smothered in crazies

evil is afoot, cloaked in a protective mantle of false witness covering a putrid mess of hate, fear, and covertness.

Democrats Are Framing Americans As Domestic Terrorists So They Can Do To Us What They Did To Trump In Spygate. Joy Pullmann – “Democrats have moved swiftly to use the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol mayhem to push for a frightening expansion of federal surveillance and police powers, openly smearing anyone who voted for Donald Trump as a potential terrorist.” … “Pelosi amazingly reaching out to military leaders to encourage insubordination to their elected civilian commander in chief.”

“The latest turn of this wild stampede into expanding the corrupt federal surveillance state Democrats and Republicans launched after 9/11 is Democrats’ terrifying decision to start removing people from military positions based on politics. “Are you now, or have you ever been a Trump supporter?” is the question this all seems to be asking, from the very party that has gone ballistic since the 1950s over the federal apparatus using this question to deny actual Communists positions of U.S. state power.

During the quite legitimate red scare of the 1950s and continuing to this day, the U.S. left has openly provided aid and support to Communists and Communist sympathizers. The Democrat Party is right now appointing actual Communist sympathizers and enablers to key federal positions while imposing pro-leftist ideological tests on members of the U.S. military!

Liberty And The Limitation Of Power. Gary M. Galles – “when the founding generation’s consideration of the proper, narrow limits to be imposed on federal power has so extensively eroded, his [Richard Henry Lee] insights are particularly important. He knew that “the first maxim of a man who loves liberty should be never to grant to rulers and atom of power that is not most clearly and indispensably necessary for the safety and well-being of society,” and that “it must never be forgotten … that the liberties of the people are not so safe under the gracious manner of government as by the limitation of power.””

Graham Calls On McConnell To “Unequivocally” Denounce Fresh Trump Impeachment [zerohedge]. Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times – “What we need right now is Sen. McConnell to unequivocally say the second impeachment of Donald Trump after he leaves office is not only unconstitutional, it is bad for the country,”

When Smart People Get the Climate Crazies. Michael Kile – “If Machiavelli set out to devise a strategy to drive the greatest wealth transfer in history, monetizing “climate change” on the pretext of saving planet Earth from an anthropogenic apocalypse would be at the top of his list.” … “What if today’s climate alarmism is driven more by fear of the unknown – and the unknowable – than verifiable data? What if the only vaccine that can inoculate us against climate-controlling grandiosity – the UN calls it “ambition” – is a daily dose of humility? What if the planet’s climate – like corona virus and anthropogenic population growth – is beyond our control? What if nature controls us, not vice versa?”

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Much worse mostly peaceful, except and unless

Did Truth Matter on January 6th? Will It Ever Matter Again? James McCoy – “That truth matters, is exactly the foundation of President Trump’s refusal to concede the election. President Reagan advocated the practice of “trust but verify.” … “It remains to be seen if the truth behind that day will ever be known, and just how much truth, if any, will matter in American politics in the future”

“Mostly Peaceful” – Detaching Violence From BLM, Attaching It To Election Protests. Daniel Greenfield – “Democrats and the media worked hard to detach the violence from the protests. With the D.C. protest, in which a large number of people lawfully protested over the stolen election, the Capitol March, involving a smaller group, only a minority of whom clashed with police, and a much smaller minority of whom actually entered the building unlawfully, as opposed to being allowed in, the Democrats and their media used the opposite tactic, conflating everything.”

The painful symbolism of the 26,000 National Guard troops in D.C. Andrea Widburg – “What’s the justification for the current troop build-up? According to the Democrats, it’s because of a dangerous insurrection. If you’re thinking that means an armed, murderous, determined attempt to overthrow the U.S. government and put a new government in its place, think again.” … “What’s even more disturbing about the military presence is that, as Tucker points out, it appears that the Pentagon has thrown its weight entirely to the Democrat party.”

“In 2020, something went badly wrong in America. It became a warped simulacrum of itself, and nothing demonstrates that more in 2021 than seeing that America’s most trusted institution – the United States military – has chosen sides.

COVID-19 Is Much Worse Than The Flu. John J. Cohrssen and Henry I. Miller – this one is FUD mongering. To get a perspective on this, read the comments to the article. It represents more of the problem than any clarification or contribution to solution.

Why Hardly Anyone Trusts The Virus ‘Experts‘ via zerohedge: John Rubino via DollarCollapse.com – “Early in the pandemic, “trust the science!” could actually be used in a debate without attracting derisive laughter. But as the flip-flops, mistakes and, yes, lies have accumulated, a consensus seems to be forming that the health care authorities are no more trustworthy than the people running Congress or the Fed.”

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Fascism is Back

The Death of Critical Thought by 1,000 Cuts. Skwealthacademy – “One of the most difficult debates one can ever have with another person is to convince someone that he or she does not understand something that he or she firmly believes he or she understands. And such misguided delusions lead to delusional arguments”

“If one possesses the type of uncritical mind in which one can be led to unquestioningly embrace a false narrative that is created about this virus and then widely disseminated by mass media across the world, then one will undoubtedly embrace false narratives created by bankers and politicians created by the types of people that meet in Davos, Switzerland to direct global financial policy and believe all the misinformation they spread as “fact” as well.

China “Sought To Influence” 2020 US Election, Director Of National Intelligence Assesses. [at zerohedge] Ivan Pentchoukov via The Epoch Times – “alleges that intelligence about China’s election interference was suppressed by management at the CIA” … “While labeling Russia’s activity as clear election interference, the analysts were reluctant to do the same for China.”

The Five Most Obvious Acts of Fraud in the 2020 Election that You Are No Longer Allowed to Discuss. Jim Hoft – “Since the US Capitol rioting on January 6th the Democrat-Media Complex, including the tech giants, will no longer allow ANY discussion on fraud in the 2020 election. Democrats and RINO Republicans like Lindsey Graham are determined to shut this discussion down. – This is a lie. – They are trying to control what you can say, read or see.”

Visualizing How News Media Is Describing The Incident At The US Capitol. Tyler Durden – “Was it a riot? An insurrection? Or was it simply a protest?” … “Popular news media has a major impact on how society at large perceives major events. To learn more about the language used in recent coverage, we analyzed over 180 articles from Alexa’s top-ranked news websites in the United States. Here’s what we found.”

Feds Warn Amateur Radio Operators “Not To Commit Criminals Acts” Ahead Of Inauguration. Tyler Durden – The explains why the organization of amateur radio operators sent out an email “ARRL on the Purpose of Amateur Radio (01/17/2021)”. This is another case of swamp FUD mongering also seen in the armed camp status in Washington D.C. this week. “it stands to reason that they, or others, may try to use radio amateur radio frequencies to coordinate rallies and or attacks.” Yes, many people abuse frequencies assigned to the amateur radio service but this does not make them hams. The ARRL has promoted The Radio Amateur’s Code since its beginning and most of its members adhere to the principles in this code..

What’s going on in Washington, D.C.? Terry Paulding – “I feel just a tad queasy, worried because this response is so far out of character for our country, and so over-the-top compared to anything that has happened — the incursion into the Capitol was small beer compared to the riots in many other cities all last summer.”

A Startling Thread on the National Guard Presence in Washington, D.C., for Inauguration Day. Stacey Lennox – “Jack Murphy is a political commentator and a resident of Washington, D.C. This morning, he put out a  Twitter thread about his observations of what is happening in the nation’s capital.” … “To put it bluntly, members of our military have been deployed on American soil in what appears to be a temporary occupation around the area of the inauguration.”

The Making of a Misogynist. Joseph Epstein – “I had written the piece to get what I thought a minor pet peeve off my chest” … “What I thought was a fairly light bit of prose whose intentions were chiefly comic set off a forest fire of anger toward, abuse of, and outright hatred for its author. It proves you can be a naïf even at the age of 83.”

The Woke Purge is Beginning. Bulldog at Maggie’s Farm – “because all this has happened slowly at first, then suddenly (due to the Capitol incident), Hemingway’s description of bankruptcy fits these moves restricting the freedoms on speech very well. ” … “What is happening now requires individual awareness and action. It does NOT require fighting or violence. Just intelligence and smart, cordial and meaningful action.” read the comments, too.

Google Is Evil. Derek Hunter – “Famously, Google’s motto is “Don’t Be Evil.” Maybe “famously” isn’t the right word. “Hilariously” is more appropriate because Google is, in fact, an evil company. But it’s not just Google.”

“One of the most pernicious powers the media had before the Internet was the power to ignore stories or information, deciding what the public needed to know. The Internet took that power away – allowing people to see what they’d left (and hoped would stay) on the cutting-room floor. Google is bringing back that business model, actively working to manipulate the public into a perverted view of the world and, more importantly, a way of thinking they want to impose. There are a lot of words to describe that way of acting, and at the top of the list is evil.

Amazon Is Still Selling ‘Kill All Republicans’ T-Shirts After Banning Parler For ‘Violence’. Jonathan Davis – “Leftists continue to set the standard for hypocrisy, but even more than that, they are working hard to demonize and even dehumanize their conservative political opponents much in the very same way Adolph Hitler’s Nazis dehumanized Jews.”

Fascism is Back. Hugh Meyers – “Fascists are back in a very big way, and they are not who legacy media say they are. They are not who big tech says they are. They are not who the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and their minions say they are.”

“In The Gathering Storm, Winston Churchill reflected that World War II was one of the most avoidable catastrophes in world history. Time and time again those entrusted with Western governance decided against making a stand against fascism and in favor of what was hailed “peace in our time” then later described as appeasement. The butcher’s bill was enormous.

Thankfully, Americans are waking up to fascism and its oligarchs. It is late, the threat is right here, and there is a lot to do.

An Impeachment Incitement. Victor Davis Hanson – “What is this latest impeachment gambit really about? Of course, it was a Parthian shot to discredit President Trump’s supporters.” … “Here are reasons why the exercise proved a farce.”

Biden Is Already Rewarding Failure. Robert Spencer – “The old gang will be back in the saddle again: the foreign policy establishment hacks who have done nothing but fail, fail, and fail again, and in response keep getting rewarded not with dismissal and a forced return to private life, but with honors, awards, and promotions.”

Napalm Girl’ photographer defies backlash risk and accepts award at White House; is assaulted following night. W. Joseph Campbell – “Ut, who is almost 70 and stands barely 5 feet tall, retired in 2017 after 51 years of taking photos for the Associated Press news service. He said in his Newsweek essay that he anticipated receiving “a lot of messages about accepting the award.”

Texas State Historical Assn’s Chief Historian Says the Alamo Was an ‘Insignificant’ Battle and Represents ‘Whiteness.’ What Do Texas History Experts and the Facts Say? Bryan Preston – fisking woke history with a good rundown on the early 19th century history of Texas.

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Paranoia on parade. Strategic logic of mass conflict.

White House Releases List of President Trump’s Accomplishments – And It Is Historic! Joe Hoft –

Aside from Lincoln, Trump faced ‘most vile, venomous assault ever conducted’ on a President. Frieda Powers – citing Lou Dobbs: “This is a nation that can’t heal, that cannot come together until we understand the truth and the reality of what we have witnessed over the course of the past four years of this man’s presidency,”

Pelosi’s Third Impeachment Folly. Clarice Feldman – “Does the President have a right to free speech?” … “This owes much to our nation’s current lack of a free and honest media, without which a free society cannot trust information. Instead, we are stuffed to the gills with propaganda factories working with partisan politicians.”

What Do They Think Is Going to Happen: Intense Security Response Across Country to Inauguration. Nick Arama – 30,000 troops. Razor wire fences. “As I reported, they’re armed and not just with the normal riot response weapons. They’ve also been given authority to use lethal force.” … “Welcome to the Security State. For our own good, of course.”

What About “Whataboutism”? Paul Mirengoff – “In our current discourse, whataboutism is used by Democrats/leftists to counter conservatives who, when discussing questionable actions by Donald Trump or violent conduct by a pro-Trump mob (for example), point to similar behavior by others that Democrats/leftists did not condemn. Those of us who point to the double standard are accused of whataboutism.”

The Disney company adds to the list of reasons for boycotting it. Andrea Widburg – “while nobody was looking, Disney became increasingly politically correct.”

“When I really started turning on Disney, though, was about a decade ago, when I saw what my kids wanted to watch on Disney’s TV channel. The stuff for teens wasn’t just mindless. It was also pushing an agenda. It had frantic tweens and teens running around in a world with useless, foolish adults, and meaningless little “be yourself” or “believe in yourself” platitudes. The girls wore clothes that made them look a little bit cheap, and the boys were immature and ineffectual.

Additionally, what I found even more disturbing is how their young TV stars went off the deep end as they grew older.

Scott Adams Lists Six Easy Ways to Know If You’re Living In a Propaganda Bubble. Brandon Morse – “and the Fake News Industry is malicious,” … “The truth is, the left is adhering to its most practiced tactic of never letting a crisis go to waste.”

It’s Not Censorship, It’s a Coordinated Effort. Lee Smith – “A time to strengthen families and communities.” … “it’s part of the strategic logic of mass conflict. The leadership of the political, corporate, and cultural establishment that today rules America shut down the communications of those against whom they are waging war.”

Amazon Goes Mad. James V. DeLon – “The media, naturally, pooh-poohed the claims and trotted out various experts to minimize them. In fact, though, Amazon’s defenses look thin and would, I would bet, crumble in actual litigation, given an honest court.”

“Assume that you are chief information officer of a large company. How can you justify using Amazon as your host server, knowing that you are now naked to the whims of its censors or to the machinations of a competitor with better connections at Amazon than you have? And that Amazon is contemptuous of your ability to get legal relief? Today’s action seems to be a combination of ideology and avarice, but pure financial corruption will not be far behind.

Prosecutors Face Daunting Challenge in Wake of Capitol Riot. Kevin Daley – “Prosecuting rioters is hard by nature, since the chaos mobs unleash makes it difficult to establish facts and assign blame” … “Such challenges undermined over 100 cases federal prosecutors brought against Inauguration Day rioters in 2017.” this invites whataboutism …

How the Democrats got the voting rules changed. Neo – “Years ago I was unaware of the important of that SOS role in elections.” … “There is an extra problem, as well, which is that these issues and this history is nitpicky and boring to most people.”

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Effective Activism. George Orwell is the sage of the hour.

The Desperate Twilight of Donald Trump. Peter O’Brien – “In the build-up last week to the US Presidential inauguration, Sky News (and probably others) reported that “tonight there are more troops in DC than there are in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.” this is not to mention razor wire fencing … there is a real fear as in the fear of the guilty who have been exposed.

“But if that is what has occurred, and the cynic (realist) in me cannot shake off the feeling that it is, then the Supreme Court would have set itself up as a ‘kingmaker’ – surely anathema to any self-respecting US citizen – and, in doing so, set a very dangerous precedent.

Nonetheless, it was at that point that Trump should have realized it was over. He was never going to concede the election graciously. You will note, I did not say ‘concede defeat’ and that is critical to understanding his recent actions. Trump will never concede the election but he has now conceded defeat.

Had he done that after the Supreme Court did its shameful Pontius Pilate impersonation, his presidency would have remained untarnished.

A MAGA Bay of Pigs. Christopher Roach – “After the lockdowns and election issues of 2020, the MAGA movement is now a full-on “anti-regime” movement rather than a Trump-focused one.” “[Trump] made a huge mistake by putting standard-issue Republicans, globalists, and wealthy corporate types into positions of power. Predictably, they undermined his administration from within.”
From impeaching incitement to canceling conservatism. Michael Barone – “While Trump’s exact words to the crowd on the Ellipse didn’t constitute a criminal incitement, they were uttered with a reckless disregard for the possibility they’d provoke violence that any reasonable person could find impeachable.” This is the vox populi logical fallacy used to rationalize a bias based on false perceptions and incomplete information. It illustrates the deep swamp disease but dissonance has progressed to a better grip on reality:

“a moment’s reflection should have left any believer in free speech feeling queasy about a private firm censoring the president of the United States and preventing him from effectively communicating with citizens over a chosen medium of universal reach. And especially queasy, since a large body of opinion sees this suppression of free speech by Big Tech monopolies not as a one-time exception but as the new rule.

Democrats Keep Claiming GOP Helped in Capitol Assault. So Where’s the Evidence? Rick Moran – “This would be worse than criminal. It would be treason. So, naturally, you would expect Democrats to have pretty good evidence” … “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” said astronomer Carl Sagan. He was referring to claims of aliens visiting earth, but he may as well have had the Democrats smearing Republicans with baseless charges of complicity in an insurrection in mind.
The Capitol Hill Riot Was Pelosi’s Fault, Not Trump’s. Daniel Greenfield – “The media claimed that the Capitol Police were overwhelmed by a massive riot. … Why couldn’t Congress’ private police force of 2,000 protect it from a mob of hundreds?”
Democrats’ Relentless Pursuit of President Trump Has Eroded Key Institutions. Stacey Lennox – “While it appears voters in key states would prefer that Congress move on to deal with pressing issues, Democrats aren’t listening.” … “Hanson’s caution against accusing others of what you have done will go unheeded, since Democrats have the media to cover them.”
Stuff Just Got Serious: National Guard Troops Stationed at US Capitol Have Been Cleared to Use Lethal Force. Mike Miller – This is beginning to look like a Kent State redux effort.
The U.S. Supreme Court Can Still Correct The Presidential Election. Lew Uhler, Peter Ferrara, and Joe Yocca – “To this day, evidence of election fraud continues to mount, despite the left’s attempts to divert attention to impeaching the president once again. It seems they want to create a media frenzy to divert attention from the facts which are becoming more clear.”

“Yet, the Supreme Court does not need to resolve these election fraud claims in these six states where voter fraud and ballot mischief have been identified and were clearly rampant. The Court merely needs to recognize and confirm that the slates of electors from each such state is unreliable, and therefore those delegates should not be included in the total.

Did The Democrats Steal The Presidential Election? John Hinderaker – “Democrats are making extraordinary efforts to suppress all discussion of whether Joe Biden actually won the 2020 presidential election. In fact, they go even farther: they want to suppress all discussion of the extent to which voter fraud occurred. That naturally makes me want to write about voter fraud, and who really won the election.” … “One of the problems in assessing the 2020 election is that the same lax procedures that enable fraud in the first place also make it more or less impossible to prove after the fact.”
Goebbels and the New American Terror. Caroline Glick – “In his literary warning about the fragility of freedom and the allure of totalitarianism, 1984, George Orwell demonstrated that total control over a society is achieved through total control over the information its members can see. … Goebbels implemented this in Nazi Germany.” … “The second thing Biden did by comparing Hawley and Cruz to Goebbels was to whitewash the unspeakable crimes of Nazi Germany.”

“All of these repressive statements and actions provided both the impetus for, and the legitimization of, the coordinated action taken last weekend by tech oligarchs Google, Apple and Amazon to destroy Parler, the free speech social media platform launched two years ago.

A sense of foreboding and fear now grips millions of Americans—and, indeed, conservatives worldwide. Unless something is done quickly by those who wield power to restore freedom, it is impossible to see a happy end to this story.

Biden’s COVID-19 ‘Rescue’ Plan Is Based On 5 Big Lies. I & I Editorial Board – “For a guy who promises to be honest with the public, he’s off to a terrible start. Since mainstream media fact-checkers are now on their four-year vacation, we’ll set the record straight on several key claims he made.” … “So there you have it. A $1.9 trillion stimulus plan built on lies and misinformation. Joe “No Malarky” Biden is not off to a good start.”
A message to anyone who feels like ‘Winston’ in Orwell’s 1984. TDB – “The ‘Party’ controlled everything– the economy, daily life, and even the truth. In Orwell’s 1984, “the heresy of heresies was common sense.” … “Despair has undoubtedly set in, much like in Winston Smith, the main character in Orwell’s 1984.” … “for all the Winstons out there, the most important thing right now is to remain rational. As human beings we tend to make terrible decisions when we’re scared, sad, or angry.”
Our Mounting Orwellian Nightmare. Jeffrey Folks – “As Orwell also stressed, the decline of language is both cause and effect of the decline of politics. When politicians and media begin speaking nonsense, it is the symptom of an underlying corruption of political thinking. The idea that the president should be removed from office for having defended the electoral process is truly bizarre, but it has been repeated throughout the liberal media and by most liberal politicians and even by some conservatives.”
Via instapundit: Roger Simon: should the real ‘resistance’ start now? [beware. Epoch Times link] – “to continue with the French analogy, what’s going on today is “toute autre chose,” entirely different. … The now victorious left is attempting to erase the right, to drive it out of existence forever.”
Resisting Cancel Culture. Wanda Skowronska – “BEYOND asking ourselves how did this happen we need to ask ‘What are we to do?’ … “First. the very fact resistance exists has an effect beyond its size.” … “A second and perhaps more significant insight is that one never knows the long-term effects of such resistance.”

“Fellow readers, do not be demoralised – put your inner psychological strategies into action and redouble them. There is resistance in Western society, starting with the counter-cultural media critics, demythologizers, cartoonists and satirists. Become one of them or make a deliberate effort to support them.

Is Impeachment More Dangerous Than Trump?Michael Tracey via UnHerd via ZeroHedge – “The most apt parallel for the second impeachment of Donald Trump may not be any other of the three previous presidential impeachments, including his own just over a year ago. It may instead be the PATRIOT Act, which was passed in the heated emotional aftermath of the September 11 attacks, with negligible debate afforded to the long-term implications of what Congress was enacting. ”

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Just who was doing what?

Purging MAGA Guarantees No GOP President Before 2037. I & I Editorial Board – “Had Trump said Obama’s exact words instead of his own, is there any doubt the House would instead be impeaching him because he “told a crowd that ‘we’ve got to fight’ and turn ‘activism into action’ ”? … Obama, unlike Trump, did not use the word “peacefully” in his speech.”

Rush to judgment on Trump? Multiple leftists arrested for Capitol riot. Monica Showalter – “The arrests made in the riots case are starting to show the kind of people who like to riot, which is to say extreme leftists.” … “It was a rush to judgment, a failure to look at facts. It happened in the aftermath of the event, and it turns out that Trump had little or nothing to do with it.”

“The facts will continue to roll out, and the picture that emerges will likely start to show that these rioters were hardly “Trump’s people” as a rule, or people who were egged on by Trump. They were, in general, leftists, political fringers, and people who like to go to riots. There remains to be news of whether and how this fiasco was plotted out but expect news of that to roll out.

That leaves Congress and all the jerks who voted for impeachment of President Trump looking like boobs and losers. They’ve hitched their star to this leftist impeachment obsession, and now have seen it falling flat. Now they are about to sully and overshadow Joe Biden’s first days in office with increasingly discredited charges against President Trump, and rest assured: the voters will notice just how bad it is. This rush to judgment will trash their own legacies for history.

CNN Was In On It! Reporter Disguised Herself As Trump Supporter And Plotted With BLM Member. Clayton Keirns – “footage showed CNN’s Jade Sacker inside of the Capitol with John Sullivan, the BLM member who was charged by federal prosecutors for inciting chaos on January 6th. … Sacker co-conspired with the liberal activist in order to cause chaos and make Trump supporters look bad.”

Trump-supporting legal scholar resigns from university under duress, issues troubling statement. Robert Jonathan – “Apparently, 169 faculty members and three members of the Orange County, Calif., school’s board of trustees attempted to get him canceled by signing and publishing a letter containing “false, defamatory statements” about him, Eastman contends.” … “Trump supporters likely feel that given the alleged rampant irregularities and statistical anomalies in Election 2020, attempting to seek redress through the court system would seem to be a way to uphold democracy rather than eroding it.”

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Not mad … indignant

I Saw Provocateurs At The Capitol Riot On Jan. 6. J. Michael Waller – “The deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol bore the markings of an organized operation planned well in advance of the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress.” … “Plainclothes militants … Agents-provocateurs … Fake Trump protesters … Disciplined, uniformed column of attackers”

‘We Just Wanted Our Voices To Be Heard.’ Capitol Protesters Speak Out. John Daniel Davidson – “In the wake of the U.S. Capitol riot during a Donald Trump rally, corporate media won’t talk to the protesters or try to understand their point of view. So I did.” … “if you want to fix what’s wrong and salvage our broken republic, you at least have to try and understand why so many Trump supporters gathered at the U.S. Capitol last week.”

backstory: 4 Reasons McConnell’s Terrible Impeachment Blunder Is Doomed To Failure. Christopher Bedford – “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a terrible mistake Tuesday night when he released word that he was in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump.” Note how little consideration can be found for the actual facts on the ground of the events stimulating the brouhaha.

The Cold Civil War: Social Media Bans Threaten Free Speech For All. I & I Editorial Board – “Triggered and emboldened by a direct request from former First Lady Michelle Obama, Twitter did as told, leading to a bizarre cascade of “me-too” social media activity.” … “That we live in a nation where such an act is possible speaks volumes for how degraded our public discourse, the rule of law and respect for the Constitution have become.”

The Purge Of Conservative Voices Proceeds Apace. Paul Mirengoff – “America’s institutions are using the invasion of the Capitol building by a relatively small number of extremists as a pretext for carrying out a purge of conservatives that they have long desired. The barons of the social media world are leading the charge, but others are following.”

Why AT comments are disabled. Thomas Lifson – “It is news to almost nobody who reads American Thinker that a political witch hunt is underway.”

Assault on the Capitol Has Let Loose the Electronic Octopus. Victor Davis Hanson – “What are the new standards that now get a book or a social media account canceled?”

Leftists Are Colonizing Red Towns Like Mine, And Local Republicans Are Clueless. Mark Pulliam – “As a resident of a small town in east Tennessee, I regret to report that wokeness is everywhere, even in the brightest-red areas of Republican-majority states.” … “weak leadership, public inattention, lack of organization, and general complacency make small towns vulnerable to aggression by liberal activists.”

“Why do voters tolerate such high-handed actions by their public servants? Many are uninformed; few people read the local newspaper. Most ordinary people in small towns are busy working, taking care of their families, and living their lives. They do not spend their time on social media or the internet, putting them at a disadvantage compared to better-organized, tech-savvy activists on the left.

The Salt That Has Lost Its Savor: The Woke Church and the Undoing of America. Larry Alex Taunton – “If abortion, infanticide, violence in our streets, election-rigging, and the evils of Marxism aren’t enough to rouse some churches, for what purpose do they exist?”

“Keller is not an evangelical anomaly. While he was giving theological justification to those who would betray their faith and defect to the opposition with their votes, popular Baptist pastor John Piper was encouraging Christians not to vote at all.

evangelicals in the English-speaking world have confused Christ’s command to love others with being civil as if that were an attribute of God. (It isn’t.) As a consequence, a superficial, self-righteous, good-for-nothing pietism that prefers tone to truth and style to substance has displaced authentic Christianity in many of the roughly four hundred thousand churches in America. This doctrinal malpractice has given us a generation of men, Christian and otherwise, who are what Lewis called “men without chests.”

C. S. Lewis called Christianity a “fighting religion.” Think on that. These days, such a statement strikes a somewhat absurd note with a generation that has never known war, privation, or suffering in defense of anything, much less of noble ideals. For them, Jesus has been reinterpreted to meet a lifestyle preference. One might wonder if they truly know him. Because when Jesus said to turn the other cheek, he did not mean to turn a blind eye. And the highest calling of a Christian is not to be civil; it is to be salt and light.

Christians Shaming Christians Over Voting for Trump: 3 Strawman Arguments That Need to Stop. Natasha Crain – “When a person mischaracterizes another’s position on something in order to attack it, that’s called a strawman fallacy. And there’s a lot of strawmanning going on right now.” … “Strawmen are easy to blow down, but the damage is hard to fix.”

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By their fruits shall ye know them

Trump, More Sinned Against Than Sinning. Declan Mansfield – “The public, for all their talk of wanting direct, honest politicians, can’t handle the truth.” … “As the Bible says: ‘Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap’. The Republicans and the Democrats are reaping what they sowed.”

“The larger question, though, is what did people expect when a democratically elected president is subject to a torrent of abuse, of unrelenting mainstream media lies, false accusations of collusion with Russia, and an impeachment based on a gossamer-thin excuse to remove him from office? Did they expect that nobody would become enraged at what many people viewed as the Establishment thwarting a democratic mandate? Did people really believe that nobody would notice the groundbreaking hypocrisy of the elites or the fact that the establishment was closing ranks against an outsider, one who was viewed by many voters as a tribune of the people? What did people expect when they witnessed Democratic Party politicians defending Antifa and Black Lives Matter, with Joe Biden, for example, refusing to condemn the burning of American cities, saying that Antifa is just “an ‘idea”, all the while blithely ignoring the wanton destruction? What did people expect when Kamala Harris urged people to donate to the legal funds of the rioters? What should people think when Nancy Pelosi said there was ‘no question’ that the 2016 election was ‘hijacked’? Were people to take them at their word or ignore what they said because it was a ‘debate’, as Kamala Harris excused herself after calling Joe Biden a racist and then signing on as his vice-presidential pick? What did people expect when the Democrats said that the Russians had manipulated the voting machines to ensure Trump won the election? What did people expect when there is evidence that the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency, among others – the security apparatus of America, in other words – were involved in a plot to undermine Trump’s presidency, and which even Barack Obama discussed in the Oval Office?

It’s not whether anything illegal happened, it’s the perception of criminal acts that matters here.

Justice must not only be done, but must also be seen to be done. This is where most commentators, both honest and blindly partisan, are wrong in their analysis of the riots in the Capitol building. The issue was not whether fraud was widespread in the election, the issue was how government officials and relevant institutions dealt with legal challenges to the election result. The answer is they didn’t.

What we’ve witnessed from the Establishment is the greatest rejection of democratic rights in modern political history. As the Bible says: ‘By their fruits shall ye know them’.

 

GOP Lawmakers Call for Trump-Hater Liz Cheney to Step Down as Republican Conference Chair After Breaking Conference Rules. Jim Hoft

The Left May Have Just Invalidated Section 230 On Their Own. Scott Hounsell – “in exchange for the freedom and openness of the forum, those companies would be immune from suits regarding any questionable or offensive content.” … “once a company decides to eliminate the very basis by which they gain access to Section 230 protections, we enter into a problem”

The Klansmen of Mozilla. Robert A. Hahn – “Some weird mind disease has taken over the San Francisco Bay Area. … These people are insane. And they are dangerous. And as my colleague streiff covered yesterday, they are getting out of hand. … There is not going to be a nice way out of this.”

Teachers Unions Fail Science. John Stossel – “Union demands include all sorts of things unrelated to teacher safety.” … “It’s revealing that government-run schools fight to stay closed, while most businesses — private schools, restaurants, hair salons, gyms, etc., fight to be allowed to open.” … “Their behavior reveals their true interest: power and money. Students come third.”

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woke-washing. fixing blame rather than finding fault.

 

a term that the Harvard Business Review describes as “appropriating the language of social activism into marketing materials.”

What went wrong with the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen. Derek Deng – “we’re becoming fed-up: corporate lip service isn’t enough, and we are becoming more adamant about legitimate promises, tangible change in the media we consume. Statements of solidarity may be a starting point, but bringing back the comforting authenticity of the test kitchen will require organizational and individual accountability that starts with transparency, education and a radical rethinking of the toxic top-down power dynamic.” This a university student publication. Note the absence of value delivered and the use of judgments such as “toxic”. One form of woke is a point of despair and another is promoted to replace it.

Is Truth Irrelevant? Thomas Sowell – “For too many people, especially in the media, what is right and wrong, true or false, depends on who it helps or hurts politically. Too many media people who are supposed to be reporters act as if they are combatants in political wars.” … “Someone once said that, in a war, truth is the first casualty. That has certainly been so in the media — and in much of academia as well.”

“Gross distortions of history, in order to get Abraham Lincoln’s name removed from schools tells us a lot about what is wrong with American education today.

Unfortunately, too many American educational institutions — from elementary schools to universities — have become indoctrination centers.

At the heart of that indoctrination is a sense of grievance and victimhood when others have better outcomes

Facts don’t matter in such issues, any more than facts mattered when smearing Lincoln.

Any “under-representation” of any group in any endeavor can be taken as evidence or proof of discriminatory bias. But those who argue this way cannot show us any society — anywhere in the world, or at any time during thousands of years of recorded history — that had all groups represented proportionally in all endeavors.

Yet who cares about facts any more, in this age of indoctrination?

Trump’s An ‘Imminent Threat’? Dems Have Been Saying That For 4 Years. I & I Editorial Board – “Do we really need to remind readers what actually happened? That, internationally, it was a time of peace, with ISIS destroyed and terrorism all but forgotten? That the economy did better than anyone expected, and produced a middle-class boom? That Trump made a huge impact on the judiciary by appointing constitutional conservatives?” … “If Trump was as dangerous as his detractors constantly claimed, how could those events have possibly happened?”

“The horror stories were also meant to distract the nation from the fact that the left actually does want to do the things they kept accusing Trump of doing. They want to trample over the Constitution. They want to deny civil rights to those who aren’t “woke” enough. They dream of having dictatorial powers and want to create a one-party state in this country. They damaged civil society by claiming for four years that Trump stole the election. They, not Trump, were responsible for the death and destruction caused by riots throughout the summer. And they undermined Democracy by using the cover of COVID-19 to knowingly make election fraud easy.

Trump on Energy, Environment, and Regulation (Part I). rbradley – “I cannot help but believe from my recent Facebook exchanges with leading libertarian academics that too many fell into the Progressive Left trap of changing the narrative from public policy to Trump’s character. (Is the Left really the character party, by the way?) For academic libertarians surrounded by Progressives in the workplace, is ignoring or downplaying Trump’s accomplishments a way to try to get along? To have a dialogue?”

Tucker Carlson’s frightening summation of what’s happening in America. Andrea Widburg – “spelled out what America’s corporate overlords are doing in America. Essentially, they are “de-personing” anyone who dares to question what happened in America on November 3-8 or who even supports Trump. In a world run on computers, they are unplugging everyone who does not toe their party line.”

Trump Warns Democrats: Impeachment “Witch Hunt” Is “Causing Tremendous Anger”. Tyler Durden – “The American Way” eh? Due process… innocent until proven guilty? We can only imagine “the squad’s” response to this ‘offer’ from the GOP.”

Exploiting The Capitol Riot To Kill Trump. Pat Buchanan from Buchanan.org, at Zerohedge – “Now calls are coming from home-state newspapers and colleagues for Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz to resign from the Senate. And for what?” … “As for the GOP, it should follow in these difficult days the counsel of LBJ when things were going bad: “Just hunker down like a mule in a hailstorm. And let the wild wind blow. And the sun will come out again in the morning.”

‘Ruling Class’ Trump-Doubters Still Don’t Get It. And They’ll Pay A Price. Bob Maistros – “Current appearances notwithstanding: thanks to Donald Trump, sir (and madam), the people once again govern. And he still occupies their hearts.”

“The Rasmussen polling organization claims The Donald’s approval rating has actually soared in the wake of the D.C. violence. Maybe. But the members of his base still believe (correctly) this election was stolen – from them – and that President Trump was justified in fighting until the end. They don’t blame him – as The Ruling Class was willing, waiting and wanting to do – for the assault on the Capitol, and think the Elite’s response was overblown given its tolerance of leftists’ continued burning and looting of entire urban areas.

The Deep State Is Rattled. Steven Hayward – “Right away a few observations come to mind. First, if you squint the right way, you can see that our leaders don’t really take BLM and Antifa protests very seriously, and hence the kid glove treatment they get. The property damage may be significant, but our government likely doesn’t think Antifa and BLM amount to a significant political threat. Hence the leniency of the government response at all levels to riot season last year. But if the government at all levels now tries to crack down on pro-Trump protestors, won’t they have to also tighten their rules of engagement with Antifa, or will there now be a political litmus test for rules of engagement? There is, this person said, a lot of hand-wringing going on about the fact that of the hundreds of people who invaded the capitol building, only about 50 arrests were made. (There may be more as law enforcement goes about identifying people.) But the point is: from the perspective of the Deep State, the mob largely got away with it.”

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Purge!

The Global Consequences Of The Tech-Lash Will Be Severe. Sumantra Maitra – “If tech feudal lords and oligarchs can decide which sovereign has a voice and platform, then sovereignty is meaningless. Europeans must take note.” … “The sovereign now is the group of neo-feudal oligarchs, Amazon, Google, Twitter, and Facebook, who now decide and control who can speak, see, learn, and buy, and what and when.”

The Purge Has Begun. Trump Was Just The Beginning. Robert Romano – “You either bend the knee and renounce President Trump — or your days on social media or in official Washington, D.C., could be numbered.”

“This is exactly what John Stuart Mill warned against in 1859 in On Liberty, the most compelling defense of free speech in human history, the philosopher warned how a tyranny of the majority could impose censorship that would be “more formidable” than even governmental censorship and that it could “enslav[e] the soul” with little room for escape.

This is dangerous. And it has to stop — before it is too late and we reach the point of no return. We are about to enter into an abyss from which there is no escape.

Democrats Are OK With Billionaires If They Censor You. Stephen Kruiser – “What’s been most disturbing is seeing half the country cheer this on. The Left is rejoicing over the idea of a one-party information flow.”

Driving Out the Scapegoat. Bruce Thornton – “Why, with only a week left in his term, expend all this hatred on a lame-duck president?” … “The further assaults on our freedom, our traditions, our history, our faiths have only just begun.”

Democrats close in for the kill – not just Trump, but all Republicans. Andrea Widburg – “The Russians had a word for what Democrats are doing: Purge (Большой террор). The Greeks had a word too: Hubris. Both are very bad words.”

AOC Loses Her Mind With Hyperbole About Capitol Protest, But Here’s a Little Reality Check for Her. Nick Arama – “She wants to impeach President Donald Trump. But Trump never called for violence and indeed called for people to demonstrate peacefully and patriotically.”

“The bottom line is the Republican Congressional members language has been very temperate and within bounds, while Democrats have been inflammatory for years. So if we’re talking about accountability, they have a tremendous amount to answer for, including for the violence still ongoing from radical leftists.

Exactly Where and How Did Trump Incite the Mob? Robert Spencer – “all Americans should these days be insisting: where and how, exactly, did President Trump incite the mob? Where did he say that the crowd should storm the Capitol and disrupt the electoral vote certification? If he didn’t say this, then he is not guilty of incitement, and to claim that he is threatens the very foundations of America as a free society.”

We Will Not Be Lectured by the Violent, Anti-American, Revolutionary Left. William Sullivan – “on the strength of their well-orchestrated political lies, the Democrats’ de facto storm troopers destroyed American cities for the better part of 2020, and we watched these same elitist media dunces defend violent arsonists and rioting revolutionaries, presenting them as thoughtful protestors nobly seeking to transform the country.”

Is the Wisdom of Homer Immune to Cancel Culture? Victor Davis Hanson – “Canceling Homer is not virtue-signaling. It is broadcasting ignorance.”

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Things that just don’t add up

Indiana AG: Governors Completely Ignore That Endless Lockdowns And Mask Mandates Are Unconstitutional. The Federalist Staff – “What can the people, the voters, do when their elected representatives are not operating within the confines of the law and not representing our concerns and actually duly passing laws, rather than just letting us live under suspended constitutional rights.” (podcast interview)

The New Imperative: Red States Must Become Sanctuaries for the Bill of Rights. Stacey Lennox – “A democrat trifecta at the federal level, like the one from 2009-2010, is now upon us. Unlike the first two years of the Obama administration, they will not be leaving their most radical legislation until midnight of Christmas Eve 2022.”

There Is No Constitutional Ground For Impeachment Of President Trump. Rob Natelson, op-ed via The Epoch Times – “There’s no reasonable claim that President Donald Trump’s speech, which largely focused on disputed, but credible, claims of election irregularities, was treasonous or involved a bribe. And in the absence of proof of deliberate incitement to riot, it wasn’t a “high Crime.”

or, from Don Surber – “Impeachment is a removal from public office, which means Mitch, Schumer, and Nancy are conspiring to make an unconstitutional, illegal, and unAmerican move.”

Twitter Just Nuked The Account Of The World’s Biggest Critic Of Big Tech And China. Jordan Davidson – “claiming that the various interpretations of his recent tweets could pose a “risk of further incitement of violence.” … “While the Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who glorifies violence on a regular basis, is allowed to stay on the big tech platform, and is even promoted by it, Trump will no longer be allowed an account with Twitter.” It appears that what ‘incites violence’ is anything that the Twitter folks do not like, ideas and facts they cannot accept or tolerate.

What A Stalin Quote About Rigging Elections Reveals About The 2020 Election. Daniel Greenfield – “the media’s fact checkers tried to suppress it. … You don’t need a PhD or a fact checker title: just a modicum of integrity. … it comes from Stalin’s former secretary, Boris Bazhanov, who fled the USSR and wrote a memoir exposing the crimes and corruption of the Soviet regime.”

“What Stalin meant was that the actual vote didn’t matter, when controlling the news also gave him control of how the election was reported. The actual votes could be tallied somewhere out there, but Pravda would report that there was a consensus in favor of the Central Committee.

Some might call it a historical irony or tragedy for a leftist media to try and suppress a quote whose import was that a leftist media can manufacture an election consensus by printing lies.

The trouble with the Pravda approach is that it only works for a limited amount of time.

The Night of the Tech Long Knives. Clarice Feldman – “The attacks on the President’s speech to the crowd are of a piece with the descriptions of the events which followed.”

“His detractors characterize this as a reflection of his narcissism. My friend Jeffrey Satinover, a psychiatrist who knows a bit about such things, has a different view “I don’t think we know to what extent it is personal pride and to what extent principle based on background information that most of us lack. His detractors of course are incapable of thinking his actions anything but base.” And in support of this view, I note the long-delayed and underreported Ratcliffe assessment of foreign influence on the election was tardy because of members of the intelligence community feared it would assist the President:

As the Intelligence Community works to cover for China and the Silicon Billionaires strip dissenting voices from their platforms, leading Democrats join the overreach.

Timing doesn’t line up for Trump to have incited violence at the Capitol. Allan J. Favish – “it appears that the breakdown of the barricades began at least 12 minutes before Trump’s speech ended, by people who were over a mile and a half away from Trump.”

“This Was A Coordinated Attack”: Parler CEO Speaks Out After Amazon Boots From AWS, Vows To Rebuild ‘From Scratch’. Tyler Durden – “Sunday (tomorrow) at midnight Amazon will be shutting off all of our servers in an attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet.” … “Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited and knowing this would inflict the most damage right as President Trump was banned from the tech companies. This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place.”

“To justify censoring Parler, critics have pointed to posts calling for ‘firing squads’ – like one from attorney Lin Wood (who some say handed the Senate to the Democrats by openly calling for Georgians not to vote in the runoff election unless the GOP candidates backed Trump’s election fraud claims).

3 overseas leaders who know how repression and tyranny work speak out on censorship of Trump and election skepticism. Thomas Lifson – When people with experience of political corruption and repression warn Americans about danger signs in the current efforts to shut down dissidents, we should take note.

The curious case of a rare plant’s destruction raises further questions about the extinction crisis, climate change and the role of humans. Daniel Rothberg – “Several pieces of evidence point to herbivory by rodents as a cause — perhaps the main cause — of Tiehm’s buckwheat damage. But no one was there, and no one can say for sure how it all happened. … People want a clear narrative … The Earth is in the middle of its sixth mass extinction, and there is one primary culprit: humans. ” – more than likely people want a particular narrative that is not supported by facts on the ground and just cant’ be. No mass extinction. Normal (natural) ebb and flow of species. “The emails showed that the investigation was being closely watched, not only by the scientific community but also by political leaders.” … “Is it changing climate?” Indicative: normal variations in weather patterns are now being called in to establish human culpability via yet another part of the same false narrative.

JUST is a Pre IPO food company Non GMO disrupting the food industry. Globalintelhub – “This is cellular agriculture, not genetically modified. Being a Non-GMO product is very appealing to the health crowd and the sustainable crowd.” Never mind that the distinction is irrelevant, it’s all chemistry. It keeps the gullible happy so what else matters?

The Sabotage of Public Education. Bruce Deitrick Price – “Genuine rigorous testing of educational ideas is rare in America. Why? Because practical testing usually goes against what the professors want to do. Their impractical ideas don’t perform well in the real world.”

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Serious mental derangement, folks.

The Left Slanderously Accuses Trump of Inciting the Capitol Riot. Joseph Klein – “Progressives’ malicious power grab escalates to the wickedest heights.” … “The president’s refusal to concede an election marred by reports of widespread fraud which troubled many voters was not an incitement to violence, nor was his presentation of evidence of a stolen election.” … “President Trump did NOT tell supporters to “storm the Capitol” or anything remotely similar.”

McConnell Lays Out How Second Impeachment Would Play Out In Senate. Tyler Durden – “McConnell’s memo notes that the Senate will not reconvene until January 19 for any substantive business – leaving the day before Joe Biden’s inauguration as the earliest possible date for proceedings to begin.”

“Trump is accused of inciting an ‘insurrection’ for inviting his supporters to Washington D.C. for a protest during the counting of the Electoral College votes – during which a group of protesters, including the founder of a BLM group, were allowed to calmly file into the Capitol building where they wreaked havoc. Five people died in the incident, including a Trump supporter who was shot dead by capitol police.

Big Tech Launches Massive Coordinated Cyber Attack on 74,000,000 Trump Voters — GOP SILENT. Cassandra Fairbanks – “These same companies showed absolutely no concern when Black Lives Matter domestic terrorists were plotting their next attacks on their platforms, often with the endorsement of Democrat politicians.” … “By 7:46, Parler was banned from the Google Play store.”

The woke purge. Brendan O’Neill – “Twitter’s suspension of Donald Trump is a chilling sign of tyranny to come.” … “with the flick of a switch, billionaire capitalists voted for by precisely nobody have just silenced a man who is still the democratically elected president of the United States.”

“The new capitalists’ cancellation of the democratically elected president of the United States is a very significant turning point in the politics and culture of the Western world.

There is danger in the current moment. It comes not from horn-helmeted idiots and racist scumbags who paraded through the Capitol Building for an hour, but from those who wish to turn that despicable incident into the founding myth of a new era of woke authoritarianism.

The Capitol: So Much Suspicious Evidence. William L. Gensert – “It’s our own fault. We allowed Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to control the narrative while Google controlled the answers to any questions. … They now believe they can define what happened on January 6, 2021 with impunity and we will accept their lies as truth.”

 

Stunning Rasmussen poll shows rising approval of Trump in the wake of the Capitol incursion. Thomas Lifson – “If you believe the media and most Beltway politicians, the entire country is appalled at President Trump and wants him erased from history. … But unless the Rasmussen polling organization suddenly has become inaccurate after being far more accurate than most presidential polls, the mainstream of conservative American, roughly half the country, isn’t buying it, and Trump’s approval has actually risen.”

Congress Has Learned Nothing and Left America More Divided. J.B. Shurk – “D.C. has spoken. It is fine to burn down businesses and threaten homeowners in the name of “racial justice,” but you must never, ever question the results of a political election that takes most of a week to sort out before declaring a winner.”

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Remarkable Duplicity

If West Point Tolerates Cheating, It Violates Its Own Honor Code. James McDonough – “It appears that the belief in widespread dishonesty among American youth has become an excuse to lower standards for the presumed gradual ‘development’ of more recently joined cadets.” … “cheating scandals at West Point increasingly meet not this unflinching expectation, but excuses and accommodations.”

“The West Point honor code, the essential character-building element of the Academy’s rigorous four-year program, is clear and straightforward: A cadet will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do. It is a code that has existed for decades, held sacrosanct by not only cadets but also the cadre that leads them, and the officer corps in which they will eventually serve.

Or is it? The last seven decades have seen three major instances of cheating rings

Worrisome Signs the Capitol Breach was Planned to Discredit Trump Supporters: An Eyewitness Account. Antonio R. Chaves – “It may be weeks before we fully understand the fallout from the January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol building. … based on what I saw experienced first-hand, I am conflicted on what to say about those who entered the building.”

January 6, 2020, a Day that Will Live in Political Infamy. Steve McCann – “”

“Other than at the immediate Capitol building, among a small handful of what I am convinced were overwhelmingly anti-Trump demonstrators, there were no incidents. Among the overall police presence none were required to disperse or control perhaps 500,000+ attendees. Having attended numerous rallies since the late 1960s, this was the largest and most peaceful I have witnessed. Many police officers we talked to said the same.

I abhor trafficking in conspiracy theories and have avoided doing so over my entire adult life. Nonetheless, I cannot help but entertain a growing suspicion in the back of my mind, after having witnessed firsthand the events of January 6 and the near complete lack of police presence at the Capitol, and knowing what Antifa has done in other pro-Trump rallies that the powers-to-be at a minimum hoped that what happened would happen. So deep is the loathing for President Trump and his supporters by the Ruling Class that I cannot rule out this possibility.

Left’s Hypocrisy On Full Display After D.C. ‘Insurrection’. I & I Editorial Board – “as usual, congressional Democrats, the legacy press and social media giants have misreported, distorted and twisted facts to suit their own leftist agenda and inflame public opinion.”

A Brief Overview of the Violence Democrats and the Media Incited Against Republicans. Daniel Greenfield – “The Capitol Hill riot made for some colorful photos, but despite some theater had no actual effect and posed no threat to members of Congress. Unlike the time that James Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders supporter, opened fire at a Congressional charity baseball game while carrying a hit list of Freedom Caucus members.”

Trump Supporters Take Stock of Jan. 6, Feel Mischaracterized by Media. Charlotte Cuthbertson – “”

The Left Slanderously Accuses Trump of Inciting the Capitol Riot. Joseph Klein – “Progressives’ malicious power grab escalates to the wickedest heights.” … “instead of making an effort to unite the country against such anarchy, the Left’s leaders and their friends in the establishment media are applying their usual double standard of “for thee, but not for me.”

“President Trump told his supporters, “We’re going to walk down to theOther than at the immediate Capitol building, among a small handful of what I am convinced were overwhelmingly anti-Trump demonstrators, there were no incidents. Among the overall police presence none were required to disperse or control perhaps 500,000+ attendees. Having attended numerous rallies since the late 1960s, this was the largest and most peaceful I have witnessed. Many police officers we talked to said the same. Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women.” In so doing, he was clearly urging them merely to march peacefully and petition their government.

President Trump made a video telling people to avoid violence and he urged calm on Twitter. Yet Twitter locked him out as if he were doing the opposite.

Nobody who cares about preserving the rule of law in our constitutional republic applauds what happened at the Capitol on Wednesday. But progressive leaders and their allies in the mainstream media apply an entirely different standard when violence serves their purposes. And driven as they are by malice and hatred, they will surely find any way to justify viOther than at the immediate Capitol building, among a small handful of what I am convinced were overwhelmingly anti-Trump demonstrators, there were no incidents.  Among the overall police presence none were required to disperse or control perhaps 500,000+ attendees.  Having attended numerous rallies since the late 1960s, this was the largest and most peaceful I have witnessed.  Many police officers we talked to said the same.olence against President Trump personally, his Republican supporters in Congress, and the more than 70 million voters who supported him in the 2020 election.

The Trump Coup Attempt That Wasn’t. Matthew Vadum – “Who’s really assaulting democracy?”

Remarkable Duplicity – Former AG Bill Barr Attacks President Trump For Questioning Same Ballot Fraud Barr Previously Outlined. Sundance – “After visiting with several former members of federal law enforcement this past summer CTH was warned never to trust the words of any voices inside Main Justice and the FBI.”

Jonathan Turley Hates Commissions, But … Mark Wauck – “To conclusively prove or disprove just about anything to do with the “election”? To do him justice, Turley recognizes that something is broken and he thinks it should be fixed.”

Media Outrage Over Capitol Riot Isn’t About Defending Democracy, It’s About Wielding Power. John Daniel Davidson – “For our political and media elites, the capitol riot on Wednesday is the perfect excuse to ‘cleanse’ the country of Trump supporters.” … “not the kind of language you use when you’re in the business of reporting the news. It’s the kind of language you use when you’re in the business of social control.” … “the media, which sowed the wind all year long with loose talk about riots, did far more to bring down the whirlwind on Wednesday than Trump did.” Davidson falls at the end, though, with a ‘both sides are the same’ falsehood.

The End of Trump. Steven F. Hayward – “No grievance,” Lincoln said, “is a fit object of redress by mob law.” But Hayward illustrates the problem in his judgment: “it is doubtful that Lincoln would have thought that the allegations of vote fraud rise to that awful threshold.” This is a minimization fallacy. He later defines the issue better: “The controversy over the fairness of the recent election needs to be seen in a broader context of the broad swath of the American people—perhaps a majority—who believe that the government is not presently protecting their individual rights and the principle of self-government.” Finally, he falls for another questionable judgment: “At the same time, his reckless public pronouncements have fallen short of the standard of the high statesmanship most needed” – advocating for the rule of law is “reckless” and not expressing “high statesmanship”?

From May 7, 2020: The Great UnReason of 2020: The ‘Curious, but Quite Authentic, Inability to Think’. Jack Kerwick – “What she observed was that, much to her surprise, Eichmann wasn’t the incarnation of evil that she expected to encounter. His actions were monstrous, yes; but he was remarkably ordinary or “banal,” to use Arendt’s term of choice.” … “The masses of Americans who have bought hook, line, and sinker, without a moment’s hesitation, the Zombie tale of an Apocalyptic Virus are as well responsible for the immense suffering that their endorsement has left in its wake.”

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A sad state of affairs

Get Ready For The Californication Of America. I & I Editorial Board – “But while Biden made the election all about battling COVID-19 and “healing the nation,” that is not what the far left that controls the Democratic Party cares about. It has bigger plans — namely, to turn the nation into a California-style one-party state.”

Questions About The Chaos At The Capitol That Desperately Need To Be Answered. Michael Snyder via TheMostImportantNews.com – “it turns out that police actually opened up the barricades that were surrounding the U.S. Capitol and purposely allowed protesters to storm the building. You can see this on video”

Sarah Hoyt on Instapundit

And for the record, no, I will not condemn the protesters. Should they have gone into the Capitol? I don’t know. Why shouldn’t they have? It’s not like they went and hanged the corruptocrats using their own intestines as ropes. They might — or might not. Really, do you trust the reporting? In this time, in this place? — have broken windows. And then walked, carefully between the ropes? Sure, why not. Let’s roll with that narrative. They might have made a mess of Nancy Ice Cream Pelosi’s office. Maybe. Again…. reporting?

You know what they didn’t do? They didn’t kill anyone. That was reserved for someone who shot through a door sidelight at a protester. You know what else they didn’t do? Use live ammo. You know what else they didn’t do? Trample the flag, which the capitol police did, while being begged not to. You know what else they didn’t do? shine lasers in cops eyes, set fire to the building, loot it, or shoot fireworks at people.

David Bernstein puts up his TDS post on Instapundit saying “There is no evidence of widespread fraud that could plausibly be said to have cost Trump the election, nor even a single state.” This is the mantra and the narrative for the anti-Trump crowd. Some fraud is apparantly OK as long as a flippant judgment concludes it was sufficiently small. Blatant violations of state law such as in PA are OK, too. And then let’s gloss over the eye witness testimony of the anomalous numbers. It is false witness writ large.

Trump calls for peace, tells demonstrators to go home and Twitter removes the post, suspends his account. Thomas Lifson – “ABC noted the deletion, though it ignored the call to peace:”

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Foolish prayers and off the rails

Congress’s Foolish Opening Prayer Exposes A Deeper Problem For Christianity — And The West. Christopher Bedford – “The prayer’s true scandal was largely ignored — and is indicative of a widespread societal shift toward a serious and dangerous misunderstanding of both Christianity and tolerance.”

““Tolerance is… a forbearance that restrains us from showing anger or inflicting punishment,” the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen, a great and famous American preacher, wrote in 1931. “Tolerance applies only to persons … never to truth. Tolerance applies to the erring, intolerance to the error … Architects are as intolerant about sand as foundations for skyscrapers as doctors are intolerant about germs in the laboratory. Tolerance does not apply to truth or principles. About these things we must be intolerant, and for this kind of intolerance, so much needed to rouse us from sentimental gush, I make a plea. Intolerance of this kind is the foundation of all stability.”

This understanding of tolerance also informs our justice, and is why we once punished criminal actions instead of thoughts, without for a moment condoning wicked and evil thinking. And this understanding of tolerance informs our equality, and is why we only recently strove to care for our vulnerable without regard to their race and regardless of the real or imagined crimes of their ancestors.

Every single one of these foundations of Western civil society is rooted in our Founders’ and our people’s Christian religion and heritage, and every single one of them is under vicious attack.

Put it this way. Neo – “I can sum up the speed of the changes this way: twelve scant years ago in 2008, Obama felt he had to distance himself from Reverend Wright in order to win. This year, a Reverend Wright clone has been elected to the Senate from the previously-red state of Georgia. What was once unacceptably radical has been nearly mainstreamed.”

The war on standards, West Point cheating edition. Paul Mirengoff – “Why is West Point being so lenient? Why is it departing from its past practice of booting cheaters?”

Rod Dreher Names the Enemy. Timothy Cootes – “There is the assumed virtue of those who claim to be poor victims; … One also notices the misuse of language.”

“Keep in mind, though, that new and perhaps contradictory truths may be introduced tomorrow, and you’ll have to believe those ones, too. If you show any reluctance, the commissars of cancel culture will either get you into line, or destroy you. Although there won’t be gulags or firing squads this time around, it’s clear that we aren’t exactly up against a few campus snowflakes anymore.

How The 2020 Election Could Have Been Stolen. Claes G. Ryn – “I have tried to do due diligence to assess what happened in the recent election. … This memorandum is not written to persuade. It merely records my findings and reflections.”

After 2020 election – here’s how to keep track of upside-down world of media and politics. Victor Davis Hanson – “After Nov. 3, the meaning of some words and concepts abruptly changed. Have you noticed how new realities have replaced old ones? … To keep track of our brave new American world is easy”

Some Hard Truths We Face as Patriotic Americans as We Near January 6th. Dex Bahr – “Americans have absorbed the truth that the institutions long depended upon for redress are compromised. For years we had always suspected this, but in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election this has been confirmed with much dismay and sadness.”

An Administration Of Plagiarists: What This Means For The Country. I & I Editorial Board – “Because they are without inspiration, Biden and his team, in which Harris is an ambitious though empty lieutenant, fall back on ideas from Karl Marx, Margaret Sanger, the Marxist Black Lives Matter leadership, and an assortment of statist and collectivist thinkers who have produced only misery for others.”

Evidence China Was Colluding with the Bidens and Providing Information on How to Defeat President Trump in the 2020 Election. Joe Hoft – “Yaacov Apelbaum at the Illustrated Primer today provides some more shocking findings hidden on Hunter’s laptop.”

GA’s SoS Raffensperger Gave Hackers Roadmap To Infiltrate Machines A Year Before Election. George Eliason – “This link is to the redacted GA Master Technical Evaluation. Although redacted, the report left every route needed to hack and control each technical component Dominion uses as well as adding an actual vulnerability to get hackers started.”

Trump’s ‘Operation Vote’: Glimmers of the key supporting effort, and the larger strategic context. J.E. Dyer – “hat doesn’t mean the Trump administration was going by anything the analysts who put together the Creative Destruction article said. It means there was an actionable reality of impending foreign interference, which we the public see in hindsight through the Creative Destruction piece, but which the Trump administration could have seen through the means of national intelligence – at the time it was happening.”

The vanishing vote problem may have struck again in Georgia. Andrea Widburg – “it’s a strong (very strong) indicator of fraud when votes suddenly vanish from a candidate’s tally.”

Why An Electoral College Challenge Is Imperative. David Catron – “The state legislatures, courts, and the media shamelessly shirked their duty.”

Republican Lawmakers Objecting To Biden Electors Have A Point: Americans Need To Trust Elections. John Daniel Davidson – “The best way to secure public trust in the outcomes of our elections is to ensure that our elections are trustworthy. Right now, they’re not.”

If Congress Was Genuinely Interested In Democracy, They Would Welcome An Election Commission. Authored by Tho Bishop via The Mises Institute – “the behavior of various institutions of power is one of growing unease.”

D.C. Mayor Wanted National Guard Out When BLM Was Burning City, Now Wants It Back Over Election Protests. Daniel Greenfield – “There are civil rights laws about the use of force in such a politically selective way.”

The Left Claims Another Victim. John Hinderaker – “The Left mounted a vicious campaign against Cleta, her law firm and her firm’s clients, not accusing her of any wrongdoing other than having the temerity to give legal advice to the President of the United States.” Hinderaker went off the rails on Trump in another post on Powerline based on ignorance of pre-election actions to prevent the election fiasco. This is sad to see.

What Can Be Done in This Age of Election Fraud? Whom Can We Count On? Donald N. Finley – “when a state certifies as true and accurate the vote totals known not to be true and accurate but refuses to acknowledge the inaccuracy, who fixes that wrong?” … “The arrogance of it all should offend every patriotic and honest American.”

 

Margot Cleveland’s Moving Tweet, Plus … mark wauck – “in what it says about our country, our courts, our public office holders, and yes, our citizens:”

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The final check against abuses is not the system, but the people it’s accountable to.

The Judiciary vs. the Leftist Mob. Daniel Greenfield – “Patriots won’t bend to the mob — even if the judges do.” … “ Over two centuries ago, Alexander Hamilton pointed out that due to the “natural feebleness of the judiciary”, it’s “in continual jeopardy of being overpowered, awed, or influenced.” … Jeopardy long ago became reality. Now our nation’s future is in jeopardy.” … “The final check against abuses is not the system, but the people it’s accountable to.”

We Were Laughed Out of Court because the Courts Have Become Ridiculous. Robert Oscar Lopez – “This argument is authoritarian in its reasoning. It defers to a juridical priesthood and allows one guild, the attorneys, to override what average people can see in front of them.”

A CRISIS OF PERSPECTIVE: Pundits in Denial are Cratering Their Creditability. Richard Bledsoe – “We are supposed to roll over and accept an illegitimate election that will be an extinction level event for our Constitutional Republic. A complete capitulation to a cabal of our enemies foreign and domestic.”

Archbishop Viganò’s Exhortation To Americans. Mark Wauck – “transcript of Viganò’s interview with Steve Bannon. It’s an eloquent and timely discussion:”

My reaction #2 to the Trump-Raffensperger phone call. Neo – “When I found and read a transcript here, it came as no surprise that Trump’s call with Raffensperger had been mischaracterized by the MSM as nefarious, when the actual call versus MSM discussion of the call seems to have been much as shipwreckedrew describes it here: “a case study in the media duplicity that President Trump has battled from day one.” My reaction #1 to the Trump-Raffensperger phone call – “one thing I will not miss are these leaked “gotcha” phone calls, whereby the MSM declares him finished, criminal, and/or hopelessly corrupt, and then once any objective person has a chance to actually listen to the call or read the transcript it becomes clear that this is a mischaracterization of what Trump actually said.”

Gaslighting Goes On Despite New Voting Irregularities. Kim Hirsch – “the media continue their gaslighting of the America public. Like the Washington Post, which “debunked” all of Trump’s claims of voter fraud. Was Dominion software compromised? No, says the WaPo. Did the federal government find any evidence of voter fraud? Once again, the WaPo says no.” … “If you believe the election results stink to high heaven, you’re not crazy. Nor are you a Trump cultist.”

The 2020 Insurrection. Peggy Ryan – “They even announced their intention to steal the White House long before the election.”

“When the president’s team calls out the fraud, Democrats cry foul and demand proof. Trump’s team obliges, provides thousands of sworn statements attesting to the fraud; a video of a woman pulling out boxes of ballots from under a table; truck-drivers’ testimony that they transported batches of ballots across state lines; election workers who were instructed to backdate ballots; and much more, enough to overturn Biden’s win in all five states. Yet nothing happens. The evidence is ignored. Our supposed honorable judges deny election challenges in case after case, refuse to even look at the evidence.

An Insider’s View of Pennsylvania and the Battle for Our Republic, Frank Ryan and Dawn Keefer – “The Department of State’s response and rebuttal were swift and condescending.” … “Unfortunately, the courts have yet to address any of the process control concerns we have presented.”

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Defenders of Civilization, Tell The Truth Until It Hurts

Devin Nunes Tells The Truth Until It Hurts. Mollie Hemingway – “The more Rep. Devin Nunes was attacked, the more he wanted to understand what was behind the Russia collusion narrative. His opponents couldn’t have been more wrong in how to contain him.”

Ignoring And Ridiculing Election Fraud Concerns Will Not Make Them Go Away. Stella Morabito – “If nothing else, conservatives must all be on board with addressing the disastrous crisis of trust this election has produced.” … “The more invested Big Media and Big Tech are in driving their preferred narratives into our brains, the more reason we have to distrust them. Their immediate labeling as “disputed” of any fraud reporting feels like they doth protest too much.”

“So the more vexing question—and the rude awakening—is this: Why do so many self-identified conservatives play along with a media machine that is already 95 percent in the Democrats’ corner? The list is long, and includes many big-name Republican officials who have taken a particularly hostile stance against any real investigation into voter fraud

In short, why are they so willing to accept abnormalities as normal?

Why Those Who Claim To ‘Follow The Science’ Are More Likely To Ignore It. Benedict Beckeld – “We’ll be able to have more productive and honest conversations with one another the sooner we realize that while morality takes sides, science does not.”

Defenders of Civilization? Victor Davis Hanson – “Our grandees seem too exhausted, too guilty, or too ignorant to pass on and improve the civilization they inherited for others to come.” … “What happens if an elderly so-called white person dies of COVID-19, when a state medical policy ignores science and substitutes racial preference instead?”

“For now we wait for one local PTA member to refuse to change the name of his Lincoln school, or a crusading prosecutor who issues 40 federal racketeering indictments the next time Antifa drives in to town to take over a house, torch a courthouse, or reclaim a street, or a judge who sentences a violent arsonist to a 20-year sentence pour encourager les autres, or an exasperated college dean who will say no to segregating dorms or no-go zones by race, or one honest journalist who finally presses Joe Biden to answer what have Hunter and his family done.

 

The media are lying about Trump’s phone call with Raffensperger. Andrea Widburg – “Trump sought to avoid litigation forcing Raffensperger to do his job, which is to make at least a minimal effort to clear away enough fraud to allow Trump his actual and honest victory in Georgia.”

“Here are just two examples of the media’s dishonest claim that Trump was trying to force Raffensperger to commit fraud. As you can see, their premise is that there is no evidence of fraud, so any action on Trump’s part to claim victory is itself fraud. Theirs is a deliberate example of circular logic, where their premise and conclusion are the same thing.

Trump hammered over and over that he won the state. No matter how you look at it, he said he won, and he’s got the evidence to prove it.

Did you get that? The biggest election fraud claim in American history, the president on the phone, massive amounts of evidence, and Raffensperger whines that he’s already given up six and a half hours of his time to the issue.

Raffensperberger on line 2. Scott Johnson – “I want to add a few comments to draw out facets of the phone call that have been shortchanged — i.e., suppressed — by the mainstream media.” … “The fact that the call was secretly recorded is scurrilous.”

‘BIGGEST spin job ever’: Leaked Trump call is media hype, related to lawsuits against Raffensperger. Tom Tillison – “David Shafer, the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, announced in a tweet that Trump has filed two lawsuits – federal and state – against Raffensperger after he secretly recorded the “confidential settlement discussion” of that pending litigation.” … “What’s not getting much notice is that there were attorneys from both sides on the call.”

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Misguided Laments

Corporate Media’s Obsession With Fact-Checking Is A Mission To Monopolize The Truth. Tristan Justice – “In July, USA Today issued a “fact-check” that promoted a left-wing conspiracy theory asserting the Donald Trump campaign’s use of an eagle on memorabilia featured imagery of Nazi Germany.”

“The episode is emblematic of just about everything wrong about legacy media: its Trump Derangement Syndrome, its compulsive desire to smear Trump and his supporters as Nazi collaborators, its unaccountability. It also illustrates the dangers of a corporate media complex obsessed about fact-checking to cement a monopoly on truth, when many of its “fact-checks” aren’t truthful at all.

A world where leftist elites run the nation’s legacy institutions is no pretty picture. It’s a world where critical race theory is the mandated religion, Trump is a covert agent of the Russian government, Joe Biden sees no legitimate scrutiny, there is no accountability for American corporate giants dismissing their U.S. loyalty to appease Chinese interests, and any skepticism that could undermine pandemic lockdown measures is suppressed into oblivion.

“A Criminal Like Trump”: Federal Judge Exposes Bias In Public Interview. Jonathan Turley – “Judge Pratt gave an interview slamming the pardons in a departure from judicial ethics rules barring jurists from engaging in such political commentary.”

“Call it another example of Trumpunity in our age of rage and hypocrisy. Legal ethicists and experts stretched ethical rules to the breaking point to support actions against Republican lawyers for filing election challenges. Yet, they are again conspicuously silent on these controversy. Indeed, many Democrats recently denounced public comments by Justice Samuel Alito but have no criticism of Pratt or liberal jurists like the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in far more serious public comments.

What Pratt said publicly was wrong. It undermines not just his credibility but that of his court and his other colleagues.

Mitt Romney’s Misguided Lament. David Limbaugh – “When hatred of Trump blinds you in your every step.”

Dems Call Hawley’s Election Concerns ‘Coup Attempt’ After Objecting To Every GOP Certification This Century. Jordan Davidson – the hyperbole, speculation, and sliming all underscore the hypocrisy.

Laxalt files new lawsuit challenging Nevada’s alleged inability to keep noncitizens off of voter rolls. Riley Snyder – “stems from President Trump’s repeated and unsubstantiated claims of mass voter fraud in the 2020 election.” unsubstantiated? And you expect to be taken as sticking to the facts? Citing the culprits denial as fact and ignoring the credibility or even existence of evidence in the complaint is gross negligence and an expression of blatant bias.

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An army of envious dwarves

Our Upside-Down Postelection World. Victor Davis Hanson – “After Nov. 3, the meaning of some words and concepts abruptly changed. Have you noticed how new realities have replaced old ones? … Just consider everything said to be bad by the “Animal Farm” media before Nov. 3 as now good. And remember that everything said to be good two months ago is now actually bad.”

Anti-Trump Conservatives – An Army of Envious Dwarfs. Don Feder – “Their problem isn’t philosophical, but psychological.” … “even after four years, and everything he’s done for America, a hard core of leaders and intellectuals remains stridently anti-Trump.”

 

We Can’t Get Back To Normal If People Think Spreading COVID Equals Murder. Georgi Boorman – “Normalcy doesn’t proceed naturally from the moral universe we’ve generated over the past several months. We much change our minds to change our circumstances.”

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The must read for the status of the election

The Mushrooming of the 2020 US Election. Quadrant Online – “publishes our own and full transcript of Trump’s 14-minute address.” … “It exposes the disgraceful alliance of the media (including The Australian’s US correspondent, let alone the ABC), the media-technology giants and the Democrat Party to suppress pro-Trump news, up to and including censoring the President himself.”

“If this egregious fraud is not fully investigated and addressed the 2020 election will be forever regarded as illegitimate and the most corrupt election in history of our country. Americans must be able have complete faith and confidence in our elections. The fate of our democracy depends on it. Now is the time for the American people to raise their voices and demand this injustice be immediately corrected.

Our elections must first be fair, they must be honest and they they must be 100 per cent free of fraud. We won this election by a magnificent landslide and the people of the US know it. All over, they are demonstrating, they are angry, they are fearful. We cannot allow a completely fraudulent election to stand. Thank you, God bless you and God bless America.

The War on Trump and the End of the Right to a Lawyer. Daniel Greenfield – “The basic trajectory of the Left. … 1. Turn a legal right into an entitlement … 2. Make the entitlement dependent on a political test rather than an objective service”

Overcoming the Court’s Abdication in Texas v. Pennsylvania. William J. Olson and Patrick M. McSweeney – “In refusing to hear Texas v. Pennsylvania, the U.S. Supreme Court abdicated its constitutional duty … However, even in its Order dismissing the case, the Supreme Court identified how another challenge could be brought successfully — by a different plaintiff.”

The Limits of Those Reviews of Masks For All and What We Do Know. Hilda Bastian – “Major recent reviews relevant to non-healthcare worker mask-wearing ended up with different results for 5 main reasons related to their design and conduct:” This one is plagued by the issues it identifies. It confuses bacterial and viral contagion, is ambiguous in its conclusions, and dances around the conflicts it notes between studies and real world experience.

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