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2/17/2017: Media Bulls v Matador Trump

David Prentice: The Left’s Once Mighty Echo Chamber Is Losing Power – “They don’t see how they have driven themselves over the edge of reason and can no longer convince others.”

Just because the Democrat/media complex is in full, swashbuckling, we’ve-stormed the castle, we’re-going-to-impeach him-mode is no reason to panic. … The left is blowing its own opportunity by hyper-exaggerating their case.

There are several reasons the left’s capacity to take out Trump will not work. The first has been mentioned: The echo chamber is out of gas, its hyperbole is way beyond believable, and their petulance and anger is obvious. Like in the Wizard of Oz, they don’t realize Toto has torn the curtain away, and we’re seeing who is behind that curtain.

The second reason: The Trump team is implementing its agenda one step at a time. The administration is actually doing what they promised they would during the campaign.

The third reason: The Trump voter is still engaged. Not only are they engaged, they are doubly thrilled that he isn’t backing down to these people.

A look at popularity polls indicates that Trump suffers in comparisons to other Presidents due solely to the hatred of Democrats en masse. The only area where Democrats get up to the normal beyond 30% acceptance is in agreeing that Trump is keeping his campaign promises. The sub 10% acceptance in everything else polled is extraordinary and dangerously partisan.

A must read from VDH: The Deplorables Shout Back – “The full lessons of the 2016 election are still being digested (or indeed amplified), but one constant is emerging that the world outside our bi-coastal dynamic, hip, and affluent culture is not very well understood by those who lead the country.”

Trump was rural America’s shout back. One way or another, he will be its last. Either Trump will fail to restore prosperity and influence to the hinterland and thus even as president go the way of a flash-in-the-pan, would-be president Ross Perot—or he will succeed and thus make a like-minded successor superfluous.

Also by VDH: “The cracks on the face of Oroville Dam remind us that we have abused and caricatured what we inherited. In penance we might do better to listen to the wisdom of the past rather than to parrot the ignorance of the present.”

Roger Simon: The Media Bulls Have Met Their Matador in Trump – “The press doesn’t just have Trump Derangement Syndrome. They now have full-blown Trump Psychosis. And like most people with serious disorders, they are teetering close to the brink of self-immolation.”

David Middleton provides a takedown on Fake News: Fukushima Edition – “Yes, the reactors were old (1960’s) technology… But it wasn’t the nuclear technology which triggered the disaster. It was a failure to anticipate anything more than a 3.1 meter tsunami.” But …

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2/13/2017: Oozing hatred: The dangerous part isn’t the deranged part.

It’s all over the news this morning. From the ACLU’s plans to litigate the government to a standstill no matter the cause or reason to the efforts to find something to ‘impeach Trump’ no matter how deep a hole needs to be dug, to the assertions about mental illness, to the community organizing to disrupt citizen meetings, and on and on. A new study has brought up the Voter Fraud issue again. It questions those who impugn and denigrate Trumps comments on the topic. Another example is illustrated in answering the question Why Was Betsy DeVos At Jefferson Middle School? [twitter source] Two pictures: one of the rioters in front of the school and another of the school noting its annual failed grade.

This is the kind of civil behavior that kills people and breaks societies. One only has to look at history over the last century or so to see where that leads.

David Prentice: The Handmaidens of Hatred – “It’s unfortunate that this has to be a discussion about hate – unfortunate because hatred is divisive, destructive, and at the very least unpleasant.”

It has never been totally gone from us, and now it is in the process of overwhelming an entire side in our political debate.

What is surprising has been the hatred, and the degree of it, from the left-leaning leaders and citizenry of our own country toward their own domestic political and social opponents. That’s we. What is hated is quite countable: Christianity. Class, wealth, and accomplishment. Conservatives. The GOP. America as founded. These all have been targets of left-wing hate. But now it’s also the average U.S. citizen who does not walk in lockstep with the left – and finally, any person, even those who lean left, who does not 100% agree with the new Inquisition.

But there is darkness hiding in the shadows for us, seen daily – darkness that should upset us all. Approximately 35% of our population have become unhinged maniacs. That’s a huge amount of our population that has accepted hatred of its fellow citizens as okay. That’s a monster waiting to rear its ugly head, a Godzilla that will destroy everything in its wake just to survive.

This is a national disaster in the making. No adult on the left will stand up and say what needs to be said.

We cannot survive with this many people on the edge of sanity. This is an ugly, and unsustainable state of affairs, one that cannot remain without grave consequence for us and our nation.

Democrats, this is your problem. Let’s see you come to the aid of your party.

Karin McQuillan says the Dems Made Their Bed with Leftists, Now They Must Lie in It – “After 8 years of exploiting and enflaming the grievances of identity politics, the Democratic Party is being eaten by the monster they rode to power.”

Something new is happening before our eyes. Radicals are completing a takeover of the Democratic Party. Sure, there’s been a lot of mockery among conservatives about hyperventilating Democrats. Pundits point out the obvious: that Democrats screaming that Trump is illegitimate deliver no positive message for working class voters who want jobs and that mobs in black masks are not appealing. Such analyses fall short.

Radicals don’t need to be a majority – they never are. They dominate through mob violence, media manipulation and threats. They are now dominating Democrat politicians, not allowing them to “normalize.”

Hinderaker may be mystified by what he persists in calling liberal behavior because he mislabels it. These Democrats are not liberal. They are radical. These people are not just stamping their feet, they are knocking Trump supporters unconscious and beating them with clubs. They are trained, organized and well financed political agitators.

The radicals are professional bullies. They believe in what they call “direct action,” that is, coercive violence. They demand no compromise. They are awash with money. They are professionally trained, ten thousand alone by Obama’s Organizing for America foundation. The radical agenda, now the Democratic Party’s agenda, is ideologically driven to destroy all normalcy in our government.

So far as I have seen, not one single Democrat has condemned the bloody attacks on Republicans.

Lloyd Marcus thinks The Left’s Campaign to ‘Bush’ Trump Will Fail – we can hope.

Even before Trump took his oath of office, the left launched their immoral, unethical, and lawless 1,460-day (four-year) plan to destroy Trump. The left intends to block Trump from implementing everything we elected him to do.

Despite leftists cautioning their side to tone down their over-the-top hysteria, the left’s rabid opposition to Trump continues to escalate to absurd levels. It’s a bright, sunny day. If Trump comments about it, the left will try to convince the public that it is raining, and Trump lied about the sun.

I submit that the Left cannot tone down their brain-dead, emotion-driven, foot-stomping temper tantrums because it is who they are. It is like the old joke: “I helped you because you promised not to bite me. Why did you bite me?” The snake replied, “I’m a snake. It’s what I do.”

Folks, the left is going to pull this crap every day for the next four years. When leftists push free speech to breaking the law and destroying public and private property,

Oh, one last point. I’ve heard concerns that the left will react violently if we resume Trump rallies. Well, I am sorry, folks, but freedom ain’t free. As a matter of fact, God has designed life in such a way that anything worth having requires backbone and risks.

Are you guys ready? Great! Let’s roll!

One story looked at a SCOTUS case on consumer fraud and conflated alternative facts with fake facts. That disqualified the story as the differences between these concepts – alternative and fake – is important. That sort of intellectual laziness and nonsense is called out by Andrew Klavan asserting that Yes, CNN IS Fake News – “This week’s World’s Smallest Violin Award goes to Fake News Network CNN — specifically to be shared between Fake Newsman Jake Tapper and Fake Newsman Chris Cuomo, both of whom took whiny umbrage at being called Fake News while purveying Fake News.”

The problem is this: CNN — like the New York Times, like the network news departments at NBC and ABC and CBS — is virtually the definition of Fake News, a phrase made up by the left to attack Trump but which blew up in their faces like a trick cigar when it turned out everyone knows what liars they’ve been for the past sixteen years at least.

This is not even a question of the almost ceaseless series of mistakes, distortions and obfuscations that our leftist news media, in their hysterical rage against political reality, have committed since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. These errors and lies — which include cover-ups of Islamic extremism, lies about right-wing websites, and suspiciously incendiary “mistakes” about the White House — are being ably catalogued by the mighty and terrible John Nolte over at the Daily Wire.

That list at the Daily Wire is up to 76 documented episodes and counting.

For an example, consider this CNN Headline: Four Republican gripes about Obamacare analyzed listed under “Trumponomics.” Partisan complaints is the head, not the real issues involved. Those issues are a part of the article, though, and they have nothing to do with politics. Market collapse, excessive costs, care for the poor, and employment are observable problems that need bi-partisan solutions. They don’t need Fake News headlines and irrational defenses of a failed program put in place with an in-your-face partisan effort.

Bilious Maximus, M.D. has an idea for Cutting the health insurance Gordian Knot – “Most medical businesses show no mercy to the poor.” That starts the problem as the law requires service to the poor in this business yet the business has to make sufficient money to be able to stay in business. Having the government determine the price as well as requiring service levels is a recipe for disaster, a disaster that can be observed in most countries with socialized medicine. Maximus does have a strong point about inequalities (to use the current PC term) in medical service pricing but he does not address the reason for them.

This long-ingrained habit of billing exorbitant and unpublished fees is of no consequence to insured patients, or those with Medicare or Medicaid. They or their insurers all have contracts to pay only their contracted fees, which are invariably far less that what is billed.

But pity the poor uninsured patient. He or she has no contract with the provider to pay reasonable fees, but is required to sign an agreement to pay what is charged in order to obtain services.

For example, there are health fairs sponsored by local hospitals that provide a blood panel screening for about $100. The same medical business cites the price for that test as $800 on MediCare statements so the patient can understand just how great his insurance is because he didn’t pay anything. Why does this happen? A government edict isn’t going to make anything better as this situation is just one effort to find a solution to what the government has already done.

Jazz Shaw gets a two-fer: Green card holder sentenced for imaginary voter fraud in Texas – “That imaginary voter fraud problem we are consistently assured we don’t have appears to be about as persistent as a late case stage of herpes.”

In the Lone Star State authorities have uncovered that rarest of beasts, an actual conviction and sentencing of an immigrant for the crime of voting while not being a citizen. A 37-year-old green card holder has been sentenced to nearly a decade in prison for voting in the 2012 and 2014 elections. (Washington Post)

As with virtually all of these cases, reporters and their liberal supporters are quick to invoke the, “yeah, but…” defense.

Another two-fer as Colin Lahiff hits both the Flynn persecution and the intelligence agencies war on their boss as Mike Flynn, Russia, deportations and real fake news – maybe make that a three-fer with the Fake News.

Yes, you’ve got that right. Flynn spoke with the Russian ambassador, which is, and I underscore this (and CAPS for extra emphasis) PAR FOR THE COURSE. Campaigns and newly elected officials and their reps meet with foreign ambassadors often. Obama’s people did, and did so with the intent of undermining the outgoing Bush administration. Bush’s people did it when Clinton was leaving. McCain’s team did and they weren’t elected. There’s nothing that stops people from meeting with curious foreigners, and there’s no law that forbids any American from talking to those foreigners. If that American was negotiating on behalf of the United States, maybe, just very very maybe, they’re in violation of US law, but probably not, as again, talking with foreigners is not illegal. (The Logan Act suggests it is illegal to work with a foreign government to resolve their dispute with your own. However, the notion that this would survive a constitutional test, or that Flynn was collaborating against his own government, is far from proved, or even credible.)

What is illegal is leaking highly sensitive classified information about signals intelligence from spying on the Russian ambassador. And what is also illegal is for the CIA to spy on Americans. This is not a maybe, or an if, or a sorta. It is ILLEGAL.

Scott Adams explains it as Good Example of Our Two-Movie Reality – “I have been saying since Trump’s election that the world has split into two realities – or as I prefer to say, two movies on one screen – and most of us don’t realize it.”

We’re all looking at the same events and interpreting them wildly differently. That’s how cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias work. They work together to create a spontaneous hallucination that gets reinforced over time. That hallucination becomes your reality until something changes.

This phenomenon has nothing to do with natural intelligence. We like to think that the people on the other side of the political debate are dumb, under-informed, or just plain evil. That’s not the case. We’re actually experiencing different realities. I mean that literally.

Ed Morrissey pulls up a pertinent Sunday reflection: Matthew 5:17–37 – “whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

“whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.”

People complain about rules and balk at the boundaries, but they like rules a lot more than they’ll usually admit. From the time we are old enough to realize that we can transgress, we want to know where the lines are. Sometimes that’s because we want to be good and not accidentally do wrong, and at other times it’s because we want to know just how bad we can be without getting into trouble. The brighter those lines get, the more secure we feel in our own actions, and our judgment of the actions of others, but also the bolder we get in actions that fall just short of the lines.

What we miss in this reaction are the reasons for the laws, and their purpose. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus explains to His disciples that they are missing the forest for the trees when it comes to God’s laws, which the Israelites have come to see as an end unto themselves.

Thus, Jesus warns, when we set our hearts on division and hatred, we have already rejected the law. It is not enough merely to follow the law by our actions; we need to let the Lord write them on our hearts, that spiritual core where our intellect and will combine. When we do, we enter into solidarity with one another and harmony with God, who loves us and provides the law for that purpose.

In other words, we have to act beyond our own native impulses and think of others as well as ourselves.

This is the problem of our times and Christ tells us what to do. It is how we can see the two movies on one screen and know which one is guiding us and which one should guide us.

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1/18/2017: Bullies with vitriol and where’s the Truth?

Just a few more days and the pessimist wonders what these folks will turn to, then.

The bullies at the gate ahead of the Trump inauguration – “Hollywood, liberals and the political establishment descend into panic.” By Tammy Bruce – – Wednesday, January 18, 2017

As Jan. 20 approaches, the bullies are at the gate. Hollywood, liberals and the political establishment are panicking because they have no idea what to expect when Donald Trump officially becomes the president of the United States.

What Hollywood does know is that anyone in their industry who does not conform to the standard Trump Derangement Syndrome will be bullied until they submit.

The civil war we’re experiencing is not limited to the political parties and Washington, D.C., it’s throughout a culture within which a select few have cultivated an “us vs. them” mentality in order to benefit from government largesse and the power and influence that it provides.

The bullying isn’t only about performers. The Woodmont Country Club is also getting the treatment. Jazz Shaw:

“But the mayor – one Jeffrey Slavin, who I’m just going to assume is a Democrat – seems to be milking this for all he can get out of it. Rather than simply disagreeing with his fellow golfers, he’s chosen to quit and put out a statement describing the potential decision as intolerance. It doesn’t take much ability to read between the lines to know what that means. He’s accusing the members of being racists and the press is picking up the ball and running with it.”

On that civil war thing, consider the mercenaries. Record protest crowds expected to greet Donald Trump at his inauguration – “Take President-elect Donald Trump, add the rise of the professional protest class, and you’ve got a recipe for a record-shattering inauguration protest.” By Valerie Richardson – The Washington Times – Tuesday, January 17, 2017. The professional protest class has become prominent enough to attract scammers. Hoax ads in two dozen cities offered protesters up to $2,500 to agitate at Trump inaugural – “‘Dominic Tullipso’ prompts Fox host to laugh, say ‘this is performance art’.” Meanwhile, O’Keefe drops another video (DisruptJ20 Dramatically Scales Back Plans to Sabotage Inauguration After Project Veritas Sting) …

On the climate front, there is the ying and the yang. Richard W. Rahn describes the Bias, ignorance and reality in climate science – and why “Refusal to own up to the distortions of climate science is a costly mistake.” Then Seth Borenstein illustrates what Rahn was talking about by asserting Global warming could steal postcard-perfect weather days.

Trump Gores a Sacred Cow, and Liberals Lament – “The great Broom of Time recently swept away another failed ideology and political movement.” By Daniel L. Mallock

That the reaction of the Utopian Progressive Left is based upon anger, resentment, hatred, intolerance, and pique rather than logic is not important to them; it is a point that remains always unaddressed. Every political “dirty trick” that seems obviously a sham is accepted at face value, and bitter attacks built upon these false accusations immediately begin. The dizzying speed of the reactions, the overwhelmingly standardized nature of the talking points and commonly invoked yet faulty arguments, suggests a uniformity of thought more typical of an ideological movement or cult than of reasoned, cogent advocacy for a political candidate within a democratic open society.

Roger L Simon: The Real Reason John Lewis and Company Boycott the Inauguration – “When people “act out,” it’s often because a particularly raw nerve has been touched, some basic fear triggered.”

But that’s the surface of what’s really upsetting them, what the shrinks call the “presenting complaint.” Deep down it’s something else, something far more potent.

They’re afraid Donald Trump might actually succeed.

In a world where we often talk of disruptors in business, Trump is the ultimate political disruptor.

But the wound is too severe. Even devoid of a viable ideology, they fight on tooth and nail. Power itself has always been more important than what it stands for. The battle, as is clearly evident, is far from over.

To illustrate that point, John Merline: The Washington Post Takes Anti-Trump Bias To A New Level — 

The mainstream press loves to tell readers that it can be trusted because it employs professional journalists backed by layers of editors. Oh, and they’re all unbiased.

So how to explain a recent Washington Post headline, which manages both to misrepresent its own poll and expose the ridiculous extent to which its reporters and editors will go to bash President-elect Donald Trump?

Or, there’s this by John Kass: Trump, the media and a cure for hysteria.

So how about gigantic, five-gallon jugs chock-full of Prozac, or other such antidepressants, placed in every newsroom?

Because it should be clear by now that something is needed, since much of journalism leans to the political left, and that many of the left are beyond fear and hysterics over Trump.

And so, here’s the Democratic game: Delegitimize Trump even before his term begins, use outrage and media anger toward Trump to shovel it out to America, and shame anyone who dares say otherwise, to save those 10 senators running in the pro-Trump states.

So what do you do if your voters are getting itchy? You bind them with fear and anger.

Ace provides another example citing Mollie Hemingway and the Generals Leading the Intelligence Community’s War on a Duly Elected President. “A plausible answer, it seems to me, is that the media is protecting the sources it knows damn well are the leakers.”

Regarding the Manning commutation, see Jazz Shaw on The aftermath of the disgraceful Chelsea Manning commutation – “What’s of greater interest to me is the proper level of outrage being expressed over this blatant insult to the military, the intelligence community and the citizens of the nation. The New York Post provided a fairly good roundup of some of the initial reactions last night. Speaker Ryan was one of the first out of the gate.” Even Allahpundit picks up on this: “Sean Davis extracts the lesson here: “Giving classified info to Wikileaks is good as long as it only endangers national security and not Democrat careers.”

This isn’t the only one and the release of Gitmo terrorists is just another part of this story of Obama’s thinking about terrorism and treason. Consider also the commuting of the sentence of Oscar López Rivera, a former Chicago community organizer turned FALN terrorist. Andrew C. McCarthy explains The Damage Done to America by Manning … and Obama

Third, the degree to which Obama has wielded executive power in favor of America’s enemies and against his own political opponents and scapegoats is breathtaking.

But if you are Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative Obama critic, the Justice Department inflates an administrative violation into multiple felonies and aggressively advocates (thankfully, without success) for a stiff prison sentence. If you are a tea party group gearing up to fight Obama’s re-election, here comes the IRS. If you are “anti-Muslim video producer” Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and Obama needs a scapegoat for his derelictions in Benghazi, you end up in the slammer. If you are a deep-pocketed financial institution that Obama wants to make the culprit for the government-driven financial meltdown, or to raid so the radical left’s legion of “community organizers” can be funded, prepare to pony up a 9- or 10-figure “settlement.” If you are a police department, be ready to be scandalized as a practitioner of racially malicious enforcement. If you are Israel, brace for the “international outlaw” smear.

A standard defense for the current crop of Barack Obama’s pardon and commutation binge is that it is only about folks incarcerated for inoffensive drug possession or, perhaps, the awful racist U.S. injustice system. Jazz Shaw says The clemency train is ready to pull out from the station again and cites Heather Mac Donald at National Review [who] covered this [nonviolent criminal] problem last year.

For an example of the TDS vitriol, consider Rachel and her Truth in the Age of Trump – and this from a self professed ‘conservative’:

Quite apart from the security headaches, the road closures, and the not-inconsiderable prospect of violent demonstrations the day of, or the days after the event, the prospect of it filled me with disgust. I wanted to be far away from the pleasant city that is our national capital. Donald J. Trump has repeatedly revealed himself as a lying, crooked, narcissistic ignoramus, incapable of generous thoughts or deeds, indeed, incapable of seeing beyond himself at all. The idea of that man living in Lincoln’s house is nauseating.

But he is the President, so what is one to do? More particularly, what are conservative intellectuals to do?

The most important thing is to speak the truth, indeed, to become somewhat fanatical on the subject.

Perhaps a first step towards finding truth is to examine the basis of one’s own perceptions? The nausea is a clue that there is a problem in this area. You cannot speak truth until you find it. Blinded by hatred is no way to find the pathway to truth.

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1/11/2017: Dezinformatsiya

The observations on the politicization of U.S. agencies (and everything else) continues.

Warren L. Dean Jr.: The CIA disgrace – “It’s not the agency’s place to cast doubt on the legitimacy of a U.S. election

Now they are blaming their ultimate political humiliation, the loss of the election to Donald Trump, on Vladimir Putin. There seems to be no recognition in Washington that the entire exercise looks to the rest of the world to be a callow, if not cowardly, effort to find a scapegoat for yet another domestic political failure. And that is exactly what it is.

Clifford D. May: Lost in cyberspace – “Cyberespionage is a concern, but cyberwarfare is far more serious.”

Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee was mischievous. Did it change the outcome of the 2016 elections? No evidence suggests that and the intelligence community isn’t claiming that.

Victor Morton: Trump blasts Buzzfeed over Russia reports: ‘Fake news,’ ‘unverifiable,’ ‘witch hunt!’ – “Ally Michael Cohen rebuts claim in intel dossier, saying he’d never gone to alleged site of secret meeting

Steven Hayward: Fake News Jumps Fake Shark

But that is just a warmup, apparently. The story Paul noted below about the supposed Russian dossier of compromising information about Trump is looking phonier by the moment. Without even referring to the critics who are calling it a hoax, there are a number of obvious peculiarities in the document that has been released to call its authenticity into question. I’ve read a lot of declassified CIA reports of this kind over the years, and this one looks off. Way off.

I’ll bet this story falls apart faster than a Dan Rather memo on national guard service.

This is likely just a taste of what is coming and why the mainstream media has no credibility. Jennifer Harper has more: Donald Trump gets zero honeymoon with the press, major media attack now underway

unverified claims about Mr. Trump in BuzzFeed … “All three network morning shows parroted Democrats’ complaints … Pollsters are also in on it

There have been few calls for critics to ease up on the negativity, which has been percolating for two months.

“Sorry, but the Republican Party isn’t ‘extremist.’ Liberals have been making the same argument for 35 years (at least). It’s still not true,”

It appears that the Fake News™ goes back through John McCain. That does not credit his honor nor his integrity. Jazz Shaw picks up on this sort of incivility in describing how a WaPo writer ponders how to “remove Trump from office” before he’s even sworn in

… Richard Cohen’s column this week which carries the not very ambiguous title of, “How to remove Trump from office.”

Let’s leave aside for a moment the somewhat inconvenient fact that Donald Trump isn’t even in the office yet. What was the thinking going on inside the hallowed halls of the WaPo when they approved an editorial like this?

If you want an example of early onset Trump Derangement Syndrome, this is one case which almost demands that medical authorities be rushed to Cohen’s home immediately to save him from himself.

let’s close with a callback to the original question I posed. Exactly how unhinged are the senior members of the Washington Post staff in terms of Trump Derangement Syndrome? I’m guessing that this will be widely reflected in their newsroom coverage over the next four years. I’d be thrilled to be proven wrong, but you probably shouldn’t bet too heavily against me.

John Hinderaker asks Why Are Liberals Such Racists? – The prompt is a MTV reporter tweet about Sessions holding his granddaughter on his lap.

As a conservative, I essentially never encounter racism. I don’t have any racist friends or acquaintances. The issue never comes up. Liberals, on the other hand, tell us that they are swimming in a sea of racism. I don’t know, they might be right. Maybe in their liberal world, racism is still an issue.

But what is it with liberals and racism? Remember when liberals tried to make some kind of scandal out of the fact that one of Mitt Romney’s grandchildren was African-American? What is wrong with these people? This kind of thing happens a lot. If you are looking for racism, look to the left.

The moral of the story is that, while most people think liberals are just ignorant, the truth is much worse.

Hinderaker has another one about how Disgraceful Democrats Depict Police Officers As Pigs – this is the story of the contest winning painting from an 18 year old in William Lacy Clay’s district.

This painting obviously violates the rule against “depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy,” and it is, in any event, outrageously inappropriate for display in the Capitol. But Congressman Clay, a far leftist, nevertheless insists that it hang in the corridor.

the issue here isn’t the First Amendment, it is the politically-inspired myth of police racism. The reality is that Rep. Clay and most of his fellow Democrats are delighted to see police officers depicted as pigs, because this particular smear fires up their base and is to their political advantage. The lines here couldn’t be more clearly drawn.

The episode tells you the nature of the Democrats, their unwillingness to work with others, their lack of respect for law and order, their lack of intellectual integrity, and their persistence over any barrier including reason or reality. It is good to see the ruckus getting discussion as it needs airing and inspection and introspection about civility and the proper means for advancing governance over political ideology.

Luboš Motl: What does Obama’s drivel tell us about the Science magazine – “For the editors, the left-wing cult is a higher priority than science.” It’s about Science magazine publishing a paper by Obama.

The conflation of science and politics displayed by Obama’s article is very bad. It’s actually bad in both directions. It’s terrible when some political cults are ultimately above scientists in the science journals – when politicians and their ideologies and programs may influence how scientists talk about science. But the opposite influence is also bad. It’s bad when scientists think that they have the “right” to make political decisions just because they are scientists – even though the “right” political decisions obviously cannot be determined by science alone.

There is so much to examine, to analyze, to ponder.

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Another round for gun control, another hysteria episode for media, and caring for an unclaimed veteran

Here’s a few more from the morning’s news and comment scan. Shaw provides links to the NV AG on the problems with the narrowly passed effort at more restrictions on self defense. Hinderaker provides an example of the bias and hysteria in the State Propaganda Machine with foreboding about what this implies is coming. Finally, there is an “unclaimed veteran” and a few high school kids who stepped up.

Jazz Shaw: Oops. Bloomberg’s $20M gun control bid in Nevada has fallen apart – (but, don’t worry,you can bet they’ll fix the problems and try again)

Having the plan in place only works as long as the facilities are available for sellers to obtain the mandated background check and the only avenue provided under the legislation was to have the FBI do it. But they don’t have the resources available to cater to this program so they won’t be participating. This leaves a situation where otherwise legal sales couldn’t take place due to reasons beyond the control of the seller. In other words, the measure is completely unenforceable.

We could spend another year debating the need for a father to get a background check on his son or daughter before passing on a hunting rifle to them, but that’s really not the point here. As Bob points out, this is a case of a poorly thought out plan which relied entirely on their program being paid for by somebody else. And in this case they put the law up to a vote before even asking the “somebody else” in question whether or not they were willing and able to provide the required resources.

John Hinderaker – Trump Press Conference Prompts Hysterical Reaction – it’s off to the races!

Yesterday Donald Trump gave a very brief press conference at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, and spoke again with the press later in the day. If the reaction by reporters and editors is any indication, we are in for a long four years.

Similar stories go on for pages. The Associated Press jumped into the breach with a piece headlined, AP Explains: Did Trump just create 8,000 jobs? If you read carefully, you find out that the answer is Yes.

So Trump has taken credit for this particular job creation twice? The horror!

I don’t know whether Trump’s effort to promote job creation in the U.S. will succeed or not, but the alacrity with which the press tried to deny him any credit for these developments is troubling.

The moral of all this is that the press declared all-out war on Trump long ago, and his election has done nothing to cool the anti-Trump ardor of American reporters and editors. We are in for much more of this partisan coverage over the next four years.

The feel good story of the day is by Lauren Katzenberg. 6 Teens Serve As Pallbearers For Navy Vet They Never Met – An “unclaimed veteran” needed pallbearers. A funeral home worker’s son had another commitment but he had friends at Long Beach High School in Mississippi who volunteered for the duty. “All six decided they would have it placed in the Bearcats’ locker room. Warden said she would have a case made with a plaque that bears Pino’s name to display the flag.”

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+49% ? Say What? Really? Rush Indeed.

In the last year, The Rush Limbaugh Show experienced combined audience growth of +49 % with Persons 12+ and +23% with Adults 25- 54 on Cumulus-owned stations in Chicago (WLS-AM), Detroit (WJR-AM), Washington, D.C. (WMAL-FM), Dallas (WBAP-AM) and San Francisco (KSFO-AM). Nationwide, the program has experienced significant year-over-year audience growth in 2016 with Persons 12+ (+21%), Adults 25-54 (+13%), Adults 18-34 (+12%) and Women 25-54 (+17%). (Sources: Nielsen Audio, JAN-NOV Avg 2016 vs 2015, PPM Exact Times, AQH – Combined AQH; Nielsen Audio, JAN-NOV Avg 2016 vs 2015, PPM, Exact Times, AQH).”

per a press release from Premiere Networks and Cumulus Media cited by Jeffrey Lord in Talk Radio Thriving as Rush Limbaugh Signs New Contract That Shows His Dominance. Limbaugh messes with the minds on the left something fierce somewhat like Trump does and Lord lays it out. He cites ex-Bush speechwriter David Frum as an example:

“On the one side, the president of the United States: soft-spoken and conciliatory, never angry, always invoking the recession and its victims. This president invokes the language of “responsibility,” and in his own life seems to epitomize that ideal: He is physically honed and disciplined, his worst vice an occasional cigarette. He is at the same time an apparently devoted husband and father. Unsurprisingly, women voters trust and admire him.

And for the leader of the Republicans? A man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as “losers.” With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence—exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party. And we’re cooperating! Those images of crowds of CPACers cheering Rush’s every rancorous word—we’ll be seeing them rebroadcast for a long time.

Rush knows what he is doing. The worse conservatives do, the more important Rush becomes as leader of the ardent remnant. The better conservatives succeed, the more we become a broad national governing coalition, the more Rush will be sidelined.”

Look at the modifiers being used then look at the perceptions described and then look at the ad hominem. Think about how many times Obama excoriated Republicans and blamed them (as a race) for everything evil and bad and try to fit that into Frum’s description. Consider the ‘keep your doctor’ claim and many other (significant) falsehoods used to sell or rationalize as well. Then listen to Limbaugh for a while and try to fit what you can actually hear every day on the radio with how Frum describes it. Then, of course, the lack of intellectual integrity is put on parade with the assertion of “ardent remnant.” Here’s Lord’s conclusion.

In other words? In other words not only have the critics of these talk hosts and talk radio in general gotten it wrong repeatedly. But in not paying attention to the audience all of them have – or worse contemptuously dismissing them as (to borrow from Hillary Clinton) a “basket of deplorables” who are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it” — they completely missed the outcome of the 2016 election. Completely and totally.

As this politically tumultuous year comes to a close it is worth noting that it closes, most fittingly, with the good news that Rush Limbaugh has been re-signed. There is a reason. For those paying attention to Rush there is not the slightest surprise the election ended as it did.

Merry Christmas, Rush! and for thinking, open-minded people who listen to Limbaugh’s, Mark Levin’s, and Sean Hannity’s talk radio you have a gift under your tree that should brighten 2017 all year. From the numbers provided, it’s a very Merry Christmas for Premiere Networks and Cumulus Media, too. 

Also see: Robert Feder: WLS Locks in Rush .. (Dec 14, 2016), Premiere Networks PSA (Dec 14, 2016)  – incredible news needs comparable support!

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First it was pre-season football. Now it’s pre-season politics

Jazz Shaw says Democrats already accusing Trump of “treason” a month before he takes office.

This weekend you can catch a preview of what the next four years of mainstream media coverage of the Trump presidency will look like by checking in at the Boston Globe. … Yes, you read that correctly. It’s still more than a month before the PEOTUS will be sworn in and we’ve already got someone bringing up the word “treason” and tying it to his name.

No, it doesn’t appear that this was manipulation on the part of the Globe. Shattuck fires of the “treason” charge only four words into the article. And the basis for this suggestion rests entirely on the fact that Trump took issue with the conclusion drawn by some in the intelligence community that the Russians hacked the DNC’s email accounts to help him win.

Oh… so there’s no evidence. But you’ll just fire off an editorial in the Boston Globe suggesting it anyway, eh?

the real issue here is why a long established newspaper would agree to run such a blatantly hyperbolic, partisan piece of trash which is clearly designed to undermine national confidence in the electoral process and delegitimize the incoming president. In a more sane period of American politics you might expect that a newspaper with the standing of the Boston Globe would take a look at this column and at least hesitate before giving it the green light.

Sadly, that’s not the case today. The mainstream media learned nothing from the lessons of 2016 and you can expect to see a non-stop barrage of attacks on Trump over every single thing he says or does over the next four years. Today’s example is just one of many cases where we see that the press isn’t even waiting until he takes the oath to begin attempting to derail his presidency. So fasten your seat belts, kids. There’s a lot more of this to come.

Forecasting the future is always difficult and is particularly suspect when it has no tie to reality – as much of the Left’s fantasies about Trump appear to be. Things are a bit different when you extrapolate from what is currently in evidence. Pre-season football is about choosing a team roster most likely to win based on what players actually do on the field. Shaw is doing much the same thing here: anticipating the future by looking at what the media is currently doing. As such, his advice to “fasten your seat belts” is worth serious consideration.

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Real Fake News: Cyber Russian edition

Charles Lipson has hias Brief Guide to Russian Hacking of the U.S. Election with a few gems buried inside and what sounds like a ‘reasonable suggestion.’

What do we know about foreign hacking into the U.S. election?

Quite a lot, actually, even if we don’t have a parking pass at CIA headquarters. But there is also a lot of confusion. Call it the “fog of cyberwar.”

the heart of Russia’s campaign was collecting secret information, such as private communication among political operatives, and then disclosing that material selectively. They may also have tried to hack election databases in several states. It is unclear if they actually sought to manipulate votes, but, if they did, they had little success. There is zero evidence they changed any vote counts.

The impact of cyber espionage on the 2016 election came through information, not direct manipulation of the results.

the disclosures all hurt Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump. That favoritism does not seem accidental, although it may have been aided by weaker cybersecurity on Clinton’s side. The clear implication …

Even if foreign cyber operations did not flip the outcome, they are unacceptable interference in American elections. What should we do next?

A serious investigation should not be an excuse for denying the outcome of the 2016 election or for saying it was rigged by a foreign power. The election is over, and Hillary’s loss cannot be attributed to Russian interference.

The best solution is a bipartisan commission. …

The best solution is for everyone involved to implement known and established security policies and keep their systems secured and properly protected, not another commission that will spend years to produce a report that no one will read and is out of date when published. And, using the 9/11 commission example given, such a commission does nothing to stop the conspiracy theories.

But all of this is just part and parcel of The left’s relentless war against Bannon, Breitbart and real journalism. Alicia Colon describes the situation. Same tactics; just another front on the same target.

I finally understood why the left is obsessed with Bannon and Breitbart. They haven’t a clue about what real journalism is.

I’ve been writing op-eds since 1998 and my pet peeve has always been that editors write the headlines that they feel will attract attention rather than reflect what the article is about.

Real journalism demands this concrete evidence. Real Journalism also requires presenting both sides of an issue.

The mainstream media dominated by the left has abandoned all Fourth Estate credibility by eschewing journalism for personal ideology. Now these miscreants in the press are alleging the prevalence of ‘fake news’ without doing due diligence investigating an issue.

Trump’s election caught the MSM by surprise because it ceased being legitimate journalism and instead became a wing of the Democrat Party. While the left wing is relentless attacking the right, the figment of the imagination alt-right and just plain common sense, it may find that the public at large has learned to read behind the headlines and will seek out the truth without any help from the media lapdogs.

On the ‘Russians are coming!’ Fake News(tm), the height of concern should match the strength of the evidence. “zero evidence” and “cannot be attributed” do not provide strength for anything of significance. The fact that there are Democrats conflating this evidence with the deaths of an ambassador amd three others that was rationalized with a Fake News(tm) story about a video indicates that intellectual integrity is long gone on the election concerns.

The underlying issue, that of information systems security provides another clue. One side had loose security and was hacked. The other side had better security and its information was kept secure. Instead of seeing this as an example about how information security can and should be addressed, it is twisted to support the idea of partisan interference by some outside party. There are times when introspection is likely to be much more profitable than wild tantrums throwing furniture at anyone handy.

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Fake News: subtleties and the Time cover

Time did its thing with a new Person of the Year cover controvery. Again. Here’s one description of the issue: The TIME Magazine Cover Controversy — “creative work is usually more intentional than casual observers give it credit for being.” For an analysis of what the photographer was doing, see JP Danko on Trump Trolled by Time – a photographic deconstruction of the man of the year 2016 cover.

I think George Takei totally nails the the negative subliminal queues present in this image (in under 140 characters too in his Tweet “Trump trolled by Time”): “Devil horns, monster shadow, unretouched bald spot, delapidated chair, literally resting on laurels…Trump trolled by Time.” h/t N. Freedman

Note that Takei is the Star Trek Star who is taking heat (ridicule) for his overt Trump Derangement Syndrome expression. He illustrates what the ‘never Trump’ clan perceives in the Time cover. Danko’s analysis shows why this perception was intended artistic expression as well as how different people can get different impressions from the cover.

First of all we need to understand that Time Magazine’s 2016 person of the year cover was meticulously planned. There is nothing in this image that was not deliberate – Kander’s image of Trump is crafted to tell the viewer a specific story.

The obvious story at the surface of this image is that of a successful, powerful, tough businessman – and Trump certainly embodies that narrative.

The viewer’s interpretation is dependent on the viewer’s world view – in other words, if you are a Trump supporter, or Trump himself, you’re probably going to look at this image, interpret the obvious story and come away with a positive impression of Trump the businessman.

Of course, the real story that this image is trying to tell is the opposite of the obvious. … lets deconstruct the image further, from a photographer’s perspective.

Trump’s pose in this image is designed to convey the feeling of an elite with a palpable disdain for his inferiors.

Given the subliminal queues provided by Trump’s pose, his expression becomes a lot more ominous.

Next we have the prop – a tattered old gilded chair.

Then there is the lighting.

Finally, if there was any doubt about intentions of the true story Kander and Time are telling about Donald Trump there is the caption “President of the Divided States of America”.

This single statement ties all of the positive and negative visual subliminal queues together into a neat concise story.

Time will tell how Nadav Kander‘s image of Donald Trump will be judged, but there is no question that it is a powerful image telling an interesting story.

This is an example of Fake News ™ in the form that many do not notice and that can be denied by minimalization logical fallacies. It is also a testiment to the power of the arts in propaganda. The hyperbolic shrieking in headlines and the ‘interesting’ adjectives and adverbs so visible in much of today’s commentary is crude by this standard. Either way, the mark of dishonesty is indeed something “time will tell” whether graphic or written.

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Hyperbole, Fake News, and Reality

Marisa Schultz reports on Hillary Clinton: ‘Lives are at risk’ because of fake news. Harry Reid wants to undo what he did to Senate rules that protected minorities. The there’s the IBT editorials How Can You Tell A Good Trump Pick? By The Establishment Freakout and Trump Owes The Media Nothing — Here’s Why. Then there’s the Fake News(tm) rebuttal Pentagon Documents Prove Trump is Right – Boeing Air-Force-One Over $4 Billion and confirmation of the IBT point So many reasons to love the designation of Andrew Puzder as head of the Department of Labor.

Donald Trump knows well how to goad his adversaries into overplaying their hands, and that is likely to be the way it will unfold for M. Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants … Even worse, if that is possible, he has used sex appeal to sell burgers. … Because it is true that in general the left “never forgets anything and never learns anything, “ a nice touch is that Carl Karcher, the founder (CKE stands for Carl Karcher Enterprises) of the company was a well-known conservative and a major GOP donor, which has got to bother a lot of Dems.
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the Trump opposition, which is essentially the entire MSM apparatus, went into apoplectic rage and attack mode because, according to them, there was no basis for the price assertion at $4 billion.

However, Pentagon contract documents obtained by The Daily Mail show Donald Trump was precisely correct, and all the moonbat antagonists were precisely wrong.
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You know when left-of-center media watchdogs see media bias against a conservative candidate it must be really egregious. And the respected Shorenstein Center’s report found that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took their share of hard hits by the media. But Trump came in for especially vicious treatment. … As the Washington Post noted, “CBS had the most negative coverage and Fox News Channel the least negative, but the differences between the two were not vast.”

In other words, Trump was treated with scarcely concealed contempt by nearly everyone in the media.

In the coming weeks and months, you will hear much wailing, keening, moaning and gnashing of teeth from the Big Media about Trump’s poor treatment of them — and how voters don’t appreciate what they do. When they do, please remember: They’ve earned the contempt.
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An easy way to tell whether one of Donald Trump’s leadership picks is a good one is to gauge the freakout level among the left. By that measure alone, the person Trump is considering as head of the Food and Drug Administration would be an outstanding choice. … Thus, we’re seeing headlines that describe O’Neill as “an insane Silicon Valley libertarian,” and that Trump is putting “eccentricity over expertise,” and that O’Neill should “scare pharma.”

What a ruckus! Thin skin, hypersensitive, and prone to hyperbole in fantasies that confuse reality with personal dreams. 

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Been there, done that, have the T Shirt: Fake News as State Propaganda

Gavin McInnes says Fake News Is Unreal. “If you want to talk scary, how about this “fake news” controversy?”

Barack is ultimately calling for the abolition of facts and suggesting America take up some kind of state-run media the way Britain and Canada have.

I’ve lived in both those countries. The scariest thing about state-run propaganda is how well it works.

the fact that Trump said, “You’d be in jail” meant he was going to imprison all his opponents the same way Stalin and Pol Pot and Mao did. It was a ridiculous premonition and it’s part of the reason they lost.

Their idea of a threat to America, of course, is anyone who threatens the narrative. The same way Jill Stein’s crusade only investigates states where Trump won, these people define “fake” as “not liberal enough.”

It goes on to page 2 listing example after example. Talk scary, indeed.

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Fake News an outgrowth of Fact Checking an example of Denial

Sheriff Clarke says fake news started with the “hands up don’t shoot” lie.

“It’s the anniversary of that fateful summer night in August of 2014 that started with the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ lie that was propagated by every mainstream liberal media across this country,” Clarke said. “The New York Times, The Washington Post, the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, CNN, MSNBC all propagated that ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ lie. It was from that time forward that this concept of fake news was talked about.”

That’s when it became popular but the actual leftist propaganda tactic goes back to Dan Rather and the TANG or even further to Walter Cronkite and his reporting on Vietnam. The term “fake news” only became popular as a matter of projection in trying to come to grips with the Trump phenomena. It arose because the “fact checking” was getting stale and stilted.

The basis is the same: find a fault, any fault, to discredit and impugn. That means that most rhetorical techniques used by humans to communicate with each other become ripe targets for attack. All human discourse gets held to the standard of legal contracts and court decisions. The effort is biblical (Matthew 7:3) and contrary to any goal of attempting to understand and have an honest discussion.

Good to see it being laid bare as that is a first step in working towards restoring intellectual integrity.

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Alt Reality

By Tom Trinko notes that The Problem Isn’t the Alt-Right – It’s the Alt-Reality.

We hear about the alt-right and the alt-left, but the real issue is the alt-reality.

Most Americans’ perceptions of the world are shaped by information they get from primarily liberal sources such as the media, academia, and government.

That’s why many Americans live in an alternate reality where Hillary did nothing wrong at Benghazi, abortions occur only due to rape, global warming is supported by 97% of scientists, the economy is doing great, emotions are good and reasoning is bad, Republicans are racists, Castro was a kind and caring man, and Trump is an insane tyrant.

What led to the Trump win is that the liberals have become so out of step with reality that many Americans decided to completely distrust them.

And Professor VDH expands on this with Universities and the media: arrogant, ignorant, and ripe for reform.

In media land, Donald Trump is a reckless tweeter; Barack Obama’s outreach to GloZell and rapper Kendrick Lamar is just kicking back and having fun (Lamar’s latest album portrayed the corpse of a judge to the toasting merriment of rappers on the White House lawn). In media land, Donald Trump risked world peace by accepting a phone call from the democratically elected president of Taiwan; Barack Obama’s talks with dictators and thugs such as Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and Raul Castro were long overdue. In media land, jawboning Carrier not to relocate a plant to Mexico is an existential threat to the free market; not so when Barack Obama tried to coerce Boeing to move to Washington State to produce union-made planes, or bullied a small non-union guitar company, or reordered the bankruptcy payouts of Chrysler and essentially took over the company.

The university and the media share two traits: Both industries have become arrogant and ignorant. We have created a climate, ethically and professionally, in which extremism has bred extremism, and bias is seen not as proof of journalistic and academic corruption, but of political purity. The recent election, and especially its aftermath, embarrassed journalists and academics alike — and should not be forgotten.

Instead of introspective self-critique, the media have now gone postmodern, doubling down on their biases, under a new project of attacking supposed “neutrality” and “objectivity” themselves.

Awareness is a first step. It may take a while for the alcoholic to accept he has a drinking problem but his friends certainly will notice the problem and they will, eventually, get the message across. Is this the process we are seeing here?

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Republican surrender monkeys

Sundance puts the Green party burden on Wisconsin in context: Green Party Fleeces Sheeple and Files for Recount in Wisconsin….

The difference between the Democrat and Republican party has always been the distinction between one side who will do anything, say anything, manipulate anything, and fight to the death to get their way – and the other party being polite Republican surrender monkeys.

The goal is not to change the election outcome, that possibility is beyond absurd, the goal is Alinsky opposition: create mayhem, cause angst, create disruption, seed doubt, undermine, isolate, marginalize the opponent. These moonbat behaviors are simply the antagonistic leftists fulfilling the nature of their ideology.

Wisconsin TeacherThe professional left even acknowledges that fundraising to advance these challenges is essentially a scam. However, it’s a scam that has benefits even in its futility.

Keep in mind that these are the people who have been going to the wall to prevent any effort at voter ID or other measures to combat voter fraud under the pretense that it doesn’t happen.

The take a look at Charles Sauer on the Forest Service trying to seize private land from Montana ranchers — “Nope, the bully never stops. The Forest Service, by fiat, claimed an easement through the ranch.”

Daniel Payne picks up another on how Paul Krugman Illustrates The Damaged Political Psyches Of The Left — “The election damaged the political psyche of liberals in ways that it will probably take a while for us to understand.”

But here’s the real majesty of this whole debacle, the rather astonishing aspect of it all: there is no real indication that the education of Paul Krugman is going to stick.

Got that? When a Republican challenges the results of an election, it’s a “coup.” When the loser is a Democrat, however, such a challenge is absolutely necessary, “just in case.” The next four years are not going to be kind to Paul Krugman and to people like him: they are going to discredit themselves even more thoroughly than they already have, all under the auspices of an insufferable, smarmy intellectual superiority.

We are not in an age of reason and intellectual integrity. Phase I is acknowledgement and it might be, just maybe, that we are getting to that step. Maybe.

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Look for the modifiers

This is from just one column at the New Yorker: “demagogic” – “obsessive” – “rants” – “railed+ – “The President-elect does not care who knows how unforgiving or vain or distracted he is.” – “He is the same kind of blustering, bluffing blowhard as he was during the campaign.” – “not seem entirely rational”

You think maybe the problem here isn’t Trump? That maybe, if you do think these judgments and opinions are valid, that maybe you should take them back to the source and do a bit of introspection about what was actually said in a proper context, the tone of expression, and your own feelings?

Stop to consider how these sorts of modifiers of questionable source grow and become FUD mongering fodder. Consider how that grows to riots – and worse. It’s imaginations gone wild and fantasies gone berserk … and it isn’t Trump. He’s just the latest in a long string of Alinsky described targets.

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Oh, the arrogance: judgment or opinion

Gary J. Schmitt posts Donald Trump: Tweeter-in-Chief and falls into the trap of confusing opinion with judgment. In doing so, he misses reality.

Trump’s own response to the Hamilton cast’s bloviating was anything but adult-like. Nor was his response to the Saturday Night Live skit making fun of his transition. The fact that Trump finds it necessary it seems to respond to every slight is disconcerting to say the least. Does he really intend, when president, to waste time and energy for the most transitory of matters? His constitutional duty will be to “faithfully execute the office of the President”—not participate in tweet warfare.

Bloviating on Twitter? Isn’t that an oxymoron? 

The comparison and contrast here is in the reports about the meeting with major media top brass. The history Schmitt missing goes back to Reagan as a communicator going directly to the people and around the press. A primary task of leadership is communications and, in this election it was made very clear that Trump’s advantage was in his communications with the people. Whatever he is doing is worth studying for those who want to learn from success. 

If you try to support the denigration of Trump’s tweets with what was actually said, you not only make a fool of yourself trying to make your point honest but you also miss what is happening. By using social media, Trump communicates directly with the public. The people can see that what he is saying – if they actually read what is said as a ‘normally reasonable’ person would – and they can speak themselves. By labeling the actor’s antics as “rude” Trump went no farther than anyone could plainly see. In calling for an apology to that rudeness he was being reasonable and ‘adult’ – the “adult-like” commentary needs to be pasted on those who were rude, out of place, arrogant, bigoted, and not showing those ‘adult’ behaviors Schmitt professes to admire.

If you want to get into “adult-like” behaviors in regard to Trump, a proper reference would be the current President. Then toss in GWB and the Clintons and you’d have a lot of material for compare and contrast. What the people have said in recent elections is that they are doing this comparison and the Schmitt point of view is missing the point.

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What to do with dishonesty, delusion, and denial?

Seth Keshel suggests Drown Out the Lying MSM. The State Propaganda Machine (SPM) a.k.a. the mainstream media has certainly been caught often enough with pants on file to assure that censoring them a more a matter of integrity than ideology. They foment abuse rather than report it.

Do you enjoy being lied to? Or do you have to watch sports so badly that you’re willing to fork over $150 per month for a cable or dish subscription that directly funds people who hate you and everything you believe in and want to mislead you, all while insulting you to your face?

Here’s an ‘anonymous’ (caveat emptor!) on how he Watched Donald Trump Blow A Hole Through The European Elite’s Minds.

my mind embraced Trump. If the elite Europeans despise him so much, and especially executives that run a company that caters to providing status symbols to the elite, he must be what America needs, I thought.

The conference and setting were awesome, the topics interesting, but disbelief gripped the Europeans. How could the Americans get it so wrong?

I did my best to explain in two languages, and I kept it at a level that executives and kindergartners could understand: 1. The cities went with Hillary, but the Democratic Party and media is so completely out of touch with the people outside of the cities that the pollsters missed she never had a chance. 2. A large portion of the United States has a cultural identity that believes in subsidiarity rather than centralization.

Watching 70- and 80-year-olds high-fiving one another had me laughing. Seeing their pride restored because they had struck a blow to restore the American identity also made me cry a bit, too.

There are a number of stories noting the fact that the SPM has taken up opposition camps. John Merlin hits this with One example is about election validity. Outside California, Clinton Is A Big-Time Popular Vote Loser.

Donald Trump’s opponents are having something of a field day with news that Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote currently tops 1 million. … But a closer look at the election returns show that Hillary’s lead in the popular vote is entirely due to her oversized margin of victory in uber-liberal California.

It’s no wonder Boxer wants to do away with the Electoral College, since it would let her state decide presidential elections, even if — as in this election — the Republican candidate did much better in far more states across the country.

In an era of all the concern about equality, the protection of minorities in this particular matter seems to be swept under the rug. The Electoral College mechanism exists to protect from tyranny of the majority but, to the left, tyranny is just fine as long as it is their tyranny. Harry Reid’s tenure in the Senate as a destroyer of protections for the minority by tyranny of the majority might also come back the haunt his party. You can image the wailing and gnashing of teeth that will occur if that comes up!

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Propaganda, or media bias, hasn’t died. It just has a more prominent target

The outcomes of the election are already showing. There are riots in the streets protesting the expressed will of the voters. One Congressman is already talking about how to prevent the president-elect from committing war crimes. And the Washington Post has an excellent example of the sort of bias yielding propaganda that the electorate rejected. The story is Trump taps climate-change skeptic to oversee EPA transition by Brady Dennis.

The first paragraph has the scare quotes – the regulations it has put out under President Obama are “a disgrace.” – “unnecessary” rules – and the next one characterizes the personal target – can obliterate Obama’s environmental legacy. Paragraph three brings in the evil corporations: CEI. Exxon, Koch Brothers. Ebell is described as a “self-described public-policy wonk” and “not a scientist.” Since the dude ain’t talking, it’s left for a news report to claim “But it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out the likely list of priorities.” Why report on reality when we have our imaginations?

It continues looking for a “specific agenda” and describing the efforts to quell alarmism as “gleeful” and they bring in the Pope, too, as an example of the appeal to authority logical fallacy.

The legacy of the Obama EPA is not one that would do well under any scrutiny. From disasters like the toxic river spill to the economy crushing war against energy production to the corruption in the alternative energy fad the results have been costly and damaging to both people and the environment. But it’s not even on the table for inspection much less discussion and that is why Dennis has something to talk about now.

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PET (post election trauma)

It’s being compared to 1948 and 1980. The polls took a beating. The pundits misfired. The results were stunning.

Thomas Lifson: Scott Adams, the new superstar pundit. Well, as noted in previous posts, Adams kept his ideas tied to reality. The Dilbert cartoon would not be successful if it did not reveal a truthful reality about modern business life (re Limbaugh’s axiom about humor). To be able to see a fundamental truth in a noisy world is a gift and Adams has shown that he has it.

His newest column, posted to the Dilbert Blog (there is nothing pretentious about Scott), takes a well-deserved bow, but more importantly makes some predictions that all the failed pundits need to take a look at. His introduction contains a dramatic prediction about what president Trump will do, and the shrewdest political advice for conservatives I have seen since Trump’s victory

Dennis Evers provides A Democrat’s Guide to Moving to Canada

If you are serious about leaving, you might consider a crowdfunding effort to help offset your expenses as almost everything in Canada is more costly, and there are a lot of us “deplorables” (more of us than you, actually) who would love to assist you in your transition.

It is interesting that Mexico isn’t the preferred destination as it has abundant natural resources, a lot of shoreline, and a much more temperate climate. There are also those who don’t want to leave but rather to secede. This is mostly the San Jose to San Francisco Silicon Valley area. Perhaps they, too, should think about just slithering on down the coast to Baja. There seem to be a lot of folks who think it is time to drain the swamp even if there is fear mongering about climate change and saving non-rare species habitats.

The Post Editorial Board opines that the Democrats need to get past their hysteria and move on. Remember the outrage when Trump talked about contesting a rigged election? Despite the ‘rigging’ by overwhelming spending on attack ads against him, a media complicit in a vile propaganda campaign, and the usual assortment of ballot box ‘irregularities’, the voters swamped the election to make the ‘rigging’ mere noise. And that was another defeat that may have contributed to the riots and dismay.

Tuesday’s surprise loss has Democrats in disbelief and denial — clawing for excuses, predicting Armageddon and refusing to accept the results. It’s unhealthy.

Dems can’t start to get their act back together if they bother with silly columns insisting that Trump’s win proves the country is “racist at its core” and the election was a “contest” between “male vs. female.”

Reality check: Trump scored slightly less of the white vote than Mitt Romney — and higher percentages of blacks and Latinos. And women voted for him at about the same rate as they did for Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008. Is every presidential election a war between the sexes?

Face facts, folks: “Make America Great Again” had a lot more meaning in the key states than “I’m With Her.” Too many Americans had had enough of being lectured to by self-appointed betters.

Heather Mac Donald poders Law, Order, and Trump — “The Republican candidate supported police and expressed concern about the growing homicide toll in black neighborhoods—in contrast with his opponent.”

Black Lives Matter helped propel Donald Trump’s unforeseen ascent to the White House. The public understood the threat to law and order posed by the movement’s calumnies about the nation’s police—and so, uniquely in the presidential race, did Trump.

By contrast, Hillary Clinton embraced the Black Lives Matter movement. She regularly accused the nation’s cops of systemic, lethal racism.

Black Lives Matter is not going to go quietly into the night. The movement may even grow more extreme, fueled by a university culture devoted to racial victimology. Hate-filled chants like the one recently uttered in Chicago—“CPD, KKK, How many kids did you kill today?”—will continue to plague city streets. But the absence of an echo chamber in the White House for such falsehoods may go far toward curbing the rising violence of the last two years.

The American Spectator thinks that At the end of the day, the Democrats simply asked more of the American people in 2016 than was possible.

To put fully paid to the narrative Jones and other pundits on the Left are spinning, that Trump’s victory was a triumph of American racism and bigotry, an ugly slur which has encouraged thousands of this country’s worst residents to take to the streets in childish and un-American protests of democracy, it turns out that where Trump did make improvements over Romney’s performance was with black and Hispanic voters.

And it’s the Left’s bigotry, and moreover its obnoxious arrogance and never-ending cultural and political aggression, that explains Trump’s victory.

Because what happened on Election Night was that the national gag reflex manifested itself. And the Democrats’ attempts at forcing down a charmless Alinskyite grifter under multiple FBI investigations ran afoul of that reflex. She found herself the victim of a massive laryngeal spasm on the part of the electorate.

Nominating Clinton was an exercise in arrogance and corruption never before seen in American politics. It was a political aggression well in line with a long string of other affronts both political and cultural

Americans have been lectured, scolded, robbed, demoralized, and gaslighted relentlessly for the past eight years. And to top it all, the Democrats demanded that if they wouldn’t swallow a “feminist icon” whose only employment came courtesy of her professional relationship with her husband, who we are meant to believe put the nation’s state secrets forfeit to foreign powers as an innocent mistake and who is obviously guilty of running a pay-for-play influence-peddling scam disguised as a charity alongside what is advertised as “public service,” then that would constitute sexism

Sorry, said the country, but too far is too far. If that means making the guy from The Apprentice president, so be it. America emitted an unpleasant noise, expectorated, and delivered the Democrats to the floor covered in sputum.

Trump may carry with him lots of problems, but among them do not include relentless abuses of power seeking to force unwanted change on a beleaguered population. The country has had enough and has demanded a break from the Left.

This gag reflex – that’s really rather mild response to the ‘micro-aggressions’ described. But then, such aggression has been a cause of the left, a rationale for them to perpetrate their own on the imagined behavior of others. There has been some blow-back but a look at the county results (NY Times) make it clear that it is a city versus rural split and that is dangerous (but it is why the electoral college and other U.S. government processes were specified in the Constitution).

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Spin: a lexical analysis

John Hinderaker decomposes an AP spin effort the illustrates how either bias or propaganda is expressed and truth becomes fiction.

The Associated Press reports on Donald Trump’s talking about Hillary Clinton’s role in her husband’s rape and sexual harassment scandals. Perhaps recognizing that some people might consider being an accessory to rape and sexual assault more serious failings than talking crudely about women, the AP doesn’t take any chances. You almost have to read between the lines to extract the story from the spin:

When eleven-year-old video of Trump talking crudely was released, was it a “personal attack”? No. But Trump’s criticism of Hillary Clinton is.

Got that? No substance to Trump’s claims, he is simply trying to “deflect” attention from his own “predatory comments.” And note what a strange phrase that is. How can a comment be predatory? Actual predatory behavior (not comments) was shown by Bill Clinton when he raped Juanita Broaddrick, grabbed Kathleen Willey’s breast, and sexually harassed Paula Jones. But the AP wants you to think that such criminal conduct is minor (and in any event “unproven”), whereas Donald Trump’s crude bluster is “predatory.”

There is much more, but you get the point. I would continue, but the spin is making me dizzy.

Along the way, the use of terms such as “defiant”, “dangerous”, “seizing”, “unsubstantiated”, “charge”, and other loaded terms are highlighted and their insidiousness explained. What you have here is a lesson in how to detect when you being fed a load of nonsense by using specific and objective criteria. The sad thing is that such spin may be more a representation of bias (unintentional) rather than propaganda (intentional) and that a large part of the populace buys it.

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