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The Omarosa News Cycle Is Everything That’s Wrong With Media Coverage Of Trump By Bre Payton – “The news cycle surrounding Omarosa Manigault Newman is emblematic of everything that is wrong with the news media’s coverage of the Trump administration.”

Accepting a tiny snippet of audio from a fired White House staffer with an axe to grind and a pile of books to sell without even attempting to verify how accurate her version of events is makes it clear that when it comes to this president, all the rules of journalism get thrown out the window.

It would be one thing if Omarosa’s audio broke a news story about corruption or some other abuse of power in the White House, but the only audio she has released has come from her firing — she apparently only recorded people when she knew she was on her way out.

Objectivity in the media in a post-Trump America is a paper-thin veneer members of the press hide behind as a mere formality. Adding a quick disclaimer that they did not bother to verify wild claims made by a highly unreliable source before playing audio she gave them in full on live TV does not make it a fair and accurate depiction of what’s going on. Many members of the media should stop letting their hatred for Trump blind them. It’s clear to everyone who’s not playing pretend that Omarosa’s last gasp for attention does not deserve the air time it has received.

The Legacies of Robert Mueller’s Investigations by Victor Davis Hanson – “Although that Mueller mandate of collusion was never formally defined, much less explained as a criminal offense, the media salivated at the idea that Mueller’s whiz kids nonetheless were going to find it and no doubt thereby usher in impeachment. … Now we have gone from melodrama to bathos.”

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realism? clear thinking? whither it go?

Stephen Miller’s insufferable uncle by Paul Mirengoff – “Glosser’s piece is a shrill, hyper-personal rant of the “Give me your tired, your poor” genre. But for Glosser’s status as Stephen Miller’s uncle, I don’t think Politico would even have considered running it.” Here is another example, in detail, illustrating why reasoned discussion is so difficult.

“Glosser concludes that “immigration reform is a complex issue that will require compassion and wisdom to bring the nation to a just solution. . .” True. But it will also require realism, clear thinking, and considerably more intellectual honesty than Uncle David is able to muster in his nasty attack on his nephew.

Using the Truth to Lie by Thales – “for the citations within it are true, even though the spin has rendered it into something it really is not. How do you articulate that?” Another examination to consider …

“Denethor was shown nothing but truth by the palantir. It could not be made to lie to him. But Sauron could spin what was shown, and cause Denethor to mistake the meaning of the things he saw. This tactic is readily employed by the media, and in the past it has been extremely effective. The journalist, if confronted on his spin, could escape with the excuse “but everything I have said is true!” We know there is a wrong here, we can sense it, but to prove it unequivocally is difficult, and essentially impossible if the instances are few enough.

Over time, with many such incidences, we can begin to notice the pattern.

we may have to give up the expedient of looking into the palantir, and just find the answers on our own, the hard way.

Betsy Newmark provides a classic example when she starts out with “Listening to the news yesterday brought home once again what happens when we elect a reality show star for president.” Go see Dana Perino’s column to find out what Newmark’s bias and blindness misses and distorts. and Newmark teaches history…

Complicating the Narratives By Amanda Ripley – “What if journalists covered controversial issues differently — based on how humans actually behave when they are polarized and suspicious?” There are some good points but the argument suffers in taking a “both sides do it” bias. The process and methodology described is all about leading people to intellectual integrity when they don’t want to go there. Ripley is engaged in a voyage of self discovery here.

“I spent the past three months interviewing people who know conflict intimately and have developed creative ways of navigating it. I met psychologists, mediators, lawyers, rabbis and other people who know how to disrupt toxic narratives and get people to reveal deeper truths. They do it every day — with livid spouses, feuding business partners, spiteful neighbors. They have learned how to get people to open up to new ideas, rather than closing down in judgment and indignation.

… After spending more than 50 hours in training for various forms of dispute resolution, I realized that I’ve overestimated my ability to quickly understand what drives people to do what they do. I have overvalued reasoning in myself and others and undervalued pride, fear and the need to belong.

The lesson for journalists (or anyone) working amidst intractable conflict: complicate the narrative. First, complexity leads to a fuller, more accurate story. Secondly, it boosts the odds that your work will matter — particularly if it is about a polarizing issue. When people encounter complexity, they become more curious and less closed off to new information. They listen, in other words.

The Hypocrisy of the NFL’s Raised Fist and Kneeling Players by Toni Williams – “I am not going to relitigate that this is a work place issue and not a First Amendment issue. Instead, I am going to call these athletes out for their hypocrisy.”

“The hypocrisy of these people is as elite as their athletic status. They are getting huge amounts of Social Justice cred and at the same time killing their source of income. Go right ahead guys and keep raising your fists and kneeling. Baseball could really become America’s sport again and y’all might be able to buy tickets.

Hypocrisy is one thing. Ignorance is another. Where would they be in either opportunity, wealth, social justice, freedoms, or status in any other country?

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Can’t you see what you are doing?

The Media Are Hiding Their Knowledge and Duplicity – Buzzfeed, WaPo and New York Times Had Unredacted FISA Application For Over A Year by sundance – “only recently did we discover the media engagements were not just pervasive, they were/are participatory.”

“As a consequence the same media cannot reasonably report on any aspect of the story without exposing their own duplicity; their only choice is to double down on lies they helped create and promote.

In preparation for explosive developments soon to reach critical mass CTH strongly urges everyone to think carefully about these recently discovered empirical truths:

Make sure you read that full response from Christopher Steele above to see the scope of the media engagements he was conducting.

As more evidence surfaces the relationship between journalists, Fusion-GPS, Chris Steele and the media’s DOJ/FBI sources begins blending together. The FBI was using media reports, which were based on Fusion-GPS pitches, to bolster its investigative documents to the FISA court. It is an intelligence laundry operation:

Think about the scale of the reporting, and reporting on reporting, of anonymous leaks, false leaks, lies from “people with knowledge of the matter”, “government officials involved in the matter”, “people familiar with the matter”, “government sources” etc. all going in one unified and semi-coordinated direction – against the aggregate Trump administration.

Now, it actually gets even more convoluted.

The problem is not just corruption with the U.S. Justice System, the DOJ and the FBI; the problem is corruption within the media.

The only way they could align with the truth is to admit that virtually every scintilla of their reportage over the past 18 months was inherently false or manipulated by the “sources” distributing the material for their reporting.

Where Do We Get Such Losers? By Colin Flaherty – “when we look at the delusion and deceit surrounding at least five Democrat members of the U.S. Senate, the question now becomes “Is this the best we have?

“Booker trotted out the T-Bone stories at every early campaign stop in his races for mayor

Fabrication? When did the media get so delicate about their accusations of deceit?

I don’t know where we get creatures with such a dubious acquaintance with reality. But even more importantly, I cannot imagine why we keep them around.

There are tons more examples that I don’t have the time to find: the story of Teddy Kennedy’s adventures at Chappaquiddick is on pay per view and I have to get back to that.

Investor’s Businerss DailyEconomic Boom: Media Rewrite History To Credit Obama Instead Of Trump. “The stronger the economy gets under President Trump, the more desperate his critics are to hand credit over to Obama. Even if that entails changing the past.”

White House exploring legal options against Omarosa Manigault Newman for making secret recording in Situation Room by Meridith Mcgraw Tara Palmeri – the story of a betrayal of Trust, a betrayal of integrity, a betrayal of country, … ugly. Ideas of extortion, blackmail, and worse come to mind, And all to sell books – or so it seems.

“The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security –- and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee,” Sanders said.

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer told ABC News her claims are “completely fictional.”

He added that Manigault Newman had top secret clearance at a minimum, and she may have broken the law by recording her conversation in the Situation Room — what’s supposed to be the most secure place in the White House.

Part of applying for clearance is agreeing to security protocols.

“It’s an unbelievable violation of protocol and the law,” Spicer said. “You can lose your security clearance for bringing your device into SCIF — to bring it in is a violation but to willfully record it — you’re entering a whole other realm.”

“She’s on a different level,” a senior White House official said. “She terrified me.”

Meanwhile a white supremacist rally in Washington D.C. that the media used for a week long bout of FUD mongering turned up only a couple dozen .. The Newman recordings will likely follow the same path, the one followed by many other attacks on the Trump administration, a whole lot of hype and hyperbole, distorted and constructed (mis)perceptions, and no ‘there’ there except in the fevered swamps of those consumed by hate.

Charlottesville rally turns into anti-police protest (videos) by Jazz Shaw – “When we originally heard that there was going to be a major rally in Charlottesville yesterday on the one-year anniversary of the bloodshed at the first Unite the Right march, there was obvious reason for concern.”

“Would the same group of neo-Nazis and wannabe Klansmen show up again leading to a battle with counterprotesters? Antifa showed up early in significant numbers, claiming that they were simply there to honor the memory of Heather Heyer, the young woman who died when one of the Klan supporters plowed his car into the crowd. But taking one look at their outfits and equipment it seemed obvious they were prepared for more than a memorial service. Fortunately, law enforcement was out on the streets in large numbers, keeping an eye out for trouble and ready to respond.

Here’s the curious, if not alarming part of the story. The white supremacists didn’t show up. (They were probably already on their way to Washington.) But even stranger than that was the fact that most of the protesters didn’t seem to be there to raise their voices against the Klan or Nazis or racism. They were there to protest the cops. (Reuters)

The complete lack of gratitude on display by these protesters for the cops who showed up to keep them safe from violence probably isn’t all that shocking in the current era. But the hypocrisy and total disconnect from reality in this spectacle is staggering.

See also So what was the point of the Unite the Right hype machine? For more on that “way to Washingon” idea. But this Charlottsville anti-cop ‘tude isn’t the only example. The NFL has this ‘antifa’ problem, too. And then there’s Karen Townsend on Atlanta elementary school replaces Pledge of Allegiance with chant for more overt displays of anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti Western Values. And then, via Instapundit: Dispatches From The Newspeak Dictionary: CNN calls marchers chanting ‘f*ck the police’ and throwing eggs ‘anti-hate groups.’

Harvard professor calls for academic ban on hiring, honoring anyone from Trump admin by Jazz Shaw – “Dani Rodrik, a Turkish born economist and Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard, penned an op-ed in the Boston Globe suggesting that the academic world needs to stop offering jobs, fellowships or any sort of honors to anyone who was in any way associated with the Trump administration.”

“There you have it. A call from a senior figure from Harvard to establish what can only be honestly described as a blacklist. It doesn’t matter what the person’s individual opinions, qualifications or record may include. Simply having served anywhere in the White House or any of the Cabinet departments under President Trump marks one as being “tainted by the experience” and they should be disqualified from employment or honors in the academic community. For the sin of having answered the call to serve your government, you should henceforth be treated like a black person trying to get a drink from the whites-only water fountain during the early part of the 20th century.

The sad part is that this proposal will doubtless be taken seriously across much of the higher education spectrum. … We have a serious problem in our nation’s universities and it’s not one that’s going to change without a generational shift in attitude.

Why Normal Americans Hate the “Elites” by John Hinderaker – “These are three news stories that came to my attention over the last 24 hours. I think they tell us a lot about the current, degraded state of public life in America.”

“Personally, I am more unhappy about the press’s assault on President Trump than about President Trump’s assault on the press. To listen to our heroic journalists, you might think that Trump is sending secret policemen to cart them off to prison.

No such thing, of course. Rather, Trump is saying things about left-wing press outlets that are nowhere near as nasty as what they have been saying about him since before his inauguration. Democratic Party journalists declared war on the president, and they now pretend that his fighting back is somehow an infringement of their rights. Boo freaking hoo.

Next, on a similar theme, we hear from Dani Rodrik, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Rodrik is concerned lest educational institutions “normalize” historically low unemployment, steady wage increases and a pro-America foreign policy:

It requires a peculiar sense of self-worth to think that your approval is needed to legitimize a president who was elected by the American people. Left-wing academics may think that ordinary Americans don’t notice their arrogance, but they are mistaken.

You could assemble stories like these pretty much any day of the week. But when I read them together, I thought they were a stark example of how malignant America’s self-appointed “elites” are, even though, as we never tire of pointing out, they are anything but elite. In fact, they are below average. Which is why most Americans rightly don’t think much of them.

Do these people think about the consequences of their perceptions and fantasies?

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Collusion and Conspiracy on Parade. In the Press.

Russian Collusion Investigation Has Orwellian Roots by Thomas Farnan – “Manafort’s crime is the same as Facebook’s: he failed to measure the orthodoxy of his political client’s message and, because of that, he now faces an inquisition.”

“What we do know is that Manafort first was investigated for breaking those laws in that year by Robert Mueller’s FBI. A discretionary decision was made not to prosecute. It wasn’t a priority of the Obama Administration to indict consultants over how they reported income from foreign governments. If that were a priority, a lot of big shots in Washington would have gone down.

The FBI, headed by James Comey, investigated Manafort for his work with Yanukovych but found no evidence of a crime.

The existence of this investigation is vindication for those who voted for Brexit and Trump because they believe an illuminati rules the world.

The Washington establishment is less interested in the means used to influence voters than in the fact that the deplorables have been prompted to defy them, which cannot be allowed. As long as Facebook and Twitter perform the necessary act of genuflection and voluntarily ban dissenting voices, they will not be similarly tormented. Those who display lèse-majesté will be harshly punished, which accounts for the “Get Trump!” fervor. It is Orwellian, sure. And it is really happening.

Trump’s media opponents are leaping into his trap by Thomas Lifson – “The age of metropolitan dailies pretending to be unbiased sources of news officially is over.”

“This week, leading wordsmiths at two of the nation’s major newspapers openly propounded the need for the media to work together (also known as “conspire”) to defeat Donald Trump.

These people are living in the past, when their newspapers spoke with authority and were respected as impartial. If they think that by openly conspiring to damage the POTUS they will help their cause, they are sadly mistaken. They are offering proof that they are partisans, that they conspire, and that they wear blinders of fury when it comes to examining President Trump.

I suppose that these newspaper editors will congratulate themselves on their brave moral stand when they publish their editorials in unison. But they will also furnish a huge talking point for Trump about their open and proud bias against him.

Things that failed to outrage me this week by Don Surber – News where “Buried in the story was this tidbit

“On Saturday, the Trumpoholics in the Fourth Estate extinguished their hair and rested, exhausted by all the fits they threw trying to get the president removed from office.

The effort to suppress the conservative is growing in stridency and violence. This cannot bode well.

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A stunning level of deception

Melania’s parents become U.S. citizens, the left melts down by Karen Townsend – “First Lady Melania Trump’s parents became U.S. citizens Thursday. In Trump’s America, this feel-good story turned the ugly left and their cohorts in the press into indignant critics.”

“And, the critics continue to conflate President Trump’s intention to reduce illegal immigration with an attempt to eliminate immigration. The descriptive word that is left out is the most important – ‘illegal’.

What is stunning to me, really, is this level of deception from the legal community and the journalists who can’t wait to quote them. That’s the real hypocrisy. They know better but they just don’t care because it is how they frame the narrative.

Graham: Why didn’t the FBI warn Trump like they warned Feinstein? By Ed Morrissey – “In order to get Lindsey Graham’s point in this discussion with Harris Faulkner, first you’d have to know about the spy on Dianne Feinstein’s staff.”

“Graham wants to know why the FBI warned Dianne Feinstein about a suspected spy but never bothered to tell Donald Trump about their suspicions over Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

Let’s not forget that the penetration in Feinstein’s case was much more significant, too. The warning from the FBI came after the man had been in Feinstein’s employ for “two decades,” as the local CBS affiliate noted last week. The FBI had evidence of direct and covert contact between the suspect and China’s intelligence operatives. Feinstein was also a high-value target as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, with access to the most sensitive information held by the US government, including from our intelligence partners around the globe. And yet, the FBI reached out to Feinstein rather than open a counter-intelligence probe with her as a potential target, even though Feinstein’s family has profited extensively through contacts with China during her tenure.

In contrast, Donald Trump was a businessman running for president with three questionable advisers. Graham doesn’t see why the FBI didn’t prioritize hygiene over investigation in that case as they did with Feinstein

Too bad readers of the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times won’t know what Graham’s talking about.

Cotton to Kamala Harris: no more Kavanaugh documents by Karen Townsend – ‘You Already Said You’re Voting No’ https://t.co/Hh5w4QQetg

“Harris’ intentions have been clear from the start. She hasn’t even met with Kavanaugh yet she has expressed a definitive opinion.

When Democrats realized that they have no procedural way of railroading Kavanaugh’s nomination, other than excessive demands of documents to slow it down, their level of frustration grew to a new level. Senator Harris is even on record declaring that “We’re looking at the destruction of the Constitution of the United States” with the nomination. Talk about hyperbole! She said it on MSNBC to host Chris Matthews so she was picking the right audience for such partisan drama.

There was a time that senators recognized that a president is entitled to his nominations, barring no extraordinary circumstances. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated by President Clinton in 1993 and was confirmed 96-3. No Republican was under the impression that she was a moderate. It was even common practice to use voice votes for nominees up through the LBJ administration. That would be impossible now.

The Problem with Gay Marriage by David Solway – “Although I regard the reduction of identity to one’s sexual preferences, whatever these might be, as a diminishment of the complex spectrum of human personality, I have nothing against the practice of homosexuality – to each his own – and considered it a non-issue and none of my business.”

“Then and now, however, I believed as a matter of principle that redefining marriage was another kettle entirely. People can manage their private passions as they wish, provided they remain within the common law, but marriage has to be defended not only as a binding compact between two people and an expression of religious faith, but as a social institution whose role is twofold: the preservation of cultural life and the procreation of the species.

For these reasons, marriage can be only a contract between a man and woman.

This is why Marxism, for example, considers marriage an institution that needs to be destroyed, since procreant marriage with all its attendant responsibilities is the foundation of bourgeois society.

None of these considerations carried any weight with my literary colleague, who accused my wife and me of rejecting his “essential humanity” and broke off all communication, saying the issue was “non-negotiable” and all discussion would henceforth cease.

My friend would have none of it. He demanded total assent and expected our congratulations. But as he once wrote me about another matter, “you don’t owe a friend a lie.” It’s a maxim worth living by.

First step in a lie is the lie to one’s self. It is one thing to be intransigent on a position but another to cut off any discussion about that position or, especially, any one or any thing that might even just hold differing views.

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Ohr notes, Russian assassinations, Chinese spies, who’s the enemy?

Rudy’s Shot Across Mueller’s Bow by Mark Wauck – “With Paul Sperry stating that President Trump is about to begin declassifying some key documents, we may soon have a better picture of what’s been going on in the Mueller “probe.”

“But we may already be getting a preview, based on the handful of Steele/Ohr emails that we’ve already seen.

In other words: Ohr’s activities could only have been part of an unauthorized campaign by government officials against the President of the United States.

As it turns out, Ohr has also been discussing the planned course of action with people in Washington, and he quickly lets Steele know that he will let “them” know that Steele is on board. It also seems likely that Ohr, #4 at DoJ, may have a heads up about the forthcoming appointment of a Special Counsel.

The handwritten notes exposing what Fusion GPS told DOJ about Trump by John Solomon – “And all of it was captured in the official’s handwritten notes — a contemporaneous record that intelligence professionals tell me exposes the flaws plaguing the early Russia collusion case.”

“Yet, Simpson allegedly acknowledged that most of the information Fusion GPS and British intelligence operative Christopher Steele developed did not come from sources inside Moscow. “Much of the collection about the Trump campaign ties to Russia comes from a former Russian intelligence officer (? not entirely clear) who lives in the U.S.,” Ohr scribbled in his notes.

Simpson admitted in sworn testimony last year to the House Intelligence Committee that he had contact with Ohr after Trump’s election victory. But Ohr’s notes provide the first detailed public account of what the two men actually discussed.

One notation that stands out is Simpson’s account that he asked Steele to talk with Mother Jones reporter David Corn about their muckraking on Trump and Russia in the final days of the election. At the time, Steele still worked as an FBI source.

When Simpson testified before Congress, he said he and Steele acted out of a sense of duty.

Whatever their assessment, Congress has a wide, new mandate to investigate the Simpson-Ohr-Steele contacts with renewed vigor and lots of questions that did not exist just a few short weeks ago

Those answers could make for a long, politically hot autumn in Washington.

Russia to US: Sanctions over our assassinations and our election disruption would be an act of economic war, or something by Ed Morrissey – “the administration now realizes that Russia has been conducting an intelligence war for years against the West. That includes their disruption efforts in the 2016 election, weak as they were, as well as a string of assassinations in the West that go as far back as Alexander Litvenenko over a decade ago.” This gets to the real danger in the Democrats efforts to unseat the President. That effort is a diversion and a distraction inhibiting and stunting the efforts to tackle a very real ‘enemy of the state’ problem.

NY Post: Don’t forget how Feinstein’s China ties paid off for her while employing her driver-spy by Ed Morrissey – “So far, news outlets like the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and even Washington DC’s own Post still have yet to report a single word on this penetration, even while both newspapers are filled with Russian intel ops and their aftermath.” Yet another example of the insidious propaganda game being played by the Left.

Conservative Confusion About Who and What We’re Fighting by David Catron – “The razor-thin majority by which Balderson won is the result of absent suburban voters who have forgotten that, after 2006, the Democrats nearly destroyed the U.S. economy and set the stage for the Obama era with all its trademark criminality.”

Omarosa has secret Trump tapes, writing a tell-all book by Karen Townsend – “No matter what the content of the secret tapes, this is a huge betrayal of trust and Omarosa should be shamed for her conduct, not rewarded with a lucrative book deal.

Man arrested after making Twitter threat against ICE agents, Rep. Scalise responds (Update) by John Sexton – “I suspect someone on the left will shortly be claiming this was a joke and just part of the way progressives on Twitter talk about federal agents

“Scalise’s tweet also raises a point about how Democrats frequently play the “climate of hate” blame game, which may be his intent in asking the question he does. Every time there is a burst of political violence, the left rushes to blame the right. Often, as happened after the Tucson shooting, the left doesn’t even wait for evidence to support their claims, they just start assigning blame to the usual suspects. In some cases, they report false connections that don’t exist and in others, they ignore evidence that doesn’t fit their narrative (Remember the “Tea Party terrorist” who concluded his manifesto by quoting the Communist Manifesto?).

The left is always eager to have a national conversation about the climate of hate if they think the right will take the blame. But after the shooting of police officers in Dallas, Baton Rouge, or New York City, or the assassination attempt against Rep. Scalise and other Republicans they quickly forget how the climate of hate works and change the subject. So now is a good time to ask if they want to keep playing that game. My guess is they will decline, at least in this instance.

Finally, it bothers me that Ziobrowski faces up to five years in prison if convicted, which means he could see more jail time than Antifa goon Eric Clanton who was caught on video hitting people over the head with a bike lock. We’ll have to wait and see what justice looks like in this case.

Understanding Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 73 Years Later by Dan Mclaughlin – “The need to batter the enemy into abject and total submission seems to us today something like barbarism.” He cites the Civil War and the two world wars … “To the men of 1945, with barbarism before them on a daily basis, that animal spirit was in fact a coldly rational reading of very recent history and enduring human nature.”

“Also, no American president – perhaps not even Washington or Grant – had seen worse ground combat up close in his life than Harry Truman, an artillery officer in the ghastly 6-week Meuse-Argonne offensive (the second bloodiest battle in U.S. history) that ended World War I. Truman’s sense of war was visceral; he knew its horrors well, and knew there was no substitute for ending it.

Harry Truman did what the righteous fury of four years of the bitterest war demanded, and made a lasting peace. You could say that of precious few of our wars since 1945. That suggests that maybe Truman knew something we have forgotten about man and war.

An Observance of the Decay of Learned Restraint, Ace of Spades – “We used to learn, as children, to restrain our pettier, nastier, more childlike emotional outbursts.”

“Our parents taught us to count to ten before blowing up in anger.

Our parents and our friends taught us that to display such base emotions as seething envy was uncool and childlike.

We wanted to grow up, we wanted to be seen as grown up, and so we tried to act like grown-ups. So we learned, either because of a parent’s soft (but stinging) chiding, or a friend’s rather less gentle insulting us as a spaz or baby, to restrain exhibitions of such childish butthurts.

We also learned — or were taught, sometimes with some real social cruelty or an actual beat-down — that if we had a problem, we should sort it out ourselves or just find a way to work around it, instead of running to the nearest authority figure to squeal on our playmates.

On that last point, men especially were taught to ask themselves, “Am I acting like a man here, or a whiny child in constant need of his Mommy’s interventions?”

I’m sure women similarly asked themselves about their own behavior, probably thinking more in terms of propriety and maturity than about masculinity, but the effect was the same.

The rule used to be, “If you lose your shit, you’ve lost the game.”

Now it’s the exact opposite: “If you lose your shit and throw a tantrum, you win. Always. Because obviously the person who takes offense and flies into rage over nothing must have moral superiority over people who are calm and rational.”

whither civility, honor, integrity?

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Free ride and a straight face?

Ace of Spades: Eric Clanton, the Antifa Professor Charged With Beating People Over the Head With a U-Lock (A Deadly) Weapon, Offered Plea Deal of Three Years Probation, Not a Single Hour of JailAssault with a deadly weapon is a minor misdemeanor if you’re an antifa attempted murderer.

NAACP’s own poll reveals surge in black support for Trump – and they react badly by Thomas Lifson – “Dependence on 90% voting support from African-Americans for electoral success is the jugular vein of the Democratic Party.”

“President Trump’s rising support among black voters is correctly seen as an existential threat to the party’s – and progressivism’s – ability to win national elections. That’s why I thought it was big news last Saturday when Rasmussen proclaimed that black approval of Trump had hit 29%, even though most of the media ignored it for reasons AT readers well understand.

But the surge in black support for President Trump is real – so real that even the far left NAACP discovered it in a poll, though that poll (perhaps with a differently worded question) put the support at 21%. …

What’s a race victimology group to do with this? Of course, double down on charges that Trump is a racist.

If calling Trump a racist hasn’t stemmed the flow of black support his way, there is no reason to believe that shouting it more will start working. It’s almost as if the groups which purport to represent the interests of African Americans are really more worried about their own careers.

CNN thinks too many Latinos like President Trump by Don Surber – “Ronald Brownstein of CNN is in a panic.”

“Despite an endless stream of negative stories on CNN and elsewhere about President Trump, a growing number of Hispanic voters support him.

And the wall.

Polls nationally show President Trump’s job approval is up 10 points among Hispanic voters.

We know why.

Jobs.

Democrats need to offer something more than anti-Trump vitriol. Calling him Hitler backfires once people notice he ain’t Hitler.

The Democrats’ rhetoric is just as dangerous as Trump’s by Marc Thiessen – There’s a both sides do it bias here (e.g. “just as …”) that is belied by the examples given. Chanting “CNN Sucks” and “Lock her up” just isn’t even in the same game as the hateful and violence encouraging rhetoric often heard from the Left.

“It’s worth keeping these incidents in mind as we listen to the rising chorus of warnings that the president’s irresponsible attacks on the media will result in violence. CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta recently tweeted, “I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt.” And New York Times columnist Bret Stephens warned, “We are approaching a day when blood on the newsroom floor will be blood on the president’s hands.”

Let’s pray something so awful never comes to pass. But by that standard, the blood on the Alexandria field was blood on the Democrats’ hands. Before shooting Scalise, Hodgkinson joined Facebook groups such as “Join the Resistance Worldwide,” “Terminate the Republican Party,” and “The Road To Hell Is Paved With Republicans.” He posted that “Trump is a Traitor” and “Republicans are the Taliban of the USA.” Where did he get the idea to compare Republicans to terrorists? Well, just to give one example:

Many Americans were outraged by the horrific policy of family separation, but it is inexcusably irresponsible for those such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to compare Trump’s policies with those of Nazi Germany and the detention centers along the U.S.-Mexico border to Hitler’s concentration camps. It isn’t difficult to imagine how an unbalanced mind could be influenced by overheated rhetoric by people in positions of authority.

Here’s an idea: If we are really concerned that the state of our political discourse is going to get someone killed, then maybe people on both sides should cut it out.

As long as people like Thiessen can ignore their own observations and maintain this “people on both sides” schtick, the problem will continue. True witness is a first requirement and that means coming to grips with the difference between one’s own desires and the real world.

Tougher gun laws didn’t help Los Angeles schools by Jazz Shaw – “Guess what didn’t make it onto the list of improvements.” It’s the Thiessen problem – the path to their goal just doesn’t fit reality.

Slate: The left’s response to Sarah Jeong’s tweets was problematic by John Sexton – “If you had to guess how Slate reacted to the Sarah Jeong story, you’d probably assume they backed Jeong and denied there was anything wrong with her “white people” tweets. And you’d be right” – Predictable implies consistency which is often considered a good thing but one has to question whether being predictable for what the Left is doing in terms of racism, bigotry, and even assault fits this idea.

“And as Mounk points out, the audience for this material took it the same way a racist audience for a racial joke would, i.e. by laughing along with her at the butt of the joke, in this case white people. What’s most worrisome about all of this is how few people on the left see it as a problem. [emphasis added]

This is why you get terrible movies from Hollywood and it’s not even about politics by Jazz Shaw – “some Hollywood moguls were bemoaning the decline of people showing up at the theater to watch movies on the big screen.”

“What’s of far more interest is the reason Del Vecchio cites for the opposition to this genre of films inside the industry. You see, the “artists” in that highly pampered community look down their noses at not only the studios who make such films, but even more so at the great unwashed masses who line up to see them. …

It’s nice to see Del Vecchio dismissing such haughty comments as “rubbish” (his word), but he’s clearly the exception in the industry. Foster’s critique really pulls back the mask and lets us see why so many of the big screen projects which get the green light wind up being such absolute crap. They know better than you. Even more to the point, they have zero respect for you. You are simply too ignorant to know good art when you see it and they’re on a mission to correct that. So they’ll keep pumping out “arthouse” films which tick all the boxes from their art school final exams, ignoring the fact that nobody wants to go watch most of it.

What we’re examining here typifies most of the stereotypes you hear about Hollywood whether we’re discussing films or politics. It’s a wealthy, entitled community of people who are completely out of touch. They’ve lost sight of the fact that their business does not exist to “enlighten” and “save” the hoi polloi across the world. They’re supposed to be entertaining us and offering a product we’re willing to spend our money on in our leisure hours. Making more “meaningful” films that nobody watches accomplishes nothing but assuaging the egos of the leaders in that industry. And that’s why we keep getting so many terrible films.

This is the same thing Limbaugh points out about journalists – they think their job is to save the world, not to educate and inform.

Ocasio-Cortez: Think of all the funeral expenses we’ll save under Medicare for All! By Ed Morrissey – “Boston University’s economics program apparently never included a biology requirement — or math, for that matter. BU’s most notable graduate these days, Democratic Socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, tried explaining to CNN’s Chris Cuomo last night why people shouldn’t have “sticker shock” over the price tag of her core agenda item

“The question we need to ask is how a person with this much economic ignorance managed to get an economics degree from Boston University. Final question: How did Cuomo keep a straight face through this?

Canadians try to boycott American-made food products by Karen Townsend – “A hashtag-worthy movement began as Canadians began calling for consumers to #BuyCanadian, #BoycottUSProducts, and #BoycottUSA. There is a catch, though. Up to 60% of the food on Canadian grocery store shelves is from America.”

“Canadians like to virtue-signal and illegal immigration is one of their favorite issues to drag the Trump over. Nevermind that even Justin Trudeau has now admitted that unlimited access to Canada via an open border approach on his side of the border isn’t such a great idea. Resources are being stretched thin.

Maybe the cost of a free ride is coming to the surface?

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Call the cops! or maybe, better not.

Neighbors Calling Cops On Kid Selling Cookies Speaks To Bigger Societal Ail by Jamie Wells – “What once was pretty standard in communities, an adult speaking to the child’s parent about their concerns, has all but evaporated in our culture.”

“Whatever the culprit, the behavior is imprinted in the minds of the children involved. They mimic what they see. The relationship between parent and child is symbiotic. If mom is upset, child will be upset. If mom avoids conflict, then the child learns this strategy too; becoming ill-equipped in adulthood to be resilient. Certainly, if there is a real threat to a situation, then the best, safest course is to contact the police. But, for an average annoyance when having a conversation doesn’t risk your or your child’s personal safety, shouldn’t attempts to diffuse or solve the problem yield greater dividends than the alternative (e.g. establishment of a nice rapport with your long-term neighbors, learning about rectifying challenging circumstances)?

Have we simply lost the benefit of the doubt entirely – and is that the world we want to live in? Maybe when we confront such situations, we can take a moment to consider whether our actions facilitate opportunities or impose obstacles.

Midterm Meddling: Facebook Blocks Republican Candidate’s Ad, Breitbart Tech – “Facebook has banned Republican congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng’s campaign video ad about communist crimes that led her family to flee Cambodia for the U.S., claiming the platform doesn’t allow “shocking, disrespectful, or sensational” content.” It’s called ‘rewriting history’ when you attempt to distort or ignore what has actually happened because it doesn’t fit with your view of the world as you want it.

“Facebook has since reversed course on its decision, saying: “it is clear the video contains historical imagery relevant to the candidate’s story.”

“It is unbelievable that Facebook could have such blatant disregard for the history that so many people, including my own parents, have lived through,” declared Heng in a statement. “I’m sure it is shocking for some people to hear about this kind of injustice, but this is reality. This is why I wake up every single day with the fight and determination to have a voice and make a difference in my community.”

“Neither Facebook nor any other company in the tech industry get to silence our stories,” she continued. “We’ve seen it over and over again with Republican candidates and organizations.”

I remember when we called them mobs by Silvio Canto, Jr. – “And there you have it: the modern protest. We target those we disagree with, call them names, and then interrupt their dinner.” … “We call on the media to call this a mob, not a protest.” But! Fake News!

West Hollywood’s Moral Crusade against Trump by Kevin D. Williamson – “Donald Trump is sometimes fortunate in his opponents.”

“Part of me wants to encourage these fanatics. Yes, let’s dig up the Hollywood Walk of Fame until nobody is left but nice people—it’ll be a hell of a lot shorter. Yes, let’s change the name of Austin to Socialjusticeville and make it the seat of Social Justice County. (Stephen F. Austin and William Travis were involved in slavery, you see, and the takfiris in Austin want to change the city’s name.) Let’s let them burn the works of Mark Twain, and let the editors of The Nation grovel like worms every time some witless clucking Caitlyn on Twitter doesn’t like a poem they publish. Let Berkeley turn the campus over to literal blackshirts. Let’s crucify Scarlett Johansson in the public square.

Call it the Shining Path model of conservatism: Hasten the crisis to bring forward the underlying contradictions in the dominant paradigm.

How We Got Here by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. – “There have been three Constitutional crises in my lifetime and two of them revolved around the Clintons.” … “The origin of our present Constitutional crisis is a bit more complicated than this passage from Shattered makes out, but here is a good starting point to discover how the mob, the prosecutors, the media, and the Democratic Party are intent on stealing the last election and saving the Clintons’ hides.”

Emails Reveal High School Teachers Plotting To Hide Their Political Bias From Parents By Ilya Feoktistov – “The Left is abusing American high school education in its struggle to gain and retain political power. We only found out about this incident by accident. How many more?”

“Shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, a group of public school history teachers in the posh Boston suburb of Newton pledged to reject the “call for objectivity” in the classroom, bully conservative students for their beliefs, and serve as “liberal propagandist[s]” for the cause of social justice.

This informal pact was made in an exchange of emails among history teachers at Newton North High School,

The Left is abusing American high school education in its struggle—not to do good, but to gain and retain political power. The ongoing trend of growing political intolerance and ideological bigotry among the newest American adults will continue, and nothing good will come of it. In the Soviet Union, I’ve seen what young people could be turned into, what I myself could be turned into. Trust me, America hasn’t seen anything yet.

The Police Were Not Policed by Victor Davis Hanson – “How can Americans now trust the intelligence agencies shown to be corrupt in the very recent past?

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that’s very, very troubling – a growing awareness?

Pope Francis Rewrites Catholicism … and the Bible by Dennis Prager – “After 2,000 years of teaching that a moral use of capital punishment for murder is consistent with Catholic teaching, the pope announced that the catechism, the church fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas, among the other great Catholic theologians, were all wrong.” … “And God and the Bible? They’re wrong, too.”

“Pope Francis, the product of Latin American liberation theology — along with many other Catholic religious and lay leaders — is remaking Catholicism in the image of leftism, just as mainstream Protestant leaders have been rendering much of mainstream Protestantism a branch of leftism, and non-Orthodox Jewish clergy and lay leaders have been rendering most non-Orthodox synagogues and lay institutions left-wing organizations.

Colleges: A Force For Evil by Walter Williams – “How higher education is threatening the future of the country.”

The Elites’ War on the Deplorables by Victor Davis Hanson – “Elites are confident that there is nothing either ethically wrong or career-endangering in smearing middle-class Trump supporters with such crude stereotypes.”

From Philadelphia, The Latest Liberal Outrage [updated] by John Hinderaker – “Kirk and Owens were a heck of a lot more threatened than Jim Acosta was in Tampa a few evenings ago, but I haven’t seen any tears shed by liberal media.”

“There is a certain irony in a gang of white fascists chanting about “white supremacy” to an African-American like Candace Owens. But no one ever accused liberal activists of having brains.

UPDATE: One more thing: here, one of the liberal Democrats throws a drink at Charlie Kirk:

I give Charlie lots of credit for self-restraint. He is a perfectly able-bodied guy, but managed to refrain from beating any of the liberals senseless.

Is Rudy Giuliani Helping Or Hurting President Trump? By Paul Mirengoff – “a recognition that Trump’s real jeopardy is political, not legal.”

“But Trump rose from egotistical develop to egotistical U.S. president. This triumph, against considerable odds, suggests he is at least as sharp and savvy as ever. If influential business people in New York don’t recognize this, they may be the ones who aren’t sharp and savvy.

Andy McCarthy is plenty sharp and savvy. He sees Giuliani’s blustery, unlawyerly performances as part of an effective effort to drive down public support for Robert Mueller and his partisan team. Behind that effort is a recognition that Trump’s real jeopardy is political, not legal. It lies with impeachment, not criminal indictment.

But Trump’s opponents are also trying to win ugly. They are determined to destroy this president — to find something he said or did that they can use to accomplish what they failed to achieve at the ballot box.

Under these circumstances, I don’t condemn Trump and his team for fighting back as they have.

What’s the right way to stop the Big Tech censorship? By Luboš Motl – “Four biggest Internet companies suddenly made the conclusion at the same moment.”

“I am no listener of Alex Jones – maybe he sounds too tough or too non-intellectual to me (and, despite the vague ideological agreement with general political things, I would probably label many of his musings “dumb conspiracy theories”) – but today’s ban of his and Infowars pages, channels, profiles, and Podcasts by Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and (now also) YouTube (look at the creepy error message shown to 2+ million followers!) all did the same thing within 12 hours – a clear collusion by a cartel) is a clear sign that the freedom of speech (especially for right-wingers) is dying in the U.S.

(Hours later, Jones was also removed from LinkedIn and Pinterest.)

Ironically enough, this dying – escalated by this ban that Matt Drudge predicted years ago – has accelerated under the Republican president Trump. Infowars were basically given no specific explanation of the reasons. Terms of Service violated. Hate speech. Whatever.

Some people defend similar policies by saying that the companies are private and they can ban anyone they want. There’s some true core in this statement. But every sane and sensitive person must feel that it doesn’t sound right. Why it doesn’t sound right? These Big Tech companies are clearly introducing political censorship to the whole U.S. political landscape. Why is it exactly wrong what they’re doing?

Meanwhile, I am terribly disappointed by the silence (or downright support) of all the Democratic Party fans for this suppression of the Infowars folks’ freedom of speech. It’s no longer just the extreme activists and the political elite that organizes and applauds these authoritarian moves. It’s probably the bulk of the ordinary registered Democrats in the U.S., too. And that’s very, very troubling.

Yes, it is very troubling how the indefensible is being defended.

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Weaponizing government against the people

Trump Frees Obamacare Captives, Dems Sue by David Catron – “The amended rule will provide individuals access to low-cost health coverage, greater benefit flexibility, and the opportunity to escape Obamacare. Not coincidentally, on the very day the new rule became effective, the Trump administration was sued by four Democrat-controlled cities for “sabotaging” the health care law.”

“Why would they do something so counterproductive to their ostensible goals? For the Democrats, the health care wars aren’t about providing medical treatment to the uninsured or the poor, and they certainly aren’t about controlling costs. They are about power and money.

So, President Trump has reversed an arbitrary — and probably illegal — Obama administration fiat for the purpose of helping more Americans get affordable health insurance. But the Democrats in general, the corrupt officials of four dysfunctional cities, and a few academic ideologues say he can’t do that. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, which will probably grant the plaintiffs a temporary injunction, meaning more Obamacare victims will have to wait for years to get justice. But, for the Democrats it isn’t about justice. This kind of lawfare is standard practice for these creatures. About 140 such suits have been aimed at Trump since he was inaugurated — just an appetizer for what will happen if the Democrats get control of either house of Congress in November.

How Many Divisions Does Judge Bates Command? By Michael Walsh – “so out of line has the lesser judiciary — that is to say, every federal judge below the Supreme Court level — become that we have now arrived at this blatantly unconstitutional pass.”

“Let’s call this what it is: an attempt by a single judge in the District of Columbia to usurp the power of the executive simply because he doesn’t like the substance of the administration’s arguments. But the only argument the administration needs is: “because.”

The Left prefers to implement its policy preferences via the courts, because it only takes a handful, or even one, to overturn the will of the people.

Protesting journalists, much like protesting politicians, is constitutional by Taylor Millard – “The First Amendment protects the right of the people to peaceably air their grievances about whatever topic is on their minds. It doesn’t mean the rally has to be filled with logical arguments or language one might hear whilst watching a Disney princess movie. It just can’t become a riot.” Millard is a bit confused (his bias shows) but here he has a good point.

Fake news from the New York Times by Paul Mirengoff – “in portraying this “admission” as news, the Times is playing fast and loose with the English language. In the process, it is dishing out fake news.” A look at an example that can also be used to see why ‘automated’ or algorithmic fact checking can be so off base. Ed Driscoll at Instapundit has another example: GREAT MOMENTS IN “FACT CHECKING.” WashPost Fact Check: ‘Wringing’ Sarah Sanders’ Neck Different from ‘Choking’ Her.

New York Times Lies about Trump Lies by Andy May – “The New York Times does not categorize the statements in their Trump list, every misstatement is jumbled together and called an “outright lie.” Some of Trump’s statements are hyperbole, some are exaggerations, some are clearly his opinion and stated as such, some are obvious minor mistakes..” Here’s what you get when the folks that put climate data and analysis on the dissection table take on a similar propaganda effort in a different field.

“The example in Table 1 is a case where the New York Times claimed Trump lied, when he didn’t in my opinion and in the opinion of many others including Jeb Bush and Ben Carson. Legitimate differences of opinion are not lies, especially when supported by data. I show this example because 35 of the 106 NYT accusations of Trump “lies” fall in this category, it is the largest of the six groups listed in Table 2. This is also a perfect example of something very common in the New York Times list, what I call a “manufactured lie.” The New York Times will search for some aspect or view point of a statement that is contradicted by a fact, usually unrelated to the meaning of the statement and often a stretch of logic, then based on that unrelated fact call the statement a lie.

After investigating the list of supposed Trump “lies,” I concluded that the New York Times violated the “highest quality and integrity” portion of their standards.

Trump is prone to hyperbole and careless wording when speaking but calling every mistake and inaccuracy a lie is over-the-top and just not true.

When the list is studied in detail, the overt and obvious anti-Trump bias is shocking.

Understanding the Climate and History of California Fires by Tim Ball – “There is no hope for the truth when world leaders like Governor Brown of California (he runs the 19th largest economy in the world) can present such utterly false information in pursuit of a political agenda.”

“Brown clearly doesn’t know that the world was 6°C warmer 9000 years ago and was warmer than today for at least 95 % of the last 10,000 years known as the Holocene Optimum.

In the introductory climatology class, I always mentioned early in September that we can watch for a sequence of events from California. This will begin with complaints about drought and threatened water supplies. In the Fall, we will have stories about fires decimating the landscape and burning up communities. The next in the sequence is rain and mudslides. Welcome to sunny southern California. I don’t recall a year in which that sequence did not occur. The only differences were the intensity of the events, the hysteria of the media and the degree of political exploitation.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo on claim he may put NRA out of business: “I would like to believe it’s true” by William A. Jacobson – “Although the allegations of the threat to the NRA’s existence are not new, the sensationalism of The Rolling Stone article has generated a lot of publicity.”

“It should come as no surprise that someone like Andrew Cuomo has weaponized the state financial bureaucracy to try to put a political opponent out of business. Or that he openly brags that putting them out of business is his goal. Or that he’s encouraging other Democratic Attorney Generals to do the same. Or that he’s happy about it. Or that he laughs about it.

While liberals want to gut the 2nd Amendment, they have their eyes on the 1st Amendment as well, as I predicted in late February 2018, I renewed my NRA membership because attacks on 2nd Amendment rights never stop there:

Over and over we see the power of the ‘elite’ – whether the judicial oligarchy or the deep state bureaucracy – being used to stifle political opposition.

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A broken trust in finding reality – remember Vietnam and Nixon?

The Short Lease by Richard Fernandez – “Fewer disillusions hit harder than discovering that an article of faith was a lie.”

“In the tit for tat race to the bottom of the last two years Trump had nothing to lose.

With trust in brands at low ebb the only sort of political lease many voters are willing to grant is on the basis of direct experience. Trump’s legitimacy so far has been leased with the ready money of a booming economy. Call it shallow, call it naive but there it is. Direct experience is harder to manipulate than the Narrative.

While formerly direct experience could easily be overcome by the voice of authority, with Narrative discredited there is the distinct danger people might fall prey to taking the counsel of their own senses.

Trotsky understood that the erosion of ideology by ‘practical experience’ would make it difficult for any -ists to embark on multi-decade social engineering if no results were forthcoming. The Narrative was as vital to long-term progressivism as drilling mud was to deep well oilmen. After years of steady availability they couldn’t imagine it was all gone.

Perhaps the reason why Trump has not brought on the predicted apocalypse, and not been the disaster pundits have forecast, is that his chaos proved strangely in tune with the disruptive forces of the era. Despite the conventional wisdom that the West erred in choosing Brexit and failing to elect Hillary the West may by blind luck have changed course at the very moment when it needed to.

How to stop political violence by Don Surber – “The de-humanization of political opponents is on the rise and growing in intensity.” He’s a bit conflicted with hope, though.

“The time has come to stop the self-righteousness of political principle (an oxymoron) and replace it with pragmatism. Let us concentrate on what we agree on, and put aside our disagreements. One of the best things about President Trump is he is willing to negotiate any time, anywhere with anyone.

Ozzy Osbourne sang, “Maybe it’s not too late to learn how to love and forget how to hate.”

If a drunk and drugged out rocker gets it, why can’t we sober and cerebral people?

When The Mueller Gang Met Judge Ellis by Daniel Greenfield – “The Manafort trial isn’t going to give Mueller what he wants.”

“the obsession with Manafort’s suits, karaoke machine and pond reveal the hollowness of the case. If the prosecution really had Manafort down cold, it wouldn’t need to talk about his ostrich jacket. There are only two purposes to such theatrics, to bias the jury or to play to the cheap seats in the media.

Democrat judges had lent Mueller a hand until now. But the actual case is now in the hands of a judge who doesn’t like Mueller, doesn’t like his people’s tactics and doesn’t like being used as a pawn.

Unlike the Democrat judges with an axe to grind, Judge Ellis is following the law.

Three-Card Mueller by Clarice Feldman – “The public – in this case, the mark – has been led to believe that the entire years-long Mueller investigation was into Trump’s “collusion” with Russians.”

“But the dealer (Mueller himself) knows that it is part of a plan to undermine the president and reverse the 2016 presidential election, in which the only real Russian collusion was with Hillary. By now his press supporters surely should know this, but they continue to feed the fiction that the game is to find the collusion in the one campaign in which there was none.

As has been the wont of recent special prosecutors, particularly harsh measures at the prosecution’s hand were employed – a middle-of-the-night raid on his home, with Mr. and Mrs. Manafort rousted from their beds and frisked in their nightclothes. (In this week’s trial, an FBI agent testified that they knocked three times first but entered with a key, though he could not say how the key came into the FBI’s possession.) Manafort has been held in solitary confinement during the proceedings based on a ruling by an Obama-appointed district court judge in D.C., where there is a second proceeding pending. It is reminiscent of Patrick Fitzgerald’s throwing former New York Times reporter Judith Miller in jail in the Libby case until she agreed to testify. (After this, he confused her about her notes and led her to give false testimony. Her recantation was the basis on which the D.C. Court of Appeals years later found Libby to have been likely innocent of the crimes for which he’d been convicted and reinstated him to practice.) President Trump subsequently pardoned him.

In the meantime, more skullduggery at the FBI has turned up – with still no apparent effort at transparency by Attorney General Jeff Sessions or FBI director Christopher Wray.

And they are still covering up their malfeasance and protecting their own. It’s time for Congress to seriously consider stripping counterintelligence from the FBI.

President Trump Meets and Surprises Jim Jordan in Ohio by sundance – “In another example for the keen political instincts of President Trump; he can tell from the automatic vibe that jumped in the air when he said the name “Jim Jordan”

Worse Than Watergate? Editorial of The New York Sun – “In Watergate the system worked,” Mr. Bernstein reckons, whereas today scant Republicans, in Mr. Bernstein’s view, are pressing to hold the president to account.” … “Far be it from us to gainsay the likes of Mr. Bernstein, but our impression is that he’s inaccurate.”

“By our lights, though, there are similarities. In both dramas the press has sought to topple a freely-elected president. In Watergate, the press sought to overturn the election of a president who had won 49 of the 50 states. The effect — leave intent aside — was to undercut a military victory we were winning on the ground in Vietnam. The result was to embolden an anti-war movement that was determined to deliver free Vietnam to clients of the Russians.

Free Vietnam fell in April, and Indochina, with its population to rival eastern Europe, fell into the long night of communism. That is what a lot of us think of when we hear talk of Watergate. We understand that’s a minority opinion, but it’s ours. Something worse than Watergate may yet be confected by the Democrats as they seek to bring down President Trump. They haven’t, however, yet produced a tragedy to rival the tragedy that resulted from Watergate.

The Vindication Of Clarence Thomas—And The Left’s Freakout by Steven Hayward – “beyond just the theatrics of the left’s primal screams and desperation tactics it is delightful to see the left begin to reckon with something more fundamental going on

“Liberals have always dismissed Thomas as simply Scalia’s wingman, though no one who actually read with any care their separate opinions, concurrences, and dissents would think so. But the great thing about being a liberal is that you can just go with a cliche and skip the careful thinking part.

But now that the whole scene is in flux with the arrival of Justice Gorsuch—who, like Justice Thomas, believes that the natural law tradition in legal history stretching back to Roman times still has today what social scientists call “normative” value—the left is taking stock of things, and realizing that they are in a heap of trouble.

The insults, they never stop! Anti-Trump media just can’t help themselves by Dan Gainor – “Media reaction to being booed devolved into journalists defending journalists.” The behavior patterns of denial and defense …

Rasmussen: Black approval rating of Trump now at 29% by Thomas Lifson – “If this figure reported in Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll Friday is anywhere close to accurate, Democrats are closing in on a crisis.”

The Left’s Love Affair With Doublethink by Frank Miele – “If you have a hard time following the logic of some liberal arguments, don’t worry. It’s not you.”

“Taking a page out of George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” our modern prog friends have mastered the art of doublethink — “the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”

The twists and turns in the logic of doublethink are exhausting, and I think it is safe to say that part of the power of liberalism is that it is easier to surrender to its hypnotic fluttering rhetoric than to pin it down like a bug and analyze it under a microscope. Yet once you face facts, there is no going back, no matter how isolated it may make you feel.

Drive To Regulate Speech On The Internet Is Gaining Steam by John Hinderaker – “It is interesting to see how quickly the committee moves from false information to “hyper-partisan,” or “targeted” information.”

“It is common for liberals to assert that the future of our democracy (or, as here, Britain’s) is somehow threatened by the fact that misinformation can be posted to Facebook or Twitter, or elsewhere on the internet. I have yet to see any coherent explanation of why that is the case. Misinformation has been a common feature of our democracy for a long time.

This Parliamentary report is an interim version, with more to come later this year. But it is easy to see which way the wind is blowing. “Mainstream” media outlets are deemed to be mainstream because of their support for the governing class and its favored policies, which broadly can be described as liberal. The internet–not just Facebook and Twitter, although they have come to play a huge role–is “unregulated.” Worse, it is home to lots of dissenting voices. (I say dissenting, even though such voices–ours, for example–probably represent the views of a majority of Americans on most issues.) This freedom poses a serious threat to the power of the governing class and its media toadies, and they aren’t taking it lying down.

The good news is that here in the U.S., we have robust legal protections for free speech. The bad news is that the companies that control discourse on the internet–Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple–are all run by liberals who may prove happy to accede to pressure to stifle views that run contrary to the liberal orthodoxy of Silicon Valley.

will reason, logic, intellectual integrity and honest surface out of this mess? “If a drunk and drugged out rocker gets it, why can’t we sober and cerebral people?

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The joke may be on us

Think about this one. It is a celebration of (1) the indoctrination of children, (2) success in bypassing voting by judicial oligarchy, and (3) the use of children for obtaining political power to subjugate citizens.

Kids around the world are suing governments over climate change—and it’s working by Ephrat Livni – “Nobody could have predicted the kids would get this far.”

“Back in 2015, a group of 21 young Americans decided to sue the US government over climate change. In Juliana v. US, the plaintiffs argue that the government has violated “the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property” by adopting policies that promote the use of fossil fuels—despite the knowledge that carbon dioxide emissions are a primary cause of global warming.

That might sound like an extreme claim. But in the years since, the lawsuit has kept succeeding against all odds. …

To the average observer, the case may still seem like a long shot. But the kids are part of a global movement of concerned citizens advancing similar claims. Collectively, the lawsuits are creating new precedents that bolster activism—and may, in the long term, help alter the way governments think about their responsibility to protect citizens against climate change.

… In this case, attorneys for the trust argue that a fundamental right to a stable climate that sustains life is implied in the US Constitution.

There’s no explicit mention of climate change in the Constitution, of course, since human-induced global warming wasn’t a concern in the 18th century.

“Climate change is already destructive,” 13-year-old plaintiff Sahara V. said in a statement after the appeals court decided not to block the US case. “It’s harming me and my family, and will only get worse unless the government starts taking action to stop it rather than cause it.”

There is so much wrong here. (but wait! there’s more! …)

Our robed master Bates strikes again by Scott Johnson – “The latest in a series of legal defeats to the Trump administration’s effort to rescind the Obama administration’s unconstitutional program to regularize illegal immigrants by executive decree.” A judge decides that enforcing the law requires an immediate rationale and explanation?

“Our robed master Bates ruled that the Trump administration had inadequately explained its rejection of the Obama administration’s DACA decree, but he kindly afforded Trump one more chance to explain. As Jordan put it: “The judge stayed his decision for 90 days and gave the Department of Homeland Security, which administers the program, the opportunity to better explain its reasoning for canceling it. If the department fails to do so, it ‘must accept and process new as well as renewal DACA applications,’ Judge Bates said in the decision.”

This time around — I have embedded the 25-page memorandum opinion below — Judge Bates declares that the administration’s restatement of its rationale for withdrawing DACA still fails to pass muster. He nevertheless graciously continues the stay of his order of vacatur “for a brief period—twenty days—to permit the government to determine whether it intends to appeal the Court’s decision and, if so, to seek a stay pending appeal.

In this case the joke may be on us. Even so, I can’t help but think of Gulliver and his good master when reading Judge Bates’s opinions in this case. While the Bates joke is Swift’s first in the text of chapter 1, Judge Bates’s joke takes its place in a long line brought to us by our robed masters, and not just on DACA. On the DACA version of the joke, see Josh Blackman’s January 2018 NR column criticizing yet another ruling to the same effect in “A ludicrous ruling that Trump can’t end DACA.”

Rajneeshpuram: A Microcosm of Today’s Democrats? by Lauri B. Regan – “Today’s liberals, like Rajneesh’s followers, are desperately seeking someone to take care of them.”

“For those who have not yet watched the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country, it is a must-see. The story of cult leader (AKA the “sex-guru”) Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s takeover of a small town in Wasco County, Oregon in the early 1980s provides a fascinating insight into the inner workings of the cult, and, in particular, the quest of Rajneesh’s number one, Ma Anand Sheela, to retain power. … Rajneesh’s ability to hypnotize his lost followers coupled with Sheela’s evil doings in order to retain and expand her growing empire resonate with those of us who believe that Barack Obama and the Democrats utilized similar tactics in order to attain and maintain their control. One cannot help but watch the documentary and consider that Rajneesh and Sheela were the king and queen of community organizers of their time.

One of the reasons David Koresh’s Branch Davidians (the subject of a well done Paramount documentary, Waco, available on Amazon Prime video) grew to barely 150 members, while the Rajneeshees attracted nearly 10,000 to Oregon, reflected the difference between cults promoting abstinence versus orgies.

Many liberals today lack the ability to think on their own. They ingest hours upon hours of CNN and MSNBC hosts spewing out lie after lie, and the brainwashing draws them farther and farther in.

What struck me in the first episode of Wild Wild Country was that Rajneesh appears to be the father of many of liberals’ current obsessions. For instance, he and Sheela were seemingly the original multiculturalists as well as the founders of the concept of becoming “woke.”

Sheela also arguably represents the Deep State today. In some ways, she utilized the U.S. Constitution and our laws in order to expand her power, just as Obama discovered that he too could use his phone and his pen to sidestep constitutional limitations.

Similarly, both Sheela and the Democrats use physical and psychological threats to intimidate their enemies.

Sheela and Democrats also believe they are above the law. In the end, Sheela did not exhibit empathy for the victims of her actions or remorse for her sins. She still believes she should have been able to use our laws in order to attain her “virtuous” goals.

Hope and change, peace and love – both are dreams, not practical political and cultural realities. Cult leaders prey on the weak, and while those interviewed for the documentary continue to praise Rajneesh to this day, they are pathetic losers to the rest of us. If multiculturalism and safe spaces were his legacy, it is clear that he was a failure just as Obama will be viewed as such when history looks back on his years in office and sees a disappearing legacy. Obama, too, had no real message to impart. His gift was his way with words and his ability to prey on the weak – those who dream big but who know little about the real world; those who desperately want to belong and do not understand who they are joining or the quixotic nature of their cult leaders’ compelling promises turned empty lies.

Ben Shapiro: ‘Socialism Violates Three of the Ten Commandments’ by Emilie Cochran – “syndicated talk radio show host Ben Shapiro at the Young America’s Foundation’s National Conservative Student Conference on Thursday in Washington, D.C.” Idolatry, theft, jealousy all take their turn. Where is false witness?

“Socialism seeks to destroy the system of action and consequence,” Shapiro said.

When comparing other countries with the United States on economic policies, those who believe in socialism should be aware of the differences in the culture and size of the economies, said Shapiro. Things such as culture and population are very different in the U.S. than those in socialist countries.

In addition, people that are considered “poor” in America are not considered poor in other places around the world, he said. At some point or another, people feel that their situation is unfair.

“Wealth is not created by socialism; suffering is created by socialism,”

Pope Francis Says No to Centuries of Church Teaching by Liam Warner – yes, we have a ‘woke’ Pope where ideology and a lack of intellectual rigor and integrity produce things that sound oh-so-good but have little founding in the Bible. “His announcement that the death penalty is now ‘inadmissible’ has no basis in Scripture or the Church Fathers.”

“It is my lamentable duty to say that the Congregation’s letter is a blatant contradiction of Catholic doctrine, which puts Christifideles such as myself in an odious position. There are several questions that must be kept distinct, so let us deal with them in order.

We can see that there are three considerations involved in the death penalty: just punishment for the crime itself, encouragement of the criminal to repentance and rehabilitation, and prevention of further harm to innocent people.

What we hear from Pope Francis, however, is rank Whig history. “But they didn’t understand back then, you see. Now we have ‘the new understanding of penal sanctions applied by the modern State.’ Now we know about ‘the possibility of judicial error.’”

My indignation may seem to many readers to be a raging bloodlust, a grotesque love of capital punishment. Not so. I am breathing fire not primarily in favor of violence toward criminals but in protest of violence toward the Catholic faith. Regardless of what the Catechism says, that faith remains unchanged and unchangeable. This is not simply “how it is now” — this is not how it can ever be.

Saint Peter, pray for us.

Six things that the New York Times probably didn’t think about when hiring and defending Sarah Jeong by Thomas Lifson – “I haven’t been able to find any indication of what Sarah Jeong’s middle name is, or even if she has one. But it is clear that as far as the New York Times is concerned, it ought to be Pandora.”

“The excuse that she was responding to trolls excuse has created a need to find evangelical Christians, cops, (and New York Times reporters) trolling her. Robert Stacy McCain collects examples of viciousness directed at people that it might be very difficult to find trolling from

Sarah Jeong is a warning sign of something wrong with the left by John Sexton – “What does bother me is the way in which the left collectively responded to her tweets with a big shrug.”

“That really sums up what bothers me about this whole story. It’s the assumption that a public comment like “White men are bullshit” would get a shrug if not for conservatives seizing on it. It’s an admission from the Post that there is almost nothing you can say about white men that anyone on the left would deem problematic (to borrow a popular SJW term of art).

The reason why Jeong’s tweets didn’t really matter to anyone on the left is that they’ve nearly all accepted the idea that racism doesn’t mean what most people think it means.

It’s that one form of blatant bigotry gets a pass on the grounds that it won’t really hurt anyone. If the left thinks that’s true, I think they’re not paying attention. Sarah Jeong isn’t all that significant but what this affair says about the left’s mindset does matter.

SJWs turn a white gay’s life to hell for his thoughtful anti-racist essay by Luboš Motl – “After some time, I was shocked by the atmosphere around the U.S. media landscape and the selective and brutal suppression of the freedom of speech.”

“Needless to say, some of the defense of Jeong says that her tweets were a satire, or a response to some tweets and acts going in the opposite direction. Well, most of the claims that her tweets are jokes are indefensible – simply because a repeated joke ceases to be a joke, especially if you repeat it hundreds of times, and even people who aren’t too bright – including Jeong – probably can figure out that the added value of the 200th tweet of this form is small. She writes this stuff because she can’t help herself.

Also, even if her tweets were a reaction to something, great. The Holocaust was also (partly) a reaction to something. Some of the complaints against the Jews, their wealth, and power were (mostly) true. But none of these things justified the racially driven pogroms. The German Jews were rather wealthy in the early 1930s – and so are whites – but most of this edge is a fair result of a mostly meritocratic system.

I am afraid that the leftists are becoming so numerous, hurtful, and dangerous – and complicate even basic and vital activities such as the publishing of Sullivan’s essay and the decency of his life afterwards – that we will simply have to think about phasing out the overreproduced leftists. Their number in the Western civilizations must be dramatically reduced. We must find the optimal and decent enough way to do so, and perform it, otherwise our civilization will be screwed. Note that I am proposing the reduction of the people for their particular terribly damaging or criminal behavior, not for their race or something that they couldn’t affect.

Instapundit’s Ed Driscoll closes the loop with a FLASHBACK: Sarah Jeong Stoked Twitter Mob Against Andrew Sullivan For Alleged Racism.

WaPo wonders: “Is it okay to make fun of white people online?” by Ed Morrissey – “Make fun of, or vent rage and prejudice against?

“So we only get a headline from the legit Daily Caller, and two quotes from … offended conspiracy theorists. … The only inclusion of rational argument from conservatives comes from the very rational David French at NRO, who rightly points out that race-based invective harms society no matter how it’s framed. It perpetuates the notion that human beings should be judged for their immutable characteristics rather than their character and actions …

In comparison, the Post’s article quotes three institutional sources sympathetic to Jeong, offers them much more space for their arguments, and without the anthropological tone of their reference to conservatives.

12 times Christopher Steele fed Trump-Russia allegations to FBI after the election by Byron York – “Because he had broken his agreement with the FBI, bureau procedure did not allow agents to keep using Steele as a source. But they did so anyway

“It’s likely that the 302s and notes, if released, would show that the FBI was both still trying to get new information out of Steele after the election and that it was also trying to verify the information Steele had already provided in the dossier installments he handed over in preceding months. Remember, the FBI had already presented some of the dossier’s allegations as evidence to the FISA court. After going out on a limb like that, the bureau wanted to know if the allegations were true or not.

In a larger sense, the Ohr-Steele 302s could shed some light on how an effort — it certainly included Steele, but also others — to keep Trump from being elected morphed into an effort to keep Trump from being inaugurated and then morphed into an effort to remove Trump from office. A version of that effort is still going on, of course, even as some in Congress try to find out how it started.

Also see Ace of Spades: FBI Releases Records on Christopher Steele, and SURPRISE, They’re Almost Completely Redacted.

Another Democratic Socialist says capitalism must go and is incompatible with democracy by John Sexton – “In the long run, democratic socialists want to end capitalism,” Meagan Day wrote. She added, “We want to end our society’s subservience to the market.”

“Does it always have to work that way? So long as human nature remains what it is, there will always be ruthless men who achieve power and then set about making sure they never have to give it up. Democratic Socialism is putting all the hens in one giant henhouse and then promising that only the elected wolves will be given admittance. What could possibly go wrong?

It would be great if a few reporters would start asking rockstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez if she believes capitalism is incompatible with democracy and how the alternative would work out. That should be entertaining at the least.

Mass Destruction Of Capital by jccarlton – “The problem is that Professor Perry talks about the trade of things and loses the issues of the trade in capitol and ideas. As such he and most of the experts miss what is really going on.” A good rundown on hubris exposed among the financial elites.

“Trump has been taken to task for his trade policies. A look at the Wall St Journal on any given day will have articles, editorials and op-ed piece about why Trump is an idiot and that we need freer trade and not more tariffs. But the various journalist are making a mistake. They are not taking into account the massive destruction of American capitol that has gone on since the late 1980’s and the fact that the chickens have finally come home to roost.

The big problem with the way Progressives deal with economics is the way they seem unable to understand realities. They have this tendency believe that you can make a change in the tax or regulatory structure and nothing else will change. This tendency is shared by most of our elites.

They also don’t really see the devastation that they cause, whether it’s in Fork’s Washington or Bridgeport Connecticut.

The fact is that the free traders and the global economy types have had the opportunity to make their case. The United States has followe the prescriptions of the free traders and the globalists for decades now. The elite s promised us a new prosperity if the country did so. The chart above and all the others that go with it tell a different story, a story of capital destruction and dead towns.

The Russians Are the Least of Our Problems by John Hinderaker – “Many on the left are obsessed with Russian meddling in the 2016 election. I am a great deal more concerned with meddling in the election by the FBI and the CIA, which deserves to go down as the greatest scandal in American political history.” … “What is least possible to take seriously is talk about how the Russians have sown distrust and division in American society. The last thing the Democrats need in that regard is help from the Russians, as Michael Ramirez ably points out. Click to enlarge” (photo at link).

Trump and the Bannister Effect by Hank Wallace – “Conservatives are newly conscious and energized and have a hope that is strong, rooted in values liberals fear but cannot understand.”

“The Bannister Effect is the notion that once a person sees someone else perform an exceptional feat, all doubt as to the possibility of that feat is erased, encouraging that person to strive for the goal, with hard work and training. This happened with the four-minute mile, and certainly has played into the success of Apuada.

Who would have thought that one man, one solitary man, could take on the corrupt news media, and make them look like fools?

But now we know it is possible. Now we know that there are actually some thinking people in this country. The economic producers in flyover country now see that it is possible to push back and reverse huge chunks of liberal regress, and in only a couple of years. Large masses of the population, including liberals, are seeing that our news media, the Democrats, and the Republicans are part of the same flock of slugs that inhabit Washington, D.C.

And Donald Trump called evil, evil. Never in my life had I expected to hear this plain-speaking honesty from a president. I now know it’s possible, and due to the Bannister Effect I’m going to work even harder to put more people in charge who will call good, good, and evil, evil at every level.

But the major benefit of this phenomenon is that now many of the American people, at least the ones who are paying the bills, know that all is not lost. We may well have to go through some kind of social civil war to get us back on track, but the notion that “it’s possible” is now lighting hope in the hearts of working men and women.

Certainly, there is a huge battle ahead, but we are armed with principles, not the infatuation of personality. We now know the positive possibilities for America are unlimited. Every good thing is possible, with enough hard work and time, even the destruction of liberal evil.

See you on the front lines.

Or the joke is on us.

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Where envy leads

Someone Could Get Hurt by John Hinderaker – “What is striking to me is how unself-aware Acosta is.”

“He is “very worried” that “hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt.” But what about the violent, anti-Trump hysteria that is whipped up by many on the left, including Acosta himself? Someone already has gotten hurt, badly, as a result of that anti-Trump and anti-Republican frenzy, namely Steve Scalise. It is a miracle that he and other Republican Congressmen weren’t killed by Bernie Sanders volunteer and Republican hater James Hodgkinson.

It is possible that an extreme right-winger could try to harm a Democratic Party politician or reporter, or a Democrat wearing a Bernie Sanders t-shirt. But political violence exists pretty much exclusively on the left, and it has been going on for the last two years, at least. I’ve seen no sign that such violence concerns Jim Acosta–or, for that matter, any other liberal reporter or politician.

At Ace of Spades: “Democrat Senator: Heckling and Jeering Opponents Just “Isn’t a Thing On the Left.” All We do Is Bat Around Ideas about Healthcare and Such.”

This isn’t culture war. It’s worse. By Richard Jack Rail – “Progressives continue to astonish normal people with their complete incomprehension of normals (as Kurt Schlichter calls them) as human beings.”

“Perhaps that’s because they don’t see us as human beings. They call us unsavory names – deplorables, bitter clingers, toothless, plus every dirty word they can think of. They throw nasty, biological things. They spit on people. They shove people, break windows, start fights, and go out of their way to ensure that everybody has a bad day.

This isn’t “culture war.” Culture has nothing to do with it. It’s war on normality by Brownshirts, incited or paid for by the likes of George Soros and Tom Steyer. It has now graduated from street-fighting to trying to take down the U.S. government.

I will never understand these people’s hatred of America. They are unreachable by reason. It seems clear that they are trying to provoke a heavy, violent reaction from us so they can then haul out the artillery. They missed their big chance with Barama in the saddle but had been biding their time right along. They’ll just continue that until their next big chance. They need to be able to declare martial law.

Fire and fury: How government failures make wildfires even worse by Washington Examiner – “It’s hard for Easterners even to appreciate how dry the West is and how easy it is to start a massive fire.”

“Everyone is quick to blame global warming for this and all other natural disasters. But changes to local weather in this or that part of the country are by no means part of the same scientific consensus that climate change is real and caused in large part by human activity. Western droughts and forest fires have been around a long time, and so has climate change, but the fires have gotten much worse very recently, and government mismanagement of forests is part of the reason.

Congress has now given the Forest Service more funding for prevention, and the Trump administration is finally taking forest treatment and mitigation more seriously. But according to the Property and Environment Research Center, the backlog of restoration work could take decades to complete.

Manafort’s case proves ‘the swamp’ — not collusion — exists by John Podhoretz – “Instead of a story about Trump and the Russians, what the jury heard both from the prosecution and the defense on Tuesday was a narrative about the corrupting power of political influence-peddling on the part of Washington consultants.”

“Interestingly, the first two days of the Manafort trial have featured the judge repeatedly upbraiding Mueller’s prosecutors for trying to make it seem as though Manafort’s spending practices prove he’s a crook.

Envy driven prosecution is now a thing?

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It;s a crowd sourced propaganda machine!

VFN-CNN Uses Leak(s) of Podesta Referral To Defend Integrity of Mueller Investigation by sundance – “CNN is attempting to protect Robert Mueller and frame his highly-political legal team as bi-partisan in their investigative endeavors.” It’s an analysis and description of CNN’s behavior.

“what you walk away with is CNN presenting a story convenient for Mueller’s current need; without any actual substance that would even remotely infer any prosecution of the aforementioned individuals will actually be taking place.

That’s not cynicism of the media; that perspective is just simply accepting how they have been engineering a one-way narrative for almost two years.

Let’s demand the media — and the education establishment — stop concealing America’s very real racial problem by Heather Mac Donald – “Press outlets extensively covered the rescission of the guidances. None of the stories, however, even hinted at why racial preferences are needed to engineer racial diversity in the first place.”

“Race advocates presented a hysterical front against this alleged rollback of equal educational rights. Racial preferences were cast as essential to racial diversity, again without any clue as to why that is the case.

For over a decade, “equity” has been paired to “access” in a talismanic formula suggesting lingering injustice in college admissions.

Lack of qualifications is not the same thing as lack of access. The most salient barrier to proportional representation of underrepresented minorities is the academic skills gap.

Preferences are not the most effective way to create diverse classrooms; raising the academic competitiveness of minority students is. That will happen only when the education establishment and the media stop concealing the problem.

The AP’s War on Donald Trump, Voter ID Edition by John Hinderaker – “This is classic Democratic Party press coverage. The AP doesn’t want to deal with the fact that Trump’s point was correct.”

“Tonight President Trump addressed a raucous rally in Florida. His speech featured a call for voter ID, a popular issue with most Americans but one the Democratic Party press opposes, since pretty much all voter fraud favors the Democrats. The Associated Press, perhaps Trump’s most bitter enemy other than CNN and MSNBC, headlined just one “fact” about Trump’s speech: “Trump at rally makes false claim on photo IDs for groceries.”

Did the AP catch Trump in an untruth? No. Trump wasn’t making a specific point about groceries, he used groceries as an example.

The problem with the Associated Press isn’t just that its reporters are stupid or ill-informed, although that often is the case. The real problem is that the AP’s reporting is so often in bad faith, deliberately pretending not to understand, as in this instance, President Trump’s reference, and doggedly refusing to engage with the point he was making: identification is required all the time, we all have identification or can easily get it, the only reason not to require it for voting is a desire to enable voter fraud. The Associated Press’s reporting is a giant exercise in trying to change the subject.

Is “moderate Democrat” a complete oxymoron? Take the case of Jeanne Shaheen by neo-neocon – “it would have been extraordinary even a year or two ago, particularly from the “moderate” Shaheens of the political world. But now it’s apparently standard to openly suggest such an unprecedented level of distrust and overreach. That someone with Shaheen’s history would tweet this sort of thing shows what the Democratic Party has become.”

“One of the saddest things about this is how few people probably realize how dangerous these developments are. Apparently anything is now okay, because TRUMP. And so far I haven’t seen all that much discussion of Shaheen’s tweet, except for this post by Powerline’s Paul Mirengoff, who writes sarcastically: …

Shaheen’s behavior is an indication that the Democratic Party must see this sort of behavior on their part as a winner with the public, because otherwise they wouldn’t be speaking (and tweeting) so freely about their intentions. If Shaheen of New Hampshire feels free to be this route—or even compelled to go this route—it’s a very bad sign.

Freeing People from Left-Wing Lies by Tom Trinko – “The majority of Democratic voters are victims of a deliberate conspiracy by the leftist media.”

“Essentially, most leftist voters live in an intellectual bubble where the fake news media provide the propaganda, and their friends repeat, hence reinforce, the lies, making them seem credible. This even impacts the fake news reporters themselves.

What we’re seeing is that neo-fascists on the left are channeling Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s chief propagandist, by using the Big Lie.

The problem, then, is how do we change this? We don’t want, or need, a new civil war, but unless we can get the truth to Democratic voters, we are on a path to a very bad place.

It may not seem like much but the reality is that most Americans, even those who vote Democratic, are decent people. But they’ve never heard the truth on a wide spectrum of issues.

As the Bible says, the truth will set you free, so exposing basically good people to the truth has a good chance of starting them on the path to rejecting the Democratic party and its lies.

Trinko seems to be rather optimistic.

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Denial is strong

Media Gaslighting Can’t Hide Fact Trump Campaign Was Spied On by Mollie Hemingway – “After a year of alarming revelations, the media are still more interested in proving the Trump campaign treasonously colluded with Russia than wrestling with the fact that the FBI spied on a presidential campaign.” … “Still, he called it the definition of fake news and compared it to believing in ghosts.” Denial is strong.

Why a Democratic Wave Looks Likely by Jay Cost – “Despite his achievements, Trump is unpresidential, and that will matter to voters.” There are a number of these pronouncements and they will likely become more strident as November nears. The common factor is that they set aside reality and elevate perception and judgment. “Unpresidential?” By what standard? Pelosi, Schumer, either Clinton et al? Will the American people succumb to propaganda, hate, (mis)perception, and labeling or will they evaluate what has been done and the actual behavior of the candidates?

Another Narrative Busted: The Focus of Manafort’s Upcoming Trial Will Make Liberals Very Sad by Katie Pavlich – “according to a new report from the Associated Press, they’re likely to be disappointed as the trial will focus on Manafort’s business dealings and lavish lifestyle, not collusion

“The focus on Manafort’s personal dealings, rather than Russia, aren’t surprising considering the Special Counsel indictment didn’t mention the Kremlin, the 2016 presidential election or collusion a single time.

Mueller’s midterm elections by Byron York – “the 2018 midterms are less than 100 days away, and a president not on the ballot is at the center of a highly publicized investigation.”

“Ratcliffe might be on to something when he suggests that the Comey experience is an example Mueller will dearly want to avoid repeating. “In my opinion, Mueller will either try to clear Donald Trump as a target by Labor Day, or will throttle down any further public actions by the special counsel until after Nov. 6,” Ratcliffe says.

There’s Labor Day again. It’s less than six weeks away. Which means we might find out some big things from Mueller soon. If not, we might be in for a long wait.

He Drives Them Crazy by Fred Barnes – “Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is an exception to the rule that committee chairs, male or female, are allowed to run things as they choose. Democrats, left-wing groups, and those who obsess about Trump won’t let him.”

“Were Democrats in charge, Nunes would probably be their Target No. 1. His sin was switching the committee’s focus from collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives in the 2016 presidential election to finding out why the Trump campaign was being investigated in the first place.

Vindication won’t spare Nunes harassment by the left. This is what those folks do in their spare time. And complaints to the House Ethics Committee against Nunes are piling up. Three left-wing groups accused Nunes of making classified information public last year, causing him to step down as chairman for eight months while the ethics committee dawdled before ruling in his favor.

Meanwhile, responses to his tweets pour in. It turns out the anti-Nunes forces are far from witty and a good number of them think he ought to be in prison. Nunes isn’t fazed by dumb tweets or mean charges.

But here’s why we should be grateful to Nunes and wise members of the intelligence committee like Chris Stewart from Salt Lake City. We wouldn’t know these things if they hadn’t dug them up. (1) Hillary and the DNC paid for the still-unverified Steele dossier from his Russian sources. (2) The Steele dossier was largely responsible for approval of the Page wiretap. Well worth knowing, don’t you think?

CNN’s Alysin Camerota is from Mars, Rudy Giuliani is from Earth by Patricia McCarthy – “like the rest of CNN, she cares nothing about the issues that really affect the nation. She cares only about trapping and subsequently impeaching Trump.”

“She was interested only in a couple of alleged meetings, meetings that are meaningless, meetings that, if they took place, were not illegal in any way. She is only too happy to judge Trump’s character but believes that Michael Cohen is a legitimate witness to be believed, despite his obvious chicanery. She ignored all of Giuliani’s comments about the man. Don’t confuse her with facts.

The most telling thing about the interview is how obvious it becomes that CNN is absolutely, purposefully clueless about the volumes of information that have been revealed, by the I.G. report, by John Solomon and Sarah Carter, by Gregg Jarrett in his book The Russia Hoax, and by a plethora of other real news outlets that have been reporting on the Clinton-DNC invention of a Trump collusion with Russia for months and months.

CNN has its fingers in its ears. The people there do not want to know anything that does not support their anti-Trump mindset.

She is so trapped in her never-Trumpism that she cannot see that millions of Americans are better off since Trump became president, that several millions of people are no longer on food stamps, and that millions of Americans are no longer unemployed. Needless to say, she never mentioned the 4.1% GDP. She never mentioned the fact that it was the Clinton campaign, the DNC, and the FBI who paid for the phony dossier that triggered, unlawfully, the Mueller investigation. No, no, no.

Crimes, no matter how egregious, committed by Democrats are not crimes to CNN.

Who killed the news? By Richard Fernandez – “Recently the New York Times accused Donald Trump of destroying journalism.”

“What made a few Russian trolls so powerful was not their miserably puny infrastructure but the network they could rent out from the billion dollar behemoths in California — to whom they were just another customer.

But who can confront companies richer than whole countries? Despite the bureaucratic bravado only the market has so far been up to the task of delivering a judgment of Silicon Valley’s business model.

Not long after Twitter was struck by a similar loss. The market had done something the political establishment had not previously nerved itself to do — possibly because they themselves were using social media to manipulate the public. As Wikipedia notes fake news has been been as a tool of statecraft for centuries. Fake news itself is not a problem; it only becomes a problem for elites when it veers out of control.

What makes the current fake news problem particularly hard for the establishment to solve is the dilemma posed by two conflicting requirements: Silicon Valley at once allows the establishment to manipulate the public while simultaneously creating the means for others to undermine it. One of the great ironies of the modern age is than an industry at once the greatest ally of liberal politics should also be its greatest potential foe. Efforts to resolve the dilemma have so far failed.

Patriotism: The Secret of Trump’s Success by Karin McQuillan – “Patriotism is a virtue that our politicians talk about a lot, in utterly empty ways. Many Democrats think it is a vice.”

“Trump lives American patriotism. It is the reason he ran for president and the reason he won. He knows we are a great country.

Trump recognizes and is comfortable with power – his personal power, America’s power. He does not think power is toxic. He thinks American and presidential power is wonderful and meant to be used for our common, national good.

Our president loves to build.

Trump the builder likes to do things. He likes responsibility. He likes seeing concrete outcomes. He knows that America can do things. We are so rich and so powerful as a country that we can do everything we need to do to promote American security and prosperity. Using American power for these ends is nothing to be ashamed of. It is his job.

What Are Your Child’s Passions? By Dennis Prager – Dan Scotti, lifestyle writer at the website Elite Daily, and a millennial, wrote a perceptive piece on the matter titled, “Why Don’t Millennials Have Hobbies Anymore?

“There is a world of difference between being active and being passive, between creating something and watching something, between doing something and being entertained.

I’m not picking on millennials. The problem is not new. In 1984, Neil Postman wrote a book whose title said it all: “Amusing Ourselves to Death.” It’s as relevant today as it was in 1984.

The question, then, is what, if anything, can we do about this?

Parents need to cultivate hobbies or, if you will, passions in their child. The only passion most middle-class and upper-class parents cultivate in their children is getting good grades so that they can get into a prestigious college. But that is misguided. If the most important passion you cultivate in your child is getting good grades, what will your child’s most important passion be after leaving school — in other words, for the next 70 years of his or her life?

Schools are complicit. …

Following a passion is rather difficult if you don’t have one.

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How low can you go?

New York Times Targets Kavanaugh’s Wife by John Hinderaker – “I wouldn’t have thought my opinion of the New York Times could get any lower, but it just did.”

“They won’t find anything, of course. But this is what I want to know: When Stephen Breyer, Ruth Ginsburg, Sonia Sotamayor and Elena Kagan were appointed to the Court, did the Times, or the Associated Press, try to investigate documents sent or received by their family members?

Captain Ahab Aims Harpoons at… Trump’s Tweets by Daniel J. Flynn – “The Old Gray Lady did not divulge whether the special counsel also seeks the names of books checked out on the president’s library card.”

“Trump’s pursuers continued to obfuscate. An inspector general and congressional oversight revealed investigators boasting “we’ll stop it” in reference to Trump’s election, a discussion of an “insurance” policy in the unlikely event of the despised candidate’s election, and an FBI lawyer texting “Viva le resistance” regarding his plans for acting as a fifth columnist in the incoming administration. Finding no evidence of collusion, Trump’s pursuers steamrolled over attorney-client privilege and raided the office of Trump’s personal lawyer. A 1990s apologist for the Clintons then released a conversation involving Trump and his attorney — surreptitiously recorded by the latter. It proved this shocking fact: a billionaire former casino magnate and beauty pageant overseer once slept with a really, really beautiful woman.

The investigation exposes the investigators more than the investigated. It reveals the umpires as partisan players. It demonstrates lawbreaking by law enforcers. It sows distrust in institutions heretofore beloved by the American people.

Why didn’t FBI tell court about Christopher Steele bias? by Byron York – “a close reading of both the FISA application and the Nunes memo raises questions about whether the FBI told the judges anything about Steele’s possible bias — even though the bureau had evidence that the former spy was out to get Trump.”

“The problem for the FBI is this: The initial FISA application containing those footnotes was filed in October 2016. In the previous month, September, Steele told Justice Department official Bruce Ohr that he, Steele, was “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president,” according to Ohr’s account quoted in the Nunes memo. At the time of applying for the warrant, the Justice Department knew about Steele’s “desperate” and “passionate” anti-Trumpism, but did not tell the court.

“This clear evidence of Steele’s bias was recorded by Ohr at the time and subsequently in official FBI files — but not reflected in any of the Page FISA applications,” Nunes wrote.

It is generally accepted that evidence of a source’s bias, including the source’s own acknowledgment of it, should be disclosed in warrant applications that are predicated on that source. The FBI simply did not do that in Steele’s case.

Grassley to Schumer: Feel free to pound sand on your document demands, my friend by Ed Morrissey – “On this point, Ed Whelan and Yuval Levin of the Ethics and Public Policy Center agree. The staff secretary position is neither a policy-making position nor a judicial role. In the context of this confirmation, it’s mainly a red herring and an excuse for obstruction

“Grassley comes to the same point. He tells Schumer in clear language that he’s not about to let Democrats derail the proceedings with excessive demands for documents that have little value. That motive is clear, Grassley points out, because not only have most Democrats already decided to oppose Kavanaugh, they won’t even bother to meet him

Indeed. If they’re already opposed to the confirmation, why do they need any more records, no matter how irrelevant they are? They have access to the best primary source on Kavanaugh’s state of mind, which is Kavanaugh himself, and they’re not bothering to even ask him directly what he thinks. There’s no need to bend over backwards to accommodate the unaccommodating.

Vandals untied a $40 million yacht owned by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ family by John Sexton – “some on the left are celebrating

“Obviously, the DeVos family can easily absorb the loss of $10,000 in damage. If the entire thing had sunk to the bottom, DeVos would be fine. But we’ve seen a lot of talk in the past couple of months about targeting members of the Trump administration in their private lives. While it’s too early to say for certain that’s what happened here, this could turn out to be another example of a bad trend.

America’s Next Civil War Will Be Worse Than Our Last by H. W. Crocker III – “Today, however, our divisions are so deep and fundamental that Americans cannot even agree on what marriage is or what a man or a woman is (which is pretty darn fundamental).”

“The difference between the America of today and the America of what seems like just yesterday is that we once had a common culture. As recently as 1990, Ken Burns could make a Civil War documentary for PBS and let historian Shelby Foote wax eloquent on the martial prowess of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest — something that now would likely get them both tarred, feathered, and Twitter-banned.

In the end, the war was fought over a single legal issue: whether the states that had freely ratified the Constitution to form the Union could freely leave the Union if they felt it no longer served their interests.

It’s wondering just how far differences have really become.

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Just where ya’ goin’, boy?

Black Crime Gets Crazier by Colin Flaherty – “no matter what you think is the craziest story of black violence – and the denial, deceit, and delusion surrounding it – this recent story out of Oakland is way past that.”

“”White supremacy slashes throats, it stabs, it lynches, and continues to kill our people in horrific ways,” said one Twitter poster. It is evil. “Don’t tell us to play patty-cake with it.” And on and on this went by the thousands: black people bitterly complaining about white-on-black crime and how cops in places like Oakland never do anything about it.

The only other explanation is one that just happened to be true: crime in Oakland, one of America’s most dangerous cities, is a black thing, wildly out of proportion. Anyone who cannot see that is in full denial, deceit, and delusion.

After a year, the geniuses at the East Bay Express ascertained that black ridership on BART was about 11 percent, but complaints against black people made up about 70 percent of the info from the app. It did not take long to figure out that the app was racist, and it was soon never heard from again.

Just a few weeks ago, BART was back in the news when it was revealed that 66% of the people banned from BART for criminal behavior are black. More racism, of course, said the people who were loath to consider, even for a second, that black people on BART create holy Hell six times more than their ridership should.

From Baltimore to Oakland, a common reaction to black-on-white crime is that only white privilege gives white people living near black people an expectation of safety. Besides, everyone knows there is no difference between black crime rates and white crime rates.

White people do it, too.

Just because something is easily shown to be the greatest lie of our generation, that does not mean that lots and lots and lots of people refuse to say it over and over and over again.

The truth about ‘Fake News’ by Alicia Colon – “Most of the anti-Trump protests have been predicated on false news reported in the mainstream media.”

Why the Mueller Windmill tilt-a-thon needs to continue unabated by Andrew Thomas – “President Trump is up against the most ruthless and spiteful army of tortured souls ever to erupt from the bowels of Hell.”

“These are the modern leftists who control the Deep State, the government bureaucracy, establishment Washington, most of the judiciary, and portions of the military. They are supported by millions of mindless, emotionally immature useful idiots. They are protected and defended by a leftist media and propagated by leftist-controlled public and private educational institutions. It’s quite a formidable array of foes.

The ruling elite have shown that there are no bounds in their mission to overturn an election and overthrow a sitting American president. A falsified FISA warrant? No problem. Intimidating potential witnesses against Trump with armed raids on their homes and offices? So what? Imprisonment of a suspect (Manafort) in solitary confinement indefinitely without a trial? Who cares? Releasing confidential conversations between client and lawyer to the press? Big deal. Using U.S. intelligence agencies to spy on an opposition candidate and then on the president-elect? Priceless.

Privacy rights, legal confidentiality, and the rule of law are minor impediments to the objectives of the left. They are useful only when they can be weaponized against traditional American institutions and conservative causes.

Victor Davis Hanson on how and why the Democrats got in touch with their inner Russian hawk by neo-neocon – “Victor Davis Hanson opines on an ironic phenomenon that has resulted from the Democratic need to discredit President Trump: their sudden discovery of the awfulness of the Russians.” It’s a twofer!

“Like so many things happening today, it’s so obvious and egregious a contradiction that it would be funny if the whole situation weren’t so sad and dangerous. But that’s where we’ve arrived.

They couldn’t care less about any of it. All they want is Trump gone, and to be in control of Congress themselves, as well. Then to win the presidential election in 2020 from Pence, who is perceived as weaker…

The entire Hanson article is well worth reading; it contains a great deal more than these excerpts. The arguments it makes are so obviously true that I don’t see how anyone could disagree—but of course, vast swaths of the population disagree and/or are not even familiar with anything the right has to say other than the distortions presented through the MSM filter.

Deliver Us to Evil by David Prentice – “So many have written about the left’s meltdowns over the past years. A crucial component is missing.”

“There are lots of theories about this leftist meltdown, and a lot of them are right. But I want to point over to a line not many care to look at. The title of this post misquotes what we know as The Lord’s Prayer, where He asks us to pray to be delivered from evil.

There are behaviors that are consistently condemned across the world. Buddha nailed them. Moses nailed them. Confucius nailed them. Jesus nailed them. Don’t cross those lines; don’t go there. These are lines of behavior that destroy, wreak havoc, and leave individuals and cultures in shambles. Like Venezuela. And that is why they are so universally condemned. …

So why is the left crossing so many of these lines of behavior?

On the left, you’ve become a house of horrors. The American people are learning what you have become. We know about the terrible things you’ve done. Take care, because for the first time in your lifetime, there will be consequences.

Back to the Future by Connecting with the Past by Scott S. Powell – “When facts and accountability no longer matter, media coverage regresses to propaganda and fake news, and politics devolves to preoccupation with power over ideas.”

“When one considers the appearance of the United States from a grand historical perspective – notably its rise from colonial poverty to the world’s economic superpower in 200 years – it’s a bit like a production car today going from zero to 60 in three seconds.

And while people’s standard of living has been greatly improved and their longevity significantly increased, many Americans now seem oblivious to how we got here. The incredible benefits attributable to the application of both the scientific method and the spiritual truths of the Judeo-Christian heritage are increasingly taken for granted at best. At worst, they are viewed as unnecessary, even obsolete.

because the truth cannot be destroyed, we can turn things around if we follow Paul’s advice to the Ephesians to stand firm and recognize that “our struggles are not against flesh and blood,” but rather “against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil high places.” Paul’s final counsel to the Ephesians was to pray constantly and declare the truth fearlessly. Probably the best advice for these times, too.

Just where ya’ goin’, boy?

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Worse than you think

Obama gets too, too cute when he warns of dictators and liars by Jack Hellner – “President Obama is in South Africa for a speech, and somehow, in the speech he gave, he showed himself to be so clueless about the “strongman” he warned about that he never realized that he described how he ran the U.S. for eight years.”

“Obama tried to transfer the purse and power to the government as fast as possible, while Trump is trying to transfer the power and purse back to the people as fast as he can. Yet the media intentionally lie when they describe Trump as the dictator when they write and tell their stories to the public.

How the press disgraces the centennial of Armistice Day by Don Surber – “The nervous breakdown by the press following America’s election of President Donald John Trump continues as reporters belittle the parade in Washington commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I as “Trump’s Parade.”

“Never mind that we are celebrating the end of a gruesome war that killed 37 million people worldwide.

No, no, no, the deranged American press must ridicule President Trump all the time, no matter what happens.

Framing this commemoration as Trump’s Parade is another reason people hate the press with a passion that once was reserved for hating Hitler.

Maybe the press should stop trying to stop President Trump and his supporters, and go back to its real job of reporting the news straight-forward and balanced.

Losing America by John Scotto – “Not too long ago we as a people could generally agree upon a certain set of core values.”

“When did certain members of our society all of sudden become selective regarding the laws they wished to be enforced ?

When exactly did some US citizens lose their basic instinct for survival ?

The Associated Press Lies About The Fisa Application by John Hinderaker – “The Associated Press carries on a daily vendetta against the Trump administration, systematically misleading the American people in articles that appear in hundreds or thousands of newspapers.”

“Thus, it is no surprise that the AP’s story on DOJ’s FISA application dump is nothing but Democratic Party spin. The AP’s headline: “Without evidence, Trump claims documents confirm misconduct.”

Actually, the president had a lot more to say about the FISA application than the AP acknowledges.

In fact, President Trump’s assessment that the FISA documents “confirm with little doubt that the Department of ‘Justice’ and FBI misled the courts” was exactly correct, as I showed here.

In a moment of epic dishonesty, the AP neglects to tell its readers about this blatantly misleading feature of the FISA application

With the AP, it is often hard to tell whether we are dealing with malice or ignorance. Thus, we have these three paragraphs, which follow one another with no articulated logical connection:

I could go on, but you get the drift. The FBI misled the FISA court to get a warrant to spy on Carter Page and, thereby, the Trump presidential campaign. The AP has picked up the baton and is now misleading the American people in order to give cover to James Comey, Sally Yates, Loretta Lynch, Peter Strzok and the rest of the Obama DOJ/FBI rogues’ gallery.

Did the FBI Lie to the FISA Court? By Daniel J. Flynn – “Is the pope still a Catholic?”

“the heavily-redacted application for a warrant to surveil U.S. citizen Carter Page obscures the source. It never says, at least in the unredacted portions, that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid operatives to dig dirt on Donald Trump.

This allows the warrant to talk of “research” and not “opposition research.” The warrant application shields the partisan origins of the “dossier” and talks of a “law firm” hiring the investigators.

By using intermediaries to effectively launder dirty money clean, the Clinton campaign kept its name off of a story it generated — and dodged the whole intent of campaign finance laws in the process. The FBI, not wanting to undermine its case to the FISA court, similarly omitted that the material it presented to the court came from a political operative paid by the opponent of “Candidate #1.” It now omits the name of the agent bringing the application forth to the court. Judging by what we know about the various FBI employees involved in the investigation, the agent’s identity may prove similarly damning. Why redact the investigating agent’s name and not the subject of his or her investigation?

In excising information directly pertaining to that source’s credibility, the FBI impugned it own. Congressman Devin Nunes said earlier this year that the FBI “basically lied to the court” to get the warrant. The application partially released seems to confirm this.

WaPo basically admits that Mexico is a s***hole country by Jazz Shaw – “The grimly humorous part of this argument is that the WaPo editorial board is essentially correct on the specifics of all these claims while wildly mischaracterizing the reality of what they’re asking for

“The United States is one of the most generous nations in the world when it comes to helping disadvantaged people around the globe. And we already accept a staggering number of asylum applicants every year, often at considerable risk and cost to ourselves. But there have to be limits to even our generosity, particularly when there are gangs and terrorist groups eager to find a way over our borders. Mexico is a trading partner and an industrial nation, despite the rampant corruption, crime and violence which takes place there. They can take on a more significant role in this process, even if it’s only in the form of setting up refugee facilities near the U.S. border where people can wait for their claims to be processed. If they don’t want to carry their share of the burden, don’t blame it on us.

It’s worse than you think with Ocasio-Cortez and her statement on unemployment by neo-neocon – “Fourth in her class. In economics.”

Who Is Betraying America? By Caroline Glick – “Trump’s response to Lemire, and his overall conduct at the press conference, did not convey weakness at all. Certainly he was far more assertive of US interests than Obama was in his dealings with Russia.”

“The question is why are his opponents accusing him of treason for behaving as one would expect a president to behave? What is going on?

The answer to that is clear enough. Brennan signaled it explicitly when he tweeted that Trump’s statements “exceed the threshold of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’” The unhinged allegations of treason are supposed to form the basis of impeachment hearings.

To objective observers, the allegation that Trump betrayed the United States by equivocating in response to a rude question about Russian election interference is ridiculous on its face. But Democratic election strategists have obviously concluded that it is catnip for the Democratic faithful. For them it serves as a dog whistle.

The problem with playing domestic politics on the international scene is that doing so has real consequences for international security and for US national interests.

Where did EU’s foreign policy commissioner Federica Mogherini get the idea that it is okay for her to work urgently and openly to undermine legally constituted US sanctions against Iran for its illicit nuclear weapons program?

The answer of course is that they got a green light to adopt openly anti-American policies from the forces in the US that have devoted their energies since Trump’s election nearly two years ago to delegitimizing his victory and his presidency. Those calling Trump a traitor empowered the Europeans to defy the US on every issue.

Trump’s opponents’ unsubstantiated allegation that his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 elections has constrained Trump’s ability to perform his duties.

So far, unlike Obama’s foreign policy by this point in his presidency, none of Trump’s exchanges have brought disaster on America or its allies. To the contrary, America and its allies have much greater strategic maneuver room across a wide spectrum of threats and join adversaries than they had when Obama left office.

Trump’s opponents’ obsession with bringing him down has caused great harm to his presidency and to America’s position worldwide. It is a testament to Trump’s commitment to the US and its allies that he met with Putin this week. And the success of their meeting is something that all who care about global security and preventing a devastating war in the Middle East should be grateful for.

Worse than you think when you don’t think about the implications of your accusations and allegations.

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There is a lot of damage being done

A former intelligence agency continues to impugn the President with extremely serious but unfounded allegations and the Left’s propaganda machine is aghast because the President does not show absolute trust and faith in ‘his’ intelligence agencies?

If you want to know what was actually said and where it fits in context, see Trump and Putin and the fear-mongering MSM by neo-neocon – “One of the pillars of MSM coverage of the Trump administration is that it’s taken as a given that Trump is Putin’s puppet. You almost have to admire the left for its ability to choose a narrative early in the game and hammer it home at every opportunity, ignoring evidence that discredits it and spinning all news to conform to it.”

Correction: Trump Did Not Absolve Russians of Meddling by Tom Trinko – “Donald Trump did not say the Russians didn’t meddle in the U.S. election. Remember that when you read heated statements from leftist shills or people like Jeff Flake and John McCain. The left is in full lie mode, and leftists will say anything while assuming that their audience will never actually hear the truth.”

“Trump never said the Russians didn’t meddle – only that he discussed the issue with Putin and Putin denied it. Putin appears to be ready to back his claim up by providing Robert Mueller access to the 12 supposed hackers.

Putin could be lying, but nothing Trump said boils down to “the Russians didn’t meddle.” Rather, Trump was being diplomatic and didn’t directly call Putin a liar.

Trump did raise a very interesting point: the intelligence agencies saying the Russians interfered in the U.S. elections have not to this day taken possession of Hillary’s server. That’s similar to declaring someone guilty of murder without ever inspecting the crime scene.

Further, he pointed out the obvious truth: the left is using supposed Russian interference as a way to delegitimize Trump, even though no one is saying the Russians actually changed any vote counts.

Tell your friends the truth; Trump didn’t deny Russian interference, but he did question why Hillary’s hacked server wasn’t investigated. Trump managed to get Putin to give Mueller access to the 12 Russians, and the very diplomatic phrasing used by Trump is what the left said he was incapable of just a few months ago.

Mueller’s Politicized Indictment of Twelve Russian Intelligence Officers by Andrew C. McCarthy – “If the idea was to give Vladimir Putin and his thug regime a new way to sabotage the United States, nice work.”

“Make no mistake: This is nakedly politicized law enforcement. There is absolutely no chance any of the Russian officials charged will ever see the inside of an American courtroom. The indictment is a strictly political document by which the special counsel seeks to justify the existence of his superfluous investigation.

Thus, among the worst aspects of Mueller’s new indictment is its continuation of the Justice Department’s politicized perversion of its critical counterintelligence mission.

Lacking the requisite basis to conduct a criminal investigation, the Justice Department used its counterintelligence mission as a pretext for appointing a special counsel. This was grossly improper

What there will be, though, is a new international order in which nation-states are encouraged to file criminal charges against each other’s officials for actions deemed to be provocative (or, more accurately, actions that can be exploited for domestic political purposes). Of all government officials in the world, American officials are the most active on the global stage — and that includes meddling in other countries’ elections. I doubt our diplomats, intelligence operatives, elected officials, and citizens will much like living in the world Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein have given us. If the idea was to give Vladimir Putin and his thug regime a new way to sabotage the United States, nice work.

There is a lot of damage being done in this civil war.

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playing with information

Preexisting Prevarication by David Catron – “to save his Senate seat, he has resorted to the same sordid tactics employed by his most radical Democrat accomplices.” It’s a case study following a journey into the depths of depravity.

“The goal of these endangered Democratic Senators, and membership in that not-so-prestigious clique is by no means limited to those discussed above, is to scare their moderate constituents into accepting a party line vote without punishing them at the ballot box. Consequently, these charlatans are attempting to fool the folks back home with phony defiance of their party’s leaders. Joe Manchin, for example, claims that he will react to any pressure from Schumer by telling him, “kiss my you know what.” This is pure theater. If Manchin can get away with it, he and the rest will vote on behalf of those whose wishes they really care about — their Beltway masters.

The astroturfing of Kavanaugh opposition has hit epic levels by Jazz Shaw – “The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court set off a firestorm of liberal opposition before his name had even been announced.”

“Democrats are already busy fundraising off the nomination and encouraging their supporters to get out there and oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation with all their might. This has resulted in the progressive rank and file breaking out their pens and sending letters to the editors of newspapers around the country.

Many of the letters carry similar messages, stating the reasons the authors feel that Kavanaugh’s appointment will represent a grave danger to the country. In fact, they’re more than just “similar.” As the Daily Mail reported this weekend, nearly two dozen of these letters, purportedly all coming from different concerned citizens, were identical down to each word and punctuation mark. The discovery led several papers to retract the letters as obvious astroturf.

The Daily Mail asked several Democratic groups including DemandJustice, MoveOn and Protect our Care if they were behind this scam. All denied it so, for now, the origin remains a mystery. But the work is already done and the fake messages were distributed successfully. That should leave voters wondering precisely how much of all this “outrage” is genuine and how much is being mass produced in some office of liberal activists.

The Destructive Effects Of The Media’s Misleading, Racially Charged Headlines by Scott Morefield – “When it comes to race and crime or even racially charged incidents, not all headlines are created equal.”

“The destructive effects of the media’s editorial decisions when it comes to race extend well beyond criminal acts to the lives of ordinary people who get turned into “racists” by social media after a confrontation they have goes viral.

Now why on earth would the Post and doubtless other media outlets interject race into an issue that could have easily been just a simple misunderstanding?

It’s not just the media, of course. After all, they’re just reflecting the current culture of political correctness, hand-wringing, and general hysteria about all things race. But the fact remains, the media makes these headlines to get clicks, yet almost always abstains when political correctness comes into play.

Such racially charged reporting has consequences beyond mere words, from loss of employment without explanation or recourse for actions that could easily be explained using non-racial reasons, to Democratic politicians stoking racial and political tensions

More Potemkin Indictments From Helsinki’s Would-Be Saboteurs by Jed Babbin – “These Potemkin indictments could have been announced a month earlier or a month later. Instead they were obviously timed and intended to have an effect on the Trump-Putin meeting.”

“Mueller has no business playing around with foreign policy. The Friday indictments were a truly despicable abuse of power.

Last February, Mueller conducted a dress rehearsal for the Friday indictments.

As I wrote at the time, that indictment was a publicity stunt by Mueller because the Russian individuals and companies wouldn’t be extradited and had to voluntarily appear in a U.S. court for any trial. He could have just as effectively indicted Leonid Brezhnev or Yuri Andropov.

Whether or not the Democrats had been tipped off by Mueller or Rosenstein, they reacted with near-record speed demanding that the president cancel the Putin meeting.

The Friday indictments publicized by Rod Rosenstein were an attempt to constrain the president’s maneuvers in today’s meeting. If they do, Team Mueller will have succeeded in interfering in our foreign policy to a far higher degree than the Russians did in interfering in the 2016 election.

In the late 18thcentury Russian Field Marshall Grigory Potemkin, then the most powerful man in Russia, supposedly had constructed several phony villages along the path that his lover, Empress Catherine, would follow in her tour of southern provinces so she could see contented, happy peasants when nearly the entire population of Russia lived in misery and slavery. His name became synonymous with falsity.

Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein are earning a similar place in history if not our language.

Nunes: Mueller indictment tracks House Intel report by Byron York – “an official U.S. government assessment — that came to the same conclusion, based on some of the same evidence, just a few months ago.”

“The assessment was the House Intelligence Committee’s “Report On Russian Active Measures,” sent to the Intelligence Community on March 22 and released publicly in heavily-censored form on April 27. It laid out much of the information contained in Count One of the Mueller indictment, the heart of Mueller’s case that 12 Russian military intelligence agents hacked Democratic Party computer systems and the Clinton campaign and then disseminated the stolen information.

All that said, there is no doubt the House Intel report and the Mueller indictment are two different documents with different purposes. As Nunes noted, the House report did not contain the names of the accused Russians. Beyond names, Mueller’s indictment contains technical information and information on funding, although it doesn’t include the underlying evidence. In other words, it’s an indictment, and Nunes’ is a congressional investigative report.

playing with information to gain a sale, control, or position is a dangerous thing,

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