It appears that Congress members’ lives continued to be threatened after the January 6 coup attempt

Donald Trump

The sourcing for a Guardian story reporting ongoing threats following[10] the January 6 coup attempt[11] strikes me as sketchy:

The police documents were stolen and published by the ransomware attack group Babuk, and some were redistributed by the transparency organization Distributed Denial of Secrets, from whom they were obtained by the Guardian. Various outlets last week published stories based on the data showing intelligence indicating that far-right Boogaloo groups planned to attack various targets in the capital.[12]

Certainly, the story is plausible. Following the attack, a lot of folks, including me,[13] were concerned about the possibility of another attempt. So I’m inclined to give this report[14] the benefit of the doubt.

But there is doubt.

Jason Wilson, “Police records show threats to kill lawmakers in wake of Capitol attack,” Guardian, May 23, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/23/police-records-capitol-attack-lawmakers


Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s population plainly includes a great many lovers of Donald Trump—yes, the campaign flags are still up, well over six months after he lost. And indeed, a plurality of voters for propositions to limit the governor’s emergency powers, which Tom Wolf used to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus,[15] So I was flabbergasted when 50 percent had been fully vaccinated.[16]

Now we’re getting damn near 70 percent who’ve received at least one shot.[17] Assuming they follow through with their second shots, the end of Wolf’s mask mandate may be nearing. And case counts in the state are plummeting, surely a sign of the vaccines’ efficacy.[18]

It would be good to find out why, despite my doubt that they would, so many have accepted the vaccine. They, by the way, are the brave ones. They have risked the opprobrium of COVID-19 deniers and other anti-vaccine activists and they have raised doubts about their fealty to Trump. It’s those who refuse the vaccine who are cowards and losers.

Chris Pastrick, “Pennsylvania inches near Gov. Wolf’s 70% vaccination target for lifting mask mandate,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 24, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/pennsylvania-inches-near-gov-wolfs-70-vaccination-target-for-lifting-mask-mandate/


Housekeeping

My contact information has been updated. I have deprecated the old AT&T (now Google Fi) number because Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) is proving to be much more trouble than it should be and yeah, I’m having problems with Google’s Pixel 5, which frankly just isn’t that hot a phone in the first place.

Basically, it’s good to still have a working phone when I’m in a Verizon dead zone and that’s my plan for the Pixel 5, on which I’ll keep the Google Fi number. All this shit is much more trouble than it should be. By a few orders of magnitude.


  1. [10]Jason Wilson, “Police records show threats to kill lawmakers in wake of Capitol attack,” Guardian, May 23, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/23/police-records-capitol-attack-lawmakers
  2. [11]David Benfell, “Riot or insurrection? Lies or madness?” Not Housebroken, January 22, 2021, https://disunitedstates.org/2021/01/12/riot-or-insurrection-lies-or-madness/
  3. [12]Jason Wilson, “Police records show threats to kill lawmakers in wake of Capitol attack,” Guardian, May 23, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/23/police-records-capitol-attack-lawmakers
  4. [13]David Benfell, “The danger that remains,” Not Housebroken, January 22, 2021, https://disunitedstates.org/2021/01/07/the-danger-that-remains/
  5. [14]Jason Wilson, “Police records show threats to kill lawmakers in wake of Capitol attack,” Guardian, May 23, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/23/police-records-capitol-attack-lawmakers
  6. [15]Stephen Caruso and Marley Parish, “In a pandemic rebuke, Pa. voters move to limit Wolf’s emergency powers; approve referenda questions on racial justice and fire depts,” Pennsylvania Capital-Star, May 19, 2021, https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/in-a-pandemic-rebuke-pa-voters-move-to-limit-wolfs-emergency-powers-approve-referenda-questions-on-racial-justice-and-volunteer-fire-depts/
  7. [16]Frank Carnevale and Julia Felton, “More than 50% of Pennsylvania adults fully vaccinated for covid,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 20, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/more-than-50-of-pennsylvania-adult-residents-fully-vaccinated/
  8. [17]Chris Pastrick, “Pennsylvania inches near Gov. Wolf’s 70% vaccination target for lifting mask mandate,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 24, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/pennsylvania-inches-near-gov-wolfs-70-vaccination-target-for-lifting-mask-mandate/
  9. [18]Frank Carnevale and Julia Felton, “More than 50% of Pennsylvania adults fully vaccinated for covid,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 20, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/more-than-50-of-pennsylvania-adult-residents-fully-vaccinated/; Chris Pastrick, “Pennsylvania inches near Gov. Wolf’s 70% vaccination target for lifting mask mandate,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 24, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/pennsylvania-inches-near-gov-wolfs-70-vaccination-target-for-lifting-mask-mandate/

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