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Rights and commandments about false witness and killing

Were they even thinking?

 Vermont’s Constitution enshrines ‘right’ to kill babies by Eric Utter — “We do not have the “right” to decide to have unprotected intercourse resulting in a baby in a womb…only to kill that baby for our convenience.” — By a ratio of 3:1 Vermont voters set aside the new life’s right to it’s life in favor of the convenience of the mother except when the state figures it has what it thinks is a “compelling” interest in the matter. Shouldn’t that compelling interest be something like the God given natural right to life itself? Many voters seem to think not. 

VDH says it’s the The Same Old, Same Old Deja Vu and he is talking about the latest TDS episode. — “We know the script that will follow because we suffered through it for 22 months and spent $40 million for it under Robert Mueller’s special counsel team. … Yet one thing that will be different this time around is that the Biden administration is in power. Garland remains an unapologetic, embittered partisan. He is fresh off siccing a now-weaponized FBI on school kids’ parents and various MAGA enemies of the state.” — and one thing leads to and from another: — “Sudden ballot “drops” will start pouring in during the wee hours. … “Get out the vote” left-wing, electronically fueled projects … There will be new, even richer virtue-signaling billionaires … wounded by nearly four years of inflation … Unemployment and stagflation will still be termed “transitory.” Growth will continue to be slow but dubbed “steady.” High gas and energy prices will be near permanent but “coming down.” A wide-open border will still be termed “secure.” Talk of historic crime rates will still be “racist.” … President Joe Biden will still shake imaginary hands, talk of passing legislation through the Congress that he bypassed with executive orders, and still claim gas was $5 a gallon when he entered office. Fact-checkers will ignore all that mythology and still obsess over Republican “lies.” … The left-wing nexus will still warn of back-alley abortions that threaten millions of women … more pre-election October surprises … more post-election, November surprises” — all this is known yet it doesn’t seem to sink in that the voters are being had.

This is why Dr. Jha can be so blatant as John Hinderaker describes More Misinformation From the Feds. — “Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford was a co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration, and has proved to be right regarding just about everything relating to covid. But being prematurely right is dangerous.” But Dr. Jha is not alone. The Lancet bows down to the COVID cult, too. H.P. Smith describes a paper where the conclusions are at odds with the data presented. — “Despite their very clear findings, in the “interpretations” section of the paper they pay tribute to the vaccine narrative … They directly contradict themselves and ignore the findings from a decent attempt at actual science” … “Even after all we’ve learned and all we’ve been through, those who were wrong at nearly every turn simply cannot stop furthering the lies.”

Then take a look at the 2022 election fallout in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Alaska. That’s this visible part. What is happening in Nevada is still the beach ball being held under water (as Bongino has it).

Why? How to explain this? 


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Fishing for trolls

Fishermen and their patience with their pursuit can’t hold a candle to this fishing expedition. Sundance: I’m Impressed – Biden DOJ Assigns Special Counsel to Investigate Republicans in Congress and President Trump for Insurrection, Additionally Investigate Trump for DOJ Defined Classified Documents and Obstruction. — “Primary goal, create enough of a legal mess as to obstruct any republican legislative effort against the Biden White House” — Turley says its the obstruction claims that have the most risk as that is a constructed claim where a prosecutor’s imagination and a dedicated DC trial jury can hang their hats despite the evidence or reality. Andrea Widburg calls it Merrick Garland’s despotic decision to investigate Donald Trump. — “Given the complete absence of evidence of any wrongdoing, it’s very clear that the Democrats are terrified of Trump and that they will do anything they can to destroy his candidacy. My suspicion is that this will backfire and, instead, solidify Trump’s support.”

The special prosecutor is only one post election revealing. There are others. Matt Margolis has his list of Four Developments That Waited Until After the Midterms. Kevin Grieve’s list cites Nine recent developments that did not fit the left-wing narrative. — “Truth has never been a left-wing value.” —

There is also a lot of comment on the election and the ‘shoulda, woulda, coulda’. Process is one issue and the pandemic panic provided a cover for establishing balloting measures that assault integrity. Ranked choice voting is another means to corrupt the candidate selection process as that tends to aggravate party diversity in favor of block blind voting. The cut off the nose to spite the face routine is also a factor. Don Surber says Trump won without you, National Review. The Lincoln project is another TDS group that has suffered. But, remember Ross Perot? All up and down the ballot on the Republican side there were ideologues who insisted on going their own way and the few votes they were able to pull enabled what they most detested. Changes were made. Awareness of these issues is prompting discussion about how to tackle them. It’s back to the fishermen’s patience and perseverance,


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Free the martyrs, reveal the truth

The Frontpage Editors bring up “Left’s increasingly brazen miscarriages of justice” demanding to Free Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips. “What’s really going on is an attempt to cover up what Engelbrecht and Phillips have discovered.” But they aren’t the only ones uncovering Chia access to American elections data. The LA DA has a related case on this topic. sundance reports BREAKING: Catherine Englebrecht and Gregg Phillips Released from Imprisonment by Order of Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. This leads to John Hinderaker take on a Congressional report: Can the FBI Be Saved? — “The report is 50 pages long, but it also includes an appendix of approximately 1,000 pages consisting of letters Judiciary Committee members have written to DOJ and the FBI, requesting information that, I take it, has rarely if ever been forthcoming. The report’s contents will not be surprising to anyone who has been paying attention.” Leaks and doxing when they serve. Recalcitrance and evasion when that serves. The truth of the matter is struggling to be free.

Rajan Laad says Media propagandists become more brazen as the midterms approach. This is about Democrat and Media selective informing to maintain a narrative using the Paul Pelosi attack and then proceeding to comments by Obama, Clinton, and other examples. As Murder Rates Rise, The Left Lies And The FBI Denies – Issues & Insights takes up another gaslighting with creative statistical interpretations to place culpability for crime on Republicans. Victor Davis Hanson provides background with The Pathetic Democratic Pantheon.

The problem with the ossified Democratic Pantheon is that they are of no use to the Left in the midterms because it is their own radical ideology over the past two years that was finally enacted and wrecked the country. And all the shrieks about abortion, semi-fascists, and democracy dying cannot put back together what they shattered.

Besides the Party and the Media, there is academia.Crickets: Illinois Professor Publishes Racist Attacks Against Herschel Walker With No Outcry from the Faculty or Media – JONATHAN TURLEY. Extreme racism but “The lack of any protest or statement at the university is another example of how such controversies are handled when they involve faculty on the left as opposed to right” … “The response explains the sense of fear and intimidation for some faculty in speaking out on campuses. There is a general view that a conservative or dissenting faculty member will be given little quarter or protection in any controversy.” But what happens when reality bites? The Unforgivable Request for Shamnesty – Issues & Insights. Emily Oster’s Atlantic mea culpa is still reverberating. — “Amnesty is pretending something never happened – this episode in our history must never be forgotten if we are to preserve our nation.” There are others on this line. Pandra Selivanov says Declaring a pandemic amnesty would be like forgiving the Holocaust.

You may have seen recent headlines trying to build a Trump v DeSantis conflict and reinforce a Trump denigration meme. If you look, it appears empty. Trump did not insult Ron DeSantis, it was merely a joke by Rajan Laad provides some perspective. 





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If you can’t bend it – break it.

The attempt to ban a book by Justice Amy Coney Barrett hits where it hurts: Censoring in the Name of Free Speech: Publishers and Editors Call for Banning Barrett Book – JONATHAN TURLEY — “In the last ten years, censorship has become the rage from the halls of Congress to college campuses. … This crisis of faith is no more evident than in the call of writers and journalists for books to be banned or speakers to be silenced.” … “What is most striking is how these editors and publishers are insisting that they are supporting free speech by silencing others.”

“She does not deserve such attacks but these individuals are the face of rage in our society. It is a general psychosis that overwhelms every countervailing value; it allows writers and editors to oppose free speech and expect us applaud them for it.

Another form of this phenomena is from William Sullivan. The Big Lie about ‘The Big Lie’. — “Newsweek buries this particular poll’s more interesting observations. … A far more accurate way to characterize these data, though, is to recognize that there are more Americans confident that the election was rigged than there are Americans who are confident that it was all on the up and up.”

“The campaign we’ve witnessed for two years to present the former group as fringe radicals and the latter group as an incontrovertible consensus is nothing more than gaslighting on a national scale, conducted by that very same “well funded cabal of powerful people” in order to delegitimize, discourage, and destroy its political enemies.

Time to vote. Time to take notice of the deceit and dishonesty and psychosis and be very careful you don’t fall for the propaganda.




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Do voters really see through dishonesty?

No, both sides are not the same even though both wonder how on earth the folks on the other side can think they way they do. From the left, the definitions are usually vague and arguments ad hominem. From the right it’s usually issue based and chapter and verse. The slate is full this morning. M.B. Mathews wonders The Democrats — Mass Psychosis or Pathological Lying?

Are the Democrats experiencing mass hallucinations? Mass psychoses? What is happening? Is their media bubble so air-tight that truth never gets in? How does it happen that an entire political party’s hierarchy and much of its rank-and-file cannot discern what is true from what is demonstrably false? Or is it that the Democrats know precisely what the truth is and have made the corporate decision to lie, lie, lie all the way to pathology? … When wise people are mentally ill, they get help. When a party is sick they should cleanse the wounds and get healing help from wiser heads.

The tippinsights Editorial Board says “Voters see through dishonesty” as Dems’ Untruths Worsen Ballot Box Woes. — “The same pattern continues on J6 and the risk to the Capitol, the Mar-A-Lago raid (which has taken a back seat these days), abortion, and the severe rise in urban crime. The Dems always take positions with which the average voter disagrees and say things that are fundamentally untrue.” The I & I Editorial Board wonders Could Our Politics Be Even More Childish? — “Turn on the television, listen to the radio, or take a stroll through the internet. Democrats and their media confederates are busy dishing out the nonsense in helpings large enough to choke a giant. Either they are intentionally trying to deceive, or they are extraordinarily puerile. Or both.” Victor Davis Hanson says if The Left Were the Mad Scientists, We Were Their Lab Rats. — “We are now headed for a decisive midterm election. Strangely the hard-left architects of the last two years neither offer a defense of their failing agendas, nor agree to change them.”

Then there’s the media. David Strom takes on the WaPo: hide the evidence. — “Philip Bump of the Washington Post argues that releasing the video from the Paul Pelosi break in/assault would only fuel conspiracy theories. Best to stick to the official Narrative™ so that we plebs don’t get any uppity ideas that we aren’t being told the truth.” David Zukerman is Deconstructing the New York Times anti-GOP coverage of the attack on Paul Pelosi. — “Of course, for the Times base, “good people” cannot possibly be Republicans, conservatives, or MAGA suppoters.  For The New York Times and “its ilk” anyone who does not march in lockstep with the left is, of course, a threat to democracy.”  Miranda Devine describes How the government hid the truth behind Hunter Biden’s laptop. — “The more we find out about the collusion that has been going on among the Biden administration, the security agencies and Big Tech, the more alarming it is — and the more unrepentant they are.”

And that leads to other institutional corruption. Rebecca Behrends describes The latest scheme to rig elections In Michigan. — “We need to stop allowing the Democrats to poke more holes into the attempts to keep elections fair, honest and secure.  It has become a game of whack a mole.  Get rid of one assault on security and another one pops up.” Nick Mastrangelo and Laura Elizabeth Jenkins think Government Testimony Raises More Questions Than Answers in Oathkeepers Trial — “It appears that the prosecution stringing together a broad narrative that doesn’t fit what actually happened? … Is the government trying to confuse legal conduct with criminal conduct because it is hiding something? … it is becoming more and more obvious that Judge Mehta and his cohorts in the DC District are corrupt and have no business overseeing any court proceedings.” For the medical establishment there is Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times reporting on the Medical Board Moves To Strip Dr. Peter McCullough Of Certifications | ZeroHedge. — “McCullough said he’s concerned that ABIM will “continue to cherry-pick data and claim they have ownership over the ‘truth’ when in reality we are simply discussing data from a rapidly evolving pandemic.” This is what California has put into law. too.



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Do you have standing? Do you stand alone or with others?

Thomas Lifson notes a passing: Lucianne Goldberg, R.I.P. Many others were influenced by this lady and News Forum is only one of the later projects in a career of work in political integrity.

The question is about justice. Jack Cashill does a comparison and contrast explaining The Real Reason Woman Who Killed Firefighter Went Uncharged — “I have to wonder how George Zimmerman felt upon reading about the shooting death of Kansas City firefighter Anthony Santi, 41.” David Zukerman says there’s No luck for Steve Bannon, so what about law and order? The case is one of many current political prisoner episodes but “perhaps rule of law is not dead, just hibernating” – wishful thinking? denial? Jonathan Turley takes up Biden’s Boast: Blocking Judicial Review of a Half-Trillion Tuition Giveaway is Nothing to Celebrate. Part of the issue here is the court’s use of ‘standing’ to avoid digging into controversies. This was heavily used to avoid hearing election issue evidence in the 2020 elections. “We now see the literal cost of narrow standing rules. It is not the false claim of these judges being on “Biden’s side” — rather, the question becomes who is on the Constitution’s side if no court can rule on its alleged violation, even with hundreds of billions of dollars at stake?”

To understand the bonds of a nation, we must look at the social construct of people in a particular territory who share common history, culture, and traditions.  The foundation of the construct is dependent on the ability of a people to establish a set of values deemed immutable.  For the bond to survive, these values must be deeply rooted such that man feels compelled to cling to the nation’s foundation like a newborn child to its mother.  As long as people believe in the foundational principles, a nation can survive. – Brian Bumbalo. How do we keep the bonds of a nation together?

Neo has comment in this regard as well. The sins of the father: January 6th and the Reffitt case has kids turning on parents, juries taking political revenge on free speech, and intemperate prosecution. This all follows from the question What’s even better than election denial?  — “So the case is really about unelected judges, advised by an unelected panel of “experts,” redrawing the voting districts and usurping the power explicitly given state legislatures by the US Constitution.” Chris Menahan via has a note about the reaction to the propaganda driving the injustice. Watch: Trump Voters Shut Down MSNBC Host’s J6 Propaganda | ZeroHedge That also shows in an essay by John Green: The MSM Threatens Democracy — “Our democracy can’t function without an informed public — and that is dependent on an effective news industry. But they’ve willingly sacrificed their credibility, and along with it their effectiveness.” Richard McDonough follows up with The Democrat-Media Complex’s ‘Save our Democracy’ Farce. This is a catalog of sins.

Monica Showalter has found a culprit. Someone at the Justice Department doesn’t know what ‘justice’ is. Deep state and a lot of muck to hide in: Biden Has Unleashed The Regulatory Leviathan: Report – Issues & Insights describes how culprits can find cover and protection that make accountability difficult to achieve. Thomas Lifson provides another example about the National Institutes of Health blocking researchers from access to key database for studies of genetics and intelligence. — “When bureaucrats fear the truth and obstruct the search for it, they are leading us into a new dark age.”

Activism comes in many forms and many are rising to take note and even respond. Chris Donaldson describes how Ted Cruz deftly turns Ana Navarro’s rude loaded question about his wife and father on its head. Monica Showalter the consequences as the Vatican think tank becomes hotbed for pro-abortionists. Jason Mattera follows with Onward Christian Cowards wondering “Where are all the splashy full-page ad campaigns from purported Christian “leaders” condemning the moral degeneracy of this Biden administration?”

On the climate and pandemic panic fronts, Tyler Durden has a good ENSO rundown with La Nina Transforms Australian Desert Into Wetlands. The only somewhat unusual thing here is that there have been several La Nina cycles in a row. S. Stanley Young and Warren Kindzierski also take a look at the dataset to conclude COVID: Just another flu from Mark Twain: “it’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”

For basic education there’s  Michael Anton on Natural Right and Historicism — “these theoretical differences matter for the sake of the truth and also for the future.” This is a rebuttal to an assault in what might be called a debate.


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Are you proud to be a deviant?

Those ‘fact checkers’ should really be called gaslighters. CJ Hopkins at The Consent Factory describes The Gaslighting Of The Masses at ZeroHedge. What it is. How it works. Examples from the ‘new normal.’ Hopkins is proud to be a ‘deviant’ from this new normal by getting back to reality and reason. Arnold Cusmariu says Calling January 6 a ‘siege’ is utterly absurd and cites a first page red flag as a taint in a paper to guide it’s weight for credibility and value. Cusmariu also illustrates the lack of integrity and the meanings of words and their use as a salve and means of deceit in presenting a position. Jack Cashill explains another gaslighting exercise with Durham’s In-Your-Face Danchenko Gambit. In this case the gambit is to use the demonstrate the prosecution of a lie to the FBI to illustrate the corruption of the FBI by exposing the FBI gaslighting.

GMO – Cameron English gets into another case where the evidence refutes the fanatics talking about Drought-Tolerant Crops: A Success Story the Non-GMO Project Hates. Hyperbole and hysteria meet evidence and measure. There is some good background on GMO technologies, too.




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Signature issues, common behaviors.

There are so many signature issues that have clear definitions defining binary social division. Trying to understand this is not easy. el gato malo describes a denial of reality to preserve identity and status as one model with an example for his tutorial. Patricia McCarthy uses Transgenderism, the left’s offensive against Western Civilization to explore the phenomena. J.B. Shurk thinks The COVID Cult Proved How Desperate Westerners Are for Meaning. He praises those who didn’t go along with the nonsense. Jason Snead describes another front in The Left Is Pushing To Reshape Voting Systems Across America — Here’s How. This one centers on ranked choice voting and its implicit problems. Clarice Feldman notes progress in the opposition with Score One for True the Vote. This one is about an election software company with China ties. Washoe County is cited as being a potential victim and the FBI role is also noted.

Things climate also bring problematic behaviors to the fore. Mark C. Ross describes One great way to stop species extinction. It seems some professor is shouting ‘doom!’ as per usual. Viv Forbes gets to the reality behind a common FUD mongering theme asserting that Floods and droughts are nothing new. The very long history of El Niño droughts and floods are a focus to illustrate the point.


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It’s trying to keep the self from falling apart

This time it’s climate and meat. Cameron English gets into behavior patters with ‘Bothsidesism’: The New Rallying Cry of Anti-Meat Hysterics. The confusion here is that the ‘both sides’ being discussed is really issue conflation, a different logical fallacy. Both sides usually refers to an attempt to construct a commonality between those holding opposing viewpoints in order to minimize the disagreement. It is related to the ‘vox populi’ and appeal to authority fallacies. The underlying point is really that the hysterics for many current issues have a lot of commonality in behaviors and self rationalization of the belief systems driving those behaviors. Eric Utter has another example where Democrat labels National Right to Life Committee an ‘extremist group’. That’s another hysterics issue where similar behaviors are used to rationalize behavior where reality and reason does not suit the need.

The 1/6 hysterics provide another example of this phenomenon. Rajan Laad notes how January 6th Footage debunks the insurrection narrative and shows Pelosi breaking federal law. This illustrates that there is some realization that is creating dissonance and cites a few of the conflicts committee members face. Julie Kelly provides a different view of these conflicts in listing The Broken Promises of the January 6 Committee


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Complaints about selection – book banning?

Many states have laws about disseminating indecent material to minors. Andrea Widburg says Schools continue to groom children and parents learn to speak out. The canard about book burning is also being exposed as libraries always select books to put on their limited shelf space and it is the manner of selection that is under question, not banning books.

Many despair any accountability from Durham’s investigation but at least the scope of the matter is getting laid on the table and exposed. Victoria Taft reports Durham Trial: ‘Salacious and Unverified’ Trump-Russia Dossier Story Too Juicy for FBI to Check. One aspect centers on Carter Page and the FISA court. Margot Cleveland describes Why The FBI’s FISA Tweak Is Worse Than Using Steele Dossier. The New York Post notes that The FBI framed Trump and saved Hunter Biden: it’s time to clean house, for good and “denial is no longer possible.” They may not, even yet, be fully aware of the depth of the psychosis that is driving the effort.

Nevada suffers the urban versus rural problem and branding issues with a ‘diverse’ Republican party. Brittany Sheehan says Nevada Is the Perfect Political Storm and This Is Not a Drill [Redstate obnoxious caveat] and gives a fine rundown on the situation and some of its history. Other stories note political ads that describe how the incumbent gained much wealth while in office (but what else should be expected these days?)

The sad story of the medical establishment behavior with the pandemic panic has patterns in history. Robert F. Graboyes is working on a book about 1,600 Years of Medical Hubris that notes that “Over its long history, the field of medicine been at its best when it was rife with questions and at its worst when it was brimming with answers.” As he illustrates, too often it is brimming with answers – many times incorrect or incomplete answers. Many knowledge based issues that have significant implications for social health and safety suffer the same weakness. Climate, energy, and natural resources are at the top of the list. Susan Goldhaber has an encouraging note suggesting that Science Finally Winning the Day in Glyphosate Cases. It seems that some juries are going for evidence and reality rather than emotion and sob stories.



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getting the story straight – and somewhat complete

A million buck incentive to provide evidence to bring down the President is a big deal. John Hinderaker describes how FBI Offered Bribe to Bring Down Trump as revealed in trial testimony. For John, it’s no longer a matter of reform the FBI, it is a destroy it and start all over again gestalt. Thomas Lifson is asking the question Who authorized the $1 million FBI payment offer to Christopher Steele revealed in court testimony? as that amount is a bit out of the petty cash territory. John and Andy Schlafly get into the context for this latest FBI reveal in describing how Weaponized Prosecutions Create a Biden Police State. This one is about prosecutors in Fulton County who are trying to pin the tail on the elephant rather than the donkey. Newt Gingrich on Walker, Warnock, and the Left’s Personal Destruction Machine gets into another flavor of this same phenomena.

Julie Ponese via The Epoch Times is wondering What If The Truth Never Comes Out? | ZeroHedge. The particular truth in this case is about the pandemic panic and the mRNA innoculation effects. Will there be any accountability? Monica Showalter notes Another voting registration ‘accident’ with 30,000 non-citizens mailed notices, this time in Colorado where the truth leaking out might be why there’s all the ruckus related to 1/6. C. Roberts takes apart another gaslighting attempt with the question Guess How Many Violent Crimes in the USA Involve a Gun. It is a good tutorial on how the gungrabbers lie with statistical deceit. Bob Ryan walks the same vein by asserting that CO2 is not the enemy. Facts should reflect reality and not distort it to satisfy some emotional fantasy. Yet another exposure of this deceit is described by Don Surber saying we should Celebrate Columbus Day. He says “Be glad it isn’t Indigenous Peoples Day because they were really not very nice people.”

It is possible to ‘get and education’ if you want. At Open Culture is a post about how to Download The Harvard Classics as Free eBooks: A “Portable University” Created in 1909. Whether the access to information and education is wonderful or a burden is like beauty – in the eye of the beholder.




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White privilege

What happened to the Hippocratic oath? Andrea Widburg picks up on how Minnesota medical school students promise Stone Age style medical treatments in a white coat ceremony tradition for physicians to be. Michael Applebaum, M.D. has a A news flash about ‘violence’ for the woke new doctors of America on the affirmation that “We commit to uprooting the legacy and perpetuation of structural violence deeply embedded within the health care system” which leads to a “Take the violence away and you are left with mostly “Too bad. Bummer.”–like treatment.”  Scott Johnson thinks it is going Beyond the Hippocratic oath: “Perhaps most notable are the mindlessness, falsity, and Maoist self-abasement of the oath, although I am undoubtedly missing a few other elements that should be mentioned. How serious people can recite the shibboleths with a straight face and without gagging is a phenomenon almost beyond belief.” Dr. Joel Zinberg describes another front on this decay as California makes it illegal for doctors to disagree with politicians. Deane Waldman has another case study about Biden, Expanding Veterans’ Medical ‘Coverage’ Crushes Their Care. socialized medicine sounds so nice. Can you find a real success of this approach?

Columbus Day is in the same vein. Geoffrey Clarfield describes The Anti-White Lie Behind Multiculturalism. Diversity succeeds when it combines and constructs, not when it divides and destroys. Those who malign Columbus to praise the cultures he found are praising slavery, human sacrifice,ecological ‘use it up then move on’ subsistence, tribal warface and criminality – but they seem to be too ignorant to see this.

Thomas Lifson wonders if you can Spot the insurrectionists. This is about the Floyd riots and the January 6th protest. Andrea Widburg follows up with a comment about The WaPo runs a paranoid, delusional article about a second Trump term. A paniced psychosis is illustrated by projection and denial. Brittany Sheehan provides the Nevada flavor of this in describing how Trump’s Rally in Rural Minden Brings Backlash That Perfectly Paints Politics in the Silver State (RedState caveat). These folks will find something to fight about no matter how creative the need to get. 

On the resources and climate front, energy and disaster seem to be on the front burners. Rupert Darwall thinks Energy Inflation Isn’t An Accident, It’s A Planned Demolition and its getting worse. Brian C. Joondeph provides one angle of this in describing Hurricane Hysteria, Hype, and Histrionics. Paul Driessen backs hom up with Hurricane Hype, Lies, Censorship – and Reality

Then there’s the PayPal brouhaha.

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Where is the outrage?

persecuting opposition – “It was not Jeff Clark’s letter that was ‘dishonest’ — it was the D.C. Bar’s charges against him” — Margot Cleveland: DC Bar Assails Trump DOJ Lawyer For ‘Dishonesty’ To Mask Democrats’ 2020 Election Lies

free speech? not here – “Still no response from Tennessee’s Republican governor and attorney general on what protections they’ll offer to citizens in their state targeted by the Biden administration for their First Amendment-protected actions.” — Evita Duffy: FBI Raids Another Pro-Lifer’s Home, Targets 11 Peaceful Protesters

“The FBI has gone from abdicating their duty to provide equal justice under the law to pro-life people like us,” said Harden during the interview, “to downright attacking us.” Indeed, Biden’s DOJ is using Gestapo-like force to crack down on pro-lifers like Gallagher and Houck, while pro-abortion terrorists get off scot-free.

never give up, never surrender? – “You have no legal ‘right’ to compel others to say things they don’t believe” — David Harsanyi: The Never-Ending Persecution Of Jack Phillips

Until the Supreme Court explicitly reaffirms the foundational protections of religious liberty and free speech, there will be no end to the state compulsion or harassment. There is some hope in the case of Denver-area web designer Lorie Smith, who refuses to create websites for same-sex couple marriages, which the Supreme Court has taken up this term. Let’s hope the justices do their jobs this time.

for thee but not me – “The wave of open hostility towards SCOTUS, particularly over the court’s takedown of Roe‘s invented “right” to an abortion, isn’t exclusive to the country’s partisan press. Rather, it’s being spearheaded by President Joe Biden.” — Shawn Fleetwood: Roberts Can’t Be Bothered To Condemn Leftists’ War On SCOTUS — “If he had any real interest in preserving the integrity of the institution he serves, Roberts should abandon his role as a politician and become the originalist judge the country needs him to be.”

suppress dangerous words – “In more and more cases, the government is declaring war on what should be protected political speech whenever it challenges the government’s power, reveals the government’s corruption, exposes the government’s lies, and encourages the citizenry to push back against the government’s many injustices.” — John and Nisha Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute: All Of Us Are In Danger: When Anti-Government Speech Becomes Sedition | ZeroHedge

trying to understand evil – “Think of all the institutions that have marched in lockstep during the dramatic decline in civilization over three years … They sat by and said nothing or even cheered as governments utterly wrecked rights and liberties that humanity has fought for over 800 years” — Jeffrey A. Tucker: Why Did So Many Intellectuals Refuse to Speak Out? ? Brownstone Institute — “in our time, as in all times, there is a crying need for intellectual sanctuaries for those brave souls who are willing to stand up and be counted, risk cancellation, put their professional careers on the line, simply to say what is true. They need protection. They need care. And they deserve our congratulations, for it is they who will guide us out of this mess”

adopting deceit as gospel – “In its “frontal assault” on Columbus, the NEA, America’s largest labor union, draws heavily on the tendentious and thoroughly debunked pseudo-historical work of Howard Zinn” — Thomas D. Williams: Catholic League Slam’s NEA’s ‘Malicious Falsification of American History’

“Zinn would have the reader believe that the Indians were doing just fine before the white man came along,” Donohue observes. “Never once does he attempt to explain why many tribes engaged in savage warfare against each other (the Hurons and the Iroquois are one of many examples), nor does he discuss  cannibalism, human sacrifice, and other acts of cruelty that existed before the Europeans arrived.”

cornering the market to punish wrong think – “While there are some viable alternatives to PayPal, their partnerships with financial institutions can mean the service providers and users possibly being subjected to woke ESG standards and summarily canceled as a result, which Republican governors like Florida’s Ron DeSantis are trying to stop.” — Stacey Matthews: PayPal Updates User Policy to Include Possible $2,500 Fine For Speech It Doesn’t Like


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Proper dissent and its opposition

education – “The Progressives’ hundred years war on the Constitution would have been futile without the Supreme Court’s complicity, made possible by justices who abandon their oaths to support and defend the Constitution and, instead, reimagine it as a living document, one that means whatever they wish it to mean. With their rulings unmoored from the Constitution’s original meaning, its protections have crumbled, and our liberties have vaporized, along with the Court’s credibility. Justice Clarence Thomas, however, is anything but complicit as evidenced by an avalanche of dissents written in palpable exasperation.” — Marc Garrett: ‘The Dissents Of Clarence Thomas: Fealty To Constitutional Originalism’ – American Thinker

To experience the full enormity of the damages resulting from the Court’s complicity in the Progressives’ agenda, and significantly, profound insights into rectifying them, Justice Thomas’s dissents are required reading, and there is no better organized, annotated, and edited collection of them than “The Dissents of Clarence Thomas.”

insidious corruption – “These errors flow through our political system in hugely significant ways. … For the decade between the 2020 census and the next one, our system will have been compromised” — Benjamin Weingarten: The outrageous, Democrat-friendly census errors you’ve heard nothing about

it runs deep – “The Foundation for Freedom Online has been pulling together information on these efforts, and found that the focus on attacking domestic speech accelerated in the run-up to the 2020 elections” — After These Revelations, Who Will Defend Big Tech Now? – Issues & Insights — “Until Big Tech companies denounce their past practices, repent, and promise never to do the government’s censorship bidding again, they pose a grave threat to the First Amendment and should be treated as such.” 


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past is prologue

wisdom seems missing – “The future will honor those who are wise enough to avoid the mistakes made 100 years ago.  But those who fail by repeating these same mistakes will leave sordid and dishonorable legacies.” — Theodore Thomas: Madness Redux – American Thinker

propaganda served insidious and disingenuous – “For the left, though, it’s different when a Republican does it.” … “The modern leftist media is unconstrained by traditional rules of reporting. Rather than reporting the facts and letting readers draw their conclusions, modern reporters offer conclusions and then throw in random, often unrelated or meaningless facts.” — Andrea Widburg: The American media and the art of grotesque misrepresentations – American Thinker — “In the world of modern journalism, the best we can do is encourage people to turn off the TV and remove these outlets from their browser’s bookmarks.”

reparations? to whom? – “The supply line of history rarely lies. … it is time for a “conversation” — as the left likes to put it — about paying reparations to the descendants of people who fought and died to help free enslaved people.” — A.J. Rice: Those African Kings Owe Me – American Thinker

myth mongering – “We keep hearing from the environmentalist crowd that hurricanes are getting more powerful and more deadly thanks to man’s greenhouse gas emissions. So why aren’t we seeing the catastrophic loss of life that Biden expected?” — : Biden Was Wildly Wrong About Ian’s Death Toll — Here’s Why It Matters – Issues & Insights — “nothing is more clear from the natural disaster record than that prosperity – and the ability it provides to better withstand whatever comes – is how you save lives.”

from the front line – sundance– : Hurricane Ian Recovery Update and Hurricane Ian Recovery Update Day 2 – The Last Refuge

count the ways – “The Democrats have tried to politicize Hurricane Ian” — John Hinderaker: On Hurricane Ian | Power Line

how do they gain office? – “The ideology that underpins their agenda is antagonistic to the traditional conception of criminal justice and, if taken to its logical conclusion, demands its destruction,” — Petr Svab via The Epoch Times: Progressive ‘De-Prosecutors’ Disrupt Criminal Justice System, Experts Say | ZeroHedge

alumni unite! – “individuality based on color of skin takes precedence over forming a common bond across the unit.  This is a complete reversal of the military’s traditional values.” … “This is a national security crisis on many levels.  For one, the military is replacing the type of people who believe in service and country with those who don’t.  That won’t end well.” — Fletch Daniels: Air Force Academy Woes Highlight Collapse of Military Values Under Diversity Mania – American Thinker

If the military is to succeed going forward, it needs to return to the values that made it great.  And that will not happen as long as Democrats hold power.  If and when Republicans are back in power, they need to do a lot more than outlaw critical race theory.  They need to dismantle the diversity and inclusion infrastructure in the military.  No more toxic diversity commissars or indoctrination sessions.  Until that happens, the problem cannot be fixed, and the military will continue to face a values crisis that impacts recruiting and readiness at every level.

it’s fear talking – “For the left, including the Democrat party and the media, fascism is more of the same name calling that in recent years was “racism” or any of the many “phobias” used, in Alinsky fashion” — Brian C. Joondeph: Mamma Mia MAGA – American Thinker — “Simply calling one’s political opponents names like ‘fascist’ is projection, attributing one’s own feelings or deficiencies to others.”

double justice – “This is the tale of two laptops, one tale definitely damaging to the Democrats, one potentially so. What they have in common is that the FBI did its damnedest to bury both.” — Jack Cashill: The Seth Rich Case: The FBI’s Other Laptop Scandal – American Thinker

“if the history and culture of Virginia can be rewritten, the rest of the country will be easier to take down.” — Scott S. Powell and Ann McLean: The Front Line Of The Battle To Save America Is Virginia

C.K. Chesterton reminds us that “the disadvantage of men not knowing the past is that they do not know the present.” Virginia’s political leaders and philanthropists need to wake up. The hour is late, and it is time to get out of denial that so much of what is happening is playing into the hands of our enemies, who want to strip us of our virtuous heritage so that they may subdue America without firing a shot.

see what you can do :A Refreshing Transformation From Sheriff Lombardo to Candidate for Nevada Governor – RedState if you can get around the blockade, this is a refreshing look at Nevada candidates.

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the fires are burning: civilization, truth, science

self immolation? – “We are in a great experiment in which regressive progressivism discounts all the institutions and methodologies of the past that have guaranteed a safe, affluent, well-fed and sheltered America … Civilization is fragile. It hinges on ensuring the stuff of life.” —  Victor Davis Hanson: The Thinnest Veneer of Civilization › American Greatness — “As we suffer self-inflicted mass looting, random street violence, hyperinflation, a nonexistent border, unaffordable fuel, and a collapsing military, Americans will come to appreciate just how thin is the veneer of their civilization. – When stripped away, we are relearning that what lies just beneath is utterly terrifying.”

the whole truth is needed – “I hope that I don’t have to spend my golden years deprogramming my son from false information being conveyed by the schools.” — : Islam: The Omitted Verses – American Thinker — “The Islam Project does not provide any of the Quran verses which are contradictory to verse 2:256.”

when they run amok – “The book, however, has not brought a sense of vindication as much as frustration” … “both impeachments were an abusive use of the Article I authority in the denial of any substantive hearings before the Judiciary Committee” — New Book Reveals Democratic Decision to Abandon Due Process and Historical Precedent to Impeach Trump – JONATHAN TURLEY

this will not end well – “Take note of the entirely subjective terms … they have no factual basis … even when they make a factual case, they walk into more rakes than Sideshow Bob” … “This is why we call them the party of projection.  They are doing everything they accuse the pro-freedom side of doing.” — D. Parker: Why the right is forbidden to defend itself from leftist attacks – American Thinker — “All you have to do is look at how the anti-liberty left have nothing in terms of a factual case and must rely on a firehose of lies and subjective accusations to see that after 80 years of gaslighting, the facts show that the collectivists of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party were always on the left side of the political spectrum.”

impressive action list – “On Tuesday afternoon, DeSantis’s office sent out a press release outlining the state’s response to the storm — and it’s extraordinary” … “Many on the left — who are predisposed to hate DeSantis — have been caught hoping he’ll fail and predicting a massive death toll — because that’ll show the cons or something. But a quick glance at the governor’s emergency preparations gives lie to their predictions.” —  Paula Bolyard: DeSantis’s Critics Are Wrong About His Hurricane Response – PJ Media – “DeSantis is clearly not phoning it in. The list above shows a governor who knows how to wield the levers of power for good — to save lives and alleviate suffering. Our prayers go out to Floridians affected by Ian. Stay safe out there, folks.”

‘scientist’ used to convey credibility – “We might be able to stop an asteroid, but not incompetent leadership … This week proved that the gravest threat to the human race is still the human race. We appear to be marching closer to doomsday — even if scientists won’t say it yet.” … “The artificial clock was created after World War II and has remained a fixation among journalists to cheer Democratic policy outcomes while fearmongering over Republicans” — Tristan Justice: ‘Doomsday Clock’ Unchanged Under Biden Despite Nuclear Threat


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propaganda, power politics, under cover warfare

purpose of communication? – “Orwell was concerned above all about the particular threat posed by totalitarianism to words and language” … “The parallels between Orwell’s nightmarish vision of totalitarianism and the totalitarian mindset of today, in which language is policed and controlled, should not be overstated.” — Bruno Waterfield via Why Orwell Matters | ZeroHedge

rationalize this! – “The uproar at Martha’s Vineyard prompted the Democratic hierarchy to do some explaining” — Victor Davis Hanson: Martha’s Meltdown Model | RealClearPolitics

failure of the court – “The U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that the president himself, not any other part of the U.S. government, has the final say over what constitutes a classified document” — Andrea Widburg: The Eleventh Circuit’s unconstitutional ruling against Trump – American Thinker

AG malconduct – “The criminal cases have fallen flat because of the need to prove actual criminal intent, … What’s left in what has clearly become a prosecution driven by the political need to do something ahead of 2024 is this civil suit. Basically, same accusations, same weak evidence, but lower standards of proof with lower penalties.” — Peter Van Buren: The ‘jail Trump’ mania reaches its sad end – The Spectator World

blood sport – “One favorite technique of mass-murdering communist dictators is using their country’s “justice” system to destroy their political opponents. … the rationale requires that one abandon the most basic principles of a fair justice system, the principle that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.” — Richard McDonough: Stalin, and New York’s Attorney General Letitia James, are Proved Wrong – American Thinker

damage done – “” —  Mollie Hemingway: FBI’s Matt Gaetz Operation Silenced An Effective GOP Voice

The Department of Justice and the FBI are out of control. The propaganda press are operating as co-conspirators in the operations they run against the American people. Should Republicans be able to take control of one or both houses of Congress, their task of helping save the republic must begin with using their oversight and purse power to dramatically rein in bureaucratic tyranny.

reference list for comparison – “Thank goodness we have people like Trump, and Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis who fight back against the cabal instead of act as wimps in the face of Joe Biden, his lies, his Democrats, and the pretend-media that supports them so they are able to destroy Republicans in general, and, in fact, the United States. ” — Jack Hellner: Trump had to tweet to offset the misinformation that was spread about him every day – American Thinker

evil lurks here – “Despite all the preparations I’ve suggested, when the rogue FBI comes a knocking at your door, you’re screwed. With the help of Deep State judges and the fake-news media, the FBI will happily ruin you, your family, your finances, and your reputation” — Pete McArdle: How to Prepare for a Pre-Dawn Visit From the FBI – American Thinker

A stand for justice – “The raid is an excellent example of how the Deep State uses the full power and weight of the federal government to intimidate, harass, and imprison those who dare to stand up in opposition to the unconstitutional acts and abuse of power.” — Ron Wright: Raid on Mar-a-Lago: Judge Cannon Stands in the Breech Against the Deep State – American Thinker — “This raid was just the last act in a series of criminal actions by this coup to undermine the foundation of our Constitutional Republic and install a totalitarian administrative state.  The unhinged yelling by President Biden that we must save our democracy from the semi-fascist MAGA Republicans that seek to overthrow our government is manifestly spurious.”

what the ? — “the district court in Philadelphia investigated and dismissed the charge earlier this year” … “Since Joe Biden was inaugurated as president, his Department of Justice and the FBI have targeted Trump-supporters, conservatives, and pro-lifers.” … “Dissenters will be threatened with secret dossiers and targeted with raids, confiscations, and arrests.  The media will peddle paranoia and cheer this resistance to reform. – Reform will take a herculean and persistent effort.” — Rajan Laad: The time has come to reform the FBI – American Thinker – “The FBI is America’s foremost law enforcement agency that protects citizens from criminals and terrorists.  In a democracy, the FBI is obliged to operate while guarding and respecting the rights of citizens.- It has to be remembered that liberty and security are not mutually exclusive.”

better than thou — “Virtue signaling is generally a “luxury belief” that holds no cost” … “The climate activist club is also filled with grifters” … “The climate scare is also an important piece of artillery in the war on capitalism” — Climate Week Is Over, But The Warming Cranks Are Still Out There – Issues & Insights — “Human history has been filled with crackpots, cheats, liars, attention seekers, and fearmongers. Today these sorts have coalesced around the global warming narrative. They’ll do anything, they’ll say anything. If the rest of us don’t resist, they’ll take us back a couple of centuries.”


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the woke mind virus

long read on the state of affairs: A transcript of remarks originally given in Miami at the National Conservatism Conference in September 2022.”we fight because we want a better life for us, our kids and grandkids. But we also fight because we owe a debt of gratitude for those who have come before us. And we need to do justice to their sacrifice. And we would not be doing that if we were running away from the fight before us. God bless you all.” — Governor Ron DeSantis: Florida Versus Davos – The American Mind

true perspective will out? – “The storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6 by Trump supporters has been characterized by liberals in the usual hysterical — if not psychotic — overtones that is one of the characteristics of fanatics. And we are most definitely in the midst of a totalitarian movement.” — January 6 Will One Day Be A National Holiday — It Will Be America’s Bastille Day – Issues & Insights

a sad and sorry tale – “The interview makes plain that it was Trump who broke Burns. Beginning in 2016, Burns transformed from a garden-variety leftist into a person who sees Hitler lurking behind every Republican in America” — Andrea Widburg: Ken Burns’s hatred threatens to destroy his legacy – American Thinker — “Trump broke a lot of people. The notion that America could elect a showman who stood for principles that were a completely normal part of American life before 9/11 changed everything (mostly because it unchained the American left) was too much for many, including Burns. It’s a shame, too, because Burns is a remarkably talented man when his monomania hasn’t filled him to the brim with hatred and ignorance.”

fantasy isn’t reality – “a prime example of how the left lies to appease its narrative” … “Not only does the movie massage the events of the past to fit a progressive narrative, it outright reverses the polarity of history entirely and makes heroic a kingdom that was, in reality, one of the biggest drivers of the slave trade. It only takes a brief look at the primary sources to completely debunk the entire plot of “The Woman King.” — Mike Coté: Anti-Historical ‘The Woman King’ Lies About Africa’s Slave Trade — “the left tends to overreach and make unforced errors; the laughable treatment of history in “The Woman King” seems to be one of them. Conservatives and historians could ask for no better example of this absurdity than a film that presents a genocidal, slave-raiding kingdom as beneficent defenders of freedom.”

takedown, point by point – “it is unrealistic to simply assume that low flows in the six rivers upon which the CNN article focuses are caused by a lack of rainfall and the “relentless heat waves” that have supposedly swept the planet.” — David R. Legates: What is Drying up the World’s Rivers? – American Thinker — “As is often the case, the facts usually disprove the alarmist position associated with climate change. This is no different with respect to the CNN article.”


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utter depravity knowing no bounds

vying for a false arrest charge – “The notion these migrants were tricked into traveling to Massachusetts is the height of leftist contempt for people they claim to champion.” — John Daniel Davidson: Sorry, There’s No ‘Smoking Gun’ In Martha’s Vineyard

are you an MVE? – “So, it has come to this: cherishing the freedoms bequeathed to us via the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the very documents meant to protect us from tyrannical government, is now seen by our government as a likely indication that one is a “domestic terrorist.” Talk about coming full circle!” — Eric Utter: The depths of the Bureau’s depravity apparently knows no bounds – American Thinker — bequeathed? a God given ‘natural right? other than that … 

the lack of strong history and civics instruction is an existential crisis” – “invited public testimony to South Dakota’s Board of Education Standards on September 19, 2022” — Joy Pullmann: South Dakota Could Pass America’s Best History Curriculum 

The people and institutions who have for decades failed to educate their fellow citizens to assume the rights and duties of American citizenship have disqualified themselves from having any say in what children should learn. It’s time to replace their failures with instruction that has a track record of success and ends the use of public education as a political weapon against constitutional self-government.

what you are up against – “that rare megalomaniac who not only believes he’s a god but revels in behaving like one.” — Janet Levy: George Soros: The Man Behind The Curtain – American Thinker — “Palumbo’s painstakingly researched book also traces Soros’shand in the media, including journalism schools – which is why they push his pet issues and put out “fact checks” to deny his infamous past. Thus, he can shape narratives and target those who don’t match his global vision.”

lay down and die isn’t Christian – “The story of Czech international hero Jan Žižka is a true treat for film buffs and casual moviegoers.” … “The title change from “Warrior of God” to “Medieval” for American audiences was obviously done to avoid an association with schlocky Christian dramas, but it says a lot about the present state of our country’s approach to the art of film.” —  Justin McClinton: ‘Medieval’ Is A Christian Action Epic You Didn’t Know You Needed — “Ambitious is the first word that comes to mind in imagining a Christian action movie, but Jákl delivers. The movie treads in the same waters as Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” but this time the violence inflicted upon Jesus is done to the people he died for.”


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a distinct whiff of fascism in the air

yes, it’s special – “Hong Kong and Singapore; India and Pakistan; Egypt and South Africa; Australia and New Zealand; Canada and the United States. – These far-flung countries are all the powerhouses of their regions of the world, both politically and economically. – They have histories of law, order, and general liberty that, though certainly troubled and far from perfect, tower above those of their neighbors. – Finally: They were all once major colonies of the British Empire.” — Christopher Bedford: The British Empire Was A Force For Western Civilization (And That’s Why They Hate Her)

uncomfortable – “maybe the Democrat party realizes that its policy “successes” have caused so much pain for the American people that the only path to continued power consists of cynically demonizing half the country as “extremists,” “insurrectionists,” and “terrorists” who must be defeated at any cost.” — J.B. Shurk: MAGA’s Real Crime? Spotlighting Government Failure – American Thinker — “perhaps MAGA Americans are denounced as “extremists” precisely because they think for themselves and demand real change from their government.  Perhaps they are seen as a “threat” because they refuse to become poorer and less secure in the world just so globalists can profit at Americans’ expense.  Perhaps they are reviled as “insurrectionists” because so much of the American government has forgotten what the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution actually mean.  Perhaps those who want to “make America great” have become the enemy because so many in Washington, D.C. want to make America and Americans feel small.  Maybe Democrats have nothing else to run on in this midterm election except hate, division, and threats.”

a blind eye – “The Justice Department doesn’t hesitate to publicize the names of those it accuses of wrongdoing. At least when those accused do not work for Justice.” —  Eric Felten: DOJ Internal Misconduct Shrouded in Veil of Secrecy | RealClearPolitics — “The IG’s recommendation notwithstanding, the Justice Department continues to shroud wrongdoing by its own in a system of secrecy. It is a policy that does little to restore confidence in a department viewed by many Americans with suspicion.”

why is this so? – “Part of the thrill of being transgender is the attention one receives and craves so badly. Another benefit is the ability to outrage normal people. Critics of the transgender movement are accused of being intolerant.” — John Dietrich: Will the Democrats’ Stance On Education Be Their Undoing? – American Thinker — “If you want to be accepted, if you want to remain employed, if you want to receive your pension, it is advisable to remain silent when this subject comes up.”

the nature of the lie – “Anti-liberty leftists love to weaponize certain words and then use them to excess.” — D. Parker: Cruelty? Who Is More Cruel than the Left? – American Thinker — “The lesson we’ve learned from all of this is that anti-liberty leftists are fine with an illegal invasion.  They just don’t want people moving in where they live.  They can’t say this out loud, so they project it on the pro-freedom right.  And when they talk about using people as a political weapon, rejecting humanity, Sadistic Immigration Stunts, and cruelty, they are referring to themselves. They just can’t be honest about it.”

the dark night? – “as we look around us, and as we review the data, the dark night of global warming that is always descending has never landed.” — How Global Warming Is A Lot Like ‘Get Trump’ – Issues & Insights — (Donate) — “There is a distinct whiff of fascism in the air. But it’s the Democrats who released the stench with their efforts to crush dissent and establish single-party rule over constitutional governing.”


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