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August 2, 2020

Do the Right Thing, Democrats

Filed under: Probable Cause — Bill @ 5:38 pm

joe-bidenFormer Vice President Joe Biden’s physical and cognitive condition has deteriorated to the point that he is incapable of serving as President of the United States if he is elected on November 3, 2020, and is inaugurated on January 20, 2021.

For the sake of the country and out of genuine respect for Biden’s decades of public service, the Democrat Party must select a replacement presidential candidate before the party’s nominating  convention begins on August 17, 2020, in Milwaukee.

Everyone who chooses to vote in the November 3, 2020, presidential election is entitled to reasonably expect that one of the nominees on their ballot will be the President of the United States inaugurated on January 20, 2021.  If there is a pre-election bait-and-switch scheme to elect Biden but then have him immediately resign after election or inauguration, those who voted for Biden would rightly feel that their vote had been fraudulently and deceptively solicited and obtained.

The Democrats need to do the right thing.  Choosing competent presidential and vice-presidential nominees at their convention is essential.  The voters on November 3, 2020, are entitled to know that the President of the United States inaugurated on January 20, 2021, will have been duly elected by voters and not be a figurehead for a shadow government selected by party power brokers.

July 27, 2020

Where Have They Been for Four Years?

Filed under: Probable Cause — Bill @ 7:39 pm

Pissed offAccording to a story in Fox News online, a supposedly nonpartisan group called the Transition Integrity Group has been “Quietly [is] planning for what happens if Trump-Biden election is contested.”  The Fox story was based on a longer story which appeared in the Boston Globe.

You can read both stories and decide for yourselves how much attention to pay to either of them.

My first reaction to both stories was this:  For the last four or so years, a group of very dishonorable but prominent public officials at various times including Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Susan Rice, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Rod Rosenstein, Robert Mueller, several members of Congress, a few openly partisan if not corrupt federal judges, and several lesser-known subordinates have been using every effort at their disposal including misuse of the US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to violate the laws of the United States and overturn the will of the voters in the 2016 presidential election.  They have fabricated evidence and falsified affidavits for court orders, and they have unlawfully used the investigative authority of the FBI to first try and prevent the lawful election of Republican nominee Trump and then failing that, to force the duly sworn President Trump to resign or be removed after impeachment.

So where was this self-appointed and supposedly non-partisan Transition Integrity Group when President Trump was and still is being subjected to what amounts to an effort to seditiously interfere with the President conducting the business of his office?   What rock have these reptilian clowns been hiding under for the past few years?

July 11, 2020

A Hint of Hope …

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: — Bill @ 8:57 pm

LiMengYanThe successful exfiltration of Dr. Li-Meng Yan from Hong Kong may offer some hope that American virologists, epidemiologists, and medical intelligence specialists will learn a great deal more useful information about the coronavirus now known as COVID-19.

My own hope is that many of her associates with relevant, verifiable, and related knowledge had already been successfully and quietly extracted and that Dr. Li is the last rather than then first to come out.  I hope they’re all in very secure safe houses being debriefed not only for their detailed knowledge about COVID-19 but also for any knowledge they may have about the biological warfare planning and development by the Chinese Communist government of the People’s Republic of China (ChiCom).

I have tagged many of my recent related OpenCdA posts with “biowarfare.”  Beginning with the first post in the series on April 17, 2020, and then again in a few thereafter, I asked the question, “Would the present US Congress have the courage to propose, debate, and pass a declaration of war against the People’s Republic of China (PRC) pursuant to the US Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 if the Wuhan corona virus release is proven to have been accidental but maliciously and fortuitously exploited rather than explicitly created as a biowarfare weapon?”

The underlying assumption in my question was that as far as we knew, there was no hard and fast evidence that the ChiCom release of the coronavirus was anything other than accidental.  However, as time passed, it became disgustingly clear that the ChiComs had violated international treaties and laws by not timely revealing the release and by withholding critical scientific information about the viral material released.  The ChiCom’s failure to give timely warnings and important medical information to the world has resulted in confirmed deaths to date of approximately 567,649 people.  Among that number, approximately 137,403 deaths have been in the United States.

If Dr. Li or other defectors provide credible, verifiable information revealing that the development of COVID-19 was in fact part of a ChiCom program being planned for offensive biological warfare, then my original question would have to be amended to read, “Would the present US Congress have the courage to propose, debate, and pass a declaration of war against the People’s Republic of China (PRC) pursuant to the US Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 if the Wuhan corona virus now known as COVID-19 is proven to have been created to be a biowarfare weapon even if the recent release was accidental but maliciously and fortuitously exploited by the ChiComs?”

I have little doubt that President Trump would want to have that conversation with Congress, however many members of our Congress, staff members, and some of their very influential constituents have become financially entangled with the ChiComs.  Sadly, we have some members of Congress from both parties who might put their offshore bank account balances and their blinding hatred for President Trump above our national security and the lives of their fellow citizens.

June 29, 2020

Do Black Lives Matter Activities = Domestic Terrorism? You Decide

Filed under: Probable Cause — Bill @ 8:49 am

BLM Marxism

OpenCdA believes that Black Lives Matter (BLM) meets the criteria for federal investigation to determine if the group’s actions amount to domestic terrorism as specifically defined in the US Code.

President Trump says he intends to declare Antifa to be a domestic terrorist organization.  Should Antifa be worried about this Trumpian hyperbolic missile strike delivered via a late-night tweet on May 30?

Probably not.   A President can declare a group of people to be a domestic terrorist organization if he wants to, but his tweeting his opinion doesn’t make it factually accurate or the group’s activities illegal.

On the other hand, the actions and activities of a group of people may violate very specific state or federal criminal laws.  Taken together and proven to be related, those aggregated violations can amount to domestic terrorism.  Regardless of how offensive the group’s name may be, laws proscribe behaviors and activities, not organizational names.

On 06-26-2020, Fox News reported  AG Barr directs creation of task force to counter anti-government extremists such as Antifa, ‘Boogaloo group, more’.  If AG Barr believes there is sufficient evidence to authorize a task force investigation of Antifa and Boogaloo group, then it seems logical he would conclude there is more than sufficient evidence to conclude that BLM warrants investigation, too.

In fact, that investigation may have already begun very quietly long before AG Barr’s memorandum was “leaked” to the Washington Post and reported on 06-26-2020.  Barr has done that before.  Recall that by the time he formally and publicly announced the appointment of US Attorney John Durham to investigate Mueller’s Russia probe, Barr and Durham had already begun that investigation weeks before.  We hope he’s doing it again with BLM.

The purpose of this OpenCdA post is to help explain my reasons for believing a criminal investigation of BLM activities is warranted. (more…)

June 14, 2020

The Police Equation: Defund + Dismantle = Disaster

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: — Bill @ 8:44 am

06-11-2020 - Branco - ChangingGuard

Protestors” are demanding the governing bodies over several large police agencies, notably New York City, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Los Angeles,  must defund or dismantle their police departments.

OpenCdA has some suggestions for questions or concerns that voters might want to discuss with their respective elected governing bodies in cities considering defunding or dismantling their police departments .

  • What condition is so imminently dangerous to our city that its correction can only be defunding or dismantling our police agency?  What characteristics of that condition are so severe, so grave, that they justify the risks associated with removal of police authority and protection?
  • The police are accountable to us, the voters,  through direct oversight by you, our local governing body of elected officials.  We elected you to set the city’s policy, among them the objectives for law enforcement.  That makes  you responsible for the quality of service delivered by the police to us, the taxpayers.
  • If you agree to the demands for defunding and dismantling, it must be because you also agree that the police have failed to perform their duties sufficiently diligently to overcome the need to replace the police.  So why have you, our governing body of elected officials, failed in your oversight duties for so long and allowed the police performance to deteriorate to the present dangerous condition?
  • If you, our city’s elected governing body, have with sufficient clarity and precision identified the city’s criminal justice policy objectives to the police chief, why haven’t you fulfilled your duties as elected officials to diligently and timely supervise the chief to ensure the police department was making progress toward achieving those objectives? You are trying to blame it on the police to divert our attention from your own failure to perform your duties as an elected councilor.
  • Your public statements that you are considering defunding and dismantling the police department amounts to a statement of no confidence in the police and is thereby undermining the discipline and morale of the existing sworn and unsworn police employees.  Do you have the foggiest idea about how even seriously talking about defunding and dismantling affects departmental morale and safety?  Do you even care?  Once you have defunded and dismantled the existing police department, who will enforce the state laws in the city?  Who will respond to calls for service that used to be handled by the police? Who is ever going to want to work for this city government as a police officer again?
  • What federal and state law enforcement agencies are going to give our city access to sensitive law enforcement information and important services such as NCIC and NLETS if we defund and dismantle our police department?  What happens to our ability to participate in task forces such as JTTF, HIDTA, and OCDETF?
  • Assuming our state has standards for peace officer certification and training, how long will it take and how much will it cost to re-establish the “rule of law?”   Remember, councilor, your defunding and dismantling the agency removes everyone.  You’ve got to replace all line and staff employees, not just recruit new officers.  Even if some employees are rehired, they are going to have to be retrained into the replacement agency’s culture.  Who is going to do that, and how long will it take?
  • How will defunding and dismantling our police department affect mutual aid agreements with other police departments?
  • How will defunding and dismantling our police department affect the safety of other city employees including fire department, emergency medical service, water and sewer services, street and road services?  Who will ensure their safety by first securing a dangerous incident scene so the next responders can enter and then by remaining on-scene to protect the next responders from attacks by their victim and bystanders?
  • How will defunding and dismantling our police department enable you to ensure the security of city facilities and utilities?
  • How will defunding and dismantling our police department affect our city’s ability to attract new businesses and retain existing ones?
  • How will defunding and dismantling our police department affect our personal and business insurance rates?  For that matter, will defunding and dismantling cause some insurers to decline writing new policies here altogether?
  • How will defunding and dismantling our police department affect our ability to get personal and business loans at affordable rates if we can get them at all?
  • How will defunding and dismantling our police department affect the willingness of commercial cargo and passenger transportation companies to provide services and people to and from our city?
  • How will defunding and dismantling our police department affect our city’s own credit rating?
  • How will defunding and dismantling our police department affect our city’s ability to get federal and state financial support including loans and grants?
  • Once you have defunded and dismantled our police department, what is the alternative and how well will it work?

There are undoubtedly many more and much better questions that taxpayers and voters might want to ask their own elected officials.  It might be a good idea to ask them before the excrement hits the spinning impeller as it has already in Minneapolis, New York City, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

June 13, 2020

Starbucks Supports Black Lives Matter

Filed under: Probable Cause — Bill @ 3:24 pm

06-13-2020 Starbucks Tweet

On June 12, 2020, Starbucks Coffee announced that store partners would be allowed to wear apparel in support of Black Lives Matter.  The announcement was included in the tweet shown above, and the image is the one that will appear on the tee-shirts Starbucks is sending to its baristas.

OpenCdA wonders if Starbucks’ poobahs have read this article which appeared in the June 3, 2020, DailyMail online article entitled  EXCLUSIVE: ‘We prepare to stop these murders by any means necessary.’ Black Lives Matter leader declares war on police and group is ‘training our people to defend our communities’ in Black Panther style armed ‘patrols’.

This should make for some interesting discussion between the police officers who frequent Starbucks and the baristas who serve them coffee.

June 11, 2020

Seattle in Surrender

Filed under: Probable Cause — Bill @ 9:02 am

Benson cartoon

For those of you following the takeover of a seven block area of Seattle, Washington’s Capitol Hill district by armed anarchists, here is a link to the anarchists’ demands.    It is captioned “The Demands of the Collective Black Voices At Free Capitol Hill to the Government of Seattle, Washington“.  The area surrendered by the City of Seattle is now known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ).  Here is a map link to the CHAZ.

If you are interested in listening to live-streamed radio commentary on the takeover, set your device up for streaming audio to the Todd Herman show from 6 AM until 9 AM Monday-thru-Friday on KTTH AM from Seattle.

If you’re in eastern Washington/northern Idaho and are interested in how far away this is, here is a link to the Google map routing with drive time and mileage.

 

May 30, 2020

Will the Lynching Be Televised?

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , , — Bill @ 3:05 pm

Floyd Newsphoto Composite

 

“What lynching?” you ask.

Why, the lynching of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, of course.

It seems as if every maggot-bait national and syndicated radio and television talk show host and pundit and every television and NPR network skews reader who has watched the eight-minute video of Chauvin with his knee on the side of the neck of George Floyd has already publicly convicted former Officer Chauvin of first or second degree murder.  No presumption of innocence, no indictment, no trial by jury of his peers based on admissible evidence.  Just lynch him in public for all to see.

Hiding under their desks,  Minnesota Governor Walz, his Antifa-friendly Attorney General Keith Ellison, and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey seem to desperately hope that maybe rushing to lynch Chauvin will stop the anarchists populating those two highly respected civil rights organizations, Black Lives Matter and Antifa, from burning and looting Minneapolis in memory of George Floyd.   And if using Chauvin’s lynching to sate the blood lust of public officials, anarchists, and entertainers isn’t enough, Walz, Ellison, and Frey might be persuaded to use the same gallows and drop the door from beneath former officers Lane, Kueng, and Thoa for good measure.  Serial lynchings!

No need to bother with a complete and impartial investigation.  Don’t bother with an evidence-supportable charge.  Isn’t the video enough evidence?  And certainly don’t bother with a trial based on a presumption of innocence.  Just march Chauvin out to the gallows, fit the noose over his neck, pull the lever, listen for the neck snap, and wait for any neural post-mortem twitching to stop.  Justice will have been done, won’t it?

Before you start ordering pizza for snacking while watching the lynching, though, please humor me.  I have a few questions. (more…)

May 25, 2020

The Reopen Movement to Overcome Fear

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: — Bill @ 3:27 pm

TFC The Reopen MovementToday, May 25, 2020, is Memorial Day, now and since 1971 a national holiday which was first commemorated in the United States as Decoration Day to remember the soldiers who died in our Civil War.  In 1971 Congress declared that Decoration Day would henceforth be celebrated on the last Monday in May, and it would be renamed Memorial Day to remember all members of the United States military forces who have died in all wars for the cause of liberty.

This Memorial Day there are fewer parades, fewer assemblies of any kind to commemorate and honor our war dead.  The reason for fewer assembly celebrations of the lives of those who fought and died for us is not that we have surrendered our liberty to a more powerful foe.  It’s that we have surrendered it to the debilitating fear of a microscopic corona virus known formally as SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19  introduced into our country by the Chinese Communist government of the People’s Republic of China (ChiCom) in late 2019/early 2020.

If we believe the ChiComs, the COVID-19 virus was zoonotic, born naturally near the city of Wuhan and not created or refined by man as an agent for biological warfare. Likewise, according to the ChiComs, its release that has killed thousands of people worldwide was accidental, not an act of biological warfare forbidden by international convention.

Regardless of whether you believe COVID-19 is the product of bats in a cave or beakers in a lab, the fear of the highly infectious disease has been as devastating as the disease itself on the social, political, and economic institutions in the United States.   That fear has been intensified by our news media whose obvious and abysmal lack of subject matter knowledge of virology, immunology,  and epidemiology make it impossible for them to ask relevant questions and then translate the answers into relevant understandable information.

Similarly, decision-making public officials at state, county, and municipal levels may often have access to truly knowledgeable public health experts providing accurate, complete, and timely information, but like the news media and those of us in the general public, our representative officials may lack the subject matter knowledge to even ask the right questions of the experts, let alone translate their good information into good public policies and practices.

The officials’ initial reaction may be to close everything down.   Close businesses, institutions such as schools and courts, public buildings and offices, shut down air travel and freight.   Force people into social isolation, usually stay-at-home orders or quarantine.

The question is, for how long must everything be closed down?  It seems as if at that point, the political decision-makers, the scientists, and the medical professionals all stand in a big circle facing inward, point to the person on his right, and say, “Ask him!”  Unfortunately, the rest of us (AKA:  normal people) are outside the circle and unable to get answers from those who have locked arms to form the circle.

Eventually, those of us outside the circle get tired of our questions being unanswered and we begin to take matters into our own hands.

Now comes The Reopen Movement.  In the hyperlinked report, it also refers to itself as The Reopen the States movement.  Even if you choose not to read the entire report, the reasons for the movement are clearly and concisely explained in the Introduction on pages 4 and 5.  Please take the time to at least read the Introduction on pages 4 and 5.

As I read the report, I thought of the words spoken by attorney Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775, to the Second Virginia Convention assembled at St. John’s Henrico Parish Church in Richmond, Virginia.  Please turn your computer audio on (.mp3 format) and listen to this seven minute vocal interpretation by Richard Schumann for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Sic semper tyrannis

 

May 22, 2020

Smart Move, Senators

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: — Bill @ 9:28 am

Chinese TakeoutAccording to a press release issued Thursday, May 21, 2020, “Today, Senators Rick Scott, Mike Braun, Marsha Blackburn, Joni Ernst, Martha McSally, Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz introduced the COVID-19 Vaccine Protection Act to prevent Communist China from stealing or sabotaging American COVID-19 vaccine research.”

Of particular interest in the press release was a link to a May 11, 2020, NPR piece entitled U.S. Officials:  Beware of China and Others Trying To Steal COVID-19 Research.

Senator Scott’s press release provides a bullet-point summary of what the proposed legislation will accomplish.

As soon as the exact legislation is posted on the Congressional website, we’ll link to it in an addendum to this post.  It may be S.3837.

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