Today is July 17. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room.
1. Associated Press claims no issues with ballot boxes in 2020
(AP) — The expanded use of drop boxes for mailed ballots during the 2020 election did not lead to any widespread problems, according to an Associated Press survey of state election officials across the U.S. that revealed no cases of fraud, vandalism or theft that could have affected the results.
The findings from both Republican- and Democratic-controlled states run contrary to claims made by former President Donald Trump and his allies who have intensely criticized their use and falsely claimed they were a target for fraud.
Drop boxes are considered by many election officials to be safe and secure, and have been used to varying degrees by states across the political spectrum. Yet conspiracy theories and efforts by Republicans to eliminate or restrict them since the 2020 election persist. This month, the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s conservative majority ruled that drop boxes are not allowed under state law and can no longer be widely used.
Drop boxes also are a focal point of the film “2,000 Mules,” which used a flawed analysis of cellphone location data and ballot drop box surveillance footage to cast doubt on the results of the 2020 presidential election.
DML: The AP must be assuming its readers didn’t watch 2000 MULES, and that those of us who did will ignore the video footage. In my opinion the videos support the cell phone data, which by the way is the same technology used by federal investigators when tracking rioters. In a separate article (see link above), the AP attempts to debunk the entire movie, but never dives deep into its own faulty accusations. For example, the AP states that no proof was rendered about payments being made to mules from nonprofit special interest groups. Truth is nobody at the DOJ has moved to investigate the claims, and so to combat the AP’s statement about proof I ask where is the evidence to debunk the film’s accusations about payments? Lets open the books and audit all payments.
The AP surveys are going out to people with a built in interest to declare the boxes legit, don’t you agree? This survey is the equivalent of asking Lance Armstrong to conduct his own drug tests. I believe there was fraud, no doubt, and anyone who tries to brush it off has something to hide. Was the fraud large enough to toss Biden the win, only a forensic audit will answer that question. But nobody in DC, justice, or elections wants the audits to happen. They just want time to pass and memories to fade. I wish they’d prove people like me wrong, because I would love to regain trust in the system. Until then, this survey is as credible as Dr. Fauci telling us the vaccines will prevent Covid from spreading.
2.Biden says Saudi minister who insisted he never raised Khashoggi murder with MBS is LYING
DailyMail – President Joe Biden has accused a Saudi official of lying about the topics discussed in his private meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, while again downplaying his infamous fist bump with the prince.
Early on Sunday, Biden arrived back at the White House from his four-day Middle East tour, and briefly took questions from reporters gathered on the South Lawn.
Hours earlier, just after Air Force One had taken off from Jeddah, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir called a Fox News reporter and claimed that he ‘did not hear’ Biden confront bin Salman, known as MBS, over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Al-Jubeir’s claim seems to directly contradict Biden’s account of the meeting with MBS on Friday, after which the president said that he had raised Khashoggi’s murder ‘at the top of the meeting’ and accused the crown prince of directing the plot.
On the South Lawn, when asked if al-Jubeir was telling the truth about the meeting, Biden bluntly replied ‘No’.
DML: He is a national embarrassment, and anyone who voted for him is in need of a doctor’s visit to get their head checked.
3.NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, 23, who tied race with Lia Thomas SLAMS decision to nominate trans athlete for the award
DailyMail – A University of Kentucky swimmer and one of 2022’s NCAA Woman of the Year nominees, joined tennis legend Martina Navratilova and others in speaking out after transgender swimmer Lia Thomas was put up for the prestigious award.
UPenn has named Thomas, 22, as one of two students nominated for the National College Athletics’ Association’s Woman of the Year Award.
‘This is yet another slap in the face to women. First a female national title and now nominated for the pinnacle award in collegiate athletics. The NCAA has made this award worthless,’ Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines tweeted in response.
Gaines and Thomas famously tied for fifth place in the women’s 200-meter NCAA championships in March, but as there was only one trophy, Gaines was told by the event’s organizers that the trophy would be given to Thomas, while hers would be mailed at a later time.
Gaines wasn’t the only female athlete to tweet her outrage. Navratilova, who has won the most major titles in women’s tennis in the Open Era, also took to Twitter to deride the nomination. ‘Not enough fabulous biological women athletes, NCAA?!? What is wrong with you?!!!!!!!?’ she tweeted.
DML: When they give an award to a sick-minded person who thinks he’s a girl despite having a pecker, then you have to believe the people giving the award are just as sick-minded. I wonder how long this will go on for until someone has the bravery to label it all a huge mental illness. It reminds me of how in the old days smoking cigarettes was glorified until they learned it caused lung cancer.
4.New book claims Steve Bannon admitted Trump ‘would lie about anything’
The Guardian – The former White House strategist Steve Bannon has publicly claimed Donald Trump does not lie. But according to sources quoted in a new book, Bannon told aides: “Trump would say anything, he would lie about anything.”
The former president lies “to win whatever exchange he [is] having at that moment”, Bannon said.
Bannon is quoted in The Big Lie: Election Chaos, Political Opportunism, and the State of American Politics After 2020, by Jonathan Lemire, White House bureau chief for Politico and a host for MSNBC. The book will be published on 26 July. The Guardian obtained a copy.
A Bannon spokesperson on Saturday disputed the sources in Lemire’s book, saying they were inaccurate.
This week, Mother Jones published audio recorded three days before polling day in which Bannon told associates Trump planned to “just declare victory” on election night.
Trump did not do so but Bannon continued to work to keep the president in power.
DML: I don’t trust The Guardian or the liberal who wrote the book, but I don’t trust Bannon either. Remember, Trump pardoned him. Bannon was accused of a crime that the other men he was involved with are now serving prison time for, and that speaks volumes. But that’s just my opinion. I am sure the faithful will call me a traitor for pointing out the facts. The Crazy Left has lots of friends over on The Crazy Right who claim they want truth, but for as long as it doesn’t disturb their fantasies. Some of the crazy right responses I received from my podcast last night prove this true. I also wrote an article about the podcast. Reading some of the comments leaves me shaking my head. I wish my cbd solved brain loss.
5.Nancy Pelosi’s husband buys over $1 million of computer chip stock weeks before vote on industry subsidies
Fox News – Paul Pelosi, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, made a stock purchase of over $1 million in a computer chip company just weeks before a potential vote in congress which would give a massive subsidy to the industry.
Mr. Pelosi made a purchase of between $1 million and $5 million shares of Nvidia, which is a semiconductor company, according to a disclosure filing made by Pelosi’s office. He exercised 200 call options, or 20,000 shares, the disclosure states.
Reuters reported that the Senate could vote on a bill that contains billions of dollars in subsidies within the semiconductor industry as early as Tuesday.
The bill could send as much as $52 billion in chip subsidies as well as tax credits in order to increase competitiveness with China.
DML: And he will get away with it 100%, so too will Nancy. I wonder if they have money in masking companies and vaccine makers.