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WATCH: Ted Cruz’s Jan. 6 speech laid out GOP strategy for ‘third option’ to ensure election integrity

'The Electoral Count Act explicitly allows objections such as this one for votes that were not regularly given,' the Texas senator explained.
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 7:36 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Though lost beneath the broader news coverage of January 6, a speech that day by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, objecting to the immediate counting of presidential election ballots from contested states, described the “third option” proposed by 11 GOP senators to ensure election integrity.

In the joint session of Congress, Paul Gosar, R-Arizona – one of more than 100 House Republican lawmakers expected to object to the certification – initiated the process contesting the results from his home state. He and Cruz were welcomed with significant applause by dozens of members who joined them.

In his remarks, Sen. Cruz warned how “half the country” was convinced that significant election fraud occurred during last fall’s presidential election. 

“I would note it’s not just Republicans who believe that,” he said. “Thirty-one percent of Independents agree with that statement (and) 17 percent of Democrats believe the election was rigged. Even if you do not share that conviction, it is the responsibility, I believe, of this office to acknowledge that is a profound threat to this country, and to the legitimacy of any administrations that will come in the future.”

Challenging his fellow Republicans who were planning on voting against these objections, Cruz urged them to reconsider: “What does it say to nearly a half of the country who believe this election was rigged if we vote not even to consider the claims of illegality and fraud in this election?”

He acknowledged there were two obvious choices before the legislators, “both of which are lousy.” 

“One choice is vote against the objection, and tens of millions of Americans will see a vote against the objection as a statement that voter fraud doesn’t matter, it isn’t real, and shouldn’t be taken seriously.”

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“On the other hand, most if not all of us believe we should not set aside the results of an election just because our candidate may not have prevailed. And so,” he said, “I endeavored to look for door number three, the third option, and for that I looked to history, to the precedent of the 1876 election, the Hayes vs. Tilden election, where this Congress appointed an electoral commission to examine claims of voter fraud: five House members, five senators, five Supreme Court justices (to) examine the evidence and render a judgment.”

“And what I would urge of this body is that we do the same, that we appoint an electoral commission to conduct a 10-day emergency audit, consider the evidence and resolve the claims.”

“For those on the democratic aisle who say ‘there is no evidence, they’ve been rejected,’ then you should rest in comfort,” Cruz said. “If that’s the case, an electoral commission would reject those claims.

“But for those who respect the voters, simply telling the voters, ‘Go jump in the lake. The fact that you have deep concerns is of no moment to us,’ that jeopardizes, I believe, the legitimacy of this and subsequent elections.”

Cruz affirmed, “The Electoral Count Act explicitly allows objections such as this one for votes that were not regularly given,” and urged his colleagues “to have a credible, objective, impartial body hear the evidence and make a conclusive determination.”

This, he said, “would benefit both sides,” and “improve (the) legitimacy of this election.”


  2020 presidential election, electoral count act, paul gosar, ted cruz

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Joint Chiefs of Staff warn U.S. troops against ‘sedition and insurrection’

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley sent a similar message during the Black Lives Matter riots in June when federal and municipal buildings were destroyed.
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 6:13 pm EST
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January 13, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The Joint of Chiefs of Staff, the senior body of U.S. military leaders, issued a memo to all U.S. service members after last week’s Capitol riot warning them against “sedition and insurrection.”

“We witnessed actions inside the Capitol building that were inconsistent with the rule of law,” they wrote. “The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition, and insurrection.”

“As we have done throughout our history, the U.S. military will obey the lawful orders from civilian leadership,” the Joint Chiefs told troops.

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“Any act to disrupt the Constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values and oath; it is against the law,” they added.

The seven generals and one admiral also affirmed that “in accordance with the Constitution, confirmed by the states and the courts, and certified by Congress, President-elect Biden will be inaugurated and will become our 46th Commander in Chief.”

At least one military veteran, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, has been charged for participating in the breach of the Capitol last Wednesday.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley had sent a message to the armed forces last June during the Black Lives Matter riots reminding troops that “we will uphold the values of our nation, and operate consistent with national laws(.)” 

“Every member of the U.S. military swears an oath to support and defend the Constitution and the values embedded within it,” he wrote. 

Days before, leftist rioters had sieged the White House, leaving more than 60 Secret Service officers injured, while others destroyed federal and municipal buildings and attacked historic sites across the country.


  joint chiefs of staff, mark milley, u.s. capitol

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BREAKING: U.S. House votes to impeach President Trump a second time

Ten Republican members joined all 222 Democrats in voting in favor of impeachment.
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 5:53 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to impeach President Donald J. Trump. He is now the first president in history to be impeached twice.

Ten Republican members joined all 222 Democrats in voting in favor of impeachment. They are:

  • Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington

  • Rep. John Katko of New York

  • Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington

  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois

  • Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan

  • Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming

  • Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan

  • Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio

  • Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina

  • Rep. David Valadao of California

The final vote tally was 232-197.

Democrat leadership in the House accused the President of “incitement of insurrection,” claiming that he played a role in protesters entering the U.S. Capitol building last Wednesday — an event that turned deadly.

“The president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country,” asserted Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during today’s floor debate.

“He must go,” she continued. “He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”

Although the charges are political, not criminal, the article of impeachment stated that President Trump “repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were fraudulent and should not be accepted,” and that he “willfully made statements to the crowd that encouraged and foreseeably resulted in lawless action at the Capitol.”

“President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government, threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of government,” continued the charge against the president.

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Attention now turns to the U.S. Senate, where 50 Republican senators and 50 Democratic senators will vote either to acquit or to convict the president. Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly has already signaled that he favors impeachment.

McConnell earlier said that he will not reconvene the Senate until January 19th, one day before Joe Biden’s inauguration, staving off an impeachment trial in the upper house while Trump is still in office.

President Trump is expected to finish out the final days of his term, although an impeachment after January 20 would likely mean Trump could not run for president again in 2024.


  donald trump, impeachment, mitch mcconnell

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Pompeo says Big Tech censorship is ‘authoritarianism’ disguised as ‘moral righteousness’

‘It’s similar to what we’re seeing in Twitter and Facebook and Apple and on too many university campuses today. It’s not who we are. It’s not who we are as Americans.’
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 4:16 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has weighed in on the recent Big Tech censorship, calling it “authoritarianism” and “morally wrong.”

Pompeo made the comments speaking at Voice of America (VOA), an international broadcaster funded by the United States Congress, on Monday, in an address which was publicized across the world.

Among many topics, Pompeo dealt with the matter of the recent explosion of Big Tech censorship following the Capitol protests, which has resulted in President Donald Trump being banned from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, along with thousands of other conservatives.

Prior to his address, some VOA employees had protested the speech, alleging that it “endangers public health and safety, violates law, rule and regulation and grossly wastes government resources.”

“They didn’t want the voice of American diplomacy to be broadcast on the Voice of America,” Pompeo noted. “We’re all part of institutions with duties and responsibilities higher and bigger and more important than any one of us individually. But this kind of censorial instinct is dangerous. It’s morally wrong. Indeed, it’s against your statutory mandate here at VOA.”

Continuing, the Secretary of State linked Big Tech’s censorship to disguised “authoritarianism”: “censorship, wokeness, political correctness — it all points in one direction: authoritarianism cloaked as moral righteousness.”

“It’s similar to what we’re seeing in Twitter and Facebook and Apple and on too many university campuses today. It’s not who we are. It’s not who we are as Americans. And it’s not what Voice of America should be.”

“It’s time that we simply put wokeism to sleep, and you can lead the way,” he added. “You all know, that’s why you came here.”

A few days before, Pompeo had highlighted the danger of such censorship on social media in a tweet: “Silencing speech is dangerous. It’s un-American. Sadly, this isn’t a new tactic of the Left. They’ve worked to silence opposing voices for years. We cannot let them silence 75M Americans. This isn’t the CCP.”

Pompeo’s address came a day before President Trump also spoke out against the censorship which has occurred in the last week. Giving an impromptu statement to the press at Joint Base Andrews, before flying to Alamo, Texas, the president warned that Big Tech censorship was a “catastrophic mistake.”

“I think that Big Tech is doing a horrible thing for our country and to our country,” Trump said. “I believe it’s going to be a catastrophic mistake for them. They’re dividing and divisive, and they’re showing something that I’ve been predicting for a long time. I’ve been predicting it for a long time and people didn’t act on it, but I think Big Tech has made a terrible mistake, and very, very bad for our country.”

“And that’s leading others to do the same thing, and it causes a lot of problems and a lot of danger. Big mistake — they shouldn’t be doing it. But there’s always a counter move when they do that. I’ve never seen such anger as I see right now, and that’s a terrible thing, terrible thing.”

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A number of world leaders have since criticized the decision to block Trump from social media platforms, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel terming it “problematic.” Merkel’s spokesman related that Big Tech executives “bear great responsibility for political communication not being poisoned by hatred, by lies and by incitement to violence,” adding, however, that the right to express one’s own opinion is of “elementary significance.”

“This fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined by legislators — not according to a decision by the management of social media platforms,” Merkel added through her spokesman.

Her words were supported by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who stated: “I don’t like anyone being censored or taking away the right to transmit a message on Twitter or Face[book]. I do not agree with that; I do not accept that.”

In fact, even the leftist American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has raised concerns about Trump’s social media censorship, not out of support for the president, but due to Twitter’s “unchecked power.”

Kate Ruane, ACLU senior legislative counsel, said in a statement: “We understand the desire to permanently suspend him now, but it should concern everyone when companies like Facebook and Twitter wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions — especially when political realities make those decisions easier.”


  big tech, big tech censorship, censorship, mike pompeo, social media, voice of america

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Euthanasia ‘is not what we do:’ president of Canadian hospice facility 

Angelina Ireland describes how her hospice is being pressured to implement assisted suicide, even though they provide only palliative care. 
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 3:51 pm EST
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January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In the latest episode of The Van Maren Show, Jonathon van Maren speaks with Angelina Ireland, the president of Delta Hospice Society, a palliative care facility in British Columbia that has refused to follow state-mandates on euthanasia. 

Ireland claims that liberal activists have been putting pressure on the government and health authorities ever since the legalization of assisted suicide in 2016. They are trying to force Delta Hospice to implement MAID, also known as “medical assistance in dying.”

Throughout the interview, she argues that euthanasia is not the purpose of hospice facilities. Instead, hospice entities are supposed to provide only palliative care.

Ireland mentions that hospice groups follow a specific constitution which states that they will only provide palliative care, and that this “does not include MAID, euthanasia, assisted suicide or anything else that they're calling [it] these days.” 

According to Ireland, “British Columbia is the only province that is insisting that every publicly funded bed has to provide MAID. 

Ireland recounts how she “was told [by the Fraser Health Authority] ‘you will provide MAID or we will take your funding away and that will be the end of you.’” 

Ireland says she is lobbying the Senate to step in here and to provide avenues where hospices like ourselves can seek sanctuary.”

Ireland is calling on Canadians to support her organization. They can click this link to do so. She’s also calling on the Senate to pass an amendment to ensure protections for hospices who wish to provide care to patients, and to not be forced into implementing assisted suicide at their facilities. 

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‘Best news ever’: CNN Airport Network will cease operations in March

'Cartoons would be more informative than CNN,' one Twitter user quipped.
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 3:37 pm EST
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January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Amid troubling commercial aviation news that airlines have kicked a planeload of Trump-loving passengers off a flight for singing the national anthem and others for simply having a private conversation in support of the president, CNN has announced that its long-running Airport Network will cease broadcasting on March 31.

“Jeff Zucker has notified CNN staff that ‘the CNN Airport Network will end operations as of March 31,’” reported CNN senior media reporter, Oliver Darcy, in a tweet. Jeff Zucker heads all of CNN’s news enterprises.

“The steep decline in airport traffic because of COVID-19, coupled with all the new ways that people are consuming content on their personal devices, has lessened the need,” explained Zucker.

Since 1991, CNN’s Airport Network has been broadcasting its version of the news interspersed with other entertainment programming to millions of travelers in dozens of U.S. airports.

“[CNN] became an iconic part of the traveling experience in this country,” insisted Zucker in his letter, but that view was not shared by those who have for decades endured CNN’s ubiquitous airport presence more as an annoyance than an “iconic” experience.

“Best. news. EVER,” tweeted NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck.

“2021 is looking up already,” said Daily Wire senior editor Emily Zanotti.

“I love COVID now …,” quipped Spectator USA editor Amber Athey.

When conservative Washington, D.C., radio show host Larry O’Connor asked his Twitter followers, “What programming should replace CNN at airports,” he received over 3,600 suggestions within 18 hours.

The vast majority of O’Connor’s responders took the opportunity to poke fun at CNN. “The Three Stooges,” said one. “Airplane disaster movies,” said another. “Cartoons would be more informative than CNN,” said yet another.

News of the pending departure of CNN’s far-left-leaning presence at airports came after multiple reports emerged of patriotic Americans being mistreated by major U.S. airlines.

Earlier in the week, stories appeared on social media of Trump supporters being booted off planes.

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On January 8, a Delta Airlines flight reportedly turned away a passenger as he boarded when he said, “Trump 2020.”

“They’re kicking us off the plane for being a Trump Supporter,” said a traveler in a video taken at Reagan National Airport in a SNN News video report.

“All I did was cheer. I have no money to get home,” added a woman who was also deplaned. “This is communist China now.”

In a video taken by an American Airlines passenger, the flight’s captain can be heard telling a group of patriots flying home from last week’s rally in DC, “It’s a four and a half hour flight to Phoenix. We’ll put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off — I don't care. We will do that if that’s what it takes, so behave, please.”

In another reported instance, “United Airlines kicked every single passenger off the plane because they were singing the national anthem.”


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Mozilla, creator of web browser Firefox, says deplatforming Trump is not enough

Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker said that ‘more than just the temporary silencing or permanent removal of bad actors from social media platforms’ is required to stop ‘violence and hate.’
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 3:01 pm EST
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January 13, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Mozilla, the organization responsible for popular web browser Firefox, argued in a post on the official company blog that “more than just the temporary silencing or permanent removal of bad actors from social media platforms” is required to stop “violence and hate.”

The blog post, written by Mitchell Baker, who is the Executive Chairwoman and CEO of the Mozilla Foundation and of Mozilla Corporation, explicitly referred to recent deplatforming actions taken by Big Tech against President Donald Trump.

The open-source software company’s blog entry, entitled, “We need more than deplatforming,” claims that simply removing social media accounts does not go far enough in stunting “white supremacy” online. Mozilla lands the blame for last Wednesday’s “siege and take-over of the U.S. Capitol” squarely on Trump’s shoulders, describing his “reprehensible” actions as the “use of the internet to foment violence and hate, and reinforce white supremacy.”

Mozilla tweeted the blog post with the caption: “This week we saw the culmination of a four-year disinformation campaign orchestrated by the President. We have to acknowledge how the internet was misused to get here.”

“Donald Trump is certainly not the first politician to exploit the architecture of the internet in this way,” Baker writes in the blog, ominously warning that “he won’t be the last.”

In the hope that others might be prevented from following in Trump’s footsteps, Baker proffers some solutions to the “dangerous dynamics” posed by such “bad actors.”

In addition to the permanent removal of individual accounts, Baker suggests that websites should detail “who is paying for advertisements, how much they are paying and who is being targeted.” Mozilla also asks that online businesses commit to “meaningful transparency of platform algorithms so we know how and what content is being amplified, to whom, and the associated impact.”

One more proposal by Baker suggests that media platforms “[t]urn on by default the tools to amplify factual voices over disinformation.” The “tools” spoken of here include algorithms which have been specifically developed to suppress news agencies considered “hyperpartisan” in favor of so-called “authoritative outlets,” according to an article in the New York Times.

Facebook used this method during the 2020 presidential election to enact changes that helped “limit the spread of inaccurate claims about the election,” Facebook spokesman Joe Osbourne said. Osbourne asserted that the algorithms were a temporary measure during the election, but that the social media giant is “still ensuring that people see authoritative and informative news on Facebook, especially during major news cycles and around important global topics like elections, COVID-19 and climate change.”

The Times reports that the amplification of “authoritative” news “resulted in an increase in Facebook traffic for mainstream news publishers including CNN, NPR and The New York Times, while partisan sites like Breitbart and Occupy Democrats saw their numbers fall.”

Baker’s final demand in her blog post is that internet platforms “[w]ork with independent researchers” to determine the impact online platforms have on our society. In this way, she says, we can “improve things.”

The blog concludes with Baker writing that the “answer is not to do away with the internet, but to build a better one that can withstand and gird against these types of challenges.”

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Since the tumultuous events of last Wednesday’s Electoral College vote, President Trump has been subject to increasing censorship from Big Tech and other web-based platforms. Last Thursday, Facebook and Instagram banned Trump from their platforms “indefinitely,” alleging that he is seeking to “undermine” the transition of power to Joe Biden.

This was swiftly followed by Twitter, which permanently banned the president for tweets that they allege “incite violence” when “read in the context of broader events in the country.” The social media giant further claimed that Trump’s tweets “glorify, celebrate, praise or condone violent crimes, violent events where people were targeted because of their membership in a protected group.”

LifeSite’s Raymond Wolfe noted the inconsistency in Twitter’s application of its Glorification of Violence policy insofar as the company “has left up numerous accounts and posts directly advocating for the murder of the president and his supporters.”


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Pence refutes Pelosi’s call to oust Trump with 25th Amendment

'I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution,' Pence wrote.
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 2:35 pm EST
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January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Vice President Mike Pence shut down calls to back early removal of President Donald Trump from office via the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Tuesday, reminding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter of her own recent words on the proper use of the constitutional procedure.

Scores of protesters broke into the U.S. Capitol building last week, following the “March to Save America” rally where the president said supporters would march “over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,” where “we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen-and-women” who were meeting to formally object to the certification of electoral votes from a handful of states.

As covered live by LifeSiteNews, viral videos showed groups of protesters engaging in physical altercations with police, pushing against security barricades, breaking through a window, trespassing in congressional offices, and climbing on walls, causing the vote certification to be suspended and lawmakers to be evacuated from the chambers. While many were allowed to enter by police and simply walked through the building (which is normally open to the public) after the initial breach, there were several deaths, including a protester shot by Capitol Hill police, a protestor trampled amid the chaos, a police officer whose death is being investigated as a potential murder, and several due to unspecified “medical emergencies.”

Trump told the breachers to “go home in peace” via tweets and video message, yet a coalition of Democrats and establishment Republicans quickly decided that Trump had “incited” the violence, some by blaming his support of marching to the building (which was a pre-planned part of the event, advertised prior to Trump’s remarks), others by blaming Trump’s refusal to concede in the first place.

Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatened Sunday to move forward with impeachment if Pence, who has become the subject of some pro-Trump ire for concluding he lacked the authority to send electoral votes back to the states, did not back removing Trump via the 25th Amendment, and on Monday House Democrats unveiled the official resolution to impeach the president for “incitement of insurrection.”

The 25th amendment, intended to ensure a vice president can quickly take over if a president is incapacitated (such as by medical emergency), provides for a vice president and a majority of the Cabinet to submit to Congress a “written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” and for a president “resume the powers and duties of his office” once that inability is alleviated.

“I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution,” Pence wrote. “Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert power beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election, and I will not now yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our Nation.”

“As you know full well, the 25th Amendment was designed to address Presidential incapacity or disability,” he reminded Pelosi. “Just a few months ago, when you introduced legislation to create a 25th Amendment Commission, you said, ‘[a] President’s fitness for office must be determined by science and facts.’ You said then that we must be ‘[v]ery respectful of not making a judgment on the basis of a comment or behavior that we don’t like, but based on a medical decision.’ Madam Speaker, you were right. Under our Constitution, the 25th Amendment is not a means of punishment or usurpation. Invoking the 25th Amendment in such a manner would set a terrible precedent.”

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With the 25th Amendment option effectively quashed, all eyes turn to Congress to see how many Republicans will ultimately join Democrats in pushing to impeach. Senate Majority (soon to be Minority) Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he will not reconvene the Senate before January 19 for an impeachment trial, meaning that any such trial under the incoming Democrat majority would occur after Trump is out of office, and would be strictly about disqualifying him from a potential 2024 candidacy.


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Idaho internet provider blocks Twitter, Facebook following Big Tech censorship

Your T1 WIFI noted that ‘Twitter and Facebook are engaged in censorship of our customers and information.’
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 1:30 pm EST
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PRIEST RIVER, Idaho, January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — In light of wide-spread censorship of conservatives by Facebook and Twitter, an Idaho internet provider has blocked the social media platforms after receiving complaints about Big Tech from customers.

The internet service provider (ISP) Your T1 WIFI, has taken steps to resist Big Tech censorship, which in the last few days banned President Donald Trump from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, along with thousands of other conservatives.

After customers complained to Your T1 WIFI about censorship from Facebook and Twitter, the ISP took action to prevent the Big Tech companies from wielding influence in Idaho. In an email sent to customers, Your T1 WIFI noted that “Twitter and Facebook are engaged in censorship of our customers and information.”

The decision to block the social media sites was made due to the amount of customers who contacted Your T1 WIFI: “We have the past couple days been fielding calls from customers voicing the concern that they do not want these sites allowed to be displayed on their internet feed to them and that they do not want their children to go to these sites.”

“There are too many people that have called for us to do one at a time so we will be blocking these 2 and any other website that may also be [c]ensoring, whether it be through their algorithm they use for their site or any other means.”

“Our Company [d]oes not believe a website or Social Networking site has the [a]uthority to [c]ensor what you see and post and hide information from you, stop you seeing what your friends and family are posting,” the email continued. “This is why with the amount of concerns, we have made this decision to [b]lock these [t]wo websites from being accessed from our [n]etwork. We take not [sic] stand weather Democrat or Republican or any other [p]olitical affiliate, just a moral high ground of fair and decent communication.”

The block is effective from Wednesday, January 13. Your T1 WIFI also noted that “over 2/3rd [six] of our customers asked” to have the sites blocked.

The ISP is giving customers the option to still have access to the sites, saying that customers have the ability to access the sites if they so choose. In a follow up email, Bret Fink from the ISP attempted to reassure an angry customer, explaining that Your T1 WIFI was not implementing a blanket block for all customers, but only for “those that voiced concern and wish to opt out.”

Fink added that due to the company’s acceptable use policy, it could “block anything we want if we deem it to break any rules or [to be] illegal or harmful to our customers and more.” However, Your T1 WIFI was choosing not to exercise its full autonomy, thus “allowing customers the choice” to block Facebook and Twitter, since “the majority of them asked to block.”

Your T1 WIFI also wrote that it did not “condone what Google, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook and Apple are doing either to Parler, by trying to strong arm them into submission. Actually looks like they are trying to exterminate the competition,” the email read.

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Parler’s popularity skyrocketed after Twitter banned the account of President Donald Trump. Then, both Google and Apple banned the social media app from their app stores, closely followed by Amazon, which removed Parler’s hosting services, sending the app offline. The Big Tech companies alleged that Parler users were using the platform to incite violence in the run up to the Capitol protests.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey celebrated the supplanting of Parler from its number one spot, a consequence of the Big Tech companies working in concert to suppress the app, and Parler’s CEO reported that he even received death threats.

Speaking yesterday, Trump called the recent Big Tech censorship a “catastrophic mistake.”

“I think that Big Tech is doing a horrible thing for our country and to our country,” Trump said. “I believe it’s going to be a catastrophic mistake for them. They’re dividing and divisive, and they’re showing something that I’ve been predicting for a long time. I’ve been predicting it for a long time and people didn’t act on it, but I think Big Tech has made a terrible mistake, and very, very bad for our country.”


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Case against Catholic businessman for retweeting LifeSite’s articles finally dismissed

Michael Willis said, ‘Normal pro-life, pro-family Catholics exchange these ideas, but if you put you head above the parapet … You can never keep your nose clean and be a Catholic in the world today.’
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 12:04 pm EST
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STIRLING, Scotland, January 13, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Complaints made against a Catholic businessman who lost his position and membership with his professional organization because he tweeted links to LifeSiteNews have been dropped.

Michael Willis, formerly the director for board development for the U.K.’s Institute of Directors (IoD), told LifeSiteNews that the IoD had dismissed “the case” against him.

The matter has dragged out since IoD staff members made a conduct complaint against Willis in May 2018. A December 11, 2020 letter from the organization to the businessman, seen by LifeSiteNews, reveals that the IoD’s Appeals Review Panel decided in February 2019 that there had been “some procedural irregularities” during the first investigation of the complaint. For example, although Willis’s suspension from membership should not have exceeded 21 days without a hearing by the Review Panel, it lasted months without any hearing.

While the matter should have been sent to the IoD Membership Committee, it was dissolved at the end of 2018 and, thanks in part to the pandemic, there is no Membership Committee. In order to “avoid further delay,” the case was sent to the IoD’s current Director General, Jonathan Geldart, and the Director of Governance and Policy, Roger Barker, for a decision.

According to the IoD’s December 11 letter, Willis’ deletion of the tweets that had offended three members of staff, suspension of his Twitter account, and changes to his LinkedIn profile were all considered “positive steps.” Another factor the directors took into consideration before dismissing the case against Willis “with immediate effect” was that all three of the complainants, as well as everyone involved in the “Stage 1 investigation,” have left the IoD.

Willis apparently offended the complainants, one of whom was a Muslim, by retweeting two LifeSiteNews articles relating the opinions of conservative commentator Mark Steyn, “Muslim takeover of Europe is ‘biggest story of our time’ and nobody knows it” (August 11, 2017) and “Europe’s childless leaders symbolize a dying continent soon to be overrun by Muslims” (August 16, 2017).

The second story mentions Scottish Nationalist Party leader Nicola Sturgeon, and the SNP-supporting newspaper The National published an article about the tweets. “Institute of Directors caught up in Islamophobia row” was published on May 3, 2018; shortly thereafter, Willis lost his position and was suspended from membership.

LifeSiteNews reported on the matter in April 2019

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The evidence supporting the complaints of those who felt offended by Willis’s retweeting was patchy, Willis told LifeSiteNews.

“They hadn’t collected it with any rigour,” he said. “It was just little notations and rants, so it wouldn’t have stood up in any industrial tribunal or any court of law. It was just, ‘We have to get rid of this guy; look at the damage he’s done to our reputation.’”

The businessman has not yet decided if he wants to reapply for membership in an organization he believes is “deeply bigoted against a Catholic world view.” For him the issue is that a LifeSiteNews reader could be punished for retweeting “normal, run-of-the-mill stuff.”

“The consequences are dismissal, loss of earnings, suspension, and you becoming a social pariah,” he said.

Willis said that in the last six months he has lost business opportunities.

“I was asked to bid for some big public contracts, and then one of the individuals said, ‘Look, I’ve just checked your social profile: there’s no way we can use you,” he told LifeSiteNews.

Another person approached him about writing a chapter in a “major book on governance,” but reconsidered after he informed her of his suspension by the IoD and she looked him up online.

“Normal pro-life, pro-family Catholics exchange these ideas, but if you put you head above the parapet … You can never keep your nose clean and be a Catholic in the world today,” he said.

Euan Holmes of the IoD told LifeSiteNews that the organization “would not comment on individual member disciplinary processes.”


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Leading Republican Sen. McConnell supports second impeachment push: report

McConnell reportedly believes the president has 'committed impeachable offenses,' and that the Democrats are right to motion for his impeachment.
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 11:46 am EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has reportedly thrown his support behind the move to impeach President Donald Trump for his alleged incitement to violence at the U.S. Capitol building last Wednesday. According to the article of impeachment drawn up against the president, he “gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government.”

The New York Times reported that close associates of McConnell have said he believes the president has “committed impeachable offenses,” and that the Democrats are right to motion for his impeachment, making it easier for the Republican Party to drop Trump. The House will vote today on whether or not to formally charge the president with incitement to violence at the Capitol.

The impeachment article, purportedly backed by McConnell, will apparently not be formally contested by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) either, among other Republican congressmen. The Times reported that McCarthy did seek a censure vote in place of pursuing impeachment, as a lesser punishment, but that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) struck down the motion.

The single article of impeachment brought against President Trump charges that he “willfully made statements that encouraged — and foreseeably resulted in — imminent lawless action at the Capitol.” The document goes on to accuse the president of inciting those who “unlawfully breached the Capitol, injured law enforcement personnel, interfered with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the election results, and engaged in violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts.”

Asserting a pattern of subversive behavior in office, the article states that “President Trump’s conduct on January 6, 2021 was consistent with his prior efforts to subvert and obstruct the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election,” laying blame on the president for election irregularities recorded during the 2020 presidential campaign.

President Trump responded to the Democrats second impeachment attempt during his presidency, calling it “absolutely ridiculous,” and the “continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.”

Although McConnell touted the president’s right to challenge electoral fraud back in November, the Senate Majority Leader later informed Trump that he would recognize Joe Biden as the president-elect after the Electoral College announced its vote for the former vice president back in mid-December.

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McConnell also recently announced to the Senate that “every election features some illegality and irregularity,” but that “nothing before us [the Senate] proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale that would have tipped the entire election.”


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Pope Emeritus Benedict joins Pope Francis in taking abortion-tainted COVID vaccine

Pope Francis became one of the first to receive his dose of Pfizer’s abortion-tainted vaccine this morning.
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 11:23 am EST
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VATICAN CITY, January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is to become one of the first in the Vatican to receive an abortion-tainted COVID-19 vaccine, as part of the Vatican’s own vaccination roll-out commencing today.

Pope Benedict’s personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein spoke to the German language edition of Catholic News Agency (CNA), saying that Benedict would receive it “as soon as the vaccine is available.” Gänswein noted that he would receive the jab along with Benedict, as would “the whole household of the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery” where Benedict is living.

In a television interview aired on Sunday night, Pope Francis also stated that he would receive the vaccine, calling it “an ethical choice,” adding that “I’ve signed up. One must do it.” Francis went further, adding that “ethically, everyone should take the vaccine.”

“I don’t understand why some say, ‘No. Vaccines are dangerous,’” the Pope said. “If it is presented by doctors as a thing that can go well, that has no special dangers, why not take it? There is a suicidal denial that I wouldn’t know how to explain.”

The 84-year-old pontiff became one of the first to receive his dose of Pfizer’s abortion-tainted vaccine this morning, and will have his second injection in three weeks. While there were no photos of the event, the Vatican press room confirmed the news to Argentine newspaper La Nacion.

The Vatican COVID vaccinations are beginning today in the Pope Paul VI Audience Hall, where a special fridge has been placed in order to accommodate the exceptionally low temperatures necessary for the storage of the Pfizer vaccine. The head of the Vatican health service, Dr. Andrea Arcangeli, said: “Priority will be given to health and public safety personnel, to the elderly and to personnel most frequently in contact with the public.”

Speaking to Vatican News in mid-December, Arcangeli announced how Vatican residents and employees would be receiving COVID vaccinations in January, mentioning it was “very important” that a “vaccination campaign” was started as soon as possible. He even referred to “our duty to offer all residents, employees and their families the opportunity to be immunized against this dreaded disease.”

At the time, Arcangeli said the Vatican would be using the Pfizer vaccine, but that others would be administered subject to approval. The first doses of the Pfizer jab in Italy were given shortly after Christmas, with the Moderna vaccine being approved last week, and deployed January 12. As of Tuesday, January 12, over 650,000 people in the country had been injected with COVID vaccines in apparent efforts to prevent the spread of the virus.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, along with the Oxford/Astra Zeneca vaccine which is currently awaiting approval in the country, have connections to abortion.

Pro-life organization Children of God for Life notes that the Pfizer vaccine was tested using the HEK-293 cell line, which is derived from kidney tissue taken from a baby who was aborted in the Netherlands in the 1970s.

The group also compiled research showing that Moderna “extensively” uses the “aborted fetal cell line HEK-293” in the “fundamental design of mRNA technology, their Spike protein and in the research, development, production and testing.” The proteins used in the vaccine itself and the mRNA “were built on technology that extensively used aborted fetal cells, rendering the vaccine absolutely immoral from start to finish.”

Meanwhile, the Oxford/Astra Zeneca vaccine has been developed from the cell lines of an aborted baby, the cell line HEK-293, and also uses the fetal cell line in design and testing.

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While the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued a statement assuring Catholics they could take even an abortion-tainted COVID vaccine if there are no ethical alternatives available, many bishops and cardinals have spoken up against such a message.

In a paper released on December 12, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, along with co-signers Cardinal Janis Pujats, Bishop Joseph Strickland, and Archbishops Tomash Peta and Jan Pawel Lenga, expressed the strong conviction that any use of a vaccine tainted with the “unspeakable crime” of abortion “cannot be acceptable for Catholics” under any circumstances.

The prelates pointed to the contradiction between Catholic doctrine, which teaches that abortion is “a grave moral evil that cries out to heaven for vengeance,” and the commonly found view that abortion-connected vaccines are permitted in “exceptional cases of ‘urgent need.’”

“To argue that such vaccines can be morally licit if there is no alternative is in itself contradictory and cannot be acceptable for Catholics,” the letter read.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, former Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, has previously spoken out against vaccines using aborted babies, saying “it must be clear that it is never morally justified to develop a vaccine through the use of the cell lines of aborted fetuses. The thought of the introduction of such a vaccine into one’s body is rightly abhorrent.”

In addition to this, in a recent episode of the John-Henry Westen show, Catholic biologist and author Pamela Acker described how the babies involved in the abortion-tainted COVID vaccines were actually alive when they were extracted for their body parts.

“They will actually deliver these babies via cesarean section. The babies are still alive when the researchers start extracting the tissue; to the point where their heart is still beating, and they’re generally not given any anesthetic, because that would disrupt the cells that the researchers are trying to extract.”

Referring to the news of Pope Benedict and Pope Francis taking the vaccine, prominent Catholic commentator Deacon Nick Donnelly wrote: “How is this not seen as condoning abortion, in some circumstances, if it produces medically useful products?”

“If the Pope and bishops had stuck with the principle that all abortions are abominable crimes and the Church will have nothing to do with them, maybe a vaccine would have been developed that wasn’t tainted with abortion,” he noted. “But instead they collapsed like a house of cards. Again.”

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27-year-old mother suffers seizures, is hospitalized after taking COVID vaccine

After six days she complained that her mind remained in a fog, that she had anxieties about the possibility of future seizures and not knowing when she would be back to normal.
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 11:02 am EST
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HAMILTON, Ontario, January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A 27-year-old personal support worker suffered a severe allergic reaction including fainting, seizures, and hospitalization, when she received the abortion-tainted Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Deborah Tilli, a mother of two girls, had looked forward to receiving the vaccination. She said, “I wasn’t scared, I was excited. I was like, ‘I’m going to be one of the first health-care workers in the city to get the vaccine,’” CBC reports.

As is routine, she filled out the consent forms, then noticed the nurse who was looking over her file exhibited a hesitation or lack of confidence in how to proceed with her case.

“I do have a severe allergy to bumblebees, and the nurse went over that with me and even questioned me about it, but … it seemed like she really didn’t know what she was doing,” Tilli said.

Following the shot she expected to only have to wait for the normal precautionary 15 minutes. Instead, she began to feel light-headed and developed an abrupt scratch in her throat.

Though initially dismissing it as nervousness, the symptoms persisted. She spoke to the paramedic about what was happening, and was given a Benadryl shot, which seemed to work for several minutes, but “the symptoms returned and worsened.”

Tilli explained, “The supervisor from the paramedics was there and he just said ‘OK, let’s give her the EpiPen.’” However, “[w]ithin a minute, I just said, ‘Something doesn’t feel right in my body,’ and I remember just passing out and leaning over to the right.”

When she woke up in the hospital, Tilli was told that she had suffered seizures and needed CPR, yet CBC confirmed she was transported “in stable condition.”

Though she doesn’t remember much from the incident, Tilli recalled one moment quite well, accepting the possibility that she could die.

“There was a moment where, I don’t want to say I gave up, but I was just like ‘It is what it is.’ … [Days later,] when I was in bed the other night, I was thinking, ‘What if I left my two girls without a mother?’”

Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, defended the safety of the vaccine despite Tilli’s experience.

“When you administer a vaccine to enough people, you’re going to get adverse reactions … there’s really two safeguards there,” Furness said. 

“One is public communication that says if you have severe allergies, this is not the vaccine for you, not now, not yet. Wait for Moderna, perhaps. So everyone who has allergies should be awake and paying attention to that. Number two is people who are doing screening should also be right on top of that, so it looks like there was a double failure.”

According to CBC, Tilli did acknowledge she could have researched more about the vaccine ahead of time, yet still feels the health system “failed” her.

After six days she complained that her mind remained in a fog, that she had anxieties about the possibility of future seizures and not knowing when she would be back to normal.

CBC also reports she became emotional in her interview fearing she could lose her driver’s license or even her job assisting the elderly, which she said “is her passion outside of parenting.”

“I feel like I’ve been failed because I don’t know how long I’m going to feel this way,” she said. “There’s no one here to pay my bills. I’m a single mother of two children.”

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In addition to concerns about allergies and several other aspects of these new vaccines, the public should be aware that when a patient such as Tilli is injured or even killed by such a shot, vaccine manufacturers have no liability. According to Canadian authorities, “indemnification clauses in vaccine contracts are standard” for virtually all countries in the world. Thus, if Tilli does not fully recover, she will not be eligible for a monetary settlement from Pfizer to assist her in raising her children.

Other concerns about these vaccines proceed from their having been rushed through the process of development, testing, approval and now distribution, with a new “messenger RNA” technology, no industry-standard animal trials, nor any sufficient studies on long-term effects.

Indeed, in early December, a former vice president and Chief Scientist at Pfizer, Dr. Michael Yeadon, petitioned for the halting of all testing of coronavirus vaccine candidates in Europe due to the significant safety concerns of a growing number of renowned scientists.

These dangers included “allergic” and “potentially fatal reactions,” risks that these vaccines may cause infertility in women, result in an increased vulnerability to the virus, and present unacceptable dangers of long-term effects due to a lack of proper testing.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also drew up a document this fall listing the possible side-effects from a COVID-19 vaccine, including strokes, encephalitis, auto-immune disease, birth defects, Kawasaki disease and death.

Present reports reveal that hundreds of individuals injected with these vaccines have been admitted to the hospital while high rates of health care workers continue refusing to receive them.

LifeSiteNews has produced an extensive COVID-19 vaccines resources page. View it here.

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Canadian doctor’s research shows lockdowns have caused vastly more harm than good

‘There is a strong long-run relationship between economic recession and public health,’ Dr. Ari Joffe warned.
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 10:11 am EST
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January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A Canadian doctor argued in a research paper that the collateral damage caused by COVID-19 lockdowns will cause more harm than the virus itself, and will also far outweigh any benefits that might have been incurred by keeping everyone at home.

The case was made by Dr. Ari Joffe in a paper published on November 4, 2020, titled “COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink.”

Joffe states that excess deaths not related to COVID-19 in high-income nations account for up to 50 percent of deaths.

“In high-income countries, the collateral damage has also been staggering, affecting visits to emergency departments and primary care for acute (e.g., myocardial infarction, stroke) and ‘nonurgent’ (‘elective’ surgery, and cancer diagnosis and treatment) conditions, intimate partner violence, deaths of despair, and mental health,” Joffe writes.

“Of excess deaths occurring during the pandemic in high-income countries, 20-50% are not due to COVID-19. There was an unexplained 83% increase of 10,000 excess deaths from dementia in England/Wales in April, and an increase in non-COVID-19 Alzheimer disease/dementia deaths in the US, attributed to lack of social contact causing a deterioration in health and wellbeing of these patients.”

Joffe works as a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, and is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta.

In a Q&A regarding his paper published in the Toronto Sun recently, Joffe stated that millions of people globally can be projected to have been “adversely” affected by the lockdowns.

“This can be predicted to adversely affect many millions of people globally with food insecurity (82-132 million more people), severe poverty (70 million more people), maternal and under age-5 mortality from interrupted healthcare (1.7 million more people), infectious diseases deaths from interrupted services (millions of people with Tuberculosis, Malaria, and HIV), school closures for children (affecting children’s future earning potential and lifespan),” said Joffe.

In his paper, he writes that he was initially on board with lockdowns as he noted early modeling predicted a high mortality rate. He changed his mind after it became clear the true mortality rate was much lower.

He mentioned this in the Sun Q&A as well, saying, “emerging data showed that the median infection fatality rate is 0.23%, that the median infection fatality rate in people under 70 years old is 0.05%, and that the high-risk group is older people[,] especially those with severe co-morbidities.”

“In addition, it is likely that in most situations only 20-40% of the population would be infected before ongoing transmission is limited (i.e., herd-immunity),” said Joffe.

When it comes to Canada, Joffe said that the data has shown COVID-19 has been the cause of less than 6 percent of all estimated deaths in the first part of 2020.

“Similarly, in Canada, COVID-19 was the cause of 5.96% of estimated deaths over the first 6 months of 2020, again meaning (more than) 94% of deaths are not a focus of our attention, and not being reported daily in the press as are COVID-19 deaths,” stated Joffe in his paper.

“An important point must be emphasized. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused much morbidity and mortality. This morbidity and mortality have been, and continue to be, tragic,” states Joffe.

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Virtually all of Canada is in a state of some sort of lockdown at the current moment, the most severe being in Quebec with a strict curfew in place, followed by Ontario, which yesterday announced new stay-at-home orders.

In his paper, Joffe notes that the only clear exit strategy to COVID-19 is through herd immunity, either through a natural way or a vaccine.

“Herd immunity appears to be the only exit from the response to COVID-19. This can be achieved naturally, or through vaccine. For the reasons given here, it is very possible that the lockdowns are only delaying the inevitable,” states Joffe.

As part of this paper, Joffe talks about the cost-benefit analysis of lockdowns in Canada, which appears to be the first of its kind for Canada.

In his Q&A with the Sun, Joffe touched on this, saying, “framing decisions as between saving lives versus saving the economy is a false dichotomy,”

“There is a strong long-run relationship between economic recession and public health. This makes sense, as government spending on things like healthcare, education, roads, sanitation, housing, nutrition, vaccines, safety, social security nets, clean energy, and other services determines the [populations’] well-being and life-expectancy,” said Joffe.

He went on to note in the Q&A that if the government is “forced to spend less on these social determinants of health,” then there “will be ‘statistical lives’ lost, that is, people will die in the years to come.”

Joffe added that he “underestimated the effects of loneliness and unemployment on public health.”

“It turns out that loneliness and unemployment are known to be among the strongest risk factors for early mortality, reduced lifespan, and chronic diseases.”

“Third, in making policy decisions there are trade-offs to consider, costs and benefits, and we have to choose between options that each have tragic outcomes in order to advocate for the least people to die as possible,” he explained.

In the conclusion of his paper, Joffe states that it is time for society to “open up,” so that more lives can be saved. “We must open up society to save many more lives than we can by attempting to avoid every case (or even most cases) of COVID-19.”

“It is past time to take an effortful pause, calibrate our response to the true risk, make rational cost-benefit analyses of the trade-offs, and end the lockdown groupthink.”

Joffe reiterated in the Sun Q&A that lockdowns cause “far more harm” to the population than COVID-19. “It turned out that the costs of lockdowns are at least 10 times higher than the benefits. That is, lockdowns cause far more harm to population wellbeing than COVID-19 can.”

“It is important to note that I support a focused protection approach, where we aim to protect those truly at high-risk of COVID-19 mortality, including older people, especially those with severe co-morbidities and those in nursing homes and hospitals,” he clarified.

Joffe is not the only doctor in Canada who has called lockdowns into question.

In December, Dr. Gil Nimni, a York, Ontario, emergency room doctor said that lockdowns which send people into “financial ruin” are not the “answer” to the COVID-19 crisis, and that he shakes “his head” at his co-workers who go on social media “ranting” about a full emergency room.


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Another email marketing service stops emails from Republicans, Trump campaign

The purge of Trump and others by Big Tech continues.
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 9:24 am EST
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January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Salesforce, the company that owns the email provider for the Republican National Convention (RNC), claims to have “taken action” to halt emails from Republicans and President Donald Trump. Campaign Monitor, another email provider, had suspended the Trump campaign already last week.

The RNC and the Trump campaign use the email marketing firm ExactTarget, a subsidiary of Salesforce, to message tens of millions of Republicans, typically on a daily basis.

The Trump campaign has not sent any emails to its more than 20 million subscribers since the Capitol protest last Wednesday. The RNC said that it “decided independently to stop fundraising on all of our digital platforms, including on Salesforce,” according to Breitbart.

Some of the inactivity by the committee could be linked to censorship by Salesforce, however, which reported having blocked the “use of our services in any way that could lead to violence,” following the Capitol protest.

Salesforce remains a Black Lives Matter supporter, as well as a notable backer of the radical left-wing “Great Reset” initiative, launched by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The company’s chairman and CEO is a trustee of the WEF.

The full statement released by Salesforce on Monday reads:

We are all deeply troubled by the terrible events of January 6. And while we all hope that they are never repeated, sadly there remains a risk of politically incited violence across the country.

The Republican National Committee has been a long-standing customer, predating the current Administration, and we have taken action to prevent its use of our services in any way that could lead to violence.

President Trump never called for violence before the Capitol protest last week that led to the deaths of four Trump supporters and one police officer. The president later condemned the violence as “heinous.”

In light of the protest, nearly all major social media platforms have blacklisted Trump and the Trump campaign, as have online payment service Stripe and multiple banks. Shopify no longer provides an e-commerce platform for the campaign store.

Republican members of Congress who raised objections to the results of the electoral college, as Democrats have done for decades, also have faced corporate retaliation. The widening purge of Republicans appears to have swept up unrelated pro-lifers, gun websites, and patriotic retailers, among others.

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Yesterday, Trump called out Big Tech for censoring him and numerous others.

“I think that Big Tech is doing a horrible thing for our country and to our country,” Trump said. “I believe it’s going to be a catastrophic mistake for them. They’re dividing and divisive, and they’re showing something that I’ve been predicting for a long time. I’ve been predicting it for a long time and people didn’t act on it, but I think Big Tech has made a terrible mistake, and very, very bad for our country.”

“And that’s leading others to do the same thing, and it causes a lot of problems and a lot of danger,” he added. “Big mistake — they shouldn’t be doing it. But there’s always a counter move when they do that. I’ve never seen such anger as I see right now, and that’s a terrible thing, terrible thing.”


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Evidence shows UK doctors call puberty blocking treatment a ‘live experiment’

The evidence was part of a court case in the UK, and was released only after lawyers successfully argued there is a ‘significant public interest in disclosing the material.’
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 9:04 am EST
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LONDON, U.K., January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Evidence has been released from a recent U.K. court case which ruled that puberty blockers are “experimental” treatments and that children are generally too young to consent to such drugs. Doctors termed puberty blocking treatment a “live experiment” and warned that there was no research to defend using the treatment.

In early December, the English High Court of Justice ruled that puberty blockers are “experimental” treatments and that for the most part they cannot be given to children attempting to “transition” to become a member of the opposite sex without the clinician having recourse to the courts.

The case had been brought by Miss Keira “Quincy” Bell and Mrs. A, the mother of an autistic child, both of whom sued the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, “which runs the UK’s only gender identity development service for children.”

Bell had begun taking “puberty blockers when she was 16, was injected with testosterone at 17 and had a mastectomy aged 20.” Now 23 and living according to her biological sex again, Bell said “she was treated like a ‘guinea pig’ at the clinic, and … doctors failed to carry out a proper psychiatric assessment and should have challenged her more over her decision to transition to a male as a teenager.”

The evidence heard in court had previously been confidential, but lawyers have successfully argued there is a “significant public interest in disclosing the material.” As Christian Post reporter Brandon Showalter wrote, “the ugly, unvarnished truth is slowly but surely coming to light.”

Professor Christopher Gillberg, a renowned expert in child and adolescent psychiatry, testified in court that puberty blocking treatment was a “live experiment” on vulnerable children. “In my years as a physician, I cannot remember an issue of greater significance for the practice of medicine,” he said. “We have left established evidence-based clinical practice and are using powerful life-altering medication for a vulnerable group of adolescents and children based upon a belief.”

Gillberg mentioned how “[t]housands of adolescents are being offered ‘treatment’ with puberty blockers, sex-contrary hormones … surgical procedures,” despite “the non-existent research evidence that these treatments are of any long-term benefit to the young people in question.”

His words were echoed by clinical psychiatrist Professor Stephen Levine, who “repeatedly questioned whether teenagers were capable of understanding the enormity of the ‘irreversible’ process of changing sex,” noting that the injections involved were not scientifically established as a “safe and effective intervention in the short or long term.”

Levine added that “there was no other field of medicine where such radical interventions are offered to children with such a poor evidence base,” warning of “life-long consequences.” Revealing that there had been no “controlled clinical trials” to test puberty blockers, Levine commented that there was a “toxic and febrile context” in which puberty blocking treatment was given, where “critical and cautious voices are shouted down as transphobic, hateful.”

“Such a climate has created an intimidating and hostile environment where silence and acquiescence are the inevitable consequence,” Levine stated. “It is left to those of us at the end of our careers, who have nothing to lose, to voice our concerns.”

The Sunday Times reported that Professor Sophie Scott, director of UCL’s Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, testified that “puberty blockers have profound effects on the developing body, and as part of the changes seen in adolescence involve hormonal effects on brain function, the impact of these drugs on the brain maturation are likely to be deleterious.”

Gillberg and others presented evidence to the court revealing a number of serious effects connected to puberty blocking treatment: “Puberty-halting drugs can harm a patient’s brain and bone development; Clinics are urging gender-changing teen girls to choose sperm donors to fertilise eggs before freezing them; Medics are failing to warn about the infertility risks posed by puberty blockers; Children who regret treatment find themselves ‘locked’ into new bodies; Internet sites persuade autistic children they are transgender when they simply have ‘identity issues.’”

The court evidence showed that children with autism are “particularly vulnerable” to being manipulated, with a “disproportionate number” of children alleging to have transgender identities “who were in care, adopted, autistic, anorexic or had psychiatric or mental illnesses.”

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Christian organization Voice for Justice U.K. released a video warning of the “child abuse” and “inhumanity” of gender “transitioning.” Figures presented show that between 2019 and 2020, 2,728 children in the U.K. were referred to GIDS, the majority being prescribed “puberty blockers.” A huge 97% of children who received such drugs “progress to hormone treatment” as teenagers. These children, Voice for Justice states, are “the collateral damage of Gender Ideology.”

In fact, Voice for Justice affirms the court evidence recently released, as the group notes that children who undergo transition surgery have a “suicide rate 19 times higher than peers, after surgery; impaired brain development, sterility … cancers and premature death.”

The director of GIDS, Dr. Polly Carmichael, claimed in court that puberty blockers gave children time to “to think about their gender identity,” and that the full import of the treatment was explained. However, both Levine and Professor Sophie Scott, a University College London professor, disputed Carmichael’s evidence, with Scott warning of detrimental effects on “brain maturation” and that Tavistock was “exposing young people to significant risk of harm.”


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An eyewitness tells what really happened the day of the Capitol storming

Here is an extremely detailed report about the peaceful part of the rally on Jan. 6.
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 10:54 pm EST
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Editor’s note (LifeSiteNews): This American Thinker report reveals what our four LifeSite staff on the ground and most others who were at the Jan. 6 Washington event experienced last Wednesday according to calls and emails we received. It presents a dramatically different account of that day from almost all of what the media have been portraying. 

The vast majority of the crowds in Washington that day were unaware of what began at the Capitol about 20 minutes or more before President Trump even finished his speech. Most, if not all, were dismayed after learning of the terrible hostilities that took place while they were there only to show support for President Trump, election integrity, and the American tradition of emphasis on the rule of law.

LifeSite journalists later gravitated to the Capitol building and observed and recorded some of the very disturbing events that took place there. They did not enter the building.

 

January 13, 2021 (American Thinker) — [Editor’s note: This may be the longest piece ever published at American Thinker in over a decade. We’re publishing it because it is the most detailed eyewitness report we’ve received primarily about the peaceful part of the rally, including the walk to the Capitol. The media has almost aggressively ignored these facts. Also, the level of detail matters because multiple people are trying to piece together events to determine how the entirety of January 6 played out. Stick with it. It’s fascinating and important.]

The Save America Rally, sponsored by Women For America First, was a totally separate happening from what took place inside the Capitol building. We’re still waiting for the media to figure that out. Yawn. Even so, they’re too biased to be honest and truthful enough to report the distinction so others around the world can know the difference, too. Trump was right when he exclaimed in his rally address that the biggest enemy of the country is the media. Our so-called “eyes” and “ears” are neither.

My brother and I arrived in D.C. at 8:30 a.m. and parked a few blocks north of the Capitol in a garage by the Hyatt Hotel. We walked toward the end of Pennsylvania Avenue and the Capitol came into view through the trees to our left. As we started walking down Pennsylvania Avenue, we looked back at the Capitol a few times. I’d never seen it and was impressed by its size and dominance in the landscape.

The air was mostly quiet except for the people talking along the way. There were some people standing around the park just west of the building. Mostly everyone in our view up the Mall was going in our direction to the rally. My brother asked, “Do you want to go see the Capitol?” I responded, “Not yet. We’ll have time later on. We should just head for the rally.”

When we reached 4th Street, we turned left to walk along the edge of the Mall onto Madison Drive. We again looked back toward the Capitol and then, through the bare trees, ahead to the Washington Monument.

By then, the number of people walking with us to the rally started to increase quite a bit. Over to the south side of the Mall, so many people were carrying banners and Flags, they looked like a parade by themselves!

We didn’t bring any flags or signs. We had our dark winter coats, dark hats, and dark gloves. We joked that people might think we’re Antifa! Soon after, two women did assume we looked like Antifa infiltrators at the rally.

Halfway down the Mall, a sound that seemed from far away made us stop to listen more closely. To me, it sounded like thousands of voices yelling all at once almost as if it were a stadium crowd shouting at a cheerleader’s directions. My brother said it sounded like a jet engine off in the distance, but it wasn’t a continuous sound that a jet would produce. We heard it again. “That could be the crowd up at the rally!” we exclaimed.

Then, we could hear a voice between the crowd’s shouts. Must have been someone speaking at the rally and the sound was making its way to the Mall.  We were still more than a half-mile from the rally! Our level of anticipation increased a lot at that point. Then and there, we believed we were going to see and be part of something that was much bigger than we could have imagined.

We paused across from the Smithsonian American History Museum to take pictures. The Washington Monument was in clearer view above the trees and it looked like a good background for pictures.

Gauging the mood of the people walking with and further away from us, it seemed we all shared the same feeling: This is going to be big and we’re heading to an event together to show our support for a review of the election.  That’s all the people want – a review to either prove or disprove the claims that voter fraud skewed the results. Aren’t we in charge? Don’t we have the right to expect that all votes for any candidate are legal and are counted?

We were at the end of the Mall where no more trees blocked the view of the Washington Monument. Thousands and thousands of people were crossing the roads and coming from the other side of the Mall. The flags circling the Monument were waving straight out.

The hillside facing the Ellipse was totally covered with people. We were maybe 1,500 to 1,800 feet from where the stage was set up and, looking north, toward the Ellipse and White House, there was no lawn to see; it was just a sea of people. That’s where we were headed.

People had fabricated the American flag to wear as capes and into wraps to help keep warm. People made flagstaffs out of fishing poles, broomsticks, 2x4 boards, and fiberglass rods. I only saw two or three flagstaffs that looked like they were designed as flagstaffs. Almost all the rest seemed to be homemade.

Flags and banners as far as we could see across the park were whipping horizontally in the wind. Those with longer fiberglass and aluminum flagstaffs were trying hard to keep hold of them as they bowed like bananas.  Some staffs had up to three flags and banners.

One staff with three flags had a banner that depicted a painting of President Trump sitting at his desk signing something. Standing to his right was Ronald Reagan and Frederick Douglas. The banner was whipping around too much to make out the others surrounding Trump. Some in the painting were shown in the 1770’s type of clothes. We supposed that Founders such as Jefferson, Washington, or Adams were in the scene on that banner.

We kept moving west along the edge of the park toward the bigger crowds down by the Ellipse. There was a large monitor near the base of the slope at Constitution Avenue. Trees and people blocked our view of the White House.  

We noticed that there were massive numbers of people further away to the left of the stage. Although we thought we’d have a chance to get over to that area, we were wrong. The mass of people just stopped, and it looked futile to try to get any closer for a clearer look to the stage. Still, we were near a big screen that people up on the Monument hill could see.

Everyone was so packed together that people were pressing up against one another from all sides. We found ourselves next to a vendor selling t-shirts and sweatshirts, but the crowd was so packed together that we could only see a small part of the vendor’s table. My brother said, “Anyone could grab a t-shirt or sweatshirt and easily get away with it without paying, but nobody’s doing that!”

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Where we were, people seemed to be content with staying put. Some were trying to make their way out of that part of the crowd inch by inch. From all around us we could hear people saying, “excuse me” or “can I squeeze by you?” People were doing their best to turn their bodies to try to give others a few more inches to squeeze through. “Thank you,” people were saying as they moved.

A very small Asian woman and her companion were trying to push through as fast as the crowd could allow them. The woman’s head was bowed down and her gloved hands were pressed to her cheeks, one hand still holding a small American flag between her fingers on a little wooden stick/ She repeated over and over, “I’m claustrophobic, I’m claustrophobic.” It seemed all those in her path made an extra effort to clear a way for her to escape. These small acts of consideration were noticed everywhere we went on January 6.

At that moment, we still had no way to comprehend how large the crowd size was. It wasn’t until two days later that I looked at the map and learned we were standing at the eastern edge of the German American Friendship Garden on the south edge of Constitution Avenue We couldn’t see any street or sidewalk pavement. It was almost too difficult to look down at our own feet! If we could, we wouldn’t have been able to see them anyway!

Masks? Few, if any were wearing them. I was feeling far too blown away with the enormity of the crowds, the size of the area, the history of the park, and in being with so many people who felt the same way we did that I truly had forgotten all about wearing a mask. We had removed them when we started down Pennsylvania Avenue when it was easier to keep a distance from others. We put our masks on and kept them on for almost all of the rally.

“Let’s head for the higher ground,” my brother suggested.

“Good idea!”

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We turned around and did our best to follow the path of the two ladies. Others were trying to find more room, too.  A woman next to us caught our attention. She said, “You guys look like Antifa -- you’re not wearing or carrying a flag and you’re all in black.”

“No, we’re not Antifa, we’re Trump supporters,” I responded with a smile.

She smiled back, but it made us conscious that others were probably wondering what she wondered. I was wearing khaki pants. She couldn’t see them. It took us more than 45 minutes to move a few hundred feet up the lawn towards the Washington Monument.

We stopped along the edge of one of the walks encircling the Monument. Here, people had a little more room, and the view was perfect. Although we could no longer see the White House and could barely see the stage through the trees lining Constitution Avenue. But the monitor and speakers set up in the German American Garden provided all we needed. The tremendous crowds, the views, and the setting of the park elevated our feelings above and beyond.

“We’re looking at America,” my bother said.

“We sure are. What time is it?”

“10:35.”

“Trump is supposed to speak at 11:00.”

In fact, he started around 11:40.

Kimberly Guilfoyle was on stage. Rudy followed, and then Eric Trump. Then a long pause in the addresses until Trump took the stage.

Just before that, the clouds thinned out just a little bit and the scene began to brighten up. The tops of the buildings off in the distance were in sunlight. We weren’t, but we turned around to take a look. It looked like the sunlight was shining from behind the top of the Washington Monument. People were taking pictures of it.  

The crowd cheered in anticipation of the day brightening up, and probably took the cloud opening as a sign that Trump’s address and the sunshine would begin at the same time. Then the wind speed picked up and the thicker clouds filled in the gaps. Danny said later that it felt as if the temperature dropped five degrees when the sun went back into hiding. The sun came out later in the afternoon on our way home.

When the caravan of black vehicles and flashing lights was seen far off in front of us, people began to clap and cheer. Flagstaffs that had not been held vertical rose up straight and were kept high. In a moment, it seemed that all the flags in the crowd went up another foot or more as the people realized President Trump was soon to appear.

“I think we’re about a long par 4 away from the stage.”

“That and maybe more, probably.”

The next day, using Google Maps, I scaled the distance to be approximately 553 yards. My brother was right. It was a par 5 distance to the stage. We judged that we were 200 yards north and down the slope from the Monument. Far from the stage area but still able to make out the flags and video screens on either side of the stage.

People were still pouring in from Pennsylvania Avenue. The masses had gone as far as they could on Constitution Avenue. Who knows how far down Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues the people gathered? To our west, our east, and behind us to the south, the horizon was all people and flags -- maybe thousands of flags, and tens and tens of thousands of Americans.

Congress should have been there to see it. If they had been, I’m sure their accusatory rhetoric once they reconvened following the rioter’s break-in would have been much different. Instead of ranting about how evil the protesters were, and how evil it was for Trump to get everyone riled up to storm the Capitol, they could have checked their hate speech toward us Americans. They could have seen that the rally was docile except for the cheering, clapping, and flag-waving.

But no, they weren’t there. They only repeated what CNN and the rest of the biased media told them. Damn patriotic Americans! Who do they think they are, protesting peacefully and not smashing car windows, burning businesses, and throwing Molotov cocktails at the Police? We’ll show them! We’ll lie about them and get Congress so fired up that anyone who was planning to vote to review the election results will say Hell with that – I’m changing my vote!

It worked. The media has done it again, and again, and again. . . . And the weak-kneed politicians do it again and again and again.

Parades of people carrying their signs and flags made their way through the crowds up near the Monument. A group identifying themselves as Vietnamese were shouting, “No Socialism in America!” They know. They know what it’s like to live under socialistic/communistic government regimes. Those regimes don’t let people’s votes count either!

I’m paraphrasing Trump here, but this is roughly what he said to the gathered people: My advisors told me that if I could get 3 million more votes than in 2016, I’d be unbeatable. I had 63 million votes in 2016. If I could get 66 million, I’d win. I got 75 million votes!

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Groups of Chinese women were going through the crowds with petitions calling for the end of the CCP (i.e., the Chinese Communist Party). We signed. What good will it do in ending the Commies rule of China? Nothing, but the people were making the effort and were maintaining hope for the women’s country. The women were politely asking for help. Seeing the thick stack of paper that looked to be loaded with signatures, they received a lot of help this day. A lot of signatures.

About 50 yards to our right front waved a rainbow flag with a sign saying, “LGBTQ for Trump!” Someone held a big sign painted into the Iranian flag. Printed across it was “Iranians for Trump.” They know what’s going on in America. They want to save America, too.

We noticed state flags of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Alaska in the crowds. Some staffs had the American Flag upside down to signal that the country was in distress. It is, and it will be for a long time to come as long as any American believes enough votes were stolen to make it appear that Joe Biden actually won. The guy that campaigned from his basement and supposedly had 14 million more votes than Barrack Obama got! The guy whose vote count reportedly increased instantly by 12,000 votes in Georgia, and at the same time, Trump’s vote count decreased by 12,000 in Georgia! Gee, how’d that happen, Congress?

Trump said in his address that all he wants is for Congress to allow the several states asking for the chance to recertify their electoral votes to recertify their votes. These are states with Republican legislatures. Given the chance by Congress, they would likely have changed their electoral votes to support Trump. If that happened, Trump would remain President.

But the quislings in the Republican Party would have none of that on Wednesday. “I hope Mike Pence comes through,” Trump said. Whether the Vice President could do what Trump was advised he can do is another thing. Congress could have made it happen though.

I believe if the media had insisted that the small cohort of idiot rioters as had been ginned up by the rally and Trump, a few more Republicans might have voted to allow those several states to recertify their electoral votes. Everyone at the rally -- including President Trump – knew, though, that the odds were not in our favor.

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Too many congressional Republicans are afraid. They want to be liked by the media, but no matter how hard they try to be liked by the media, the media still bashes them repeatedly. There must be some kind of phobia to explain their timidity. Thank God these people weren’t there in America’s first Congress! On Wednesday, the people stood together, and will no doubt remain standing together long after everyone is home and back to their daily lives.

After standing for several hours, our legs were locking up. We needed to move.

“Let’s go,” said my brother.

“Ok, let’s go,” I replied.

It looked as if many others had the same idea and we started to meander toward the Mall with them. Trump was still talking but it sounded like his address would be coming to a close soon.

By the way, we both remarked that the only police we had seen up to that point of the rally were the police directing traffic. There were people up on top of some of the buildings who we figured were the police, but we saw zero uniformed police near the Monument, in the crowds, or anywhere along our walk down the Mall to the Capitol.

There didn’t need to be any police. The people at the rally and on the Mall and streets were respectful and kind to one another. Nobody was swearing, throwing objects, harassing others, or burning the American Flag. The only garbage we saw on the ground – anywhere -- was at the overflowing trash containers close to the sidewalks on 14th Street.

What a beautiful view down the Mall to the Capitol! As soon as the Capitol came into view, we could tell there were people gathered up close to the building.

“Dan,” I said. “Look at the Capitol. Do you see the people there already?”

Since we left before Trump finished, we were among some of the first rally attendees to head to the Capitol. There was no “march” on the Capitol. Nobody we heard or talked with all day called for a march on the Capitol. The rally people just started making their way to the Capitol. If we were organized, maybe there would have been a “march.” But we were all just there to help as participants – not to “march” on the Capitol.

The Mall is about a mile long. The space is enormous. “The size of this park and buildings makes you feel the importance of it all,” my brother said, with “it” meaning America.

A man with a microphone and speakers was set up on 14th street. He was declaring that the Supreme Court is no different than the crooked politicians. “Amy Coney Barret is the same as Schumer”, he was calling out. “It makes no difference who Trump appointed,” he said. He’s right. Only Clarence Thomas and Sam Alito seem to have held the opinion that the evidence presented to the Supreme Court was enough to allow a review of the vote.

Maybe after the pressures of deadlines, when perspectives clear up and enough time has passed, will more people realize that something terribly wrong took place on and soon after November 3 and that a mistake so monumental will mark our time in history with an asterisk. In real-time, maybe some people could not believe that something so big happened. Something happened.

We were about a half-mile from the Capitol when my phone finally made a connection to be able to call my mom. She’s now 94 and can only listen to the radio and can barely see the television. Full of wisdom, prayer, respect for all, and patriotism, we hadn’t told her we were going to Washington.

“Where are you?”

“Ma, Danny and I are walking on the Washington Mall and headed to the Capitol. We just left the Trump rally….”

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She was very happy and proud. So were our other brothers who texted to say thanks for representing the family – the “deplorables” one jokingly texted.

About halfway down the Mall, a young white guy was walking to the Capitol. His arms were outstretched carrying some type of banner. We couldn’t see what was on the banner. He was shouting about the election injustice.

Then in the middle of the Mall, a black man who appeared to be in his early 40’s, was shouting, too. He was pointing both hands to the sky and looking right at the young white guy, “I ain’t black! I ain’t black! Joe Biden said I ain’t black!”

The white guy with the banner rushed up to him and screamed, “You ain’t black! You ain’t black! I know you ain’t black!”

Both were almost laughing, but their mannerisms and loudness caught the attention of many who couldn’t make out what they were doing. The black guy was making the point that since he supports Trump, Joe Biden doesn’t think he’s a real black person. The white guy was playing along and pretending to mock him. It was pretty cool to see two people with similar sentiments about the alleged voting injustices! They hugged and kept walking their way to the Capitol.

Up ahead of us on a park bench, a few people were watching the scene. We could tell by their expressions that they were thinking that a fight was going to break out between the two men. When we approached them, we said, “They’re just playing around,” and explained what they were doing. Smiles and relief came to their faces.

“Where did you come from?”

“We drove up from Texas but attended a rally in Atlanta along the way.”

“Wow, if you go back home through Atlanta, tell them to straighten their act out, will ya?”

They laughed and we kept walking to the Capitol.

We turned around to look back to the Washington Monument. Unbelievable sight. Washington Monument in one direction, Capitol in the other. America. Thousands walking down the slope from the Washington Monument and along the wide paths and lawn of the Mall toward us.

“Danny, I’ll bet the police up on the Capitol never expected this many people. I hope those people up there turn around to see everyone headed their way.”

We’d never seen or felt anything like it. As I write this two days later, I’m wondering, if there hadn’t been so many patriotic-feeling Americans at the rally and walking to the Capitol, would the idiots still have stormed the building? Did they mistake the number of people on the Mall and gathered around the park for a free pass to storm the building?

We’ll not know unless someone says so. Even so, the only ones guilty of causing trouble were the ones who stormed the Capitol – not us, not the hundreds of thousands at the rally, not Rudy, Kimberly, Eric, or the President. Get it, media people?

We arrived at the pool between the General Grant statue and the Mall. There, people were sitting on the low walls surrounding the pool. Most were standing in the plaza. The crowd at the Capitol didn’t attract any attention except that they were up closer than we were.

We made our way around to the left of the pool near where Constitution Ave and Pennsylvania Avenue meet at the Freedom Statue. We were about 100 feet behind the statue next to the pool. People had climbed up onto it to see above the people, or to be seen themselves.

Next to us was a monstrous tree appearing to have a 5 or 6’ diameter trunk. Japanese Zelkova, Latin name Zelkova Serrata is the name of the tree. A couple of young men got boosts to climb up into it. They were carrying small American flags.

Using Google Maps when we got home, we estimated we stood 330 yards northwest of the center of the west side of the Capitol, and about 300 yards from the middle of the group where the rioters emerged from. 

Next to us, a group of three women was praying for angels to come down to help Congress vote to help save America. They let us take a picture of them. A black woman praying along with them held up what looked like an ornately painted horn carved out of a branch. “It sounds like Joshua when he blew the horn to start the Exodus in the Ten Commandments movie,” I commented. The praying was pleading. The women had much sadness on their faces, but their voices expressed hope.

We were in a perfect position at that corner and part of the growing crowd. We could look behind us down Madison Drive and the Mall, down Pennsylvania Avenue and we had a completely clear view to the Capitol building. We stood along some crowd control fences, the type of metal bars that look like bicycle racks.

The people around us were so interesting and the scene was so great that we stayed put. Plus, we had a straight path toward the parking garage by the Hyatt. I recall looking all around the pool at the people, at the General Grant statue, back toward the Mall. Again, we didn’t see any gallows and noose.

We deduced that the crowd way upfront at the Capitol was in place long before we arrived at the place we stopped. The people up in the Capitol crowd couldn’t have also been at the Save America rally.

Maybe a small number were, but there’s no way the rally could have inspired anyone with half a mind to think about battling the police to get into the Capitol. We didn’t think it was at all possible for them to have heard any of the speakers at the rally -- Trump included -- unless the rally had been broadcast through their phones.  We didn’t see anyone listening to their phones all day. The phone reception was sparse at best.

There was scaffolding set up on either side of the balcony of the Capitol. Seating for inauguration day, we assumed.

We saw what looked like a few police up on the balcony and down lower in front by the edge of the crowd, but we couldn’t see the front edge of the crowd that ended up fighting with the police. Then, it looked like a smoke canister flew up and spiraled through the air into the crowd to the right of the scaffolding. Then it flew back toward the Capitol. There didn’t appear to be any commotion in that part of the crowd. The people around us didn’t say they saw people fighting or anything.

The smell of the smoke reached our area. It wasn’t tear gas. The crowd around us didn’t seem to be alarmed one bit. The praying continued and the horn still sounded out. More and more people were coming from the rally. By this time, the crowd was large enough to discourage the people near us from thinking about trying to move up closer to the Capitol. After being scrunched over at the Ellipse, we stayed where we were.

Pop!

“What was that?”

“Sounded like a gunshot.”

Pop! They sounded like they came from the left end of the Capitol. Still, we didn’t see any police running or crowd movement to indicate there was trouble up there. Then there were several deep percussions sounds like a distant and muffled bass instrument.

I was leaning up against the bike-rack barrier at the time and thought the sound may have been from someone rapping the top rail of the crowd control fencing. So, I made a fist and tapped the top of it. It sounded similar to the percussion sounds we heard.

“No, Tom, that’s not where the sound came from. It sounded like it came from up there,” said Dan, pointing toward the left side of the Capitol.

Again, we and the rest of those around us didn’t seem to see anything unusual except for the residue of the smoke canister. Then we saw a few people had climbed up onto the scaffolding that was supporting the inauguration seats. Idiots. But still, we didn’t detect anything but the stupid ones climbing the scaffolding. It was about 1:30.

“What do you think, should we start to head out?” Dan asked.

“Not yet, in a few. It’s nice to take in the scene.”

Around 1:40 we started walking toward the Hyatt just north of the Capitol. I only got a few hours of sleep the night before where we stayed just north of Washington. We had a long drive ahead and we had to make the call to leave so we could have some daylight on the way back to Massachusetts.

The last picture I took was from the park area next to Pennsylvania Ave looking at the Capitol. It was 1:42. We saw nothing going on. People were walking about. The police by the crosswalk were standing calmly and not showing any sign that trouble was brewing anywhere.

It seemed to be just a normal day in Washington where several hundred thousand people descended to attend a Save America rally, to see the President, and to urge and pray for Congress to ensure the vote was fair. We did our part. Congress didn’t.

We were on 295 heading north toward Baltimore when I checked the news on the phone. “Says here a 16-year-old was shot in the neck and was killed, and someone else was shot in the chest!”

We didn’t know who shot or was shot. We thought the two pops we heard were the shots. They probably weren’t because it looks like the people who were shot were inside the Capitol and, when we left, the rioters didn’t look like they had breached the barriers. We doubted we would have heard the shots that killed two people, so the pops we heard may have been something else.

A text came in saying that Vice President Pence caved in. I don’t know. Did he have the ability to make sure some of the states could recertify their electors? Within an hour of leaving, it felt as if we went from a feeling of a great uplifting, patriotic American gathering of people from around the nation who were doing their part to support America and fair elections to “what the hell just happened there!?”

The internet reports we were able to read on the way home weren’t being updated fast enough for us to have realized the full scope of what took place. Only when we got home did we find out what happened. We got double whammed. First, Congress failed. Congress failed to comprehend that the Save America rally was peaceful, respectful, and an example of how vast crowds of Americans can gather to protest without causing any trouble.

There was no window-smashing, turning cars over, burning them, and burning people’s businesses at the rally or by the rally attendees. Nope, any window-smashing and looting were done by kids on bikes. That’s what the news reported. The people there to protest to Save America didn’t riot and get into the Capitol. That crowd was stationed at the Capitol before the rally even started.

The police shot a war veteran in the neck and killed her. A news report showed security forces rushing out of the Capitol. They opened the doors to pepper spray rioters who were stupid, but they weren’t in the building.

Why on Earth would security forces even think of opening those doors? Keep the damn doors closed and locked! Rioters outside the doors can be dealt with by police who are already outside the doors! Your job is to make sure the doors stay closed! If the rioters break the glass, and the doors stayed locked, the rioters would have to crawl through a glass shard opening. Clock them on the head one by one as they try. Pepper spray them one by one as they show their faces. Don’t open the doors -- ever.

One report said the veteran soldier was shot in the chest as she tried to climb in through a door’s broken window. Shot. After 9/11, one may think that a different type of glass would have replaced the glass that was smashed on Wednesday. She shouldn’t have tried to get in. Nobody should have tried. She’s dead and her family has been decimated forever.

We don’t have any more details to share. I’m glad we left before the worst of it. I wouldn’t want my memory to retain sights and sounds caused by terrible decisions. The rally put on by Women For America First was a huge success. Others have used the media to unfairly stain it.

This was just an account of the day, and some thoughts following it, from one of two brothers who were able to make it down to Washington to do our part to help the President and to encourage Congress to vote to review the election. We’d all be satisfied if we could feel confident that the process works, and that the privilege we’ve earned to vote ensures that “We the People” keep our hands on the reins of our government.

Without confidence in the process, votes mean nothing. Stealing votes saps the nation’s mooring lines and the government becomes adrift without purpose other than that of the ones capturing power from us. Mooring lines can be repaired. People we like and don’t may be elected but we have to know that those who win elections won them fair and square. We can accept it when people we didn’t vote for wins if we know they won without cheating, or without others cheating for them.  If voting fraud is allowed to run rampant, America is doomed. They handed us a Republic. Now what?

Thomas P. Smith is a community college professor and a 24-year USNR Navy veteran. 

IMAGES: All images in this essay come from Thomas P. Smith.

Published with permission from the American Thinker.


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Christians need a way through the coming years. Here’s a start

What is the Christian response to the wasteland we find ourselves in?
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 10:40 pm EST
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January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — What is the Christian response to the wasteland we find ourselves in? The situation in the U.S. right now is indeed a wasteland and a republic of chaos. With the compass not set on God, any government, company, family is bound to end up this way.

Now we find ourselves in this situation — the unfathomable has happened. Our country has been handed over to evil forces, and evil seems to reign. (It seemed to reign on Good Friday, too.) I keep thinking about all the unborn babies who won’t see the light of day and the Christians who will be persecuted because Christianity is not welcome here anymore. But lest we become downcast and depressed about the world around us, let us recall these foundational elements of our faith and the promises of Easter.

This is not where we belong.

We are to be in the world but not of it. Our homeland is not the U.S. or this world or this time (though we were “chosen for such a time as this”) — but we are destined for our heavenly homeland, the eternal Jerusalem, made possible by Our Resurrected Lord.

God hears every prayer and never breaks His promises.

He warned us that we would be persecuted because of His name. But if we endure, the Kingdom is ours! Every prayer will bring merit in some way.

Mary leads us in this valley.

Our Blessed Mother is leading us in this valley. After every rosary, we pray that she hear our prayers and lead us through “this Valley of Tears.” She is leading the way. And where does she always lead us? To her Most Blessed Son.

Barrenness always brings new life with God.

If new life was able to spring from the barren wombs of Sarah and Elizabeth, then God will make our land and our Church and our hearts fruitful. Just as after a ravaging forest fire, the land is ripe for growth, so too after our desolation, green shoots of life and faith will spring forth from this barrenness we see before us. Barrenness is a ripe opportunity for God to work and shower His graces.

How must we proceed, then?

  1. We must see the world as it is and realize why we got this way — God must remain at the center.
  2. Then, realizing this fact, we must ask: “Is He at the center of my life?” We must always do more to make Him our center.
  3. We must strive to be our most perfect selves and ask for emptiness from the world, so we may be filled with God. Then He will work through us.
  4. Finally, I believe that direct evangelization will be the most effective and needed way, in addition to prayer, to proceed during this time. We must find “the one.” Jesus always moves to the one lost sheep. Find your one. Find the person or people in your life who need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ — there are many, many people who are unevangelized in our own spheres of influence, and we must find them and fearlessly offer them the message of the Good News.

God wants to work miracles. He is a God of Life and miracles. But He needs vessels who are willing to carry Him and His promises to those who are “mourning and weeping.” God is at work here. His ways are not our ways. May we live lives worthy of eternity spent with Him, when He will open the scrolls of history before us and show us all the invisible ways He was leading us to Himself.


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This Capitol protestor tried to stop windows from being broken

Joseph said he believes there were some shady characters who didn’t seem like typical Trump supporters at the Capitol.
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 6:57 pm EST
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January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Mounting evidence seems to suggest that the rioting at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 was a false flag event where Antifa radicals played a key role.

I recently spoke with “Joseph,” a pro-Trump supporter who was at the Capitol. We have to protect his identity for his own safety.

Joseph said he believes there were some shady characters who didn’t seem like typical Trump voters at the Capitol, and that other rally-goers believed them to be Antifa.

He informed me that he had to tell them to stop trying to break windows at the Capitol building. He also said he didn’t see anyone who was “armed” with guns. 

“This isn’t just some violent mob that’s trying to overthrow the government,” he said. “It was a group of protestors who … got a little bit hotheaded, especially when Antifa started instigating things.”

“It seems like a lot of things were put into this to try to make it look as bad as possible.”

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NeverTrumpers pushing the incitement lie are helping leftists kill the March for Life

It’s clear that people who know better are going along with this silencing attempt for no better reason than that they wish to be rid of Donald Trump.
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 3:52 pm EST
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January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The primary uses of the propaganda campaign to bully the public into thinking President Donald Trump “incited” the storming of the U.S. Capitol last week are obvious: whip up enough fear and anger at the president to impeach and bar him from running again in 2024, divide Republican officeholders who have kept Trump’s base at arm’s length, and create a pretense to expand their war on dissenting social media voices. But there’s one more target that has largely gone overlooked, and it’s slated to descend on the nation’s capital in less than three weeks.

Friday, January 29 will be the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., an event no stranger to controversy, which will almost certainly face unprecedented opposition in light of last week’s attacks. And this time, that opposition will be bolstered a contingent of “conservative” and “pro-life” voices who, thanks to NeverTrump groupthink’s impact on the ability to reason objectively, are now endorsing the exact same “logic” that has been used against pro-lifers for years, and will surely be used to demonize and perhaps even try to cancel the March for Life:

And right on cue:

The “logic” goes like this: even though there was nothing violent about Trump’s speech, it still stokes violence to rail against an alleged injustice (government refusing to address election fraud), which makes people angry, then have those people march to a government building (the Capitol) to protest it.

If we were to accept this premise, then why wouldn’t it apply with equal force to railing against another injustice (the judiciary illicitly forcing all 50 states to allow abortion), which makes at least as many people angry, then have those people march to another government building (the Supreme Court) to protest it?

It can’t be that Trump crowds are more violent than pro-life crowds, for the simple fact that a Trump crowd had never turned violent before January 6.

It can’t be that the underlying causes are different, because executing innocent children on a massive scale for convenience is even more evil – and thus more anger-inducing – than breaking the law to flout democracy. 

And it can’t be that the incitement accuser recognizes the case against abortion is true but thinks Trump’s stolen-election claims are false, because the credibility of a claim matters precious little to the victim of an extremist who believes it. 

The fact that pro-lifers were right about partial-birth abortion didn’t slow the Left down one bit in accusing us of complicity in George Tiller’s death. And, even after acknowledging how Lin Wood and Sidney Powell tainted the case with shoddy work and bad information, the simple fact remains that it is reasonable to question the integrity of this election, based not on conspiracy theories but based on more than a decade’s worth of extensive coverage of vote fraud... much of it published by the same people now claiming Trump has nothing more than “unhinged and poisonous lies.”

It’s clear that people who know better are going along with this silencing attempt for no better reason than that they wish to be rid of Donald Trump. But, as with so many battles of the past four years, it didn’t begin with him and won’t stop with him. Pro-lifers especially should be the first to see through it, and the last to legitimize it.

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Social issues amid COVID crisis cause abortion rate in Canada to rise

Of course, the primary concern of Canada’s abortion activists is that there are too few abortions, not too many.
Wed Jan 13, 2021 - 12:33 pm EST
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January 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Pro-life outreach organizations such as the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (where I serve as communications director) have been concerned since last March that the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the economic conditions created by the government response, could be triggering a spike in the abortion rate. Women frequently choose abortion when they feel fiscally trapped, and the number of people feeling the pinch as the pandemic stretches into 2021 is growing.

Canadian media outlets are now confirming our fears, with abortion activists and workers indicating that they believe the abortion rate is rising. According to Winnipeg City News, the National Abortion Federation (NAF), an organization dedicated to helping women procure abortions, revealed that it got four times as many calls in Canada in 2020 compared to 2019. In 2020, the NAF received 110 calls — the year before, it had been merely 30.

These numbers aren’t a great sample size, but as City News noted, they “reflect a host of social issues like job insecurity, anxiety levels, potential health impacts and socioeconomic status.” With so many careers threatened, businesses at risk, and jobs disappearing, many feel that it is a bad time to have a child. Additionally, many fear going to the hospital; it is also difficult for partners to be part of the process due to COVID-19 health restrictions.

According to NAF director Jill Doctoroff, many of those calling her organization are non-citizens living in Canada who found themselves unable to fly home (or were concerned they could not return if they did), as well as students and those still working through the immigration process. Angela MacDougall of the Battered Women Society also told City News that she has observed a rise in requests for abortion information, and indicated that social isolation is a contributing factor.

Of course, the primary concern of Canada’s abortion activists is that there are too few abortions, not too many. Several have indicated to the media that “access to abortion” is difficult during the pandemic and urged the government to respond. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is currently suing the government of New Brunswick over its refusal to use taxpayer funds to float an abortion clinic in Fredericton, claiming that limited access to abortion in the province constituted a violation of the Canada Health Act as well as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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In the meantime, Canadian pro-life organizations are still faithfully doing outreach, conforming activism to health restrictions and reaching Canadians wherever we can. The Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform still attained a reach of over four million views of abortion victim photography and facilitated thousands of conversations in 2020, and other organisations — especially crisis pregnancy centres such as Aid to Women in Toronto and the Back Porch in Edmonton — have been finding creative ways to reach women during these bizarre times we live in. After all, the government may have announced a state of emergency recently.

Pro-lifers know that children in the womb face a state of emergency every day in Canada.


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