Guilt by innuendo meets a scorched earth philosophy

So, the anonymous Kavanaugh accuser reveals herself by neo – “If this sort of thing can hurt Kavanaugh, or anyone else, then no man is safe. There is always someone who can come out of the woodwork and say that something like this happened. Always. And it cannot be refuted.”

“If Flake et al decide to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation, mission accomplished by the left. If not, the ante will have to be upped. New accusers will come forward—or rather, they will be brought forward.

So Now What? By Charles C. W. Cooke – “We have a name and an accusation, which is an improvement over the status quo ante. If you’re going to make an allegation of misconduct, this is how you do it: publicly, and attached to as much information as you have. Eternal shame on those who made specific calls before they knew what was being alleged.”

“Trouble is, while this is closer to how this is supposed to work, there’s still nothing much to investigate. The accuser has summoned a vague memory of an event from thirty years in the past — a memory she didn’t mention until six years ago, to which she cannot attach a time or place, and that is recorded in notes that neither line up cleanly with her current story nor name Kavanaugh as the perpetrator. The two other parties have both categorically denied it, and nobody else from that era has weighed in. In addition, there are no other accusers, and every thing else we know about the accused is positive. That doesn’t mean the accuser is not telling the truth, of course. But it does mean that there’s no way of preventing a classic he said/she said dispute.

Which is all to say that this has now become a political question. Unfair as it may be, the core calculation now will not be whether the charges are true (we don’t know) or whether the timings and assumptions are fair (they are not) … Either way, this is a low moment in the history of the Senate — and one that has little to do with justice.

Transparent Political Hit Job – Kavanaugh Accuser, Christine Ford-Blasey, Activated To Advance 35-year-old Accusations by sundance – “Today the Washington Post announces the accuser of Brett Kavanaugh has stepped forward to tell her story.”

“The timing is transparent: the week prior to Brett Kavanaugh committee vote; the outlet is transparent: the intelligence ‘resistance’ apparatus, The Washington Post; the accuser is transparent: a far-left California liberal professor, Christine Ford Blasey, anti-Trump ‘resistance activist’ with an anti-policy background, including recently. The accusation is transparent: 35-year-old harassment claim/accusation, from high school intended to activate the “Me Too” activists. The motive is transparent: block the Supreme Court nomination of Justice Kavanaugh.

After carefully deleting her social media profile; and after carefully selecting left-wing attorney Debra Katz to represent her political interests; and after carefully scripting some dubious and sketchy supportive material including a lie-detector test and vague notes from a 2012 couples-therapy session, the 51-year-old academic psychologist steps forward.

Kavanaugh’s accuser recovered her memory at the time Dems were panicked Romney would win and nominate him to SCOTUS by Thomas Lifson – “It certainly is an odd coincidence.”

Professor accusing Kavanaugh is radical SJW with some damning student reviews by Selwyn Duke – “since Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hopes are being influenced by accusations that may speak to his character, it’s only fair to examine the character of his accuser.”

“Whatever the truth of the matter, however, certainly true is that Ford is a radical leftist who’d be inclined to zealously oppose a Kavanaugh nomination. For example, Breitbart reports that she not only has attended anti-Trump events, but actually donned a pink “brain p‑‑‑‑ hat” for a 2017 anti-Trump march.

Just as telling may be her student reviews.

As for Kavanaugh, unless it’s shown that he’s like Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy and has exhibited a pattern of sexual wrongdoing, there’s nothing to see here.

Attorney: Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify publicly to Judiciary Committee by Ed Morrissey – “All she has is her testimony, which is contradicted by the other two people accused in the allegation. If Ford can’t find witnesses to identify even where and when the party took place, let alone to her state of mind during it, then all we have is an allegation without any evidence at all, and a lifetime of character and service to rebut it.”

After 35 years and no other contemporaneous witnesses, it’s unresolvable. This is why statutes of limitation exist, and why we don’t derail someone’s life over an allegation when it can’t be substantiated. Unless that equation changes, and it seems very doubtful it will, forcing Kavanaugh to withdraw or shooting down his confirmation over this will set a very bad precedent and create new incentives for political witch hunts. And you can bet that those incentives will produce more of these last-minute unsubstantiated attacks on nominees in the future.

Jeff Flake, Traitor by John Hinderaker – “Traitor” is normally considered a harsh word, but it is the only printable thing I have called “Republican” Senator Jeff Flake since he announced, a few hours ago, that he is “not comfortable voting yes” on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

“His concern is the ridiculously stale allegation by Democrat professor Christine Ford that Kavanaugh groped her and tried to kiss her at a party when they were both high school students more than 30 years ago.

Medical treatment? David Bernstein has a question. “if you allege sexual assault in the distant past against a Supreme Court nominee, and you claim in writing to have undergone medical treatment as a result of the assault, but you never saw a medical doctor, and didn’t even see a therapist for thirty-three years, a Senator might not want to stake her reputation on your claim.”

Sabotaging Trump on Iran’s Behalf by Jed Babbin – “Earlier this year, when President Trump revoked the deal, Obama said it was a serious mistake for him to have done so. What we didn’t know then was that Vichy John Kerry undertook a concerted private diplomatic effort, without the knowledge of the Trump administration, to undermine what Trump has done.”

The politics of calculating hurricane deaths by Jazz Shaw – “The current argument over precisely how many people died in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria came barreling through has gotten ugly.”

“The article at the WaPo turns out to be from Lynn R. Goldman of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, which compiled the death toll of 2,975 “excess deaths” in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria. Bear with me here, because the phrase “excess deaths” will become critical later. She took to the pages of the Washington Post to assure everyone that their study “was carried out with no interference whatsoever from any political party or institution.”

Here’s where we run into trouble. Look at the description of the methodology they used. It’s based on “a careful examination of all of the deaths officially reported to the government of Puerto Rico between September 2017 and February 2018… using state-of-the-art mathematical modeling to compare the total number of deaths during that time to the expected number of deaths, based on historical patterns as well as age, sex, socioeconomic status and migration from the island.”

They’re counting deaths which took place five months after the storm had passed.

Pardon my incredulousness over such a serious matter, but when did we start defining hurricane deaths in this fashion?

I’m not saying that there was or wasn’t any political bias involved in the compilation of the Milken Institute study, but that’s really not the point. The question is whether or not this is actual science. If you’re suggesting that every person who gets sick and dies months after a storm comes through because the infrastructure is inadequate, or medical supplies aren’t available, or because they were bitten by a dog who might have been too hungry because he lost his owners in the storm, are directly attributable to the hurricane, then… please. If that’s the case, the death tolls of every hurricane, tornado, wildfire, earthquake or drought in the history of the country should probably be multiplied by a factor of anywhere from 10 to 100.

How 9/11 Made a European Upper-Middle-Class Radical a Conservative by Annika Hernroth-Rothstein – “Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.”

“He and his friends were having a party, celebrating the attack on America. He called to invite me, and to this day I have never felt such intense shame.

During his speech on September 14, 2001, President Bush said that adversity introduces us to ourselves. Well, on that day I was introduced to who I had been and who I truly was. I saw my own place in the context of history, and how the ideas that I helped promote, the accusations I had met with silence, all had a part in shaping the world I now saw burning before me.

It wasn’t a game. I had played it, but it was never a game.

On September 11, 2001, I saw, for the first time, the difference between fear and freedom, and I vowed not to be neutral between them, ever again.

Seventeen Years Later by Richard Fernandez – “Perhaps the issues raised by that attack seventeen years ago remain unresolved because the West is unwilling to answer the basic question it posed: what do we believe in?” … “Our protypical myths are missing and we have not noticed they are gone.”

“The world is now in the post-Obama phase of the response to 9/11 with no clear outcome in sight. What is clear is that immigration controversies are fueling what Anne Applebaum calls a rejection of Democracy across the West or a cold civil war depending on your point of view. Worse, surveillance technology has made Big Silicon, once the liberal bastion of the ‘digital frontier’, into Big Brother, the enforcer of hate speech rules and arbiter of truth which has added an element of paranoia to the mix.

The video of Google employees vowing never to allow something like Hillary’s defeat to occur again illustrates shows the suddenness with which the civilization’s tools can be turned against it. The ease with which instruments of surveillance and censorship can be directed at the Deplorables instead of al-Qaeda was recently brought home by a video showing a senior Google official vowing to “use the great strength and resources and reach we have to continue to advance really important values”. The unspoken agreement on values at the Google all-hands meeting is a reminder of how easily groupthink can become what Scott Adams called the ‘casual evil’ of self-righteousness.”

the “casual evil’ of self-righteousness.” It seems the ‘casual’ part is withering as self awareness grows and dissonance becomes prominent.

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Why? When the opposite is right there in front of your face?

For a rant that seems hyperbolic but cites enough specifics to cast doubt on that idea, there is Todd Royal on The Deep State, Obama, and Destroying America. A more moderate view is Democrats: ‘Let’s Do the Time Warp Again’ by Clarice Feldman – “as they reprise the demagogic lies and smear tactics that once worked for them but are now failing for anyone with a memory longer than a week or two. On the other hand, watching the Russian collusion fizzle, it might be “I’m Waiting for Ships that Never Come In.”

“Let’s start with Hurricane Florence. … Perhaps in recognition of the storm’s force downturn, they sprang a new lie, this time claiming that 3,000 people had died in Puerto Rico … I’m reminded of the gross exaggerations when Katrina hit New Orleans while G.W. Bush was president and the mayor and governor did not do their jobs. …

While we’re on the subject, television coverage of these storms is again exposed as comedic. …

Speaking of baloney, the Russian collusion story has completely fizzled out. Even Bob Woodward, who apparently can interview a comatose witness (William Casey), says he studied this for two years and found no evidence of all of such collusion.

But the press, so deeply wedded to the idea of collusion, had a hard time honestly reporting on Paul Manafort’s plea deal this week. In fact, Manafort’s plea implicated Greg Craig, Barack Obama’s former White House counsel; Tony Podesta (brother of Hillary’s campaign chairman John Podesta); the law firm Skadden Arps; and former congressman Vin Weber’s Mercury Group.

In a Hail Mary play so transparent that it will forever tarnish her reputation, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced that she’d received a concerning anonymous report about Brett Kavanaugh’s conduct in high school

Elections have consequences, and so does judicial overreach. When the Supreme Court decisions are based on the text of the law, not subjective emotion (“emanations ” and “penumbras”), these confirmation hearings will be less irksome, confined to the question of competence. And when Democrats decide to abide by the election results, they and we will be better off by far.

Obama Demonizing Trump And Republican Voters Coast To Coast by Karen Townsend – “When former President Barack Obama hits the campaign trail, he hits the campaign trail.”

“In California, he used the example of the “arc of history” – the push and pull in politics. Those who promised hope and those who promote fear, for example. He referenced people in power trying to divide the country. The irony is lost on his swooning audience.

Yeah, “it started” but his administration oversaw the slowest economic recovery since World War II. His administration built up numbers in the failure column

I do not remember a more divisive president in my lifetime.

His own claim to fame was the ramming through of Obamacare on a one-party vote – blowing up 1/6 of our economy – and it has been a disaster.

Keep in mind that California has the largest poverty rate and the greatest ‘income inequality’ in the country. It’s arc of history is becoming analogous to that of Venezuela. Is this really where that “swooning audience” wants to go?

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Sleaze and Smear — and it doesn’t bother so many?

Knowing What We Know Now, We Must Remind Ourselves by sundance – “The lies, the severity of hatred and opposition, now make much more sense.” … “For them, it is a war – and for them, nothing is out of bounds.” Citing a Donald Trump speech of 13 October 2016 that “defines the MAGA movement.”

Julia Salazar highlights “post-truth politics” on the left by Jazz Shaw – “And yet the people in her district still showed up in droves and elected her with nearly 60% of the vote to represent them in the upper chamber of New York State government. Shouldn’t that be setting off at least some minor alarm bells? That’s the theme in an op-ed which was published in, of all places, the New York Times.”

“As is now widely known, political neophyte Julia Salazar handily defeated an eight-term Democratic incumbent in New York’s 18th state senate district. Her opponent’s chief “sin” in the eyes of progressives was accepting campaign contributions from real estate lobbyists. This upset victory isn’t what’s been making national headlines, however. As you’ve doubtless heard by now, Salazar fabricated virtually her entire life story, creating an autobiography which would be more palatable to her new Democratic Socialist friends than her actual history.

Weiss points out an underlying truth which is hard to deny. The voters in this very progressive senate district are, without doubt, among the armies of liberals who constantly talk about the running list of lies uttered by the POTUS and bemoan the emergence of this new “post-truth presidency.” And this article appears in one of the loudest national and even international mouthpieces of liberalism which has been pushing this theme.

Rather than being some sort of outlier or even the root of the problem, isn’t Julia Salazar more of a symptom of something larger?

Post-truth politics is one thing. What Salazar has managed to pull off looks far more like the most successful snake oil sales rally seen in the modern era. And she’s being held up by progressives as yet another face representing the future of the left. Is this really something to celebrate?

So when will Senate Dems meet to discuss Beto? Update: Or Bill? By Ed Morrissey – “What’s the difference between an alleged and vociferously denied assault at a high school party and an adult getting tanked and driving on the highway?”

“Senate Democrats apparently consider the former a disqualifier for the judiciary, but the latter a youthful indiscretion that doesn’t disqualify someone from judging who should be on the federal bench.

If an uncorroborated anonymous allegation of a crime from 1982 qualifies as a reason to prevent someone from public service, what about an actual crime on the record from 1998?

And if Senate Democrats want to keep pressing that allegation against Kavanaugh, then they need to answer for Beto O’Rourke. At this point, even a double standard would be an improvement over none at all.

Update: For that matter, will Senate Democrats start discussed Juanita Broaddrick’s on-the-record accusations against Bill Clinton for rape? She’s told the same story publicly and consistently for over 25 years.

Allan Dershowitz continues being fair by neo – “Fairness is so unusual these days, especially among Democrats (which Dershowitz still is), that it is worthy of special note. I’ve become more and more respectful of Dershowitz in recent years for his devotion to principles over party, as in his latest efforts at correcting falsehoods

“So Dershowitz isn’t some recent convert to defending the rights of accused presidents, he’s been doing this for at least 44 years. It’s somewhat of a mystery why Dershowitz is still a Democrat, but I believe it has something to do with what Zell Miller once likened to a birthmark—an identity that for some people is so deep that it would take something truly cataclysmic to change it.

Are becoming incautious? That’s where Dershowitz needs to take a good long look at his own party and recognize that they’re not just becoming anything; they’ve been this way for a long time.

And “incautious” is way too mild a word for it. The “unindicted co-conspirator” accusation is a premeditated misstatement with malice aforethought. Some ignorant people may indeed play along with it, but many of those who perpetrate it know full well what they’re doing.

Demonization of Nunes Is a Window Into Our Times by Victor Davis Hanson – “Nunes has become the subject of unprecedented media venom.”

“Much of what we now know about the unethical and often illegal behavior of the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency, and Department of Justice emerged due to the efforts of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Its chairman during its stunning disclosures has been Representative Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), who in turn has been constantly demonized for his efforts.

No one so far has refuted the committee’s findings. Yet Chairman Nunes has become the subject of unprecedented venom, largely because a spate of further embarrassing scandals at the FBI, DOJ, and CIA have resulted from his committee’s findings.

The demonization of Nunes is a window into our times. We hunt for mythical Russian collusion while foreign collusion between Christopher Steele and his Russian sources is ignored. Progressives who claim an affinity for the middle classes demonize farmers as hicks. A supposedly noble press prints fakes news and traces down someone’s long-dead great-grandmother to suggest divided loyalties.

The real question is not why today’s jaded media go to such lengths to slander Nunes, but why they are so afraid of him.

So many values are being flipped for emotional comfort. So much damage is being done to avoid reality.

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A toxic stew brews questionable methods and means

Why Americans Distrust The Media By Alex Berezow – A Gallup and Knight Foundation poll: “The takeaway lesson is that, when it comes to the media, Americans care less about partisanship and more about dedication to “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” Unfortunately, Americans believe — quite justifiably, in my opinion — that the media is not delivering. Let’s hope that changes.”

The Media’s Latest Poll Dance by Brian C. Joondeph – “Treat these polls for what they are – partisan campaign commercials – and don’t despair. These same pollsters predicted a Hillary Clinton landslide victory in 2016. But do remember to vote this coming November. The stakes could not be higher.”

Joe DiGenova: Latest Strzok-Page texts reveal criminal and civil liability of many officials – ‘they are going down’ by Thomas Lifson – “The former US Attorney for the District of Columbia, Joe DiGenova, knows what he is talking about when it comes to legal liability, and he has the guts to lay out in straight talk what really happened with the conspiracy to swing a presidential election, cover-up the effort, and take out a duly elected president.”

Same old story: New Woodward book raises old questions about methods by Byron York – “Of course, Woodward did not hear every word uttered by every character in the book. So any reader would ask: How does he know exactly what they said?”

“The answer, of course, is that it is not possible for Woodward to know precisely what was said, quotation marks or not. But even as controversy swirls around Fear, it’s important to note that questions about Woodward’s quotes are nothing new. Fear is not the first time these questions have arisen in connection with a Woodward book. In fact, many of Woodward’s books have raised precisely the same questions, leading to similar, and similarly unsatisfying, answers. Here is a look back at a few of the how-does-he-know questions that have surrounded Woodward efforts in the past.

Investor’s Business Daily: Verizon Just Destroyed The Case For ‘Net Neutrality’ – “With the advent of 5G home and wireless services, the “net neutrality” argument falls down like a house of cards.” … “Why innovators like Google and Facebook can’t understand any of this is a complete mystery.”

At Ace of Spades: Desperate Democrats Try Ridiculous Hail Mary, Claiming There’s an Eleventh Hour Accuser Against Kavanaugh and the follow-up FBI: Why No, We’re Not Going to Be Investigating an Anonymous, Third-Hand, Completely Evidence-Free Allegation of a Local Alleged Crime Allegedly Committed 40 Years Ago, Well Outside Any Statute of Limitations. Trying a smear timed for the last minute of high school behavior is something to behold. Ugly. – “How can the Republic endure if we don’t know whether or not Brett Kavanaugh gave a geek a Purple Nurple in ninth grade?”

Update on Feinstein’s mystery letter: FBI doesn’t plan to investigate Kavanaugh, will refer matter to White House; Update: Details revealed? By Allahpundit – “Remember this, though: This isn’t Kavanaugh’s first rodeo. … He was first nominated to the appellate bench in 2003. His nomination there stalled for three whole years until he was finally confirmed. Democrats have had very good reason to want to take this guy out for fully 20 years.” … “The whole thing reeks of a political hit, an egregious smear.”

“A source who said they were briefed on the contents of the letter said it described an incident involving Kavanaugh and a woman that took place when both were 17 years old and at a party. According to the source, Kavanaugh and a male friend had locked her in a room against her will, making her feel threatened, but she was able to get out of the room. The Guardian has not verified the apparent claims in the letter. It is not yet clear who wrote it.

In an earlier post, Allahpundit saidEither there’s a very dark secret in Kavanaugh’s closet or the left is unrolling one of the dirtiest dirty tricks to damage a nominee in recent history.”

Dianne Feinstein Sends Letter To FBI Accusing Brett Kavanaugh Of Nothing [VIDEO] by by Nina Bookout – “ this is why this kind of tactic is so hateful and honestly reeks of desperation. Democrats are willing to swim in the pits of slime more and more all because they don’t like Trump, they don’t like our Republic, and they don’t like anyone who had a different point of view from theirs.” … “This was an embarrassingly desperate move by Dianne Feinstein. Even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks Democrats are off the rails regarding Kavanaugh.”

The mystery of a Russian satellite attacking others by Andrew Malcolm – “Russia has launched a military satellite that, according to U.S. officials, is behaving strangely. And they say concerns are mounting that it is a test for some kind of military weapon,” With this, keep in mind that Russia is also accusing NASA of drilling holes in it’s ISS supply craft.

Why it’s still so hard to talk about police shootings by Jazz Shaw – “David French wrote a lengthy essay criticizing the police shooting of Botham Shem Jean in Texas. It was a tragic event which never should have happened and many questions have been raised about the officer who killed him and how the situation came to such a conclusion.” Shaw’s got a struggle going and, at it’s core is the ‘both sides do it’ or ‘both sides are equal’ fallacy. He does note how reality sticks its nose in the tent, though. He also confuses causation and correlation in attempting to rationalize behavior patterns.

“But why is it so hard to talk about these things? Because it feels as if everyone engaged in the debate on both sides is backed so far into their corners that each aspect of the discussion can be taken as an immediate cause for offense.

And we should be clear about one thing here: this has unfortunately devolved into a debate about racism to the point that race can’t be removed from larger issues of proper law enforcement procedures.

French has brought up the fact that the greater number of per capita lethal force encounters for black suspects might be at least partially explained by the fact that black males are statistically more likely to wind up engaging in a violent crime than white males. This is not because of the color of their skin or some inherent, genetic flaw, but simply because people who grow up in economically disadvantageous conditions, surrounded by poverty and crime, are more likely to fall into such behavior.

There are more examples, but the fact is that the entire subject is fraught with tension. We do have very real problems in some police units (the Gun Trace Task Force in Baltimore is one of the more recent examples) and they need to be addressed. But this debate isn’t going to become any easier nor any more civil from what I can see. It’s boiled down into a toxic stew and it’s going to be very difficult – if not impossible – to walk back from that.

The “toxic stew” is from the use of accusations of “racism” as a matter of projection and transference and the inherent bigotry involved in lambasting a group for the sins of a few of its members. The issue isn’t police errors or malfeasance. It is how allegations of such are being used to stoke political fires and rationalize improper behavior or irrational fantasies.

On Puerto Rico, Trump Is Right by John Hinderaker – “This “issue” was not on my radar until one of my kids texted in a family chat: “Is trump off his rocker with this Puerto Rico death toll stuff?” That caused me to look into it. As so often happens, Trump is right.” It’s about another smear based on a constructed reality. “But when have Democrats ever let the facts get in the way of an anti-Trump myth?”

Toxic Feminism by David Solway – “With its reliance on false assumptions, phony statistics, affective resentment, and glib verbosity, feminism is the most potent carcinogen attacking both the body social and the health of the education system.” It’s just another subject in academia where this has happened.

“Investing in a false theory or inequitable practice never prevented its adherents, whose reputations and livelihoods are at stake, from surrendering their perquisites. Rather, educrats and their cohorts will double down and increase their efforts to further their agenda. They will persist in finding ways to evade the most far-sighted and ethically determined efforts to redress the parietal imbalance by refusing to implement new directives from enlightened government agencies.

Then there’s the New York story about the U.N. ambassador’s quarters … so many fake, misleading, incorrect, biased, ignorant stuff in the mainstream propaganda outlets for the Left.

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Reactions to disappointment

Trump Voters and the Bitter Elites by Steve McCann – “Penzeys is a private entity and its president can say whatever he chooses. But the condescension and the not so veiled intimation that Trump voters are mindless buffoons drips off the page and is typical of the mindset of the elitist cabal.”

“As he reveals in his missive, Mr. Penzey and his fellow travelers are obsessed with racism as that is the most common accusation hurled by this clique. In their addled thought process racism is the sole province of Republicans and those repugnant Trump voters. In reality, it is far more prevalent among the Left and the Democratic Party.

Meanwhile, the cancer that is antisemitism is also rapidly metastasizing throughout the Left and the Democratic Party.

Mr. Penzey, I and my fellow 63 million Americans do not have make amends for a damn thing. Perhaps you and your fellow elitists should make amends for foisting Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and an unabashedly neo-socialist, racist and authoritarian Democratic Party on the nation.

Obama Attacks Trump by Ed Brodow – “Once more, the Democrats are attempting to get away with their signature political gambit — blaming their opponents for what they themselves have done.”

“To progressives, diversity has nothing to do with equality as defined by Dr. Martin Luther King. Instead, they prefer George Orwell’s suggestion that (in a totalitarian society) “some animals are more equal than others.” The left’s version of diversity means that we must give special privileges to certain protected classes of people so they can acquire control over the system at the expense of the majority. I call this the “tyranny of the minority.”

Donald Trump, in sharp contrast, cherishes the values that Obama holds in contempt. Trump’s commitment is to the foundational principles of the Constitution. He rejects minority identity politics. He wants to unify the country in its own self-interest. Trump’s objective is to drain the Washington swamp that benefited from Obama’s legion of illegal executive orders.

Dirtiest Trick In U.S. History Comes Into Focus by Conrad Black – “The almost unnoticed fact in the latest Democratic assault on the Trump administration is that it is based entirely on charges of confusion, the circus, incoherence, and nastiness.”

“On what has emerged to date, fanatically anti-Trump figures in Justice and the FBI swallowed Mr. Steele’s story and invested in it so heavily they severely compromised the institutions that employed them. Once Mr. Trump was elected, instead of letting the ruse die quietly, they swallowed harder and set out to claim that the election result was fraudulent because of the illegal Trump-Russian collusion.

Damning New Strzok Text to Page: “The Times is Angry With Us About the WP Scoop” by Sara Carter – “These series of text messages appear to contradict statements made by Strzok’s attorney, Aitan Goelman, after it was revealed earlier this week that Strzok and Page discussed a “media leak strategy” in some of their text messages.”

WaPo: Trump ‘complicit’ in hurricane Florence by Rick Moran – “The Washington Post has published some silly editorials over the years, but perhaps none reach the pinnacle of silliness like the editorial they published today that accuses Donald Trump in being “complicit” in a hurricane.”

“Even if you believe the theory of global warming, stating that there is “no reasonable doubt” that humans are responsible for any increase in hurricane intensity is either a statement of ignorance or an outright lie.

John Kerry won’t deny that he told the Iranians to wait out the Trump presidency by Allahpundit – “Undermining Republican presidents on foreign policy while abroad has been Kerry’s life work, both as a young man and an older one. He’s a living, breathing reminder that the Logan Act exists only on paper.”

News Shocker: Media fact-Checks Barack Obama, at least this once by Andrew Malcolm – “One of the things the mainstream media never quite got around to during Barack Obama’s brief 2,922 days in office was fact-checking his every public comment. Probably just an oversight.”

It’s Official: Google Is a Democratic Party Front by John Hinderaker – “Someone leaked to Breitbart an hour-long video of an “all hands” Google meeting that was held just after the 2016 election.”

“You really have to see it to believe it. Having suffered through the hour-long cri de cœur–OK, to be fair, there is a huge element of schadenfreude, too, and you will relish much of it–you probably will have several reactions: 1) These people may have certain valuable technical skills, but they aren’t very bright and are unusually lacking in self-awareness. 2) It is remarkable that they can achieve such an extraordinary monoculture in an organization with thousands of employees. It must require vigorous enforcement of right-think. 3) It is easy to see how these uniformly left-wing robots/people seamlessly transitioned into Resisting the duly elected Trump administration.

Mob rule in science at Maggie’s Farm – “This is the second time in one week (see Roundup in Breast Milk?) where I have read of scientific journals stifling studies due to fears of mob action: Academic Activists Send a Published Paper Down the Memory Hole … I blame the cowards more than the “activists.”

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wheels within wheels

How Anti-Trump Leakers Moved From Offense to Defense by Lee Smith – “A trail of evidence appearing in major news outlets suggests a campaign to undermine President Trump from within the government through illegal leaks of classified information, and then to thwart congressional investigators probing the disclosures.” It’s a rather detailed history of the big ugly.

White House Lawyers Reviewing The Declassification Conundrum by sundance – “Finally we are starting to see articles outlining the actual reality of the issues behind the congressional declassification request, and the challenges for President Trump.”

“There are officials within the executive branch who are against the declassification because there is an inherent risk for two agencies: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Their self-serving anti-declassification position is bolstered by the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel (OLC); and conniving tricks previously played by internal usurpers within the DOJ Special Counsel “small group”.

The scheme team of Mueller’s crew is conniving and smart; When they called McGhan as a witness for their investigation they created a situation where the White House counsels office became witnesses. McGahn was forced to recuse his office from having anything to do with the Robert Mueller probe. The probe was/is against the office of the President.

Does the New York Times have a guilty conscience? By Monica Showalter – Misrepresentation of confidential information for political reasons brings to mind the ‘loose lips sink ships’ reminders from WW II. 

“What the Times does is delve into the Castroite conventional wisdom that all coups d’etat are bad, which is the Black Legend spread by the Cuban regime for 50 years. Never mind the Declaration of Independence, or even Nelson Mandela’s justification of taking up arms against an illegitimate regime intent on holding power forever. Nope, coups are bad, because the Castro brothers said so, and never mind Cuba’s own record of stirring up violence and coups in the region, all of which came to bad ends.

It also circles around to suggest President Trump, despite telling some Venezuelan coup-minded disgrunted military men to go away, still was all in for coups.

Yes, it just leaked out, and the Times was the only one who printed it. It likely leaked out because of Deep State undermining of Trump, or given the Times’ history of collaboration with the Cuban agents, because of something the Cubans told them.

Now the Maduro regime has been strengthened, and the torture notices are going out to all dissidents, not because there was a coup attempt, but because the Times wanted that scoop to Get Trump and who knows, let Maduro’s regime to stay put for the sake of Cuba. All they did was make life even more miserable for Venezuela’s democrats, and they bear some responsibility for it.

Nope, they’re blaming Trump and citing the same old tired pious arguments against coups. Sorry pals, your guilty conscience is showing.

California Man Arrested After Trying to Stab Republican Congressional Candidate by sundance – “Against the ongoing physical attacks and assassination attempts by the political left against Republicans (Rand Paul, Steve Scalise and Lee Zeldin); and amid instructions from Democrat Maxine Waters to target political opposition (Sarah Sanders, Kirstjen Nielsen, Pam Bondi etc); and with the mid-term elections less than two months away; the latest attack against republican candidate Rudy Peters becomes even more alarming.”

Presidential Chaos by Chet Richards – “All of the above may, or may not, be true. Only those in a day-to-day working relationship with the president know the reality, and publicly they say only positive things about the man.”

“Creative people understand chaos. They especially understand it if they have collaborated with other talented people on a difficult problem. Creative chaos is the norm in such an environment. Without that chaos productivity can vanish.

Trump faces a problem: the Government. The Government is not, by its nature, a creative institution. When it tries to be it almost invariable gets it wrong. Just consider all the failed social programs if you doubt this.

Creative people just don’t fit comfortably in a process oriented organization.

In engineering terms, Trump’s senior staff should serve as an efficient impedance matching device. Given Donald Trump’s major talents, and with such a mature staff around the president, we can expect this administration to go down as one history’s greatest.

Calling it “chaos” is using the wrong word. Brainstorming was invented for this structured management technique to foment creativity.

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How to get past the ugly?

Tucker Carlson busts open Google conspiracy to swing election to Hillary by Thomas Lifson – “Last night Tucker Carlson broke an explosive story featuring internal Google documents indicating the company made a “silent donation” – its own term – to the Hillary Clinton campaign by using its information channeling might to mobilize voters it thought would cast ballots for the Democrats’ candidate.”

“Tucker Carlson did not reveal how these emails came into his hands, but I have a strong suspicion that they are the result of the discovery process in the lawsuit filed by James Damore, the software engineer who was fired by Google after writing a polite internal email questioning some aspects of the diversity initiatives there. …

I raise this point not to criticize anyone – not Carlson, not Drudge, and not Dhillon – but rather in expectation that even more information will be coming our way. The discovery process in civil litigation may be even more effective than a criminal probe would be in excavating secrets from the (formerly “don’t be) evil” empire.

Good News: Mark Meadows Begins Outlining FBI Corrupt “Sources” (Journalists) and “Methods” (Media Reports) by sundance – “The FBI and DOJ intentionally leaked information to the media and then cited the subsequent media reports for their ongoing investigative purposes.”

“Within this circular approach journalists became “sources” and media reports became “methods”. Thus, the FBI and DOJ are desperate to protect “sources and methods” because behind the familiar catch-phrase is an outline of procedural corruption. ie: “by the book“.

In a letter today to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (full pdf below) Mr. Meadows points to new discoveries of how FBI Lawyer Lisa Page and FBI Agent Peter Strzok were using leaks to the media in April 2017 to further the aim of eliminating President Trump.

The pattern here is remarkably familiar in all aspects of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 FBI and DOJ operations against President Trump. The media were collaborating with corrupt officials to both frame a narrative and simultaneously provide material for use in ongoing corrupt FBI and DOJ investigations; including, ultimately, Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Why Trump tweets by Don Surber – “Once again, President Trump got these super duper anti-Trump sleuths to report the news he wanted and to quote him accurately because he kept his message short and to the point.”

“The original story made President Trump look good, so the political press ignored it. He revived the story more than a week later. This time they bit the bait.

The best part is President Trump got an anti-Trump political press to cover the story. This is why he tweets.

Obama vs. the Nation by Daniel John Sobieski – “Transference is a psychiatric term for the ability to take your faults and ascribe them to others.”

“In the dictionary next to the definition should be a photo of former President Barack Obama, particularly the section in his September 7 University of Illinois speech where he attacked President Trump for fomenting paranoia and division:

It is Barack Hussein Obama who divided America and incited paranoia, attacking, cops, Christians, and clingers, just to name a few.

Politifact: Kamala Harris claim on Kavanaugh as intellectually honest as you’d expect by Ed Morrissey – “What a difference two words make. That’s the difference, Politifact noted late today, between the truth and what Sen. Kamala Harris tried slinging on Friday.” They say Trump lies but they can’t substantiate that accusation with anything like this.

“Politifact concludes that they rate Harris’ statement “false,” but it’s worse than that. Harris spent all of last week shredding her own credibility, complete with a “cross-examination” stunt that became an embarrassing failed bluff. This intellectually dishonest cheap shot completely ignores how attorneys, courts, and arguments work. The only thing Harris has proven over the last week is that she’s spectacularly unfit for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and for the Senate as well. The very best thing that can be said about Kamala Harris is that she’s consistent.

Anatomy of a Fusion smear: Restatement & finale by Scott Johnson – “On September 1 the Wall Street Journal published an editorial decrying the wrong done to Cleta Mitchell in connection with the Russia investigation(s).”

“The smearing of Cleta Mitchell by Glenn Simpson via McClatchy News replicates in small the techniques that Simpson used to conjure the Russia hoax and roil the United States over the past two years. My theme in this series is that it is Glenn Simpson’s world. We’re all just living in it.

Smears. Deceit. Plots. Transference. Denial. and on it goes.

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The real threat is inside

Obama’s Benghazi Body Bags No Mere Conspiracy Theory by Daniel John Sobieski – “The arrogance of the man who lied to the parents of the Benghazi dead in front of their sons’ caskets as they were returned to the country they fought for is mind-boggling.”

“As he attempted to rewrite many chapters of his failed presidency in a speech at the University of Illinois, he called the accurate and documented reports of the criminal negligence of secretary of state Hillary Clinton and himself during the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on our Benghazi compound a mere “conspiracy theory.”

Conspiracy theories don’t produce body bags, sir, but perhaps you don’t remember that night all too well because you spent the time four brave Americans were being killed under your command in Libya readying up for a Las Vegas fundraiser.

Conspiracy theories don’t produce body bags” and the memory lingers. It is behaviors and events that tell the tale and there is a stunning contrast between the previous and current administrations.

Anti-Trump desperation grows by Don Surber – “The media keeps crying impeachment while President Trump plants the seeds, reaps the wheat, grinds the grain, and bakes the bread.”

“President Trump delivers, on time and under budget.

The media cannot stand it because he keeps proving them wrong. For example, they said — and hoped — that tariffs would trigger a global recession.

Maybe in China and Europe.

I agree with Conrad Black, who wrote, “Trump has not got to this historic point by being the blustering and crooked buffoon portrayed by his enemies. He is a cunning and pitiless enemy. This is political mortal combat, and in evidentiary as in electoral matters, you can’t fight something with nothing.”

And nothing is all they have.

President Trump has something. Plenty of something.

The Circus of Resistance by Victor Davis Hanson – “The resistance to Donald Trump was warring on all fronts last week.” … “Barack Obama decided that ex-presidents should attack current presidents, and thereby reminded the country why Trump was elected.” Many other examples are provided.

“To cut to the quick, the op-ed was published to coincide with the latest Bob Woodward “according-to-an-unnamed-source” exposé, Fear. The intent of anonymous and the New York Times was to create a force multiplying effect of a collapsing presidency—in need of the Times’ sober and judicious handlers, NeverTrump professionals, and “bipartisan” Democrats of the sort we saw during the Kavanaugh hearing to “step in” and apparently stage an intervention to save the country.

The op-ed is the latest cartoon of Trump, the Road Runner, finally, at last, and for sure driven off the cliff by the Resistance as Wile E. Coyote—infuriated by yet another Road Runner beep-beep. There were earlier and serial Looney Tunes efforts to nullify the Electoral College, to sue about election machines, to boycott the Inauguration, to introduce articles of impeachment, to invoke the 25th Amendment, to try out the Emoluments Clause and the Logan Act, to sue by cherry picking liberal federal judges, to harass officials in public places and restaurants, to warp the FISA courts, to fund a foreign spy to do opposition research, and to weaponize even further the FBI, NSA, and Justice Department—along with the now-boring celebrity assassination chic rhetoric of blowing up, stabbing, shooting, burning, hanging, smashing, and decapitating Donald J. Trump.

The compare and contrast is laid out on the table for a blunt vivisection. There is so much material it is a wonder the table doesn’t collapse. Then take a gander at Betsy Newmark’s commentary to see just how serious reality distortion can be: “contemptible”, “buffoon”, “ the lowering of standards”, “constant mad, solipsistic tweeting”, “he drives his opponents so crazy that they expose themselves to be little better than he is” … compare and contrast and it leaves any rational person wondering what standards Newmark is using to evaluate behavior – or has TDS overridden reason?

Anatomy of a Fusion smear (4) by Scott Johnson – “Peter Stone and Greg Gordon of McClatchy News smeared Cleta Mitchell in their story “Lawyer who worked for NRA said to have had concerns about group’s Russia ties.”

“The gist of the McClatchy story was false. In “Fake news: A case study,” we saw Cleta dispute the veracity of the smear directly with Stone and Gordon. “You took some unnamed source,” she noted, “you put their false statement as the lead and you put my truthful on the record statement down in the story as some sort of denial. You are reprehensible. Your tactics are disgusting.” Bingo. We also saw that Stone and Gordon were unable to substantiate the smear with a single fact.

Working on this series over the past week, I finally came to understand Simpson’s modus operandi and to absorb related news of which I was only vaguely aware. As one might infer from Stone and Gordon’s April story about Cohen in Prague, Glenn Simpson and Fusion GPS continue their efforts to undermine Donald Trump unabated. The Federalist’s Sean Davis reported earlier this year, around the same time that Stone and Gordon’s Cohen in Prague story was published: “CONFIRMED: Former Feinstein Staffer Raised $50 Million, Hired Fusion GPS And Christopher Steele After 2016 Election.” The mission continues.

Harvard, Google, NSF, Springer, and others need a vigorous rat control by Luboš Motl – “Electronic tools make it easier for dishonest SJW terrorists to perform Stalinist purges.”

“Dr Hill has learned about the insufferable situation and the witch hunts that the feminists and similar radical neo-Marxists instantly launch whenever someone dares to say something that is related to this basic “heresy” – that men and women are different.”

The most unprecedented development occurred at the very end when the paper was already printed in an electronic journal. Totally silently, the paper was erased on the web and a completely different paper was placed on that spot. It’s creepy. And it’s clearly analogous to the “commissar who vanished” at various photographs with Joseph Stalin. Stalin liked someone up to the moment XY, then he disliked him, murdered him, and he erased the memory of that person from the photographs.

Feminists and similar neo-Marxists are obviously the current counterparts of Joseph Stalin. So far, they didn’t get the power to murder 50 million people – although many of them would love to surpass that number. But in other respects, what they can do is worse than what Stalin could. One difference is the following: In the good old times, a photograph was printed in the newspapers and there were hundreds of thousands of copies of that photograph. New photographs without the commissar could have been printed but the commissar couldn’t have quite vanished – there were many copies printed on the good old paper. Some of them were in people’s collections, bookshelves etc.

The story shows that the real threat for the integrity of the scholarly process aren’t politicians. It’s the feminists and other extreme activists masquerading themselves as scholars.

the real threat isn’t always obvious.

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A tantrum of misdirection

Why Obama deserves a little credit for the Trump Boom, and why the Democrats will never admit it by Thomas Lifson – “the very reason his claim is false actually did help make the Trump Boom more pronounced.”

“That backlog was available for investment, once President Trump cleared away the shackles. Without 8 years of suppression, there would not have been as big a backlog of good projects waiting for realization.

If course, Dems will never admit that Obama suppressed economic growth, and that helped Trump look even better. It’s analogous to the relief the apocryphal man hitting his head with a hammer feels once he stops. The absence of harm makes what follows feel even better.

The University Is Ripe for Replacement by David Solway – “my concern is with the abandonment of genuine scholarship, fact-based historical research, familiarity with the “Great Books” and the development of critical thinking habits, particularly in the humanities and social sciences.

“Beginning in early K-12 and continuing to the highest levels of university education, Leftist indoctrination is the gravest dilemma that afflicts education in North America, rendering it perhaps the most powerful instrument of anti-Western bias and socialist propaganda of the modern era.

Insuperable as the task may seem, perhaps something truly new will emerge on which, with patience, experience and foresight, we can build. In a time of civilizational decline, a wholly new university may serve to prolong our historical tenure. The key is to resist despair, strategize effectively, remain prepared and remember the principles of moral reason and intellectual excellence on which restitution depends. The modern university it is a moribund institution and cannot be reformed. It is ripe for replacement.

Rough Beasts Slouching toward the White House by Clarice Feldman – “Pardon me for the reference to Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming,” but events this week reminded me of the poem and this line: “the worst are full of passionate intensity.” It’s a a recap of the insanity on the Left concluding, hoping, … 

“Should I be wrong about the disgust rational people should bear against Trump’s political enemies, and the Democrats retake the House, they have no chance to impeach the president. If I’m right, however, like Black, I hope Trump “will grind his heel in the faces of his rabid enemies,” the slouching beasts of chaos. And the president is certainly campaigning around the country, in an unprecedentedly determined way, so I think that’s his plan, too.

Boston Herald Editorial: Elizabeth Warren’s op-ed rant far oversteps bounds – “Elizabeth Warren continues to showcase her activist skill set, but she was elected to be a senator — not a protester.”

“Her latest ploy is to demand the ouster of President Trump in the wake of an op-ed published in The New York Times earlier this week purportedly from a high-level White House insider. The author suggested that there was a “resistance” in the administration working to prevent Trump from following through on dangerous decisions.

This is an irresponsible and alarmist action on behalf of a sitting senator and shows little regard for the truth or accuracy — all in the name of politics.

The voters of the commonwealth deserve a senator who is devoted to their collective plight rather than her own future fortunes. Outlandish protests on the taxpayers’ time are bad enough, but when her politically aimed activism involves entertaining the notion of unseating the commander in chief through a process other than an election, that is sheer recklessness.

Just what is important to the Left, anyway?

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just what is ethics in government?

Obama Receives Ethics in Government Award by Matt Margolis – “What, exactly, did the committee at the University of Illinois think Obama did to earn an Ethics in Government award?”

“Today, we saw just how far academia is going to perpetuate the myth of Obama’s “scandal-free” administration when he was awarded the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government by the University of Illinois. Not since the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize has Obama been so undeserving of an award. But, I submit that this award is even worse than the Nobel Peace Prize he didn’t deserve. In 2009, the Nobel committee was at least ignorant of what Obama’s record would turn out to be. There is simply no excuse in 2018 for Obama to be receiving an Ethics in Government award. The Nobel committee eventually realized their mistake. But, the Paul H. Douglas Award is now forever tainted.

I document thirty different scandals in my book The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama. Each scandal on its own makes the idea of Obama receiving an ethics award laughable. All of them together make this award blasphemous.

It’s bad enough when Obama claims he was scandal-free. But, when he receives an ethics in government award, it diminishes the meaning of ethics. It’s time to stop pretending Obama was scandal-free or ethical.

Democrats’ Hostility to the Constitution Laid Bare by John Hinderaker – “One of the more revealing moments in the Democrats’ Judiciary Committee clown show was when Kamala Harris sneeringly referred to the Constitution as “that book that you [Judge Kavanaugh] carry.”

“When liberals like Kamala Harris refer to “the Constitution,” they don’t mean the actual written document–“that book that you carry”–they mean an unrestricted charter that gives liberals the right to rule over the rest of us, via the judiciary. Which, of course, nullifies the whole point of having a written Constitution.

How much of this Kamala Harris understands I don’t know, but the childish leftism that she embodies, along with many others of her party, is one of the greatest threats to our democracy.

just what is ethics in government?

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Sedition, Words, Conspiracies

Mr. Anonymous Exposes an Even Deeper State by David Limbaugh – “If Democrats and resistance Republicans think they are going to depose President Trump or thwart his presidency by endlessly savaging him in the name of protecting the republic, they don’t have any concept of the fierce resolve of his supporters.”

It is also dishonest to imply that Trump’s alleged anti-democratic impulses threaten the republic. He is not the one who has acted outside his constitutional authority, but I can cite you a dozen cases in which President Obama did. So don’t act as if this president is a unique threat to our institutions. What he is a threat to is their notion of the ideal Republican — one who will “reach across the aisle” and, in the name of civility and bipartisanship, surrender on major policy decisions.

I find it appalling that Mr. Anonymous boasts of undermining this president and galling that he actually shows himself to be the very type of threat to the republic he claims President Trump is. But we owe him our gratitude for vindicating our suspicions of a deeply entrenched resistance to this constitutionally elected chief executive

Yes, the Mainstream Media Is the Enemy by Pedro Gonzalez – “If you are aiding, abetting, and protecting a saboteur who has infiltrated the highest echelon of the American government, then you are, in the words of President Trump, “the enemy of the American people.”

“If we accept that this anonymous source is real, then he (the Times briefly tweeted the writer is a “he”) is indeed “part of the resistance” that is “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [President Trump’s] agenda.” That is, he is working to frustrate the agenda which the American people elected the president to duly execute. This is patent and anti-democratic subversion: the process by which something, like the executive office, is contradicted or undermined from within.

Whether the source is real or not, the Times’ editorial team published this story with the intent to sow the seeds of discord and doubt among the American people. …

In shielding the identity of the author, whose views no one doubts are shared at least in part by the editorial team, the Times is revealing itself to be the enemy of the American people, just as the president said. Much of the present predicament has to do with the sense of invulnerability in which the media revels, and this is largely the result of so-called “professional” journalism.

Organizations such as the Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, MSNBC, and CNN have made empires out of selling lies to the American people, parasitically engorging themselves with authority and credibility as they drain the public trust and lower the level of discourse.

I’ll take a crazy idiot over a cool genius by Don Surber – “For a crazy idiot who really doesn’t run things, President Trump accomplished more than the last four presidents combined.” but the mainstream propaganda machine tries to tell us otherwise?

Congressional Sources Confirm Timeline of Bruce Ohr, Chris Steele and FBI Contacts With Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok by sundance – “Within the massive assembly of documents, emails, text messages, congressional testimony and portions of media reports a clear timeline emerged.” Details being fitted together.

The Declassification Conundrum by sundance – “there’s the congressional requests (legislative branch) for President Trump (executive branch) to declassify redacted portions of the DOJ/FBI FISA application.” it’s about fitting together more pieces of the puzzle …

“So yes, President Trump can request declassification within his executive authority; however, he needs DOJ and FBI officials within his executive branch who are willing to follow instructions. If those officials are connected -or implicated- directly or indirectly in the corruption…. well, just how would you expect to see it play out?

Perhaps, just perhaps, it would play out exactly as we have been watching it play out for the past nine months.

How badly “botched” was that 2016 study on mass shootings? By Jazz Shaw – “it served as a perfect vehicle for the media to talk about the need for stricter gun control laws. But just how far off the mark was Lankford?”

“A new, comprehensive study released by John R. Lott jr., author of The War on Guns, suggests that Lankford missed by a country mile.

One indicator that he’s on the right track is the fact that Glenn Kessler at the WaPo Fact Checker dug into the numbers and couldn’t come up with too much to complain about.

Here’s my primary issue with all of this research. How are we expected to have an adult conversation about mass shootings and the proper government response to them when we can’t even agree on what qualifies as a “mass shooting” incident. If you read Kessler’s critique, he spends much of it picking out incidents of violence in other countries and challenging Lott over whether or not they qualify. Anything which is attributed to terrorism, involves members of the military or “militia activity” is rejected by Kessler. Lankford went even further, refusing to count shootings involving gang-related activity, drive-by shootings, hostage-taking incidents, robberies and acts of genocide.

words mean things but only if you can agree on what the words mean.

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Flame of the week

With the contrast between the ‘we are the civil ones’ at the McCain and Franklin funerals to the Kavenaugh hearing riots, the stage is set. Now it’s another effort by the NYT et al to prove that the President is not what anyone can see he really is and therefore sabotage, sedition, and similar behavior is necessary to protect the country, and civilization itself, from the dimwits that voted for Trump in the last election. In their efforts, they make it clear that it isn’t the President who should of concern when it comes to irrational behavior.

The New York Times Anonymous Op-ed Pushes Electoral Sabotage By David Harsanyi – “An attempt to nullify the election isn’t something to celebrate, even if you dislike Trump.”

“The problem with the much-discussed op-ed isn’t only that it fails to offer a single example of officials actually “thwarting” the Trump agenda or saving the republic from his capriciousness. It’s that it celebrates the idea of nullifying an election.

7 points on the anonymous New York Times ‘resistance’ op-ed by Byron York – “The article, quickly denounced by the president, promised to dominate cable news for days.”

“1) It concedes Trump’s accomplishments are big. …
2) Its complaints are small. …
3) It suggests there is a government conspiracy to thwart the president. …
4) A “senior official” could be a lot of people. …
5) Anonymity is good marketing. …
6) It looks like a Woodward tie-in. …
7) We’ll know more soon enough. …

Paul Mirengoff provides another, similar, list in “Senior official in Trump administration” rips Trump in New York Times op-ed – “What the author has served up is neither a scoop nor an extraordinary occurrence.”

What if Trump wrote that NYT op-ed by Don Surber – the idea is that this sort of thing helps Trump, but, still …

“The Washington Post rejoiced. Its story on the story was headlined, “‘The sleeper cells have awoken’: Trump and aides shaken by ‘resistance’ op-ed.”

If true, this is sedition. Encouraging government employees to rise against a duly elected president is irresponsible and unAmerican.

I’ve been ignoring… by neo – “the Kavanaugh hearings. But others have amply covered the various forms of insanity connected with the proceedings.” – cites Powerline and Legal Insurection.

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Wheels within wheels

Nike, NFL, and Levis Strauss Political Business Strategy – The Much Bigger Geopolitical and Trade Picture by sundance – “A hidden risk that likely has nothing whatsoever to do with Colin Kaepernick.”

“The bigger risk to Nike has nothing to do with Black Lives Matter, U.S. Consumers, or Antifa-like political advocacy. The bigger financial risk to the Nike Corporation has everything to do with geopolitics and a reset of international trade agreements.

The Nike political branding position is reconciled when you look at the bigger picture and see where the real financial risk aligns. The Nike economic decision is to align with China, and by extension North Korea, for a position of mutual benefit. It is all about the proverbial $$$$ and Nike’s best financial play is to mitigate risk and assist Communist China in their trade strategy.

The agenda is to defeat the Trump-trade-reset; however, they, in this example Levi Strauss, cannot openly side with China and Asia against the United States. The PR optics would be horrible…. So they do it covertly by supporting domestic political policies and opposition toward the President who is threatening the construct of their multinational business model.

So now Levi Strauss has moved into the gun control game by Jazz Shaw – “The company’s CEO, in making this announcement, is trying to have his cake and eat it too.” … “We’ve seen this movie before and it generally doesn’t end well for companies that decide to dive into contentious political issues.” … “The most curious aspect of this announcement is the question of why Levi Strauss would willingly toss themselves into this particular battle.”

Three frauds ginned up by Democrats at the Kavanaugh hearing by Monica Showalter – “Attempting to politicize the nomination as a right-left matter hasn’t worked. So now, they’re stooping to dirty, filthy tricks.”

“What does this string of frauds collectively sho[w]? That the Democrats are out of ideas, they have no basis for objecting to Kavanaugh on factual grounds, so their next tack is to make some up. It’s as if they’ve become a party of Ben Rhodes, millions of them, all cooking up fake narratives to hide the ugly reality and the bereft facts. This is the Democrats now, and they’re starting to stink of fake news, the frauds that drip from their crazed phony narratives.

Progressive groups to Schumer: “You are failing us” on Kavanaugh by Ed Morrissey – “The kind of stunts that the progressive activists have pushed Schumer into performing, especially those hypocritical and hysterical antics yesterday, are practically guaranteed to harden Republicans in their support for an obviously qualified jurist.”

“Let’s not miss the irony of this, either. The kind of total warfare that this letter demands is precisely why Schumer and the Democrats don’t have any leverage on presidential appointments any longer. Harry Reid detonated the nuclear option in 2013 by reversing centuries of precedent and allowing a rule change on a simple majority in order to allow Barack Obama’s DC Circuit nominees to get to the bench without GOP recourse to the filibuster, in large part to pander to these same progressives. Mitch McConnell used Reid’s precedent to have a simple majority to strike down the filibuster on Supreme Court nominations, and that’s why Schumer’s only option is to pull juvenile stunts like we saw yesterday.

Schumer’s out of options. The only thing left is self-immolation, but that would likely generate complaints from these progressive groups that the fire didn’t burn brightly enough.

Bob Woodward got played by Bradd Jaffy – “Bob Woodward has written a well-documented tome about the Donald John Trump presidency that is as absurd as it is understandable.”

‏”Donald Trump has gamed the media for more than four decades. He began in the toughest media town in the world, New York City. He knew what they wanted and gave it to them, to get what he wanted.

After three years, the DC press corps still doesn’t get it. The DC press corps is a smug, slightly incestuous, very parochial institution that still considers President Trump to be a rube.

Either the Democrats are correct, or the Trump administration gave Woodward and others the mushroom treatment, feeding them fertilizer and keeping them in the dark.

Indoctrination Saturation by Victor Davis Hanson – “A definition of totalitarianism might be the saturation of every facet of daily life by political agendas and social-justice messaging.”

“At the present rate, America will soon resemble the dystopias of novels such as 1984 and Brave New World in which all aspects of life are warped by an all-encompassing ideology of coerced sameness. Or rather, the prevailing orthodoxy in America is the omnipresent attempt of an elite — exempt from the consequences of its own ideology thanks to its supposed superior virtue and intelligence — to mandate an equality of result.

Americans have long accepted that Hollywood movies no longer seek just to entertain or inform, but to indoctrinate audiences by pushing progressive agendas. That commandment also demands that America be portrayed negatively — or better yet simply written out of history.

This new politicized borg ferrets out every aspect of our lives. Nothing is safe, nothing sacred. Dead or alive, the relentless social-justice messaging continues. Like some sort of time machine, we go back in time to alter history as if a few corrections and adjustments will change and thus improve the entire present.

Progressive politics seeks to connect and energize us as millions of shared malignant cells inside a metastasizing tumor — or to destroy us in the attempt.

Ben Sasse on how the three branches of government have malfunctioned by Walter Olson – this video appears to be one of the most highly regarded outcomes of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing.

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Captured and Terminated?

Did Nike make a huge NFL-like mistake embracing Colin Kaepernick? By Thomas Lifson – “Given the damage that the NFL has suffered from failing to confront players over their disrespect, many are wondering how on earth Nike could be so stupid.”

“America is splitting into mutually antagonistic subcultures, and that’s a terrible danger sign. One thing that is clear is that Nike doesn’t care.

Nike Decides to Make “Inspirational” Colin Kaepernick The Face of The Brand – Athletic Apparel For Social Justice Warriors by sundance – “Apparently Nike has been paying Colin Kaepernick since 2011, and made the decision to go full social justice as part of their 30-year anniversary. As with prior endeavors for corporations who engage in political advocacy, this will likely not end well financially.”

Corporate Suicide Watch, Nike Edition by John Hinderaker – “Nike apparently thinks Kaepernick has sacrificed everything, which tells you something about 21st century corporate America.”

“Kaepernich is a multimillionaire whose “sacrifice” consisted of kneeling during the National Anthem, wearing socks depicting police officers as pigs, and generally denouncing his country. Which has led to a second career as a leftist spokesman. That is not exactly a contender in the annals of Greatest Sacrifice Ever.

Further, Nike’s tag line, “Believe in something,” naturally raises the question: Does it matter what you believe in? Any normal person would say that it does. After all, the worst monsters in human history–Mao, Stalin, Lenin, Nero, Hitler, Amin, bin Laden, Castro–all believed in something. It was just the wrong thing.

Kaepernick isn’t as wrong as Lenin and Stalin, but he is still wrong.

McCain’s Friends and Family Did Him No Honor by Conrad Black – “There was what amounted to an attempted hijack of the funeral of an authentic war hero and prominent senator, to convert it into an expression of anger and of contempt for the absent president.”

“The spectacle of the Obamas, Bushes, Clintons, Cheneys, Al Gore and in earlier proceedings Joe Biden, prominent among the mourners, brought to mind everything that President Trump has run successfully against.

Throughout the week, the president and his family and administration were the soul of discretion and respect, ignoring the media repurposing of the obsequies as a Trump-bashing orgy. Obama’s comments reminded us of why the American public has substantially rejected the 20 years of public policy personified by the chief official mourners.

Africa Destroyed: Poster Child for Liberalism by Hannes Wessels – “The continental catastrophe that has engulfed Africa may go down in history as the greatest politically motivated human calamity of all time.” This is related to the Kaepernick story.

“All this has its genesis in the disastrous post-WWII decision made in Europe to rapidly and, dare I say, recklessly abandon Africa, coming on the back of a massive mindset change that saw most Western Europeans suddenly deciding they hated themselves and must henceforth spend the rest of their lives paying penalties for the crime of having been born white.

if you were white and you had the temerity to suggest you were African by birthright, wanted to stay and work in your homeland, and were entitled to the same fundamental human rights as other ethnic groups, you were quickly condemned as a member of a racist, renegade white-supremacist tribe that did little other than extort and enrich itself at the expense of a benighted black populace.

The stripping of rights from Europeans has played out in some shape or form in virtually every postcolonial African country and is one of the leading causes of the political, social, and economic collapse that has characterized the “independence” era.

Intelligence Officials Refuse To Do Damage Assessment Of Clinton Email Hacks Even After U.S. Agents Captured & Terminated by DCWhispers – “During Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State a dramatic spike in U.S. agent captures/deaths took place in China.”

“Following a bombshell report that a Chinese state-owned company hacked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the “deep state” is unwilling to conduct a full damage assessment on how and whether Clinton’s mishandling of classified information damaged national security.

Mueller, Comey, and the Deep State Rescue of Sandy Berger by Jack Cashill – “After catching a Democratic operative stealing and destroying highly relevant classified documents, the DoJ punished him as though he had stolen the Snickers bars from the office vending machine.”

“In many ways, 2005 was a dress rehearsal for 2016. Mueller and Comey had learned how to play their parts. The media had learned how to play theirs. Indeed, the show would have been another huge hit if only Trump had stuck to the “good Republican” script the way Bush had.

Captured and Terminated?

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Yet more on using the dead for politics; Trump on the ground

Burying the Dead With Bile-Filled Histrionics by Roger Kimball – “I suppose the exploitation of funerals for grubby political ends is nothing new. Mark Antony did it with notable success when he eulogized Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.”

“But there was something especially stomach-churning about the injection of partisan animus into the obsequies of Aretha Franklin and John McCain.

Both were reminders—as if we needed any—of how these jangled, hyperpartisan times have the capacity to infect even the most solemn ceremonies of life with bile-filled histrionics, our latter-day version of the theater of the absurd.

But let us return to Bill Kristol’s invocation of “what is admirable,” that call-of-the-wild to be “bigger” and “better” that Barack Obama claims to have discerned in John McCain’s example.

What strikes me as more noteworthy, however, is the incontinent fury with which the president’s rhetoric has been met. This is where that cacophonous echo-chamber I mentioned makes its debut. One of the many ironies attending the operation of the Trump Administration is the extent to which his opponents, in their loud and adamantine opposition to the president, are guilty of the very things of which they accuse him. I know it seems odd to say, but their behavior has had the effect of making Donald Trump appear as a calming, a moderating force. Who would have thought it possible?

How much backlash will there be to the 8 days of McCainapalooza? By Thomas Lifson – “a very human response of honoring the dead has been perverted by the DC establishment and all the news networks

Reports: Trump allies furious about shots taken at him during McCain’s funeral, want him to respond by Allahpundit – “Every now and then we get a jolting reminder that Trump is actually less impulsive and vindictive than some of the people around him.”

Trump on the Ground by Victor Davis Hanson – “California’s calcified strategy, after all, is that global lucre pouring into coastal high-tech and finance will more than balance out the economic damage wrought by state government.”

“Throughout California’s coastal and mountain forests there are waves of dead trees unharvested after a devastating drought. There are large fields of recoverable gas and oil in lots of places that are not being drilled, as well as valuable ores and metals not being mined, and unmatched farmland deprived of its long ago contracted water rights. The idea of a renaissance in the vast rich interior of the state seems implausible—especially when state government is more interested in banning plastic straws and mandating gender-neutral restrooms than in building dams or roads.

Yet signs for help wanted along highways are now ubiquitous—truckers, welders, fabricators, assemblers. Agriculture worries not just in perennial fashion about the lack of farm harvesters, even at wages of $10.50 to $14 dollars an hour. Now they’re short of forklift drivers, packing house workers, and mechanics.

New housing construction is growing after roughly a decade’s hiatus, at least to the degree carpenters, electricians, and plumbers can be found. Upward mobility is evident. At the local Walmart, the checkers often tell me they’re leaving despite raises—for better paying jobs.

The media’s hatred of Trump is not necessarily determinative, but it is a force multiplier of the 24/7 unhinged narrative of the universities, popular culture, and Hollywood. Their shared goal is to make saying that one supports the Trump agenda so socially unpalatable, so culturally Neanderthal, that no sane person wishes to confess his delight with a new economy, foreign policy, and approach to the administrative state.

Abroad, for all the hatred of Donald Trump, there is a quiet, though usually repressed, recognition that the United States is doing what it long should have been doing—leading the world to an economic recovery, despite Trump’s trash-talking tariffs, and going to the mat with China.

For all the op-eds condemning a polarizing Trump who has wrecked American foreign policy, there are also more silent concessions among many analysts that the team of Mike Pompeo, Jim Mattis, John Bolton, and Nikki Haley is impressive.

Europe’s Quislings Unmasked by Jed Babbin – “Europe’s resentment of its longtime defense provider leads it to appease Iran in the most cynical, shameless manner.”

“One of President Trump’s overlooked achievements is the unmasking of our false allies in Europe. The governing elite of Europe — the same people who lead the most powerful members of both the European Union and NATO — so intensely and personally dislike Trump they no longer pretend to respect his pro-American policies. Their rebellion against their obligations toward the Atlantic Alliance has reached a dangerous level.

Apaches stave off wildfires with timber industry, active forest management By Valerie Richardson

“One reason for the difference: The Apaches have greater control over their forests. More than 200,000 acres of the Apache-Sitgreaves is designated wilderness, tightly packed woods that cannot be thinned, burned or otherwise managed by law except in emergencies.

The rest of the national forest can be treated subject to approval under the National Environmental Policy Act, but projects are frequently held up by litigation or appeals. Although tribal forest projects also must receive National Environmental Policy Act clearance, they don’t receive the same scrutiny from the public, which in the tribe’s case consists of fellow Apache.

All this comes as music to the ears of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has made it his mission to fight destructive wildfires with more aggressive forest management, locking horns with environmental groups fighting his agenda by blaming the blazes on global warming.

The Apache would argue that the positions aren’t mutually exclusive.

The Scandal Of Left-Wing Journalists Covering A Left-Wing Pope By John Hinderaker – “what has bedeviled the American church is not pedophilia, a rare and plainly aberrant condition, but rather homosexuality

“The broader context of the scandal is that the American Catholic church welcomed an influx of homosexuals into the priesthood several decades ago. These homosexual priests were the source of the scandals that have devastated the Catholic church in America. It appears that they remain a major power within the church hierarchy, that they supported Francis in his ascension to the papacy, and that he continues to ally himself with them.

For several decades, international news media have enthusiastically promoted (while usually misrepresenting) the story of homosexual abuse among the Catholic priesthood. And yet, now that the scandal has been dropped at the door of the Pope (!) by an archbishop speaking of his own experience, the press has fallen silent. Why?

It seems pretty clear that liberal reporters and editors view Pope Francis as an ally, maybe one who could decisively neutralize their long-time adversary, the Catholic church. Hence they are protecting him against what would, with a conservative pope, be a scandal of historic proportions.

Liberal journalists cover a liberal pope. We live in an era that is corrupt in many ways, but I think the corruption of the press is the worst corruption of all.

Inside out: Sunday reflection by Ed Morrissey – “This morning’s Gospel reading is Mark 7:1–8, 14–15, 21–23

“Some of the impurities Christ decries in today’s Gospel have not just been unleashed by modern society but celebrated by it — unchastity, licentiousness, greed, envy, deceit, and so on. Many forms of these are handsomely rewarded within our culture rather than rebuked or punished. That sets up incentives not just to sin more but to rationalize it away as “natural,” “healthy,” a matter of “perspective,” and to deny the existence of truth in favor of worshiping the emotions of the moment. That’s what happened to the employees of that customer when theft became normalized, and it’s what happens to us when sin becomes normalized.

God gave us the Law of the Ten Commandments to understand His virtue and to lead lives of virtue ourselves. He wrote those laws on our hearts at our creation, but mere compliance isn’t the point. Jesus tells us that we have to allow the law to grow in our hearts — by which is meant the intersection of the will and the intellect, where decisions are made — in order to embrace its purity and His salvation. As James writes in our second reading today, “Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls. … [K]eep oneself unstained by the world.”

Donald Trump – Holy Ground by Mike Evans – “I attended and spoke briefly at that dinner, but when I saw the media reports about the evening, I could not believe what I was reading.”

“As a journalist for more than 40 years, I can only describe what I read as fake news.

Why do we support Donald Trump? Because America was on the Sodom road. We all saw the handwriting of God’s judgment coming like a freight train on America, but God chose the most unlikely person to make America great again, Donald Trump. What a shock to have a president tell us the truth and refuse to play the political game.

Yes, Donald Trump, like all of us, is a sinner, but we have no doubt that he has come to the Savior. And when Donald Trump says, “Merry Christmas,” it is because of his personal faith.

No president in America has allowed a group of evangelicals to pray over them in the Oval Office. I was there when it happened twice. It was Holy Ground! No president has given an Evangelical group a private tour of the residence as he gave us. It seems previous presidents have used us when they needed our vote; Donald Trump does the opposite, he embraces us as family. We are strong leaders with a Biblical view and we are free to speak truth to power.

A recent dissatisfied Weinberg’s talk on QM by Luboš Motl – It’s a rant about a distinguished physicist whose lecture on quantum mechanics fell short.

“I am afraid that we’re entering a dark age and when it’s over, perhaps in the 22nd century, the future historians will analyze what will have gone wrong in the early 21st century and whether it was possible to stop the collapse of the mankind’s discourse into a bunch of medieval superstitions. They will know that the evolution was linked to the post-truth era, endlessly softening education and Academia, and politically correct taboos. Weinberg could have stopped and was expected but actually helped the mankind to sink deeper into this profoundly irrational antiscientific bigotry.

profoundly irrational? Too much.

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More on politicizing everything anyway, anyhow

Politicize A Funeral? Last Time, It Didn’t Turn Out Well by John Hinderaker – “As Paul noted last night, Democrats (and some Republicans) turned John McCain’s funeral into an orgy of Trump-bashing. Evidently they thought it made political sense.”

“leading Democrats from around the country assembled in the Twin Cities for Wellstone’s funeral. The funeral was broadcast live to the nation. To the shock of most who watched, the Democrats turned Wellstone’s funeral into a partisan hate-fest. Reaction was overwhelmingly negative.

Will the politicizing of McCain’s funeral by anti-Trumpers have a similar boomerang effect? Probably not to the same degree; standards have declined considerably since 2002. But it won’t help the anti-Trumpers’ cause, just as similar anti-Trump speeches at Aretha Franklin’s funeral won’t be helpful.

What can we conclude if there is a funeral for Person A, and the “eulogies” are mostly about Person B? For one thing, Person B is obviously a heck of a lot more important than Person A. John McCain was heroic in some ways, notoriously small-minded in others. It is perhaps a fitting coda to his career that his funeral was mostly about someone else.

Burying McCain by Don Surber – “Did anyone think these seething, furious, crazed people would act like grownups? His daughter made an ass of herself.”

When Law and Politics Become One by William J. Watkins, Jr. – “What the hearings will be is political theater as leftist senators pepper Kavanaugh with questions in the hopes that he has a mental lapse so they can embarrass him and persuade their more moderate colleagues to vote against him.”

“For the last 60-plus years, the merger of law and politics has slowly killed the spirit of self-government. Today, issues that were once decided in state and local assemblies are controlled by the judges. The Supreme Court defines marriage, draws legislative districts, and micromanages state criminal law.

Kavanaugh’s hearings will be a lesson on why law and politics should be separated and a reminder of just how much our country needs an infusion of Aristotelian wisdom.

Mexican flag flies proudly over town where illegal alien killed Mollie Tibbetts by Ed Straker – “When an invading army captures a town, they usually run up the flag, to show who’s in charge.” Interesting. A new movie about the lunar landing censors the planting of the flag, a major goal for the astronauts, as we are all global now. That particular idea is turned on its head in this story from Brooklyn, Iowa.

Sunday Schadenfreude: The Associated Press by Thomas Lifson – “With President Trump always eager to point out new varieties of fake news, the Associated Press, the nation’s largest single source of news content, has lobbed a slow softball over the Oval Office plate for him.”

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Pagentry of hate. At funerals, no less.

And the Paul Wellstone Memorial Award Goes To… by Matt Margolis – “I don’t mean to sound self-centered, but I hope that at my funeral, whoever delivers the eulogy will talk about me, and not their or my political enemies.”

“I never expected this to happen at the funeral services for John McCain. When he barred President Trump from attending his funeral it may have been petty, but understandable. But, it seems now that the move merely gave those delivering eulogies the opening to bluntly attack President Trump.

The saddest part was that John McCain’s daughter Meghan used a moment in her eulogy to bluntly attack Trump.

It’s hard to wrap my head around that fact that Meghan made the conscious decision to give the media, and basically the world, the opportunity to boil down her eulogy into a Trump smear rather than an ode to her father’s lifelong legacy.

Perhaps even more shocking was that attacking Trump during a eulogy actually started with the funeral services of Aretha Franklin.

This kind of stuff doesn’t make Trump look bad, it makes his enemies look petty and weak. They’ve taken what should be solemn moments of reflection on the legacies of those they came to honor and instead used their moments in the spotlight to attack someone who wasn’t even there. They say Trump has had a negative impact on political discourse, right? So what exactly is using the funeral of a music icon or a war hero and longtime U.S. senator to attack a sitting U.S. president? Is that patriotic somehow? Is that appropriate or heroic? How exactly does attacking Trump during a eulogy make him look bad? Newsflash: it doesn’t.

Two Funerals and a Missing Cardinal by Clarice Feldman – “As the Mueller juggernaut keeps dropping bolts and rumbling to a final crash, we were temporarily distracted by the funerals of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and “Maverick” senator from Arizona.” … “In both cases, the pageantry was over the top.”

“Julie Kelly summed it up succinctly: “Partisan attacks at a funeral by folks bemoaning partisan attacks is quite the spectacle[.]”

And then there’s the missing cardinal to make the crazy week even weirder. … There are calls for Cardinal Wuerl to resign and he appears to have gone missing, with rumors that he was spirited out of the country to avoid prosecution.

In the meantime, the president goes about his business. This week, he seems to have brought Canada to heel on trade policies, and choked Hamas by cutting off funds to the corrupt UNRWA, which sustains those murderers. He is squeezing China on tariffs – I think as much to ensure fairer trade policies as to make Xi stop pressuring North Korea to avoid denuclearizing. He certainly has set a pattern of using all the economic tools at his disposal to settle issues instead of the warm bodies of our men and women in the military.

The Senate’s Unremembered Ex-POW by Joseph P. Duggan – “Such a contrast to the excess of the last several days.”

Media pounce on conservatives and weaponize bias against Trump By Dan Gainor – “what CNN Senior Political Analyst John Avlon called “a real culture of corruption.” In reality, Avlon should have been describing the state of journalism.”

“There are far too many failure points in the media to fit easily into one column – journalists ignoring Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke’s past DUI arrest; hypocritical outlets that claim to love Republicans only after they pass away; and repeated defenses of Antifa.

It wasn’t enough for The New York Times to claim conservatives had “Weaponized the First Amendment.” How dare those right-wingers expect equal treatment under the law? Now they’re accused of using the Catholic Church’s sex scandal in a similar manner. … This was a common theme in media as major outlets like The Times and Washington Post targeted conservative Catholic media to defend the pope’s liberal social agenda.

Media TOTALLY Has Trump Now After AP’s Seventh-Hand Report by Ashe Schow – “How many layers removed can a source be before the entire report starts to look absurd?”

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Collusion and fabrication

Media Peddles Bogus Story on Nunes London Trip by Julie Kelly – “But one minor problem with Bertrand’s London trip saga: None of it is true. A spokesman for the House Intelligence Committee denied every aspect of her story.”

Nunes was only in London for less than 24 hours and the stop was part of a multi-country trip the Congressman took earlier this month to visit U.S. troops and foreign officials.

Aside from the fact that Bertrand’s account of Nunes’s trip is completely fictional and “anonymously-sourced,” let’s suppose it was true. So what? … So if Nunes, as a top-ranking intelligence official in Congress, wanted to get more information about Steele from Steele’s former employer in the British government, what would be the big deal?

Which makes it all the more galling and irresponsible of the media—particularly inexperienced reporters such as Bertrand—to make up stories designed to smear elected officials whose duty it is to expose the very same “conspiracies” and foreign intrusions into our political process they have been falsely pushing about Trump-Russia for more than two years.

Their motive is more sinister than just biased reporting: It is an effort to create noise and distract away from the unfolding Russiagate scandal. And no tactic, even manufacturing news, is beneath them.

This Opinion Just In… Dr. Mueller’s Endless Surgery Defines Malpractice by Deroy Murdock – “Rather, without pointing to any particular crime, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sent Dr. Mueller to root around the body politic with neither a preliminary diagnosis nor the legal equivalent of x-rays or blood tests.”

“In his best-selling book, The Russia Hoax, my Fox News colleague Gregg Jarett explains in graphic detail how Mueller’s probe was born illegitimate. The special-counsel statute requires that investigations begin with enough evidence of specific lawbreaking to establish reasonable suspicion of criminality. Only then may a special counsel proceed and determine if federal statutes were violated.

Like a driver speeding in reverse, Mueller got this totally backward and still has his pedal to the metal.

Dr. Mueller’s non-stop surgical procedure has devolved from Kremlin collusion to tabloid trash. His patient-in-chief suffers from one ailment: He defeated Hillary Clinton. Dr. Mueller is laboring to make this disease terminal.

Christopher Steele told Bruce Ohr in 2016 that Russia had Trump ‘over a barrel’ by John Sexton – “The quote about having Trump over a barrel is clearly the main hook here, so this leak is almost certainly coming from Democrats.”

“As for the accusation itself, there’s not much detail to back it up. This allegedly came from a Russian agent but is this person credible or just trying to create more discord in an American election? What specifically did this former agent claim Russia had on Trump? Was it the alleged video of him with prostitutes which would later feature in the dossier? As with everything else in the collusion investigation, it rests mostly on your ability to imagine the worst without any proof.

Who leaked Trump’s off-the-record comments about “insulting” Canada to the Toronto Star? By Allahpundit – “I should note upfront that he didn’t actually say anything “insulting.” Noting both collusion and fabrication by the media …

“When I saw the Star’s headline, I thought, “Oh God, he finally called Justin Trudeau a p*ssy, didn’t he?” No. All he said was that Canada would find his trade demands “insulting.” Which is okay, more or less.

I mean, not something you’d normally do to one of your closest allies, with whom you share a border and have fought alongside in every major war for the past hundred years. But “insulting” here really just means “drive a very hard bargain.”

The question, though, is how did the Star find out? Trump didn’t make his comments to a reporter at the paper, he made them to a reporter at another outfit, Bloomberg News. And the Star doesn’t dispute that the comments were off the record. Are journalists now handing off “off the record” Trump quotes to each other in order to get them into print, on the theory that it’s fine for Journalist A to induce POTUS to talk by promising not to publish what he says and then relaying his quotes to Journalist B, who’s free to publish since he made no such promise? Lesson for Trump, I guess: Never talk “off the record” again. There’s no such thing.

Vox weighs in on the Harvard admissions lawsuit (but leaves out a few things) by John Sexton – “The biggest problem with the piece is that it completely fails to grapple with the core issue, i.e. are Asians being discriminated against in admissions at Harvard.” It’s yet another dissection of a propaganda piece illustrating why the media cannot be trusted.

New film about Neil Armstrong … won’t show him planting the American flag on the moon by Allahpundit – must have been something in his coffee this morning … Allahpundit does make his jabs, though but here is the point:

“It’d be one thing if producers wanted to falsify the scene by adding American iconography gratuitously, like putting Neil Armstrong in a red-white-and-blue spacesuit. That would be “jingoistic,” in the words of some moron at The Hollywood Reporter fretting about the nationalist implications of a movie like this. But to refuse to show the great happening as it was, because Chinese audiences might get frowny at being reminded that their rival pulled this off? That’s historical revisionism by omission, to make a buck. And of course it’s an insult to American moviegoers, who rightly take pride in one of their country’s greatest achievements. If a foreign audience can’t exult in this singular “human achievement” because of its national pedigree then they never much appreciated it to begin with.

The List Of CNN’s Bungled Reporting Is A Sight To Behold by Amber Athey – “Despite CNN’s assertion this week that it “does not lie,” the network has an extensive history of bungled reporting — some of which has gone uncorrected.” It’s a list of 20 stories that CNN has bungled following the rise of Trump.

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Manufacturing distractions

Who Really Started the Trump-McCain Feud? By Brian C. Joondeph – “Leave it to the media to resurrect the controversy

“It is also a distraction from the stock market breaking records left and right, a new and better trade deal with Mexico, a country that the media constantly tell us hates Trump and won’t do business with him, Bruce Ohr’s congressional testimony, and other news the media would prefer to ignore.

Insulting Trump-supporters is the same as insulting Trump, at least in Trump’s view. As he is hardwired to do, when insulted, he hits back.

The feud was off and running, but who started it? From the dates, McCain drew first blood, and Trump responded as he always does: with a right cross.

Yet to the media, this feud is totally one-sided. McCain is the innocent party, just minding his own business, when that bully Donald Trump comes up out of nowhere and punches him in the nose.

Wouldn’t it be refreshing if the media did an honest assessment of John McCain’s life, his dealings with some bad players in the Middle East, his charitable foundation and its Clinton Foundation-like donors, and his role in the Russian collusion hoax? Although inconvenient, we might discover the many inconvenient similarities between McCain and the Clintons.

Instead, the media will bray about the half-mast flag and funeral guest list, since their minds run only in a single gear: destroy Trump.

Dear NFL: The new season is here. It’s time to bury this protest nonsense by Jazz Shaw – “Do you think it’s somehow helpful to divide your fan base along partisan lines as opposed to the good-natured “arguments” we engage in as we defend our favorite teams?”

“You have some players – not many, but enough – who are causing you problems and tanking the support of the fans you previously enjoyed. You also have the collective ability to correct the situation, put this entire, obnoxious spectacle in the rearview mirror and get back to focusing on America’s favorite sport. But it will require responsible management of the players in question.

The Truth Will Set Us All Free by Victor Davis Hanson – “It’s time to stop the stonewalling, redacting, suppression, leaking to the press, and media hysteria surrounding investigations into the 2016 election.” … “Mueller has reversed the proper order of jurisprudence.”

“Instead of presuming Trump innocent unless he finds evidence of Russian collusion, Mueller started with the assumption that the reckless raconteur Trump surely must be guilty of some lawbreaking. Thus, it is Mueller’s job to hunt for past crimes to prove it.

While Mueller so far has not found Trump involved in collusion with foreign citizens to warp a campaign, there is evidence that others most surely were colluding — but are not of interest to Mueller.

The only way to clear up this messy saga is for Trump to immediately declassify all documents — without redactions — relating to the Mueller investigation, the FISA court warrants, the Clinton email investigation, and CIA and FBI involvement with the dossier and the use of informants.

Americans need the whole truth to ensure equality under the law and to thereby set us free from this nearly two-year nightmare.

Manufactured A-Z.

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What happens when the mind is deranged

Robert Reich and the Tragedy of TDS by David Catron – “The symptoms of TDS include the inability to think rationally, as well as verbal incontinence. Reich exhibited both symptoms six days ago on Facebook, where he suggested annulling “Trump’s unconstitutional presidency.”

“Because TDS has ravaged the Democrats, academia, and the media, no one around him understood that Reich’s weird post called for an intervention. This was certainly unnoticed by the other TDS victims at the University of California at Berkeley, where he teaches public policy, so his intemperate ejaculations continued the following day at his blog site. The next day they appeared on Twitter. Inevitably, all of this caught the eye of the legacy media, including Newsweek. The editors of that storied publication, demonstrating the journalistic judgment that commanded the princely sum of $1 dollar when sold by the Washington Post, gave Reich another chance to expand on how the nation can remove the Trump stain

Trump would, in other words, become an un-President. Everything his administration has done since January of 2017 would be reversed and expunged from the public record. There is not, of course, a single syllable in the Constitution that would legally justify any attempt by any entity to act on this creepy proposal.

Mark Steyn tells Tucker Carlson that Reich wants to annul reality

In his usual hilarious fashion, Steyn accurately diagnoses Reich’s disease. Trump Derangement Syndrome has disabled the part of his brain that facilitates critical thinking. TDS causes its victims to deny that objective facts reflect reality, to create alternate fictions that conform to their fantasies, and compels them to bray incessantly about the resultant “reality.” Reich and other TDS victims refuse to believe that Donald Trump won in 2016, and neurotically lurch from implausible conspiracy theories about how he managed that to even less credible claims about how to get rid of him. TDS is a tragedy for its victims, and it’s unhealthy for the nation. Time to seek a cure. To paraphrase Barack Obama: We won. You lost. Deal with it.

Triggered! CNN Lashes Out at President Trump ‘We Don’t Lie!’ by Cristina Laila – “CNN PR lashed out at President Trump in response claiming they ‘don’t lie’ — even though they were caught in a huge lie after Lanny Davis outed himself as the anonymous source in their ‘bombshell’ Trump Tower story and admitted he lied.” … “Now CNN is quadrupling down on their lies by claiming they don’t lie. Unbelievable.”

Then there’s the McCain saga. What a spiteful bitter man, even in death. He did much and did his duty but taints his honor with pettiness and vindictiveness. See, for example, The Self-Regard of McCain by Steven Hayward – “Just how can you complain about Trump’s boorish egotism when you decide to shun the person whose career you ruined, and who has been nothing but loyal?” Also see DJ Drummon In Defense of Candor – “This article addresses the valid reasons for President Trump’ opinion, and praises Trump’s decision to remain consistent in his behavior regarding McCain.”

Shock study: U.S. had far fewer mass shootings than previously reported By Stephen Dinan – “A shock 2016 study argued that the U.S. accounted for nearly one-third of all mass shootings, sparking global headlines about the dangers of an American gun culture. … Now another researcher says the original study “botched” the data.”

“If you fix the data, you get the opposite result from him,” Mr. Lott said. “He has the United States way out there, all by itself in terms of mass public shootings. He’s simply wrong. The United States, when I go through this, ranks 58th in the world in the rate of mass public shootings and 62nd in the world in terms of murders from mass public

Why School Gun Incidents are Significantly Overstated by Kemberlee Kaye – “The number thrown around most — 240 — is alarmingly high. It’s also incorrect. By a lot.”

“This is part of the reason passionate defend second amendment protections defenders write off most reports or opinions on gun ownership — the reporting, data, and descriptions are almost always wrong and egregiously so.

Even the most ardent gun rights defenders grieve the senseless loss of life, but tire of being blamed for the mistakes of few, especially when faulty data is continually thrown in their face for justification.

These 6 new technology rules will govern our future by Vivek Wadhwa – “We have already begun to see ways in which computing, sensors, artificial intelligence and genomics are reshaping entire industries and our daily lives.”

Headlines: words matter. The use of “pounce” and “sieze” and similar ‘assault’ words to impugn the right is common to the point it is noted by commentators. Another headline propaganda technique is that of misassignment. “Google Debunks Trump’s Claim It Censored His State of the Union Address” at slashdot and “FBI refutes Trump claim that Clinton’s private email server was hacked by China” at arstechnica provide two examples. In both cases, the President picked up on claims or conclusions made in studies or by witnesses that these sites then ascribed to him. Rather than take apart or critique the study or witness, these tech groups go personal. They don’t like being called out and show defensiveness rather than intellectual integrity. It is a denial of a problem that bothers many who do not hold their views.

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