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posted by martyb on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:01PM   Printer-friendly
from the stock-up-on-popcorn! dept.

2021-01-07 14:44:44 UTC: UPDATE (See below the fold).

Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in Congress:

Supporters of President Donald Trump breached the US Capitol on Wednesday while Congress was meeting to certify the Electoral College's votes for president and vice president.

The Capitol has been put on lockdown and the certification vote has been paused. Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated from the building. House and Senate leadership is safe and in undisclosed locations, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Congress' counting of electoral votes is typically little more than an afterthought. But this joint session was expected to be a contentious affair that would last late into the evening and possibly on Thursday. Some Republicans are objecting to the count and delaying the inevitable certification of President-elect Joe Biden's win.

Also at AlJazeera (In Pictures: Pro-trump mob storms US Capitol building) and c|net (Mob storms Capitol forcing halt of election vote count).

[2021-01-06 22:33:53 UTC; UPDATE] NOTE: This is a chaotic time.

The Electoral College votes are currently being confirmed and tallied. Runoff votes in Georgia are being tallied and the results may swing the balance of power in the US Senate. The Georgia secretary of state [has been] relocated from [State] Capitol for security reasons. Mitch McConnell goes off on Trump. Pro-Trump reporter gloats over access to fleeing Hill staffer's computer. And Trump hand-picks replacement for Atlanta's US attorney after surprise resignation.

Let's please try and keep the discussion civil.

Also, please be polite and share your popcorn!

[Updates Begin]:

(1) Fox News reports Biden's Electoral College victory certified -- hours after Capitol chaos:

The U.S. Congress early Thursday certified the Electoral College vote that gave Democrat Joe Biden his presidential victory -- after a day in Washington that was marred by pro-Trump protesters storming the U.S. Capitol.

Vice President Mike Pence, who had announced he would not overturn the will of voters, confirmed the Biden victory at 3:41 a.m. ET.

Lawmakers had returned to the chamber in an act of defiance, with some Republicans who initially vowed to challenge states' results due to voter fraud concerns announcing they'd instead vote to certify.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the breach of the Capitol a "failed insurrection," adding that those who "tried to disrupt our democracy" had not succeeded.

(2) President Trump "Responds" via Staffer's Twitter Account after His Account was Suspended:

Dan Scavino 🇺🇸 🦅@DanScavino:

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Electoral Certification:

"Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our...

Dan Scavino 🇺🇸 🦅@DanScavino:

...fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!"

(3) Facebook, Twitter lock Trump's account following video addressing Washington rioters:

  • Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday said they would lock the account of President Donald Trump after he continued to make false claims about the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
  • Facebook, YouTube and Twitter on Wednesday removed a video by President Donald Trump addressing Washington rioters.
  • Meanwhile, calls are mounting for Twitter and Facebook to suspend Trump's accounts.

(4) The Associated Press has called the results for the Georgia Senate elections: both Democratic candidates defeated their GOP opponents:

With projected victories in the twin races of Warnock and Ossoff, President-elect Joe Biden will have the narrowest majority in the Senate, with both parties holding 50-50 seats apiece, allowing the tie-breaking vote to be cast by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Also at The New York Times.

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  • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:44PM (3 children)

    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:44PM (#1097460) Journal

    Bytram HAS told people off, is doing it more consistently,

    Yes, that is part of the role of EiC. I am not EiC so it is no longer my job. So perhaps you should be asking somebody else to police the comments and the fake news on this site. Eventually you will understand.

    I am not interested in knowing who people are or where they live. My interest starts and stops at our servers.
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  • (Score: 1, Flamebait) by Azuma Hazuki on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:32AM (2 children)

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:32AM (#1097741) Journal

    I reiterate: Fuck off. Keep fucking off. Fuck off until you have circumnavigated the globe and returned to your starting position. Then fuck off again. You will face the consequences of your decision either in this world or the next, but face them you will.

    I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
    • (Score: 1, Touché) by janrinok on Sunday January 10 2021, @10:31AM (1 child)

      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Sunday January 10 2021, @10:31AM (#1097835) Journal

      Gosh, I must have won that discussion in spades. I do love an intelligent exchange of information.

      Will I face the consequences in the next world - have you got any evidence that it exists? Does your 'next world' exclude reincarnation? Or will I have to float down the Ganges on a funeral pyre to qualify? What about leaving my remains to science - will the person receiving my organs have to face those consequences for me? What if I have no religious beliefs, can I nominate you to shoulder that burden for me or do I draw names out of a hat (or would it be a halo)? Or are is it that you simply know nothing about my beliefs and religion and so are imposing yours upon me? Well, you do like to think that I am at your personal beck and call so I could see how you would reach such a viewpoint. But tempting as it is to have another conversation with you I suspect you will not be able to keep it at a civilised level and so I must reluctantly decline the opportunity

      I am not interested in knowing who people are or where they live. My interest starts and stops at our servers.
      • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Sunday January 10 2021, @11:43PM

        by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Sunday January 10 2021, @11:43PM (#1098011) Journal

        And that is how I know *I* won, when you spend ages putting together this bitter, pathetic attempt at mockery.

        Face it, Jan, you fucked up, and I'm not the only one saying so. And if you're that weak that you can't handle some righteous criticism of your own complete lack of spine, *and* unwilling to grow one, that's not my problem. Quit crying and either grow up or fuck off. I don't give a shit what you think or feel or have to say and I could not care less that you're in a position of authority here.

        I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...