Archive for Mind Games

Preterition

The New York Sun: Demagoguery of the Democrats – “The first point in the President’s defense, judging from the session this morning, lies in the failure of the Democrats to disclose, present, and address exculpatory evidence. That is itself a character fault — of the Democrats.

“This is an example of the rhetorical tactic of preterition — advancing a libel by denying it or, in this case, claiming to hope that it’s untrue. The trick is warned of in “The New York Sun Reporters Handbook” with a limerick: “The reporter was full of contrition / For putting him under suspicion: / ‘Far be it from me / ‘To suggest that he / ‘Is a crook.’ It was pure preterition.”

Character flaw allegations are tossed at the President with wild abandon but the actual visible issues with character lie with those doing the tossing and not with their target.

Perhaps the most significant revelation is just how serious the Democrats are in holding their position. Harry Reid is warning Republicans to be careful – as if following actual evidence is a minefield. Media fawn all over falsehoods and preterition for fables that fit their desired narrative in a form of what they think is masterful story-telling. Romney is back in the news with potential Democrat support, — offering yet more examples of where skepticism requires digging deep to determine the reality.

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Does the argument hold together? Impeachment or AGW oxymoronic issues? Masterful.

sundance: Jim Jordan: “Adam Schiff’s ‘Abuse of Power’ is What The Founders Called ‘Separation of Power’”

Nick Arama: Watch ‘Objective’ Liberal Media Fall All Over Themselves to Praise Schiff, Get the Mocking of their Lives – “Grabien put together a great supercuts video, with some of Cillizza’s colleagues at CNN, as well as folks from MSNBC and elsewhere.” … “It’s enough to make one hurl. Yet not one of them will get/admit how compromised, how lacking in objectivity and how contrafactual they actually are.

David Catron: Same Schiff, Different Dais – “The media fawn over him, but he’s the same guy who bungled the House impeachment inquiry.” … “By some marvelous coincidence, dozens of major news organizations were able to conjure but one word to describe it: “masterful.”

“He is a masterful liar who long ago learned to control his body language and voice production such that his most outrageous lies seem plausible. Yet, as E. Donald Elliott wrote in this space Thursday, “Schiff provided absolutely no factual support for the crucial premise on which his entire case depends.” In the end, the evidence is against him and his mendacity will destroy his credibility. He’s the same Schiff on a different dais, and every senator knows it.

Eric Worrall: Nature Predicts Worsening Climate Driven Forest Fires – Burning What? – “My point is, predictions that fires will get worse apparently without limit are absurd.” There is another oxymoron buried in the argument that climate control is needed to prevent wildfires. Like with the ‘impeach Trump’ mania, the argument is deeply flawed but only for those who can exercise critical thinking.

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Where’s common ground if reality is dismissed?

William L. Gensert: Democrats Seek Civil War, But Will Get Revolution – “Democrats conspired with foreign agents, lied, cheated, and denied due process to Donald Trump. If they were willing to do that to a duly elected president in order to obtain power, what should Americans expect them to do to them should they refuse attempts to be disarmed?”

Michael Goodwin: Chuck Schumer, Democrats must have Founding Fathers rolling in their graves – “Schumer’s bare-knuckle approach immediately dashed the faintest hope that the proceedings would reflect the gravity of the moment and explain the unprecedented effort to remove a president in an election year.”

“Instead, Schumer picked up exactly where the House left off, injecting venom into every sentence and inflating his accusations far beyond what is contained in the actual articles of impeachment.

Blackmail? A crime against democracy? His words constitute false advertising because the House charged the president only with “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.”

In truth, the only crime against democracy is the Dems’ endless effort to overturn the 2016 election and use the impeachment process to help defeat Trump this year.

Joel B. Pollak: Fact check: no, President Trump did not say Article II gave him absolute power – “The House impeachment managers — all Democrats — argued Tuesday at the start of Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate that Trump believed that Article II of the Constitution meant he can do “whatever I want.” Both Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) presented deceptively edited video that cur out the context of Trump’s words.” It’s just one egregious example of the in-your-face deception and deceit invoked in the assault on the President.

sundance: UPDATE – First Schumer Rules Amendment Defeated – House Managers Attempt To Rectify Inherent Impeachment Flaws… Explanation and background of the scheme, its history, and its challenges to help understand the current Senate arguments.

Scott Johnson: I can’t GAO for that – “It is the sort of well-timed hit from the deep state that has become so predictable it should produce groans, if not disgust.” Johnson cites Alan Dershowitz for a clear explanation of the absurdity of the GAO allegation and James Freeman for a bit of background on the shenanigans. Also see Paul Sperry: Whistleblower overheard for another deep state exposé.

John Hinderaker: Trump In the Lions’ Den – “Trump threw down the gauntlet before Europe’s governing classes, standing up for free enterprise, limited government, and an administration that cares about all of its citizens, not just plutocrats and bureaucrats.” It’s the Davos speech, another Trump home run. See also Don Surber: Trump’s remarkable remarks at Davos.

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Hubris knows what’s good for you

Byron York: Two deceptions at the heart of Democrats’ impeachment brief – “Democrats insist on Trump’s immediate removal because, they argue, he was the knowing beneficiary of Russian help in the 2016 election, and if he is not thrown out of office right now, he will do it again. But in making their argument, Democrats make two critical mischaracterizations about Trump, Republicans, and 2016. One is flat-out wrong, while the other is misleading.

“Neither mischaracterization in the Democratic brief is a mistake; Democratic prosecutors know full well what actually happened. But the mischaracterizations are necessary to build the case against the president, to show that he had corrupt motives in the Ukraine matter. They are, of course, not the entire case, but they are important. And they are wrong.

George Zimmerman: Man, Richard Jewell Hit Home! – “The film reminded me just how much heartache an accusation this heinous puts a parent through

“This movie hit home. I absolutely identified. Richard and I were both cop wannabes — or so the media told us. We were both gullible. We both believed law enforcement had our best interests at heart. We both believed reporters wanted the truth. We both believed everyone was basically good and then we both realized what fools we had been to believe all that.

Paul Mirengoff: The horror: Trump balked at being spoon fed conventional wisdom – “The excerpt describes how three of Trump’s then-top advisers — James Mattis, Rex Tillerson, and Gary Cohn — organized a session for the president designed to sell him on key aspects of conventional policy wisdom.” … “To get a true sense of the arrogance and condescension behind the Mattis, Tillerson, Cohn “tutorial” for Trump, consider this statement by a “senior official” who helped plan the meeting” – it is this hubris that is a telling characteristic of Deep State Denizens. They just know better than anyone else.

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Ban fundamental personal rights on a whim?

Jazz Shaw: Virginia State Supreme Court Rules On Governor’s Gun Ban For Rally – “What these rulings do is codify the idea that any Democratic governor, mayor or other officials can suspend the Second Amendment any time they feel like it simply by declaring a state of emergency.”

J. Frank Bullitt: America Is Deeply Divided Because The Left Has Become So Shallow – “the hostility toward Trump, and the inevitable division that it has created, is not based on political differences. It’s based on caricatures of the man, lies that have become accepted truth to many, and, of course, a media whose dishonest reporting drives a false narrative.”

Steven Hayward: Why People Hate the Media, Chapter 12,186 – “there are lots of other daily examples you can point to, such as this pairing of Politico headlines for the same story. Politico clearly changed the headline because the first one made Trump look too good:

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Do you celebrate what you did or what you achieved?

You can either celebrate a defeat and destruction of the enemy or the winning of the game played by the rules. Sportsmanship used to require the latter. Leftist politics honors the former as is being seen in the House Majority’s antics regarding impeachment.

Conrad Black: This Tawdry Impeachment Spectacle Must Run Its Course – “The cant and emotionalism that enshrouds this final doomed effort to undo the 2016 election probably require a full trial. The public relations battle must be fought to the end.” … “Since the legal case is nonsense and the outcome foreordained, it is only a public relations battle now.”

“The country will be curious to know whether it must expect this kind of nonsense to be a recurrent theme in its politics, a frequent dilatory and muck-raking procedure. Short of being warned off by the Supreme Court, only a revulsion in public opinion will apparently disabuse nasty and dishonest legislators like Nadler and Schiff from such irresponsible abuse of their positions as is now reaching its tawdry climax.

New York Post: Dems’ impeachment trial strategy: endless circus worse than Kavanaugh hearings – “All this is starting to seem like a farcical replay of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, which had wrapped up until Democrats decided to play the Christine Blasey Ford card.” … “The House is supposed to finish its investigation before sending the case to the Senate — not demand the Senate do the real work. What’s to prevent Adam Schiff & Co. from coming up with more Parnases (and Avenattis) to stretch this out for months?

Victor Davis Hanson: The New Post-Trump Constitution (National Review) – “What is far scarier is the reaction to Trump, in both the constitutional and political sense. What follows are likely the new norms for the next generation of presidents, and they will probably be equally applied to Democrats who implemented them in the Trump era.

“We are now on new anti-constitutional grounds, and the United States will probably never return to the constitutional customs and traditions of its first 233 years. The architects of this revolution were not arrayed in sunglasses and epaulets, or in business suits and wing tips, with briefcases. They were hip, cool, and progressive, and they boasted that they did all of this for us, the proverbial people, to cheers from cultural icons, media heavyweights, and those with advanced degrees.

The United States, at least as we knew it, came to an end, not with a loud right-wing bang, but with an insidious progressive whimper.

Tyler Durden: The Virginia Gun Rights Conflict: Best And Worst Case Scenarios – “The current situation in Virginia remains a battle of political rhetoric and “fluid” interpretations of the law.”

“The question then arises: Are these laws worth dying for? I can say with some authority as a long time activist in the liberty movement that the majority of conservatives are willing to risk death to protect their rights. Are state authorities willing to risk death to enforce unconstitutional laws? Because that is where this situation is headed…

The best possible scenario would be that the state government of Virginia realizes that it’s not worth it to try to enforce unconstitutional gun laws, and that the risks are far too high to manage. …

The worst case scenario is that this is an establishment beta test for the rest of the country, and that they may WANT to start a conflict in the hopes that this will spread into a national civil war.

Thomas McArdle: Pelosi’s And Putin’s Remarkably Similar Abuses Of Power – “similar to Putin, Pelosi used a veneer of legitimacy to thwart her nation’s voters.” … “If voters recognize that Pelosi and Putin are applying the same debauched principle for purposes of wielding power, they will mark the common date of their deeds come this November as the day of infamy it was.

sundance: The IG Report Documentary: “FISA and Spying on Team Trump” – OAN Broadcast 7:00pm ET Tonight….The exceptionally well produced documentary called “FISA, Spying on Team Trump” is an hour long broadcast created by John Spiropoulos, a former MSM journalist and producer for Channel 7 in Washington DC (1979 – 1989).

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Connecting with the deplorables

John Merline: Why Trump’s Dishwasher Diatribe Matters – “This isn’t the first time Trump has brought up the impact government energy efficiency mandates have had on dishwashers. But this time, the pundit class responded as if he’d just committed another impeachable offense.” … “But the exuberant cheers at the rally suggest this issue resonates with those who do use this appliance every day. And for good reason.”

Sally Zelikovsky: For Pelosi’s Impeachment Democrats, It’s All about the Disruption – “They might not ultimately remove the president, but they’ll divide senators if they can, impact Senate rules on the trial if they can, and soil Trump for 2020, if they can.” … Destroy. Destruct. Smear.

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Swamp smells: non-compliant journalist, campaign tactics, deceit in anti-US delusions

sundance: Whistleblower Provides Attkisson New Details to Name Rod Rosenstein and Shawn Henry (Crowdstrike) as Defendants in Lawsuit… “A very interesting development in the ongoing effort of former CBS investigative journalist, Sharyl Attkisson, to resolve the issue of who spied on her, planted spyware and infiltrated her computer systems for illegal surveillance.

Gary Gindler: Trump Is Masterfully Using Democrats’ Opposition against Them – “Not a single U.S. president has been exposed to attempts by such outright micromanagement by the Democrats as Trump.”

neo: Susan Hennessey: caught in the crossfire crossfire – “And since the starting point is chosen not because it’s the actual starting point but because it’s the way to blame that side, it’s an almost infinitely flexible way to mount an argument. Or it might seem that way, as long as you don’t stretch it so far that it breaks, as Susan Hennessey did here.” This sort of dishonesty is also quite prominent in climate change arguments. Distorting the meanings of words, selecting the starting point for a series to suit a narrative, and similar tactics are all used for deception.

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Will the complacent wake up? When?

Monica Showalter: Israeli think tank has Soleimani’s number – “Less than a week after the rubout of Iranian terrorist kingpin Qassem Soleiman, quite a few pundits are dishing opinions to the press. Some are good, and others, such as Ben Rhodes, are an embarrassment.” … “Some of the best stuff, though, comes from the people who watch the Iranians as a matter of survival – the Israelis.

“Eytan Gilboa writes that Iran was hit hard by the Soleimani rubout and foolishly wasted its advantages by crossing President Trump’s red lines. Both Trump and the Iranians wanted U.S. troops out of the Middle East, and the Iranians could have gotten it. Until they decided to make a lunge for another Benghazi. Their only hope now is if the U.S. elects another Democrat president.

Alex Joffe writes that the mullahs have a bright spot, over in the states, where the mainstream media and its Democratic allies are going to be making fools of themselves, seeking to throw Trump’s victory away.

Thomas McArdle: Democrats Are Now Incapable Of Protecting America – “There was a time when Democrats insisted that striking down terror strategists was what mattered.” … “Now, however, Democrat after Democrat hails talk and condemns military action against terrorism.” History is dragged out of its bunker, again, but seems to make no impression to the Orwellian Left who insist on ad hominem smears of the ugliest sort aimed at a convenient target to express their muddled mind.

Meanwhile, at ZeroHedge: “Optically Quite Dramatic” But Officials Confirm No US Casualties From Iranian Missile Strike and Stock Futures Stage Tremendous Rebound From Overnight Crash On Optimism Worst Of Iran Crisis Over – The FUD Mongering appears to have been egregiously overblown by the Left’s Propaganda machine, again.

Jeffrey Lord: The Schiff Effect – “Dems’ chickens come home to roost in lack of Soleimani consultation.” … “In a priceless post, conservative author, filmmaker, and ex-Reagan aide Dinesh D’Souza said this of Democrat Senate Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer’s complaint about not being consulted: Neither were the Iranians, and for pretty much the same reason.” … “the Schiff Effect has not only done serious damage to his party’s reputation for handling secret information — it is also helping to do the one thing his party says they are determined to prevent.”

Victor Davis Hanson: Rachel Maddow, Robert Mueller’s legal dream team, Paul Krugman all have lessons for 2020 – “At the very time Maddow was reassuring viewers that Christopher Steele was believable, populist talk radio and the much-criticized Fox News Channel were insisting that most of Steele’s allegations simply could not be true. Maddow was wrong. Her less degreed critics proved to be right.

“The point of these sharp contrasts is not that an Ivy League degree or a Washington reputation is of little value, or that prestigious prizes and honors account for nothing, or even that supposed experts are always unethical and silly.

Instead, one lesson is that conventional wisdom and groupthink tend to mislead, especially in the age of online echo chambers where an often sheltered and blinkered elite lives.

Daniel Di Martino: What Would a Democratic Socialist America Look Like? I Can Tell You—I’m Venezuelan. – “for Americans used to a liberal government, it can be hard to envision what a democratic-socialist America would really look like. … But I can. I’ve lived it.”

“I saw my home country go from prosperity to starvation in less than two decades. All because the people were tricked into voting for a candidate who sought to punish the rich and give everything away for free. Sound familiar?

If America buys into the ideas of the Sanders and Warrens of the world, things will go downhill just as quickly.

Given full power, Democratic-Socialists would thrust America into an economic nightmare from which it might never escape — not into some Nordic paradise. Venezuelans learned this the hard way. In 2020, Americans can avoid our fate by remembering that free markets, not socialism, lead to prosperity.

Will the complacent wake up? When?

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Soleimani indicators

David Catron: Tucker Carlson’s Inane Claims About the Soleimani Raid – “A talking head skips his meds.”

“All they have left, really, is their skill at manipulating American media and the hope that the latter can dull the public’s appetite for foreign conflict. That’s the beauty of Trump’s strategy of lopping off the heads of snakes like Soleimani. The Democrats and the media will protest, while talking heads like Tucker Carlson kvetch, but the public knows these people are two-dimensional showbiz personalities sweating beneath their make-up. If Trump reduces the number of Americans coming home in body bags by cleaning out the pit of vipers that is Iran, they will support him. This isn’t Afganistan or Iraq. It’s a decrepit theocracy whose days are numbered.

M. Catharine Evans: Iran: ‘Death to America!’ MSM, Democrats and Hollywood: ‘How can we help?’ – “For the record, Soleimani wasn’t in Iraq last week to take in the sights or recite his poetry.” … “The traitorous left in this country are openly aiding the enemies of America. Quoting President Trump, “these people are sick.”

 

Victor Davis Hanson: What Is the Middle East In the Middle Of Anymore? — “The United States is trying to square a circle, remaining strong and deterring dangerous elements, but to do so for U.S. interests—interests that increasingly seem to be fewer and fewer in the Middle East.” Jumping over sharks to proclaim quick solutions like Carlson has done is not fully in grips with reality.

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There is something wrong here, continued …

Roger Kimball: An Antidote to the Iran Hysterics – “Trump has always shown that he prefers diplomacy to military action. At the same time, he understands, as did Ronald Reagan, that diplomacy only works when it is backed up by military strength and a willingness to exercise it.”

Clarice Feldman: Double Exposure: The Dems Coddling of Criminals and Iranian Terrorists – “This week, the Democrats have been revealed as the party that exposes us to (1) criminal mayhem (often anti-Semitic) on the streets of New York and (2) terrorism everywhere as they consistently ignored it, indeed, paid off the perpetrators with pallets of airlifted unmarked bills and praised the worst of its perpetrators.” … “Hocus Pocus — once again Trump gets the Democrats to strip and expose their naked idiocy, hypocrisy, cupidity, and fecklessness.

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teaching hate and its result

J. Frank Bullitt: Triggering A Recession Tops The Dems’ Presidential Agendas – “The Democrats are shockingly insensitive to the harm their energy plans would inflict on Americans. Former Vice President “‘We’re all dead‘ if we don’t stop using fossil fuels” Biden told the crowd at a coal town earlier this week that miners can just learn code after Democrats kill their jobs. The callousness and arrogance are appalling.”

J.R. Dunn: 2019: The Left Goes Over the Edge – “The left has always been a movement in danger of going straight over the edge. You can see it in the rhetoric, the agenda, the public behavior, and the quality of people it attracts.” Chapter and verse, one can hope learning will occur and the public will pass its tests.

neo: Who cares about the actual truth… – “when you can teach children a higher truth, and especially one that makes them hate the US and its Founders?

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The dog didn’t bark and yet some are still afraid he’ll bite

Instapundit – responding to a USA Today op-ed:

“Well, here’s some stuff we know about the other armed parishioners that we allegedly know nothing about. First, they stood up to place their own bodies at risk (“Greater love hath no man,” etc. So the Bible says, and it still is news.) Second, when Jack Wilson put down the gunman with a single shot, they calmly reholstered their weapons. Nobody took any unnecessary shots, nobody shot anyone else by accident, and that was that. Honestly, this is better performance than you’d expect — or usually get — from a like number of law enforcement officers, who nowadays seldom seem to let things stop with one shot, and whose shooting ability seems well below what was displayed here.

Yet there are still people afraid, not of the sinful but rather of self defense tools in the hands of the God-fearing (and Bible following) ‘normal’ citizen.

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There is no happy face to put on this episode.

James Jeffery: Bushfires and Climate Change: No Link Whatsoever – “Whilst the cataclysmic nature of the inferno is unanimously acknowledged, a chorus of Australians has hastened to the conclusion that global warming is the cause, and CO2 emissions the culprit. Sadly, this is exactly the sort of behaviour to expect in our post-Christian nation.

“Since we have abandoned God, we are constantly trying to find someone — some thing — to blame for the disasters that naturally and tragically occur. It is almost unbearable that we accept the reality that we live in a broken world in which nature is often hostile, and that this truth is more apparent at particular times in history. …

The truth is that the climate is,— and has always been — changing. Likewise, bushfires have always been part of Australia’s history, and the recent bushfires are not an historical anomaly. Long before the era of modern industrialisation, bushfires occurred sporadically due to factors beyond the control of humans

We live in an age when earnest debate is often exchanged for superficial slogans, and the climate change movement is a clear example of this. … let us not sacrifice our brains on the altar of a hysterical political movement. What the victims of these fires really need is not social commentators blaming ‘climate change’ for their suffering, but rather a helping hand to restore their lives.

Frank Watt: Two Possibilities in Trump Wiretapping, and Neither Is Good – “Either scenario should anger and frighten every fair minded citizen who takes the time to read the report and understand its implications. To comprehend the magnitude of the wrongdoing, consider the following”

Richard Fernandez: Death of Privacy and the Curse of Secret Investigations – “The reason why public business should be conducted in the open, according to Cheryl Chumley of the Washington Times, is that abuse and conspiracy thrive in the dark.

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I rise committed to oppose the insidious forces which threaten our Republic

Tyler Durden: House Impeaches Trump For Abuse Of Power & Obstruction Of Congress – “Louisiana Republican Rep. Clay Higgins delivered the darkest, most ominous speech of the day.

“I have descended into the belly of the beast. I have witnessed the terror within, and I rise committed to oppose the insidious forces which threaten our Republic,” Higgins opened.

“America’s being severely injured by this betrayal, by this unjust and weaponized impeachment, brought upon us by the same socialists who threaten unborn life in the womb, who threaten First Amendment rights of Conservatives, who threaten Second Amendment protections of every American patriot, and who have long ago determined that they would organize and conspire to overthrow President Trump.”

“We don’t face this horror because the Democrats have all of a sudden become constitutionalists. We are not being devoured from within because of some surreal assertion of the socialists’ newfound love for the very flag that they trod upon.”

“They are deep established D.C.,” he continued.

“They call this Republican map flyover country. They call us deplorables. They fear our faith. They fear our strength. They fear our unity. They fear our vote, and they fear our president.”

“We will never surrender our nation to career establishment D.C. politicians and bureaucrats,” Higgins closed. “Our republic shall survive this threat from within. American patriots shall prevail.”

Thomas Lifson: Hilarious: Dems’ fake ‘solemnity’ exposed as Pelosi silences applause about impeachment vote with her evil eye and hand gesture – “It was an absolutely perfect crystallization of the phoniness of the Democrats’ impeachment rhetoric when Speaker Nancy Pelosi had to silence the spontaneous applause that started to break out as she announced the results of the vote on the first article of impeachment of President Trump.”

Paul Mirengoff: Impeachment Without A Crime – “The House has voted to impeach President Trump. The historical significance of this event lies mainly in the fact that, until now, no president has been impeached without some allegation in an article of impeachment that he committed a crime. This was also the first impeachment proceeding that had no support in the House from a single member of the president’s party.

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Flavors of propaganda and intellectual deceit

Thomas Lifson: Sharyl Attkisson compiles list of 101 notable media mistakes on Trump – “As the dominant media in the United States have degenerated into propaganda organs for the Left, a few honest reporters have distinguished themselves by sticking to the truth, even as it has cost them their high visibility posts.” … “It’s the Fake News Follies.” Compare and contrast to “lists enumerating and examining his mistakes, missteps and “lies” of the President the media has compiled and publicized .

Victor Davis Hanson: How America’s Students Need to Get ‘Woke’ – “The progressive campus project is a mere veneer. It is a scab of sorts, overlaying a wound beneath of progressive exploitation and class privileges and hierarchies.”

In academia, the frog has been getting boiled for a long time. Increasing expense coupled with non-academic growth has crept in slowly enough to be accepted as normal. Perhaps the media problem is just example of the result.

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Racism, denial, and coverup

Walter E. Williams: Who Are The Racists? – “White and black liberals, who claim that blacks face a “mortal threat” from the “white supremacist in the White House” are perpetuating a cruel hoax. The primary victims of that hoax are black people. We face the difficult, and sometimes embarrassing, task of confronting reality.” A professor of economics has the numbers.

Matt Vespa: Justice Clarence Thomas Hurls His Gavel At Liberals, Compares Them To The Klan – “Ben Carson, Nikki Haley, and other Republicans who are persons of color receive hell from a horde of supposedly liberal, open-minded white dudes for not acting how they should be based on their racial backgrounds.

Patricia McCarthy: What if this Ukraine nonsense is a cover-up too? – “It seems entirely plausible that this trumped-up impeachment inquiry over a phone call, which is ridiculous on its face, was another poorly-planned scheme to find President Trump guilty of something, anything, in order to distract from the crimes of the real miscreants, just as Mueller’s “probe” was a plot to distract from the original Brennan/Clapper/Comey plan to cover-up Hillary’s culpability;

James Howard Kuntsler in his column on Friday quoted Arthur Shopenhauer (1788 – 1860) who famously observed that “all truth passes through three stages: first, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; and third, it is accepted as self-evident.” Most of the facts of this horrific political scandal have been available for all to see and read for two years in the numerous books by Gregg Jarrett, Lee Smith, Dan Bongino, Alan Dershowitz, and Jeanine Pirro, to name a few. John Solomon, Eric Felten, Paul Sperry, Sara Carter, and Jeff Carlson have kept their readers well-informed. Once the Horowitz, Durham and Barr reports are released, the left will have to accept what has long been self-evident. The left’s criminal intervention in the 2016 election to ensure Hillary’s victory and their subsequent attempt to cover it up when she lost is the worst political scandal in US history. The perpetrators’ legacies will be their criminality.

“Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.” Ben Franklin

John Hinderaker: Slavery? We Were a Footnote – “By such lies do leftists seek to undermine our country. We shouldn’t let them get away with it. When it comes to slavery, America, along with Great Britain, is on the side of the angels. As is manifested by the fact that most Africans have come to the U.S. not as slaves, but rather voluntarily as immigrants, seeking freedom and a more prosperous life.

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Tactics of deceit and propaganda – repudiate it?

Andrew I. Fillat: Impeachment Makes the Best Case to Unseat Dems – “The debacle in the House has laid bare the shortcomings and self-interest of the Democratic Left. The 2020 election offers an opportunity to begin a repudiation of their behavior.”

“The problem with the current wave of Democrats and their constituency goes far deeper than this farce. In the pursuit of political power, they are advancing policies that are inimical to American interests. They have taken to dizzying heights the behavior they accuse President Trump of exhibiting.

Andrew Klavan: ‘Watergate’ Doesn’t Mean What the Press Thinks It Means – “I look back now and the whole thing seems a sham, a self-congratulatory illusion created by leftists in both the news media and in Hollywood.” A political hack job as moral preening is being exposed at Time puts context and Reality on Truth.

Thomas Lifson: Pathetic NYT spin on Horowitz report – “The New York Times is operating in a pure propaganda mode, attempting to minimize the impact of the forthcoming (Dec. 9) report of the Department of Justice Inspector General, Michael Horowitz.” sundance is cited in dissecting the “highly structured obfuscation” in the artful misleading of NYT.

Mollie Hemingway: Media’s Latest Anti-Nunes Smear Is Michael-Cohen-In-Prague All Over Again – “Their latest effort against the top Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is to accuse him, without evidence, of secretly meeting in Vienna with a former Ukrainian official ‘to get dirt on Biden.’”

“Incidentally, if there is one thing we have learned from the media in the last couple of months, “get dirt” is their code for Republicans doing investigations. “Investigate” is their code for Democrats trying to get dirt on political opponents. It appears the same term could be used regardless of the political views of those doing the investigations.

It should be noted that the story about Nunes is not just objectively stupid but also extremely likely to be false. For one thing, Nunes denied the claims. “These demonstrably false and scandalous stories published by The Daily Beast and CNN are the perfect example of defamation and reckless disregard for the truth,” he said.

Made-Up Stories about Nunes Are a Cottage Industry

Sean Gallagher: Navy corruption and the Gallagher case – “I have one question for these people: Where in the hell were you the past year and a half?

“Eddie’s case and court-martial trial revealed a massive cancer within the military justice system, doing irreparable damage to troop morale that may last decades.

I didn’t hear a damn thing from these harbingers of moral decency when that was exposed.Where was their outrage when the Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents dragged my brother’s kids in the street at gunpoint in their underwear? (A fact NCIS denied to this very publication until under oath admitted that, yes, they did drag my nephews nearly naked into the streets of San Diego when Ed wasn’t home).

Where were these critics when investigators admitted Eddie’s entire pretrial imprisonment was based on a lie, forcing him to spend eight months in a sex offender brig for nothing?

President Trump was right to intervene on Eddie’s case, and that should terrify every person wearing a uniform.

Monica Showalter: Fired Navy secretary Richard Spencer manages to remind us why Trump needed to get rid of him – “In a swiftly executed Washington Post op-ed less than a week after President Trump’s defense secretary had him fired, he’s now telling everyone how much smarter he is than President Trump and making it clear he never liked the guy anyway.” This is a military officer blabbing about his Commander in Chief …

John Dale Dunn: Can You Trust What Medical Journals Publish? – “I have repeatedly questioned the validity of medical journal claims in regards to politically charged issues like air pollution and climate change, as well as global warming here at AT. More recently, I showed how a major medical journal violates basic rules on scientific inquiry.”

There are some basic rules to help avoid being taken in by charlatans.

  1. The study should be a human study, or, if it is an animal study, the limits of such a study should be declared.

  2. The study should follow basic rules about how to determine causation, and avoid the trap of claiming that “association” or “coincidence” is proof of causation.

  3. The study should avoid surveys and questionnaires as a source of “evidence” since recall bias is always a problem in survey or response studies.

  4. The study should always be measured in terms of the magnitude of the “effect,” and the rule is that magnitude of effect should be “robust” — at least 2 or 3 times the increase in effect over the baseline.

  5. The study should establish a mechanism to explain the causal effect asserted — for example, ice cream consumption is associated with an increase in drowning deaths, but it is not a cause of those deaths.

  6. Although I could argue that peer review and publication are not a good standard for reliability, the source of the research and the reputation of that source as well as the reputation of the journal the research was published in is often worth something. How much it is worth is the question.

The important thing is that professionals and citizens should be careful to question and evaluate what is pronounced by medical journals. Too often, they are overwhelmed by self-esteem and ambition.

Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh: The Toxic Pandora’s Box of Solar Panels? – “Considering all the toxicity in the production and recycling of solar panels, how is that net-zero carbon working out?” … “The solar energy advocates, who only see cheap electricity with rose-colored glasses, are oblivious to the reality of cost, toxic chemicals, environmental pollution, and health hazards to humans and animals. Here are some immediate concerns about solar panels.

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Whither civility? Thanksgiving can hardly get a word in.

The Babylon Bee: Obscure Holiday Known As ‘Thanksgiving’ Apparently Celebrates Obsolete Custom Called ‘Gratitude’ – “According to researchers, Americans would gather around a table, eat food, talk with family members, and carry out a strange tradition called “prayer” where they would thank somebody named “God” for “blessings” in their lives.” … “The holiday was eventually replaced with our more advanced, cultured holiday known as Black Friday, where we beat people to death to save $20 on a television set.

Joshua Lawson: Trump restored references to God in presidential Thanksgiving proclamations after Obama abandoned them – “What’s remarkable about the proclamations is their consistency. Americans are called to meet in their accustomed houses of worship, to rest from work, and — most importantly — to offer prayers of gratitude to God.” It’s a history lesson, real history; not constructed Leftist history.

Andrew C. McCarthy: There’s Less to the McGahn Ruling Than Meets the Eye – “You might assume that the girth of the nearly 120-page opinion Judge Ketjani Brown Jackson issued Monday means that an issue of great consequence to the House impeachment inquiry has been decided. But you’d be wrong.” But then McCarthy cites the House ‘trump card’ – they can do impeachment because they can. That’s all. What’s right, wrong, Constitutional, or lawful is not in that deck of cards the House is playing with.

“That is, the ruling sidesteps the question that actually matters: To what extent may McGahn invoke executive privilege (in addition to other potential privileges) to avoid answering lawmakers’ questions? …

The court takes umbrage at the Trump administration’s position that the disputes between the political branches are not fit for judicial resolution. …

how interesting that Judge Jackson, appointed to the bench by President Obama, seems to have missed the art form to which the Obama administration raised stonewalling. …

The judge is at her weakest in echoing the Lawyer Left’s now-familiar clarion call for a standard of judicial review weighted uniquely against President Trump.

Thomas Lifson: CNN’s pre-Thanksgiving civility lesson: Trump defenders ‘Should Be Laughed at, Ridiculed, and Scorned’ – “Ridicule and scorn do not fit well with the theme of giving thanks for the blessings we receive as Americans, but then again, CNN, in the ratings tank and discredited for its repeated fake news incidents, has less to be thankful for than most Americans, enjoying higher incomes and lower taxes.

Monica Showalter: Leftists show their class, allowing kids to ‘boo’ Melania Trump who was there to help them – “In a non-partisan speech to middle school and high school students seeking to protect them from drug use, first lady Melania Trump was booed by the kids, signaling just how bad the leftist school system is in instituting manners.” But the NYT blames this nonsense on “President Trump’s past remarks” rather than gross incivility being taught to children in the public education system.

“Actually, it was disgusting, a perfect display of children being raised like livestock by far leftists conveying far-left values. Rep. Pete King had an appropriate response to the act, one that most Americans would agree with: “If any issue should be free from abusive, rude behavior, it should be protecting kids from opioids. Has the left no sense of decency?!?,

The whole booing thing changes nothing, but it does tell us two things about the players involved.

Karen Townsend: Media applauds as Melania Trump is booed at youth opioid summit – “It is a first in the Trump era of American politics.” … “Whether you are a Trump supporter or not, Melania Trump has performed admirably as First Lady. She has gone about her duties with dignity and respect for those around her.” Yet she is a target for overt expressions of hate.

Kristina Wong: Top Ten Worst Takes on Conan the Hero Dog’s Visit to the White House – Nothing is sacred if it can be used to express an obsessive hatred.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Hatred that Fuels Impeachment – “We are in new territory now. Hating a president is equivalent to finding him guilty of supposed high crimes. Impeachment is a casual affair. Hearsay is as valid as direct testimony.” Remember this one? It’s worth a repeat. “We are now living is a brave new American world never envisioned by the Founders.

Scott Johnson: Somebody up there likes to think we’re stupid – “We shall see whether “they” include Michael Horowitz. Undercover Huber responds concisely to Goldman’s story in the tweets below.

Scott Johnson: American’s first socialist republic – citing Paul A. Rahein their first year in the New World, the Pilgrims conducted an experiment in social engineering akin to what is now contemplated; and, after an abortive attempt at cultivating the land in common, their leaders reflected on the results in a manner that Americans today should find instructive.” This is the history the Rush Limbaugh often uses to illustrate the ‘real’ Thanksgiving, not the fake one about genocide etc.

“The moral is perfectly clear. Self-interest cannot be expunged. Where there is private property and its possession and acquisition are protected and treated with respect, self-interest and jealousy can be deployed against laziness and the desire for that which is not one’s own, and there tends to be plenty as a consequence.

But where one takes from those who join talent with industry to provide for those lacking either or both, where the fruits of one man’s labor are appropriated to benefit another who is less productive, self-interest reinforces laziness, jealousy engenders covetousness, and these combine in a bitter stew to produce both conflict and dearth.

What has been before reveals who we are and provides lessons for what we can be.

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How do they get away with such nonsense?

Thomas McArdle: A Republic, Not A Swamp – There is now within our constitutional government “an unconstitutional fourth branch — the bureaucracy housed within the executive branch — which looks upon its nominal master with indifference or bemused contempt.” [Michael Anton]

C. Todd Lopez: SecDef to SEALS, Navy: Chain of Command: Who Is the Boss – “Esper said he asked for Spencer’s resignation because he had lost trust and confidence in Spencer, citing several rules of conduct for defense leaders that he said Spencer had violated. … Among those rules is a respect for the chain of command, supporting an agreed-upon decision in both public and private, being willing to resign if you don’t like an agreed-upon position, and refraining from discussing “sensitive internal deliberations.” … “Contrary to the narrative that some want to put forward in the media, this dismissal is not about Eddie Gallagher. It’s about Secretary Spencer and the chain of command.

Jazz Shaw: Dem Senators: We’d like more information on the military Pardons Trump is absolutely allowed to issue – “The crazy (or crazier) part of all this is that these two Senators clearly know that this investigation is a dead end before it begins.” That is because the President has Constitutionally defined plenary power here. It appears that these “Dem Senators” join others in their Party in denial of the U.S. Constitution as it is written and as they have sworn to uphold. They do exactly what they accuse the President of doing except there is evidence against them but not supporting their bombastic and hyperbolic accusations [see neo: Biden and Bloomberg: Trump as “existential threat].

Jazz Shaw thinks the pardons were undermining the chain of command. The Secretary of the Navy’s response and the improper behavior and failures of the prosecution and the balance of the sentence with the nature of the crime provide a context that needs careful assessment before expressing such bland ‘concerns’ about protocol.

Conrad Black: A Shameful Abuse of Congressional Power – “The sleazy Schiffite proceedings at the House Intelligence Committee were so lopsided, arbitrary, and contemptuous of the rights of the Republican minority on the committee and of the president as the investigated party, no American court could possibly accept a requested prosecution that emerged from such a tainted proceeding.”

“First, and as I have been writing and saying until I am almost blue in the face, not one scintilla of evidence has been adduced that President Trump was seeking a false judgment on the conduct in Ukraine of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. He was asking for an investigation, not seeking to dictate the conclusion. Trump said to President Volodymyr Zelensky in his famous July 25 telephone call that it “looked horrible,” but was clear he was seeking a neutral judgment of whether there had been influence-peddling or other wrongdoing. There is absolutely no legal or ethical problem with that, so this entire controversy has been even more fatuous and unfounded than it appears.

The foreign service witnesses made evident throughout the unspeakable proceedings of the House Intelligence Committee their personal and policy animosity to Trump.

None of these histrionics and deluges of defamatory argument that have empurpled the airwaves have created the least suggestion of anything improper about President Trump having asked whether a former vice president and prominent candidate for president had or had not committed crimes in office involving a foreign country. It is a howling mystery why that fact has not been emphasized. One can only assume that it will be if this nonsense is dumped into the lap of the United States Senate for a trial.

The allegation that is the source of the impeachment inquiry is on its face, bunk.

This entire impeachment inquiry has been a disgrace, a shameful abuse of powers, and the authors of it should be punished as only the voters can do. If it goes one faltering step further, they will be.

Brian C. Joondeph: The Trayvon Hoax Shines a Light on the ‘Fake News’ Industry – “Gilbert’s film, aside from debunking the Trayvon Martin hoax, demonstrated how journalism used to be done. He gave a class in how to be a reporter, in contrast to the shoddy blather that now passes for journalism.” … “Thanks to the Trayvon hoax, we have been treated to Freddie Gray, Jussie Smollett, and kneeling professional athletes.”

Cheryl K. Chumley: Democrats and their tortured truths expose much – “They show how Democrats, as a party, are not for the American people, the Constitution, the country, or even for any higher concept of justice or fair play or morality and virtue. They’re simply for themselves.

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