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Remembering November Third

 

Exhibit One: What She Said

From the wiki:

Objectivism's main tenets are that reality exists independently of consciousness, that human beings have direct contact with reality through sense perception (see direct and indirect realism), that one can attain objective knowledge from perception through the process of concept formation and inductive logic, that the proper moral purpose of one's life is the pursuit of one's own happiness (see rational egoism), that the only social system consistent with this morality is one that displays full respect for individual rights embodied in laissez-faire capitalism, and that the role of art in human life is to transform humans' metaphysical idea
 
From Ayn Herself:

No matter how vast your knowledge or how modest, it is your own mind that has to acquire it. It is only with your own knowledge that you can deal. It is only your own knowledge that you can claim to possess or ask others to consider. Your mind is your only judge of truth - and if others dissent from your verdict, reality is the court of final appeal. Nothing but a man's mind can perform that complex, delicate, crucial process of identification which is thinking. Nothing can direct the process but his own judgment. Nothing can direct his judgment but his moral integrity.
-Ayn Rand
 
A key phrase there is, “reality is the court of final appeal” but the only reality we know is brought to us by our senses, filtered by our consciousness. This is why eyewitness accounts are so problematical. Two (or more) people can see the same event and come up with contrasting opinions as to what happened. The Police and the Courts know this. No human “knows” reality, we only know the version our consciousness feeds us. This is why society sets up Courts of Law, to adjudicate (note the root of the work) between the differing views of reality, which brings us to…
 
Exhibit Two: The Stolen Election

NPR is reporting that the Stark County Ohio Board of Commissioners has rejected the purchase of 1400 Dominion voting machines that were recommended by the local Board of Elections.

The county's Board of Elections had recommended the purchase, but the three members voted to withhold the money for the purchase following pressure from supporters of former President Trump, who falsely accused the machines of manipulating vote tallies in President Biden's favor.
   The commissioners' resolution said, "Whenever there exists a potential cloud...or public perception or concern regarding a vendor's long-term viability, regardless of the cause or reason, the County must take a vendor's long-term viability into account" when spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money.

   While certainly not happy about losing this contract, what this decision gives Dominion in their pending lawsuits is known as “proof of damages” in the legal world. Dominion dominos will now start falling.
 
David Moye:

Former President Donald Trump’s former campaign lawyer Sidney Powell is apparently backtracking on her claims that voting machines were rigged in favor of now-President Joe Biden in the 2020 election. After Trump’s loss, Powell repeatedly argued that Dominion Voting Systems machines were manipulated to weigh votes for Biden more heavily than those for Trump, but she never provided any evidence to support the dubious accusation. Now that Dominion has filed a massive defamation lawsuit against her, Powell is claiming that “no reasonable person” should have taken her prior claims seriously.

Powell moved to dismiss the lawsuit on Monday, arguing that “no reasonable person would conclude” that her accusations of Dominion being part of an election-rigging scheme with ties to Venezuela “were truly statements of fact.”
 
Note: The Museum is better at looking back than forward, but at a guess we would think America’s Mayor will be next, Mr. Pillow will go to trial and Fox News will settle out of court (this could take years).
 
Maria Polletta at the Arizona Republic:

A couple weeks ago Maricopa County was ordered to turn over more than 2 million ballots to the Arizona Senate, which had subpoenaed them in order to prove fraud, despite two recounts showing the voting machines and counts were accurate. The GOP, however, did not like the hand recount method that was used and insisted on their own audit, hence the subpoena.

   Last week the ballots did arrive at the Senate Building in large trucks, 73 pallets stacked with millions of votes. As I wrote at the time, not only was the Senate unprepared to receive millions of ballots, they also had no way to count them, after learning that the firm they initially hired to conduct the audit has ties to Trump and is mired in some legal doo-doo.

   Today, a Maricopa County judge ordered the Arizona Republican Party to pay more than $18,000 to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office to reimburse the agency for the court costs they incurred to fight the baseless lawsuits: Calling its lawsuit challenging 2020 election procedures “groundless” and “disingenuous,” a judge has ordered the Arizona Republican Party — and its lawyers — to pay the state thousands of dollars in legal fees.

   In his ruling, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah contended the GOP's team acted in “bad faith” when it questioned the process for auditing voting machines and sought to delay certification of election results last November. The GOP lawyers said all along that their recount was necessary because otherwise there “will be lingering questions about the legitimacy” of the election results. Judge Hannah was having none of it, pointing out that it is their legal shenanigans, not Arizona’s electoral process, that “cast false shadows on the election’s legitimacy.”

   Meanwhile, two GOP lawyers who brought the lawsuits are named in another complaint before the Arizona Bar Association. 
 
Alison Durkee at Forbes

The U.S. Supreme Court denied former President Donald Trump’s last outstanding post-election lawsuit in Wisconsin Monday, along with a Georgia lawsuit from pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood, delivering a final blow to the ex-president’s legal campaign seeking to overturn the election result as his attorneys argued the case could still be relevant for 2024. The Supreme Court denied Trump’s Wisconsin suit, which sought to challenge the state’s election results by alleging Wisconsin officials imposed “unauthorized absentee voting practices” without the state legislature’s consent. Trump’s attorneys argued in a February court filing that the case was still relevant, because Trump may run for president again in 2024 and the lawsuit “raises important issues...which could be critical in a subsequent presidential election.” The court’s ruling, issued without comment, once again strikes down a frequent argument made by Republicans post-election claiming that state officials acted illegally by imposing voting rules instead of deferring to state legislatures.
 
Steve Benen:

The back-and-forth is tiresome and predictable: Republicans, desperate to suppress voting and rationalize election defeats, will insist there's rampant voter fraud throughout the United States. Democrats will respond by asking for evidence that never materializes. Once in a while, however, Republicans will claim to have credible proof of fraud. This generally causes a stir, right up until those claims are subjected to scrutiny.

In September 2020, for example, then-Attorney General Bill Barr told a national television audience that the Justice Department had "indicted someone in Texas -- 1,700 ballots collected from people who could vote, he made them out and voted for the person he wanted to. OK?" As it turned out, no, it wasn't OK -- the Justice Department soon after was forced to concede that Barr's story wasn't true.

About a month later, Donald Trump repeatedly argued that in Wisconsin, "they" found "a lot of ballots in a river," which had been thrown out because they were votes for him. It wasn't long before we learned he'd made this up.

Earlier this year, Republicans in Arizona insisted that there was election fraud in Maricopa County that helped tipped the state in President Joe Biden's direction. An independent audit debunked the claims, and this week, a judge shredded a state GOP election lawsuit on the matter, calling it "baseless" and "groundless," while accusing Republican officials of "gaslighting."

And then, of course, there's the story out of Pennsylvania that Republicans were briefly quite excited about. The Washington Post reported on the results of a detailed investigation:

U.S. Postal Service investigators found no evidence to support a Pennsylvania postal worker's claim that his supervisors had tampered with mail-in ballots, according to an inspector general's report — allegations cited by top Republicans to press baseless claims of fraud in the presidential election. A Pennsylvania mail carrier named Richard Hopkins originally claimed he heard a local postmaster discussing an election-fraud scheme. He even released a sworn affidavit to bolster his claims. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), among others, took the allegations quite seriously, and the story helped fuel conspiracy theories about Biden's narrow victory in the Keystone State.

But the story wasn't true: not only did the Postal Service's Office of Inspector General discredit the claims, but Hopkins also recanted. The report from U.S.P.S. investigators specifically noted that the mail carrier eventually said, "he had not heard a conversation about ballots at all — rather he saw the Postmaster and Supervisor having a discussion and assumed it was about fraudulent ballot backdating."
 
At the Exit:

There still seems to be some confusion about the impact of the Covid 19 Virus in certain quarters. The problem never was its mortality rate, (the US death rate was up 16% in 2020 over 2019, spin that any way you want) it was always it’s ability to quickly infect a large number of people at one time, therefore overwhelming the local health care system. We’ve all been through the waves in the U.S. and have seen this firsthand. Beds full of covid patients are unavailable for anything else which creates its own mini health crises, one would be patient at a time.  If further “instruction” is needed just look in at and keep an eye on Brazil.
 
 
 
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