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Law of holes

an adage which states that “if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging” [Wikipedia]

What’s Trump Got To Do With The George Floyd Riots? I & I Editorial Board – “You’d think that those most responsible for maintaining law and order in their own communities would bear the brunt of the criticism for the ongoing mayhem, wouldn’t you?” The common refrain is that these guys like spending other people’s money – which lasts until there isn’t any more to take. Now it shows that these same guys like to take other people’s culpability until that runs out, too.

“to say that Trump is somehow responsible for the violence, or that his actions have fanned the flames, is simply another symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome. The same people now blaming Trump for the riots have already blamed him for every other problem, real or imagined, that has occurred in the past three years – including the weather.

Could Trump act more delicately and be more unifying during this latest crisis? We suppose so. Could his opponents behave less like raving lunatics who are willing to tear everything down if they think it will hurt Trump’s reelection chances? Definitely.

That elusive white supremacist (not). Scott Johnson – “At his press conference yesterday, Governor Walz declared the driver “stupid” for speeding and glorified the crowd that pummeled him … One has to make it to the end of the local CBS affiliate’s story on this incident to find a powerful testimonial to the driver from the (black) customer he had just served at the time of the incident:”

The Truth About Police Violence and Race. John Perazzo – “Debunking the lies that justify rage and riots.” … “It is possible, you know, to do two reasonable things at once. That is, one can be outraged by the injustice that was done to George Floyd, without falsely portraying it as a microcosm of systemic racism by police officers across America. It is nothing of the kind.”

‘Institutional racism ’is the new blood libel. Seth Grossman – “The riots that began in Minneapolis are the intended consequence of the fake history dished out by our media, Hollywood, and most colleges and public schools for the past 50 years. This new “institutional racism” falsely blames all whites for every injustice — especially whites who are Christian, Republican or who love America.” … “Leave it to “progressive” Democrats to make the worst of Old Russia the “new normal” in America.”

Democrats’ Chickens Come Home to Roost. Derek Hunter – “Conservatives have been warning about the dangers of Antifa and other left-wing groups for years. No one in the Democrat media listened.”

“More than that, they cheered them on; defended them. Why not? After all, they were chanting the right things and targeting the right people, from the left’s perspective.

No progressive group would condemn them: Black Lives Matter didn’t, the Women’s March didn’t, CNN didn’t.

The radicals have become a liability, not because of the violence, per se, but because they aren’t targeting the violence in useful directions, and it’s all being caught on tape.

During the Trump administration, the target was national: the president himself.

Now, Democrats are trying to have their cake and eat it too. They want to target local police and the president, but that’s a tougher sell.

The cities they’re claiming are oppressive are controlled by their own, and have been for a long time.

But, again, the president had no connection to any of this. Still, the left hates him so much, and they want an issue to attack him with, they’re blaming him anyway.

Propagandists in the media have tried to protect the lie, protect the rage while attempting to separate out the most violent elements as somehow being “infiltrators,” but it isn’t working.

After watching Democrat governors flail, President Trump steps in to quell the riots. Andrea Widburg – “Before Monday, President Trump kept a low profile regarding the riots. He wasn’t invisible; he just wasn’t putting himself front and center. That changed dramatically on Monday.”

The DOJ supports its petition for writ of mandate with an explosive brief. Ibid – “Sullivan filed his pathetic and dishonest brief on Monday. The DOJ’s brief, however, is filled with devastating facts and entirely on-point legal authority.” … “The DOJ is taking this matter very seriously.”

“According to Sean Davis, having this many heavy-hitters on an appellate brief is almost unheard of:

The statement of facts explains how egregiously the FBI set up Michael Flynn to drive him out of office as acting National Security Advisor. This disheartening tale manifestly merits dismissal. (It’s noteworthy that everyone involved in this miscarriage of justice has been fired or quit involuntarily. It would be nice if at least some would be prosecuted.)

The legal arguments are straightforward: Under Art. II of the Constitution, the executive branch has the sole power to determine whether to prosecute a case. The judicial branch may not directly interfere with this discretion. Nor may a judge attempt to act as a prosecutor by bringing criminal charges against any party.

From a legal standpoint, the DOJ presents a compelling case. It is always possible, in this age of judicial activism, for a Court to ignore the law to arrive at its preferred conclusion. I have seen it often enough practicing law in the People’s Republic of California. But assuming the circuit court in this case follows the law, it must issue the writ of mandamus and order Judge Sullivan to dismiss the Michael Flynn with prejudice.

Judge Sullivan ripped the judicial mask off, and what’s behind it is ugly. Ibid – “Wilkinson and her team are being dishonest. On the matter at issue here, Fokker is unambiguous:” The court rules of procedure are about protecting the defendant and Sullivan’s argument is trying to void that.

RedState Legal Analyst “Shipwreckedcrew:” Emmit Sullivan’s Response to the Court of Appeals Is Deranged, Doesn’t Cite Any Authority for His Actions, Just Tells Them To Let Him Do Whatever He Wants. Ace of Spades comments – “”

“That is: the Circuit Court was not asking him, “Hey, buddy, this is interesting, can you tell us more?!”

They were saying: DEFEND YOUR ACTIONS. CITE LAWS. SHOW YOUR WORK.

As we’ll see, Sullivan decided he couldn’t defend his actions and so decided to ignore the orders of the court.

But he really wants to know why Flynn reversed himself on his decision to withdraw his guilty plea and instead reaffirm it? Becuase you threatened to put him in jail for treason if he exercised his right to withdraw the plea.

Undercover Huber on Twitter is getting cites from neo and Ace who refers to Bonchie at Red State. Judge Sullivan Delivers Response in Flynn Case and It’s Something. “It goes on and on like this while avoiding the core issue at hand.”

“What is even the point of all this given the new evidence and that both parties want this to end? There’s no logical, nor legal reason for Sullivan to keep this charade going, but he seems determined to do so. It’s a fairly gross display for what is supposed to be an independent judiciary.

The idea that Sullivan can delay justice yet again without causing any harm is ludicrous. Lawyers aren’t free, nor is the emotional toll Flynn is being put through.

Dana has a bit on the conflict in autopsies in Private Autopsy: George Floyd Died Of “Asphyxia From Sustained Pressure” (Update Added). “Hennepin County Medical Examiner … cause of death is “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restrain, and neck compression.” … Floyd had indications of heart disease including “arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease,” as well as fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use.”

Are People Allowed to Use Deadly Force to Defend Property? Eugene Volokh – “It depends, whether as to looting or other threats to property.”

Clever Churchgoers Avoid Arrest By Disguising Themselves As Rioters. Babylon Bee. Also Powerful: Protesters Spell Out ‘Love’ With Burning Homes And Businesses

Leftist Rules: Target Small Business Owners During COVID-19, Bail Out Anarchist Rioters. Sarah Carter. “Floyd’s killing ignited a fire across the nation that has given rise to violent protests and groups, such as Antifa that use the crisis to further destabilize the nation and destroy major urban centers. … More than a week ago, however, these same activists, liberals and Democrats publicly shamed anybody they believed weren’t following the guidelines to limit the spread of the coronavirus.”

“It wasn’t just the small business owners who were feeling the wrath of the liberal elite but everyday Americans who were made fun of and targeted after rallying against the overly restrictive coronavirus social distancing mandates. Those restrictions, coupled with the economic shutdown, have left nearly 40 million Americans applying for unemployment. But that didn’t matter to the progressive liberals, who challenged Americans that wanted to go back to work.

Those core American values were not acceptable to the liberal left during the pandemic, but rioting and looting over the last four days is not only acceptable but should be rewarded.

The Phone Settings You Need to Know Before Protesting. David Murphy. This is among sever at Lifehacker today to confuse protesting and rioting and encourage lawlessness and Karen type wokeness and mob actions fomenting.

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getting mad at the TV or computer doesn’t work either

Rage Against the (Wrong) Machine, Tim Knight – “This is a perfect recipe for such chaos. You’ve got an unemployed population who has been under house arrest for months, with the widest wealth divide in history, and an environment of racism and violence.”

First up is getting the facts right. The Floyd incident looks to be heading the same way many other marquee incidents have gone – a tool for racists based on deceit and deception. Support for an “environment of racism and violence” is also poor as the racist behavior tends to be localized to the so-called victim race and to Democrat run cities and states.

“I was particularly struck by this image below, which is sort of an upside-down version of Kristallnacht, 82 years later. [black owned business declared on boarded up window]

You’ve got to feel for the poor souls whose job it is to attract conventions and tourists to this place. Their website is unintentionally drenched with irony these days.

Since I’m watching from a safe distance, I don’t have a problem with all the mayhem, although I think it’s misdirected. These angry hordes are destroying their local Target store (where are you going to get your Charmin now, pal?) instead of, oh, let’s just say, the Federal Reserve located right in downtown Minneapolis

But while you destroy your local Target store you can loot it and get free stuff! Envy of the wealth and covetousness of their earnings also indicate that race has very little to do with the violence. The rioters’ overt destruction of their communities is why they often have impoverished communities. It is the story of the Three Little Pigs writ large.

And then Knight goes TDS and completely misses the point of Trump tweets by confusing a defense against property damage with an offense against others. Such blindness is destructive. The mayor of Washington D.C. seems to have fallen for the same lame biased tweet reading.

Rage against any machine is a fruitless activity. It’s like getting mad at your car because you failed to manage a curve on an icy road.

Minneapolis Riots Are Reminder That Police Don’t Protect You Or Your Property by Tyler Durden – “any unfortunate shopkeeper or resident who finds himself in the path of the rioters ought to just assume that police won’t be around to provide any protection from the mob.”

“But heroics or not, the outcome for victims is the same: they must rely on self defense, formal private security, or private armed volunteers likely to be labeled as “vigilantes.”

A failure to protect taxpaying citizens from violence and crime in a wide variety of situations is standard operating procedure for police departments which are under no legal obligation to protect anyone, and where “officer safety” is the number-one priority. The lesson to be learned here is that the alleged “social contract” between citizens and the state is a one-way street: you pay taxes for police “services,” and the police may or may not give you anything in return.

The US Supreme Court has made it clear that law enforcement agencies are not required to provide protection to the citizens who are forced to pay for police services, year in and year out.

Consider these headlines at Frontpagemag.com The Point, A Daily Blog By Shillman Journalism Fellow Daniel Greenfield:

  • Cuomo, De Blasio to Investigate NYPD After Leftist Hurls Molotov Cocktail at NYPD Van

  • Target is Helping Fund the Looting of its Own Stores

  • Black Lives Matter Riots Kill African-American Federal Protective Service Officer

  • CNN on Riots: “Perhaps This Is Some Sort of Mechanism for a Restructure in Our Country”

  • Black Lives Matter Rioters Vandalize Synagogue and St. Patrick’s Cathedral

and then the story California Tried to Bail Out Illegal Aliens – and It’s a Disaster – “Who knew that anonymously handing out $1,000 to criminals could go wrong?” Daniel Greenfield

“California’s illegal alien population is its shadow economy and with many of the industries that employ them shut down, the Democrats who depend on ghost districts populated by illegals decided that something had to be urgently done to keep the illegal aliens from fleeing back across the border.

Since the sanctuary state would rather let a million Kate Steinles be murdered than deport one illegal, not even California authorities would be allowed to know whom they were giving away the money to.

Instead of illegal aliens having to file paperwork or show up at an office and present their undocumented passports, the giveaway was run through non-profits that help illegal aliens.

The potential for fraud is as vast as the cash flow is limited.

The idea of a massive illegal alien bailout is spreading across blue state and areas. Maryland’s 250,000 illegal aliens want their own stimulus plan. Pro-illegal alien activists in Phoenix held a rally demanding money for illegals. Two dozen Connecticut legislators have written a letter calling for a bailout for the state’s 100,000 illegals. Massachusetts Democrats also desperately want to bail out their illegals.

And California has taken its illegal alien bailout national with Speaker Pelosi’s HEROES Act offering stimulus cash for illegal aliens at a time when 30 million Americans are out of work.

More headlines at Lucianne: While CNN’s Gergen Calls It ‘Nuts’ for Bill Barr to Urge ‘Law and Order’ and Biden Campaign Staff Donates to Organization That Bails Out Rioters Arrested in Minneapolis, Compare and contrast to  Black Woman On Destroyed Property: “I Have Nowhere To Go,” It’s Not Going To Bring George Back and Peaceful Floyd Protesters Form Human Barricade to Protect White House Police.

Now we see what moves the pandemic doomsday obsession off the front page.

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media nonscandals show results. again

Michael Fumento: Time To Show The Better Angels Of Our Nature With Coronavirus – “Those prior pandemics without panic caused no recessions, much less the possibility of a worldwide depression.”

“Those people stayed cool notwithstanding that flu vaccines didn’t exist, and therefore no hope of making one. There were no pneumonia vaccines, no antibiotics for secondary infections, no antivirals, no ventilators, and intravenous feeding tubes didn’t really catch on until the late 20th century.

we still have time to rise to the occasion, to show sanity and sobriety. To reveal what The Great Emancipator called “the better angels of our nature.”

Hydroxychloroquine, Me, and the Great Divide By Richard Moss, MD – “Then something happened to this wonder drug. From savior of the multitudes, redeemer and benefactor of hundreds of millions, it transformed into something else: a purveyor of doom, despair, and unspeakable carnage.”

“HCQ is only another bellwether. It represents the latest nonevent in a long string of fabricated media nonscandals. If a nation can be divided over HCQ it can be divided over anything. It shows neatly, as many of the other non-issues did, whether one embraces the U.S., our history, culture, and constitutional system, or rejects it. Whether one believes in Americanism or despises it. It is part of the ongoing civil war, thus far cold, but who knows? The passions today are no less jarring than they were in 1860. One would have thought that a man taking a medicine prescribed by his physician, even a President, would be a private matter. But no. Not today.

We swim in an ocean of manufactured disinformation created by a radical COVID media, our fifth column.

The riots are not about the police By Jacob Dreizin – “Judging by extensive photo and video documentation from the scene, the looters and arsonists in Minnesota were up to one half white, largely of the (forgive the crude expression) “scrawny commie stoner” variety.” … “The majority of these young people, of all races, seem to be having a good time.”

Nolte: The Science Turns Against America’s Mask Fascists – “The only real way to catch the China Flu is to hang out with someone infectious for a protracted period of time, so it’s unlikely you will catch it walking along somewhere, like a store or sidewalk.”

“If you believe a mask will protect you, go ahead and wear a mask. But what do you care if someone else is wearing one or not? As long as you’re wearing one what does it matter? Why can’t we just leave each other alone?

And the Atlanta CNN building became a target for the rioters.

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The red pill is a bitter one to swallow for many

Stephen Kruiser: The Morning Briefing: Zuckerberg Is Right—Facebook Isn’t the News Hall Monitor for Stupid People – The notion that we are all just automatons dancing to the whims of Facebook and Twitter is patently ridiculous, but that’s what the various thought and speech police would like everyone to believe.”

“We are now being plagued by the leftist notion that everything can be controlled from the top down. They truly believe that if Twitter and Facebook just police their users’ content properly, they can protect gullible people from wrong information, whether it’s unintentionally or intentionally wrong.

This theory completely discounts the fact that stupid people will always be stupid. No amount of nanny policy from Facebook or Twitter can fix that. Zuckerberg seems to be finally getting that. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey doesn’t, and probably never will. The leftist approach will always be one of central control. They diminish and discount the worth and power of the individual, but a little faith in the people is what is needed here, and that’s something else that Zuckerberg seems to be getting these days:

Peter L. Swan: Run the Numbers, Survey the Folly – “Hence, like Norway, the evidence from Taiwan and the US does not indicate that lockdown is either necessary or is more effective than voluntary social distancing in combination with protecting the vulnerable, in reducing COVID-19 morbidity.”

Tyler Durden: Lancet Study That Caused WHO To Drop Hydroxychloroquine Trials Falls Under Scrutiny – not only missing the key ingredient but also with shady data issues – i.e. bad science used to formulate policy.

Joseph Klein: WH Press Secretary McEnany Shows Up Establishment Media – “Chris Wallace responds with ad hominem attacks.” It’s what you do when you chose the blue pill.

“Many White House correspondents, past and present, believe they are members of a privileged class. They demand the right to throw mud at the president and his spokespersons with loaded, gotcha questions but insist on absolute immunity from being questioned or criticized themselves. Chris Wallace, now an anchor for Fox News, is an alumnus of the White House press corps. He was NBC’s White House correspondent between 1975 and 1988. Wallace exhibited the hubris of his exclusive club during his Sunday morning show on May 24th when he went after White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. McEnany had dared to challenge the professionalism of the so-called “journalists” present in the White House briefing room. Wallace was dismayed.

The White House correspondents are not used to being reminded of the ethical responsibilities of their profession.

Chris Wallace needs to look in the mirror. So do the present members of the White House Correspondents Association.

Katie Pavlich: School in Session: McEnany Reminds the Media That Registered Voters in Many States Are Also Dead – “explained to reporters, with slides, detailed data and news stories, that voter fraud as a result of mass vote-by-mail schemes is in fact a real problem.” … “She also explained the difference between absentee voting and a mass mail-in voting system.”

neo: What’s going on with Judge Sullivan? [Part III] – “I believe that’s still operating with Sullivan right now. His actions since Barr’s DOJ pulled out of the case have been so outlandish, so egregious, so obviously incorrect in legal terms, that I think he has indeed reached Captain Ahab levels.”

neo: COVID-19 research: the press interprets – another cruise ship study where 80% asymptomatic could either foretell doom or be seen as indicating reduced risk. Guess which take the media uses?

Bruce Deitrick Price: K–12: Elon Musk Says Take the Red Pill – a new meme in town. Price explains and uses education as an example.

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Will they do the right thing?

I & I Editorial Board: Just How Exaggerated Is The COVID-19 Death Count? – “The Freedom Foundation findings came after Colorado’s public health department was forced to admit that nearly a quarter of those listed as dying from COVID-19 didn’t have the disease listed on their death certificates.”

“Beating up” the numbers might be acceptable to public health officials, but for the country as a whole it is turning out to be a complete disaster. If the death toll from COVID-19 is actually in the range of 75,000, then it’s more like a bad seasonal flu than an epidemic requiring a once-thriving economy to shut down.

Democrats keep bleating about how we must follow the science when deciding when and how to reopen the economy. We’d like to know what’s scientific about knowingly inflating numbers just to get people “to care.”

Jim Martin: Prevent the ‘Pandemic Penalty’ on Seniors – “Seniors are counting on CMS to do the right thing and make the necessary adjustments so that seniors won’t be hit with a 2021 Medicare pandemic penalty.”

“One Harvard analysis found that medical appointments had dropped precipitously, with cardiology, gastroenterology and urology services declining by 60% and more. This means that COVID-19 has actually led to a decline in utilization of health care and that costs this year will be lower than normal, thus skewing CMS’ calculation.

This potential “pandemic penalty” on seniors is particularly gut-wrenching because they would essentially be penalized for not seeing their doctor because their offices were either closed due to the pandemic, or access was limited to treating COVID-19 patients.

Will CMS adjust its formula? We don’t know. It has the authority to do so, and the extraordinary circumstances facing the country suggest it should. But the uncertainty only adds to the anxiety of seniors, especially those on a fixed income.

Don Feder: Democrats Invoke ‘Science’ More Than Baptist Ministers Invoke God – “Whenever they can’t think of anything else to say in defense of the indefensible (their shutdown fascism), this is the Democrats fallback position: Forget self-serving politicians like the president. Listen to those wise, heroic, selfless and all-knowing scientists.”

“Democrats have a hard time dealing with ideas. They much prefer clichés. Instead of trying to answer the growing number of shutdown skeptics, it’s easier to invoke unnamed scientists. Then, if you challenge them, you’re anti-science.

Lucianne: Fauci: Data shows no evidence hydroxychloroquineis effective at treating coronavirus – “From what I have been reading HCQ used early on will kill the virus and prevent the inflammatory response that kills most of the people that die of it.” Facebook got caught censoring a Brazilian leader on this despite such facts as decades of common use and many anecdotal reports from the front lines. The ‘science’ needs careful examination as findings that refute experience need support on a par with that experience. Instead, those who dig into ‘studies’ with the conclusion Fauci spouted often show missing variables and questionable methodology or measure. It becomes ill informed opinion masquerading as science. Those who pick up Fauci’s comments as a parade flag are providing a key indicator of irrational behavior.

Nitay Arbel: COVID19 update, May 27, 2020: Norwegian official report now questions necessity of lockdown; Dr. John Campbell on The Lancet hydroxychloroquine study – “Dr. Campbell is clear that neither this study (nor the earlier ones) include zinc supplementation, which would seem to be a fatal flaw.”

Daniel Greenfield: Blue States Take Cops and Firefighters Hostage to Demand Bailouts – “New York, New Jersey, and California are wealthy states. If they choose to have combined state budgets of over $400 billion, while maintaining a bloated bureaucracy, and spending big on welfare and green pork, that is their choice. It is not the responsibility of the rest of the country to bail them out.”

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It’s a stacked deck but there’s splashback this time

Stephen Kruiser: The Morning Briefing: Trump’s Twitter Trolling Is the Greatest Entertainment in America – “What Trump has managed to do with Twitter is counter the narrative advantage that the mainstream media always had and used against Republican presidents.”

“On Tuesday Twitter did get combative with the president when it did a fact check and red-flagged a couple of Trump’s tweets about vote-by-mail and voter fraud. The platform has never been shy about its liberal bias, but it is usually a little more coy than this. Pretending that there is no connection between vote-by-mail and fraud is a fairy tale straight from the Democratic National Committee.

I’ve said it before: if President Trump would spend most of his day taking swings at liberals on Twitter I might cancel all of my streaming services. Watching him get out in front of stories or counter-punch false narratives never fails to delight. I have two Tweetdeck columns dealing with various media accounts and it’s so much fun watching them fall apart after one of the president’s deliberate troll tweets.

Thank God Trump isn’t the kind of guy who lets anyone talk him out of anything. I’m sure every constipated establishment adviser he’s had has told him to lay off Twitter, even though it’s one of his greatest weapons in the battle against the ever-biased press.

Tyler Durden: Election Meddling? Rule-Enforcing Twitter Execs Under Fire For Anti-Trump Postings – “Shortly after Twitter announced it would start “fact-checking” President Trump’s tweets, yet more evidence has been exposed of the blatant anti-Trump bias at the most senior levels of the social media giant.” … “It is that lack of a consistent standard that has magnified free speech concerns.”

“As Summit News’ Paul Joseph Watson notes, Roth has been head of site integrity at Twitter since July 2018 and is responsible for “election security” and “misinformation,” meaning he almost certainly played a key role in the decision to ‘fact-check’ Trump’s tweets.

In the meantime, We await Twitter ‘fact-checking’ false claims about ‘Russian collusion’ or any other of the erroneous issues pushed by the blue check mark brigade that have proven to be spectacularly wrong.

Mark Hemingway: Media’s Unpunished Lies Hurt The Nation Far Worse Than Trump’s Indefensible Tweets – “The grim joke of the 20th century was that one death is a tragedy, 1 million is a statistic. Well, in the 21st century age of information warfare, one man’s libel is an outrage. When thousands do it, we call that ‘the news.‘” … “When Trump is singled out for his outrageous comments, while Joe Biden gets portrayed as an avuncular goofball for decades of horrifying behavior, it starts to make sense why Trump voters can’t be bothered to care.” … “The president getting a hall pass isn’t going to outrage anyone on Team Trump when you consider how social media platforms are generally perceived as having policies that are inconsistent, unfair, and cavalier about censorship.”

“With Trump’s election, there was drastic and, yes, problematic unburdening of this strategic disadvantage public virtue presented. The quote that’s been in vogue on the right hails from sci-fi writer Frank Herbert: “When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.” At the same time, there’s little doubt the left consciously weaponized this insight long before Trump — see Saul Alinsky’s command to “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

Even with Trump in the White House, there’s a not unreasonable perception that the media and other institutions ultimately have more power and influence and will outlast him. They continue to seek the safety of the herd, portraying their own inexcusable and vicious attacks on the portion of America that doesn’t share their center-left worldview as the product of reasonable consensus.

There’s a large complicated dynamic here, the problems are systemic, and we didn’t arrive at a situation where the leader of the free world could or would say these things out of the blue. If your first impulse is that you are not part of this problem, well, you most certainly are — even if it’s a result of what you’ve passively tolerated.

Trump merely exposed existing contradictions, where the decorum and civility of official Washington had already become fig leaves for wielding power in a way that ran roughshod over the desires of “deplorable” and “irredeemable” citizens. Until we all change our own behavior and treat each other with respect regardless of our disagreements, we’re going to continue to get the nasty discourse we deserve, regardless of who’s president or how much the media feels entitled to complain about their rhetoric.

I & I Editorial Board: From Speech To Consumer Choice, Democrats Believe Everything Must Be Policed – “The political left is driven by an urge to supervise every aspect of our lives. It’s a corrosive impulse that shouldn’t be accepted anywhere in a free nation, let alone practiced. The backlash needs to begin now. If not, our liberty will eventually be overrun.” … “Nothing in recent times illustrates the left’s inclination to control as does its response to the coronavirus pandemic.”

“Naturally, those who would make the rules would be exempt from them. The inconsistencies and hypocrisy don’t matter, though, to those in control. Neither does the loss of liberty. Only if we’re vigilant, and more so than we’ve been, will we be able to limit the damage and have any hope of restoring that which has been lost.

It’s not just in the U.S. France revokes decree authorising use of hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 – An inexpensive drug in common use for fifty years is micromanaged by politicians for ideological reasons using ‘in the weeds’ rationalizations.

Anthony Leonardi: Kathy Griffin: Stabbing Trump with syringe containing ‘nothing but air inside’ would ‘do the trick’ – “The Washington Examiner also asked Twitter if she breached the platform’s violent threats policy. A representative said the company will “look into” the tweets.” Ugly, proud of it, and lauded by the Left.

Bruce Bawer: An Open Letter to the D.C. Right – “You’ve shrugged off Obama’s culpability. And in doing so, you’ve set yourself against liberty and justice. The scales have fallen from my eyes, and the sight before me is a sorry thing indeed.”

“For a long while, I thought you were the good guys. You talked about individual liberty. Some of you identified as conservatives, others as libertarians, still others as classical liberals. None of you are outright leftists.

Then Donald Trump came along. He spoke of liberty and of putting America First.

Your public rage at him—and his supporters—was instantaneous. It was visceral, full-throated, and constant.

I didn’t remember any of you getting that worked up about Barack Obama. Ever.

You knew—somehow all of you could tell instinctively—that when Trump talked about liberty, he meant it. … But you? However much you talked about liberty, at bottom you weren’t really about liberty at all—at least not the individual liberty of ordinary Americans.

In recent days, I’ve reached an apotheosis. It was triggered by a thread on one of your Facebook pages.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Remains of an Administration – “Each day that the Obama administration fades into the past, its wrongdoings manage to wander back into the present. After years of suppression, all sorts of strange events keep popping up to remind us of what little is left of the Obama years” [follow on at nagware National Review]

Mark Kramer: Lessons From Operation “Denver,” the KGB’s Massive AIDS Disinformation Campaign – “Historian Douglas Selvage sheds light on a conspiracy theory that reverberates to this day.” As Stephen Green notes at Instapundit, “This is a fascinating read, and Communist China’s similar propaganda effort on the Wuhan Virus just goes to show that commies never change.” The problem is that Kramer succumbs to the ‘both sides do it’ fallacy and falls prey to distorted perceptions and questionable assertions to do so.

Nicholas Stark: I’m a doctor in a family of COVID deniers – borrowing the climate alarmists narrative for those who don’t see the light … “Most of my colleagues on the frontlines have nominal contact with individuals on this end of the sociopolitical spectrum. When they call home, they are met with affirmations, and their thoughtful cautions are received in earnest.”

“I am the only physician in a family of farmers. As I witness the pandemic’s devastating health consequences from the frontlines, I feel a fundamental responsibility to share my experience and advice with my loved ones to keep them safe. However, I find myself battling COVID-denial propaganda at every turn. Even my years of medical training have not endowed me with the credibility necessary to break down the sociopolitical barriers that separate my family and me on this life-and-death issue.

Perhaps it is time to set aside the hubris and start listening to the farmers? Death and disease in the cold hard world trains them with a knowledge and experience that puts a premium on intellectual integrity. Perhaps they are also telling you that the medical profession is following academia and the flyover media into a hellhole of disrespect and suspicion. Calling people “deniers” is indicative ad hominem. Try to move toward accepting others as equals rather than inferior.

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It’s time to start paying attention to reality

I & I Editorial Board: Science Says: Lockdowns Could Kill More Of Us Than The Coronavirus – “No, we’re not “all in this together.” And doctors, economists and others are concluding that the costs in lives lost may actually exceed the benefits, a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease.” … “In fact, we may be on the verge of a far more serious long-term plague than COVID-19: a wave of what social scientists and doctors now call “deaths of despair.” see also what they’re reading today.

Tyler Durden: “Madness” – Focus On The COVID-19 Death Rate – “The most frightening aspect of the coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) epidemic in the US is that it brought about exaggeratedly heightened fear of death. That fear, once magnified to proportions which become palpable to the individual, became the basis for dreadful economic and medical policies from governments and crushed the natural optimism of the public.

“No cases were reported amongst the homeless on West Coast streets. No deaths among children were reported. And in the closed world of cruise liners and later a military ship, there were lots of early cases and some deaths. As time passed, there was little more bad news. We should have been suspicious of the data.

In the past few weeks, we have obtained more useful data in the US. There were secrets lurking in the data, waiting to be uncovered, that could help ascertain what was really happening. The purpose of this report is to do just that – to ascertain what the data are telling us. It also gives us the basis for judging the appropriateness of past and present policies

In conclusion, the relevant death rate for policy purposes has been obscured. The consequence has been inappropriate policies. They have resulted in a bizarro world of highly restricted commercial functioning and immense economic destruction, alongside no evidence that lives were saved and growing evidence of second-tier loss of life resulting from lockdown.

Carol Brown: MSM reporting of US COVID 19 mortality rate: An exercise in ‘How to Lie with Statistics’ – “Written by Darrell Huff and illustrated by Irving Geis, How to Lie With Statistics is both sardonic and a serious lesson in the abuse of math for propaganda.”

Brian C.Joondeph: Cooking the Books on COVID-19 Deaths – “Fox News, and other cable networks, run a COVID death count ticker on the side or bottom of the television screen just as they show the major stock indices during the business day. Why are they so obsessed with deaths from the Chinese virus?

“If more deaths are better for the Democrat and media narrative, expect to see inflated death counts, erroneously blaming non-virus deaths on the virus. The left is practiced at this since every type of extreme weather, from rain to snow, heat to cold, hurricanes to tornadoes, is blamed on global warming or climate change, depending on which term fits the weather in question.

As states and cities reopen, expect each new death to be trumpeted by the media, with panel discussion by “experts” discussing Trump’s recklessness and disregard for American lives.

Let’s look at some specific examples where government officials are playing footloose and fancy free with death counts.

Scott Morefield: Coronavirus, Gun Violence, and Lame Leftist ‘Logic’ – “To call this ongoing absurdity an overreach is to put it mildly, but overreach is the term that seemingly has defined everything we’ve done attempting to stop a virus that has terrified people far beyond what its capabilities would suggest.” … “they’ve taken the same approach toward gun violence for years. Just ‘ban’ guns, they reason, and gun violence will magically disappear.

Daniel Greenfield: Obama, Clinton 9th Circuit Judges Suspend Bill of Rights Until Coronavirus is Cured – “The Democrat judges did not address the fact that Newsom is discriminating against religious observance. Trump’s appointee did

Victor Davis Hanson: The Doctrine of Media Untruth – “When knowledge, wisdom, independent thought, even basic competence were no longer requisites for success, then the media naturally slid into mediocrity, and mastered networking and obsequiousness instead of valuing independence.”

“As a general rule, when the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting Service, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, and CNN begin to parrot a narrative, the truth often is found in simply believing just the opposite.

Jack Kerwick: Mask Nation and ‘the Experts’ – “The Internment of 2020, otherwise known by the Orwellian nomenclature of “Social Distancing” and “Shelter-in-Place,” has always been nothing more or less than an exercise in social engineering unprecedented in American history for both the magnitude of its reach as well as the speed with which it’s been executed.

“Those fears, though—those wildly irrational, paralyzing, life-denying fears—have hurled the country into the Age of the Great UnReason.

And nothing illustrates the contradictions of the age more than the Establishment’s position(s) on the wearing of masks.

The unwillingness of the True Believers in Virus Orthodoxy to so much as consider these questions, let alone answer them, proves the extent to which they are immersed in the Age of the Great UnReason.

Trivia: The human body appears to be a 37 teracells organism.

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What’s that about chickens coming home to roost?

Roger Kimball: Rage and Recriminations in the Wake of COVID-19 – “For the past two months, the country has been on a moral bender, intoxicated by fear and panic. As with most benders, the aftermath will be painful.”

“In the middle of my tiny neighborhood on the Connecticut shore, there is a nobbly, plinth-like stone about 2 feet high surrounded by a circle of grass and some simple decorative stonework. On one side of the stone there is a brass plaque to “the eternal memory” of the 26 men from the neighborhood who fought in World War I, “the great conflict between liberty and autocracy.” On the other side, a plaque commemorates the 17 men who fought in World War II “that mankind might live in freedom.”

Our ancestors fought for liberty against the forces of autocracy, “that mankind might live in freedom.” We cower in our homes, constantly told to “practice social distancing,” and not to venture out of doors without a mask.

“A population-wide case fatality rate of 0.05 percent,” Ioannidis points out, “is lower than seasonal influenza.” And here was my favorite bit: “If that is the true rate, locking down the world with potentially tremendous social and financial consequences may be totally irrational.

Back in March, I quoted the commentator Aaron Ginn, who speculated, “When this is all over, look for massive confirmation bias and pyrrhic celebration by elites.

I wondered when it would be that people would cotton on to the fact that the real crisis here was not the disease but our politician-and-media fired panic over the disease?

For the past two months, the country has been on a moral bender, intoxicated by fear and panic. As with most benders, the aftermath will be painful. But the symptoms this time will not be nausea and headache but shame at our credulousness and rage against those who exploited it.

Fraser Myers: ‘Nothing can justify this destruction of people’s lives’ – “Yoram Lass, former director of Israel’s Health Ministry, on the hysteria around Covid-19.”

“It is the first epidemic in history which is accompanied by another epidemic – the virus of the social networks.

It is what is known in science as positive feedback or a snowball effect. The government is afraid of its constituents. Therefore, it implements draconian measures.

Mortality due to coronavirus is a fake number. Most people are not dying from coronavirus. Those recording deaths simply change the label.

The only real number is the total number of deaths – all causes of death, not just coronavirus. If you look at those numbers, you will see that every winter we get what is called an excess death rate.

Among the people who die from coronavirus, the median age is often higher than the life expectancy of the population. What has been done is not proportionate. But people are afraid. People are brainwashed. They do not listen to the data. And that includes governments.

If you look at the 1950s, we had the Asian flu. In the 1960s, there was the Hong Kong flu. These were worse than this pandemic.

The virus, like the influenza virus, is saying farewell to western Europe for sure. The same in the Middle East. In the United States, we do not know yet, so we should talk in a month from now. But nothing can justify this destruction of people’s lives. It is unbelievable.

neo: Again, it appears that Trump was right (case fatality rate) – “Predicting that the rate would fall wasn’t rocket science, either. It was quite obvious to anyone studying the science carefully. … But a lot of people – and by “people” I’m definitely including members of the MSM – don’t seem to get this very basic concept

Twitter: Steve Case says AOL 35 years old today; born when only 3% of people were online for an average of just 1 hour per week. … Benj Edwards: Windows 3.0 Is 30 Years Old: Here’s What Made It Special – “In an era where VGA cards were finally going mainstream, many users began running the environment in higher resolutions such as 640×480.” This was also the debut of Microsoft Solitaire. Things have progressed since then but Solitaire is still there..

But people are afraid. People are brainwashed. They do not listen to the data.

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Looking for the happy warrior

I&I Editorial Board: Still More Evidence That Lockdowns Were A Massive Waste Of Time, Money, And Lives – “as JP Morgan’s Kolanovic noted, “Unlike rigorous testing of potential new drugs, lockdowns were administered with little consideration that they might not only cause economic devastation but potentially more deaths than COVID-19 itself.” What flies by in this look into death and destruction is that a priori assumptions for other preventive actions also suffer by the evidence noted. Lockdowns were not independent of but rather a part of a whole set of behavior impositions that cannot be easily decoupled from gross outcomes.

Julie Kelly: Useless Senate Republicans No Match for the ‘Bums of Steele’ – “In a spot-on tirade, Tucker Carlson called out Senate and House Republicans for their failures on what the president has fairly labeled #Obamagate.

“Unfortunately, in many respects, it’s already too late. The bogus collusion narrative undoubtedly influenced the 2018 midterm elections, handing control of the House to the Democrats. Reputations that have been ruined cannot be restored—Trump can’t get back the first two years of his term. Mueller’s team walks away unscathed while his lead prosecutor raises money for Joe Biden.

This whole fiasco lies at the feet of Senate Republicans. “Useless” might be too kind a description of them.

Andrea Widburg: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany gives reporters another cheerful beatdown – “McEnany’s gift is that, like Trump himself, she’s a happy warrior. She’s never unprepared, she’s never angry, and she never has the cornered quality of a trapped rat.

J.B. Shurk: Democrat vote fraud is real, and Republicans must begin fighting back – “Don’t tell the mainstream media, but another case of “nonexistent” voter fraud managed to squeak a few times this week before “objective” journalists quickly jumped on top of the story and smothered it with a pillow.” … “I’m tired of constantly being shelled by the other side without ever firing back. Democrat vote fraud is real, and it is going nowhere, but only Republicans can choose whether to continue being victims of it.

Hannah Bleau: RNC Joins Opposition to Lawsuit Demanding Ballot Harvesting in Florida – “Per Democracy Docket, created by Marc Elias, former attorney for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the figure behind a slew of the progressive cases seeking to use the court system to upend voting laws ensuring election integrity” … “Several Democrats, Pelosi included, have tried to use the in-person election in Wisconsin to justify their vote-by-mail agenda, despite the fact that the data does not warrant their proposals.

John Nolte: Retracting My Claim that Andrew Cuomo Is Not Responsible for Coronavirus Deaths – “My earlier assumption was based on a sound premise: there’s nothing we can do about plagues. … Weeks before — literally, weeks before — the coronavirus hit New York, we knew the virus was a unique threat to the elderly. …

“For a few seconds on Wednesday, America’s useless and corrupt media, America’s fawning Cuomosexuals, actually stopped fawning to ask the governor about his deadly nursing home policy. To defend his indefensible directive, Cuomo made three absurd and easily debunked excuses.

The bottom line is that thousands and thousands of people died unnecessarily because of Andrew Cuomo’s fatal mismanagement and equally fatal error of judgment. This is all on him, hence my retraction.

Many unhappy warriors, too.

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Vile American Media

I & I Editorial Board: Trump Is Winning His Standoff With The Press – “Over the past few months, the press has attacked Trump for being too optimistic, for being too abrasive, for taking medications they don’t approve of. They attacked Trump for being a wannabe dictator, and for being too deferential to states. They alleged that Trump wants to “normalize” coronavirus deaths. They speculated that Trump is alienating seniors.” … “No wonder the public’s trust in the media is below that of snake oil salesmen.

Andrea Widburg: If you want to see a microcosm of our vile American media, this is it. – “What Business Insider is doing isn’t reporting. It’s not concerned with facts. It is, instead, deeply concerned with crafting a narrative that makes people frightened of the Republican governors’ more freedom-oriented policies. The irony, of course, is that it is the Democrat governors, with their decisions to lock up healthy, young people, and expose older, sicker people to the Wuhan virus, who have blood on their hands. Mainstream media consumers, though, will have a hard time learning those particular facts.

John Hinderaker: Ron DeSantis Has Had Enough – “When Florida reopened for business ahead of most other states, DeSantis was hit with a barrage of criticism from left-wing journalists, who among other things alleged that Florida was conducting an experiment in “human sacrifice.” As usual, the journalists were wrong.

Nikola Tesla: “Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.

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What’s worse: the crime or the coverup?

Elizabeth Vaughn: Here’s Why So Many Treasury Department Officials Requested Unmaskings of Gen. Flynn – “By 2015-2016, Obama had politicized every government agency. Most, if not all, agencies were led and primarily staffed by bureaucrats who all shared the same goal.

Jonathan F. Keiler: Materiality is the Key to the Flynn Impasse – “There are two aspects to the current imbroglio over the Justice Department’s attempt to dismiss the Michael Flynn case, which U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan so far has rejected. The first is procedural — whether Sullivan following Rule 48(a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure must dismiss. The second is substantive, whether the basis the government gave for dismissal is legitimate.” … “The issue of materiality is essentially “Obamagate,” the scandal the left refuses to acknowledge.

Seth Barrett: When Does the President “Abuse” the Pardon Power? – “The reality is that that “abuse” of office or “abuse” of powers, as it has been pitched to the public, amounts to an Orwellian thought crime—which seeks to overturn an election based on wrong think and mundane disagreements about policy, which, in normal times, would be the subject of elections, not impeachments (and not a process of recasting political differences as accusations of legal wrongdoing, with concomitant investigations, and threats of prosecution).

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an awful stench rising from all this

Tyler Durden: Beware The CoronaNazis – “There seem to be an increasing number of players willing to play politics to delay reopening to prize concessions and control. … All political actions have consequences – and when the government has to play to the fears of Corona-phonics and respond to the Virus-Nazis, we are going to get sub optimal outcomes.

ibid: The 2006 Origins Of The ‘Lockdown’ Idea – “What’s truly surprising is just how recent the theory behind lockdown and forced distancing actually is. So far as anyone can tell, the intellectual machinery that made this mess was invented 14 years ago, and not by epidemiologists but by computer-simulation modelers. It was adopted not by experienced doctors – they warned ferociously against it – but by politicians.”

“Thus did some of the most highly trained and experienced experts on epidemics warn with biting rhetoric against everything that the advocates of lockdown proposed. It was not even a real-world idea in the first place and showed no actual knowledge of viruses and disease mitigation. Again, the idea was born of a high-school science experiment using agent-based modelling techniques having nothing at all to do with real life, real science, or real medicine.

Ideas have consequences, as they say. Dream up an idea for a virus-controlling totalitarian society, one without an endgame and eschewing any experienced-based evidence that it would achieve the goal, and you might see it implemented someday. Lockdown might be the new orthodoxy but that doesn’t make it medically sound or morally correct.

Howard Richman: Dr. Fauci and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study victims – this is how you do it! “Fauci is about to begin a study in which he will test HCQ by administering it without zinc to mild and moderately severe COVID-19 cases. In contrast, doctors at St. Francis Hospital in New York pay attention to the medical research. They just announced a study that will test HCQ with zinc with non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients.” This is how folks like Rick Bright get their ammunition.

“COVID-19 patients are largely drawn from groups that are known to have zinc deficiencies (i.e., the elderly, Black Americans, diabetics, those with cancer, and those with low hemoglobin levels). When Fauci tests HCQ on them without giving them zinc at the same time, many will die. In the 1930s and 1940s, the NIH deprived Black Americans of life-saving penicillin in the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Now, under the leadership of Antony Fauci, the NIH is about to begin a study that will deprive them of life-saving zinc.

Edmund DeMarche: Trump blasts ’60 Minutes,’ ‘creep’ HHS whistleblower after broadcast – Bright said “I believe my last-ditch effort to protect Americans from that drug was the final straw that they used and believed was essential to push me out,” – a drug in public use for over 50 years but he wants to save the public from their doctor’s advice.

“Azar hit back Thursday, slamming Bright’s testimony as “yet another attack on President Trump” laden with “disproven, unfounded allegations.”

“The president literally did what Bright is saying should be done,” Azar told “The Story.” “This guy was singing in a choir back then of everybody. We were all singing the same tune, and now he’s trying to claim that he was a soloist.”

Jed Babbin: Rogue Judge Sullivan – “There’s no end to the tormenting of Michael Flynn — but a writ of mandamus from the Justice Department should put a stop to it.” … “Sullivan’s action is unconstitutional, cruel, and an enormous abuse of his judicial power.

“There is an awful stench rising from all this interest in Flynn, the FBI’s misconduct in pursuing him, and the actions of the Mueller prosecutors who pursued Flynn and blackmailed him into confessing crimes he didn’t commit. That stench now also rises from Sullivan’s action in delaying the dismissal of all charges against Flynn.

This has gone on far too long, and at far too great a cost to Flynn and his family. The DoJ should slap Sullivan with a writ of mandamus to the D.C. Circuit immediately. There is no reason for the toll of this injustice to continue to mount.

This has gone on far too long

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If it weren’t for double standards …

Joel B. Pollak: Obama Had No State Department Inspector General for More than Four Years – yet “President Donald Trump is being criticized by his opponents after firing State Department Inspector General Steve Linick on Friday night. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) called it a “threat to accountable democracy.” … “Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) noted the Democrats’ hypocrisy in a statement Saturday, while still calling upon President Trump to submit a written explanation of the firing to Congress

“Curiously, the four-year vacancy under Obama coincided with Hillary Clinton’s term as Secretary of State, which was marred by controversy — including her use of a private email server as the Clinton Foundation continued to collect donations from abroad.

When Republicans raised questions about the vacancy, their concerns were dismissed. The Obama administration and Clinton herself defended the performance of the acting inspector general.

Roger Kimball: John Brennan and the Plot to Subvert an American Election – “Tyranny is always more palatable when swaddled in the conviction of its own virtue.”

“Guess what happened to John Brennan for spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee?

How about starting the bogus investigation into fictional “collusion” or “coordination” between the Russians and the campaign, and then the administration, of Donald Trump? How about that?

Think about how odd this situation is. Several writers have compiled timelines of the investigation.

“Obama said he wants to be sure that . . . we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.”

Again: The outgoing president tells his senior intelligence staff to think about whether to tell the incoming administration the truth about a major national security issue.

Mollie Hemingway is right: what we are coming to see is “not just a typical battle between political foes, nor merely an example of media bias against political enemies. Instead, this entire operation was a deliberate and direct attack on the foundation of American governance.” That’s why I have repeatedly called it “the biggest political scandal in our nation’s history.” It was an effort to overturn the results of an election by stealth.

I am uncertain to what extent the chief actors in this malignant farce understand the extent of their culpability. I hope that Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham will be on hand to enlighten them. This must never be allowed to happen again.

Clarice Feldman: Mitigating Tyranny: Lockdowns and Flynn – “Almost 200 hundred years ago the genius Alexis De Tocqueville observed how the distribution of power and law enforcement mitigated tyranny in the United States.”

“For reasons not based on science, but on fearmongering by the press and autocratic leanings of some governors (for the most part, Democratic Governors Cuomo, Newsom, Whitmer, Evers, Northam, and Inslee) draconian lockdown measures were instituted by executive order. These orders were often backed up by health commissioners, themselves ill-equipped by education or experience to offer sound advice. The consequences of these actions have been to jeopardize the health of the poorest and most vulnerable and destroy the livelihoods of those not able to work from home or on academic and government payrolls. At the same time, they released from prison some really hardcore prisoners, ostensibly to protect them from the virus. In sum, they have most harmed the members of the very lowest tranches of the economy, which they have always claimed to represent. The rebellion against the orders by affected citizens and courts continues.

Alderman: Mayor’s Office Bans Parking On Ravenswood Streets Near Church That Plans To Hold Sunday Services – “The police called me to inform us that they were asked by the mayor to put up the signs. It is completely ridiculous,” Cimpean said in the statement. “The mayor is inciting hate against the church which is very sad. A lot of our members risked their lives to escape Communism, only to find it germinating in 2020 under mayor Lightfoot in Chicago.

Stephen Kruiser: And By the Way, Obamagate Is Real and It’s Spectacular – “The American mainstream media has expended great effort in the past two weeks to convince people that the scandal now known as Obamagate is either a diversion or a conspiracy theory, neither of which is true.

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The people who obey without thinking

Tyler Durden: It Wasn’t The “Virus” That Crashed The Economy, It Was The People Who Obeyed – “Most human beings still think like slaves. Instead of asking questions or using critical thinking skills to ask if something is right before doing it, they simply obey perceived “authority”. The truth is, this lockdown is the fault of everyone who complied and everyone who used forced to exact revenge on those who disobeyed. It was the same in all tyrannical takeovers in history.

“Mainstream media outlets are still trying desperately to spin the narrative and fault the “invisible enemy” for the very real toll on human life the government’s overreaction has already caused. This is nothing more than propaganda, and once you pick it up, you’ll be able to see it.

The primary threat to freedom and justice is not greed, or hatred, or any of the other emotions or human flaws usually blamed for such things. Instead, it is one ubiquitous superstition that infects the minds of people of all races, religions, and nationalities, which deceives decent, well-intentioned people into supporting and advocating violence and oppression. Even without making human beings one bit more wise or virtuous, removing that one superstition would remove the vast majority of injustice and suffering from the world.

Instead of just blindly obeying the commands, think about it and ask if what you are doing is right. Do you have the moral right to take the rights of others? Applying even the most minimal amount of critical thinking to something can usually get people to what is right. But you have to do be willing to take a look at yourself, and correct your mistakes yourself, and take responsibility for your own actions. Which is exactly why most Americans won’t. Blaming a virus and blindly obeying the ruling class and it’s foot soldiers is much easier than critical thinking.

Eileen F. Toplansky: The Coronavirus Fifth Column – “As left-wing Democrat-controlled states continue to keep people in lockdown, it is becoming apparent that they are using the pandemic as a means to gain ultimate control of people’s lives. … In fact, leftists the world over are exploiting the pandemic in order to create their alleged utopias.

John R. Lott, Jr.: The US is Dramatically Overcounting Coronavirus Deaths – “Over 86,500 people have reportedly died in the United States from the Coronavirus, and the fear generated by those deaths is driving the public policy debate.” … “Relying on these flawed numbers is destroying businesses and jobs and costing lives.” ‘With’ or ‘of’ the virus makes a difference. Incentives matter as well. “It is hard to believe that we are basing such crucial decisions on such flawed data.

Scott Johnson: Coronavirus in one state (41) – “If I were following the progress of the disease in Minnesota for the metropolitan daily newspaper that dominates the state, I would have a big story on the limited risk of fatality among healthy citizens. I would also want to highlight the subpopulations at risk of death on account of serious underlying medical conditions. … Unfortunately, that is not the way it is going down at the Star Tribune.

Matt Margolis: Reporters Ask Kayleigh McEnany About The National Stockpile, Her Responses Were Epic – “She’s regularly demonstrated her ability to handle the media’s gotcha questions and throw them right back in their faces.

Tyler Durden: Understanding The Mueller Lies About Michael Flynn – “Michael Flynn did not do a damn thing wrong in that conversation and the notes from FBI agents Strzok and Pientka, which Sidney Powell finally pried loose after more than two years of the prosecutors hiding exculpatory evidence, do not support the Statement of Offense.

Editorial of The New York Sun: Judge Sullivan Ignores Shocking Record of False Guilty Pleas – “We may be slow, we often say, but then again, too, we didn’t just fall off the turnip truck.

Daniel John Sobieski: Flynn Judge Ignores Supreme Court and the Constitution – “Prosecutors dropping a case in the face of overwhelming exculpatory evidence does not damage the justice system — hiding exculpatory evidence pointing to a defendant’s innocence does, as does one administration conspiring to entrap and frame a defendant chosen to work in a subsequent incoming administration.

Scott Johnson: Obamagate explained – “This is Watergate times 10 or 100 or 1000. It is the greatest scandal in American political history by far. Richard Nixon never had it so good. Not even close.” McEnany explains.

Tyler Durden: Nevada: The Real ‘Golden’ State – “Today’s infographic from Corvus Gold showcases why Nevada may have a better case for deserving California’s nickname of the “Golden State”: we look at the state’s gold production, exploration potential, and even its rich history.”

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Voltaire: “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.”

Stephen Kruiser: The Morning Briefing: ACLU Sues Due Process Champion DeVos – “Because the world has gone completely insane, the new rules that DeVos is putting in place are being objected to by a variety of leftist organizations and politicians, all of whom are grossly misrepresenting the changes.

Alex Berezow misses the critical point: Cult of the Presidency: Coronavirus, Trump, and Our Social Pathology – “This is, in a word, insane. But it has become routine in American political discourse. Every person is assumed to have an underlying political loyalty and/or ideological agenda.” … “That statement succinctly summarizes what I believe has become a dangerous social pathology, namely, that we as Americans pin our collective hope and hatred on a single person” – These two statements contradict each other and completely ignore the phenomena Kruiser described. Ideological agenda is not, in itself, a problem. “grossly misrepresenting the changes” is the problem. Berezow needs to apply a higher standard of intellectual integrity in his ‘both sides do it’ type distraction. He claims to be ‘science based’ but, in this case, is missing a critical science value.

Bruce Thornton: No Justice, No Freedom – “When such offenses committed by “public servants” sworn to uphold the Constitution go unpunished, our whole political order that protects our freedom is compromised.

“If we want to avoid becoming a world where sheer power determines justice, all these investigations must end with indictments, trials, and condign punishment in order to hold the malefactors accountable, and deter future ones. But if they are left unpunished, then we will find ourselves increasingly living in a world where justice is not blind, and all are not equal under the law.

Shipwreckedcrew: Judge Emmet Sullivan Likely Committed Reversible Error In Taking The Guilty Plea of General Michael Flynn – “Judge Sullivan screwed up the factual basis of the guilty plea entered by Gen. Flynn, and the procedure he employed was unsound and violated Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.” … “The guilty plea was invalid as a matter of law independent of the DOJ motion.

Carol Brown: Police State Dry Run a Huge Success – “We’ve been physically and verbally harassed, threatened, fined, detained, arrested, jailed, and/or placed in forced quarantine. Business licenses have been revoked. Going to work without the permission of the government is now a crime. So is going to the park or a beach. Children playing together is also in defiance of the government. So is placing flags on the graves of veterans.

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How bad can it get?

Jonathan F. Keiler: CBS reporter got the response her ‘question’ deserved – “The case is a microcosm of what’s wrong with the media, both in terms of pure bias, basic competence, and professionalism.”

“Jiang took immediate “offense” to the response, assuming Trump raised the subject of China as a “racist” attack on her personally. And of course, this is the tack the media has followed in the days since.

Trump frequently raises Chinese responsibility for the pandemic, so there was nothing unusual when he did it with Jiang. That’s true, but even more to the point, Jiang directly invited his response in this case.

Jiang got the response her statement deserved. That she happens to be of Chinese descent is utterly irrelevant. That she is a lousy reporter who can’t seem to ask a clear, relevant, non-argumentative question, and is being held up as a paragon of virtue for it, is an indictment of the mainstream media.

Matt Vespa: Clown Show: Flynn Was Never Charged With Perjury, But Now Could Be Facing Charges…of Perjury – “we need to go another several rounds with the most unhinged anti-Trump elements in the country. And they’re lawyers, which means their arrogance will be nauseating. Yet, I’m fairly confident this will be another in-kind contribution to the 2020 Trump re-election campaign.” This isn’t a “clown show,” it is a lynch mob aided and abetted by a biased judge with an agenda.

neo: Perhaps you thought the Flynn case couldn’t get any worse – “And it’s a very serious game indeed:” … “I am no expert on this subject, but I have never heard of such a thing. And in particular, if a guilty plea is coerced under threat or pressure – which often happens – it is often a lie. The same with plea bargains. And everyone knows it.” Now she knows where Obama came up with that ‘perjury’ thing in his leaked phone call.

Matt Vespa: We Now Know How Far Obama Was Willing to Go to Damage the Trump White House – “With ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn now exonerated, as he was revealed to be the victim of a malicious FBI prosecution that was groundless, the last pieces of this dead rotting collusion carcass are falling apart.

Laura Hollis: A Tale of Two Sets of Rules – “one for the elites in the Democratic Party, the media and the entertainment industry, and a different one for Republicans and us poor slobs in flyover country.

“The self-appointed elites in this country are taking rank hypocrisy to new and dangerous levels. They know that the press will protect them, just as it did Clinton and Obama — and Harvey Weinstein and Ed Buck and Jeffrey Epstein and God only knows how many others. While Americans protest the unfairness of this double standard, the elites behave as if they are utterly unaccountable for and immune from any consequences.

And it can’t get any worse, can it?

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Grandma killier is the Godwin of the pandemic

Stephen Kruiser: The Morning Briefing: Let California Twist in the Wind Without a Bailout – “The progressives have been running the state into the ground financially for years, and now they want to use the present crisis as an opportunity to get some federal bailout money to cover for their past financial sins.

“While it’s true that all of these states have been mismanaged to some degree, I am focusing on California because it’s the largest and the most arrogant of the bunch.

The state has been careening towards a pension crisis that people have been writing and warning about for years

There is something particularly infuriating about governors who are arbitrarily keeping their states’ businesses shut down longer than they need to be — looking at you, Kate Brown — begging for money from the federal government. Perhaps they should look at firing up their tax bases again.

Conrad Black: Democrats Charge Into a Political Cul-de-Sac – “Democrats don’t have much hope to cling to, but they don’t deserve better.”

“Democrats, having struck out swinging on collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice, and inciting a foreign government to interfere in a U.S. election, in their spurious impeachment, have now just dispensed with the inconvenient relic of bourgeois formalism of identifying what it is that is being concealed.

Pelosi and the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), are babbling like malicious idiots about the president’s crimes, of which even desperately partisan inquiries have failed to produce a shred of evidence.

James LileksWednesday Review Of Modern Thought: “Made the mistake of looking at Twitter before the usual “let’s get irritated by the news of the day” time, which is 11 AM, and encountered someone I know and like retweeting stuff about how people want grandma to die. It’s like a switch flips: nope, not going to take you seriously on this matter ever again. Grandma killier is the Godwin of the pandemic.

Hospitals expected a dire situation. April data shows it never came – “Nevada health officials said social distancing measures stymied the coronavirus spread and lessened feared capacity issues at Las Vegas hospitals.” This is an example of bad science. Correlation is not causation no matter how reasonable the phenomena and conclusion seem to be. In this case, there would have to be evidence showing that normal behavior and social distancing produced a clear difference in results. This has not been the case. The data available has too much variability and too many variables for confidence in the conclusion drawn.

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Yes, there is a difference, an important one

David Catron: Of Pandemics and the Partisan Divide – “Why so much difference between Democrats and Republicans on reopening?”

“A frequently heard complaint about American politics is that there is little difference between our two major parties. As one libertarian publication recently put it, “Coronavirus Reveals Utter Sameness of Democrats and Republicans.” In reality, the pandemic has provided a particularly stark view of the growing chasm between their governing philosophies.

The objective data support Gov. Hutchinson’s claim that his approach is more effective than states of comparable size that foisted shelter-in-place rules on their residents.

A number of Republican Governors have been carpet bombed by the Democrats and the “news” media for permitting most of their residents to return to something resembling their normal lives. This is particularly true of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Never mind that new cases peaked in all three states by the middle of April, and their deaths per million are far below most of their Democratic counterparts.

This is a far more important distinction than it probably seems at first glance. If one of the two major parties doesn’t trust you to choose a greasy spoon or get a haircut without supervision, is there any real chance they will be comfortable with your choices concerning where you live, work, worship, get health care, educate your children? Are they really going to be comfortable with your decisions concerning who should represent you in state government, Congress, or live in the White House? Not a chance.

T.R. Clancy: When facts are stubborn things, the left just tell more stubborn lies – “The long overdue cracking of the conspiracy to frame President Trump’s national security adviser has the left wailing.”

“The brutal facts of last week’s revelations are so clear cut and straightforward — think of the invasion of Normandy or Nixon’s resignation — that no straight news reporter could conceivably lead with anything else but “this is what happened, and this is why it happened” — something on the order of “a cleaned-up DOJ withdrew a false charge that never should have been filed, because it was based on FBI wrongdoing and an Obama DOJ plot that was blessed by Obama officials at the highest level, and possibly by Obama himself.”

That is the story. But it’s a story the media don’t want to tell, because they’d be telling it on themselves. Where they can’t avoid it, the mainstream media are burying the ugliness under prattle about almost anything else.

The media hammering on Flynn’s guilty plea is meant to crowd out all the wretched details of prosecutorial abuse, leaving only enough room for their alternative suggestions of reality.

For some time now, the go-to progressive tactic has been to oversimplify every controversy into a Manichean “narrative” that pits absolute goodness against unspeakable evil.

Julie Kelly: Is Obama’s Long History of Playing Dirty Finally Catching Up With Him? – “The unraveling of the Michael Flynn case and ongoing investigation into Obama’s Justice Department should put an end to the preposterous claim that his administration was “scandal-free.”

“This overwhelming and shocking evidence, however, has been of no interest to marquee media organizations such as CNN and the New York Times while a handful of conservative outlets, including American Greatness, and anonymous Twitter accounts have done the heavy lifting.

It could be that Obama’s arrogance and sense of political invincibility, bolstered by years of media swooning, finally has caught up with the one-time community organizer.

Brian C. Joondeph: Will There Be an Obamagate Reckoning? You Betcha! – “It is being revealed to the public in a slow but systematic fashion, a treasonous plot to undermine a presidential election and subsequent presidency.”

“This was not simply a few rogue FBI or DOJ agents taking justice into their own hands. Instead a plot of this magnitude had the blessing of the big boss, the capo di tutti capi, as the Mafia like to say, the boss of all bosses, President Barack Hussein Obama. Hence the name ObamaGate.

There is a divide and ‘both sides do it’ is an evasion that is an indicator of blindness. How the sides differ is much more important to learn than about their similarities.

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Besieged I tell you — besieged!

Matt Margolis: It’s Time for the Left to Stop Pretending Obama Was Scandal-Free – “How many scandals will it take for the left to admit that Barack Obama had the most corrupt presidency in U.S. history?

Stephen Kruiser: The Morning Briefing: ‘OBAMAGATE!’ Monday Edition – “Obama is back in the daily news cycle, and this is probably the first time that the malignant narcissist isn’t happy about it.” Defending Biden against mounting evidence is one thing. Now it’s Obama and the evidence is in congressional hearing testimony and other documentation regarding the FBI, the DOJ, and the FISA courts. Then there’s the pandemic FUD mongering and economic warfare at the expense of the Bill of Rights to defend as well.

“As evidence mounts that the upper echelons of the Obama administration — include Obama himself — spent their final days spying and phone-tapping in an effort to ruin Michael Flynn and poison the entire Trump administration, the president and his confidantes are turning up the heat.

Those of us here on the sane side of things know that the Obama administration was never sans the blemish of scandal as the stories have been told. They benefited from a press corps that spent eight years spraining their necks looking the other way.

The evidence that has emerged in the past week can’t be swept under the rug, especially with President Trump in command of the biggest bully pulpit on Earth.

Daniel Greenfield: Obamagate: President Trump Goes After Obama – “The treasonous investigators and their instigator become the investigated.” … “One man, not some nebulous organization or unaccountable bureaucracy, pushed the lever and decided to use the machinery of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to suppress the political opposition.

“Investigations start by exposing, breaking down and then flipping the stooges, before working their way up the ladder to the bosses who gave the orders, and then the man at the top. The investigation formerly known as Spygate has been burning its way through the titular spies who did the dirty work.

Steele has since testified that he not only knew that Hillary Clinton was in the loop, but that National Security Advisor Susan Rice had been briefed. Obamagate had linked together the figures empowered to conduct surveillance of political opponents with political figures in the White House. That’s how covert spying operations like Watergate work. The DOJ is meant to serve as a buffer against abuses like these.

As I wrote three years ago, “Once Obama and his allies launched their domestic surveillance operation, they crossed the Rubicon. And there was no way back. They had to destroy President Trump or risk going to jail. The more crimes they committed by spying on the opposition, the more urgently they needed to bring down Trump. The consequences of each crime that they had committed spurred them on to commit worse crimes to save themselves from going to jail.”

The tables are turning. And the question now becomes, will middle rank ex-feds be willing to go to jail to protect their bosses, will those bosses be willing to go to jail to protect cabinet members, and will they all be willing to go to jail to protect Barry? If Biden loses, so does the Obama Alumni Association.

Obamagate is not just the reckoning the nation needs: it’s the reckoning that the rule of law deserves.

I&I Editorial: Media Find In Coronavirus A Crisis They Can’t Waste – “We can’t be the only ones who sense the glee with which the news about the body count, the Democrats’ wailing over the president’s handling of the crisis, and the “new normal” are delivered across our screens.” … “The coronavirus coverage goes beyond the “if it bleeds it leads” tenet of sensationalized media coverage. It’s a handy means for them to extend the cultural and political divides that have made the 50 states less united than they have been in any of our lifetimes.

“If you doubt the power of the press, recognize that Gov. Ron DeSantis handled COVID-19 in Florida in excellent fashion, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo handled it nearly as badly as humanly possible, yet DeSantis has dropped in polls and Cuomo is at the height of popularity,” talk radio show host Ben Shapiro tweeted last week.

Choose any issue, and there’s a media bias editorial waiting to be written. The legacy press is simply the Democratic Party’s Department of Propaganda

Tyler Durden: Trump Furious After NBC Apologizes For Chuck Todd’s Propaganda Edit Of Barr Interview – yeah, OK, another of those “pounce” “seize” overblown headlines, but … “Todd literally stole Barr’s line about ‘upholding the rule of law’ and flipped it around in a case of blatant propaganda. … Greg Price of the Daily Caller calls out the “blatantly dishonest” reporting by Todd.

Lee Smith: Adam Schiff lied about the Trump investigation — and the media let him – “Last week, Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell forced Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff’s hand. … They show exactly what you’d expect them to show: None of the former Obama administration officials who took to the airwaves immediately after Trump’s election to claim collusion had any evidence of it. … But what makes the transcripts significant is not what’s contained in them. Rather, it’s what they represent.

“After Mueller filed his report last spring, CNN’s Jake Tapper said that “I don’t know anybody who got anything wrong.” Don’t expect anyone in the mainstream media to admit gross journalistic malpractice this time either. The tragic fact is that once-prestigious press organizations, including CNN as well as MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post, weren’t fooled by the collusion hoax. They were an essential part of it.

Daily Caller News Foundation: Supreme Court rules encouraging illegal aliens to remain in U.S. is a crime – “unanimously upheld a federal statute that forbids encouraging illegal aliens to remain in the U.S. unlawfully in a decision Thursday.” … “The ruling by the nation’s highest court Thursday upholds the law. … The Supreme Court not only vacated the appeals court’s decision but also criticized the judges for “drastically” straying from judicial norms. … Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal stalwart of the bench, wrote the high court’s opinion. … The decision brings to a close a court battle that lasted roughly 10 years.

Victor Davis Hanson: Unbearable Truths About Our Current Political Moment – “What happens to a people when it can’t handle the truth?”

The chickens are coming home to roost …

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Why is the problem bigger than you might think.

Consider this headline: William Barr’s Perversion of JusticeNew York Times, by Staff. It completely ignores the facts on the table. See Paul Mirengoff: An absurd and outrageous shot at Bill Barr or Ryan Saavedra: Democrat Law Professor Blasts Obama For False Statements About DOJ Dismissing Flynn Case then contrast and compare to the Washington Examiner

Editorial: Travesty of justice finally ends for Michael Flynn – “The Flynn case is a stunning example of an abuse of power at the highest levels of the FBI, which was determined by any way possible to bring him down as part of an effort to damage Trump.

Jason Killmeyer: Our Endangered Transfer of Power – “The 2020 election is fast approaching. If we end up with a landslide, we should be OK;” … “Our risk calculus is off. This is not the time or place in our history to rollout widespread changes to how Americans vote

Clarice Feldman: January 5, 2017: A Day that Should Live in Infamy – “This week saw two major legal developments … Altogether they show a scandalous miscarriage of justice and media malpractice, which continues to this day, instigated by Barack Obama.”

“Once again, Obama makes a statement about law which is demonstrably false. In fact, not once to my recalling has he ever made a statement about the law that is correct.

As to the facts, you simply cannot count on media reports, so I will link for you the Government’s Motion to withdraw the case.

As you read it you will see that once specially appointed U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen finally found the documents long hidden from the defense and court in the bowels of the FBI and DoJ, the government had little choice but to withdraw the case.

A number of analyses — by people who do know enough not to simply rewrite Obama press dictation — provide an accurate and chilling account of the persecution of Flynn.

Monica Showalter: Obama is panicking— “A huge Obama White House effort to spy on a political opponent and prevent him from serving in public office is slowly being exposed.” … “Sundance over at Conservative Treehouse has a very deep dive (it took me an hour to read it, but it never got boring) into the roots of Obama’s rage and why he’s running scared and starting to fight back.” but look at how he and his cohort fights back … e.g.

Charles Hurt: ‘Demand Justice’ Fight Back — Against Judges Who Like the Constitution – “The baseless accusation is even more audacious for anyone with the faintest memory of the decades-long onslaught these people have waged against an independent judiciary in America.

Rutger Bregman: The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months – “When a group of schoolboys were marooned on an island in 1965, it turned out very differently from William Golding’s bestseller” … “In hindsight, the secret to the book’s success is clear. Golding had a masterful ability to portray the darkest depths of mankind. Of course, he had the zeitgeist of the 1960s on his side, when a new generation was questioning its parents about the atrocities of the second world war.

“For centuries western culture has been permeated by the idea that humans are selfish creatures. That cynical image of humanity has been proclaimed in films and novels, history books and scientific research. But in the last 20 years, something extraordinary has happened. Scientists from all over the world have switched to a more hopeful view of mankind. This development is still so young that researchers in different fields often don’t even know about each other.

Andrew Gilbertson: Blinded by Doomsday Predictions Masquerading as Science – “we have a serious problem with something masquerading as science: the manipulation of facts and data to create fearful predictive models.

“It is important to emphasize that these ill fated prognostications were not made by carnival hucksters or Times Square loons in sandwich boards; they were the work of highly respected scientists and statisticians, widely publicized in the national media. All were taken seriously at the time.

We need to respect science, but we must stop blindly accepting scientists’ unproven doomsday predictions.

George Neumayr: The Two Popes Problem – “When Pope Francis grants an interview, he makes news by subverting Church teaching. When Pope Benedict XVI gives one, he makes news by upholding it. Therein lies the two popes problem about which the media can’t keep complaining..”

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