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Mask Mouth versus do no harm

COVID and the Death of Common Sense. John Hinderaker – “Why are so many panicked over the Wuhan flu, a relatively minor disease? Of course, COVID can be deadly, like virtually all diseases, but if you are 25 or under it is less lethal than an average seasonal flu, and it is overwhelmingly the very elderly and infirm who are at risk. So why the hysteria?”

World’s Top Epidemiologists – Masks Don’t Work! John Miltimore – “Despite a global stampede of mask-wearing, data show that 80-90 percent of people in Finland and Holland say they “never” wear masks when they go out, a sharp contrast to the 80-90 percent of people in Spain and Italy who say they “always” wear masks when they go out.”

“The problem with mask mandates is that public health officials are not merely recommending a precaution that may or may not be effective.

They are using force to make people submit to a state order that could ultimately make individuals or entire populations sicker, according to world-leading public health officials.

That is not just a violation of the Effectiveness Principle. It’s a violation of a basic personal freedom.

Mask advocates might mean well, but they overlook a basic reality: humans spontaneously alter behavior during pandemics. Scientific evidence shows that American workplaces and consumers changed the patterns of their travel before lockdown orders were issued.

‘Mask mouth’: Dentists coin new term for smelly side effect of wearing a mask. Melkorka Licea – “The new oral hygiene issue — caused by, you guessed it, wearing a mask all the time to prevent the spread of the coronavirus — is leading to all kinds of dental disasters like decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath.”

Debunking The Myth That Lockdowns Stop Pandemics. Stacey Rudin – “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pandemic planning documents state non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing are ineffective once a disease infects 1% of a region’s population. Literature on this subject is unanimous worldwide.” … “Publicly available data shows no causal relationship between government orders and COVID-19 mortality outcomes.”

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Political behavior and the defense of social identity – wretched and rotten rhetoric

Lessons in the Decline of Democracy From the Ruined Roman Republic. Jason Daley – “Historian Edward Watts argues that violent rhetoric and disregard for political norms was the beginning of Rome’s end.” … “Above all else, the Roman Republic teaches the citizens of its modern descendants the incredible dangers that come along with condoning political obstruction and courting political violence,”

How The Political Behavior Of Black And Jewish Americans Became Their Cultural Identity. Michael Weingrad – “Jewish and black voters have proven to be astonishingly reliable supporters of the Democratic Party, even when it conflicts with their interests. Three new books offer some insights into why.”

“I also find it challenging to see rational choice as an obvious explanation for anyone’s political behavior these days. Certainly, politics has taken on for many Americans the force of an identity, a tribal affiliation, in some cases even a kind of religion with accompanying ritual practices.

“An identity as deeply political as that of mainstream American Jewry is not going to change its political behavior without becoming unrecognizable to itself, and certainly not without having new frameworks of meaning and behavior to replace the older ones.

They also express a concern worth attending to, that “if whites’ level of racialized social constraint both within and outside the South reaches anything approximating that of blacks, greater polarization and heightened racial conflict in America will take hold more broadly.” I disagree this is the polarization we are seeing in the Trump era, and would argue that, if anything, Trump is functioning as a scrambler of the politics of racialized social constraint, which becomes a concern for Democrats and white elites more broadly. But time will tell.

Meanwhile, they end by imagining the plight of a black conservative in the voting booth this November. He considers casting his vote for a Republican and then possibly having to admit doing so to his friends and family. Given the “social rewards of conformity,” they write, “supporting the Democratic candidate is almost certainly the least costly option.”

The fate of American democracy may ride on that “almost.”

An Age of Wretched and Rotten Rhetoric. Tristan Heiner – “Politics becomes wretched when the ideas in circulation turn bad, and ideas degenerate when the rhetoric is rotten. The words are everything.”

“diplomacy and measured words are muddied corpses being squelched into the trenches by the boots of dogged partisanship and zero-sum tactics. … The biggest casualty in this squalor is, of course, the truth and measured solutions to real problems.

When people have a greater interest in scoring points against one another, compared to getting to the core of a real issue, the whole charade becomes the embodiment of the unproductive.

There is no mechanism that achieves those ends of muffling and muzzling civil discourse more perniciously and effectively than political correctness.

Fake news about Portland from the Washington Post. Paul Mirengoff – “Clearly, the Washington Post’s attempt to link rioting in Portland to the Trump administration’s efforts to protect federal property was fake news. Just like so much else that appears in this relentlessly leftist organ these days.”

NY Tries To ‘Dissolve’ The NRA: Far Left’s War Against The Constitution Never Ends. I & I Editorial Board – “Whenever the far left loses a debate, it doesn’t sharpen its arguments or seek compromise. Instead, it criminalizes those with whom it disagrees.” … “New York’s Democratic and radically anti-Trump Attorney General Letitia James’ move to “dissolve” the NRA comes after a phony “fraud” investigation that was launched as an intimidation tactic.” … “To the left, the truth doesn’t matter.”

The NRA’s Fight in New York Is For All Americans. Editorial of The New York Sun – “The thing to keep in mind during the legal war launched today between New York State and the National Rifle Association is that the Second Amendment does not exist in New York City and state. It has been blocked at every level by state and local authorities.” … “The more astonishing suit is not the one Ms. James filed against the NRA but the one the NRA filed against her.”

Nevada Sent More Than 200K Mail-In Primary Ballots to Wrong Addresses. Joe Schoffstall – “One-sixth of Clark County mail-in ballots were sent to outdated or undeliverable addresses”

“Nevada’s voter rolls aren’t maintained to the standard required for an all-mail experience like Oregon or Washington,” Churchwell said. “The Nevada governor is foolish to think he can replicate his regional neighbors’ years of development and practices with mail voting in a matter of months with a weekend emergency bill.”

Smart Women Don’t Send Nudes To Strangers, And Other Tales Of The Sexual Revolution. Casey Chalk – “The pornographication of America’s culture prevents victims from thinking clearly. Sadly, behavior once labeled bizarre or self-destructive is now common.”

“Obviously, Cooper is an odious criminal who should be punished. But such deviants have always existed in the nether regions of our society. Before the internet, they frequented the seedy parts of town near pornography shops and “adult” cinemas; they would walk around in trench coats and flash innocent folks passing by. Now, thanks to the anonymity of technology, they are more capable of fabricating identities.

Another bizarre and concerning thing about this episode is how the Post presents Cooper’s victims as ordinary, intelligent, and “professional.” It says something about our culture that heterosexual women — with boyfriends, no less — who get involved with female strangers on dating apps are labeled “ordinary.” It says something about our culture that women who send nude media of themselves to strangers — in at least one case, the day after the online “relationship” began — are supposedly “intelligent.”

It also appears our culture is so saturated in pornography that activities once considered rare, immoral, obscene, and stupid are now condoned, if not celebrated.

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day For American Patients. Gerard Scimeca – “the newest order pushes for an international price index (IPI) pricing in Medicare Part B, called “favored nation status.” The name could not be more of a misnomer, either, as “favored nation” implies the lowest price cap among a mix of foreign countries in regard to particular drugs. And the lower the cap, the worse the ripple effects back up the supply chain and for patients in the long run.”

“In essence, the federal government will take the average price for certain drugs from a combination of foreign countries — all with partly or wholly socialized healthcare systems — and leverage Medicare’s status as the largest purchaser in the market to force companies to sell medicines and other treatments at or below that average threshold. But this is not as simple as it sounds, nor is it beneficial in making life better for patients.

We have seen price controls tried time and again both abroad and in our current halls of power.

To make matters worse, this proposal has received stiff opposition from Canadian officials, too, who would need to raise their own domestic prices to ensure their government-controlled drug supply was not exhausted in a matter of months,

The Canadian situation illustrates that this is an international relationship problem as well as a personal cost problem. The price cap situation is due to other countries, such as Canada, controlling their prices. They can do this because the U.S. allows companies to make up the lost income in U.S. pricing. The distinction here is how the drug cost in the U.S. is to be determined. The mechanism outlined – same price here as there – is a market driven approach and not a socialist approach. The arguments presented presume that the U.S. will set prices the same way the “partly or wholly socialized healthcare systems” do.

An Effective COVID Treatment the Media Continues to Besmirch. Steven Hatfill – “On Friday, July 31, in a column ostensibly dealing with health care “misinformation,” Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan opened by lambasting “fringe doctors spouting dangerous falsehoods about hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 wonder cure.” … “Actually, it was Sullivan who was spouting dangerous falsehoods about this drug”

Bad medicine: Fauci’s HCQ Waterloo. Monica Showalter – “it’s about time this idol topples, based on this summary about Fauci’s startlingly bad medicine and bad medical policy on COVID, which has in fact cost thousands of lives. And yes, he is very specifically to blame.”

President Trump Just Called Out Two of the Media’s Most Dangerous Lies About COVID-19. Michael Thau – “Monday was a milestone in the battle against the media’s despicable, 5-month, unrelenting campaign of COVID-19 gaslighting.” … “The most important task we face is recovering our senses.”

Video: A Leftist Asked Him: ‘When Was America Great?’ Frontpagemag.com – “His answer is stunning.” It is. Watch the video.

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Qui tacet consentire videtur – you can’t pretend to hide

No Doubt About It: Democrats Are Part Of The Riot Problem. I & I Editorial Board – “Well I appreciate the, as always, kind of uplifting words of Sen. Hirono,” Cruz said as Hirono gathered her belongings. “And I would also note that throughout her remarks she still did not say a negative word about Antifa nor has any Democrat here.”

“It was an ideal forum for Democrats to go on the record. The entire nation would have known by Tuesday night that the party is opposed to the violence and destruction Antifa has wrought with little consequence. Yet they repeatedly declined – Cruz even told Hirono “you’re welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now,” just before she walked away – and in doing so made their affiliation clear.

Tuesday’s hearing is no isolated instance. Democrats have made their soft spot for violent mob behavior obvious on several other occasions:

For Andrew Cuomo, waking up and smelling the socialist coffee is a bitter whiff. Monica Showalter – “It’s what happens in all socialist hellholes, from East Berlin to Caracas. People flee. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.”

“Cuomo’s plaint calls to mind that leftist blue cities and states can be divided into two groups of people – those who look at the bookkeeping, and those who don’t. Cuomo is doing de Blasio’s job by calling on New York City’s fleeing residents to not flee. De Blasio is busy painting Black Lives Matter graffiti in New York’s city streets. Minnesota’s denizens are begging for businesses not to leave. California’s are cheering those who do. It’s almost a litmus test for separating out the crazy socialists from the really crazy socialists. Hugo Chavez used to cheer when wealthy Venezuelans moved out of his country as he was turning it into a hellhole. Maybe this litmus test of the crazy and the crazier is an indicator of which places become Venezuela the fastest.

Steele’s dossier: ‘Clown show’ or the greatest Russian coup? Paul Roderick Gregory – “The known details of the so-called Steele dossier point to a peculiar ambiguity. To expert analysts, it always appeared to be low-quality political opposition research. Yet, it turned American against American, paralyzed our government — and may be the greatest Russian disinformation coup in history.”

“In retrospect, the “clown show” dossier was put together ingeniously. First, the identity of the ultimate client was kept secret long enough for it not to ruin the show. Second, in Steele the Russians had someone with a modicum of respectability to gain access to American government and media; and, in the media and professional bureaucracy, they had an army of Trump-haters ready to believe anything.

For the Kremlin, it all meant a sorely wounded United States.

Coronavirus in one state (82). Scott Johnson – “Our efforts to understand the epidemic in one state are clouded by the efforts of the authorities to sustain one-man rule and the panic on which it is based. They are also clouded by the faithful alliance of the press with the authorities.” … “Kevin Roche provides “A Brief Minnesota and National Status Report” that steps back to look at the big picture.”

The Truth About Slavery. Robert Wedge – “We are continually misled by progressive propaganda on the issue of race.” … “Racism is not our Achilles Heel. It is the ubiquitous manipulation and exploitation of race and racism that threatens our way of life.” … “the United States and Great Britain are the first countries in the history of the world to eradicate slavery while influencing others to follow suit.”

“Of course, none of this matters to progressives. A Marxist state is their goal. The question is, will conservatives and their leadership stand up for the truth or bow at the altar of Marx?

Facebook, Twitter Censor President Trump’s Fox News Interview. Allum Bokhari – “Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth, said Parella. According to Parella, Trump was “stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus.” see also Twitter Official Who Announced Trump Campaign Account Suspension Is Former Kamala Harris Press Secretary. Jim Hoft – “The tech giants are working together to silence the President of the United States and his campaign.”

Who Killed George Floyd? George Parry – “Minnesota’s attorney general needs to pay attention to the available evidence, which in this case is incontrovertible.”

“So why couldn’t Floyd breathe, and how did he die? The clear answers to those questions are to be found in his toxicology report, which overwhelmingly and unerringly supports the conclusion that Floyd’s breathing difficulties and death were the direct and undeniable result of his ingestion of fentanyl mixed with methamphetamine.

The only crime here has been the prosecution’s shockingly incompetent investigation of Floyd’s death. In charging and continuing to prosecute these defendants, Minnesota’s attorney general has failed to take into account the most important and material evidence in the case,

The proof of the defendants’ innocence is undeniable. But given the violence and rioting that has followed in the wake of Floyd’s death, will it be possible for these defendants to receive justice?

Why “Green” Energy Is Impossible. John Hinderaker – “Basic problems with these energy sources include inefficiency and intermittency.”

“But that isn’t the worst of it. Wind and solar are low-intensity energy sources. It takes many acres of wind turbines to produce, on a best-case scenario, what a single power plant can produce. And solar panels are even worse. A single 3 mw wind turbine uses 335 tons of steel, 4.7 tons of copper, 3 tons of aluminum, 2 tons of rare earth elements, and 1,200 tons (2.4 million pounds!) of concrete. If we take seriously the idea of getting all of our electricity from wind and solar, where will all of those materials come from?

Minnesota consumes only 1/71 of the electricity in the U.S. If we extrapolate Minnesota’s numbers to the U.S. as a whole, a rough conclusion is that getting all of our electricity from wind, solar and batteries would consume around 70% of all of the copper currently mined in the world, 337% of global nickel production, 3,053% of the world’s total cobalt production, 355% of the U.S.’s iron output, and 284% of U.S. steel production. Along with unfathomable quantities of concrete–which, by the way, off-gases CO2.

Thus, at a minimum, implementing just this one part of the Democratic Party’s Green New Deal would require an expansion of mining, world-wide, that would dwarf anything in human history.

Here in Minnesota, we have some of the world’s largest undeveloped reserves of copper, nickel and cobalt. Why are they still undeveloped? Solely because of rabid opposition by the same environmentalists who tell us the world is coming to an end on account of global warming.

The Democrats’ “green” agenda does not represent a set of meaningful policy proposals. Taken seriously, and objectively evaluated, they immediately crumble.

Gen. Flynn: This Is My Letter to America. – “We are witnessing a vicious assault by enemies of all that is good, and our president is having to act in ways unprecedented in decades, maybe centuries. … The biblical nature of good versus evil cannot be discounted as we examine what is happening on the streets of America.”

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We’re getting an awful lot of very bad advice

Sir Francis Bacon: “If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.”

Mayor: Health Officials Justify Mask Mandates For Political Reasons, Not Science. Anonymous – “If public officials use their power and resources to forward an agenda rather than champion individual rights and liberties, our American Republic is lost.”

Reno doctor says hydroxychloroquine has helped dozens of his patients. Ben Deach – “The UNR community health sciences dean disagrees, calls the drug ineffective.” The UNR dean dismisses non-conforming evidence out of hand and also ignores 50+ years of experience with HCQ prescriptions in behavior that casts doubt on his objectivity and conclusions. See also Hydroxychloroquine and Coronavirus … Information I GUARANTEE You’ve Never Heard – “The science around hydroxychloroquine is so politically charged at the moment that it is difficult to obtain a prescription, and some have warned of dangerous side effects of hydroxychloroquine” so the author suggests green tea as a substitute, readily available zinc ionophores (this is one for the alternative medicine crowd).

Cancel culture comes for MDs who support the use of hydroxychloroquine. Neo – “I wonder if they’ll be coming next for noted Yale epidemiologist Harvey Risch, who has written a comprehensive article making the current case for using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID”

One Swedish Model To Copy: No More COVID-19 Lockdowns. I & I Editorial Board – “We’re getting an awful lot of very bad advice from public officials about how to handle the resurgent coronavirus pandemic.” Here’s more for that UNR Dean and his ilk. Aslo see Destroying Western Media’s “Swedish Public Health Disaster” Narrative In Two Simple Charts. Tyler Durden – “In order to control public opinion of the masses, the ruling class should “regiment the public mind every bit as much as an army regiments [soldiers’] bodies.” [Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928)]

COVID-19 Lies Go Viral. Betsy McCaughey – “Beware of three widely circulating COVID-19-related lies and the partisan motives behind them. These lies are dangerous to your children and how you cope with this virus.”

Evidence Mounts That Mail-In Voting Will Bring Only Fraud And Chaos. I & I Editorial Board – “Nearly every news story about mail-in voting asserts that there’s no evidence that it will increase fraud. Really?”

Will Democrats accept election loss? New report says no. Byron York – “For weeks, there have been news reports and commentary on whether President Trump will “accept” the results of November’s election.” … “there is another, equally pressing question: Will Democrats accept the results of the election if Joe Biden loses?”

“The report comes from a secretive group called the Transition Integrity Project. A bipartisan, anti-Trump organization, TIP was created last year by Georgetown law professor Rosa Brooks and historian and think tanker Nils Gilman, “out of concern that the Trump administration may seek to manipulate, ignore, undermine or disrupt the 2020 presidential election and transition process.”

The report gave some reasons why Democrats would be willing to defy the constitutional structure of American presidential elections to put Biden in the White House.

The New Old Obama. Victor Davis Hanson – “Why is Barack Obama reemerging with greater frequency now? There are a few reasonable suppositions.” … “His latest weaponization of the funeral of John Lewis revealed all the Obama signature characteristics. … his politicizing riff is cynical and in some ways a cruel hijacking of a funeral.”

The Dubious ‘Peaceful Protestors’. Bruce Thornton – “Peaceful protestors” have been seen coordinating with rioters to help them avoid the police, and acting as human shields. Indeed such coordination between shock-troops and “non-violent” political actors has typified revolutionary movements since the French Revolution. And there have been only a few examples of truly peaceful protestors separating themselves from the rioters and looters, or issuing public condemnations. But they have been overwhelmed by the thousands of protestors intermingling with the “hijackers.”

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observable, logical way seems missing in action

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.”

Trump Threatens Legal Action Over Nevada’s Decision To Send Mail-In Ballots To All Voters. Ben Wilson – “the bill was passed and gives Governor Steve Sisolak the power to order Cegavske to alter the election process during a state of emergency. … Additionally, the bill expands who can turn in ballots — potentially opening the door for ballot harvesting”

Physician-moms fight back against anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers. Laura Zimmermann et al – “Recently, the nation was riveted by photos of the wall of Portland moms who were tear-gassed while forming a human shield of linked arms and bodies to protect Black Lives Matter protesters from federal agents.” (1) the cases for vaccinations and for face masks are not equivalent by any honest assessment and it is dishonest to pick out a correlation between these issues – a logical fallacy. (2) the ‘moms’ were being used as human shields for violent rioters, not protesters. They were complicit in the refusal to comply with appropriate police requests and in the assault and battery on others conducted with objects thrown by those the ‘moms’ were protecting. The sort of falsely based moral preening serving as a pretext for this opinion serves to more to describe the medical professions complicity in the abandonment of the values of the society that provides them opportunity and their profession that gives them income as well as a sense of fulfillment in their lives.

These ‘Inconvenient’ Data Patterns Destroy the Established Coronavirus Narrative. Scott Morefield — “the patterns I’m noticing have me scratching my head. As someone who doesn’t sit well with cognitive dissonance, media gaslighting, and especially governmental overreach, if I’m being told I shouldn’t or can’t go out and that I’m not allowed to breathe free air when I do, the evidence on the ground should damn-well comport with the “logic” they are giving us to justify their extreme measures. But they aren’t, not in any observable, logical way.”

Where Are the New Heroes of the Revolution? Victor Davis Hanson — “Cultural revolutions are suicidal, nihilistic, and incoherent. Those who survive such cannibalism do so by arbitrarily exempting their leaders from their own rules of mandated purity and no statute of limitations.”

 

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this stopped being about science long ago

Marco Rubio Gets on Call with President Trump and Defends Mail-in Voting. Jim Hoft – “It’s the reason Nevada Democrats on Saturday passed mail-in voting and ballot harvesting in their special session just 97 days before the national election. … They know it’s easier to cheat that way.”

The Choice Before Us. Roger Kimball – “This time, we’ve traveled to the very edge of the abyss.” … The clips of the savages burning Bibles put me in mind of Heinrich Heine’s solemn observation that Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen: “Wherever people burn books, they also end up burning men.”

8 Democrat Myths William Barr Debunked Between Deliberate Interruptions. Margot Cleveland – “Notwithstanding Democrats’ attempts to prevent William Barr from setting the record straight, the attorney general dismantled major fake news headlines over the last two months.” Here’s a catalog. Compare and contrast to any such catalog those who bray that ‘Trump lies’ can put up.

It Is Resistance, Not Trump, That Needs To Learn To Accept Election Results. Mollie Hemingway – “Given what they’ve put the country through since November 2016, the groups that need to be asked if they will accept an election loss in November 2020 are the media, Democratic politicians, and other Resistance activists.”

When ‘j’accuse’ is just a smear. Charles Lipson – “The false, malicious attacks on the Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass” … “In today’s woke world, it is risky to speak such hard truths about gang shootings, unprosecuted shoplifting, looting, carjackings and more.”

“The dangers are real, but John Kass did not contribute to them. He shouldn’t be attacked for something he did not do. It’s perfectly fine to debate the substance of his arguments. It’s perfectly despicable to smear the writer with bogus charges.

Wrecking the American Dream. Robert Stacy McCain – “Yes, suburbanites, Democrats plan to destroy your community.”

“One of the basic tasks of the political Left, not only in contemporary America but on a worldwide basis ever since the French Revolution, is to identify those social institutions that are healthy and functional, then ruin them completely, and call this result “reform.” Sometimes millions of people die as a result of the Left’s appetite for “reform” (e.g., collectivization of agriculture in the Soviet Union), but always innocent people are made to suffer on behalf of the allegedly idealistic motives of the self-anointed progressive “reformers.”

The problem in America, according to the Democrats, is not our crime-ridden inner cities (“Chicago homicides increase 50 percent in 2020, 139 percent in July alone, data shows”). No, the real problem is those folks living quietly out in the suburbs, with their three-bedroom homes, their quarter-acre lawns and their tree-shaded cul-de-sacs. According to Democrats, it is wrong for prosperous suburbanites to enjoy their safety and tranquility, and therefore, the suburbs must be destroyed.

This is not “reform,” it’s revenge:

“Affordable housing” is the wrecking ball with which Democrats intend to destroy your tree-shaded way of life, not because they expect to derive any benefit from ruining your neighborhood, but simply because they take sadistic pleasure in destruction. We’re now three months away from Election Day, and time may be running out on the American Dream.

 

Fauci’s Lies and the Political Cowardice of Mask Mandates. William Sullivan – “Like anyone who’s paid the slightest bit of attention during this pandemic, you’ve probably noticed how the narrative regarding cloth face masks has evolved.” … “this stopped being about science long ago.”

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Built on quicksand: Sports, HCQ, Schooling

No injustice, no peace. Paul Mirengoff – [but the NBA went full tilt on the myth anyway – and Strike Three: Major League Baseball’s Sordid Romance with Race-Baiting Politics] “It’s fitting that a phony justice movement originated with a phony claim of police misconduct.” … “Wilson has been cleared of any criminal conduct by a grand jury and by the Obama-Holder Justice Department. But the left never gives up.”

“It’s absurd that Wilson’s conduct was scrutinized in three separate proceedings, including one that wrapped up six years after the fact. That’s not the same standard applied to everyone else. It’s the standard applied to people the BLM mob wants to crucify.

51 Global Studies Find HCQ Effective in Treating COVID-19 — 16 Find HCQ NOT Effective — But 10 of Those Are Late Treatment Studies! Jim Hoft – “It is becoming more and more apparent with each new day and as more information is accumulated that Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, the CDC and the FDA failed in their response to the China Coronavirus.” The problem is that ‘experts’ are proclaiming the HCQ debate dead and buried, see Josh Bloom asserting that Hydroxychloroquine is Dead and Buried. So, Let’s Dig it Up and Bury it Again [but note the hubris, ad hominem and other fallacies]. Maybe there are some complexities that need clarification?

The case for charter schools. Scott Johnson – “Kevin Williams reviews Thomas Sowell’s new book on charter schools in the July 27 issue of National Review. The review is published under the headline “The Collapsing Case against Charter Schools.” This could be another “Bell Curve” [Wikipedia] book where the data are overwhelming but don’t fit the desired social activist narrative.

“Williamson concludes his review on a bitter if realistic note: “Our political culture is sick, and many of our institutions are corrupt. Many of them would not be capable of acting on what they could learn from “Charter Schools and Their Enemies” even if they were so inclined, which they aren’t. Thomas Sowell is a national treasure in a nation that does not entirely deserve him.” The review makes for compelling reading. I wanted to bring it to the attention of readers along with Sowell’s new book.

It’s messy and there are no simple answers.It’s quicksand when intellectual integrity is not used as bedrock.

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Manage – or inform?

The Moral Case Against Mask Mandates And Other COVID Restrictions. David Shane – “Resistance to overbearing regulations is about more than just ‘freedom.’” … “Instilling this unnecessary fear in people is cruel.” … “A moral problem also arises from a desire to manage rather than inform the population.”

“Many in both our political and media classes, however, have no desire for people to be well informed about relative risks. People who are afraid, after all, will engage in socially demanded behaviors. So why risk giving them an accurate picture of their situation? Politicians and the media are not informing the public so much as managing it, an impulse we must call out and fight.

What Antifa Won’t Tell You. Paul Gregory – “Observers of the demonstrations, statue toppling, and riots that followed the police killing of George Floyd on May 25 could not help but notice a distinctive pattern of protest. Legitimate demonstrators stood on the frontline, while stones, Molotov cocktails and other objects were hurled from the rear.”

“And yet perhaps this is not unintentional. An organization that deems most of America as hopelessly riddled with racism and extremism, that sees no way to achieve its aims except violent ones, and that feels justified silencing its opponents by any means necessary, is not likely to give away its tactical secrets. Bray reveals just enough about Antifa to keep its workings murky—and that, too, is likely his intent.

Waiting for the Counterrevolution. Victor Davis Hanson – “We are in the midst of a revolution, a cultural and racial one, that seeks to refute the past, damn the present, and hijack the future. So far, however, we have only heard from one side, the revolutionaries and their enablers themselves.” [post links to full article on NR]

Poll: Nevadans favor expanded mail ballot access, chilly on business litigation protections. Riley Snyder – “Many of the poll topics correlate closely to items that will be on the agenda for the upcoming legislative special session.” The Californication of Nevada proceeds despite the reality about where it leads. Misinformed and ignorant are the hallmarks of the effort to manage the public rather than inform and educate. e.g. Don’t tell those polled that Despite What You’ve Heard, The COVID Crisis Probably Peaked Two Weeks Ago [I & I Editorial Board].

Getting Rid Of The Police, Or Trump, Will Only Enable More Riots. John Daniel Davidson – “Our political and media elite think that Trump and the police are the cause of the ongoing unrest. They couldn’t be more wrong.” Read this from the perspective of manage rather than inform and it sheds a new light on the political behavior.

“In all of this, the assumption appears to be that the mere presence of law enforcement so triggers protesters that it turns them into a violent, rampaging mob. It doesn’t seem to matter if law enforcement, whether federal or local, is warranted—as it most certainly is in places like Portland, where rioters have been staging attacks on a federal courthouse and rioting for going on two months now.

The repeated public statements of sympathy from Democrats and the dishonest coverage of the mainstream press leave the impression that these violent outbursts by erstwhile “peaceful protesters” are entirely justified.

Imagine being so out of touch with the political and cultural currents of American life that you think a Trump defeat in November will disperse the mobs in the street and quell the “left-wing cultural revolution.”

Details emerging about fatal shooting of BLM ‘protester’ in Austin, TX are stunning. Thomas Lifson – “The leftist outrage machine treated the fatal shooting of BLM “protestor” Garrett Foster last Saturday night in Austin, Texas with the customary spin … But, as Paul Harvey used to say, “the rest of the story” is important. … anybody who might want to criticize Sgt. Perry’s actions, picture themselves trapped in a car as a masked stranger raises an assault rifle in their direction and reflect upon what they might have done if faced with the split second decision faced by Sgt. Perry that evening.”

Democrats’ Policies Are Unfit For The Presidency. Joy Pullmann – “A right to control other people’s lives is no right at all. It is an abuse of power. It is tyranny. Pledges to accelerate tyranny, which equal treason against the Constitution, utterly disqualify a person and party from United States government.”

4 French Revolution Trends That Have Started In The United States. Krystina Skurk – “The bloody and terrible French Revolution featured attacks on religion, rewriting history, toppling statues, and abandoning tradition. Sound familiar?”

“Contemporary British politician Edmund Burke lamented that French Revolutionaries could have repaired the walls of their government and society instead of tearing them down. In an attempt to found an egalitarian utopia, the French Revolutionaries tore down almost everything that was traditionally French. An eerily similar purge is taking place in America.

Why Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine Don’t Block Coronavirus Infection of Human Lung Cells. Katherine Seley-Radtke – “A July 22 paper in the journal Nature further underscored earlier studies showing that neither the anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, nor chloroquine, prevents SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – from replicating in lung cells.” As is becoming necessary with ACHS columns on pandemic related issues, reading the comments is required for perspective. In this case, the isolated and very specific situation specified should raise questions. Like many anti-HCQ studies, pertinent variables are isolated out of the question addressed and simplifying assumptions left out of the discussion. That facilitates the study but qualifies the application of its results.

Breitbart Still Suspended From Twitter After Viral HCQ Video; Doctor Gets Axe Over Involvement. Tyler Durden – “Gold had defended her views – which reflected her real-life experience as a board-certified doctor specializing in emergency medicine, … saying in a tweet that “there are always opposing views in medicine,” but that opposition should not be grounds for censorship.” Toe the line. Or else!

‘Cancel Culture’: Old Tyranny in New Bottles. Bruce Thornton – “If the progressives succeed, they will create what the Founders feared.”

Lancet Formally Retracts Fake Hydroxychloroquine Study Used By Media To Attack Trump. Tristan Justice – This one refuted 50+ years of experience with the drug but the authors “were unable to complete an independent audit of the data underpinning their analysis.” Nevertheless, the study provided political fodder. “Legacy media meanwhile, with its animus for Trump, used the study to attack the president and his physician for taking a medication that had anecdotally shown potential promise in treatment of infection while posing few risks.”

With all of the focus on ‘conflict of interest’ that is usually predicated on the exchange of money or favors to the point that authors have to proclaim innocence in their papers, ideological media feeding is often ignored. This is where the whole truth is shortchanged and deceit and dishonesty are rationalized by selected truths that tell a misleading story. The studies therefore become an effort to manage public perceptions rather than inform them.

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Stay aware. Stay calm. Don’t get caught up in their play

Babylon Bee: Founding Fathers Strapped Down In Graves To Prevent Further SpinningAliens Report No Intelligent Life On Earth After Landing In Portland.

We’re Seeing the Death Rattle of the Revolution, Not Its Birth. Sarah Hoyt – “There is a reason it was a little boy who cried “the king goes naked.”

“Once your eyes are open you’ll see it everywhere. Which is good, because this stupid mythos, this tissue of half-baked wishful thinking and the toddler’s scream of “it’s not fair,” has permeated society to such an extent that you’re looking at the current spastic insanity from the left as they are.

a lot of what they’re doing echoes revolutions from the French to the Russian, to a lot of other revolutions throughout the 20th century.

What you should ask yourself, actually, and give an honest answer to, is how these revolutions can all be so similar to each other, step by step and touch by touch in completely different times and societies.

And if you answer honestly, you’ll realize it’s because these events are being staged. In the cargo-cult religion of the left, if they do these things this way, the power will devolve to them, utopia will be installed, and everyone will be happy, even the evil bad rightists after they are re-educated.

Stay aware. Stay calm. Don’t get caught up in their play. This is their last push.

And if history is any guide, it will fail. The only question now is how high a butcher’s bill will we have to pay.

Summer of Love: Huge Majority of Americans Now Concerned About Rising Crime, Feckless Democrat Prosecutors. Bryan Preston – “The message is getting through. It already got through to the “mostly peaceful” protesters, who have intensified their protests into nightly assaults…”

COVID Crisis Probably Peaked Two Weeks Ago. I & I Editorial Board – “Note the sneering attitude. Deaths are skyrocketing while an out-of-touch Republican governor talks about “positive trends.” … “if the crisis is passing in states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona and elsewhere, shouldn’t the public know about that? And why are the media acting as though it’s getting worse?”

A COVID Border Battle. John Hinderaker – “In the ongoing debate over whether shutdowns have been useful, a comparison of Minnesota and Wisconsin is a valuable data point. These two adjoining states are of comparable population, demographics, history and geography. A Wisconsinite is basically a Minnesotan without the smugness.” … “In any event, Wisconsin’s experience casts serious doubt on the claim that draconian shutdowns successfully prevent COVID fatalities.”

Where Are the New Heroes of the Revolution? Victor Davis Hanson – “Cultural revolutions are suicidal, nihilistic, and incoherent. Those who survive such cannibalism do so by arbitrarily exempting their leaders from their own rules of mandated purity and no statute of limitations.” … “If there is any common denominator to this madness, it is apparently that the past was toxic, and erasing it in the present will make for a more just and united future.”

“If there is any coherent message in this otherwise incoherent summer, it is that a few thousand wannabees have launched a revolution with the full expectation that their own careers in the universities, media, sports, and politics will be thereby enhanced—and enhanced in the most remuneratively Western and capitalist fashion possible.

The Cease Fire That Won’t Be. Anthony L. DeWitt – “For Democrats, this could be their time to shine. This could be their time to show they actually can accomplish something useful. … But, it won’t.”

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I thought I was supposed to be heard – not these days

Mike Flynn’s Higher Loyalty. Daryl McCann – “For President Obama, the rise and rise of the billionaire property developer and reality television star Donald Trump constituted a danger to American democracy and a retreat from his peace-for-the-world doctrine.”

“The details of all this are important. They show that no citizen can be assured of fairness when interrogated by the FBI due to its last-century method of reconstructing an interview. Citizens have to assume, for their own protection, that they cannot be guaranteed justice when they speak with the FBI because their guilt or otherwise is not dependent on what they say but on a report constructed by the two agents (or a third agent who did not attend the interview) after the event.

Do Burning Cities Mark Start Of Democrats’ ‘Civil War 2.0’? I & I Editorial Board – “Get that? Trump wasn’t elected; his is a “reign of terror.” The unhinged nature of the debate almost precludes Americans from coming together.”

“Only you can stop this insanity. It begins in the voting booth, but doesn’t end there. All Americans need to recapture an appreciation for the preciousness of their constitutional rights, and also the history that underpins our nation’s great success.

If not, they will deliver our nation into the hands of leftist ideologues who won’t hesitate from cleaving this country in two. That would be bad for all of us.

“I Thought I Was Supposed To Be Heard”: Full Highlights From Barr ‘Hearing’. Tyler Durden – “Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) slammed Democrats on the Committee, saying “I don’t think we’ve ever had a hearing where the witness wasn’t allowed to respond to points made, questions asked, and attacks — attacks made.” … “Even Slate had to admit the Democrats blew it:” For more, neo cites a number of commentary columns on the hearings in Democrats vs. Barr.

HCQ censorship, cubed: Social media giants shut down doctors testifying from experience that hydroxychloroquine works. Monica Showalter – compare and contrast to Hydroxychloroquine is Dead and Buried. So, Let’s Dig it Up and Bury it Again by Josh Bloom. The American Council on Science and Health beclowns itself with hubris and intolerance for gross evidence. Absolute certitude with ridicule as shown in the title is not good science.

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cargo cult fetish

Corporate Media Is Ignoring Broadest Riots In U.S. History, But Americans Hurt By These Riots Aren’t. Michael Tracey – “This, along with the pandemic, is clearly the preeminent political issue of Summer 2020 — as opposed to the presidential campaign, which is almost like an afterthought.” This is reposted from Medium at the Federalist. Strange to see a TDS problem (e.g. “daily antics of Donald Trump”) poke through the mist but otherwise provides a broad scope for the civil misbehavior that is rather frightening.

“Despite the incredible amount of destruction that I’ve personally witnessed, it’s only a tiny fraction. If I hadn’t made a point to spend six weeks traveling around the country, I never would’ve gotten this information.

Is a “national conversation” warranted here? I don’t know. That’s a ridiculous cliche, anyway. But I do know the enormity of what transpired over these past two months has not been adequately conveyed.

We Asked Our Readers to Send Photos of the Democrat Party Sanctioned Destruction and Rioting in their Community — We Were Shocked at What They Sent In. Jim Hoft – “The mainstream media HAS YET to air this destruction from the weeks of Democrat-endorsed violence and destruction.” The market in plywood and OSB must be soaring.

The lunacy of the ‘largely peaceful protest’. Robert Jackman – “People have been sniggering at that one ever since May 30 when a wretched MSNBC reporter repeated the mantra — ‘it is not, generally speaking, unruly’ — while standing in front of a burning police station.” … “By now, the mainstream media has perfected the mendacious gambit with a sort of stereoscopic vision, saying one thing while also saying the opposite.” … “The whole farce reminds me of George Orwell’s tart reminder about how the corruption of language abets political corruption and vice-versa.”

Attorney General William Barr Squares Off With House Democrats Over Protests, Russiagate. Tyler Durden – “which should be fun since Chairman Nadler thinks the violence in Portland is a ‘myth.’” Then there’s the Durham investigation, holder Russian collusion investigation rumors and allegations, and the Flynn case …

Barr speaks. Scott Johnson – “His opening statement has been uploaded to Scrbid. I have embedded it below.”

Outsiders Like Me Know America Is The Greatest Country In The World. Nikola Kedhi – “Despite 45 years of Soviet propaganda demonizing the United States, Albanians never forgot what President Reagan often referred to as the ‘shining city on a hill.’”

“Today, however, as America finds itself under attack, it falls upon not just Americans, but to every one of us to return the favor and stand beside it in its hour of need. The ideology that invaded my country for half a century, tore down monuments and tradition, replaced freedom with oppression, prohibited freedom of speech, encouraged spying, swapped hope with terror, and brought famine instead of prosperity, is now trying to destroy the United States of America.

This evil ideology knows as long as America exists, all nations will look at it for strength, inspiration, and courage, and will fight for their dignity and freedoms. The heralds of the radical leftist ideology infecting the United States have gathered their strength and are trying to destroy American. A nation that gives equal opportunities to every man and woman, the population who welcomes everyone into its bosom, the system that encourages economic success, entrepreneurship, innovation, and risk-taking is now facing threats from within.

Biden: If I Lose It’s Because Trump Stole The Election. I & I Editorial Board – “Joe Biden is leading in the polls by wide margins, but he’s already making excuses should he lose to Donald Trump in November.” This is ugly. “Biden claims that merely by raising the specter of widespread fraud brought on by these Democratic voting schemes, Trump is trying to steal the election.”

Are You Sure ‘Vote for Joe Biden or We’ll Kill You’ Is the Best Campaign Pitch? Stacey Lennox – “Supporters of a candidate with confidence in the politician’s ability to win based on making the better argument don’t usually use the heckler’s-veto-on-steroids to coerce people to their point of view. ”

“The idea that President Trump is framing this as some sort of urban/rural divide is just intellectually dishonest. Brownstein is part of an elite corporate media that has been denigrating vast swaths of Americans between the coasts since the 2016 primaries. Deplorable, backward, uneducated, and the full complement of -ists and -isms have been applied with a broad brush. These geniuses just assume there is not an intellectual argument to be made that opposes their worldview.

“It Reeks Of Orwell” – The COVID Coup (& How To Unlock Ourselves). Angelo Codevilla – “Bad judgments and usurpations—the scam, not the germs—define this disaster’s dimensions.”

“What history will record as the great COVID scam of 2020 is based on 1) a set of untruths and baseless assertions—often outright lies—about the novel coronavirus and its effects; 2) the production and maintenance of physical fear through a near-monopoly of communications to forestall challenges to the U.S.. ruling class, led by the Democratic Party, 3) defaulted opposition on the part of most Republicans, thus confirming their status as the ruling class’s junior partner. No default has been greater than that of America’s Christian churches—supposedly society’s guardians of truth.

Since obfuscation, pretense, and lies concerning the COVID-19 are the effective agents of the panic and of the seizure of arbitrary power, truth and clarity about it are the foundational requirements for escaping its effects. Here is a dose.

Irrefutable if indirect indication that COVID is no plague also comes from comparison between the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 during any given period with the number of deaths due to all causes for the same period—despite official inflation in the number of deaths attributed to the virus.

This last is an example of gross evidence of the sort that impugns many of the poorly based conclusions and presumptions used for FUD mongering.

California Coronavirus Cases are “Plateauing” Because of Face Masks. Daniel Greenfield – “Conflating social distancing and wearing masks is iffy. There’s little to no evidence that masks do anything.” … “Masks have become a cargo cult fetish in the wargaming of the pandemic. There are spikes in places where people wear masks and don’t wear masks.” The gross evidence speaks again.

Coronavirus in one state (78). Scott Johnson – “New deaths attributed by the authorities to COVID-19 are vanishingly low.” … “It should be difficult for Governor Walz to continue one-man rule in Minnesota. It should be difficult to sustain the panic underlying his exercise of “emergency” authority.”

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You’re being had. Why can’t you see? It’s Built on Fumes, Not Facts

Ralph W. Sockman – “The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.”

[via Instapundit] Mark Twain: “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”

How To Disprove The 6 Most Outrageous Myths Of The 1619 Project. Lipton Matthews – “The 1619 Project’s fabrications commit a horrific injustice on American history. The project perpetuates dangerous myths about the country’s founding, and by painting its roots as structurally racist and oppressive, it stokes racial tensions.” Sometimes lies are blatant. Other times they are insidious and hidden. Always, they destroy.

Blood and Metal: Why 1641 Matters So Much to Understanding America’s Founding (Not 1619). Bryan Preston – “1492 and 1630 are more significant years for the founding of America than 1619. But neither is as significant in the stream of ideas and human rights as 1641.”

“We have to take all this into account when we look at 1641, and how the upstarts in America saw things in their time. They weren’t standing on the shoulders of giants, but they were looking back at centuries of war and piles of dead and precedents for bringing bad kings and queens to heel.

Bruce Pascoe’s Tribe Dines on Young Brains. Tony Thomas – “Teacher ignorance is no barrier to foisting potted Pascoe piffle on our kids.” … “The authors deny that British-based agriculture was more productive than the Aborigines’ version.” It isn’t just the U.S. and that is what is truly frightening.

Marxism in the Classroom, Riots in the Streets. Clare M. Lopez – “The production of brainwashed generations of automatons.”

“The plot to destroy Western Civilization was hatched in Moscow shortly after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution and implemented through the Institute of Social Research at Frankfurt University

Decades of such indoctrination have wreaked the havoc we see today on our streets: crazed mobs attack police, assault private citizens and business owners, vandalize property federal and private alike, tear down statues without even knowing whom they represent, set up “autonomous zones”, deface synagogues, and scream antisemitic slurs.

‘Obamagate’ Isn’t A Conspiracy Theory, It’s The Biggest Political Scandal Of Our Time. John Daniel Davidson – “If ever there was a threat to the rule of law, it was the Obama administration’s abuse of power and its weaponization of intelligence agencies in an attempt to take down Trump.” One mustn’t forget the other government agency weaponizing against political enemies … there is a pattern here.

“The complexity of their scheme, and the efforts to hide it and mislead the American people, are frustrating. The cast of characters—from high-ranking Obama administration officials to relative nobodies loosely associated with Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign—is long, as is the timeline of events. Details have come out slowly, in fits and starts, over the course of years. Following all the leaks and declassified transcripts and congressional hearings requires constant vigilance, and if you don’t keep up with it you can easily lose the thread.

A Put-Up Job. Charles Lipson – “Growing evidence that officials involved in the Russia collusion investigation knowingly acted without cause is undermining our governing institutions.” … “This effort to take down the Trump administration went well beyond the normal bounds of standard FBI practice, prosecutorial diligence, and “loyal opposition” among elected officials. It extended far beyond law enforcement and intelligence agencies.”

Beam Me Up, Please. Clarice Feldman – “Too many people are willing to live in a contrafactual and contralegal world.” … “There are too many examples of these waves of lunatic hysteria to recount here but let me note two: Russiagate and BLM.”

Worst. White. Supremacists.Ever. John Hinderaker – “The Democratic Party platform has been published in draft form, and it is a beauty. An openly racist document, it is largely an attack on white people.” … “The Democrats are right to focus on median income as a basic indicator of well-being, but they have to lie about the statistics.”

Four Months of Unprecedented Government Malfeasance. Heather Mac Donald – “Public officials’ overreaction to the novel coronavirus put American cities into a coma; those same officials’ passivity in the face of widespread rioting threatens to deliver the coup de grâce. Together, these back-to-back governmental failures will transform the American polity and cripple urban life for decades.”

Something’s rotten at the Supreme Court. Andrea Widburg – “Justice Roberts was sold to Americans as a conservative. He isn’t. He’s also not a leftist. Instead, he has a very peculiar habit of hewing conservative on the narrow legal issues that are relevant only to a few interested parties and going full-bore leftist on those issues that matter greatly to constitutional liberty in America.” … “There’s something very wrong at the Supreme Court, and Justice Roberts seems to sit at the heart of the problem.”

Chief Justice Roberts and Injunctive Relief. Jonathan H. Adler – “The Chief Justice’s votes against injunctive relief for churches, voters, and those on death row are of a piece.” … “More likely, the Chief Justice’s rather consistent opposition to injunctive relief is another manifestation of the minimalist impulse” … “This is nothing new for the Chief. He has long been critical of the speed with which some lower courts are willing to grant injunctive relief.” Alder indeed provides some insight into the argument but what he also highlights is that Roberts puts court procedure above the issues at hand. The right or wrong of an issue is secondary to an ideological based procedure preference in considering them.

 

Churches Defy California Guv’s Covid Restrictions on Multiple Worship Gatherings. – “The problem is that government too often abuses its authority or is inconsistent in its administration.”

“In response to the recent state order requiring churches in California to limit or suspend all meetings indefinitely, we, the pastors and elders of Grace Community Church, respectfully inform our civic leaders that they have exceeded their legitimate jurisdiction. Faithfulness to Christ prohibits us from observing the restrictions they want to impose on our corporate worship services.”

I Got Arrested, and I Learned Some Things. Rob Port – “Saying the “justice system is broken” is an empty talking-point from politicians who want to sound like they care. But they have little-to-no understanding as to how it is broken. From my experience in all this, I have determined that our justice system is broken in a very tangible way. Below are five reforms I believe the North Dakota legislature can and should enact in the 2021 legislative session.”

Florida Is A Case Study In Media-Induced COVID-19 Panic. I & I Editorial Board – “All of these scary headlines are based on the number of deaths reported by the state on any given day. This is not the same as the number of deaths that occurred on those days. … The difference might seem trivial. But it’s crucial because the press is using the timing of Florida’s death reports to whip up a frenzy about COVID-19 running riot in the state.”

“The question that deserves to be answered is why the mainstream press seems so willing and eager to whip up fear, rather than provide all the relevant facts, in context, so the public can make its own informed decisions about how to respond to this disease.

Hitchens: ‘Excessive COVID Fears Have Completely Changed the Country’ – “Have government and the mainstream media gone too far in amplifying the risks and dangers to public health over Coronavirus?” … “Mike Graham speaks with UK journalist Peter Hitchens about how the government has instilled “excessive fear” of a coronavirus ‘second wave’ which has fundamentally altered the way people feel about returning to work. The result has been an economic free-fall which has no end in sight.”

Portland is Getting What It Deserves. Erick Erickson – “At some point, we must allow people to live with their choices and make it easy for those who want to escape to actually move. If we allow Portland to fester as it wants, it will either figure out it must change, or live with its consequences.”

Martial law! The Resistance goes full fever swamp. Byron York – “many in the Resistance — those most adamantly opposed to the president in politics and media — see something different. In their view, Portland is a dress rehearsal for President Trump to declare martial law and cancel or nullify this November’s election. Yes, really.” Krikorian: “The Left has gone full Pizzagate. Never go Full Pizzagate.”

Former Chicago Bears Coach Has a Message for Kneeling Athletes. Beth Baumann – “it’s disrespectful to “protest” against the flag and the country that has provided opportunities to professional athletes.” … “Mr. Ditka better prepare for the cancel culture mob that is about to come after him, although it sounds like he does not care.”

Why NV Energy is pushing for a $2 billion statewide transmission upgrade. Riley Snyder – it’s all about that ‘free’ ‘renewable’ solar energy.

Slate: The First Undeniable Climate Change Deaths. Eric Worrall – “When record breaking cold occurs it is just weather, but according to Slate, climate attribution, the science of retrofitting explanations to unusual weather events after they happened, can demonstrate that a single unusual heatwave is evidence of climate change.” … “Climate attribution science would be a little more believable if it could predict unusual events in advance, say give a year or two warning that Japan was about to suffer an extreme heatwave. Providing explanations of events which have already happened does not demonstrate skill.”

Does Universal Mask Wearing Decrease or Increase the Spread of COVID-19? Leo Goldstein – “Preface. The use and requirements of masks have become incredibly political and partisan. Unfortunately, far too much of science, knowledge, journalism, and even epistemology are becoming political.”

“A survey of peer-reviewed studies shows that universal mask wearing (as opposed to wearing masks in specific settings) does not decrease the transmission of respiratory viruses from people wearing masks to people who are not wearing masks.

Further, indirect evidence and common sense suggest that universal mask wearing is likely to increase the spread of COVID-19.

This paper agrees that wearing masks in specific settings (such as healthcare facilities) achieves protective effects, although the masks should not be home-made, must be worn correctly, replaced frequently, and not overestimated.

With articles like this, reader confirmation bias is always a concern. Goldstein provides reasoning and explanations as well as citations. This supports the idea that he is more about educating and not proselytizing which lends credibility. There is no telling you what you should do, no blanket demands, no moral preening. See also Fauci’s Lies and the Political Cowardice of Mask Mandates. William Sullivan – “It’s not science forcing you to wear a mask in public. It’s politics.” … “mask mandates have become the politically safe option for politicians.”

Another example for contrast is from David Gorski on Hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19: Evidence can’t seem to kill it – “Despite the accumulating negative evidence showing that hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work against COVID-19, activists continue to promote it as a way out of the pandemic. This week, the AAPS and a Yale epidemiologist joined the fray with embarrassingly bad arguments.” note judgment rather than educating and clarifying and the appeal to authority about that “negative evidence.” His rebut is filled with hubris and logical fallacies and avoids gross evidence in bashing and trashing those who do not agree with him.

Training is Just as Important as the Firearm You’re Carrying. Sheriff Jim Wilson – “Without intending to hurt feelings, I have often said, “Don’t tell me what you carry—show me what you can do with it.”

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Fear or Hope?

At the Quadrant, a retrospective series seems to be about the difference between gods of fear and a God of Hope.

Sir Kenneth Clark’s ‘Civilisation’: a guide and celebration. 51 years ago “Clark had unwittingly tapped into grim, often unspoken fears of the time – that the social fabric of civilized life in the West was being torn asunder; that it was being undermined by endless war, random violence, moral decadence, and the ennui that corrodes any society overwhelmed by unprecedented material prosperity and a consumer mentality.”

“Now, half a century on, we are embarking on a fascinating journey into the history and nature of Western Civilisation. This 15-week series will provide a guide to Civilisation: A Personal View. It can be used to accompany the DVD version or the episodes available on YouTube, or it can be read by itself as a synopsis of Clark’s great work.

It Doesn’t End Well. Roger Kimball – “The hooligans smashing up courthouses and police stations as they pursue indiscriminate carnage are fired by the same unholy “train of disorderly appetites” that Edmund Burke anatomized 230 years ago.”

“Denis Diderot, model of the French Enlightenment that he was, gave memorable expression to that movement’s inveterate anti-clericalism. “Man will never be free,” said the energetic Encyclopédiste, “until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”

They don’t talk much about kings and priests, but the civilization-hating anarchists of the Black Lives Matter movement would applaud Diderot’s sentiments. Although they sometimes wrap their destructive actions in fine-sounding rhetoric about justice and anti-racism, what they are really about is hate.

How to explain the mind-boggling disjunction between the violent savagery of the BLM crusaders, on the one hand, and the nauseating spectacles of frightened though congratulatory self-abasement by the white elite, on the other?

Inveterate, all-too-human vices cause the storms, but we often miss the link because we are distracted by the lofty rhetoric with which such grubby vices swaddle themselves.

Burke’s point is that “Wise men will apply their remedies to vices, not to names; to the causes of evil which are permanent, not to the occasional organs by which they act, and the transitory modes in which they appear.”

The cleanup from the riots in Denver isn’t going quickly… or cheaply. [Hot Air VIP via outline] Jazz Shaw – “the staggering amount of property damage taking place is also a part of the equation. The question is, what do these cities do in the aftermath when downtown storefront windows have all been replaced with graffiti-covered plywood sheets, walls and roads are festooned with paint and lights, statues and other public property has been destroyed?”

“Denver is quickly starting to look like a slum, if not a war zone. There are not unlimited resources to restore the streets to how they’re supposed to look if the rioters and vandals continue to wreak havoc every single night. What we’re seeing is another formerly proud city being turned into a wasteland by these so-called “protesters” and Denver’s elected officials appear to be powerless to restore order. Desperate times call for desperate measures, as the saying goes. They’re going to need to look for alternate options soon or Denver will quickly turn into another casualty in the ongoing war against the anarchists.

More willful blindness by the media on spying by Obama administration. Jonathan Turley – “What is astonishing is that the media has refused to see what should be one of the biggest stories in decades. The Obama administration targeted the campaign of the opposing party based on false evidence.”

“Willful blindness has its advantages. The media eagerly covered the original leak and the false narrative of collusion, despite mounting evidence that it was false. They filled hours of cable news coverage and pages of print on a collusion story discredited by the FBI. Virtually none of these journalists or experts have acknowledged that the collusion leaks were proven false, let alone pursue the troubling implications of national security powers being used to target the political opponents of an administration. But then, in Washington, success often depends not on what you see but what you can unsee.

The distraught and desperate Democrats are flailing. Patricia McCarthy – “No verbal assault is too low for leftists. As usual, the Democrats make the mistake of assuming that Trump-supporters are rather stupid, easily manipulated by their mono-minded media and sound bites. They don’t seem to grasp the fact that much of America is laughing at them for their misplaced arrogance and crying for the residents of those cities being destroyed by leftist officials and the well organized, well funded anarchist groups that have turned them into war zones.”

Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia is on the right track with activist investor reform. Charles Sauer – “The first rule of a fiduciary should be to put the economic interests of its clients first. Some haven’t exactly followed that rule and have let personal politics and beliefs get in the way, investing in assets that sacrifice returns for environmental, social, and governance activism — also known as ESG. On the individual level, this is not an issue, but someone else making a political point with your 401(k) money should be a choice that is off the table.”

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Surpassing triviality meets substantial reality

Much Ado About Nothing, Anti-Trump Version. [warn: NR] Conrad Black – “Media Democrats focus on a few non-scandals of surpassing triviality.”

A Reluctant but Unhesitating Vote for Donald Trump. Daniel Pipes – “In 2016, two matters primarily worried me about Donald Trump: his character and his policies.” What is interesting is his citations for worry that also suffer implications of “surpassing triviality” when placed in context or against a real world reference. That is why his ‘worry’ is suffering dissonance as reality is demonstrating the triviality or misperception in its basis.

The Three Dissents in Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak. Josh Blackman – “Justice Kavanaugh’s dissent cogently explains why the Chief Justice erred in South Bay. The Chief Justice has no response.” … “n the two months since South Bay, Justice Kavanaugh has done his homework. His dissent carefully explains why Nevada’s order is unconstitutional. And he builds upon his South Bay dissent in important ways. I think this opinion is his strongest effort since he joined the Court. He brings a clarity to this litigation that has been sorely lacking. Part I of his opinion is six pages. I encourage you to read the entire section. Here, I will briefly summarize it.”

“This case is quite significant. It is regrettable that Chief Justice Roberts did not write separately. We only have a one-sided account in the end. I suspect all future COVID cases will split along the same 5-4 lines.

SCOTUS v U.S. Constitution will continue.

NY Post’s Journalistic Malpractice: Misleading Reporting On Nick Sandmann’s Washington Post Settlement. Mike Masnick – “Of course, the real irony here is that the NY Post and all of these people are doing the exact same thing that they accused the media of doing to Sandmann in the first place: making assumptions without knowing the full details of the context or what actually happened.” This is the bias lesson of the day. It drips but then Techdirt has a reputation to uphold. Note the straw man arguments.

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Laying the groundwork in quicksand

Democrats continue to lay the groundwork for Resistance II: The Civil War. Andrea Widburg – “How does one get ready to overthrow the duly elected president of the United States? After all, the Democrats’ Deep State efforts during Trump’s first term have failed. Democrats are therefore getting their ducks in a row for a more aggressive challenge.”

“facts are irrelevant. Leftist fanatics like Waters and Reid believe that, when Trump follows both the letter and spirit of the law to protect federal property, he is conducting a trial run for a coup attempt

Beginning with George Washington stepping down after his second term, and right up until 2016, the peaceful transition of power in America has been enviable. In 2016, the Democrats reneged on that social contract with an attempted backdoor coup. In the lead-up to November 2020, like a rattlesnake shaking its tail, Democrats are signaling that Phase II of the “Resistance” is going to be even more “in your face” than before.

Biden and the Democrats Can’t Win by Insulting Americans. J.B. Shurk – “”

“Donald Trump insulted the D.C. mammon-worshippers who sold out American workers for communist China, and 68% of Americans agreed. He insulted a political class that had done nothing but aid and abet illegal immigration at the southern border, and 57% of Americans agreed. He insulted the self-appointed priests of political correctness, and 65% of Americans agreed. He insulted an American government golem that has spent more time and money fighting foreign wars than building bridges, fixing roads, and constructing state-of-the-art airports at home, and 58% of Americans agreed. Sometimes he did it with a well crafted speech, sometimes with a raucous rallying cry, and other times with a schoolyard taunt that fixed itself firmly around his opponent’s neck like a clove of freshly cut garlic. What he never did was insult indiscriminately, and he never turned his ire toward the American people. What President Trump has always understood, and what the Democrats have found too difficult to grasp, is that the “art of the insult” works only when you target the small number of people with all the power, not the great majority of Americans with no power at all.

Hillary Clinton called half of America “deplorable” and “irredeemable,” … Jemele Hill is certain that every single Trump voter is inherently racist … The NFL and Team USA Olympians and other sporty turncoats have decided to turn their backs on a national anthem we sing to honor the sacrifice of all before us and the promise of national unity for all ahead, and they may be surprised to find that Americans have no need to pay homage to athletes who can’t pay homage to heroes. … And Joe Biden, having entered the race for the presidency under the pretense of returning the nation back to the “normalcy” of the Obama years, has decided to openly embrace the Democrats’ hatred for everything American by promising a “fundamental transformation” of the country the likes of which we’ve never seen.

There could be no greater insult to Americans than to ignore their wishes on immigration, burn their flag, tear up their Constitution, and spit on the graves of their loved ones while undertaking to deprive them of exactly what their loved ones fought to preserve.

A question for Jeremy Olson [updated]. Scott Johnson – “One-man rule is supposed to be a short-time affair, but that’s not how it’s working out. It’s a long, long way to temporary.” … “One has to read the enforcement provisions of the order in paragraph 20 on pages 13-14 of the 15-page order to understand the in terrorem effect that is intended. It’s not Minnesota nice.”

The Key to Defeating COVID-19 Already Exists. We Need to Start Using It. Harvey A. Risch – “the medication has become highly politicized. … the drug has not been used properly in many studies … concerns have been raised by the FDA and others about risks”

“In the future, I believe this misbegotten episode regarding hydroxychloroquine will be studied by sociologists of medicine as a classic example of how extra-scientific factors overrode clear-cut medical evidence. But for now, reality demands a clear, scientific eye on the evidence and where it points. For the sake of high-risk patients, for the sake of our parents and grandparents, for the sake of the unemployed, for our economy and for our 1polity, especially those disproportionally affected, we must start treating immediately.

Lies! Racist! Tyrant! Dictator! And on and on … just who you talkin’ about?

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Surreal, Mayors versus their cities

Chicago Mayor Denies Trump’s Help While 15 Are Shot Near Funeral Home. Elizabeth Vaughn – Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot posted the following message on Twitter: “Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents.” … “At nearly the same moment, a group of people standing outside of a South Chicago funeral home was fired upon from a passing vehicle.” Who is “terrorizing” residents?

“Lightfoot’s comment was a reference to Democrats’ wild claims that “unmarked jackbooted stormtrooper thugs” were “randomly rounding up people” in Portland, Oregon last Friday night.

Lightfoot is mistaken. A video posted to Twitter by Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley (D), shows a suspect being apprehended by Customs and Border Protection agents and being walked to an unmarked van. The word “POLICE” appears in large yellow letters on the front of their uniforms. Additionally, the agents wore shoulder patches obscured by the darkness of the video.

In a statement, DHS clarified, “The CBP agents identified themselves and were wearing CBP insignia during the encounter. The names of the agents were not displayed due to recent doxing incidents against law enforcement personnel who serve and protect our country.”

On Tuesday, before both Lightfoot’s tweet in which she vowed not to allow federal troops into the city and the shooting outside the funeral home, The Tribune reported that she had agreed to allow federal agents in. According to The Tribune:

Portland Mayor Tear Gassed By Federal Agents During Wednesday Protest. Tyler Durden – “Wheeler has sided with the rabble over the government he was elected to represent, denouncing the federal “stormtroopers” who have been “abducting” residents of his city, according to the AP.”

De Blasio: We’ll sue if Trump orders federal police to defend federal property in NYC. Ed Morrissey – “Alternative headline: Bill de Blasio enjoys new hobby of losing in court.” … “Trump and the federal executive branch has clear authority and jurisdiction to send its own personnel to enforce the law and protect property on federal grounds. Suing Trump makes for great “bluster,” a quality de Blasio accuses Trump of having, but it will go nowhere.” … “Rather than looking for new ways of losing in federal court, shouldn’t mayors look for new ways to enforce the law and keep the peace in their cities?”

Legal Docs: St. Louis Prosecutor Tampered With Evidence In McCloskey Gun Case. Tristan Justice – “It’s disheartening to learn that a law enforcement agency altered evidence in order to prosecute an innocent member of the community,” Schwartz told the local news.

New FBI Notes Re-Debunk Major NYT Story, Highlight Media Collusion To Produce Russia Hoax. Mollie Hemingway – “The New York Times in 2017 falsely reported that the Trump campaign had ‘repeated’ contacts with Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 campaign, and instead of being held accountable for publishing lies, the story’s authors received Pulitzer prizes.” … “Leaks Real, News Fake”

Mitt Romney questions Trump getting ‘cozy’ with dictators, direction of GOP. Dennis Romboy – “Sen. Mitt Romney says he doesn’t know where the Republican Party is headed as the president cozies up to dictators, and character doesn’t seem to matter in leaders anymore.” Denial is ugly to see and Utah is getting quite a dose.

Sacrificing Children to Progressive Politics. Bruce Thornton – “How kids have become collateral damage in the quest to “fundamentally transform” America.”

Education, our most important social institution already long corrupted by ideological fads and deteriorating standards, is heading for complete collapse in order to serve the political and pecuniary interests of the progressive technocracy … Children are just collateral damage.

Of course, these decisions to sequester the cohort least vulnerable to the virus are being sold as the result of “science” and a concern for “safety.” But across the world evidence from real science shows that kids in school pose little danger to themselves or others.

For children, these real experiences are a critical part of their character development and socialization. School is where we make friends or enemies, find our first boyfriends and girlfriends, have our first conflicts and fights, and first learn, successfully or not, how to adjust to a world that is more various, complicated, dangerous, and fulfilling than we ever imagined, not to mention indifferent to our egos and feelings. The worlds on a screen, whether video games, tweets, videos, or canned curricula cannot substitute for that world. Instead, they distort and dehumanize it.

So why are so many governors and others so eager to deny children these critical experiences of actual human reality?

What we are witnessing is the true nature of the progressives. For a hundred years they have yearned for autocratic powers so they can create their utopia of “social justice” and absolute “equality.” In fact, from the bloody streets of Portland to the diktats of governors, from the cancel-culture mobs baying for the jobs and reputations of dissenters to the bougie anarchist punks of Antifa and the calculating hustlers of Black Lives Matter––the reality and aims of progressivist Democrats are clear: power and its perks.

President Trump Can Use the Crisis to Dramatically Transform Education. Daniel Greenfield – “Taxpayers are spending billions on schools and teachers who won’t teach.” … “millions are being spent on protective equipment, not because LAUSD schools are teaching students, but because they’re open only to illegally use federal funds to serve food to the homeless. … And the situation at LAUSD is typical of the broken Democrat school model across the country.”

Were the Lockdowns Effective at All? Steven Hayward – “the full study makes clear, much more important in the outcomes were underlying demographics and health co-morbidities, and the general economic profile of the country”

MSNBC’s Heilemann: Could Trump Declare ‘Martial Law’ to Stay in Power? Trent Baker – “Heilemann on “Morning Joe” highlighted that Trump has been “willing” to use federal police officers on “peaceful demonstrators” since George Floyd’s death and he has set himself up to not accept the upcoming election results if it does not go in his favor.” Peaceful demonstrators? Really? And then consider the Generals who are saying they won’t even follow lawful orders based on precedent to quell violence. Surreal delusion indeed.

The Climate Virus: Hysteria Needs To Shelter In Place. I & I Editorial Board – “Give the global warming alarmists credit. They never let circumstances distract them. Even amidst a pandemic, they continue to pump fear and fanaticism. It doesn’t matter to them if their fearmongering produces grave human costs. … Take a look at these headlines from just the last few days:”

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Maintain the narrative at any cost (bafflegab?)

They’re Not Really ‘Secret Police’ if We’re All Talking About Them. Stephen Kruiser – “Today we will be revisiting an old nemesis: the false narrative. This week it’s about something that the Democrats and their flying media monkeys are calling the “secret police.”

“This week’s tantrum has taken on an altered reality quality that’s even a bit much for the Dems as they’ve turned the police into a shadow squad of feds that they’re calling the secret police.

Federal police presence is required many of the Democrat-fueled riot cities because the local officials have abandoned their municipal and county police forces, leaving them defenseless in the face of unhinged mobs. Mobs that Democrats and the media are still pretending are peaceful.

As their collective madness worsens, American leftists keep creating boogeymen who don’t exist.

The Big Surge In Coronavirus Deaths Is A Media-Fed Myth. I & I Editorial Board – “the truth is the mainstream press is grossly misleading the public by misreporting the death counts.” … “the worst of the coronavirus “surge” may have already happened and the current panic is being stoked by a negligent mainstream media that are unwilling or unable to understand the data they’re reporting.”

Google blacklists American Thinker and reverses it after its blacklisting of conservative sites is exposed. Thomas Lifson – “After the blacklisting became obvious and generated commentary among conservative publications (and crickets among the dominant MSM propaganda organs), it appears to have been reversed.” … “Google is employing bafflegab to explain away the blacklist, as Rudy Takala of Mediaite reports:”

Ludicrous sexual harassment claims made against Tucker Carlson. Andrea Widburg – “Two women – Jennifer Eckhart, who worked for Fox, and Cathy Areu, who was an occasional guest on Fox shows – filed a lawsuit in Federal court accusing Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Howard Kurtz, Gianno Caldwell, and Ed Henry of a wide range of alleged sexual misconduct.”

Spectator uncovers some problems with the allegations against Tucker Carlson. “the complaint has the wrong date but it’s more than that.”

Hostile doesn’t begin to explain press antics at Kayleigh McEnany presser, demands & insults fly. Jon Dougherty – “Nevertheless, problems and issues with mail-in balloting are increasing.”

Will 2021 Be 1984? Victor Davis Hanson – “It’s all about the power, not the equality.” … “Cubans and Venezuelans got poor and killed; woke Chavezes and Castros got rich and murderous.”

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Anarchy on the platform for the next election (Don’t tell Chris Wallace)

Portland Goes To Hell: The Death Of An American City. I & I Editorial Board – “The fevered rhetoric by the left predictably has engendered violence, which has been met with an equally predictable response by the federal government to protect its property, buildings and, most of all, employees.”

“This is part of a pattern of how the left works: Destroy the rule of law, the backbone of our free republic. Intimidate ordinary citizens into silence. Then support and elevate rule by power of unelected street thugs in Antifa and BLM. The meek may inherit the earth, but they won’t get the big cities.

This is how cities die. By electing ideologues who don’t care about enforcing the law, who show contempt for average taxpayers, and who impose leftist policies on the local community that damage the economy. Businesses and residents have been leaving Los Angeles and San Francisco, and now they’re walking away from Seattle.

Democrats Claim Stopping Two Months Of Portland Rioting Is An ‘Attack On Democracy’. Elizabeth Vaughn – “Please pack up and go home’ was the response from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown when acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf called to offer federal assistance.” Look for the word “snatched” for routine law enforcement action … “Unidentified stormtroopers” from the Speaker of the House is another good indicator.

Minn. Attorney General Keith Ellison Says He Doesn’t Want Police Officers Responding To Rape Calls. Evita Duffy – “Another question is whether Keith Ellison can be considered a credible and unbiased voice on the issue of violence against women.”

Democrats Destroyed New York Once. They’re Doing It Again. Daniel Greenfield – “Radicals and junkies occupy the place where George Washington once stood.” … “Giuliani had left City Hall Park as a legacy of what he had stood for. De Blasio is leaving City Hall Park, with its needles and human waste, its hateful Black Lives Matter graffiti and violent fights, as his legacy.”

St. Louis Couple Charged With Felony After Using Firearms To Ward Off Trespassing Protesters. Tyler Durden – “It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner — that is unlawful in the city of St. Louis” Gardner said in a statement, adding that she was recommending community service in lieu of up to four years in prison, according to Politico.

“The McCloskey’s defenders – including several GOP leaders, President Trump and others have urged Attorney General William Barr to investigate Gardner – while Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) said in a Friday radio interview that he would likely pardon the McCloskeys if they were charged and convicted.

Gardner responded by suggesting that Trump and other McCloskey defenders are attacking her to distract from “their failed approach to the COVID-19 pandemic” along with other issues, per Politico.

She is up against both the facts in evidence and a strong ‘castle doctrine’ law [Wikipedia] but that only means the rationalizations get more creative when it comes to trampling the ‘little people’ who don’t toe the Woke Line.

UPDATE: Missouri AG Moves To Dismiss Charges Filed Against St. Louis Couple Who Brandished Firearms To Defend Selves From Mob. Jeff Dunetz – “”

The Prosecution Never Rests. Adam J. White – “It’s a hard path to ending the politicization of indictments, investigations, and other legal tools.”

Chris Wallace Interview with Trump: Mask Shaming, Brutal Polls, Defunding the Police. Robert Kraychik – “Gainor assessed Wallace’s conduct as “sort of the obligatory stuff that [he] does to try to stay acceptable to the traditional media set.”

Tucker Carlson: After Violent Leftists Harassed My Family Out Of Our Home, The NYT Is Going To Reveal Our New Location. Jordan Davidson – “to injure my wife and kids so that I will shut up and stop disagreeing with them.”

Regulatory Reform Paves Way For Coronavirus Breakthroughs. Tim Andrews – “As of today, there are an incredible 1,297 clinical trials underway, with 427 unique treatments and 19 unique vaccines already undergoing trial.” … “And incredibly, it is highly likely that vaccines will enter production at the end of summer, the most rapid development of any new medicine in human history. ”

Unnecessarily many Covid drugs, vaccines work. Lubos Motl – “The insanely huge competition shows how much this problem was overblown, too.” … “The companies and universities have already produced many more drugs and vaccines than what is actually needed. This miscalibration is another proof of the fake news media to cause a brutal misallocation of the human interest, of professional efforts, and of the finances”

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Mania: Anthems, flags, riots, masks, data, and numbers. What is striking is not so much the objective data, but rather the hysterical reaction

‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ Is A National Anthem To Celebrate, Not Cancel. Joshua Lawson – “As leftists push to abolish ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ its inspiring lyrics, potential for beauty, and message of resilience deserve to be cheered.”

“Many on the left now imply, or even openly advocate, that art can only be admired and appreciated if its artist lived a blameless and perfect life. If this were the universal standard, we’d have no art, no architecture, no books, and no music left that would be deemed “suitable” to enjoy.

“The sight of the American flag is a comfort to the hurting, a symbol of hope to millions, and a welcome sight upon returning from abroad. It straightens our backs and swells our hearts. The anthem manages to capture all of these feelings with a soaring melody worthy of our nation’s boundless horizons. America needs more patriotism right now, not less, and the “Star-Spangled Banner” is an essential part of the critical renewal of that great effort.

Portland Was Peacefully Rioting Until the Feds Came In. Daniel Greenfield – “The mayor of Portland and the governor of Oregon have decided that violent leftist thugs should have the right to smash and burn anything they want.”

“The working theory that the violence will stop if the thugs are allowed to run the place hasn’t worked out very well. And the media and their Democrat allies are doing everything possible to shift the subject by falsely claiming that Federal personnel aren’t wearing identification or whining that they’re using unmarked vehicles.

Criminals being arrested by law enforcement personnel in unmarked vehicles isn’t some dystopian nightmare. It’s ordinary undercover policework.

Brown and Wheeler have made it clear that they stand with the vandals, the rioters and the looters.

Media Mask-Mania, Or COVID-19 Groupthink. Tyler Durden – “I never thought I’d hear American liberals proudly denounce supporters of the US Constitution as a “death cult,” nor that I’d actually start to find Donald Trump sounding almost reasonable.” This is quite a rant and covers a lot of territory.

Whither Coronavirus? John Hinderaker – “The numbers suggest that the COVID epidemic is more or less over, as far as fatality is concerned.” Charts and graphs included … “What is striking is not so much the objective data, but rather the hysterical reaction to COVID-19.”

Coronavirus: COVID Deaths Among Children and Reopening Schools. Alex Berezow – here’s a summary of what kills people and the odds of causes of death by age.

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Fact checkers versus standards of measure

Fake News Becomes a Way of Life. [NR nagware caveat] Michael Brendan Dougherty – “And thus another critical democratic institution decided it would be more fun and emotionally satisfying to fail than to perform the function with which the public entrusts it.” Warnings in 2016 were ignored.

New Russia probe memos expose massive errors in NYT anti-Trump story, Steele dossier. Sharyl Attkisson – “The first document is a 57-page summary of a three-day FBI interview in January 2017 with Christopher Steele’s ‘primary sub-source’ in the anti-Trump allegations and ‘dossier.’ Document number two takes apart a New York Times article written by Michael Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti, and Matt Apuzzo.”

Chris Wallace Is Wrong, Joe Biden Does Want to Defund the Police. Matt Margolis – “In fact, Wallace’s own network reported on it: … Trump may have been incorrect about where and when Biden endorsed the idea of defunding the police, but “yes, absolutely” he did, as the above video shows. That, and calling the police “the enemy.” It’s a lesson in denial, Chris Wallace’s denial.

Chris Wallace is why there can’t be ‘fact-checkers’ at the 2020 Trump-Biden debates. Eddie Scarry – “As though he were redirecting a stubborn child, rather than the president of the United States who had stated a fact, Wallace interrupted, “No, he — sir, he does not.”

“Conservative news sites were right to highlight that exchange as Biden very obviously stating that he would move resources away from police. And yet, the Associated Press stated in earnest that it was “false” to say Biden was in favor of defunding the police because actually he “supports redirecting some police funding to address mental health or to change the prison system.”

It’s truly astounding.

Wallace is yet another reminder why “fact-checking” is now a profession that requires a rubber nose and a rainbow wig.

Warfare In Grant Park. John Hinderaker – “This is, obviously, a sad state of affairs. It is made worse by the Left’s constant attacks on law enforcement, which are generally supported not only by academia, but by big business. No wonder Andy McCarthy says the revolution is winning.”

Violent Portland Rioters Chant ‘Every City, Every Town, Burn the Precincts to the Ground’ During Black Lives Matter ‘Protest’. Cassandra Fairbanks – “The message deeply contradicts the “we just want reform” narrative that liberals and their media lackeys are trying to push.”

What the Heck Are Federal Law Enforcement Officers Doing in Portland? Steve Vladeck – “the protests have been met with what appears to be a significant federal law enforcement response—the contours of (and legal authorities for) which are, at best, unclear.”

Despicable Behavior Of Today’s Academicians. Walter E. Williams – “Much of today’s totalitarianism, promotion of hate and not to mention outright stupidity, has its roots on college campuses.”

As if 2020 Wasn’t Contentious Enough. Clarice Feldman – “The White House has finally had it with the incompetence and partisanship of the CDC, and it couldn’t come fast enough for me.” … “Conrad Black convincingly argues that Americans will banish the arsonists engaged in violent crimes in our major urban centers, who have the endorsement of people like Mitt Romney and Joe Biden, and that with its anti-Trump cast on everything, the media has immolated itself.” … “Toughen up, buttercups; your fellow citizens are not going to back a party that endorses looting and violence.”

Now We Have Proof Dr. Fauci Is Full of Crap and Can’t Be Trusted. Matt Margolis – “I used to have faith in Dr. Fauci’s judgement, but that faith has waned over the past few months, and is now completely gone. How exactly does anyone look at what happened in New York and say that’s a model example for fighting the coronavirus?” … “New York is the coronavirus hotspot of the world because they failed to flatten the curve.”

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