculous, and their poor judgement reflects badly on nobody but themselves.
2. Nah, news media factchecks aren’t designed to spin for Democrats! This one, by USA Today is a classic. The paper (Have you looked at USA Today lately? There’s nothing in it any more! My Weekly Reader had more substance.) claims that accusations of hypocrisy against Democratic politicians “lack context,” claiming that “such behavior has been seen on both sides of the aisle” without citing any GOP officials who have behaved like Newsom, Pelosi, Bowser, DiBlasio, Cuomo, Lightfoot, Hancock and the others. The paper cites the President violating CDC guidelines, but the President has never issued any orders about masks, not traveling, or avoiding gatherings.
3. Though sometimes the Democrats the factchecks defend deserve to be defended. USA Today had one of these too recently. When President-not-quite-elected Biden named Jen Psaki, as his his pick for press secretary, Matt Wolking, a spokesperson for the Trump re-election campaign, took to Twitter to share a photo of Psaki from her days in the Obama State Department.
“Here’s Jen Psaki hugging Russia’s Foreign Minister and Russia’s chief foreign affairs propagandist while wearing a pink hammer and sickle hat,” he wrote. The image went viral on social media, with comments like, “Oh the irony…after 3 years of Russia Russia Russia” and “From Russia with love,” pointing out that the hammer and sickle are a communist symbol.
This time, USA’s “Lacks Context” call was fair. Psaki was in Russia on a diplomatic mission, and got the hat in a gift exchange. What was she supposed to do, cause an international incident by throwing it to the ground and spitting on it?
4. I wonder if USA Today can come up with spin for this Democratic mayor...In Massena, New York, Mayor Tim Currier was arrested for possession of crack cocaine and tampering with evidence after a high speed chase. Currier had previously been the city’s Chief of Police.
Maybe he ‘s preparing to run for mayor of Washington, D.C.
5. There’s a definite need for a social media platform that won’t censor speech and political opinion. Too bad Parler isn’t that platform. Twitter just suspended the account of the film version of Lee Smith’s “The Plot Against the President,” directed by Amanda Milius, You know, too Republican. Twitter has been increasingly open about its bias and desire to bolster a progressive takeover of public opinion this year, and a similar but fair and non-political platform would seem to have an immediate market open to it. Parler, however, which held itself out as such an entity, seems hopelessly crippled by its own incompetence. (I flagged this when I tried to sign on to Parler.) Now the platform is becoming a magnet for pornographers, escort services and online sex merchants using hashtags targeting conservatives. The problem, again, is incompetence and poor management. When the Washington Post asked Parler CEO Jeffrey Wernick about the problem, he said, “I don’t look for that content, so why should I know it exists?”
Because its your company, your platform, and your responsibility, you idiot.