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Cory Booker completely loses it at DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen by M. Catharine Evans – “Equal to Booker’s overt violation of Nielsen’s right to be treated without hostility and intimidation was the deranged content of his tirade.” Many of the headlines, though, were about Nielsen being accused of lying.

“Booker’s feigned emotional breakdown over a word he has heard many times as mayor of Newark was laughable.

Booker then rolled out the “white supremacy” charge, with examples of white criminals and their crimes, as if Nielsen, by the fact of her skin color, had committed them.

The senator’s fake outrage and predictable race-baiting do not lessen the seriousness of threatening and harassing a female Cabinet member.

Booker’s lunatic bellowing requires a mental health examination.

Why media companies should take Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ very seriously by Larry O’Connor – “the president highlighted a series of false reports from mainstream news outlets during the first year of his presidency.”

“Most media outlets ignored or mocked the damaging list of false reports. Or, they employed the tactic of pointing out falsehoods perpetuated by the Trump White House over the past year. Apparently “Whataboutism” is an appropriate and legitimate debating tactic if one is defending the media and attacking Trump. Good to know.

In any basic quality system employed by most worldwide industries (from ISO to QS to Six Sigma) companies are called to constantly self-examine and evaluate their quality systems, their manufacturing process and their customer feedback. And the CEO’s of the major corporations that own America’s broadcast and print media outlets know this very well.

The sad and embarrassing list of serious factual errors pointed out by Trump is a clear example of an industry whose primary focus has drifted well past the desire to produce a high-quality, reliable product. And the manufacturers of this product don’t seem to care.

It reminds one of the big three auto makers in the late 1970s when they saw cheaper, high quality foreign cars starting to dent their market share.

I mean, no one will really take these “Fakie Awards” seriously. This is just Trump being ridiculous and obscene. Everyone knows Trump is a liar and the Republicans are complicit enablers and Manhattan and New York journalists are the only true arbiters of what this nation should stand for, right?

It’s just that kind of thinking that persuaded 57 of 59 major publications to endorse Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, and we see how that turned out. Kinda like the AMC Pacer.

Allahpundit called the Fake News list mostly just a matter of a few errors. That’s a denial that could be expected. Paul Mirengoff, in How the liberal media portrays the GPS Fusion scandal describes another example of evading reality for comparison and contrast.

“Today, the Washington Post’s David Ignatius served up the establishment’s version of the GPS Fusion-FBI story. His column is called “The truth about the FBI’s Russia probe.”

I present the column because I think it’s important to know how the other side is portraying the matter. Let it never be said that we’re living on a different planet.

… First, Ignatius is offering the side of the story told to him by his contacts at the FBI. These are not disinterested sources. … Second, Ignatius isn’t telling the whole the truth. … Third, Ignatius, though doing his best to prop up Steele as a reliable good source … Fourth, Ignatius avoids the question of whether the FBI used uncorroborated information from Steele’s dossier to obtain warrants to engage in surveillance of Trump campaign staffers.

Psychologist leaves reporter speechless after her ‘right not to be offended’ remark: ‘Gotcha’ by Douglas Ernst – “Clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan B. Peterson’s online popularity is likely to grow after his recent performance with British journalist Cathy Newman.”

“Because in order to be able to think, you have to risk being offensive. I mean, look at the conversation we’re having right now,” the psychologist answered, The Daily Wire reported Wednesday. “You’re certainly willing to risk offending me in the pursuit of truth. Why should you have the right to do that? It’s been rather uncomfortable. […] You’re doing what you should do, which is digging a bit to see what the hell is going on. And that is what you should do. But you’re exercising your freedom of speech to certainly risk offending me, and that’s fine. More power to you, as far as I’m concerned.”

Under the New Trump Standard, Why Wasn’t Obama Impeached? By Larry Elder – “If policy disagreement is the new standard for impeachment in the Trump era, wouldn’t Obama’s Iraq bug-out qualify?” in 1975 it was a Democrat congress. In 2011 if was a Democrat president. The results in both cases was a tragedy.

“As to the Joint Chiefs’ opposition to what became known as the “Iraq bug-out,” now-retired Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said: “I go back to the work we did in 2007 (through) 2010, and we got into a place that was really good. Violence was low, the economy was growing, politics looked like it was heading in the right direction. … We thought we had it going exactly in the right direction, but now we watch it fall apart. It’s frustrating. … I think, maybe, if we had stayed a little more engaged, I think maybe it might have prevented it.”

Ace: “Trump’s Basic Instincts About the Political War Are Essentially Right, and The Establishment’s Sense of It Is Essentially Wrong” – Very good piece by Joe Katzman for the Daily Caller. – Short version: The right attempts political persuasion. The left, on the other hand, attempts social persuasion

“most people don’t really care enough about these issues to really engage with them on an intellectual level; they just want to know what to claim to believe so that other people won’t think they’re weird, and deem them unfriendable, undatable, and poor candidates for promotion inside The Corporation.

Trump’s manner of engaging with The Blob of left-wing virtue-signalling and status-conferring is to attempt to degrade the left wing cultural Borg of its own social status, thereby reducing its ability to set tastes, serve as “gatekeepers” of what the right-minded people agree are proper attitudes and beliefs, and demonize dissenters.

This is often ugly — but that’s how the sausage gets made.

New York Times stunned to discover some people actually like Trump by Jazz Shaw – “Rather than simply accepting the letters at face value, we should note that what this single paragraph actually represents is an open admission to the world that, over the course of the past year (and most of the 2016 campaign, frankly), the New York Times has not been doing their job.”

“Yes, this is a remarkable moment for the New York Times, but not for the reasons they suggest. I only hope that their regular readership doesn’t collapse from shock upon finding out that some people actually support the President, or at least his agenda. Based on recent polls and the current population of the country, there are somewhere in the range of 135 million people who don’t see the world the same way as the editors at the Gray Lady when it comes to this presidency. But if this newspaper was your only source of information you’d never know it. And judging by that editorial introduction, this situation is completely by design.

Then there’s Betsy Newmark showing a Trump bias by presumption of guilt – “Is anyone surprised to learn that Donald Trump supposedly had an affair with a porn star right after Melania gave birth to this fifth child? It’s all very distasteful to think about and one of the many, many reasons why I never supported him in the race for president.” Contrast this with neo-neocon, Stormy Daniels told tales of Trump – “Not only is Trump cognitively challenged and ill and old and crazy, but he had an affair with a porn star (“Stormy Daniels”) eleven years ago … Except that maybe he didn’t.”

Then there’s NPR. Majority Of Americans See Trump’s First Year As A Failure – “And by an almost 2-to-1 margin (61 to 32 percent), Americans said they believe Trump has divided the country since his election.” The views about the tax plan make it very clear that the poll reflects the success of the Democrat propaganda more than it does anything about Trump. How long it will take reality to sink in, bigger paychecks, higher employment (especially among minorities), less expensive health insurance, and so on is the question. Note that this NPR article is an expression of the ‘vox populi’ logical fallacy that expresses a confirmation bias.

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California Leading and Media Imagining

Why California is the ‘poverty capital of the America’ by Rick Moran – “According to the Census Bureau, one out of five California residents is poor.” This is where an honest person would go to examine all the ‘inequality’ claims.

“This despite the state’s per capita GDP rising twice as fast in the last five years as the national average. From 1992 to 2015, state and local governments spent nearly $1 trillion to help the poor. The state, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.

Jackson then reaches the not so astonishing conclusion: “The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.”

Lawmakers in Sacramento should take a close look at Illinois. This is their future – a nearly failed state, deeply in debt, with taxes so high that tens of thousands of residents are leaving the state every year. With so many resources, as well as Hollywood and Silicon Valley to pay for the state’s generosity toward the poor, California has been able to avoid judgment day.

But eventually, the state will run out of other people’s money, and the piper will have to be paid.

No, Medicaid Work Requirements Aren’t Racist or Cruel by David Catron – “The usual suspects trot out the usual lies about a policy proven to work.”

“House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi summed up the position of her congressional accomplices by vehemently denouncing the new CMS policy as “mean-spirited,” “cynical,” and “spiteful.” And USA Today captured the gist of the “news” coverage with a work of fiction titled, “Medicaid work requirements are a throwback to rejected racial stereotypes.”

Never mind that the announcement contains no reference or allusion to ethnicity in any context whatsoever, unless one counts its explicit stipulation that participating states “must comply with federal civil rights laws.” Forget that the primary architect of the new policy is an Indian-American, CMS administrator Seema Verma, who cannot be characterized by any honest, or even sane, observer as a white supremacist. USA Today nonetheless advises its readers, without offering the smallest scrap of supporting evidence, that the policy is an “attempt to perpetuate myths that stereotype people of color and stigmatize popular public programs that opponents simply don’t like.”

The USA Today op-ed constitutes a classic example of the smug ignorance for which progressives are so notorious.

Democrat/MSM propaganda notwithstanding, the CMS decision to support states that wish to use a work requirement as a prerequisite for continued Medicaid eligibility for able-bodied adults seems eminently reasonable. Medicaid reform is one of the nation’s most pressing domestic issues and the Trump administration is simply allowing the states to bring their creative energy to bear on the problem. This is not racist. This is not mean-spirited. It is an all-too-rare commodity called “leadership.”

‘Don’t Be Evil’? Google Is Becoming A Police State By Robert Tracinski – “Google employees are creating their own enclave of mandatory wokeness, but they’re not content to keep this ideological policing within their own walls.”

“The problem is that their motto didn’t define what constitutes evil, so it left an opening for narrow-minded zealots to commandeer company resources in a witch hunt against whatever they define as the forces of wickedness. That’s what has happened at Google, which has adopted a corporate culture of quasi-totalitarian ideological uniformity that it is now starting to impose on everyone who uses its services

What company in its right mind would encourage its employees to treat each other this way? Well, maybe a company that is not in its right mind.

All of this is part of a wider trend in Silicon Valley toward enforcing political conformity.

Google is a private company and can create its own little enclave of mandatory wokeness if it likes, Damore’s lawsuit notwithstanding. The problem is that Googlers are not content to keep this ideological policing within their own walls.

But what happens when the Left inveighs against “fake news”? What happens is what Google just did to conservative websites

Internally, Google has the hallmarks of a company being run for its employees, to accommodate their private agendas, petty political vendettas, and weird psychological dysfunction—not to serve the interests of its shareholders, customers, or users.

Bloomberg wins Fake News of the week by Don Surber – also see Things journalists believe that are untrue. “The symbiotic nature of the press and the government is one reason why most Americans no longer trust the news media.”

Trump: I never told the WSJ I had a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un — and I have tape to prove it by Allahpundit – “Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters…” This times is the WSJ that is not listening carefully and taking off on distorted misperceptions and a negative bias. It’s really sad when you have to record meetings and conversations because you can’t trust participants.

The not so honorable Dick Durbin by Paul Mirengoff – sourcing Fake News™ to “one of the slimiest members of the Senate” with examples and background.

Associated Press: People Don’t Trust the Media, But We Can’t Figure Out Why by John Hinderaker – “The Associated Press headlines: “Trust and truth under Trump: Americans are in a quandary.” Well, the AP is, anyway.”

“Many would say that we are a year into the liberal press’s fact-bending, Trump-bashing orgy. But that doesn’t seem to occur to the AP. This is one of those articles where the AP quotes six or eight seemingly random people from across the country. You always wonder how they come up with “truck driver Chris Gromek,” “Democrat Kathy Tibbits of Tahlequah, Oklahoma,” “Victoria Steel, 50, of Cheyenne, Wyoming,” and so on. This article’s cast of characters seems reasonably well-balanced, but the AP’s commentary isn’t. This is how the AP sees the “warping of facts.”

These are actually examples of where Trump, while characteristically imprecise, was far more accurate than his critics.

Competing claims to veracity have been a major part of political life for centuries, if not millennia. There is nothing new about the fact that voters have to sort out competing claims and decide what they think is right. What is somewhat new, at least in the last 15 years, is that left-wing outfits like the Associated Press, the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS and ABC don’t have the field to themselves. It is curious to see the AP puzzling over this fact in 2018, and doing its best to associate the public’s lack of confidence in the media–“8 percent in 2016,” as the AP acknowledges–to the nefarious Donald Trump.

Mike Rowe schools a woman who labels him an “anti-education, science doubting, ultra-right wing conservative.” Reason and integrity versus something else. Do read Rowe’s essay responding to a viewer who doesn’t like his views or opinions.

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There is a lot of sand in the gearbox

Google. Yesterday it was a discrimination complaint (CBS News). Today, Google caught in the censorship cookie jar again? by Monica Showalter – “Does Google ever learn?

“The Daily Caller reports that Google has taken to throwing shade on almost exclusively conservative websites through its search engine mechanism, using a sort of ‘fact-checking’ system to discredit certain news providers so that no one will want to click on them. … it’s not the first time the Silicon Valley giant has been accused of disguised censorship against conservative news outlets under the guise of the war on fake news.

something is funny with the company, given that Fox News’s Tucker Carlson just interviewed fired Google engineer, James Damore, who described the scope of the problem:

One thing is certain, however: The culture wars are blazing hot at Google, oblivous to how it cuts into business and draws the attention of angry legislators. And yet that doesn’t stop some of them. All the same, there are likely top people who know what the stakes are and know that Silicon Valley is unpopular with both right and left. There wouldn’t even be any leftists to defend them if there were consequences to this kind of censorship.

In the Wolff Trap by George Neumayr – “His book is a window on the bastardization of news.”

“In another age, a gossip columnist pontificating on what amount to deep questions of political philosophy would have a bucket of water dumped on his head. Wolff’s schlock act would be dismissed as the comic opportunism of a greedy little knave. But in a culture that turns jesters into kings — where Joy Behar is a political analyst, Jimmy Kimmel is a health care expert, and Oprah Winfrey is presidential timber — Wolff saw his big chance. Since all journalism, he figured, is now just gossipy propaganda anyways, why not weave an anti-Trump fantasy perfectly calibrated to the tastes of the ruling class?

Much of their censorious coverage of Trump is based on the premise that he shouldn’t hold any opinions at all, even as they opine wildly and substitute their own judgments for those of their readers or viewers. Mika Brzezinski once said that it is “our job,” not Trump’s, to “control exactly what people think.”

That is the organizing principle of all Trump press coverage at this point. Notice the endless segments on this or that “controversy” which upon closer inspection revolves around an utterly conventional use of executive power.

Tapper can dish it out, but he can’t take it. The more obvious servility was on his side, as he danced to the tune of CNN producers yelling in his ear to cut off a segment in which Miller was effectively roasting CNN for bias.

Even as the sonorous phonies on CNN and MSNBC pretend to want “depth” from the Trump administration, they recoil from figures like Miller who provide some. The last thing they want is for Trump to receive a robust and intelligent defense. And so they kick Miller off the set and bring Wolff on to it, and then sit at his feet as he tells them that “100 percent of the people” around Trump won’t defend him.

The biggest Hillary Clinton scandal no one’s talking about by Ted Harvey – “she must now grapple with a new scandal: An ongoing Federal Election Commission investigation into an alleged $84 million money laundering scheme orchestrated by the Hillary Victory Fund.”

“Based on former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile’s public comments, a memo by former Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook, and months of reviewing FEC reports, the Committee to Defend the President has filed an FEC complaint accusing the Democratic establishment of using state chapters as straw men to circumvent campaign donation limits and launder money to Clinton’s campaign. The Hillary Victory Fund solicited six-figure donations from major donors, including Calvin Klein and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, “papered” them through state parties en route to DNC and then the Clinton campaign.

In reality, the fund either never transferred $84 million to state parties, sending the funds straight to the DNC, or it made the transfers without state parties having actual control of the money. In either case, the fund violated campaign finance laws in precisely the way the Supreme Court deemed illegal in its 2014 McCutcheon v. FEC ruling. And that’s only the tip of allegations in this particular iceberg.

If and when the allegations are confirmed by the FEC, Clinton’s $84 million money laundering scheme will go down as the single largest campaign finance scandal in U.S. history.

Of course, the New York Times has not devoted a single drop of ink to the $84 million scandal. While MSNBC’s lack of coverage is hardly surprising, CNN’s radio silence is deafening and once again contradicts the network’s self-described nonpartisanship. Even the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, the only mainstream reporter to cover the scandal, acknowledged “most coverage of the FEC complaint had appeared in conservative media” before he covered it.

Can you imagine the media outrage if Republicans oversaw an $84 million money laundering scheme?

if the media won’t do its job, then it falls on us as concerned citizens to hold our political leaders accountable. And hold them accountable we will: The FEC’s investigation of the latest Clinton scandal is already underway and could result in significant legal jeopardy for the Democratic establishment, their major donors, and Clinton herself.

Clinton will answer for her actions — whether the media covers it or not.

That new soda tax in Seattle is working out about as well as Chicago’s by Jazz Shaw – “in one of the more creative and admirable moves by a retail chain in recent memory, Costco took to changing their price signs, showing how much the beverages should cost, and then tacking on the new tax as a separate line item” and suggested an out of town store alternative, too. The story is about how the new tax is rationalized. It’s just another example of the phenomena described above.

“This is yet another example of the theory of the frog in a boiling pot of water. People are used to having their taxes increased if they live in cities run by Democrats. It’s just a fact of life. And if you increase the tax slowly over time, let’s say by twenty cents per year, many of them will adapt to it. (That’s how they did it with tobacco in most places.) But if you literally double the price overnight, that horse is going to buck.

Seattle hasn’t run into the same constitutional issues that the Chicago soda tax was brought down by, but the level of failure here is just as massive.

Another San Francisco judge orders Trump to revive DACA by Jazz Shaw – “Where the court finds the authority to force the White House to do something, rather than preventing them from doing something, remains a mystery.”

“Shortly after President Trump requested scrambled eggs and sausage for breakfast this morning, a federal judge in San Francisco issued an injunction against the request, ordering the chef to bring him oatmeal instead. That ruling was followed by a national ban on the serving of either egg or sausage products for breakfast until a comprehensive study can determine the overall impact of pork and poultry farming on climate change.

Okay… that’s not actually what happened, but at this point I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if we see it in the near future. Another judge in San Francisco, this time U.S. District Judge William Alsup, has amazingly issued an order for the White House to continue parts of the DACA program.

On the surface, this looks like little more than another day in the #RESIST movement. If Donald Trump wants to do something – anything – you can find a judge in the northwest who will issue an order to stop him. But if we stop and consider the particulars of this ruling, it’s actually quite remarkable.

The fact that this Clinton-appointed judge is actually ordering the White House to do something rather than preventing an action which might be questionable on constitutional grounds is remarkable. But at the same time, it’s the new normal in the era of Trump. Whatever the President wants to attempt is defined by liberals as A Bad Thing, and by shopping around in the right jurisdiction they can find a judge to back them up.

Allahpundit stuggles with the disease as well. See David Brooks: Let’s face it, the anti-Trump movement is getting dumber – “Mm, I don’t know that it’s getting “dumber” so much as it’s getting more febrile, which has made it more susceptible to confirmation bias.” When it comes to allegations that Trump “casually diminish the office”, Allahpundit might take some history lessons from Victor David Hanson. Then there’s Trump and his “facts” with the only thing offered is the birther comments presented as a Trump obsession. “No one does their best thinking when they’re suffering from a fever.” Allahpundit should examine his own fever before he starts speculating about others.

Betsy Newmark suffers the same problem in trying to understand Trump at his White House DACA meeting. She cites Yuval Lenin to diminish Trump. “He several times said one thing and then its opposite” … “This malleability on his part in turn defined everyone else’s behavior around Trump.” What they miss is that you don’t lead a meeting by taking sides, you don’t enter negotiations by showing all your cards, and you do prompt participants by exploring different views. Trump was not being “pliable” or subject to “maleability” as he was not making decisions and pronouncements. He was negotiating. It seems that this sort of thing is unknown to people like Newmark and Levin and Allahpundit and many others whose horizons have been limited by the swamp.

Then there’s the release of confidential senate committee testimony by the minority leader. Glen Reynolds puts it this way: “Now all the other witnesses know what to say without being told directly: Feinstein posts testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder.” This gets back to Limbaugh’s comment that much of the Obama administration coordination wasn’t conspiracy but rather that they just knew what to do. This is one method to let the troops know what to do without being ordered directly.

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Trying to find a way out but keep the alternate reality alive

On the scandal front, the more that is revealed, the more it is apparent that the perpetrators are trying to find a way out. Here is the McCarthy analysis and review of the latest NYT efforts to maintain a narrative on Russian Collusion,

As the Dossier Scandal Looms, the New York Times Struggles to Save Its Collusion Tale by Andrew C. McCarthy — “The totality of the evidence undermines the Times’ collusion narrative.”

Well, it turns out the Page angle and thus the collusion narrative itself is beset by an Obama-administration scandal: Slowly but surely, it has emerged that the Justice Department and FBI very likely targeted Page because of the Steele dossier, a Clinton-campaign opposition-research screed disguised as intelligence reporting. Increasingly, it appears that the Bureau failed to verify Steele’s allegations before the DOJ used some of them to bolster an application for a spying warrant from the FISA court (i.e., the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court).
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 It is an explosive problem, this use of the dossier by the Obama Justice Department and the FBI in an application to the FISA court for authority to spy on Trump’s associates. Politically, it suggests that the collusion narrative peddled by Democrats and the media since Trump’s victory in the November election was substantially driven by partisan propaganda. Legally, it raises the distinct possibilities that (a) the FBI did not adequately verify the claims in the dossier before using them in an application to the secret federal court; and (b) the Justice Department of the then-incumbent Democratic administration did not disclose to the court that the dossier was produced by the Democratic presidential campaign for use against the rival Republican candidate.

 

Next up is the DOJ and FBI subpoena for documents that they said didn’t exist but were found to actually exist after months of stonewalling Congressional investigation.  The problem with constructing stories is keeping things consistent when there is no solid referent in reality. 

Former FBI director Comey tweets that maybe we’ll see turn towards more moral leadership in 2018. Glen Reynolds responds that we’ve already seen a good start on this with Comey being fired in 2017.

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acknowledge reality? it’s tough, sometimes.

Consider the war against smoking – tobacco – but not pot. Maybe that has something to do with it as many in the press seem to be high on something.

A newspaper editor confronts AP over fake news by Thomas Lifson – “The story of how much time and effort it took is expressive of how deep the biases against President Trump go.” cites Frank Miele as a must read. It provides a good insight into the insidious propaganda the president faces.

“Then I broached the topic of the “falsehoods” that the president was supposedly passing along willy-nilly. I pointed out that the reporter’s claim of finding such “falsehoods” amounted to planting evidence as she substituted Trump’s actual language (“Clinton Puppets”) with her own imaginary language (“Clinton”) and then established conclusively that Trump had not proven what he had never said in the first place.

Let the reader beware. Eternal vigilance is the price of not just liberty, but also truth.

Another example is 2017: The year angry populists rose to the top — and fell on their faces by the Washington Examiner – “Just in the past week, some of the vacuous populists have revealed the emptiness and ultimate impotence of their anger.” The word “anger” is used over and over again in the opinion. Any reader who is vigilant will look around to find that anger and only see it in opposition to the ‘populist movement’ that has “actually won a national election and gained real political power.” i.e. the ‘anger’ in the opinion piece is a fabrication of the writer’s warped perceptions.

Or consider this: “With Trump’s inauguration this year, this destruction-only populism gained real power. And with nothing left to destroy, it took down itself.” Who is it that is attempting to destroy to nothing by blocking government reform and the restoration of law? Who is rioting in the streets? Who is promoting evidence absent scandal and blocking evidence laden scandal?

Confronting this sort of bias is what prompted Miele to take one small step.

The Times Diversion by Scott Johnson provides another example – “In collusion news today, the New York Times has devoted six reporters to producing the “news” that the previously obscure Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos lies at the heart of the putative case.”

“I think the story is ludicrous on its face. The Times has served as a prime purveyor of the Trump/Russia hysteria. Yet reality has deflated it. Now the Times returns to pump it up. The names have changed, but the song remains the same.

How can any informed observer take this seriously? We await the disclosure of genuine evidence rather than obvious spin.

Betsy Newmark leads with another example – “With limited reporting out of Iran and misleading stories from some major media outlets, Twitter has actually become almost indispensable in following the story since we can see videos of the protests with translations of what people are chanting.”

Trump Is Right About the Obamacare Insurance Mandate by David Catron – “Its elimination won’t kill the law overnight, but it is definitely a poison pill.” This was a Congressional correction to a case where SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts twisted himself in knots that provides another example of trying to distort reality in allegations of lies. The deceit in trying to support such allegations is astounding.

“Trump merely reiterated the oft-stated opinion of countless Obamacare supporters concerning the mandate’s importance to the success of “reform.” Yet the very people who have repeatedly warned us that repealing the individual mandate would kill “reform” suddenly executed a vertigo-inducing pirouette.

President Trump was widely ridiculed by the left for his remark and the “ignorance” it revealed concerning Obamacare. And, of course, the intrepid “fact checkers” at PolitiFact joined the chorus by braying: “We rate Trump’s claim False.” But if the President is wrong, what about Professor Chemerinsky? Is he making a “false” claim when he describes the mandate’s demise thus:

In other words, as President Trump’s remark reminded everyone, a three-legged stool can’t stand on two legs.

It Is Time To Pull The Plug On Never-Trumpism by John Hinderaker – “As President Trump’s first year in office draws to a close, even the Democrats have been forced to admit that he has accomplished quite a lot.”

“I agree that from a particular point of view, a conservative can rationally be a Never Trumper. It requires a belief that the tone of our politics is important, and that the president contributes greatly toward setting that tone. I am fine with those views. But it requires something more: a belief that the tone (or style) issue is so important that it outweighs all of the policy fronts on which the Trump administration has moved the conservative ball forward.

To come to this conclusion requires, I think, a certain disconnection from reality. The Never Trumper cannot take seriously the possibility that North Korea might drop a nuclear bomb on San Francisco. He cannot find much to worry about in Iran’s potential domination over the Middle East. He must be blind to the critical difference between 1.5% economic growth and 3% economic growth, not to the nation’s elites, who will be fine either way, but to the middle class. He must fail to apprehend the dire threat to the rule of law posed by politicians, professors and–most important–judges who despise the Constitution and believe that law is merely another avenue for the exercise of power. The list goes on.

In short, Never Trumpism can make sense only if you don’t take seriously the importance of the issues with which the president grapples, and on which President Trump has made, I think, remarkable progress in the last 11 months.

It is time for the Never Trumpers to gain a sense of perspective, to throw in the towel, and to acknowledge reality.

NASA’s Rubber Ruler: An Update By Randall Hoven – “When you go to the NASA website, you can download temperature anomalies “1880-present.” But those data change every month.” NASA isn’t media but the same phenomena of distortion and deceit is still evident.

“NASA adjusts it. You cannot find any older versions. NASA makes available only its most recent version. And NASA does not explain how it adjusts the data. You must simply trust it.

I still have the data from 2012 only because I downloaded them to a spreadsheet and kept that spreadsheet.

How does one validate a climate model using temperature observations, if those “observations” were themselves adjusted using models? Real science means using the scientific method, which means using physical measurements to test a hypothesis.

The simple explanation is that NASA is reversing that method. It apparently uses the global warming hypothesis to adjust physical measurements. That is not science. It is the opposite of science.

The “temperature record” is not a record of thermometer readings. It is a summary of what government-funded people with science degrees think is OK for us to see.

“Raw water”: The latest dangerous “natural health” fad by David Gorski – “As an old year fades into its final days and a new year approaches, I always wonder what new quackery will make an appearance in the new year.”

“In pseudoscience, the naturalistic fallacy is everywhere. It’s not surprising, then, that there is profit to be made selling “raw” (i.e., untreated) water at very high prices for its nonexistent health benefits, those benefits all claimed to be due to the “naturalness” of the water. I can’t help but note that cholera, Giardia, amoebic dysentery, and a wide variety of waterborne illnesses prevented by modern water treatment techniques are all very, very “natural.”

Thanks to the New York Times the other day, I might know. It’s variant of many forms of pseudoscience based on the naturalistic fallacy (i.e., that if it’s “natural” it must be better, safer, and healthier, and that many of humanity’s health most intractable health issues are due to the products of modernity, such as industry and pesky public health measures that protect against disease, such as vaccines, pure water, and pasteurization), but it’s also yet another variety of a common form of nonsense that I like to refer to as water woo.

White House Press Secretary triggers haters with shotgun photo by Karen Townsend – “The woman is learning to master her Twitter account and the left falls for it every time.”

“One of the reasons I appreciate Sarah Huckabee Sanders as press secretary is her ability to set off her critics, which inevitably does not end well for them. It seems a well-rounded Southern woman brings out the worst of the left. The first working mom to hold the title of White House Press Secretary also bakes and shoots skeet. I like that.

She’s got a master for a mentor.

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grappling with reality

A president unafraid of the press by Don Surber – “People who last week bitched about no year-end press conference showed open hostility to the president talking to a reporter unguarded by his flacks.” It was an opportunity, a feeding, for Trump material to twist, distort, and demean by the Left’s Propaganda Machine and that it did.

“The power of the press is gone. A Republican president no longer is afraid of the press. In fact, Trump is the most accessible president in my lifetime — because he really doesn’t care what they write. Oh he tweets. It entertains his troops and has the press chasing its tail.

The American news media is fixated on Trump. No one wants to risk ratings or clicks by talking about anyone else. There also is a strange desire to be hated by Trump. It is some sort of stamp of approval in the media.

The interview was such a waste that it yielded a dozen different story lines for reporters in the worst week for reporters. Trump knows how to feed the trolls.

The press made personal attacks on the president. Some were doozies.

After more than a year of million-dollar investigations there is not one scintilla of evidence of collusion.

Which is why Trump keeps talking about it, because the Russian story makes the press look like desperate partisans rather than competent referees.

Wise people would have gone back to the basics last year, played it straight, and given Donald Trump a chance.

Reading these accounts — these desperate attempts to revive an industry — saddens me. It’s not what was that is the tragedy; it is what might have been.

Transparent DOJ and FBI Desperation: New York Times Attempts “Trump Operation” Justification… by sundance – “The New York Times, via Clinton’s favorite voice Maggie Haberman, pushes out an article attempting to cloud, obfuscate and justify the joint FBI and DOJ surveillance operation against Trump.”

“The timing, content and presentation of the disinformation is transparent in the intended motive. More and more people are recognizing the FBI application to the FISA court was based on political information, the Steele Dossier, assembled by political operatives and used by political operatives within the DOJ National Security Division and FBI Counterintelligence Division.

As to the substance of the NYT justification it is absurd on its face. Claiming George Papadopoulos speaking to an Australian politician in London mid May 2016, and a conversation about Russians having dirt on Hillary Clinton, as the origin of the FBI’s Russian probe is silly.

FBI Chapter of Hillary Clinton Fan Club Probes President Trump by Deroy Murdock – “It’s simply incredible what the Mueller team is being allowed to get away with.”

“At worst, this is judicial corruption, rooted in bottomless affection for the subject of one inquiry and boundless disdain for the target of a different probe.

At best, this creates the appearance of corruption, whereby Mueller’s team and their FBI and DOJ colleagues seem so pro-Hillary and so anti-Trump that even their totally even-handed and perfectly honest conclusions would be attacked as either a phony exoneration of Hillary, a fake prosecution of Trump, or an over-reaction to criticism that prompted the opposite results. With Drano-like efficiency, these outcomes would corrode confidence in federal law-enforcement agencies and the rule of law.

Mueller’s inquest is terminally compromised, as these details demonstrate:

The DOJ and FBI rot from the head down. So who’s the head? by Brian C. Joondeph – “The Trump-Russia collusion investigation is on life support.”

“With 90 percent of media coverage negative toward President Trump, you can be certain that if Trump conspired with Russia to hack the election, these same media would have long ago found evidence of collusion. But they haven’t, have they? Instead, they hyperventilate over nonsense, such as a truck blocking their view of Trump’s golf course, now a three-day story for CNN.

The conspiracy was legion, with many agency heads and upper managers working together to undermine an election. … These players could not have behaved as they did without the approval of the head of the fish, the occupant of the Oval Office – none other than President Barack Obama. Whether explicit or implicit, his directions were crystal-clear to his underlings – his attorney general, his FBI director, his IRS commissioner, and all the other agency heads serving at his pleasure.

No one working in the Obama administration would take on such chicanery and corruption on his own. This all had the blessing of the boss.

But make no mistake that none of this would have happened without the approval of the boss man in the Oval Office. If his standard were to respect law and electoral tradition, none of this would have happened.

As Cell Service Expands, National Parks Become Digital Battlegrounds by Stuart Leavenworth – “First responders support the plans, as do some park officials, who argue that better cell coverage will help attract a new generation of visitors. Critics fear it will lead to more noisy distractions in places designed to be an escape from the modern world.” As usual, one side wants a tech, government, top down fix and the other says that the problem belongs to the individual’s needs and desires.

“these days at Yosemite National Park, hikers to Half Dome are likely to encounter people talking on cellphones as they climb to the top. For visitors to the parks, the call of the outdoors increasingly comes with crisp 4G service, and not everyone is wild about that.

Yet advocates for increased cell service, including many NPS officials, say the parks can’t cling to an earlier era. Expanded cellular and broadband coverage, they argue, helps rescue teams respond to emergencies and are necessary to draw a new generation to the parks.

Juggling public demands has always been difficult in the national parks, especially those that draw big crowds and include large expanses of designated wilderness.

“This shouldn’t be an issue,” said Huffman. “If you want to avoid distractions in the wilderness, you can just turn off your phone. But you might also want to be able to turn on that phone and make a call if you broke your arm and needed help.”

First responders and other safety officials agree that enhanced cell service helps in many outdoor rescues. But the issue is complicated

It’s a matter of personal choice. Do you want it enforced from the top down or from the bottom up? Do you want to remove the option by government edict or do you want to deal with abuse by ignorant idiots? One clue is the situation now:

“People will go into the backcountry and think the cellphone will be their savior,” said Newbern. “Sometimes it doesn’t turn out that way.”

People assume things whether or not the top down choice has been made for them.

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Conspiracies and Winning and Realizing the Dissonance

SCOTUS? bah, Appeals court rules against Trump travel ban for third time By Stephen Dinan – “Earlier this week the Supreme Court delivered a spanking in overturning another 9th Circuit ruling related to the president’s decision to end the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty program.” It’s making it very clear that the 9th Circuit is a rogue court that considers itself an authority above any other court or government branch or governing document it doesn’t like.

Why pro football has become so hard to watch By Jay Cost – “As much as it pains me to say it, I’m drifting away from football. The NFL is sapping all the joy out of it.” … “I’d be lying if I said I was going to stop watching next week, or next month. But every season I get a little closer to turning off the NFL for good.”

Unravelling the Conspiracy

Was FBI Chief Legal Counsel James Baker Captured By New DOJ Leak Task Force? by sundance – “Things are getting increasingly interesting and simultaneously obvious.”

“Those who are seeking answers to the most critical questions are now running into the officials within the scheme using the Mueller probe as a defensive shield so they do not have to answer investigative questions from congress. This motive is now the primary purpose and benefit of the Mueller probe.

With hindsight it is now clear why the Democrats, the intelligence operatives, and their media allies were so adamant a Special Counsel probe be initiated. They planned to use Mueller’s investigation as a shield all along.

Morell didn’t really regret By David Zukerman – “This former top CIA official offered no details on these bizarre claims.”

“Morell continued: “So, I think there was a significant downside to those of us who became political in that moment. So, if I could have thought of that, would I have ended up in a different place? I don’t know. But it’s something I didn’t think about.”

Actually, Morell’s response is something Congress should indeed think about. Look at that last comment — “those of us who became political” during the 2016 presidential election. Seems like a pretty clear admission that Morell was not alone in meddling in domestic politics — that other senior officials in the intelligence community “became political,” as well. At the same time, none seem to have considered that Hillary Clinton could lose to Trump. How would the intelligence people defend their political transformation to the Trump administration?

Rape Trial Dismissed, After Two Years of Hell for Falsely Accused Man, After 40,000 Texts From “Victim,” Seeking Casual Sex, Are Finally Disclosed to Defendant Ace highlights an example or two from the mire of human depravity. – “That one person should lie about rape is no scandal — you’ll find liars anywhere.” … “That the police should deliberately railroad a man they know to be innocent? That is a scandal, and one that should result in prison for the police and prosecutors responsible.”

Another case noted by Ace: Judge Declares Mistrial in Clive Bundy Trial, Citing Prosecution’s “Willful” Withholding of Six Key Pieces of Evidence – “Trust in authority emerges from trustworthy behavior — it is not a right owed to them due to their mere credentials, which is a liberal notion infecting pretty much everything.”

Are These Something? The movies get good reviews but also say something about growing realizations of scandal. Chappaquiddick, 7 Days in Entebbe, The 15:17 to Paris, and then there’s the Darkest Hour. It’s hard for movies to get more suspenseful and strange than reality right now.

The Death Rattle of Obama’s Reputation By Noah Rothman – “The members of Barack Obama’s administration in exile have become conspicuously noisy of late—even more so than usual.”

“It’s no coincidence that these overheated condemnations accompany abundant evidence that the Trump administration is finding its legs. As the last administration’s undeserved reputation as sober-minded foreign policy rationalists is dismantled one retrospective report at a time, its jilted members are lashing out.

Even as early as March of 2017, it was clear that the Obama administration’s foreign-policy professionals were quite insecure about how posterity would remember their stewardship of American interests abroad. They had every reason to be. For now, at least, the Trump administration has declined to govern as Trump campaigned; not as a populist firebrand but a conventional Republican. Susan Rice and her former White House colleagues have every reason to worry, but not for the United States. Their reputations, however, are another matter entirely.

The real fake news of 2017 by Rex Murphy – “There has always been fake news. But the Fake News that we heard about for most of 2017 was something new and altogether more sinister.”

“The antipathy to Donald Trump, which in its keenest manifestations is fierce and relentless, is a disabling set of mind, nowhere more so than in the reporting on or about him.

Contempt for Trump—the conviction that he is some sort of dangerous historical “accident” in the presidential office—serves as a warrant for abandoning all disinterested judgment and analytic neutrality.

When the majority of the American media failed in their coverage of the presidential election, they had to find some excuse for their massive incompetence.

Their reading of the American election was the greatest journalistic failure—the largest act of group incompetence—in decades. This failure fostered the need for some excuse for how they got so much so wrong.

The way the term Fake News was invoked by newscasters, panels, and journalism profs was actually kind of scary. Fake News was a threat to the republic; it enjoyed a corrupting power that effortlessly ousted the voices of the real media, and blunted the rational minds of the electorate. That Fake News was powerful stuff.

Actually, it was just a lot of silly rationalization for poor coverage, an excuse for incompetence on the part of much of the professional press.

Winning

A Great Week for the President and a NeverTrump Crack-up By Julie Kelly – “This week has been a vindication for much-maligned Trump supporters. Not only did the president have the best week of his administration, an internecine feud erupted within the “NeverTrump” tribe.” Note that it is specific and not full of ad hominem, personal attack, and other logical fallacies.

“Let’s just say, for those of us who have been demeaned by some NeverTrumpers, and who have called out their harsh rhetoric and destructive agenda, it was gratifying to watch this play out. Not only is it time for anti-Trump conservatives to acknowledge this president’s bold and conservative-friendly presidency so far, it is time to call bullshit on those who refuse to do so. Admitting you were wrong—or at least mistaken in your assessment of both the electorate and a president—is never easy. But holding on to a dishonest narrative that a president—who is now doing things that alleged “conservatives” once proclaimed to be among their objectives—is somehow working to undermine those goals, is not being conservative. In fact, it’s just lying.

A good week for the president, his voters, and the country. A bad week for the NeverTrump sore losers who keep digging a hole that will be tough—if not impossible—to climb out of. Happy to toss them a rope, though, when the apologies come.

Never Trumpers: The good (who have re-evaluated), the bad (who can’t get over themselves) and the ugly (who have thrown in with the Left) By Thomas Lifson – “The passage of tax reform and the booming economy, sweeping transformations in Middle East policy, and regulatory reform that is unleashing vast potential bottled up the last 8 years and more are all signs that President Trump is not the ogre feared by a large faction of the conservative intellectual establishment.”

“The famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) special issue of National Review, “Against Trump,” stands as a unique instance of the conservative movement’s intellectual elite turning against the champion of the GOP’s base. With almost a year in office for Trump, some of those who partook of the NeverTrump fashion have started to change their minds, while others are doubling down, becoming bitter enders.

National Review’s editor Rich Lowry, the man most responsible for “Against Trump,” has managed to give the POTUS credit where he sees it due, particularly in material written for other publications … He recently wrote a column entitled “Promise Keeper that was quite remarkable in reversing course: … “Donald Trump’s purpose in office is to disrupt if not overturn the patterns of governance and ideological consensus that have dominated the U.S. capital for decades.”

Others have been unwilling to change the positions they have staked out, and some have been actively destroying their credibility.

Kristol’s personal bitterness and unwillingness to change his position to the point of identifying with the movements he has opposed for decades are remarkable. But even more unrepentant is Evan McMullin, who ran a farcical campaign for the presidency, aimed at depriving Trump of the electoral votes in Utah.

Roger L Simon, a founder of PJ Media, called on remaining Never Trumpers to apologize now:

The reason for the necessity of apologies now is not personal vindication, but rather the stakes ahead:

Those stakes are far greater than any individual’s ego. It is tragic (in the sense of being brought low by fatal flaws) that people like Kristol, McMullen, and David Frum cannot get over themselves.

Feeble Resistance By Fred Barnes – “Look at what the Democrats haven’t accomplished.”

“Shocked by Donald Trump’s election, Democrats adopted a strategy of resistance that’s simple and blunt: Anything Trump is for, they’re against. It’s turned out to be one of the least successful strategies a political party has ever pursued. Yet Democrats have stuck to it.

it didn’t have to be that way. Had Democrats negotiated with Republicans, they might have saved the provision they most wanted to preserve—the full deductibility of state and local taxes. It’s a crucial break in rich, high-tax states like New York, New Jersey, and California.

President Reagan tried to kill deductibility in the tax reform legislation of 1986. But that was a bipartisan effort, and Democrats insisted on keeping it. Now they’re on the outside looking in.

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) has a sensible theory about why Democrats thought they could defeat the tax bill. They sidetracked the repeal of Obamacare by intimidating GOP senators. They staged protests, harassed them at town-hall meetings, and held rallies denouncing them.

The wild charges tended to unite Republicans.

Roskam, who chairs the Ways and Means subcommittee on tax policy, had his own experience with Democrats. They offered a dozen or so “gotcha” amendments, nothing more, he says. Ways and Means chairman Kevin Brady devoted four days to amendments when the full committee met. Democrats ran out of them quickly.

Odds are, the resistance will lose again.

The resistance hasn’t done much better in opposing confirmation of Trump’s nominees to U.S. courts of appeals, one level below the Supreme Court.

Nor have the resisters succeeded in slowing the pace of deregulation that Trump has insisted on.

Donald Trump the Right Man at the Right Time [Warden] – “If you didn’t already know that today’s media is nothing more than a propaganda arm for the left, an easy giveaway would be their reaction to the Trump presidency.” [language warning needed]

“How and why did this blustering, uncouth, under funded, politically inexperienced outsider succeed when the odds appeared to be so stacked against him? I’m not qualified to say, but I do think he has one quality that is critical to understanding his impact and it is that Donald Trump is the only person I know in America that actually possesses f*** you money.

Wealthy people are usually materialistic, but they’re not primarily interested in the utility of material things. What they’re interested in is the status attached to the things that they buy.

President Trump … defines success differently than do other people at his level of wealth. He cannot be shamed into or out of a particular action or position because he simply does not care how the chattering class views him. This, alone, makes him a fascinating character and one deserving of study. I also believe it’s what makes Donald Trump such a uniquely effective politician.

It’s this quality that has Trump’s opponents spinning like tops. They’ve gone back to the same playbook for so many years that they don’t know how to adapt to someone who is immune to their historically most potent attacks. Trump has ripped back the curtain on the wizards of public shaming and revealed them to be powerless crybabies.

But he’s the only man who could do it. He had both the money and the attitude necessary to the task. His supporters grasped the importance of this unique advantage early.

The big question as we move past Donald Trump’s first year in office is whether Trumpism is a force that is dependent on the man bearing its title or whether it’s a cultural and political wave that will retain its power when he leaves.

I don’t have the answer to this question, but I think it can be confidently asserted that there is no returning to the status quo after Donald Trump has exited the stage. We are at a different place now–one that is simultaneously more visceral, raw and honest.

While nobody was looking, Trump and the GOP actually got some things done by Jazz Shaw –

“When congressional Republicans failed to enact many of President Barack H. Obama’s agenda items on looser immigration laws, gun control and “social justice” issues, they were declared by the press to be The Party of No. When Senate Democrats blocked one GOP bill after another supporting the agenda of President Donald J. Trump the media lauded them as The Heroic Resistance. When President Obama declared that he had a pen and a phone and took executive, extra-legislative action in response he was declared to be Decisive. When the pen and phone in question were placed in President Trump’s hands he was branded as Authoritarian.

Is this pattern sounding familiar?

With the end of the year just around the corner, the Democrats are grinding their teeth over the signing of the tax bill into law, while the media rushes to remind everyone that this is Trump’s “only legislative victory” in his first year. … It’s as if virtually nothing has been accomplished this year and the few achievements that managed to happen were uniformly disastrous.

But was that really what happened?

as for the endless attacks on the President over each and every thing he does or says, I would ask his many detractors to contemplate a couple of points during the Christmas and New Years break. If you didn’t complain when a previous president imposed new regulations absent legislative action, you look rather foolish claiming that the next president can’t undo them. If you didn’t complain when a president summoned DACA into being without an accompanying new law, you appear ignorant when you claim that a subsequent president “can’t” make changes to it. If you’re screaming about due process for Al Franken but you’ve already convicted Donald Trump of collusion with Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 election, please don’t be too disappointed if we don’t take you seriously.

How to Determine If You Should Talk About Politics in Public by Scott Adams – “When candidate Trump first set about the job of redefining politics (and reality) back in 2015, people had lots of predictions about how things would turn out.”

“One year isn’t long enough to know everything we need to know about his presidency, but it’s long enough to to check some of our predictions. As a public service, I put together a list of predictions that various people made about Trump that you can use to evaluate your own predictive powers. Count the number of items on the list that you once predicted would be true. I’ll tell you how to evaluate your score at the end.

if you are wrong for three years straight — about almost everything Trump-related — please adjust your confidence in your predictive powers accordingly.

If you got 15 or more of those predictions wrong, please consider reading a copy of my book, Win Bigly, to learn how to use what I call the Persuasion Filter to predict better.

Season 2 of Trump is going to be interesting.

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There’s a bigger question to this: Mueller’s cliff, Obama’s Hezbollah, CDC’s words, John Doe in Wisconsin, and Trump

A Time for War: Deep State’s Strike and Trump’s Counter-Strike By David Prentice – “Many things are being hidden, some hidden in plain sight.” A case is made and judgment anticipated but that is the caveat: predicting what will happen is nowhere near as solid as observing what has happened.

“Trump knows his enemy. And fortuitously, the left thinks he’s stupid. Leftists have no clue he sees them for what they are. Blockbuster revelations are now seeping up through the ooze of the swamp. There is a set of facts and circumstances that show us that Trump now holds the high ground, that he has dug into strong positions, and that bombshell after bombshell is about to go off against the left.

This began with Trump’s tweet about being “wiretapped” – which, dear leftist media, was not literal. It got the point across. Look what has come out since.

Ladies and gentlemen, the fan is about to be hit. Operation Counter-Strike. Deceptive. Yet right in front of us all. The trap is sprung. The Hessians were drunk on their own self-righteousness and sleeping while the battle crept up on them. Planned by an orange oaf.

Mueller goes over the cliff By J.R. Dunn – “With the news that his people illegally obtained the Trump transition emails – many of them having no conceivable bearing on his “inquiry” — Robert Mueller’s investigation proceeds even further into disintegration.”

“The Mueller team’s lunge into criminality reveals exactly how desperate they’ve become. (and despite what you may have heard from Our Loyal Media, seizing those emails was in fact a crime – presidential transition materials remain private by federal statute. Mueller never should have been allowed near those messages.) Soon enough, they’ll be accused of more crimes than anybody they’re investigating

Was the FBI weaponized to take down the Trump presidency? By Todd Starnes – “It appears the Obama Administration weaponized the Federal Bureau of Investigation just like they weaponized the Internal Revenue Service.” … “There is no smoking gun just yet – but the evidence is staggering – it is simply staggering.”

Let’s Take a Stroll – Letter of Notice From Trump Transition To Congress Outlining Illegal Search and Seizure by Special Counsel Robert Mueller…. By sundance – “let’s take a stroll and explain to our neighbors exactly what this entire plot is all about and why they should care….

“It is my belief, based on mounting evidence, a specific cast of characters -within the Mueller “Russia Election Interference” probe- were placed there to protect people behind the FBI’s initial false claims. Those claims formed the basis for the counterintelligence operation against 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Amid firestorms, Trump has year of solid policy accomplishments. Can he keep going? by Byron York – “Something is happening in the final days of 2017. People are noticing that Donald Trump has gotten a lot done in his tumultuous first year in the White House.”

“candidate Trump promised he would hire only the “best people” if he were to win the White House.

A significant part of the problem is this: In the supercharged atmosphere of Washington, a prospective Trump aide (and his or her spouse) can face intense professional and social disapprobation from being associated with the president.

Personnel isn’t sexy. And the key person in Trump’s policy successes is Trump himself. But the president will need the actual “best people” if he is to make his second year as consequential as his first.

Instapundit notes several other realizations that, maybe, Trump has been effective. Also, on this front, is After net neutrality: Five key issues to watch at the FCC by Gus Hurwitz – “with the 2015 net neutrality rules sent to the regulatory dustbin, what purpose does the FCC serve? The answer is that there are many more, and much more important, things that the Commission does than net neutrality. Here are five issues to watch moving forward, each of which more directly affects most consumers than net neutrality.”

Virtueless prestige By Richard Fernandez – “Has the first year of the Trump administration been a retreat from the global agenda or paradoxically fueled its expansion?”

“Though the goal of a values-based foreign policy was ostensibly to make the world better by making it like America, in practice that meant making the world like Hollywood and the Beltway. That was not without its problems. When the image of elite virtue collapsed under a spate of scandal made possible by the Internet the old magic declined considerably. Calamities like Libya and the sudden exposure of American public icons may have undermined Elizabeth Shackleford’s quest far more fatally than Donald Trump’s Tweets.

The replacement for the status quo ante which may be emerging is what Francis Fukuyama termed adaptive order. Perhaps the “lack of centralized control is what makes the system more adaptive in the long run. In fact, most biological and social systems are anarchic, a condition that nonetheless permits substantial self-organization. This work is highly suggestive for the social sciences, offering an explanation why central planning has given way to markets. A further implication may be that there can be no deterministic model for the behavior of international systems, and that theorists who have been chasing elegant and highly reductionist models of international relations are doomed to fail.”

Is the world developing a new adaptive order?

In that new world American prestige and influence will not depend on the dubious virtue of any individual human institution nor on the soaring eloquence of the media but upon the industry, inventiveness and moral compass of the United States.

Guilt By Accusation Is The New Norm by Daniel Greenfield – “Don’t believe all women or all men.”

“Time has named #MeToo its ‘Person of the Year’ and every other day the hashtag lynch mob drags someone else in front of the spotlight. The accusations range from rape to harsh words. The evidence is hearsay. The target is shamed, fired from every job he ever held and purged from polite society.

Some are guilty. Some might be innocent. But we’ll never know because there’s no investigation. The time frame between accusation and purge is hours or days when it takes your average HR department a week to file a form. Just like in every totalitarian leftist state, the accusation is enough.

And then it’s on to the next one.

There’s nothing American about #MeToo. It’s the revolutionary justice of a leftist purge where random political violence against ideological enemies is used to heal social ills.

The difference between a lynch mob and a court of law is evidence. Lynch mobs don’t believe that victims can lie or that perpetrators can be innocent. They don’t believe that the justice system can be trusted. They don’t just want to punish. They want to terrorize as a tool of social improvement.

The American system believes in equal justice. The leftist system wants to ‘punch up’ at the powerful oppressors and not ‘punch down’ at the oppressed. Evidence doesn’t matter. Power relationships do.

Don’t believe all women or all men. Ask questions. Search for the truth.

Betsy Newmark – “We were told a few years ago that there was no problem about having females in the military and that they could go out on combat missions with men and sleep in tents or on submarines with them and nothing untoward would happen. How does that blithe assurance match up now with the moral panic we’re experiencing?”

“People freaked out when they heard of Mike Pence’s refusal to eat dinner with a woman alone and fretted about how that might damage a woman’s opportunities to advance while working with him. I never saw that as such a big deal, but what if it were extended to meeting alone with a woman to work on a project or write a report together? I know that, as a teacher, we’ve been warned to never meet alone with a student with the door closed even if we’re talking about personal matters. I’ve been warned, even as a middle-aged woman, that when I come back from Quiz Bowl trips and I’m waiting alone with a student for his parents to pick him up that I can’t sit on the same bench with him in case his parents get the wrong idea. It’s creepy and stupid, but such is the world we live in with accusations and lawsuits. And this will now spread to women in the workforce. How many times will an employer decide that it is just not worth it to hire a woman and risk that either someone will harass her or that she’ll make accusations of someone harassing her.

Shahriar stepped in it in his YouTube FAQ. He was trolled by the news reports that CDC was banning words. It’s a classic case of propaganda’s effect on even the smartest of us. See HHS denies banning words at CDC, says they’re “recommendations” by Taylor Millard – “The federal government is kinda, sorta pushing back at the notion it’s banning certain words within Centers for Disease Control halls by telling The New York Times they’re just suggestions.” The indications are that’s another wish fulfillment by the Deep State and the Left’s propaganda machine.

“Jazz has already looked at the stupidity of this, and he’s right. There’s no reason for HHS to say words like, “transgender,” “fetus,” or “entitlement,” should be banned from government documents. The fact this appears to be done to make sure the Republicans are okay with the budget is just beyond stupid. It’s catering to a certain sect of people who have issues with words, plus could be a way to make certain allocations of money more palatable to more budget hawks, who don’t want to appear hypocritical to voters. After all, it’s a lot easier for a GOP Congressman to say, “It’s not an entitlement program. Promise.”

The notion of word-banning has more to do with what the government tells its citizens what they can or cannot say, not necessarily what government agencies can use in their own documents. It’s still dull-witted, and should be reconsidered.

There’s a bigger question to this, which no one else is really asking. Why do HHS documents have to include these terms anyway?

The whole story isn’t clear, yet, but it does appear that this is a part of a Deep State budget fight to maintain funding for pet projects of the Left with a bit of smear tossed in for frosting. Here’s another example.

At The Washington Post, If It Misleads, It Leads By Paul Mirengoff – “The lead headline on the Washington Post’s web page right now is: ‘Putin thanks Trump for CIA intel that foiled a planned terrorist attack in Russia.’

“There is no reason why Trump and Putin shouldn’t be talking. There is no reason why they shouldn’t talk about North Korea, which probably poses the greatest threat to America’s security right now. There is no reason why Putin shouldn’t thank Trump for information that likely saved Russian lives and preserved a national treasure.

There is no reason, other than raw hatred of Trump, why the Washington Post should treat Putin’s latest call to Trump as “unusual” or provide a misleading account of Trump’s latest call to Putin.

When it comes to President Trump, if it misleads it leads at the Washington Post.

What Happened In Wisconsin: Sen. Tiffany Comments By Scott Johnson – “Senator Tiffany’s message updates and comments on the story so far.”

“You are correct, Scott, to ask the question if anyone is paying attention. The John Doe prosecutors and the leadership of the GAB have not been held fully accountable and quite honestly may never be to the extent warranted. However, the wheels of justice continue to turn. I believe the Wisconsin state senate is prepared to fulfill its constitutional obligation of advice and consent for the Ethics and Elections administrators.

How Obama Let Up On Hezbollah By Scott Johnson – “Late yesterday afternoon Politico posted Josh Meyer’s deeply reported account of our struggle with Hezbollah and its betrayal by the Obama administration.”

“If it didn’t reflect so poorly on the Obama administration, Meyer’s incredibly rich story might win a Pulitzer Prize. I hope you can find time for it despite the length. Here it is: “The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook.”

There is no shortage of revelations of scandal suitable for outrage and new ones keep on coming. Maybe draining the swamp is more like the Yellowstone volcano process.

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Substance and style and the Art of War

“He Fights” – President Trump Calls Out Fake News Reporting of Washington Post and Dave Weigel… by sundance – “One of the many reasons people support President Trump is because “He Fights” back.”

The U.S. Media Yesterday Suffered its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened by Glenn Greenwald – “FRIDAY WAS ONE of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time.”

“All of this prompts the glaring, obvious, and critical question – one which CNN refuses to address: how did “multiple sources” all misread the date on this document, in exactly the same way, and toward the same end, and then feed this false information to CNN?

it’s hard to overstate how fast, far and wide this false story traveled.

It’s hard to quantify exactly how many people were deceived – filled with false news and propaganda – by the CNN story. But thanks to Democratic-loyal journalists and operatives who decree every Trump/Russia claim to be true without seeing any evidence, it’s certainly safe to say that many hundreds of thousands of people, almost certainly millions, were exposed to these false claims.

the “multiple sources” who fed CNN this false information did not confine themselves to that network.

Most embarrassing of all was what MSNBC did. You just have to watch this report from its “intelligence and national security correspondent” Ken Dilanian to believe it.

Is that what happened here? Did these “multiple sources” who fed not just CNN but also MSNBC and CBS completely false information do so deliberately and in bad faith?

Thus far, these media corporations are doing the opposite of what journalists ought to do: rather than informing the public about what happened and providing minimal transparency and accountability for themselves and the high-level officials who caused this to happen, they are hiding behind meaningless, obfuscating statements crafted by PR executives and lawyers.

this type of recklessness and falsity is now a clear and highly disturbing trend – one could say a constant – when it comes to reporting on Trump, Russia and WikiLeaks.

– “In attempting to “denormalize” Trump, they’ve denormalized themselves. If they simply reported fairly and accurately, without their screamingly obvious bias, they’d be able to do him much more damage. But they can’t help themselves.” [Instapundit] The Roy Moore case has parallels and it appears that Alabama voters may have noticed. The election will tell.

Wow! Trump fights back, forces public apology from Washington Post writer for fake news By Thomas Lifson – “We have a Republican president like no other.

Those of us who remember cringing as President George W. Bush declined to descend to the level of his critics during the Second Iraq War and allowed himself to be demonized down to miniscule levels public opinion support are grateful for a POTUS who fights back. We are tired of our political leaders cowering before the might of media bullies and the grandees of the cultural elite. And boy, do we have the man for that job!

OBAMA: “Those Jobs Aren’t Coming Back.” TRUMP: “Hold My Beer.” by DCWhispers – “No magic want was needed by POTUS Trump. Just some common sense, a basic understanding of economics and the determination to believe America can be better and stronger than ever

Skier feuds with Trump, injures herself by Don Surber – “Vonn virtue-signaled this week on CNN. … She joins a choir of millionaire athletes pandering to pretentious liberals and Antifa fascists. … We shall see if she joins 29 others who feuded with Trump, and lost.” Trump may not be responsible for her back injury but, like the recent spate of NFL injuries, a distracted focus from the sport can be hazardous.

Trump’s Decidedly Not Hitler by Clarice Feldman – “Once again, the claim of high minded principle is just another cover for power grab.”

“As the week ends, Trump is making great progress against those who have done everything to upend his plan — supported by voters — to make America great again. Paraphrasing Richard Fernandez, we’ve crushed ISIS, withdrawn from the ridiculous Paris Agreement on Climate Change, UNESCO, and the Trans Pacific Partnership. We’re about to overhaul the tax code and dismantle the failing ObamaCare program.

I’m reminded of Samson destroying the Philistines who sought to destroy him. Trump is cutting off their funding, exposing their idiocy, and destroying their political clout. Samson tied burning torches to the tails of the foxes and destroyed their crops, then took a jawbone of a donkey and slayed 1,000. Slaying them with a jawbone of a donkey, indeed.

Firing Mueller would be disastrous; discrediting him is impeachment politics by Byron York – “Trump allies are beginning to attack Mueller. They got a later start than Clinton’s allies did, but they are also operating in a much faster-paced media environment than the Clinton era. They can catch up fast.”

“They also have another thing going for them: The Mueller team deserves some of the criticism it has been receiving. Not only does Mueller himself arguably have a conflict — he has what has been called a close, “brothers in arms” relationship with former FBI Director James Comey, the key figure in the obstruction of justice part of the Trump-Russia probe — but he has hired lawyers and investigators who actively supported and defended Hillary Clinton in recent times. The FBI’s Peter Strzok was bounced from the Mueller investigation for anti-Trump and pro-Clinton texts exchanged with an FBI lawyer, who also left the Mueller Team. Top prosecutor Andrew Weissmann heaped praise on Justice Department official Sally Yates for defying Trump, and also attended Clinton’s election-night “shattered glass ceiling” party in New York. Other Mueller prosecutors defended the Clinton side in the email investigation, and one, Jeannie Rhee, “defended the Clinton Foundation against racketeering charges, and represented Mrs. Clinton personally in the question of her emails,” noted the Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel.

The bottom line: There’s a case to be made against Mueller.

But there is one huge difference in the Clinton and Trump strategies, and it does not work in Trump’s favor. Clinton attacked Starr from a position of popularity

The Trump Administration Is Making Progress on Veteran Affairs By Larry Alton – “With so much in disarray, President Trump had his work cut out for him entering office. However, he promised to make the VA a focal point, so it’s fair game to hold him accountable and see how he’s doing.”

“Why is it that the Left is so quick to judge the Trump presidency as a failure when he’s completed, at a very minimum, just 25 percent of his term?

On the topic of veterans affairs, Trump hasn’t lived up to every promise he made during the campaign, but he has at least three years left. He has, however, made progress in some key areas and laid promising foundations in others. While the media will continue to bash him for breathing, the reality is that he’s already done more to benefit veterans than Obama accomplished in eight years.

Army-Navy Game’s Stunning National Anthem Rendition Puts Every Kneeling NFL Player To Shame by Benny Johnson – “powerful

Good Taste Returns to the White House this Christmas By Erik Root – “The much-discussed Trump Christmas decor has contributed to this proper and appropriate appreciation of style which—as opposed to fashion—is timeless.”

“When the Obamas occupied the White House, their decorations reflected a cavalier attitude not only about the meaning of Christmas, but also about the idea of balance, form, and symmetry. The Obamas decorated their trees in a confused and disordered fashion. They were known to display ornaments reflecting the likenesses of the Communist Mao, a morphed visage of Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln, and even a drag queen known as “Hedda Lettuce.” There were even likenesses of their dogs.

The Trumps without a doubt are friendlier in demeanor, and decor, to religion and a traditional celebration of the holiday.

A final example of the Trump inclination to classic forms should suffice: the White House is decorated with Christmas wreaths placed on all the windows for the first time in decades.

It is fitting that the Trumps have brought back a sense of tradition to their decor. The tradition they honor, however, is not a slavish dedication to the past born of reflexive resistance to change. It is a tradition based on an eternal representation of the good life and the eternal Word made flesh. Christmas is overtly Christian again in the White House. It is a blessing we have the Trumps to thank for its conservation.

Style stays, fashion is ephemeral. Then there’s that idea: “the media will continue to bash him for breathing.”

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News

News this morning: Looks like a Jeb Bush staffer got the Moore story pushed to Wapo; The avocado crop in SoCal was nearly wiped out by the fire (another hit for the NFL?); A horse farm was ravaged by fire; that judge recused in the Flynn case was also the judge that issued the FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign; Another Member of Mueller’s Deep State All-Stars Defended the Hillary IT Aide Who Destroyed Her Blackberries (Federal Evidence) with a Hammer; more Fake News™ from CNN (that’s three big media blunders just this week); A racism hoax exposed on an aircraft carrier;

What Being a Dad with a Gun Taught My Daughter By Don Cicchetti – “While waiting, she asked me: “Daddy, what if the robber gets in our house?

“We Americans grew up in a culture formed by the assumptions of the Gandhian sort of pacifism. We almost always feel guilty and somewhat tawdry when we consider using violence to solve problems because, after all, all violence is morally equal, right? And if we didn’t believe that, and I certainly didn’t, we at least knew that on some level, we had been “reduced to the level” of the robber by our willingness to use violence. Worst of all, we had inflicted our wicked world on an innocent child, who now knew that her dad was capable of picking up a gun and killing someone. Could she ever trust me again? Is it not frightening to learn that your dad has the potential to be a killer?

But Sam taught me the truth. Gandhi was wrong. Dead wrong. No, all violence is not morally equal, and as gun guru Massad Ayoob says, “righteous countervailing violence” is indeed the act of a moral person.

Sam wasn’t traumatized; she was safe. She knew that we adults would stand up and fight the bad guy, and she would be safe. This, my friends, is how the world was supposed to work – before that great brown flood of nonsense and lies taught to all of us since the 1960s washed over our nation.

I’m Done With the Sex Scandals By Andrew Klavan – “If someone broke the law and you can prove it, prosecute him. If someone violated the rules of his organization, eject him. Other than that, if women have forgotten the fine art of slapping a man in the face, there’s not a whole hell of a lot society can do for them.”

“You keep silent for forty years and then ruin a man’s career with an unprovable allegation — and that makes you a hero? Not to me.

I think Al Franken is a nasty little piece of corruption. … I already know he’s a creep. Any woman he grabbed should have smacked him a good one and told him to knock it off at the top of her lungs. When did women become such helpless little flowers? Slapping is a very good system of justice in these cases. Slap him, shout at him, then let the voters decide.

I don’t like Roy Moore either. I don’t like the way he inflames people’s prejudices or the way he wields the Bible at his political enemies and at gay people. I think he’s a hypocrite. But you know what? If he legally dated and kissed teenagers when he was in his thirties, I truly do not think it is any of my business.

Revealed: Melania Trump’s Ideal Christmas by Andrew Malcolm – A feel good story for the season.

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Awful and inevitable

Team Obama attempted ‘stealth coup’ by undermining Trump By Rowan Scarborough – “the machinations of Mr. Obama’s national security team seem to be unprecedented against a candidate, president-elect and president.” A summary that should foment anger, and fear, in anyone valuing the health of the country.

Mueller’s credibility plunging as Trump probe implodes By Joseph Curl – “despite CNN’s take — “Trump’s Russia defense in disarray” — it’s really Mr. Mueller that has the huge problem.” It’s another catalog of misdeeds and corruption.

Fox Wins Trump’s ‘Fake News Trophy’ In IBD/TIPP Poll; Here’s What That Really Means by IBD – “look into the numbers and you see that the reason Fox tops both lists is entirely due to partisanship.” What you have is tragic testament to the success of propaganda overcoming a looming reality.

“In essence, the poll results are less about the reliability and objectivity of the press and more a reflection of the deep division in the country when it comes to Trump. To Democrats, anything short of calling for Trump’s head is to be dishonest.

poll results aside, we can say without question that it is the mainstream media — which includes CNN, MSNBC, network news, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other major outlets — have been about as dishonest and unfair as they could possibly be when it comes to covering Trump. That’s not just our opinion. That’s what various surveys and analysis of news coverage have concluded.

Time and again, these news outlets have dropped all pretense of objectivity, and abandoned basic journalistic principles, in their Ahab-like quest to destroy Trump’s presidency. In this context, any news outlet that isn’t out to get Trump would look biased in his favor.

Time: 2017 is the Year of the Silence Breakers by Ed Morrissey – “It has been simmering for years — for decades, actually — and Time has the intellectual honesty to note one important reason why it took this long.” This is about another example where what is missing is as important an indicator of deceit as what is selected to be included.

“That, however, is the only mention of Bill Clinton in the entire piece. Donald Trump gets mentioned eight times, mainly as a predator and as a motivation for the #MeToo movement. One of Trump’s accusers, Summer Zervos, gets a mention about her defamation suit. All of that is fair play, but Time curiously doesn’t bother to mention any of Bill Clinton’s accusers, two of which (Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey) allege that he raped them. That seems to be a manifestation of tribal allegiance too, and it underscores just how difficult this cultural shift will be.

However, there is another curious omission from this record, too.

In other words, the silence has not been broken because there has been no silence. It is only that now the phenomena can be used for political purposes that it is necessary to spread its filth far and wide. See, for example, the Duke Lacrosse case or the Mother Jones lawsuit from the last few years or maybe the assault on Fox News.

Stephen Green – “I wonder what it’s going to take to knock some sense into these kids, but I don’t wonder that it will have to be something awful. And due to the depths of their ignorance and inability to reason, something inevitable.”

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It’s something else, overdone and overboard

I’m A Liberal, And I Agree With Sean Hannity That American Journalism Is Dead By Saritha Prabhu – “The 2016 election opened my eyes to this ‘Truman Show’-like media universe we’ve all been inhabiting.”

“Once you become aware of something, you keep seeing it all the time. So, almost every time I watched or read something, I saw the media bias: in the way headlines were framed, in what they chose to cover, in the way they devoted the barest minimum time to Clinton’s problems.

To be sure, the media on the Right is often biased as well. The degree to which Sean Hannity carries water for Trump is often amusing to watch. But the mainstream media’s bias is something else, and it affects me personally. It leaves me feeling angry, betrayed, frustrated.

I didn’t go to a fancy journalism school, and don’t even have a journalism degree, but I know enough to realize that what is happening is bad, and that when the media self-divide into rabidly partisan camps, citizens suffer and democracy suffers. When Sean Hannity says “journalism has died in America,” I agree with him.

What’s the Flynn investigation all about? [Plus ABC’s “clarification”/correction] by neo-neocon – “There are several intertwined stories here that fit together to form a fascinating picture.” An example in detail about what struck Prabhu to conclude bias in reporting.

Don’t Be Fooled: The Left Doesn’t Care About Morals; It Cares About Power By D. C. Mcallister – “liberals, who once laughed at sexual improprieties, clapped as sinners danced in the streets, and pointed fingers at accusers on national television, are now offering mea culpas and purging all ranks with the fervor of medieval inquisitors.”

“It certainly looks like a change for good. But don’t be fooled. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

We’re not seeing careful consideration of how we got to this point — the abandonment of God as the source of all moral authority or, at the very least, a common recognition of natural law and traditional social norms.

Instead, we are seeing navel-gazing about how to rethink sex, what to do about the brutality of masculinity, and how to delegitimize conservatives who have been accused of abandoning character for political expediency.

Leftists aren’t embracing morality; they’re looking for a way to reclaim the moral authority they lost after past decades of materialism, creeping totalitarianism, and moral bankruptcy.

We are not living in a time of spiritual or moral awakenings. We are living in a time of cultural and political war.

The worst thing any conservative can do today, in any situation that is politically motivated on any level, is to think the issues before them are just about maintaining one’s own reputation or simply standing for “principles” without an eye to the battle. If you’re willing to abandon those who are in the political and cultural foxhole with you because you’re afraid to lose your personal moral authority (or the moral authority of a political party) due to labels manufactured by the Left, you’ve already lost your moral authority.

expose the Left’s true intentions, their political agendas, their manipulations, and their thirst for power at all costs, refusing to allow them to gain a foothold. By exposing evil, morality wins. It doesn’t win when you allow evil to continue to parade as good. And it doesn’t win when you forsake those who are in the battle with you because you’re more concerned about your own reputation than winning the war against evil.

Making the Clintons Pay By Scott S. Powell – “it should come as no surprise that America’s decline in the last 25 years has coincided with the erosion of the U.S. Constitution and the corruption of the nation’s law enforcement and judicial system.”

“What has most greased the skids of America’s decline toward the ways of a banana republic is the emergence and acceptance of two-tiered justice and attendant cronyism and political corruption. And nowhere is this more obvious than in the pass given to the Clintons, and particularly former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

What is now waking up Americans about the seriousness of Clinton family self-dealing and the need for prosecution is the realization that the Clintons were at the center of what appears to be the biggest political corruption scandal in U.S. history.

Before the Declaration and the U.S. Constitution were even written, Samuel Adams observed that, “neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” Political corruption in America has now become a cancer destroying people’s trust in government and their respect for the rule of law.

The inclination to give a pass to high profile politicians once out of office would be a grave mistake. Boldness is needed and there is simply no more important or cathartic action to take to restore equality before the law and bring an end to cronyism and double standards than the prosecution of the masters of political corruption — the Clinton crime syndicate.

Gimme Shelter By Michael Walsh – “the verdict had little or nothing to do with the victim or the defendant; rather, it was a thumb in the eye of the Trump administration, which has since its inception opposed the concept of “sanctuary” jurisdictions as part of its efforts to end illegal immigration.”

“And here’s nub of it: the Steinle case is important, not simply as a matter of (at the very least) criminally negligent homicide, but as a fatality caused by a man who should not have been in San Francisco, or anywhere else in the U.S., at all. It’s good that the feds are now going to charge him, but the damage has been done.

“Sanctuary” from what? Sanctuary from the laws of the United States. Every state, municipality and local jurisdiction that declares itself a place of “sanctuary” should henceforth be treated as being in open rebellion against the federal government, in exactly the same way that South Carolina and the secessionist Confederacy was — and was treated as such by Abraham Lincoln — in 1861.

How much longer will we put up with this? In his first inaugural address in March 1861, Lincoln said, “Plainly, the central idea of secession, is the essence of anarchy.”

the Left no longer believes in angels, or laws, or much of anything else, except the destruction of the nation as founded and the furtherance of their own globalist ambitions, they need to be confronted, quickly. If we really do have a government of laws and not men — not to mention of illegal aliens — let’s prove it.

Charlottesville Police Chief: ‘Let them fight’ by John Sexton – “police were not properly prepared or equipped to deal with the situation and once crowds of white supremacists and counter-protesters began battling in the street the police did almost nothing. In fact, this was a strategy on the part of the police

“Needless to say, none of this is how you prevent violence at a rally involving two groups who come prepared for violence. The proper approach is to keep the two groups apart and intervene where necessary to prevent fights from escalating. The Charlottesville police did the opposite. They not only failed to intervene in fights, they also pushed the two battling groups into closer contact with one another, with results the report calls “predictable.” The report found no evidence of a verbal “stand down” order. However, the report is blunt on this point saying Charlottesville police failed to “stand up.”

Feminism, the Fake Indian, the Tragic State of the FBI, and the Flynn Flam By Clarice Feldman – “This has been a busy week and a sad one for the neo-feminists, the media, and #NeverTrump conservatives. It was a good one for those who believe we have for too long allowed a bunch of self-selected ninnies to drive both the news and the government.”

Oops! Network “Chief Political Analyst” inadvertently promotes GOP governing principle by Karen Townsend – “Matthew Dowd perfectly made the case for conservative economic policy though he meant the tweet as a slap to the Republican tax bill.”

“Any tax savings that i might get from this unfair and mean spirited gop tax bill i will donate to charities to help the poor and vulnerable. Who is with me?”

I love it when that happens. “Unfair and mean-spirited”? I think not.

I hope lots of people benefitting from the tax reform bill find some inspiration to donate more to charity, preferably at the local level. A very basic principle of the Republican party is the belief that government closest to the people is best. It is the same for charities – locally is best.

For many people, the tax reform bill, a mixed bag as Jazz wrote about, will allow modest tax cuts and a bit more freedom in financial decision making. The repeal of the individual mandate in Obamacare will be a relief for Americans paying penalties for non-coverage. The power grab by the Democrats and President Obama to socialize 1/6 of the American economy seems to me to be “unfair and mean-spirited”

“unfair and mean spirited” being tossed around like candy is a clue to what bothers Prabhu.

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Time for a sanity check?

Danger in AP’s relentless drive to dump on Trump By Ralph Z. Hallow – “This lead sentence, like the rest of the “news” story, reads like a press release from the Democratic National Committee. A news story it wasn’t.”

“The news service’s distinctly liberal bias alone doesn’t seem sufficient to explain the extent of its relentlessly harsh criticism of President Trump. The AP has been gut-punching him since he declared for the Republican presidential nomination way back on June 16, 2015, in New York City.

A replay of the televised Oval Office ceremony shows the obviously proud and happy code talkers continuing to beam at Mr. Trump as he makes his Pocahontas crack. No stunned silence after. No outward sign of shock or tension or crushed sensitivities. Yet The New York Times’ version of the event claims that when the president made the Pocahontas remark, the code talkers “stood stone-faced.”

In a lead sentence that was even nastier than the AP’s, The New York Times managed to drag, for the umpteenth time, race into its habitual disparagement of Mr. Trump.

Here’s the world-informing wire service quoting a full-time Democratic Trump disparager and selected relatives of code talkers, all impugning the president every way to Sunday. And smearing him as racist, based on no facts or evidence. If you don’t see danger here, you’re not looking hard enough.

How Hateful Are The Democrats? This Hateful by John Hinderaker – “You can’t make this stuff up: Vogue, a reliable Democratic Party outlet, has gone crazy over First Lady Melania Trump’s White House Christmas decorations

“When I read this sort of thing, I always wonder: did anyone say anything like this about Michelle Obama? I lived through those long eight years, and I can tell you the answer is No. As an antidote to the Democrats’ hatefulness, let’s close with some photos of this year’s White House decorations:

Anti-Trump Media: White House Christmas Decor ‘Spooky,’ Like a Scene from ‘The Shining’ By Debra Heine – “Did you know that those exquisite White House Christmas decorations First Lady Melania Trump proudly unveiled yesterday are “spooky,” “spine-chilling,” and “nightmarish” — like scenes from Mordor, Narnia, or The Shining?”

“It took most of the day yesterday, but by nightfall, the Trump-hating media was able to settle on an unfavorable narrative with which to belittle the newly unveiled decor.

Speaking of overactive imaginations, “Melania Trump decks the halls with dead branches, spine-chilling wails of the damned,” according to the AV Club. …
Good Lord. Someone tell this Edgar Allan Poe wannabe that these are fairly standard Christmas decorations.

Apparently these people despise Trump so much they must also despise his Christmas decorations.

I can’t help but wonder where these journalists were nine years ago during the Obamas’ first Christmas at the White House. The first family chose a far-left partisan to decorate the White House that year and the results were truly amazing.

Does anyone but me remember their tacky Christmas tree with Chairman Mao, transvestite Hedda Lettuce, Obama on Mount Rushmore, and Obama Lincoln ornaments?

This Is Why We Can’t Trust Factcheckers, Part Infinity By David Harsanyi – “It’s another op-ed column masquerading as a fact check.”

“During a speech at the Tax Foundation last week, Vice President Mike Pence dropped a meaningless but innocuous political talking point about the U.S. economy. “There are more Americans working today than ever before in American history,” he reportedly said.

This statement really irritated one of The Washington Post’s factchecking professionals.

It’s improbable that Obama would ever have been factchecked for saying something as insipid as Pence has. These days, in fact, factcheckers have become extraordinarily literal when rationalizing the former president’s failed promises.

All of this is important to note because, no matter how unreliable factcheckers continue to be, countless self-styled lovers of science and fact will send you these kinds of articles and treat them as irrefutable truths. They are not. Quite often, they’re just op-ed columns.

Thanks to Conyers, Identity politics finally is splitting the Democrats By Thomas Lifson – “we are in the midst of a form of hysteria that is driven by long-repressed anger.” This anger is a result of what has risen to the surface, not a cause of it.

“Even worse for the Get Trump crowd and the feminists, Rep. James Cliburn, third-ranking Democrat in the House, seemed to offer the opinion that being elected confers immunity:

Nancy Pelosi tried to defend Conyers as an icon on Sunday, and had to walk that back in the face of fury from women. But that hasn’t Rep, Gregory Meeks from arguing that Conyers” has made America a better place” while paying lip service to the concerns of feminists, and bringing racial discrimination into the conversation.

It has gotten so bad that another prominent member of the CBC is reverting to shocking racism, dismissing the complaints because the victims are white, and implying that racism is at work, likening the complainers to one of the most hated women in recent memory:

There is enough anger in the air among Democrats, with the self-identification with victim groups continuing to outweigh the joint quest for power, that Democrats have got to worry about whom to sacrifice, and how — to keep their female turnout high, without damaging black turnout in 2018.

Objections raised to deporting illegal alien MS-13 members. Wait… what? By Jazz Shaw – “It may be time for some sort of sanity check, not just in this single Maryland county, but in all the cities where gang violence is ripping apart the fabric of civil society.”

“If decent people want to take back control of their own communities they have to jointly decide that enough is enough. If you keep electing officials who refuse to make the hard decisions and actually take on the bad guys, nothing is going to save you. Sheriff Sahler should have been getting a medal for the work he was doing, but he’s instead the target of criticism. We’re living in Bizarro World at this point.

CNN wonders: Is Trump … competent? By Allahpundit – “What’s the line between being, shall we say, overly credulous about dubious information that flatters your prejudices and being a little unbalanced upstairs?”

Who is funding the Leandra English lawsuit for control of the CFPB? By John Sexton – “Tuesday, English’s lawyer, Deepak Gupta, was asked that question and struggled with his answer.”

“That’s a mighty amount of hand-waving over a pretty simple question: Who is paying your bill? No one is asking Gupta for a legal justification for whatever set up was made behind the scenes. All that’s needed here is the name of a person or organization.

This is the sort of battle you sometimes see in banana republics where two opposing sides fight for control over the same lever of power. Legally, Trump is going to win this battle. The fact that the country’s leading Democrats are trying to win this fight with politicized public appeals (like the one above) is a worrisome development.

They are playing with fire here and I suspect if the shoe were on the other foot and Republicans were trying something like this, the opinion pages would be bursting with hot-takes calling it a dangerous violation of established norms. As it stands, the media reaction to this entire dubious effort seems fairly muted so far.

The Moving Finger Fingers Our ‘Moral Betters’ By Sarah Hoyt – “The trendy way of shutting up any complaints of women not behaving in any sensible way is not going to work with me.”

As the skulls of Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor are added to the ever-growing pile collected by the #metoo and #sohardtobeawoman feminists, this libertarian is starting to wonder if there will be any straight, normal testosterone males remaining on the left — so it’s time to inject a little sanity.

I’ve been observing the dynamic of victim worship in America for three decades. Call it an outgrowth of rooting for the underdog. It’s nauseating.

What happened in most of these cases is extortion and abuse of power. Almost all of the fields where this happened are highly oligarchic and controlled by the left. The males who rose to power in it, mostly by mouthing feminist platitudes, were, therefore, left with unchecked power over the careers of a lot of women.

Let’s make no mistake here: yeah, sure, the abusers were enabled by the media. They were enabled by an establishment that protected men acting like moronic glands on legs if they spouted the right opinions. They were protected by money, power, and prestige.

And the women gave in to them because they had power, money, prestige. Because the women wanted a career, advancement. Money.

Some of us grew up in another time and place. We were taught the way women respond to unwanted advances, much less to advances that amount to professional extortion.

The dream of equality in the workplace depends on women stopping these abuses themselves when they happen.

You can choose to stop this now and turn it around. Or you can go shambling further into insanity and restriction of women’s options.

Mash, Suicide is Painless, is here again.

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Nazi normalizing, civil heat, neutrality SJW, and the Pocahontas Pickle

The New York Times’ Nazi story goes off the rails By Tammy Bruce – “they were right to be appalled at what they were reading, but they were wrong about what the The New York Times’ agenda really was.”

“The arrogance of the legacy media doesn’t begin and end with biased coverage of existing events; it also involves stories meant to convince Americans of something about themselves and their neighbors which is ugly and untrue.

Their latest? A remarkable piece of agitprop, in the form of a profile of a neo-Nazi who helped organize the white supremacist contingent of the Nazi and antifa Charlottesville Confederate statue demonstrations.

The Times’ agenda wasn’t to generate sympathy for the Nazi, it was to inject into the public discourse the notion that the average American was, and could actually be, a literal Nazi. Without you knowing. It was a story meant to change, in the most horrific of ways, how Americans think about their neighbors. It was meant to sow paranoia and division.

For years, people who do not pay allegiance to the liberal narrative have been condemned as Nazis. President Trump and his supporters are accused regularly. This favorite accusation of the left is meant to shut down debate and isolate the nonconformist, the challenger of orthodoxy.

The Times’ effort to reframe reality as a Nazi America backfired. And big time.

The Times knows how awful it is to agitate for more division, as they work to convince their readers that Americans are awful, disgusting racists masquerading as your next-door neighbor.

Yet, we now have The New York Times, admittedly, trying to convince people that “hate and extremism have become far more normal in American life than many of us want to think,” when the opposite is true. Our becoming a better country has ruined many political agendas, but it’s dangerous when some attempt to artificially recreate what we have worked so hard to banish.

From cold to hot civil war? By Angelo M. Codevilla – “The increasing energy going into the intractable issues that divide Americans is producing a vicious cycle naturally tending toward violence.”

The Pocahontas Pickle has struck nerves. The President tossed an arrow and it hit a bulls eye. There is US News, the Investor’s Business Daily, Don Surber, American Thinker, and Fox News. Jaun Williams stepped into it on The Five by spouting the party line that Trump was a racist. There are many who see that calling the President a racist, biggoted, homophobe, dumb, unfit, facist is, perhaps, just making yourself a tool and a fool to be played by Trump.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Calls Out Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Silicon Valley for Censorship and Internet Content Manipulation… by sundance – “Chairman Pai righteously called out Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other platform control agents for being ideologically biased, and using their platforms to target their ideological opposition.”

“This debate needs, our culture needs, a more informed discussion about public policy. We need quality information, not hysteria, because hysteria takes us to unpleasant, if not dangerous places. We can disagree on policy. But we shouldn’t demonize, especially when all of us share the same goal of a free and open Internet.

when you get past the wild accusations, fearmongering, and hysteria, here’s the boring bottom line: the plan to restore Internet freedom would return us to the light touch, market-based approach under which the Internet thrived. And that’s why I am asking my colleagues to vote for it on December 14.”

One law professor’s overview of the confusing net neutrality debate by Orin Kerr – “The most confounding aspect of the contemporary net neutrality discussion to me is the social meanings that the concept has taken on. … The most notable aspect is that net neutrality has become a social justice cause.” Kerr posted the explanation of the topic he received from Gus Hurwitz. It explains the debate and even part of the argument and notes some of the arguments more interesting features.

“Progressive activist groups of all stripes have come to believe that net neutrality is essential to and allied with their causes. I do not know how this happened – but it is frustrating, because net neutrality is likely adverse to many of their interests.

The last comment that I will make is how I think about this entire issue: it’s just the latest example of a fight between bilateral media oligopolists. “Big content” and “big distribution” have always fought over how to split the rents they extract from consumers, users have always distrusted distributors, and content providers have always used this to their advantage. From this perspective, the net neutrality rules are pure rent seeking by a content/edge industry that had largely captured the previous FCC.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – Speech and Questions, The Wilson Center – Washington DC… by sundance – “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered a speech today outlining the State department engagements throughout the world.”

“The speech was delivered right into the belly-of-the-progressive-beast, with an audience filled with limo-liberals. However, the eloquence and articulation of policy by T-Rex makes him a formidable adversary for the ideological opposition.

It’s an hour well worth our time, with transcript included below:

Case shows judges matter by Don Surber – “I keep bringing up judicial appointments because unfortunately the courts have become the dominant branch of the federal government.” McConnell has been taking a lot of heat but on this topic, he is a key warrior.

“Again, this is Mitch McConnell’s doing. He refused to take votes on Obama’s appointees for two years. He bet on having a Republican president and a Republican Senate.

The trend towards a judicial oligarchy as typified by the efforts to veto the President’s national security efforts is one of the more putrid swamp pools. It is being drained, too.

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Debunked? That doesn’t mean we’ll stop the harrassment

Democrats desperate to prove debunked Russian dossier’s sex charge against Trump By Rowan Scarborough – No evidence? No matter. Just think if Republicans were this persistent in chasing down the IRS, Benghazi, and other scandals over the last decade.

“The Times’ source said the bottom line is this: Mr. Schiller, who directed Oval Office operations before resigning to take higher-paying jobs, said nothing happened and denied there was any Russia-Trump collusion.

“So in the end, the Democrats shot themselves in the foot by leaking this, because the final result is a convincing denial of the dossier’s most famous and salacious report,” the source told The Times. “A huge number of the Democrats’ claims are based on the dossier, and the dossier’s credibility is in tatters.”

The FBI has maintained a wall of secrecy about how it specifically used the unsubstantiated dossier to target Mr. Trump and his people.

Public now wary of ‘unhinged’ liberal press By Jennifer Harper – “Relentless, hostile media coverage of President Trump and his administration could be reaching the saturation point.” One can hope.

“The public appears weary, wary and quite possibly ready to move on — hungry, perhaps, for credible news coverage over biased caterwaul.

“Unhinged coverage of Trump is hurting the media,” writes Kyle Smith, a columnist for the New York Post who has advice for journalists.

Some conservative analysts have suggested that unprecedented negative coverage of Mr. Trump is actually a symptom of panic in the press, now faced with the president’s accomplishments and his unexpected resilience.

The Wapo story on Roy Moore provides an illustration of just how insidious press bias can be when done with skill. There are many (e.g. Charles Hurt) who think the story “was devastatingly fair” and “thorough and balanced.” They see style but do not see substance. They do not engage critical thinking. They do not see what is missing, what is created via innuendo, or what is being done to create a narrative.

Why Ajit Pai’s decision killing Obama’s net neutrality FCC regulation is good by Washington Examiner – “Sometimes you have to wonder how sincere people are when they gnash their teeth and pull out their hair over President Trump blocking or reversing an Obama-era regulation.”

“Net neutrality’s dubious value is made obvious by the misleading way Democrats and many news outlets reported the decision … This is the Democratic line. By portraying deregulation as a bonbon for Big Business, and concealing the hit taken by some of the biggest businesses (see above), these partial accounts avoid debating the issue on its merits and dwindle into demagoguery, where they are comfortable.

Net neutrality regulation also effectively outlaws competing business models, which are good for customers and the economy as a whole. Competing business models allow experimentation, and this leads to providers serving customers better by meeting their needs more precisely.

The FCC’s move last week will leave Internet business models to compete in the marketplace rather than competing in smoke-filled rooms for the favor of regulators. This deserves applause from everyone, except for those who love regulation as a good in itself.

Why the Portuguese argument for Net Neutrality doesn’t work by Taylor Millard – This one ties the partisan misleading thing, the net neutrality thing, and the press role and responsibility thing all together.

The public knows about data throttling because the media brought it to light. It’s a lot easier holding individual companies responsible for their actions, than it is government bureaucrats. The VA has been roundly criticized for how they treated vets, yet no real changes have been made. The TSA has been criticized for groping people, yet the “blue gloves of freedom” still exist. NSA spying is still “a thing,” even if some data collection was halted.

I understand why there are people wondering what happens next, with the potential repeal of Net Neutrality. But if you’re going to complain about it, especially if you’re an elected official, don’t pass misinformation out about it. It just makes you look bad.

The legal road ahead for net neutrality and the Restoring Internet Freedom Order by Hao-Kai Pai – “The response to the RIFO has also been, in broad strokes, as anticipated, with pro–net neutrality voices taking to the media with proclamations of the internet’s impending death.”

“The interesting thing about these arguments is how familiar they sound: They are largely the same as the arguments made on the other side against the 2010 and 2015 OIOs. Needless to say, it is nice that net neutrality proponents are finally embracing the arguments that those of us who have been critical of the FCC’s Open Internet efforts have been making for nearly the past decade. This newfound concurrence, however, does raise interesting questions about how the inevitable legal challenge to the RIFO will proceed.

When it comes to the legal arguments for and against net neutrality, there really is little new under the sun. The basic issue remains that Congress has not given the Commission clear direction for how it should approach the internet.

Compared to the OIO, the RIFO has exceptionally well-developed factual basis and analysis of that factual basis. The OIO was premised on a theory of innovation that promised the increase of investment in broadband networks. It provided little beyond conjecture to support that theory. In its details, it ignored, misused, and misrepresented evidence (that is, it was an “economics free zone”), resolved contentious points by pointing to favorable comments with a cursory statement that the Commission was persuaded by them, and relied on the Commission’s own assertions of expertise.

The RIFO, on the other hand, analyzes and rejects the theory put forth in the OIO, relying on substantive analyses of data to do so.

Net neutrality isn’t so neutral and the nature of the arguments follows established patterns.

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It’s getting very, very ugly

Robert Mueller Is the Cover-Up By James Lewis – “Friendship is a beautiful thing, and it’s really good to know that Robert Mueller, Comey, Brennan, and Clapper have known each other for many years.”

“The single most important fact is that nobody has ever been prosecuted for these crimes. That fact by itself throws serious doubts on the entire justice system of the United States.

Democrat Fundraising Letter Tied Tax Cuts To Neo-Nazis by Alex Pfeiffer – “Democrats certainly don’t appear to have an issue with using fear to fundraise.”

“A Senate Majority PAC mailer with an enclosed letter from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tied together the Kremlin and neo-Nazis with corporate tax cuts.

“This Must Stop,” the mailer says above the words, “Corporate Tax Cuts. Discrimination. Kremlin. Medicaid Cuts. Bribes. Repealing Health Care. Neo-Nazis.”

Mitch McConnell Camp Planted Roy Moore Story To Help Clear Path For Trump Impeachment Attempt In 2018 from DC Whispers – “Mitch McConnell who, according to longtime political activist, Ned Ryun, was a primary source of the anti-Roy Moore stories that are now attempting to sway the upcoming Alabama special election and help clear the path for a Trump impeachment attempt in 2018.”

All the News You Are Glad You Missed By Irwin M. Stelzer – “A climate circus, a butter shortage, and Holocaust revisionism.”

“In Bonn the 25,000 delegates gathered to consider the next step in implementing the Paris agreement to reduce CO2 emissions didn’t have Donald Trump to kick around anymore—he was busy trying to avoid a nuclear clash with North Korea and anyhow doesn’t agree with Ivanka that the globe is heating up.

So a quartet of politicians became “Next in Line to Lead on Climate Change,” as the New York Times put it.

There has been other news, too.

Why no one is talking about Trump’s game-changing deal By Salena Zito – “Last weekend in Beijing, as part of his 12-day trip to Asia, President Trump announced that the US and China had signed an $83.7 billion deal to create a number of petrochemical projects in West Virginia over the next 20 years.”

“One would have suspected that the prospect of an investment this large — nearly three times the total annual budget for the department of energy — would have been front-page news,” said Paul Sracic, political-science professor at nearby Youngstown State University.

This deal suggests that Trump hasn’t forgotten what really matters to his base, but few are giving him props for it.

Once again, the media is missing a story that matters to the American people outside the liberal echo chamber.

On the difference between the military refusing and “resisting” a nuke order by Jazz Shaw – “I turned on CNN this morning and one of the hottest topics they kept coming back to was a comment from a STRATCOM Air Force General regarding a potential presidential order to launch tactical nuclear weapons. The reason for the media’s obsession will become obvious in a moment

“First, let’s at least acknowledge why the MSM is in such a tizzy over a story which involves nothing more than a public conversation on a completely hypothetical topic. (There hasn’t even been so much as a suggestion that such an order was ever received by General Hyten or given to anyone by Trump.) It ties into two of the media’s favorite themes which they frequently seek to reinforce. The first is the idea that Trump is a “dangerous madman” who has access to nuclear weapons. That was one of the key messages in Tom Styer’s hyperbolic impeachment advertisement…. an “unstable president with access to nuclear weapons.”

The second is the idea that Trump is so incredibly dangerous that the military should be ready to thwart him or, if need be, to remove him. (You can find several examples of people actually talking about the concept here.) The left side of the print and cable television world has been bringing up such ideas on a regular basis as a way of softening up the ground for a Democrat in 2020.

With that out of the way, listening to the full remarks of Hyten rather than just the money clips, you can get a sense of what he’s talking about.

In the end, as I said at the top, this was a hypothetical conversation which probably never should have been taken up on the public stage. And it’s almost entirely being used as a tool to paint the President in a bad light rather than any serious discussion of foreign policy or military procedures.

Evaluating sexual offenses: Part I by neo-neocon – “I’ve been reading a bunch of opinions on the subject from the left and right sides of the web, and everything in-between, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I have a rather idiosyncratic and unusual take on this.”

“Here are just some of the elements I think people ought to take into consideration in terms of seriousness and/or truthfulness (most of these relate more to adult victims than to children):

Was the coercion overt? What was the age of the victim? Was “no” communicated by the victim (for adult victims only; for a child it’s irrelevant)? Was it just a verbal proposition by the accused with no behavioral follow-up? Was the offender a therapist or teacher or priest or parent? When did the victim report it—was there an enormous time lag? Does the victim have a separate grudge against the accused that might have motivated a false accusation? Is there any other evidence to back up the victim’s report? If so, how persuasive is that evidence? Was there any violence involved? Is the accused a politician who is currently running for office—and has the revelation come out right before the vote, with very little time to evaluate its truth or falsehood? Does the accuser have a history that indicates she/he is a habitual liar? Does the accused have such a history? Are there other alleged victims, and (this next part is very important and not often taken into account) did all the other victims tell their stories only after the initial accusations got a lot of publicity, or had their stories been told earlier? If the latter, was the story told to the police or other authorities, or to some friend or relative whose word we have to take for it? If we have one or more very credible accusations and then a new accusation comes out, is the new one in the mold of the old ones or does it up the ante dramatically? Has each accuser’s story remained consistent, or has it morphed?

There’s much more, but I think you get the idea. Since we don’t usually have a smoking gun (Anthony Weiner’s emailed photos, for example), we have to rely on this sort of thing.

I hate to see abusers go undetected and unpunished, free to continue their abuse with others. But I also hate to see people empowered to make false accusations that are insufficiently scrutinized and could ruin the life of a possibly innocent person. I’ve described the best way I know to try to figure out how to minimize both of these occurrences. Despite its flaws, I can’t think of a better way.

Colin Kaepernick Needs the Truth by Trevor Thomas – “Instead of trying to “understand” a lie, Mr. Kaepernick’s Christian friends should tell him the truth.”

“On the same day that GQ — sometimes known as Genuflecting Quarterbacks — named Colin Kaepernick as its “Citizen of the Year,” several mainstream media outlets — including Christian websites — reported that some Christian players in the NFL who support Kaepernick’s protest of “systemic oppression and… police brutality toward black people” are frustrated at the criticism directed at Mr. Kaepernick. They are especially frustrated that the out-of-work quarterback isn’t getting more support from the Christian community within the NFL.

For example, when it comes to “What Would Jesus Do?” in this situation, of course, I can’t say for sure how Jesus would deal with a modern-day millionaire “social justice warrior,” but from what Scripture reveals, I imagine He would begin and end with what He always did: the truth.

Again, Kaepernick kneels for a lie and is living his life according to multiple lies. Instead of trying to “understand” a lie, Mr. Kaepernick’s Christian friends should tell him the truth.

Plato’s Cave and Our Current Reality by Earick Ward – “What we see playing out in America and throughout the world is two starkly different worldviews: Freedom and the State.”

“What is reality? Do you we think we know what is true today?

What if I told you, that what you think you know of our [current] reality is but a lie? A series of images projected upon a wall in a cave.

Plato wrote of such a thing in his “prisoners in a cave” allegory.

Today, we are increasingly faced with a contrived reality.

What is truth? Let me suggest that truth, increasingly, is a byproduct of force. Are any important matters reasoned true today, or are we stuck in a battle of messaging wills? In this, let me suggest, the Left are winning, as we’ve abandoned reason, and are left with, whatever message can be advanced enthusiastically enough, to run roughshod over the other.

What we see playing out in America, and throughout the world, is two starkly different worldviews: Freedom and the State (bondage). Of course, bondage isn’t being sold as such. It’s being sold as “free stuff” and “safety and security” from the ravages of hatred. Who doesn’t want free stuff and safety and security? Of course, reason informs us that there is no such thing as free stuff, and that safety and security for some, demands that freedom for others must be infringed upon and/or suppressed.

What is truth, if we no longer live in an age of reason?

Let us appoint a new leader and return to Egypt (or the cave). In the end, the people (the mob) will accept the comfort of lies (bondage), over the reality of truth (freedom). Our efforts to free our fellow captors are being met with fear and anger. As Plato suggests, they will fight to the death, to maintain their belief that what they’re seeing on the cave wall is true.

People will fight to extreme ends for unfathomable motivations and the more distant that motivation is from reality, the more extreme the fight is likely to be. That is the danger in today’s society.

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Living in a tin can.

Why I Have Given Up on Trumpism By Roger Kimball – “One factor was the increasingly surreal commentary that surrounds the whole enterprise of Trumpism. I have found that many of those discussing it would say the most bizarre things.

There are leaders who promulgate -isms or “doctrines.” The so-called Brezhnev Doctrine, for example, articulated a Soviet policy of tenacity when it came to conquered territory: no territory once brought under the Soviet sphere was to be allowed to leave the Soviet sphere. Pundits discerned in Ronald Reagan’s anti-Soviet policies the lineaments of a “Reagan Doctrine,” but I do not know that Reagan ever articulated it as such.

But when it comes to Donald Trump, pragmatism overwhelms ideology. Which is why I believe that there no such thing as “Trumpism.” Its putative author is constitutionally averse to the spirit that would give substance to the -ism.

Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly was onto something essential about his boss when, in his powerful press conference last month, he observed that Trump’s agenda was “what’s good for America.” That is to say, he has no “agenda” as that term is often used, i.e., no set of hidden or ulterior motives for his policies. He simply wants to pursue initiatives that are good for the country: policies that will “make America great again.”

From One Frenzy to the Next By Victor Davis Hanson – “Frenzy is almost a living, breathing monster. It moves from host to host, fueled by rumor, gossip, and self-righteous furor.

The Greeks knew well of the transitory nature of these mass panics. They claimed such fits were inspired by the Maniae, the three daughters of Night who were the goddesses of insanity, madness, and crazed frenzy. We’ve seen all three of them in action throughout the past year.

Pundits and talking heads without evidence echoed each other with ever more preposterous charges.

We were lectured at the height of the collusion frenzy that Trump would be 1) impeached, 2) removed by the emoluments clause, 3) forced to resign under the 25th Amendment, or 4) simply quit in shame.

The font of this 24/7 hysteria was the Clinton campaign’s purchase of a leaked smear job from an opposition research firm, which in turn had hired a disreputable former British intelligence agent, who had paid for concocted Russian slanders designed to disrupt an election.

As the collective furor grew, the net widened. More stories, but from 10, 20, 30, and 40 years past, surfaced—calibrated to the current celebrity or perceived visibility of the perpetrator.

As in the case of the other hysterias, such collective fits cool when they begin to snare the supposedly exempt

Human nature is prone to a herd mentality and the politics of excess. Groupthink offers a sense of belonging and reinforcement to most people.

In all these hysterias and frenzies, caution and moderation become proof of complicity.

History is full of such frenzies—the stasis on Corcyra, the Spanish Inquisition, the Committee of Public Safety, or the strange career of Joe McCarthy. They all can start over some legitimate grievance and all can quickly turn manic. And as we play each fit out, expect the madness to come full circle as it always does, when the spell wears off and 51 percent of people finally revolt at the very thought of tearing down Washington’s statue, or lumping together a criminal rapist with a loudmouthed sexist of 20 years past, or envisioning a multimillionaire spoiled, has-been quarterback as the next Jackie Robinson—or treating a fake-news smear document as if it were the New Testament.

President Trump has made 1,628 false or misleading claims over 298 days By Glenn Kessler, Meg Kelly and Nicole Lewis – “Trump’s most repeated claim, uttered 60 times, was some variation of the statement that the Affordable Care Act is dying and “essentially dead.” The story does more to show just how obsessed the authors are about Trump than it says about Trump … unless you’re in the anti-Trump denial camp. It would be interesting to see a comparison of Presidents using the same criteria, attitude, and perceptional bias that Kessler et al are using to judge Trump. Media stars, like Rather and Williams, might be in the study as well for a referent.

Praying for a Sessions Write-In Candidacy by Ben Shapiro – “If you say you don’t have enough evidence to make a judgment, you are judging Moore’s accusers to be not credible.” This one is good to examine for it’s flaws and that is important because flaws in the arguments are telling and critical in the Moore scandal. A first flaw is in the title. The author has an axe to grind. Another flaw is that Shapiro does not note critical differences between the accuser’s stories. Another is the attempt to simplify the issue by asserting that only certain, defined, resolutions exist. Hyperbole and exaggeration in accusation, social context then and now, what was done to surface the accusations, the selective outrage, and the sloppy use of language are all factors as well.

Did you hear about that candidate stalking young women? No… the other one by Jazz Shaw provides an example for comparison and contrast that puts the Moore scandal hyperbole and outrage in context.

Harvey Weinstein? Roy Moore? What About the Crimes of Bill Clinton and Robert Byrd? By Dov Fischer – “In this new time warp, are there not aspects of bewilderment juxtaposed amid all these unwanted-sex accusations dating back 30 and 40 years?”

And yet the allegation of the 14-year-old who asseverates that she was intimate with a Moore over 30 raises its own questions.

It is unclear whether or why some people claim things that never happened.

It turns out that sometimes people make false accusations, even placing their own morals and lifetime reputations into public disdain. But there are more questions:

The net neutrality boomerang comes full circle by Bret Swanson – “Last week, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) fulfilled a prophecy of net neutrality critics.

From the start, one of net neutrality’s big conceptual problems was that it was not neutral — legally, technically, or economically. Its advocates insisted it should apply only to one portion of the internet and only one type of firm: those that delivered broadband connectivity in the “last mile.” But the very nature of a sprawling, dynamic, hyperconnected internet made the possibility of neatly segregating these firms unlikely.

A tale of 2 US delegations at climate talks By Conor Finnegan Stephanie Ebbs – “While the world meets in Bonn, Germany, to hammer out the final details of the historic Paris climate accord and lay the path forward on combating climate change, there may be some confusion over who speaks for America.” The fact is that there should be no question about who speaks for America and that those who participate in this usurpation of the properly elected government need to consider the implications of their actions for anarchy, especially when their rationale is based on deceit and dishonesty.

Skepticism ‘requires high cognitive ability, strong motivation to be rational’ by Anthony Watts – “Stephan Lewandowsky tried to make climate skeptics look stupid (by not even bothering to sample them, but impugning their beliefs as irrational from out of population samples), this study turns the tables on his execrable work and suggests that climate skeptics are both analytical and rational.”

The article notes that despite a century of better educational opportunities and increased intelligence scores in the U.S. population, unfounded beliefs remain pervasive in contemporary society.

Epistemic rationality: Skepticism toward unfounded beliefs requires sufficient cognitive ability and motivation to be rational

Arabella’s Gift… by sundance – “The most notable aspect amid President Trump’s granddaughter Arabella delivering a folk song in native Mandarin wasn’t the song itself, it was the response from Madame Peng Liyaun, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

If you have followed the foreign policy pattern of President Trump you immediately recognize he does not restrain himself to DC political customs or DC political norms. Indeed as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi optimistically noted, President Trump can accomplish many things because he brings a unique perspective to the world of policy and diplomatic engagement. Later al-Sisi repeated: “He Can Do The Impossible“.

America’s warrior-monk: Right man at the right place at the right time By Russ Vaughn – “Army veteran David Brown was visiting the graves of fallen friends in Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans’ Day when he spotted a lone but familiar figure

That other visitor was secretary of defense James Mattis, a retired four-star Marine general.

… he watched Mattis “listen patiently to stories from surviving friends and family members. An old man visiting his Marine son’s grave told Mattis that he was his boy’s hero; the Warrior Monk smiled sadly and said that the old man’s son was one of his.”

That put a lump in the throat of this old Vietnam vet, and I silently thanked Donald Trump for selecting this tough but eloquent warrior to lead our military forces. In my 76 years, I have never heard a similar vignette about any other SecDef. This one is, in my opinion, most assuredly, the right man in the right place at the right time.

Why do people do what they do? Why have so many allowed aberrant behavior to escape? Why can’t they see?

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Mocking, ridicule, distortions – all the usual behaviors of false witness and hate

Mocking prayer after the massacre By Tammy Bruce – “Liberals, worshipping at the altar of big government, thrive on bureaucracy and more gun control.”

We learn a lot about ourselves and others in the midst of a crisis. Hollywood and liberals had no problem revealing themselves for what they are (again) in the aftermath of the horror of the Texas church massacre. Liberals, these worshippers of failed big government, decided to condemn people of faith by mocking those who prayed on a day when 26 Christians were murdered.

But it was more than mocking prayer. The insistence that prayer is useless implies God does not exist, and only government can make the difference. Some of the more venal comments make this implication clear.

The irony of the reaction by liberals to maniacs who use guns is to call on their God of Government for more gun control.

This is not the only time that liberal expectations of big government failed.

Despite the efforts of some, we will not defined by the few individual maniacs who are psychopathic mass murderers. We will be defined by the prayerful and the decent. The truth is, America is populated with millions of Steven Willefords, Johnnie Langendorffs and Jeanne Assams, people quietly living their lives only to emerge as heroes when coming to the aid of friends and strangers alike. What does that say about us? Everything.

Are Liberals Making a Case for Mandatory Church Attendance? By John Hinderaker – “a meme has sprung up on the Left: ridiculing those who say their thoughts and prayers are with the dead and wounded and their families.”

Two assumptions underlie the Left’s attack on those who pray for victims of crime. The first is that prayer is a useless superstition. The second is that everyone knows how to stop mass murder–ban guns!–but politicians are too cowardly to do it. Liberals perhaps don’t understand that most Americans believe prayer is, in fact, powerful, while probably an equal number think that adding more layers of gun regulation would be ineffective.

This divide defines today’s Left and Right as well as any: the Left believes in government gun regulation with a blind faith regardless of evidence, while many on the Right think the evidence of experience supports the belief that prayer can do good.

Every time a liberal says the government should ban guns, we should respond: rather, the government should require every American to attend church or synagogue once a week. It would be no less unconstitutional, and much more effective.

Media once again caught lying on Donald Trump by Cheryl K. Chumley – “The media, once again, have been caught in a web of deceit, trying hard via creative editing to showcase President Trump poorly on the international stage.”

The media is biased — and it’s an anti-Republican, anti-Trump, pro-Democrat, pro-leftist bias that prevails.

This fish-feeding frenzy is about as anti-Trump low as you can go, though. Truly, the press has tipped its White House-hating hand on this one.

NBC Reporter Tries To Use Texas Shooting To Embarrass Trump In South Korea, Fails Miserably by Ryan Saavedra – “I wonder if you would consider extreme vetting for people trying to buy a gun.” going lower than anyone could imagine, it seems.

Study: CNN’s Failure to Cover Democrat’s Corruption Trial By Mike Ciandella – “But even CNN’s lack of coverage isn’t as bad as the broadcast networks.”

After 62 days of testimony, closing arguments and now jury deliberations, CNN has only managed to devote a paltry 36 minutes out of their 24/7 news broadcast to the corruption trial of sitting Democratic Senator Bob Menendez.

The Democrats’ dossier By Warren L. Dean Jr. – “Thinking they were crafty, Hillary and crew deluded themselves Democrats have elevated delusion to an art form.”

First, the dossier is espionage, not research. … Second, the dossier is the height of hypocrisy. … Third, the Clinton campaign lied about it. … Fourth, the dossier threatened national security. … Fifth, the dossier is an intelligence failure.

The Supreme Court has explained that a conspiracy to defraud the United States includes interference with or obstruction of the lawful functions of government by deceit, craft or trickery, or dishonest means. If Mrs. Clinton’s commissioning of the dossier does not meet that test, it is hard to imagine what does.

Russian Lawyer Who Connived Meeting With Trump Jr. Met With Fusion Gps Co-Founder Before And After Meeting by Ace – “As a friend kept telling me, and as I’ve only recently agreed: this was an op from start to finish.”

Donald Trump hate is a cult by Howie Carr – “New moonbat religion eschews facts.”

Since about 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2016, these smug, sanctimonious know-it-alls — Hillary, Madonna, Harvey Weinstein et al. — have been so utterly over the top in their behavior that they’ve almost become a cult, maybe even a religion.

There’s an old saying — If you don’t believe in something, you’ll fall for anything. That sums up the Church of TDS.

In short order, the TDS acolytes have created their own belief system, complete with bizarre rituals, far beyond the stupid pink hats and daily un-friending of anyone of Facebook who dares say something nice about the person they call “Trumpski” or “Drumpf.”

Like all zealots they hold certain beliefs that are somewhat antithetical, shall we say, to the facts. Like, Russian collusion.

Will Trump’s Greatest Triumphs Be in Foreign Policy? by Roger L Simon – “On the foreign front, however, Trump is succeeding as no American president has in years.”

Watching the normally Trump-phobic talking heads at CNN bend themselves into pretzels to say something bad about our president’s foreign policy address in South Korea Wednesday (our Tuesday), you knew POTUS had to have scored a home run in front of that country’s National Assembly.

In fact, if you had viewed the event live on television yourself, as I did here in Los Angeles, you would have known that already because Trump’s speech was superb — at once as tough and determined toward the North Korean dictator as it was complimentary toward the miraculous achievements of the South. You also got a good short history of the Korean Peninsula since the 1950s into the bargain. Kudos to speechwriters Stephen Miller and Michael Anton and whoever else might be involved.

This is more than most American presidents dare to take on — and so far Trump has been doing it with considerable aplomb. With few exceptions, our media gives him little credit for this. They are so invested in Trump’s failure that even if he were to single-handedly get North Korea to denuclearize they would do their best not to acknowledge it, quickly switching attention to the latest poll, which no doubt will show Trump less popular than Jack the Ripper.

Three black UCLA sports celebrities were arrested for shoplifting in China and reports are that the TDS Propaganda Machine will attempt to put this at center stage for the POTUS China visit.

Maine just jumped on the Medicaid expansion bandwagon by Jazz Shaw – “So… “free” healthcare is popular. Who doesn’t like free stuff, right?”

What opponents of the move failed to drive home to the voters is the fact that nothing the government gives out is actually free and the more we overload the Medicaid rolls, the more it drags down the entire health care system. Jim Demint summarized these problems at Heritage a few years ago, not that anyone seemed to be paying attention.

At the same time, proponents of “Medicaid for All” fail to note that the payments to doctors and hospitals are so out of whack with current market prices that fewer doctors are accepting new Medicaid patients. This drives up the burden and wait times for the remaining facilities who will take them.

Unfortunately, that’s a hard message to sell to the public when opponents are simply screaming, “free health care for all my friends!” Maine has now chosen to join this grand experiment and the only lesson which may sink in for them won’t come for a few years as the helth care system stabilizes under this new formula.

Free Health Care! Free Energy! Free Future Utopia! This sort of thing still sells and that condemns public education. Maine, New Jersey, and Virginia have all gone for fantasy and dreams – and hate. Paul Mirengoff says [about Va] “With hindsight we can say that this was a race between two uninspiring candidates who needed, somehow, to inspire support. Northam inspired support because of raw hatred for President Trump. Gillespie tried to inspire it by taking a hard line on immigration (sanctuary cities) and crime. Apparently, to no avail.”

Whatever doesn’t kill Trump only makes him stronger by Victor Davis Hanson – “Why does Trump, who suffers poor approval ratings, seem to always land on his feet while his critics do not?”

Three reasons come to mind. … 1) Trump is at home in bare-knuckle brawling; his opponents are often not. … 2) The hysterical hatred of Trump blinds his critics to empiricism and disinterested inquiry … 3) Trump has some solid achievements.

California, the Rhetoric of Illegal Immigration, and the Perils of Ignoring Thucydides’s Warning by Victor Davis Hanson – “The fight over illegal immigration plays out by altering words and their meanings.”

Anytime an idea or political agenda cannot achieve majority political support, its sponsors turn to euphemisms and linguistic gymnastics.

The historian Thucydides warned us 2,400 years ago during the horrific civil war on Corcyra how “words had to change their meanings” to mask the ill intent of particular unpopular political agendas.

In sum the apparent agenda is to keep the border open when the vast majority wishes it closed to illegal immigration. That disconnect requires that language makes the necessary adjustments so that migrants and Dreamers, not illegal aliens, just wandered or were mysteriously brought en masse into America without real borders, certainly not illegally and certainly not at the expense of legal applicants from dozens of foreign countries who wait for years for legal permission to enter the United States.

Quotation of the day on what explains the idiocy of the liberal elite by Mark Perry – “The elite are supposed to be educated. So why are they so silly?” One answer is in

“a January 2017 article (“What Explains the Idiocy of the Liberal Elite? It’s Their Education?“) in the UK Spectator by journalist and author James Bartholomew

There is a clue. That word ‘educated’. What does ‘educated’ mean today? It doesn’t mean they know a lot about the world. It means they have been injected with the views and assumptions of their teachers. They have been taught by people who themselves have little experience of the real world. They have been indoctrinated with certain ideas. Here are some key ones.

MP: I found that article when researching the question of why some liberal friends of mine so strongly oppose Brexit. I think it’s at least partly because they trust governments over markets, and also because it’s another issue that illustrates this reality that I’ll start calling Perry’s Principle: Liberals don’t value people as much as they value power over people (e.g., teachers’ unions).

Educated is too often knowing things but not their context, value, or importance. 

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The fall from grace: so many once so proud

Left can have Bushitler by Don Surber –

Reagan put America first. Trump puts America first. The Bushes? Well, they were better than Dukakis, Gore, or Kerry.

The two President Bushes now seek approval from people who not just disdain them, but who will dance on their graves when they die.

The Bush men can forgive those who call them Bushitler, but not Trump whose sin is he won the presidency as a Republican. No, they wanted to be “The Last Republicans” — honorably sinking with the party while the band played “Nearer My God To Thee.”

Instead, we have President Trump, a man who fights back when called Hitler.

Make America Great Again is as vulgar today as it was in 1980 when Reagan’s slogan was “Let’s Make America Great Again.”

In Latin, vulgar means of the people.

Considering the way the elitists have governed the past 30 years or so, it is time for the people to lead the way.

Another from Don Surber: 20 who feuded with Trump — and lost. “Feuding with Donald Trump is a bad idea. Too many people have wound up worse for the feud, the latest being Alec Baldwin.” A full score of cases is provided for example.

It’s not what President Trump does to them. It’s just that karma kneecaps so many of them.

Oh, not everyone winds up worse, I suppose. But enough do that a wise man would ask, why risk it?

Notice the pattern is hating Trump in public, and being a cretin in private.

Instapundit cites Camille Paglia – “In an abject failure of leadership that may be one of the most disgraceful episodes in the history of the modern Democratic party, Chuck Schumer, who had risen to become the Senate Democratic leader after the retirement of Harry Reid, asserted absolutely no moral authority as the party spun out of control in a nationwide orgy of rage and spite.” – and Matthew Continetti – “it is actually the Democratic Party that has been most disrupted by the realignment of American politics along class lines.”

Reynolds also notes Shelby Steele On The Exhaustion Of American Liberalism – “Today’s liberalism is an anachronism” and Dereliction Of Duty about another Trump victim – “We’re left to conclude, then, that the Colonel did, in fact, want to send the president a message. If that’s so, it’s a disgrace. It’s unlikely to be the last display of disgraceful conduct from those who have the misfortune of finding themselves in proximity to Bowe Bergdahl.”

New York Times’ coverage of Mueller is peak liberal bias by Michael Goodwin – “It sees its liberal politics not as a point of view, but as received wisdom that cannot be legitimately disputed.”

In the Times’ view, there are only two reasons to question Mueller’s credibility: insanity or treason.

The animating impulse for the assault is obvious — the Times is locked into its mission of destroying President Trump, and, like Hillary Clinton, still cannot accept Trump’s election as legitimate.

the paper, following a bad habit it developed during Barack Obama’s presidency, is not content with advocating its positions. Behaving like a party propaganda outlet, it takes a coercive approach to anyone with a different view. Objections are demonized as heretical.

His straw man is a diversion and his logic turns the concept of evidence on its head, making it required before an investigation can start.

The editorial page was even more venomous, calling criticism of the special counsel “crazy talk.”

The zeal to protect Mueller from any criticism raises the question of why the Times cares so much. With the mainstream media in lockstep with its jihad against Trump, why bother to smear a handful of skeptics?

Robert Frost on progressive education 100 years ago by neo-neocon –

Two things in progressive education provoked Frost’s particular rage—their abandonment of the ancient Greek and Roman classics and their attempts to apply the scientific method to teaching. The latter separated form or technique from genuine content…

Frost experienced a sort of fractal of what was to develop into our current university woes, and recognized at once what the dangers were and what the denouement was likely to be.

The “Climate Science Special Report” is Highly Deceptive by Leslie Eastman – “Yes, the report really is “special”!”

The following muck from The Washington Post is a great example of the elite media spinning a narrative that is demonstrably false in scientific terms but that fits their politically-motivated agenda:

I will simply point out that the Climate Science Special Report, released by 13 federal agencies on Friday, is the product of Obama-era eco-activists who remain entrenched at those various agencies. No swamp has been harder to drain since Julius Caesar tried to get rid of the Pontine Marshes.

Furthermore, this news was released on Friday. Not only was it a Friday, but it was the day that President Trump was beginning a historic, 10-day trip to Asia.

In The Wall Street Journal, Koonin says the report “misleads by omission.”

Science, too, suffers a fall from grace.

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Swamp cleaning has to deal with angry critters

This Flake got snowed — and soon will melt away By Ralph Z. Hallow – “Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake unburdened himself and burdened the rest of us Tuesday with what may rank as one of the worst-delivered nationally televised speeches in the history of the U.S. Senate.” There are those who think outbursts like this are proof that the President is in trouble. Others see projection and delusion.

Seems Mr. Trump out-insulted the junior senator from Arizona, who had written and published a book devoted to insulting Mr. Trump. In that contest to see who can stream used water farther, the president won. Now Mr. Flake knows how Little Ted felt.

OK, the discourse in the Senate is beneath Mr. Flake, thanks to Mr. Trump’s bad qualities of speech and temperament.

Mr. Flake’s problem is that he doesn’t really get “E Pluribus Unum.” He doesn’t understand why fears continue to grow that America is becoming the salad bowl so many of us feared instead of the melting pot that it was founded to be — that created something new and original in the world — an American, with a unique culture and worldview.

He thinks “America first” is, well, dangerously nationalistic.

Democrats in denial by Damon Linker –

And that brings us to where we are today, with large numbers of elite Democrats preferring to rant impotently on Twitter about the president and the GOP agenda instead of doing the hard and at times painful work of overcoming that impotence at the ballot box.

Then there are the Democratic donors and activists who would rather spend their money and their time chasing the pipe dream of removing Trump from office through impeachment.

What the Left Hopes to Achieve by Attacking the Founders by Walter E. Williams –

What goes unappreciated is just why America’s leftists’ movement attacks the Founders. If they can delegitimize the Founders themselves, it goes a long way toward their agenda of delegitimizing the founding principles of our nation.

The average parent, taxpayer, and donor has absolutely no idea of the bizarre lessons that college professors are teaching students.

After Trump dossier revelation, FBI is next by Byron York –

why did the story break when it did? Credit the much-maligned Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. The California Republican has been pursuing the dossier more aggressively than anyone else, and it was his Oct. 4 subpoena for the bank records of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that handled the dossier, that finally shook loose the information.

It was an astonishing turn: the nation’s top federal law enforcement agency agreeing to fund an ongoing opposition research project being conducted by one of the candidates in the midst of a presidential election.

the importance of the Democrats’ involvement in the dossier is that it could be one step on the road to a bigger story. What did the FBI do with the dossier material? Did judges make surveillance decisions in the Trump-Russia investigation based in whole or in part on the dossier? To what degree is the “salacious and unverified” dossier the source of what we think we know about allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign?

In the end, a House subpoena squeezed the information out of key players in the who-funded-the-dossier side of the story. But so far, the FBI has been much harder to crack.

A Crime Or Just ‘Baloney’? Hillary Clinton Russian Scandal Keeps Getting Worse by Investor’s Business Daily

As evidence grows of actual collusion and possible illegal pay-for-play ties between Hillary Clinton, her closest political allies and Russian officials, the former secretary of state and presidential candidate declares on C-Span “it’s the same baloney they’ve been peddling for years, and there’s been no credible evidence by anyone.” She called the stories “debunked.”

Far from it.

The sudden re-emergence of the Clinton-Russia nexus — we reported on it last year — is mostly thanks to reports in The Hill and The Daily Caller last week showing that the FBI and Justice Department had found evidence that Russia had bribed a U.S. uranium trucking firm to further Moscow’s reach into the U.S. atomic energy industry.

This is just one of a number of scandals that Hillary Clinton has embroiled herself in over the last few years. And the revelations just keep coming — turning what was initially claimed as minor contretemps into major commissions of crime. And yet, her response is always the same. Deny, call it “baloney,” until the painful truth emerges.

At a certain point, a mass of facts begin to coalesce into a pattern — a pattern of criminality. One of the great triumphs of the Democrats in the past decade is they’ve managed to convince much of the public, the media and even some in Congress that the 2016 election was somehow stolen by Donald Trump working in cahoots with the Russians.

Trump’s Malaysia Gambit: Call It Another Win By Ned Ryun – “Less than two weeks ago there was a bit of news—little reported in the United States, but more on that later—that Malaysia had cut off all imports from North Korea.” The contrast between the Flake, McCain, Corker, and Democrat view of Trump as President and the reality continues to grow.

Only President Trump and his foreign policy advisers seemed to understand the importance of working with an influential, duly elected regional leader on a broader agenda important strategically to both the United States and Malaysia, and other allies in the region.

We’ve seen what happens when we have a president unwilling to defend and uphold our nation’s interests at home and abroad. It will take years for us to recover, but the Trump White House is digging in and rebuilding that trust and that national interest one ally at a time and whether the media elite and its friends like it or not.

Do Private Uranium Investors Have a $3B Claim against Obama Administration Officials? By Joseph Somsel – Congress has been a bit weak in oversight but private interests have been pushing on the many Obama administration scandals. Here’s another example.

It appears that members of the Obama Administration may have used the extensive regulation and secrecy integral to US uranium operations to bankrupt a $3 billion private firm, and civil litigation, with very different and often more permissive rules of discovery and deposition, may be feasible as a mechanism of getting at the rot. Some questionable federal government actions reported here in American Thinker in 2009 could be the basis for a civil suit against former Obama Administration officials.

Chants of “Lock Her Up” would set a very risky precedent for criminal prosecution of losing presidential candidates as would throwing outgoing administration appointees in jail. But going the O.J. Simpson route of civil cases by private citizens stripping ill-gotten gains from bad actors in government could a meaningful deterrent to future wrong doing.

Another graffiti “hate crime” is solved By Jazz Shaw – Yet another one bites the dust and the NFL kneelers might want to take note.

After a massive investigation involving school, state and federal authorities, the culprit has been found. Unfortunately for the activists pointing to these events as evidence of how awful the world is, this particular hateful racist was, shall we say… someone who doesn’t fit the usual profile. (Washington Post)

This isn’t the first time one of these incidents had turned out to be a hoax. In fact, it’s far from the first. What’s more noteworthy here (once again) is the way the story is being characterized both by school officials and the Washington Post. First of all, you won’t find the word “hoax” anywhere in the entire linked article.

Lies and Manipulation: The Sorry State of Global Climate Alarmismby Vijay Jayaraj –

Weather always holds risks—storms large and small, droughts, floods, heat waves, and cold snaps have been with us throughout human history. But the climate itself has been anything but dangerous over the last 150 years, and the evidence is there for everyone to see from the polar ice caps to the paddy fields of India.

It is impossible to save a planet that is not dying, and it is a disgrace to lead people into false fears concerning climate change.

Getting the straight scoop is rather difficult. The swamp culture is determined to keep and maintain an alternate reality and that must be skimmed off first.

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