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Follow The Science,’ Or Follow The Fear?

The GOP’s Trump Solution. Conrad Black — “At some point, the former Republican establishment will have to familiarize itself with the consequences of being defeated by Donald Trump within its own party.”

For Years, The New York Times Reported Absentee Voting Boosts Fraud — Until Donald Trump Agreed. Eric Felten — “What accounts for the New York Times’ change from a dark presentation of absentee voting to a decidedly rosy one? The 2020 election, it appears.” Felten falls into the ‘can’t prove’ vote fraud meme to bash DJT which is being shown false but otherwise, the flip flop is an example that should be a tell for many who aren’t paying that much attention to what is going on.

These Lawsuits Reveal The Left’s Goal To Banish Religion Altogether. Yaakov Menken — “Leftists use lawsuits, not to address actual discrimination, but to demonize those with different beliefs and to characterize the Bible itself as hateful.”

Follow The Science? How The Media’s Hypocrisy Undermines Critical Thinking In The Age Of COVID. Cameron English — “Mainstream news outlets have gone after COVID-19 conspiracy theorists with a passion. But when it comes to equally important science topics, they have no problem ignoring evidence and promoting conspiratorial nonsense. This blatant hypocrisy causes confusion and fuels the public’s skepticism of science more broadly.”

“Anti-science activists generally aren’t single-issue crusaders. Many of the same “health freedom” advocates who deny the benefits of pesticides and vaccines also promote sham medical treatments, and they often work together.

J&J’s Vaccine Halt: ‘Follow The Science,’ Or Follow The Fear? I & I Editorial Board — “No one likes secondary effects of vaccines. It’s a big reason why nearly a third of all people refuse to take any vaccine. But in the case of the J&J vaccine, one possible secondary effect can be quite scary: A small number of people develop a rare form of blood clots. … So how many? Six. That’s out of more than 6.8 million people who have taken the J&J shot,”

“For the record, we don’t tell people what to do. If you don’t want a vaccine, that’s up to you. What we really don’t want, however, is the hypocrisy of those in our “woke” health bureaucracies who relentlessly instruct us to “follow the science,” but then don’t follow it themselves. Instead they follow the politics — or even worse, the fear.

The Totalitarian Undertow of Social Distancing. Jon Rodeback — “The closest parallel in recent history to prolonged social distancing may be the atomization of societies under totalitarian regimes. Totalitarian regimes usually take power during periods of massive social and political upheaval, and they must perpetuate the upheaval through reigns of terror in order to retain power.”

Dan Klein’s Open Letter to Tyler Cowen. Don Boudreaux — “Like Don, I am distressed by your recent blog post disparaging the Great Barrington Declaration.”

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Shameless

CBS’s Refusal To Even Explain Itself Is The New, Shameless Reality For Republicans And Conservatives. Christopher Bedford — “What the story really says is that both CBS and ’60 Minutes’ are willing to publish sloppy hit pieces on those who defy their narratives and no longer think it necessary to even remotely justify this propaganda.”

Bill would require that eggs sold in Nevada come from cage-free hens by mid-2024. Michelle Rindels — this is the concern in the Nevada legislature as voting integrity is set aside.

Amid Renewed Rioting in Minneapolis, a Lesson on the Second Amendment. Bryan Preston — “Some business owners were prepared and are defending their property. Some weren’t and aren’t.”

PHOTO: Armed Civilians Stand Guard Outside Brooklyn Center Store. Awr Hawkins — “Similar defenses of businesses were seen during the riots that erupted in response to the death of George Floyd.”

Can the Great ‘Awokening’ Succeed? Victor Davis Hanson — “Wokeism is creating a future group of politically incorrect Trotskyites on a proverbial rendezvous with a Mexican ice pick, given that by birth they will never be woke enough for the new Stalinism.”

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Honesty crisis – does anyone care?

Our Honesty Crisis: How We Talk about Race. Matt Keener — “Of all the things that ail us — our honesty crisis might be the one that does us in.” … “We lie about our ills. We gloss over or ignore statistics that do not support the official narrative of the times and we censor or ban people that tell us things we do not want to hear.” … “Nowhere is this transparency crisis more evident in the last year than in the area of race.”

Officer Chauvin’s Knee Was NOT on George Floyd’s ‘Neck’ and 8 Other Things You Didn’t Know About This Case. Victoria Taft — “Many things have been revealed during the nearly two-week-long trial of Chauvin. We’re betting you didn’t know most of them. Here are just nine examples.”

Another, Clearer Take on the Chauvin Trial. Clarice Feldman — “I leave it to you to decide why, from the Trayvon Martin case to the George Floyd case, the media has so consistently misrepresented the facts.”

Biden’s Chamber of Confected Hatreds. Conrad Black — “It was impossible to foretell that the reaction of the post-Reagan bipartisan and political class to its being rejected would be not only to confect defamatory hatred against Trump but of America.” … “Destructive, mindless wokeness and charges and confessions of “white privilege” are everywhere”

Optimism Inc.: Serendipity on the Farm. Victor Davis Hanson — “Nothing has changed in a world where everything has changed.” … “My worry about the next generation? Many. But one is that we are losing the versatile, autonomous, jack-of-all-trades young man, who has the confidence and skill to go it alone under any possible contingency and welcomes rather than fears adversities. God, I wish we had more such folk. The nation was built by them, and without them we do not have a prayer. A Happy Easter to them all!”

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The rise of the absurd: woke mob rule, Covidocractic Tyranny

Georgia’s Corporate Exodus Signals The Rise Of The Woke Cartel. Dennis Weisman — “Woke policy positions by corporations and sports leagues that aren’t sustainable when acting alone are sustainable when they operate as cartels.”

“When all or virtually all businesses in a market adopt the same policy position, consumers are unable to voice their dissatisfaction by voting with their feet and patronizing a competitor that offers a similar product or service. Unfortunately, in this setting, boycotts are of limited effectiveness because customers have nowhere else to turn.

Wealthy and Woke. Victor Davis Hanson — “Apparently to rant about “privilege” means the less you need to worry about your own.” … “The rules of cynical CEO censure are transparent.”

Rise of the Absurd. The Z Man — “The French Enlightenment philosopher known to us as Voltaire once said, “Whoever can make you accept absurdity can make you commit injustice.” … “Political correctness is a way to maintain control. By forcing people to accept and repeat the most ridiculous things, the people in charge break the will of the people. By accepting the lie, they can no longer live in the truth. “A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.” … “Freed from those moral constraints, reason quickly turns into superstition.”

The Face Of Evil. John Hinderaker — “Michel Foucault is the intellectual godfather of the modern Left.” … “the icons of the Left–Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Michel Foucault and many more–were hideously deformed and evil. I think a flawed man or woman–which is to say, a normal person–can produce sound political and social philosophy. But I think it is impossible for a moral leper like Michel Foucault to produce anything good or useful. Which helps to explain, perhaps, why today’s Left is irredeemably corrupt.”

Conrad Black on America today. neo — “Maybe I know an atypical sample of people, but I’m acquainted with a lot of people who have always seemed to me to be smart, kind, and well-meaning, and who have no obvious dysfunction in personality or lives, and yet who now fully subscribe to the notion that America is evil and must atone for its sins. They believe that it’s the people who say otherwise who are lying and/or ignorant.”

Justice And The Question Of Process Versus Outcome. J.T. Young — “Members of America’s left see justice not as a process but an outcome. … The problem for the left in attaining its vision of justice in Chauvin’s trial is that the charges, even if proved, will not deliver a sentence that will meet its definition of justice.”

Ann Coulter explains the status of the Derek Chauvin trial. Andrea Widburg — “Currently, the prosecution is still putting on its case, but it may want to stop doing so before the court is forced to dismiss the case altogether.” cited: Legal Insurrection, Ann Coulter, also see Taki’s Derek Chauvin, Human Sacrifice by Ann Coulter.

Did the 9th Circuit Just Erase “to Bear” Arms from the Second Amendment? Cody Wisniewski — “Young v. Hawaii: The case presented the Circuit with a not-so-straightforward question: Since Hawaii heavily regulates the concealed carriage of firearms, which licensing scheme has been upheld by the Ninth Circuit, can Hawaii even more heavily regulate the open carriage of firearms?” … “One can be forgiven for not immediately grasping the full impact of the Ninth Circuit’s 215-page opinion (with dissents), which reads more like a prequel to George Orwell’s 1984 than a judicial decision.”

Former Gaetz aide: Sure looks like the media’s cooking a narrative on Gaetz. Ed Morrissey — “this eye-popping Twitter thread from Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky should have us demanding greater scrutiny to these claims, until extraordinary evidence for extraordinary claims finally emerges.”

Media, Politicians Still Spreading the ‘Big Lie’ About Officer Sicknick. Julie Kelly — “Democratic leaders and the American news media aren’t just dishonest and shameless—they’re fully depraved.”

Cause of Death Comes in for Folks Who Died at Capitol Riot. Nick Arama — 1 shot by police, 2 from cardiovascular natural causes, 1 from acute amphetimine intoxication. “What was still pending was a determination on the cause of death of Officer Brian Sicknick, who didn’t die during the riot, but collapsed and died hours later.”

Why The Iconoclastic Left Are On The Wrong Side Of History. Steven Watts — “Approaching history with condescending arrogance, as the woke movement does, merely highlights the smallness of the examiners.” … “Judicious students of the American experience steer clear of these mistakes and approach it cautiously, seeking wisdom, not weaponization.”

Covidocractic Tyranny. Don Boudreaux — “It’s come to this, my fellow Americans. A prominent “expert” – one who is a personality on a major international television network, a columnist at one of the country’s most prominent newspapers, and a professor (if apparently only now visiting) at a major U.S. university – recommends, with no evident hesitation or embarrassment or shame, that each of us Americans be compelled to purchase our freedom by getting a Covid vaccine. Freedom, in this woman’s view, is the “carrot” that will lure us little rabbits to submit obediently to vaccination.”

Germany’s wind and solar push driving up prices, harming reliability. Isaac Orr — “Minnesota politicians, along with wind and solar special interest groups, often applaud Germany’s decision to close its nuclear and coal plants in order to build more wind and solar, but an audit by the German government seen by Reuters indicates the country’s energy policy is causing electricity prices to skyrocket, and it is putting reliability at risk.”

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Propaganda problem should be a major concern

Legacy Media Corruption Is At The Heart Of Our National Conflict. Emily Jashinsky — “The Georgia example is instructive in illustrating exactly how much of our conflict is downstream of the broken media.” … “The media’s false reporting about new election legislation in Georgia whipped up a controversy that left millions of people grossly misinformed, frightened voters, mired major corporations in high-stakes public relations frenzies, distracted the political discourse, and furthered the country’s divisions.”

“Over and over again, the legacy media falsely reports major details of major stories. Take Sunday’s bizarre “60 Minutes” report on Gov. Ron DeSantis, which Mollie Hemingway eviscerated on Monday. On that same network last weekend as well, months after the media worked in concert with Big Tech to suppress a New York Post report, Hunter Biden admitted the infamous laptop could be his.

the media is no longer a secondary problem because of its partisan bias. Its ideological bias has festered into incompetence that is creating and worsening just about every single one of our problems as a country, from basic efficiency to institutional trust to race relations. Defeating the legacy media’s stranglehold on information delivery must be a top priority for the left, right, and center.

All-Star Game Move Shows The Left’s Power To Push Lies. Jonathan S. Tobin — “while the league’s decision to move the game out of Atlanta was certainly influenced by the president’s histrionics, the die was cast long before he launched his puzzling rhetorical improvisations about the law making “Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle.”

“When race-baiting becomes the issue, the facts about voting or any other issue never matter when industries have much to lose and little to gain from standing up to woke, leftist bullies.

Violating Core American Principles. Gary M. Galles — “the premise underlying such disproportionate burdens – that it is an appropriate federal government role to take from some to give to others of its choosing – is inconsistent with America’s founding principles. And that is also the case for the government overstepping, disparate treatment and unequal justice those funds have financed.”

Election Fraud Prosecution At An “All-Time High”: Texas Attorney General’s Office. [zerohedge] Jack Phillips [Epoch Times] — “An official in Texas’ Attorney General’s office testified during a state House hearing that the number of election fraud cases in Texas is at an “all-time high.”

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Propaganda is a fog in the path to truth about reality – Powerful forces are allied against the truth

ABC News’ Terrible, Scary, And Inaccurate Vaccine Headline. Josh Bloom — “It is shoddy reporting like this that is guaranteed to confuse and frighten people who are hesitant to take the shot, either because it’s a new technology or worried that the development was rushed, so the shot is unsafe.”

’60 Minutes’ Ignores Democrat Governors’ Scandals, Invents One About DeSantis. Mollie Hemingway — “As with the pushing of anti-Bush forgeries, CBS News continues to push partisan propaganda at the expense of the truth.”

“As with the pushing of anti-Bush forgeries, CBS News continues to push partisan propaganda at the expense of the truth. It is unclear whether its propaganda will keep its viewers from knowing the truth about Florida’s handling of COVID, much less the truth of what has happened in hard lockdown states such as New York and California.

see also Bonchie: The Deranged 60 Minutes Hit Piece on Ron DeSantis Gives the Game Away. Also Heather Moon: Twitter Spins Sensitive Content Filter To Abuse Conservatives.

Can We Finally Stop Pretending that George Floyd’s Death Had Anything to Do with Racism? William Sullivan. “The lie that George Floyd was murdered by racist police officers in Minneapolis has made its way around the world several times over, leaving countless violent riots and more than $2 billion in property damages in its wake, but it seems that the truth is finally putting on its shoes.”

“perhaps saddest of all, we can expect that radical leftist politicians, celebrities, the media, and woke corporations will continue to be complicit in the promotion of that deadly and destructive lie, and will continue to placate the rioters committing these horrible atrocities by defending their actions as justifiable outrage.

Powerful forces are allied against the truth, and are actively seeking to silence anyone espousing it.

Biden White House Wildly Misleads Public On COVID Vaccinations. I & I Editorial Board — “The Biden administration is playing up its role in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, big time.”

Donald J. Trump: Joe Biden’s Best Friend. Victor Davis Hanson — “The myth of Biden the healer, and Trump the cruel divider, got Biden elected. But the fantasy that Biden had the answers to problems that Trump created is a far greater—and more dangerous—delusion.”

Poll Finds Almost Half Of Americans Want Vaccine Passports. Steve Watson at Summit News [via ZeroHedge]. A Rasmussen poll has revealed that almost half of Americans support the introduction of vaccine passports in order to get “back to normal.” … “The passport system is also being pushed by the mainstream media, with the likes of the L.A. Times declaring that vaccine passports are a “good idea” because they will help the Biden administration “break the resistance down.” … DocShellshock at Twitter: “So 44% of America has bought into tyrannical fascism. Got it.”

The totalitarians’ Covid con unintentionally explained by CNN public health ‘expert’. Thomas Lifson — “Too much freedom is a bad thing because it limits the ability of the state to coerce its subjects into behavior they otherwise would resist. That’s the basic message explained to Chris Cuomo by a professor of public health policy that CNN favors with its airtime.”

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nuclear level of hypocrisy – Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence

For the academic, maybe this will help understand Jesus … 

Jesus Christ PhD. James Franklin — “Careful attention to how Jesus uses scripture and draws from it principles that imply radical conclusions gives insight into the nature of his intensive earlier study.” … “Our modern assumption, in law and ethics, that motive and intention are morally central and that actions flow from them, is post-Christian.”

Capitalism, Poverty and Christian Charity. Peter Smith — “Whether Catholicism or Protestantism was most responsible for spurring economic progress in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and beyond can be debated. What I believe to be true is that across all of its denominational variants, Christianity is bound together in a holy and secular alliance with capitalism. This is not universally appreciated. It should be, as I hope to explain.”

“As societies have become wealthier, and wealthier still, a disconnect has arisen in the minds of many between the vast array of commodities on show and available every day and the processes of making and delivering them. A cargo cult, almost, has taken hold. This is most acutely seen, in my view, among the Greens. However, to varying extents, this mentality is widespread. It is prevalent among charity and church leaders who otherwise display no tendency to believe in magic.

Entropy, poverty and misery are always waiting in the wings unless free markets guide the process of creating and distributing wealth.

Christians who complain about capitalism need to go back to basics. Poverty will always be with us. “For you have the poor with you always” (Matthew 26:11). Charity will always be required. Meanwhile capitalism is peerless at providing the wherewithal to support charity while progressively reducing, though never ending, the need for it. It is a match made in heaven and earth.

“Brutal” Abuse Of Power: Watch As UK Police Break Up “Unlawful Gathering” Easter Service In London. Tyler Durden — “Shocking footage has emerged showing the absurd lengths authorities are willing to go to enforce ‘Covid rules’ even after vaccines have been made more widely available, with tens of millions having received the jab” … “The police appeared to literally burst in mid-service and acknowledged it was among the most important Christian holy days of the year before ordering people to disperse.”

The Trump-Hate Coalition Is Crumbling. Conrad Black — “The wheels are coming off the rickety anti-Trump coalition in all four directions.” … “Every informed person in the world knows that the events of January 6 were the result of a loose sequence of facts that were only allowed to aggregate into the assault on the Capitol because of the malice or incompetence of Trump’s enemies.”

“The FBI and senior echelons of the intelligence services were politically compromised, a massively illegal and fraudulent investigation of the elected president was conducted, two utterly spurious impeachment attempts were thrown at him and the coronavirus pandemic was invoked to produce the most seriously tainted presidential election result in the country’s history. The Supreme Court may have made the correct political decision when it declined to adjudicate the case, given how tempestuous the response would have been if it had overturned the result of the election, but it was still an abdication. They presumably acted as they did to assure that there would be no move to pack the court with Democrats, and they may now be in a position to reassert the Constitution as the controversies generated by the new administration percolate up to it.

Republicans Seek Briefing From DOJ on Allegations of ‘Suspicious’ Capitol Tours Before Riot. Rick Moran — “Shortly after the Capitol riot, 34 Democrats signed a letter asking the Department of Justice and the Capitol Police to investigate claims that Republican members of Congress assisted the rioters by giving some of them a tour of the Capitol in the days leading up to the riot.”

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” said astronomer Carl Sagan. He was referring to claims of aliens visiting earth, but he may as well have had the Democrats smearing Republicans with baseless charges of complicity in an insurrection in mind.

There is no evidence that any Republican congressman was involved in any way in the assault on the Capitol. There’s no evidence that routine tours of the Capitol given by every member of Congress were anything but wide-eyed tourists killing time on their vacation.

What’s More American than Coke and Baseball? Clarice Feldman — “Until very recently, it would have been hard to imagine anything more iconic of American life than Coca-Cola and baseball. Today both remind me of Benito Mussolini’s corporatist – aka, fascist — game of merging of state and corporate power.” … “I’m fed up with this never-ending sham: partisan power grabs to weaken the most important features of American life being cloaked in virtuous anti-racism.”

So MLB is fine with ball games in Cuba and training in China, but Georgia is the human rights problem, Monica Showalter — “Unlike Abrams, they chose, and chose poorly, because what they chose will probably have some consequences for the MLB organization, given its nuclear level of hypocrisy.” … “Their hypocrisy surrounding this maneuver to appease senile Joe Biden and all his leftist flying monkeys circling his sorry corpus is an outrage.”

The attack on Georgia isn’t really about Georgia. neo — “This is just another example of a trend we’re seeing more and more of lately, in which companies that used to stay out of politics are making bold statements that align with the present-day Democrat narrative.” … “Democrats feel that their goal of permanent power (or at least very long-term power) is so close they can taste it. And they are willing to do nearly anything to secure it.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Offers Correction After Printing Biden’s Lies About GA Election Law Bill. Karen Townsend — “The newspaper made the mistake of printing Democrat talking points, specifically remarks made by President Biden, instead of the truth. AJC originally falsely reported that voting hours had been cut in the bill and failed to note that early voting days had been added for general elections while shortening the time for early voting in primary run-offs.”

NPR Corrects False Hunter Biden Claim But ... Jonathan Turley — “The article by NPR senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving stated categorically that the laptop story was discredited by news organizations. It was later compelled to correct that false statement but still has language casting doubt on the story and evades glaring contradictions in Biden’s book and his interview. Moreover, NPR continues to run false claims from prior controversies.”

Election Fraud Hotspots – 10% of the Data are 70% of the Fraud. Jay Valentine — “Beginning in November, like many citizens, we witnessed election fraud possibilities any sentient person would investigate. Having backgrounds in fraud detection, particularly in the property casualty insurance business, Medicaid fraud, and cyber fraud, gave us a curiosity that never dissipated.”

“If Jesse Morgan did drive a tractor trailer truck with 100,000 ballots from New York to Pennsylvania, how can we find out? Chris Wray and our hardy pals at the FBI may not want to open that truck’s back door, but we do – with database analysis.

They can hide the truck. They can claim it never happened. They cannot hide the record of the ballot.

We are thrilled people are trying to alter data after the fact. They are leaving tracks like a dinosaur walking through a field of peanut butter for database tracking.

Some Covid Links. Don Boudreaux — “We will not mince words. America is indeed suffering from a dangerous plague—a plague of misanthropic fearmongering from the likes of Dr. Fauci, the Scarf Lady and the Biden’s new CDC director, among countless others of the self-designated Virus Patrol.”

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Misrepresents? Really?

“C’mon Man!”: Biden Again Misrepresents Georgia Election Law While Supporting State Boycott. Johnathan Turley — “The level of misrepresentation of these provisions in the media has been chilling. The narrative has overwhelmed the news on the factual basis of these claims.”

Media Plays With Fire, Profiles Chauvin Jurors. Deanna Fisher — “the cost might be paid in lives ruined.”

 

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How far can this go?

New Yorker Attempt To Dunk On Conservatives Further Shows Why H.R. 1 Is A Threat. Gabe Kaminsky — “Jane Mayer of The New Yorker strengthens the argument for why H.R. 1 is an awful piece of legislation.” … “Mayer misunderstands the Republican base’s argument completely and produces a straw man.”

“Mayer’s backing of President Joe Biden’s press conference claim the GOP opposing the bill is “sick” and “un-American” is only fitting, since both Biden and The New Yorker writer oversimplify the measure and do not mostly address GOP concerns.

While Mayer claims H.R. 1 is “overwhelmingly popular across the political spectrum,” and chides McKenzie for failing to acknowledge this erroneous platitude, many of its major provisions have been measured in polls as highly unpopular. But the author deceivingly neglects this.

Nancy Pelosi, The Real Insurrectionist. I & I Editorial Board — “Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi called U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Her objective was to strip Donald Trump of his constitutional executive authority. She followed up the call with a letter to her power-hungry Democratic colleagues:” … “It’s impossible to separate Pelosi’s actions from the Democrats’ efforts to rule rather than govern.”

How Stupid are American Voters — Very!? Alicia Colon — “Perhaps stupid is not the right word. Gullible is not right either. It’s really hard to pinpoint the main reason behind the disastrous state of our country but the cold hard fact is that many Americans have fallen for two of the biggest hoaxes perpetrated by the left , the media and corrupt politicians.” … “What has happened to this country is positively evil. If you can’t recognize that we have been grossly manipulated by petty dictatorial tyrants basking in power modes, then perhaps stupid is the right word.”

The 10 Radical New Rules That Are Changing America. Victor Davis Hanson — money, law, racialism, citizenship, dependency, hypocrisy, avoidance, McCarthyism, ignorance, wokeness … “Americans privately fear these rules while publicly appearing to accept them. They still could be transitory and invite a reaction. Or they are already near-permanent and institutionalized.”

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Corporate communism?

The Federalist headlines of note:

The PJ Media morning briefing … Teachers’ Unions Are Heading for the Ninth Circle of Hell. Stephen Kruiser — “for those who need a refresher is all about treachery and betrayal. … also the circle in which Satan lives.”

“It is important to note that even I don’t think all union teachers are evil. Their union masters are though. And, as my friend Larry O’Connor points out over at Townhall, the good teachers need to start speaking out against and challenging their greedy (Dante’s Fourth Circle), corrupt, and treacherous leadership.

Say, Whatever Happened To Biden’s Transparency Pledge? I & I Editorial Board — “keeping people in the dark is good policy.” … “Even if what Biden said were true, that a massive surge of unaccompanied children happens every year, it means he was caught entirely flat-footed for this supposedly predictable event. In other words, either Biden is lying or he’s incompetent.” … “Just try to imagine the wall-to-wall 24/7 outcry from the press, politicians, celebrities, late-night “comedians” if Trump had done something like this.” … “If anything, Biden is a worse offender since he solemnly promised a new era of honesty and tell-it-like-it-is transparency.”

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A deplorably biased mainstream media?

Study: Media Reported Only Bad COVID News (Until Trump Lost). I & I Editorial Board — “Researchers at Dartmouth College and Brown University did a content analysis of tens of thousands of COVID-19 news stories to look at the levels of negativity.” … “There’s a precedent for this. When George H.W. Bush was running for reelection in 1992, coverage of the economy was overwhelmingly negative, despite the fact that one of the shallowest and shortest recessions on record ended in March 1991.” … “We all know how deplorably biased the mainstream media is. But even we can be stunned when we see blatant evidence of it like this.”

The ‘Pathetic’ Genesis of a Fake News Story. Stephen B. Presser — “Truth ought still to be the most important thing in our lives and our politics, but truth is not advanced by assertions taken out of context to affirm a narrative.” This is about the (mis)reporting on the Powell v Dominion case. “As I have argued in this space before, the American people should still demand a full airing of the disputed fairness of this last presidential election—an airing that has yet to take place.”

Mark Wauck: An Independent Judiciary? — “Anyone who’s been following the January 6 Event and the Sedition Hoax will be aware that the elements of this offense–the conspiring and especially the element of force connected to planning for the event–are notably lacking.”

The Justice Department Is Struggling With January 6 Protest Cases — an Overview. Shipwreckedcrew — “the evidence the government is bringing before the courts doesn’t measure up to the rhetoric used by prosecutors and federal agents in their early comments, both in the courtroom as well as sworn affidavits.” … “one issue that is percolating at this moment in several pending cases — but has not yet broken out into the public arena quite yet — is a determined and widespread tactical effort by the Department of Justice to keep the actual evidence it has in all these cases out of public view.”

What Nobody Tells You About the Alamo and the Texas Revolution of the 1830s. ¡No Pasarán! — “The problem with the Left, international as well as American, is that they obsess so much over every sin, real or alleged, of the United States, going berserk over American/Western guilt, that they leave other nations — and their citizens — totally unscathed from the minutest amount of criticism, all the while ignoring basic historical facts.”

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Powerful confusion and misdirection

When The Powerful Say Truth Is A Lie And Lies Are The Truth, No One Will Stand Up For America But You. Christopher Bedford — “In an age when Americans have grown used to casually shrugging away their freedoms at the whim of TV pundits, this kind of propaganda is seriously dangerous.” … “Reasonable people can disagree on if they think the Democrats or Republicans are right or wrong in their different initiatives, but the stark difference between these two top news headlines is glaring — and not too long ago would have been deeply embarrassing to any serious news editor.”

Department of Justice Is Investigating the Lead Prosecutor for the Capitol Riots and the Fix Is In. streiff — “I’d like to think that Sherwin would suffer some kind of repercussions for overtly attempting to deprive American citizens of the right to a fair trial just to angle for a bigger and better job in the Department of Justice. But the one thing we’ve learned over the past four years is that Justice takes care of its own. When you have a lawyer forge a document used to deceive a court so electronic surveillance could be carried out against a presidential candidate, his campaign, his transition team, and his administration get probation, you know that Sherwin is in no danger whatsoever of any punishment.”

First battlefront drawn in Georgia in epic fight over future of American elections. John Solomon — “Is ID requirement a voter suppression tactic or a responsible security measure? Georgia is ground zero for settling debate, future of American elections.” … “Remarkably, the concept of voter ID that was widely embraced just 16 years ago by a bipartisan election commission chaired by former President Jimmy Carter has now become the leading symbol of what Democrats allege are Repoublican voter suppression tactics”

Biden Unhinged: Calls Attempts To Stop Election Fraud ‘Sick’ And ‘Un-American’. I & I Editorial Board — “So what is it that states are trying to do? First, it’s worth clearing up a few things Biden rattled off.”

A general overview of Biden’s first press conference. Andrea Widburg — “From the very first moment of Biden’s first press conference, one could tell that the days of Trump press conferences were gone. … Gotcha questions, lectures, fights, interruptions, blatant disrespect — not from Trump, but from the media. It was they who created a sense of chaos and divisiveness, not Trump. It was very different this time.”

Getting the facts right on Operation Warp Speed. Paul Roderick Gregory — “judged by its own benchmarks — regulatory approval and vaccinations by the end of 2020 and the accelerated delivery of 300 million doses — OWS is a rare private-public partnership that has met its performance benchmarks.”

A Wilderness of Lies. The Z Man — “no one living in Russia accepted what was told to them through state media as the truth. It could be true but was most likely false. The game was to figure out what the lies meant. Instead of poring over photos in the newspapers, citizens relied on their personal networks to provide a narrative that explained what they could see happening around them. There was public truth and private truth. — This is something Americans are learning.”

The Mask Nonsense Doesn’t Stop, Even From Unexpected Sources. Kevin Roche — fisking Mirengoff at Powerline.

Follow The ‘Science,’ They Said. Victor Davis Hanson — “As a general rule, the next time an official, a politician, or an expert lectures us on the “science,” make sure that he is not projecting his own unscientific biases onto others.” … “Science” is used to denigrate a perceived enemy of the people, and ignored to enhance a guardian of the flock.”

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Will 1/6 live in infamy?

Prosecutors Now Backing Away from Statements and Charges Against January 6th Protestors.  Sundance — “The approach of building a political narrative through false accusations and over-charging in the DOJ is the essence of Lawfare. The government has endless taxpayer resources to fuel their political weaponization of the judiciary. – The process of the charges then becomes the punishment by design.”

The Q Lie: The Power-Grab After January 6th Was The Real Insurrection. Thomas J. Farnan — “It is now obvious that the continued military occupation of Washington D.C. under a phony, Q-pretext is a purposeful overreaction to silence objections over the use of mass mail-in ballots to swing the 2020 election.”

Dept. of Homeland Security flirting with totalitarianism. Thomas Lifson — “Now that the Department of Justice and FBI are using the 1/6/21 Capitol incursion to demonize all who attended the massive rally that day, imputing “insurrection,” “white supremacy,” and “extremism” to them, massive political repression may be coming.” … “Just try and dissent once those pending steps are accomplished. You will be looking out from inside a new iron curtain.”

Time to Stand Up for the Second Amendment More Than Ever. [Epoch Times warning] Roger L. Simon — “Maybe we should ban Facebook instead of guns.”

Has there ever in US history been a more pitiful Cabinet? Patricia McCarthy — “We are all beginning to realize, too late, that being woke is a form of mass hysteria meant to undermine every essential tenet of Judeo-Christian values.”

What Trump Derangement Syndrome Has Wrought. Lauri B. Regan — “At less than 100 days in, Trump-haters have imposed growing disasters on the country. Trump-hating voters cared about one thing and it wasn’t the success of Operation Warp Speed, a strong economy, or peace in the Mideast. Bad Orange Man must go, the country, our kids’ and grandkids’ futures be damned. And we reap what we sow.”

Truth And Lies In A Digital Media Era. Carver Gunlocke — “Americans are submerged in an ideological fog of artificial truth thanks to the American media. In step with them are digital social media platforms. In addition, our universities, political class, and elites are foisting information that is laden with lies and half-truths to promote their social and political agenda — and they are doing it with some considerable success.”

California Officials Accepted 99.4 Percent Of Mail-In Ballots In 2020. With Newsom Recall, It’s A Completely Different Story. Jonathan S. Tobin — “When it comes to leftists protecting their own from accountability, it appears that only the strictest of scrutiny will do.” … “in California, Democrats who were trying to stop the recall were not concerned with defending the notion that every signature, just like every vote, should be counted.”

The cult of the vaccine. Landon Freeman — “Close your eyes and think back to a time in which you, your kids, or any other loved one received a vaccine. Chances are, the event wasn’t treated as if it was some grandiose event.”

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Bought and paid for

Big Media Show Why You Can’t Trust Them To Report Fairly On Biden’s Immigration Fiasco. I & I Editorial Board — “Once again, photos show “kids in cages.” But this time, the Big Media are mostly silent, or making excuses, as are the Democrats who helped create this inhumane mess.” … “The left-media have again disgraced themselves in not truthfully reporting on an issue vital to our nation. Sadly, these days the media print lies like the Fed prints money. It’s up to all of us to hold them accountable.”

So the FBI knew all about the Colorado shooter … Monica Showalter — “While they were out there busy looking for ‘white supremacists’ this admitted refugee from Syria was making plans to kill –

And he’s not the first.” … “the politicization of the bureau seems to be going hand in hand with the increased money and personnel being larded onto the bureau.” … “The prevalence of spray-shooters ought to leave the FBI no time for political persecutions that benefit only Democrats. They need focus now on real threats and be on the hot seat if they don’t.”

Once again, Democrats are capitalizing on death to grab your guns. Andrea Widburg — “The Democrats, whipped into a frenzy by shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, are once again coming for the Second Amendment.”

“the racism behind the Democrats’ anti-gun pushes is always shocking. Every single day in Democrat-run cities inner city, youths – usually Black or Hispanic – shoot at and often succeed in killing each other or, worse, innocent bystanders. These killings never lead to serious calls for gun control. Inner-city people are fungible if they keep voting Democrat.

There are many more arguments to be made against the Democrats’ desperation to disarm you, but these arguments are a start. Donate to a gun rights organization and call your senators and House representatives. If the camel gets its nose through the tent on the current initiatives, you can be guaranteed that the whole camel will follow soon and your guns will go.

H.R. 1 is Emblematic of the Crisis of American Democracy. Conrad Black — “There is no possibility that properly apprised of the contents of H.R. 1, the American people would approve of it.” … “There is no evidence at all after 60 days of the new administration, of any disposition to collaborate with moderate Republicans in a centrist response to the many policy challenges the administration faces.”

“So swift has the crisis of American democracy arisen that even those who clearly see the threats to it from these initiatives of the Democrats can scarcely believe their senses that such an assault could occur in a country that has had a legitimate claim to be the principal democracy in the world, either alone or along with Great Britain, for all of its history.

Election ‘Safety’ Grants May Have Swung Arizona to Biden, Report Finds. Fred Lucas — “Money from the founder of Facebook touted as being for safe elections during the pandemic may have affected the outcome of the presidential race”

‘Who Are These Outsiders?’ Big Tech $$$$ – Zuck Bucks – Paid Government Election Offices to Become Turnout Machines for Biden in 2020 Election. Victoria Taft — “Joe Biden boasted last fall from his basement that he had the best “voter fraud organization” in the country. We thought it was one of his typical malapropisms, but it turns out, he may not have been kidding around.”

The Climate Headline The Legacy Media Wouldn’t Dare Write. I & I Editorial Board — “because he was an Obama appointee, the press simply ignores him. – Steve Koonin, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology- and CalTech-educated physicist, said last week that “discussions of existential threat, climate crisis, climate disaster are really at odds with what the official science says in reports that are issued by the U.N. and the U.S. government.” Shouldn’t the press have picked up on this?”

“It’s no small thing for a learned and highly credentialed physicist, particularly one who served the president who said “no challenge poses a greater threat to our future and future generations than a changing climate,” to beat back a political plot line. Yet the media have chosen to pretend Koonin never spoke and will continue to sow fear. None dare point out they’re part of a conspiracy to mislead.

Science in an Age of Fear. Chet Richards — “Far too many people believe that science is some mysterious entity which speaks in oracles and delivers miraculous new toys for people to marvel at and play with.”

“The tyranny of fear is being used to impose real political tyranny. We must resist the fear. We must not be afraid to say what we really think. In so doing we are very likely to discover we have unexpected allies. Never forget that intellectual freedom is the shield protecting all our freedoms.

Studies Find That Masks Work. Paul Mirengoff — See the comments to find out just how far Mirengoff is going to find comfort in his beliefs.

Do We Need Mask Mandates? Connor Harris — “The science suggests that more states should consider rescinding them.” This stands as a counter example to Mirengoff’s study in intellectual integrity both in its arguments and in its citations.

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Georgia in the swamp

Media’s Entire Georgia Narrative Is Fraudulent, Not Just The Fabricated Trump Quotes. Mollie Hemingway — “The fake quotes, bad as they were, are just one of many ways the media have done a horrible job of covering election disputes in the state.” Here’s a blow by blow account up to and following November 3.

“As for the media, they’re doing what they always do — advancing a political agenda. Believing their characterization of lawsuits, phone calls, or anything else they report on is unwise.

But it wasn’t just the quotes they got wrong about Georgia. It was pretty much everything.

more from Mark Wauck: “The bottom line appears to be something along these lines: Five separate “news” organizations “confirmed” that the moon is made from green cheese.” …

The Sovereign Crime of Industrial Scale Vote Fraud. Jay Valentine — “2020 election fraud was an industrial level crime. It was of such magnitude that it moved from the category of an election crime to a sovereign crime.” … “Sovereign crime is not something we see a lot of in America as our governmental institutions are generally not organized to commit, support or hide a crime.”

Capitol Investigation Seeks to Criminalize Political Dissent. Julie Kelly — “The government’s response to the January 6 melee isn’t about justice. It’s about partisan retribution and revenge. And the consequences will be disastrous.” … “Convicting any of the Capitol defendants on charges of obstructing an official proceeding will cross a dangerous line—a line government prosecutors and federal judges clearly feel undeterred to cross. This isn’t about justice, it’s about partisan retribution and revenge. And the consequences will be disastrous.”

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Killing Puppies? It has come to that? Sure looks like it.

The Washington Post Kills Puppies When You’re Not Looking. Stephen Kruiser — “The Trump presidency was filled with fake bombshell stories that came from anonymous sources. I’d written from the beginning that these sources weren’t real. For the kajillionth time, I was right.”

“The mainstream media in this country is forever redefining “low.” Its hacks fabricate non-truths that are detrimental to people who oppose the leftist agenda. They are dangerous, awful people. They cloak themselves in the Constitution while actively seeking to destroy it. In the past few years they’ve been working overtime to dismantle most of the First Amendment and all of the Second, Fifth, and Fourteenth.

Washington Post Accuses Trump Of A Crime Based On Fabricated Quotes. Mark Hemingway — “The Washington Post anonymously printed fabricated quotes, attributed them to a sitting president, and used those quotes as a basis to speculate the president committed a crime.”

“In sum: The Washington Post anonymously printed fabricated quotes they knew were from a second-hand source in the office of a political enemy, couldn’t confirm the quotes with additional sourcing, still attributed them to the sitting president of the United States, used those quotes as a basis to speculate the president committed a crime, and the Democratic party would later repeatedly cite the bogus article when attempting to impeach Trump for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

But wait! It gets much worse. Several other major media outlets — including NBC, ABC, USA Today, PBS, and CNN — “confirmed” the fabricated quotes from the Post’s anonymous source by, get this, citing their own anonymous sources.

As alarming as all this is, in a disinformation climate such as the one we are currently living in, what happened with the Post’s correction is a rarity. Think for a second about all of the anonymously sourced stories you’ve read in recent years. Now realize it’s the dishonesty and manipulation that doesn’t get exposed that should scare you.

5 Other Totally Bogus Stories Designed To Hurt Trump The Media Got Away With. Gabe Kaminsky — “Here are five stories of major significance the corrupt media botched or created out of thin air.”

LUNACY: Speaker Nancy Pelosi Blames The Current Border Crisis On Climate Change. Collin Rugg — “stating, “My most recent trip to the northern triangle, that would be Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador. You saw the impact of climate change. These people were leaving because of the drought.” … “The current situation at the southern border is getting so bad that even Mexico’s liberal president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is speaking out against the Biden Administration.” – Interesting that global climate changes only takes place where they come from and not here.

Trump Issues Response To WaPo Election Call Hoax; Democrats Cited ‘Find The Fraud’ In Impeachment Brief. Tyler Durden — “You will notice that establishment media errors, omissions, mistakes, and outright lies always slant one way—against me and against Republicans. Meanwhile, stories that hurt Democrats or undermine their narratives are buried, ignored, or delayed until they can do the least harm”

American Media and Old Soviet Media Are Now Peas in a Pod. Michael Walsh — “This correction in the “news” pages of The Washington Post a few days ago is simply stunning—and tells you all you need to know about the state of the mainstream media today” … “What the communists understood, however, was that state control of the media was a prerequisite for tyranny: who were you going to believe, Pravda (which means truth in Russian) or your lying, counter-revolutionary eyes?”

When is a correction by the MSM not a correction? neo — “When it’s a stealth correction, way after the fact. And that’s the way it’s usually done, if it’s done at all.”

The Biden administration doesn’t need to answer questions. neo — “A more interesting question to me is whether the general public who voted for Biden knows or cares.” … “That’s what I see happening with Democrats and the MSM. And it’s only gotten worse over time, as the press has gotten more preposterous and more overt in its pro-Democrat/leftist bias.”

Will Left’s Violent Tendencies Lead To U.S. Breakup Or Dictatorship? I & I Editorial Board — “The Democratic Party’s far-left wing — or is that redundant? — has pursued a relentless gaslighting campaign against conservatives.”

Never Trumpers Illustrate Why Loyalty Is An Important Political Virtue. Auguste Meyrat — “Julie Kelly’s book, ‘Disloyal Opposition,’ ably documents just how tedious and unprincipled Donald Trump’s allegedly conservative critics turned out to be.”

“Whether it’s the sanctimonious French, the reptilian Kristol, or the unstable Jennifer Rubin, a common pattern emerges that goes beyond their opposition to Trump. Based on the evidence evidence Kelly lays out, all of them seem to suffer from a strange solipsism that prevents self-awareness. Besides Trump being wrong all of the time, they are always right — no matter what position they take or how much reality contradicts them.

They were like Brutus killing his friend Caesar, except they were far less justified and didn’t succeed. The only thing they killed was their credibility.

Georgia Judge May Unseal Fulton County Absentee Ballots For Fraud Investigation [zerohedge]. Jack Phillips at The Epoch Times — “The judge discussed an order that would prohibit Favorito’s group from disclosing their work without permission from the court, adding that he might appoint an official to oversee the analysis. The review of the ballots, according to Amero, could start in April, as reported by the AJC.”

A Study Shows VERY FEW Capitol Hill Rioters Were QAnon Red-Staters With Ties to ‘Right Wing’ Groups. Victoria Taft — “While colorful weirdos with names such as QAnon Shaman and Baked Alaska stole the headlines, people who were arrested by federal officials during and after the riot were a “broader core of people” with a healthy skepticism about the veracity of the November 2020 election, according to the study.”

Why It’s Impossible For Christianity To Ever Endorse Transsexuality. Glenn T. Stanton — “Christianity has a deeply grounded, beautiful understanding of what it means to be human — whether uniquely male or uniquely female.”

“The gender issue is not a battle Christians can simply choose to ignore or sit out. It has been brought to our very homes, to our children, to our communities. It must be answered and challenged with the truth of what it means to be human, because male and female are the image of God.

Roman Catholic Church Affirms Teaching on Marriage, Media Hardest Hit. Tyler O’Neil — “The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican body that enforces orthodoxy, issued the ruling against church blessings of same-sex unions on Monday, citing many of the church’s previous statements on the issue.”

‘Soft’ Science Has No Place in Government Policymaking. Henry I. Miller and Andrew I. Fillat — “This topic is important not just because of an inane assertion by a political appointee, but because science these days is often distorted by ideology and politics, and abetted by scientific illiteracy.” … “There are two problems with public officials legitimizing “soft science” as the basis for policymaking: It often fails to arrive at the right answers and can undermine public trust.”

“Real science is apolitical. The phrase “follow the science” is commonly used to persuade, even when the speaker knows “the science” is unclear, equivocal, or being misrepresented for political purposes. As a result, many officials have lost credibility and provoked defiance rather than compliance. The only long-term answer is dependence on honest and objective science – hard science – and the reporting of it.

Is The Pandemic Over? Thomas T. Siler — “After a year now of dealing with the SARS-COV-2 virus, we have learned a great deal about the pandemic.” … “Since January 8th there has been a significant drop in cases in the U.S. Hospitalizations and deaths are also going down in almost every locale. – This cannot be explained by changes in behavior (masking, etc.) and it is too early for the low level of vaccinations to explain this fall in infections. This drop happened despite more travel over Christmas and the holidays.”

NYT: We Might Owe A COVID-19 Lockdown Apology To Florida After All. Ed Morrissey — “Perhaps the leadership of the lockdown states should answer for those choices … and the media should answer for its coverage of them, too.”

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It’s not hyperbolic fantasy now but in your face reality

The Story Of George Floyd Isn’t A Story Of Good And Evil, But Does America Know That? Christopher Bedford — “It’s a story of hard streets, difficult decisions, heightened tempers, and hard drugs. It’s a story about human beings, our duties, our failings, and our weaknesses.”

Varieties of Legal Corruption. Clarice Feldman — “One might expect that bar examiners, judicial conduct boards, the state attorney general, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the IRS would register some interest in what appears to be appalling legal violations by officers of the court and the judges , but I don’t see anything happening yet to check these outrages.”

The January 6th ‘Insurrection’ that Wasn’t. Ron Wright — “The “attack” on the Capitol started well before then President Trump finished his speech at the rally at The Ellipse. This attack was no spontaneous event as alleged by Democrats, the Media, and the Radical Left. It is evident to any police officer who has been on a police line this attack was preplanned when coupled with the intelligence compiled by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and other agencies. From the videos, this is self-evident, e.g., coordination, tactics in engaging the police lines, hand signals, gas masks, bear spray, goggles, helmets, knee pads, improvised weapons, and milk to neutralize crowd control gasses.”

Ashli Babbitt was shot because she wore a backpack. M. Dowling — “When a police officer, especially a white officer, kills a black person, s/he is held to an impossibly high standard. … In the case of Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed in the Capitol riot of January 6th, no one is allowed to know a thing.”

Minneapolis City Council Sticks It To Chauvin. Paul Mirengoff — “Today, the city of Minneapolis announced a $27 million settlement with the family of George Floyd. The family had sued the city for the alleged wrongful death of Floyd.” … “Given its timing, the announcement looks to me like an attempt to prevent Chauvin from getting a fair trial, assuming there was ever any chance of him getting one in Minneapolis.”

“It’s scary that the power of multiple branches of government is being exerted this forcefully, and seemingly in concert, against a citizen who has been convicted of no crime. It’s also, I believe, a sign of things to come.

The guilt and victimhood of the fathers – reparations for slavery. neo — “Here’s what Oregon is contemplating: … I have quite a few questions.”

Retired Army Sgt. Kenneth Harrelson Arrested for Attending Jan. 6 Protests – Family’s Bank Account Locked Down, Wife Loses Her Job, They Are Frightened and Don’t Know What to Do. Jim Hoft — Here is Angel’s story.

Poll Finds Most Democrats Still Think Trump Stole The 2016 Election – Why Aren’t They Being Canceled? I & I Editorial Board — “does anyone remember any company canceling contracts with a Democrat for not wanting to certify the 2016 election results? Or endless articles about how Democrats undermined democracy? Or attempts to silence Democrats spewing falsehoods on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube?” … “The only difference between Democrats under Trump and Republicans today is that Republicans have a stronger case for a stolen election than Democrats ever did. ”

“Which is the bigger affront to Democracy – some property damage by a handful of angry citizens, or an attempt by top federal officials to undermine and unseat a duly elected president?

When Kenosha Might Have Burned Again, Local TV News Coverage Calmed the Flames their Broadcast Networks Fanned. Rabbi Elliot B. Gertel — “Because of the strong case for self-defense and for the need to prevent the taking of the children under any circumstance, dictated by the warrant, both Graveley and Wray insisted that they could not make a criminal case against Officer Sheskey, even though Jacob Blake was, tragically, paralyzed from the waist down by the shots.”

“I was curious about national coverage of the press conference by the traditional three broadcast networks on their January 5 evening news, so I taped those programs in advance.

In all fairness to the network reports, they were aired around two hours after the press conference began. But how could they have missed the key points?

I checked on how Milwaukee’s “big three” network news outlets covered the press conference in their 10:00 news programs. They did a creditable job — indeed, a yeoman job when one factors in the failures of the national and Chicago coverage.

The U.S. Military Just Became A Political Attack Machine Against Joe Biden’s Opponents. Patrick Swan — “The federal government just used its publicly employed career professionals to target a working journalist for professional destruction.”

“Wait—the Trump Department of Defense never did any of this in response to those actual words of Rachel Maddow linked above: No spokesman denunciation, no coordinated reaction by senior military leaders, no complaint that she should keep her mouth shut because she never served a single day in uniform.

The Trump DoD never did any of this. But Joe Biden’s DoD just did.

It is unseemly, of course, for a DoD spokesman to so venomously misrepresent what an opinion journalist said and then to question why the journalist dared to say it. This is even worse than that. It is an atrocious assault on the operation of a free press to then coordinate a department-wide propaganda campaign to smear a journalist for saying things he didn’t and to dissent from DoD policies with words he did say.

The military’s reputation has suffered a tremendous self-inflicted hit. We must use our voices to ensure those running it understand this is never to be repeated.

Maternity Flight Suits and Other Admonitions. Roger Kimball — “When the Gods of the Copybook Headings return maternity flight suits will not be part of the drama.” … “No matter what Lloyd Austin or the media tells you, the trouble with the U.S. Armed Forces is not political extremism but the enervating rust of political correctness.”

Instapundit on Roger Simon: All Red States Must Join Gov. DeSantis to Restrain Big Tech — “Through algorithmic manipulation, de-platforming and other noxious off-shoots of the tyrannical cancel culture these companies are changing history, reversing freedoms hard won since the Magna Carta, while having an unconscious numbing effect on our brains that eventually would render us a race of drones.”

For Democrats, It’s ‘Never Say Die’ on Passing Gun Control. Rick Moran — “If the definition of insanity is to do something over and over and expect different results, the entire Democratic caucus needs to be committed.”

North Carolina Supreme Court Upholds Judicially Mandated Speech And Censorship On Blog. Jonathan Turley — “The opinion in my view is an outrageous overreach of judicial authority and an attack on free speech. Yet the North Carolina Supreme Court has now upheld the sentence without any opinion.”

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Cultures in conflict

Australian Imams Stand Up for Sharia. Mark Durie – “The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) attracted trenchant public criticism when on December 5 it released a guide on fostering, adoption and guardianship.”

“The problem is that sharia is in many respects fundamentally inconsistent with Australian community standards and laws. The outrage that political leaders have expressed over the ANIC’s document on fostering, adoption and guardianship is in reality outrage at Islam itself, and a rejection of its divine status.

The global rise of sharia is one of the big faith stories of the past half-century. Sharia is challenging Western legal systems and social structures in many ways, but we should be surprised by none of this.

Meghan Markle ‘didn’t do any research’ on the British royal family, exposing herself as a fool. Monica Showalter – “not just ignorant, but willfully ignorant, proud of her ignorance, flippantly stating she never did “any research,” as if that’s something to be proud of.”

Dems’ ‘Election Reforms’ Would End American Democracy As We Know It. I & I Editorial Board – “Yes, elections have consequences, and terrible bills like this certainly prove that. Anyone who voted for the Democrats in 2020 hoping for a “turn to the center” should by now be feeling mighty foolish. H.R. 1 is but one example.” … “Now for specifics. The list below from the Conservative Action Project shows H.R. 1 in all its radical ugliness.”

“Those who think that “woke” and “cancel” cultures and demonizing Trump supporters as “domestic terrorists” aren’t preludes to something awful are blind to the historical truth.

they all share in common: Their people get poorer and sicker, their economies slowly collapse, and their miserable citizens seek desperately to leave, all because they can’t change things through the ballot box. Short of violence, they can do nothing about it. Sadly, the “For The People Act” is a step in that direction.

Supreme Court Tosses Trump’s Last Election Appeals. Tyler Durden – “The US Supreme Court on Monday tossed the last of three cases brought by former President Donald Trump challenging his 2020 election loss, ending his quest for vindication through the courts – hardly any of which actually considered the evidence presented, and instead dismissed the cases on technical grounds.” The court has abrogated its duty.

Three Trump Foreign Policy Successes Biden Is Undoing. Joel B. Pollak – “for no apparent reason other than radical ideology and political spite.”

“In each case, former President Donald Trump was able to achieve goals that both parties had long claimed to share. And in each case, Biden has not only hurt the interests of the United States, but reduced the leverage that he might otherwise have had to pursue foreign policy goals unique to his administration.

 

Opposing Left-Wing Indoctrination Is Not Cancel Culture. Paul Bradford – “The Right no longer has the luxury to meekly protest as the other side brainwashes our youth.” … “some conservatives (and many liberals) make the bad-faith argument that resistance to wokeness is, in fact, “cancel culture.”

Media Using Same ‘Anonymous Sources’ Tactic for Capitol Hill Riot That Propelled Russia Hoax. Mike LaChance – “The term ‘according to sources’ has become a punchline, and people in media are the only ones who don’t get the joke. They used this dishonest tactic to push the debunked Steele dossier, the Russia collusion lie, and more.” … “Here’s how this game works.” … “The dishonest and lazy media is doing this for a specific and obvious reason.”

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If You Want to Understand Why 5000 National Guardsmen Are Still in DC, Read the Indictment of Oath Keepers Involved in the Capitol Riot. Streiff – “With the Democrat-supported rioters, charges are being dismissed in droves. In the Capitol rioters’ case, the full weight of the federal government is being used to prosecute people for types of crimes that did not rate notice by federal law enforcement when committed by politically favored rioters.”

“As the cases move out of the bizarre and lie-filled media accounts (no “kill teams,” no zip ties, no beating a cop to death, no guns, no connection to Trump’s speech) and into the legal system, we see more and more of those accused of complicity in the Capitol riot are being released on their own recognizance pending trial.

FBI Investigation Finds No Evidence Any Republican Member of Congress Aided Capitol Rioters but the Damage Is Done. Streiff – “The last of the Capitol rioters had barely vacated the premises when Nancy Pelosi’s allies began slandering their Republican colleagues … This is just another of the completely false narratives peddled by the Democrats, the media, the National Review, the Bulwark, the Dispatch, and a bunch of pedo-enabling losers that have self-destructed.”

Biden’s ugly betrayal of the Iranian people. Neo – “That’s the title of this article by Mariam Memarsadeghi in Tablet … The article also goes into what seems to be the required paragraph of Trump-bashing, with such typical stuff as “The same democratic liberties and institutions which the Iranian people sought to achieve with American support, Trump often seemed to threaten at home.” No examples, naturally. Then it segues into a description of what Biden has done”

“There was never a moment’s question that this would be the result of a Biden presidency. Those who voted for him – and whether or not you think Biden won the actual vote, there were plenty of people who did in fact vote for him – either did not care about Iran, did not know about Iran, or considered getting rid of Trump the most important thing of all. Trump was a demon, and demons must be exorcised no matter what the cost might be.

On the Left, an Era of Fascist Magical Thinking. Michael Walsh – “The genius of the Left’s success in achieving their favored policy positions is found in their favorite tactic: first, posit a counter-factual and, second, act on it as if it were true — with maximum governmental force.”

There Is No Such Thing As “White” Math [zerohedge]. Common Sense with Bari Weiss – “In my position as a professor of mathematics at Princeton, I have witnessed the decline of universities and cultural institutions as they have embraced political ideology at the expense of rigorous scholarship. Until recently — this past summer, really — I had naively thought that the STEM disciplines would be spared from this ideological takeover.

“I was wrong. Attempts to “deconstruct” mathematics, deny its objectivity, accuse it of racial bias, and infuse it with political ideology have become more and more common — perhaps, even, at your child’s elementary school.

Unlike the traditional totalitarianism practiced by former communist countries, like the Romania I grew up in, this version is soft. It enforces its ideology not by jailing dissenters or physically eliminating them, but by social shaming, mob punishment, guilt by association, and coerced speech.

When it comes to education, I believe the woke ideology is even more harmful than old-fashioned communism.

Finally, and most importantly, the woke approach to mathematics is particularly poisonous to those it pretends to want to help.

A Step Forward — Adding “Blue Anon” to the Political Lexicon to Stigmatize Idiot Pundits on the Left. Shipwreckedcrew – “it appears that a counter-attack has been successfully launched in some small way — if conservatives can unite behind it and make it stick.” … ““Blue Anon” is an apt descriptor for the nearly illiterate opinion-makers on the left who seem to be working overtime to come up with ridiculous theories to explain why it is that so much of the policy agenda of the radical wing of the Democrat party is so unpopular.”

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A rash of fake news, whipped up in a jiffy.

No, Sen. Ron Johnson Didn’t Promote A ‘Conspiracy Theory’ About The Capitol Riot. J. Michael Waller – “Sen. Ron Johnson was one of the first senators to suspect the riot had been planned. In a Federalist article, I identified four groups that appeared to have planned for violence in advance.” … “Facts are stubborn things,” John Adams famously said … From the Washington Post to Whoopi Goldberg, members of the chattering class tried to alter the state of facts and evidence they didn’t like.” … “And so began a new narrative to recover the old: That Johnson and others were pushing a fake story to exculpate right-wing extremists and blame it all on left-wingers. That false narrative became international “news.”

The Sound Behind You Is Reality Catching Up (and It’s Carrying a Gun). Jack Dunphy – “What value is there in a newspaper that ignores or subverts the truth in the service of some fashionable agenda?”

Debunking the Latest Democrat-Media Claims About the Election. Stu Cvrk – “As evidence of “election irregularities” began to trickle out and then become a flood after Election Day on 3 November, the Democrat-media complex went into overdrive in a multi-pronged effort to squelch any discussion of possible election fraud or the potential need for forensic audits:” … “The Democrats have now added an additional prong in their attack on truth: their use of MITRE Corporation, an “independent” entity whose (paid) analysis and report concluded that “multiple types of analysis found no evidence of fraud, manipulation, or uncorrected error in the eight states included in this research.”

ID For Absentee Ballots Are Now Required In Georgia – Angry Leftists React By “Storming” The State Capitol. Mack Cogburn – “The Senate passed the bill mostly along party lines, 35-18.”

Biden White House Should Follow Evidence, Not ‘Bug Splatter’ Junk Science. Hank Campbell – “Sensational assertions follow a well-worn pattern. Just a few years ago, similar marketing campaigns insisted that honeybees were doomed”

Enough Is Enough: Time to Finally Follow the Science on Masks. Ted Noel – “The reporter asked for my comments and then said what his narrative required, without regard for any scientific data. The list of CDC and Medscape information in the video description escaped his attention. He also completely ignored the fact that Anthony Fauci has flip-flopped on masks more than a fresh-caught fish on deck.”

“If you want the very best filtration, wear a vacuum cleaner bag (top line) over your head. But that bag has so much resistance that you’ll also need that eight-amp motor to get air in and out. This brings us to a key point. When filtration is so essential that any contamination might be fatal — such as in the Wuhan Institute of Virology — you need a powered source of clean air to be able to breathe at all. That degree of protection is why Level IV virology labs use space suits and powered air instead of street clothes and surgical masks. If they need it to protect from such a lethal virus as the Wuhan Flu, shouldn’t you be wearing one all the time?

Follow the evidence. Make sure the evidence is truthfully portrayed, relevant, and provided proper context. Otherwise you get fake news.

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