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The art of the smear

Another overload: There is hate and that generates all sorts of irrational behavior. Stories today include an academic supporting racism in the name of racism, law enforcement trying to figure out how to ameliorate a state law advocating lawlessness, Democrat obstruction in Congress,  honoring the dishonorable, smearing the honorable, chasing geese when all it’s getting you is slipping and falling in the droppings they leave, sexual innuendo via presumption of guilt and mental constructions, silencing opponents via boycott, using tragedy for political opportunism, inability to learn from recent experience about using government to spend other people’s money, and media blindness. Whew!

They Hate Us. They Really Hate Us by Alicia Colon – “The anger and disappointment over Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss is not only unprecedented, it’s inexplicable.”

These are supposedly intelligent, educated professionals and yet their anguish has in some cases turned to unbridled hatred towards the voters who dared to think for themselves.

We have been labeled deplorable, moronic, racists and despicable even though these so-called failed political prognosticators have no idea who we really are.

It’s a good thing we do our own research because we certainly aren’t getting the truth from the mainstream media’s fake news. As for those ridiculous conspiracies on the web, nobody views them as credible only the liberal left wing that probably created them for Media Matters and other Soros inspired groups.

It certainly did bring on the revolution in the resistance movement of paid militant protesters trashing and burning buildings while beating Trump supporters. Hate spread and created a fake anti-fascist movement that is the epitome of fascism.

Now that Harvey Weinstein and other Hollywood icons are finally having their sins exposed, I think back to that effort to scald candidate Trump with that ‘pussy’ tape and why it failed. At the time Trump used that locker room language with Billy Bush, he was a billionaire playboy who was in fact acknowledging that there were women who would let him do anything and he was right.

Hate is soul corrosive and an emotion I have avoided in many of my decades of life. I never hated Barack Obama or wished him ill. I did loathe his policies which I found destructive and recognized them as Marxist as soon as he started appointing Czars to his administration.

Those media meltdowns may be very amusing to some but I find them cringing because they prove that the Fourth Estate has lost the essence of journalistic ethics.

Letting go of this hate should be their first step to recovery. We deplorables need to stop laughing at them and pray that they do.

Professor pens op-ed in support of segregation for children by Karen Townsend – “That’s right. The 1960s are back and it isn’t any prettier than it was back then.”

California sheriffs still fighting new sanctuary state law by Jazz Shaw – “In less than fifty days, on January 1st, California’s new sanctuary state law goes into effect.”

As we discussed last month, the police unions were finally convinced to endorse the new law after some changes were made, but most of the sheriffs across the state were protesting it. Not much has changed since then, with the more rural county sheriffs in particular remaining firm in their belief that the new laws are going to make California residents less safe. Also, those hoping to hinder the activities of ICE in their communities are likely to be quite disappointed in the results.

This has led at least some sheriffs to begin working on new, creative policies which will allow them to continue supporting immigration enforcement officials while not running afoul of the law. Needless to say, this has the state’s Democratic legislators in a bit of a foul mood. (LA Times)

The Bergdahl liberals By Robert Knight – “I’m minding my own business in a bookstore near the University of Maine’s campus here when I hear two women talking. One of them is trashing Donald Trump as the other sagely nods.”

While driving back, a number of snappy one-liners came to mind. But none would have done any good. Progressivism and its cousin, atheism, often are practiced with unacknowledged religious fervor. One-liners cannot penetrate devotees’ armor any more than opposite sentiments should undermine the faith of a devout Christian, Jew or Muslim.

The proffered solution of the Bergdahl progressives to any and all inequality is to make America more like the rest of the world, not less.

It means blurring the line between honor and dishonor. And confusing traitors with victims or heroes.

And it means elevating the most un-American president in history to a higher place than the 43 presidents before him.

The Blue Slip Variations by Scott Johnson – “Although the Democrats have now gone to absurd lengths to throw sand in the gears of the confirmation process under President Trump, the pace has finally picked up.”

Goose chase? Schiff unrelenting in quest to hunt down proof from Russia dossier By Rowan Scarborough – “In the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election last year, Mr. Schiff and his Democratic colleagues since January have been more than willing to cite the dossier’s paid unidentified Kremlin sources to attack the Trump administration.”

Mr. Steele’s Kremlin spy and government sources took Mr. Page’s well-publicized Moscow visit and turned it into one of the great conspiracy theories of modern presidential politics.

At no time during the hearing did Mr. Schiff provide evidence, outside the dossier, that Mr. Page met secretly with either Mr. Sechin or Mr. Diveykin.

But as The Washington Times later pointed out, that number was released publicly by the Russian government in July, three months earlier.

Mr. Schiff presented no proof, outside of the dossier, that Mr. Page discussed a brokerage fee or met with Mr. Sechin.

Mr. Cohen has shown associates his passport, which shows no Czech Republic visits. He has produced an itinerary that showed he was visiting his son in California at the time.

But Mr. Schiff continues to hunt for improper Cohen ties to Eastern Europe.

Liberal bloggers have woven a web of conspiracies around any Trump-connected person who has ever visited Hungary, which is friendly toward Mr. Putin.

To date, there has not been official public confirmation of any of Mr. Steele’s core accusations against those people.

In a London court filing, Mr. Steele says he warned Washington reporters that they should confirm his accusations and not quote his dossier. He acknowledged that computer hacking charges he made against Mr. Gubarev were not verified.

Did dossier trigger the Trump-Russia probe? by Byron York – “What congressional investigators want to know is whether that was a coincidence or not.”

The challenge — for Steele and for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that hired him with funding from the Clinton campaign — was to get the dossier’s charges out in public, where they might influence the presidential race.

The allegations in the dossier were basically impossible for journalists to verify. Most of the publications did not report the information. But on September 23, Yahoo’s Michael Isikoff reported that “U.S. officials” had “received intelligence reports” from a “well-placed Western intelligence source” that Carter Page had met with Sechin and Divyekin during Page’s July trip to Moscow.

Now, with multiple investigations underway, some officials are trying to reconstruct the events of June through October 2016. Were the allegations in the dossier accurate in the first place? If they were, did involvement go to the highest levels of the Trump campaign? But if they weren’t, was it a situation in which the Clinton campaign, through its hired foreign agent Steele, fed the FBI bad information for the purpose of having it leaked to the press in time to hurt Trump before the election?

Ultimately more will become public. But if the past months have shown anything, it is that the FBI will not reveal its secrets, even to its legitimate congressional overseers, without a fight.

The Three Festering Wounds of 2016 by Jed Babbin – “James Comey is central to all of them.”

Don’t get me wrong: 2016 wasn’t 1860. But we have to realize that we went into 2016 more divided, more balkanized than we had been in generations. In eight years, Barack Obama had not only divided the nation, he had seeded every part of the government with loyalists. From the judiciary to the Pentagon and the intelligence community, people dedicated to Obama’s radical left agenda were put in place.

What’s more, the entrenched bureaucracy — it’s called the “deep state” in current lingo — had its natural cravings for power unleashed, its denizens herded — faster and faster — to achieve his agenda.

Three wounds, created or revealed in 2016, have become infected, and the infections are not yet cured. First is the so-called “Russia dossier,” which became the basis for the Robert Mueller investigation that is running away in the manner that Lawrence Walsh’s “Iran Contra” investigation did. The second is the “Uranium One” scandal, which the media still try to bury. And the third is the fact that Hillary Clinton and her closest staff, such as Huma Abedin, committed felonies in handling classified information. The then-FBI Director James Comey saw the proofs of their actions and nevertheless decided to protect them from punishment.

the three all flow together in a symphony of corruption, misgovernment, and media misbehavior that cannot be ignored.

Trump is the Next Target after Roy Moore By Cliff Kincaid – “Trump knows that if they get rid of Moore, using charges that obviously cannot be proven, he’s their next target. Sex-gate will follow Russia-gate.”

In this atmosphere, women charging sexual harassment are easy to find, even if their charges cannot be proven. The men are assumed to be guilty as charged.

One can argue that everything but the kitchen sink has already been thrown at Trump and he has survived nonetheless. But since the election we have seen that the allegations of sexual harassment have been cast as a major blight on American society, making it more likely that “new” accusers against Trump will be found and that a new variation of the “scandal” will be used to cast a pall over the presidency. The same members of the GOP establishment lined up against Moore will be called upon to dump Trump.

The media playbook consists of reporting damaging charges against a conservative figure and then getting members of the conservative and GOP establishments to pile on. If it works against Moore this time, you have to know they will be used once again, with brand new accusers, against Trump.

The Washington Post, the source of the charges, is not only dishonest but downright weird.

Roy Moore For Senate? by John Hinderaker –

I agree with Paul that the Washington Post’s allegation that Moore tried to seduce a 14-year-old girl 38 years ago is more likely false than true, particularly given the gaping hole in the accuser’s story that has been attested to by her own mother. Beyond that, I question whether a newly-surfaced, 38-year-old allegation should ever–short of murder or something nearly as heinous–be grounds for defeating a political candidate.

There is a reason why our criminal laws include statutes of limitation. After decades have gone by, it is often impossible to prove (or disprove) an allegation.

Some say that Moore’s case is different, because he is a Republican, and Republicans are held to a higher standard. That is true as a statement of fact, but it is not a principle to which Republicans should stipulate.

Paul had noted The bedroom phone that wasn’t in the WaPo story as being strange – “As one woman of my acquaintance who lived in the deep South during that era guaranteed, 14 year-old girls in Alabama didn’t have phones in their rooms back then.”

In Defense of Judge Roy Moore By Frank J. Tipler – “If one reads the original Washington Post article on Judge Moore’s supposed harassment of underage “girls” with an open mind, one will conclude that Judge Moore is completely innocent, and that he is the victim of Fake News.”

Notice the differences between this single claim and the other three reports: In a single case, Moore, a trained lawyer, dated jailbait. In this single case, Moore behaved in a dishonorable manner to a girl, not a woman. In this single case, we have reasons, given in the Post article, to doubt the claim: the accuser has been married three times, and has been in bankruptcy twice.

A commonsense view of human behavior is that bad guys repeat their MOs.

The Real Scandal in the Alabama Senate Race By Selwyn Duke – this one is about the issue positions of the candidates and may be evidence that the assault on Moore is an attempt to avoid the real scandal in the issues the Left, such as Moore’s opponent advocates.

Sean Hannity is fighting for his survival By Peter Barry Chowka – “Sean Hannity reignited efforts by enemies of his on the left to take him off the air via putting pressure on his advertisers to dump his show.”

His telephone interview with Senate nominee Roy Moore, broadcast live on his radio show and replayed later on his nightly Fox News Channel program, actually won more praise than might have been expected from a variety of analysts.

Almost immediately, his enemies, in particular Media Matters for America, struck. … Media Matters for America (MMFA), the far-left group founded by David Brock to attack conservative media, is behind the boycott Hannity campaign. In fact, Keurig tweeted a thank you to MMFA’s president, Angelo Carusone, for calling Hannity’s coverage of the Moore case to the company’s attention

On Sunday, a counter campaign among Hannity’s supporters to boycott the boycotting advertisers – Keurig in particular – quickly took off on social media.

The stakes in this emerging fight couldn’t be higher. Sean Hannity, and a handful of other high profile conservative hosts on Fox News, represent the last thin line in the mainstream media that is left standing against the almost universal fake news onslaught by the MSM aimed at taking down President Donald Trump. Last April, advertisers who deserted Fox News’ #1 program at the time, The O’Reilly Factor, after allegations of sexual harassment by host Bill O’Reilly resurfaced in the media, got the host of that program summarily fired in less than three weeks.

Democrats using Texas tragedy to advance agenda By Charles Hurt – “What kind of heartless monster instantly seizes on such senseless tragedy to advance a personal political agenda?”

Ms. Warren, who is gearing up to run for president, also blamed God for not answering prayers as she sees fit. Talk about sick and deranged. At least you cannot blame her for not seizing an opportunity.

Such is the state of politics in America today that one entire wing of elected politicians is dominated by people who eagerly salivate every time a whacko gunman goes on some senseless rampage.

And it is not just daffy fringe candidates, like Ms. Warren, who think they are God grasping at every opportunity for personal political gain amid suffocating misery.

Former President Barack Obama, whose political legacy is in tatters, sprang to cash in on the tragedy as well.

If politicians, such as Mr. Obama and Ms. Warren, are serious about curbing this kind of violence, they would channel all of their political energies into enforcing current gun laws already on the books and doggedly striving to prevent criminals from illegally getting their hands on guns.

This sort of disdain for existing federal gun laws suggests that Ms. Warren placed responsibility on the wrong politicians when she blamed Republicans for the Texas church massacre.

Sutherland Springs: more guns, not more restrictions by Taylor Millard – “One thing the people of Sutherland Springs have been pretty consistent on, as well, is their belief more guns are the solution, not gun control laws.”

This shouldn’t be a shock to anyone who lives in Texas, specifically small town Texas. Sutherland Springs has only 700 residents, and no police force. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office handles law enforcement in town, and there are agreements with nearby Schertz for some services. But people are mostly left to themselves, relying on individuals to protect themselves from harm, should something happen. One friend of mine mentioned he thought it was crazy Sutherland Springs didn’t have a police force, but it makes sense. When you live in a small town, with nearby cities which actually respect property lines and don’t try to annex for tax dollars, it doesn’t make sense to spend the money to create a police force. Texas has dozens of regulations for police forces, including training programs and benefits, which would cost towns even more cash. It makes much more sense to partner up with a Sheriff’s Office for help, when the biggest issue the town typically faces is probably a public intoxication or dumb kids doing stupid stuff.

It’s easy to try to rely on some entity like a police force or government to provide safety. We see that debate every day in America, whether it involves police shootings or violence in general. Sutherland Springs has it right: people should rely on individuals for protection. That could take the form of more guns, more swords, or simply looking out for your neighbors. It doesn’t have to mean more government.

Where Did All The Public School Money Go? Paper-Pushers, an IBD Editorial – “The education system in this country is overdue for shake-up because it has for years been grossly mismanaging taxpayer money.”

The National Education Association blasted the GOP tax reform plan saying that eliminating the state and local tax deduction for those who itemize taxes would be a severe blow to schools, putting 250,000 education jobs at risk.

Why? Because getting rid of it might force high-tax states — which benefit the most from the deduction — to cut taxes and rein in their own spending.

Per-pupil spending in public schools climbed 121%, after adjusting for inflation, from 1980 to 2014 — the last year for which the Department of Education has statistics. … Does anyone think children are getting twice as good an education?

Where has that money gone? Not much of it went to teachers. While enrollment in public schools climbed 23% over those years, the number of teachers climbed 43%.

But the ranks of public school administrators shot up 88% over those years. And the number of people performing other jobs in public schools — janitors, librarians, teachers’ aides, principals, etc. — climbed 56%.

What’s needed to improve education in the U.S. isn’t more money, it’s more efficient, more accountable and higher performing schools. A good way to achieve that is to inject more competition into the system. To the extent that the GOP tax plan moves in this direction, it will be a win for education and a win for students.

Maine, Medicaid, and the Gruber Principle by David Catron – “Maine experimented with Medicaid expansion 15 years ago, and it took the state a decade to recover from the hangover.” Deja vu but here it is again. It’s all about ‘other people’s money’ and not learning even from recent experience.

And it is no exaggeration to say that it took Maine 10 years to recover from its last Medicaid expansion. That debacle, initiated in 2002 by former Governor Angus King — who has since fled to D.C. where he now “serves” as a U.S. Senator — damaged Maine’s finances so badly that there was no money to pay hospitals for services rendered to Medicaid patients. It wasn’t until 2013 that the state was able to pay off that debt, whereupon Obamacare advocates began pimping expansion again.

As it happens, the program and the promises were virtually identical to the bill of goods sold to the voters this time around. Last time, the state expanded Medicaid eligibility to adults earning up to 125 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines (this time it’s 138%). Maine’s voters were promised that expansion would lead to augmented economic growth, reduce the uninsured rate, and bolster the state’s medical infrastructure by reducing the amount of uncompensated care borne by its 39 hospitals. It goes without saying, of course, that not one of these implausible outcomes ever materialized.

The only new item added this time around to the 2002 list of pie-in-the-sky promises was the claim that Medicaid expansion will somehow ameliorate the opioid epidemic.

The Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, Sara Gideon, vows that “Any attempts to illegally delay or subvert this law will not be tolerated and will be fought with every recourse at our disposal.” Governor LePage vows to do nothing at all on Medicaid until the legislature fully funds the expansion. The “news” media is predictably promulgating the claim that Governor LePage is flouting the will of the voters.

The Mealy Mouth NFL by: Misanthropic Humanitarian – “A Moron submitted the following letter he sent to Green Bay Packer President Mark Murphy and Mr. Murphy’s response to him.”

Chris Wallace: Trump is right about ‘media unfairness’ By Jennifer Harper – “I’m sure some of you hear those comments and think they’re spot on. But ask yourself honestly. Do they belong on the front page of the paper, or as the lead of the evening news?”

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Discrimination and equality

Byron York: In Trump media coverage, audiences left and right get what they want – that’s one way to rationalize it: pandering to their audience. The problem is that issues of Fake News™ and misperception are glossed over. The predominance of various outlets in the discussion is glossed over. One item did get note:

Pew discovered that one recipe for bias, in both directions, is focusing news stories not on policy but on the single person of Donald Trump. All the outlets, no matter their orientation, did that, Pew discovered.

Pew discovered that one recipe for bias, in both directions, is focusing news stories not on policy but on the single person of Donald Trump. All the outlets, no matter their orientation, did that, Pew discovered.

York provides an example of a destructive bias in his essay in that he is rationalizing to try to get to a ‘both sides do it’ equality rather than expose the differences and contrasts.

IBD: Do The Media Hate Trump? Yes, And From The Very Start Of His Presidency, New Survey Shows – “The mainstream media don’t like Trump, but it’s not really anything he did as president, a new survey by the Pew Research Center shows.”

Some 62% of the media coverage of Trump was negative, Pew found. For Obama it, was just 20%; for Bush, 28%; for Clinton, also 28%. In other words, the media from the get-go had decided Trump was a bad president — before any of his policies had a chance to take hold.

“And it’s not a case of overwhelmingly negative coverage on one subject drowning out some moderately positive coverage on other matters,” noted the political blog Hot Air. “It was resoundingly negative across the board.”

Or, as Pew put it, “Compared with past administrations, coverage of Trump’s early days focused less on policy and was more negative overall.”

Same report, different takes. That’s how bias works. Whether it is constructive or destructive depends upon whether you can learn anything or not about the underlying reality.

Sadly, there’s no solution for this. In the digital age, we can all self-segregate on the web by tuning out discordant voices. Increasingly, that’s happening across the country, leading to a kind of ideological Balkanization. There’s more shouting, and less conversation. And we’re all poorer for it.

For all this, the media deserve much of the blame. They have abandoned all pretense of fairness or objectivity in their reporting, in favor of rank politicization of the news and even basic facts. The Pew report on their biased coverage of Trump’s initial months in office, unfortunately, confirms this.

Peter J. Boyer: How Donald Trump Has Disrupted the Media – “Pew study shows not just expected biases but also that publications have become strikingly self-referential.” Yet a third take to consider.

The Pew researchers found that only 11 percent of the content about Trump and his presidency could be considered positive. Four times that number of stories, 44 percent, offered a negative assessment.

That will not surprise anyone who has paid any attention to the news since inauguration day. What might be surprising is the way Trump—to whom the news media constitute “the opposition party”—has disrupted the media’s rule book.

One of traditional journalism’s basic tenets was the need to maintain a distanced objectivity (or, at the very least, the appearance of it). Dan Rather’s 1974 confrontation with President Richard Nixon made a lasting impression precisely because it was a stark departure from the norm. But the Pew study found that, in the age of Trump, journalists increasingly consider themselves at liberty to directly refute the president or representatives of his administration. This happened in 10 percent of the stories studied.

“One of the things that was interesting to see was that, while the topic of the news media was not a huge percentage of overall coverage, journalists were both the second most common source type as well as the second most common ‘trigger’ of the stories,” says Amy Mitchell, director of the Pew Research Center.*

Betsy Newmark got away from her Trump hate problem in today’s Cruising the Web – for some clarification of the gerrymandering court case, the gun control arguments, California’s attempt to legislate nirvana, and Michelle Obama’s tribalism.

Jazz Shaw: Some possible gun legislation to consider – he had not been aware of the devices that enabled rapid fire from semi-automatic rifles. Allahpundit has the other half: Statistician: After researching gun violence, I no longer believe in gun control – “Alternate headline: “Statistician obviously never wants a job in media again.”

Her name is Leah Libresco, formerly of Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight site, where she crunched the numbers in a study of all 33,000 gun homicides in the United States annually. She went in thinking that the usual liberal menu of anti-gun policies would reduce that number dramatically. She came out concluding that “the only selling point [of those policies] is that gun owners hate them.” That’s an interesting way to phrase leftist conventional wisdom in an era when the right’s tribalism draws so much scrutiny. Often in the age of Trump it really does feel as though conservatism is defined as “whatever makes liberals cry.” Libresco’s takeaway on the efficacy of mainstream gun-control policies is that they’re appealing to the people who support them mainly to the extent they make gun aficionados cry.

Many of Libresco’s arguments will be familiar to right-wingers, but it’s one thing to endorse them as a matter of ideology and another to endorse them as a matter of hard data.

Her advice? Instead of focusing on feelgood policies that won’t do much of anything to reduce gun violence or on massively heavy-handed policies like confiscation, which have zero chance of passing, instead consider policies that will address the social pathologies that drive the three most common forms of gun homicides

Knee jerk gun control has a sister example: Houston Chronicle: Preaching Climate Alarmism Post Harvey – “What is physically possible can beat the odds, from time to time. It does not have to be God’s hand, the Devil’s paw, or fossil-fueled climate change.” But reality doesn’t make much difference for those who want to ‘feel good’ by passing a law or engaging in moral preening or whatnot.

In the days and weeks after, the Houston Chronicle inundated Houstonians with biased–even angry–news reports, unsigned editorials, guest editorials, (chosen) letters-to-the-editor, and cartoons blaming man-made climate change for the severity of this event. Even the headline editors have gotten into the spew.

Houstonian Charles Battig, a diligent student of the climate debate, documented the bias in the hometown paper in a September 6 post at MasterResource: “Politicizing Harvey in the Houston Chronicle.”

The Houston Chronicle can be surnamed The New York Times of Houston. The editors (Progressive all; there are no known conservative or libertarian members of the editorial board) had such arrogant editorials as this one (lead editorial, September 14): “Climate Change: Let’s Talk Openly and Honestly,” subtitled A warmer planet threatens wetter storms, higher surges and more Harveys. The verbiage miscited climate facts and got preachy:

Dr. Joy Bliss at Maggies Farm noticed an interesting poll result that suggested Conflicted: Women in medicine – “At the obvious risk of being assaulted for stereotyping and demeaning females in my profession, I will share some of my observations.”

When I was sent this article, Majority of U.S. Physicians Now Support Single-Payer, I thought “That’s the women!” Then I felt conflicted.

For better or worse, the coming dominance of American medicine by women will be changing the culture of the profession. Other influences, like the emergence of large group practices, and of hospital-owned practices, are changing the character of American medicine too.

Elise Cooper: ‘You Have Gone Too Far’: Vets Respond to the NFL – “The players are making a sham of the National Anthem by insulting the flag, the nation, those serving, and those who have served, as well as the police, who run into a crisis instead of away from one.

“We have tolerated your drug use and DUIs, your domestic violence, and your vulgar displays of wealth. We should be ashamed for putting our admiration of your physical skills before what is morally right. But now you have gone too far. You have insulted our flag, our country, our soldiers, our police officers, and our veterans. You are living the American dream, yet you disparage our great country.”

Taya Kyle, the widow of legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, issued a bold challenge to the NFL via Facebook on Tuesday in response to the national anthem protests sweeping the league. Like many other NFL fans, she is tired of seeing the sport focus on “division and anger” instead of the message of unity that it once represented. “If you ever want to get off your knees and get to work on building bridges, let me know.

Another tragedy out of the Las Vegas massacre is that is illustrates so vividly just how corrupt and cowardly the NFL player protests really are.

Mike Konrad: Confusing the Evolution Debate – “Most Americans would not object to all sides of the evolution debate being taught to their children, and that is what should be allowed.” This is another example of the equality fallacy. There is also the binary positions fallacy. Konrad also engages in other disingenuous arguments.

Confusing the debate is what exactly is meant by evolution. To scientists, what is usually meant is the process of change, directed by natural selection and natural law, apart from any non-natural input. At the other side, are literal six-day creationists who feel the earth is only a few thousand years old, and everything was created by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, through the second Person of the Trinity,

To the academy, Evolution must be defined as 100% naturalistic. There must be no appeal to any divine input. To six-day creationists, one must accept the literal understanding of a Biblical six-day creation, roughly six thousand years ago, with a world-wide flood, et al. There is no room for compromise.

The fact is that evolution is a critical part of biology while creationism and its relations are a part of religion and philosophy. Evolution is an interpretation of the record that God has laid out in front of us in the real world and that puts it in the realm of science. Creationism is the word of God as expressed by prophets in the Bible and interpreted by believers. To conflate the two as Konrad does is false witness.

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Actions and consequences

Ed Gallek: Cleveland police, EMS unions refuse to hold flag at game after Browns players kneel – “EMS union president Daniel Nemeth said it sounded great until a group of Browns players took a knee during the anthem.” The players’ excuse was something the Tim Tebow experience might clarify.

“This hit home with me. I am a veteran, an 8-year veteran with the U.S. Marine Corps. So, to disrespect the flag by taking a knee is not something I was going to be a part of,” Nemeth said.

“I’m here at a national police convention, and soon as they hear that I’m from Cleveland, the first question is ‘What about those stinking Browns?'” Loomis said. “So if the ownership of the Browns and the league are going to allow that type of stuff to happen, and then come to us and say, ‘We want you to help us with the flag,’ that’s hypocritical. We’re not gonna participate.”

Linebacker Christian Kirksey recently explained the demonstration by saying, “We respect our veterans, respect our military. We’re not protesting against them. We just have our reasons of why we’re doing what we’re doing.”

The NFL is under attack and those who benefit most are biting the hand that feeds them.

John Sexton: How Google uses its power to silence critics – “Google uses its significant financial power and influence to squash critics. That’s the conclusion from two former critics both of whom were pressured after publishing stories critical of the company’s practices.” The FOSS (free and open source) ethic at Google produces many benefits but how the company goes about protecting the income stream that supports it is raising many questions and concerns.

John Hinderaker: Trump Administration Cancels Oppressive Obama Employment Regulations – “This is one of many similar stories we have seen over the past seven months, which cause one to question the judgment of those who claim to be conservatives, but who favored Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.”

This was one of many regulations that the lame duck Obama administration put in place, or set in motion, while it was on its way out the door. President Obama didn’t want to take responsibility for such absurdly burdensome regulations while still in office, but left them as poison pills for his successor. The Trump administration has wisely killed a number of such wasteful and pointless regulations.

Kudos to Donald Trump and his administration. If Congressional Republicans would quit sniping at President Trump and instead try to match his performance in office, we could get somewhere.

Meanwhile John McCain writes blistering op-ed on Washington dysfunctioncalling for an end to Washington dysfunction and imploring his fellow legislators to stand up to President Trump.” Where did this sentiment exist in regard to the previous administration? Where are the current President and Congress in regard to promises to the electorate? Who is getting the job done and who is not?

“We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities,” McCain wrote of Mr. Trump. “We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates. We don’t answer to him. We answer to the American people. We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation.”

The people spoke. McCain is in denial.

Paul Mirengoff: Justice Scalia on “the very human realities” in Arpaio’s Arizona – “Whichever way one comes down regarding President Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, I think it’s important to recognize the context in which Arpaio took the over-zealous law enforcement actions that led to his conviction.” Citing “Justice Scalia in his opinion (concurring in part and dissenting in part) in Arizona v. U.S.” and Daniel Horowitz the context is that of a fundamental right of the States to protect their identity as sovereign entities. Points made include:

There is something fundamentally wrong when people delegitimize the pardon of one sheriff — whether you agree or disagree with Trump’s decision — but unquestionably support the de facto judicial pardons of millions of illegal aliens, including some of the most violent ones, even though courts manifestly lack such power.

And

For me, the story here is less about hypocrisy than about realizing what can easily happen when the federal government abrogates its duty to enforce laws that are vital to the safety and well-being of certain communities.

Arpaio is another case of attempting to override and overrule the electorate who voted him to be sheriff. The hate spewed in his direction opposing the pardon is also telling.

Ashley McGuire: Hurricane Harvey photo proves chivalry is alive and well in America – “This is no time for jokes or sarcasm. The picture however, is a reminder of the reality that men and women are different, and that those differences can serve society for the better.”

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Brain missing, regressed, or something?

Cheryl K. Chumley: Trump coded kiss-off letter the work of childish left – “Ooh, a secret code. Like a 9-year-old might write.” and this from a professor at UCB.

Kammen, an energy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, just resigned his post as science envoy at the U.S. Department of State. In a letter to the president, posted on his Twitter account, he wrote of Trump’s “failure to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis” and the subsequent “domestic and international ramifications” that brought as fueling his resignation decision.

Specifically, he wrote: “Particularly troubling to me is how your response to Charlottesville is consistent with a broader pattern of behavior that enables sexism and racism and disregards the welfare of all Americans, the global community and the planet.”

And here’s the really clever part.

At the beginning of each paragraph, Kammen used a word that began with a letter that, when read downward, spelled the word “impeach.”

That’s not just passive-aggressive. That’s just stupid. It’s like the mysteries of the universe unfolding — only, Not.

Is this what the left has become — the political equivalent of the religious world’s Wiccans? As if sneakily inserting messages of “impeach” will actually bring about the hoped-for impeachment. As if the childish coding will serve as the magic elixir, the witchlike spell, that secures the impeachment success.

The reaction to the President’s calling out behavior rather than identity, such as this example illustrates, registers. The childishness is telling.

The Washington Times: Assault on the thin blue line – “The campaign against the cops is leading to a very bad place.” The pardon of Sherriff Arpaio controversy fits into this. Professor Kammen has chosen a side that supports the campaign.

The expansion of civil unrest across the American landscape is ominous enough, but the ferocity of the abuse of the nation’s men and women in blue is more alarming still, a precursor to anarchy. The truly deplorable who hold the upholders of the law in contempt must get a grip, or be restrained, before the violence crosses the line into a primitive land of no return.

The trend, whether cause and effect, nevertheless accompanies the leftists, usually dressed in black masks, who challenge the law as the police follow a strategy of avoiding confrontation.

the police, obviously under instructions from the top, did almost nothing to keep combatants apart, enabling and encouraging the violence.

The line between civilization and anarchy is blue and thin, and left-wing radicals imagine they can achieve their goals by spilling blood, breaking bones and striking fear in the hearts of the innocent and the law-abiding. This will lead society into a new place in America, where nobody should want to go.

Patricia McCarthy: Arpaio Pardoned, RINOs melt down – “What on earth has happened to the moral and political sensibilities of Paul Ryan, John McCain, Jeff Flake, Jeb Bush, etc.?

Arpaio was found in contempt of court after a Clinton-appointed judge, Susan Bolton, ordered him to stop enforcing the law, detaining people he suspected (or knew) to be illegal immigrants. It was the judge who broke the law as so many of our activist judges have over the last decade. They do not want laws that protect our borders enforced. Such judges are traitors to the nation as well.

How have we come to the point at which the Republican leadership in Congress is so consistently on the wrong side of their stated principles?

James Fotis: Trump’s pardon of ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio was the right (and courageous) thing to do – “Despite knowing he would face criticism, the president did what was right.”

Arpaio was convicted by a federal judge in July of criminal contempt after being charged with violating a court order that attempted to prevent suspected illegal immigrants from being targeted by the sheriff’s traffic patrols. The sheriff acknowledged continuing the patrols, but said that targeting was not the focus.

Arpaio’s conviction arose out of a lawsuit wrongfully accusing the sheriff’s office of violating the rights of Hispanics, allegedly using racial profiling tactics to identify people for traffic stops, and detaining convicts based only on the suspicion that they were illegal immigrants.

Hearing testimony during Arpaio’s trial, I realized that any reasonable person who was there to pass judgment on this honest law-abiding man – who gave his life to the rule of law – could never have found him guilty on the evidence presented.

However, the only one who could pass judgment on the former sheriff was U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, because Arpaio was denied his right to a jury trial under the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The judge’s verdict convicting Arpaio was a travesty of justice.

The Washington Post, as one might expect, has a sob story of an immigrant who spent a year in Arpaio’s tent city jail to try to refute Trump’s pardon. Slate also shows its colors headlining The Arpaio Pardon Is a Bad Sign for the Mueller Investigation and Trump’s Revenge with articles asserting “that Trump has no respect for the rule of law” and “Arpaio was not convicted for his relentless and well-documented brutality, but for criminal contempt” and calling Arpaio “sadistic.”

It is interesting that Luboš Motl is providing the more reasonable school in U.S. civics. He says Trump had moral duty to pardon political prisoner Arpaio – “My understanding is that he has never tangibly hurt or restricted someone who wasn’t an illegal immigrant.”

But just like Europe, America is filled with organized activists who find the illegal immigration desirable. So they’re telling you: You aren’t allowed to look whether someone looks like an illegal immigrant, listen whether he quacks like an illegal immigrant, and you’re not even allowed to take his lack of documentation into account.

And some judges have issued verdicts with these ludicrous statements, too.

The reaction I found most stunning was one by Noah Feldman, … But I am primarily disgusted by Feldman’s words that “Trump has attacked the rule of law in the U.S. itself”. What? The pardon for Arpaio is surely a middle finger for a certain clique of judges and other activists who loved to imagine that they’re omnipotent but they’re not and they’re not the same thing as the rule of law. In fact, they’re much closer to the rule of lawlessness.

Trump’s pardon for Joe Arpaio is a textbook example of a pardon that the founding fathers had in mind. The pardon was incorporated as an extra tool to reverse decisions that are partially driven by angry mobs, that haven’t really defined what the crime is supposed to be, and that are too cruel given the age or other characteristics of the defendant.

Allahpundit points out the absurdities from a Former GOP senator: We need to make clear that Trump doesn’t represent what the Republican Party stands for – but “He beat 16 candidates to win the party’s presidential nomination. And not JV-level candidates like Romney did in 2012, either.

Trump defeated them all easily in nearly every major primary. And once he was nominee, they all fell in line behind him. It bears stressing this: He’s the same guy now as he was last year. There have been various shocks during his first seven months but no true surprises. The party chose him expecting him to be this guy, elected him expecting him to be this guy, and is now being rewarded by having him be this guy. Even with no significant legislation passed, daily distractions on Twitter, sniping at congressional Republicans, needless self-made clusterfarks over some of the “very fine people” in the alt-right, conflicts of interest, and sporadic Russiagate developments, he still enjoys the backing of 75-80 percent of GOPers or better in most polls. When Kevin Williamson, disgusted, warned Republicans after Trump finished off Cruz in the Indiana primary, “Remember, you asked for this,” he wasn’t just warning them about the chaos to come. He was acknowledging a plain fact. We did in fact ask for this.

John Danforth can comfort himself over that if he likes by asserting that Trump doesn’t represent Republicans, but Republicans themselves have been pretty clear over the past 26 months what their view of that is. You don’t need to like what the party’s become, but we’re late in the game now to insist that it hasn’t already become that.

It is rather amazing how this “self-made clusterfarks over some of the “very fine people” in the alt-right” myth sticks despite it being an unsupportable misperception. Neither UCB professors nor pundits with a distaste for Trump are honest enough to go look at the transcript of what Trump actually said and read it carefully without bias.

Rowan Scarborough: Democrats intentionally used disinformation from Russia to attack Trump, campaign aides – “the public record shows that Democrats have willfully used Moscow disinformation to influence the presidential election

Some Democrats have widely circulated the discredited information. Mr. Steele was paid by the Democrat-funded opposition research firm Fusion GPS with money from a Hillary Clinton backer. Fusion GPS distributed the dossier among Democrats and journalists. The information fell into the hands of the FBI, which used it in part to investigate Mr. Trump’s campaign aides.

Clarice Feldman: Crying Wolf in a Crowded Theater – “In the Federalist, Stella Morabito does a stellar job explaining exactly how media manipulated people into a “nervous breakdown“ over the events in Charlottesville, a breakdown that has created a feeling of alienation and hatred toward our fellow citizens.”

She explains the three potent weapons they utilized to this end: “the manipulation of our language; the deliberate use of such loaded language to cultivate extreme emotions in people, particularly anger and resentment; and the role of mass media as a nuclear device to impose those perceptions on a mass scale.” … “The whole point of manipulating language is to obfuscate in order to control.”

I agree with her and that’s why I find so disturbing the efforts of the large Internet giants to regulate free speech on their sites. Also distressing is internet giants, movie stars, and commercial enterprises supporting the Southern Poverty Law Center, the money sucking partisan outfit intent on shutting down one side of all debate. It is so inimical to the right of free speech (even if it offends) with which 83% of us agree.

Everyone who isn’t buying this baloney is being targeted.

With businesses like Google, PayPal, and Facebook allowing SPLC to declare who and what constitutes “hate” — often because the management shares SPLC’s blinkered view — perhaps Congress ought to consider a Bill of Rights for the internet if free speech is not to be unreasonably occluded and one side again being given the only voice in the marketplace of ideas, to our great detriment.

Feldman’s recommendation is a good one. Read Stella Morabito on America’s Post-Charlottesville Nervous Breakdown Was Deliberately Induced.

Ned Ryun: The real threat to our republic is the Orwellian Antifa – “Over the past few months, we have finally entered the fully realized historical revisionism promised in George Orwell’s “1984,” in which the motto, “Who controls the present controls the past.

For all the talk of Trumpian bluster or exaggeration, there is only one group that seeks to systematically and violently achieve its goals here in the United States on a broad scale: the so-called “anti-facist” movement, now commonly called “Antifa.” And the goal? It’s not “anti-facist” or “anti-racist” as they attempt to portray themselves. It’s the systematic elimination of free speech, free assembly, and free thought via any means necessary, including violent protest, the media and Orwellian revisionism.

This violence against reprehensible, yet innocent citizens, and more importantly, law enforcement, which the Antifa routinely violently opposes, is not the result of a few bad apples. It’s the fundamental philosophy of the loose confederation of Antifa cells, much of it laid out for all to read on “how to” websites.

Increasingly, the violence we are seeing on the streets is not the result of the alt-right movement, but of the Antifa movement imposing their views on our society: tearing down statues, burning the American flag, shutting down town hall meetings, destroying private property and looting. All of it tactical toward achieving the goals of destroying the American culture, society and economy. Never mind that the tactics are themselves the tactics of the fascist.

Rebecca Onion: The Angle: Leave the Guns Edition – “Why should protesters ever need to carry weapons? Connor McLean argues that permitted rallies should disallow the kinds of strapped-up displays we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia.” What is getting sidestepped is that weapons is not just firearms.

John Sexton: LA Times: Restrict the Second Amendment at First Amendment rallies – “The argument is that free speech is too important to restrict but, for safety’s sake, police should be willing to tell people no guns allowed at outdoor rallies.”

I suspect the editorial writers for the LA Times are not gun owners and, maybe, don’t know any gun owners. But it’s worth noting that despite having two ostensibly opposing groups of armed people in Charlottesville, no shots were fired. It wasn’t the gun owners who got violent, it was the kids with flagpoles and one nut with a muscle car.

John Hinderaker: Far-Left Bullies Suppress Civil Rights In California – “The “heckler’s veto” is not recognized in American law, but it is increasingly becoming a fact of life in American cities.”

The hecklers are always from the far left, and they generally come armed. This is a scandal of major proportions, but is rarely recognized as such.

Rather than defending Patriot Prayer’s First Amendment rights, local authorities slandered the group in order to justify their own inaction:

“White supremacist” has become a catch-all epithet for anyone the Democrats don’t like.

So what happened? A vicious mob of antifa fascists swarmed the area while police stood by, threatening the “right wing” rally.

Does hunting down your political enemies with baseball bats an ax handles count as “hate”? Of course not!

The Associated Press describes an armed mob seeking to beat up people with whom they disagree politically as “anti-fascist”–with a straight face! What a time we live in.

So those who oppose the far left–surely a majority, even in California–are not allowed to assemble. This is an intolerable (not to mention illegal) situation. It can’t be allowed to continue.

Jonathan H. Adler: Why Gorsuch’s speech to a private group at the Trump Hotel does not raise serious ethical issues – “this is another example of the selective and somewhat-partisan invocation of judicial ethics concerns.” Somewhat partisan?

Neo-neocon: Presidents and lies – “it demonstrates how reluctant I am to use the word “lie” to refer to an error that comes from campaign hyperbole or ignorance. If it’s ignorance, I’ll criticize the ignorance, not a “lie” that isn’t really a lie. And I try to do the same for each side.”

That’s why I get so angry when I hear Obama supporters excusing him by saying “all presidents lie.” Not like Obama, they don’t.

About that most fundamental thing—his political points of view, and his plans for the country as president—Trump (at least so far) appears to have been telling the truth. Which is sort of funny, because during the campaign a lot of us suspected he might have been lying and had no intention of trying to do most of the things he said he would try to do. If during his campaign Obama seemed more trustworthy than he actually turned out to be (although I don’t think I was fooled; see this post), than Trump as president so far has been more trustworthy in that respect than he seemed to be during the campaign.

DCE: This Is How Science Is Supposed To Work – “the New York Times editorial claiming that we should trust climate scientists because of the recent eclipse certainly had me scratching my head.”

The “climate scientists” have discarded much of this, telling us instead to “Trust us. We’re scientists!” instead of showing us their work, the algorithms they’ve used to run their calculations, or even the data and other factors they’ve used to come up with the conclusion that “We’re all gonna DIE!” if we don’t impoverish ourselves to stop climate change. They are sounding more and more like Professor Irwin Corey – The World’s Foremost Authority, all the time. I wouldn’t mind that all that much if they were nearly as funny as he was. While he used his scientific sounding gobbledygook to comic effect, the so-called climate scientists are serious, at least when it comes to making sure they keep receiving funding.

It would be nice if they got back to doing real science.

Hurricane Harvey in Texas caused a lot of damage and there were a number of victims. There were also stories of another sort. William Bruso, a taxi driver, got a new friend he named after the hurricane. “As thousands evacuated the Houston area ahead of the Category 4 hurricane and others hunkered down, one hawk sought refuge in a car in Houston on Friday.” Fernando Alfonso III reports on the Dog carrying bag of food after Hurricane Harvey becomes viral hero – The grandson’s dog got loose but was found carrying his food.

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Derangement on parade

J.J. Sefton: How Can There Be “Right Wing Extremists” If the Right Believes in Individual Liberty and Freedom, OR Why the Left-Center-Right Paradigm Is a Myth – “Because we are human beings, we are all prone to the usual foibles, failings, sins and idiosyncrasies that have plagued us since time immemorial. But that doesn’t mean that the concepts of good and evil don’t exist.”

In order for its weltanschauung to make any sense at all to its adherents, as well as to justify its actions in a broader context, the Institutional Left (and I already have a problem with that monicker considering the subject of this essay, but more on that later) is constantly propagandizing in every forum and classroom the concept of “multiple perspectives.” In essence, as the Buffalo Springfield crooned 50 years ago “nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.” It’s a neat pseudo-intellectual parlor trick— and it’s totally disingenuous.

So, if this is the case how can there be extremists on both sides? It makes no sense. There is no moral equivalency between the two sides. THERE IS NO LEFT/RIGHT PARADIGM. There are only those who believe in freedom and liberty and those who do not; or more precisely, those who are willing to take advantage of the good nature and gullibility of all too many to seize control and to tear down America as founded, Judeo-Christianity, the Scottish Enlightenment, free market capitalism and every other aspect of real human progress the aforementioned have fostered over the past 2,000 years of history.

It is way past time we took back the language and set the record straight and reject this blood-libeling. Make them face up to their history…. Before they rewrite ours.

Joseph Curl: USA Today runs by the fake news story playbook – “ USA Today “broke” it in a huge scoop on Monday: “Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds to pay agents because of Trump’s frequent travel, large family.”

And here’s the really interesting part: It doesn’t matter — now — that the story was shot down. Trump and his family didn’t cause the problem, it’s existed for a decade. But the story — the fake report that Trump and his family are to blame — is out there now, alive on the interwebs. And that story feeds the half of America that voted against Trump. “Did you hear? All of Trump’s travel is bankrupting the Secret Service!” will be heard ‘round the water cooler this week.

So it doesn’t matter if it’s true — it’s out there. And it doesn’t matter that the USSS director later added context. Nor does it matter that when Obama and his wife took separate planes to Hawaii, one day apart — costing taxpayers an extra million dollars — that liberals and the MSM defended them. Because (and here’s the real point here) EVERYTHING TRUMP DOES IS WRONG.

There. You got it? Good. Remember — everything, wrong.

And that’s how fake news works.

S.A. Miller and Dave Boyer: Trump blames ‘dishonest media’ for misreporting of his Charlottesville comments at Phoenix rally – “President Trump called Tuesday for an end to the racial divisiveness roiling the country and blasted the news media for misreporting his reaction to the deadly violence at a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia.”

The president, who has suffered ongoing criticism of his response to Charlottesville and been blamed for stoking racial tensions, said the “dishonest media” was misreporting his response and trying to tar his administration with racial hatred.

“It’s time to expose the crooked media deceptions and to challenge the media for their role in fomenting division,” Mr. Trump told a crowd of thousands in the Phoenix Convention Center. “And yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage. You see that.”

Dana Perino got caught up in this when she asserted that Trump left a “haven” for the extremists in his comments. Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, a sponsor of NASCAR, also fell for the fake news and insulted many of his customers. The New Americana Staff has the story about What really happened with Camping World CEO and Mark Martin – “Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, made some untimely comments on CNBC that exploded onto social media.”

The press made the connection between the tiki brigade and Trump, because that’s what they think. They used this CEO just to keep their own narrative. I disagree with how the president handled Charlottesville, but I don’t think he instigated it like the media wants us to believe. Whatever Lemonis really believes, he’s entitled to clarify (and he should have been asked to).

“I’m quite frankly very sad and scared, living in this country were we are so aggressive with each other that it’s taken out the spirit of what this country stands for,” Lemonis said in the video. “I’ll continue to take the damaging tweets, I’ll continue to take the damaging Facebook posts, I continue to take the death threats.”

But all of that could have been avoided if he was not propped up as a tool of #Resist. Lemonis really should have blamed the media. This was totally their fault.

It is interesting that a bunch of folks carrying TIKI torches looking like they were headed to a back yard party are equated with a bus load of folks in masks carrying baseball bats and pepper spray cans. It appears this media fantasy may have done damage to the TIKI brand as well as to Camping World … and that is only the most visible damage.

Cheryl K. Chumley: CNN’s Don Lemon dares to pin Trump as liar – “That’s kind of the pot calling the kettle black, yes?

Well, now comes Lemon, bringing up the rear with an outright attack on Trump’s Phoenix rally.

“I’m just going to speak from the heart here,” Lemon said, The Hill reported. “What we witnessed is a total eclipse of the facts. Someone who came out on stage and lied directly to the American people and left things out that he said in an attempt to rewrite history, especially when it comes to Charlottesville.”

Wait; there’s more.

Well, here’s a thought: It’s the left and its whole “Resistance Summer” mindset, impeach-Trump mantra, that’s been busy tearing apart the country with riots in the streets, burnings on college campuses, antifa-inspired attacks on innocents. But it’s Trump’s who’s now expected to step in and bridge the gap between the anarchists from the left and the law and order crowd on the right?

Doesn’t make sense.

But then again, neither does the left’s entire way of thinking.

For more on the media lash-out, see Peter Barry Chowka: CNN Viciously Attacks POTUS for Phoenix Speech and Suggests He’s a National Security Threat and Nicholas Fondacaro: MSNBC Cuts Away from Trump Rally to Smear Him and Supporters. Also featured in headlines is a Clinton judgment that Trump is a creep and made her “skin crawl” when he stood behind her. Then there’s James Clapper asserting that Trump is “unfit” and how disturbed he is. This level of hostility grates on people, especially when they compare and contrast to what they actually see.

WeirdDave: I Need to Find a Dark Room – “Washington Post: When ‘free speech’ becomes a political weapon … First of all, I’d like to point out one tiny detail: THAT’S THE ENTIRE POINT OF FREE SPEECH.”

The problem is that ” the internationalist, secular, cosmopolitan, multicultural liberalism that marks the thinking of educated elites of both parties” is poison. It’s wrong. It’s EVIL. So yeah, maybe using free speech to attack and destroy it is a pretty good idea. It’s the entire reason the 1st Amendment was created in the first place.

“We had to destroy the village in order to save it” logic at it’s finest. So CPUSA needed to be opposed because it was interfering with the sacred leftist agenda, never mind that it was interfering by advocating for taking it to it’s logical conclusion, which was anathema to most Americans and might make them resist the sacred cows of the left.

There’s more, but it’s all just unhinged lunacy. Read the whole thing, but I warn you, your brain will be reeling afterwards.

Democracy Dies in Delusion.

Jazz Shaw: We’d like a word with your woke 8 year old if that’s okay – “This is a phenomenon I’ve been noticing in more liberal media outlets (and particularly on Twitter) for a while now, but it involves some rather “delicate” questions.

David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon finally rips off the bandage this week and says what I’m guessing many of you were already thinking. Yeah.. right. Your “woke elementary schooler” is really upset over all of this, we’re sure. And they came up with such ideas all on their own. Pull the other one, guys… it’s got bells on it.

But a kid in third grade? I’m calling BS unless you’d care to back it up. There are two obvious answers, neither of them particularly attractive for the claimant. The first (and worse) is that you’re making the story up out of whole cloth to either make your point with extra emotional punch or to simply make yourself look like a better parent. (As David suggests above.) The second is that your kid may have actually said something along those lines, but only because you’ve been inundating them with talking points they probably don’t even grasp and coaching them to say such things. Whether you’re doing it to indoctrinate them in “approved thinking” for later or simply to get a good story out of it makes little difference.

Obviously nobody would want to volunteer to put their child through something like that and in the real world we shouldn’t demand it. But we can at least ask the people making these claims if they’re really comfortable with what they’re doing to their kid’s mind at an age when they should be outside skipping rope or riding a bike.

Neo-neocon: Reversals – Jacobson: “the denial of the truth that both sides were violent seems to go beyond mere criticism, into a reversal of reality.” … “The phrase “reversal of reality” made me think of this from Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four

The Heckler’s Veto is a growing concern. Andrea Noble: Gun rights groups concerned over protestors carrying firearms at rallies – “They’ve represented gun owners in some of the highest-profile cases to hit the courts in recent years, but the Second Amendment Foundation won’t defend groups that hold public armed protests, saying that crosses a line.” Never mind that it is an unrealized, irrational fear. There must be a line when it comes to the right of self defense. The symbol of that right, even though enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, must be restricted on a symbolic basis, just because.

“There are many in the gun community who believe the open carriers pose a big threat to gun rights because they are so aggressive and so in the face of other people in controversial settings that it could lead to a backlash,” said Adam Winkler, a gun rights scholar and constitutional law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

In fact, the backlash has already begun.

The issue gets even more complicated when groups of firearms owners show up en masse carrying their weapons.

That happened in Charlottesville, where a contingent of armed demonstrators attended the event, and in some cases were described as having done a better job than police at breaking up skirmishes between rallygoers and protesters.

Despite the violent clashes, no shots were fired at the event.

As happened in Berkeley and at Charlottesville, the police were instructed to stand down. That leaves a gap and the danger is not by those who fill that gap but those who made it.

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Faux Outrage in Many Forms – “This should make your blood run cold”

Alex Swoyer: Conservatives launch campaign to bolster Trump’s judges, pressure Democrats – a case study in plausible deniability is being challenged.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, has pushed back at the allegations of obstruction by her party and said her colleagues are simply “doing their due diligence in reviewing these nominees.”

Democrats also say Mr. Trump has been slow to name nominees for many of the federal openings.

Where nominees have been picked, though, Democrats are using all of their procedural tools to extend the debate.

Michael Bertolone: When Will New Orleans Apologize for the Italian Lynchings? – “Mayor Landrieu’s virtue signaling only goes so far. For example, when will the mayor issue a formal apology to Italian Americans, who were the victims of one of the largest lynchings in U.S. history in 1891?” If you look at sources such as Wikipedia and even the NAACP, you’ll see that lynchings were less of a problem than the intra-black murder in Chicago is right now and that blacks were not the only victims. This just follows other ‘faux outrage’ such as described by Thomas Sowell – Misconceptions About Slavery on YouTube.

Italians are now grouped in with “white oppressors,” but in the late 1800s and early 1900s, they weren’t considered “white” and certainly did not have so-called “white privilege.”

The response by the American media of the time was largely one of approval. The murders caused a serious breach between Italy and the U.S., with diplomatic relations suspended for over a year. A payment of $25,000 to the dead men’s families healed the rupture. The lynchings triggered a decade of horror for Italian immigrants in the South, with repeated lynchings and riots in the Gulf area for the rest of the 1890s.

I submit that an appropriate atonement for this atrocity would be for Democratic Mayor Landrieu to apologize on behalf of the City of New Orleans and the Democrat in charge at the time, Mayor Shakspeare.

To the chagrin of the race-baiting left, history is messy, not clearly defined, and consists of shades of gray rather than strictly black and white. It’s interesting that groups now considered “white” were not classified as such not that long ago. The establishment have now transformed the victims of ethnic violence into their oppressors. As has been said, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The left clearly suffers from historical dementia.

On the other hand, sundance describes a case of getting down to a known reality that has been avoided to date: President Trump Begins Familiar Strategic Process – Pakistan Assigned Ownership of Afghanistan Extremism… – “A very familiar pattern is emerging as President Trump turns his attention toward solving the ongoing issues within Afghanistan.” No more tap dancing around just who is complicit in the international terrorism.

Last night as President Trump addressed the nation to discuss the ongoing conflict within Afghanistan he took the first step: Trump assigned strategic ownership to Pakistan:

If anything President Trump stated was not the brutal reality the placement of strategic ownership would not work. However, the entire international community knows that Pakistan, including their intelligence service ISI, has a great deal of hidden sympathy toward Islamic extremists within Afghanistan.

Last night President Trump called it out, publicly.

Remember, the solution to the threat that is Kim Jong-un was to assign direct responsibility toward Beijing. In a similar approach, the solution toward eliminating the threat of extremist violence from the Taliban is to assign direct responsibility toward Pakistan. President Trump began that process last night.

However, those who have followed closely will note there’s additional references.

See the pattern? In each example President Trump assigns responsibility. However, the important element is the underlying ownership must be based entirely on truth.

Additionally, this approach only works if there’s leverage to cajole Pakistan to act. Fortunately creating “leverage” is almost a uniquely Trumpian life-skill.

The U.S. military is not the leverage, the military helps creates leverage. The leverage itself is economic.

So far, this economic geopolitical approach has worked well with Syria/Russia, Qatar/Saudi Arabia and DPRK/China. No reason not to be optimistic about Afghanistan (Taliban)/Pakistan.

Pakistan brings up the interesting case of the Awan family. Andrew C. McCarthy takes up The Very Strange Indictment of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT Scammers – “It leaves out a lot of highly pertinent information.”

what’s the best evidence you could possibly have, the slam-dunk proof that their goal was to steal the money and never look back? That’s easy: One after the other, the wife and husband pulled up stakes and tried to high-tail it to Pakistan after they’d wired the funds there

Well, here’s a peculiar thing about the Justice Department’s indictment of Imran Awan and Hina Alvi, the alleged fraudster couple who doubled as IT wizzes for Debbie Wasserman Schultz and many other congressional Democrats: There’s not a word in it about flight to Pakistan.

First, let’s recap. As I explained about three weeks ago, there is a very intriguing investigation of the Awan family. There are about six of them — brothers, spouses, and attached others — who were retained by various Democrats as computer-systems managers at compensation levels dwarfing that of the average congressional staffer.

There are grounds to suspect blackmail, given (a) the staggering sums of money paid to the Awans over the years, (b) the sensitive congressional communications to which they had access, (c) the alleged involvement of Imran Awan and one of his brothers in a blackmail-extortion scheme against their stepmother, and (d) Wasserman Schultz’s months of protecting Awan and potentially impeding the investigation.

To summarize, the indictment is an exercise in omission. No mention of the Awan group’s theft of information from Congress. Not a hint about the astronomical sums the family was paid, much of it for no-show “work.” Not a word about Wasserman Schultz’s keeping Awan on the payroll for six months during which (a) he was known to be under investigation, (b) his wife was known to have fled to Pakistan, and (c) he was not credentialed to do the IT work for which he had been hired. Nothing about Wasserman Schultz’s energetic efforts to prevent investigators from examining Awan’s laptop. A likely currency-transportation offense against Alvi goes uncharged. And, as for the offenses that are charged, prosecutors plead them in a manner that avoids any reference to what should be their best evidence.

There is something very strange going on here.

McCarthy isn’t the only one noticing a fishy smell. Ace: Hmmm: Democrat Congresswoman’s Chief of Staff Wrote Off Equipment Which Disappeared In Hands of Awan Gang In a Manner Which Seems to Have Concealed The Equipment’s Vanishing – “Not sure of the motive for doing this. But It does seem to raise some questions in need of answers.”

I don’t know what’s going on here. Maybe the Awan brothers were selling government-bought equipment on the side.

But if that’s the case, why have so many Democrats seemed to affirmatively help them evade detection and prosecution? And even avoid losing their jobs?

To quote Mr. Plinkett, it would be best if the media took more of an investigative interest in this mystery than none at all.

Christopher Chantrill: Suppose BLM and Antifa Are Just Democratic ‘Muscle’ like the Old KKK – “The reason that Donald Trump won the Republican nomination was that he stood up for ordinary Republican voters that liberals routinely name and shame as racists, sexists, and homophobes.”

Ordinary middle-class Republicans know that, at any moment, they could be accused of racism by some SJW at work and lose their job. They are afraid; they want a president who will stand up for them.

The reason Donald Trump won the election was that his economic nationalism appealed to the white working class that is dying of despair, abandoned by the Democrats forty years ago.

Then came Charlottesville, and Donald Trump showed that he had our back. The problem, he said, is both sides. If President Trump does nothing more in his presidency, he has at least declared left and right extremists equivalent.

In the Jim Crow South, the KKK guerrillas now became the “muscle” for the Democratic Party. And the KKK role, apparently, was not so much to lynch blacks as to intimidate whites who might have a soft spot for the freedmen.

Now, ask yourself: are Stormfront and today’s KKK anyone’s political “muscle” today? Certainly not. For just about anyone on the right they are an embarrassment. We wish they would go away.

Now let us turn to Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Are they marginalized groups that liberals and Democrats are ashamed of? Certainly not.

The conclusion is obvious. Black Lives Matter and Antifa are “muscle” groups that perform the same function for today’s Democrats that the KKK performed for the Jim Crow South.

On this view you might think that the Trump voters are not racist sexist homophobes, but genuinely suffering under the unjust rule of the liberal “creative classes” and their BLM/Antifa enforcers, and that they elected Donald Trump to redress their grievances.

Ed Morrissey illustrates how deep the slander goes. Pence: Why no, Trump didn’t draw a moral equivalency in Charlottesville – “Mike Pence has to know that this question will come up in every interview he gives for the next week or two, right?” What is in front of your face is denied and contested if it does not fit what the anti-Trump bunch just knows is really right and they are persistent in the extrene.

Lauer notes that Pence is being “loyal” in Trump’s defense, which is part of the role of the VP. (It’s practically the only role of the VP.) Pence has his message discipline tight in these responses, implicitly relying on the same formulation I noted when asked about the comments in Chile. Pence wants to present all three Trump responses as a cohesive whole, which then allows Pence to argue that Trump’s comments about “fine people” come as a piece with his denunciations of white supremacy and bigotry, rather than as a sequence where the former undermines the latter. It’s Pence’s only play, but don’t expect the media to go along with it.

There is a false meme, and Morrissey is showing sympathy with it, that attempts to refute Chantrill.

Scott Johnson on William Henck: My IRS ordeal – “The IRS was at the center of the deepest scandals of the Obama administration. Bill Henck gave us a look from his perspective inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel.”

Every workday I walk past a mural in downtown Richmond that states, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” This matters. That’s why I’m speaking out. IRS executives are either accountable or they are not. If people in the administration and Congress want to hold IRS executives accountable, this case is their best (and probably last) opportunity to do so.

Before the TIGTA interview, I called the 17 employees I would be listing as witnesses. Several of them were too scared to talk to me. One of the others told me “please don’t put my job in jeopardy.” There is a real fear of retaliation within the IRS. I told the TIGTA agents that if I leave in November, they would be getting a whole bunch of “I don’t recall” when they talked to the witnesses.

I don’t know what else I can do. I really don’t.

Reynolds recommends Jonah Goldberg On Charlottesville, Trump, and Anti-Americanism – “Andy McCarthy has a great piece today where he fleshes out how hardcore, violent, leftist radicals are still admired, romanticized and lionized among mainstream American liberals.”

While, mainstream conservatives are expected – rightly – to denounce the alt-right, the Klan, neo-Nazis, et al., liberals take deep offense at the notion that they have any problem whatsoever to their radical left.

This raises a point I briefly made in my column yesterday. The alt-right does mainstream conservatism a favor by making it clear they do not want to be part of our movement, they want to be an alternative to it.

The funny thing is that if you actually read or listen to antifa, or virtually any of the radical groups today or in the past – ANSWER, Black Lives Matter, the Weathermen, the Black Panthers et al. – they make it quite clear that they want to be an alternative to mainstream or “corporate” liberalism.

The problem is liberals don’t want to acknowledge it. They love the popular front logic. They celebrate the passion and will of everyone from Occupy Wall Street types to Antifa. Remember how hard it was for mainstream liberals to say anything bad about Bill Ayers?

I’m reminded of this passage from Alan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind: “I have seen young people, and older people too, who are good democratic liberals, lovers of peace and gentleness, struck dumb with admiration for individuals threatening or using the most terrible violence for the slightest and tawdriest of reasons.” He continued: “They have a sneaking suspicion that they are face to face with men of real commitment, which they themselves lack. And commitment, not truth, is believed to be what counts.”

I am delighted to say that the alt-right doesn’t speak for me. I wish more liberals were as eager to say the same about the mask-wearing, violent, unpatriotic, anti-American radicals they are foolishly celebrating.

Moran: Did Google, GoDaddy, and CloudFlare Violate Net Neutrality?advocates frequently warn about the perils of internet service providers (ISPs) censoring the internet yet remain remarkably silent when Cloudflare, Google, and other companies censor free speech.”

Recently, liberal tech companies such as GoDaddy, Google, and Cloudflare declared war on free speech, vowing to scrub the internet of “hate speech.”

These Silicon Valley companies do not see the irony in their assault on free speech, considering that these companies have repeatedly suggested that removing net neutrality would allow ISPs such as Comcast or Verizon to block and discriminate websites and services. Google, Cloudflare, and GoDaddy blocked these websites, in essence, violating the neutrality of the Internet.

All of these companies contend that they can and should block content and services and that ISPs cannot choose how to operate their networks.

These companies have all decided to censor free speech when they have frequently championed free speech and the openness of the Internet when they have railed against what would allegedly happen if the FCC were to remove net neutrality.

Neo-neocon has more: Internet free speech threatened – “This is a chilling, must-read article. In it, William Jacobson quotes a post he wrote last Friday

“…[In the past there have been] attempts to intimidate internet hosting companies and companies that provide internet infrastructure to cut off access to the internet. [Previously] the effort has been focused on the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. People might not care that The Daily Stormer is taken down, but the history of leftist tactics show that the target universe will expand dramatically and it will not be long before efforts are directed, as they are now for advertisers, at mainstream conservative and right-of-center websites….

Companies like Cloudfare and others who provide internet infrastrucure will come under increasing pressure, and it won’t be limited to the Storm Fronts of the world. We know from history that the “hate” label is broadly applied for political purposes, and will be used only against right-of-center websites.

It certainly didn’t take long for that prediction to come true.

Nazis will be Nazis. Fascists will be fascists. Today they call themselves “Antifa” and the like, but they’re acting just like Hitler’s Brownshirts did, when they shouted down and assaulted anti-Nazi speakers. Now the violent thugs work in a more genteel fashion: they just pull the Internet plug on those they hate. You, Lauren Kirchner, are aiding and abetting a quintessentially fascist enterprise. Authoritarianism in service of any cause leads to a slave society despite the best intentions of those who helped usher it in.”

This should make your blood run cold.

Many threats from many directions need to be addressed.

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Some folks keep a lot hidden in the deep recesses of their minds

Clarice Feldman: Terry and the (Antifa) Bandits Will Inherit the Wind – “Hillary’s pal, Governor Terry McAuliffe, obviously thought he had another keen plan to keep his party from utter ruin.”

Buses bearing hundreds of Antifa in their distinctive masks and Unabomber garb, BLM, and other leftwing street thugs descended on the site, masked and armed with bats, clubs, and tear gas spray. They infiltrated the area set aside for Unite and when the police forced the legal demonstrators into the crowd, the Virginia police did nothing to stem the perfectly predictable violence. Indeed, at 11:52 a.m. Governor McAuliffe ordered the legal demonstrators out. When the mayhem continued, McAuliffe reportedly issued a stand-down order. It sure looks as if it was a setup. …
Harry Lewis observed: the governor and local Democrats wanted to foment violence “Because they want to depict the government as unable to maintain order, and violence is an acceptable way to achieve political objectives.”

The media to its shame, played along with the Democrats’ script.

Antifa gangs beat up reporters to stop them from filing their violent acts, something barely reported.

As is often the case, the Democrat propagandists, play on Jewish fears of anti-Semitism without noting the strong current in the most viable, best-funded and largest cohort of both sides in Charlottesville. Antifa is every bit as anti-Semitic as their counterparts on the far right

Indeed, days after the first very biased media coverage, some media been forced to pull back.

Nevertheless, the Times is still searching in vain for evidence that Trump is a racist.

It seems clear to me that the Democrats would happily destroy the country rather than accept losing it at the ballot box. Is it just me? I cannot see such thuggery persuading the voters in the states Hillary lost to switch back to her violence-supporting party or those who voted for pride in our nation and support for its constitutional guarantees of equal rights to jump ship to join anarchists, racists, communists, and rule by violence.

John Sexton: CNN’s take on Antifa: Peace through violence – “The left’s secret society of masked vandals is growing and they are seeking to normalize political violence.

CNN published an article today based on interviews with members of Antifa. The headline notes, “Activists seek peace through violence.” That seems to suggest there’s a real problem with what Antifa is doing but the rest of the article comes across as sympathetic to the group, even to their violence:

Now we’re arguing that violence is a reasonable response to “hate speech.” At least no one is trying to claim James Madison for support. As for the idea that history will decide, that’s another way Antifa is saying they don’t believe the actual law as it exists now applies to them. That’s why they wear masks and dress the same, so they can get away with it.

People who feel they can act above the law (so long as it’s for the right reason) are a danger to all of us. Responsible Americans should condemn Antifa rather than tolerate them.

Neo-neocon has more: CNN tries really really hard to say something bad about Antifa… – “This sort of thing is self-serving, sophistic claptrap from people who yearn to be considered as brave as the real Resistance during the real World War II fighting the real Nazis, and who have a love affair with violence themselves.”

Ed Morrissey: Judge to IRS: Start naming names – “Walton now has ordered the IRS to broaden their searches, both in time and in scope, in order to get this scandal fully resolved one way or the other.”

The IRS had hoped to close off demands for more discovery, arguing that too much time had elapsed and that there were no indications that further searches would be fruitful. In short, they argued that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit were merely on a fishing expedition. “The United States should not be held to respond to far-reaching inquiries,” the Department of Justice argued.

That’s a rather gutsy statement, considering that the IRS admitted just a few months ago that it had suddenly discovered seven thousand undisclosed documents relating to the scandal. The problem in this scandal is that the inquiries clearly haven’t reached far enough. But it raises an interesting question: why is the DoJ still siding with the IRS in the case of conservative targeting by the agency? For that matter, why is John Koskinen still the commissioner of the IRS?

J. Robert Smith provides perspective and context for the monument riots in The Great Robert E. Lee – “He was a man of integrity. He was a man of his place and time. He deserves our remembrance and respect.”

The left – and the mainstream media, the Democratic Party, the race industry, and establishment go-alongs – want to destroy our history. Destroy anything that honors the men who fought for the South in the Civil War. Destroy, as the left does – here and abroad – history that doesn’t comport with its worldview. Destroy it or ignore it and rewrite it, as the Stalinists did. As Orwell warned.

That’s a villainous mindset. It contains an awfully destructive logic if not defeated.

we live in dumbed down times, when schools fail to teach, or foist revisionist history on our kids; when history is barely remembered, much less understood; when tens of millions of citizens are open to falsehood, misrepresentation, and certainly lack of context about the momentous events and times and people in the past who shaped our nation.

Modern Americans often travel across state lines. They relocate for work or lifestyle. They fail to appreciate mid-19th-century life. Though change was coming, Americans were still overwhelmingly rural, rarely venturing more than a dozen miles from their villages or farms. The nation was only loosely knitted together through the Revolution, rudimentary media, religion, and culture. The Civil War commenced just 72 years after Washington was sworn in as president.

Racism was prevalent throughout the nation. Lee’s thinking was deemed progressive. The temptation is to impose early 21st-century sensibilities on Lee, whose correspondence is 161 years ancient.

The North and South were diverging. The former was industrializing, while the latter remained agrarian. The North’s demographics were changing, with influxes of European immigrants. The North had started to urbanize.

Lee, like many Southerners, fought for independence, not slavery. Those Southerners fought Northern tyranny – so perceived, though erroneous. Had it been a divorce, the South would have filed on grounds of irreconcilable differences.

The Civil War greatly shaped our nation. It’s intrinsic to our history, our reality. It has a truth – terrible, tragic, noble. Leftist revisionists be damned.

That’s why it is still the “war between the states” in the South. Slavery was chosen, via Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, as a primary symbol for the conflict to make it easier to swallow the need for the horror and destruction. “Up until September 1862, the main focus of the war had been to preserve the Union. With the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation freedom for slaves now became a legitimate war aim.” [civilwar.org] There was much more to the conflict and those who choose monuments as their symbol for social discord attempt to sweep that history out of sight rather than learn from it.

In many ways, the Civil War was the second war by the U.S. to free slaves. The first was the Revolutionary War that freed indentured servants (wikipedia – “Between one-half and two-thirds of white immigrants to the American colonies between the 1630s and American Revolution had come under indentures.”) and an oppressed population.

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The endless hazing of summer

George Neumayr: The Endless Hazing of Trump by Sanctimonious Frauds – “The partisan pettiness of their nitpicking is beyond parody.”

The self-appointed ruling class is overflowing with egomaniacs and heartless operators who, oblivious to the irony of their own pouting, decry Trump’s “ego” and question his “heart.” Has America ever had to endure a more insufferable collection of frauds? When not sating themselves at Margaret Sanger award galas and Black Lives Matters powwows, they can be heard lecturing Americans on “racial healing” and a culture without violence.

A host of “conservatives,” who are just me-too liberals looking for pat on the head from the media for their “fairness” and “decency,” jumped at the chance to smear Trump for his supposedly “disgraceful” response to the Charlottesville violence. Beneath all of their virtue-signaling blather lay a demand to Trump born of their own PC-deferring cowardice: unless you say what the self-appointed ruling class wants you to say and say it in the manner they want it said, while not saying what they don’t want you to say, you are a racist. From their hyperactive rantings, one would have thought that his Saturday tweet linked to Mein Kampf. In fact, it was a blameless condemnation of violence and bigotry. But it was troublingly “generic,” the ranters bleated. And how dare he suggest that violence emanates from many “sides.”

Tammy Bruce: The deadly impact of identity politics – “By conflating white supremacists and Trump supporters, the ‘Resistance’ pours hate on hate.”

In the aftermath of the horror of the Charlottesville riot, there’s been less condemnation by the media and the left of the neo-Nazi that is charged with murdering Heather Heyer and injuring at least 19 others than there has been of President Trump.

Instead of addressing our increasingly toxic political and social environment, the answer for the media and the political class was to pour more gas on the fire.

Suddenly, Mr. Trump was responsible for the carnage, and even worse, the Nazis on-site in Charlottesville were his base (we’re told), ergo all Mr. Trump’s supporters are Nazis, too. The intent from the start was to conflate the president and all conservatives with white supremacy and the obscenity in Charlottesville.

The concerted effort by the so-called “Resistance” to further divide this nation is disgusting and dangerous. By singularly focusing on such a craven goal of race hatred and suspicion, and conflating white supremacists with all Trump voters, they not only ignore the real issue of the danger of identity politics, they contribute to it.

Ralph Z. Hallow: Unbalanced moral outrage helps America how, exactly? – “The left, which encompasses just about all the U.S. news media, the Democratic Party, and some Republicans who repeat what the left says, whether given a cracker or not, control the commanding heights in our culture.”

America has never been in greater need of leaders who will cast political cowardice and political correctness to the wind and tell it exactly as it is. One-sided moral outrage will only undermines an increasingly fragile melting pot. Mr. Trump’s second about-face Tuesday showed he’s most comfortable when following his own compass and telling swamp-dwelling advisers to go to hell.

John Hinderaker: Trump Tells The Truth, And The Press Goes Crazy – “Trump said there was blame on both sides. The press went ballistic.”

The AP wants us to believe that Trump’s statements were a disaster. His aides “stood in silence,” John Kelly “crossed his arms and stared down at his shoes,” Sarah Sanders “looked around the room trying to make eye contact with other senior aides.” And “[o]ne young staffer stood with her mouth agape.”

The AP never questions, however, that what Trump said was true. In fact, it was indisputable. … Anyone who has watched videos of the Charlottesville riot knows that Trump’s description is accurate.

This violence is unhelpful to the left-wing cause, so reporters and editors suppress references to it. They were delighted to have an opportunity to report, for a change, on right-wing violence perpetrated by James Fields. And they don’t want truth, or any sort of nuance, to get in the way.

It even infected the Washington Times: The sides of conflict – “A season of cultivated strife flares as a miserable summer wanes.” Interesting. They lambaste the President and then detail why he is right, anyway.

An honest and accurate examination of the “other side” of the struggle over these past few months would not fit the media narrative leading to Charlottesville as a symptom of what ails America in this summer of anger and vexation. The president’s talent for saying things to inflame the public conversation is matched by the leftmost elements of the liberal establishment, backed by the compliant media, to undermine and chip away at the authority of the national government.

The left has been in hot pursuit of racial strife since it made a hero of a petty thief who was killed when he tried to disarm a policeman in Ferguson, Mo., and the left declared war on the police everywhere.

On the other hand, the IBD says The Left Is Doing Exactly What White Nationalists Want – “It wasn’t long ago that Americans were being told repeatedly not to overreact to Islamic terrorism, because that would only serve as a terrorist recruiting tool. That’s worth remembering now, in the wake of the white supremacist attack in Charlottesville, Va.”

Why doesn’t this same logic apply to domestic terrorists of the white nationalist variety?

You wouldn’t know from the wall-to-wall hyperventilating coverage of the Charlottesville protests, but the protest march itself was underwhelming.

Mark Jarrett thinks that Trump gets it – “I listened to President Trump’s remarks yesterday from Trump Tower. Brilliant.”

The violence in Charlottesville, and the tearing down of Robert E. Lee’s statue there, and in Durham has made me angry and unhappy. I, like many Americans and Southerners of my generation, have seen the tremendous progress in racial harmony. I remember the bad old days and do not want to return there but I also do not like attacks on my ancestors.

Trump understands these actions are warm-ups. The progressives are tearing down Confederate statues and they are kicking and spitting on the memorials to the dead because they cannot yet kick and spit on President Trump and his voters. If they could imprison Trump and deport his voters, they would do that, and not worry about statues. They are lashing out where they can.

Progressives want a socialist society cleansed of traditional values. To get power, we, as a country, must reject our heritage of freedom and embrace Marxist values of state control. That is why they fight so hard to control the teaching of history and why they denigrate the ideals and values of the Founders and the pioneers.

J.R. Dunn: Big Plans on the Hard Left for November 4 – “One thing overlooked in the uproar over Charlottesville is that this was, evidently, merely a dress rehearsal for a much larger-scale effort planned for this Autumn.”

The idea seems to be a revival of the 1971 “Days of Rage” – an effort to shut down the country as a whole to force a change in government.

Clearly, the left has failed in the U.S., as they have everywhere else. Their plans have proved empty, their carefully structured systems have ossified to the point of paralysis, their pleas and promises are mere repetitions of rhetoric that was old in the 1930s. They have nothing to offer except violence, hatred, and eventual extinction. But they can still do a lot of damage as they go down the chute, keeping in mind that their descent may involve a process lasting decades.

They seem to be aware of this, and eager to carry out as much havoc as is humanly possible. This is very likely the plan for November 4th.

So circle November 4th on your calendars. On the date, avoid college campuses, federal buildings, and similar sites. Make necessary appointments for some other date. Pay attention to the news to assure that you won’t be inadvertently driving into a madhouse. Avoid wild conspiracy theories and rumors – they don’t help anyone but the agitators. Above all don’t panic. Fear God, dread naught, and keep your powder dry.

Jessica Chasmar: Georgia judge suspended after criticizing anti-Confederate protesters: ‘Leave history alone’ – Here’s what it takes to get a judge in trouble. No, not a gross usurpation of Constitutional authority or inanity in justice but rather a Facebook post criticizing law breakers. For example, consider The John Duarte trial is starting and you should pay attention by Jazz Shaw.

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Faux Outrage

They think they have something they do. Despite an immediate condemnation of violent and racist behavior, they are foaming at the mouth with ‘not enough’ and ‘not soon enough’ and they just know that Trump is evil and the cause of all they think is wrong. All the Antifa violence up to this point? No comment. But just wait until some of their brethren, groups that can be considered the other side, gather to protest and Antifa opposes in their typical manner.

Deal Hudson: Trump’s Error: Failing to Follow the Left’s Talking Points – “His opening line, I thought at the time, was perfectly phrased: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides. It’s been going on a long time in our country….” but that was not enough and not soon enough. See Ace on this, too. “He should have just come off the golf course with a club over his shoulder to offer a quickie statement. The media seems to approve of that.”

Errin Haines Whack reports:

The heads of the black, Hispanic, Asian and progressive caucuses are calling in the letter for the firings of the Trump administration officials in the wake of a violent, racist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The letter asserts their continuing presence in the White House is emboldening a resurgent white supremacist movement in America.

Victor Morton and Dave Boyer report on manufacturing council resignations.

CEO Brian Krzanich wrote in a blog post that he had “tendered my resignation from the American Manufacturing Council. I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing.”

Mr. Krzanich was the third high-profile resignation from the council Monday and the second to become public in just a few evening hours.

Thomas Lifson has Skokie and Charlottesville: Compare and Contrast Nazi marches – “So what was different this time? Clearly, it was the fact that unlike 40 years ago, the Left is prepared to violently prevent the exercise of First Amendment rights.”

And the conspiracies are being fed. DC Whispers reports that the Charlotsville “Unite the Right” Organizer Was Occupy Wall St. Activist & Obama Supporter! – “Well this is fishy. His name is Jason Kessler. He is the one cited as the organizer of the now infamous “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The thing is, Mr. Kessler’s arrival on the “alt right” and/or “White Nationalist” scene didn’t occur until November 2016.” Another fishy circumstance is Ace wondering: Did the Charlottesville Mayor Order Police to Stand Down, to Allow His Allies in #Antifa to Rough Up the Nazis?

The Nazis had a permit; antifa did not. (Say what you will about Nazis, but they’re bears for paperwork.)

Antifa raided the permitted Nazi rally space.

Police let them — and let beatings go on. They gave them Space to Destroy, as they say.

Cheryl K. Chumley describes where these ideas lead: Confederate statues today, book burnings tomorrow – “This is not how civil societies operate. And yet this is what the left has brought, and now cheers.”

A crowd of ignorant protesters pulled down a bronze Confederate statue that stood before a county government building in Durham, North Carolina — the angry national backlash to the Charlottesville brouhaha over the Robert E. Lee monument.

What’s next — burning books with offensive content?

Burning books written by those who used to own slaves? At the very least, museums will have to go.

So a crowd of radical socialist-minded protesters pulled down a monument which had stood since 1924 to honor the Americans who fought bravely in the Civil War. And this is what the left is cheering — a public show of thuggery and force that’s akin to the face-spitting of U.S. soldiers returning home from Vietnam?

Those who don’t know history are fated to relive it. If nothing else, Confederate monuments should stand as a reminder of America’s history and an opportunity for passersby to reflect.

Richard Fernandez: No more worlds to conquer and still out of money – “Behind hue and cry over the alt-right/ctrl-left clashes lurks the big stakes game for control of the state.”

Past tyranny operated through control of the state, via organs of censorship, surveillance, the criminal justice system and propaganda. Without these it is merely an impotent spirit of malice, condemned to haunt little bookstores and beer gardens. Neither Nazism nor Bolshevism was possible with a small state. From the Third Reich to Maduro’s Venezuela amts, diensts and bureaus have been the true foot inside the boot in the human face. Without Deep State actors ready to exploit it the Reichstag Fire would have just another alarm for the Berlin fire department.

What happens in riots is unimportant except as it affects control of the state.

The asymmetry in the strategic goals of Red and Blue derives from the importance of the state to each. For progressives, survival means retaining ascendance over the state. For the Red or Populist side, the goal is merely to keep the state from being ascendant over them.

The Populist Uprising and the Elite Resistance may have had high hopes at the start of 2017 but they are now dissolving in the realization neither side will readily yield. In the coming months each will sap the other’s strength while the external enemies — like China, Russia and North Korea — exploit the resulting gaps in the former unity.

Paul Mirengoff: Trump campaign repeatedly rejected efforts to set up Russia meetings – “the Post’s story, which it bills with the headline “Trump campaign emails show aide’s repeated efforts to set up Russia meetings,” seems like a significant setback for the Russia collusion story.”

Scott Johnson calls this a Collusion gone missing. “Wary of readers who may need to brush up on ancient history, the Post heavy hitters add that Manafort’s “Virginia home was raided by FBI agents three weeks ago as part of an investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III[.]” It’s amazing what you can do with nine reporters on a story like this.” Johnson also has a post concerning the DNC email “hack or leak” and the implications of recent revelations on that case.

Powerline has another by John Hinderaker on Why Global Warming Alarmism Is Wrong citing an interview by Dr. Judith Curry. “On balance, I don’t see any particular dangers from greenhouse warming. [Humans do] influence climate to some extent, what we do with land-use changes and what we put into the atmosphere. But I don’t think it’s a large enough impact to dominate over natural climate variability.”

Dreamhost, the company hosting this website, is tied up with the DOJ because of a website used by felonious inaugural day protests. The Techcrunch story headline is DreamHost is fighting DoJ request for 1.3M IP addresses of visitors to anti-Trump protest site. Slashdot cites an anonymous reader at The Verge : “The dispute focuses on a Justice Department demand for information on data related to disruptj20.org, which describes itself as a group of activists “building the framework needed for mass protests to shut down the inauguration of Donald Trump and planning widespread direct actions to make that happen.” ” Orin Kerr took A closer look at DOJ’s warrant to collect website records and provides a bit of background on what’s really happening.

Here’s my very tentative take, based on just a quick skim of the documents. First, it’s not obvious to me whether the warrant is problematic. Attachment B tells Dreamhost to turn over records to the government relating to “each account and identifier listed in Attachment A.” Notably, Attachment A doesn’t list any specific user accounts: It just lists the specific website. So the warrant seems to be telling Dreamhost to turn over pretty much everything it has on that website. I understand this to be Dreamhost’s objection. Dreamhost thinks the warrant should only require it to hand over specific records about specific users.

What makes this tricky, I think, is that Dreamhost is only involved in the initial search stage of a two-stage warrant. Computer warrants are ordinarily executed in two stages. First, the government gets access to all the electronic records. Next, the government searches through the records for the particularly described evidence. Courts have broadly allowed the government to follow this two-step procedure, in which they get all the stuff in the initial stage of electronic evidence warrants so that they can search it for the relevant evidence. Given that, Dreamhost’s objection is slightly off. As I read it, Dreamhost is essentially challenging the widely accepted two-stage warrant practice. Some federal magistrate judges in the “magistrate’s revolt” have made that argument, but they generally have been overruled at the district court level.

With that said, there’s an interesting and unresolved issue presented here: What’s the correct level of particularity for a website?

Now, keep in mind that both Go Daddy and Google have taken steps to drop a website used by one of the extremist groups involved in the recent riots. The pattern here is that of protecting anti-Trump extremists while punishing those that they think might be pro-Trump. The Silicon Valley community is taking sides in political matters and is manufacturing its opposition without regard to reality. Dreamhost, in this particular episode, is trying to protect felons. That is a bit more significant than the recent diversity brouhaha at Google. Where it fits with the domain registration and hosting for hate groups is a bit more difficult to discern – think of the bakeries and photographers being forced out of business for refusing to service parties they consider offensive to their religion.

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Logical fallacies examples

Robert Knight: Keeping elections honest – “What is “reasonable” when preventing vote fraud?

At issue in the American Civil Rights Union’s lawsuit against Broward County, Florida, whose weeklong trial ended last Wednesday, is what constitutes “reasonable” measures that must be taken to ensure accurate and up-to-date voter lists.

When the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), better known as Motor Voter, was enacted in 1993, it had two major parts. The first, pushed by Democrats, allowed for easy registration at various government agencies, such as the DMV and welfare offices. The second part, promoted by Republicans, required states and localities to use “reasonable” methods to ensure that only qualified voters are registered.

But in the past 24 years, no court has ever ruled on what is “reasonable,” and recent studies show that many jurisdictions are ignoring the requirement.

The trial is exposing a number of ‘problems’ with voting in Broward county as well as the Left’s entrenched position that there’s nothing to see.

Rowan Scarborough: Trump’s deals in Russia once encouraged even by Clintons now under scrutiny – “During the 2000s and early 2010s, Washington and its liberal press corps seemed to bless everything Russia.” But not now… “Any Trump associate who ever talked to a Russian is in danger of being subjected to an FBI interview.”

A trip that would have been normal Russian-American interaction, the type encouraged by Mrs. Clinton as secretary of state, became Mr. Carter’s nightmare.

“People are still missing the big factor,” Mr. Carter told The Times. “This is regarding their complete foreign policy and domestic policy failures that precipitated last year’s events and, secondly, the arrogant, unconstitutional moves made by Clinton-Obama-[former FBI Director James B.] Comey operatives despite the fact that they were unsuccessful as usual. This represented the real illegal influence on the 2016 election.”

Valerie Richardson: With Republican turnaround, state legislatures now foil liberal ballot measures – “Liberal activists are furious after spending millions of dollars to pass left-wing ballot initiatives in November in states such as Oklahoma, Maine and South Dakota, only to see Republican lawmakers use their legislative muscle to gut, modify or outright repeal them this year.” The article is a ‘what goes around comes around,’ quid pro quo, goose gander approach. It does raise the issues involved in democracy via plebiscite versus representative governance and the problems with the wisdom of the people in the heat of a propaganda flame war.

In other words, the left now is learning the hard way what the right has long known: Just because the voters pass a ballot proposal doesn’t mean the state legislature won’t fight it.

“Generally speaking, it’s true that if the legislature thought it was a good idea, they would have done it already,” said Craig Burnett, Hofstra University political science professor. “Almost every policy proposed by initiative is almost by construction out of sync with what the legislature wants. If they really wanted it, they could have done it already.”

“It all goes back to [Thomas] Jefferson saying the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. That’s what this is,” he said. “It’s not a victory until you secure and defend it year after year. Because they will find a way.”

Jazz Shaw gets into the ‘when did you stop beating your wife’ aspects of the Russian Collusion Conspiracy Investigation: Video: AG office reining in a Mueller fishing expedition? – “More than a few observers have been wondering if this entire Grand Jury excursion is turning into something of a fishing expedition and whether or not it might wind up being a huge bag of feed for the media circus even if nothing of substance comes of it.”

we’ve lived to see interesting times where most of the traditional rules don’t apply. If Mueller gets “pulled” off of some line of investigation not directly related to the Russiagate activities, every Democrat on the Hill and all of their media allies will immediately be talking about yet another round of “obstruction of justice” and Maxine Waters will have to cancel everything on her calendar for another round of CNN and MSNBC appearances to once again call for Trump’s impeachment.

The actual findings of the investigation in this wild ride may not wind up being what matters. Even if no charges can be filed, this could turn out to be a complete treasure trove for Trump’s opponents. And if the investigation is steered away from any non-Russia material and back to the original charter, it’s a cover-up in the minds of those who want to find one. Ditto if Mueller winds up being fired. It’s pretty much a win-win for the Democrats at this point, so kudos to them for setting the trap this well.

Luboš Motl thinks James Damore deserves $1 million in bonuses from Google – That’s the senior software engineer behind the Google diversity memo/manifesto/screed. Motl opines based on his personal experience at Harvard, where Damore studied for a PhD in systems biology, and the Larry Summers diversity brouhaha.

Instapundit Charles Glasser picks up on a Time slime of Charles Koch – another blatant case of distorted misperception fitting a standard irrational bias.

Time later changed the headline to say “Charles Koch Mocks Common Measure of Prosperity.” Reason points out that the URL still has the telling phrase “charles-koch-bomb-economy/” and goes on to take apart the reporters’ woefully inadequate understanding of basic economics. This is a classic case of a form of libel (privacy, actually) called “false light”, generally wherein untrue implications, rather than directly false statements are made. For instance, an article about sex offenders illustrated with a stock photograph of an individual who is not, in fact, a sex offender could give rise to a false light claim, even if the article and photo caption never make the explicit false statement.

If legacy media had spent the last 10 years practicing responsible journalism and less time being party apparatchiks, they might not be in the trouble they’re in.

What’s wrong with this picture? Don’t listen to the rich—inequality is bad for everyone – “A world where a few people have most of the wealth motivates others who are poor to strive to earn more. And when they do, they’ll invest in businesses and other areas of the economy. That’s the argument for inequality. But it’s wrong.” Granted, it’s just the tagline but consider its problems. First is the idea that there is a debate about inequality as if it were a matter of opinion and policy rather than an observation of the human condition. Second is the straw man of creating a position that can be impugned. Third is casting judgment rather than expressing solidly based opinion. The article itself takes off from there with questionable presumptions and confusions about the actual nature of the issue.

Connie Loizos provides another example of confused thinking On managing outrage in Silicon Valley – “I hate sexism; it can’t be eradicated fast enough. I’m frustrated that there’s still far too little diversity in Silicon Valley.” The basic problem is confusing existing reality with an improper bias in action and in denial of reality that differences do exist and are expressed in many ways that are not insidious or improper. 

Yet a newer form of discrimination is starting to greatly alarm me, and that’s discrimination against anyone with a point of view that’s deemed offensive to the tech majority.

people are angry about a Google engineer who wrote an overly long memo, arguing that the fact that there are fewer women engineers than men is a natural state.

I’ll note that like the vast majority of people who have read this memo — and that’s now roughly one million people, including Google employees — I strongly disagree with this person’s views about gender and race.

Quartz wrote a smart piece earlier, saying that the real problem with this person’s viral anti-diversity memo “is bigger than Silicon Valley,” and it tied this engineer’s leanings to Trumpism, which has emboldened a subset of Trump supporters to be more public about their repulsive views.

Consider the alarm about bullying reasonable speech with the “overly long” judgment and the total lack of addressing the basis for the memo arguments. From Motl’s item above, you can see that actual polls refute the “vast majority” assertion. Then the gender pay gap and “Trumpism” are brought in and both are well known ‘straw man’ fallacies.

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Detailing a puzzling derangement

Paul Mirengoff wonders Guardrails or roadblocks? – It’s about the puzzling case of Charles Krauthammer’s Trump Derangement Syndrome. You’d think Dr. Krauthammer should know better as he was specially trained to observe and analyze human behavior as a psychiatrist. There is a lot of deviant behavior to observe and it isn’t from Trump. Krauthammer should perhaps consider himself. For instance, what is it the drives him to insert “unfit” opinions into a discussion with Tucker? Mirengoff details other puzzling behavioral expressions from Krauthammer. “Careening recklessness” is as indicative as “unfit” as these are judgments, not opinions or observations. Phrases like these tell the discerning observer about the talker and his guardrails.

The estimable Charles Krauthammer celebrates five instances in which, he says, the “guardrails” of our democracy “held against the careening recklessness of” President Trump.

far from being a guardrail to democracy, when generals say no to the president they threaten it. After all, generals are not elected by the American people.

Two of the three rejecting Senators — Murkowski and McCain — campaigned on the promise of supporting repeal of Obamacare. I fail to see how they struck a blow for democracy when they violated their promise to voters.

Of the other three examples Krauthammer cites, only one has anything to do with democracy.

One more point on guardrails. They exist on only one side of the road. If the Democrats regain power, they will not be in evidence.

Just because President Obama was smooth doesn’t mean he didn’t careen recklessly. He did, which is a major reason why we have President Trump.

The big hurdle that the never Trumpers have to mount in their allegations of “unfit” or “idiot” or similar is the record of events. The behaviors used to ignore, hide, or obfuscate this hurdle to satisfy innate feelings and prejudice is what should be of interest to a psychiatrist.

John Hinderaker exposes more of the mud in the swamp: Comey’s FBI Lied About Lynch-Clinton Meeting – “The Department of Justice has finally responded to ACLJ’s FOIA request with a small number of documents.” This foot dragging is another area where the new AG might put some attention.

There are only two possibilities here: either someone at the FBI destroyed documents relating to the Bureau’s communications about the Lynch/Clinton meeting, or someone at the FBI lied in response to ACLJ’s FOIA request. Federal agencies have personnel dedicated to responding to FOIA requests, and presumably the people who carry out this relatively mundane task would not lie or destroy documents without instructions from the top.

Lynch’s DOJ created talking points about the meeting, but they apparently are secret, as they were redacted from all of the emails that contained them. How a FOIA exception could apply to those talking points, which were designed to be shared with reporters, is a mystery. But that is how the Obama administration responded to all FOIA requests on controversial matters: with evasion and obfuscation if not with outright lies. And President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions do not yet, and may not ever, control the Department of Justice.

Luboš Motl: Gary North, Mojmír Hampl on fatal volatility of cryptocurrencies – “Don’t be afraid of bitcoin.” This is making sense of a current fad.

By the “fear”, Hampl means that the cryptocurrencies don’t really represent any “competitor” to the fiat currencies.

The key reason why the cryptocurrencies aren’t really competitive with the fiat currencies is that they lack what is perhaps the most important defining virtue of any currency: its predictable value relatively to the things that people will need to buy for them, the reason why they accept and hold the currencies in the first place. I wrote these things many times.

Hampl says that the price stability is also the main task of the central banks like his. In particular, when he asks the people what’s the “money supply” in Czechia, people usually don’t have a clue but they more or less know what the latest inflation rate is. That’s because the latter is much more important for the usability of the currency than the former!

The fact that the number of Bitcoins in circulation is known – and will go towards 21 million – implies that the amount of “real things” in the inflation basket you may buy for one Bitcoin is not predictable. And that’s bad. The kids who spread the Bitcoin and blockchain ideas as a gospel may understand some technical algorithms but they don’t understand something that is much more important for an economic proposal – basics of economics. The central banks are effectively adjusting the money supply (through the interest rates or extraordinarily measures) in order to keep the money’s value predictable – because the predictable value of the money is what makes them so useful and optimizes the performance of the economic players who use them in their activities and planning. So the variable money supply of a fiat currency is a good thing, not a bad thing – because it’s a necessary condition for the stability of quantities whose stability or predictability is important! This stabilization of the money’s value is what Hampl calls the “elastic money”.

There is ignorance and some is driven by fantasies. It becomes a problem when it drives behavior.

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Head thumping

Cheryl K. Chumley: Eric Trump’s head-thumping call to conservatives – “Eric Trump said on national television in an interview on Fox News that one of his biggest wishes was for someone to start fighting for his father.”

Republicans need to get a grip and start realizing that Trump, believe it or not, represents the will of the people. Those who can’t see their way to that conclusion are likely, very likely, going to face voter upset come re-election. Simply put, conservatives don’t take kindly to Republicans who side with Democrats.

Robert W. Merry: When the nation is caught in a vise – “Collusion or no collusion, American politics has moved into a dangerous realm without precedent.”

If stealthy maneuvering, selected leaks, media firestorms, manufactured outrage, and Javert-like prosecutorial zeal can bring down a president based on revelations having nothing to do with the initial allegations, then American politics has moved into a new and dangerous realm — dangerous for any president and dangerous for the republic.

Such precedents have a way of eroding past practices that gave stability to the nation’s politics.

The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel calls it a “so-far scant case against Mr. Trump.”

So it is. And yet he finds himself in what conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan calls “a kill box from which there may be no bloodless exit.”

More significant is the question of how the Trump constituency will handle it in the event of an impeachment crisis unrelated to the initial suspicion of collusion.

 It isn’t difficult to see the narrative that would emerge among these people if the elites manage to keep events moving along the current trajectory through stealthy actions in Washington. The polarization besetting the nation will likely intensify. The juices of frustration, animosity, and rancor will flow with greater force than ever. The day of restorative politics will seem ever more distant.

But how does a nation caught in such a vise turn back from such an ominous course?

Brian C. Joondeph: Is Trump-Russia collusion Drumbeat Pushing US into Another Cold War? – “It’s becoming a McCarthyism redux, the 1950s all over again with a Soviet communist under every rock and behind every tree.”

This time it is being led by Democrats and the media, not by a Republican Senator. Not only were lives and careers destroyed, but a sense of paranoia developed against the Soviets. Much of it was justified as the Soviets were America’s geopolitical foe.

But the paranoia and communist obsession may have also driven US foreign policy including the Bay of Pigs and the Vietnam War. Our leaders make decisions based in part on national sentiment, including toward foreign adversaries.

How ironic that it’s the Democrats recreating another cold war after cozying up the Russians during the last one.

Resurrecting the cold war is a dangerous path given potential consequences and the myriad other problems America faces that won’t get their deserved attention.

Renee Garfinkel: Climate change: It’s not just for liberals anymore – A false narrative is taking the position as a religious truth where actual reality is shoved aside – and this one is complete with a picture of a starving infant.

We can no longer afford to ignore the relationship between an overheating, parched environment and global political issues. … Responding to climate change is a religious imperative. … The faiths that inspire us with a vision of nature in the fabled Garden of Eden are now calling upon us to act to protect what’s left of the garden.

Even more important is the commandment prohibiting false witness. For obstinate false witness like the ‘hot summer in some spots spells doom’ thing, consider JK Rowling refusing to correct her lie about Trump. She did succumb after the pressure mounted. One has to wonder just how much ‘pressure’ is needed for the climate alarmists.

Ben Botkin: NV Energy moves to comply with law encouraging homeowners to invest in solar – It’s a regressive tax that hits the poor most and it’s based on a false ideology. The law is deceptive in that it hides its impact in flowery words. The power company is now forced to pay nearly full retail prices and forced to accept any offering imposed on it. That “isn’t expected to increase customers’ overall electrical bills” ?? How can that be when the power company could otherwise just pay wholesale and then only when it needed it?

The law aims to reverse lower rates paid to net metering customers for the excess electricity they generate. Those lower rates took effect in 2016, stifling the rooftop solar industry’s growth in Nevada.

Brian Tomlinson: Death Throes in Venezuela – “Notwithstanding how the majority voted, Maduro continued with his quest to consolidate more power with the unwanted election.”

Even though there were many actions taken by Maduro’s government to thwart this election, 7.6 million people voted in this country of 30 million people. About 98% of the vote was for no new constitution. Furthermore, people voted that the armed forces should enforce the constitution and that the National Assembly not be changed.

Thomas Lifson: Time for the GOP to teach the Democrats a scandal lesson – “Why do Republicans in D.C. act like a battered spouse, allowing Democrats to continually impugn their motives and decency?”

Through the sort of passivity and weak-mindedness that leads bruised women to claim they fell down the stairs, Republicans let themselves be bamboozled into accepting, via recusal, the definition of the first period (at least) of the Trump presidency as an age of scandal.

The old injunction that we should be careful what we wish for needs to be brought home to the Democrats and the Deep Staters seeking to oust President Trump from the office to which voters elected him.

Victor Davis Hanson addresses the questions I just raised in an article published at American Greatness, titled “Republicans and the Lost Art of Deterrence.”

Following the Lifson VDH referral – “in contemporary Republican La-La Land, the party in power with control over all three branches of government allows its minority-status opponents to dictate the rules of special investigations and inquiry.”

Is naiveté the cause of such laxity? … Or is the culprit civil dissension among the ranks, as the congressional leadership secretly has no real incentive to help the despised outsider Trump? … Or is the empowerment of progressive conspiracy-mongering due to fear of the mainstream media, … Or, lastly, is the cause a bewildering misreading of human nature?

Reestablishing deterrence—or what a mellifluous constitutional scholar and recent Nobel Peace Laureate once variously called “taking a gun to a knife fight,” “getting in their faces,” and “punishing our enemies”—is not quite Old Testament eye-for-an-eye, but rather, given human nature, the only way to stop a progressive and media lynch mob.

In the old West, a sheriff did not save those falsely accused in his jail by walking outside to the street to calm an armed and frenzied hanging mob through reason and appeals to sobriety.

In cold war terms, it is to establish MAD or mutually assured destruction as deterrence to nuclear war. Eric Trump’s plea and Merry’s Vise are at play here with the voters watching.

Sally Zelikovsky: Trump’s Game of Stones – “Trump is proving every day that he will not turn the other cheek, take the high road, or ignore left-wing attacks, accusations, and invective.”

It’s fifty years on for the Doors’ Light My FireJohn Hinderaker notesIt was the Doors’ first and biggest hit, and one of the classics of that, or any other, musical era. “Light My Fire” features one of the most famous keyboard riffs in rock history. The only challenger I can think of is the Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun,” but maybe I am forgetting something from more recent decades.” He cites a 1998 NPR Terry Gross interview of Manzarek “who was a very smart guy.”

Rush Limbaugh, noting the start of the 30th year of his show, says it’s his 50th in his career, too.

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Circling the drain?

Jazz Shaw reports on fiscal situations in both Venezuela and Connecticut: Venezuela is now either Cuba or North Korea – “The vote was, of course, largely a sham.” This is why election integrity and voter fraud are concerns, but only if it is the will of the people that are paramount. That is why the Left’s opposition to verifying election integrity is indicative.

The “vote” in Venezuela yesterday went largely as expected, with the government of tyrant Nicolas Maduro claiming that upwards of eight million people voted to essentially wipe out the elected legislature and replace it with some window dressing which essentially makes him dictator of the country. This is a condition which could last for his entire life unless his people manage to find a way to oust him from office.

the real losers in all of this will be the Venezuelan people. They are currently starving while living on some of the richest farmland on the continent and their government is almost bankrupt while sitting atop some of the largest proven crude oil reserves in the world. These are the fruits of socialism. Watch closely if you are cheering for similar policies in the United States.

And then there is Connecticut is circling the drain financially – “This is one of those situations where we might be able to take two seemingly incongruous facts and put them together to find a deeper meaning.”

Fact number one: Connecticut is one of the richest states in the nation depending how you measure such things. Fact number two: Connecticut has managed to run up nearly $75B in debt and is teetering on the edge of being in worse financial shape than Puerto Rico. (The Daily Beast)

How many states do we need to see this story unfold in before we realize that this formula simply doesn’t work? And we’ve got the same problem looming on the horizon for the federal government. The responsibility of saving for a long term income above and beyond social security falls on the shoulders of the worker in the real world. The days of privately funded, fat retirement plans in the private sector are essentially gone. But the government continues to keep up with this unsustainable system on all levels. Sooner or later the chickens will come home to roost. That’s already happening in the liberal paradise of Connecticut. Perhaps everyone can learn a lesson from their errors.

David Horowitz: Why the Middle East Is a Disaster via John Hinderaker at Powerline.

In fact, the primary cause of the disasters in the Middle East is the Democratic Party’s sabotage of the War in Iraq. Democrats first voted to authorize the armed overthrow of Iraq’s terror regime but within three months of its inception reversed their position 180 degrees and declared the war “immoral, illegal & unnecessary.” The reason for the Democrats’ reversal on the war had nothing to do with the war itself or the so-called absence of weapons of mass destruction, but was rather a political response to the fact that an anti-war Democrat, Howard Dean, was running away with their presidential nomination. It was this that caused John Kerry and his party to forget that the war was about Saddam’s defiance of 17 UN Security Council resolutions, and refusal to allow the UN inspectors to carry out their efforts to ascertain whether he had destroyed his chemical and biological arsenals.

The path to rectifying these disasters and to stopping Islamic genocides of “infidels” in the Middle East, is first of all to restore America’s active presence in the region, taking a firm stance against radical Islamic terrorism. This is an effort which, thankfully, the Trump administration has already begun. Second, it is to make America’s policy firmly and consistently anti-terrorist, which the Trump administration has not yet done. This would mean, for example, cutting off all funds to the terrorist Palestinian Authority and the Hamas government in Gaza, and halting all “peace” negotiations until the Palestinians renounce terror and support Israel’s right to exist.

The lesson to remember in all this is that despite its human weaknesses and flaws, America is still the only great power in the world today that cares about human dignity and decency and has the wherewithal to defend them and the peace.

Hinderaker also notes Kip Hansen provides a useful corrective at Watts Up With That on the ‘plastics are forever’ doomsday cult. “The simple fact is that plastics do degrade in the environment, especially in the ocean (and lakes, streams, rivers).” … “Does that mean that we should dump plastic objects into the ocean? Obviously not. Hansen concludes with some common sense observations” and Hinderaker applauds.

If anyone ever advocates capital punishment for those who throw trash off the decks of cruise ships, I’m in. Sometimes, when talking to an environmentalist who goes on and on about global warming, etc., I like to change the subject and talk about littering and what can be done to stop it. Litter (including plastics) is, in my view, the most serious environmental issue, albeit one that never seems to be of much interest to environmentalists who can raise much more money by talking about global warming.

Also at WUWT, Ross McKitrick: In the fight between Rick Perry and climate scientists — He’s winning – “Policy makers and the public need to understand the extent to which major scientific institutions like the American Meteorological Society have become biased and politicized on the climate issue.”

Perry’s response prompted a letter of protest from Keith Seitter, executive director of the American Meteorological Society.

It is noteworthy that the meteorological society remained completely silent over the years when senior Democratic administration officials made multiple exaggerated and untrue statements in service of global warming alarmism.

But the meteorological society leapt to condemn Perry for a cautious response to an awkward question.

Furthermore, Seitter’s letter invites skepticism. It pronounces confidently on causes of global warming “in recent decades” even though this is where the literature is most disputed and uncertain. … But to the meteorological society, the fact that these and many other questions are unresolved does not prevent them from insisting on uniformity of opinion.

Elections, Finances, Wars, and Science. All subject to wishful thinking and ideological fantasies taking precedence over intellectual integrity.

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Coming to a head as clarity peeks above the surface here and there

Clarice Feldman: ‘Collusion’ Collapses: Dem Congressional Espionage Ring Takes Center Ring – “In truth, the Russians “colluded” through GPS Fusion to harm, not help, Trump and the evidence of that is coming out.” Then there is the history: the Plame case, Whitewater, the misuse of classified information, and special versus independent counels. There is a lack of predicate and other malfeasance in this history – did you know that “Last year, Libby sought and received a reinstatement of his law license and an investigation was held, with counsel confirming his innocence” ? The same players are doing it again and the parallels are striking.

It’s time to repeal the Special Counsel law which has now been used twice to hamstring two Republican Presidents, has dubious constitutional authority, and will never result in the indictment of a prominent Democratic politician.

While the press has been promoting a ridiculous and ass backwards Russian collusion story, it has been sitting on a far bigger story: The likelihood that the Congressional Democrats financed and enabled the largest espionage ring in U.S. history.

Buckle your seatbelts. Draining the swamp is going to create a lot of waves.

Meanwhile, people are noting the effort that went into uncovering the provenance of a letter a nine year old sent to the President and how this compares to the lack of effort in digging into Fusion GPS and related scandals.

Rober Simon: Proliferating Scandals Make Mueller Investigation Ludicrous – “Even if Mueller were even-handed and the exact right person for the job — an open question at the moment — no single special counsel could handle all this. It’s a game of whack-a-mole to beat all games of whack-a-mole. Let’s enumerate the scandals as of this moment, several or all of which are or could be connected.”

Quite a litany, huh? Are all six connected? It’s hard to say at this time. Maybe all are or none are. I would imagine it’s some, if not all. But they’re all connected morally — plus beneath all this are the endless leaks, which I suppose could constitute a scandal of their own.

Now let’s play that game from Sesame Street — “One of these things is not like the others.” Yes, you got it. It’s number one. In that case, Republicans are under suspicion. In the other five, it’s the Democrats. And yet the only one under official investigation by Robert Mueller and crew is one. Something rotten in the state of…? You bet!

Daniel John Sobieski: Political Unmasking of Team Trump Must Be Prosecuted

Despite multiple investigations of alleged Russian collusion dating back to Trump’s, shocking to liberals and progressives, election, the only crimes we know have been committed have been the leaking of classified information by Trump opponents, starting with the illegal unmasking of former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn.

This is nothing less than an attempted coup, sedition against the government of the United States by official sworn to uphold the Constitution.

Sen. Tim Kaine has carelessly thrown out the word “treason” regarding charges of Team Trump collusion with the Russians, whom he and others claim is trying to subvert our democracy. It is clear that it was not the Russians, but Team Obama that was and still is trying to subvert our democracy. The breathtaking subversion and criminal activity that is involved here is only now becoming apparent

Forget Watergate, Democrats. Compared to your own criminal enterprise, Watergate was indeed a third-rate burglary. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, you have a lot of work to do and a lot of people to prosecute for their crimes against the government and people of the United States.

Powerline has insight into two other fronts: Paul Mirengoff on why Europe balks at Russia sanctions; Trump won’t veto them and John Hinderaker on why The Obamacare Drama Is Not Over. The only simple thing about issues these days is the block opposition of the Democrats and that solidarity is saying the Left is not concerned about the issues but rather about rejecting elections.

The fact is that the Democrats need Republicans to prop up their failing, Rube Goldberg-like health care scheme. Congressional Republicans tried to oblige them, but Democrats preferred the presumed political gain that would result from the GOP’s failure. Now, the Democrats need the Trump administration to bail out their pet project. I find it hard to see any reason why the administration should oblige them.

Ed Krayewski: Get a Speeding Ticket, Pay the DA for Better Treatment – “Louisiana’s pre-trial diversion programs helps drivers avoid higher insurance premiums—and enriches DAs’ offices.”

The hustle reveals what a central role revenue-raising plays in policing.

The fact that some moving violations can be downgraded so easily to non-moving violations suggests that they were not moving violations in the first place—that they were always primarily revenue-raising endeavors.

David Middleton: Fake News: Trump official, Scaramucci, says Earth is only 5,500 yrs old. – “Anatomy of a fake news story.”

Here we have a young geologist, writing for Forbes, with a Young Earth Creationist obsession, fabricating a story. This errant misquote is now being repeated as fact-based news on multiple Internet outlets… the anatomy of a fake news story.

More FUD Mongering by John Bowden: Hackers break into voting machines in 90 minutes at competition – “Tech minds at the annual DEF CON in Las Vegas were given physical voting machines and remote access, with the instructions of gaining access to the software.” When you give someone access, then, sure, there’s a way to break into them. The story is misdirection in order to create a headline and FUD mongering propaganda. That is also a form of Fake News. The real question is about voters who have access but aren’t qualified to vote and about ballot management practice that allows improper access to the voting process and product and about auditing and verification procedures.

Patricia McCarthy: Trump Is Different, and Different Scares People – it is about understanding what is behind the behavior.

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Forgotten History the Rewritten History

The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America by Janet Levy.

A well written and well researched historical narrative, White Cargo does an excellent job of elucidating a forgotten part of our colonial past by telling the story of thousands of Britons who lived and died in bondage before African slaves were transported to the New World.

In contrast consider John Hinderaker’s observation about Confederate: More Left-Wing Propaganda – “The premise of Confederate is that the South prevailed in the Civil War, and now, in the 21st century, slavery still exists there.”

The show will “draw a line” between slavery and “voter suppression,” whatever that means, and mass incarceration–being convicted of a serious crime is just like being a slave,

Liberals love to talk about slavery. In fact, kids who go to public schools could get the impression that the only thing that happened in American history between 1600 and 1964 was slavery.

Actually, if liberals wanted to create a television series about modern slavery, they wouldn’t have to concoct a counterfactual history. There are plenty of places where the institution of slavery has been translated into the 20th and 21st centuries. They could set their series in Cuba, for example. What does slavery with “no whips and no plantations,” as Bloys put it, look like? Cuba would be an excellent example; they would only need to replace whips with more lethal devices.

Then there is the U.S.S.R., or China, or East Germany, or North Korea. The modern form of slavery isn’t really hard to find. We have been more or less surrounded by it for quite a while. But HBO is looking for left-wing fantasy, not reality.

Scott McKay: Forget about Trump and the Russians. The real action is with the Awan brothers and Fusion GPS. – “There’s a lot of debate about Trump’s “drain the swamp” mantra these days, but nobody is really denying the swamp exists. And nobody can — not with Fusion GPS and the Awan brothers skulking around in the muck.”

If you’re sick and tired of the never-ending “Trump And The Russians” scandal, which for all its hype has produced scant little actual evidence of anything other than desultory cooperation on the part of the president’s camp with an investigation it quite reasonably believes is a kangaroo court, this letter from Goodlatte’s committee might just be what the doctor ordered.

Ace: More on Fusion GPS: Veteran Washington Reporter Says Media Won’t Report on Fusion GPS’ Activities as a Major “Source” of “News,” Because If You Dug Down Into It and Saw Fusion GPS’ Emails With the Media, “It will look like an apocalypse”

Leo Goldstein: The “Battle for The Net” – a Little Twin of Climate Alarmism – “Both issues are built upon scientific or technical matters, serving as an obstacle for public understanding.”

Net Neutrality is the good principle that a provider of information access service, a device, or a platform must be neutral regarding the content accessed or transmitted by its service, device, or platform. In particular, Internet Service Providers must not discriminate between net traffic based on the content or originating website. Also, they must not give preferential treatment to their own services, such as voice over IP, relative to their competitors.

Under the pretext of net neutrality, FCC crafted multiple regulations that made broadband ISPs almost unable to manage their own networks, and put their whole operations in the legal grey area. Not incidentally, the robust growth in broadband providers’ competition that preceded Obama election stopped and many new broadband technologies (like WiMAX) became buried. For the first time in the history, Internet access prices started to rise! But that was only a prelude to the real action.

Just like climate alarmists, Free Press et al. created a bogeyman and declared it the enemy in the battle. Only this time, it’s not “fossil fuels,” but broadband ISPs and cable companies, … The Left has recognized a unique advantage in fighting a bogeyman – the bogeyman neither fights back nor argues. Thus, they win every debate!

same ol’ same ol’

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Their conduct is ignoble and dishonorable

IN AMERICA WE DON’T WORSHIP GOVERNMENT — WE WORSHIP GOD.” Donald Trump’s greatest tweet ever says Cheryl K. Chumley. “The fact we have a White House chief who isn’t afraid to give power to this principle by speaking it loudly and proudly is an about-time moment in American politics. Simply put: Trump gets it. What a relief, and respite from the government storm, for us all.”

VDH: Trump’s circular firing squad – “Democrats and Republicans alike are missing their target and hitting each other.”

The result is that when factions of the Republican Congress are not battling each other, they are feuding with Democrats and often with the Trump White House.

At best, some anti-Trump intellectuals and pundits still cannot separate Mr. Trump’s conservative agenda (which they privately support) from Mr. Trump’s reality television persona (which they find boorish and beneath the dignity of the presidency). At worst, some are so invested in the idea that Mr. Trump would or should fail that their opposition threatens to become an obsessive self-fulfilling prophecy.

The result of the circular firing squad is a crazed shootout where everyone gets hit.

Forgotten in the hail of 360-degree suicide gunfire is the only story that counts: the welfare of the United States.

Discovery! It is what was gleefully anticipated in the Mann v Ball and Steyn case that Mann avoided with a contempt of court judgment. Now there’s another effort to expose the Left with this court process to uncover reality. Thomas Lifson says Palin goes for the jugular in defamation lawsuit against the New York Times.

A nightmare is unfolding for the New York Times that could well be devastating for the collapsing credibility and mindshare of the entire progressive media. In a court filing by defense counsel for the New York Times, the scope of the discovery being sought by Palin’s legal team was revealed. If the court allows, the story that it could tell might well be all too revealing.

There is more exposure, too. Michael Bertolone: Donald Trump, the (Un-)Masked Magician – “Trump has stripped the bark off the Washington elite, exposing their sleight-of-hand, doublespeak, and delay tactics designed to preserve the status quo.”

They have attempted to paint him as a madman, unhinged and out of control. However, there is a method to his supposed madness, which he has honed over the years as a tactic to draw his opponents out and reveal their hidden agendas and ulterior motives.

And there is another reference to magic by Brian C. Joondeph: What if the Trump-Sessions feud is one big charade? – “What if this is all one big distraction? A charade? A magic trick?”

This is just my theory. If Trump fires Sessions tomorrow, then my idea heads straight to the ash heap of foolishness. But if he doesn’t, don’t watch Trump’s Twitter account. That’s the magician’s misdirection. Instead, watch what isn’t being widely reported in the mainstream news. Watch what the lefty bloggers are having fits about. That’s where the magic trick is taking place.

Ace picks up on the Left’s version of magic: Must-Read Piece About Fusion GPS – “Lee Smith details the history of the firm.” Capitalism filling a market, which in this case is propaganda. Isn’t it wonderful?

Basically, some reporters realized that the model of news-researched-by-newspapers was over. So they opened a research/”comms” shop to research the news (or “news,” or even #FakeNews) and just deliver it to friendlies, chiefly on the left, who have neither the institutional support nor the personal work ethic to do the work themselves.

Lee Smith: “Rather, the problem is that the mediating institutions that enabled Americans to debate and decide our politics and policies, here and abroad, are deeply damaged, likely beyond repair.”

John Hinderaker: The Democrats’ Obstruction Continues – “Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar should be ashamed of themselves. They don’t even pretend to have any basis for objecting to Justice Stras’s nomination. They are acting out of sheer partisanship and, frankly, hatred of the president who surprised them by being elected. Their conduct is ignoble and dishonorable.”

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Fake this. Fake that. What’s real?

Richard W. Rahn: Crony capitalism against the real thing – “Collusion between government and business corrupts the free market.”

A government that spends trillions of dollars and controls the fate of tens of millions of businesses and individuals through regulation is nothing more than a gigantic honey pot for those who seek to gain without engaging in productive activity.

President Trump has been explicit about understanding at least part of the problem. Yet, he has given little indication that he understands the true depth of the problem. Even his limited attempts to rein in government have caused his opponents to fear that he will take away their honey pot, which, in part, explains their vicious attempts to get rid of him.

Eric Rozenman: The fake ‘health care’ debate – “The real battle is over entitlement to medical insurance.”

Confucius, who lived so long ago that famine, not obesity, menaced public health, supposedly observed that “the first step to wisdom is to call things by their proper name.” If so, then angry congressional town hall meetings and serial legislative impasses are not really about health care, let alone reform.

If “reform” implies improvement, then that’s not what we’re shouting about. Rather, the demand is for “entitled” medical insurance.

In affordable democracies, government at all levels — local, state and federal — can only be the agency of last resort. For reasons of liberty, equality and security we do not privatize functions such as justice and defense — police, courts and the military. But most other economic and social activity belongs in the private, not the public, sphere.

The long campaign for “universal health care” reflects in no small measure the statist compulsion, dating to the progressive era, for government by experts, dictating to the common people for their own good. That necessarily means an ever-contracting sphere of individual liberty and free choice leading to more rigid supply of goods and services, lower profits and less innovation.

Richard Berman: Peddlers of junk science – “Anti-chemical activists use flimsy cancer claims to tarnish industries.”

Most research organizations don’t find themselves needing to save face with highly publicized studies proving they align with the rest of the scientific community. But IARC has made a name for itself not through prestigious research, but by its controversial involvement pushing political agendas and bowing to activist researchers.

It’s curious how an agency that claims moral authority for weeding out conflicts of interest (read: private-sector scientists) would permit testimony from the employee of a green nongovernment organization that rakes in more than $130 million each year by promoting a global fear of chemicals.

Groups like IARC have the benefit of hiding their politics behind the clout of an international health organization. Unless industries want their products raked over the coals by an agency whose existence depends on the promotion of public fear, they need to join the ranks of leaders speaking out against IARC’s tactics.

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What is “The Whole Truth?”

The American Council on Science and Health has two of note this morning. Ruth Kava writes that These Chickens Can’t Cross The Road – “The Organic Consumers Association avers that organic foods since they supposedly contain no pesticides, GMOs or other such “dangerous” items, are better for you.”

But an exposé recently published in the Chicago Tribune begs to differ.

Writing specifically about Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, located in Saranac, Michigan, journalist Peter Whoriskey notes that Herbruck’s is probably responsible for around ten percent of all the eggs sold in the US. His information belies the common misconceptions about organic chicken production.

while organic proponents may feel good about the supposed lack of pesticides and GMOs in their chickens, as far as the birds go, being raised organically isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.

Alex Berezow: Call junk science by its rightful name: Fake news – “The future of our republic depends on a properly informed electorate.” He takes up a list of his ten favorite junk fads and buzzwords.

By dumping these and other buzzwords, our society will be smarter, healthier and more scientifically savvy. In a world in which alternative facts are gaining ground, it’s past time to junk junk science.

Robert Knight: Rooting out vote fraud – “Why the vote fraud panel frightens the left.” It is getting so easy to compare and contrast the hypocrisy, double standards, and bullying behavior.

Judging by the unhinged reaction this past week to the first public meeting of President Trump’s blue-ribbon voter fraud panel, progressives are terrified.

They’re fearful that these election experts are actually going to do the job they’ve been given — uncovering the extent to which the nation’s voter rolls are vulnerable to fraudulent activity. How else to explain the panic and shots fired before the commission even met?

but surely he’s heard about the Democrats’ and the media’s obsessive Russian conspiracy theories. Bet he won’t tell them to shut up and get a grip.

Falsely accusing their opponents of racism, homophobia or jingoism has become the left’s default tactic when they aren’t rioting in the streets, shutting down campus speakers or shooting Republicans at a softball practice.

The progressive left is certainly afraid. They loathe scrutiny, and honorable men and women revealing the truth. We’re still waiting for that “civility” and “tolerance” that we heard so much about before Mr. Trump was sworn in.

Meanwhile, let’s hope and pray that the vote fraud commissioners, like the man who appointed them, have thick skins.

Rowan Scarborough: Fact-checkers drawn into heated debate over number of noncitizens who vote illegally – The defense of the Left is an assault on all fronts.

A right-leaning fact-checker is fighting critics on the left who say its conclusion that a lot of noncitizens vote illegally is bunk.

The online battle of debunking and rebuttal is playing out as a much larger war has erupted between President Trump’s commission on election integrity and Democratic state leaders. They are refusing to provide the panel with public voter registration data. Left-wing groups are suing to stop the commission’s work, which could settle the noncitizen debate by collecting enough data.

One way to settle the noncitizen debate could be the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The co-chairmen, Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, want the states to provide what is normally public voter registration data.

Democrat-led states are stonewalling the commission, and a leader of this resistance is Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Bruce Fein: Recasting Trump’s election integrity commission – “Supreme Court, Constitution offer guidance for voter fraud probing.” The argument offered here brings to mind the special prosecutor investigation and just how far down the tubes an expectation of responsibility in government has gone such that excess micro-managing is needed.

The EO should be narrowed to examining whether a cluster of federal laws prohibiting non-citizens from registration or voting have been adequately enforced by U.S. Attorneys or the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. The President, after all, is constitutionally entrusted with of taking care that the laws be faithfully executed under Article II, section 3.

Concrete evidence of non-citizen voting is not required to justify an Advisory Commission investigation.

Enforcement of our federal prohibitions on non-citizen voting is too important to be left to conjecture or speculation.

Jeffrey Folks: To Sink Trump Is to Sink Ordinary Americans – “The left is determined to sink the Trump presidency.”

Obviously, the left hates Trump with a vengeance, but what they despise even more is the average American with his dream of freedom and opportunity.

Hillary Clinton let it slip when she mocked the “basket of deplorables,” those whom she accused of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and Islamophobia. Having at first insisted that “half” of Trump voters fall into these categories, she then retreated from that figure: it was somewhat less than half who are deplorable.

Rarely has a presidential candidate been so candid and so obtuse at the same time, for “deplorable” is exactly what the left thinks of average Americans. And for that reason, Trump’s presidency cannot be allowed to succeed, even if sinking Trump means sinking the country. The left is willing to savage our economy, trash health care, weaken our national defense, and lose the fight against terrorism just to see that the deplorables are kept in their place. That is the central motive of the anti-Trump forces.

It is important to understand the true source of the left’s disdain. It has nothing to do with policy or the good of the country. It is, in effect, closely aligned with the psychology of racism – the need of defensive groups to transfer their uncertainties to an object of scorn.

This is a dangerous state of affairs. The left’s brazenness is something new, and something that holds the potential for great danger.

In order to remain a cohesive movement, leftism, which has no positive agenda, must continue to ramp up hatred of its opponents. It has come to resemble a “pack” motivated by instincts of power rather than a source of civil debate.

Chicago Tribune: The bill for treating a gunshot wound: $21,000 for the first 35 minutes – It is about the costs of gun violence as if it is the weapon used that is the problem. Why the medical expenses are so high and the role of government sponsored payments for those expenses in the costs are only considered to emphasize the problem. Then there is the elephant in the room:

The data are further confirmation of how skewed gun violence is along racial and socio-economic lines. Nearly two-thirds of the hospital inpatients treated for injuries suffered as a result of firearm assault were black males ages 15 to 44, the data showed.

That is the second part of the problem that is being ignored. Putting up gun laws is so easy and makes one feel so good it doesn’t matter if they have any impact or not. Trying to address the underlying problems is hard and brings the pain home in the form of dashed dreams and fantasies.

The Washington Examiner is showing its bias in asking for The whole truth. It is assuming it doesn’t have it. This is what someone does when they don’t get the answers they want:

Perhaps the only way for Trump to prevent an ever-expanding investigation, to keep things focused narrowly on questions of alleged collusion with Russia, and to make sure nobody gets dragged into side matters, is for all the president’s men to tell the whole truth rather than either to invite perjury investigations or to give technically true answers that actually conceal the real story and thus invite futher probing.

The fact is that the administration has been remarkably open and transparent. The fact is that witch hunts like the Russian Collusion Conspiracy are never prevented by reality and facts or even by a complete lack of foundation – as is readily visible in this case. For example:

This was not illegal, as far as we can tell, although seeking dirt from such a source was politically boneheaded and morally compromising. Nor is it illegal, unseemly though it is, to veil the truth in one’s public statements. Trump Jr. could even argue that he said nothing clearly false.

i.e. there is nothing there so we have to cast judgments such as “boneheaded and morally compromising.” The request for “the whole truth” is revealed as a never-ending demand for a falsehood that supports preconceived judgments and desires and a denial of reality. It’s gotcha’ politics.

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An awareness of conflict

Starting point is at ace with Warden citing Evan Sayet: Donald Trump is America’s first wartime president in the Culture War – “why attempting to shame us for Trump’s lack of dignity isn’t having the effect they’d hoped it would.

“We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency. We tried statesmanship. Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain? We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney? And the results were always the same.

“So, say anything you want about this president – I get it, he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights.”

Who controls the institutions in this country? The left does. All of them–the media (both news and entertainment), the schools, the government bureaucracy, the upper ranks of our military, most of the politicians, Wall Street, and all of our corporations.

That’s what we’re up against–terrorism from an opponent more powerful than us. And no, I’m not using that word rhetorically. They are literally engaging in terrorism, both physical and psychological to intimidate and silence opinions that they find disagreeable– a list which, by the way, is ever changing and expanding.

This is a different world now. Or maybe, we’re finally just perceiving it correctly. As I said in an earlier post, it isn’t one that I wish to live in.

Others are joining the fray. Ace: NRA Releases Blistering Attack Ad Against… the Washington Post – “It’s good that people are starting to understand this isn’t politics any longer; this is about whether democracy will even be allowed to continue.”

VDH: The Fifth American War – “The wars between Trump, the media, the deep state, and the progressive party — replete with charges and counter-charges of scandal, collusion, and corruption — are merely symptoms of a much larger fundamental and growing divide between Americans that is reaching a dangerous climax.” … “In sum, behind the daily hysterias over collusions, recusals, obstructions, and nullifications, there is an ongoing, often vicious war over the very nature and future of Western culture in general and America in particular.”

The lawyers are noticing. Paul Mirengoff: Leftist judges turn administrative law into a sham – “The phrase “you can’t make this stuff up” seems appropriate. Except that these two judges did.”

The ruling prompted a friend with at least three decades of experience practicing administrative law to say: “Administrative law is a sick joke.” Another friend with just as much experience in the field or more responded: “How does it feel to have devoted your whole adult life to a profession that is little more than a sham?”

There is an awareness of the conflict and the fact that it is about those things once assumed to be a part of a solid base.

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War on many fronts

Stories this morning tell of engagement on many fronts. The ACLU, The Southern Poverty Law Center, and the American Psychiatric Association are all topics today.

Robert Knight: The ACLU’s attack on election integrity – “By attacking the presidential advisory commission, the organization tips its liberal hand.”

If you don’t think the Left is terrified by the prospect of clean voter rolls, you might not have heard about the latest ploy by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The ACLU has sued President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, charging them with violating federal “transparency” laws.

Given the media-fed hysteria over Russia’s alleged tampering with last November’s election, you’d think progressives would welcome a thorough investigation. They claim loudly that vote fraud is just a myth, and that voter “suppression” is widespread, but they don’t want anyone actually investigating voter rolls and election records. Why not?

Washington Times: Restoration of the judiciary continues – “The Senate Judiciary Committee advances a slate of new judges.”

Restoring the federal judiciary to its constitutional moorings is what many Americans call Job 1, and it was on this issue they put aside their considerable reservations about Donald Trump, swallowed hard, considered the alternative, hoped for the best, and cast their votes for him. On this score, he has redeemed their faith.

Stephen B. Presse: Charging treason and ruining a republic – “Treason is defined very clearly in the Constitution, and Donald Trump Jr.’s actions don’t come close.”

Aside from the obvious implication that it might well be Mrs. Clinton who was acting adversely to the interests of the United States, and not Donald, Jr. (and just such a charge was levied by Peter Schweizer in his book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” (2015)), those charging Donald, Jr. with treason betray an astonishing lack of understanding of the term.

but all of that misses the larger point about the silliness of invoking treason against the son of the president. Perspective is always cast on the present by looking to the past and, in particular by trying to understand the concerns of our framers.

As it turns out, those who put together the Constitution were deeply concerned with the abusive prosecution of treason by the British government. It was their understanding that “constructive treason” was the scourge of British subjects.

John Fund: Not All Foreign-Influence Scandals Are Created Equal – “Two decades ago, the media weren’t obsessed with Chinese interference in a presidential election.”

I’m glad the news media is pursuing the Trump–Russia scandal, but let’s not forget the differences between how they are covering Russia compared with how they reported a similar story — this one involving Communist China — that developed during Bill Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign.

The sprawling fundraising scandal ultimately led to 22 guilty pleas on various violations of election laws. 

Indeed, much of the media basically gave the Clintons a pass on evidence that special-interest donors to the Clinton Foundation frequently managed to score favors from the State Department.

Instapundit: Haiti Official Who Exposed The Clinton Foundation Is Found Dead. – “Given his connections, his former position, and the whistle he was blowing, Eberwein’s death seems like a big enough story that you’d find it somewhere other than alt-news sites, but as I’m writing this post, the major news outlets have yet to touch it.”

Mark A. Hewitt: How the Left Hijacked the American Psychiatric Association and Normalized Personality Disorders – “The evidence is clear—the American Left succeeded in lobbying the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to eliminate some of the sexual identity disorders from their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(DSM).”

With the updated DSM-5, the APA voted against Dr. McHugh and his side, common sense, and biology.

The DSM, as the United States’ universal authority for psychiatric diagnoses, has been fully compromised and subject to the whims of an out of control Left-majority APA.

The American military used to go through great lengths to recruit, train, and employ men and women “of sound mind and body.” However, “there is no standardized mental assessment for people trying to enter the military. A bill before Congress may finally direct the U.S. military to screen individuals for mental issues before they are allowed to enlist. If the DSM remains DOD’s universal authority for psychiatric diagnoses, the sexual identity disorders, such as transgenderism, will not be considered as mental disorders. What will they test? The DSM is the standard reference.

The Trump Administration needs to decertify the compromised DSM as the universal authority for psychiatric diagnoses in the United States and reject its authority as the source reference for the Obama policy of transgenders in the military. To do anything less is collaborating and promoting mental disorders.

John Hinderaker: Is Global Warming Alarmism A Complete Fraud? – “I usually try to give global warming hysterics the benefit of the doubt–sincere but misguided, not good at math, unacquainted with the Earth’s highly variable climatic history, and so on. But sometimes data come along that make that sympathetic attitude hard to sustain.” Another story in the news was about how Miami will be underwater ‘real soon now’.

Judith Curry: Alarm about alarmism – “The climate change debate has entered what we might call the “Campfire Phase”, in which the goal is to tell the scariest story.” – Oren Cass (twitter)

In terms of what is technically wrong with the NYMag article, Andy Revkin pretty much sums it up perfectly with this tweet:

Scariest stuff isn’t worst-case science; it’s bad fit of @deepuncertainty & time scales with indiv. & collective human risk/response traits.

Richard Fernandez: The Shift – “Mark Leibovitch, chief national correspondent for the NYT Magazine recorded his impressions of Washington DC, the town that melted down.”

The significance of Washington’s meltdown will hang on how adaptable the American politics proves to be. The Resistance so far has been less a call to rebuild Washington than the scream of someone having his leg amputated without anesthesia. The GOP side is behaving like survivors shouting out a headcount after a collision to see who’s left alive. Among the Dems only Sanders is faintly stirring under the wreckage but ever more faintly.

IBD on a fundamental problem: Social Security And Medicare Are In Worse Shape Than You Think – “The Social Security report finds that the “trust fund” will run out of money in just 17 years. The news only gets worse from there.”

Thomas Lifson: The Left is Already Preparing Tomorrow’s Fake News – “A reader strolling down the street in Chicago spotted a recruiting poster for “Activist Jobs,” a bit of an oxymoron.”

Goal-oriented acts that are compensated are called “work,” not “activism.” But in the photograph below, the two different categories of endeavor are conflated:

The confusion is deliberate and speaks to a larger strategy of the Left, also based on deception.

the use of activism, video drama, and demonstrations by a political movement led to victory, though in this case it was tyranny in the form of a brutal Communist dictatorship, not justice, that triumphed. From the standpoint of the hard left, this was a feature, not a defect.

It has worked on issue after issue. And here we are today with transgender bathrooms and other ornaments of the progressive worldview imposed on the public.

However, with the emergence of Fox News and the internet, alternative narratives gained enough prominence that the propaganda machine started failing, losing its hegemony at first, and at an increasing pace, its credibility.

When candidate Trump popularized the iconic expression “fake news,” he coined a meme that served to throw off balance not just the ostensible current target CNN, but the entire progressive media establishment. Their ability to manufacture outrage has drastically declined along with their credibility.

The progressive worldview is entirely based on fantasies about human nature. From there they go on to create entered systems (communism, socialism, and progressivism) based on the idea of perfecting mankind through the wisdom of the state. Gramsci taught the communists to grab control of education and the media, where they create imaginary worlds for the masses to consume. This technique has been in place for decades, winning its battles no matter which party controls the White House or Congress. Politics is downstream from culture, as Andrew Breitbart taught us.

By breaking up the Gramsciites’ control of mass media, technology has fundamentally damaged the Left’s ability to impose its narratives. And now they face a president who uses the tools of that technology to communicate around them directly to the public in the millions.

Yet because they have no idea what else to do, they compulsively return to the fantasy narrative of Russian “collusion,” and will persist until it backfires, exposing the web of connections of Hillary Clinton, the green movement, and many others, to the Kremlin.

Jazz Shaw: For liberals, the shadow of Donald Trump looms far larger than the man – “it hasn’t been hard for me to pick up on the trend towards doom and gloom among liberal “thought leaders” this year.”

Yes, clearly President Trump has ruined everything so you can all mope about, dreaming of the beautiful American landscape which has fallen into ruin. But just to make sure that we’re all on the same page here, precisely what is it that’s changed since noon on January 20th of this year? I’m not trying to pester you too much during your period of mourning, but could you provide me with some specifics?

The idea that these are “dark days” and that things have gotten so much worse is entirely a matter of perception, driven largely by the media.

Angry and depressed people tend to die younger and experience a host of health problems which they might have otherwise avoided. Try to relax a bit and wait until the President actually does some of the things you’re so sure that he’s planning before you spiral into despair.

Busy busy busy

 

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