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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

In his final remarks as president, Donald Trump tried to take credit for accomplishments of his predecessor and even those to come under President Joe Biden. read more


Parler, a social media website and app popular with the American far right, has partially returned online with the help of a Russian-owned technology company. read more


In lieu of the crowds of spectators that fill the National Mall for a typical inauguration, this year the iconic stretch of land will be filled with nearly 200,000 flags, representing the thousands of people who cannot attend because of the coronavirus pandemic and tight security in the nation's capital. read more


The storming of the US Capitol illustrated just how dangerous a conspiracy theory can be. In Germany, QAnon is gaining momentum " and its most ardent followers are sticking with Donald Trump. DW investigates.


A U.S. Army soldier was arrested Tuesday in Georgia on terrorism charges after he spoke online about plots to blow up New York City's 9/11 Memorial and other landmarks and attack U.S. soldiers in the Middle East, authorities said.


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QAnon faces the music
www.axios.com

...Supporters of former President Donald Trump who thought he was about to stop the inauguration, seize power and crush his enemies were left blinking in the sunlight Wednesday as President Biden took the oath of office.

Why it matters: ...


Last Trump Job Approval 34%; Average Is Record-Low 41%
news.gallup.com

...As President Donald Trump prepares to leave the White House, 34% of Americans approve of the job he is doing as president, the worst evaluation of his presidency. His 41% average approval rating throughout his presidency is four points lower than for any of his predecessors in Gallup's polling era. Trump's ratings showed a record 81-percentage-point average gap between Republicans and Democrats -- 11 points wider than the prior record....

There's a graph in the article that shows how fmr Pres Trump's approval rating sank in the waning days of his administration.

Notice the declining trend at the end of fmr Pres Trump's term (having difficulty remembering to type "fmr" for some reason. {sigh})

@#2 ... I've "heard" this argument using the blind are in unacceptable danger at crosswalks being unable to hear the electric motor. ...

Blind, or not.

Deaf, or not.

If there is someone in the crosswalk, the driver stops the car before it reaches the crosswalk. Period. No further questions.

If you are inclined to say, "but... but", go back and read the preceding paragraph over and over until you understand its meaning.

That's the law here in Connecticut.

Back in a previous life, circa the late 70s, I was on business visiting the offices of a record company based in Los Angeles (I was designing equipment for them, but that's another comment). After the meetings, the "locals" took me out to dinner.

I discovered an interesting aspect of cars in Los Angeles.

At one point, a business acquaintances told me something that was quite funny. In my laughter, I accidentally stepped off the sidewalk and on to the street. One foot onto the street, within inches of the curb.

Traffic on the street stopped. A couple drivers got out of their cars and yelled at me.

A business acquaintance grabbed my elbow and pulled me back onto the sidewalk. He told me ~don't ever put a foot on the road unless you ntend to cross it, and only cross it at crosswalks, with the light.~

I left Los Angeles with a distinct impression that the good people (drivers) of Los Angeles take pedestrians very seriously.

After living in New Jersey for a few years (college), where you take your life into your hands when you walk across a parking lot in a shopping center, the Los Angeles approach, and the Connecticut approach were a welcome change.

But I digress.... ;)


@#5 ... The Parler-using bootlicker crowd has demonstrated how stupid they are by filming their crimes while in the Capitol. ...

Speaking of which, remember the Capitol police officer who was being crushed in a doorway by one of the insurrectionists?

First off, Officer Hodges seems to be OK, the local news showed him talking about the incident on this evening's news, saying the insurrectionists took off his helmet, took his baton and started to hit him on the head with the baton.

But the reason it was on the local news was that the person allegedly doing the pushing on the door, crushing Officer Hodges, lives a town from here.

Ridgefield man charged with 'savage beating' of officer in DC riot
www.theridgefieldpress.com

... A Connecticut man accused of a "barbaric" attack on a police officer during the breach of the U.S. Capitol grounds two weeks ago has been arrested, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Patrick Edward McCaughey III, of Ridgefield, was charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officer or employees, civil disorder, entering restricted building or grounds, and violent entry or disorderly conduct.

The charges stemmed from his alleged role in what was described as a violent assault on an officer protecting the Capitol from a group of President Donald Trump supporters who stormed the building on Jan. 6 in protest of the presidential election results....

A video posted to YouTube captured a large group of rioters trying to break through a line of law enforcement officers during the insurrection at the Capitol, officials said. The video showed an individual, later identified as McCaughey, allegedly using a clear police riot shield to push Hodges, officials said. Video that has been widely aired showed the officer pinned between the shield and a door. Officials said Hodges was "loudly crying out in pain."...


@#2 ... He's got no way out from under the SDNY investigation and likely charges for tax evasion/fraud. ...

Note the latter is not solely Federal.

Along those lines...

Op-Ed: Why Trump Fears Leaving the White House (Nov 2020)
www.bloomberg.com

...Donald Trump is the luckiest man alive. Unlike almost, well, everyone, he's been protected from the consequences of his own mistakes his entire life....

Now, however, Trump is staring at two threats that loom after he leaves the White House in January. One is financial, the other legal. Neither is entirely under his control. I've had to deal with it, now you do also. :)

On the legal side of the ledger, Trump, his children and their company face aggressive investigations into their finances, accounting practices and tax payments.

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office is investigating Trump for possible tax fraud and falsification of business records, according to appellate court filings. In this probe, which is also examining the president's payment of hush money to two women who allegedly had sexual encounters with him, the DA's office is seeking eight years of Trump's tax returns. It is also taking a look at whether Trump inflated the value of his properties and other assets in order to secure funds from lenders and investors.

New York Attorney General Letitia James has launched another investigation, also focused on whether the Trump Organization and the Trump family manipulated valuations to secure funding or engineer tax benefits. James's probe is a civil case, which could bring hefty financial penalties against Trump but no prison time (unless she finds reasons to recast it as criminal case). Vance's investigation is a criminal matter, however, and if the Trump crew is found guilty of felonies, prison time is on the table....


fwiw, the author of the OpEd, Mr O'Brien, is somewhat known in the NYC media area regarding [citizen] Trump. He's reported upon [citizen] Trump for years, and has even seen the ever evasive tax returns when [citizen] Trump lost the lawsuit against Mr O'Brien about, I believe, a book Mr O'Brien wrote.

Yeah, I know, probably TMI, but as I've said many times in the past, [citizen] Trump has been a face in NYC media for decades....


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