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Men Have Forgotten God. Andrew W. Coy — “When we look at what has happened in our country just these last two short years, we ask…”

When we look for the answers to why have these things gone so wrong so quickly, I suspect we can really find those answers; if we look hard enough and are honest enough. And by the way, it really has not been that quickly.  We have raised a generation since the 1960s questioning “Is God Dead?”  And now,that generation is in power in the city of Washington.  What did we think would then happen?

“A Scandal Free Biden Administration”: The Media Celebrates a Year of Free From Political Scandal and Press.Jonathan Turley — “Calling 2021 “scandal free” is not merely an example of blinkered commentary, it is an  exercise of willful blindness. This is why magicians often make audience members part of the illusion. Houdini did not actually make his 10,000 pound elephant Jennie disappear. It was there the whole time but the audience did not want to see it. That’s the trick.” … “For the media (and Ron Klain) to pronounce the Biden Administration “scandal free” is akin to the NFL once denying that traumatic brain injury was rampant in football. If there is no coverage, there is no scandal. That is certainly an accomplishment worth noting, but hardly worth celebrating.”

The Woke Mob’s Destruction of the English Language; Richard McDonough — “The venomous hatred spewed by the Woke mob in the name of tolerance and inclusivity is indefensible.  That is why they do not defend it.  Instead, they generally try to bully people into submitting to their demands.”

The Ungracious… And Their Demonization Of The Past. Victor Davis Hanson, — “The last two years have seen an unprecedented escalation in a decades-long war on the American past. But there are lots of logical flaws in attacking prior generations in U.S. history.”

How the Myth of the ‘Robber Barons’ Began—and Why It Persists.Burton W. Folsom  — “The widely-accepted “history” of America’s Gilded Age was grossly inaccurate, but it told a compelling story that many fell for hook, line, and sinker.” … “When propaganda is the goal, accuracy is the victim. The Robber Barons is riddled with factual errors. On page 14 alone, Josephson makes at least a dozen errors in his account of Vanderbilt and the steamships.” … “Perhaps more important than all of the errors, Josephson missed the distinction between market entrepreneurs like Vanderbilt, Hill, and Rockefeller and political entrepreneurs like Collins, Villard, and Gould.”

A Dry Run For Tyranny. John Hinderaker — “Got that? Do what the Greenies want, or we will declare an emergency and jam our measures down your throats. If we did it with covid, we can do it with global warming, too. The precedent has been set, and we can expect a lot more talk along these lines in the years to come.”

Psychology Prof Leaves American Psychological Association Over Their Embrace of Woke Ideology. Mike LaChance — “My concern is that the APA no longer functions as an organization dedicated to science and good clinical practice. As a professional guild, perhaps it never did, but I believe it is now advancing causes that are actively harmful and I can no longer be a part of it…” but alohahola comments: “He thinks George Floyd was murdered. - He lost me there.”

New York To Discriminate On Basis Of Race In Covid Therapeutics Access. Paul Mirengoff — “This amounts to race discrimination, pure and simple. The policy should, and I assume will, be challenged in court.” … “This is a movement that needs to be taken on and stopped. New York’s discriminatory covid treatment policy is a good place to start.”

“Inappropriate Political Influence”: Chief Justice John Roberts Responds to Threats Against the Court. Jonathan Turley — “His report is striking in its measured and deliberative tone in comparison to the often reckless rhetoric of these politicians.” … “He is not the only justice who is speaking out to blunt the attacks on the Court.” … “the attacks are likely to increase in this key election year with so many major decisions ticking away on the Court docket. The type of demagoguery denounced by Chief Justice Roberts is now going mainstream with our leaders, the media, and various advocacy groups.”

Pretendians. John Hinderaker — “Real Indians, it seems, are outraged that others are trying to horn in on their privileged status.” … “Pretty much everything that is said about race in the USA is a lie. The prevalence of “Pretendians” is one more data point indicating the sickness of our race preference-obsessed culture.”

Was COVID authoritarianism a practice run for something far worse? Andrea Widburg — “We’ve learned over the last 20 months that, if a government can cause people to panic, people will readily forgo all their freedoms in return for a promise that the government will keep them safe.”

‘Mass Formation Psychosis’ — It’s Real, and It Was Purposely Caused by Biden and the Democrat Party. Mike Miller  — “Mass Formation Psychosis, or “mass hypnosis” or “the madness of crowds,” as noted by TrialSiteNews, occurs when a large fraction of the population is completely unable to process new scientific data and facts, demonstrating that they have been misled or lied to.” … “The late comedian George Carlin said it best: “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

Media won’t admit mandates failed. Don Surber — “What the media lacks in knowledge, the media makes up in overconfidence.” … “As for the mask mandates and social distancing, witch doctors are more effective.”

2021 is Over at Last. Thank Goodness. Clarice Feldman — “What an awful year this was. I sincerely hope the coming year is better. Here are a few loose ends that need clearing up as that dreadful year drops off into memory. - The first priority is to hold public health authorities responsible for the mess they made.”

Reflections On Another Year Of Covidian Lies & How The Truth Will Ultimately Prevail. Rob Slane via TheBlogMire.com, — “As we come to the end of the second year in Covidia, I reflect on just how much the instigators of the entire scam have managed to reshape reality in an amazingly short timeframe, such that what was considered normal 12 months ago is now considered abnormal, and what was considered abnormal 12 months ago is now seen as normal.” … “There will be a Reckoning. Just make sure that you are on the right side when it comes.”

 

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Arguing about common sense

What is the role of a proper religion? One clue is in the anti-work movement. Rod Sterling is being called. Myth making gets studied and a Flynn example dissected. The Kulak Class right here in Washington D.C. Trends in awful science ‘journalism.’

The Christian Paradox. Tim Jones — “the loss of Christian spirituality as a result of it being divorced from and given a back seat to the materialism of the modern era has been the disregard of the values that were first exemplified by the life and death of Christ: sacrifice, charity, and obligation. This has led directly to the plague of our time: self-love, greed, and hedonism. It’s time to get back to basics to confront current problems.”

On holiday forever: Anti-work ethic spreads. Joanne Jacobs — “Working less or working differently can make a lot of sense — if you can pay the bills and feed the kids. Not working at all? I did a series on welfare reform 20-odd years ago: Living on welfare is miserable. You’re poor and you’re powerless.” … “The idea that we should be able to live without working is one of the “luxury beliefs” that Rob Henderson and Robert Pondiscio have written about. These are “ideas and opinions that confer status on the rich at very little cost, while taking a toll on the lower class.”

Entering The American Twilight Zone.Patricia Henry — “We didn’t know it then, but on Election Night, November 8, 2020, America entered a Twilight Zone every bit as eerie and unanticipated as anything dreamed up by Rod Serling decades earlier.”

Myth-Making in the Modern Age: A Primer. Roger Kimball — “The myth that January 6 was an insurrection that aimed to “overthrow the government” must not be allowed to stand. The time to counter the Big Lie is now.”

Misinterpreting a federal judge’s ruling denying Michael Flynn’s request for a temporary restraining order on Jan. 6 committee. David Zukerman — “Prior to scanning media treatment of the Scriven ruling, I had read Judge Mary S. Scriven’s opinion on Gen. Flynn’s request for a temporary restraining order (TRO).  The very opening sentence of the Law and Crime take on the Order from Judge Scriven, was so at variance with the reality of her ruling, that I realized I needn’t go further to find that the media has yet to treat Gen. Flynn fairly.”

America’s Kulak Class: Horrific Prison Conditions for January 6 Republicans “Treated as Subhuman” Predicted by Abe Lincoln in 1860. Erik — “It would be too much of a stretch to compare Andersonville (to use another Civil War-era image) to “the DC Gulag”, but still, when you hear how rights are being violated by Democrats or leftists, check out if the portrait of one of the wardens isn’t at least partly reminiscent of the CSA’s Commandant Henry Wirz… “ 

13 Happenings In 2021 That I Never Would Have Believed 5 Years Ago. Elaanor Bartow — “The world seemed to get closer to spinning out of its orbit in 2021. If you’d told me five years ago that men would be treated as women, criminals would not be prosecuted, and censorship would be widespread, I wouldn’t have believed you.”

4 Awful Science Journalism Trends That Should Die In 2022. Cameron English — “Science journalism is plagued by several critical problems that jeopardize its credibility. If we want the public to be more science-minded, we have to correct these issues sooner rather than later.” … “Since reporters are human and all humans are flawed, sloppy science coverage is inevitable to a certain extent. But the advocacy-as-journalism trend needs to be reversed before science media loses what remains of its dwindling credibility with the general public.” … “Conclusions in search of evidence – Nuance? What’s nuance? - Cheerleaders for censorship – Fair-weather science advocacy”

Ten Considerations Before You Create Another Chart About COVID-19. Amanda Makulec — “To sum it up — #vizresponsibly; which may mean not publishing your visualizations in the public domain at all” … “the stakes are high around how we communicate about this epidemic to the wider public. Visualizations are powerful for communicating information, but can also mislead, misinform, and — in the worst cases — incite panic.”

1. Do more to understand the numbers than just downloading and diving right into a dataset.

4. Be cautious when making generalized predictions or comparisons based on regionally specific data.

5. Visualizations should inform and be honest about what isn’t represented.

9. Consider the human side of what you create.

10. Consider how visualizations can impact (and encourage) social responsibility as we see COVID-19 in our respective communities.

THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION HAS GONE FULL WOKE. Instapundit — “And the result is truly astonishing. Here is how it recommends that doctors speak:” … “While you’re at it, check this one out too:  Organizational Strategic Plan to Embed Racial Justice and Advance Health Equity. – These folks have seriously lost their minds.”

Covid Common Sense [With Comment. Paul] John Hinderaker — “One of the strangest aspects of governments’ responses to covid has been the lack of emphasis on treatment.”

 

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Not looking good. Change is needed. Somehow

It’s a scam cancer: the media, the law, medicine, resource management … and wondering where  it will lead but seeing nothing good when looking ahead.

From Media Bias To Outright Partisanship. John Hinderaker — “two stories illustrate how we have gone from liberal media bias in the early years of the 21st century to the open warfare on conservatism that we see today.”

The Rule of Law Has Been Replaced by One Set of Rules for the Left and Another for the Right. streiff  — “This is not right. This is not a sustainable system in any society.”

A game of three-judge-panels is no route to actual justice. Paul C. Binotto — “it’s perhaps not too outrageous to say the federal judiciary has become politically predictable.” … “This hyper-litigated method of governance, where every degree of controversy must necessarily run up to SCOTUS for final resolution is not good for the courts, and it’s a losing game for the Republic.”

The Soviet-style conditions in which January 6 arrestees molder. Andrea Widburg — “Every totalitarian regime has foul prisons in which they confine people who dared to oppose the regime.  Sadly, in the Age of Biden, it turns out that America is not at all different.” … “If we have the political class we deserve, America is a dead country walking.”

Who’s a vigilante anyway? Roger Kimball — “A Washington Post writer thinks that, circa 2021, we do not have enough government in our lives” … “In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville warned against the advent of “democratic despotism,” which would extinguish liberty not by tyrannizing over men but by infantilizing them.”

We Need a Political Climate Change. Clarice Feldman — “Once again, the crazy greens overrode public needs, along with the bureaucrats of the Biden administration.”

Our political divide is no longer between Democrats and Republicans. Shari Forst — “The general public can boycott certain businesses but, whether the Marxists or conservatives do that, it doesn’t work. Why? Because deep down we want what we want.” … “What they need to learn is that there are no longer Democrats and Republicans in America. Instead, there are vicious Marxist anarchists and the rest of us.”

The COVID Scam: The Progressive Path to Power, and Tyranny. J. Deane  Waldman, M.D. — “Physicians who still practice medicine cannot afford to write or say the following for fear of being canceled.  As a retired physician, I cannot be coerced to keep silent with threats to my medical license or hospital privileges.”

 

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look at what actually happened

 

Another media malf: Byron York’s Daily Memo — “But look at what actually happened. (Here I should say that I am a Fox News contributor and have been a friend of Ingraham’s for years.) This is what Ingraham texted to Meadows: “Mark, the President needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home. This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy.”” … “The bottom line is there is much less to the texts story than the critics would have you believe.”

Nancy Pelosi’s January 6th Select Committee Hoax. Melissa McKenzie — “Once again, the regime persecutes enemies to cover for its own evils.” … “The January 6th Committee is attempting to find evidence for their Conspiracy Theory that all of the above was planned by Donald Trump, some Republican Congressmen, some Trump officials and #StoptheSteal activists. - Many logical inconsistencies exist:”

 

Cracked Icons. Victor Davis Hanson — “The corrupt and mediocre heroes of the Left are imploding.” … “Our media-deified, progressive icons are finally being exposed as the deceivers they always were.”

An Anti-Anti-Racism Manifesto. Ace of Spades — “Anti-racism is a Kafka trap, wrapped in a motte-and-bailey diversion, slathered in revenge porn with a side order of grift. - Looking at all of human existence through the lens of race is as stupid as looking at all of human existence through the lens of class. - Injecting marxism into racial reconciliation can only produce discord, division, and disunion. Marxism just makes it worse, as it does all things. - Intentionally making little kids feel guilty about their skin color is counterproductive. – -If Black lives matter, then Black racism matters.”

The Whitewashing of Black Crime. Rick Fuentes — “Selectively reporting or downright ignoring crime based upon race is a dangerous gambit in the hands of a partisan media with a political ax to grind.” … “Expect no mea culpa over the biased reporting of the Waukesha parade massacre, the Rittenhouse shootings, serial mob robberies, and racially-scrubbed city murder statistics, all necessary to advance the liberal canard on white fragility, supremacy, and systemic racism.”

How Do You Win? Never Back Down. Never Apologize. Never Explain. Ace of Spades — “How Do You Lose? Back Down. Apologize. Explain. - The vicious, partisan, mendacious left has been merrily destroying its political opponents for years using the same simple playbook. And it is a testament to the stupidity and lack of real-world perspective on the part of its enemies that the techniques still work.”

Renewable? Sustainable? Dissecting Green Buzzwords. Will Coggin — “Terms like renewable, plant-based, and biodegradable can mean a product is good for the environment, but it doesn’t guarantee that it is. Similarly, it is not always true that an alternative to a product deemed “bad” by environmentalists is always going to be better for the planet. Many of these alternatives carry unintended consequences that cause as much harm to the planet, if not more.  - The phrase “caveat emptor,” or buyer beware, has been around since the early 1600s. It’s still sage advice in 2021.”

 

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The Garland Archipelago

Who is the autocratic president, again, overstepping his authority? Jack Hellner — “For four years, as Trump was transferring freedom and power back to the people as fast as possible, the media described Trump as a dictator and an autocrat to intentionally mislead the public. - As Biden rules by executive orders and mandates, the media pretend he is not autocratic.”

Why The Russiagate Scandal Outranks Every Other In History. realclearwire — “Nothing comes close in size, scope or harm to the republic than the years-long effort to cripple Donald Trump’s presidency” … “If truth and justice don’t matter, what does?”

Are Media Now Taking Orders Straight From The White House? I & I Editorial Board — “The media are of course willing to be used. After all, President Joe Biden’s administration is the furthest left in our nation’s history in the scope and content of its policies.”

The idea of the media strategizing with the government to tell the public lies or slant the news is sickening, a voluntary relinquishing of their First Amendment rights. It’s also a betrayal of their obligations to their readers, who expect the truth from journalists, not biased spin.

How Obama Sabotaged the American Military. Daniel Greenfield — “Obama fundamentally transformed the military the way that he did the country.” … “Obama’s parting shot at the military cut the generals down to size by transforming them into community organizers. - His order redefined diversity as the military’s “greatest asset” and reinvented national security as a system for maximizing employment diversity by race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and every identity politics metric, but not the military metrics that truly mattered, readiness, competence, and a willingness to wage war in defense of the homeland.”

There’s an unspoken reason that Blacks are attacking Asian people. Andrea Widburg — “Blacks have for decades competed with Asians for resources in poor neighborhoods. … there’s another reason that few people like to talk about: Asians go from ghetto to suburbs in one generation and, often, from suburbs to chi-chi upper-class communities in just one or two generations.  If you think about the fact that Asians came to America broke, speaking no English, and often facing substantial prejudice, their success puts the lie to Black claims that there’s no way Blacks can achieve success in a country as racist as America.”

An open letter on the U.S. math education. Lubos Motl — “the letter is too little, too late (at least 15 years too late, I think).” … “it looks to me as if 911 people realize that things are going to deteriorate further and really quickly and they want to have a slightly better conscience, the ability to say “we tried to stop it”. Maybe but you tried about 1000 times less than you should have, and you have done much more in your life to accelerate the destruction. So if I were a member of a committee deciding whether you go to Heaven or Hell, this letter would have a very little chance to change the “Hell” verdict. But good luck.”

Feds Withheld Exculpatory Evidence In Charging Accused 1/6 Protesters. Jack Hadfield — “National File can reveal, through an exclusively obtained FBI document relaying an interview with “Person 10” of the Oath Keepers, that the organization had no plan to storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6, and the government knew this as it repeatedly charged Oath Keepers with conspiring to enter the Capitol. Now, a January 6 defense attorney says this could see entire cases dismissed.”

The Demonization of Rosanne Boyland Begins. Julie Kelly — “Boyland may not have many defenders at this point, but the truth eventually will do the talking for her.” – “With the potential release of three hours of security camera footage that recorded exactly what happened inside the lower west terrace tunnel—the location where Boyland died—on January 6, law enforcement officials could face fierce public scrutiny for their behavior that day.”

J6 Convict On TikTok: If I Can Lose 30 Lbs. During My 60 Days In Jail, It Will Be Worth It. Jordan Boyd — “Jenna Ryan was fined $1,500 and sentenced to 60 days in a Texas prison beginning early next year after she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of “parading on Capitol grounds” last month. “Sentenced to 60 days prison for 2 mins 8 sec in doorway,” Ryan’s Twitter bio states.”

Ace of Spades — “Gone. Goodbye. As stated, nothing else underscores that tragic in-your-face reality than Americans held captive in the Garland Archipelago. The cherry on top was Congressman being directly and capriciously refused access – twice – to see these people over the course of these interminable months. Finally, Louie Gohmert, Marjorie Taylor-Greene, Matt Gaetz and Paul Gosar were allowed into a compound of the Garland Archipelago.” … “The findings of the report, as well as the rest of this article will disgust and enrage you.”

Reps. Greene and Gohmert Finally Met the J6 Political Prisoners: What They Saw Isn’t Pretty. Kevin Downey Jr. — “The congressional visit to the D.C. jail on November 4 unquestionably proved that there is a twotrack justice system in the United States. This two-tiered system is not based on race, violence, or conviction of crime, but politics.”

Lt. Mike Byrd Raises $122,000 on GoFundMe After Killing Unarmed US Veteran Ashli Babbitt in Cold Blood. Jim Hoft — “There were several police officers surrounding her when she was shot dead without warning. Her killer Lt. Mike Byrd then fled down the hall after he shot her dead without warning.”

Anti-Soros DA in San Diego throws the book at Antifa. Monica Showalter — “In California’s second-biggest city, San Diego, they’ve got a district attorney who thinks it’s her job to prosecute criminals.”

Rise of Violent Crime: Democrats Have a Woke Rogue Prosecutor Problem. John Kass — “The story gripping America is violent crime.” – “America won’t forget who encouraged the defunding of police and the demonization of law enforcement officers, and who weaponized it all to whip up their voters for the last election cycle.”

AAPS News November 2021 – The Heart of American Medicine. “Physicians who sit by silently while blatant anti-science and anti-logic nonsense is proffered to the public day after day, who participate in inhumane, unethical campaigns of bullying and/or human experimentation and seek to silence the dissenters who put patients first, have fallen into a grave state of moral decadence, writes Thomas Harrington in his essay “The Treason of the Healers” (https://tinyurl.com/atspf9mr).”

A Call Out to Physicians. Blaise Edwards — “do you remember the ideals you had when you entered the profession?  You too need to dig deep, look at the literature and history, and ask why we are forcing people to take an essentially useless and investigational jab causing by far the most harm in vaccine history.”

VAERS Data Indicates the Covid Vaccines Have Killed At Least 140,000 Americans. Vasko Kohlmayer — “To get an idea of just how dangerous the current Covid vaccines are, we only need to look at the numbers in the government-authorized VAERS database.”

COVID Fact-Check: “ICUs Are Filled With The Unvaccinated”. Tyler Durden’ Via Off-Guardian.org, — “ICUs are not “full” of unvaccinated covid patients, they’re not even full of covid cases. In fact, they’re not even full at all.”

‘When science mixes with politics, all we get is politics’ Robert Arvay — “To decry only the skeptics, while ignoring the egregious anti-science of many politicians, does nothing to engender trust in the institutions of science.  It does the opposite.”

 

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Perceptions, personal reality, and mental state in dissonance is dangerous

Erasing the Waukesha Massacre in real time. Don Surber — “Debra Messing is displeased with the media downplaying the tragedy. Perhaps this will open her eyes to all the media lies. Perhaps not.”

The Smug Party. Patricia McCarthy — “Moral superiority is their claim to fame.  Confidence in their ability is their currency. Complacency is their fatal flaw.”

Darrell Brooks did not murder those people, his SUV did.  Inflation and the hike in gas prices are not Biden’s fault.  Just ask Jen Psaki who, like AOC, never seems to have taken an Econ 101 class.  Who needs actual knowledge when, even if ignorant, you are confident, complacent, and smug?  Glenn Reynolds sagely asked “What’s wrong with “the new elite?”  forget cultural insularity or smugness.  The main problem with the “new elite” is that they’re not elite at all. That is, they aren’t particularly smart, or competent.”  That pretty much says it all about the people running the country right now.   The people pulling America’s strings are smug, inept, and very, very dangerous to us all.

South Park commented on the smugness of liberals 7 years ago

The Salvation Army Declares Themselves To Be Utterly Irrelevant. Herschel Smith — “Most of the American Church is already utterly irrelevant, having declared that they no longer believe in the infallibility of Scripture, the Deity of Christ, the Trinity, the substitutionary atonement, and other necessary doctrines to be considered relevant and orthodox.  After defenestrating doctrine, they picked up parity in income as their raison d’être.  In other words, they adopted full orbed Marxism.” And then consider what is going on in the redo of the French Cathedral,, 

Distinctions Are Necessary to a Useful Transgender Discussion. Anthony Matoria — “what appear to be extremes of views are not in fact incompatible, and are simply the distortions that result from flawed premises.” … “The current discussion of transgender issues is dysfunctional and destructive.  Emotion-laden language is substituted for reasoned debate.  The result is that the debate consists mostly of name-calling, doxxing, Twitter-rage, and deplatforming.  This is not healthy for society regarding any issue of social importance.”

Computer Science was always supposed to be taught to everyone, and it wasn’t about getting a job: A historical perspective. There is training and then there is education. This post is a bit of history and a lament that training dominates when it comes to computers.

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The Wrong Takeaway

Losing Confidence in the Pillars of Our Civilization. Victor Davis Hanson — “Never in U.S. history … ” — “Conservatives now have lost their former traditional confidence in the administration of justice, in the intelligence and investigatory agencies, in the nation’s military leadership, in the media, and the criminal justice system. - No one yet knows what the effect will be of half the country losing faith in the very pillars of American civilization.”

The Academic Cover-Up of Massacre Map Defects.Michael Connor — “The problem with the Massacre Map, as with the Dark Emu hoax, is how to correct errors and distortions when those who should be expected to police these things and defend truth in history support the distorters. Instead, as I have learnt, the academics’ solution to plagiarism, inaccuracy and invention is yet more plagiarism, inaccuracy and invention”

Thanksgiving: a Day of Indigenous Mourning for American land? Walter Olson — “as I wrote in 2011 in the ‘Schools for Misrule’ chapter on Indian land claims, the historical premise that Indian land in the U.S. was by and large stolen by the white man is false”

A Requiem For The Dancing Grannies. Jayme Metzgar — “If heaven is more real than earth, joy is more realistic than despair.” … “I waited a day before forcing myself to read about the dreadful slaughter at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. When I finally did, I learned that the dead were mostly members and supporters of this troupe of grandmothers, who dance at parades and events for the delight of their neighbors.”

Massacre of the Innocents. Ace of Spades – 

Yes, the death toll from what is absolutely a bona fide terrorist attack, and most likely spurred on by the acquittal of American hero (reluctant as he may consider himself, but oh hell yes) Kyle Rittenhouse, has risen to six with the death of an 8-year-old boy named Jackson Sparks. To be clear, Jackson did not pass counterfeit bills at a convenience store, nor tried to swallow half a kilo of crystal meth before the cops could search his vehicle. Nor was he high on purple drank while pounding someone’s head into the pavement. Nor was he a drug dealer’s gun moll caught in the crossfire of a police raid. Nor did he bullrush a police officer after punching him in the face and trying to wrestle his gun away to avoid arrest. Nor was he a pedophile or domestic abuser with a rap sheet the size of a phone book. No. Jackson Sparks was guilty of one thing and one thing only: being white. In topsy-turvy, Orwellian Ape City, that is a capital offense. Say his name, you bastards. Say his name.

The Media’s Chickens Come Home to Roost in Wisconsin. Matt Keener — “Lies about Blake or that incident get repeated to this day” … “There are consequences for incessantly demonizing people or teaching others they have a right to hate or to riot”

The child is dancing—bopping around in front of her family to the tune of the marching band passing behind her, as the pompom on her Winter stocking cap bounces right along with her, blissfully unaware that she narrowly avoided death or serious injury until after Darrell Brooks has already sped past her in his red Ford Escape towards other parade attendees and participants.

Kenosha Prosecutors Exemplify the Problem with America’s Justice System. Conrad Black — “The Rittenhouse case avoided the curse of the American justice system; it certainly did not exonerate or vindicate it.” … “Writing as someone who is unfortunately very familiar with it, the American criminal justice system is an abomination: a mockery of impartial justice and a conveyor belt to the bloated and corrupt prison system in which millions of innocent or grossly over-sentenced Americans are ground to powder every generation.”

What Can We Conclude From The Rittenhouse Saga? America Needs A Lesson In Civics. Ron Nutter — “What is distressing is that, after the verdict was delivered, there are so many who are rejecting the basic symbols of American society. It does not bode well for our future.” … “What they want is not reintegration of those in conflict, but a continuation of the conflict and  schism.” … “perhaps, seeing now the strife that CNN, MSNBC, and progressive politicians encourage and validate, there is now an antithetical trend toward learning about and defending our civic social symbols. Our courts will be rendered social eunuchs if that does not happen.”

That Gun Tax the IL Supreme Court Shot Down Was Reinstated.Matt Vespa — “They’ll soon start slapping taxes on what types of speech they might find disagreeable. They’ll try anything. They’ll do anything. This is the Democratic Party.”

Looting for Amusement and Luxury Goods. Abraham H. Miller — “The media has omitted the race of the perpetrators, a policy that ironically makes race even more salient.” … “An organized criminal enterprise is not the consequence of episodic rage, but of a purposeful undertaking. And before we get too hung up on the race of the perpetrators, we should consider that a lot of different kinds of people will be buying these luxury goods on social media, knowing they are stolen.”

Thoughts From The Ammo Line. Scott Johnson — “Wouldn’t you think that the “leading intellectuals” of a historically disadvantaged group would look around them, carefully note what habits of mind lead to success, and urge everyone within their sphere of influence to emulate these habits?”

Well, most of the Confederate statues are gone now. Did that convince the 70 percent of unwed fathers to marry one of the mothers of their offspring? Did it inspire some young black man to aspire to dental school or a plumber’s apprenticeship instead of joining a drug gang? The sad truth is that if a magic wand could be waved over the land to erase any and all negative or “racist” thoughts in the minds of white people, not one thing would change. We aren’t the problem; so we can’t be the solution. No matter how hard we try to be “Less White” in order to level the playing field.

ROSEANNE BOYLAND: Died On Jan 6th … Was She Beaten To Death By Capitol Police? Wes Walker — “Depending on which narrative you accept, Ms. Boyland was either crushed under the weight of the pressing MAGA crowd, died from some kind of a drug overdose, or was knocked down and clubbed by a Capitol Hill cop.”

Give Thanks to the Green Revolution. Alex Tabarrok — “the Green Revolution simultaneously prevented many people from starving but also reduced total population because of reduced fertility. The Green Revolution also meant that less land was used for farming not more.”

Global warming scare-mongers refuted as Arctic ice growing, on track to be the most ice in 2 decades. Thomas Lifson — “as with countless other prophesies of climate doom, they were alarmist BS”

With Low Vaccination Rates, Africa’s Covid Deaths Remain Far below Europe and the US. Ryan McMaken — “disaster for Africa has long been predicted for several reasons even beyond the availability of vaccines. For instance, it is known that lockdowns are especially impractical in the poorest parts of the world. This is because populations in places with undeveloped economies can’t simply sit at home and live off savings or debt. Rather, these people must go out into the world and earn a living on a day-to-day basis. Starvation is the alternative. Moreover, much of this work is done in the informal economy, so enforcing lockdowns becomes especially difficult.” … “But Africa hasn’t gotten the bloodbath that was promised”

A few questions to frighten companies who terrorize their employees into getting jabbed. Sandra Friedemann — “Why does “fully vaccinated” no longer mean “fully vaccinated”?” … “If these vaccines are so effective, why are we still masking up and social distancing?” … “By submitting to tyranny, private companies picked their side, raising an important question for many of us: how will they gracefully back off from that stance now that they’ve committed? – Odds are, they’ll double down, pull back the hammer on that virtual gun”

 

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Which way do you run? Or do you even see the need, yet?

When Will America Reach Peak Insanity? I & I Editorial Board — “It seems roughly half of the country is suffering from mass delusions. Either that or there is a willful effort to ignore the truth and spread lies for political reasons. Neither scenario bodes well for the country.”

It could be that what we’re calling insanity is actually a campaign of ill intent. But a degree of derangement has to be present. Otherwise, the movement would have been overwhelmingly rejected rather than embraced by a large enough portion of the public to give it traction. Unless we reach peak insanity soon, and begin a return to normalcy, the future will be a far harder ride than the ugly moment we live in.

The Cruel Lesson to Learn from Austria’s COVID Vax Insanity. Joseph Kulve — “this COVID storm will sooner or later pass.  When humanity first encountered the cold/flu viruses, it must have been a lot worse than COVID.  COVID will run its course and slowly disappear.  Until then, stand firm.”

Logic and Data: Weapons To Defeat The Covidians. Andrew Thomas — “The Biden administration has been a complete failure in its ineptness in handling this crisis, perhaps on purpose.  The data is destroying the narrative of the “experts”.  Logic is the antidote to leftist ideology. The defeat of the Covidians is nigh.  Perhaps some time in the future we will look back and either laugh or cry at our naivete and gullibility.”

Watergate revised: Prosecutor cover-up alleged. Paul Bedard — “It’s taken decades of work, but a former aide’s campaign to clear Richard Nixon’s name in the 1972 Watergate scandal has finally reached the Justice Department, with the aide seeking an investigation into allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and a “deep state” conspiracy to take Nixon down.”

The Corrupt Media Did Not Fall For The Russia Collusion Hoax. They Were Part Of It. Margot Cleveland — “The corrupt media’s attempt to frame their failings as mere confirmation bias holds no truer than the Russia-collusion hoax they peddled for five years.”

The pursuit of ‘racial justice’ camouflages the revolution of American corporate media support. Jason Whitlock – “We can no longer afford to delude ourselves with comforting lies. There are few accidents when it comes to the seizure of political power.”

Critique Of Pure Tucker. Scott Johnson – “In 1991, journalists were proud to be open-minded, and I was proud to become one. . . . Editors saw themselves as the guardians of free speech and unfettered inquiry. . . . Being despised was something you bragged about. It meant you were telling the truth.”

Cultural Marxism, Are We Supposed to Ignore What All the San Francisco Looters Have in Common? Sundance — “Dozens of random cars just pulled up to the store and began robbing the place.  It might sound crazy, but that’s exactly how NBC reporter and eye witness Jodi Hernandez, described the incident when she initially tweeted out the alarm as she watched.”

The First Time As Tragedy …   Paul Mirengoff — “If the left tries to build a religion around the Rittenhouse case the way it did around George Floyd, the tactic is almost certain to backfire, as so much of what the overreaching left is peddling these days has done.”

Gratitude and the Left. Ron Ross — “Apart from lying about everything, leftists are insufferable ingrates.” … “If you’re an American citizen alive in the 21st century, you’ve won the lottery. You are so much more fortunate than your forebears it’s hard to list the ways”

Jan 6 denial show

Bob Woodward, tollbooth records undercut Jan. 6 panel claim Kerik attended secret D.C. meeting. John Solomon — “Subpoena from Rep. Bennie Thompson’s committee attributes allegation to legendary journalist’s latest book, which makes no such claim, in potential embarrassment for Democrat-led probe.”

Alex Jones, Roger Stone among those subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee. Juliegrace Brufke — “The committee has already interviewed more than 150 people across government, social media and law enforcement, including some former Trump aides who have been cooperative.”

Rittenhouse and citizenship

Kyle Rittenhouse And Every Able-Bodied Man Had A Moral Obligation To Protect Kenosha. Evita Duffy — “Any able-bodied man over 16 years old had a moral obligation to defend Kenosha against vandals, looters, and arsonists attacking while police stood down.”

Yes, Kyle Rittenhouse is a Hero. Christopher Skeet — “The least we can do is thank Rittenhouse for this courage, and acknowledge the fact that too many of us self-described patriots thrice his age had a responsibility, the responsibility that comes with our freedom, to stand with him against the mob. ”

Tucker Carlson’s interview with Kyle Rittenhouse is fascinating. Andrea Widburg — “I certainly hope this young man, who seems intelligent, sensible, and thoughtful, gets his wish. I also hope that every one of the media outlets and politicians that defamed him pays through the nose.”

Rittenhouse v Media

“Dishonesty in the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial. John R. Lott, Jr. — “The mainstream media is denying people basic truth.”

 

In Rittenhouse case, truth in the crosshairs, press objectivity be damned. Eric Utter — “The mainstream media now seeks to obfuscate, misinform, disinform, omit or manufacture information to further its agenda, traffic in fake news, lie and deny.”

Waukesha

The Waukesha massacre picture begins to emerge. Andrea Widburg — “It’s to be hoped that, after witnessing leftist criminal justice in action over the past year-and-a-half, Americans, even Democrats in leftist cities, are wising up to the fact that leftism kills, either directly, through government brutality, or indirectly, by letting violent, hate-filled criminals roam free.”

Who Is Darrell Brooks? John Hinderaker — “another question should be asked: was Brooks inspired to commit mass homicide by liberal bromides relating to race, specifically the Black Lives Matter movement? Your local newspaper won’t touch that question, but Andy Ngo, an actual journalist, has been investigating:”

Amid Unspeakable Horrors, Waukesha Teaches All Of Us What It Means To Be A Community. Kylee Zempel — “Instead of running from terror, the people of Waukesha have stared it in the face with their arms linked — and it’s making them stronger.”

 

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Skid marks on the robes of justice, Whither honor?

Is the Air Force Academy Honor Code Dead? Doug Goodman and Scott Sturman — “Under real world military conditions, trust is an essential requirement, not a debatable philosophical principle.” … “The Honor Code is broken, as well as the academy’s ability to accomplish its primary mission of training career officers of character.”

A Border Sheriff’s Reality. Rick Fuentes — “It is Democrat wordsmithing to imply that the Biden’s border strategy is humanitarian.  To claim that moral high ground is antithetical to its true purpose, to expand the blue electorate at the terrible cost of enriching the drug cartels, endorsing human trafficking and child abuse, killing hundreds for their efforts, and putting thousands more into forced labor, poverty, and crime on America’s streets.  It is a willful crisis of humanity and an insult to all Americans if the Biden regime believes it can varnish it over with a few teleprompted speeches and scripted pressers.”

Judge Demands Answers From New York Times Over Publishing Project Veritas’ Privileged Docs. Scott Hounsell — “The New York Times now has until November 23rd, next Tuesday, to provide cause for why they published privileged attorney-client documents.”

knowing that they are currently under the demands of the defamation suit, they still figured it was appropriate to not only take possession of illegally-obtained privileged information but to then also publish those privileged documents. To know those risks, and to know that the action you’re taking is illegal, shows a stunning level of incompetence, or a flat-out effort to create further damages.  In a suit that requires intent, like defamation, handing your opposition an exhibit of your intent, is never a smart play.

It’s time for all of us to join Joshua’s Army. Bookworm — “Joshua destroyed Jericho’s walls with the sound of righteousness. By using truth against leftism, we can be Joshua’s Army in America.” … “Pushing back doesn’t mean engaging in illegal conduct. Pushing back means being like Joshua and the Israelites and making a noise. It’s time we stop getting along by going along with all the casual leftism that affects every aspect of our lives.”

You can be a paralyzed doublethinker or you can be a liberated truth-speaker. And again, you don’t have to speak the truth in such a way that you feel compelled to put your affairs in order and prepare for the FBI to knock down your door. Be honest, be polite, be respectful, be legal — and make the leftists in your world defend their positions, even while letting the doublethinkers around you know that (a) truth exists and (b) they’re not alone. By doing that, you will be a member of Joshua’s Army. 

Whistleblower Videos Capture Pennsylvania Election Officials Destroying Evidence. Margot Cleveland — “A complaint alleges Pennslyvania election officials were tearing tapes ‘into pieces and placing … them into the trash stating they will have a campfire to burn the data.'” … “the videos may not be enough for those so blinded by their distaste for Trump that they cannot see the real threat to our democracy: elections without integrity and an electorate unable to trust the official outcome.”

Ron DeSantis’s fiery statement about true conservative governance. Andrea Widburg — “the question is, do we actually have a constitution that constrains people like Biden or is it just when he loses patience, he can do whatever the hell he wants to?”

Rittenhouse

How Unethical Were the Prosecutors Trying to Put Kyle Rittenhouse in Prison? Let Us Count the Ways… Victoria Taft — “Thomas Binger and Jim Kraus left a skid mark on the robes of justice. They put a Kraus-sized turd on Lady Justice’s scale. And they almost put an 18-year-old in prison because he fought for his life and took out three of their “heroes,” as Binger called them.”

Crazed Reactions To The Rittenhouse Verdict.  John Hinderaker — “Rittenhouse took the law into his own hands? No, the law provides a right of self-defense. It was the rioters who attacked Rittenhouse who took the law into their own hands. And did Rittenhouse “walk free from any accountability”? Not at all. He was prosecuted and held to account before a jury, which, based on the evidence, acquitted him.” — but still a litany of prominent politicians and celebrities “not happy with the verdict”.

HOT TAKES: Leftists Have a Collective Mental Breakdown Over Rittenhouse Verdict. Jeff Charles — “the Twitterverse is full of hot takes from aggrieved, virtue-signaling leftists whining about how America is such a racist nation because it did not convict a man who clearly defended himself from three aggressors. Here are some gems for your viewing pleasure.”

Kenosha Crowd Reacts to Rittenhouse Verdict…and It’s Not What the Lying Media Told You Would Happen. Megan Fox — “Not only is the crowd overwhelmingly cheering for Rittenhouse and his right to self-defense, but the majority of the cars driving by were honking their horns in support of the verdict. This reaction gives me hope for America. Perhaps Americans do understand why our Constitutional rights are still important and why the mob cannot be allowed to have power over the law.”

Pandemic Panic

Suffering For Telling The Truth. Herschel Smith — “Way to stay classy, Houston Methodist Hospital.  A Twitter post.  You deal with a firing of a respected health care provider by issuing a Twitter post, a child’s forum of ten second sound bites for those with no attention span and little intelligence.”

Fauci Finally Admits Vaccines Don’t Protect Against Serious Covid or Death. Vasko Kohlmayer — “This is what data from Israel and other highly vaccinated countries has indicated for some time now.”

Vaxxocalypse Now. Janet Levy — “My first encounter with vaxxport tyranny took place last week at a Los Angeles gym, where I have been a member for two years.  Abiding by an edict from the governor of California, the reception staff asked to see my vaccination card or a QR code before allowing me access to the facilities.”

 

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Shameless ignorance, a path to perdition

Brief Heads Up: Schiff And The Death Of Shame In America. Mark Wauck — “We don’t all live in a post-shame era, and distinctions do need to be drawn in that regard. We need an accounting that is thorough and honest in all respects, as well as one that gives credit where it’s due.”

The Steele Dossier and the End of Shame In American Politics. J. Turley — “The problem with shame is that it requires a sense of guilt over one’s actions. In the age of rage, there appear fewer and fewer actions that are beyond the pale for politics. Take Adam Schiff and the Steele dossier.”

In Brief: The Myth of ‘Fact-Checking’ citing Mark Hemingway — “How Facebook created the world’s largest censorship operation.”

Something very peculiar is happening with our Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Andrea Widburg — “why now, of all times, is the Biden administration selling off America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to Asia?”

Nick Sandmann reaches out to Kyle Rittenhouse. neo — “Sandmann has learned more in a few years through the crucible of his personal experience than most people learn in a lifetime. He writes:”

Kyle Rittenhouse, Both Right and Righteous, Patrick Buchanan — “While Rittenhouse’s decision to go to Kenosha may have been unwise, it was also unselfish and, indeed, brave. He was risking his life in a riot to defend another man’s property and do his civic duty in a situation of lawlessness. He could have stayed home, as almost everyone in Kenosha did that night, while their city was burned and pillaged.”

Goal Of Rittenhouse Prosecution and Media Manipulation Is To Render “Citizens Not Being Able To Defend Themselves”. William A. Jacobson — “t’s similar to so many other cases. The media immediately sets a narrative, a narrative which is hostile to the defendant in a highly politicized case. It happened in the George Zimmerman case, and has happened in multiple cases and you can’t get rid of that narrative.”

If you can’t defend yourself when someone’s beating you in the head with the skateboard, if you can’t defend yourself when they’re running at you while you’re on the ground and they lower their Glock pistol towards your head from three feet away, if you can’t defend yourself when someone who’s already that night threatened to kill you, if he caught you alone, and is now reaching for your gun, if you can’t defend yourself in those circumstances and the full weight of the state and the full weight of the media is going to come down on you, then we are in a really bad place.

The Media’s Verdict on Kyle Rittenhouse. Bari Weiss — “Why so many got this story so wrong.” … “This wasn’t a disinformation campaign waged by Reddit trolls or anonymous Twitter accounts. It was one pushed by the mainstream media and sitting members of Congress for the sake of an expedient political narrative—a narrative that asked people to believe, among other unrealities, that blocks of burning buildings somehow constituted peaceful protests.”

From George Zimmerman to Kyle Rittenhouse: A Decade of Woke Misrule. Jack Cashill — “Beginning with the Sacco and Vanzetti case in the 1920s, the left lied to conceal the guilt of the guilty. … No longer content to conceal the guilt of the guilty, they lied now to conceal the innocence of the innocent.”

Although he has learned through trial and error to keep a low profile, Zimmerman has been quietly cheering on Rittenhouse from the sidelines. Better than anyone, he knows that wokeism is the one religion that offers neither mercy nor redemption—even to the innocent.

‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley Gets 41 Months in Prison. Robby Soave — “Plus: Detroit schools close on Fridays just because, Scott Alexander offers a plausible ivermectin theory, and more…” … “Chansley felt he had no choice but to accept the plea deal that came with that 41-month sentence, of course, because he couldn’t risk a trial that could send him to prison for 20 years. This is the sad reality of the criminal justice system: Defendants often plead guilty in order to avoid absurdly long mandatory sentences, and are thus denied the opportunity to actually attempt to prove their innocence before a jury of their peers.”

Terror in the Capitol Tunnel. Julie Kelly — “The D.C. Medical Examiner’s Office concluded Rosanne Boyland died of a drug overdose but that autopsy result is highly suspicious.”

Nichols’ account is detailed in an appalling new court filing that confirms what American Greatness has reported for months: on January 6, D.C. Metro and Capitol police assaulted nonviolent protesters with explosive devices, rubber bullets, tear gas, and in some cases, their own fists and batons. A tunnel on the lower west side of the Capitol building became a dangerous—and, likely for at least one protester, deadly—battle scene as police viciously attacked American citizens on the “hallowed” grounds of the U.S. Congress.

A Class Act Expelled From School. A Victorian Teacher — “The lunacy of it all is that the protected are demanding that the unprotected partake of the protection that the protected have used, because the protection that the protected have used isn’t protecting them from either the protected or the unprotected. It’s like something out of a Monty Python movie.”

For Those Who Think the Vaccines Will End the Epidemic. Kevin Roche — “All the damage we did made no difference, just imposed a lot of self-inflicted wounds.  Time to stop that.”

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Things are not right in the world

Why The Left Always Projects. Victor Davis Hanson — “The slurs and smears levelled by the elites are all the more toxic because they have always known these sins firsthand as their own.”

Andrew Sullivan, the human hyperbola, neo — “In much of Sullivan’s work, he keeps coming tantalizingly close to seeing the truth but he never quite gets the whole picture; he backs away instead.” … “Why does Sullivan interest me at all? I think he represents a certain percentage of people – I don’t know how large it is, but it includes quite a few people I know – who can concede that the right is correct on certain points but cannot or will not fundamentally change their politics and who continue to look at actual conservatives (or Trump supporters, which isn’t exactly the same thing) with disdain.”

What fact checkers get wrong. Gavin Haynes — “They pretend to be objective — while peddling progressive politics” … “If there’s no such thing as objectivity, there’s still impartiality. And fact checkers can’t even manage that.”

Rittenhouse and the Perils of Weighing Public Opinion Over Evidence In Prosecutions. J. Turley — “For those watching the trial, there was a shocking disconnect from prior news coverage and the actual evidence. There was an even greater disconnect with the charges.”

Please Stop Trusting Anything The Mainstream Media ‘Report’. I & I Editorial Board — “Our hope is that we’re nearing rock bottom, if not already there, and a new day of objective journalism is at hand. If not, our country and our world are just going to grow darker.”

Assessing the Fifth Circuit’s Decision Staying OSHA’s Vaccinate-or-Test Emergency Temporary Standard. J. H. Adler — “While the court identified serious problems with the new OSHA regulation requiring larger employers to vaccinate or test their workers, its opinion was rushed and sloppy.”

The Kitchen-Table Drug Industry. Erwin Haas — “Some minor positives of the kitchen-table drug industry include the fact that it’s nice to see young college chemistry graduates start businesses and that at least the money is not going to drug cartels on our southern borders or to chemical engineers in China. The major problems with the kitchen table industry is its furtive nature, lack of standards, and the bizarre and occasional toxic effects. It undermines our standards of probity. But this black-market industry with its occasional problems would not exist absent the War on Drugs.”

Politicizing Medicine is Dangerous.  Alex Tabarrok — “Tens of thousands of people are dead because vaccines became politicized and people chose political identity over rationality. Yet instead of trying to depoliticize medicine, the AMA has doubled down and is going full woke.”

Lies, Half-Truths, and Misinformation Used to Sell the Covid Jab. Steve McCann — “The two-year Covid-19 pandemic from its origin in a laboratory in Wuhan to the Communist Chinese attempt to obfuscate and deliberately allow the virus to spread throughout the world, to the absurd economic and societal lockdowns throughout the planet, to now the incessant drumbeat of mandatory vaccinations with an unproven vaccine that does not prevent the disease, will go down as perhaps the inanest period of time in human history.  And the United States, with the inept and fascist Biden administration, is at the forefront of it all.”

The otherization of unvaccinated people is proceeding quickly. Andrea Widburg — “all this punitive action is in response to a disease that has, on average, a 99% survival rate.  We have become a world of extraordinary cowards, so isolated from risk that even a statistically minor risk turns us into quivering masses of fear who will hand over every vestige of liberty to people who have proven, over the last almost two years, incapable of keeping us safe.”

The World Is Not Right. Don Boudreaux — “Over the past six days I’ve taken four direct domestic flights on American Airlines. … The first cause of the delay was a crew shortage.” … “Upon finally boarding the flight from Hartford to DC, a middle-aged couple directly across the aisle from me each had a bottle of hand sanitizer. Before sitting in their seats, they proceeded to vigorously wipe down everything near their seats with the sanitizer – the seat backs and cushions, the arm rests, the window, the panels above their heads, the seat backs facing them, and the tray tables. By the time they were done with this ridiculous ordeal, I was half-surprised that they failed to wipe down also the floor beneath their feet.”

 

 

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Grinding out the truth

 

Imprimis: “Zuckerbucks” and the 2020 Election. Mollie Hemingway — “In the 2020 presidential election, for the first time ever, partisan groups were allowed—on a widespread basis—to cross the bright red line separating government officials who administer elections from political operatives who work to win them.”

History Will Grind Out the Truth. V.D.Hanson – “The millstones of the gods grind late, but they grind fine.” … “History, however, is slowly sorting it out — despite the approved narrative of the well-connected who misled the country to pursue their own political agendas.”

Why Special Counsel John Durham Subpoenaed The Brookings Institution. Margot Cleveland — “Brookings was ground zero for the Russia collusion hoax, with many key staff embroiled in the damaging lie that Donald Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 election.”

The Kyle Rittenhouse case

Kyle Rittenhouse Prosecutors Caught Tampering Evidence (Photos & Video). Mack Cogburn — “James Armstrong, a senior forensic imaging specialist with the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, acknowledged on the stand Thursday that enlarging an image requires the addition of pixels. But prosecutors said the software Armstrong used is widely accepted — as is the method he used to enlarge the photos.”

One fuzzy drone image may send Kyle Rittenhouse to prison. Andrea Widburg — “Up until Friday, the Kyle Rittenhouse trial was very clear: easily understood videos and witness testimony (including testimony from the prosecution witnesses) showed that Kyle, despite trying hard to avoid conflict, was attacked by a crazed child rapist, whom Kyle shot as the rapist was grabbing Kyle’s gun, at which point a mob went after Kyle.  He then shot and killed a domestic abuser trying to bash his head in with a skateboard, and shot and wounded a felon aiming a loaded, illegal gun at his head.  On Thursday, however, the court allowed prosecutors to enter into evidence a fuzzy photo from a late-produced drone, an image prosecutors argue shows Kyle “provoking” the attacks against him.  Provocation destroys Kyle’s assertion that he acted in self-defense.”

Liberal Billionaire Tweets Defense of Kyle Rittenhouse, Media Promptly Asks Him if Account Was Hacked. Mike Miller  — “I chose to write the article because this story is representative of untold numbers of other stories just like it, across America, on multiple issues.” … “Kyle Rittenhouse’s life is at risk,” writes Ackman. “Justice demands a fair trial. Society would benefit greatly if politics did not enter the courtroom and convict innocent people.”

All He Had Was a Handgun. Clarice Feldman — “The old-time morality plays rather spoke for themselves. Now, we have a Greek chorus media, which beforehand, during, and even after the trial distorted facts in a way so obvious to those who pay attention enough to watch the video-streamed trials that it’s fair to conclude that they relish lawlessness and chaos and even race wars.”

I still regard Alexis de Tocqueville, who wrote Democracy in America, as the brightest, shrewdest observer of the American scene, even as it has changed over the years, and he has much to say about our legal system. It’s his view that criminal cases like this one “are entirely founded upon the evidence of facts which common sense can readily appreciate.” I hope the jurors exercise that “common sense,” weigh the evidence, ignore the press and the threats, and acquit a young man whom I consider an exemplary citizen in a city and state where the elected officials failed their constituents.

The real villains in the Rittenhouse trial. Jonathan Cohen — “In the state’s opinion, the presence of armed citizens trying to prevent the burning and destruction of property in and of itself constituted a provocation of the rioters sufficient for them to justify their attacks on Rittenhouse and negate his right of self-defense. … The real villains in this case are the public authorities who allowed rioters to wreak havoc unopposed for three nights in Kenosha in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a police action that was ultimately deemed justifiable.” … “The wrong person is on trial here.  An eighteen-year-old kid is being prosecuted for trying to make up for the total abdication of responsibility by those in authority who were too cowardly to do their job.”

Other political prisoners

Bannon indictment: Joe Biden takes another political prisoner. Monica Showalter — “This Latin America-style jail-your-opponents crap hasn’t been done in the U.S. since 1983. It’s effectively unprecedented. Not to Eric Holder. Not to Lois Lerner, to take but two examples of power abusers who clammed up and truly showed contempt for Congress as well as ordinary citizens. Bannon, though, is special.”

There are a lot of political prisoners now in Joe Biden’s America whose main “crime” has been to challenge Joe Biden. Besides Bannon and the Capitol rioters, there’s the lunacy of the FBI targeting of investigative journalist James O’Keefe over a story he never published, there were several other instances of jailings of dissidents in draconian and unprecedented ways in what are all clear abuses of power. Biden’s not in office legitimately, so his only way to halt criticism is to make his opponents fear him. As many observers noted, this was a bid to scare all the other potential witnesses into complying with this stacked, Trump-hating, congressional Kangaroo court.

The DOJ and FBI have combined to destroy Project Veritas. Andrea Widburg — “e’re talking about a common theft, something that belongs under the jurisdiction of the local cops, but the DOJ and FBI come together to engage in aggressive raids on a journalism outfit that has a habit of exposing problems in the administration’s allies.” … “This whole thing stinks to high heaven.  The Biden administration isn’t a presidency in the traditional American sense.  It’s proving itself to be a criminal enterprise and a despotic regime that is using the power it obtained following a questionable election to destroy its political opponents.  This is un-American, and, as I keep saying, it cannot end well.”

January 6 prisoners evacuated on stretchers after guards gas them. Andrea Widburg — for not wearing masks 24×7? The Stanford Prison Experiment deja-vu. “This is un-American in the extreme: It’s cruel and unusual punishment and the denial of the right to a speedy trial, not to mention overcharging political prisoners.”

When the American people entered Congress, not a single politician had the courage to go out and face them. Every politician ran away and hid. Even now, Marjorie Taylor Greene is the only politician with the courage to force her way into the prison to speak with the captives. What a pathetic bunch of poltroons we have placed in a government that was created by great men and once was home to them too.

More on lawfare run awry

Russia hoax was the journalism version of check kiting. Silvio Canto, Jr. — “The Russia hoax, as President Trump correctly called it, is turning out to be a legal problem for some and a credibility collapse for journalism.”

The 5th Circuit’s brilliant opinion staying OSHA’s vaccine mandate. Andrea Widburg — “In one brutal paragraph after another, the Court rips apart the mandate, citing law, facts, OSHA precedent, and even a Ron Klain tweet.  It’s a tour de force that makes it unlikely that any halfway honest court can or would resuscitate the mandate or that either OSHA or even Congress could try again.”

Don’t Let Leftists Gaslight You on Critical Race Theory. Christopher Paslay — “Although this summary denial of CRT by people like Devega is frustrating, the reality is that Critical Race Theory is being effectively smoked out.  There was a time not so long ago when people actually tried to defend the use of CRT, … But now the playbook has changed.  CRT is simply too toxic even to try to defend.” … “So people like Salon’s Chauncey Devega pretend CRT and its insidious offshoots don’t exist.  It’s easier to deny reality than to defend political and cultural kryptonite.”

Covid And Kids: A Policy Disaster. John Hinderaker — “We have known for a long time that covid is not dangerous to children, yet they have suffered more than anyone else from the irrational lockdowns that one government after another has imposed.” … “It is too bad when already-sick people in their 80s and 90s are pushed over the edge by covid. But what we have done to our children in response to the epidemic is a disgrace.”

‘Yes, But’: Exposing the Heart of Islamic Apologetics. Raymond Ibrahim — “Whenever an Islamic doctrine or principle is accused of promoting hatred, violence, misogyny, etc., its defenders rush to argue that, “Yes, a few Muslims twist this teaching for their ends, but the doctrine is really teaching something else.” … “It is no solace to learn that Islamic scriptures are being misinterpreted to promote this injustice, when their true interpretation actually permits that injustice”

 

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Riots and destruction OK. Self defense and reality not.

Rittenhouse Takes The Stand. John Hinderaker — “Assuming the prosecution can limp its way to the finish line, it seems probable that the jury will return a verdict of not guilty. Assuming, of course, that the jurors haven’t been intimidated by thuggish individuals who have tried to video them so they can be identified and attacked if they acquit Rittenhouse.” … “This incident illustrates, like so many others, the danger of social media behemoths shutting down discussion of matters that should be very much up for debate.”

“Insane” genius: Did Rittenhouse gamble pay off? Ed Morrissey — “given how badly prosecutors had performed already, the gamble here was calculated … and likely a winner:”

The Rittenhouse case highlights tyrannical prosecutors. Wolf Howling — “America is suffering from a rash of prosecutors who are petty tyrants bent on fundamentally changing America by nullifying our duly enacted laws” … “We already have the necessary law: 18 U.S.C. § 242, Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law. What we need is a federal government that will force prosecutors to end their petty tyrannies.”

The Kyle Rittenhouse Prosecutor’s Case Comes Down To Rioting Good, Self-Defense Bad. Eddie Scarry — “The bulk of Thomas Binger’s questioning of Rittenhouse on Wednesday assumed that unless a person has physically touched you, there is no reason to protect yourself with force that may prove deadly.”

What Is an America that Holds Prisoners Indefinitely without Charging Them? E. Jeffrey Ludwig — “Those being held for many months without a trial are being denied their habeas corpus rights under the U.S. Constitution and even dating back to English law hundreds of years before our Constitution was implemented.  Not only are they being incarcerated without having had a trial, but there is some evidence that they are being mistreated or are being held 23 hours a day in solitary confinement, which is a punishment accorded only the most dangerous criminals, such as serial killers and terrorists.”

The O’Keefe Project.  Scott Johnson — “James O’Keefe et al. were raided under a federal search warrant procured by the FBI. Although O’Keefe was instructed to remain mum, the authorities promptly leaked news of the raid to the New York Times. All this in the matter of Ashley Biden’s diary.”

The admiral’s new sex: Transgenderism’s assault on basic truth. Michael Robillard — “For any military or society to function, there must exist the possibility for persons to say or at least to attempt to say true things.  For this to be possible, our terms and meanings must, in principle, be able to refer to both the objective world and to one another and to be held in check by a mutual set of rules and conditions shared equally by all language users.  The muddled ideology of transgenderism presently being forced upon the captive audience of America’s service members renders these necessary conditions for meaningful and truthful speech effectively impossible.”

So Elizabeth Warren is now trying to censor science — and it’s backfiring. John Klar — “On Nov. 7, an important suit was filed in Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington against Elizabeth Warren for her brazen effort to censor a book challenging the false narrative of the Biden administration about COVID-19 and the trustworthiness of vaccines.”

Adam Schiff’s disgraceful legacy. Gregg Jarrett — “The highest ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee refuses to accept responsibility for nourishing the wild accounts of treasonous acts that never occurred”

Biden Is Waging Total War against American Energy. T.R. Clancy — “Energy secretary Jennifer Granholm, the laughing face of Joe Biden’s not-so-funny energy policy, told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday that Americans’ home-heating costs are going up this winter.”

Trump Never Defended Calls To ‘Hang Mike Pence,’ But Shameless Media Can’t Stop Lying About It. Kylee Zempel — “Trump didn’t ‘defend’ calls to ‘hang Mike Pence,’ and anyone who has listened to the audio clip knows it.” another Charlotsville ‘nice guys’ fake narrative easily visible for anyone who cares for the truth of the matter.

Kmele Foster Is Right: Banning Critical Race Theory Isn’t Going To Stop It. Joy Pullmann — “Classical liberals like Kmele Foster have repeatedly insisted that declining to publicly fund certain speech is not censorship. But he’s right that critical race theory bans aren’t anywhere near enough.” … “If it is law, it can be changed. And it should be, because racism is evil. So, yes, ban teachers from preaching racism on the taxpayers’ dime. But don’t stop there, because government-sponsored racism doesn’t stop there, either. Not even close.”

White supremacy or evolution? Jocelynn Cordes — one only has to look at post-colonial Africa to see this.

Kevin Roche Responds.Scott Johnson — “What really strikes me is how wedded many people are to having the epidemic and its restrictions last forever. What kind of mental illness is this?”

Liberal Governor Tried To Pump Covid Numbers To Justify Shutdown, John Hinderaker — “what is happening here is that the governor wanted to order restrictions on “social gatherings, weddings, funerals,” but the Department of Health’s data on origin of covid infections showed such a small number coming from those events that people wouldn’t buy the governor’s proposed shutdown. So the Department of Health was encouraged to calculate second and third generation infections on into the future–“generations of transmission”–to make the numbers look bigger.”

AMA Becomes a Shill of the Left. Eileen F. Toplansky — “Social justice is replacing medicine. The results will be dire as wokeness hijacks and destroys everything and everyone in its path.”

Against Masking Our Children: My Experience with a Local School Board. Richard Moss, MD — “the collateral damage from the lockdowns and other devastations visited upon us by the regime have far exceeded the costs of the COVID virus itself. But in a largely secular nation, many of our countrymen have found a new religion, the religion of COVID.”

Scientists and journalists criticizing Aaron Rodgers for ‘spreading misinformation’ should look in the mirror. Jack Hellner — “The reason that media distrust is at its highest now is because of how much they are willing to mislead or lie on COVID, climate, fossil fuels, Russian collusion, systemic racism, or the border. They will also bury stories of Biden family corruption, Clinton Family corruption, FBI corruption or anything else they deem might be unhelpful as the campaign for Democrats and their radical leftist policies to remake or destroy America.”

 

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why does so much of the rest of the establishment allow them to get away with it?

feel the zeitgeist. Red Queen “justice”. 

Our World Gone (Climate) Mad. I & I Editorial Board — “While much of the First World is suffering from climate derangement syndrome, the global warming scare offers great opportunities for graft, corruption, and greater political power to “leaders” who know better but use the ginned-up crisis to harden the bubbles they live in.”

Some days it seems as if it’s useless to continue to fight the fight against global warming. Politicians, “journalists,” activists, activist scientists, celebrities, and a substantial portion of the public tell us that human activity is causing Earth to warm and there’s no more to the story than that. Skepticism is equated with denial. Questions are verboten. Aligning with the alarmists’ account is the only acceptable response. … 

We have entered an era in which claims without evidence are presented as unassailable fact, and much of the advanced world is buying the story. Charles Mackay warned about the dangers of this sort of behavior in 1841’s “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.”

“We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it,” he wrote.

Trickle-Down Bidenism. Victor Davis Hanson — “This Biden socialist cadre who engineered these self-induced calamities has no clue about the damage they have done to America.”

weld together a hard-left socialist agenda with the control of the White House and Congress onto the combined forces of progressive woke media, Silicon Valley, the corporate boardrooms, the entertainment industry, academia, and the Wall Street borg—all in the age of instant and intrusive communications—and it’s no wonder a country, even a nation as resilient as the United States, can descend quite quickly in ways that make America almost unrecognizable.

In other words, 40 weeks of relentless Bidenism finally permeates most of the nation. …

The country is rapidly retribalizing—the most toxic and sickest of all of Joe Biden disastrous gifts to America over the last 10 months. The Biden fixation with race reverberates throughout the intelligence agencies, the bureaucracy, the Pentagon, and the White House, as left-wing furies are unleashed shrieking and searching for mythical “white rage” and “white supremacy.” 

Medicine Wants To Kill You. James Howard Kunstler — “Everything about the virus and its countermeasures — from the murky origins of it in Dr. Anthony Fauci’s official funding of bioweapons research, to the patent trail of conflicted ownerships and interests in the subsequent vaccine developments, to the fierce suppression of news and debate — suggests nefarious motives, or else a mass psychotic panic among the very highly-trained people society must depend on in a crisis.”

Then on to The American Thinker, locked and loaded as usual (and swimming in noxious ads).

Must-see Tucker Carlson video about the cause of America’s woes. Andrea Widburg — “People are beginning to realize that something is wrong with America’s ruling class, and by “people,” I don’t mean people like you, who are actively engaged in politics.  I’m talking about people who want nothing to do with politics or people living in prosperous leftist enclaves who haven’t been forced to think about what’s happening to less affluent Americans.” … “the ordinary people, the ones who tuned out of politics a long time ago, are realizing that if they want to prevent America from turning into an apocalyptic hellscape, they need to speak out and act.”

With help from the DOJ, the National Archives enter the political fray. Courtney Kramer, Esq. — Get Trump – no matter the cost!

Biden tells businesses to obey him, not court orders, on his vaccine mandate. Monica Showalter — “This is the kind of crap the left accused Trump of, back when Gen. Mark Milley was calling up his Chinese counterpart warning them that he’d ensure there would be no invasion, and Democrats and Pentagon brass were paranoia-ing among themelves about President Trump refusing to leave office, despite the stolen 2020 election. They’ve repeatedly accused Trump of what Biden is doing right now. - Obviously, they were projecting.”

The Texas Attorney General Versus the Biden Administration. Jeff M. Lewis — “the Texas Attorney General is drawing the map and charting the path to how every state negatively affected by the current regime’s (alleged) criminal behavior can hold them accountable.”

How did we get here? Can this mess be fixed? Mark Landsbaum — “We have entered a dark age.  Truth, not always abundantly obvious, has been increasingly shrouded thanks to the growing cynicism and polarization of our day.  The condition is getting worse by the day.” … “when truth is jettisoned.  We lose not only the ability to see the logical flaws in others’ arguments, we don’t see our own either.”

Rittenhouse trial plagued by corporate tech and Big Media bid to taint his case. Monica Showalter — “the prosecutors weren’t the only creeps in this case.  A hell of a lot was done by corporate and Big Tech America to demonize the kid without trial and shut the kid’s ability to defend himself from a public that wanted to help him out well before the trial.” … “Since Facebook didn’t like him, they decided that he wasn’t to be allowed due process, which is what Antifa members get.  So much for that “democracy” these leftists are always pontificating about.  Impunity for leftists, Red Queen “justice” for right-wing Rittenhouse.  It’s vile and disgusting.” … “why the heck does so much of the rest of the establishment allow them to get away with it?”

Some questions on climate change to stump those at gabfest number 26. Jack Hellner — summarizing the big picture. “Why do most journalists go along without doing research and asking questions?  Because most haven’t cared about facts for a long time — only pushing the radical leftists’ agenda.”

Getting Through the Next Six Months of COVID. Thomas T. Siler, Jr., MD — be prepared before anything happens, just in case. Don’t depend upon getting effective or proper treatment from big Medicine if you get hit. Properly assess the risks and costs.

 

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The behavior of the FBI isn’t funny.

Something Being Overlooked in the Danchenko Indictment – A Bigger Indictment of U.S. Media. Sundance — “Maybe not an 800lb gorilla in the room, but at least to a troop of screaming spider monkeys swinging from the drapes and chandeliers.”

The Dossier Deceit. National Review Editors — “The web of deceit is a tangled one, but while the indictment details a shocking story of transnational dirty tricks weaponized at the highest level of American politics, the most significant moral failure was on the part of the FBI itself.”

Russiagate has no rock bottom. Aaron Maté — “The indictment of the Steele dossier’s key source newly humiliates the Clinton campaign, FBI, and US media.” … “While the Danchenko indictment brings new embarrassment to Steele’s media and political dupes, it offers new evidence of negligent and potentially even criminal behavior on the part of the FBI.”

The FBI And The Stolen Diary. John Hinderaker — “The strangest news story of the last few days relates to multiple FBI raids on the homes of people associated with Project Veritas, including that of founder James O’Keefe. Those who were searched say that the agents were looking for information related to the alleged theft of a diary belonging to Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley” … “Since when is the alleged theft of a woman’s diary a federal crime? Let alone a federal crime that warrants investigation by the FBI? - Jonathan Turley reviews the facts of the case and asks: … “

There is a context to this story that goes well beyond the sadness of Joe Biden’s deeply troubled family. The FBI’s once-stellar reputation has been badly tarnished in recent years, and many millions of Americans now see the Bureau as a politicized agency that has become, in important ways, an arm of the Democratic Party. The Case of the Missing Diary may be trivial in itself, but the fact that the FBI is now executing search warrants on the homes of political opponents of the Biden administration, with no national interest at stake other than the reputation of the Biden family, lends support to that suspicion.

The Kamikaze Party. David Catron — “The Democrats respond to last week’s defeat with a series of futile suicide missions.” … “They would rather commit political suicide than foreswear leftist dogma.”

‘This Is Not Funny. This Is Insane’: Social Media Buries SNL Celebrating Abortion With ‘Goober The Clown’. Hank Berrien — ridicule is a defense when used against those highlighting an undesired reality.

George Floyd Friend Claims Rittenhouse Jurors Are Being Tracked and Photographed. Victoria Taft — “A similar situation existed during the Minneapolis trial of Derek Chauvin, the officer who was convicted of killing George Floyd in the case that touched off the riots of summer 2020 and beyond. During the Chauvin trial, jurors were afraid for their safety. They had to walk through a gauntlet of barricades and pass through security to get inside the courtroom. Protesters were camped outside.”

 

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Dishonest people and the don’t care culture

The “Racial Reckoning’s” Reckoning.  Paul Mirengoff – 

Actually, these two developments — defund the police and teaching CRT — are surprising under any view of America other than that it went insane. No sane society would entertain the possibility of abolishing or cutting way back on its police force and switching to “a comprehensive public health approach to public safety.” No sane nation would teach children that race is a central fact about them and their classmates or that an evil like racism is the central fact about its history.

The rest is The American Thinker taking the field, again. 

America’s purported ‘Original Sin’ taints American race relations. Helen Louise Herndon — “The most likely culprit for the divide is the simplistic, inaccurate approach to American history in our schools.” If you think Fake News is destructive, how about fake history?

Our mostly complicit, compliant, sycophant press has no concern about facts, only Democrat power. Jack Hellner – it’s a systemic failure of one of the checks and balances upon which society depends.

Everyone Should Watch Tucker Carlson’s ‘Patriot Purge’. Christopher Garbacz — “Tucker makes a strong case that half the country and most all of D.C. have gone mad. This ties in with Tucker’s earlier historical listing of hysterias throughout the ages—witch trials, heretic trials, pogroms, and so forth.”

Raid on Project Veritas journalists once again shows the different standards in the application of law. Rajan Laad — “There are almost two different legal systems in the US. If Trump or anybody who is seen to be pro-Trump, such as Project Veritas, General Flynn, Roger Stone, Michael Cohen, is involved the FBI becomes Dirty Harry.” almost??

Hillary’s Russian Dossier and Other Legal and Media Travesties. Clarice Feldman — “few big media operations have reporters with the background or editors and media producers with journalistic principles to accurately inform you about legal matters. This week, looking at John Durham’s Danchenko indictment and the Kyle Rittenhouse case in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that point was made crystal clear.”

The Political Class Is Working To Make Americans Expendable. John Simpson — “If you back way up and look at the overall picture here, it has all the appearances of a Stalinist purge of the non-compliant and brutal examples made of those who would challenge Democrat authority as a warning to others.”

 

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In the Grip of Delusional Madness

Dreaming isn’t doing. Joanne Jacobs — “All children’s books containing the word “dream” should be banned, argues Mary Wakefield in The Spectator.” … “”What unites great men and women isn’t a capacity to dream big but a love of what they do” and a capacity for hard work” … “It is dishonest to tell kids that “if you can dream it, you can do it.” If you can dream it, you may be able to make a plan of action that will enable you to do it. Just dreaming isn’t enough.”

It’s fake news that the Maricopa audit proves Biden won. Andrea Widburg — “For those complaining about irregularities in the 2020 election, the question was never about miscounting. Instead, it was about the claim that an inordinate number of the ballots in the Joe Biden pile didn’t come from real people. Instead, they were alleged to have been faked—and the audit confirms almost 60,000 wrongfully counted ballots that could easily switch the Arizona Electoral College vote from Biden to Trump. No wonder Cyber Ninjas says the Arizona result should not have been certified.”

A New Civil War in a Time Capsule. Daniel Greenfield — “It’s a little awkward that Monument Avenue now has no monuments, except a statue of tennis player Arthur Ashe who left Richmond when he was in high school, but the barren avenue is what happens when you spend all your time destroying things, instead of creating them.”

The White Backlash That Wasn’t. Christopher F. Rufo — “Opposition to critical race theory is broad and bipartisan.” … “NBC’s analysis is nonsense. The report, like the left-wing narrative about critical race theory more generally, fails both statistically and imaginatively.” … “Americans have moved past the politics of the 1960s. They are tolerant, integrated, and in agreement that malicious racial theories of all kinds should stay out of the classroom. It’s past time for the media to take note.”

Why Your Otherwise Smart Friends Think Stupid Things. Clarice Feldman — “So many of our friends and family live harried lives, working, keeping households, caring for family members that they have no time to question the news accounts they hear on their car radios while chauffeuring the kids to school, shopping, for essentials, and commuting. … Those of us with more time and interest in the news get an entirely different picture and that makes our discussions with them so fraught. We live in two different realities.”

FBI Narrative About the Jan. 6th Capitol ‘Insurrection’ Is IMPLODING. Victoria Taft — “The New York Times reported Saturday that “records, and information from two people familiar with the matter, suggest that federal law enforcement had a far greater visibility into the assault on the Capitol, even as it was taking place, than was previously known.”

In Germany, The Knife-Edge Politics Of Meh. John Hinderaker – “Across the developed world, we see the devolution of politics from issues of war, peace and prosperity to virtue voting, and Germany’s current election offers a stark instance of the phenomenon.”

Climate change panic is the next big thing (again). Frank Liberato — “If you were recently unfortunate enough to have stumbled across any of the stooges of late-night television, you may have noticed that there are new orders from on high in the comrade-sphere. The word has gone out to commence the final push for the ruination of America with the most bitterly destructive and deceitful weapon in the leftist arsenal: climate change.”

The United States and the West are in the Grip of Delusional Madness. Steve McCann — The politically motivated and unprecedented overreaction to a virus with a 99.5% survival rate was launched in March of 2020, thus unleashing what can best be described as a once-in-a-century fiasco. Nineteen months later it is impossible to look at the United States and the world and not conclude that this country and much of the West is in the grip, not of a virus, but of delusional madness and malevolence.”

30 Facts You Need To Know: A COVID Cribsheet. Kit Knightly [Off-Guardian.org,] — “You asked for it, so we made it. A collection of all the arguments you’ll ever need.”

In Virus Veritas. Peter Smith — “This virus has sickened and often times killed the old and vulnerable. That is the least of what it has delivered. It has delivered despotism, police brutality, journalistic delinquency, and lies, deceptions and misinformation; and, most depressingly, the truth about the parlous state of our civilisation. In virus veritas, is an apt play on words. First to despotism. It is hard to know where to start.” … “Freedoms that we thought were protected by representative government, by parliaments, by an independent press; and, importantly, by custom, crumbled under the inept management of a disease of limited lethality. Just one political leader of stature, federal or state, might have made a difference. No one. Just wall-to-wall mediocrities with autocratic tendencies.”

The Forcible Conversion to COVIDism. Fay Voshell — “By now, even progressives are aware that the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 hygiene rituals are onerous.” … “Devotees of COVIDism are acknowledging by their repetitious and symbolic rituals a higher power as well—that of the almighty State.” … “It is past time to stop COVIDism’s devotees from forcing what have become essentially religious beliefs and practices on our military and on the entire nation.”

This New Peer-Reviewed Article Could Be a Game-Changer. Jenkins — “published in Toxicology Reports by Ronald N. Kostoff, et al., titled “Why are we vaccinating children against Covid-19?”According to Dr. Robert Malone, inventor of the mRNA technology used to produce the current Covid “vaccines,” the article is peer-reviewed and appears in a reputable journal. It is not a new “study” but rather an in-depth analysis of existing data from various government sources. And it isn’t just about children. It basically confirms everything Team Reality has been saying since the push for mass vaccination began.”

“Damn You To Hell, You Will Not Destroy America” – Here Is The ‘Spartacus COVID Letter’ That’s Gone Viral. Tyler Durden Via The Automatic Earth blog — “Whoever Spartacus is, they have a very elaborate knowledge in “the field”. If you want to know a lot more about the no. 1 issue in the world today, read it. And don’t worry if you don’t understand every single word, neither do I. But I learned a lot.”

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Just how should we react?

Why does half of America vote for such horrible things? Spruce Fontaine — “My sense is that Democrats, by and large, have a tenuous connection to things transcendent.  Transcendence gives coherence to existence.” … “My fear is that America may soon want an actual king to fill civilization’s incoherent void.”

The Real Genesis Of Extremism. Gary M. Galles — “Leonard Read, born 123 years ago this week, showed that real farsightedness when wrote “The Genesis of Extremism,” in the April 1962 issue of The Freeman. He already understood today’s name-calling, ad hominem attacks and guilt by association innuendo attacks and their connection to government overstepping of its logically defensible role” … “What we are witnessing is an instance of action and reaction. The genesis of the reaction is the action, and the origin of the current “extremism” is socialistic action.” … “how should we react to socialistic government “innovations” that attack our rights and liberties?”

The Afghanistization of America. Victor Davis Hanson — “We are doing our best to become a Third-World country of incompetency, constitutional erosion, a fractious and politicized military elite, and racially and ethnically obsessed warring tribes.” … “is our new freelancing and partisan military also in the process of becoming Afghanized—too many of its leadership electively appealing to pseudo-higher principles to contextualize violating the Constitution of the United States and, sadly, too many trying to reflect the general woke landscape of the corporate board to which so many have retired?”

Was ‘Justice For J6 Rally’ A Set-Up Or A Psy-Op? Ron Paul [The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity] — “As conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza Tweeted, the comedy of the event was that “there were so many undercover cops they were arresting each other by accident.” … “we must not let enemies of justice win. All liberty lovers must speak out for the unfairly persecuted. Even when it’s politically risky. We must not be silent!”

The Cabal That Cried Wolf and Undermined a Republic. Vince — “race was not the issue that makes these three cases so despicable.  What makes them so heinous is that they sought to play upon the sympathies of the American public.  In the end they failed and all three ended up disgraced and Magnum and Smith ended up in jail.” … “What is a much larger problem however is when such hoaxes are perpetrated by government.  And we’ve had a great deal of that.” … “Democrats have been manipulating Americans fears and goodwill for decades and today we are watching the culmination of that treachery.”

Australia: Covid’s tyranny. Reference Frame — By a Czech-born Australian lady whose name is known to me. “I have chosen to write this article mainly to let people around the world know the truth about what is happening in Australia. It is written according to the truth and my personal experience, nothing is second hand.”

Americans Need A New Media. I & I Editorial Board — “we have an army of journalists who are nakedly biased, vainly divisive, childishly spiteful, and purposely destructive. We can only hope our free market economy responds to the great business opportunity at hand before the press and its Democrat allies make doing so impossible as they work to shut down free enterprise.”

From the TV networks to the major daily newspapers to sophomoric gab shows, the media are in the business of lying, covering up and/or ignoring truth that hurts Democrats, instilling fear, creating an environment in which government can more easily control people who already had been freed through revolution, and “othering” and gaslighting dissenters.

As an institution, the press has been almost wholly taken over by a collection of liberty-loathing progressives, resentful leftists, neo-Marxists, aspiring tyrants, busybodies, bitter scolds, elitists, anti-Americans, and angry, juvenile activists – a composition identical to that of the Democratic Party. For those who doubt this, consider the Democrats’ recent proposal to subsidize left-leaning newspapers with taxpayer money.

How Durham Bombshell Made a ‘Birther’ Out of Me. Jack Cashill — “Upon reading special counsel John Durham’s 27-page indictment of attorney Michael Sussman, I found myself asking, “Is there anything Perkins Coie lawyers would not do to keep their Democratic clients in power?”

Indictment of Campaign Lawyer Demonstrates How Hillary Clinton Is The Most Systemically Manipulative Politician Of Our Lifetime. William A. Jacobson — “Hillary Clinton opreatives perpetrated a massive Russia-collusion fraud on the American public which not only manipulated the 2016 election process but also froze the Trump presidency and nearly paralyzed the nation politically for years.”

The Strange Thoughts of Catastropharians. Tony Thomas — “To Sally, we denialists are desperately cowering from “unbearable anxiety or loss”, rather than laughing at doom-criers’ 50 years of failed predictions.”

Concerning Ivermectin. Herschel Smith —  “The lesson is not about Ivermectin being poisonous because it isn’t, but about the pervasiveness of a type of new internet propaganda termed “informational flooding.” … “This is a gigantic propaganda campaign, and you’re the subject of the disinformation.  In other words, if they weren’t so scared of it, the laughable legacy media wouldn’t be spending so much time on it.”

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conspiracies gasping at straws

How to Tell What the Government Fears Most. J.B. Shurk — “I am of the opinion that we are all a part of one of the great epochal shifts in human history and that what we fight to secure today will reverberate through society for generations. We did not ask for this moment — most of us, in fact, have hoped that by quietly enduring the hardships that come our way, our toleration of what is intolerable would somehow be rewarded with comfort and peace.”

Lies, omissions and false fact checks – a banner week for media disinformation. Post Editorial Board — “We’ve listened to media writers bemoan that they cannot control the flow of information anymore. Why are people turning to those dark corners of the interwebs? Well, when you ignore a major presidential scandal broken by a well-respected wire service, exaggerate and obfuscate, then use “fact checks” to try to dismiss the truth, what credibility do you think you’re due? Chew on that missing context.”

The New Rules Bite Libs Right in the Uterus. Kurt Schlichter — “The new rule is that you use your power ruthlessly to defeat your opponent. And so, I’m totally comfortable with it. The Dems, not so much – this legislative suppository is shaped like a starfish and it ain’t going in easy.”

The administration seems to be acting with malice aforethought. Terry Paulding — “I am not a “conspiracy theorist,” because what I see is real — although leftists use the term against anyone sounding the alarm on any alarming event.” … “If we don’t want to fundamentally transform our country into a hellhole, it’s time to loudly badger our elected representatives, making them take action.  Speak the truth so they can’t help but hear us.  Hold them accountable, along long with the fake news media and the technocrats who allow the Taliban to have a voice on Twitter but cancel patriots.”

Millions of Americans without ICU doctors due to the “Biden ban”. Seth Rabinowitz — “Americans are dying in ICUs in far greater numbers than would otherwise be if not for a newly misapplied 57-year-old rule banning the only American board-certified ICU doctors available in many cities from providing critical care, leaving only nurses to do the doctor’s job in treating ICU patients.

The great Ivermectin deworming hoax. Justus R. Hope — “The lesson is not about Ivermectin being poisonous because it isn’t, but about the pervasiveness of a type of new internet propaganda termed “informational flooding.” … “We are asked to believe that six telephone calls to poison control about Ivermectin are somehow newsworthy, yet over 100,000 calls to poison control on Tylenol each year are not.” … “We have watched the movement on Ivermectin proceed with steadily increasing global attention on google searches – in sharp contrast to the concocted ad hoc PR campaign hastily crafted in August by Big Pharma on these laughable poison control stories.”

Dr. Scott Atlas, Others Throttle Bangladesh Mask Study: ‘Extremely Weak Tea’. Scott Morefield — “To claim that masks caused any given variance in outcome, you need to isolate masks as a variable. They didn’t.” … “Harvard professor Dr. Martin Kulldorff called it “odd” that “mask advocates are excited by this study.” … “David Chavous, an attorney with a PhD in molecular biology, called the fact that results were only seen for those over 50 years old a “HUGE red warning sign.”

It is possible to bring clarity to the ivermectin debate. Anony Mee — “As regards the hysterical reporting out of the left that ivermectin is not an FDA-approved drug for the pandemic, in January 2021, a paper was published regarding repurposing ivermectin for efficacious use against COVID. ”

Return Of The Hockey Stick?  John Hinderaker — “This German source traces the contamination to a Swiss university, but I think a more fundamental answer is that an enormous amount of money is at stake. If climate hysteria leads to a retooling of the world’s energy system, almost all of us will suffer a decline in our standard of living.”

Organic Disaster. Alex Tabarrok – “Sri Lanka’s President abruptly banned chemical fertilizers earlier this year in a bid to become 100% organic. The ban has resulted in reduced production and soaring prices that, together with declining tourism and the pandemic, have created an economic crisis.

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The juvenile critique

Biden and the Left-wing Standard of Attacking Presidents. Victor Davis Hanson — “In just a few months Joe Biden has wrought a series of disasters that will invoke outrage that dwarfs the concocted anger directed at Donald Trump.”

Texas Gets Election Reform Right, ‘Mainstream’ Media Gets It Wrong. Hans von Spakovsky — “This bill’s biased coverage reflects how much the media relies on the propaganda circulated by the left that labeled the new law as “restrictive,” without questioning it.”

Two Questions About The Rolling Stone Story. John Hinderaker — “did anyone actually believe the Oklahoma story?” … “why has relatively little attention been paid to potential treatments for covid?” … “Granted, viruses are generally hard to cure or to treat. The conventional advice for covid is to treat it the same way you would a cold or the flu–a fact that seems revealing in itself. But I think the seeming disinterest in identifying practical remedies for covid, while we are awash in news stories about other aspects of the disease, is puzzling.”

Glen Reynolds at Instapundit –  The juvenile ‘It’s horse paste!’ critique of ivermectin. Tim Carney — “why does the major media want you to believe that ivermectin is simply a “horse paste”?” and also “Media narrative right now: “The only reason Covid isn’t over is because a bunch of dumb anti-vaxxer Trumpian hicks from rural America refuse to get vaccinated, and instead are taking horse dewormer that they read about on the internet!”

Why in the World Is the Government Disrupting the Distribution of Monoclonal Antibodies Now? Stacey Lennox — “After demonizing nearly every medication with the potential to reduce the severity of COVID-19 symptoms, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) finally recommended monoclonal antibodies earlier this summer.” … “Once Florida Governor Ron DeSantis decided to promote outpatient treatment using the antibodies and establish infusion centers, the media reacted because he is a very dangerous Republican.” … “On Friday, someone who claimed to be an urgent care specialist tweeted that HHS had informed him that the government would now decide which facilities would receive doses of monoclonal antibodies.”

To date, therapeutics and repurposed medications to reduce disease severity have been underemphasized and even demonized. Monoclonal antibodies made it through all the noise and President Trump’s endorsement. It is time for the federal response to encourage increased production of monoclonal antibodies, challenge manufacturers to develop formulations against variants of concern, and get them in the hands of practitioners.

The COVID Vaccine: A Physician’s Perspective. “I watched in horror from my position at a big hospital in February 2020 as COVID-19 ravaged Italy. The virus was spreading globally, nothing seemed to stop it, and thousands were dying with no effective treatment to be found. It was truly a nightmare scenario.” … “In medicine we talk about informed decision making. The old, paternalistic, directive medicine is in the past. We involve patients in their care, inform them, allow them to make the decisions, right or wrong. Politics mixed with science, science has lost and we have now returned to the paternalistic directive medicine of “vaccinate or else”.

Delta, Breakthrough Infections and the Ongoing Media and Public Health Terrorism. Kevin Roche — “panic if you want to but I still believe that Delta has at best a marginal transmission advantage, results in less severe disease, and is being handled pretty well by the vaccines.”

Is COVID a Pandemic of the Unvaccinated? Not Quite. Brian C.Joondeph — “Physicians spreading medical misinformation, particularly about COVID, “are risking disciplinary action by state medical boards” due to their “high degree of public trust” and their “powerful platform in society.” One could say this applies more so to the president of the United States, the CDC director, and to major newspapers and media organizations, all of whom have a far larger platform than any single doctor.”

We are all in this together and will sink or swim collectively based on the actions of those charged with making reasoned and evidence-based decisions. Dishonestly presenting data will only dig us all into a deeper hole.

There’s Nothing The U.S. Can Do To Affect Global Temperature. I & I Editorial Board — “Despite zero evidence that human greenhouse gas emissions are harming Earth, the Democrats, cheered by the media, continue to enact energy policies they say are necessary for saving our world. But all they’re doing is increasing energy scarcity, which forces prices higher, and ignoring facts that don’t fit their narrative.”

 

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