Don’t Let Judges Lie to Juries about Conscientious Acquittal | Cato Institute

The Maryland Court of Appeals’ endorsement of the novel (and false) proposition that juries may not acquit against the evidence—and its prospective instruction that state trial judges repeat that misrepresentation of the law to juries—represents a brazen usurpation of the jury’s power. No matter how much some judges may dislike jury nullification, letting them lie to juries to prevent the conscientious acquittal of a defendant is unconstitutional.

https://www.cato.org/blog/dont-let-judges-lie-juries-about-conscientious-acquittal

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Judges should not be allowed to hide jury nullification. Zenger must be rolling over in his grave.

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Bruce Springsteen Promotes Political Healing in Jeep Super Bowl Commercial After Repeatedly Bashing Trump

After repeatedly boosting Joe Biden and bashing Donald Trump during last year’s presidential race, rocker Bruce Springsteen is now pushing for political reconciliation and unity in a commercial that is set to air during the Super Bowl LV telecast on Sunday.

Bruce Springsteen Promotes Political Healing in Jeep Super Bowl Commercial After Repeatedly Bashing Trump

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Like most of the “hard left” “celebrities”, or should we say Marxists, I thought this was the latest example of duplicity.

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Is this hard evidence of illegal ballots in Detroit? The Gateway Pundit now claims that the TCF Center finally released security footage showing that witnesses were telling the truth.

The Gateway Pundit, though, wasn’t ready to walk away from these claims. Instead, two months ago, the site requested video footage from the TCF Center for the wee hours of November 4, long after the ballots should have stopped arriving. The Gateway Pundit finally received the footage a week ago and, since then, has poured through hundreds of hours of security camera footage. According to The Gateway Pundit, the footage revealed that, just as the witnesses said, 50 boxes of ballots arrived at around 3:30 in the morning:

Is this hard evidence of illegal ballots in Detroit? The Gateway Pundit now claims that the TCF Center finally released security footage showing that witnesses were telling the truth.

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“No evidence”?

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It’s Time To Take Seriously Teachers’ Refusal To Teach

In Democrat-run cities across America, teachers are demanding priority access to vaccines and refusing to return to their classrooms. The big fights are in Chicago, Montclair (New Jersey), and California, where the teachers are insisting on working only from home.

Source: It’s Time To Take Seriously Teachers’ Refusal To Teach

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Conservatives rightly resent what’s happening. They support getting teachers back to work but I’d like to suggest a different approach: Shut down the public schools in these cities, give parents vouchers, and let the free market do its magic.

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Time to end the Gooferment Skrules!

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Gold and Silver Coin Demand Straining U.S. Mint’s Capacity

The United States Mint said on Tuesday it was unable to meet surging demand for its gold and silver bullion coins in 2020 and through January, reports Reuters.Sales of U.S. gold bullion coins rose 258% in 2020 while silver coin demand was up 28%, the U.S. Mint said.Heavy buying has continued in 2021, it said, squeezing supplies, which had already been tight as the coronavirus affected

Source: Gold and Silver Coin Demand Straining U.S. Mint’s Capacity

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Anyone wondering why?

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White House reporters say Biden team wanted questions in advance | Just The News

White House reporters say Biden team wanted questions in advance “The key here, it seems, is whether this process is being used to stage the briefings or simply to prepare for them,” said media critic Jeffrey McCall.

White House reporters say Biden team wanted questions in advance | Just The News

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I’d have like the questions in advance when I was in ingineering skrule!

Didn’t happen. And shouldn’t happen.

Argh!

We’ve seen this before with debate questions!

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POLITICAL: Cuomo creates a catch 22?

(Don Boudreaux) Tweet Alec March interviews Sunetra Gupta . A slice: ‘It’s quite curious how much has been invested in this performance of social distancing and mask wearing,’ she volunteers. ‘A culture has been created of virtue signalling and shaming and this culture is adopted by the academics, clearly.

Source: Some Covid Links

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The governor, a self-declared foe of government incompetence, also presented medical providers with the vaccine edition of Sophie’s Choice. Earlier this month, he announced that hospitals that failed to use all of their vaccines would face up to a $100,000 fine; those thatvaccinated anyone out of the state-approved order of operations would face up to a $1 million fine. The kicker: Cuomo created a rigorous hierarchy of who was allowed to receive the vaccine at what point, meaning hospitals had no choice but to throw away expiring doses instead of finding willing vaccine recipients. Better to lose $100,000 than $1 million, I guess.

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Seems like Cuomo is a villanous politicians!

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URGENT: Toddler bleeds to death after swallowing button battery that burned through organs in North Carolina | Daily Mail Online

The couple are sharing Johnathan’s story so that no other family goes through what they have. Jackie said: ‘I just want to make every parent aware of the dangers and make people realise just how many devices have these batteries all over your home. ‘In this case, the back of the remote slides right off, it wasn’t screwed down. ‘After this happened we started doing research into it, something as simple as putting duct tape over the back of the remote could have stopped this. ‘Duct tape is hard for adults to get off, a two-year-old is not going to be able to open it. ‘I can’t bring back Johnathan, but if there is anything I can do to make more parents search through their homes, then that’s something.’

Toddler bleeds to death after swallowing button battery that burned through organs in North Carolina | Daily Mail Online

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As much as those little screws over battery covers are a giant PIA, I’ll be duct taping any battery cover without one.

And, I’ll be notifying the manufacturer also.

I figure that duct taping over a ziplock bag is another approach.

As is, using my vacuum sealer, to keep those batteries “in”!

I realize that the AA and AAA are less risk than the “button batteries”, but better safe than sorry.

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25 Top Accomplishments of President Donald J. Trump | Sharyl Attkisson

25 Top accomplishments of President Donald J. Trump Executive order enacted Jan. 1, 2021 requiring hospitals to provide medical prices to patients upfront so they can shop around. 2. Reversing the ascent of the Islamic extremist terrorist group ISIS. 3. “Most Favored Nation” executive order so that the U.S. (through Medicare) would pay no more for a drug than what’s offered to foreign countries, saving the U.S. an estimated “$85 billion in savings over seven years and $30 billion in out-of-pocket costs.” 4. Moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to the capital of Jerusalem. 5. Building more than 450 miles of new and replacement border wall. 6. Leading U.S. to a level of energy independence (exporting more oil than importing for the first time in 70 years), allowing international policy decisions to be made with less regard to how an oil nation we once relied on would respond. 7. No new wars. 8. Drastic reduction in regulations, opening the door for entrepreneurs and businesses to succeed, expand, and hire more people. According to the Trump administration, they promised to eliminate two regulations for every new one, but actually wound up eliminating 8 old regulations for every 1 new regulation adopted, equating into an extra $3,100 a year for the average American household. 9. Expanding Republican reach among African Americans and other constituents who traditionally lean Democrat.   10. Cutting taxes in an initiative that benefitted every tax bracket. 11. Doubled the child tax credit. 12. Operation Warp Speed: accelerated development of coronavirus vaccines. 13. Eliminated the Obamacare penalty. 14. A series of trade agreements and changes seen as beneficial to Americans, including replacing NAFTA with USMCA. 15. Instead of 2-for-1, we eliminated 8 old regulations for every 1 new regulation adopted. 16. Provided the average American household an extra $3,100 every year. 17. Started the Space Force. 18. Instituted “Right to Try,” allowing terminally ill patients to use potentially lifesaving, unproven treatments. 19. Prioritized and made permanent funding for historically black colleges. 20. Brokered peace deals or normalization agreements between Israel and five Muslim and Arab-Muslim countries. 21. Banned the teaching of “Critical Race Theory” in the federal government. 22. Withdrew from Iran nuclear deal. 23. Withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord. 24. Instituted a Buy American policy within federal agencies. 25. Achieved a $400 billion increase in contributions by NATO allies by 2024 with the number of members meeting their minimum obligations doubling.

25 Top Accomplishments of President Donald J. Trump | Sharyl Attkisson

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Fort Worth Regulators Target Community Fridges Providing Free Food for People in Need – Reason.com

That city’s community fridge project was started by Kendra Richardson, a local high school teacher and activist, Eater’s Brittanie Shey reported in September. Richardson’s successful Funky Town Fridge project soon added two more community fridges. But, as Shey reported last week, the Funky Town Fridge project is in jeopardy now thanks to a perfect storm of inane (and inanely applied) state and local laws. After allowing her to operate for months, Fort Worth officials informed Richardson that the community fridges violate what Shey rightly terms “an obscure, archaic law, passed in 1964, that is meant to prevent children from becoming stuck in airtight appliances.”

Fort Worth Regulators Target Community Fridges Providing Free Food for People in Need – Reason.com

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While I can see how this MIGHT become an “attractive nuisance”, perhaps it’s embarrassing to the politicians and bureaucrats!

Argh!

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POLITICAL: After bitter election, GOP newcomer to focus on election integrity in first term | Just The News

Freshman Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn, the youngest representative in the House in over five decades, says he will be focusing in part on nationwide election integrity in the wake of the bitter and divisive 2020 election season.  Cawthorn, who represents North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, told Just the News that he wants to expand Congress’s investigations into election security beyond the ongoing allegations of voter irregularities that have circulated around the 2020 vote.  “We’re going to be making the law very clear on what you can do when you contest an election, and how you can do it,” he said, adding that he will also support inquiries into early voting practices, which have formed an increasingly larger share of the vote in recent years. Over 100 million Americans cast early votes in the 2020 election, with about 2/3 of those coming via mail-in ballots. 

After bitter election, GOP newcomer to focus on election integrity in first term | Just The News

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Sounds like a great idea, EXCEPT I doubt the established politicians and bureaucrats will let it happen.

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Massive Bengal tiger tries to rip bumper off Indian safari Jeep | Daily Mail Online

Easy tiger! Moment massive Bengal big cat tries to rip the bumper off Indian safari Jeep and even drags the 1.8 tonne vehicle backwards

Massive Bengal tiger tries to rip bumper off Indian safari Jeep | Daily Mail Online

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And new underwear for all!

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The Reason for Ron Paul’s Suspension from Facebook Is Revealed, and It’s Frightening

Those who continue to argue that the social media companies are purely private ventures acting independent of US government interests are ignoring reality. The corporatist merger of “private” US social media companies with US government foreign policy goals has a long history and is deeply steeped in the hyper-interventionism of the Obama/Biden era. “Big Tech” long ago partnered with the Obama/Biden/Clinton State Department to lend their tools to US “soft power” goals overseas. Whether it was ongoing regime change attempts against Iran, the 2009 coup in Honduras, the disastrous US-led coup in Ukraine, “Arab Spring,” the destruction of Syria and Libya, and so many more, the big US tech firms were happy to partner up with the State Department and US intelligence to provide the tools to empower those the US wanted to seize power and to silence those out of favor. In short, US government elites have been partnering with “Big Tech” overseas for years to decide who has the right to speak and who must be silenced. What has changed now is that this deployment of “soft power” in the service of Washington’s hard power has come home to roost.

The Reason for Ron Paul’s Suspension from Facebook Is Revealed, and It’s Frightening

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Free Ron Paul from from Facebook “jail”!

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TINFOILHAT: Evidence Mounts of a Capitol Hill False Flag – LewRockwell

Wednesday night Capitol Hill violence was likely orchestrated to elevate Biden/Harris to power by ending the Trump-led GOP challenge. It had earmarks of a well-planned false flag by US dark forces. It appears that hostile-to-Trump elements infiltrated largely nonviolent Trump protesters. They got access to Capitol Hill after police and federal law enforcers opened barricades surrounding it, letting them storm the building to commit violence.  Wrongfully blaming Trump for what happened got him to pledge a smooth transition to Biden/Harris on January 20 — ending his hope for a second term. It also intimidated most Republicans to go along with what came off with military precision by a superior force against an easily overwhelmed weak one. Inside Capitol Hill, guards led hostile-to-Trump elements to designated areas. Instead of preventing violence, Capitol Hill security facilitated it in what appears to have been the climax to a homeland color revolution to end Trump’s election challenge by violently quashing it.

Evidence Mounts of a Capitol Hill False Flag – LewRockwell

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Was the incident in DC a false flag?

Certainly possible.

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Snakes climb poles using terrifying, newly found ‘lasso’ technique – CNET

“Initially, the baffle did work, for the most part,”  Tom Seibert, a Colorado State University emeritus wildlife biology professor, said in a statement. “Then all of a sudden, we saw this snake form what looked like a lasso around the cylinder and wiggle its body up. We watched that part of the video about 15 times. It was a shocker. Nothing I’d ever seen compares to it.”

Snakes climb poles using terrifying, newly found ‘lasso’ technique – CNET

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“Nature” is amazing!

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NY Post: Big Tech’s assault on Parler proves it’s gone full cartel

History shows that cartels do not survive without protection from governments. (From The New York Post) This is looking more like a cabal supporting each other — at the least, uniting to enforce a common political orthodoxy. A similar argument goes: If you don’t like how Facebook or Twitter enforces its rules, go build your own alternative.

Source: NY Post: Big Tech’s assault on Parler proves it’s gone full cartel

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Let see what the new administration does?

(Any sucker money bets on “nothing”?)

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SECURITY: ESS voting machine company sends threats

Well, let me explain it for you. The ExpressVote XL, if hacked, can add, delete, or change votes on individual ballots — and no voting machine is immune from hacking. That’s why optical-scan voting machines are the way to go, because they can’t change what’s printed on the ballot. And let me explain some more: The ExpressVote XL, if adopted, will deteriorate our security and our ability to have confidence in our elections, and indeed it is a bad voting machine. And expensive, too!

ESS voting machine company sends threats

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Seems very simple to me that we need more checks and balances. It’s not a “Conspiracy Theory”, but a realization that the “methods & procedures” REQUIRE one system to mark and different system to count.

Argh!

(IMHO both parties want an insecure system so they can cheat.)

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Negative consequences of this unchecked spending

(Don Boudreaux) Tweet George Will rightly condemns Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz for playing leading roles in unleashing Wednesday’s mob on Capitol Hill . A slice: The Trump-Hawley-Cruz insurrection against constitutional government will be an indelible stain on the nation.

Source: Some Non-Covid Links

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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy has some wishes for the New Year. A slice:

The negative consequences of this unchecked spending will be huge. The Congressional Budget Office, for instance, warned that an extension of unemployment bonuses and benefits creates disincentives to work and a slowdown of the economy. This extra spending also produces an ungodly level of debt, which academic research shows will ultimately slow economic growth. This means that future generations will both live in a slower-growth environment and face higher taxes to pay for today’s obscene spending. And this doesn’t even address the cultural distortions created by programs designed to pay people not to work.

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So get ready for more disincentives, higher taxes, and higher inflation.

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Twelve Benefits to New Hampshire Independence

Originally published on The Liberty Block , the following is a guest post by Alu Axleman, which represents the personal opinions of the author, and not necessarily that of the Foundation. If New Hampshire were to leave the union and no longer be one of the ‘ Divided States ‘ of America, would our state be better off?

Source: Twelve Benefits to New Hampshire Independence

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This is a nice list of the benefits of secession!

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‘It’s Easy Money’: Nigerian Scammer Laughs about Huge Sums Stolen from COVID Welfare Programs in Bombshell Interview – Foundation for Economic Education

Government bureaucrats were caught flat-footed, and the flood of money being rushed out the door in the name of emergency meant more vulnerabilities than ever. It took many states more than six months to add verification requirements and partially stem the flow. Just to use one state as an example, Washington state usually identifies a few dozen fraudsters in a year—now, it has identified more than 122,000 since March.

‘It’s Easy Money’: Nigerian Scammer Laughs about Huge Sums Stolen from COVID Welfare Programs in Bombshell Interview – Foundation for Economic Education

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So besides it being a “bad” policy (i.e., sets up a counter productive incentive), it was “wasteful” (i.e., more went to fraud then went to real people).

Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy.

So this result shouldn’t surprise anyone.

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Peter Navarro Releases “Art of the Steal” Report | Dan Bongino

Titled “The Art of the Steal,” the report is the sequel to a prior report of Navarro’s on election irregularities that alleged outright voter fraud, ballot mishandling, contestable process fouls, equal protection clause violations, voting machine irregularities, and significant statistical anomalies.

Peter Navarro Releases “Art of the Steal” Report | Dan Bongino

Guess this is like the autopsy of the American Republic. I doubt we will ever have a “fair” election ever again. If we have ever had one? Why won’t politicians and bureaucrats cheat anyway they can now since there is no penalty.

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Why Are U.S. Taxpayers Providing Public Pensions To Millionaire Members Of Congress?

Taxpayers provide pensions, generous pensions, to many millionaires who once worked in government. Not JUST those who were in Congress. (From Forbes) As the longest-serving member of Congress, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) would qualify for a yearly pension of $167,040 if he retired today.

Source: Why Are U.S. Taxpayers Providing Public Pensions To Millionaire Members Of Congress?

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Critics question the necessity of such a system. Why are U.S. taxpayers providing public pensions to millionaire members of Congress on top of a 401(k)-style plan? (The median net worth for a member recently exceeded $1.1 million.)

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Why indeed?

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20 striking findings from 2020 | Pew Research Center

A large majority of U.S. adults (86%) say there is some kind of lesson or set of lessons for mankind to learn from the coronavirus outbreak, and about a third (35%) say these lessons were sent by God. In open-ended survey responses collected by the Center in the summer, Americans pointed to practical lessons, such as wearing a mask; personal lessons, such as remembering the importance of spending time with family and loved ones; and societal lessons, such as the need for universal health care. Other responses were political in nature, including criticisms of both major parties and concerns about the politicization of the pandemic.

20 striking findings from 2020 | Pew Research Center

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I agree about the “politicization of the pandemic”.

I, for one, am not sure that there is a “pandemic”, or an “epidemic”.

Evidence is that: (1) adjusting the number of “cycles” in PCR testing seems to dial up whatever result you want; and (2) no one has identified the “corona virus” yet.

Hell, there’s even a Conspiracy Theory” that “corona 19 virus” may be a vitamin defiiency. I have a lot of sympathy for this question about the #wuflu.

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