There is “no question” said House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, that former President Donald J. Trump is responsible for the so-called “insurrection” at the Capitol Building on Jan. 6.
That would be a tidy ending to a period of messy national unrest but there may be more blame to go around.
A report by the Center for Internet Security last week concluded that election systems are vulnerable to the same risks exposed by the SolarWinds hack, an extensive espionage operation that was discovered a few week after the 2020 Presidential election.
The U.S. government learned on Dec. 13 that foreign hackers had infiltrated the computer networks of federal agencies, including top secret agencies like the National Nuclear Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Dept. of State, U.S. Dept. of Treasury, etc. As long as a year ago, hackers surreptitiously entered government email servers through vulnerabilities in a widely-used computer software program sold by the Texas-based firm SolarWinds.
The hackers gained access to info about the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. It would not be a challenge to enter state election websites.
Gina Carano, who plays a feminist badass warrior in the Star Wars franchise, The Mandalorian, which is showing on Disney+, has been fired for supposedly “abhorrent” social media posts.
Lucasfilm and Disney+ have permanently banned Gina Carano to the dark side, and she also was dropped by talent agency UTA.
Variety reports a representative from Lucasfilm, owned by George Lucas, said Carano’s “social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Upon inspection, her posts reflect fairly mainstream conservative thought with a hint of satire and hyperbole.
“In time, the suffering of your people will persuade you to see our point of view.” – George Lucas, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
The final straw, apparently, was a post questioning what many see as the on-going cancel-culture vilification of conservative speech.
Carano said the precursor to the Holocaust was a campaign by the German government to make average Germans hate Jews. She said neighbors beat Jews before the Nazis rounded them up. “How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?” she asked.
This question may seem naïve but is it a ‘you are now doomed to wander the galaxy forever without shoes” kind of offense?
The Democrats unwise push for an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate is shaping up to become the Democrats worst nightmare.
Instead of allowing GOP President Joe Biden’s administration to move smoothly ahead, the trial will open up a Pandora’s Box of unexpected troubles and drag the country back to the issue of whether Biden was rightfully elected.
The article of impeachment against former President Donald J. Trump was poorly drafted and hastily passed by House Democrats without an real evidentiary hearing. If the Democrats had taken more time and given the article more thought, they could have closed potential lines of inquiry about the legitimacy of the election. For whatever reason, they did not take the time and now, to compound the damage, they are insisting on moving ahead with a trial in the U.S. Senate.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will send the article of impeachment to the U.S. Senate on Monday, rejecting a request by Republican Senate leaders to delay the start of the trial until February. Possibly it dawned on Pelosi that delay gives Trump more time to prepare for the hearing.
The article accuses Trump of abusing his power by making “false claims” to his supporters at a rally on Jan. 6, the day a group of thugs broke into the Capitol Building on national television and sent legislators scurrying in fear.
One such claim, according to the article of impeachment, was Trump’s statement that “we won this election, and we won it by a landslide.” This statement is the equivalent of an invitation for Trump to defend himself by introducing evidence that the election was indeed stolen and the claim is true.
This Article contains an invitation for Trump to defend himself by introducing evidence the election was stolen.