A demented fury

EPIC! Sarah Huckabee Sanders Trolls April Ryan With a Homemade Pecan Pie and It’s Glorious (PHOTOS) by Cristina Laila – “White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders trolled April Ryan with a homemade pecan pie on Wednesday evening and it was glorious.” This is what could be called an ‘appropriate response’ to nonsense and bullying.

Megyn Kelly Leads Renewed Targeting of Trump By Daniel John Sobieski – “The former Fox News Anchor and part-time lingerie model, now working at the network where Matt Laurer locked his doors when not prowling the halls, has once again taken the lead in portraying President Donald Trump as a sexual predator who should be driven from office.”

“That’s not how another passenger on that flight remembered the transatlantic flight., casting significant doubt on the tall tale told by Jessica Leeds of groping by the Donald in the first class section..He portrayed Leeds as something between a groupie and a stalker who was rebuffed by Trump

for Megyn Kelly, this is not about protecting women. It is about advancing your career on Matt Lauer’s network and bringing down a President whom you despise.

Why we can’t let the creeps write the rules By Suzanne Fields – “Maybe we need a fresh perspective. Everybody regards harassers as creeps.”

“Nobody wants to do nuance. No one wants to take the side of a hideous harasser or boorish jerk, but we do need to face up to the difference between a man charged with rape and one simply forcing an unwanted kiss on the lips of a lady, between the man who presses his body close and the creep who locks the door of his office to prevent her escape, or between the dedicated masher and the flamboyant performer taking slapstick to the point of touching a bosom or bottom.

There’s a new worry that harassment accusations will affect work relations in general and personal relationships specifically. We’re moving into uncharted territory.

Keep Your Hypocrisy-Stained Hands Off Our President by Dov Fischer – “They’ll never get him because the people have already spoken.” There is a good, but rather long, summary, of just how pernicious and persistent the anti-Trump effort has been to support this conclusion.

“There is a profound difference between (i) the soap-opera charges now being leveled by some opportunistic women against President Donald Trump and leveraged for cheap political gain by the Gillibrand Hypocrites within the Democrat Party and (ii) the pants-dropping of The Icon, John Conyers, and the butt-squeezing, tongue-slithering obscenities of Sen. Al Franken (who now indeed will have to leave the upper chamber, with no Roy Moore to counterbalance). Conyers and Franken have lost all legitimacy. By contrast, the American people elected President Trump with full transparent cognition of his public and private portfolio, thereby validating his office.

the American people indeed were presented with the clear understanding of who Donald Trump is, what his background is, where he failed in the past. They knew about and debated the corporate bankruptcies. They knew about Billy Bush in the trailer. And the people of the United States freely decided. He was elected with full transparency by a body-slamming 306-232 electoral college runaway. The issues were litigated fully, the jury returned with a resounding verdict for Trump. That case is closed, free of double jeopardy.

Let the message be clear to the Gillibrand Hypocrites who enable sex offenders and gush over sex abusers, and to the Groping Democrat Phonies who have lived off the Harvey Weinsteins, Al Frankens, and iconic John Conyerses for all too long: Keep your hypocrisy-stained hands off our President.

Things fall apart: The decline of ‘Dumbledore’s Army’ By John Dietrich – “Resistance to the Trump administration within the intelligence community is beginning to unravel.”

“There are a significant number of CFPB employees opposed to the president and any of his appointees. They have formed a resistance group they call Dumbledore’s Army. Although members of other departments, agencies, and bureaus do not call themselves Dumbledore’s Army, they are essentially of the same mindset. Perhaps the largest number of these Dumbledores are in the Department of Justice and the intelligence community. They are mounting an attack on the Trump administration and are suffering one defeat after another. Things are falling apart.

Much of the information we have about this situation is the result of leaks. Leaks have plagued the DOJ for well over a year. Many of these leaks are clearly felonies. The former head of the FBI admitted in public that he was the source of a leak.

Has anyone in the leadership been prosecuted for leaking to the press? No.

Explosive Texts Point To FBI, Not Russian, Meddling In 2016 Election by IBD – “In other words, Strzok had motive, means and opportunity to sabotage that investigation.”

“For 18 months, the FBI has been fixated on determining whether President Trump worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election. But explosive text exchanges between top FBI agents suggest it should be looking in the mirror.

So did these FBI agents act on their fervent anti-Trump beliefs in ways that might have compromised the integrity of both investigations?

The text exchanges suggest they very well may have.

After mysterious ‘insurance policy’ text, will Justice Department reveal more on FBI agent bounced from Mueller probe? by Byron York – “More troubling, in the set of texts released Tuesday night, is a single message, from Strzok to Page, dated Aug. 15, 2016.”

“lots of federal employees loathe Trump. It would be hard for all of them to recuse themselves from government matters, although it is probably not a great idea to have them play key roles in high-stakes probes that could have a momentous effect on the presidency.

Ugly as Mueller’s investigation may look, it’s on track to clear Trump By Andrew C. McCarthy – “Far from railroading Flynn (and, derivatively, Trump), it appears that Strzok and Comey’s FBI did not seek his prosecution.”

“The higher likelihood is that the Mueller investigation, despite all the reasonable suspicions about its partisanship, will end up exonerating the president. At this point, it’s anything but clear that investigators who have political points of view have let them infect Mueller’s investigation. The Strzok controversy and other indicia of bias should be aggressively investigated by Congress. But Trump — and the rest of us — would be well advised to wait for the facts before drawing conclusions.

An Investigative Pattern Emerges… by sundance – “The corruption is jaw-dropping.”

“The very heart of the U.S. system of Law (DOJ) and Order (FBI) is now being questioned. I would argue the IG obviously understands the need for caution within these discoveries and the recent releases are all purposeful, timed, planned and targeted.

Consider what is at stake; and further consider that you were given the task of revealing the outcome of an investigation of such consequence. How would you introduce the findings to the larger U.S. electorate? Given the timing of the releases from the IG’s investigation, I think that’s what we are seeing in the past two weeks. A prosecutor laying out his case over the course of multiple media cycles.

Remember, the OIG investigation is specifically looking at actions taken, or actions not taken, by DOJ and FBI officials that reflect specific evidence of politicization by the leadership within each agency (James Comey, FBI and Loretta Lynch, DOJ), and/or their subordinates writ large.

These offices represent the “Law and Order” divisions of our national government.

There is a pattern in the released OIG information and how we retrieve it from the media.

It looks just like a prosecutor laying out his case against the identified names, and WE, the American People, are the jury.

This is strategic white hat distribution of material that is immensely important to the larger U.S. electorate. The subject matter is so consequential, it needs to be absorbed in small digestible portions.

And here’s where it gets really interesting.

Media’s Unhinged Attacks on Trump Recall the Treatment of Nixon by Conrad Black – “Both presidents inspired a demented fury against them.”

“the almost uniform view of the long-standing bipartisan political elite of the United States that President Trump is a maniac, any falsehood about him or act of obstruction is justified in damaging his presidency, impairing his ability to govern, and bringing forward the swiftest possible return of the status quo ante-Trump.

Specialists in aberrant mass psychology will one day derive great interest and perhaps generate much enlightenment on what it is that has possessed a wide swath of highly intelligent and generally civic-minded Americans to lose their minds on the subject of President Trump.

It is ironic that Donald Trump’s most fanatical critics in the media and among the Democrats have ever more frequent recourse to precisely the liberties with the truth that they find so irritating in him.

This charade will not end in the premature departure of Trump from the presidency because nobody near him has done anything inappropriate. Comparisons with Nixon are unfounded except that there remains a very inconclusive amount of evidence that Nixon himself committed illegalities, though some around him certainly did. The best possible outcome is that in patiently waiting for the shabbily conducted Mueller investigation to clear him completely, Trump will not only be vindicated; his enemies will sustain such a bone-crushing humiliation that this practice of trying bloodlessly to assassinate presidents will end. In that atmosphere, Richard Nixon will receive the fair upward revision of collective historical opinion that he richly earned.

The case against Net Neutrality: An IT pro’s perspective By Derrick Wlodarz – “every angle from which I examine the issue upon, I keep coming back to a common conclusion: Net Neutrality just isn’t needed.” It is a reasoned argument that is also notable for its understanding of just how debased the debate has become as expressed by anticipating common response tactics.

“While I may not change anyone’s mind about their position regarding Net Neutrality, the opposing viewpoint seems to be completely brushed under the rug recently. Between being maligned as a position being pushed by Russia or one which only corporate fat cats could possibly enjoy, the negative press tied to this position is stifling honest, legitimate debate.

After the vote: What’s next for the Restoring Internet Freedom Order by Daniel Lyons – “This blog post discusses the likely next steps for each of the major players in the net neutrality debate.”

“Later this morning, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to approve the Restoring Internet Freedom Order by a 3-2 vote.

Contrary to the dominant narrative in some circles, the vote will not end the internet as we know it, silence minority voices online, or impose Portuguese balkanized consumer access plans (which, it turns out, doesn’t even happen in Portugal). What will happen is that the order will repeal the Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order and restore the agency’s historical classification of broadband access as a lightly regulated information service under the Communications Act. The order also enhances the transparency rules governing disclosure of network management practices.

Predictable: without intellectual integrity but persistent and predictable.

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There’s more to the Strozk case than meets the eye.

Moore goes down in a close vote and that will get a lot of discussion about Al Franken and others as well as the success of the smear, the quality of the candidates, Trump haters gloating, and implications for future elections. It appears that it was a turn-out win where Democrats had the game. Exit Polls: Voters Split On Whether Roy Moore’s Accusers Are Telling the Truth, But 55% Say It’s a “Minor” Factor or Not a Factor In Their Decision.

FBI Agent Peter Strozk Anti-Trump Messages Released To Media – However, The Key Question is Not Content… by sundance – “the bigger story is not the anti-Trump bias within the text communication, the BIGGER story is why the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General (OIG), began even looking at Agent Peter Strozk’s communication in the first place.”

Getting caught as a leaker is likely the reason Strzok was removed and reassigned to the HR post; not the bias. … However, Agent Strzok leaking information to the media; his changing the outcome of an FBI investigation into a political ally, Hillary Clinton; and his investigative involvement in the Trump Russia Conspiracy, via the Steele Dossier and FISA warrant, well, that’s the real issue evident here.

Which leads us to the next headline story that dovetails into this ideological weaponization by FBI/DOJ/DC officials leaking to the media. … the erroneous leak to CNN about the content of a received email

Having some idea of how these DC investigative practices work, it is highly doubtful that Don Jr’s attorney self-initiated that complaint on his client’s behest. There is a strong possibility the investigative unit, the new leak task-force, and/or the IG office, needs that initiating complaint in order to continue targeting the potential subjects of the leaks.

Summarizing the harms of the FCC’s 2015 internet regulation by Roslyn Layton – “Net neutrality is many things, but from a consumer’s perspective, it is a price control that forces consumers to value all data the same, whether they want to or not.” The real issue here is why the nerds and geeks are so hot and bothered that they toss slime and slander as well as virulent violence with threats towards FCC personnel as well as lawsuits.

The Strzok/Page texts make it clear that these two people were fully capable of an objective assessment of all things Trump and Clinton by neo-neocon – “Not. Not. NOT.”

Hate to be cynical, but I’m feeling that way at the moment. I think a lot of people are getting away, if not with murder in the literal sense, then with using the mechanism of government to conspiratorially subvert the republic. And funny thing, they seem to think they are being noble in protecting us from Donald Trump, whom they see as the real tyrant.

See also “Democrats’ #Resistance is creating a genuine constitutional crisis” by William A. Jacobson.

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Clarifying the coup attempt (still in progress)

The Real Problem with Judging Judge Roy Moore By Thomas Lipscomb – “The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.” This is a good rundown on the context that puts the ‘scandal’ in its proper perspective about Moore and about the culture in which he lived. There is an understanding to be gained that the Left’s propaganda machine distorted and hid.

Female Trump accusers seek congressional hearing by Paul Mirengoff – “The women are: Rachel Crooks, who accused Trump of kissing her on the lips without consent in 2005; Jessica Leeds, who accused Trump of moving his hand up her skirt decades ago; and Samantha Holvey, a former Miss North Carolina, who accused Trump of entering a dressing room to peek at undressed beauty contestants in 2006.” As with what is (mostly) alleged about Moore, it is much easier to wonder about crude dating and social behavior rather than sexual predation and harassment with these claims. Then there’s the precedent:

“Remember, the articles of impeachment against President Clinton approved by the House cited him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. (An additional article based on his answers to questions from the House Judiciary Committee failed). There were no charges based on sexual misconduct.

That sexual misconduct left on the table included misuse of power over interns and rape that had supporting evidence not present allegations against either Trump or Moore.

Jerusalem move reveals the radical pattern of Trump diplomacy By Andrew Malcolm – “Trump’s bold announcement also sets him apart from recent presidents of both parties, who made numerous similar vows, then diddled their promises into easy inaction and oblivion.”

“And here is what’s so revealing about this Trump move: He’s not burdened by that depressing precedent. For better and worse, he’s an outsider unshackled by a self-defeating link to conventional wisdom, conventional wisdom that confines thinking only to what has been tried. If that hasn’t worked, only more of the same might.

This president may not have an obvious orthodox method to his diplomacy. But he does have a clear and decisive pattern. It’s more rooted in common-sense reality than in diplomatic dreaminess.

Former top spy rethinks: Maybe we shouldn’t have attacked a new president by Byron York – “As the old saying goes: Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. Trump understandably believes the intelligence agencies are out to get him.”

“Of course, leaders in the intelligence community would deny they are out to get the president. But in a remarkable new interview, one CIA veteran who served in the agency from 1980 to 2013, who briefed presidents on the most sensitive issues of the day, and is still a prominent voice in intelligence matters is at least conceding that he can understand why the president feels the way he does.

“Let’s put ourselves in Donald Trump’s shoes,” Morell said to Glasser. “So what does he see? Right? He sees a former director of CIA and a former director of NSA, Mike Hayden … criticizing him and his policies. Right? And he would rightfully have said, ‘Huh, what’s going on with the intelligence guys?'”

“And then he sees a former acting director and deputy director of CIA criticizing him and endorsing his opponent,” Morell continued. “And then he gets his first intelligence briefing, after becoming the Republican nominee, and within 24 to 48 hours, there are leaks out of that that are critical of him and his then-national security adviser Mike Flynn.”

“And so, this stuff starts to build, right? And he must have said to himself, ‘What is it with these intelligence guys? Are they political?'”

The answer to that was simple: Yes, they were political. But the astonishing part of the Morell interview is his admission that at the time he did not stop to consider what was happening from Trump’s perspective

Morell admits he went after the new president without even considering what that might mean. “I think there was a significant downside to those of us who became political,” he told Glasser. “So, if I could have thought of that, would I have ended up in a different place? I don’t know. But it’s something I didn’t think about.”

Reynolds on this: “That this obviously foreseeable consequence wasn’t foreseen demonstrates that these “intelligence” guys aren’t very good at what they’re supposed to be good at. And it explains why their work product hasn’t been very good with regard to other countries, when they couldn’t even foresee an obvious result in their own.”

One Mueller-Investigation Coincidence Too Many by Victor Davis Hanson – “Special investigations often quickly turn Soviet, in the sense of ‘Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.’ … Something has gone terribly wrong with the Mueller investigation.

“These public worries are not groundless. They are deeply rooted in the nature and liberal composition of the Mueller investigative team — whose left-leaning appointments just months ago had understandably made the liberal media giddy with anticipation from the outset. Wired, for instance, published this headline on June 14: “Robert Mueller Chooses His Investigatory Dream Team.” Vox, on August 22, wrote: “Meet the all-star legal team who may take down Trump.” The Daily Beast, two day later, chimed in: “Inside Robert Mueller’s Army.”

Whose ‘Army,’ Whose ‘Dream Team,’ and Whose ‘All-Stars’?

By now there are simply too many coincidental conflicts of interest and too much improper investigatory behavior to continue to give the Mueller investigation the benefit of doubt. Each is a light straw; together, they now have broken the back of the probe’s reputation.

the special-counsel investigation has developed an eerie resemblance to the spate of sexual-harassment cases, in which the accused sluff off initial charges as irrelevant, unproven, or politically motivated, only to be confronted with more fresh allegations that insidiously point to a pattern of repeated behavior.

Governmental accountability board? More like Wisconsin’s Secret Police by Glenn Harlan Reynolds – “It was a partisan witch hunt masquerading as an inquiry into campaign irregularities. And it might presage the outcome of the Mueller investigation.”

“The “Cheesehead Stasi.” That’s what Twitter humorist IowaHawk called a long-running and politicized investigation organized by Democratic politicians in Wisconsin, targeting supporters of Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The mechanism for this investigation was an allegedly nonpolitical, but in fact entirely partisan,

Now an investigation by Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel on behalf of the overseeing court has spelled out a long list of misdeeds by the investigators, and has called for punishments including contempt-of-court holdings and possible disbarment. And the stuff that it has uncovered is pretty awful.

Wisconsin Democrats took Scott Walker’s victory very hard. They tried to recall him, and failed. And they tried to undermine his term in office through the abuse of legal institutions. Now some of them will face professional discipline, and judicial punishment, as a result.

It’s too early to say, as one account does, that the Wisconsin debacle prefigured the ongoing Robert Mueller investigation into Trump’s campaign, though there are certainly similarities between the attitudes of “The Resistance” in Washington and the Wisconsin establishment’s response to Walker.

That’s the coup effort on two fronts. Ace has another: CNN Special Snowflakes to Donald Trump: Please Stop Bullying Us After We Spend Hour After Hour of #FakeNews Attacks on You!Allahpundit gets into this, too.

“The commentariat spends much of its time nowadays navel-gazing about how the media can rebuild goodwill among Americans who’ve lost faith in it. One suggestion: For starters, for the love of Mike, stop the endless cycle of self-pity and grandiosity. When reporters aren’t busy telling you how heroic their industry is, they’re busy telling you how mean the president is to them, although he’s only mean to them because he’s threatened by their heroic crusade for truth and free speech, which in turn makes his disrespect so much more tragic and hurtful since you would expect the president of all people to stand up for the First Amendment, but at least our heroic media is standing up for it, and on and on we go!

And, another front: David Gross: science will survive Pope Urban, Stalin, Hitler, and Trump by Luboš Motl – “Just a comment about some weird statement by a famous guy at a prestigious event.”

“Needless to say, the hall was crowded with tons of leftist extremists who literally and overtly want the U.S. president to die which is why the applause following Gross’ talk was extraordinary. They love to write mock articles such as the 2013 article by Donald Trump, “When You’re Feeling Low, Just Remember I’ll Be Dead in About 15 or 20 Years.”

If you think about the detailed formulation of Gross’ point, you will realize that it’s even scarier. Science has survived attacks by Pope Urban VIII, Stalin, and Hitler. Gross didn’t talk about the death of these three villains personally. But in the case of Donald Trump, it won’t be Trump’s attacks that science will survive. The word “attack” doesn’t appear on that line. David Gross thought about the death for Trump and his ilk even though the Pope, Stalin, and Hitler escaped any similar treatment. It’s only Trump and his ilk – and I can’t imagine how I could not take such comments personally – whose death is eagerly expected by David Gross and his ilk.

so the punchline of Gross’ talk is that he wants the U.S. president to die soon enough – because it’s needed as a testimony for the viability of science. Can you imagine how creepy it is?

Sorry to say, David, but it is you who is the heir to the fathers of the Aryan Physics, Lysenkoism, and other movements that try to “purify” science according to the ideological criteria.

Justice Sotomayor unintentionally highlights the danger of having too many laws by Ilya Somin – “Justice Sonia Sotomayor noted a dangerous feature of our legal system. We have far more laws than the state and federal governments can effectively enforce” Sotomayor and Somin making common sense? What is going on here?

“The executive therefore exercises enormous discretion about which lawbreakers to go after and which ones to leave alone.

This, in turn, has dire consequences for the rule of law in our society: It makes it very difficult for ordinary citizens to determine what laws apply to them and how to avoid violations, and ensures that whether a given lawbreaker gets prosecuted depends far more on the exercise of police, prosecutorial, and executive discretion than on any objective application of legal rules. Thus, the rule of law is in large part supplanted by the rule of whatever men and women control the levers of power at any given time. As Sotomayor notes, those people have vast discretion in deciding which of the “countless laws” on the books they want to enforce, and when.

Justice Sotomayor’s statement highlights a dangerous reality of our legal system. One that too many of us tend to ignore. So long as there are vastly more laws on the books than the government can realistically hope to enforce, the rule of law will continue to be imperiled.

There are implications of beliefs and opinions and many, on the Left especially, seem rather oblivious about what they think and do.

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Woke Conservatives in a civilized society

The Politics of Meaningless Words By Sarah Hoyt – “Sometimes talking to leftists could better be accomplished with interpretive dance routines, or perhaps by miming our meaning.”

“The fact that these believers in “science” see as the only solution the establishment of socialism and strict government control over the lifestyle of the masses means they don’t believe in science, they believe in socialism. Which, granted, at one time was also called “scientific” with even less justification than computer models.

As for “no human being is illegal” it is on the face of it demonstrably false.

The sign bothered me for weeks because to someone who is a trained linguist, as I am, and who spent her youth studying not just languages but the mechanics of language, this was the equivalent of someone running around with a t-shirt that said: “I believe in semantic incoherence.”

But I didn’t think of the root of the trouble until I was recently involved in a (what else?) Facebook argument with someone who was clearly leftist.

But it leaves them as an impossible partner — or even opponent — in a representative democracy. It’s impossible to argue concepts such as “least harm” with people who are making noises to which they attach no fixed meaning.

Until they decide to join the human race — known for its use of language, among other things — it leaves us in the odd position of shouting across the political chasm “Second word, rhymes with “huff it”” and “Stomp your foot once for yes, twice for no.”

Moody’s Climate Change Delusion by Justin Haskins and H. Sterling Burnett – “Coastal cities and towns across the United States are now facing significant pressure from Moody’s Investors Service, one of the world’s most important credit agencies, to battle climate change.”

“If the evidence were to clearly show that future climate change is inevitably going to create additional extreme weather events and damage to coastal areas, then Moody’s analysis would make perfect sense. Increased risks should be met with more preparedness.

However, the climate change assumptions Moody’s has built into its forecasts aren’t based on the existing evidence, which shows dire extreme weather events have not substantially increased in recent years.

Moody’s is basing its analysis of future climate change risks on the credit agency’s commitment to climate change alarmist dogma, not on scientific data, and this isn’t the first time it’s happened.

By coercing communities to spend billions more to prepare for natural disasters that may never come, Moody’s is attempting to impose its climate change fantasies on the millions of American families who would have to shoulder the burden of added government costs made to prevent a downgraded credit rating.

Rather than indulge in climate alarmist fiction, Moody’s should instead stick to what the available data actually reveals when creating its credit assessments.

Woke Conservatives And The Awesome Power Of Not Caring by Kurt Schlichter – “Have you noticed that if you fail to do, think, and vote exactly the way that the liberals and their Fredocon minions demand, you’re a racist, sexist, homophobic, child molesting, greedy, NRA terrorist determined to murder kids?”

“And you’ve probably also realized that if you do everything that the liberals and their Never Trump minions demand, you’re still a racist, sexist, homophobic, child molesting, greedy, NRA terrorist determined to murder kids.

When you understand that, you’re on your way to being conservative woke.

And when you’re conservative woke, you’re ready to deploy the most powerful non-bullet firing weapon in your liberty-loving arsenal – your devastating capability not to give a damn what the liberals and their Conservative, Inc., cruise-shilling Benedict Arnold buddies say.

They hate you. Govern yourself accordingly.

John Hinderaker A Stain On America [with comment by Paul] and More Global Warming Fraud: This Time, It’s Sea Level – same behavior, different theaters. “It would be a full-time job to keep track of the Democratic Party media’s failed attacks on President Trump and his administration. … Maybe these reporters have been lying for a long time, and we finally have a Republican leader with enough guts to call them on it.” then there’s “Via No Tricks Zone, another instance of fraud perpetrated by global warming alarmists who have charge of data. This time, they are changing sea level measurements to make it appear that sea level is rising abnormally, when it isn’t.”

Net neutrality is communism, nationalization by Luboš Motl – “Skillful data transmission engineers need to be appreciated, rewarded, have the freedom to profit from their contributions according to their business plans.”

“The leftists are obviously insensitive to the difference between the shared ownership and the private ownership because they would ideally love to abolish the latter altogether. So they are already thinking about the ISPs as if they were assets controlled by some left-wing parties or NGOs, something that these harmful parasites have already successfully stolen. But in a civilized society, nothing like that should be allowed.

Civilized society?

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Substance and style and the Art of War

“He Fights” – President Trump Calls Out Fake News Reporting of Washington Post and Dave Weigel… by sundance – “One of the many reasons people support President Trump is because “He Fights” back.”

The U.S. Media Yesterday Suffered its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened by Glenn Greenwald – “FRIDAY WAS ONE of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time.”

“All of this prompts the glaring, obvious, and critical question – one which CNN refuses to address: how did “multiple sources” all misread the date on this document, in exactly the same way, and toward the same end, and then feed this false information to CNN?

it’s hard to overstate how fast, far and wide this false story traveled.

It’s hard to quantify exactly how many people were deceived – filled with false news and propaganda – by the CNN story. But thanks to Democratic-loyal journalists and operatives who decree every Trump/Russia claim to be true without seeing any evidence, it’s certainly safe to say that many hundreds of thousands of people, almost certainly millions, were exposed to these false claims.

the “multiple sources” who fed CNN this false information did not confine themselves to that network.

Most embarrassing of all was what MSNBC did. You just have to watch this report from its “intelligence and national security correspondent” Ken Dilanian to believe it.

Is that what happened here? Did these “multiple sources” who fed not just CNN but also MSNBC and CBS completely false information do so deliberately and in bad faith?

Thus far, these media corporations are doing the opposite of what journalists ought to do: rather than informing the public about what happened and providing minimal transparency and accountability for themselves and the high-level officials who caused this to happen, they are hiding behind meaningless, obfuscating statements crafted by PR executives and lawyers.

this type of recklessness and falsity is now a clear and highly disturbing trend – one could say a constant – when it comes to reporting on Trump, Russia and WikiLeaks.

– “In attempting to “denormalize” Trump, they’ve denormalized themselves. If they simply reported fairly and accurately, without their screamingly obvious bias, they’d be able to do him much more damage. But they can’t help themselves.” [Instapundit] The Roy Moore case has parallels and it appears that Alabama voters may have noticed. The election will tell.

Wow! Trump fights back, forces public apology from Washington Post writer for fake news By Thomas Lifson – “We have a Republican president like no other.

Those of us who remember cringing as President George W. Bush declined to descend to the level of his critics during the Second Iraq War and allowed himself to be demonized down to miniscule levels public opinion support are grateful for a POTUS who fights back. We are tired of our political leaders cowering before the might of media bullies and the grandees of the cultural elite. And boy, do we have the man for that job!

OBAMA: “Those Jobs Aren’t Coming Back.” TRUMP: “Hold My Beer.” by DCWhispers – “No magic want was needed by POTUS Trump. Just some common sense, a basic understanding of economics and the determination to believe America can be better and stronger than ever

Skier feuds with Trump, injures herself by Don Surber – “Vonn virtue-signaled this week on CNN. … She joins a choir of millionaire athletes pandering to pretentious liberals and Antifa fascists. … We shall see if she joins 29 others who feuded with Trump, and lost.” Trump may not be responsible for her back injury but, like the recent spate of NFL injuries, a distracted focus from the sport can be hazardous.

Trump’s Decidedly Not Hitler by Clarice Feldman – “Once again, the claim of high minded principle is just another cover for power grab.”

“As the week ends, Trump is making great progress against those who have done everything to upend his plan — supported by voters — to make America great again. Paraphrasing Richard Fernandez, we’ve crushed ISIS, withdrawn from the ridiculous Paris Agreement on Climate Change, UNESCO, and the Trans Pacific Partnership. We’re about to overhaul the tax code and dismantle the failing ObamaCare program.

I’m reminded of Samson destroying the Philistines who sought to destroy him. Trump is cutting off their funding, exposing their idiocy, and destroying their political clout. Samson tied burning torches to the tails of the foxes and destroyed their crops, then took a jawbone of a donkey and slayed 1,000. Slaying them with a jawbone of a donkey, indeed.

Firing Mueller would be disastrous; discrediting him is impeachment politics by Byron York – “Trump allies are beginning to attack Mueller. They got a later start than Clinton’s allies did, but they are also operating in a much faster-paced media environment than the Clinton era. They can catch up fast.”

“They also have another thing going for them: The Mueller team deserves some of the criticism it has been receiving. Not only does Mueller himself arguably have a conflict — he has what has been called a close, “brothers in arms” relationship with former FBI Director James Comey, the key figure in the obstruction of justice part of the Trump-Russia probe — but he has hired lawyers and investigators who actively supported and defended Hillary Clinton in recent times. The FBI’s Peter Strzok was bounced from the Mueller investigation for anti-Trump and pro-Clinton texts exchanged with an FBI lawyer, who also left the Mueller Team. Top prosecutor Andrew Weissmann heaped praise on Justice Department official Sally Yates for defying Trump, and also attended Clinton’s election-night “shattered glass ceiling” party in New York. Other Mueller prosecutors defended the Clinton side in the email investigation, and one, Jeannie Rhee, “defended the Clinton Foundation against racketeering charges, and represented Mrs. Clinton personally in the question of her emails,” noted the Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel.

The bottom line: There’s a case to be made against Mueller.

But there is one huge difference in the Clinton and Trump strategies, and it does not work in Trump’s favor. Clinton attacked Starr from a position of popularity

The Trump Administration Is Making Progress on Veteran Affairs By Larry Alton – “With so much in disarray, President Trump had his work cut out for him entering office. However, he promised to make the VA a focal point, so it’s fair game to hold him accountable and see how he’s doing.”

“Why is it that the Left is so quick to judge the Trump presidency as a failure when he’s completed, at a very minimum, just 25 percent of his term?

On the topic of veterans affairs, Trump hasn’t lived up to every promise he made during the campaign, but he has at least three years left. He has, however, made progress in some key areas and laid promising foundations in others. While the media will continue to bash him for breathing, the reality is that he’s already done more to benefit veterans than Obama accomplished in eight years.

Army-Navy Game’s Stunning National Anthem Rendition Puts Every Kneeling NFL Player To Shame by Benny Johnson – “powerful

Good Taste Returns to the White House this Christmas By Erik Root – “The much-discussed Trump Christmas decor has contributed to this proper and appropriate appreciation of style which—as opposed to fashion—is timeless.”

“When the Obamas occupied the White House, their decorations reflected a cavalier attitude not only about the meaning of Christmas, but also about the idea of balance, form, and symmetry. The Obamas decorated their trees in a confused and disordered fashion. They were known to display ornaments reflecting the likenesses of the Communist Mao, a morphed visage of Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln, and even a drag queen known as “Hedda Lettuce.” There were even likenesses of their dogs.

The Trumps without a doubt are friendlier in demeanor, and decor, to religion and a traditional celebration of the holiday.

A final example of the Trump inclination to classic forms should suffice: the White House is decorated with Christmas wreaths placed on all the windows for the first time in decades.

It is fitting that the Trumps have brought back a sense of tradition to their decor. The tradition they honor, however, is not a slavish dedication to the past born of reflexive resistance to change. It is a tradition based on an eternal representation of the good life and the eternal Word made flesh. Christmas is overtly Christian again in the White House. It is a blessing we have the Trumps to thank for its conservation.

Style stays, fashion is ephemeral. Then there’s that idea: “the media will continue to bash him for breathing.”

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News this morning: Looks like a Jeb Bush staffer got the Moore story pushed to Wapo; The avocado crop in SoCal was nearly wiped out by the fire (another hit for the NFL?); A horse farm was ravaged by fire; that judge recused in the Flynn case was also the judge that issued the FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign; Another Member of Mueller’s Deep State All-Stars Defended the Hillary IT Aide Who Destroyed Her Blackberries (Federal Evidence) with a Hammer; more Fake News™ from CNN (that’s three big media blunders just this week); A racism hoax exposed on an aircraft carrier;

What Being a Dad with a Gun Taught My Daughter By Don Cicchetti – “While waiting, she asked me: “Daddy, what if the robber gets in our house?

“We Americans grew up in a culture formed by the assumptions of the Gandhian sort of pacifism. We almost always feel guilty and somewhat tawdry when we consider using violence to solve problems because, after all, all violence is morally equal, right? And if we didn’t believe that, and I certainly didn’t, we at least knew that on some level, we had been “reduced to the level” of the robber by our willingness to use violence. Worst of all, we had inflicted our wicked world on an innocent child, who now knew that her dad was capable of picking up a gun and killing someone. Could she ever trust me again? Is it not frightening to learn that your dad has the potential to be a killer?

But Sam taught me the truth. Gandhi was wrong. Dead wrong. No, all violence is not morally equal, and as gun guru Massad Ayoob says, “righteous countervailing violence” is indeed the act of a moral person.

Sam wasn’t traumatized; she was safe. She knew that we adults would stand up and fight the bad guy, and she would be safe. This, my friends, is how the world was supposed to work – before that great brown flood of nonsense and lies taught to all of us since the 1960s washed over our nation.

I’m Done With the Sex Scandals By Andrew Klavan – “If someone broke the law and you can prove it, prosecute him. If someone violated the rules of his organization, eject him. Other than that, if women have forgotten the fine art of slapping a man in the face, there’s not a whole hell of a lot society can do for them.”

“You keep silent for forty years and then ruin a man’s career with an unprovable allegation — and that makes you a hero? Not to me.

I think Al Franken is a nasty little piece of corruption. … I already know he’s a creep. Any woman he grabbed should have smacked him a good one and told him to knock it off at the top of her lungs. When did women become such helpless little flowers? Slapping is a very good system of justice in these cases. Slap him, shout at him, then let the voters decide.

I don’t like Roy Moore either. I don’t like the way he inflames people’s prejudices or the way he wields the Bible at his political enemies and at gay people. I think he’s a hypocrite. But you know what? If he legally dated and kissed teenagers when he was in his thirties, I truly do not think it is any of my business.

Revealed: Melania Trump’s Ideal Christmas by Andrew Malcolm – A feel good story for the season.

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Don’t forget that where we are is just more of where we’ve been

Stunning Report: Left-Wing Prosecutorial Crusaders Spied on Wisconsin Republicans, Defied Court Orders by Guy Benson – “If you aren’t familiar with the “John Doe” investigation that rocked Wisconsin politics a few years ago, or are hazy on the details, go back and read my coverage of how the Left engaged in gross abuses of criminal law to intimidate, harass and silence conservatives in the state.”

“The specifics were chilling — from pre-dawn raids on political activists’ homes, to stifling gag orders preventing them from saying a peep about what was happening to them, all in pursuit of criminalizing and punishing the Badger State conservative movement. Eventually, one target violated his gag order and blew the whistle on the whole operation, eventually leading to investigations of the investigations, and multiple courts shutting down the witch hunts with extreme prejudice.

Jim Jordan Makes The Case Against The FBI And Peter Strzok [updated] by John Hinderaker – “If you want to understand the news that has been swirling around the FBI’s Peter Strzok, who played a key role in both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging Russia probe …

“ you should watch this riveting seven-minute video of Congressman Jim Jordan interrogating FBI Director Christopher Wray earlier today. Wray was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee.

Jordan does a beautiful job of tying together the Strzok-related stories that have bubbled to the surface in recent days. He keeps it clean, too, not even mentioning that Strzok’s anti-Trump messages were exchanged with his illicit lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who also was discharged from Mueller’s team. Jordan expresses the suspicion that Strzok, on behalf of the FBI, collaborated with the Clinton campaign and, ultimately, Russian sources to produce the fake Trump dossier. Jordan further suspects that it was Strzok, a virulent Trump-hater, who took the false Russian information in the dossier and dressed it up as a FISA court application, which in turn generated an order allowing the Obama administration to spy on the Trump campaign. Wray refuses to comment.

Jordan acts like he knows something we don’t. If he is right, this is the biggest scandal in American political history:

Dossier author was in contact with Obama Justice Department by Byron York – “According to new reports, knowledge of the so-called “Trump dossier,” during the 2016 campaign, extended into the highest levels of the Obama Justice Department.”

“The news also stunned some of those who had been investigating the matter. Yes, they knew that knowledge of the dossier extended to some officials in the FBI. That was bad enough; how could the FBI endorse and consider underwriting one campaign’s dirt-digging operation in the middle of a hotly contested election? But now investigators know that nearly the highest levels of the Obama Justice Department were also aware of the dossier.

Now, with news of Ohr’s contacts with Steele and Simpson, Republicans on Capitol Hill — and perhaps some Democrats, too — will wonder just how far the Obama Justice Department officials went in the effort to stop Trump.

If Roy Moore wins. . . by Paul Mirengoff – “if they declare Moore unfit, they should be prepared to explain why they consider Donald Trump fit for the presidency.” It’s a bit convoluted but it illustrates how the meme similar to the ‘when did you stop beating your wife’ idea can be an insidious infection and political weapon. Consider the assertion “Trump admitted to sexual assault in the Billy Bush tapes.” That’s not quite an accurate perception but the important issue is how locker room braggadocio has been elevated to a confession of crimes on a par with the photographs of Al Franken or the Clinton or Kennedy issues.

Dem Rep Rice: Trump Should Resign Over His History with ‘Harassment’ by Pam Key shows how this works. – “Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) said given Sen. Al Franken’s (D-MN) resignation over sexual misconduct accusations, President Donald Trump should also resign over “his history with this issue of harassment.” Does anyone wonder why all that is offered to support such an allegation is the locker room tape or, maybe, a Gloria Allred inspired lawsuit? Compare and contrast and look for differences being shoved under the rug for political advantage.

The Warlock Hunt by Claire Berlinski – “The #MeToo moment has now morphed into a moral panic that poses as much danger to women as it does to men.” It’s a rather long diatribe and dotes on victimology out of context with history but does describe the modern hysteria and its dangers. At the end, it is tainted by a Trump hate that belies evidence. She fails to consider that Trump is a result of the phenomena she describes and a reaction to the over-zealous assault on the nature of human kind that she worries about.

“My husband is perfect in every way but one—he doesn’t exist—but he has served me so well over the years that I’m willing to overlook his ontological defects. I shouldn’t need him, but I do.

Among us, it seems, lives a class of men who call to mind Caligula and Elagabalus not only in their depravity, but in their grotesque sense of impunity.

yet something is troubling me. Recently I saw a friend—a man—pilloried on Facebook for asking if #metoo is going too far. “No,” said his female interlocutors. “Women have endured far too many years of harassment, humiliation, and injustice. We’ll tell you when it’s gone too far.”

It now takes only one accusation to destroy a man’s life. Just one for him to be tried and sentenced in the court of public opinion, overnight costing him his livelihood and social respectability. We are on a frenzied extrajudicial warlock hunt that does not pause to parse the difference between rape and stupidity. The punishment for sexual harassment is so grave that clearly this crime—like any other serious crime—requires an unambiguous definition. We have nothing of the sort.

The things men and women naturally do—flirt, play, lewdly joke, desire, seduce, tease—now become harassment only by virtue of the words that follow the description of the act, one of the generic form: “I froze. I was terrified.”

Revolutions against real injustice have a tendency, however, to descend into paroxysms of vengeance that descend upon guilty and innocent alike. We’re getting too close. Hysteria is in the air.

We now have, in effect, a crime that comes with a swift and draconian penalty, but no proper definition.

We should certainly realize by now that a moral panic mixed with an internet mob is a menace.

From the Salem Witch trials to the present, moral panics have followed the same pattern. Stanley Cohen’s Folk Devils and Moral Panics remains the classic study. To read it is to appreciate that we are seeing something familiar here.

Malicious WUWT troll sees police show up at his door by Anthony Watts – “This particularly malicious troll is one of the “Arctic sea ice zealots” that inhabit Jim Hunt’s “Great White Con” website on sea ice.” Harassment takes many forms and separating the dangerous from the innocent is not always easy. Here’s an example outside of the sexual arena to compare and contrast behavior characteristics.

California fire damage to homes is less ‘random’ than it seems by Faith Kearns – “Firefighters and researchers alike have a pretty solid understanding of why some houses are more vulnerable to wildfire than others. The real challenge ultimately lies in whether those with the power to act on that knowledge will do so.”

Gaps in required curricula may explain differences in climate change acceptance among college graduates by Liz Entman – “The average American college student has just a 17 percent chance of learning about climate change before graduation through required core courses. The finding may help explain why having a bachelor’s degree doesn’t always lead to increased acceptance of human-caused global warming.” i.e. the propaganda effort needs more force to squash critical inquiry and skepticism in college educational efforts.

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New science, Generational divides, and interesting times

Stanford professor’s defamation lawsuit puts chill in atmosphere of climate scientists By Valerie Richardson – “A Stanford University professor’s defamation lawsuit in defense of his green energy research has raised the temperature on the climate change debate, fueling fears that such a precedent could put a chill on scientific inquiry.”

“In short, a world-famous tenured professor — in response to a peer-reviewed paper criticizing his work — has threatened to financially ruin an independent researcher,” said Mr. Cullenward. “Whatever concerns Professor Jacobson has with Dr. Clack, this tactic unfairly puts the most vulnerable members of an already highly unequal profession at great risk.”

As millennial Republican women fret, ‘Bama boomers see nothing inappropriate from Moore By Seth McLaughlin – “A generational divide has emerged among Republican women in Alabama over Roy Moore’s bid for the U.S. Senate.

“Yes, I believe the allegations because my first instinct is to believe a woman who comes forward,” Mrs. Hall said. … “I damn sure believe that I have done my part to ensure that men who hurt little girls should go to jail and not the United States Senate,” Mr. Jones said this week. … “‘I applaud the women who have come forward against Roy Moore. And I think it’s time that those women be believed, just like the women who are coming out against Senator Franken, Representative (John) Conyers and others,” Mr. Jones said.

the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court has refused calls for him to exit the race. He called the charges against him a scheme by the elites in both parties to keep him out of Washington. … Many women agree, saying the evidence against Mr. Moore has been lacking.

“When I was in high school, there were girls 15 or 16 years old that their parents were signing for them to get married,” said Mrs. Bailey, a mother of five. “It was more of a, you know, they didn’t look at 15- and 16-year-old girls as being immature because in that day they were very mature. They had lived a life of working hard, and parents wanted their daughters to marry upstanding people, and it was sort of an arranged thing, to tell you the truth in America at that time.”

In other words, even if you believe the accusers in this case, the allegations of ‘child abuse’ and ‘sexual harassment’ are questionable. Comparing Moore to Franken is also indicative because it compares isolated and aged incidents as equivalent to a life long pattern of behavior. That it is the millennials who are failing to accommodate these aspects of reality fits with other troubling aspects of generational divide and propagandist education.

Betsey Newmark shows how this distortion of allegation and accusation works: “replaced by some other Republican who didn’t try to have sex with teenage girls.” A history teacher should be much more careful and much less careless when it comes to facts and reality, especially when it comes to such things as personal bias and historical context. Franken’s resignation speech also shows just how denial and political fantasy can also flavor perceptions and expressions.

And now come the calls for Clarence Thomas to step down by Jazz Shaw – The same witch hunt disease in denial of reality and reason is showing up elsewhere and exposing its true color.

Trump is bringing Mueller down by Don Surber – “Mueller has nothing — and is losing his reputation. Trump cannot fire Mueller. That would make him a martyr.” But there are other ways to fight the battle as Surber notices. Also see Ace on Another One: One of Mueller’s Partisan Assassins Was… Ben Rhodes’ Personal Lawyer – “Firing Mueller has gone from permissible to mandatory.”

Bloomberg: Remember our yuuuge Trump scoop yesterday? Well … by Ed Morrissey – “For the second time in a week, a major media outlet has blown its coverage of Trump with shoddy reporting and a lack of editorial oversight. The end result in both cases are false reports that unfairly painted Trump in a bad light, and in this case also did the same with Robert Mueller.”

A Most Remarkable Year By Richard Fernandez – “It is as if a hurricane has swept through Washington. Each fallen pillar represents a very deliberate reversal of the status quo ante policies of Barack Obama.”

“After a period of sheer disbelief these liberal revolutionaries are now going head to head with the Deplorable rebels. The game’s afoot and nobody can easily call it off.

Which will win has yet to be determined by history. All one can do is compare their present strengths and strategies. In the matter of strength there should be no contest. A survey of federal government employees have the liberals over the Deplorables by almost 19 to 1. Over 99% of Department of Education employees backed Hillary. Trump’s best showing was in the Department of Defense — and even there Hillary had 84% of contributions. Add to this the liberal dominance in the media (93%) and academe (92%) and in Big Silicon and it should be a case of progressive Goliath walking over conservative David.

Yet for a variety of reasons the contest is much closer than the liberal project could have been imagined.

Obama may have been right in his Chicago speech to warn of danger but not in the way that he meant. The danger grew in his time in office. The status quo ante over which he presided was complacent. It was already falling apart. He just never saw it, until this remarkable year.

Strategic Omnidirectional MAGA-Winning is Ongoing… by sundance – “Don’t be so caught up watching the granules moving at your feet that you fail to step back and recognize the entire landscape is shifting. It Has Begun…

“In the past week, President Trump has held three full cabinet meetings. Why? Because common sense would tell us he’s executing an omnidirectional strategic agenda-push, and direct communication is critical.

Last weekend’s FBI leaks to the New York Times and Washington Post were specifically timed because the Department of Justice Inspector General is about to drop a years-long investigative MOAB bombshell into the DC swamp. The indications are so extensive that it’s become impossible to keep up with the ongoing ramifications – which are playing out on TV and media almost hourly.

Using the Inspector General report, Admiral Mike Rogers (NSA), Dan Coates (ODNI), Christopher Wray (FBI) and Jeff Sessions (DOJ) appear fully positioned to execute a planned, strategic and comprehensive removal of most ‘black hat’ IC leakers.

If the Palestinians and Muslim Brotherhood go bananas over the pending move of the U.S. Embassy – the location of that embassy just gains increased value in negotiations. In exchange for “X” the embassy is “Y”, that leverage was just created out of political thin air.

Traditionally, politicians have trained the media and general electorate to think of a President that focuses on one single policy initiative at a time. However, specifically because he’s not a politician, the approach of President Trump is to have multiple policy initiatives advancing simultaneously.

The opposition is forced to narrow their focus and target one if they wish to try and stop it. However, as soon as they zero-in on one endeavor they want to attack, Trump fires out another signal flare (twitter), which takes them off task.

It’s a stunning playbook.

Is the Deep State Attempting a Coup? By John Hinderaker – “I agree with Professor Barnett that this is a constitutional crisis. The most powerful branch of today’s government is the Fourth: the permanent federal bureaucracy that is nowhere mentioned in the Constitution. The Trump administration can best be viewed, perhaps, as a struggle to the death between American voters and the federal employees who are paid to serve them.”

Trump’s Jerusalem Speech Is a Step Forward By John Hinderaker – “Trump put his new policy in the context of an often-expressed consensus–the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, reaffirmed unanimously last June, and promises by other politicians.”

Nation V. Tribe by Victor Davis Hanson – “Once racial, religious, ethnic, or clan ties trump all considerations of merit and loyalty to the larger commonwealth, then factionalism leads to violence, violence to chaos, and chaos to the end of the state itself.” It is another Trump “simple acknowledgement of reality’ that seems to stimulate over-reaction in the swamp.

“Though those were extreme cases, in our generation, too, we often see federal law unwinding. On campus, feminist activists are trying to deny constitutional due process protections to men accused of sexual assault. Sanctuary cities selectively choose to ignore or break federal immigration law to protect illegal aliens from deportation or federal indictment. And some black athletes violate NFL employment requirements by not standing for the National Anthem. They expect not just exemption from the rules, but support from their employers and fans.

Segregation and apartheid should have warned us where tribalism leads. Political systems strain under the pressures of nepotism and favoritism. But they fail entirely under the far greater strain of tribalism—especially one that replaces toxic individual or familial prejudices with much more insidious, sweeping, and dangerous collective biases. …

Tribal infighting is usually what erodes otherwise common cultures—from the city-states of ancient Greece to the constantly warring republics of Renaissance Italy to an increasing divided America today.

Tribal infighting is also known as identity politics.

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Awful and inevitable

Team Obama attempted ‘stealth coup’ by undermining Trump By Rowan Scarborough – “the machinations of Mr. Obama’s national security team seem to be unprecedented against a candidate, president-elect and president.” A summary that should foment anger, and fear, in anyone valuing the health of the country.

Mueller’s credibility plunging as Trump probe implodes By Joseph Curl – “despite CNN’s take — “Trump’s Russia defense in disarray” — it’s really Mr. Mueller that has the huge problem.” It’s another catalog of misdeeds and corruption.

Fox Wins Trump’s ‘Fake News Trophy’ In IBD/TIPP Poll; Here’s What That Really Means by IBD – “look into the numbers and you see that the reason Fox tops both lists is entirely due to partisanship.” What you have is tragic testament to the success of propaganda overcoming a looming reality.

“In essence, the poll results are less about the reliability and objectivity of the press and more a reflection of the deep division in the country when it comes to Trump. To Democrats, anything short of calling for Trump’s head is to be dishonest.

poll results aside, we can say without question that it is the mainstream media — which includes CNN, MSNBC, network news, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other major outlets — have been about as dishonest and unfair as they could possibly be when it comes to covering Trump. That’s not just our opinion. That’s what various surveys and analysis of news coverage have concluded.

Time and again, these news outlets have dropped all pretense of objectivity, and abandoned basic journalistic principles, in their Ahab-like quest to destroy Trump’s presidency. In this context, any news outlet that isn’t out to get Trump would look biased in his favor.

Time: 2017 is the Year of the Silence Breakers by Ed Morrissey – “It has been simmering for years — for decades, actually — and Time has the intellectual honesty to note one important reason why it took this long.” This is about another example where what is missing is as important an indicator of deceit as what is selected to be included.

“That, however, is the only mention of Bill Clinton in the entire piece. Donald Trump gets mentioned eight times, mainly as a predator and as a motivation for the #MeToo movement. One of Trump’s accusers, Summer Zervos, gets a mention about her defamation suit. All of that is fair play, but Time curiously doesn’t bother to mention any of Bill Clinton’s accusers, two of which (Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey) allege that he raped them. That seems to be a manifestation of tribal allegiance too, and it underscores just how difficult this cultural shift will be.

However, there is another curious omission from this record, too.

In other words, the silence has not been broken because there has been no silence. It is only that now the phenomena can be used for political purposes that it is necessary to spread its filth far and wide. See, for example, the Duke Lacrosse case or the Mother Jones lawsuit from the last few years or maybe the assault on Fox News.

Stephen Green – “I wonder what it’s going to take to knock some sense into these kids, but I don’t wonder that it will have to be something awful. And due to the depths of their ignorance and inability to reason, something inevitable.”

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Dangerous Obsession and Fanatical Fantasies

The Democrats’ Dangerous Obsession With Impeachment By Jeet Heer – “The party needs to focus on winning elections, not removing Trump.” Good point but then Jeet Heer shows what Fake News™ is all about. Take a gander at these graphs and wonder:

“While it is true that Trump is “extremely bad at the job of president,” using that as grounds for removing him from office would be revolutionary, moving the criteria from the constitutional requirement of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” which is already vague, to the utterly nebulous and subjective “extremely bad.” Klein recognized that normalizing impeachment would turn it into a political weapon, but didn’t wrestle with the fact that this normalization already happened—with the spurious impeachment of Bill Clinton in 1999. That precedent suggests the dangers of further normalization: It will worsen the extreme partisanship and gridlock that is making American ungovernable.

Trump is only dangerous because he’s the standard-bearer of a party that has unified control of the government and is willing to stand by Trump no matter what.

Clinton was disbarred after the Senate failed to convict. He left considerable evidence of rape and abuse of interns. The only political stance regarding his impeachment was the solid obstruction by the Democrats towards holding him accountable for his behavior. As for Trump? No evidence of crime exists despite a whole lot of money going to a special investigation over more than a year. The party that is unified is (still) the Democrats who seem to have no problem getting all of their party to vote as a block no matter the issue, even if it is one that used to be their own. On the other hand, the Republicans have had difficulty gaining sufficient unity to be able to use their majority to pass major bills. And by what measure is Trump doing an “extremely bad job?” Anti-trump pundit Rich Lowry Notices Some Upsides: (re Instapundit)

“Also, it’s simply not true that all we have to show from the Trump administration is Gorsuch. The legislative agenda has been limited by the fact that Republicans have only 52 votes in the Senate. This is what pushed the GOP toward doing two big health and tax bills through reconciliation. When the health-care bill failed (Trump contributed to this failure, but there were lots of other factors, too), it seemed they could get nothing this year. Now, it appears very likely that they will get the tax bill, which includes a rifle-shot elimination of the individual mandate. And the administration has been steadily reversing the executive aggrandizements of the Obama administration. Trump has governed so far as more of a Republican and conservative than I expected.

A Possible Defense Of Michael Flynn by John Hinderaker. If you want to see the damage that can be done by folks like Heer, consider this case.

“I also wonder why the FBI questioned Flynn about his interactions with the Russian ambassador — interactions that were legal and normal in a transition period. I have long thought that it was an attempt to set Flynn up. That suspicion deepens given the new information about the role of Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok in the proceedings.

Media meltdown and the damage it does to democracy by Washington Examiner – “False and misleading news stories over the weekend, all of which disparaged Republicans, were parroted and retweeted and broadcast by countless reporters before being completely debunked.”

“These false or misleading stories, all of which, not coincidentally, disparaged Republicans, were parroted and retweeted and broadcast by countless reporters before being completely debunked. Countless readers and viewers still don’t realize that the stories produced by this sloppy reporting are false. Or “fake,” to borrow a phrase.

The costlier result is that no adult who cares for accuracy and honesty can take reports from these august outlets at face value without serous fact-checking.

far too many media outlets have sacrificed their arduously won integrity in the delusional belief that today’s circumstances has produced a uniquely appalling situation in which their primary role must be to hound the elected government.

Three stories showed this weekend that it is impossible to trust the many news media when they report damning things about Republicans.

The press is in the First Amendment because it — we — are needed to hold the powerful to account. We can’t do that if the people don’t trust us. After this weekend, asking the people to trust the press is a lot harder.

‘Hurtling’ GOP tax bills are actually serious by Michael Barone – “It’s a nice illustration of creatively phrased advocacy journalism.”

“This is less reportage than advocacy journalism, written to advance the argument, with which many people agree, that Republican tax bills are harmful because they make federal taxation less progressive. But it’s also an argument against any tax cut at any time.

Missing from the arguments of Republicans’ critics is acknowledgement that we already have what is, by most measures, the most progressive national tax system in the world.

Betsy Newmark has more on the meltdown describing the response to the tax reform bill, the corruption in the Meuller witch hunt and the FBI and other matters. But then she puts her anti-Trump bias on the table with a contradiction (she should ponder Althouse’s comments cited yesterday)

Trump’s tweets are stupid and do more to damage him and his legal position than shed any sort of light. He can’t help himself and for every one useful tweet to his causes, he has about five tweets that are unpresidential and harm his agenda by distracting from what he’s supposedly trying to accomplish. But he is right at least that the investigation is compromised if it keeps hiding things from the House’s legitimate oversight.

Tweets distill an issue like nothing else and Trump keeps hitting the nail on the head with his. A communications method that yields such positive results and observations that “he is right” so often is not the hallmark of “stupid.”

The Moore case hasn’t quit yet as a memo has surfaced to try to prove that Moore’s memory from forty years ago is faulty and, therefore, he is a fraud. The problem with this case is that there is only one allegation of actual wrongdoing, trying to date an underage girl. All the other allegations are for dating girls older than the age of consent, such as the one with the memo. These are lumped in with the underage girl in order to generalize pedophilia and support moral preening. There is also evidence that the underage victim has problems with her story in regards to locale. This doesn’t stop those who insist that there is “credible evidence” and otherwise jump to conclusions and make improper generalizations based on political fantasies. There are significant parallels to the Meuller investigation in purpose and integrity.

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We can hope. Sanders stands tall, football players stand short, and the Left is confused.

Sarah Sanders is Above the Shame Game By Julie Kelly – “Set aside for a moment the audacity of one professional mother (Brzezinski) using the children of another professional mother (Sanders) as a way to shame her. But since Brzezinski is a liberal and Sanders is a conservative, no one bothered to call her out on it.”

“NBC News reporter Kristen Welker pressed Sanders, asking whether it is appropriate for the president to use a “racial slur” in any context. “I don’t believe it is appropriate for him to make a racial slur, or anybody else. I don’t think that it is, and I don’t think that was the president’s intent.”

That was it. Hardly justification for Mika’s morning meltdown. Perhaps nuptial-planning has Mika in a tizzy. She’s already told us how it has affected her cooking. The pressure on brides these days…

But Mika was just piling on to the harsh media criticism directed at Sanders over the past few weeks. Unlike her easily-mockable predecessor Sean Spicer, who was often flustered, emotional, and tongue-tied, Sanders is unflappable.

it’s not “whataboutism” to contrast the harsh interrogations and personal, mean-spirited criticism Sanders now faces compared to how her two male predecessors in the Obama White House were treated. After all, these were the mouthpieces for an administration that lied about Obamacare, the Benghazi terror attacks, and the IRS scandal, just to name a few whoppers. Until his final day, Josh Earnest forcefully and facetiously peddled the Trump-colluded-with-Russia fable, even citing the dossier and helping legitimize Buzzfeed’s initial story on the document. It’s too bad Earnest and Jay Carney did not get the Sarah Sanders treatment.

Senate Democrats Blatantly Lied About Hillsdale College By Dean Clancy– “Every single Democrat senator owes Hillsdale an apology for the blatant lies spread about the college during Senate debate over tax reform.”

“The controversial provision benefitted, not just Hillsdale, but every college that declines to take federal money. There are at least six such colleges in the country, and they all follow this policy for the same reason: to preserve their liberty.

Taming the Imperial Presidency by Jay Cost – “Over decades, the chief executive has become too dominant a figure. Congress should take back the power it has surrendered.” It’s the tweets that got him. You can see just how it’s deranged Cost by his assertion that “A more acute problem, at least of late, is the false presumption that the president can actually speak for the nation.”

“And in 2017, it appears as though Trump’s communications strategy is to intentionally work people up, especially on Twitter. And what is the ultimate purpose of this? It does not seem to be to rouse Congress to work for the nation. Is it to settle whatever grievance he has on that particular morning?

The fact is that the President is elected to speak for the country as a whole. Just because you don’t like what he says or how he says it does not make it otherwise. This is a factor behind the former President’s actions following the current President’s overseas visits and also about where the anti-Trump witch-hunt is going.

Cost is also disingenuous by his sudden interest in the role of Congress after the previous two terms. The current President is undoing many of the executive branch over-reach actions and re-establishing a proper balance between all three branches. He may indeed be “needlessly infuriating half the country” – at least according to them – but that is because they want the opposite of what Cost says he is looking for. They seek a fascist dictator because that is the only way they can achieve their agenda. Opposing that view is why Trump was elected. The effectiveness of his methods of communications shows in the expressions of dissonance on the Left.

Ann Althouse – “Those who want to do anti-Trump humor need to understand that Trump himself is a comedian.”

I’m not saying Trump is just a clown, and it’s crazy that we made a clown President. I’m saying, whatever his worth as human being carrying out the duties of the presidency, he is also a comic talent, with many humorous insights, great timing, and — like the greatest comedians — he’s challenging us to see what’s funny and what’s serious as he mixes it up and causes anxiety that we can relieve if we climb out of the ocean of confusion and onto the island of laughter.

If you’ve been finding it easy to make fun of Trump, you are not working hard enough. It’s like trying to write a brief in a hard legal case and believing your adversary’s arguments are just stupid. You’d better understand the way they make sense and the thinking of the people who might hear these arguments as cogent or you’re not doing it right.

NFL Owners’ ‘social justice’ bribe spectacularly fails By Thomas Lifson – “It is not as if the owners weren’t warned. Bullies don’t stop being bullies when they get benefits for their bullying. Appeasement doesn’t work in the face of an angry and aggressive foe.”

The Right Prescription. Senate Bill Kills Obamacare’s Taxes on the Poor by David Catron – “Legislation eliminates the individual mandate and medical expense taxes.”

“It was as inevitable as, well, death and taxes that the Democrats would react to the Senate tax reform bill with public lamentation, rending of garments, and portentous declarations about the death of the Republic.

The ostensible concern of Warren and Blumenthal for the fate of the republic is, of course, no more authentic than the former’s native-American heritage or the latter’s heroic service in Vietnam. … No matter how many histrionic performances the Democrats act out for the C-Span cameras, no matter how much propaganda they promulgate via the “news” media, the public is tired of paying good money for bad ideas.

Nor are Warren and Blumenthal the only members of the Democratic Party from whom no rational person would buy a used car. The Republicans, for all their myriad faults, seem to have finally grasped that they must respond to the will of the voters if they wish to maintain their majorities in Congress. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, reconciled with the House tax bill in conference and signed by President Trump into law is a good start toward regaining the trust of their constituents by doing what they were sent to Washington to do.

That the behavior patterns are predictable helps because that leads to their being noticed and analyzed. That then leads to designing therapies to address them.

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It’s something else, overdone and overboard

I’m A Liberal, And I Agree With Sean Hannity That American Journalism Is Dead By Saritha Prabhu – “The 2016 election opened my eyes to this ‘Truman Show’-like media universe we’ve all been inhabiting.”

“Once you become aware of something, you keep seeing it all the time. So, almost every time I watched or read something, I saw the media bias: in the way headlines were framed, in what they chose to cover, in the way they devoted the barest minimum time to Clinton’s problems.

To be sure, the media on the Right is often biased as well. The degree to which Sean Hannity carries water for Trump is often amusing to watch. But the mainstream media’s bias is something else, and it affects me personally. It leaves me feeling angry, betrayed, frustrated.

I didn’t go to a fancy journalism school, and don’t even have a journalism degree, but I know enough to realize that what is happening is bad, and that when the media self-divide into rabidly partisan camps, citizens suffer and democracy suffers. When Sean Hannity says “journalism has died in America,” I agree with him.

What’s the Flynn investigation all about? [Plus ABC’s “clarification”/correction] by neo-neocon – “There are several intertwined stories here that fit together to form a fascinating picture.” An example in detail about what struck Prabhu to conclude bias in reporting.

Don’t Be Fooled: The Left Doesn’t Care About Morals; It Cares About Power By D. C. Mcallister – “liberals, who once laughed at sexual improprieties, clapped as sinners danced in the streets, and pointed fingers at accusers on national television, are now offering mea culpas and purging all ranks with the fervor of medieval inquisitors.”

“It certainly looks like a change for good. But don’t be fooled. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

We’re not seeing careful consideration of how we got to this point — the abandonment of God as the source of all moral authority or, at the very least, a common recognition of natural law and traditional social norms.

Instead, we are seeing navel-gazing about how to rethink sex, what to do about the brutality of masculinity, and how to delegitimize conservatives who have been accused of abandoning character for political expediency.

Leftists aren’t embracing morality; they’re looking for a way to reclaim the moral authority they lost after past decades of materialism, creeping totalitarianism, and moral bankruptcy.

We are not living in a time of spiritual or moral awakenings. We are living in a time of cultural and political war.

The worst thing any conservative can do today, in any situation that is politically motivated on any level, is to think the issues before them are just about maintaining one’s own reputation or simply standing for “principles” without an eye to the battle. If you’re willing to abandon those who are in the political and cultural foxhole with you because you’re afraid to lose your personal moral authority (or the moral authority of a political party) due to labels manufactured by the Left, you’ve already lost your moral authority.

expose the Left’s true intentions, their political agendas, their manipulations, and their thirst for power at all costs, refusing to allow them to gain a foothold. By exposing evil, morality wins. It doesn’t win when you allow evil to continue to parade as good. And it doesn’t win when you forsake those who are in the battle with you because you’re more concerned about your own reputation than winning the war against evil.

Making the Clintons Pay By Scott S. Powell – “it should come as no surprise that America’s decline in the last 25 years has coincided with the erosion of the U.S. Constitution and the corruption of the nation’s law enforcement and judicial system.”

“What has most greased the skids of America’s decline toward the ways of a banana republic is the emergence and acceptance of two-tiered justice and attendant cronyism and political corruption. And nowhere is this more obvious than in the pass given to the Clintons, and particularly former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

What is now waking up Americans about the seriousness of Clinton family self-dealing and the need for prosecution is the realization that the Clintons were at the center of what appears to be the biggest political corruption scandal in U.S. history.

Before the Declaration and the U.S. Constitution were even written, Samuel Adams observed that, “neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” Political corruption in America has now become a cancer destroying people’s trust in government and their respect for the rule of law.

The inclination to give a pass to high profile politicians once out of office would be a grave mistake. Boldness is needed and there is simply no more important or cathartic action to take to restore equality before the law and bring an end to cronyism and double standards than the prosecution of the masters of political corruption — the Clinton crime syndicate.

Gimme Shelter By Michael Walsh – “the verdict had little or nothing to do with the victim or the defendant; rather, it was a thumb in the eye of the Trump administration, which has since its inception opposed the concept of “sanctuary” jurisdictions as part of its efforts to end illegal immigration.”

“And here’s nub of it: the Steinle case is important, not simply as a matter of (at the very least) criminally negligent homicide, but as a fatality caused by a man who should not have been in San Francisco, or anywhere else in the U.S., at all. It’s good that the feds are now going to charge him, but the damage has been done.

“Sanctuary” from what? Sanctuary from the laws of the United States. Every state, municipality and local jurisdiction that declares itself a place of “sanctuary” should henceforth be treated as being in open rebellion against the federal government, in exactly the same way that South Carolina and the secessionist Confederacy was — and was treated as such by Abraham Lincoln — in 1861.

How much longer will we put up with this? In his first inaugural address in March 1861, Lincoln said, “Plainly, the central idea of secession, is the essence of anarchy.”

the Left no longer believes in angels, or laws, or much of anything else, except the destruction of the nation as founded and the furtherance of their own globalist ambitions, they need to be confronted, quickly. If we really do have a government of laws and not men — not to mention of illegal aliens — let’s prove it.

Charlottesville Police Chief: ‘Let them fight’ by John Sexton – “police were not properly prepared or equipped to deal with the situation and once crowds of white supremacists and counter-protesters began battling in the street the police did almost nothing. In fact, this was a strategy on the part of the police

“Needless to say, none of this is how you prevent violence at a rally involving two groups who come prepared for violence. The proper approach is to keep the two groups apart and intervene where necessary to prevent fights from escalating. The Charlottesville police did the opposite. They not only failed to intervene in fights, they also pushed the two battling groups into closer contact with one another, with results the report calls “predictable.” The report found no evidence of a verbal “stand down” order. However, the report is blunt on this point saying Charlottesville police failed to “stand up.”

Feminism, the Fake Indian, the Tragic State of the FBI, and the Flynn Flam By Clarice Feldman – “This has been a busy week and a sad one for the neo-feminists, the media, and #NeverTrump conservatives. It was a good one for those who believe we have for too long allowed a bunch of self-selected ninnies to drive both the news and the government.”

Oops! Network “Chief Political Analyst” inadvertently promotes GOP governing principle by Karen Townsend – “Matthew Dowd perfectly made the case for conservative economic policy though he meant the tweet as a slap to the Republican tax bill.”

“Any tax savings that i might get from this unfair and mean spirited gop tax bill i will donate to charities to help the poor and vulnerable. Who is with me?”

I love it when that happens. “Unfair and mean-spirited”? I think not.

I hope lots of people benefitting from the tax reform bill find some inspiration to donate more to charity, preferably at the local level. A very basic principle of the Republican party is the belief that government closest to the people is best. It is the same for charities – locally is best.

For many people, the tax reform bill, a mixed bag as Jazz wrote about, will allow modest tax cuts and a bit more freedom in financial decision making. The repeal of the individual mandate in Obamacare will be a relief for Americans paying penalties for non-coverage. The power grab by the Democrats and President Obama to socialize 1/6 of the American economy seems to me to be “unfair and mean-spirited”

“unfair and mean spirited” being tossed around like candy is a clue to what bothers Prabhu.

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Justice, DOJ, Meuller, Judges, Christians, and nerds

Jeff Sessions’ ambitious Justice Department By Alfred S. Regnery – “During his relatively short time in office,” Mr. Meese told me, “Jeff Sessions has already achieved a remarkable list of accomplishments. He has restored integrity to the Office of Attorney General and reasserted fidelity to the Constitution.”

“Mr. Sessions has encountered some rough sledding in his first 10 months as attorney general, including being on the brink of being told “you’re fired.” The Washington press corps, the entire liberal establishment, and the Democratic congressional caucus practically get hives every time they hear his name

despite a dearth of confirmed assistant attorneys general and other aides, Mr. Sessions has largely succeeded in shutting down much of the Obama-era leftism that was so alive in the Justice Department when he got there and setting it on a Reagan-like path.

Regarding criminal justice, Mr. Sessions has returned the department to actually prosecuting and locking up criminal offenders — based on the notion — outlandish to the left — that effective policing and incarceration are key to reducing crime and protecting the public rather than the Obama campaign of reducing the prison population as much as possible.

Needless to say, the left is apoplectic about what is happening to the Justice.

Judge overturns Trump DHS, restores Obama-era ‘parole’ for foreign entrepreneurs By Stephen Dinan – “When the Obama administration announced the Entrepreneur Rule last year it was controversial, with the president’s aides testing the limits of the Homeland Security Secretary’s powers to “parole” foreigners into the U.S.” Another case of a Judge deciding he has super-constitutional power and can make the law what he thinks it ought to be.

Deep Meaning Of The Mueller Probe By Scott Johnson – “It is a striking fact that the charge to which Michael Flynn pleaded yesterday involves lying about conversations that were not themselves illegal.”

None of the ground rules applicable to a special counsel criminal investigation have been followed. Mueller’s investigation partakes of the wrongs committed by special counsels in past cases — wrongs reflected in the Department of Justice Procedures that are to govern these matters, but that have been thrown out the window.

Conclusion: “Mueller’s investigation is a semblance of law-enforcement disguising the brute reality that Trump is being punished for winning the election and defying Obama policy.

McCarthy’s column expands on his comments immediately following the news of Flynn’s plea yesterday. In addition to his biting analysis, McCarthy frames his column with a (non-satirical) modest proposal about how President Trump might fight fire with fire. If you want to understand what is happening the whole thing is must reading.

Ditto on the McCarthy cite. – “The ongoing Mueller probe is not a good-faith investigation of suspected espionage or other crime. It is the exploitation of the executive’s intelligence-gathering and law-enforcement powers in order to (a) criminalize Trump political policies with which the Obama administration disagreed and (b) frame Clinton’s electoral defeat as the product of a traitorous scheme rather than a rejection of Democratic-party priorities.” and McCarthy explains why he thinks this.

How did unsubstantiated rumors make it to the front pages of newspapers? By Jack Hellner – “I get more disgusted every day with what I see on the front page of my morning paper.”

“My guess is there are people within the Trump Administration or leftovers from the Obama Administration who don’t like Tillerson or who just want to disrupt the Trump Administration. The more these rumors are reported the more people in the Administration get mad at each other. No matter where the rumors come from they start to be believed and some may come true.

I might as well read the National Enquirer or Star in the supermarket line if I want to read rumors on the front page.

Isn’t it pathetic that the whole investigation, the spying, the illegal unmasking and the illegal leaking of conversations appears to be based on a fake $12 Million Russian dossier bought and paid for by Democrats to destroy their opponent? That should be the crime.

ABC News corrects bombshell Flynn report by Oliver Darcy – “corrected an explosive special report that aired in the morning saying that Donald Trump, as a candidate for president, had asked Michael Flynn to make contact with Russians.” Twitter becomes the media of choice for the outrage at the error.

“If we want to regain trust in the media, we need to admit our mistakes, especially when as consequential as this. Retract. Correct. Don’t use weasel words to describe it,” Jonathan Swan of Axios tweeted.

ABC: Our hugely damning report about Trump and Flynn earlier might have gotten one tiny detail wrong by Allahpundit explains things a bit. – “How can ABC go on letting him report major scoops when he has a pattern of being either flatly wrong or so careless with the information as to suggest that he doesn’t understand the nuances of the story, as was true of today’s “candidate” error?”

Michael Flynn Isn’t the Only Guilty One by Ed Stetzer at Christianity Today is an illustration of just how un-Christian one can get. – “Flynn’s guilty plea is a vindication of those who have objected to the “it’s all fake news” claims.” And the logic he uses is indeed interesing.

“When Christians resort to dismissal of unpleasant truth as “fake news,” we are essentially saying that truth doesn’t matter. We are saying that we prefer the comfort of the lie to a hard truth.

If anything illustrates the problems in fake news, it is Stetzer’s own conclusions about Guilt and Flynn. He is in no position to preach to others about False Witness when he does not even conduct the most basic of truth seeking in his own conclusions about it. Maguire (following) shows what someone trying to avoid False Witness should notice before casting judgment.

Out Like Flynn by Tom Maguire – “given Flynn’s other seemingly more serious legal challenges around the unregistered lobbying, busting him for something we already knew about doe not seem like an investigative breakthrough.” … “Asking your National Security Advisor to speak to the Russian Ambassador (or others) is hardly illegal.”

“That said, I doubt Trump told him to lie to Pence or the FBI. However, it does sort of time in to an obstruction charge, especially if Mueller theorist are comfortable that Trump can “obstruct” a going-nowhere investigation of a non-crime.

Title II is Not the Net Neutrality You’re Looking For by Wayde Robson – “The idea of net neutrality is easy to get behind. Who doesn’t want a free and open Internet?” Tromping on himself at times to get an even keel and a TL;DR candidate, Robson still provides some insight into how to make the argument a debate.

“Obama didn’t create a law, nor did his administration leave behind an adequate net neutrality framework from any meaningful legal or technical perspective. The relative ease with which the Trump administration has been able to reverse Obama’s net neutrality policy should be an indication that there really wasn’t much there in the first place. To be fair, in 2015 Obama stood little chance of getting a law passed given the serious breakdown at the White House that prevails to this day. Obama’s version of net neutrality was really no more than a shuffling of some policy paperwork leftover from the 1930s. It was never legally binding and leaves interpretation of what exactly constitutes net neutrality up to the vague notions of whatever administration happens to hold office.

The reality of the net neutrality The Internet is so worried about today was no more than a reclassification of broadband Internet service providers to Title II under the 1934 Communications Act, which defines Interne service as a public utility. Ajit Pai plans to put ISPs back to their pre-2015 position of Title I, defining them as information services. All the high-minded ideals about what defines a free and open Internet might as well be crayon scribbled onto the paper-cutout effigy of net neutrality that the Obama administration created. Ajit Pai is just the first to light the match and burn it down.

Bringing high-speed service to your door is an expensive, cost-prohibitive investment, and not many areas of the US will ever have the luxury of any meaningful market-based competition. So, there should be room for meaningful policy around Internet services that protects the principle of net neutrality while stimulating investment in infrastructure. But treating Internet with the same legal framework applied to running water is not the net neutrality you’re looking for.

All you can find on the surface might not tell you about what you really have. Whether it’s the cream on a jug of milk, a Flynn story, or net neutrality, there is a lot more there than meets the eye.

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An innocent victim, a guilty fantasy.

Kate Steinle and the Globalists By Susan D. Harris – “From Gonzalez’s characterization, it seems to me that the Steinle verdict was payback for a Trump presidency, and setting a murderer free for political payback is such an egregious act, it’s nearly inconceivable.”

“For now, all we can say is, “We tried, Kate.” Yet we must also add that such a miscarriage of justice has only sharpened our seething teeth against Soros organizations and progressives across this country that are willing to legalize murder in some deluded effort to promote social justice, peace and harmony.

The Unintended Consequences of the Steinle Decision By Roger L Simon – “the real villains in the Kate Steinle story are the San Francisco politicians who made the rules that prevented ICE from removing the already five-time deported criminal Zarate from the country.”

“A final area of interest is the jury system itself. Who were these people that made this decision? Supposedly, they came to the trial unbiased by (or ignorant of) the massive press coverage of this murder. Is that possible? Did they lie? Was this another case of jury nullification like the O.J. trial?

It will be interesting to see in the days to come.

Mark Steyn: Steinle Verdict a ‘Miscarriage of Justice’ in the Profoundest Sense By Debra Heine – “A jury found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a 48-year-old illegal immigrant, not guilty on charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter to first-degree murder — even though he admitted to shooting Steinle.”

Kate Steinle’s Killer Acquitted by Patterico – “I didn’t see the trial, so I don’t know if the verdict was rational or irrational. However, only in the last few days did I learn some facts that made it sound like a tough case. It was a single ricochet shot off pavement. The interview was poorly conducted and failed to clearly establish that he pulled the trigger, due to a translation issue. I am not shocked by the verdict and it may be right.” But that highlights the real source of the outrage which is the authorities in San Francisco and how they handled the case and its precursors.

Kate Steinle’s accused killer found not guilty on all but one count of possession of a firearm by John Sexton – “Garcia Zarate’s defense attorney contended the shooting was accidental.”

“Zarate’s other attorney, Francisco Ugarte was more blunt. “From day one this case was used as a means to foment hate, to foment division and to foment the threat of mass deportation,” he said. He added, “He was used to catapult the presidency along that philosophy of hate. And I believe today is a vindication for the rights of immigrants.”

Projection? Then try Ezra Klein for a “philosophy of hate” and how to “foment division.”

Vox: Don’t fear impeachment, normalize it by John Sexton – “Vox’s Ezra Klein published a lengthy piece Thursday arguing in favor of impeachment, at least in general.”

“I don’t know that America would get into a shooting war over Trump’s impeachment but it would certainly raise the prospects enormously. Many Americans would rightly see it as a left-wing power grab. Indeed, many American must already suspect all the talk about it is just that. And once that norm is wiped away, just as Democrats eliminated the filibuster for most votes in the Senate, you can bet that the next time Republicans control the Congress and face off with a Democratic president, he will be impeached as well. The cycle will perpetuate with each party pointing to the prior misdeeds of the other as justification for firing another torpedo at the sitting president. And somewhere in Russia, Vladimir Putin will be sitting back and laughing as he admires the collapse of American Democracy.

Simply put, this is a horrible, very bad precedent for Democrats to set. It is everything they warned against when Trump briefly seemed to refuse to accept the outcome of the election in advance. It’s no surprise to me that Klein can’t see what a blatantly partisan move this is. But be assured he’ll feel differently when the wrecking ball he has unleashed starts swinging back in his direction.

Did the NFL fumble a deal with players over anthem protests? By Ed Morrissey – “The league has committed to paying almost $90 million over the next seven years to support the players’ political and social agenda after a series of meetings with their representatives. In return, the league gets … nothing.” The NFL has now become the League of SJW. Football and sportsmanship be damned.

“For almost two years, the NFL has gotten hammered by fans and politicians over player protests during the national anthem, and commissioner Roger Goodell has been looking for a way to get players to end them for most of this season. The stakes could not be higher; two weeks ago, Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis — a big critic of the protests — claimed that the league and its partners could lose $500 million this year alone from erosion in TV ratings

What has the NFL managed to produce in this deal? Owners will spend $90 million to fund an effort by players to make the game more political. Weren’t they getting that for free with the current anthem protests? Don’t any of these owners know how to negotiate at all?

From an Angry Reader: So, let me get this this rig… by Victor Davis Hanson – setting the record on the NFL SJW rights, responsibilities, … and consequences.

Thoughts From The Ammo Line – “Ammo Grrrll looks out upon the land and sees LOOPNER NATION.”

“Men lie. Women lie. Children lie like rugs. Rose McGowan I believe. Ms. Tweeden I believe, even without the grotesque photographic evidence. But I have grave doubts about some of the #MeTooers. Mark my words: Turning America into a perpetual Salem Witch Hunt where any man can be destroyed just by accusations of incidents that allegedly happened 40 years earlier and can never be disproved will not end well. Ask not for whom the 10, 20, 30-year-old sexual assault accusation tolls, my brothers; it tolls for thee.

Liberals Attack Sen. Cotton For Wanting to Enforce the Law by John Hinderaker – “This is quite bizarre. Most people expect, and want, the CIA director to protect national security secrets.”

“One would also expect that he would want the Espionage Act enforced, so as to protect our troops and our agents in the field. Yet liberals apparently think that Senator Tom Cotton is disqualified from the office because he called for enforcement of federal laws when their violation by reporters at the New York Times endangered his troops in Iraq.

This is one more sign that craziness on the Left has burst all bounds.

An ugly new paper shows why the climate policy debate is broken By Larry Kummer – “An important (but fatally flawed) new peer-reviewed paper about climate change reveals much about climate science, the public policy debate, and the role of science institutions in America.” What is interesting is to compare this critique with those in climatista blogs condemning papers they don’t like. But then some of the criticisms of this paper highlights those methods.

“This paper follows the forms of science without its substance. In this respect is resembles pseudoscience more than science.

This paper demonstrates the often discussed institutional failures in modern science. Papers whose claims are easily disproven. Sloppy peer review. Politicization. These are the elements creating the replication crisis, slowly spreading through the science (details here). That would have been a small problem in 1817, but is one we cannot afford in 2017.

Let’s hope that scientists begin institutional reforms as soon as possible. The rot seen in this paper, directed as it is at a major public policy issue, can have ugly repercussions.

Scientifically Illiterate America by Henry I. Miller – “above all, science is a method to ensure that experiments and the data derived from them are reproducible and valid.”

Another equally worrisome trend is the increasing frequency of publishing of flawed advocacy research that is designed to give a false result to support a certain cause or position and can be cited by activists long after the findings have been discredited. The articles describing such “experiments” are often found in the predatory open-access journals.

Non-scientists are likely to be fooled or manipulated by such claims because scientific illiteracy runs deep. … Such widespread illiteracy has an impact on policy.

However, even when the science is sound and the data are “meaningful,” politicians and government officials commonly ignore them, often in the cause of bureaucratic empire-building, advancing some ideological goal, or capitulating to activists.

The beauty of the scientific method, when done right, is that it protects us from ideology and bias, and helps us understand what is true and what really works. At its best, science can inform sound public policy. But when we ignore or misinterpret science, we move backwards toward a time when irrationality and superstition prevailed.

3 ways to fix end-of-life care by Suneel Dhand, Md – “In no other country in the world would Mrs. Perkins be subject to such intense health care.”

When you sit down with her, she wants nothing more than to spend her remaining time as comfortable and dignified as possible. She doesn’t want to keep being admitted to hospital and doesn’t want to go through unnecessary scanners or be subject to any additional pain or discomfort. It’s time common sense prevailed, and we let her do so, and also shape our health care system to help her do so as well.

Too often, there is no guide for medical intervention other than ‘any cost to save a life’ and this may not be what the patient or the family desire. But nobody knows this unless it has been discussed and desires recorded. While there is some effort in this area, Dr. Dhand points out that the emphasis may be a bit lower in priority than it ought to be.

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Time for a sanity check?

Danger in AP’s relentless drive to dump on Trump By Ralph Z. Hallow – “This lead sentence, like the rest of the “news” story, reads like a press release from the Democratic National Committee. A news story it wasn’t.”

“The news service’s distinctly liberal bias alone doesn’t seem sufficient to explain the extent of its relentlessly harsh criticism of President Trump. The AP has been gut-punching him since he declared for the Republican presidential nomination way back on June 16, 2015, in New York City.

A replay of the televised Oval Office ceremony shows the obviously proud and happy code talkers continuing to beam at Mr. Trump as he makes his Pocahontas crack. No stunned silence after. No outward sign of shock or tension or crushed sensitivities. Yet The New York Times’ version of the event claims that when the president made the Pocahontas remark, the code talkers “stood stone-faced.”

In a lead sentence that was even nastier than the AP’s, The New York Times managed to drag, for the umpteenth time, race into its habitual disparagement of Mr. Trump.

Here’s the world-informing wire service quoting a full-time Democratic Trump disparager and selected relatives of code talkers, all impugning the president every way to Sunday. And smearing him as racist, based on no facts or evidence. If you don’t see danger here, you’re not looking hard enough.

How Hateful Are The Democrats? This Hateful by John Hinderaker – “You can’t make this stuff up: Vogue, a reliable Democratic Party outlet, has gone crazy over First Lady Melania Trump’s White House Christmas decorations

“When I read this sort of thing, I always wonder: did anyone say anything like this about Michelle Obama? I lived through those long eight years, and I can tell you the answer is No. As an antidote to the Democrats’ hatefulness, let’s close with some photos of this year’s White House decorations:

Anti-Trump Media: White House Christmas Decor ‘Spooky,’ Like a Scene from ‘The Shining’ By Debra Heine – “Did you know that those exquisite White House Christmas decorations First Lady Melania Trump proudly unveiled yesterday are “spooky,” “spine-chilling,” and “nightmarish” — like scenes from Mordor, Narnia, or The Shining?”

“It took most of the day yesterday, but by nightfall, the Trump-hating media was able to settle on an unfavorable narrative with which to belittle the newly unveiled decor.

Speaking of overactive imaginations, “Melania Trump decks the halls with dead branches, spine-chilling wails of the damned,” according to the AV Club. …
Good Lord. Someone tell this Edgar Allan Poe wannabe that these are fairly standard Christmas decorations.

Apparently these people despise Trump so much they must also despise his Christmas decorations.

I can’t help but wonder where these journalists were nine years ago during the Obamas’ first Christmas at the White House. The first family chose a far-left partisan to decorate the White House that year and the results were truly amazing.

Does anyone but me remember their tacky Christmas tree with Chairman Mao, transvestite Hedda Lettuce, Obama on Mount Rushmore, and Obama Lincoln ornaments?

This Is Why We Can’t Trust Factcheckers, Part Infinity By David Harsanyi – “It’s another op-ed column masquerading as a fact check.”

“During a speech at the Tax Foundation last week, Vice President Mike Pence dropped a meaningless but innocuous political talking point about the U.S. economy. “There are more Americans working today than ever before in American history,” he reportedly said.

This statement really irritated one of The Washington Post’s factchecking professionals.

It’s improbable that Obama would ever have been factchecked for saying something as insipid as Pence has. These days, in fact, factcheckers have become extraordinarily literal when rationalizing the former president’s failed promises.

All of this is important to note because, no matter how unreliable factcheckers continue to be, countless self-styled lovers of science and fact will send you these kinds of articles and treat them as irrefutable truths. They are not. Quite often, they’re just op-ed columns.

Thanks to Conyers, Identity politics finally is splitting the Democrats By Thomas Lifson – “we are in the midst of a form of hysteria that is driven by long-repressed anger.” This anger is a result of what has risen to the surface, not a cause of it.

“Even worse for the Get Trump crowd and the feminists, Rep. James Cliburn, third-ranking Democrat in the House, seemed to offer the opinion that being elected confers immunity:

Nancy Pelosi tried to defend Conyers as an icon on Sunday, and had to walk that back in the face of fury from women. But that hasn’t Rep, Gregory Meeks from arguing that Conyers” has made America a better place” while paying lip service to the concerns of feminists, and bringing racial discrimination into the conversation.

It has gotten so bad that another prominent member of the CBC is reverting to shocking racism, dismissing the complaints because the victims are white, and implying that racism is at work, likening the complainers to one of the most hated women in recent memory:

There is enough anger in the air among Democrats, with the self-identification with victim groups continuing to outweigh the joint quest for power, that Democrats have got to worry about whom to sacrifice, and how — to keep their female turnout high, without damaging black turnout in 2018.

Objections raised to deporting illegal alien MS-13 members. Wait… what? By Jazz Shaw – “It may be time for some sort of sanity check, not just in this single Maryland county, but in all the cities where gang violence is ripping apart the fabric of civil society.”

“If decent people want to take back control of their own communities they have to jointly decide that enough is enough. If you keep electing officials who refuse to make the hard decisions and actually take on the bad guys, nothing is going to save you. Sheriff Sahler should have been getting a medal for the work he was doing, but he’s instead the target of criticism. We’re living in Bizarro World at this point.

CNN wonders: Is Trump … competent? By Allahpundit – “What’s the line between being, shall we say, overly credulous about dubious information that flatters your prejudices and being a little unbalanced upstairs?”

Who is funding the Leandra English lawsuit for control of the CFPB? By John Sexton – “Tuesday, English’s lawyer, Deepak Gupta, was asked that question and struggled with his answer.”

“That’s a mighty amount of hand-waving over a pretty simple question: Who is paying your bill? No one is asking Gupta for a legal justification for whatever set up was made behind the scenes. All that’s needed here is the name of a person or organization.

This is the sort of battle you sometimes see in banana republics where two opposing sides fight for control over the same lever of power. Legally, Trump is going to win this battle. The fact that the country’s leading Democrats are trying to win this fight with politicized public appeals (like the one above) is a worrisome development.

They are playing with fire here and I suspect if the shoe were on the other foot and Republicans were trying something like this, the opinion pages would be bursting with hot-takes calling it a dangerous violation of established norms. As it stands, the media reaction to this entire dubious effort seems fairly muted so far.

The Moving Finger Fingers Our ‘Moral Betters’ By Sarah Hoyt – “The trendy way of shutting up any complaints of women not behaving in any sensible way is not going to work with me.”

As the skulls of Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor are added to the ever-growing pile collected by the #metoo and #sohardtobeawoman feminists, this libertarian is starting to wonder if there will be any straight, normal testosterone males remaining on the left — so it’s time to inject a little sanity.

I’ve been observing the dynamic of victim worship in America for three decades. Call it an outgrowth of rooting for the underdog. It’s nauseating.

What happened in most of these cases is extortion and abuse of power. Almost all of the fields where this happened are highly oligarchic and controlled by the left. The males who rose to power in it, mostly by mouthing feminist platitudes, were, therefore, left with unchecked power over the careers of a lot of women.

Let’s make no mistake here: yeah, sure, the abusers were enabled by the media. They were enabled by an establishment that protected men acting like moronic glands on legs if they spouted the right opinions. They were protected by money, power, and prestige.

And the women gave in to them because they had power, money, prestige. Because the women wanted a career, advancement. Money.

Some of us grew up in another time and place. We were taught the way women respond to unwanted advances, much less to advances that amount to professional extortion.

The dream of equality in the workplace depends on women stopping these abuses themselves when they happen.

You can choose to stop this now and turn it around. Or you can go shambling further into insanity and restriction of women’s options.

Mash, Suicide is Painless, is here again.

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Nazi normalizing, civil heat, neutrality SJW, and the Pocahontas Pickle

The New York Times’ Nazi story goes off the rails By Tammy Bruce – “they were right to be appalled at what they were reading, but they were wrong about what the The New York Times’ agenda really was.”

“The arrogance of the legacy media doesn’t begin and end with biased coverage of existing events; it also involves stories meant to convince Americans of something about themselves and their neighbors which is ugly and untrue.

Their latest? A remarkable piece of agitprop, in the form of a profile of a neo-Nazi who helped organize the white supremacist contingent of the Nazi and antifa Charlottesville Confederate statue demonstrations.

The Times’ agenda wasn’t to generate sympathy for the Nazi, it was to inject into the public discourse the notion that the average American was, and could actually be, a literal Nazi. Without you knowing. It was a story meant to change, in the most horrific of ways, how Americans think about their neighbors. It was meant to sow paranoia and division.

For years, people who do not pay allegiance to the liberal narrative have been condemned as Nazis. President Trump and his supporters are accused regularly. This favorite accusation of the left is meant to shut down debate and isolate the nonconformist, the challenger of orthodoxy.

The Times’ effort to reframe reality as a Nazi America backfired. And big time.

The Times knows how awful it is to agitate for more division, as they work to convince their readers that Americans are awful, disgusting racists masquerading as your next-door neighbor.

Yet, we now have The New York Times, admittedly, trying to convince people that “hate and extremism have become far more normal in American life than many of us want to think,” when the opposite is true. Our becoming a better country has ruined many political agendas, but it’s dangerous when some attempt to artificially recreate what we have worked so hard to banish.

From cold to hot civil war? By Angelo M. Codevilla – “The increasing energy going into the intractable issues that divide Americans is producing a vicious cycle naturally tending toward violence.”

The Pocahontas Pickle has struck nerves. The President tossed an arrow and it hit a bulls eye. There is US News, the Investor’s Business Daily, Don Surber, American Thinker, and Fox News. Jaun Williams stepped into it on The Five by spouting the party line that Trump was a racist. There are many who see that calling the President a racist, biggoted, homophobe, dumb, unfit, facist is, perhaps, just making yourself a tool and a fool to be played by Trump.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Calls Out Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Silicon Valley for Censorship and Internet Content Manipulation… by sundance – “Chairman Pai righteously called out Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other platform control agents for being ideologically biased, and using their platforms to target their ideological opposition.”

“This debate needs, our culture needs, a more informed discussion about public policy. We need quality information, not hysteria, because hysteria takes us to unpleasant, if not dangerous places. We can disagree on policy. But we shouldn’t demonize, especially when all of us share the same goal of a free and open Internet.

when you get past the wild accusations, fearmongering, and hysteria, here’s the boring bottom line: the plan to restore Internet freedom would return us to the light touch, market-based approach under which the Internet thrived. And that’s why I am asking my colleagues to vote for it on December 14.”

One law professor’s overview of the confusing net neutrality debate by Orin Kerr – “The most confounding aspect of the contemporary net neutrality discussion to me is the social meanings that the concept has taken on. … The most notable aspect is that net neutrality has become a social justice cause.” Kerr posted the explanation of the topic he received from Gus Hurwitz. It explains the debate and even part of the argument and notes some of the arguments more interesting features.

“Progressive activist groups of all stripes have come to believe that net neutrality is essential to and allied with their causes. I do not know how this happened – but it is frustrating, because net neutrality is likely adverse to many of their interests.

The last comment that I will make is how I think about this entire issue: it’s just the latest example of a fight between bilateral media oligopolists. “Big content” and “big distribution” have always fought over how to split the rents they extract from consumers, users have always distrusted distributors, and content providers have always used this to their advantage. From this perspective, the net neutrality rules are pure rent seeking by a content/edge industry that had largely captured the previous FCC.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – Speech and Questions, The Wilson Center – Washington DC… by sundance – “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered a speech today outlining the State department engagements throughout the world.”

“The speech was delivered right into the belly-of-the-progressive-beast, with an audience filled with limo-liberals. However, the eloquence and articulation of policy by T-Rex makes him a formidable adversary for the ideological opposition.

It’s an hour well worth our time, with transcript included below:

Case shows judges matter by Don Surber – “I keep bringing up judicial appointments because unfortunately the courts have become the dominant branch of the federal government.” McConnell has been taking a lot of heat but on this topic, he is a key warrior.

“Again, this is Mitch McConnell’s doing. He refused to take votes on Obama’s appointees for two years. He bet on having a Republican president and a Republican Senate.

The trend towards a judicial oligarchy as typified by the efforts to veto the President’s national security efforts is one of the more putrid swamp pools. It is being drained, too.

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Where you live? Why? CFPB and matters of control

Choosing political bias over economic reality By Richard W. Rahn – “The debate about the tax rate cut proposal shows this same reality disconnect.”

“Why is it that those who have been right in the past are often ignored, while great attention is paid to those who have been wrong? Many “politically correct” forecasters’ words are accepted as gospel by the media despite dismal records.

The debate about climate change, the minimum wage and the proposals for tax reform illustrate why so many get it wrong.

The debate about the tax rate cut proposal shows this same reality disconnect. Minority party leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer and many of their colleagues claim it is a tax cut for the rich when, in fact, almost all low- and middle-income people will receive a meaningful tax reduction. And yes, in Mrs. Pelosi’s San Francisco and Mr. Schumer’s New York, some of their fellow wealthy constituents might pay higher taxes.

The majority of economists claimed at the time that the economy could not grow nearly as fast as it did after the Reagan tax rate cuts — and they were wrong.

Most economists and even members of the media understand that high taxes on cigarettes and sugary drinks discourage consumption. Why then is it that so many seem to have such a hard time understanding (despite the empirical evidence) that lower tax rates on work, saving and investment will stimulate economic growth and grow the tax base? Why do members of the media (e.g., The New York Times editorial page) give more credence to those who failed in their past predictions than those who got it right? Is it political bias or ignorance of history that causes the reality disconnect?

Denzel Washington on black incarceration: ‘I can’t blame the system,’ ‘it starts in the home’ By Jessica Chasmar – “If the streets raise you, then the judge becomes your mother and prison becomes your home

“According to The New York Daily News, Mr. Washington expanded on his answer when pressed by reporters, saying, “It starts with how you raise your children. If a young man doesn’t have a father figure, he’ll go find a father figure.

“So, you know, I can’t blame the system,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them.”

In Draining The CFPB Swamp, Trump Finds Monsters by IBD – update on English v Mulvaney at the CFPB.

“If nothing else, this shows what a monumental, perhaps even Sisyphean, job it will be for Trump to drain Washington’s fetid bureaucratic swamp. It’s not the dirty water so much as the swamp monsters that make it such a perilous task.

Those who work in the CFPB, which was created by the Obama administration in 2010 as the right arm of the financially disastrous regulatory monstrosity known as Dodd-Frank, think of themselves as having a special mission: to regulate every nuance of the U.S. consumer financial world, supposedly to “protect” consumers.

As we’ve said before, the CFPB is basically a rogue agency, with virtually no accountability to Congress or to the American people for that matter. It was designed that way. And no, this is not just a question of governance style; it’s a question of constitutionality, of the rule of law.

In its current form, the CFPB is unconstitutional, as a federal court way back in October of 2016 already ruled.

The mainstream media have largely treated this as a kind of he-said/she-said spat. It’s not. It’s quite serious. If Leandra English can declare herself head of a major U.S. agency, then the chances of truly reasserting control over the administrative state would shrink to near zero.

Why Democrats are to blame for consumer agency debacle By Lorraine Woellert – “The CFPB turmoil highlights how Democrats shunned Republican efforts to broaden its governance to a commission that would have included diverse viewpoints.”

“In truth, the bureau has been mired in controversy since its creation. Warren has built a political career railing against Wall Street. Cordray infuriated industry and inspired lawsuits. And the bureau itself is unique, investing great power in one person with almost no accountability.

It was predictable that such a toxic mix would eventually explode. Now Democrats are facing the consequences of their decision to protect the agency’s powerful independent director. Anybody Trump nominates to replace Cordray will have the ability to undo a lot of his work. On Monday, Mulvaney wasted no time, imposing a regulatory and hiring freeze.

For Democrats, there seemed to be a political strategy.

Richard Cordray Delivers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Punchline By Ronald L. Rubin – “The CFPB’s first director cared about consumers, but he was consumed by politics.”

“Obama installed Cordray by using an unconstitutional recess appointment, Democrats threatened to change the filibuster rules, and Republicans surrendered.

Perhaps it was this two-year ordeal that turned Cordray into a cynical partisan mercenary. … By 2017, there was no denying the ugly truth. Cordray cared about consumers, but he was consumed by politics.

Warren built a political battleship, and Cordray deployed it. The bureau’s powerful media division dictated policy to its regulatory professionals and relentlessly exaggerated the agency’s achievements in daily press releases and social-media posts. Political operatives used the CFPB’s super-independence to stonewall congressional subpoenas and hide unethical investigation tactics, internal discrimination problems, and other inconvenient facts. Republican critics were dismissed as Wall Street sycophants.

Meanwhile, millions of dollars were diverted from the CFPB to Democratic allies.

Cordray’s sickening stunt left no doubt about the absurdity of claims that he and the CFPB were ever politically independent. For this, we can all give thanks.

Watchdog Finds More Evidence Obama’s EPA Broke Federal Law by Chris White – “Judicial Watch obtained 900 pages of documents Monday showing the EPA used social media to lobby support for the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.”

“Federal law prohibits agencies from engaging in propaganda. It also forbids agencies from using federal resources to conduct grassroots campaigns that prod U.S. citizens into browbeating lawmakers to act on pending legislation.

“The Obama EPA knowingly did an end run around federal law to push another Obama environmental power grab,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a press statement Monday. “These documents show how these Obama-era bureaucrats seem to be more like social activists than public employees.”

“Credible” stories by neo-neocon – “what is with this “credible” business? I’ve seen it over and over to describe the Roy Moore allegations, as well as allegations against other figures in cases in which I don’t find the allegations especially credible although they might be true.”

“Each camp is going on “credible” evidence rather than anything even remotely approaching highly convincing evidence. Much of it is an emotional reaction to the accuser’s tale, and reflects a sort of hubris about our ability to detect a liar vs. a truthteller, based on that emotional reaction (and sometimes an over-identification based on personal experience). Almost any story about anyone can sound “credible” unless it contains obviously fanciful elements that are literally impossible. Are we all now required to believe any allegation by a woman against a man that is not impossible?

Science Moms Fight Fears with Facts by Harriet Hall – “a group of 15 women scientists, bloggers, and educators to send a letter to Paltrow, Gellar, and other celebrities asking them not to co-opt motherhood and wield their fame to oppose beneficial technologies, but to use their influence responsibly and ensure that their advocacy is supported by facts, not fear.” 

At the recent conference of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSICON) in Las Vegas, on October 28, 2017, I had the great privilege and pleasure of being in the audience for the American premiere of a new documentary, Science Moms, as well as for the following live panel discussion by the women featured in the movie. In the documentary, a group of scientists and science communicators who are also moms address misperceptions created by misinformation in the media about GMOs, vaccines, and other issues important to parents. They point out that “moms whose opinions are formed by fear and hype are so loud. But they’re the only people talking about it, the only resource people have.” With this documentary, people now have another resource based on science, a resource that is easily digestible and compelling.

The letter caught the attention of Natalie Newell, the host of “The Science Enthusiast” podcast. She contacted one of the letter’s authors. One thing led to another, and the result was this documentary.

The problem is that fears are irrational and facts aren’t. That’s two different worlds that humans seem to find difficult to move between.

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Debunked? That doesn’t mean we’ll stop the harrassment

Democrats desperate to prove debunked Russian dossier’s sex charge against Trump By Rowan Scarborough – No evidence? No matter. Just think if Republicans were this persistent in chasing down the IRS, Benghazi, and other scandals over the last decade.

“The Times’ source said the bottom line is this: Mr. Schiller, who directed Oval Office operations before resigning to take higher-paying jobs, said nothing happened and denied there was any Russia-Trump collusion.

“So in the end, the Democrats shot themselves in the foot by leaking this, because the final result is a convincing denial of the dossier’s most famous and salacious report,” the source told The Times. “A huge number of the Democrats’ claims are based on the dossier, and the dossier’s credibility is in tatters.”

The FBI has maintained a wall of secrecy about how it specifically used the unsubstantiated dossier to target Mr. Trump and his people.

Public now wary of ‘unhinged’ liberal press By Jennifer Harper – “Relentless, hostile media coverage of President Trump and his administration could be reaching the saturation point.” One can hope.

“The public appears weary, wary and quite possibly ready to move on — hungry, perhaps, for credible news coverage over biased caterwaul.

“Unhinged coverage of Trump is hurting the media,” writes Kyle Smith, a columnist for the New York Post who has advice for journalists.

Some conservative analysts have suggested that unprecedented negative coverage of Mr. Trump is actually a symptom of panic in the press, now faced with the president’s accomplishments and his unexpected resilience.

The Wapo story on Roy Moore provides an illustration of just how insidious press bias can be when done with skill. There are many (e.g. Charles Hurt) who think the story “was devastatingly fair” and “thorough and balanced.” They see style but do not see substance. They do not engage critical thinking. They do not see what is missing, what is created via innuendo, or what is being done to create a narrative.

Why Ajit Pai’s decision killing Obama’s net neutrality FCC regulation is good by Washington Examiner – “Sometimes you have to wonder how sincere people are when they gnash their teeth and pull out their hair over President Trump blocking or reversing an Obama-era regulation.”

“Net neutrality’s dubious value is made obvious by the misleading way Democrats and many news outlets reported the decision … This is the Democratic line. By portraying deregulation as a bonbon for Big Business, and concealing the hit taken by some of the biggest businesses (see above), these partial accounts avoid debating the issue on its merits and dwindle into demagoguery, where they are comfortable.

Net neutrality regulation also effectively outlaws competing business models, which are good for customers and the economy as a whole. Competing business models allow experimentation, and this leads to providers serving customers better by meeting their needs more precisely.

The FCC’s move last week will leave Internet business models to compete in the marketplace rather than competing in smoke-filled rooms for the favor of regulators. This deserves applause from everyone, except for those who love regulation as a good in itself.

Why the Portuguese argument for Net Neutrality doesn’t work by Taylor Millard – This one ties the partisan misleading thing, the net neutrality thing, and the press role and responsibility thing all together.

The public knows about data throttling because the media brought it to light. It’s a lot easier holding individual companies responsible for their actions, than it is government bureaucrats. The VA has been roundly criticized for how they treated vets, yet no real changes have been made. The TSA has been criticized for groping people, yet the “blue gloves of freedom” still exist. NSA spying is still “a thing,” even if some data collection was halted.

I understand why there are people wondering what happens next, with the potential repeal of Net Neutrality. But if you’re going to complain about it, especially if you’re an elected official, don’t pass misinformation out about it. It just makes you look bad.

The legal road ahead for net neutrality and the Restoring Internet Freedom Order by Hao-Kai Pai – “The response to the RIFO has also been, in broad strokes, as anticipated, with pro–net neutrality voices taking to the media with proclamations of the internet’s impending death.”

“The interesting thing about these arguments is how familiar they sound: They are largely the same as the arguments made on the other side against the 2010 and 2015 OIOs. Needless to say, it is nice that net neutrality proponents are finally embracing the arguments that those of us who have been critical of the FCC’s Open Internet efforts have been making for nearly the past decade. This newfound concurrence, however, does raise interesting questions about how the inevitable legal challenge to the RIFO will proceed.

When it comes to the legal arguments for and against net neutrality, there really is little new under the sun. The basic issue remains that Congress has not given the Commission clear direction for how it should approach the internet.

Compared to the OIO, the RIFO has exceptionally well-developed factual basis and analysis of that factual basis. The OIO was premised on a theory of innovation that promised the increase of investment in broadband networks. It provided little beyond conjecture to support that theory. In its details, it ignored, misused, and misrepresented evidence (that is, it was an “economics free zone”), resolved contentious points by pointing to favorable comments with a cursory statement that the Commission was persuaded by them, and relied on the Commission’s own assertions of expertise.

The RIFO, on the other hand, analyzes and rejects the theory put forth in the OIO, relying on substantive analyses of data to do so.

Net neutrality isn’t so neutral and the nature of the arguments follows established patterns.

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You’d think it was the battle for Berlin in 1945

DOJ ruling gives Trump upper hand in fight with Democrats over consumer bureau By Stephen Dinan – this is another example of where Antifa has the wrong target and it is Trump that restoring the power balance described in the U.S. Constitution. You want facism? Here’s how to build it:

“At stake is one of the government’s most powerful positions at the head of the CFPB, which gives its director an incredible amount of independence. Under the 2010 Dodd-Frank law that created the bureau, the director cannot be fired except for good cause, and the CFPB’s budget is entirely independent of Congress and the president, making it impossible to rein the bureau in.

Republicans, who largely voted against the Dodd-Frank law, say the CFPB is not only a bad idea but also illegal. A federal appeals court has agreed with them, ruling the overwhelming power of one individual to be unconstitutional — though that ruling is stayed pending another appeal.

Even Allahpundit gets it – “The idea that a now-former agency head can monarchically pass his scepter to a successor over the president’s objection, making the seat (temporarily) hereditary, is ludicrous.”

“It’s a pander to progressives by a guy who wants to protect his left flank in a Democratic gubernatorial primary. The surest way to earn cheap goodwill from the left is to make a showy gesture of sticking it to Trump. That’s what Cordray did by deputizing English and forcing a court battle. The fact that he’ll lose isn’t the point. The fact that he “fought” Trump is the point.

What makes this especially egregious is how Cordray himself first came to lead the CFPB. “Those defending Cordray’s action apparently believe powerful agency should be headed by someone not nominated by any President [and] not confirmed by any Congress,” tweeted Jonathan Adler this morning.

Unhinged coverage of Trump is hurting the media By Kyle Smith –

“A year ago this week, I marveled at the pot-boiling-over frenzy of Donald Trump Derangement Syndrome in the media. Well, today, the media’s kitchen is a shambles. Spaghetti sauce is splattered all over the walls, and the Fourth Estate is pouring more Prego marinara into the pot while keeping the heat turned up to the level marked “thermonuclear.”

Not only is everything (still) hyper-politicized, but the lines between news media, lifestyle media and flat-out activism have faded into irrelevance.

The culture warriors’ incessant politicization of everything has reached new levels of the ridiculous.

The unhinged coverage of all Trump scandals, real and imagined, has cost the media in the eyes of the public, among whom only 39 percent said they had a “great deal” or even “some” confidence in news outlets last November.

The media are correct in thinking they have an important duty in the Trump era. But the people are correct in noticing that the media is filtering everything through an obsessive hatred for Trump.

For the love of God, why can’t Democrats leave the Little Sisters of the Poor alone? by Nicole Russell – “In an unusual political move, Pennsylvania and California sued the Little Sisters, demanding the same group who won at the Supreme Court in Zubik v. Burwell provide contraceptives in their state.”

“Sadly Josh Shapiro and Xavier Becerra [attorneys general in Pennsylvania and California, respectively] think attacking nuns is a way to score political points. These men may think their campaign donors want them to sue nuns, but our guess is most taxpayers disagree. No one needs nuns in order to get contraceptives, and no one needs these guys reigniting the last administration’s divisive and unnecessary culture war.”

On the call, I asked how the states were even able to sue the organization, given the Supreme Court’s ruling on the matter. Rienzi said it was merely “political grandstanding.” In a follow-up email, Rienzi explained “This is a pretty unusual situation. It’s similar to a collateral attack — filing a second lawsuit to challenge what has already been decided elsewhere. The protection is, and should be, to let the people from the old lawsuit intervene and defend their rights in the new one.”

Let’s hope for the Little Sisters’ sake, these frivolous lawsuits end swiftly and decisively so they can continue their good work.

Ex-Cop Making Roy Moore Harassment Claim Is Leftist, Anti-Moore Opponent By Selwyn Duke – “Faye Gary created quite a stir last week with her comments, though she confessed to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that the claims about Judge Moore were “just rumors” and that “we never got a complaint on it.”

What didn’t come out during her media interview — in which she appeared sober and non-partisan — is that she has an ideological axe to grind with the judge.

After confirming with the City of Gadsden Personnel Office that Gary actually had served as a police officer, I contacted her via a Facebook message. The passion and anger quickly emerged, with Gary making clear she objected to Moore’s stances on homosexuality, Islam and the display of the Ten Commandments.

In fact, the venom leapt from the page. Gary insisted that Moore will, as she put it, “pay for his stance on gays, Muslims and most of all for hiding behind the Ten Commandments for his political gain.” She seemed to be implying that he’ll suffer some kind of divine retribution.

Gary also became vulgar.

Note that none of this means Gary’s claims are or aren’t true. But it hints at her motivation for coming forward and certainly makes her something less than an unimpeachable source.

In addition, the story of Moore’s most damning accuser, Beverly Young Nelson, has already unraveled. Meanwhile, rumor is helping obscure reality.

Glen Reynolds at Instapundit

“But I was pondering the weird behavior of people like Harvey Weinstein and Charlie Rose. This isn’t just about using the power of your position to get women. Instead, there was this weird stuff about walking around naked or in a bathrobe and expecting women to be impressed. So my thought: Instead of exercising traditionally male power, they were trying to exercise the traditionally female power of being desirable and desired. Maybe it’s because they were in industries where that power is especially prominent, but pathetically, they were acting like they hoped someone would find them . . . beautiful.

Also, at Instapundit, on the expression of hate in regards to net neutrality: – “Lefties will regret the precedent: Targeting Ajit Pai’s children, house. I contacted Pai, who confirms this happened, and adds: “Many other issues, too, from specific online threats to the kids to harassment of my wife on her work email accounts.”

The problem of sex By Richard Fernandez – “Commenting on the paralyzing spate of assault accusations roiling the West it seems that the sexual revolution begun in the 1960s has reached the Reign of Terror stage.”

If sex is finished it will be bad news for the human race not simply because homo sapiens, like nearly every other species, relies on it to stave off extinction but because sex has defined humanity hopes and posterity for millenia. … sex forms the bridge between a mortal individual and the immortal species. For generations there has been nothing so masculine as to die for the woman you love.

But like all powerful urges sex was dangerous. Only by taming it was civilization possible. Communities required the invention the family to form and at the family’s core lay the injunction against molesting women within it.

Suddenly a strange thing happened. The increased opportunities for sexual interaction promised by 60s prophets, rather than kicking off an endless party raised the curtain on a darker prospect. The 60s chant “if it feels good, do it” gave way to a new, more fearful phrase: rape culture.

Yale claims to have cured conservatives by turning them into liberals by Jazz Shaw – “With so many articles out there last week preparing people for the horror of having to talk to their “crazy Republican uncle” over Thanksgiving dinner, this announcement seems to have come a bit late.”

“And you wonder why people are increasingly turned off by institutes of higher education. This sort of pseudoscience doesn’t require a post-graduate degree to pick apart. Yale’s starting premise is that people who feel “unsafe” (or afraid) are more likely to adopt conservative viewpoints.

The conflation of immigration with illegal immigration is a hallmark of Democratic political speeches, not cognitive neuroscience. The study’s authors stretch the analogy from there

Putting unrelated information into the minds of survey participants prior to asking questions has a different name in political circles. It’s known as a push poll. Rather than getting an accurate impression of a person’s opinions, you’re poisoning the well in advance to sway their feelings. … This report appears to be little more than a phony attempt to festoon some bits of science onto a liberal, open borders manifesto.

Or, if they insist on traipsing down this particular path, I would suggest assembling a similar group of test subjects and showing them all a picture of Kate Steinle, followed by some grisly scenes of the handiwork of MS-13. Then ask them all about their feelings on immigration issues being sure to include the word “illegal.” Get back to us after you see how that works out. Who knows? You might even cure some liberals for a little while.

The Freddie Gray scorecard by Paul Mirengoff – “In sum, not a single officer was found by an adjudicatory body to have engaged in conduct that warranted punishment. The adjudicators who considered the matter were: a jury, an African-American judge, the police department’s administrative panel, and the police commissioner.”

The only procedure still pending in connection with the Gray case is a federal lawsuit brought by some of the officers against Marilyn Mosby, the city prosecutor, for malicious prosecution and defamation.

This is not a full accounting of the Gray matter, however. The family of Freddie Gray received $6.4 million from the city via a settlement agreed to by Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore’s hack Democratic mayor at the time.

The settlement figure was ridiculously high. Yet, Baltimore would have gotten off cheaply if that had been the sole price. Indeed, the city would have gotten off fairly cheaply if the only other price had been the riots that Mayor Rawlings in a sense invited after Gray’s death.

Instead, Baltimore suffered a huge upswing in violent crime, thanks to the unwillingness of its Democratic politicians to stand behind the police. Baltimore’s current mayor admits that violent crime is “out of control.”

And a quarterback is teaching the NFL to kneel to refute these findings and this history.

The Ultimate In Pettiness by John Hinderaker – “Perhaps you have heard about “Piegate.” It started when Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted a photo of a pie that she baked for Thanksgiving

Ryan kept the “controversy” going with numerous retweets of claims that Sanders didn’t really bake the pie. It was a stock image, or something. April Ryan’s Twitter feed is actually rather shocking. I think it is fair to describe it as a hate site. She hates President Trump, the Trump administration, and Republicans and conservatives generally.

You really have to scan Ryan’s Twitter feed to get the point. She is an ideologically committed warrior against the Trump administration and the Republican party.

That wouldn’t be shocking–some of us have relatives you could describe that way–but for the fact that CNN pays her to be a “political analyst,” and she is a member of the White House press corps. In America’s modern history, we have not seen anything like this. Certainly no one from CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, etc., declared war on the Obama administration. And when Barack Obama was president, no one started Twitter wars over the provenance of his press secretary’s Thanksgiving pies.

We are sailing in uncharted waters. The best we can say is, at least everyone knows now who our enemies are.

Elon Musk Made the Kessel Run in Less Than Twelve Parsecs by Coyote Blog – “I checked the first 10 sources in a Google search and not a single media outlet that routinely chastises climate skeptics for being anti-science seems to have questioned the oddball and nearly meaningless 100MW figure.” It was a choice between this and Mike Hughes cancels his rocket proof of Flat Earth by Luboš Motl – “Hughes would be an excellent example for the Darwin Award.” The confusion between units of power and energy wins because it is a favorite illustration of the ‘alternative energy’ fanatics’ ignorance and it is held by more people than the flat earth idea and it has a greater social adverse impact.

“A megawatt is a measure of energy production or transmission rate. As such, it is a perfectly appropriate way to size the capacity of a power plant that is assumed to have a continuous supply of fuel. However, it is an extremely odd way to size a battery. A battery has a fixed energy storage capacity, which is generally measured in watt-hours (or some conversion thereof). For example a 10 Wh battery would provide 10 watts for an hour before running out, or 5 watts for 2 hours, etc. It is not clear if this is just a typo, that they really mean 100MWh, or if 100 megawatts is the peak discharge rate and they are being silent on exactly how long this lasts (ie how long can those 30,000 homes be powered?)

I was going to compare the number on energy storage here and show that you could actually generate electricity from gas, not just store it, for well less than this. But it is sort of hard to make the calculation when they don’t get the units right.

Fear and Fantasy are tremendous motivators. Berliners, and most Germans, had a lot to fear in 1945 and that resulted in many tragedies. The Germans had good reason to fear the Russians. The Left’s fears, though, are not founded in reality and that makes them worse as the imagination can leap many boundaries.

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The light of day, a time for war, the cognitive game, and growing up girl

A Time for War By David Prentice – “it was started by the hard left, and it’s a war to achieve power for them, for them to change the entire workings of our country.”

“It’s here. Now. Thankfully this is not yet the blood in the streets kind of war, but war it is. It’s a war for the soul of this country, it’s a war that will affect everyone; none will escape having to deal with it directly, or indirectly.

Examples of the current battles in the war:

  • Racialism, black lives matter, NFL kneeling, and the war on being white.
  • The new feminism, and the war on being male.
  • The new feminism, and the war on the unborn.
  • Turning sex into a cesspool. Weinstein, Hollywood, preying on children, rampant unfaithfulness, broken families, transgenderism.
  • Turning race baiting and sex allegation into weapons of mass destruction.
  • Environmental catastrophism.
  • Health care control.
  • Spending our grandchildren’s money.
  • Allowing immigration to strangle what’s left of our institutions.
  • Pretending radical Islam is okay, but Judeo-Christian culture is not.
  • Teaching that socialism is just another form of government and not a failure.
  • Teaching that our country is inherently evil, and must be changed throughout.

the important thing to understand is every one of these major battles is going on simultaneously. Our nation’s military command used to pride itself on being capable of handling two major war fronts. As you can see, we aren’t fighting two fronts at home, it’s dozens and all at the same time. And they’re hot battles, many of them being fought with the other side spending our own money to prop themselves up.

Unfortunately, we on the right haven’t had a good organization to counter the shock and awe tactics of the left. The party that is supposed to lead us doesn’t even know we’re in a war.

The left has taught the next generation white guilt. Alongside Uncle Tom guilt. Both lies. Racialism is mental slavery.

The left has convinced the next generation that socialism is good. That free enterprise is evil. That we are destroying our environment. All destructive lies.

They are lying about their own sexual moral superiority.

each battle is filled with lies from the left. It’s their MO. Tokyo Rose is their model. Hillary is their face.

Before there is bloodshed in the streets, we must beat them at their own game.

The left must be defeated before they can regroup. Bring. It. On.

Playing the Cognitive Game – The Climate Skeptic’s Guide to Cognitive Biases by John Ridgway – “I am getting pretty fed up with psychologists proclaiming the irrationality of climate change scepticism.”

“I hope to demonstrate how easy it is to conjecture upon a group’s psychological state and how easy it is to turn the tables and place the advocates of the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) hypothesis under scrutiny. The result may be so much psychological flimflam but I consider it no less worthy than the dubious speculation emanating from the supposed experts and the IPCC.

This is about bias and not about logical fallacies. A bias is often expressed as the use of logical fallacies and might be considered an interpretation of the motivation for the them. As such, the observer needs to be much more aware that a conclusion about a bias is more subjective than one about a fallacy. A fallacy is an observation of behavior that fits a category. A bias needs a case to be made to connect the behavior to a reason for its deviance from reality.

It’s great that Blue Planet II is pushing hard on plastic pollution in the oceans – but please use facts, not conjecture by Malcolm David Hudson – “Must we always talk for victory, and never once for truth, for comfort, and joy – Ralph Waldo Emerson.” This might be a story of another example of how Attenborough lost his creds. It is about propaganda by omission, by the use of partial and selected facts to make an argument. Hudson is hoping a propagandist will change his tune. Good luck with that.

“In the final set piece, narrator David Attenborough’s tone changed – as it does when he has bad news. He showed us grim images of a turtle tangled in plastic debris, a beautiful tropical fish sheltering among our waste, and most heartbreaking of all, a mother pilot whale unable to let go of her long-dead infant as the rest of her family grieved.

In the whole sequence, there was no direct link made between the death of the baby whale and the plastic debris we saw in parallel footage; no evidence that its mother’s milk actually contained contamination from plastics. Nothing.

My inner environmentalist convulsed with frustration at wildlife being killed by unnecessary human waste, but my inner scientist screamed foul at the lack of direct evidence shown on the programme.

Powerful environmental documentaries like Blue planet II can change views on the big environmental issues; just please use truth and scientific evidence.

100 years. 100 million lives. Think twice. By Mark Perry – “the title of a recent op-ed in The Harvard Crimson written by Harvard student Laura M. Nicolae, whose father at age 26 left his parents, friends, and neighbors behind when he escaped the oppressive Romanian Communist regime

Roughly 100 million people died at the hands of the ideology my parents escaped. They cannot tell their story. We owe it to them to recognize that this ideology is not a fad, and their deaths are not a joke.

Last month marked 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution, though college culture would give you precisely the opposite impression. Depictions of communism on campus paint the ideology as revolutionary or idealistic, overlooking its authoritarian violence. Instead of deepening our understanding of the world, the college experience teaches us to reduce one of the most destructive ideologies in human history to a one-dimensional, sanitized narrative.

After spending four years on a campus saturated with Marxist memes and jokes about communist revolutions, my classmates will graduate with the impression that communism represents a light-hearted critique of the status quo, rather than an empirically violent philosophy that destroyed millions of lives.

The stories of survivors paint a more vivid picture of communism than the textbooks my classmates have read.

For an example, consider that UNR graduate who has destroyed the NFL by pushing his ignorance.

FCC net-neutrality astroturfing new analysis – and it is bad by Justin – “The FCC comment database has been analysed by someone who knows what they are doing and the comment stuffing is much more extensive than previously thought.” The conclusion is that the humans overwhelmingly supported government I’net control while automated stuffing opposed it. That should raise skepticism. The activists were for government regulation and, as seen in previous cites, quite well populated by the tech community. The implication of the conclusion is that ‘big corporations’ committed conspiracy and fraud. Such a major implication needs better evidence than innuendo. Hence, skepticism is warranted.

Thoughts From The Ammo Line – “Ammo Grrrll draws on painful personal experience to declare NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD MEN…is not just a typing exercise!” Growing up girl presents special hazards.

“On an hourly basis, we learn of another woman making accusations of sexual harassment, assault, even outright rape. Other women claim to be “uncomfortable” or offended by a hand on a shoulder, a pat on the back, any human touch. I come from a warm “touchy” family, so I have tended to believe that a lot of those complaints are overwrought. But then I sat down and thought about my own experiences and got depressed. I wondered if ANY female person escapes unscathed? I am pretty tough, worldly, and unusually impervious to locker room talk, and still it’s not a pretty picture. I warn dear readers that what follows is a downer and I’m sorry. I will be funny again next week. And yet I feel lucky. I have seen only my husband in the shower and we own no indoor potted plants.

Can you good and decent men – whom I count in the vast majority – not somehow police the monsters? Every last lefty Hollywood “man” knew about Harvey. Every. Last. One. The moral cowards, busy Tweeting about the Republican “War on Women” stood by and were complicit for decades. Give me my “redneck” father and his shotgun any day. As Richard Pryor intoned, decrying racism by parodying a Psalm: “How long, O Lord, must this bullshit go on?”

The story she tells describes “how good and decent men” did police abuse of their daughters. The problem is that those men are under assault themselves. Society does not accept shotgun justice in any form anymore. Society is passing laws to protect and promote perverts under ‘equality’ and ‘social justice’ banners. Think about the unisex public bathroom laws controvery for an example.

One also needs to keep in mind that a traditional role of men is (or was) to protect wives and daughters – the virtue of their family. Abuse of boys has run on different standards but that is changing, too, as they are emasculated and equalized as victims. This is about the war Prentice describes above.

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