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Anniversary of the January 6, 2021

In a couple of days, the anniversary of the January 6, 2021, D.C. riot will be upon us. Fanned by the Press, the riot still seems fresh in our minds. While the U.S. House Select Committee has been an utter failure, if you watch or read the news you can still see that liberals are trying their best to make this a political knockout punch for the upcoming election. But polls indicate that the public isn’t buying what they are selling.

Why?

Well, let’s take a closer look.

Still called an insurrection by liberal demagogues, it was actually a short to medium riot. It began about 12:40 p.m., some 30 minutes before President Trump ended his speech, and wasn’t over until 8 p.m. That’s less than 8 hours, which seems rather short compared to the many riots our nation had endured during 2021.

But the irresponsible press and leftwing politicians saw and still see opportunity in calling it an insurrection. In my book The Facts About the Insurrection, I not only provide a definition of what an insurrection is, but I report on the ‘weapons’ that were used. The facts point to a riot, but an insurrection is more politically correct.

Before and since the book was written the U.S. House Select Committee has been “investigating”. With all their publicity they have failed to prove their case that it was an insurrection and they have muddied the waters with baseless claims.

We will explore more on the other side of the break.

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Now back to the article.

The Facts About the Insurrection remains relevant. It not only sheds light on what happened but explores events occurring before the riot. And it raises questions that have never been answered.

I read an article on January 2, 2022 from the Associated Press. The AP was once a proud beacon of truth that Americans could trust. But not anymore. Today you constantly see reporters mixing their opinions within an article, thus making it appear that their opinion is actually fact.

I challenge to read any article about that day by an AP writer and not come across the phrase ‘a baseless claim’ or something similar. That is an opinion, not a fact.

Oh, once in a while it might actually be true, but in most cases it is the writer’s opinion. And that is just one easy example.

It is a sad day when you can’t believe the Press who are supposed to be above politics, but to this day you still see articles coming from reporters featured in the Associated Press proclaiming what amounts to opinions as facts, as stated above. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind reporters stating opinions, they have a right to have opinions, but when they write their articles that are loaded with opinions and call them facts, that is too much!

Apparently, our colleges and other educational institutions no longer teach ethics in journalism. At least ethics in news reporting. And for a representative democracy such as ours, we need the Press to be honest and trustworthy, something I find increasingly difficult to find.

The Facts About the Insurrection includes facts and my opinions. And the reader will know the difference. There are a lot of conspiracy theories being expressed on the Internet. Some of these have merit and should be investigated by our police, but others have gotten outlandish.

In my book I take a brief look at a few theories. There is still merit in a couple of them and one is not a theory at all, but rests on facts unearthed in the digital world and is being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Catching Up

The Riddle Report 03 02 2021

My writing career has been taking up much of my time (been working on two novels) and caused me to take a break from my blogging. But now I am back and it is time to catch up.

News Item #1 “False Claims”

You can hardly pick up a newspaper or turn on syndicated news without being told that former President Trump has once again repeated his “false claims” about a stolen election.

But this begs a question. Does the fact that the news media calls something false make it false?

One has to surmise that because the various lawsuits were dismissed by the courts that this proves to the media that the evidence was non-existent. But it wasn’t. Unless you had your head buried in the sand there was plenty of documented evidence, including signed affidavits.

There are a variety of reasons why a case would be dismissed by a court. In these cases, it appears that the courts never actually examined the evidence. Perhaps because the courts didn’t want to get involved or because the lawyers presenting the cases didn’t prepare well, or perhaps other reasons. But the evidence was there and was available; and it was not examined. That does not prove the claim was false but indicates problems within the judiciary.

In fact, from where I sit, it seems like most of the cases were dismissed on technical issues rather than evidentiary.

What a sad day!

News Item #2 “Jan. 6, 2021 Riot”

By now everyone knows about the riot that occurred in Washington in Washington D.C. The question is what do we really know? Facts have come forth indicating that the riot was preplanned by people in the Far Right. That would certainly undermine the charge that President Trump’s speech had anything to do with it.

And most people seem aware of the fact that Trump’s words were taken out of context by the Press. His using the word ‘fight’ is hardly a new word. Politicians use the word a lot, both Democrats and Republicans. And they never mean an insurrection or physical confrontation. Generally, when politicians of either party or anyone with a political agenda use the ‘fight’ word it means to take a stand, be principled, to support your cause, and other peaceful actions.

News Item #3 “Jan. 6, 2021 Five People Died!

I’ve been hearing this lately, but it is patently false. The inference of the statement is that five people were killed during the riot. But only one person was actually killed and that was an unarmed woman who was killed by a cop. Whether it was warranted or not will be determined by the police. The other four people all appear to have died due to stress from the riot.

One cop was reported to have been killed by someone smashing his head in with a fire extinguisher. Again, this turned out to be false. Last I heard they were still investigating, but it is possible that natural causes were involved.

But such stories don’t make the news where a story that lays the blame at the feet of the rioters is newsworthy. They’ll print that on the front page and, if a retraction or correction is needed, print it on the back page in small print.

News Item #4 “2021 Stimulus Package”

Typically, when a new President takes office, he gets a ‘Honeymoon’ (see below) but Biden’s $1.9 trillion Stimulus Package is having a hard time. It passed in the House of Representatives, but not by the margin anticipated. In the Senate it has a harder time.

Senate rules is one of the problems. In an effort to bypass the Republicans (perhaps copying President Obama’s health care strategy) the Democrats tried to package the $15 an hour minimum wage with the stimulus bill. But the Senate Parliamentarian ruled that the minimum could not be part of the package. This seems to doom the rush to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Another problem is that not all Democrats support the stimulus package as it came from the House. Without getting into names or personalities this is a major roadblock for the Democrats. They will get most of what they want, but not everything.

News Item #5 “Honeymoon”

As mentioned above most new Presidents get what is called a honeymoon. But President Biden is experiencing some bumps along the road. Aside from the stimulus package he is also having some difficulties getting the people he wants to form his cabinet is proving slower and bumpier than expected. He may end up getting most of what he wants, but he won’t get all that he wants in the time he wanted.

Aside from the problem with Senate Rules, not all Democrats are happy with the Stimulus Package. This may only be one man or several senators, but that is enough to derail the package as it now stands.

What does that mean?

Most likely, the $15 an hour minimum wage is dead as far as the package is concerned. It also means that Biden is already struggling to get his nominees and may not get them all. I doubt that the stimulus bill will be stopped. There is a groundswell supporting helping those in need. I predict that it will pass and be reconciled with the House of Representatives, but it will still contain a great deal of pork.

Stay tuned.

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