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(1) Rush Limbaugh defends Capitol protest as akin to Boston Tea Party rebellion against British(2) Storming of Capitol is like Color Revolutions overseas that MSM called 'Democracy'(3) Democrats cheered while BLM & Antifa vandalized American heritage(4) Media Have Hypocritical Double Standard on Trump vs BLM Protests(5) Why One Bank Thinks Yesterday's Events Are "Only The Beginning"(6) President of Chicago Police Union Defends Capitol Protesters(7) Pence Grants Ted Cruz's Motion To Object To Arizona Electoral College Results(1) Rush Limbaugh defends Capitol protest as akin to Boston Tea Party rebellion against British Limbaugh rebukes those calling for an end to unrest after MAGA mob run riotConservative radio host Rush Limbaugh took a dismissive tone to those calling for an end to violence after the MAGA mob looted the CapitolHe compared the rioters to the colonists who sparked the American RevolutionLimbaugh said Wednesday's unrest was a result of months of American citizens being 'fed up' with left-leaning political activism in the countryLimbaugh has been supportive of Trump's false claims the election was 'stolen' from him and last year received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from TrumpBy James Gordon for dailymail.comPUBLISHED: 10:55 AEDT, 8 January 2021 | UPDATED: 19:10 AEDT, 8 January 2021Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh drew comparisons between the leaders of the American Revolution and yesterday's siege at the Capitol building in Washington D.C. rebuking those 'calling for the end of violence'.Limbaugh, 69, took aim at liberals who protested this summer, claiming they were anarchists using the Black Lives Matter movement as a 'guise'.He continued, saying he forgave yesterday's group of rioters who were simply 'fed up'.'We're supposed to be horrified by the protesters,' Limbaugh said on his program on Thursday.'There's a lot of people calling for the end of violence. There's a lot of conservatives, social media, who say that any violence or aggression at all is unacceptable. Regardless of the circumstances,' he said.'I'm glad Sam Adams, Thomas Paine, the actual tea party guys, the men at Lexington and Concord didn't feel that way,' he continued.Both Adams and Paine were Founding Fathers of the United States who protested British taxation without representation, uniting the American colonies in the fight for independence during the Revolutionary War.Limbaugh has been one of President Trump's most ardent supporters. The day after revealing he had cancer, Trump invited him as a guest for his State of the Union - where he awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.'Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of people — Americans who have gotten tired of being ignored and lied about and smeared as racists by these very Democrats in the media and the popular culture,' the conservative radio icon told listeners.'Americans who have gotten fed up with having election stolen from them by the Democrats, including the White House. Now they think two more Senate seats have been stolen, and they thought they were going to be stolen even before the election.'Limbaugh attempted to further excuse the actions of those who participated in Wednesday's violence suggesting Republicans do not know how to protest or loot despite thousands of Trump supporters appearing at the Capitol.'A tiny minority of these protesters and undoubtedly including some Antifa Democrat-sponsored instigators did decide to go to the Capitol to protest,' he added without providing any evidence. 'The people's house by the way.'Limbaugh then went on to share his frustration by making false claims stating how no Black Lives Matter protesters were arrested for their actions over the summer.On the first day of June alone, more than five times the number of people were arrested than in the breach of the Capitol, according to Forbes.Just 52 people were arrested in Washington after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.The number pales in significance compared to the number of arrests made in D.C. during protests for racial justice last summer after George Floyd was killed in police custody.Between May 30 and June 2 2020, the height of the racial justice protests, 427 'unrest-related' arrests were made, according to Forbes.'As recently as this time last year, anti-Trump protests were held in the Capitol during the impeachment. All of the sudden protesting Congress is being called the end of the world,' Limbaugh said.'Can't have this. The worst crime against democracy in our nation's history. And yet, all kinds of anti-presidential protest were held in the Capitol during the impeachment and nobody was concerned about it in terms of the damage being done to our government institutions.'In making the comparisons Limbaugh failed to point out the differences between the two protests.The Capitol was never forced to shut down because of violence during the impeachment hearings and there were never any suspected bombs found on the premises. The building wasn't stormed and nobody was killed.Limbaugh is currently under going treatment for cancer. He was diagnosed in February after learning about it last January.Limbaugh was diagnosed with Stage IV advanced lung cancer and shared in October that treatments were no longer working, meaning he was going to die.But despite his health worries, he has continued to host his radio show which has been in national syndication since 1988. He missed several shows in October for treatment.Limbaugh has been supportive of Trump's false claims that the election was 'stolen' from him and last year received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump during a State of the Union Address.(2) Storming of Capitol is like Color Revolutions overseas that MSM called 'Democracy' you realize now what you have done? US gets the kind of ‘democracy’ it championed overseasNebojsa Malic6 Jan, 2021 21:29A crowd of protesters stormed Congress protesting a presidential election they claimed had been fraudulent. When this happened in Serbia in 2000, the US called it democracy. When it happened in Washington, DC – not so much.Scenes from the US Capitol on Wednesday, as protesters backing President Donald Trump disrupted the joint session of Congress meeting to certify the election of Democrat Joe Biden, looked very much like Belgrade in October 2000.The sight was later repeated in Ukraine – twice, in 2004 and 2014 – Georgia, Moldova, Belarus, and several Central Asian former Soviet republics. On every occasion, the US backed the "people power," because American NGOs and embassies were supporting what became known as "color revolutions."Same thing happened in 2011 with the "Arab Spring" that started in Tunisia and then burned its way across North Africa to the Persian Gulf. In some places it "succeeded," overthrowing decades-old governments. In others it failed, setting off wars in Libya and Syria and blood on the streets of Bahrain. Again, the US cheered this on as democracy – except for Bahrain, which hosts a major naval base.More recently, the US denounced as illegitimate the presidential elections in Belarus, Bolivia and Venezuela. While Minsk and Caracas managed to resist – and got sanctioned for it – the "democrats" in La Paz were successful for a while, but ended up losing the vote last year.Way back in 2004, the Guardian wrote approvingly about how the US has created a "slick" operation of "engineering democracy through the ballot box and civil disobedience," developing since Belgrade a "template for winning other people’s elections."Now the same mainstream media that slavishly followed the State Department line in denouncing elections elsewhere as "rigged" and color revolutions as spontaneous democracy are clutching their pearls when Americans who believe their election was stolen take to the streets and storm their Capitol.Ah, but this election wasn’t stolen, they’d say – it was pure as driven snow, "most secure ever," all the experts who told us for four years the previous one was "hacked by Russia" tell us so! And Joe Biden won the most votes in history while hardly leaving his basement. Whether you believe this official narrative about the US election or not doesn’t really matter, however. Partisan myopia simply won’t let people understand the magnitude of what is on display here: utter moral bankruptcy of the entire US political and media establishment.Republicans and Democrats alike used "color revolutions" as a political weapon for years, preaching democracy even as their astroturfed coups snuffed out any vestiges of it that might have developed organically. Over the past year, they’ve done so at home as well, using Covid-19 lockdowns to abolish elementary constitutional rights, culminating with changing the electoral rules to better serve "our democracy," defined as whatever gets them power.What did they think people would do when all avenues of airing their grievances were closed off? Meekly submit – or take a page out of the same playbook the politicians and the media spent 20 years celebrating? ...(3) Democrats cheered while BLM & Antifa vandalized American heritage Were For Riots Before They Were Against ThemWhy is broken glass on Capitol Hill so much more precious than the broken glass in Kenosha?Thu Jan 7, 2021Daniel GreenfieldIn 2018, the media was writing up glowing stories about the hundreds of Women's March members who were engaging in "direct action" to disrupt the Senate's Kavanaugh hearings.Hundreds of members from the radical leftist group had invaded the hearings and were arrested. Their travel expenses and bail for the disruptions were covered by the Women's March. Radicals from the March and other leftist groups blocked hallways, shouted down Senate members, and draped protest banners from balconies. Democrats cheered them on.When a leftist mob assailed the Supreme Court, pounding on the doors, MSNBC called it an "extraordinary moment" and praised the crowd, "besieging the Supreme Court" and "confronting senators"."If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them," Rep. Maxine Waters had urged earlier that year.Later, the Democrat House member told MSNBC, "They're going to absolutely harass them".In 2020, Black Lives Matter rioters vandalized the Lincoln Memorial and the WW2 Memorial, along with statues of Gandhi, General Kosciuszko, and Andrew Jackson. The racist thugs marched through the city starting fires, including at a historic church, and tried to besiege the White House. Attempts by federal law enforcement to fight BLM terrorism were falsely denounced as a brutal attack on "peaceful protesters", and as "militarism" and "fascism".Democrat House members took to proposing bills to protect the racist mobs from law enforcement. Meanwhile the BLM mob besieged the White House and battled Secret Service personnel, allegedly forcing the evacuation of President Trump and his family to a bunker.This was the new normal enthusiastically supported by Democrats and the media.A bail fund backed by Senator Kamala Harris and Biden campaign staffers focused on helping the rioters and looters get out of prison. Along with any other criminals along for the ride.Violent protests, including those targeting public officials and legislative bodies, had been championed and normalized by Democrats and their media over the last four years. That included the harassment of officials, property destruction, and assaulting law enforcement.Now, as the Democrats expect to take power, they suddenly decided that rioting is bad.Before the Save America protest even began, the same Washington D.C. authorities who had championed and protected the Black Lives Matter riots, prepared for a crackdown."We want the military, we want troops from out of state out of Washington, D.C.," Mayor Muriel Bowser had ranted when BLM was attacking national memorials and the White House."We will not allow people to incite violence, intimidate our residents or cause destruction in our city," Bowser now insisted, demanding that the National Guard come out to stop the protests.Unless they're Democrats, she failed to mention.D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine had responded to the Black Lives Matter assault by condemning law enforcement. He had issued a statement falsely accusing President Trump of "responding to nonviolent demonstration with war-like tactics". [...]Democrats and the media normalized violence when they were in the opposition and now want to normalize the suppression of political protests and speech as they expect to take power.But media spin isn't real life. And it's a lot easier to break a country than to put it back together.(4) Media Have Hypocritical Double Standard on Trump vs BLM Protests Michael Dorstewitz    |   Thursday, 07 January 2021 01:19 PMWednesday was proof that how corporate media and Democrat politicians report and comment on acts of civil unrest depends upon who is engaged in the rioting.Six months ago The New York Times, which has been described as the national "newspaper of record," made excuses for rioters who attempted to take over the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon.It reported that "the nightly assault on the federal courthouse has been part of a much wider peaceful resistance … that began assembling nearly two months ago in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of the Minneapolis police."The Times continued, "the aim, as it has been in other cities, was to assemble for sweeping police reform and racial justice."Reporting on Wednesday's protest in Washington, D.C., The Times' "peaceful resistance" suddenly became a "mob."Instead of "assembling," the protesters engaged in "rampage" and "chaos," incited by President Trump, which became a "part of his legacy."Liberal Vox's German Lopez  proclaimed during last summer that while "riots are destructive, dangerous, and scary," they serve a purpose, because they "can lead to serious social reforms."Lopez had a change of heart when he reported on Wednesday's melee.He believed that "every person who forced their way into the Capitol should be arrested."CNN reported on the August mass destruction in Kenosha, Wis., as "fiery but mostly peaceful." As CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez described the scene as "an expression of anger and frustration," the entire background was engulfed in flames.Likewise, last year during the BLM protests CNN anchor Chris Cuomo made excuses for rioters.Cuomo said on air, "Please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful."CNN's stance did an about-face when reporting on Wednesday's protest at the Capitol Building.CNN reported, "America faces 13 days of danger before the departure of an unhinged commander-in-chief who set his mob on the US Capitol in an act of insurrection that shattered a more than 220-year tradition of peaceful transfers of power."In September, two Los Angeles police officers were shot in what appeared to be an ambush attack.Jemele Hill, a contributing writer for The Atlantic, showed some sympathy for the shooters."606 lawsuits were filed against the LA police, with 539 against the LA County Sheriff's Office. The county spent $81 M settling or litigating these lawsuits," she tweeted."What happened to these officers was awful," Hill continued, "but it's funny how the police want everyone else to be accountable but them."But when Hill commented on Wednesday's protest, she made it a race issue, claiming that the officers were too easy on the rioters."Let's just be clear about something," she tweeted: "The reason the Capitol police were slow to respond is because they gave these white people the benefit of the doubt and treated it like a joke. Their reaction isn't the same because they see black people as a threat that needs to be eliminated."To be clear one person was "eliminated" Wednesday.It was an unarmed woman named Ashli Babbitt.She was a 14-year Air Force veteran who apparently was shot by a Capitol Police officer while she was just standing there.Ashlli Babbitt was white.But she was a Trump supporter, which apparently makes her death, the result of an outrageous and excessive use of police force, OK.Pollster Matt McDermott observed in 2018 an "incredible scene on Capital Hill right now, where thousands of anti-Kavanaugh protesters have taken over the Hart Senate Office Building."Wednesday he changed his tune to "We are witnessing a domestic terrorism attack incited by the Republican Party."At the first presidential debate, President Trump challenged Joe Biden to denounce antifa, the organization behind most of the arson, looting, and rioting causing billions in property damage.He declined, claiming that antifa is "an idea, not an organization"Commenting on Wednesday's protest, "At this hour our democracy is under unprecedented assault unlike anything we've seen in modern times." He added, "This is not dissent. It's disorder. It's chaos. It borders on sedition. And it must end now."As recently as November, Monica Showalter observed on American Thinker that Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was among Democrat leaders that couldn't bring themselves to condemn the violence perpetrated by Black Lives Matter and antifa.He compared Wednesday's protest, however, to the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor."Franklin Roosevelt set a day aside that will live in infamy," he said on the Senate floor. "Unfortunately, we can now add January 6, 2021 to that very short list of dates in American history that will live forever in infamy."It could only be comparable if one Japanese pilot lost his life, while no American lives were lost.But perhaps the most thought-provoking statement came from Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume."Do not be surprised if we learn in the days ahead that the Trump rioters were infiltrated by leftist extremists," he said. "Note: this is not to excuse any of them."Newsmax has reported that we have no evidence that BLM or antifa actively worked to agitate at the pro-Trump rally in Washington.But we have loads of evidence the media have a big double-standard when reporting on protests and riots that turn ugly, violent, and sometimes deadly.(5) Why One Bank Thinks Yesterday's Events Are "Only The Beginning" TYLER DURDENTHURSDAY, JAN 07, 2021 - 12:45While the whole world is blaming Trump for what happened yesterday at the Capitol, here is a slightly different take from Rabobank's economst Philip Marey who last July predicted all of Wednesday's events in a post we titled "Civil Unrest." Picking up on what he said, here are his follow up observations:As we noted last summer in Civil unrest, in a polarized society trust in institutions is vulnerable. We explained how the polarization in the US is a process that has been decades in the making. No matter who had won the elections, the turbulence in US politics and society was not likely to pass. Protest, riot, insurrection, sedition, coup, … all of these terms have been mentioned on television. The ever increasing polarization of US politics and society has reached a level that poses a serious threat to the stability of the country.Adding some more detail to this ominously view, we go back to the conclusion of his July note, which predicted that what is taking place in the US - and really everywhere - is "Only the Beginning"The question is where does the US go from here? If President Trump is re-elected, he will be at the wheel for four more years, but this time without any restrictions imposed by concerns about re-election. If Biden takes the White House, federal policies will shift to the left again (for more details see the May Monthly Outlook). But will this lead to renewed trust in institutions? Perhaps for some on the left, but what about the rest? In a heavily polarized country, there is little common ground. Meanwhile, if right-wing populism is expelled from the White House, this does not mean it is going to disappear. It will only reorganize. Hopefully in the political arena, but we could also see another boost to violent right-wing extremism. In fact, right-wing attacks and plots account for the majority of terrorist incidents in the US since the mid-1990s. In the last six years, this has grown substantially (Figure 4). So no matter who wins the elections, the turbulence in US politics and society is not likely to pass. In fact, what we are seeing now may be only the beginning.Finally, for all those blaming Trump for the dysfunction in the US the reality is that Trump is and was always only the symptom of a fractured society, torn between a tiny number of haves and record numbers of have nots. The underlying cause is else, as Marey also explained in his fantastic follow up note from last August, "The Wrong Kind of Symmetry."What really mattersIt took the Fed six years to describe symmetry of the inflation target in the Statement on Longer-Run Goals. While not completely irrelevant, it is the wrong kind of symmetry to focus on. While the Fed's step to make the inflation target 'more' symmetric may benefit the wages of the average American somewhere beyond 2022, it does not really address the deeper problem with the role the Fed is playing in the US economy. It could be argued that the Fed's policies have become part of the problem, instead of the solution. At least this should be a topic for debate in the FOMC, instead of talking a whole year about whether to use an average or not.The much deeper problem for the US economy is the asymmetric impact of Fed policies on households and businesses. The Fed's monetary and regulatory policies have contributed to a form of capitalism where the rewards are going to the 1% and the risks are borne by the 99%. The current crisis response has made it painfully clear again that the Fed's policies benefit high income individuals and large corporations, while small businesses and low income individuals bear the burden. While the Fed likes to see itself as part of the solution to America's economic problems, it should ask itself whether it is also part of these problems.It should... but why would it when there is a much more convenient scapegoat to blame for all of America's problems.(6) President of Chicago Police Union Defends Capitol Protesters:
'a bunch of pissed-off people that feel an election was stolen ... There Was No Arson… No Looting' SOMEONE WITH A SPINE! President of Chicago Police Union Defends Capitol Protesters: 'There Was No Arson… Looting…'By Cassandra FairbanksPublished January 7, 2021 at 8:00pmThe President of Chicago's Police Union is standing up for the people who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.Finally… someone with a spine!Speaking to Chicago public radio station WBEZ, John Catanzara of the Fraternal Order of Police pointed out that the protest was "a bunch of pissed-off people that feel an election was stolen, somehow, some way.""There was no arson, there was no burning of anything, there was no looting, there was very little destruction of property," Catanzara added.TRENDING: BREAKING: President Trump Releases Video Message From White HouseCatanzara also stood by President Donald Trump and the concerns about the election being stolen."I don't have any doubt that something shady happened in this election," Catanzara said. "You're not going to convince me that that many people voted for Joe Biden. Never for the rest of my life will you ever convince me of that. But, again, it still comes down to proof."Evidence matters," the police union president continued. "Until that appears, shame on them for what they did, but it was out of frustration."He continued on to note that there were "no fights. There's no, obviously, violence in this crowd. They pushed past security and made their way to the Senate chamber. Did they destroy anything when they were there? No."(7) Pence Grants Ted Cruz's Motion To Object To Arizona Electoral College Results Kelen McBreenJanuary 6th 2021, 12:33 pm"An objection presented in writing and signed by both a representative and a senator complies with the law"During Wednesday's Electoral College vote count, Congressman Paul Gosar (R, AZ) & Sen. Ted Cruz (R, TX) objected to the state of Arizona's submission.Gosar and 60 colleagues submitted an objection to Vice President Mike Pence, which was in writing and signed by Senator Cruz.After the Senate applauded the objection, Pence stated, "An objection presented in writing and signed by both a representative and a senator complies with the law, Chapter 1 of title 3 of the United States Code. The clerk will report the objection."