House staffers urge senators to convict Trump in impeachment trial

Dozens of House staffers are banding together to urge senators to convict former President Trump in his impeachment trial, arguing he was directly responsible for inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The letter:

“On January 6th, 2021, our workplace was attacked by a violent mob trying to stop the electoral college vote count. That mob was incited by ex-president Donald J. Trump and his political allies, some of whom we pass every day in the hallways at work,” a draft of the letter states.

The letter goes on to describe how staffers “hid behind chairs and under desks or barricaded ourselves in offices” as the mob stormed the building.

“Others watched on TV and frantically tried to reach bosses and colleagues as they fled for their lives.”

The Hill

White Supremacist Arrested. Found with Stockpile of Guns and Pipe Bombs. Wanted to Attack Democrats, California Governor’s Office, Facebook, Twitter.

Arrested: Ian Benjamin Rogers, Napa County, California.

Officers seized a total of 49 firearms from ROGERS’s home and business, and approximately two dozen ammunition boxes containing thousands of rounds of ammunition. Several of the firearms, including what appears to be a kit-built replica MG-42 belt-fed machine gun, appear to be capable of firing fully automatic. Also seized: 5 pipe bombs and a “White Privilege” card.

Also found: manuals, including The Anarchist Cookbook, U.S. Army Improvised Munitions Handbook, Homemade C-4 A Recipe for Survival, U.S. Army Special Forces Guide to Unconventional Warfare, and a U.S. Army Guerrilla Warfare Handbook.

His text messages included: “I want to blow up a democrat building bad”. “The democrats need to pay”

Read the FBI agent’s affidavit here.

DHS Warns of Domestic Violent Extremists (DVE) and Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs)

DHS remains concerned that Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs) inspired by foreign terrorist groups, who committed three attacks targeting government officials in 2020, remain a threat.

Threats of violence against critical infrastructure, including the electric, telecommunications and healthcare sectors, increased in 2020 with violent extremists citing misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 for their actions.  

DHS.gov

Rebekah Mercer: As Dangerous as Trump?

Mercer has been financing a host of right-wing individuals and groups involved in the storming of the Capitol, The Intercept reported earlier this month, from Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward to “Stop the Steal” organizer Ali Alexander, in addition to her role as a financier of news website Breitbart and the social network Parler. In 2020, Mercer’s father, Robert Mercer, donated $1.5 million to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund, and the Mercers donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Republican National Committee.

The Mercers also own a firearms company, Centre Firearms Co., with a warehouse in Queens, New York, that includes “an Mk 19 belt-fed grenade launcher, capable of hurling 60 explosives per minute.”

“It’s clear that Mercer is not only funding extremist and far-right groups, but she is also reading their rhetoric on her platform, Parler,” said Margaret Huang, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. “It’s no surprise that her language mirrors that of the hate groups — they are all on the same team. We need to start seeing donors like Mercer as part of the problem; she is enabling those who are trying to overturn the government.”

The Intercept

COVID-19 May Hide in Brains and Cause Relapses

Members of the Cult of Trump like to say things like, “There’s a 98.8% recovery rate. What they ignore is evidence that COVID can cause long-lasting damage to the body and its organs after the virus is “gone”. Example:

The coronavirus may remain in people’s brains after infection and trigger relapses in patients who thought they had recovered, according to a new study published in the journal Viruses.

The research team found that the virus was located in the brains of mice at a level that was 1,000 times higher than in any other part of the body. Viral loads in the lungs began to drop after three days but remained high in the brain on the fifth and sixth days after infection, which is when the disease became more severe.

“Once it infects the brain, it can affect anything because the brain is controlling your lungs, the heart, everything,” he said. “The brain is a very sensitive organ. It’s the central processor for everything.”

WebMD

Trump is Such an Asshole. He Tried to Lock President Biden Out of the White House

When President and Dr. Jill Biden arrived at the north portico of the White House after Biden’s swearing in, nobody was there to open the door for them. They were locked out.

The door is normally opened by a White House usher.

The chief usher was sacked, and the staff was sent home early Wednesday, which may explain why the Bidens arrived to find the doors to the North Portico closed.

National Journal

Vicious Threats from Parler Users

A Twitter knockoff site, Parler, was introduced as a place for unfettered “free speech” and attracted a largely right-wing membership.

Amazon’s web service (AWS), which Parler used, shut down the Parler website on Sunday, January 11, 2021, announcing that Parler had violated Amazon’s terms of service.

Before Parler was shut down, a young 26-year old female computer hacker, with assistance from others, managed to download some 99% of Parler’s content. The contents include personal information about those who posted it.

Read more about the computer genius here.

Read more about some of the nasty shit posted on Parler here.

Read more about Parler’s founder here, and please note it was funded by Rebekah Mercer. The Mercers have provided funding to other right-wingers and right-wing efforts such as Breitbart.

Here are a couple of examples of Parler posts:

Whining About Sites LikeTwitter “Violating Free Speech Rights”?

Some (mostly right-wingers) are complaining about websites like Twitter and facebook violating free speech rights of their users.

The first amendment applies only to “free speech” suppression by government entities. It doesn’t apply to private companies.

Moreover, their complaints are often wrong.

Read this:

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