Archive for Mind Games

How can you tell what is true in the real world?

So Trump is the divisive one when he brings up Democrat policies? Jack Hellner – “I find it tremendously humorous that people pretending to be journalists, as they campaign to elect Democrats and implement their policies, find it divisive if President Trump campaigns by pointing out Democrat policies.” … “Here is how Democrats debate issues:

Stunning Day of Economic Gaslighting – Despite All Positive Data, Corporate Media Cheering For Recession… sundance – “The Wall St./Media pundit goal is to erode consumer confidence, instill fear, and hopefully get people to sit on those high wages…. thereby creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Judicial Watch: Trove Of Docs Exposes How Senior DOJ, FBI And Private Contractors Targeted Trump. Sara Carter – “The dossier is nothing more than Russian and anti-Trump disinformation,” said a former senior U.S. intelligence official, who worked as a Russia analyst. “Once the Russian’s got wind that Fusion GPS was digging into Trump’s ties with Russia, the Kremlin used it to create chaos in the United States. It was a relationship of convenience for both the Democratic opposition and the Kremlin.”

Red Flag Laws in the Age of Political Psychiatry. Christopher Roach – “Crime has a cost, but so do infringements on civil liberties, such as detentions, convictions, institutionalization, and other lesser measures like injunctions and protection orders.” … “At various times, psychiatry has been abused to suppress political dissent as an end-run around the publicity and procedural necessities of criminal trials.

Trump Green Card Rule: Three Lefty Lies Debunked. David Catron – “Just when you thought left-wing mendacity couldn’t get any worse …”

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still telling that lie five years later, or ten years later, poisonous lies taste good?

4 Myths About Mass Shootings. Christopher J. Ferguson, Stetson University – “A lot of bad information can follow in the wake of such emotional events; clear, data-based discussions of mass homicides can get lost among political narratives.

“Long-term studies of youth consistently find that violent games are not a risk factor for youth violence anywhere from one to eight years later.

Overall, though, the ethnic composition of the group of all mass shooters in the U.S. is roughly equivalent to the American population.

Whether mental illness is or is not related to mass shootings – or criminal violence more broadly – is a nuanced question.

But using standard definitions, most data suggest that the prevalence of mass shootings has stayed fairly consistent over the past few decades.

Joe Biden Is Wrong. There Is No Compelling Evidence That Assault-Weapon Bans Work. Robert Verbruggen – “Recently, though, some have claimed that the law reduced mass shootings in particular, which account for a tiny fraction of overall homicides but command an incredibly disproportionate amount of public attention.

“However, the three most important facts about mass shootings are (A) they have historically been incredibly rare, with entire years passing without one sometimes; (B) they are contagious, with high-profile incidents inpiring copycats and competitors; and (C) they are incredibly variable in the number of fatalities

WSJ, WaPo, NYT Keep Spreading False Claims About Internet Law. Matthew Feeney – “Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is much debated and under bipartisan attack.

Gore Says His Global Warming Predictions Have Come True? Can He Prove It? J. Frank Bullitt – “Gore has been making declarative statements about global warming for about as long as he’s been in the public eye. He has yet to prove a single claim, though. But how can he? The few examples above show that despite his insistence to the contrary, his predictions have failed.

“Even if all turned out to be more accurate than a local three-day forecast, there’s no way to say with 100% certainty that the extreme conditions were caused by human activity. Our climate is a complex system, there are too many other variables, and the science itself has limits, unlike Gore’s capacity to inflate the narrative.

Vox: Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris are wrong about Michael Brown’s death. John Sexton – “What we were told about the Michael Brown shooting by activists and the media, as was also the case with the Trayvon Martin shooting, was a lie. The fact that major Democratic candidates for President are still telling that lie five years later ought to be a much bigger story.

Amazon knocked for helping police with doorbell cameras. Jazz Shaw – “This story at NBC News provides yet another example of how so-called digital privacy advocates are going overboard and essentially rooting for criminals instead of the police.

Why target Tucker Carlson? It’s part of the left’s war on the right. Victor Davis Hanson – “his sin? Carlson, over the past few months and especially the past few days, has voiced some inconvenient truths that earn outrage but not refutation:

The poisonous lie of racist policing. Paul Mirengoff – “That’s a reality so obvious even a rational leftist should grasp it. Unfortunately, rational leftists are in short supply.

The Left and Its Dishonest ‘Truths’. Nelson A. Siebert – ““Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth” is a lesson that the Democrat Left has mastered to perfection.” … “The Left is omnipresent, while the right, in contrast, is Bigfoot or the Chupacabra.

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egomaniacs desperately seeking spotlights

Another athletic egomaniac looking for some extra spotlight by dissing the U.S. flag. Monica Showalter – “By now, the routine of athletes calling attention to themselves by dissing the U.S. flag at some athletic event has become so de rigueur you could write the script before it happens.” Show your privilege by insulting its source.

“It’s disgusting. The little creep is doing this because he can see how it brings on the rewards. It’s not even original either, it’s a faded Xerox copy of a three-year old stunt pioneered by a washed-up football player who wanted attention and athletic endorsements for himself, too. Insult the flag, reap the big bucks, this is how the corrupted game is played now.

It’s sickening because courageous U.S. men and women have died for this flag, and the brave people of Hong Kong are defying a brutal communist juggernaut by waving that very same flag as the world’s strongest beacon of freedom

The Strange Case of ‘White Supremacy’. Victor Davis Hanson – “racial politics is a mess. The standards by which racial chauvinism either is deemed dangerous or regrettable and a mere aberration, are largely political.

The Trump Obsession Comes for California’s Water. Jack Fowler – “Its consequence will be to preempt any possible forthcoming federal regulations that would result in people and farms (instead of, seriously, the Pacific Ocean) getting more, already available water. That might even be its purpose

“While Democrats turn their Trump obsession to water denial, CWA recommends a comprehensive approach to the state’s H2O problems — three steps that are central to fixing it given the science and needs, but far-fetched given the power of progressive ideology that governs the Golden State:

The Left’s Exclusionary Language. John Hinderaker – “A reader points out this article by a liberal in the Atlantic. … “Almost religious” understates the case, but the author sums up quite well the bizarre world of public discourse in which we find ourselves.

My Preliminary List of Things That Irritate Me The Most About Modern Discourse. Coyote Blog – A good list but he can’t see the mirror. c.f. the cite of Rush Limbaugh. He is a member of the ‘both sides the same’ club and cannot even use his own list of irritants to discriminate between population clusters.

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The propaganda movement — purposeful and obscene

Andrew McCabe Files Federal Civil Lawsuit Against DOJ and FBI – Claims Trump Carried Out “Unconstitutional Plan” Against Him… sundance – “The motive here is 100% political obfuscation, and the same Lawfare team is involved in the construct.

“Again, as with the earlier Strzok lawsuit, both are not going through the process within the Department of Labor for a wrongful termination complaint. Instead both are using federal courts in an effort to construct a narrative of sorts. …

Both Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok are claiming their first amendment (speech) and fifth amendment (due process) rights were violated. Both have filed civil suits under the same pretext. However, McCabe’s Lawfare lawyers construct an argument that goes one step further.

According to Andrew McCabe, President Donald Trump constructed a master conspiracy of influence upon the DOJ and FBI; thereby usurping the powers of the constitution in a sketchy legal theory they cannot define.

These Lawfare ideologues are nuts. … These ideologues, purely political partisan ideologues, were running the DOJ and FBI.

These are not normal-thinking people. These are radical leftists, with a perspective of educated activism and organizing at the core of their self identity and effort. These are Marxist views, outlooks and engagements with the world around them; demanding conformity and manipulating the law to achieve an ideological goal.

Five years ago Michael Brown died, and a movement based on lies was born. William A. Jacobson – “the lies are being spread again by many people, including by presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, who falsely claim Brown was murdered.

John McWhorter: ‘We were lied to’ about what happened in Ferguson (Update). John Sexton – “McWhorter makes it clear that he’s not saying there isn’t a problem between black Americans and the police. In fact, he thinks the other Justice Department report, the one that found all sorts of misbehavior by the mostly white police force, may help explain why Mike Brown reacted the way he did that day five years ago.” This is replacing the lie about Brown’s death with a lie about black crime and its consequences.

Red Flags and White Supremacists. Brian C. Joondeph – “The media and entire Democratic Party are judging an entire group of people on the basis of skin color.

“Then there are the “red flag laws,” which is the left’s new approach to confiscating guns. These laws are unconstitutional three ways to Sunday, violating three of the rights within the Bill of Rights. These laws usurp the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms, the Fourth Amendment’s protection from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the Sixth Amendment’s right of the accused to a speedy and public trial.

What does this have to do with white supremacy? This past week, Trump supporters are now all “white nationalist” racists. …

How long will it take before states, or the federal government, if a red flag law becomes nationalized, start to view any and all Trump supporters as “posing a danger” based on their skin color, gender, religion, and opposition to open borders?

Not only Trump supporters, but also those who don’t buy into the man-made global warming hoax. Bill Nye, the bow tie guy, “is open to criminal charges and jail time for climate change dissenters.” Is it a stretch for some bureaucratic panel to determine that someone not buying into the climate change movement “poses a threat” and shouldn’t be allowed to possess a firearm?

Missouri Walmart gun guy will probably walk. Jazz Shaw – “In the end, what Andreychenko is guilty of is first-degree stupidity, but sadly there are still no laws on the books about that.” Yet. See the debate about Red Flag Laws in this context.

When a Mass Shooting Begat Gun Control. Edward Mcclelland – “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre shocked the nation and spurred the most restrictive gun laws America had seen. Here’s why the same thing hasn’t happened today.” Interesting history but watch out for the bias …

Gaslighting, and The Lies Media Moves About Donald Trump. Tony Katz – “This isn’t disagreement. These are lies, purposeful and obscene. And if left unchecked, they can not only destroy a president, they can destroy our nation.”

“Lies have been told. And those lies about President Trump – pushed by media and celebrities and political elites – have been allowed to take hold in America. And we must put an end to them. A decent society demands that lies be called out, and corrected. And those who lie must be called out, and admonished.

The definition of gaslighting is to manipulate someone by psychological means into questioning their own sanity. Gaslighting by the media is pushing a narrative, theory or belief about a person or group of people that provides political advantage to another; and that group is the Democratic Party and the political Left. Nowhere is this more prevalent than the media vs. President Trump and the GOP, and on no subject is it more prevalent than white supremacy and bigotry in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

Big lies, little lies, important lies, misstatements, gaffs, hyperbole, … all are ammunition for rationalizations and evasions. Discriminating between false witness, deceit, dishonesty, and reality requires intellectual integrity, an appropriate degree of skepticism, and critical self awareness and perception verification.

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Coordinated slurs. Bloodlust

Democrats Believe Blood Buys 2020 Votes. Thomas McArdle – “The coordinated slurs that prominent Democrats are leveling at President Trump in the wake of the horrific mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton are pure Alinskyite.”

“If they all make sure they stay on message – if no Democrat breaks the circle – the idea is that the public will conclude that their accusations must be true, that we have a president of the United States who is inciting massacres.

Despite Trump having never done any such thing, even when his rhetoric is at its most incendiary.

“In a fight almost anything goes” – including using the blood of the victims of El Paso and Dayton as a means of attaining the presidency.

The Media’s Disgusting Bloodlust. David Catron – “These vampires are sucking the life out of the social contract.”

“As you lament truncated lives and traumatized survivors, these creatures count eyeballs and clicks. While you worry about the health of our society, they search for a connection to some conservative cause or politician.

in our era, ostensibly serious journalists would have us believe that a massacre committed by some psychopath in El Paso was the inevitable result of something President Trump said on Twitter or the random chants of people attending one of his political rallies. This is just as crazy as Manson’s claim about “Helter Skelter,” a song written about nothing more sinister than a type of English fairground. Still, rather than adopting the rational position taken by the Fourth Estate when a mass murderer started gibbering about a Beatles tune, contributors to today’s “news” outlets make Manson seem sane:

Never mind that much of what they say and write about the president is fiction, particularly where race is concerned, yet millions of naïve Americans actually believe these things. This is where the media are doing real harm to the social contract that holds the republic together.

Everything They’re Telling You About Mass Shootings Is Wrong. Chris Buskirk – “For now, I want to focus on faithless Republicans who are being stampeded by an activist-driven, media-empowered hysteria into passing ill-advised gun control legislation that is bad on its surface and is rife for abuse.

“Democrats also tell us that the police are the only ones who should have guns, which is to say that the police we’re not supposed to trust, who are guilty—in their view—of unspeakable crimes against Americans, should be given a monopoly on physical force and that private citizens should be deprived of their most effective means of defending themselves.

Labeling someone a “white supremacist” means not only that you don’t have to listen to them anymore, it also means that they are legitimate targets for all kinds of aggression. That’s what the shooter in Dayton, Ohio thought.

most of what we’re being told about mass shootings and mass shooters is not true and it’s offered on an endless loop in order to manipulate public opinion and to pursue a political agenda that demonizes white people.

Do you want the people who dox conservatives and get them banned from social media deciding who is allowed to own a gun?

Dayton mayor encouraged protests over Trump visit, the people obliged. Karen Townsend – “Normally, elected officials, especially the ones at the top of the power pyramid, call for calm and ask for community unity when the leader of the free world visits their city or town. Not so in Dayton.

Civil War As Entertainment. John Hinderaker – “Universal Pictures has produced a film called The Hunt (originally titled Red State vs. Blue State), which begins with rich liberals capturing “deplorables” from red states to hunt down and murder.”

“If you lived in Dayton, Ohio, you might consider this a realistic premise, although I don’t think that is what the filmmakers had in mind. This is the trailer; if I interpret it correctly, the “deplorables” fight back and win what looks like a civil war. In that respect, one might say that the film is realistic.

Hollywood Reporter repeatedly refers to the film as a “satire.” Apparently standards for satire have slipped over the years.

Trump supporters cleaned up tons of trash and the Baltimore Sun is not happy about it (Update). John Sexton – “Well, here’s one reason things don’t get cleaned up in Baltimore. Scott Pressler says he spent a week requesting permission to have dumpsters on the street for the cleanup. The city never approved the request so Pressler went ahead without the permits. Today he received a denial from the city.

The Washington Post’s dishonest account of Trump’s Panama City rally. Paul Mirengoff – “In this screed masquerading as a news story, Rucker tried to assign responsibility for the El Paso mass shooting to President Trump.

The Media Crossed A Line This Week And There’s No Going Back. Bonchie – “the venom with which one side is attacking the other over things they had nothing to do with has reached a new level in the modern era.

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ex-spurts? Health, trade, justice, voting, … ruptured

The Obamacare ‘Experts’ Are Wrong Again. John Merline – “When President Trump announced plans to provide beleaguered health insurance consumers a cheaper alternative to Obamacare, critics decried it as “sabotage.” … “It turns out that, like everything else about Obamacare, these predictions were dead wrong.

sundance at The Last Refuge:

Wilbur Ross Hits Chinese Cabinet Manufacturers With $4.4 Billion Countervailing Duty – Beijing Caught W/ Stunning 200%+ Subsidy Rate For Chinese Companies…

“Think of China like a big lake filled with U.S. dollars and economic value; the result of our purchases of their products. Through his ASEAN discussions with Vietnam, S Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Japan, et al, President Trump has stealthily built a thin levy, an ASEAN dam of sorts, that will direct the China lake of economic value into Southeast Asia.

MAGAnomics – An Incredible Team, Delivering Astonishing Results….Factually, substantively and empirically the workers of America are gaining ground. Bigger and better than before, and far beyond what anyone else could have delivered.

“there is something we don’t emphasize enough: The team of Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary Ross, USTR Lighthizer, Trade and Manufacturing advisor Navarro and NEC Director Larry Kudlow, face a scale of opposition almost unfathomable in modern political terms. There are trillions at stake; hundreds of the most powerful financial interests in the world are against them; and yet this team is succeeding.

Trey Gowdy Discusses Peter Strzok’s Political Lawsuit…Roosterhead brings up a good point that Strzok left out Robert Mueller in his civil lawsuit against the DOJ and FBI.

Trump Doubles Down On The China Trade War. Salvatore Babones – “If 1989 was the historical moment to squeeze the Soviet Union, then 2019 is the historical moment to squeeze China.”

“Trump’s aggressive push on tariffs has thrown the country’s expert class into a tizzy, with pundits predicting a severe shock to the American economy, blaming the trade war for every blip in stock prices, and warning of the potential for runaway inflation as consumers pay the price for Trump’s tariffs.

Meanwhile the economy is employing record numbers of people, inflation is running well below the Fed’s target rate, and stock markets are slightly up since the beginning of the “trade war” in April. The data simply refuses to satisfy the pundits’ appetite for economic carnage.

With the economy refusing to cooperate with their “gloom and doom” narrative, America’s pundits are now arguing that economic pressure is no way to get a trade deal from China.

All of these trends are in America’s national interest. And Trump’s trade war benefits America’s allies, too. In fact, the only country in the world with an interest in China holding all the strings of global value chains is China. If the Chinese don’t realize that, then they’re in for some real surprises as the trade war drags on.

Nicolle Wallace Says “Trump Wants to Exterminate Latinos”, Then She Says ‘Sorry’ at Sara Carter – it seems the operative word is “invasion” which is now racist and means extermination to those on the Left.

Video: Protestors Shout Death Threats Outside McConnell’s Home. Jennie Taer – “Over the chaotic cacophony of cowbells and cursing, viewers can hear a series of death threats being hurled at McConnell.

“Death Camps For Trump Supporters” Fliers Posted In New York. Tyler Durden – “The fliers feature the threatening text in red and a stylized image of Trump’s face as a skeleton.

Here’s What A Criminology Professor Learned By Studying Every Mass Shooting Since 1966. Tyler Durden – “Our goal has been to find new, data-driven pathways for preventing such shootings. Although we haven’t found that mass shooters are all alike, our data do reveal four commonalities among the perpetrators of nearly all the mass shootings we studied.

“First, the vast majority of mass shooters in our study experienced early childhood trauma and exposure to violence at a young age. …

Second, practically every mass shooter we studied had reached an identifiable crisis point in the weeks or months leading up to the shooting. …

Third, most of the shooters had studied the actions of other shooters and sought validation for their motives. …

Fourth, the shooters all had the means to carry out their plans.

Unfortunately, the ideas put up to “prevent future shootings” are like most ideas about trying to control the future or forecast it – they have high risk for low returns. Politics is not on the list but is quite present in the responses to tragedy. Politics is also evident alongside.

Murder: It’s a Democrat thing. Selwyn Duke – “We can start with the striking statistic that 68 percent of all homicides occur in just certain parts of 5 percent of America’s counties — and all, or virtually all, of these are Democrat areas.

“Also striking is Democrats’ devolution on prenatal infanticide.

projecting, leftists are also full of the hate they ascribe to others.

Worse still is how leftists (and the conservatives who defend yesterday’s liberals’ mistakes) destroy children, on the inside, with corruptive miseducation, entertainment, and sexual-devolutionary messages and temptations. From bodies to hearts to minds to souls to statues and traditions and beyond, threatening all that’s great and good, destruction is leftists’ stock in trade.

Democrats exploiting mass shootings for political gain have forgotten the lessons of the Wellstone funeral. Thomas Lifson – “such is the vigor of Trump-hatred that there is a strong possibility of ugly words, gestures, and deeds marring the solemn ceremonies.

“Today, Democrats face a fundamental challenge in controlling their uglier side that Republicans do not: the media do not warn them with critical feedback. With even the former “newspaper of record” allowing Democrat candidates to rewrite its front page headline,

Warning: How the VA ‘Red-Flags’ Patriots. Michelle Malkin – “Gun-grabbing crisis vultures just can’t let the latest mass shootings go to waste. “Red flag” laws are now all the rage in the Beltway as the magic pill to prevent homicidal maniacs from wreaking havoc on the nation.

“But if you want to know how this American version of China’s social credit system would work in practice, let me remind you of how Veterans Affairs recklessly red-flags “disruptive” citizens without due process, transparency or accountability in the name of “safety.” Government bureaucrats routinely deprive our nation’s heroes of medical treatment based on arbitrary definitions of who and what constitutes a mental health menace.

Complain too much. Criticize the powers be. Ask too many questions. Boom! You’re a threat.

If such tyranny is allowed among those who volunteered to protect and serve our country in the name of safety, imagine how it will be implemented among the law-abiding, gun-owning general populace.

How the media redefines “racism in Trump’s America”. Jazz Shaw – “While they manage to provide some balance by including people objecting to these characterizations, the argument that the President is promoting racial animus is the prevailing theme. But when it comes time to cite some proof, here’s what they offer.

“But if they’re taking a racist message from any politician’s words it’s because they hear what they want to hear. And they lurk in chat rooms where others reinforce their distorted views. What they do with that racial hatred, however, is their own choice and their own responsibility.

You can accuse Republicans of racism all you like. But if you expect to be taken seriously, you’re going to have to do a much better job of making your case.

Trump campaign reported Joaquin Castro to Twitter, but Castro claims there was ‘no call to action’. John Sexton – “Joaquin Castro posted a list of leading Trump donors in San Antonio, Texas along with the businesses where they work. “Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump,” Castro wrote, followed by a list of local businesses owned by some of those donors.

The Uneasy Compromise Of Campaign Finance Disclosure Is Ruptured. Tom Maguire – “In an era where Administration officials and prominent Republicans are being mobbed and chased out of restaurants (not to mention shot at on ballfields) one wonders where Castro thought this would lead.

“Democrats want to talk about inciting violence? This naming of private citizens and their employers is reckless and irresponsible. He is endangering the safety of people he is supposed to be representing,” Murtaugh told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Legally the FEC database is public record and the Congressman seems to be on solid ground. But ethically? These campaign finance disclosure rules are meant as a check on “special interests” and the politicians who might end up with reveal conflicts of interest. They are NOT meant to allow incumbents to stir up their supporters and silence the opposition.

But if the words “chilling effect” still have meaning, what Castro has done here is way over the line. Finance disclosure laws exist in tension with the principle of a private ballot.

Sarah Palin’s Defamation Case Against New York Times Reinstated. John Hinderaker – “It is notoriously difficult–some say impossible–for a public figure to win a defamation case in the current state of the law. If the law of defamation still exists, Palin’s case should succeed. If she can’t win on the facts we have here, the courts should simply acknowledge that, if you are a public figure, it is open season on you, and no redress for libel or slander is permitted, no matter how egregious the facts.

“A further question is what led the federal district court judge, Jed Rakoff, to bend the rules of civil procedure in rather blatant fashion, so as to throw Sarah Palin’s case out of court.

Paul Sperry: Mueller’s double deception. Scott Johnson – “Recently released court documents suggest Mueller may have made his surprise appearance before the press in Washington on May 29 as damage control after a federal judge privately threatened to hold his team in criminal contempt of court over what she called misleading language he included in his final report about Russian government interference in the 2016 election.

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bipolar elephants and China

Bipolarized Journalism… sundance – “Good grief. In the latest exhibition of bipolar narrative engineering, the New York Times encapsulates everything wrong with the current state of U.S. journalism.”

Reza Aslan Calls Kellyanne Conway the ‘Evil We Need to Eradicate’. John Nolte – a follow-up on yesterday’s notice of a reporter inciting violence, the reaction, and trying to walk back or rationalize the hate.

“When someone talks about “eradicating” hate, that is a perfectly acceptable use of the word. Aslan is talking about eradicating a whole person, a woman — which means he wants her eliminated and destroyed forever — he wants a person gone.

Obviously, despite an obvious call for violence, the leftists at Twitter have done nothing to Aslan or his Twitter account.

Leftist privilege is becoming more and more a problem in our society. People on the left can be as racist, menacing, threatening, and even as violent as they like without facing any kind of social censure from the very same people who will have the rest of us blacklisted for opposing homosexual marriage.

Blame the media for racist violence, not Trump. Marc Weisman – “The leftist playbook is simple: the mainstream media create false Trump narratives, and they repeat them far and wide until the false narrative becomes an accepted “truth.

“Here is the problem, though: we have yet to see any evidence, even flimsy evidence, that this president really is a racist.

It’s not Trump, but rather the false Trump racism charges frenetically squawked by the media that likely facilitated this week’s terrible acts of violence. When the media amps up the masses on a steady diet of nasty invective to further their must-remove-Trump agenda, it should surprise no one that unstable people may act out.

Mass Shootings: The Elephant in the Room. Taylor Day “America desperately needs to have a conversation, and it’s very different than the one we have been having when reflecting on mass murders. Despite the hysteria that these events cause, there is no significant upwards trend.”

Rand Paul’s surgery reminds us the Left has no problem cheering political violence. Jack Hunter – “It’s easy to dismiss social media commentators. But the senator’s announcement came just one week removed from actor Tom Arnold (who joined a host of other celebrities who have cheered Paul’s assault) basically saying that Paul got what he deserved from his neighbor.” … “It was just one week ago that an elected official, Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, retweeted Arnold’s insult about Paul.” It is interesting that, after citing a litany of one sided problems, Hunter falls into the ‘both sides the same’ trap.

On Trump’s Excellent Speech. John Hinderaker – “It consisted in large part of denunciations of the murderers and sympathy for their victims. Beyond that, Trump’s comments were notable in several ways.

Trump’s ‘Teleprompter’ Speech ‘Hit All The Right Notes,’ But Was Just ‘Lip Service’. Scott Morefield – A glaring example of CNN’s bias problem.

China Allows Currency to Drop – President Trump Responds – Devaluation Lowers Consumer Import Prices… sundance – “China needs to buy dollars to backstop their own currency (¥uan). When China trades with the U.S. they hold the return dollars as a peg against their weak currency. Remove the flow of dollars (lessen exports) and they start to run out of strong pegged currency.” i.e. despite a lot of the anti-tariff rhetoric, it is China that is paying the tariff bill, not U.S. citizens. How long China will sustain this cost is the question.

Will China Retreat Into Itself? Tyler Durden – “It’s not even about the value itself, or the change in it, it’s the heavy-handed way it’s executed.” By using government force to set the value of its currency, trust in that value is diminished.

Why ‘policing is racist’ is such a poisonous lie. Heather Mac Donald – “A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demolishes the Democratic narrative regarding race and police shootings.” … “The persistent belief that we are living through an epidemic of racially biased police shootings is a creation of selective reporting.

“The “policing is racist” discourse is poisonous. It exacerbates anti-cop tensions in minority communities and makes cops less willing to engage in the proactive policing that can save lives. …

The anti-cop narrative deflects attention away from the real criminal-justice problem, which is high rates of black-on-black victimization.

America Is Drowning in the Left’s Lies About Trump. Dennis Prager – “The major news media need to understand these are important reasons that half of America considers them frauds.

“The reason we don’t recoil when the president labels the mainstream media “fake news” is that we know the charge is true. Has one major media news outlet yet apologized to the American people for preoccupying them for nearly two years with the lie of “Trump collusion” with Russia? Has one Democrat? Of course not. Because with regard to the Trump-Russia collusion issue, the news media were never driven by a pursuit of truth; they were driven by a pursuit of Trump.

P.S. I just learned that within hours of PragerU posting “The Charlottesville Lie,” Google placed it on YouTube’s restricted list — just two weeks after a Senate hearing at which a Google representative swore under oath that Google doesn’t censor on the basis of political views. The ease with which the left lies is breathtaking.

Mass murderers and the politics blame game… neo – “The attempt to pigeonhole a crazy sociopathic murderer into one political group or other, in particular in order to hurt Trump, is standard and predictable. … All of it is garbage.” The blaming is garbage, the blaming behavior is revealing.

Fake news: an open letter to the Editor of the Washington Post. Christopher Monckton – “Yet again, the hard-Left Washington Post has libeled Dr Willie Soon, whom many of us know to be one of the most dedicated scientists in single-minded pursuit of the objective truth about global warming. If you agree with the following Letter to the Editor, please write your own letter and send it in to the Washpot.

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Horror and outrage, expressions a study in contrasts.

After Mass Killings, Cycle of Hate Grows On Social Media. It Needs To Stop. Sara Carter – “On Twitter the hate was pure. Those who took part in it decided not to control their own contemptuous actions.” The example she uses is Conway [who] tweeted out on Sunday “We need to come together America….Working as one to understand depraved evil & to eradicate hate is everyone’s duty. Unity. Let’s do it.” and a response to that in this tweet from Reza Aslan, a writer who is verified on Twitter. He Tweets back to Conway “You are ‘the depraved evil’ we need to eradicate.”

“Eradicate? What kind of person uses this threatening language after these mass shootings. How is this acceptable? It isn’t.

Our nation is beautiful, free and filled with opportunity but so many of our citizens appear unhappy, full of complaints, wanting everything to be fair and blaming others when the world isn’t exactly the way they expect it to be.

Americans are luckier than most of the world but many fail to even notice it. Even many of those that do, fail to see it or accept it. Instead, they are angry, angry at the world for everything they are not and feed into the hate.

Mexico cynically wades into El Paso shooting debacle, brimming with hypocrisy. Monica Showalter – “Instead of warning Mexican potential illegals to stay out of the U.S. the way a normal country would do, they want to muscle the U.S. legal system to their benefit,

“On those grounds, any American who’s attacked, assaulted, drinks poisoned liquor, or is killed in Mexico, should have grounds to do the same. Failure to protect, don’t you know. Such irony. Turns out more Americans (75 of them) have been killed in Mexico than all the remaining countries of the world combined.

No, the United States Doesn’t Lead the World in Mass Shootings. Matt Margolis – “Yet, the myth remains alive and is sure to be regurgitated endlessly again.

“In the end, the problem of mass shootings (and gun violence in general) is not one to be solved by knee jerk reactions, finger-pointing, useless legislation or unconstitutional gun grabs. The left will do whatever they can to politicize these incidents because they think they can gain power from it. They don’t expect most Americans to do the research required to fully understand the big picture.

Trump again speciously blamed for the insanity of others. Patricia McCarthy – “It’s what they do. Having no scruples whatsoever, they jump at every opportunity to malign the president, no matter how specious their accusations.”

“This time may well be the worst of their politicizing of gruesome mass shootings. Booker, Klobuchar, AOC, Buttigieg, et. al. could not wait to place the blame for these mass murders on Trump and his 70 million supporters. While Trump has never uttered a racist word, their main talking point, the only plan they have to defeat Trump in 2020 is to convince voters that he is a hardcore racist.

They all know that he is nothing of the kind. They all know he de-segregated his elite golf club of Palm Beach. They know he was pals with Don King, Mike Tyson, even the odious Al Sharpton in the old days. They all know he is not a racist, but they do not care about the truth. They only care about defeating the man who is showing them up day after day since he was elected by succeeding.

Who is to blame? The vicious left, the media that fans the flames of violence day after day with impunity, ever proud of their work. They encourage and praise the violence of Antifa.

What the American Left has become over the last ten years is reprehensible, ignoble. They loathe the nation and its millions of people who just want to be left alone, to be self-reliant and free. They want to enjoy the liberty guaranteed by our Constitution. By jumping to blame Trump for the crimes of others leftists have demeaned themselves once again. They will not be rewarded for their malfeasance.

From El Paso to Antifa to LA: America the Insane. Roger L. Simon – “if you read the gunman’s manifesto, you would find the murderer as much in agreement, possibly more so, with Elizabeth Warren and O’Rourke himself than with Trump.

Why Democrats Own El Paso. Christopher Paslay – “Although the horrific El Paso shooting is still under investigation, Democrats and the mainstream media have wasted no time using the massacre to further inject the word white into Trump’s pro-American nationalism.”

“Interestingly, it’s the Democrats that want to keep white nationalism alive in the White House, as Trump has nipped this in the bud, many times. In August of 2017, when violence started to escalate during a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Va., Trump tweeted, “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let’s come together as one!”

Ironically, it’s the Democrats who want white nationalism in the White House, not Trump and his conservative supporters. It’s high time they take responsibility for their dangerous and irresponsible rhetoric, before they embolden more hate groups to act out.

While media were focused on mass shootings, explosive revelations about the Russia Hoax came out in a Sunday morning interview. Thomas Lifson – “crucial details emerged about the vile plot executed by agents of the US intelligence community in order to carry out the Russia Hoax.

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The circle dance

On leaving the circle dance … neo – “Don’t underestimate how emotionally difficult it is.

“finally she hoped she could at least become one with her students, which meant she always forced them to think and say exactly what she thought and said, and together they formed a single body and a single soul, a single ring and a single dance.

Fighting Climate Change with Dance: Humanities Professors Demand Representation on Science Teams. Eric Worrall – “We worry that overemphasis on science may hamper the design of effective climate solutions.”

“Frankly I think they’re onto something. Imagine if IPCC conferences gave more attention to the humanities.

IPCC conferences could become a new global version of the Eurovision song contest, with continuous mainstream media coverage of performers. Artists from all around the world could compete to express their climate angst through song, dance and showers of green confetti.

New Woodstock Documentary Should Make Boomers Question Their Accomplishments. Glenn Garvin – “The most notable thing about the PBS Woodstock is the contortionist specter of a generation blowing smoke up its own ass.”

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A plea for civility – in one ear, out the other

Can’t Any Democrat Remember Obama’s Plea For Civility After The Giffords Shooting? Thomas McArdle – “Obama stressed that “only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to the challenges of our nation in a way that would make them proud,” referring to Giffords and the other victims.” What follows is a catalog of examples illustrating a different direction taken.

“Why don’t these Democratic candidates — or the Squad members, whose hate language against Trump is even more inflamed — care that they might spark more assassination attempts?

And where is Barack Obama?

McArdle makes a minor slip into the ‘both sides do it’ effort which weakens his credibility and illustrates just how difficult it is for many to accept the reality on the plate in front of them.

The Dangerous Invective against Trump. Victor Davis Hanson – “The continued litany of threats to physically assault or kill a president will haunt the country long after Trump is gone.”

Trump Single-Handedly Changes the Political Calculus. Conrad Black – “The two greatest political controversies in the western world in the last several years—the attempt to delegitimize President Trump and the question of Britain’s relations with the European Union—have generated similar reflexes and tactics in the opponents of the president and of Brexit.

“Here is the great difference between the British and American political classes. The British political leadership was obtuse, arrogant, and bumbling, and tried to terrorize the country against Brexit. But they have operated within the law and parliamentary rules. The president’s opponents have committed crimes, including the confection and propagation of the falsehood that the president has committed crimes. The Democrats will pay the price of mortal political error.

Glenn Loury and the comments in the NY Times: on Sharpton and the Democrats … neo – “it’s taken as an absolute given that Trump is a racist, a conman, and a liar. No one gives an example, or thinks there’s a need to do so. They just say it, and no one refutes it because the group considers it a self-evident truth.” That’s the most dangerous kind of Truth.

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Defining bigotry down

stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.” [Dictionary.com] A key indicator is going after a group and who they are rather than making any effort to debate issues, risks, or benefits. This often means engaging in False Witness and departing from reality. Examples:

‘No Republican Talking Points!’ Is The New Democrat Talking Point. Thomas McArdle – “during the last two nights we witnessed the bizarre new phenomenon of the Democrats again and again accusing each other of borrowing “Republican talking points” — apparently the worst sin that can be committed.

“It isn’t just on medical care. On every issue, these candidates are radicals who only 10 years ago would have been relegated to the fringe. Slavery reparations but no scrutinizing the sources of suffering in cities run by Democrats, because to do so is racist. A dangerously, hopelessly naive “foreign policy that focuses on diplomacy, ending conflicts by people sitting at a table, not by killing each other,” as Sanders put it; or “an international diplomatic approach where we’re talking to everybody,” as Biden’s fellow “centrist,” Hickenlooper, put it. Taxpayers paying for free college tuition at a time when a college education has become Marxist indoctrination. Pretending the world will end in a decade unless we stop using coal, oil and gas ASAP.

The truth is that all these politicians who have spent their lives deepening government’s involvement in Americans’ affairs fear the ideas of economic freedom, through which people solve their problems in, and with, liberty.

MSNBC and CNN Suggest Trump Was Never at Ground Zero after 9/11 Attacks; Videos Prove Otherwise. Matt Margolis – “On Monday, when President Trump signed the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund extension, he told a story of being at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terror attacks, that immediately got unhinged liberals coming out of the woodwork to claim he was lying.” This is what bigotry does.

The biggest loser in Wednesday’s Detroit debate was sanity. Roger Kimball – “The insuperable obstacle the candidates faced was the stunning success of Donald Trump’s first three years.”

“So what can I tell you? CNN, with its usual even-handedness, opened several questions such gambits as ‘The president’s racist rhetoric’ or ‘After the president’s racist tweets.’ At least we knew where we stood. Indeed, this is CNN.

The ‘wealthy’ — really anyone who is not a ward of the state — was one common enemy of the millionaires on the stage tonight. Two other enemies: insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. Why? Because they turn a profit … ‘Profit’ was one of the evening’s dirty words.

Here’s a quick cheat sheet. All the Democrats support policies that would raise taxes. They all support policies that would make the country poorer because less energy independent. Some want to give free college tuition to illegal immigrants, all want many more immigrants, legal or illegal. Most think Trump should be impeached. Some want to abolish private insurance, most want ‘Medicare for all.’ Gov. Inslee insisted that ‘it is time to give people adequate mental health care,’ a statement that won a round of applause. Judging from what was said from the platform tonight, I think he may be right.

This is what bigotry can do for you!

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Green cheese

Warren, Bernie & Pete Prove They’re As Daft As New Ager Marianne Williamson. Thomas McArdle – “”

“What Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, as well as Mayor Pete Buttigieg, had to say would make you think there’s no one left in America who remembers the bleak, bereft economy of the Soviet Union, whose Communist Party constitution painted a picture of paradise where citizens of the U.S.S.R. “are guaranteed the right to employment” plus “the elimination of the possibility of economic crises, and the abolition of unemployment.”

Never mind memories of the Soviet Union 30 years ago; Warren is depending on voters forgetting that from 2009 through 2013 her fellow Democrat, President Obama, pledged dozens of times that “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” But when ObamaCare took effect it turned out to be a lie. Democrats are indeed “about trying to take away health care” — and now that ObamaCare turned out to be a quite predictable disaster, they seek to take it away from everyone.

The dangerous nuttiness extended to much else.

What separates the wacky New Ager from the three conventional leftist politicians who stood center stage Tuesday night is that at least Williamson admits she believes the moon is made of green cheese.

“California Should Be Embarrassed” – State Passes Law Banning Trump From Ballot Unless Tax Returns Released. Tyler Durden – “Surprisingly, Trump was joined in his outrage by some liberal pundits who have stood out for their opposition to Trump’s ideas.

Gov. Newsom signs law requiring candidates to release tax returns to qualify for state primary. John Sexton – “the Sacramento Bee reports the new law could impact some Democrats, including their leading candidate … This is another feel-good moment for the resistance but it’s not likely to withstand a court challenge

Master of the Tweet. J.R. Dunn – “With his tweets, which cost him nothing and require almost no effort, Trump has done more damage to the left than the last half-dozen Republican presidents.

“But everybody makes errors, particularly in evolving a new technique, a process that relies on working through failures. And it can’t be said that Trump has made any such errors lately. His use of the tweet in recent years has been no less than adroit, the results a marvel. They and their effect will be studied for decades to come.

To deprive Trump of the tweet would be to deprive Cyrano of his sword, Bond of his Walther, or Richtofen of his Fokker Triplane. It would be worse than a blunder, it would be a crime. The GOP and conservatism in general have been on the run for decades. It was Donald Trump who turned this around, and in no small part due to the weapon he has created in the aggressive tweet. It’s time to recognize that the 1890s are long over, that the day of white-glove politics has ended, and that any weapon is acceptable against the kind of trash that comprises the modern American left. Trump’s supporters should not be criticizing him or turning away in embarrassment – they should be paying close attention to learn how it’s done.

“Without Evidence”. John Hinderaker – “One of the left’s favorite tricks is to assert that a conservative has said something “without evidence.” The formula has become ritual, but usually it just means that the liberal employing it has no idea whether the conservative’s statement is correct, and is too lazy to try to find out.

“President Trump knows whether he was at Ground Zero, and his saying he was there is evidence. Now, an MSNBC left-winger might arbitrarily choose to disbelieve him, but that disbelief is without evidence.

Disbelief without evidence? Is that related to the presumption of innocence? What about the moon being made of green cheese?

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the height of sophistication and wisdom in the art of the smear

The Covington Catholic Teen Lost His First Court Battle, But Will Probably Win His Next. Margot Cleveland – “On Friday, a federal judge in Kentucky tossed Nicholas Sandmann’s defamation case against the Washington Post. Here’s why Sandmann is likely to win on appeal.”

“If Sandmann loses his appeal, the consequences will be direr than his personal defeat. As his father, Ted Sandmann said following Friday’s ruling, “I believe fighting for justice for my son and family is of vital national importance. If what was done to Nicholas is not legally actionable, then no one is safe.”

The senior Sandmann is correct. A defeat would sound the death knell to the last remaining check on a profession that has abandoned all pretense of serious, unbiased, and fact-based reporting since Donald Trump entered the political arena—defamation law.

Titus calls for Trump impeachment, will escalate Emoluments Clause probe. Humberto Sanchez – “The Emoluments Clause prohibits the president from making money off of foreign countries.” With such ignorance on the part of the ‘reporter’ is it any wonder a Democrat is so off base? This effort is basically Democrats saying they want politicians who got rich via corruption and political influence rather than entrepreneurship in the private sector. The emoluments complaints boil down to foreign diplomats staying at Trump hotels and are not about any payments to the President for governmental favors. For that, see Hillary Clinton, uranium sales to Russia, and similar episodes.

McConnell blasts WaPo’s “McCarthyism” after “Russian asset” headline. Ed Morrissey – “Call him “Cocaine Mitch,” and Mitch McConnell launches a merchandising empire. Call him “Moscow Mitch,” and, well … look out.”

“perhaps Hiatt needs to review exactly what McCarthyism is. Its original form was the smearing of public officials as Russian assets for their political views, part of a “Red scare” that had some basis in fact but quickly ran out of control and was exploited for sheer political gain. That’s a much better description of what Milbank and the WaPo did with that column than Milbank’s description of McConnell as a “Russian asset” for opposing a partisan bill on election security. Milbank doesn’t even consider that there were legitimate for McConnell’s opposition to the bills — he just jumps to the conclusion that McConnell’s failure to adopt another political position is driven by treason or disloyalty without providing any proof of either. That is, in fact, classic McCarthyism, right down to the Russian roots of it.

Smearing Mitch McConnell. Scott Johnson – “Milbank is a clown, but a clown of the influential variety whose clowning is aped by his media colleagues as the height of sophistication and wisdom.

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Projectionists finding dissonance is not a pretty sight

Trump’s Attack on Baltimore Doesn’t Go Far Enough. John Merline – “Take a look at the eight other cities that beat Baltimore on Orkin’s rattiest cities list. What do they all have in common? We’ll, let’s see:

“Indeed, if you want to see what liberal Democratic policies tend to produce, go to any one of those cities, or other Democratic strongholds. Democrats promise to help the poor and downtrodden, grow the middle class, make life more fair. But their policies consistently produce the opposite.

These cities are rife with crime. Baltimore ranks No. 1 for robberies and No. 2 for murders. Many of the other rat-infested cities also rank high for violent crimes. Their infrastructure is crumbling. The middle class has largely abandoned them.

And far from tackling inequality, Democrats have made it worse.

You see the same thing at the state level. Of the 10 worst-run states in the country, all but one is solidly Democratic.

Will The Global Warming Hysterics Never Tire Of Being Wrong? J. Frank Bullitt – “Forget all those previous predictions of doom, they tell us, because this time they have it right.” … “But some remember those frenzied forecasts. Following is but a small taste of a smorgasbord of baloney:

Israel Demolishes Illegal Buildings; International Leaders, Media Demolish Truth. Lori Lowenthal Marcus – “Arab leaders screamed “war crimes” and “ethnic cleansing.” That the denunciations were absurd and based on utterly false predicates had no impact on the international response.

“But the real outrage was not Israel’s action in demolishing the buildings. The audacity, and the sloppiness, of the international media and international political leadership is the real outrage.

Because as anyone can see by reading the Israel Supreme Court opinion authorizing these demolitions, every single material “fact” asserted by these outraged protectors of the peace process is wrong

But all that due process and careful consideration of the merits meant nothing to the international media, egged on by the feigned hysteria of the Palestinian Arab leadership. The media and the Arabs cried out that Israel was “committing war crimes,” completely ignoring the legal basis for Israel’s actions. Those irresponsible cries largely drowned out the cold fact that what Israel actually did was follow the rule of law, allow due process to take place and allow repeated opportunities – many years worth – for Palestinian Arabs to obey the law and not create a fake international incident.

Proud of yourselves, lefties? Leftists turn ‘deplorable’ beauty queen into Trump magnet. Monica Showalter – “Simply for liking President Trump, the left was going to make an example of that deplorable 20-year-old. They were going to make her pay.

“She’s young. She’s beautiful. She’s smart and academically accomplished. And she’s been treated like dirt, solely for the ‘crime’ of liking President Trump. She’s also quite famous now, in a way that all the other beauty queens can only envy.

Zhu’s fellow Asian-American, Sarah Jeong, who unleashed an amazing string of bad tweets that truly were racist and immature, got to keep her job after she was exposed, all because she was left wing. Zhu? Not so much. Standards are different, see, when the person on the spot is a Trump supporter. File under more votes for Trump.

The Democrats, Not Trump, Are the Racists. Roger L. Simon – “This is, will be, and has been from the beginning one of the purest examples of projection since Sigmund Freud described this form of psychological hysteria in The Neuro-Psychoses of Defence (1894).”

“The conclusion we are supposed to glean from this, the rule of rules that must be obeyed at all costs, is that whites are always wrong when criticizing blacks. That conception is quite simply mentally deranged. It is sick, completely reactionary politically and inherently racist in and of itself. And yet it is adhered to by the Democratic Party and their media lackeys with an orthodoxy even Opus Dei would envy.

Woke Racism. Victor Davis Hanson – “Well before Sigmund Freud formalized the idea of “projectionism”—the defense of one’s own shortcomings and sins by attributing them to others—it was a common theme in classical literature and the New Testament: the ridiculing of the mole on someone else’s nose to hide one’s own boil.

“What will put an end to this new anti-enlightenment racism of the woke? It will cease only when the majority of Americans are brave enough to call out those projectionists who are obsessed with racism as the purveyors of hate themselves, the sad and the pathetic who believe they are innately and collectively superior on the basis of their superficial appearance or creed.

Can ESPN just stick to sports? Paul Mirengoff – “For leftists, every corner of our lives must be politicized. There can be no escape from their preaching and indoctrination.

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Faulty premises held with tenacity

The Five Faulty Premises Of Russiagate. Tyler Durden – “Of course, no minds were changed. Those on the Left still consider Trump to be a comprised capitalist pig guarding his tax returns with all the fervor of any good Manchurian Candidate and those on the Right still viewing Mueller as a tyrannical tool of the Deep State.

“1.) The Russians actually hacked the 2016 elections …

2.) Wikileaks was affiliated with Russia …

3.) Robert Mueller is an honorable guy …

4.) The Democrats actually care about Democracy …

5.) Intelligence Agencies under the Obama Administration were working to ensure secure elections …

As long as even some of the premises of those who oppose the U.S. Constitution are swallowed hook, line, and sinker by a significant percentage of the U.S. body politic – then these may, in the end, present as evidence in the historical record delineating the downfall of our once-great republic.

One would like to believe this sordid chapter of corruption will result in the ultimate draining of the American swamp. The nation now awaits reports from Inspector General Michael Horwitz on FISA Abuse and corruption in the Department of Justice; U.S. Attorney John Huber on Clinton Foundation illegalities; and U.S. Attorney John Durham on the malevolent origins of Russiagate.

Godspeed gentlemen. Because a very significant percentage of the American public is growing more impatient by the day. Time is of the essence. Tick tock.

Is This What Fear Looks Like? Rafael A. Mangual – “Aggressive contempt for police officers undermines the Left’s argument that minority communities are terrified of law enforcement.”

“It’s worth noting that police in these examples showed admirable restraint. Here again, large gaps separate the Left’s rhetoric and reality. The available data suggest that, though many documented cases of police misconduct exist, such cases are statistically anomalous and far from the norm. Police rarely use force; when they do, it’s rarely enough to cause serious injury. The Left’s distortion of reality may, in some cases, stoke genuine fear in minority communities—but it seems, based on video evidence, that what it inspires much more often is contempt. Either way, we’re all worse off.

Some Un-Chanted Evening. Ed Morrow – “Deconstructing a Trump rally faux pas.”

“Dear Trump haters, crack a history book. Or, if you can’t spare the time to read, watch any of the many documentaries on the rise of Hitler shown on the History Channel. The Nazis built their party on goons going into the street to beat the crap out of anyone they didn’t like. This was how they meant to shut up and intimidate anyone who got in their way and how they established a totalitarian state. Antifa is doing the same thing with their own totalitarian goal in mind.

Back in those anti-war days when hippies roamed the Earth and flower power would set us free, Americans were told that dissent was the highest form of patriotism. Now, we know better. The classification of dissent depends on against whom you direct your dissent. Some are above criticism. Way, way above. Dissent aimed at them is the highest form of treason.

That the “go back” suggestion was voluntary wasn’t noted by his attackers. Neither was the fact that Omar and Tlaib have called for involuntary deportation of citizens of a different ethnicity.

The Democrats’ counter to Trump’s spotlighting their extremism was revealed in their response to the “Send her back” chant. It was howling and growling about white nationalism.

The Left vs. Alan Dershowitz. John Hinderaker – “Among other things, Dershowitz points out the obvious difference between the hostile attitude toward him that results in printing provably false assertions with Jane Mayer’s recent sympathetic defense of Al Franken. The difference? Politics. The New Yorker has no integrity, and no one should take anything it publishes seriously.

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Blind neighbors?

Representative John Ratcliffe: “Donald Trump is not above the law, but he damned sure also shouldn’t be below the law

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler: “The drafting and the publication of some of the information in this report, without an indictment, without prosecution, frankly flies in the face of American justice and I find those facts in this entire process un-American.

Rep. Louie Gohmert: “If somebody knows they did not conspire with anybody from Russia to effect the election, and they see the big Justice Department with people that hate that person coming after him, and then a special counsel appointed who hires a dozen or more people that hate that person, and he knows he’s innocent. He’s not corruptly acting in order to see that justice is done. What he’s doing is not obstructing justice. He is pursuing justice and the fact that you ran it out two years means you perpetuated injustice.”

The ‘Marlene Effect’: Why Our Reasonable Neighbors Are Blind to the Deep State. Ted McAllister – “While the evidence for this corruption is overwhelming, the soft power of both the deep state and the institutions supporting it is so great that public opinion remains largely immune to evidence, even as those Americans who are “woke” to it, strive to resist.

“The distance between Marlene and the evidence, coupled with the need to have the correct opinion on matters she is incapable of assessing directly, puts her completely at the mercy of the sources of authoritative information and assessment that she has chosen. More than perhaps any other segment of the population, those afflicted by the Marlene effect are most controlled by a public opinion generated by elite institutions rather than by their own experiences (indeed, as we noted before, their experiences are shaped by the opinions with which they are supplied). Like all provincials who aspire to be known for their cosmopolitanism, Marlene cannot question the authority of her sources without exposing her complete dependence on the work of others for her most cherished opinions and values.

The Marlene effect makes people immune to evidence and dependent on a constructed narrative. The Marlene effect reveals that the most important battle is about who gets to define reality for the citizens of a self-ruling nation.

Hong Kong is in turmoil … neo citing Michael Yon – “The British helped Hong Kongers taste freedom, and rule of law, and Hong Kongers love their freedom and legitimate judicial system. They will fight. The real fight is beginning.

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black holes of the mind

New York dives into the black hole of wind turbine energy. Jazz Shaw – “It works out to $131.93 per megawatt-hour, compared to the current average cost of $41.16 in New York City and $45.05 on Long Island. Yes, that’s more than triple the current cost in the Big Apple.

“The state can’t develop its own vast natural gas resources and is forcing out nuclear power. And when the wind slows and those wind turbines can’t generate enough power to keep the lights on in New York City there’s going to be a revolt. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Can hotels refuse to rent rooms to ICE? Jazz Shaw – “Partisan liberal nonsense aside, the original question remains. When can companies deny service to paying customers based on the fact that they don’t like the completely legal, government jobs the officers hold? Most of the people they will be turning away would be from Mexico, Central or South America. Sounds kind of racist, doesn’t it?

The One Person Who Shows Just How Unhinged Global Warming Alarmism Has Become. I & I Editorial Board – “But then if that voice had instead been telling us capitalism has lifted more than a billion out of poverty, Thunberg would have no forum. Though true, it doesn’t fit the narrative.

“The kids at Vox have declared that when watching Thunberg speak, “it’s hard not to think of Cassandra, the brash young warrior of Greek myth who beseeched Apollo for the gift of prophecy.”

The more reasonable among us see a young lady who’s being exploited by an intractable, alarmist movement and a set of parents craving, what, relevance maybe.

The Voxers are correct though in observing that “Thunberg’s fearless rhetoric has proven to be enormously influential.” And therein is the problem.

It’s unlikely to happen, but every adult who has placed Thunberg on a pedestal should be embarrassed for taking seriously what is so plainly a stunt, for so obviously trying to signal their moral superiority over the unbelieving rubes, for flattering themselves as sages who recognize greatness. They should be ashamed for hitching themselves to the operators who are cashing in on the girl. They should be held to account for failing, or refusing, to recognize they are giving life to a cult, one that a mentally healthy society would have already turned back.

Isn’t this how the Salem Witch Trials got started? A major player in that was Elizabeth Hubbard age 17. [wikipedia]

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Slam dunk? Reality tends to catch up to even the most extreme evasive maneuvers

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Victor Davis Hanson – “While one may always wish that the president and his critics tone down their venom and play by silk-stocking Republican Marquis of Queensberry rules, it is hard for half the country to feel much sympathy for the Left that sowed the wind and are reaping an ever growing whirlwind.

Democrats think they’ve got a slam dunk obstruction case against Trump. They don’t. Byron York – “It could be that the Mueller hearing, rather than showcasing a slam-dunk case against the president on obstruction of justice, will highlight how tenuous, subject to interpretation, and difficult to prove Mueller’s allegations really are.

“The first thing to notice about the Democrats’ choice of evidence is what is not included.

Also important to remember is that the Muller investigation was not actually obstructed by the president, and neither was the FBI Trump-Russia investigation that preceded it.

Finally, it is important to recall that Mueller could never establish that the underlying crime he was assigned to investigate

So here is a look at the areas Democrats reportedly plan to highlight: …

Without the sort of solid, incontrovertible evidence they can sell to the public, Democrats face an uphill climb, no matter how much attention the Mueller hearing attracts on Wednesday.

Oh my: IG report to allege Comey lied to Trump — and spied on him. Ed Morrissey – “Spying on Trump by coopting one of his aides hikes that to a level not seen since the FBI’s bad old days.

If Sperry’s sources are accurate, and if Horowitz can document all this, hoo boy. The allegation that Comey repeatedly lied to Trump about his status in Comey’s probe may not be impossible to explain; if Trump was suspected of espionage, the FBI wouldn’t have wanted him to know it too soon. The problem with this explanation is that the FBI had no evidence of any such suspicion. The Horowitz report will supposedly confirm that, but Robert Mueller has already done that work for Horowitz. Under those circumstances, Comey acted with significant insubordination to his superior and constitutional officer, which matters even if Comey didn’t like Trump or think he should be president.

How to Alienate Voters and Lose Elections. David Catron – “The Democrats are determined to repeat the mistakes of 2016.”

“Among the Democrats running for president, however, humility seems to be in rather short supply. They, like all members of their party, routinely insult the people who will decide whether they get the job or not. Nor are they reticent about criticizing the nation they want to run. Moreover, many are making wild promises about the things they will accomplish if given the job, yet they remain oddly unable to answer detailed questions regarding the implementation of these plans. Even worse, they seem utterly incapable of providing any serious cost estimates for their grandiose designs.

In addition to of all these issues, the Democrats seem to be under the impression that it is the responsibility of the electorate to live up to their expectations rather than the reverse. Like Hillary Clinton, they seem to believe they would be doing the country a favor by taking over. Finally, they are all making the worst mistake any job applicant can make: trashing the guy who currently holds the job, a guy with a lot of solid accomplishments and loyal supporters. All of this means that the Democrats have not yet absorbed the lessons of 2016, and this disqualifies them as a governing party.

The long slow march of leftism … neo – “I know a great many liberals. And I would guess that, although most of them ascribe to the principles on that list of “the Soviet Union’s memetic weapons,” they are unaware that what they are espousing is far leftist propaganda, and remain ignorant even now of its origins and purpose.

Summer Heat Wave? It’s Global Warming… Or Is It? Roger L. Simon – “But the generalized stupidity of the way the issue is treated points toward something possibly more disturbing — the debates themselves.

the MSM protected Omar for years … neo – “the allegations that Ilhad Omar is guilty of multiple legal violations, including marrying her brother in order to commit immigration fraud, this article at PJ by David Steinberg on Omar deserves a new post of its own.”

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Intellectual integrity?

The Three Biggest Lies Of The Trump Era. J. Frank Bullitt – “Lying has always been a part of politics. But what we’re seeing today is extreme.”

“Politicians’ falsehoods, eagerly parroted by celebrities, are aided by a media that, rather than acting as an impartial referee, has become an agency for Democrats and the political left. Here are the top three whoppers since President Trump took office that those sick with Trump Derangement Syndrome just won’t let go of.

It’s galling that the Trump haters — would it be fair to say every Hillary Clinton supporter is a Trump hater? — have been free to continually spew these lies in the mainstream and social media. They’ve repeated the lies so many times that they have come to be regarded as the truth.

Real truth, though, is not malleable and those who claim to honor it, whether they like Trump or not, should stand up for it at all times. Trump’s antagonists are free to criticize him, free to point out when he’s not telling the truth, free even to consider his supporters idiots, if that’s what they believe.

But this isn’t about Trump, nor his supporters. It’s about influential figures perpetuating big lies and getting away with it. They ought to be called out until they finally stop.

When the MSM Say Someone Is in Prison for a Minor Drug Crime, They’re Always Lying. Ann Coulter – “If the left has its way in the next few years, there won’t be anyone left in prison because, you see, they’re overflowing with innocent black men locked up for “nonviolent drug crimes.” All of them!

“Having completely lied about these crimes – deliberately withholding this information is lying — NBC then brought out Sen. Cory Booker as the lonely voice of sanity in the Kafka-esque nightmare that is Underwood’s life.

Impeachment vote a warning — to Trump and Pelosi. Byron York – “The vote, in other words, showed that 95 Democrats will vote to impeach the president for anything. For them, there is no need to accuse Trump of a high crime or misdemeanor involving Russia, or obstruction of justice, or campaign finance violations, or any other arguably impeachable activity. Accusing the president of being “unfit” for office is enough.

influential figures perpetuating big lies and getting away with it” why is this?

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Perceptions tied to fantasy and not reality miss important landmarks

Vote on Trump’s ‘racist’ tweets split Nevada delegation on party lines. Humberto Sanchez – “There’s no question that it’s racist,” Titus said of the tweet off the floor during the procedural vote.” The problem is that there is nothing in the tweet about race. It is about behavior. The fact that the Democrats are engaged in pushing such a gross distortion that anyone can see for themselves is troubling as is the solid partisan block that is engaged as is the hyperbole and stridency in pushing a falsehood. The Democrats also make it clear that enforcing existing law, at least by the current administration, is considered de facto racist. It gets worse.

Pelosi’s headache comes to life: Green files articles of impeachment; Update: Vote today by 5 ET? Update: GOP to side with … Green? Ed Morrissey – “Rep. Al Green (D-TX) filed articles of impeachment last night, citing Trump’s tweets about four frosh Democrats as a “high misdemeanor.”

“Pelosi must have hoped that last night’s rebuke of Trump by House resolution would suffice and keep impeachment fever tamped down for a little longer. Instead, her own missteps might have made matters worse. As Allahpundit wrote last night, Pelosi tripped up over the House rules and ended up with egg on her face when the parliamentarian ruled her out of order and momentarily suspended her speaking privileges. She then asked two members of the Congressional Black Caucus to serve in the chair to announce that the House couldn’t accuse Trump of racism, a move that spectacularly backfired when both refused. Pelosi managed to bull her way forward through brute majority votes to ignore the rules, but she made herself look foolish and incompetent along the way.

List of Racist Statements by Members of the ‘Squad’ (So Far). Alex Wroblewski – “President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that “I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” and challenged his critics to “Get a list of the HORRIBLE things” that the four Democratic congresswomen of the so-called “Squad” have said.” … but, obviously, reality doesn’t matter to the Left. One way to establish reference and context for evaluation of opinion and judgment is to compare and contrast to other samples.

Democrats Are One Hundred Percent Wrong about Racism. Roger L. Simon – “To say that the Democrats are obsessed with race these days is the equivalent of saying the sky is blue.” … “And now we are where we are—in the land of AOC and Omar—every one of us racists until we die. The revolution eats its own.”

Barack Obama On Illegal Migrants Coming To America: “SEND THEM BACK.” John Cardillo – “How odd to see Democrats do a complete 180 regarding the crisis at the southern border.”

Trump took out the Odd Squad. Don Surber – “He pinned the Odd Squad as unpatriotic. At their press conference, they showed it.

Is Trump playing 3-D chess or not? neo – “when the dust settles (and sometimes it settles rather quickly), we usually find that one or some or all of the following have occurred: Trump didn’t actually say what they said he said, his opponents do something in response to what he said that makes them look like the fools, the public in general responds by agreeing with Trump and his polls go up (sometimes after a bit of a dip).

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