The Bookworm Thinker for 5 Nov. 2021

Welcome, all, on this date of 5 Nov.  On this day:

1605 —  The King’s ministers thwarted a plot by several Jesuits to blow up Parliament with 36 kegs of gunpowder when the ministers arrested Guy Fawkes as he tried to commit his crime.  The whole event is described in a famous verse:

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, ’twas his intent
To blow up the King and the Parliament
Three score barrels of powder below
Poor old England to overthrow
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match
Holler boys, holler boys, let the bells ring

A penny loaf to feed the Pope
A farthing o’ cheese to choke him
A pint of beer to rinse it down
A faggot of sticks to burn him
Burn him in a tub of tar
Burn him like a blazing star
Burn his body from his head
Then we’ll say ol’ Pope is dead.
Hip hip hoorah!
Hip hip hoorah!
Hip hip hoorah!

In the wake of his capture, Guy Fawkes was brutally tortured until he gave up his co-conspirators.  Fawkes himself escaped the traitor’s execution of hanging, drawing, and quartering by jumping off the gallows with the noose about his neck, breaking his neck, and killing himself instantly.  Most of Fawkes’s co-conspirators that were captured alive suffered a much more gruesome fate, and at least one of the conspirators was skinned and his skin used to create a book cover.

Now on to the important part of this post.

Ms. Book W. Room, writing under the nom de guerre of Andrea Widburg, is employed by the conservative site, American Thinker, to edit submissions to the site and to write several daily posts of her own.  Below are her posts on this date.  Since commentary to the posts are restricted at American Thinker (long story), feel free to comment on the day’s offerings below.

Today’s Offerings:

The Kyle Rittenhouse trial is a master class in how not to prosecute a case

On August 25, 2020, 17-year-old syle Rittenhouse, armed with an AR-15 and a medical kit, went to Kenosha, Wisconsin to offer first aid and protect businesses against looting and arson.  By evening’s end, Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber were dead, and Gaige Grosskreutz had a hole in his arm.  Rittenhouse is now being tried for murder, although he claims — and video evidence and witness testimony confirm — he acted in self-defense.

The trial started this week, and it’s been sufficiently fascinating, thanks to mismanaged evidence (including FBI wrongdoing) and an incompetent prosecutor, to merit a short review.  These are some highlights.  Andrew Branca’s superb posts at Legal Insurrection have more details. . . .

Continue reading at American Thinker


The latest Durham indictment is a big one

The Democrats’ nefarious Russia hoax, which sucked time, life, and political capital out of the Trump presidency, is really getting exposed.  With the arrest of Igor Danchenko and the release of the indictment behind the arrest, we’re finally getting a chance to see that the Russia hoax was a fraud from beginning to end and that it reached the highest echelons of Hillary Clinton’s circles.

The Russia hoax, which the Dems unleashed in 2016 and that exploded on the scene with the “pee-pee tape” allegations when BuzzFeed published the Steele dossier shortly before Trump’s inauguration, dominated much of Trump’s presidency.  Trump’s supporters knew that it was untrue, but it was extremely difficult to unravel the details to prove the lie (although Dan Bongino’s daily podcast did a superb job).

Even getting a primer on the lies didn’t help identify the real culprits.  We knew that the FBI, the Department of Justice, the State Department, and various specific individuals in the government were involved, especially because it gave them the means to spy on everyone close to Trump, but there was no single culprit behind it. . . .

Continue reading at American Thinker