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no right without remedy for abridgment

At American Thinker, integrity is the theme. The Judge Goes Awry Analyzing Gov. DeSantis’s Firing Of A Rogue Prosecutor gets into a proper decision but a wrong basis. — “It’s important to understand why “prosecutorial discretion” in the hands of leftists gravely threatens our federal and state constitutions, with the latter tracking on the former in relevant part. … When a prosecutor (who works for the Executive branch of government) refuses to enforce a law on ideological grounds—an act that defines every prosecutor who has entered office with George Soros’s support—he is effectively nullifying those laws with which he disagrees … Hinkle’s opinion evinces a level of bias and gaslighting one should never see coming from a federal judge. In a sane world, Hinkle should be impeached on the ground that he has failed to uphold and defend the Constitution.”

This one hits Nevada. Do You Trust the Integrity of Our Elections? If Not, Here Are the Steps We Must Take. The issue is about the idea of national standards for elections. — “Achieving election integrity in states like Nevada (or California, Oregon, Washington State, Colorado, etc.) will be exceedingly difficult, but some actions may be possible” — but there are some things you can do. Removing Phantoms With Technology and ‘Gentle’ Persuasion has some ideas, too. — “Before November 4, 2020, almost nobody in America looked at voter rolls — at least not anyone normal.  Now voter rolls in every state are being evaluated, line by line, by tens of thousands of concerned citizens.” — It’s about holding the state accountable. On this, Nevada Ends Qualified Immunity in Landmark Decision. — “In a landmark decision, possibly one of the most impactful in Nevada’s history, the justices upheld the long-standing legal principle that a right does not, as a practical matter, exist without any remedy for its enforcement.” — this has been a big issue in those seeking redress for election fraud as qualified immunity and no defined remedy are rationales used by judges to dismiss cases on procedural grounds.  

 

 

 

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Chickens roosting but restless: 1/6 bell still reverberating

Realizing costs can sometimes be painful. Trump Hatred Is Not Cheap (John Green, American Thinker) illustrates the hazards of being sold a bill of goods. — “Pat has her reasons — which make perfect sense to her. But that level of Trump hatred does come with a price tag. It didn’t take long to realize that the Trump alternative — Joe Biden — came with some hidden costs of his own, that Pat didn’t know about. Now that we’re two years into his presidency, we can actually quantify some of those costs.” — “It’s none of my business what Pat spends her money on, and avoiding Trump’s quirks clearly has some value to her. But almost $69K — to avoid mean tweets. Wow, she must have more disposable income than I do!” — A specific example is that the Biden Admin Quietly Admits Canceling Keystone Pipeline Killed Thousands Of Jobs And Billions Of Dollars. (Mike LaChance, Gateway Pundit) — this comes from a “Department of Energy (DOE) completed in late December without any public announcement”

On the election front, the pot still simmers. A Mulligan for the Supreme Court (Bill Markin, American Thinker) points out that SCOTUS has several cases to consider to try again:

“The Court refused to consider the case, not on the merits of its argument, but on a technicality, claiming that Texas had not demonstrated a “judicially cognizable interest” in the manner in which another state conducts its elections.

“As a result, we have seen nearly two years of the rapid destruction of our nation, including fiscal irresponsibility that has led to staggering inflation, a steady decline in the stock market, enactment of policies that have reduced us from energy independence to a nation that must look to countries such as Venezuela and Iran to meet our basic needs and, perhaps most frightening, the politicization of the Department of Justice (including the FBI) into organizations resembling a third-world police state.

This doesn’t yet touch the 1/6 delusions and rights violations. January 6: A Day That Will Live in Alchemy (Julie Kelly, American Greatness) — “In a feat of political sorcery—fueled by lies, cover-ups, and careerism—the Biden regime has transformed an unruly, four-hour protest into an act of domestic terror.” 

“So, what exactly did these alleged “domestic terrorists” do? They entered the Capitol through open doors as police officers stood by. Carrying no weapons, the couple took photos inside the Rotunda and wandered through some hallways; surveillance video shows Holly Christensen talking to a Capitol police officer. At another point, Scott Christensen chatted with a D.C. Metro police officer, a conversation captured on a body-worn camera. Police led the pair toward an exit door about 45 minutes later without arresting them. … 

More than 950 people have been arrested and charged so far, a figure expected to at least double by the time the dust settles.

Some of the detachment from reality is exposed — “Biden, who has difficulty telling the truth about the circumstances of his own son’s death, shamelessly perpetuates the falsehood that Sicknick and several other police officers died as a result of January 6. (In his statement, Garland claimed five police officers died.)” — Perhaps those who face trial should argue for a change of venue so they can get trial by a jury of their peers. The Washington D.C. jury pool has not demonstrated that it can provide such a jury.

 

 

 

 

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raising the bar, an inverse limbo dance

neo has a good summary of the election problem and the courts with The Kari Lake election fraud verdict: Part II. — “if fraudsters are creative enough and go outside the bases for challenge established by the statute, it appears that no lawsuit could succeed. … So I’m not going to do a close review of the evidence presented in court, because whatever it was it was not going to be able to meet the requirements unless it was a confession or a record of the plotting itself.” — Sundance also calls it Fishy Business – Arizona Mandatory Recounts Revealing Significant GOP Gains, Hobbs Sealed Results Until After Her Lawsuit Completed — “Then there’s this very interesting development….” — “It appears Mrs. Hobbs intentionally did not want the recount information coming out until her lawsuit to become governor was completed.”

neo also has a New York Times phenomena to explore. Republicans pounce on the poor beleaguered FBI. — “Why are the Republicans doing this to those agency innocents, fighting for truth, justice, and the American Way? It’s because of Trump, of course” — One question is why reporting at this level can be this biased and ignorant. A second level of concern is the propaganda aspect.  

 

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another travesty of justice and denial of truth

Neo came up with the idea a few days ago that both sides were seeking Truth. The reality is that one side, the Left is trying to create truth while the, the Right is trying to find it. Truth can be ideology but that is not as issue in the current dialog. Truth as opposed to false witness is what is at stake right now.

The election integrity fracas continues to raise questions and wonder. Judge Peter Thompson Rules Elections with Broken Machines in 60% of Precincts and No Chain of Custody for Ballots Are Free, Fair and Certifiable (Jim Hoft. Gateway Pundit) — “Here again, are the key points ignored by Judge Thompson in Kari Lake’s lawsuit.” —  Kari Lake failed to meet a standard that is impossible to meet (Ted Noel , American Thinker) says — “She presented uncontroverted testimony that the dimensions of the ballot on Election Day were changed from the dimensions that were tested before the election. … As Kari Lake noted, the election was run “outside the law.” Yet Maricopa County Judge Peter Thompson ruled that Lake didn’t meet her burden of proof.” … “The appellate court ought to realize that errors involving fully ten percent of the entire voting electorate are larger than those assumed by the earlier courts, rendering their precedents inapplicable. … Given the facts on the ground, no presumption of election regularity can logically be maintained.  But granting Lake a victory at this point is a bridge too far.” — BUT The Dismissal of Kari Lake’s Election Lawsuit Shows Voter Disenfranchisement No Longer Matters (Rachel Alexander, Townhall) — ”The trial court judge in Kari Lake’s election lawsuit predictably threw out her case on Saturday, putting on a sham trial that on the surface looked fair to the general public that doesn’t know any better, but to legal minds was a travesty of justice.”

There Certainly Was an Insurrection, But Not by Trump (Brian C. Joondeph, American Thinker) — “Was Trump behind the “insurrection” as Reps Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney insist? Or was the federal government fomenting insurrection? And was January 6 part of a long pattern of government insurrection going back decades?” — “What’s the common theme? Government agencies actively promoting one favored political party while damaging their political enemies, Soviet-style, to influence elections and disrupt Constitutionally based government. In other words, an insurrection.” — Don’t Buy What Democrats Are Selling as Reality (Bruce Kaufman,  American Thinker) — “We live in a topsy-turvy world, where true reality is often altered and replaced with a new surreal Democrat reality.” — “Beware!  If you believe in the Democrats’ faux reality, you do so at your own peril!  The spider will have caught you in its web.”

Seeking truth, the honest to reality witness kind, is why We Must Know the Past (Jeffrey Folks, American Thinker) — “What critical theorists refuse to admit is that they themselves, with the freedom of speech that they so often abuse, are the beneficiaries of the American experiment.  They are even less likely to admit that the woke thinking they encourage would establish a new social order in which large swaths of the population would be relegated to second-class citizenship or worse” — “Critical theorists are quick to discover flaws and to magnify them into crimes like suppression and even genocide.  The only ones whom woke thinkers find to be innocent are themselves, when in fact woke thinking is leading America toward authoritarianism based on racist, sexist, and queer criteria for membership in the new elite.”

 

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Constitutional destruction via invisibility.

While Hinderaker et al are blinded by bias, Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit joins Don Surber on the latest anti-Trump hoax. — “What he’s saying is that we are PAST the rules, regulations and articles of the Constitution. Which we knew didn’t we? This was a color revolution, which means a revolution that uses the country’s rules and regulations against the country to install a usurping entity under the cover of law.” — “Trump is — as he always does — trying to get people to talk about things. He’s not calling for war or revolution. He never did.” Another take is by David Zukerman: President Trump is the hero of many a Capra film. — “In every one of these wonderful, populist movies, the hero finds himself targeted for destruction by a villainous character representing the establishment … Moral of the Capra quartet: the MAGA-kind must ignore the villainous demonizing from the foes of populism, be aware of the media’s censorship, and remain steadfast in support of the Capraesque MAGA leaders.”

 Victor Davis Hanson wonders How Corrupt is a Corrupt Media? — “the public cannot trust that the news it hears or reads is either accurate or true.” — Suppression – Fantasy – Chronological Manipulation – Asymmetry – Unethical Behavior – defined with examples to explain why — “there is no media. It has ceased to exist, and the public plods on by assuming as true whatever the Pravda-like news outlets suppress and as false whatever they cover.”

Then there’s the 65 project. The Left is Using Lawfare Including Threats of Prosecution to Ignore Massive Voter Disenfranchisement. Rachel Alexander says “The 65 Project is all over conservative election attorneys in Arizona. I’m the former Maricopa County Elections attorney, and it’s like a who’s who list of my colleagues in Arizona.”

“Unfortunately, the left has convinced people that witness testimony no longer counts as “evidence” in election fraud cases, laughing at patriots when anxiety-prone judges find an easy technicality to throw out a case. Witness testimony alone has been used to send people to the death penalty, but the left has overturned jurisprudence here in an unprecedented trampling of our justice system. The left is also threatening to prosecute rural county supervisors who fight back.

Not only election fraud: What Do You Do When BLM Attacks You in Your Car? — “she’s prepared to go to trial rather than accept a light sentence of six days of community service and her license suspended for a year. … One would have to be nervous as a mouse cornered by the house cat to know that his future and his life hangs in the hands of any jury these days, given the political climate.” — “Make no mistake: it was the protesters who created this dangerous situation and then cried foul when they came up on the short end of things, with several of their members injured. … Self-defense is still a very real and righteous legal defense in America — or at least it used to be.  Everyone will have to make his own choices, if and when the time comes.  Just don’t let the Marxist-Maoists make you a victim.”

The corruption and malfeasance from government ‘persuasion’ is front and center in the Twitter brouhaha. Andrew C. McCarthy explains How the FBI’s nod, wink got social media to censor The Post’s Hunter Biden reporting. — “Stop looking for a smoking gun. That’s not how this game works. … I can explain the apparent disconnect. It is not necessary for FBI officials to issue specific warnings to convey the message that a story should be killed.” … “That’s how this game is played. The players know exactly what they’re doing. They say enough to endorse the lie but leave themselves room to deny that they did so. They think we’re idiots.”

The ‘research’ fraud isn’t only on COVID inoculations and masking, climate change, or ‘renewable’ energy, it’s showing as a general purpose useful tool. Eddie Scarry: Twitter Hate Is Rising, Claims Group That Says So And That’s That. — “It would be easy to laugh in the faces of the ADL people but it’s not a joke. Putting out these junk studies has real consequences.” Baseless allegations, hyperbolic exaggeration, statistical sleight of hand, appeal to authority and other logical fallacies – maybe there’s good reason to think the audience is all idiots.

 

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a slathering of allegation and accusation

It’s coming to Nevada. It got the ballots to enshrine it into law in the last election. Selwyn Duke explains The New Voting System that Gave Democrats a GOP House Seat is Dangerous. Here’s Why. — “The result is that while it seemed the voters were being given more of a choice, they essentially were robbed of choice by a system” — 

Charles Lipson is talking about fifty years of black privilege and it isn’t just a slathering of allegation and accusation but rather measurement and observation. The Zombie Survival of Affirmative Action — “How will they skirt the high court’s ruling? By eliminating statistical evidence that they are actually discriminating, even as they continue to do so.” … “The differences have remained large and persistent.” … “A judicial ruling won’t end this debate. These issues are among our country’s most profound and vexing, legally and historically. Blacks were denied equal education for centuries.” .. That last is a canard that illustrates the core issue. There has been no ‘denial’ as education is not something given or denied but rather something earned. The question is why one racial group has not earned it despite many examples of members of that group have earned it. This shows in the topic Lipson uses for measures – standardized testing – and it also shows in crime statistics. The ‘deny’ idea is removing responsibility for behavior and imposing a victim status that, like socialism, fails every time it is exposed to the light. Glen Reynolds cites PROF. ROBERT STEINBUCH: Measuring qualifications by merit — “Objective merit is bad because it limits the discretion of people in power, thus hampering their ability to favor people they like and harm people they dislike.” — Conrad Black gets to the question Conrad Black: Is America In Decline? — “Those of us who are appalled by the weakness, incoherence, corruption, and hypocrisy of the Biden administration would do better to recognize the implications of the disaster in the midterm elections and the extent of the task that confronts those—apparently a significant majority—who believe that Bidenism is a straight boulevard to catastrophe.”

For the majority who still believe in the traditional America, sensibly updated and cleansed of discrimination, the country is entering mortally perilous times. The midterms were a wake-up call, but has anyone awakened?

A part of this ‘why?’ is another behavior. David Zukerman observes that the New York Times notices ‘political violence’ and blames…Republicans — “For the left, officeholders, media, and elsewhere, dissent is equated with “extremism” that must be banned, extinguished, erased from the homeland, and to hell with the First Amendment.” — This is another example of a canard based on a slathering of allegation and accusation without clear definition or example and in blatant contradiction to what can easily be seen. — “The New York Times should really be asked to show cause why its November 27, 2022 editorial is not a demand for limited popular government, preferably under the stranglehold of just one political party, the Democrat party.”

The election introspection continues. Robert Merz: Why the Midterms Didn’t Surprise Me — “what can you expect when it isn’t a level playing field, and the non-socialist team is fragmented?” — “This brings us to trying to understand what propaganda (disinformation) is, where it came from, and how it is used.” — Victor Davis Hanson: Was Trump Our Captain Queeg? — “Fact-checkers” doted on every Trump statement, nitpicking them to find some exaggeration, or untruth. Fine. But then these same hypercritics simply went comatose during the Biden Administration, with little care that Biden spins fantasies daily, from a son lost in the Iraq War to insulting claims that he passed his student loan amnesty in the Congress by a close vote, and on and on. With Trump, voters got real achievement with coarseness, with Biden utter failure with near senility.” — The analogy to a movie highlights the injustice being done and the damage it causes.

Medicine is a worry as its bureaucracy failed in applying established principle and practice resulting in a pandemic panic. That was costly in money, public health, and deaths. William A. Jacobson: The incoming House of Representatives should hold hearings on the destructive racialization of medical schools and medicine — “Medical School education is in crisis, with ‘social justice’ and race-focused activism being imposed on students, faculty, and staff,”

 

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Answer to the people? Kidding, right?

Don Surber thinks “the 12 Republican senators who recently voted for the Bake My Cake law will capitulate next on guns.” – Republicans likely will give Biden gun control – “Biden knows he has a dozen Republican senators willing to help him thwart the will of the people by stripping hunters and others from owning rifles.” This is being rather sour on the Republican establishment in the swamp, for evident reasons and history. 

The J6 outrage continues. Will notes that Tucker Highlights Sickening Treatment of January 6th “Political Prisoner” — “So I assume you guys vote Republican? Did any politicians come to your aid? Or do they just continue to ignore you like everybody else in Washington?” — A new long train of abuses by Henry Pelifan provides some context for the DC Gulag and other governmental abuse. — “Laws badly administered, abused, or ignored were the injustices that caused this country’s founding.” — The shenanigans of governmental prosecution get another example by Sundance: DOJ Once Again Changes Trump Seizure Evidence List Dropping “Empty Classified Folders”, and Continues Refusing to Give President Trump Lawyers the Affidavit Used for Search Warrant. — “In this case we are watching the DOJ National Security Division (DOJ-NSD) deny the production of the material that supports the framework of their search warrant.  Again, if Main Justice has nothing to hide, then why are they not willing to stand openly behind the predicate for their search.” — what happened to the Bill of Rights?

 

 

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Hey Doc! What happened to medicine valuing the patient?

The medical establishment is regressing! Cameron English worries that Science destroys its credibility by embracing critical theory.  “The acceptance of fashionable nonsense is a threat to Enlightenment values and public health.”  Andrew Ross describes why he thinks Telemedicine is not medicine despite the COVID lockdown fad. Rich Yurkowitz does a Fact Check: Obamacare Failed on another word pablum used to sell a costly and ineffective solution to fears and doubts. John Hughes wonders What’s Wrong with the American College of Emergency Physicians? He notes that “Profits, social issues, physician censorship, and political pet projects seem to be guiding medical policy and therefore practice in America” rather than  “fentanyl overdoses, obesity-related morbidity and mortality, government policies causing increases in violent crime and murder, and declining economic conditions.” Olivia Murray provides a history lesson as the Medical community (once again) complicit in eugenics agenda. This is about abortion and infanticide. Stacey Lennox reports that the CDC Vaccine Advisory Group To Vote on Adding mRNA Vaccines to the Childhood Schedule. This is and absurd risk analysis conclusion going against the trend by other agencies looking at the issue and why Elizabeth Nickson wonders Just how big is our democide? 

Margot Cleveland clarifies the latest political jury decision and notes Russia Hoaxers, Not Durham, Should Be Embarrassed. The question is what can we do about such miscarriage of justice without spilling a lot of blood. On the Russian front, Boris Bondarev gets into The Sources of Russian Misconduct. He qualifies as a Kremlin defector. Then there’s Jack Hellner about how Democrats take ‘fake news’ to new lows. The propaganda machine is overt and organized.

 

 

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lawfare big time

obstruction – “The DOJ-NSD is claiming the Intelligence Community (IC) is the real authority here, not the President of the United States.  It is a rather remarkable position to take.” … “President Trump declassified the documents showing the corrupt DOJ and FBI targeting operation of him.   The corrupt DOJ and FBI went and took back the evidence against them in the Mar-a-Lago raid and now says no one should be allowed to see it.” — sundance: DOJ-NSD Frantic That Special Master Might Review IC Defined Classified Documents, Even if Trump Declassified, Because Sources and Methods – The Last Refuge

power play – “we have seen with President Biden severe cognitive deficits present no obstacle to Democrats putting people into positions of power. After all, in their view it is only the power behind the throne that matters. Their elected officials are only front men and women.” … “Lots of people are waking up to the fact that Democrats have been scamming them for generations and they are responding appropriately. – Expect the level of desperation to be turned up to 11, because Democrats can’t win solely with the votes of white-wine whiney women.” — David Strom: When Democrats do it…. – HotAir

bullies – “The phone confiscation, he said, has given him the opportunity to tell people that without election integrity, “We lose our country.” — Eva Fu via The Epoch Times: “I Got Bad News For You”: Mike Lindell Speaks Out After FBI Seizes Phone | ZeroHedge

turmoil – “The Court is coming off one of the most historic and impactful terms in its history. Yet, the coming docket is already packed with new blockbuster cases” — Turley Speaks to the 2022 Ohio Judicial Conference – JONATHAN TURLEY

 

 

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Tsunami of news on the political warfare and assault on the Constitution

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Torture, harassment, deprivation – a deluge

Constitution? – “If the FBI can so easily obtain the right to raid Trump’s home, what is left to protect you, your home, or your privacy?” … “For the warrant to withstand constitutional scrutiny, the redacted portions have a lot of work to do to articulate a very dark and sinister set of facts describing how Trump took top secrets of the United States that he did not declassify and that he did so with the intent to harm the United States or profit on the sensitive information” — Brett L. Tolman and Julie Warren: FBI’s Trump Raid Should Concern Everyone, Including His Critics

walls closing in – “Our country is far from healthy today, but a collective laugh at the FBI’s joke of an affidavit is a long-needed step in the right direction.” — Christopher Bedford: The Short Life (And Fast Death) Of The FBI’s Mar-A-Lago Play

Chapter and Verse – “It must have been extremely frustrating for a sitting president to know there was nothing to the claims yet be constantly bombarded by media and political people in Washington DC who held a vested interest in maintaining them.” — sundance: President Trump Tried to Work Within the System and Sunday Talks, Out From the Shadows, The Primary Architect of The Trump Targeting Operation Surfaces on ABC News – The Last Refuge — “McCord is the architect, the actual person putting lawfare strategy into lawfare ink and action, for the Trump targeting operations.”

Stanford jail experiment in reality – “For the first time in U.S. history, the political party in power is hunting down and jailing members of the opposition party for political dissidence, and . . . torturing them in jail … the same evil that manifested itself in Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, and Nero’s Rome … This cruel disregard for basic human rights is all part of the regime’s effort to dehumanize the January 6ers” — Debra Heine: Lawyer: January 6 Clients Are Being Tortured › American Greatness

paranoid police – “Incidents involving “swatting” — i.e., someone making a false 911 call to a police agency claiming that a violent crime is in progress at a specific location, with the caller’s intent being to cause the police to respond to that address to disrupt, annoy, or kill the inhabitant of that location — are increasing” — Stephen Lamkin: One way to stop policemen from mistakenly killing innocent people – American Thinker

the damage done – “Today the deluded rulers of the Western world are gifting us and future generations with plagues of Green Elephants — useless, expensive, protected green rubbish.” — Viv Forbes: The plague of Green Elephants – American Thinker — “These disastrous Green adventures are driven by the UN billionaires’ club and promoted endlessly by government media, education bureaucracies, and vocal vested interests. – This plague of Green Elephants will destroy our industries, our farms and our access to cheap reliable fuels and electricity.”

 

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I though they knew the law – FBI?

a catalog – “A look at the FBI’s last six years shows a pattern of irredeemable corruption.” — Tristan Justice: Think The FBI Deserves The Benefit Of The Doubt? Think Again

What the ? – “it’s the same guys doing it now as the ones who cooked up the earlier string of Russia hoaxes. … This rather gives the impression that there’s some kind of Inspector Javert operation going on directed at President Trump, with a Wile E. Coyote effect.” — Monica Showalter: Is the FBI even doing counterintelligence cases any more? – American Thinker — “Someone in Congress, perhaps Sen. Ted Cruz, needs to start asking Director Christopher Wray why his agency isn’t producing a whole lot, if anything, for the counterintelligence job it’s paid for.”

Victim report – “testifies to a congressional hearing about the depths to which the FBI has sunk in its attempts to discredit one of its most effective critics.” — Thomas Lifson: Sharyl Attkisson reveals how low the FBI will go – American Thinker

Here’s the receipts – “The Fourth Amendment protects Americans against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government” — Mack Cogburn: New: Intel Officials Leak About What FBI Was Looking For In Trump Raid And It’s Not Looking Good

Another case gone sour – “In a case with a direct bearing on the search warrant issued on Mar A Lago, the March 22, 2021 FBI raid on a private safe deposit box operator in Beverly Hills, California just got even dodgier, according to court documents released by a different federal judge than issued the warrant.” — Thomas Lifson: FBI affidavit misled a magistrate judge on a search warrant in plot to seize and forfeit contents of safety deposit boxes – American Thinker — “I think that it is fair to say at this point that the FBI does not deserve the benefit of the doubt for any serach warrant applications they have issued, and that full disclosure of affidavits they have filed is mandatory, given the proven, calculated misbehavior the Bureau has engaged in.”

the best of the best? – “Former FBI agent Robert Cessario was charged with corrupt destruction of record in an official proceeding in connection to the trial of former Arkansas Republican state Sen. Jon Woods, local media reported.” — Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times: Ex-FBI Agent Pleads Guilty To Destroying Evidence | ZeroHedge

historical perspective – “One of the major causes leading up to the American Revolution was the “general warrant.” This was a search warrant that was completely open-ended, allowing the British government official to search anything, anywhere, at any time.” — Andrea Widburg: Trump plans to take legal action against the DOJ and FBI – American Thinker — “Leftists have always resented the Constitution, and now they’re open in their disdain, so it’s valid to ask if they’ll say that Trump’s case is so extraordinary that the Constitution just can’t apply to him.”

law professors strut their stuff – “Apart from its sheer stupidity, we see here another example of the pervasive bad faith with which the Left operates. Frankly, it would be more honest and no less lawless to advocate taking over the U.S. Army, mobilizing tanks and howitzers and staging an old-fashioned coup, in order to install the Democratic Party permanently in power.” — John Hinderaker: Down With the Constitution! | Power Line — “I am not really surprised that a Yale Law School professor could write something as ridiculous as the Times op-ed. Yale Law School has always been rather goofy. But for a Harvard Law professor to sink to this depth reflects a dizzying decline in academic standards.”

power play – “The government is continuing its highly “successful” campaign to identify and convict any person that can conceivably be tied in any way to the Capitol Hill riot on January 6th of last year.” — Jazz Shaw: More Jan 6 people convicted of “parading” – HotAir — “Just as a periodic reminder, there has yet to be a single prosecution I could find of any of the people who were setting fire to federal court buildings and police cruisers during the BLM riots that unfolded during the summer of love. These sentences for the rioters would be shocking under any other circumstances. But the reality is that we now live in an era of selective enforcement of the law and unequal sentencing for similar or identical crimes. It’s the politicization of the justice system and it’s being done right before your eyes.”

Take your heroines where you can find them – “None of the big law firms in town which puff up their public service donating time — for example, to defend Guantanamo Bay detainees — have to my knowledge volunteered to help these people. So it was a welcome surprise to see one young public defender do her job.” — Clarice Feldman: D.C. Lawyer of the Year: Natasha Taylor-Smith – American Thinker — “Lazy if not partisan judges, lawyers neglecting their duty, the bar which mouths fancy platitudes ignoring its special responsibility to the justice system by volunteering its services, an FBI mired in corruption, the Speaker of the House sitting on relevant, probably exonerating evidence, and one young woman alone acts for justice. Bravo!”

smear campaign – “Did the Inquirer cover the event fairly?  Of course not!” — Lynne Lechter: Dr. Oz and the false flag crudité caper – American Thinker

patterns of bias – “Those costly errors will distort congressional representation and the Electoral College.” — Hans von Spakovsky: Census Bureau Admits Overcounting 7 Blue States, Just 1 Red State — “Congress needs to use its oversight authority to investigate and determine why these errors happened, particularly since they didn’t occur in the 2010 census. Lawmakers should then make the changes necessary to ensure this does not happen again.”

controlling the vote – “This bill, by far the most expansive piece of election legislation put forward by Democrats, passed the House along party lines but failed in the Senate after Manchin refused to lend it his support.” — Joseph Lord via The Epoch Times: Oversight Democrats Demand Federal Intervention Against ‘Election Misinformation’ | ZeroHedge

case study for the IRS expansion – “My former colleague’s apprehensions were obviously unfounded. But the fact that the thought that he may have been persecuted because of his political beliefs demonstrates that small-d democratic values on the ground are gradually eroding” — Rajan Laad: Was it IRS intimidation or just an ‘error’? – American Thinker — “The Democrats have created a climate of fear and have effectively criminalized political opposition. They certainly benefit if people hesitate to donate or support the party challenging them.”

Peer pressure and bullies – “Pathetic. There was nothing—not a single thing—wrong with Prof. Sweet’s article, and he knows it. His craven capitulation to a twitter mob tells you all you need to know about the cowardly character of most academics today, especially moderate liberal academics. They deserve their fate. History departments that behave this way deserve to lose all their students, and have their departments disbanded.” — Steven Hayward: Update: ‘Is History History?’ Answer: Sadly, Yes | Power Line

culture definition in music – “In its classic 40-year period, the songbook, essentially the hundreds of thousands of compositions that survived, was kept alive, in different ways of interpretation, by big swing bands, small combos, singers, and crooners.” — Michael Curtis: The American Melody Lingers On – American Thinker

 

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legislative graffiti and other people’s pain for gain

gaining perspective — “I allowed my distaste for Trump’s personality to override his virtues, which are considerable” — M.B. Mathews, I was wrong about Trump – American Thinker — “Had it not been for the vehement and irrational hatred of Trump, we never would have discovered that our own security and intelligence structures are compromised”

A list – “If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard a thousand times: all they want is “commonsense,” “sensible,” or “reasonable” gun control.  Except they never define those terms — on purpose” — D. Parker, Yep, it’s true! They’re coming for your guns. – American Thinker — “Anti-liberty leftists are playing another game of bait and switch — scaring everyone over the scourge of “assault weapons” but then expanding their reach to just about everything else. – Such is the usual of authoritarian socialists, exploiting other people’s pain for their political gain”

Dictatorship via Congress – “In introducing the legislation, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.), Rep. Hank Johnson (D., Ga.), and others have left no question that this is just the latest effort to change the balance of the Court in favor of a liberal majority. Such comments make the bill seem like little more than legislative graffiti.” — JonathanTurley, “Rebalance the Bench”: Democrats Introduce Sweeping Changes for the Supreme Court — “From Congress to the press to academia, the very foundation of the Court is being challenged. What is notable is that these are also the voices of some of the most powerful figures in our society”

List within list of perfidy on parade – “Cheney and Kinzinger should be ashamed to go on TV with journalists who have colluded with Democrats to continually lie as they sought to destroy Trump and infect the U.S with a radical leftist agenda” — Jack Hellner, It is the children of Kinzinger, Cheney and other Democrats who will be ashamed for the intentional destruction of America – American Thinker

Will there be accountability? – “In the law, we call that “the smoking gun,” for it seems to provide solid proof that Joe Biden sold access to the United States government, with his louche, debauched son as the bagman” — Andrea Widburg, We’ve finally got confirmation that Joe was ‘the Big Guy’ all along – American Thinker

Lawful futility? – “The letter makes out a good, detailed case of journalistic malpractice and bias. But do CNN’s actions constitute actionable defamation? The conventional wisdom is that under current law, it is almost impossible for any public figure to win a defamation case. And if it is almost impossible for anyone, it is triply impossible for Donald Trump” — John Hinderaker, Trump Sues the B*stards | Power Line

Fanatic focus is often blind – “One tragic wrong turn in American culture was feminists framing political activism as the only form of power, and employment as the one path to achievement” — Trish Randall, Regaining Female Powers – American Thinker — “Another hopeful trend comes from the days of my grandmothers. The WWII generation had a massive female workforce — the very employment situation that feminists have been pushing for nearly a century. Women were doing every kind of work from office jobs to the heaviest of heavy industry. But once the war was over, and the men came home, these competent working women rushed to the suburbs and initiated the baby boom. This is history people might enjoy seeing repeated”

Describing the problem – “A key impediment to our Constitutional Republic became clear in 1944 when Alexander Trachtenberg (1885-1966) declared at the National Convention of Communist Parties held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden in 1944” … “We may never know what the operative facts are behind our crazy times, but no conspiracy theory is needed to see the treachery against us by Marx-minded leaders and technocratic heavyweights with little regard for human life and less for truth.” — Anthony J. DeBlasi, Making Sense of Our Crazy Times – American Thinker — “A most alarming barrier to sane and humane progress is the abandonment of the original mission of Christian church leaders”

Feet to the fire, maybe – “there is at least the glimmer of accountability in the U.K. How about here in America?” — John Hinderaker, The Trans Fiasco: Will There Be an Accounting? — “How has this horror show come to be? I confess to puzzlement. Generally the Left is not hard to figure out. Leftists want power and money, and if you examine their policies with this in mind, they pretty much always make sense. But today’s gender hysteria is hard to understand within that framework”

 

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Moral failures with blindness

The Structural Legal Rot Runs Deep. Clarice Feldman — “It will be a lot longer and harder to turn the country around than you might otherwise imagine.”

Dismantle the D.C. Company Town. Roger Kimball — “It’s time that Americans faced up to the reality that their governing apparat is a corrupt, self-engorging Leviathan” … “The real issue here is something I have been harping on for the last couple of years: the issue of the decaying legitimacy of our institutions. Increasingly, once-respected institutions like the FBI, Congress, the Justice Department, to say nothing of the educational establishment and corporate culture, have lost their claim on the people’s allegiance”

Jonathan Turley: Dems May Be Ensuring Their Own Destruction With Latest Moves by Jan. 6 Cmte. Nick Arama — “This has not been the way the DOJ has handled such things in the past, and that’s a problem”

The Depp Trial & The Demise Of The ACLU | ZeroHedge. Jonathan Turley — “With this free fall at ACLU has come an endless line of controversies” … “It ultimately was the reputation of the ACLU, not Depp, that may have suffered the most in the trial. Ironically, for critics, Amber Heard became the fitting face and ambassador of the ACLU: conflicted, confused, and corrupted.”

Another Justice Department Fail: The Flynn Unmasking. Julie Kelly — “Bash’s punt on the matter doesn’t change the fact that classified information was leaked to the media by several Obama intelligence officials to destroy a three-star general, sabotage the Trump White House, and justify the destructive special counsel investigation that undermined the first half of Trump’s term. And the public, more than five years later, still doesn’t know who did the leaking.”

School shootings show our leaders, not Americans, are the moral failures. Glenn H. Reynolds — “when the facts come in, it invariably turns out that the tragedy doesn’t stem from a spiritual failing in America but rather from the fact that some (most?) of our institutions are run by creeps, crooks and incompetents”

The US ‘Has the Most Mass Shootings’—and Other Bogus Gun Research. John Stossel — “Government’s desire to control us—and to lie to make its case—is the real emergency.”

Disarming Victims Is a Dumb Way to Fight Crime. Charlie Johnston — “One can only suppose that, confronted with such angry, shrieking hysteria, conservatives are trying to mollify a crazy person rather than reason with a serious person” … “Gun control will make things worse.  Crime control will begin to stabilize things.  Let’s get serious.  Start by understanding that disarming victims is a dumb way to fight crime.”

Dems Put Trump Advisor In ‘Shackles’ in Latest Political Hit Job. Walt Rasinger — “Unlike Lerner, who routinely invoked the 5th Amendment during her testimony, Navarro has taken the accusations head-on”

After Francis, What Stability? Rod Dreher — “as someone who admires the Catholic Church and who wants it to be strong, and as someone who is passionately interested in religion, I can’t avert my eyes from the iceberg towards which Capt. Bergoglio is sailing his ship. In fact, I think he’s broadsided the thing, for the same reasons Kale Zelden and Larry Chapp do.”

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The evil drift

Liberalism and the Problem of Evil – Philip Ahlrich — “Political evil is a contagion of psychological immaturity, self-delusion, and counterfeit justification, and its virus has spread throughout America’s liberal ruling class.”

When You Label Half of the Country Racist… – Blaine L. Pardoe — “Overnight, anyone who had conservative values and voted Republican was complicit in mass murder and carried the taint of being called a racist… or so the Left hoped.”

The Democrats’ push for reparations will only make things worse – Kathleen Brush — “Under the guise of remedying historical sins, the government is stoking racial divisions at every corner” … “The government’s failure to contemplate the combined impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, and the Great Society (1964–1965) counts among the grossest acts of U.S. government negligence.”

“The national alarm should be sounding over the racialization of medical school education” — William A. Jacobson — “At least 39 of America’s 50 most prestigious medical colleges and universities have some form of mandatory student training or coursework on ideas related to critical race theory (CRT), according to CriticalRace.org, which monitors CRT curricula and training in higher education” — also see Critical Race Theory has infected 80% of the top U.S. medical schools – American Thinker.

The Leftward Drift of the Legal Profession is Cause for Concern – Mike LaChance — “lawyers are no longer primarily the allies of commercial classes, as they were in the early republic, but instead the technocrats and enablers of regulation and redistribution” … “The transformation of the legal profession marks a fundamental change in American democracy”

In seeking to demean Trump, The Wall Street Journal demeans itself – David Zukerman – “No good will come of the effort.” … “Whoever is in charge of the Capitol Police, it is not the president.  Clearly, Congress, not the president — if the USA Today article is correct — had the responsibility to move to stop the tumult. ”

 

 

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The fog of corruption in justice

The big guys are after the defenseless.

Judge Amit Mehta’s Kangaroo Court › “Mehta is not the only judge on the D.C. District Court to express open contempt for Trump and his supporters—but he is by far the most powerful.” … “the powerless Americans before him have no relief in sight”

The Internal Revenue (Election Rigging) Service – “While the IRS makes it harder for you to get your refunds, Black Lives Matter is not the only sketchy Democrat-controlled election-rigging outfit whose tax-exempt status the IRS has not looked into.” … “On the one hand, they tied the hands of the Tea Party, on the other, they put on blinders to the patent corruption of the BLM and Zuckerberg-funded outfits.”

The Public Health Prophet We Did Not Heed — “Donald Henderson, who died in 2016, was a giant in the field of epidemiology and public health. He was also a man whose prophetic warnings from 2006 we chose to ignore in March of 2020” … “We instead forged ahead with lockdowns, masks, social distancing, and the rest. When faced with covid, we rejected time-tested principles of public health and embraced instead the untested biosecurity model. We are now living in the aftermath of this choice.”

 

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Years into the assault

The License to Leak: How Years of Attacks on the Court Created a “By Any Means” Mentality – JONATHAN TURLEY – “Most court observers surely must have hoped this was an elaborate hoax, that someone had not shattered every legal and judicial ethical rule by leaking a draft opinion. But there was no denial from the court” … “It was a collective effort by those who bred contempt for our legal institutions and values. This is not a crisis of the court. It is a crisis of faith”

Role of Journals and their Editors in Preserving False Research Findings – Watts Up With That? – “we describe our experience of how journals and their editors work to preserve false findings in meta-analysis studies they publish” … “The business model of many journals promotes incentives for the author and publisher to work against sound science and interest of the public. Our position is that it is time for the public to view any meta-analysis published in the journal PLOS One as untrustworthy until proven otherwise.”

What ‘Moving On’ Has Cost Us –  “Republicans, as a party and as a mindset, are incapable of enforcing justice even when enjoying control of both houses of Congress and the White House. When they reach the threshold requiring a decision, they inevitably choose to “move on” instead”

The true import of the Alito draft –  “What makes the decision so significant is that it’s not even just about the Constitution; instead, even more specifically, the Alito draft is about the Supreme Court’s constitutional jurisprudence”

 Remote learning was a disaster — Joanne Jacobs “students who stayed home for most of 2020-21 fared much worse” … “Did keeping schools closed save lives? Apparently not” … “In addition to the “lost” or “unfinished” academic learning, out-of-school students lost social skills”

 

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When the fist priority is to win the play

Truth, ethics, morality, – everything else – takes a back seat. Win the case but forget the game (e.g. justice) 

The Lawyers’ War on Law. Mark Pulliam — “This essay originally appeared in the pre-digital magazine The American Enterprise (published by the American Enterprise Institute) in March 2001. Written over 21 years ago in the wake of the 2000 election dispute in Florida, which was resolved in Bush v. Gore, I think my take has held up pretty well. Proven prescient, even”

The judge in a January 6 case should be disbarred. Andrea Widburg — “One of the most visible signs of our federal government’s corruption is the treatment being meted out to the January 6 prisoners, who have been deprived of their express and inherent rights under the Constitution, one of which is the right to an impartial judge”

Legal Filing Sets Internet Ablaze With Reference to FBI/ATF ‘Assets’ ‘Embedded’ on Jan. 6. Nick Arama — “from defense attorney David Fischer in one of the Jan. 6 cases, which the folks at The Epoch Times found. Fischer claims in a footnote that “[a]t least 20 FBI and ATF assets were embedded around the Capitol on J6,” according to the filing. Where did that come from?”

More Jan. 6 Select Committee Nonsense Revealed as CNN Targets Private Texts of Rep. Chip Roy, Sen. Mike Lee. Rebecca Downs — “It’s seriously worth wondering who this audience is that CNN is trying to rile up and appeal to. Perhaps they themselves don’t even know”

I’m a Proud Member of the Rebel Alliance. Clarice Feldman — “Are we all serfs kept under the thumb by platforms secretly subsidized by the Deep State and foreign interests? That the SEC has decided to investigate other Musk operations  suggests to me that his offer to buy Twitter has set off serious alarms in the galactic empire. Musk seems to think so”

Elon Musk runs into the Twitter poison pill. Monica Showalter — “If you want a classic example of “small,” a pretty good place to look is on the hallowed heights of the Twitter elite” — “these Twitter elites are saying that power matters more to them than money.  That’s weird stuff coming from a business.  They don’t seem to operate on a profit basis, and anyone involved with this company is a victim”

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It’s just words on paper

Biden Administration To Demand Colleges Erase Women’s Sports, Due Process, Free Speech, And Men And Women. Madeline Osburn – “as the rules are finalized, the return of campus kangaroo courts is likely to be overshadowed by the current culture war spotlight on
women’s sports.”

Joe Biden Responds to Sacramento Shooting by Pushing Existing California Gun Controls. AWR Hawkins – “California already bans ghost guns … has required background checks for all gun sales since the 1990s … has banned “assault weapons” since the 1990s … bans “high capacity” magazines … Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is pushing to allow private citizens to sue gun makers … Additionally, California has a red flag law, gun registration requirements, a 10-day waiting period on gun purchases, a “good cause” requirement for concealed carry permit issuance, a ban on campus carry for self-defense, a ban on teachers carrying on K-12 campuses for classroom defense, and a limit on the number of guns law-abiding citizens can buy each month.”

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson rejects America’s very foundation. Andrea Widburg – “the fundamental premise underlying America’s entire constitutional political system: All people have inherent rights upon which government cannot infringe.” – “For a judge to deny these unalienable, inherent rights should instantly disqualify him or her from sitting on a federal bench, especially the Supreme Court. Yet deny those rights is exactly what Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson did.”

Western Suicide. S.R. Piccoli – “western civilization is not even close to what its detractors think it is, namely some narrow,
small-minded thing called western. It is instead “an inheritance, constantly expanding, constantly including new things. It is something which has given us the knowledge of the human heart, which
has enabled us to produce not just wonderful economies and the wonderful ways of living in the world that are ours, but also the great works of art, the religions, the systems of law and government, all the other things which make it actually possible for us to recognize that we live in this world, insofar as possible, successfully.” – What you need to do, Sir Roger concluded, “is engage in dialogue, which is what civilization is about.”

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A hoax plague

The election free and fair? Laptop evidence? Damning record gap? Biden or Trump? Child perversion OK? Learn from history and avoid destroying the foundation of a civil world.

Blue State Blues: The 2020 Election* Gets a Giant Asterisk over Hunter Biden Laptop. Joel B. Pollak — “The 2020 election must forever be tagged with an asterisk, given that the country’s establishment media have finally admitted that Hunter Biden’s laptop, which they suppressed during the campaign, is authentic, despite President Joe Biden’s denials.” – “the 2020 election can no longer be recognized as free and fair.” – “it is not necessary to point to theories about voting machines, missing ballots, or election fraud to know that the 2020 vote fell short of basic democratic standards:”

The Weakest Presidential Line Of Succession Ever. I & I Editorial Board — “But what about further down in the line of succession? Should some calamity befall both Harris and Biden on the same day, 82-year-old House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would immediately be sworn in as president” — “New York University constitutional scholar Richard Epstein warns, “in the long run a nation that places a succession of fools and knaves in high places will not be able to survive unscathed regardless of its constitutional structure.” Under the Biden administration, that nation, with its presidential succession of fools and dotards, may not survive at all, even in the short run.”

Media’s ‘7-hour Gap’ Story in White House Logs Turns Out to be Hoax: CNN. Joel B. Pollak — “The establishment media were abuzz this week with stories about a “seven-hour gap” in White House switchboard logs on January 6, but on Thursday night it emerged that the gap was likely the result of using ordinary landlines and cell phones.”

Oops! Another ‘walls closing in’ narrative about Trump hiding phone records with a 7-hour ‘gap’ falls apart. Monica Showalter — “They made fools of themselves with tweets like these” – “The media clowns breathlessly reported that they had “gotten” Trump at long last, but the whole thing fell apart in two days like a bad souffle. This is interesting because it’s far from the first time this kind of excitement, hype, buildup, and gotcha sentiment has gripped the mainstream media.”

No, Pointing Out The Media’s Lies Does Not Threaten Democracy. Kiyan Kassam — “Journalists and organizations that decry the rise of ‘misinformation’ and being branded ‘fake news’ should look in the mirror.” – “The past two years have absolutely exposed corporate media institutions in both Canada and the United States as purveyors not of mere bias but rather outright lies and falsehoods told in furtherance of a far-left political agenda.”

In Vermont, a Raw Attack on Free Speech. John Klar — “Vermont’s social justice legislators have launched a transparent and illegal assault against free speech liberties.” – “Vermont seeks to send citizens to jail for threatening political leaders for twice as long as if they physically assaulted them!”

The Biden Family Racket Is Everything Leftists Fabricated About The Trumps, And Media Are Crickets. Jordan Boyd — “The real scandal isn’t about Trump, it’s about the legacy media’s lack of coverage of the Biden family’s shady dealings.”

Democrats And Media Enablers Are Overlooking Child Sex Crimes To Protect Ketanji Brown Jackson. Rachel Bovard — “In every single child pornography case handled by Judge Jackson, she went below the maximum recommendation, below the minimum recommendation, and below the prosecutor’s request.”

Who will vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson and why? Patricia McCarthy — “Based on the torrent of information that has been made public about Ketanji Brown Jackson, it is shocking that any member of Congress would vote to confirm her to the SCOTUS.  Add to this that thousands of documents from her four years on the Sentencing Commission have been withheld, presumably by Dick Durbin.  Those four years of her record must be damning, for never before has a nominee’s record not been made available to the Judiciary Committee.”

Absentminded conservatives allowed an army of perverts to take over the schools. Olivia Murray — “For whatever reason, whether it be that conservatives as a whole are too uninterested in child sexual abuse, or whether they are too cowardly for fear of the word “bigot,” they are to blame for the rampant debauchery that has been unleashed upon on our children. We have pandered to the sick depravity of pedophiles like Alfred Kinsey, and where has it gotten us?”

We Must Speak Out Against Attacks on Law, Liberty, and Natural Rights. Jonathan Verlin and E. Jeffrey Ludwig — “Before the 1960’s there was an invisible line delineating public expressions that were clean or moral from those that were lewd, lascivious, and a threat to the well-being of both adults and minors” — “Progressives hate America with such vitriolic and reckless abandon that they ostensibly hold the moral stature of illegal aliens and even terrorists in higher regard than their honest law-abiding countrymen.” – “The deterioration of rights and the explosion of tyranny and immorality from the so-called progressive Left must end.”

Appeals Court Upholds Gibson’s Bakery Massive Verdict Against Oberlin College. William A. Jacobson – “The Gibson family appreciates the Court of Appeals’ thorough and thoughtful analysis which rightly rejected all of Oberlin College’s and Dean Raimondo’s challenges on appeal.”

History Should Be Our Guide in Ukraine. Victor Davis Hanson — “Ukraine can defeat Vladimir Putin’s expeditionary army if the West remembers that history is not on Putin’s side.”

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