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THE STORMING OF DEMOCRACY

By Patrick Van Roy On January 7th, 2021 at 3:46 pm

Guest post by Paul

U.S. Capitol Police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The unbelievable scenes in Washington DC’s Capitol Building which have reverberated around the world are astonishing to watch in any democracy let alone that which styles itself as the model and exporter of democracy to other countries. Over here on the European continent I’ve seen it compared to the storming of the Ukraine parliament in 2014 and the Franco uprising against the Spanish Republic in 1936. Indeed, the BBC’s New York & Washington correspondent, Nick Bryant described it thus:

Were this a different country on a different continent, we would be talking of a failed state

What we have seen today in the wake of the assault on democracy is metaphorical hand washing on industrial levels. Yes, freedom of peaceful assembly is a Constitutional Right and perhaps those who stormed the Senate were in the minority of the protestors but remember how we were told that anyone who attended the Portland or various BLM protests were as complicit in violence as the minority of protestors who actually perpetrated the violence? Yeah, that. It’s good to see that this perspective has now changed but let’s be absolutely clear here, this was absolutely expected, and a less charitable person may suggest that this change of perspective of every protestor being complicit in the violence of the minority is now because the shoe is on the other foot. 

In my opinion those who propagated this conspiratorial lie are all liable to blame of different levels in this, the lying lawyers, the cheating congressman, the drawling, conceited ‘I signed something’ patsies and those who radicalised and attempted to radicalize others by propagating the conspiracy theory amongst friends or on the internet. Let’s be clear here, there was no ‘steal’ There was an election and the guy who lost didn’t like it so decided to try to change it by whipping people up into a frenzy. Those here who are familiar with unionism in Ireland may know of the regular comments from loyalist prisoners of how Ian Paisley’s emotional rhetoric drove them to commit acts of violence only for respectable unionism to wash their hands of them – this is exactly the same. 

Which brings me to the cause of the far right domestic terrorist anarchy, the current POTUS. Make no mistake, Trump’s to blame for this and because of his personal vanity and narcissism four people are dead, many people face long prison sentences and the image of the US is an image of both shocked silence and laughter in the eyes of the world. I’ve constantly said here that history wouldn’t be kind to Trump, that’s a given now. This assault on democracy will be Trump’s lasting legacy for time immemorial and I suspect that outside a microscopic circle of extremists the Trump brand will now be toxic in both politics and business. 

If there is any justice in this world the instigator and initiator of what happened yesterday must surely ne looking at an orange jumpsuit. 

On a final note, I’ve read many people state ‘this isn’t America’ which is part of the problem. This  IS America, however unpalatable it may be, and it needs to be fixed. 

From an Englishman to the faded shadow which will be America

By Mike Cunningham On January 7th, 2021 at 12:58 pm

The only sound; the very noise, which represented America, at least to this Englishman, was a deafening, blattering, pulsating roar. The noise did not come from a partisan crowd at some weird sporting ritual, such as American football, or baseball, or any other of the various offerings which appeal to present-day Americans. Nope, this noise was and is, different. The sound was that of four twelve-hundred horsepower Wright Cyclone radial engines turning eleven foot seven-inch diameter three-blade propellors; which in turn thrust a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber across the skies of the United Kingdom. In those dark days of 1943 after we had stood alone against the might of Nazi Germany; that noise stood for a great deal. It reminded the British that the Yanks were with us as our friends and allies. It reminded those who doubted that the most powerful industrialised Nation on this Earth was our ally. Apart from our brothers and cousins who lived in the British Empire, the only other ally was Soviet Russia: a prime example, if ever there was one needed, of the old saying “The enemy of our Enemy is indeed our friend.”

The sound, the echo of those B-17G engines is long gone. And, commencing with the first complaisant, traitorous words from Vice-President Pence as he sonorously declaimed that he had no choice but to place the stolen Electoral Votes from the battle-ground States for Congressional approval, the whole ethos of a proud and confident America is changing. He could have stated, simply and truthfully, that those Elections were riddled with fraud, he would have nothing to do with the ballots and numbers as given by those Electors, and that Congress should send them back.

That doddering old fool Biden will now be confirmed, and hovering a heart-beat away, stands the hard-line Left wing presence of Kamala Harris. It is too soon to say when that dagger shall be slid in between his ribs, but the shades of China Joe will not be allowed to haunt the White House for too long. The thieving son will be either airbrushed, or forgiven by means of that Presidential pardon, and he will be able to count his Uktrainian and Chinese gold at long last. 

The DACA horde will be given a free pass, along with the two million Latin American migrants who will be welcomed past the wall. Those two decisions alone will be enough to silence the few G.O.P. senators who will return after the mid-terms, who, given the Democratic Party’s clamping hand upon the whole sham Election process, will number a whole lot less than now. The G.O.P. paymasters want their cheap labour pool to return, so that should be enough to silence any thoughts of a speedy return to power.

The hoped-for decisions by SCOTUS can be seen as what they always were, an illusory dream, and a wet dream at that. I just wonder what the pressures were on those Judges to buy their silence!

As a final comment for today, I would give the actual definition of the word ‘Amen’. It does of course, mean “verily”, “truly”, “it is true”, and “let it be so”.  It is not, and cannot ever be taken as a descriptive masculine term: and Amen to that forever!

The Protest

By Patrick Van Roy On January 7th, 2021 at 3:37 am

Today in Washington their was a Protest against the Stolen election. The Rally was very nice, the wife and I drove down parked for free, and walked the Capital Mall to the Rally. The Rally was just off the Mall, we stopped at the Washington Monument and viewed down into the crowd. We we’re 2 jumbo screens away from the stage this Rally not up against the stage like in Pa.

It was a good time.

Then the rally broke up and a huge contingent began to march down the mall to the Capital. We got in our car and left. At that same time the lead of the crowd reached the barrier at the Capital and some asshole’s decided to tear down the fence and storm the steps. They made it up the steps and being unprepared for this met very little security.

The crowd breached the Capital and marched toward the chamber floor, then the real cops showed up in force and the mayhem commenced. When they reached the inner door of the chamber and breached the first 2 people through the door were shot. The woman a 14yr Veteran was shot in the throat and killed and a man was shot in the chest whether or not he’ll live at this point I don’t know.

I feel for this woman’s family, and the family of the man, but both people got what they deserved.

What took place today was a disgrace, one that I can not condemn enough, We do not engage in mob violence there is never the excuse, action or event that justifies such behavior.

ENTER 2021

By Pete Moore On January 6th, 2021 at 8:43 pm

Quite the scenes on Capitol Hill right now. As news photos go this is something else.

 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

By Pete Moore On January 6th, 2021 at 4:44 pm

Posting might be light from me for a few days. In fact they’ve been light because of work, but that’s in the past. I suddenly have other matters to attend to now. Play nicely.

Rudy

By Patrick Van Roy On January 5th, 2021 at 11:41 pm

Here is a good piece to give the Historical background of what is happening Jan 6th in Congress.

No matter what side of the issue you are on, or what you feel about Rudy. This is not a plea for either side it’s an explanation of how this works.

You don’t have to agree with either side to learn how it works.

This not a political piece.

Never any fraud,,,,,,,

By Patrick Van Roy On January 5th, 2021 at 10:52 pm

A former U.S. Congressman was charged in July with “stuffing” the ballot boxes in 2014, 2015 and 2016 primary elections.

According to prosecutors, Michael “Ozzie” Myers (D-Penn.) conspired with and bribed the former Judge of Elections for the 39th Ward, 36th Division, Domenick J. Demuro, who oversaw all federal and local elections in his area.

Demuro pleaded guilty.

Here’s how prosecutors say the operation worked. (These allegations are accusations and are not considered proven in a court of law.)

Myers acted as a “consultant” for federal, state and local political candidates, including some running for judgeships.

Myers used a portion of his “consulting fees” to bribe Demuro and others “in return for tampering with election results.”

The payments to Demuro ranged from $300 to $5,000 per election.

Demuro would “illegally add votes for certain candidates of their mutual party [Democrats] in primary elections.”

Demuro would “add fraudulent votes on the voting machine – also known as ‘ringing up’ votes” for Myers’ clients and preferred candidates.”

At Myers’ direction, Demuro would add these fraudulent votes to the totals during Election Day, and then would later falsely certify that the voting machine results were accurate. 

Myers, now in his 70s, was expelled from Congress in 1980 after reportedly taking a bribe in the infamous FBI Abscam case.

Corona Warriors

By Patrick Van Roy On January 5th, 2021 at 10:14 pm

ROCK ON ROCKALL

By Patrick Van Roy On January 5th, 2021 at 10:01 pm

Guest post by Paul

The first casualty of Brexit?

Rockall is an uninhabited island in the North Atlantic Ocean claimed by Britain in 1955 Ireland does not recognize the UK's claim, although it has never sought to claim sovereignty for itself. The consistent position of successive Irish Governments has been that Rockall and similar rocks and skerries have no significance for establishing legal claims to mineral rights in the adjacent seabed or to fishing rights in the surrounding seas: Link

Today a Marine Scotland Patrol Boat prevented a Donegal trawler from fishing within 12

nautical miles of Rockall:

It should be interesting to see how such moves are reciprocated for British flights flying west

over Irish airspace.

WELL DONE TO ALL INVOLVED

By Pete Moore On January 5th, 2021 at 7:09 pm

From beginning to end, three innocents were murdered because extreme left wing ideology runs amok.

A man who stabbed three people to death in a Reading park believed he was carrying out “an act of religious jihad”, a court has heard.

He arrived, to stink up the country, as a so-called “refugee”. His application was denied but he was not deported. For years he was repeatedly arrested and convicted of criminal offences, but still he was not deported because fifth columnist lefty lawyers used left wing laws top keep him here.

He then murdered three innocents.

Take a bow, all who aided and abetted him.