"Guns were brandished, clubs were swung, flagpoles were thrust, doors and windows were shattered, and the result was five dead...."

The only guns brandished were by the police.

The only death was an unarmed veteran shot by an officer.

Dr. Shermer, I expect much better from you. If I can't trust you to get the facts correct, who am I to trust?


Bob Bevard

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The bigger issue on why the election was lost. Media collusion. Letting JB hide in his basement. 95% negative publicity on Trump. Pfizer holding back the vaccine until after the election. Fake Russian collusion for 3 years by the media. On and on. And I don't even prefer DT as the Republican candidate. The left is destroying this country.

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If you are an advocate of limited constitutional government, individual rights and social as well as economic freedom, whom in the world do you vote for in America in 2022?

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Pretty shallow read!

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Well said!

When I read the title ("What were they THINKING?" emphasis mine) I was ready to point out that the problem was belief not thought. Dr Shermer nailed it once again.

One day, when the stability of our democracy is no longer threatened, we will see the shame of Jan 6 will discourage future Americans from physically opposing tyrants - even if that is an appropriate response. So we must double-down on peaceful support of democracy to prevent tyrants from getting that far.

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An answer to Mr. Shermer's question: They weren't.

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Jan 7, 2022·edited Jan 7, 2022

Alleged… “Insurrection”.

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This is the Glenn Greenwald interview with the author of the book, January 6, by Julie Kelly.

She hits the main points in the interview.

The Extremist 1/6 Prosecutions Proceed with Little Attention - Interview with Journalist Julie Kelly


I watched the interview, read the sample of the book, then bought the ebook.

I knew that there was something wrong with the narrative about January 6. This was deeply upsetting to see the spin and lies built around what happened.

BTW, the only reason I commented, is because of the bizarre claim by Michael that:

"Guns were brandished, clubs were swung, flagpoles were thrust, doors and windows were shattered, and the result was five dead...."

It is disturbing to me that Michael has not really done his homework. That has happened too many times for me to be comfortable.

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Jan 9, 2022·edited Jan 9, 2022

Shermer is conspicuously silent when supporters of the Democratic Party behave similar to or worse than the January 6th rioters, such as their 2011 seizure of the Wisconsin state capitol, their 2017 storming of the Supreme Court and invasion of the U.S. Capitol, their 2018 take-over of the Senate office building, their 2020 attack against Rand Paul following the Republican National Convention, and the many violent protests that have occurred all across the country during the past couple of years.

Shermer claims that Republicans are seeking to thwart democracy and override the will of the people by objecting to the Electoral College’s certified 2020 results. But that’s exactly what the Democrats did following the elections in 2000, 2004 and 2016 - after the last three Republican candidates won the White House.

For nearly two years, the Trump-Russia collusion story towered over the information landscape and devoured the attention of the media and the public. The total number of articles on the topic produced by the New York Times was more than 3,000, amounting to multiple articles per day for the period in question. This was journalism as if conducted under the impulse of an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Virtually every report either implied or proclaimed culpability. Every day in the news marked the beginning of the Trumpian End Times. Thanks to relentless repetition, the Russian collusion story, though refuted objectively, has become firmly embedded in the minds of progressives.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll in early 2021, 76% of self-identified Republicans believe there was “widespread fraud in the 2020 election.” But, according to a 2018 Gallup poll, 78% of Democrats believed Russians not only “interfered” in 2016, but “changed the outcome” of that election. So, more Democrats consider the 2016 election “stolen” than Republicans who feel likewise about 2020.

Speaking about Trump and January 6th, 2021, Hillary Clinton said "I hope historically we will find out who he’s beholden to, who pulls his strings. I would love to see his phone records to see whether he was talking to Putin the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol."

Never mind that the Mueller Report debunked the entire Russian Collusion hoax. The Democrat's endless infatuation with the Trump-Russia story has become deranged. Will Michael Shermer ever step up and question the Democrat's conspiracy theories? Not likely.

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He didn't hide in his basement. Were you living in a cave. Pfizer released the vaccine right after the election. Pfizer has a conviction record of fraud, bribery and racketeering fraud on record. You think they didn't have it several days earlier. Kool-aid. Russian collusion totally initiated on lies. Fact.

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