This shouldn’t have been allowed to happen.

‘Obsession’ Uncovers The Plot To Impeach Trump. Tony Daniel – “Veteran journalist Byron York’s new book, ‘Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump,’ turns the story of Trump’s impeachment into a compelling real-life thriller that will leave readers indignant.”

“York’s theme is that collusion, impeachment, bribery — all of it — was an arabesque. There was never any “there” there. Yet Democrats could not let it go.

With a steady drumbeat of factual, piece-by-piece storytelling, York captures the Chautauqua of sleaze and venality that has overtaken official Washington for the past four years in this, the greatest ongoing emanation of meaningless sound and fury in U.S. political history.

‘Trump Was Right’: Explosive New FBI Texts Detail Internal Furor Over Handling Of ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Investigation. Sean Davis and Mollie Hemingway – “Newly disclosed internal FBI notes and text messages detail the extent of the FBI’s desire to take down Trump and his associates at any cost.”

Declassified Susan Rice Email Confirms Michael Flynn Was Personally Targeted In Oval Office Meeting. Sean Davis – “Newly declassified portions of a key Susan Rice email confirm that Michael Flynn was personally targeted during a January 5 Oval Office meeting with Obama.”

Sean Davis: It’s A Complete Disgrace It’s Taken So Long To Get Any Real Answers On The Russia Hoax. Tristan Justice – “where are the whistleblowers and why are we learning about this three years after Chris Wray took over the FBI? Why are we learning about this from a court case? Why was this not disclosed to Congress? … It’s a complete disgrace.”

Will Media Ever Ask About Biden’s Corrupt Deals As Vice President? I & I Editorial Board – “Reporting over the years (mainly by conservative or nonpartisan web-based outlets) on Biden’s questionable and possibly illegal moves while in office to help Hunter line his pockets has solid evidence backing it up.”

There’s one case that really highlights Ginsburg’s toxic judicial activism. Andrea Widburg – “In her dissent, Ginsburg, unlike the majority, did not start with the law; she started with her preferred outcome.” … “To reach this preferred outcome, Ginsburg engaged in open intellectual dishonesty.”

Media: U.S. Public Schools Teaching Patriotism Would Be Tyrannical And Racist. Joy Pullmann – “You can’t make this stuff up. Now loving your country despite her many sins, and not wanting taxpayer dollars to teach kids to hate their country, is ‘what dictators do.’”

The myth of the ‘stolen country’. Daniel McCarthy – “This ‘stolen country’ paradigm has spread like wildfire throughout the British diaspora in recent years.” … “The narrative of the ‘stolen country’ or ‘Native American genocide’ does not stand up to scrutiny by any honest and clear-sighted historian.” … “The very notion of property is a Greco-Roman invention which most cultures found foreign until quite recently.” McCarthy provides a lot of common sense history.

Republicans are knocking it out of the park with political ads and memes. Andrea Widburg – “Even though the Democrats own the actors, they don’t own the true creative talent in Hollywood. That all seems to have crossed to the Republican side of the aisle.” SEE THE VIDEOS to see for yourself!

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Say the name … even despite the facts in evidence

It’s in The Book. Peter Smith – “Supposed you were asked to name the most important and abiding characteristic of Western civilisation.”

“How likely is it that the best mankind has been able to produce has stemmed from a lie? Not at all likely, I would say. In fact, I doubt its remote possibility. Yet, many who value our civilisation, and I am obviously excluding the current vile iteration of the Left, have no belief in God and in Jesus Christ. I can’t explain their ability to embrace what are, in my view, two contradictory ideas at the one time. And will leave it at that.

What can’t be left is the damage a growing lack of belief is having on the fabric of our civilisation.

Democrats’ ‘Norm’ Is Brutalizing The Reputations Of Republican Court Nominees. John Daniel Davidson – “For the last 30 years, Republican nominations for the Supreme Court have faced personal, ugly, defamatory attacks from Democrats.”

“Every time a Republican president has nominated someone to the Supreme Court in the last 30 years, with one notable exception, Democrats have responded by smearing the nominee with accusations of ideological extremism, racism, misogyny, sexual harassment, plagiarism, and, most infamously in Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s case, gang rape.

The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings stand out not just because they were the most recent but because they were such an ugly and outlandish spectacle.

Senate Republicans generally don’t engage in this sort of calumny. They ask questions, maybe they use their time to grandstand a little, but by and large, they vote yes or no and move on. For Senate Democrats, vilifying the nominee has become a time-honored, if despicable, ritual.

Are Liberals Responsible For the Consequences of Their Death Threats? (With Comment from Steve). John Hinderaker – “Incendiary and violent language is used constantly by liberals, including the most important Democratic politicians.”

Top Republicans sound alarm on election chaos. Byron York – “The culprit: Changes to state election laws and procedures” … “Part of the problem: Those ballots, dumped in the mail by the millions” … “And then there’s ballot harvesting”

Media Declares “Violence Is Inevitable” As 2 Cops Shot In Louisville; Reporters Arrested In Aggressive Police Crackdown. Tyler Durden –

“Amazingly, left-leaning media outlets had the gall to frame the shooting of two police as an “inevitable”, while framing the events of last night in distorted terms that served to support their narrative of a corrupt justice system absolving three murderers, instead of reporting the facts: that a jury of their peers – not some unassailable magistrate – decided on the indictments for the three officers.

The truth finally emerges about Breonna Taylor’s death. Andrea Widburg – “It turns out (surprise!) that the Democrat party – in Congress, in the media, and on the streets – has been lying.”

BLM, Antifa and the Communist Strategy to Destroy the United States. Joseph Hippolito – “Today’s woke violence – yesterday’s red tactics.” … “The unprecedented violence perpetrated by Antifa and Black Lives Matter embodies two of the Left’s biggest tactics in its quest to fundamentally transform the United States.”

Bullets Over Louisville. Roger L. Simon – “The time has come to say clearly what many of us have muttered for a long time”

“The question is who is putting the rioters, looters, and destroyers up to their mayhem? Who, for example, rented the U-Haul from which, video shows, all sorts of ad hoc weaponry was disgorged to the supposedly peaceful protestors before the Taylor decision came down? And who paid that person and so on?

t should all be tracked down now. I don’t know if “something is rotten in the state of Denmark” but it sure is in the USA and for the good of all of us we’d better find out why and who.

Lefties at The Nation discover that (non-FBI) feds have been tracing the puppet masters behind Antifa and BLM. Thomas Lifson – “The apparent lead role in utilizing hi tech and classified electronic means is being played by The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), while the US Marshal’s Service is dispatching street level personnel. This bypasses the FBI, whose Director William Wray is on the record in sworn testimony, dismissing any such superstructure”

Thomas Szasz: “Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.”

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Blue truth matters … All truth matters

“No Medical Justification For Emergency Measures” – Open Letter From 100s Of Doctors, Health Pros Urges End To Lockdowns. Tyler Durden – “We, Belgian doctors and health professionals, wish to express our serious concern about the evolution of the situation in the recent months surrounding the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”

“After the initial panic surrounding covid-19, the objective facts now show a completely different picture – there is no medical justification for any emergency policy anymore.

The current crisis management has become totally disproportionate and causes more damage than it does any good.

We call for an end to all measures and ask for an immediate restoration of our normal democratic governance and legal structures and of all our civil liberties.

We believe that the policy has introduced mandatory measures that are not sufficiently scientifically based, unilaterally directed, and that there is not enough space in the media for an open debate in which different views and opinions are heard.

As doctors and health professionals, in the face of a virus which, in terms of its harmfulness, mortality and transmissibility, approaches the seasonal influenza, we can only reject these extremely disproportionate measures.

  • We therefore demand an immediate end to all measures.

  • We are questioning the legitimacy of the current advisory experts, who meet behind closed doors.

  • Following on from ACU 2020 https://acu2020.org/nederlandse-versie/ we call for an in-depth examination of the role of the WHO and the possible influence of conflicts of interest in this organisation. It was also at the heart of the fight against the “infodemic”, i.e. the systematic censorship of all dissenting opinions in the media. This is unacceptable for a democratic state governed by the rule of law.

Why Supreme Court Nominations Have Become a Matter of Life and Death. Don Feder – “Rioting in New York, threats of court-packing, promises of arson at the thought of Trump replacing its demi-god with a justice who actually believes in the Constitution. The left is rabid.”

“For decades, the judiciary has been the left’s House of Lords. It can lose the presidency. It can lose Congress. But as long as it has the courts – the Supreme Court in particular – democracy is in chains.

You want to deport illegal aliens? Sorry, you can’t do that unless you leap through hoops. You want to end federal funding of Democrat cities that won’t put a stop to the insurrection in our streets? You can’t do that either; the money has already been appropriated. So the rioting will continue and the funding will continue.

Utah Company Gives Up Suite at Jazz Games Over Anthem Kneeling, BLM Promotion. Collin Anderson – “Construction firm skewers NBA in letter: ‘True heroes like Chris Kyle and Pat Tillman go unnoticed’”

“A Utah company is giving up its suite at Jazz games, citing the players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem. The company, Salt Lake County-based SME Steel Contractors, is asking the NBA franchise to “put a stop to all disrespectful actions during the anthem and remove the Black Lives Matter logo from the arena.”

DoJ would prefer not to… Scott Johnson – “Recalling the treatment the Democrats accorded Barr at that hearing, Boyd declines Nadler’s request.”

Scientific American’s Scientifically Indefensible Biden Endorsement. Laurence Jarvik – “An editorial that begins and ends with lies is, by definition, not credible and unworthy of a purportedly “scientific” journal” … the question is why a formerly reputable magazine would publish such partisan trash.

Blue Truth Matters. Heather Mac Donald, replying to Matthew J. Peterson, “Ending the BLM Revolution” – “The Black Lives Matter movement trades on Americans’ ignorance about the demographics of criminal offending. As long as that ignorance prevails, BLM’s anti-cop narrative will continue destroying the institutions of law and order.” … “The biggest predictor of officer behavior is civilian behavior.”

Jim Caviezel tries to arm Christians for the coming battles in America. Andrea Widburg – “Hollywood types almost invariably debase public discourse. There are exceptions”

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Knowing what’s at stake?

“Whether they support the social causes these protesters claim to represent or not, peaceful onlookers grapple with these actions in bewilderment. What could possess a normal person to commit apparently mindless acts of mob madness like these?” A 1930s Communist Spy Can Help Explain What’s Motivating The Riots, Elle Reynolds – “The answer that former spy Whittaker Chambers gave in 1952 still applies today.”

“Nor should we ignore who, according to Chambers, is at fault. The West, rejecting God in favor of man’s ultimacy, offered men no faith to adhere to but faith in themselves.

The result of such misplaced faith is a self-righteous judgment upon anyone who refuses to join what they believe is a holy cause. It shouts in the faces of those who refuse to raise their fists in solidarity. And more than anything, it reminds us of man’s dire need for a good greater than himself.

Mask Fanatics Have Officially Abandoned Science To Control Your Life, Georgi Boorman – “It’s nothing new for political religions to produce radicals that develop their own sects or cults. This time around, rigid devotion to enforcing mask compliance has produced runaway fanaticism based on nothing but blind faith that more mask-wearing is always better.” … “ — the stronger and more widespread the extremism will grow, and the less influence experts will have over their behavior.”

“This is what happens, however, when scientific standards are abandoned for political goals only loosely tied to public health: Pseudo-scientific fanaticism develops, and its followers are obsessed with gaining compliance, not saving lives. One can draw a straight line from the initial departure from scientific evidence on lockdowns to the current coronavirus extremism, which only increases in intensity as deaths and hospitalizations decline.

This is our world in 2020. Ironically, not even the experts can keep pro-lockdown, pro-mask fanatics from harassing and endangering others. If you want to prevent this reality from becoming permanent, stand up to the bullies and stand firm on the science — including voting out politicians who’ve abandoned science and recalling those who aren’t up for re-election in November.

Americans Against Unconstitutional Mask Mandates, Michelle Malkin – “Masks off. Fight on. This is the American way.” … “Americans yearning to breathe free are waking up from their pandemic stupor. Common sense and constitutional principles, now more than ever, are vital to a sovereign nation’s health.”

The Adverse Effects of Obama’s Executive Order 13583 and the Purge of Generals and Admirals Are Now Obvious, Stu Cvrk – “the 2011 Executive Order 13583 directing “government-wide diversity and inclusion training,” which, by 2020, included the implementation of Marxist critical race theory training in all federal agencies including the US military services.”

Anyone Notice That The Trump Recovery Is Doing Much Better Than Expected? I & I Editorial Board – “the question we have is this: Why do mainstream economists and the press keep getting it wrong? Why do they keep making new dire predictions after their previous ones proved false?”

Knowing what’s at stake, Trump-supporters increasingly refuse to hide in the shadows. William Sullivan – “emerging from the shadows in large numbers, even in places you might not expect.”

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Cringeworthy

President Trump Makes One Sorry Fascist. Jack Cashill – “On every fascist metric, Obama beats Trump by a giant goose step. One could argue that Trump “exalts nation” more than Obama, and that is true, but not “above the individual.” For Obama, like all socialists, national socialists included, the individual was expected to subordinate his interests to those of the state.”

Cringeworthy Study Debunked: There Was No ‘Sturgis Superspreader’ COVID-19 Event. Stephen Green – “In reality, the media prefers to spread COVID-19 panic and disinformation. That’s why for the most part they didn’t apply a critical eye to a study that was ridiculous on the face of it.”

Leftism’s Casual Relationship with the Truth Is Intentional. Roman Skaskiw – “Philosophy professor Stephen Hicks’s excellent little book Explaining Post-Modernism details the many outrageous ideological pivots the radical left has been forced to make over the years to preserve a revolutionary posture, including even its abandonment of the presumption of truth.”

A Collection of Liars. Roger Kimball – “There is nothing at all comical about the implosion of the American media.”

Fact Checking Versus “Fact Checking” In The Trump Era. Jazz Shaw – “one thing to keep an eye on is the level and severity of the fact-checking in question and how it’s applied to the two candidates.” And don’t forget the modifiers and descriptors used in headlines and stories.

The Democrats’ partisan damage. Michael Goodwin – “Future historians will chart the decades-long path of how we got to this perilous point, but they must not ignore the incredible damage done by Democrats’ decision to reject the legitimacy of the Trump presidency.” … “These were the dirtiest tricks imaginable, and they haven’t stopped.”

Warning: What’s Happening in Las Vegas Will Destroy America. Wayne Allyn Root – “I was wrong. It’s easy to destroy Las Vegas, formerly the greatest city on Earth. Just put one dumb, clueless, incompetent liberal with Trump Derangement Syndrome in charge.”

NV Gov. Sisolak: ‘Doesn’t Make Any Sense’ for Trump to Use Protests as Justification for Rallies – I Wish We Had No Large Gatherings at All. Ian Hanchett – “As he’s comparing this to a protest, he’s like a little kid saying, so and so did it. So, I can do it, too.” Clueless.

The Nevada [supposedly] Independent on Trump’s rally: Henderson fines Xtreme Manufacturing $3,000 for hosting 5,600-person Trump rally in violation of state emergency directives, Megan Messerly; Nevada health officials predict uptick in COVID-19 cases following Labor Day weekend crowds, Trump rallies, Megan Messerly – note the ‘predicting’ i.e. FUD mongering; Trump rally-goers on why they took risk to attend Nevada campaign events, favor president amid pandemic, Kristyn Leonard, Tabitha Mueller, Savanna Strott – “Attendees in Northern Nevada were so excited to see the president that they pushed down the security barricade and rushed in to grab a seat around 5 p.m., two hours before Trump’s scheduled speech.” There is a gap between the public and their state government overlords (and these ‘reporters’).

“Between the shuttle buses, blaring music, and jam packed crowds, this overtly patriotic Coachella brought in many supporters hoping for a moment of normalcy in an upended election year, even as health officials braced for the potentially deadly consequences of the masses throwing health precautions to the side.

Look to the Sturgis Panic stories for a comparison and contrast and a real life data reference.

Federal Judge Rules Pennsylvania’s Stay-Home Order Unconstitutional. John Hinderaker – “how can governors issue executive orders closing businesses and directing us to remain in our homes, except as the government permits us occasional outings? What happened to the Constitution? Federal judge William Stickman addressed those questions today,”

Wildfires Will Become Worse Thanks To Decades-Old Liberal Policies, Says Fire Expert Who Predicted Uptick In Blazes. Chris White – “Former President Bill Clinton made a significant change to federal land management nearly 30 years ago that created the conditions necessary for massive wildfires to consume portions of the West Coast, according to one fire expert who predicted the problem years ago.”

It Turns Out a Number of Fires on the West Coast Aren’t Because of ‘Climate Change’. Beth Baumann – “Most of the West Coast – Washington State, Oregon, California, and Idaho – are on fire. While the left is pushing their climate change theory, police are arresting arsonists for sparking these dangerous fires.” … “Regardless of who started these fires or why, these need to be part of the conversation. Automatically attributing wildfires to climate change is irresponsible. And it’s a way for the left to push their Green New Deal agenda.”

You Will Be Re-Educated. Christine Rosen – “Although forms of diversity education and training have been a mandatory part of many workplaces and school curricula over the years, the new reeducation on race requires that its participants not merely attend such trainings but actively parrot the arguments being presented to them.” … “We now live in a world where even noting that inspiring history and those powerful ideas constitutes a racist microaggression. If education is the key to knowledge, and knowledge the path to wisdom, then reeducation of the sort we are seeing now is nothing less than a one-way road to cultural destruction.

The CDC blatantly violates a Trump order regarding Critical Race Theory. Andrea Widburg – “At the beginning of September, the director of the Office of Management and Budget announced that, at President Trump’s direction, all federal agencies would be banned from imposing Critical Race Theory (CRT) on their employees.” … “This an important story because it is a nexus of the issues that brought Trump into the White House in 2016. It’s the story of an out-of-control federal agency that feels that no one — and certainly not the constitutional executive of the United States — has any authority over it.”

‘Proven leader’: More than 200 former military leaders endorse Trump in open letter. Zachary Halaschak – “The group, which includes three retired Air Force generals and five Navy admirals, contends that Trump “has been tested as few other presidents have and is the proven leader to confront these dangers.” … “With the Democratic Party welcoming to socialists and Marxists, our historic way of life is at stake,” the letter says. ”

 

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Starting riots is like starting forest fires.

Huge Nevada Trump Crowd Wants Four More Years, Not A New Normal. David Marcus – “Thousands defied social distancing and masking to celebrate their favorite president in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday night.” … “The news in Nevada is that it is in play.”

Marcus understands the news. The Nevada [supposedly] Independent Megan Messerly doesn’t. Trump rallies thousands of supporters at indoor rally in defiance of state COVID-19 health rules – “Trump stuck significantly more to the facts on a number of Nevada-related issues during the hour-long rally in Henderson after falsely telling supporters in Minden Saturday that Sisolak controls millions of ballots.” The nitpicking fact checking and the moral preening – “Tonight, President Donald Trump is taking reckless and selfish actions that are putting countless lives in danger here in Nevada,” Sisolak said. – are both indicators of blinding bias. There’s even a “He suggested, without evidence, … ” (suggestions need evidence?)

The I & I Editorial Board has two up for thought. Democratic Derangement: Party ‘Games’ A Possible Coup If Trump Wins In November – “what if a loser refuses to acknowledge the results of a free and fair election?”. And Never-Trumpers Need A Lesson In Basic Math – “So let’s acknowledge every complaint that never-Trumpers have about Trump. Their calculus still doesn’t add up.”

“The Democrats are playing with fire, supporting increasingly violent demonstrations against the legitimate government of our country, while pondering illegitimate means to remove Trump from office even if he wins. That’s not an election. It’s called a coup.

America’s Biggest Threat Isn’t Coronavirus, It’s Congress’s Response To It. Chip Roy, Jody Hice, and Andy Biggs – “What Congress is doing, as it always does, is attempting to throw money at the problems that we and state and local legislatures have created.”

FLASHBACK: Black Lives Matter Was Violent From The Start, And Media And Politicians Knew It. Christopher Bedford – “It’s come to this, and won’t end this weekend. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden condemned the shooting Sunday, but still refused to name the organization behind the violence on our streets.”

“It was a murderous terrorist attack, within hours claimed, if not perpetrated, by Black Lives Matter. The shooter is still at large.

These two officers graduated the academy 14 months ago, before Democrat and other leftist politicians once again abandoned them to the mob. Since George Floyd died under arrest, these politicians have chanted Black Lives Matter’s anti-police lies alongside the crowds.

Antifa and BLM, the Democrat party’s stormtroopers. Patricia McCarthy – “When the tactics of Black Lives Matter coincide with the ideology of NPR, Americans should realize that the left has crossed yet another line on the indecency scale.”

“Not surprisingly, taxpayer-funded NPR has supported the not “peaceful protests” for months. They have been touting that ludicrous book that defends looting and the destruction of private property. They regularly use Trump’s words out of context. NPR lost its way long before Trump was elected, but it has been enthusiastically dragged into the anti-Trump fray.

Why taxpayers are forced to subsidize this particular branch of the Democrat party is not a mystery; taxpayers are stooges.

The Democrat party of today is authoritarian, socialist/communist, racist, anti-capitalist, anti-wealth for everyone but themselves, and hypocritical in the extreme.

How Detroit’s Police Chief Saved His City from Black Lives Matter. T.R. Clancy – “Drawing mostly small crowds and desperate for media attention, DWB’s [Detroit Will Breathe, the Motor City’s BLM franchisee] been stifled from the get-go by Chief Craig’s zero-tolerance approach to thugs and looters posing as demonstrators.” This story has all the elements but not the narrative most often seen in the media (like NPR).

“He gets away with his outspoken disrespect for DWB because he has Mayor Duggan’s support (a Democrat!) and understands that Detroiters at large are “fed up” with groups like DWB “fomenting chaos.

Last week’s court order is hardly the judicial rebuke DWB-supporters were hoping for. That’s because it prohibits the use of several non-lethal tactics, but “against any individual peacefully engaging in protest or demonstrations who does not pose a physical threat to the safety of the public or police.”

Craig’s no-negotiation stance with the likes of Detroit Will Breathe, which in essence rejects DWB’s basic premise, is leaving the group toothless — and irrelevant.

Police Shooting of Suspect Charging Officer Armed With a Knife Sets off Rioting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Shipwreckedcrew – “In the end, it looks like Lancaster BLM/Antifa might have to answer some questions about a “lack of heart” from the pros in Portland, Seattle, and Minneapolis.” … “Tomorrow night will be key. Just like in Kenosha, if BLM/Antifa agitators start arriving from bigger cities like NY, Philly, and Pittsburgh, the protests tomorrow night could be more organized and larger.”

How The 1960s Riots Foreshadow Today’s Communist Weaponization Of Black Pain. Katharine Gorka – “Many would have us believe that the riots and violence sweeping across America’s cities this year are spontaneous. But history and current evidence tell us otherwise.” Starting riots is like starting forest fires.

Cuties and the Moral Gap Between Elites and the Public. Daniel Greenfield – “Netflix was making the same point that NBC and CBS and ABC did in their time. And it has even more capital to play with than they do. Will society shift to accommodate the values embodied by Cuties, as it did in the past?”

Conservatives’ Crushing Counterattack In the Culture War. Kurt Schlichter – “Thanks to Donald Trump, the culture war is back on and instead of General McClellan we have General Patton, and he’s up to RINO-slap a squish.” … “People are furious with Netflix, and it seems as if the Obama-affiliated VOD service was actually stunned that people objected.”

If Masks Work, Why Don’t They WORK? Scott Morefield – “neither the masks nor the lockdown measures every really stopped COVID-19 in its tracks, did they?”

“Bottom line: If the powers-that-be were correct, the areas that took a softer approach to lockdowns and masks would all be suffering immensely, while those with hard lockdowns and mandatory masks would be done with this. Right? So, why is maskless, lockdownless Sweden almost back to normal while Peru, India, Brazil, California and Columbia still languish? Why does this epic Twitter thread, which shows country after country performing horribly after they implemented mask mandates, even exist?

Horowitz: E-MASK-ulation: How we have been lied to so dramatically about masks – “What did the scientific literature say before the issue became political?”

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Constitution thrown out the window …

The first amendment is getting the squeeze.

Judge Grants Injunction Barring Grace Community Church From Constitutional Right To Worship. Jordan Davidson – “The bullying and harassment continues. This is NOT about health. LA County just wants to shut down church.”

“Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff of the Los Angeles Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction Thursday that prohibits Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church from “conducting, participating in, or attending any indoor worship services.” The ban also extends to services held outside “unless onerous restrictions are followed.”

Trump to rally supporters at Douglas County airport after earlier event scuttled by Reno airport officials. Megan Messerly – “plans for a similar event in Reno were scuttled earlier this week when airport officials said it would violate the state’s 50-person limit on public gatherings.” The state of Nevada and its most populous cities, Reno and Las Vegas, are engaging in political warfare against selected candidates in a Presidential campaign.

“It’s Like Using A Hammer To Kill A Fly” – Architect Of Sweden’s COVID-19 Anti-Lockdown Strategy Finally Vindicated. Tyler Durden – “Many Americans have also been guilty of criticizing Sweden without first appreciating how radical its program truly was. Throughout the pandemic, youth sports never even stopped. Now, the return of sports is suddenly becoming a major issue in the US.”

Ignorance and Complacency May Cost Us Our Dignity, Liberty and Freedom. Dr. Shmuel Katz – “Too many evil forces are exploiting us to advance their agendas.”

“We are in a period in our lives when the culture of not communicating and not listening to others has become a pathological norm, and “cancel culture” has become an everyday term. Unfortunately, it is being exploited by too many self-serving operatives who exploit this situation to their own advantage and to our detriment.

We are indoctrinated to believe that the information we are receiving from certain outlets is the only valid input that we should consider, while we should actively ignore or disparage any other source of information.

Dealing with objective information is very important and it should be properly addressed in a wise way. This search for truth was taken recently to a different level. I witnessed a bizarre new phenomenon among private people who have finally decided to engage in conversation, but will fact-check their opponents as they speak. This is very significant, because it shows that they are not really listening to each other, but instead are trying to debunk each other’s arguments. To add to this, even the fact checkers themselves sometimes have their own agendas, and therefore will be inaccurate.

Michelle Deserves Pity, but the Rest of Us Deserve More. Mark DeVine – “The equation “racial disparities = systemic racism” has achieved axiom status in the science of social justice.” … “Both as FLOTUS and after settling into an 11-plus-million-dollar Martha’s Vineyard mansion, Michelle found neither final escape nor permanent relief from racism and the pain it inflicts.” … “Michelle is a product of the “infantilization” of black Americans John McWhorter so incisively warns of.” … “Much of her suffering is unnecessary because its source resides far less in her experiences than in the meanings the social justice movement has trained her reflexively to draw from those experiences.”

Peace breaking out all over from Trump and the left is going haywire. Monica Showalter – “Democrats are having a shattered-glass crack-up to the continuous good news coming from President Trump on the global peace front. Their famously discplined lockstep ‘narrative’ has gone haywire.”

“What this peace news shows is not just that Trump has been right at every turn on how to create peace, he’s also still extremely good at exposing the left for what it is – taking them off guard, leaving them naked without a ‘narrative’ to repeat in lockstep, and watching them go bonkers in all directions.

Leftist war on meritocracy becomes overt. Lubos Motl – “For many years, we have seen that the post-modern or neo-Marxist left was increasingly fighting against some values that have been considered important for a long time”

“But it is exactly the difference between the gifted and not so gifted people that was removed or “heavily minimized” and it is exactly this removal that is responsible for the inability of communism (and other non-meritocratic systems) to advance the human society. The funny point which is relevant in all the discussions about capitalism-vs-communism as well as in any meritocracy-vs-antimeritocracy discussion is that in a human society, the less gifted ones ultimately benefit from the contributions by the gifted ones, too. Even the most ordinary workers in Western Europe ended up much wealthier than the median inhabitants of the Soviet bloc by the late 1980s. For this “miracle” to occur, the gifted ones simply do have to be incentivized. The laws of Nature do this incentivization rather naturally – capitalism is a natural state of affairs while socialism or communism are artificial, socially engineered constructs. So what’s enough is “not to prevent Mother Nature” from using Her invisible hand to incentivize the gifted ones. DeBoer’s statement that things will be OK when they are not incentivized is as wrong as you can get. When they’re not incentivized, the society stagnates and then degenerates and at the end, not just the gifted people but all people pay the price.

All people pay the price.

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Election preparation like this is not campaigning, it’s battlespace prep.

New DOJ Documents Show Wholesale Evidence Destruction By Mueller Team. Kylee Zempel – “It seems unlikely that more than a dozen top Mueller officials all put their phones into airplane mode, locked them, and forgot the passwords or “accidentally” wiped their devices.”

Woodward: My Priority Was Getting Trump Smear Out Before Election. Daniel Greenfield – “There’s zero responsibility or journalism here. It’s about power and politics. Journalism, when it comes to Republicans, is just an opposition research op.”

LA County’s Public Health Director says what we suspected about the lockdown. Andrea Widburg – “A Democrat bureaucrat finally said what we all have known to be the truth: The Wuhan virus limitations that Democrat politicians and bureaucrats have imposed on Americans will go away after the election because that was the plan all along.”

Lithium reserves: enough for 1-5 generations of “cars across the world” and nothing else. Lubos Motl –This is a high school level look at the fundamental issues with electric cars and batteries of the sort that can be used to understand why many fantasies about energy are just that.

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Anticipating antics

Is BLM The Mask Behind Which The Oligarchs Operate? Mike Whitney – “What do “Critical Race Theory”, “The 1619 Project”, and Homeland Security’s “White Supremacist” warning tell us about what’s going on in America today?” Conspiracy theories are generally escapist but this one has a lot of meat on its bones.

The Democrats’ Upcoming Theft of the 2020 Election. Donald N. Finley – “The characters in the play are all familiar names: George Soros; Bill and Melinda Gates; traitorous NeverTrumps like John Kasich, Bill Kristol, and Michael Steele; and the Clinton Cabal, including John Podesta and Donna Brazile.”

Reno airport authority: Planned Trump rally ‘may not proceed,’ violates state’s 50-person limit on public gatherings; Megan Messerly – “Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in a statement that the president still plans to travel to Nevada on Saturday and Sunday as planned and that “additional details will be announced soon.”

At least four groups mounting separate campaigns in difficult quest to recall Sisolak. Riley Snyder, Tabitha Mueller, Savanna Strott – “The divided effort to recall Sisolak could complicate the already tenuous path required to qualify a recall against the governor, as voters can sign more than one petition but individual recall efforts are not allowed to combine signature totals.” Meanwhile, the hubris continues to leak from the Governor’s office.

The Democrat Election Plan: Chaos. Kenneth R. Timmerman – “The threat is real, and it’s coming. Big time.” … “I saw first-hand many of the tactics that a former Democrat Party election operative recently revealed in a stunning insider’s account published by the New York Post.” … “I look at these tactics and much more in my new book, The Election Heist, which I wrote to prepare you for what could happen this November.” … “And these are just the threats we know of, that have already been used by Democrat operatives, sometimes leading to federal prosecutions and convictions.”

Expect Democrat Shenanigans, But Don’t Panic. Kurt Schlichter – “Prepare. Work to get out the patriotic American vote. If we’re ready maybe this won’t descend into the chaos I describe in my novel/unintended documentary People’s Republic.” … “remember, there are time limits and procedures and we Republicans do have poll and count watchers (consider volunteering!).” … “The best thing for us is to ensure our people go out and vote in-person.”

There is something very wrong with some in the top ranks of America’s military. Andrea Widburg – “With Bob Woodward’s anti-Trump book about to be published, the media is focusing entirely on the easily debunked claim that Trump mishandled the Wuhan virus by “lying” to the American people. What the media is ignoring, however, is a much more serious claim, which is that former Secretary of Defense General James Mattis plotted to overthrow Trump and his administration. This fact, if true, supports my long-time fear about the damage Obama inflicted on the upper echelons of the Pentagon.”

Today in Fake News. Steven Hayward – “Normally “avoiding a public panic” would be a reason for praise, but people afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome can’t help themselves.”

What’s going on with the Durham investigation, if anything? Andrea Widburg – “Judicial Watch’s founder Tom Fitton thinks that conservatives are being scammed.” … “What changed that plan was the lockdown, … perhaps Barr is waiting to see how the election turns out. … that’s another reason to get out and vote – in person – for Donald Trump.”

Carter Page’s Book Shows How The Left Will Ruin Patriots To Get Power. Margot Cleveland – “It isn’t Carter Page who should be apologizing to his family for what they’ve gone through. It’s the Crossfire Hurricane team, the members of the special counsel team, and the press.”

Byron York On Why Washington And The Media Are Obsessed With Trump. The Federalist Staff – “Despite the evidence proving that the allegations about Russia and Trump were wrong, York says many on the left and in the media are holding onto the accusations, writing books, and continuing to perpetuate the false collusion narrative.”

The Nobel For Trump? Committee Could Restore Its Credibility By Giving Him The Peace Prize. I & I Editorial Board – “Despite his authentic achievements, Trump won’t be awarded the Peace Prize, even if his record would help the committee clean up its tarnished reputation.” The negativity is based on the recent history of the Nobel committee.

Don’t Blame Climate Change For Raging Wildfires, Blame Bad Management. Krystina Skurk – “Despite common sense, the historic record, and scientific evidence, leftist environmentalists would fight and protest for a utopia we will never see, all while the world burns.” Did you catch that story about how they are thinking about Indigenous fire stewardship (or see Cool Burns)? Fantasy couples with anti-Western Culture and ignorance to provide a model for management improvements? Calling it “indigenous” rather than established western science based forestry research sounds so much better. “Examples of the government’s despotic enforcement of unreasonable environmental policies are numerous in Australia.” – and California. [indigenous is ‘set fire and run’. It is western science that prepares, plans, and evaluates risks]

Football’s Been Back For Weeks With No ‘Super Spreader’ Events Yet. Hutson Mason – “Evidence shows schools are maintaining a mostly ‘COVID-19 free’ bubble for players. So, enjoy your football, America! After 2020, you’ve earned it.” Like Sturgis, there’s no ‘there’ there and the propagandists are spinning dervishes. … “The devil is in the details. Yet somehow, the details are continuously excluded when the data reflects that we should be having football season.”

Citizens Stop Spanish Police From Arresting Woman For Not Wearing Mask. Paul Joseph Watson – “A protest in Madrid against Spain’s coronavirus laws, which require people to wear face masks everywhere, both inside and outside, drew thousands of demonstrators on Saturday.”

Democrats’ Opposition To A COVID-19 Vaccine Could Cost Lives. Jonathan S. Tobin – “Distrust of a coronavirus vaccine released by Trump fuels anti-vaxxer sentiment that will hinder efforts to eradicate the disease even if Biden is elected.” … “Democrats love to claim to be “the party of science!” but it is they who are acting like science deniers.”

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Kritarchs. The guardians at the gate seem to asleep (or drugged?)

America’s Reign Of Judges Has Left Us With An Unrecognizable Constitution. Michael Anton – “Judges who can find no support in law for the outcome they want resort to their own personal sense of morality to achieve their desired result.” … “It’s more precise to say that modern American judges are a vital node of the neoliberal oligarchy who exercise far more power than they ought to have, in ways the founders never intended.”

Mark Tapscott at Instapundit has this: “COPLAND DISASSEMBLES AMERICA’S RULING CLASS: Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow James Copland’s new book, “The Unelected: How An Unaccountable Elite Is Governing America,” is getting and fully deserves outstanding reviews like this one by Law & Liberty’s Mark Pulliam.”

Repairing the Rule of Law: An Agenda for Post-Trump Reform. Paul Rosenzweig, Vishnu Kannan – this is an illustration of the depths to which TDS can take otherwise thinking people. The cites of Trump malfeasance all apply to his predecessor, not Trump. The attempt to make tax returns public is indicative as these are reviewed by civil authorities (e.g. the IRS) and the attempt to strip this President naked is an exercise in voyeurism, not political opinion. The invoking of emergency powers is also an interesting divergence from reality.

3 Crucial Breakdowns In Journalistic Standards That Explain The Atlantic’s Trump Political Hit Piece. Christopher Bedford – “So what exactly did The Atlantic and its legions of friends do wrong here, and why can’t we believe its claims about President Trump’s fallen soldier comments on its face?” … Sources … Confirmation Bias … Echo Chamber.

“All of these, however, lead to a major problem in corporate media: an unskeptical belief the president is a bad man who must be defeated has led to discarding an ever-growing number of essential journalistic practices. It’s the reason more and more Americans don’t trust their media — and it’s a good one.

Pre-Election Dirty Tricks: Ignore, Refute, or Pivot? Julie Kelly – “Democratic campaign operatives disguised as very serious journalists are promising new bombshells over the coming weeks.”

“It sounds unlikely but the most appalling instance of journalistic malpractice last week was not when The Atlantic published anonymous allegations that President Trump disparaged American troops behind closed doors—it was Joe Biden’s so-called press conference following another shaky, rambling, and dishonest speech disguised as a “campaign event.”

Undoubtedly, more anonymous sources with more unproven accusations will surface;

the question we must ask—and answer—is how much attention should we give these hyperbolic claims?

Neo, 2020 America: It’s Orwell crossed with Lewis Carroll, cites commenter Barry Meislin: “What is fascinating /curious/nauseating — and yes, scary — is that so many liberal, decent, caring, ethical, moral, bright, talented, sophisticated and intelligent people have been persuaded that this is what must be done. Have bought the finely-wrought lies, the “moral imperative” — the EVIL — of those who wish to do all this hook, line, and sinker.”

““Why wouldn’t they want to know what the other side is saying?” she asked me. My answer to her was that this was the difference that made her unusual. I said that in my opinion most people don’t want to know, don’t want to hear, don’t want to have their belief system challenged by anything that could threaten it.

She is different; she wants to know. I don’t know what causes that difference, but I certainly notice it.

The Biden Slime Operation. Conrad Black – “This is the Democratic canon: malicious lies supported by stupid lies and disseminated to the world by the morally bankrupt, reflexively partisan Trump-hating media.” … “In terms of political ethics and tactics, the Democrats have hit rock bottom.” … “the odium of the incident is magnified by the fact that it was clearly staged in a tight sequence coordinated between the Biden campaign and its most rabid media partisans.”

Vindman, Not Whistleblower, Was Driving Force Behind Impeachment. Mollie Hemingway – “New book shows how Lt. Col. Alex Vindman was the real instigator of the Ukraine investigation that formed the pretext for Democrats’ impeachment of President Trump.” So many who stood by, or even assisted, the runaway freight train going down grade …

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the growing desperation of the Left

How The Atlantic’s Helicopter Hit Job On Trump Follows The Left’s Propaganda Playbook. Margot Cleveland – “Not only was The Atlantic’s story not confirmed by the supposed corroboration of some of the details, there is no way you can confirm a story premised solely on anonymous sources.” … “Revisiting the many hit pieces launched at Trump since he first entered the political sphere reveals the same technique in play” … see also Atlantic Editor Concedes Central Claim Of Trump Hit Piece Could Be Wrong by Jordan Davidson. The editor is echoing Dan Rather on the TANG fake.

Trump daring Dems to defend ‘critical race theory’ and 1619 project as he moves to suspend indoctrination in schools and govt. agencies. Thomas Lifson – “Democrats have made implicit promises to the radicals whose active support they need that they will back aggressive compulsory brainwashing sessions demonizing Caucasians and the American founding as fundamentally and inherently racist.”

Desperately Derailing Donald. Victor Davis Hanson – “The effort to stop President Trump is growing comical.” … “We should expect lots of these “bombshells” and “walls are closing in” pseudo derailments. Except Trump has been the most widely investigated, probed, attacked, and smeared president in history.” … “The point is, in Jussie Smollett fashion, the demand for scandals is outrunning the supply and time grows short. ” … “Goldberg’s work, then, is symptomatic not just of the growing desperation of the Left to blow up Trump’s current polling trajectory, but the poverty of the muck material still left to work with.”

Want More Racism? Black Lives Matter Is How You Get More Racism. I & I Editorial Board – “Nothing good will come of the bullying, violence and baseless accusations that are filling the news cycle.” … “BLM isn’t interested in racial harmony. It is a segregationist organization and Marxist in its roots, which means it intends to pit Americans against each other to destabilize society. BLM leaders have revolution on their mind, and, in their twisted thinking, splitting the entire country into either racists or anti-racists will accelerate the upheaval.”

Black Lives Matter: Marxist Hate Dressed Up As Racial Justice. John Perazzo – “A new investigative report from the David Horowitz Freedom Center.” – “More recently, another prominent, enormously influential movement—which just happens to be backed by this same Leslie Cagan—has similarly adopted a benign sounding name that resonates quite naturally with people of good will.”

The Marxist Virus is Still Lethal. Bruce Thornton – “Is the ground being laid for the final demolition of the Constitutional order?” … “But remember, every revolution is accomplished by a minority of true believers using expendable fellow-travelers as shock-troops and cannon-fodder. ”

“What we are really witnessing is the manifestation of a Marxist ideology and methodology over 150 years old. This intellectual virus has waxed and waned over that time, but has survived for one reason: The liberal democracies have adopted policies that accept and legitimize the technocratic, redistributionist, centralized Leviathan state.

This election ultimately will be a referendum on whether we the people should undergo that “transformation,” or vote to check the latest Marxist assault and keep our freedom. As it has been for centuries, the choice will be between freedom and tyranny.

Mail Ballots Bag Big Win for Biden, Dems Say. Lloyd Billingsley – “How ballot fraud is already working in California.”

Legal group finds thousands of double voters in battleground states. Rowan Scarborough – “Nevada has become ground zero in the vote by mail debate. Not only did Clark County mail ballots — as opposed to ballot applications, as did other counties — it sent ballots to everyone on its list, including inactive voters.”

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Nefarious purposes

Democrats Are Fighting Trump’s Judges Like Never Before, But Trump’s Still Winning. Ilya Shapiro – “The average Democrat has voted against nearly half of all Trump judicial nominees, while the average Republican voted against fewer than 10 percent of Obama nominees and — get this — since the turn of the 20th century, senators of one party voted against fewer than 2 percent of nominees of the other.”

“It’s a shame that quality nominees are confirmed on party-line votes; only 16 of 53 circuit judges confirmed under Trump have gotten more than 60 votes. But we’ve gotten here because we’re at the culmination of a long trend whereby different legal theories map onto ideologically sorted parties. Federal judges are a big deal, so it’s understandable that senators try to advance or block as many as possible.

It’s a shame that quality nominees are confirmed on party-line votes;

That’s why I’d never tell senators to vote for a nominee they think will do damage to the Constitution and the rule of law.

For senators and citizens alike, it’s absolutely appropriate to question judicial philosophy. Judicial nominations are now properly an election issue, so it’s heartening that voters are paying attention.

Shapiro asserts “President Trump, who wouldn’t have won had it not been for the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death … ” but the controversy there was not court decisions but legislative deference to elections. So this assertion seems to do more to assert bias than fact. It is the sort of bias that the facts Shapiro presents regarding partisanship in judge confirmations show as a significant new source of conflict. Ideology should be a minor issue in judge confirmations but now it is a major one because the judiciary is being used as a means to promulgate laws that cannot pass Congress. That is why his sop about “do damage” is hypocritical because what he notes has nothing to do with “damage to the Constitution and the rule of law” but rather to political ideology and party power. The damage being done, the damage that has prompted Shapiro’s observations, is about damage to a judiciary that has been destroying its credibility that the current administration is trying to address.

Cortez Masto: ICE detention center in Pahrump appears clean, but underscores immigration enforcement ‘is just broken’ by Michelle Rindels and Democrats ask court to block ‘fatally flawed’ Trump lawsuit against Nevada’s expanded mail voting for 2020 election by Riley Snyder provide two examples about why Shaprio’s observations are important. In both these cases, what was ‘good’ under the previous administration is now evil complete with hyperbole and exaggeration. Both involve the judiciary and law enforcement that is being pushed for partisan ends. For background, see More Illegal Aliens Charged for Voter Fraud in the 2016 Presidential Race, Bronson Stocking – “It’s now Sep. 2020, and the feds are still uncovering voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election. … The charges come as “fiery-but-mostly-peaceful” Democrats deny the existence of voter fraud and clamor for vote-by-mail.”

Why Did The Atlantic Think It Could Get Away With Its Trump Smear? Every Other Media Outlet Did. Daniel Greenfield – “ There’s an entire industry in smears targeting President Trump sourced through publishing and the media that are based on anonymous sources.”

“In the post-truth, post-fact, and post-journalism era, the media is just a bunch of anti-Trump campaign ads, rolling out opposition research from anonymous sources and then complaining that Facebook will let Republicans “lie” about Biden in Facebook ads, and demanding that the debates have a fact-checker waiting on hand.

This sort of hypocrisy is absurdly silly and hideously dishonest at the same time.

The nefarious purpose behind The Atlantic’s ‘Trump and the military’ hoax. Andrea Widburg – “The fact is that the truth was never important. All that was important was to get the story out there to help Biden hide the military-related uglies in his past..”

Do Democrats Understand What They Are Supporting? Danusha Goska – “A popular Facebook meme suggests mass Democrat confusion, or complete Democrat denial.” – Long piece with citations and references supporting its thesis.

“The meme is rife with grammatical and punctuation errors, but, more importantly, it is a pack of lies. Perhaps the thousands who shared it think that their party is the party of the working man, of patriotism and fair play.

There is another, more diabolical possibility: those who shared this meme are consciously participating in Orwellian brainwashing attempts. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Today’s Democratic Party is not extreme.

Let’s take the meme point by point [and Goska does, in detail]

Never forget Kamala Harris’ cruel lies in the Kavanaugh confirmation fight. Carrie Severino – “Kavanaugh appeared to have no idea what she was talking about, but he was astute to the Democrats’ tactic of setting perjury traps that would lead him into making inconsistent statements that could later be spun as lies.”

Feds begin prosecuting rioters in Portland. Paul Mirengoff – “Federal prosecutors have started filing civil disorders charges against violent protesters in Portland, Oregon. They are filing the charges under a federal statute enacted in 1968 in response to the rioting of that era.”

“It’s interesting, I think, that the Congress that passed this statute was controlled by Democrats. In 1968, the GOP was outnumbered in both chambers to a much greater degree than it is now.

Back then, Democrats were serious about stopping riots. These days, they prefer to give rioters space to destroy. That space is turning out to be wherever the hell they please.

In addition, charges have been filed under the same statute in half a dozen other cities, according to the Oregonian.

It is also interesting that this administration is not engaged in the ‘federal troop invasion’ so emphatically accused by the Left but rather by quiet, careful, imaginative law enforcement. … “the 1968 statute is on the books and, in my view, should be used when local authorities aren’t adequately protecting the rights that statute is intended to vindicate”

Trump Deserves Re-Election For This Alone. John Hinderaker – “The memorandum bans all agencies from “training” their employees in critical race theory or white privilege. It is a thing of beauty. Here is the memo, in its entirety. It is also embedded below.”

Flynn Case Update: Defense, DOJ and Amicus Agree on Expedited Resolution Schedule. Sundance – “As a consequence the proposed date for court appearance, and hopeful final disposition, are: Sept: 23, 24, 28, 29.” The fly in the ointment here is the amicus – highly unusual, potentially illegal, and indicative of a judiciary exceeding its authority.

Morens’ and Fauci’s nutty Gaia religion. Lubos Motl – “Search for the words “extreme” and “harmony” in the article to obtain some of the most characteristic examples of “ideas” that are actually driving them.” … “A big part of the article contains these stunning far left declarations. They keep on repeating because the authors must share the belief that a lie repeated 200 times becomes the truth.”

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Dissonance or whiplash?

What I Saw When The Mob Attacked After Trump’s Speech In Washington DC. Aryeh Spero – “Washington DC’s mayor and police failed to provide basic protections to American citizens from an angry and extremely well-funded leftist mob.”

“What type of mayor instructs the police department to be so indifferent to the basic safety needs of citizens and guests in her town, while focusing exclusively on the rights of mob “protesters” to rule the streets? It was as if constitutional rights are reserved for protesters against Trump but not for law-abiding citizens who are conservative.

One thing became clear: Someone, or some group, is financing this. I saw fancy black Suburbans picking up and dropping off people involved in these protests. We were amazed that some were staying at expensive hotels and unloading equipment near the White House in what might be the city’s most expensive underground garage. They are coordinated and organized. Someone is spending money and using hi-tech reconnaissance and planning to destroy America, and using its youth as the army to do so.

American Psychology Association: Capitalism is a Racist Disease. Daniel Greenfield – “would like to remind everyone that it has the same rigorous ethics and intellectual standards as a clown college.” … “American institutions were born from human labor and endeavor? Outrageous.” … “The APA needs to announce that its members will offer therapy for free from now on to deconstruct capitalism or be sent to the gulag of Theopia’s choice.”

Nobel Prize winners’ support for Biden proves their madness. Lubos Motl – “They’re not just “good scientists”; they are results of the selection that has (from the 1960s or so) demanded the people to be a mixture of “scientists” and “mindless Stalinist and Maoist fanatics”, with the increasing importance assigned to the latter.” … “However, the fact that they did throw this support for the mentally deteriorrating puppet of the most destructive forces now, in 2020, is particularly troubling.”

“The short letter says that it’s more important than ever to support a candidate who is pro-science and pro-immigration. Wow. They must live in a completely different galaxy.

But 2020 was surely the best year so far to show how utterly unscientific the U.S. Democratic Party actually is when it comes to their policies and even their ideas about how policies should be determined and which opinions should be propagated.

The problem isn’t just the fact that pretty much every single statement and recommendation that the U.S. Democratic Party proposed were the opposite of the truth. The even bigger problem is that they totally rejected the scientific methodology to get these answers.

Feynman has discussed the scientific integrity in his 1974 Caltech commencement speech, the Cargo Cult Science. All of it is relevant

There were way too many examples of the total denial of the basic principles of science – academic freedom, scientific integrity – by the “scientists” working for the Democratic Party.

And now 81 Nobel Prize winners arrive and tell you that the Biden’s party (that is shutting down schools, screaming at scientists and other people to accept the only holy truth that cannot be even debated, and that wants the whole nations to give away medieval scapegoats and multi-trillion sacrifices for no gain) represents the pro-science attitude? Wow.

Trump Swears ‘I never called our great fallen soldiers anything but heroes.’ I certainly hope so, I’m married to one. Sara Carter –“The accusations they made should have been on the record. The President has the right to confront the accusers. This is a vicious election and the President’s actions do not match up with what is being said about him in The Atlantic by these sources.”

Regarding D.C. Circuit v. Flynn: Go Ahead, Kid Me. Editorial of The New York Sun – “If courts were able to act without a dispute, they could exercise dictatorial power.” … “The D.C. Circuit has just brushed aside those objections over its own panel and ignored its own precedent.”

The Media Lynching of Kyle Rittenhouse. Robert Stacy McCain – “Attacked in Kenosha, the teenager fired in self-defense.” … “You might think that people who get paid to write for prestige publications would be better journalists than mere bloggers” … “The truncated quote, you see, omits Trump’s reference to two highly relevant facts”

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Thea cult of victimhood uses gas lamps. Is there any cure?

To Find The Origins Of Today’s Race Rage, Start In 1960s Academia. John Murawski – “Critical race theory sees racism as something new in the world that was born with European imperialism, colonialism, capitalism, and rationalism.” … “CRT has long been denounced as simplistic, dogmatic, fatalistic, and toxic — a cult of victimhood that embraces racial conflict as inevitable.”

“Even as they published in law journals, critical race theorists flouted the staid conventions of the legal establishment and adopted counter-narratives, fables, parables, allegories — even science fiction — to create what Delgado has called “a kind of counter-reality,” reflecting the perspectives of the downtrodden.

An early alarm that critical race theory would see the First Amendment and the rule of law itself as tools of capitalist oppression was sounded by Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald in 1995.

Today’s critics treat CRT as agitprop advancing totalitarianism in the guise of research and scholarship.

“Their philosophy is in some ways a form of psychosis because it’s not wedded to the real world,” said Jason Hill

“What bothers me about the talk of white privilege is that it’s used as a kind of leverage to induce shame and guilt in white people,” Hill said. “It’s really a form of white annihilation. It’s really saying to white people: By virtue of your whiteness you need to die a certain kind of social death for me to prosper.”

Along with this general Robin Hood socialist mentality are these two stories from the ‘Nevada Independent’: [other people’s money is easy to spend and Nevada has a bad case of California flu… ]

Harder-hit by virus, Nevada’s communities of color expected to take greater economic hit in pandemic’s wake. Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez, Savanna Strott – “A new Guinn Center report released Wednesday warns that Nevada’s African American, Latino, Asian and American Indian populations also face a disproportionate economic burden and will have a harder time recovering and rebuilding from the economic crisis.”

New initiative provides economic aid for immigrant Nevadans ineligible for past state and federal aid. Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez – “The Esperanza Fund will provide financial relief for Nevada’s struggling immigrant communities after they were left out of earlier federal economic stimulus aid packages because of their immigration status.”

Gaslighting America: Democrats And Media Have Turned It Up To 11. I & I Editorial Board – “Gaslighting, which drives people to “question their thoughts, memories, and the events occurring around them” because they’ve been fed a steady stream of lies and disinformation, is often used by abusers, cult leaders, and dictators to amplify their power over others. No wonder the Democrats and media have adopted it for the 2020 election.”

More examples at FrontPage: Democrats Deny They Wanted to Remove Washington Monument, Despite Report and Teachers’ Union Won’t Go Back to School — But Will Go to Sharpton’s 50,000 March by Daniel Greenfield; Covid Colonialism by John Waters. At the City Journal is To Destroy America by Mike Gonzalez. The Hill has Romney says Trump’s protest tweets ‘clearly intended to further inflame racial tensions’ by Zack Budryk. National Review has A Clutch of Fools by Kevin D. Williamson. At Breitbart is Joe Biden Denies Calling for National Mask Mandate: ‘I’m a Constitutionalist’ by Kyle Olson.

The Democrats’ Mental Problem. Joan Swirsky – “It is now so obvious that Democrats don’t smile because they suffer from a low-level of chronic depression and anxiety. Even in victory, their smiles appear forced and phony. Even when they’re in power, they see doom and gloom everywhere, victims around every corner, the sky always falling, the glass inevitably half empty.”

A very special case of a gaslighting victim is Patterico asserting that President Donald J. Trump Encourages Supporters to Commit Felony Voter Fraud. – “When you’re a criminal, every problem looks like something that could be solved by committing a crime … There are two ways to change government: through peaceful elections that the nation can trust, and through violence. Trump is doing his level best to make the former impossible, and he doesn’t seem to care about where that might lead.” He also gets into the bleach drinking lie. TDS on parade. Is there any cure? Reality certainly isn’t.

Watching Joe go slow again. Scott Johnson – “He was prepared with written responses to certain of the questions. He appears pathetic as he struggles to locate and recite them.”

Trump Orders Feds To Begin Process Of Defunding New York, Portland And Other “Lawless” Cities. Tyler Durden – “In a five-page memo sent to federal agencies on Wednesday whose subject is “Reviewing Funding to State and Local Government Recipients of Federal Funds That Are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities””

“This is Playing with Fire! We’re a Very Closely Divided Country Here!” – WOW! AG Bill Barr GOES OFF on Wolf Blitzer on Mail-in Voter Fraud (VIDEO) By Jim Hoft – “During the discussion Wolf Blitzer tried to defend the Democrat plan” … Scott Johnson’s review is Barr in Wolf’s den – “The interview is intensely interesting and informative, and not just by contrast with Joe Biden’s remarks on the Blake case in the adjacent post.”

The left may have made a tactical error in Kenosha. Neo – “The left would have us think this was a spontaneous demonstration by the people of Kenosha, upset at the Jacob Blake shooting, but that never seemed likely to me. It seemed fairly clear that although some would be from Kenosha, a great many of the ones looting and burning would be in the category of “outside agitators.”

The Covid-19 Pandemic is Ending. James G. Robertson – “There were 33 early states where the epidemic was over by June, and 14 late states where the epidemic now is ending.” … “In contrast to the Covid19 attributed deaths, the number for deaths from all causes is a hard number. The deaths from all causes number exposes the current mass panic as an historical aberration and confirms the evidence that the mass panic has been engineered by politicians and a biased medical establishment.” … “Nevertheless, the hysteria and panic over Covid19 has not abated. And you can expect it to get worse.”

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gaslighting on steroids (i.e. propaganda extreme)

Cultural Suicide Is Painless. Victor Davis Hanson – “The story of all Dark Ages is that when civilizations finally prefer suicide, they do it easily, and the remnants flock to the countryside to preserve what they can—allowing the cities go on with their ritual self-destruction.”

The Street Violence And Gunplay Started With The Left, Not The Right. John Daniel Davidson – “As clashes between protesters and counter-protesters turn increasingly violent, the media wants you to think it’s the fault of ‘right-wing extremists.’ It’s not.”

Not a Sister Souljah moment. Paul Mirengoff – “the only people Biden identified as responsible for the violence are the police officers involved in the Blake, Floyd, and Taylor cases, plus “right wing militias.”

“Police officers aren’t rioting and looting. Neither are “right wing militias.” The rioting and looting, and nearly all of the violence, are coming from the left.

Yet Biden is unwilling to call out anyone on the left. He wants no enemies on that side of the political spectrum.

McLauglin makes a telling point. He reminds us that after the violence in Charlottesville, President Trump very specifically condemned “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” (Trump’s words) He did what Biden hasn’t done — call out extremists who might be inclined to support him.

As Biden falls in the polls, the media’s lies get bigger. Jack Hellner – “The greatest threat to peace, freedom, democracy and prosperity throughout the world and in the U.S. is when the media intentionally lies to the public in order to elect power hungry corrupt politicians who cater to dictators if it fits the agenda, which it almost always does.”

How Denying Reality Enables Epic Injustices. Jocelynn Cordes – “Some people refuse to acknowledge unpleasantness, but that is a grave error. Too often, behind the pleasant scenery of an ideological filter is a wretched reality of often horrifying proportions.”

Moral Equivalence is Camouflage for Moral Cowardice. Bruce Thornton – “a fear to assign responsibility where it is due.” … “The contrast between Donald Trump and the Democrats is as stark as the differences in tone and substance between the two conventions. Nor is there any equivalence moral or otherwise between the two parties’ policy programs and governing philosophies.”

California DA’s new policy to consider looters’ ‘needs’ before charging them. Lia Eustachewich – “Becton recently penned an opinion piece for Politico magazine, along with four other DAs who are black women — Satana Deberry in Durham County, North Carolina, Kim Gardner in St. Louis, Missouri, Kim Foxx in Cook County, Illinois, and Rachael Rollins in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. … The article consists of 11 pieces of criminal justice reform that they say are designed to fix a “flawed system” that wrongly targets black people and people of color.” Racism writ large.

More secrecy in the Jussie Smollett case. Who is protecting whom now? Chicago Tribune Editorial Board – “The attitude of major players in the county’s criminal justice system toward the citizens who employ them has amounted to a dismissive Just trust us. But instead of blindly trusting anyone in this still unfolding legal debacle, the public is left to wonder who’s protecting whom from criticism — and why.”

3 Pieces Of Recycled Collusion Garbage In The Senate Intelligence Report. Adam Mill – “Senate insiders obviously coordinated with allies in the media to spin the 1,000-page report in a desperate effort to revive the Russian collusion hoax.”

The Democrats Explain Their Voter Fraud Plans. John Hinderaker – “Perhaps the most notable feature of this story is that a relatively prominent Democratic Party news outlet acknowledges it is likely that President Trump will “seem” to have won a landslide victory on Election Day, so that “weeks” of post-election fraud by the Democrats will be needed to throw the election into chaos. Will that happen? At the moment, it seems likely.”

The Big COVID Con Exposed. Brian C. Joondeph, M.D. – “In the past week, two pillars of the COVID Con collapsed: deaths and positive tests.”

“This is information warfare, weaponizing medical data to influence an election, regardless of the cost in lives and economic damage. But the Big Con is being exposed, darkness to light. Hopefully voters are noticing and awakening to the con pushed by the left and the media.

The Pre-Mask-Cult Science Against Universal Public Masking Hasn’t Changed One Bit. Scott Morefield – “When it comes to the “facts” you receive about coronavirus from the left and the mainstream media, the only thing that’s certain is the fact that we’re all being gaslit.”

OH THE HORROR! Sturgis Motorcycle Rally COVID-19 Numbers Are in and They Are Shocking. Stacey Lennox – “We should be more than thrilled with these numbers given it was a gathering of nearly a half a million people with little social distancing and a lot of close-contact extracurriculars.” … “I can only find confirmation of three hospitalizations at this point in the reporting. Two of the patients have confirmed discharges indicating they will fully recover.” … “Even using the largest number of positive tests and granting they all 222 resulted from rally attendance, 0.048% of attendees and contacts tested positive for COVID-19.”

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blinded to their own bias

D.C. Court Endorses Continued Legal Harassment Of Michael Flynn. Margot Cleveland – “That the majority of the D.C. Circuit cannot see that Judge Sullivan has a vendetta against Michael Flynn makes one wonder if they are blinded to their own bias as well?” … “Flynn, though, has already waited long enough for justice. And justice delayed is justice denied.” But the court doesn’t seem to care.

D.C. Circuit Panel Rules Against House in McGahn Case. Elliot Setzer – “The court found that the House’s Committee on the Judiciary lacks a cause of action to bring the suit because no statute gives the chamber authority to do so.”

Governor of Oregon Announces Bold Plan to Prosecute and Lock Up Rioters. Greenfield – “First there are several paragraphs of virtue signaling about right-wing provocateurs. Followed by the incredibly right-wing proposal to lock up violent rioters and keep them locked up…” … “After 3 months, the various parties in the law enforcement and criminal justice system have agreed to do their jobs.” … “Brown’s plan to have the authorities do what they should have done 90 days ago is all but doomed.”

Oregon sheriffs reject Gov. Kate Brown’s request to staff Portland protests. David Aaro – “Brown said the nearly 100 days of protests have stretched the Portland Police Bureau’s resources thin” … “Had Governor Brown discussed her plan with my office, I would have told her it’s about changing policy, not adding resources,” Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said. It’s the Soros supported DA, again.

 

After BLM chaos in Kenosha, ‘Black Voices for Trump’ move in to clean up trash, destruction. Michael Canaan – “A contingent of the Black Voices for Trump coalition joined forces with Scott Presler … The coalition, whose mission is to encourage Black Americans to support the President, worked with Presler in Milwaukee for most of the day on Saturday.”

Biden Chooses Farce Over Facts. Lloyd Billingsley – “Dem presidential nominee blames Trump for violence, fails to condemn Antifa, and offers no sympathy for victims.” … “How Joe Biden’s sudden revelation that rioting, looting and arson are “not protesting” will play with the people is uncertain. For his part, President Trump visits Kenosha on Tuesday, despite opposition from Democrat governor Tony Evers.”

Watching Joe go slow. Scott Johnson – “Team Biden staged a televised event for Joe Biden to speak inside an empty Pittsburgh site. He stared fixedly at a prompter placed at some distance before him. He had no audience and took no questions. The thing was weird beyond belief. … Here are a few items that I think are worthy of note, mostly without further comment:” … “He is fortunate to be graced by an utterly compliant press.”

Massive Super PAC poised to ‘swift-boat’ Biden in key states. Karen Townsend – “Preserve America is using ‘real’ Americans and they are telling some compelling personal stories. Two ad spots can be previewed today.”

The New York Times on Trial. Editorial of The New York Sun – “Sarah Palin Brings a Libel Case for a Parlous Era” … “It could prove illuminating for all those who are recklessly accusing their foes of being a party to violence.”

The Charges Against Kyle Rittenhouse. Grant Baker – “The defense against Counts 1 to 5 will be Wisconsin’s broad self-defense laws.” … “There is an exception for minors under 18 years of age armed with a rifle, which Kyle was indeed armed with.”

“prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Kyle Rittenhouse did not believe he had risk of great bodily harm and that the force he used was unreasonable according to Kyle’s own standards. Unlikely, given the facts of the case.

Additionally, both men killed by Rittenhouse had their hands on Kyle’s gun at the time of being shot, a detail confirmed by eyewitness Richard McGinnis and videos of the incident, making the men in possession of a gun. Both Rosenbaum and Huber were convicted felons and therefore may not possess firearms in Wisconsin. Bizarrely, even the charges mention that the men had grabbed Rittenhouse’s gun, undermining the prosecutors’ allegations. Worse yet, Gaige Grosskreutz, the third felon shot by Rittenhouse, had an illegal handgun drawn and pointed at Rittenhouse just before being shot. Grosskreutz later admitted through a third party that “his only regret was not killing the kid and hesitating to pull the gun before emptying the entire mag into him.” Grosskreutz has not been charged with a crime.

Considering the facts of the case and the state laws governing Wisconsin, it becomes clear that Kyle’s actions were not reckless — the prosecutor’s decisions were.

The frailty of the charges brought against Kyle Rittenhouse show the well from which the insurrectionist mobs draw their power: the political class, the prosecutor’s office, and the media.

Protecting Your Home or Camp with Early Warning Systems, Part 1. Noah – “We shoot looters on sight” becomes a familiar sight after natural disasters, and along with your prepping plans, it’s easy to see how important it is to consider home security plans as well.”

Mass vote-by-mail really does invite fraud — we need to guard against it. New York Post Editorial Board – “Voting fraud, especially via mail-in ballots, is a cinch to pull off, warns a top Democratic operative, who’s done it repeatedly. Yet voting by mail will be a huge part of the November election. Which is why officials need to plug the holes now.” – denial in Nevada is visible in the report Trump: Democrats ‘100 percent’ want to take away union health plans; ‘a lot of tricks’ being played with mail-in voting by Megan Messerly.

Coronavirus in one state (93). Scott Johnson – “the regular Department of Health press briefing (audio below) reached new depths of sorrow, threat, and panic by the commissioner of the mournful countenance.” … “And we are not allowed to forget the Sturgis apocalypse. Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann announced that they now attribute some 49 cases and two hospitalizations to Sturgis. That leaves us a few hundred short of the number of cases attributed to the approved protests and facilitated riots in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day.”

Scientific American: ‘What Climate Change Does to the Human Body’ – Doctor: ‘In my own practice, I explain to patients how the climate crisis affects their health’. Climate Depot – “Climate action is required of our elected leaders, and we must mandate it of ourselves. It can be as simple as educating family and friends, while making sustainable shopping and traveling choices. Climate action is required of our elected leaders, and we must mandate it of ourselves. It can be as simple as educating family and friends, while making sustainable shopping and traveling choices.” Propaganda propagates like a virus.

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Facts emerging. What’s that narrative, again?

Facts emerging on Jacob Blake shooting contradict the narrative that sparked riots. Thomas Lifson – “It is stunning how many recent riots over purported racial injustice have been based on phony stories.” The elephant in the room is black crime.

The pattern: in the Floyd case and others, early propaganda vs. later evidence. Neo – “It’s striking how often it happens.” … “But maybe, just maybe, more people have actually gotten fed up with propaganda and lies.”

Kyle Rittenhouse and The Law of the Pursuer. Civis Americanus – “A rodef (plural rodfim) is somebody who pursues somebody else with the objective of causing death or serious physical injury. Din rodef entitles the one pursued, or a bystander, to use reasonable force, up to and including deadly force, to stop the rodef from completing the intended violent crime.”

The Babylon Bee: Journalists Rush To Get Story Out Before It Can Be Ruined By The Facts

Rand Paul, BLM and DC’s street harassment laws. Amber Athey – “Trying to reason with a group that hates you and is motivated by fear and anger is useless” … “Another disturbing element of the Sen. Paul incident is the reaction from the media, which has been shockingly complicit in the violent protests rocking the country.”

Bated Breath for Barr’s Big Break. Erik Gregory and Todd Gregory – “It has been said that fortune favors the bold, and the progressive Democrats at the DOJ, and other federal agencies, have been oh, so bold in recent years, wielding their awesome powers of terror against the political opposition. If Barr’s “answer” to this vast progressive offensive is Kevin Clinesmith, then the progressive Democrats will have won the final victory. Conservatives had better begin thinking in terms of bending knee and tending sheep in servitude to the victorious progressive Democrats.”

I Can’t Stop This Feeling. Liel Leibovitz – “I watched the second night of the Republican National Convention the same way you fall in love or go bankrupt: gradually, but then suddenly stricken by a strange and somewhat inexplicable premonition.”

Get Ailes! Chris Buskirk – [Documentary review] “The Man in the Arena” tells the story of a man in full. Roger Ailes was energetic, ambitious, unorthodox, creative, brilliant, charming, disarming, and a bunch of other things that made all kinds of different people yell, at critical moments, “Get Ailes!”

Meet the Democrats’ Newest Strategist. Roger Kimball – “For Vicky Osterweil, “Looting represents a material way that riots and protests help the community.”

It’s in The Book. Peter Smith – “What can’t be left is the damage a growing lack of belief is having on the fabric of our civilisation. … Exactly how do you respond when rights become purely transactional, driven by a political agenda; when you have no authoritative, immutable, anchor to fall back on?”

“Biblical precepts are that moral code. Perhaps that is too categorical. It is better said in another way, I think. Which is that a society living within a Christian culture would have no truck with any of these so-called rights. None would have ever got to first base. And there is the clue.

They have got to first base and beyond because our Christian culture is crumbling and collapsing. Lies are supplanting truth. It is then not surprising that the fightback is feeble.

It seems that the Wuhan virus’s risks have been grossly exaggerated. Andrea Widburg – “Instead, as weeks have dragged into months, months dragged into the greater part of a year, and Democrat-run states have remained shut down, it’s become apparent that the main reason those states haven’t put the brakes on the Wuhan panic is that opportunistic people are using the panic for political purposes.” See also A look at the weekly CDC report on “COVID-19” deaths and what it really means by Leslie Eastman – “The real meaning of table 3 is that there is a very low chance of dying of COVID-19 without a co-morbidity, especially among young people.”

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Trumped

Trump Devastates Democrats’ ‘Soul-Crushing Conformity’ and Savior-Complex in RNC Speech. Victoria Taft – “President Trump took full aim at rioters, lawless cities, and the Democrats’ savior-complex in his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday, the final night of the four-night convention.”

“CNN criticized the setting, the separation of the chairs, and even the audience, which included people not wearing masks, yet keeping socially distanced. The network and detractors took Trump to task for using the presidential workplace for a political event

NPR: Trump’s mentioning God is a dog whistle to ‘fearful’ white people

Here’s one example in which NPR seemed to take issue with the president. Note the hair-splitting and racial overtones.

The president expanded on the Democrats’ seeming embrace of the “anarchists and agitators” who enforce “speech codes and soul-crushing conformity.”

Democrat standard-bearer Joe Biden was out quickly with a reaction to the president’s speech, taking Trump to task for – wait for it – the rioting in the streets.

Trump’s Soaring and Stinging Substance – Sadly Subdued. Bob Maistros – It appears that the speech was too presidential and not sufficiently Trumpian for Maistros. Maistros seems yet to learn that one needs to be careful criticizing the production before it is done when DJT is the producer and director.

Trump goes scorched earth in RNC 2020 acceptance speech: Michael Goodwin – “Trump threw so many punches at his opponent that, had it been a real heavyweight boxing match, the referee would have stopped it in the middle rounds out of mercy.” … “The only question was whether the pounding was too brutal for those swing voters in the swing states the president is courting.”

Four More Years! John Hinderaker – “Trump’s acceptance speech was the one that mattered. It could, and should have been better.” … “In sum, I think President Trump got some benefit from the GOP convention. By all accounts, it outclassed the Democrats’ effort in style as well as substance. It will be interesting to see whether there is a bounce. If so, I expect it to be small.”

President Trump Offers a Choice Between Loving and Destroying America. Daniel Greenfield – “The “People’s President” gives Americans back their country. Will they take it?” … “President Trump and the array of speakers for the fourth night did not deny that we are a nation in crisis, instead they lit a torch to light the nation’s way out of the tyranny of terror and lies.”

5 Things to Know About Night 4 of the Republican National Convention: Trump’s Powerful Speech. Tyler O’Neil – “Alice Marie Johnson … A bereaved widow speaks against the BLM riots … Ben Carson channels Abraham Lincoln … Millennials for Trump … And the main event: Donald Trump”

Chaos Erupts In DC After GOP Convention; Rand Paul And Wife Chased Down Street By BLM Protesters. Tyler Durden – protesters? Really? Aggravated assault, vandalism, and such behavior is protesting?

Antifa’s ‘Riot Kitchen’ gets busted. Monica Showalter – “Who would have guessed that Antifa had its own soup kitchen to come to after working up an appetite after a hard day’s rioting?” … “Turns out the “Riot Kitchen,” — yes, it’s really called that — may have had some unusual cuisine on its menu:”

“Most likely, based on the report, the ‘vehicles’ described were the Riot Kitchen’s two vehicles, having raised lots of money (but not quite their goals) on GoFundMe, which is turning out to be quite a useful means of getting cash from anonymous and small fry donors, under the banner of “mental health support” with this pitch to the gullible and maybe not so gullible:

The project is a signal of the vast logistical network of these rioters, something that shows they’re organized, and as their aim is to support criminals, part of a conspiracy. An army marches on its stomach, as Napoleon once said, and Antifa itself is an army.

See below for more about GoFundMe’s rather peculiar ideas of appropriate project to fund.

The Michael Flynn Saga Reveals Democrats’ Near-Coup Use Of Federal Power. Margot Cleveland – “Obama administration holdovers and partisan career employees succeeded in causing the ouster of the new administration’s pick for national security advisor.” … “the criminal case is but half the scandal, and the mostly unexamined portion of the plot to force Flynn’s ouster from the Trump administration threatens a more lasting harm to our constitutional republic and the peaceful transition of power.”

Philly Got a Soros DA, Its Murder Rate is the 2nd Highest in the U.S. Daniel Greenfield – “Soros killed a lot more black people than the police.” … “Krasner has dropped two-thirds of felony cases, 37% of illegal gun cases, and 44% of drug cases, while 60% of shooting cases have ended in a dismissal.” See also Virginia Senate passes bill allowing assaulting a police officer to be a misdemeanor.

Lefty media and pols have fallen into a Kyle Rittenhouse trap. Thomas Lifson – “For reasons it did not explain but likely related to these labels, GoFundMe removed accounts set up to fund a legal defense for Rittenhouse” … It’s beginning to look like a Sandman part deux.

“Lin Wood, the superlawyer who has won settlements for Nick Sandmann, stepped up with an offer to defend Rittenhouse after GoFundMe denied hm the opportunity to raise money, and now there is a place where donations can be made. But Wood’s specialty is not criminal law, it is defamation cases, and the odds are good that he has ample scope for raising a lot of money for Rittenhouse.

The wheels of justice turn very slowly, so we will have to wait some time for verdicts in the criminal proceedings against Rittenhouse, if they continue to be pressed. But I expect Lin Wood already is gathering evidence for libel lawsuits over the hasty and ill-advised labeling of Rittenhouse as a white supremacist and white nationalist.

Coronavirus Contextualized, 20th edition: Exploring, through data, COVID-19 in Nevada and beyond. Megan Messerly – Obsessed with numbers? Try these:

“Statewide, there have been 2,218 COVID-19 cases reported for every 100,000 residents, meaning about 2.2 percent of the state’s population has tested positive for COVID-19.

The seven-day average daily test positivity rate was 15.8 percent on Thursday, down from a high point of 26.2 percent on Aug. 5,

The data show that the state hit a high point of deaths on Aug. 20, when the seven-day average of new deaths reported each day was 20.7. Since then, there have been some day-to-day fluctuations, however the number of new deaths reported each day have generally decreased, sitting at 14.3 as of Thursday.

As of Wednesday, the most recent day for which hospitalization data is available, there were 727 people hospitalized with COVID-19, down from a high point of 1,165 hospitalizations at the peak on July 31.

The population of the state is just over three million with 75% in Las Vegas. These numbers of around a thousand in this or that category are talking about 1 for every 3,000 people. At that rate, the odds of you being personally acquainted with someone in one of those categories is rather small.

Is The Coronavirus Crisis Finally Over? I & I Editorial Board – “overall weekly deaths, which have been inflated due to COVID-19 fatalities, have almost converged with the roughly horizontal line that shows the average expected number of deaths.” … “we’re upbeat, buoyed by the facts, and Leavitt’s experience- and knowledge-based observations. We hope policymakers will look at the data and find it as compelling as we do. We don’t need the “new normal” that many insist we learn to live with but a return to the normal we had before the pandemic frightened officials into panicked decisions.”

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Oh! The irony.

Last Week, then This Week …

The Stench of Mendacity at the Democratic Convention. Conrad Black – “The virtual gathering was an unintended profession of the total moral bankruptcy of the Democratic campaign. There were no positive suggestions, nothing but hatred of President Trump.” … “The opening two nights of the Democratic national convention this week produced the greatest deluge of monstrous political falsehoods in any two evenings of American television history.”

God? Who’s That? John Hinderaker – “Democratic delegates booed God, I believe, during both their 2012 and 2016 conventions. One might have thought that in 2020, with the Democratic convention being virtual, almost entirely scripted and pre-recorded, with no delegates actually present, such spontaneous anti-God demonstrations would no longer embarrass the party.”

The GOP’s ‘Great American Story’ will play well at the ballot box. Roger Kimball – “The Republicans kicked things off in a spirit of affirmation and hope.”

6 Quick Takeaways From Third Night Of Republican National Convention. Mollie Hemingway – “What’s different about this year’s Republican National Convention and the current Republican Party is that unlike all the previous years, everyone seems eager and ready to fight the slurs from the media and other Democrats.”

“Last night, Ari Fleischer commented on how new it was to see large groups of people praising Donald Trump. He said that conventions that repeat platitudes don’t move voters but ones that give people something new to reflect on do.

Because of the media being so hysterically anti-Trump and suppressing the news, this convention is the first time in about four years that non-leftist Americans have seen other Americans reflecting their positive views about Trump and the administration. It’s emboldening for Republican and Independent voters as they prepare for the fall campaign that will surely include many surprises.

Lib Media Ignores Biggest Convention Story: Trump’s Aggressive Outreach To Black Voters. I & I Editorial Board – “Does Team Trump know something that the press is also ignoring: Namely, that he has an opportunity to win black support that Biden desperately needs to win? … Well, consider the material that Biden has given Trump.” … “If Trump does manage to bring more black voters to his side, the press will act shocked and dumfounded. No one else should be.”

From DNC Irony to Parody. Victor Davis Hanson – “The point is not what Democrats say against Donald Trump, or the irony of their rhetoric, but the very fact that their opposition somehow exempts them from the absurdities of their own paradoxes.”

Democrats May Have Violated Civil Rights By Forcing Nursing Homes to Admit COVID-Positive Patients. Tyler O’Neil – “The DOJ’s Civil Rights Division is considering launching investigations under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), which protects the civil rights of persons in state-run nursing homes, among other institutions.”

The Democrats’ Latest Religious Test. Editorial of The New York Sun – “No sooner did President Trump air at the Republican convention Secretary of State Pompeo’s endorsement video recorded in Jerusalem than the Biden camp is unleashing a new objection — that the secretary is too religious to represent all of the American people. We kid you not. This has got to be the most desperate, offensive, and unconstitutional claim against a state secretary that the Democrats have ever aired.”

Lefties trying to get Tucker Carlson fired over Kenosha commentary. Thomas Lifson – “Ankle biting critics, jealous of his status as host of the eponymous top-rated cable news show, seized upon perfectly reasonable comments he made on Wednesday’s edition of his show and launched a campaign to boycott his advertisers” … “His critics distorted his message, falsely claiming he “justified murder” and was “inciting violence”

The Worst Part About Fake ‘Anti-Racism’ Is That It Forces Us To Live Lies. Katya Sedgwick – “America under the sway of the Black Lives Matter movement is reminding me of life in the Soviet Union: One’s entire existence is premised on something believed to be untrue.”

After Kenosha — Divided We Stand. Tom Luongo – “This is a war between radicalized lunatics bathed in unquenchable envy and self-pity and those who refuse to act like victims.”

“In 2016 we tried to tell them, peacefully, enough was enough. We elected Donald Trump, of all people, to be our standard bearer. We did it the way we were taught was the right way, through the ballot box.

The animals I see on the streets under the auspice of what the media calls ‘peaceful protests’ beating people to within inches of their lives for the crime of being white and defending their property have no humanity.

Cornered murder suspect kills himself; mob accuses police of killing him and sets off looting downtown Minneapolis. Thomas Lifson – “Last night offered a warp speed example of mob violence triggered by utterly bogus charges of police misbehavior resulting in the sack of the premier shopping district of a major American city.” … “These were not people stealing out of desperation, these were violent thugs who wanted nice stuff but were unwilling to work and earn and pay for it themselves. Any excuse will do.”

Waking the Sleeping Giant. H.P. Smith – “In recent weeks, not only have we seen some very large holes punched in the narrative of what happened to George Floyd, but we’ve also seen the very thin veil come off, as the “peaceful protests” by Black Lives Matter and Antifa rapidly devolved into perhaps the worst string of violent riots the country has ever seen.”

“What is new is something we’re starting to see happen around the country more and more (but not if you’re watching most of the mainstream media, because they will not show it). We are finally starting to see a pushback by John Q. Public; and I believe we’ll see more as the weeks and months go by.

In Kenosha, The Seeds of Civil War. Scott McKay – “Antifa rioters reap a bitter harvest in a once-placid Wisconsin town.”

“I think the genie is out of the bottle. I think Kenosha showed us a glimpse of it. And I think unless the political class in states like Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington, New York, Minnesota, and elsewhere finally wakes up, the sad fact is it could well require thousands or even millions of Kyle Rittenhouses to put out the fires raging along Lake Michigan and elsewhere.

Chefs’ Awards Cancelled Because Winners are the Wrong Race. Daniel Greenfield – “That’s a little snippet from a New York Times story on the cancellation of the James Beard awards for chefs because the black nominees never made it to the finals.” … “This is the real racism.”

Why Are Medical Authorities Playing Games With COVID Treatments? Deborah Hutchins – “We can no longer avoid questions about the elevation of Remdesivir and suppression of hydroxychloroquine.” … “In trenchant terms, Raoult calls out the journal for publishing studies with such egregious flaws that the practices would not pass muster at his teaching hospital in Marseille.” … “When will we witness unblemished science, probing journalism, and a true commitment to the common good? Alas, Dr. Raoult, they abuse our patience indeed.”

When Panic is Mistaken for Policy. Augusto Zimmermann – “By taking an “at war” approach to fighting COVID-19 – the widespread shutdowns and isolation of the entire population – rather than a “surgical strike” approach focusing on the truly vulnerable, Dr Katz believes that “we have set ourselves on the path of “uncontained viral contagion and monumental collateral damage” to our society and economy.” … “The level of delusional thinking is truly astonishing, although it certainly reveals the authoritarian mindset of politicians who expect extreme obedience and unquestioning submission from the Australian people.”

Nevada continues to encourage close contacts of people with COVID-19 to get tested, despite new federal guidelines. Megan Messerly – “ whether or not they have symptoms” … the testing is being used as a primary tool of the propaganda campaign supporting tyrannical government edicts.

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The natives are getting restless; the war drums are thundering

While Claiming To Champion Justice, Democrats Are Letting American Cities Burn. Nathanael Blake – “Regardless of whether Biden or Trump wins in November, we will all be stuck with the Democrats’ choice to let our cities burn.”

“The leaders of the Democratic Party think they are destroying America in order to save it. Our nation’s urban revival, of which New York City was the preeminent example, was one of the great successes of the last few decades. Now this achievement is in danger as the costliest civil unrest in American history drags on, enabled by the deliberate fecklessness of Democratic leaders.

Amid the destruction, the national media repeat the words “mostly peaceful” to the point of absurdity, using protests as moral cover for vandalism, arson, looting, assault, and even murder. Democratic leaders have followed suit.

Seattle rioters tried to seal a precinct door with concrete before starting a fire outside. John Sexton – “for pure evil intent this is really something.”

Sisolak rejects Cegavske’s request for ‘ballot harvesting’ regulations, says it echoes ‘voter suppression rhetoric’. Riley Snyder – “while also criticizing Cegavske for attempting to “politicize” the emergency regulation process.” This is how the Left does it: deny, attack, impugn, smear …

A Bulldog Nation Divided. John Leonard – “Usually the Bulldog Nation doesn’t lose our collective mind until we’ve suffered our first loss of the season… but when that happens, we typically go for complete insanity.”

“Last night unexpectedly became chaotic because Herschel Walker, unanimously considered by Dawg fans to be the greatest player in Georgia history and believed by many to have been the greatest running back in the history of college football, spoke about his long friendship with the president at the Republican National Convention in order to defend President Donald Trump against unfair and untrue allegations of racism.

my point to the forum members was abundantly clear — we don’t bash the legend even if we might not like his politics. Personally, I thought it was a terrific speech, but I was disappointed to read all the hateful tweets and comments coming from liberals triggered by Walker’s show of support for Donald Trump, especially those directed toward his son on Twitter, even though that particular social media venue is a cesspool and it should not be unexpected that “Uncle Tom” began trending along with his name.

I Didn’t Vote for Tyranny. Did You? James Allan – “never in my wildest dreams did I think that I was voting for what amounts to the most socialist (as in big government, big spending, public sector thrives while private sector withers) government in Australia’s history.”

“Or look at the individual US states. Those with Republican governors were far, far less heavy-handed and intrusive than those with a Democratic Governor. What have these looser lockdowns by Republican governors delivered – in South Dakota absolutely no new laws at all, not even Sweden’s ban on large gatherings? Well, fewer deaths. You see deaths are 67 percent higher in Democrat States than in Republican ones, and the deaths per million of population are 41 percent higher in Democrat States.

How Do We Save People from the Tyranny of Lockdown? Katie Hopkins – “The specific things we can all do.” … “Our reaction to this virus has been far more aggressive and deadlier than the virus itself.” … “for those bold enough, we need to challenge this infernal lockdown wherever it manifests. Not in small arguments or petty confrontations with those who are powerless. But at its heart, where the power lies. Governors, Senators, Congressmen and those paid to represent you. Make them feel the reality of what you forced to endure.”

It can happen here. In fact, it is happening here. Paul Mirengoff – “The authoritarian left isn’t content just to block speech it disagrees with. It also wants to force people into making leftist utterances and gestures.” … “It will take considerable planning and courage to counter leftist authoritarianism.”

8 Quick Takeaways From The Second Night Of The Republican National Convention. Mollie Hemingway – “It’s not just that the Republican convention is going well, but that the Democratic counter-programming of riots and mobs couldn’t be worse for Democrats.”

The Republican National Convention’s Night Two Was An Antidote To Media Lies. David Marcus – “The second night of the Republican National Convention showed America the truth about Donald Trump’s first four years.”

“On the heels of a widely praised first night that showed contrast not only politically but stylistically to the Democrats’ Zoom convention of last week, night two of the Republican National Convention featured the theme “Land of Opportunity.” The second night of a convention is a tricky business. It doesn’t have the excitement of opening night, or the clear stars, the vice president and president on nights three and four. Both conventions chose to make the wife of the ticket topper the final speaker on night two.

Both sides are eager to call the other’s convention dark, gloomy, and angry, so the opportunity theme was meant to blunt such an inevitable attack. In this respect it succeeded, especially the first lady’s gracious remarks. The line-up was full of economic-focused folks, not so much culture warriors, and the clear goal of the evening was to say we did it before and we can do it again about jobs and economic growth.

The bottom line is that the Republican National Convention is exposing three years of lies from the corporate media. It is devastating, it is true, and it is glorious.

See also Nick Sandmann speaks at RNC and CNN analyst (and former Clinton press secretary) takes the bait by Thomas Lifson; If you want to see media malice in a single article… by Andrea Widburg – “Trump is right. Our mainstream media outlets are not about the news. They’re not even about being honestly partisan. They are, instead, blatantly dishonest Democrat party propaganda outlets.”

The Stunning Gullibility Of ‘Republicans For Biden’. I & I Editorial Board – “Trump Derangement Syndrome is spreading faster than COVID-19.” See also The Republican Convention Is Proof: The Party of Bush, McCain and Romney Is Dead by Robert Spencer.

Biden National Outdoor Mask Mandate Isn’t Just Unconstitutional, It’s Anti-Science. Tristan Justice – “Let’s institute a mask mandate nationwide starting immediately, and we will save lives.” … “According to researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the United Kingdom in a paper released Thursday examining several metrics of social distancing, being outside presents almost no risk of contracting the novel Wuhan coronavirus on its own.” It does indicate some reduced risk when masks or worn – that raises the question about accommodating other evidence.

Five COVID-19 Charts Democrats Can’t Let You Know About. I & I Editorial Board – “Fact checkers somehow missed Biden’s flagrant abuse of statistics.” … “But the number of infections and deaths is meaningless out of context. What matters is how many have died per capita, how many who’ve been infected have succumbed to the disease and where the trends are right now.” … “So share these charts far and wide.” See also Monica Showalter.

From ‘Angry Penguins’ to an Unquestioned ‘Emu’. Tony Thomas – “The three guides’ underlying goal is to recruit child soldiers in the culture wars.” It’s the same deceit used to bash Western Culture elsewhere.

How Science is Revolutionizing the World of Dog Training. Winston Ross – “I was about a month into raising a new border collie puppy, Alsea, when I came to an embarrassing realization: my dog had yet to meet a Black person.” Sorry, this piece isn’t about science. Pavlov and his ilk are tossed aside to bash misperceptions of culture (and behavioral conditioning). It’s the straw man logical fallacy.

FAIL: Despite Media Alarm, Back-to-Back Gulf Hurricanes Have Happened Before. Anthony Watts – “Typical alarmist, confusing weather with climate for an agenda. … Dunning, CNN, and Medina are wrong, and badly so. All they had to do is look at the historical records of hurricanes to know this has happened before, and it is nothing new.”

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