Capitol Hill Cowards: Reporters Were the Real Victims of the January 6 Riots

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Before we get to today’s big story, here’s a short video to make you lose whatever little faith you might still have in humanity.

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Capitol Hill Cowards: Reporters Were the Real Victims

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Five people died in the January 6 riot, only one violently.

Three died of natural causes, one of a drug overdose. So we aren’t exactly talking about fit soldiers invading federal property.

The one who did die violently was Ashli Babbitt.

She was shot to death by a police officer whose name has still not been released. The widely-seen video of her killing showed no evidence of her having a weapon or of being a threat to the officer who shot her or to anyone else.

Reporters Were the Real Victims
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Neither she nor any of the rioters should have been in the Capitol Building, but as we’ve seen time and again, there was no “insurrection,” and increasing evidence that the whole, damnable and sad affair was orchestrated at least in part by the FBI.

But who are the real victims? The reporters who covered it in almost complete safety, of course. fabulist Cameron Joseph has the story of “the reporters who survived the insurrection.”


The congressional reporting veteran was in the House gallery when a colleague texted him that the Capitol’s exterior security fence had been overrun. As soon as he stepped into the hallway, he heard the roar of the crowd as they warred with police officers trying to protect the Capitol’s perimeter.

Ahem: Watch The Capitol Police Open The Doors And Invite Protesters In.

He then saw MAGA-clad assailants try to smash open the east doors of the Capitol into the Rotunda before officers with M-16 rifles screamed at him to clear the area. Bresnahan moved to a perch on the floor above Statuary Hall, watching for an hour as rioters flooded through an entrance door they had broken open. At one point, he ran downstairs to help an officer back to his feet who’d been knocked down in a scuffle with rioters. He said he only felt personally threatened once during the insurrection—when rioters briefly cut off his exit route.

AHEM: FBI Says No Firearms Were Found in the US Capitol During the January 6 Riot.

Bresnahan, a Navy veteran who has covered Congress since 1994 and co-founded the D.C. newsletter Punchbowl News, said returning to the Capitol after the riots was difficult.

AHEM: US Capitol Building Surrounded by Barbed Wire Fencing.

Seriously, it was difficult for anyone to return.

Some reporters who were there won’t go back into the building. A number have sought therapy to deal with the trauma. One longtime Capitol Hill reporter opted for early retirement shortly after living through the riot. Many still aren’t sleeping well.


Insanity Wrap could go on in this vein, but why bother?

It all amounts to this: The people who were protected by men with M-16s from being attacked by unarmed, invited-in rioters, are now claiming PTSD.

Crazy, right?

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California homeowner shoots armed home intruder

Insanity Wrap loves a scary story with a happy ending:

The homeowner was eating breakfast when he heard a knock on the door. The owner did not respond which led the intruder, who was armed with a loaded semi-automatic handgun, to kick the door down.

The homeowner, whose identity is not known, shot the 27-year-old intruder twice, wounding him in the chest. First responders arrived at the scene and pronounced him dead.

Sadly, that’s not the end of it, as California continues to crack down on law-abiding people like the homeowner who defended himself and his property from an armed invader:


This includes a new law by the California legislature which limits the purchase of semi-automatic rifles. Under the new law, those under 21 are banned from purchasing such guns and the rest of Californians can only purchase one riffle per month.

The city of San Jose has introduced a new tax on gun owners. This means that every time a gun owner purchases a new firearm, they must pay an 11 percent tax on top of a background check fee.

San Jose city council members have also approved a law that requires legal gun owners to carry liability insurance.

But: “While California has some of the strictest gun control measures in America, it continues to be ravaged by crime.”

H.L. Mencken always gets the last, bitter laugh.

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The judge was brutal in rejecting Michael Avenatti’s objections:

“Avenatti used Franklin’s confidential information to demand that Nike pay him $15 [million] to $25 million, and he did so without Franklin’s knowledge and to Franklin’s detriment,” Judge Gardephe wrote. “In making any settlement paid to Franklin contingent on Nike paying Avenatti millions of dollars, Avenatti acted with intent to defraud his client.”

The jurist said the court was right to reject Avenatti’s bid to have thousands of text messages between Franklin and Geragos admitted as evidence in support of his claim that he believed the $15 million probe was in his client’s interests, because Avenatti was unaware of the messages at the time and thus could not claim they shaped his thinking.


We’ll find out on Friday whether and how much time Avenatti will serve, but if the judge’s remarks are any indication, Creepy Porn Lawyer had better be prepared to dodge a very large book thrown at him.

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