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'Mother of all superspreader events': Expert warns daily COVID deaths 'will double' in days after Thanksgiving

November 26, 2020 in Blogs

By The New Civil Rights Movement

As millions of Americans are traveling across the country this Thanksgiving, ignoring CDC guidance to stay home and not mix households, a medical expert warns daily COVID-19 deaths will soon double.

“It’s potentially the mother of all superspreader events,” Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine at George Washington University, tells CNN Thursday.

The U.S. saw more than 181,000 new cases on Wednesday. Current daily deaths are now about 2000 per day. Dr. Reiner says they could come close to 4000 per day soon.

“I expect that the daily death rate will double in the next 10 days,” Reiner says. “We’ll be seeing close to 4,000 deaths a day.”

There’s already been a massive increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations over the past few weeks, fueling the potential for spread – and death.

“Every day since November 3,” CNN reports, “more than 100,000 new infections have been reported. Every day for more than two weeks, climbing hospitalizations hit another national record. And every single day, hundreds of Americans die of the virus, with both Tuesday and Wednesday recording a daily death toll of more than 2,100 deaths.”

The CDC projects another 60,000 deaths in less than four weeks, 321,000 total coronavirus deaths by December 19.

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‘Kraken’ attorney's message for Trump fans: Make checks payable to Sidney Powell

November 26, 2020 in Blogs

By Ray Hartmann

Today we learned why mobster Don Donald Trump wanted the wildest of his wild-eyed attorneys ejected unceremoniously from his so-called legal team: She was trying to cut into his action.

Yes, TV attorney Sidney Powell can grift with the best of them.

Now that Powell has “unleashed the Kraken” with the help of a copy editor who was smoking the Kraken, it’s time to resolve one of the burning questions of the QAnon universe: “How can we ever show our appreciation to Sidney Powell?”

It turns out you can send her a check as part of a ruse so shameless that Powell isn’t bothering to have your payment made out to the 501 C-4 political “organization” she formed. Just pay the woman directly.

You can goose step your way to www.sidneypowell.com and press the “Donate Now” button to support the “Legal Defense Fund for the American Republic.” First thing you’ll see is a nice photo of Sidney Powell captioned “KRAKEN RELEASER.” Scroll down and you’ll see some small links to the lawsuits followed by a much larger “DONATE BELOW” button.

That’s where you get chumped, as they say in the world of scams.

Look no further than https://defendingtherepublic.org. Would you like to “support our mission and the welfare of the American Republic?”

Just write out your check to “Sidney Powell, PC.” She’s not even bothering to have her pigeons use the name of her “organization.”

As the UK’s DailyMail.com reported, Powell’s “Legal Defense Fund” website was apparently set up November 11, a day after she appeared on Lou Dobbs show on Fox. The DailyMail.com had this to say: “Powell, whose outlandish theory earned a rebuke from the President, has founded a legal defense fund under the Internal Revenue Service category 501(c)(4). The IRS says that 501(c)(4) should normally apply to social welfare organizations and community groups like homeowners associations. It can be used for lobbying activities, but the deductions are not tax deductible like those for nonprofits.

“The website for The Legal Defense fund says that “millions of dollars must be raised to defend the Republic as these lawsuits continue to be filed to ensure victory” for Trump, even though he has now essentially admitted defeat to Joe Biden by allowing the transition to go ahead.”

The good news is that Powell’s lawsuits in Georgia and Michigan presumably will wind up shortly on the trash heap of legal history. Not …read more

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Conservative explains why Trump’s primary motivation in pardoning Michael Flynn was to protect himself

November 26, 2020 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

When President Donald Trump announced, on Wednesday afternoon, November 25, that he was granting former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn a presidential pardon, many of Trump’s critics were appalled but not surprised. Trump also pardoned long-time ally and GOP operative Roger Stone, and many Trump critics believe that a pardon for his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort — who is now serving time in federal prison — is almost certain. One of Trump’s persistent critics on the right, Never Trump conservative David Frum, analyzes the Flynn pardon in an article for The Atlantic and stresses that Trump’s primary motivation was trying to save his own skin.

“Here’s the first and most important thing to understand about the crime for which President Trump just pardoned former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn: Flynn did not lie to protect himself,” Frum argues. “He lied to protect Donald Trump.”

Flynn didn’t lie to just anyone — he lied to the FBI — and he lied about his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016, which was President Barack Obama’s last full month in office and the month before Trump was sworn in as president.

“In the first set of conversations,” Frum recalls, “Flynn urged Kislyak to oppose a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity. The second set occurred a week later, while Flynn was on holiday in the Dominican Republic. There, Flynn sought to convince Kislyak to persuade the Russian government not to retaliate against the United States, over a round of sanctions punishing Russia for intervening in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump.”

Frum goes on to say that in December 2016, Flynn “surely did not know what specifically he was protecting Trump against. But here’s what Flynn did know: Trump wanted to undo the sanctions President Obama had imposed on Russia. That mission would be made easier if Russia did not escalate in response to the Obama sanctions. Flynn sensed that Trump’s preferred Russia policy was based on motives that everybody around Trump recognized as dangerous, even if they could not quite define where the danger lay. So, when asked by the FBI about the conversation, Flynn acted like …read more

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Donor sues Tea Party group for $2.5 million after it failed to show evidence of widespread voter fraud

November 26, 2020 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

True the Vote, a far-right Tea Party-associated group founded in Houston in 2009, has described its mission as fighting voter fraud — and critics have slammed True the Vote for promoting voter suppression, especially in communities of color. The group has been busy this year, vowing to “investigate, litigate and expose suspected illegal balloting and fraud in the 2020 general election.” But Fred Eshelman, a North Carolina-based money manager and True the Vote donor, is suing True the Vote for $2.5 million for failing to show evidence of voter fraud this election year and not keeping him up-to-date on its efforts.

Newsweek’s Darragh Roche reports that Eshelman, who founded the company Eshelman Ventures LLC, “now wants his money back because True the Vote did not provide him with information about their progress and he believes they can’t achieve what they claimed.”

True the Vote, which was founded by Tea Party supporter Catherine Engelbrecht 11 years ago, filed four lawsuits after the November 3 election but has dropped all of them—and in an official statement on November 17, True the Vote announced, “while we stand by the voters’ testimony that was brought forth, barriers to advancing our arguments, coupled with constraints on time, made it necessary for us to pursue a different path.”

True the Vote called its efforts to challenge the 2020 election results Validate the Vote, promising lawsuits in seven battleground states and claiming that it would use “sophisticated data modeling and statistical analysis to identify potential illegal or fraudulent balloting.” Eshelman donated $2 million to True the Vote on November 5 and another $500,000 the following week. But now, Eshelman wants his $2.5 million back and is saying that when he asked for updates, he was “met with vague responses, platitudes and empty promises.”

True the Vote is an offshoot of the King Street Patriots, a Texas-based Tea Party group founded by Engelbrecht. During its 11-year history, True the Vote has been alleging voter fraud on the part of Democrats and has pushed for strict voter ID laws — inspiring critics to say that her real goal is voter suppression.

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Sidney Powell suffers another setback as Georgia GOP county chair demands removal from 'kraken' election lawsuit

November 26, 2020 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

Georgia is one of the states where Republican lawyer Sidney Powell is trying to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and making baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. And on Thanksgiving, Jason Shepherd — the Republican Party chairman for Cobb County, Georgia — demanded to be removed from Powell’s lawsuit in that state.

Shepherd told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “We (Sidney Powell’s associate and I) discussed the Cobb GOP being a plaintiff, and I was open to it considering (a) multitude of troubling issues we’ve seen just in Cobb County. But we needed more information to at least make sure the executive officers were in agreement to us being a party in the suit.”

The Cobb County GOP chairman is complaining that Powell failed to provide the information that was needed for him to be a part of the lawsuit.

“I called Powell’s associate to state we were, unfortunately, not going to be able to be part of the suit,” Shepherd told the Journal-Constitution. “She confirmed she understood. Guess this is what happens when you wait until the last minute.”

In the 2020 presidential election, President-elect Joe Biden won 306 electoral votes in addition to defeating President Donald Trump by more than 6 million in the popular vote. Trump’s campaign and Republican lawyers have been fighting the election results in multiple swing states, from Georgia to Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. Some prominent Republicans — including Sen. Mitt Romney, GOP strategist Karl Rove and former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge — have acknowledged Biden as president-elect. But Powell, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and other GOP lawyers have kept insisting, without evidence, that Trump was the victim of widespread voter fraud and vowed to keep fighting in court.

Powell has been mocked unmercifully by her critics for promising to “release the kraken” with lawsuits in Michigan and Georgia lawsuits. In Norse mythology, a kraken is a giant sea monster — and the phrase “release the kraken” was used in the 1981 fantasy film, “Clash of the Titans.”