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Forget the argument, examine the psychology

Cato, The Supreme Court, And Biden’s Sellout of Property Rights. Gary M. Galles — “As important as this issue is, I believe that focusing the discussion around whether the moratorium extension was constitutional, as currently interpreted, acts to tone down the crucial importance of the principle being violated — private property — and therefore the width of the abyss between that long-established principle of defensible government action and what was done.” … “what is at stake is not merely an intellectual exercise or inter-party dispute, but as “Cato’s Letters” make clear, it is at the heart of what defines America.”

Build. Alex Tabarrok — “The excellent Eli Dourado in the NYTimes: “How did the most dynamic country on the planet become so sclerotic? We did it to ourselves. We enacted laws that privilege the status quo at the expense of change and progress. We liberally passed out veto rights to anyone with the money and wherewithal to hire a lawyer. If we want to reverse the damage and create a more prosperous future, we must make it easy to build.” … “This is also a good opportunity to plug Ezra Klein’s excellent interview with Jerusalem Demsas, How Blue Cities Became So Outrageously Unaffordable.”

The Mischaracterisation of Conservatism. Kevin Donnelly — “An inheritance drawing on unique concepts such as the inherent dignity of the person, equality and freedom for all, popular sovereignty, free will and a commitment to social justice and the common good.  An inheritance that has evolved over thousands of years that must be nurtured, conserved and never taken for granted.”

This should be hailed, and yet there is mostly silence from the elites. Tyler Cowen — “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis rolled out a new state treatment plan to help fight COVID-19, announcing Thursday that the state will start dispensing Regeneron monoclonal antibodies through mobile clinics…” — what is notable in both the original report and in some of this links comments is the moral preening, condescension, name calling, hubris, etc.

The problem with climate change politics. Alasdair Macleod — “It is time for a reality check, because on flimsy evidence climate policy is becoming overtly economically destructive, more so than any other statist intervention, outside monetary policy, in peacetime.” … “A prejudice which is little examined is why establishments frequently stick to conviction while denying reasonable debate. There are many fields of government where this is demonstrably true, climate change being one of them.”

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FUD Mongering and Finding a way through the muck.

How to Beat Internet Censorship and Create Your Own Newsfeed. Brian Shilhavy – “there is a way to bypass email completely, and be able to instantaneously get all the news you want from all of your favorite websites and bypass censorship efforts by using an older technology that still exists today: RSS feeds.” … “By using an RSS Feed Reader, YOU have the freedom to beat censorship by grabbing new articles as they are published without first going through Social Media or email where they can be censored, and you get to develop your own collection of data over time that can be searched.” He also provides his list of feeds but you can find your own from the news web sites you visit most frequently although some haven’t caught on to RSS.

The New Domestic War on Terror Has Already Begun — Even Without the New Laws Biden Wants. Homeland Security just issued its fourth danger bulletin this year. And both the weapons and rhetorical tactics of the first War on Terror are increasingly visible. Glenn Greenwald – “and, thus far, none of the fears it is trying to instill into the American population has materialized.”

“Fear is crucial for state authority. When the population is filled with it, they will acquiesce to virtually any power the government seeks to acquire in the name of keeping them safe. But when fear is lacking, citizens will crave liberty more than control, and that is when they question official claims and actions. When that starts to happen, when the public feels too secure, institutions of authority will reflexively find new ways to ensure they stay engulfed by fear and thus quiescent.

Federal Judge Overturns California’s Ban On Assult Weapons. Tyler Durden – “These are difficult policies and difficult cases. Reasonable people can disagree, including on the meaning of the Second Amendment. What is troubling is the level of misleading and frankly disingenuous discussion of the issue.”

“To Support and Defend The Constitution of the United States”: Micheal Flynn’s Crisis Of Constitutional Faith. Jonathan Turley – “It is certainly positive to see Flynn deny support for a military coup, but the incident is the latest example of our growing addiction to rage — and the loss of our common constitutional faith.” Turley offers only thin gruel for his outrage, illustrates that correcting his perceptions is off the table, and ignores a good referent for his complaint: the collusion of Pentagon generals with the Speaker of the House to overthrow the President earlier in the year.

As The Big Lie About Sicknick Persists, Alleged Attackers Languish In Jail. Julie Kelly [via AmGreatness.com] – “No one killed Brian Sicknick. But that isn’t stopping the Biden Justice Department, the media, every Democratic politician, and now Sicknick’s loved ones from perpetuating the lie.” … “misleading rhetoric does more than help bolster Democrats’ false narrative about January 6; it has very dangerous consequences”

Confirmed: Jan. 6 Protest Resulted in Estimated $1.5 Million in Damages — Or 1/1000th of Damages by Black Lives Matter-Antifa Protests in 2020. Jim Hoft – “the protests were mostly peaceful and the protesters caused minimal damage until their government fired on with flash grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets without warning.” … “That’s when protesters ran up the stairs and entered the US Capitol — after the doors were opened.”

Schumer’s Confusion. Mark Andrew Dwyer – “Would someone, please, explain to him that cheating on behalf of the oppressed has virtually nothing to do with democracy and that a lack of ability or will to succeed in a merit-based society does not automatically make one an oppressed person?”

The Catholic Response to Homosexuality. Michael Giffin – “The presence of positive elements in homosexual relationships does not make those relationships the legitimate objects of ecclesial blessing” … “The issue of blessing homosexual unions must be reframed: Who is demanding the blessing and why?”

“we are living through a period in which the narratives which once gave meaning to our lives have collapsed. One by one, each grand narrative was refuted, became unpopular, or was difficult to sustain.

Homosexual identity has become one of many battering rams for intersectional politics. Homosexuals are not Magical Elves. Being homosexual is messy. It involves sexual acts that were until recently recognised as hazardous to health. There is no basis, in Scripture or Natural Law, by which the Church can bless practising homosexuals.

Nevertheless, Christians are under extraordinary pressure to accept the normalisation of homosexual behaviour. This is not happening because God is love, or because Jesus took our sins upon himself once for all upon the cross. It is happening because there was a sexual revolution in the 1960s and because the West has discovered cures for sexually transmissible infections. Without that revolution, or those cures, there would be no demand to bless homosexuality, as an affirmation of our collective rejection—as a society—of Scripture and Natural Law.

By any measure, the speed with which homosexuals have gone from being public health risks to being objects of public virtue is extraordinary.

Nevertheless, legal jurisdictions are ruling that the biblical understanding of maleness and femaleness is “incompatible with human dignity”, particularly the dignity of trans persons who do not identify with their biological sex. … What was accepted as true yesterday—by cultural consensus—has today atomised into a confounding array of subjectivities. If the terms “Culture Wars”, “Long March Through the Institutions” and “Cultural Marxism” are overworked, they accurately describe what is happening around us.

One of the more dangerous conceits of our century is the Western belief that we can change the nature and structure of reality by creating and legislating whatever world we desire.

Richard Cobden And The Moral Superiority Of Free Trade. Gary M. Galles – “Richard Cobden knew that free trade was the natural result of self-ownership and voluntary arrangements. It produced justice by preventing government-sponsored robbery. It broke down privilege and barriers hindering economic progress, replacing them with mutually beneficial relations. In a world far from that Cobden’s ideal, we should remember his wisdom that “the emancipation of commerce” increases liberty, progress and peace.” A key often neglected in this topic is that the farther you get from the individual, the more problematic the concept of ‘free trade’ can be. Accountability can be diluted and extrinsic factors can gain undue influence.

Sorry, Virginia, There’s No Math-Equity Claus. Silvio Laccetti – “This plan has been affected by the Utopianism of a confused, narrow-minded and dogmatic age. It seeks to introduce principles of equity in course offerings and teachings.”

County Whitewash, Steve Wolgast – “Like most dysfunctional organizations, the first effort is to address the negative perception rather than the underlying problems. It is “putting lipstick on the pig”. It looks like the goal is to increase “public trust in government” without addressing the pattern of malfeasance. The stated goal is to “increase citizen engagement”. This might take the form of a backlash.” … “In meeting after meeting, year after year, the commissioners have listened to hours of residents’ testimony only to decide against them. They are getting plenty of “engagement”. They are simply not supporting the residents.”

Houseboats Evacuated From California’s Lake Oroville Amid Megadrought. Tyler Durden – “In Northern California’s Butte County, at least 130 houseboats were evacuated from Lake Oroville as water levels fell to dangerously low levels.” Megadrought??

California State Water Board is Manufacturing a Drought by Draining Reservoirs into the Ocean. Katy Grimes – “CA reservoirs were designed to provide a steady five year supply for all users, and were filled to the top in June 2019” … “In the last 14 days, 90% of Delta inflow went to sea. It’s equal to a year’s supply of water for 1 million people. #ManMadeDrought,” Central Valley farmer Kristi Diener said. … Read the full article at California Globe.

COVID-19 Has Forever Destroyed Americans’ Trust In Ruling Class ‘Experts’. Josh Hammer [via The Epoch Times] – “As even many casual observers of America’s fractious politics are aware, the overwhelming majority of lawmaking at the federal level no longer takes place in Congress as the Constitution’s framers intended.”

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We eat our own?

Major Tech CEO Speaks Out Against Woke Capitalism. Brad Polumbo — “Here’s hoping more CEOs follow Shopify’s lead and rediscover the fundamental morality of free-market capitalism.”

Democrat Projectionists. Clarice Feldman — “I’m not the first person to note that whatever Democrats accuse their opponents of doing, it is they, in fact, who are doing it.”

Dim Dems Dance with the Demons. Noel S. Williams — “Given their mind-numbing immersion in post-truth indoctrination, I used to think that Dems completely lack self-awareness. Actually, it’s a bit more troubling: their individuality is subsumed by progressive group consciousness that constrains them with an ideological straitjacket. They have too little self-awareness, too much group consciousness.”

Mark Zuckerberg Should Never Be Allowed To Touch U.S. Elections Again. Hayden Ludwig and Sarah Lee — Nobody elected Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and he has made no secret of his political bias. That should be enough to ban him from influencing election machinery.” … “After decades of whining about the evils of privatization, the same set of leftists who once cried “eat the rich” and “abolish billionaires” in 2020 embraced a billionaire’s efforts to partially privatize American elections.”

“In Nevada, CTCL appears to have ignored 15 of the state’s 17 counties, which happened to be the ones Trump clinched by an average of 73 percent. CTCL ultimately only funded the two counties incorporating Reno and Las Vegas. They both went for Biden, delivering 92.4 percent of Biden’s votes in the entire state.

In January, the AP glowingly reported that foundations including the Ford, Bloomberg, and George Soros–funded Open Society Foundations, as well as NEO Philanthropy and other pass-through funders, were “saving democracy” by spending gobs of money to oppose Georgia’s recent voter integrity law, register voters in Democratic strongholds, and help “democracy live up to its ideals” by building left-wing coalitions in swing states.

Activists on the left know voters and legislators are concerned, so they are working very hard to spin these moves as necessary if a little unconventional.

but how do you address this without infringing on first amendment rights?

Forensic pathology’s dirty secret. Judy Melinek — “There is a subset of prosecutors who believe, and will not be dissuaded, that the investigative work done by a medical examiner always ought to align with the goals of law enforcement. Some forensic pathologists feel the same way. They label anyone who does medicolegal consult work as a “defense expert,” and disparage their testimony as being bought and paid for.” … “It’s a dirty little secret of forensic pathology: We eat our own.”

Covid’s origins and the systemic corruption of science. Thomas Lifson — “For more than a year, honest and impartial scientific exploration of the origins of the Covid-19 virus has been blocked, with consideration of the possibility that it was engineered in the Wuhan Institute of Virology virtually suppressed, mocked as a “conspiracy theory.” … “How this travesty of scientific inquiry and public discourse came about is a matter of great importance.”

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How much farther can it go?

How Much Ruin Do We Have Left? Victor Davis Hanson — “Friends and enemies abroad are becoming variously shocked, disheartened—and gleeful—as the United States cannibalizes itself.”

The American Left Now Knows That Threatening To Riot Works Perfectly. Jonathan S. Tobin — “While Americans were pleased to avoid another round of riots over Floyd’s death, it’s obvious that riots or the threat of them, are now a ‘normal’ response.”

“Even if Chauvin deserved to be convicted, no one should be happy about the way the trial confirmed again that we are now living in a country where political violence is no longer considered beyond the pale.

Moral Force in a Fractured West. Duncan Evans — “Clausewitz proposed the concept of Moral Forces to encapsulate the vast and intangible psychological and emotional factors that permeate and affect the conduct and outcome of war. … The concept of will and its potential power haunts Clausewitz’s theory. ”

“Information warfare only works to the extent that domestic incoherence offers it the conditions it needs to ignite a fire. ”

How American Small Businesses Are Being Coerced To Help Build The Oligarchy. Christopher Bedford — “They’re ready to get in line for just a gasp of air, and in Democrat-run states and cities, it’s impossible to blame them. Just the same, we can’t let it happen. The mechanisms these passports are currently ushering in threaten to create a permanent COVID regime — and quickly evolve into a corporate-government social credit system.”

As Inflation Rears Its Ugly Head, Here’s Why You Should Be Worried. Helen Raleigh — “Since inflation is a process and not an end-state, it never seems too bad at the start. Unfortunately, Americans should prepare to buckle up for the future.”

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The rise of the absurd: woke mob rule, Covidocractic Tyranny

Georgia’s Corporate Exodus Signals The Rise Of The Woke Cartel. Dennis Weisman — “Woke policy positions by corporations and sports leagues that aren’t sustainable when acting alone are sustainable when they operate as cartels.”

“When all or virtually all businesses in a market adopt the same policy position, consumers are unable to voice their dissatisfaction by voting with their feet and patronizing a competitor that offers a similar product or service. Unfortunately, in this setting, boycotts are of limited effectiveness because customers have nowhere else to turn.

Wealthy and Woke. Victor Davis Hanson — “Apparently to rant about “privilege” means the less you need to worry about your own.” … “The rules of cynical CEO censure are transparent.”

Rise of the Absurd. The Z Man — “The French Enlightenment philosopher known to us as Voltaire once said, “Whoever can make you accept absurdity can make you commit injustice.” … “Political correctness is a way to maintain control. By forcing people to accept and repeat the most ridiculous things, the people in charge break the will of the people. By accepting the lie, they can no longer live in the truth. “A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.” … “Freed from those moral constraints, reason quickly turns into superstition.”

The Face Of Evil. John Hinderaker — “Michel Foucault is the intellectual godfather of the modern Left.” … “the icons of the Left–Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Michel Foucault and many more–were hideously deformed and evil. I think a flawed man or woman–which is to say, a normal person–can produce sound political and social philosophy. But I think it is impossible for a moral leper like Michel Foucault to produce anything good or useful. Which helps to explain, perhaps, why today’s Left is irredeemably corrupt.”

Conrad Black on America today. neo — “Maybe I know an atypical sample of people, but I’m acquainted with a lot of people who have always seemed to me to be smart, kind, and well-meaning, and who have no obvious dysfunction in personality or lives, and yet who now fully subscribe to the notion that America is evil and must atone for its sins. They believe that it’s the people who say otherwise who are lying and/or ignorant.”

Justice And The Question Of Process Versus Outcome. J.T. Young — “Members of America’s left see justice not as a process but an outcome. … The problem for the left in attaining its vision of justice in Chauvin’s trial is that the charges, even if proved, will not deliver a sentence that will meet its definition of justice.”

Ann Coulter explains the status of the Derek Chauvin trial. Andrea Widburg — “Currently, the prosecution is still putting on its case, but it may want to stop doing so before the court is forced to dismiss the case altogether.” cited: Legal Insurrection, Ann Coulter, also see Taki’s Derek Chauvin, Human Sacrifice by Ann Coulter.

Did the 9th Circuit Just Erase “to Bear” Arms from the Second Amendment? Cody Wisniewski — “Young v. Hawaii: The case presented the Circuit with a not-so-straightforward question: Since Hawaii heavily regulates the concealed carriage of firearms, which licensing scheme has been upheld by the Ninth Circuit, can Hawaii even more heavily regulate the open carriage of firearms?” … “One can be forgiven for not immediately grasping the full impact of the Ninth Circuit’s 215-page opinion (with dissents), which reads more like a prequel to George Orwell’s 1984 than a judicial decision.”

Former Gaetz aide: Sure looks like the media’s cooking a narrative on Gaetz. Ed Morrissey — “this eye-popping Twitter thread from Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky should have us demanding greater scrutiny to these claims, until extraordinary evidence for extraordinary claims finally emerges.”

Media, Politicians Still Spreading the ‘Big Lie’ About Officer Sicknick. Julie Kelly — “Democratic leaders and the American news media aren’t just dishonest and shameless—they’re fully depraved.”

Cause of Death Comes in for Folks Who Died at Capitol Riot. Nick Arama — 1 shot by police, 2 from cardiovascular natural causes, 1 from acute amphetimine intoxication. “What was still pending was a determination on the cause of death of Officer Brian Sicknick, who didn’t die during the riot, but collapsed and died hours later.”

Why The Iconoclastic Left Are On The Wrong Side Of History. Steven Watts — “Approaching history with condescending arrogance, as the woke movement does, merely highlights the smallness of the examiners.” … “Judicious students of the American experience steer clear of these mistakes and approach it cautiously, seeking wisdom, not weaponization.”

Covidocractic Tyranny. Don Boudreaux — “It’s come to this, my fellow Americans. A prominent “expert” – one who is a personality on a major international television network, a columnist at one of the country’s most prominent newspapers, and a professor (if apparently only now visiting) at a major U.S. university – recommends, with no evident hesitation or embarrassment or shame, that each of us Americans be compelled to purchase our freedom by getting a Covid vaccine. Freedom, in this woman’s view, is the “carrot” that will lure us little rabbits to submit obediently to vaccination.”

Germany’s wind and solar push driving up prices, harming reliability. Isaac Orr — “Minnesota politicians, along with wind and solar special interest groups, often applaud Germany’s decision to close its nuclear and coal plants in order to build more wind and solar, but an audit by the German government seen by Reuters indicates the country’s energy policy is causing electricity prices to skyrocket, and it is putting reliability at risk.”

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nuclear level of hypocrisy – Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence

For the academic, maybe this will help understand Jesus … 

Jesus Christ PhD. James Franklin — “Careful attention to how Jesus uses scripture and draws from it principles that imply radical conclusions gives insight into the nature of his intensive earlier study.” … “Our modern assumption, in law and ethics, that motive and intention are morally central and that actions flow from them, is post-Christian.”

Capitalism, Poverty and Christian Charity. Peter Smith — “Whether Catholicism or Protestantism was most responsible for spurring economic progress in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and beyond can be debated. What I believe to be true is that across all of its denominational variants, Christianity is bound together in a holy and secular alliance with capitalism. This is not universally appreciated. It should be, as I hope to explain.”

“As societies have become wealthier, and wealthier still, a disconnect has arisen in the minds of many between the vast array of commodities on show and available every day and the processes of making and delivering them. A cargo cult, almost, has taken hold. This is most acutely seen, in my view, among the Greens. However, to varying extents, this mentality is widespread. It is prevalent among charity and church leaders who otherwise display no tendency to believe in magic.

Entropy, poverty and misery are always waiting in the wings unless free markets guide the process of creating and distributing wealth.

Christians who complain about capitalism need to go back to basics. Poverty will always be with us. “For you have the poor with you always” (Matthew 26:11). Charity will always be required. Meanwhile capitalism is peerless at providing the wherewithal to support charity while progressively reducing, though never ending, the need for it. It is a match made in heaven and earth.

“Brutal” Abuse Of Power: Watch As UK Police Break Up “Unlawful Gathering” Easter Service In London. Tyler Durden — “Shocking footage has emerged showing the absurd lengths authorities are willing to go to enforce ‘Covid rules’ even after vaccines have been made more widely available, with tens of millions having received the jab” … “The police appeared to literally burst in mid-service and acknowledged it was among the most important Christian holy days of the year before ordering people to disperse.”

The Trump-Hate Coalition Is Crumbling. Conrad Black — “The wheels are coming off the rickety anti-Trump coalition in all four directions.” … “Every informed person in the world knows that the events of January 6 were the result of a loose sequence of facts that were only allowed to aggregate into the assault on the Capitol because of the malice or incompetence of Trump’s enemies.”

“The FBI and senior echelons of the intelligence services were politically compromised, a massively illegal and fraudulent investigation of the elected president was conducted, two utterly spurious impeachment attempts were thrown at him and the coronavirus pandemic was invoked to produce the most seriously tainted presidential election result in the country’s history. The Supreme Court may have made the correct political decision when it declined to adjudicate the case, given how tempestuous the response would have been if it had overturned the result of the election, but it was still an abdication. They presumably acted as they did to assure that there would be no move to pack the court with Democrats, and they may now be in a position to reassert the Constitution as the controversies generated by the new administration percolate up to it.

Republicans Seek Briefing From DOJ on Allegations of ‘Suspicious’ Capitol Tours Before Riot. Rick Moran — “Shortly after the Capitol riot, 34 Democrats signed a letter asking the Department of Justice and the Capitol Police to investigate claims that Republican members of Congress assisted the rioters by giving some of them a tour of the Capitol in the days leading up to the riot.”

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” said astronomer Carl Sagan. He was referring to claims of aliens visiting earth, but he may as well have had the Democrats smearing Republicans with baseless charges of complicity in an insurrection in mind.

There is no evidence that any Republican congressman was involved in any way in the assault on the Capitol. There’s no evidence that routine tours of the Capitol given by every member of Congress were anything but wide-eyed tourists killing time on their vacation.

What’s More American than Coke and Baseball? Clarice Feldman — “Until very recently, it would have been hard to imagine anything more iconic of American life than Coca-Cola and baseball. Today both remind me of Benito Mussolini’s corporatist – aka, fascist — game of merging of state and corporate power.” … “I’m fed up with this never-ending sham: partisan power grabs to weaken the most important features of American life being cloaked in virtuous anti-racism.”

So MLB is fine with ball games in Cuba and training in China, but Georgia is the human rights problem, Monica Showalter — “Unlike Abrams, they chose, and chose poorly, because what they chose will probably have some consequences for the MLB organization, given its nuclear level of hypocrisy.” … “Their hypocrisy surrounding this maneuver to appease senile Joe Biden and all his leftist flying monkeys circling his sorry corpus is an outrage.”

The attack on Georgia isn’t really about Georgia. neo — “This is just another example of a trend we’re seeing more and more of lately, in which companies that used to stay out of politics are making bold statements that align with the present-day Democrat narrative.” … “Democrats feel that their goal of permanent power (or at least very long-term power) is so close they can taste it. And they are willing to do nearly anything to secure it.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Offers Correction After Printing Biden’s Lies About GA Election Law Bill. Karen Townsend — “The newspaper made the mistake of printing Democrat talking points, specifically remarks made by President Biden, instead of the truth. AJC originally falsely reported that voting hours had been cut in the bill and failed to note that early voting days had been added for general elections while shortening the time for early voting in primary run-offs.”

NPR Corrects False Hunter Biden Claim But ... Jonathan Turley — “The article by NPR senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving stated categorically that the laptop story was discredited by news organizations. It was later compelled to correct that false statement but still has language casting doubt on the story and evades glaring contradictions in Biden’s book and his interview. Moreover, NPR continues to run false claims from prior controversies.”

Election Fraud Hotspots – 10% of the Data are 70% of the Fraud. Jay Valentine — “Beginning in November, like many citizens, we witnessed election fraud possibilities any sentient person would investigate. Having backgrounds in fraud detection, particularly in the property casualty insurance business, Medicaid fraud, and cyber fraud, gave us a curiosity that never dissipated.”

“If Jesse Morgan did drive a tractor trailer truck with 100,000 ballots from New York to Pennsylvania, how can we find out? Chris Wray and our hardy pals at the FBI may not want to open that truck’s back door, but we do – with database analysis.

They can hide the truck. They can claim it never happened. They cannot hide the record of the ballot.

We are thrilled people are trying to alter data after the fact. They are leaving tracks like a dinosaur walking through a field of peanut butter for database tracking.

Some Covid Links. Don Boudreaux — “We will not mince words. America is indeed suffering from a dangerous plague—a plague of misanthropic fearmongering from the likes of Dr. Fauci, the Scarf Lady and the Biden’s new CDC director, among countless others of the self-designated Virus Patrol.”

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Intellectual Humility and Anxious Arithmetic

We Have Lost an American Genius. Victor Davis Hanson – “Limbaugh was hated by the left because he was deadly effective in fighting them, and he was feared at times by the Republican establishment — because he could also be deadly effective in fighting it.” … “Limbaugh’s canon was never to talk down to or insult the base.”

“Limbaugh’s was a quintessential American success story. It is impossible to imagine any other country producing either him or his career. We are mourning for Rush, but also for ourselves. We are going to miss him and need him more, not less, each day that he is now silent.

NV Energy newsletter: Could what happened in Texas happen here? [this is rationalizing socialism and an example of how false narratives become propaganda to excuse lack of performance. Consider these assertions from the newsletter:]

“record freezing temperatures across Texas had residents turning up the heat while, at the same time, a large portion of the state’s energy generation went offline. With the generation offline and demand high, Texas experienced rolling blackouts and extended power outages that left millions of its residents in the dark and cold for days.

Texas is a deregulated state, where most power companies rely on purchased energy from the electric markets to meet customer power needs. This exposes customers to the risks of energy not being available and to the extreme price fluctuations that can occur in energy markets. In the case of Texas, the majority of these market power plants were not prepared for the extreme cold weather and were unable to operate due to frozen equipment and difficulty accessing natural gas resources. In addition, Texas does not have transmission lines that connect to other electric generation resources outside of the state. This left deregulated energy providers with no power supply to meet customer needs, and left customers in the dark and cold in their time of greatest need.

A deregulated electric model, similar to the one in Texas, was proposed in Nevada in 2018 and was soundly rejected by Nevadans statewide. Nevada continues to benefit from the long-term planning and stability brought by a regulated electric grid.

We are already seeing action on advancing Nevada’s energy plans. In December of 2020, the PUCN approved three new large-scale solar plus energy storage projects. These are the latest of 12 such solar energy developments we’ve brought forward since 2018 that, when complete, will provide enough energy to power more than half a million Nevada homes at once.

For a more balanced view, bring California into this and consider it’s rolling blackouts during the ‘normal conditions’ summer. It had to reach across Nevada to obtain its power needs due to the closing of Nevada coal plants. Also note the presumption that regulation means better “long-term planning and stability.” The problem with ‘regulated’ is that the people making the decisions have no stake in the game. The very unusual conditions in the south and also in the northwest, are being used for propaganda as can be seen by the model being promoted – California – being conveniently ignored.

Big Business Sides With Leftists In Pushing Highly Destructive ‘Equality Act’. Emily Jashinsky – “The left’s historic skepticism of corporate power has morphed into a demand for more of it.” … “The Equality Act, passed by the House on Thursday, is a deeply radical bill that would put women in danger, erode free speech and religious rights, and destroy Title IX gains for girls’ sports.” … “Republicans and Democrats should not be intimidated by the far-left’s false advertising of the bill as a commonsense measure to protect oppressed and vulnerable members of the public.”

“More importantly, however, it’s evidence of an elite effort to wield corporate power over working people in the interest of an extreme cultural agenda. The Equality Act is a plaything of the elites that will disempower working people, and lawmakers should not be intimidated into believing the legislation is anything else.

America’s elections must never be for sale. Phill Kline – “An extensive investigative report by The Amistad Project reveals private monies funneled to the urban core in key swing states created a two-tier election system, with government spending millions to turnout likely Democrat voters while geographic areas containing Republican voters received little or no assistance as in-person polling places were shut down due to COVID emergency orders.”

More on Officer Sicknick’s death. Neo – “Please let that sink in: apparently the family has not been told the results of any autopsy.”

Vox Peddles Fake News That Dolly Parton Has A ‘Dark Side’ For Rejecting The Progressive-Or-Bigot Binary. Tristan Justice – “The piece, deceitfully headlined “How Dolly Parton became a secular American saint,” calls into question whether Parton can authentically love a country struggling with divisions in which she refuses to participate.” Conform or we will smear!

Emoting and Oprahfying, Jill Biden leaves out a few details about her divorce. Monica Showalter – “Jill Biden is racking up a pretty impressive record as a hypocrite.”

Intellectual Humility vs. Passionate Certainty. Declan Mansfield – “If you can’t imagine a question, then nothing can confuse you.”

“I learned a simple, all things being equal, method to determine whether something was true or false. It didn’t matter what people said or what people believed, the important thing was how they arrived at their conclusions, which meant that a lot of shallow opinions could be summarily ignored. … People deserved respect but their illogical opinions did not. If someone relied on mumbo jumbo, bad history, faith, culture, ideology, feelings, or their ‘lived experience’, then, they were, again, all things being equal, probably talking nonsense.

The extraordinarily important question: ‘how could this terrible thing happen?’, posed in relation to the worst crime in history, the Holocaust, has been answered by how many good, but largely apolitical, people reacted to Trump’s presidency.

The problem, though, for anyone who knows Aristotle is that all putative virtues have a dark side. For every paragon of virtue, a devil has to exist, and monsters are being conjured from the imaginations of people who are too naive to understand that the demon they abhor lives within themselves. We’re in for a long and dreadful ride.

The Anxious Arithmetic of COVID Alarmism. Peter Smith – “How deadly is COVID in cutting lifespans? Reported deaths from COVID are untrustworthy and provide a poor guide to resolving this question. It is more instructive to focus on total deaths. Has the number of deaths jumped significantly during the period since COVID emerged?” … “So far as I’m aware, since vaccines were invented, this is the first time that whole populations will be coerced into being jabbed in circumstances where it appears that over ninety-nine percent of people who contract the virus are at no material risk of death or of needing intensive care.”

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There was that HCQ web site noted yesterday to compile meta-analysis of HCQ effectiveness on covid. There is also an election problems collection at Based Media. “We, at BASEDMedia, are an all-volunteer organization made up of patriots who are committed to exposing to the world the wide-spread voter fraud and election interference that occurred in the U.S. 2020 general election.”

President Trump National Address on The Election: “The Most Important Speech I Ever Made” – Full Video and Transcript… Sundance – where the President summarizes the situation with many examples.

Voter Group in Georgia Has Identified More than 50,000 Illegal Votes – Enough Votes to Move Georgia to Trump Column. Joe Hoft – “One of many volunteer groups, a Georgia-based voter data analytics firm says it has found that about 40,000 illegal votes were cast in Georgia in the November 3 general election. … people who moved from one county to another more than 30 days before the election and voted in their old county, which is illegal according to Georgia law. … The same group also found over 10,000 individuals who voted in the 2020 election who no longer live in the state, which is also illegal”

The Michigan Hearing illustrates just what the perpetrators think of witnesses. See “I Can’t Get a Job Any More Because Democrats Like to Ruin Your Life!” – GOP Witness GOES OFF at Michigan Hearing (VIDEO) and WATCH: Michigan Witness Shuts Down Unhinged Democrat After Being Accused Of Lying.

Masks Are Another Way To Control Society Through Isolation. Stella Morabito – “Mask scolds have been monomaniacal about this virus as if there is no other way to die. What they don’t seem to understand is that this is no way to live.”

Walter E. Williams 1936-2020. Thomas Sowell – “He was my best friend for half a century. There was no one I trusted more or whose integrity I respected more. Since he was younger than me, I chose him to be my literary executor, to take control of my books after I was gone. … But his death is a reminder that no one really has anything to say about such things.” … “We may not see his like again. And that is our loss.”

see also Don Boudreaux who has a list of remembrance links and several posts. “Walter, my dear, dear friend and long-time colleague: Do rest in well-deserved peace. We who are left behind will be inspired by your words and your unexcelled example to carry on the good fight. “In Liberty” – as you signed so many of your letters and autographs.”

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Past is prologue – and some are getting worried.

5 More COVID Charts Democrats — And The Press — Don’t Want You To See. I & I Editorial Board – “where is all the outrage about Europe’s failure to contain this disease? Or credit to the U.S. for having a better handle on it than Europe? Where are the stories recognizing that this disease travels how it travels, and that there is little any government agency can do about it?” … “Never mind that studies are piling up that show lockdowns have been ineffective.” … “What about the lack of a national mask mandate?” … “Democrats and the press also are unwilling to make it clear to the public that the risk of death from coronavirus remains almost entirely concentrated among the sick and elderly.”

Coronavirus in one state (119). Scott Johnson – “Other elements of the same old thing persist. The median age of decedents remains 83. Ninety-four percent of decedents suffered with one of seven significant underlying conditions. Only two percent of decedents died without such a condition. And yet these crucial facts are left unstated and those most at risk left without a warning to look out for themselves.” … “the authorities appear to be coordinating their message with the Biden campaign. Where Biden speaks of a dark winter ahead, the MDH authorities speak of a winter storm.” And there is worry about a Rochester Trump rally despite no evidence that these rallies are ‘superspreaders’.

Sisolak condemns coronavirus ‘lies’ Las Vegas Review Journal. This is called denial. Who you gonna’ believe? The Nevada Governor or your lyin’ eyes?

Scientists Against the COVID Internment. Jack Kerwick – “Liberty and compassion vs. slavery and cruelty.” Topic: The Great Barrington Declaration.

US GDP Soars By A Record 33.1% In Q3, Smashing Expectations but the market is confused.

The New York Times’ Anonymous Senior Official Was a Nobody. Daniel Greenfield – NYT providing news both fake and manufactured. “And, oh yes, Taylor, who’s being presented as a Republican, who recorded a video for Biden claiming to be a Republican, is an Obama donor.”

An Election Between Love and Hate. Daniel Greenfield – “Why are President Trump’s rallies packed while Biden’s rallies are deserted?” … “ This election isn’t just about the candidates. It’s about us.”

Science Nazis Demand Obedience To Their Political Agenda. Michael Cutler – “We’ve seen this before.” … “Whether the issue is “Climate Change” or ways of dealing with COVID-19 the Radical Left ridicules anyone who would dare to question their positions on critical issues. They accuse those who question them or their claims of not believing in science.”

We Soon Learn Whether Most Americans Are Any Different From the Masses Who Fell in Line With Hitler and Stalin. Dov Fischer – “Is this the election when we throw 244 years of freedom away?” … “Now it is our turn in history to see what the great, vaunted “American people” do after four years of Pravda, Izvestia, and Der Stürmer–quality journalism. Fake news. Hidden news. Lies.”

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This is how they do it

Media Gunning For Scott Atlas Because He Keeps Exposing Coronavirus Lies. Joy Pullmann – “’Everything he says is false,’ NBC News quoted CDC Director Robert Redfield as saying of Atlas. That’s just not true, top epidemiologists told The Federalist.”

“In an interview, Atlas said the constant media characterization of President Trump’s coronavirus response as detached from scientific expertise is “completely false.” He said the president’s policies are informed by infectious disease experts from the world’s top medical and research institutions, including Bhattacharya and John Ioannidis of Stanford University Medical Center, Martin Kulldorff and Katherine Yih of Harvard Medical School, and Sunetra Gupta and Carl Heneghan of Oxford University.

“The extreme comments that have been reported are an attempt to delegitimize me and undermine the president of the United States,” Atlas said, not a dispassionate, science-based position. “There can be different opinions about scientific evidence, but to say I’m citing false information is a lie,” he said later.

It’s well-known within the field that public health is not only about “following the science.” It’s about managing the citizenry into what public health officials think are beneficial outcomes.

Citing New Scientific Evidence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Ends His State’s Lockdown. Karl Dierenbach – “A COVID-19 response roundtable led by Gov. Ron DeSantis and featuring distinguished experts calmed fears over lifting COVID-19 restrictions in Florida.” … “It is a bold move by DeSantis that bodes well not only for Florida but for the country.”

“N-Word Science” Proves You’re a Racist! David Cole – “With summer 2020 finally in the rearview mirror, and after seven months of “two weeks to flatten the curve,” I’m getting a little sick of “the science.” Not science, mind you, but theee science, the thing that leftists keep assuring us exists—a singular, canonical truth we all must obey.” … “the obvious question that any rational person would ask is, how did these “scientists” arrive at their conclusion?”

Media’s Wuhan Lies Lengthen, Deepen. Trevor Thomas – “So, as of just days ago, with over 48,000 reported Wuhan virus cases at 37 different U.S. universities, there have been only two hospitalizations and zero deaths!” … “ugly fraud has been perpetuated numerous times across the U.S. by the media, politicians, school administrators, business executives, and medical personnel alike. Enough is enough! These Wuhan virus lies are disrupting and destroying lives and livelihoods. It’s long past time to end the lies and open the country!”

Coronavirus in one state (105). Scott Johnson – “We are lost in a fog conveyed by the authorities and spread by the media. They have made it virtually impossible to understand the nature of the risks posed by COVID-19 to ordinary Minnesotans. Apart from the aged and the infirm, or the infirm aged, the epidemic poses a low-risk health hazard that cannot properly serve as the predicate of one-man rule.”

Memo to Democrats: Don’t talk to us about Trump’s taxes while trying to raise ours. Monica Showalter – “How’s this for hypocrisy?” … “Which is disgusting stuff, given that Trump cut our taxes, while they’re plotting to make us pay more in taxes. Hey, suckers! Look over there at Trump’s taxes, so that you don’t notice what we’ve got planned for you.”

People are misreading the New York Times’ article about Trump’s taxes. Andrea Widburg – “an astute Twitter user noted something that others missed: While the Times wrote the report to imply that Trump paid only $750 in taxes for several years, a careful reading reveals that Trump did pay millions in taxes, plus an additional $750.”

“On Sunday, the New York Times published a lengthy article based on Donald Trump’s personal and business taxes. It bears repeating here that this was grossly illegal conduct on the part of the person who gave the Times these taxes and, quite possibly on the part of the Times itself which, at the very least, aided and abetted a felony.

Let’s repeat the bottom line: Trump did what the law allowed. Trump did not have dealings with the Russians. Trump did not pay only $750 in taxes in 2016 and 2017 but, instead, paid millions in taxes. And one more thing: Biden, who sat in the Senate for over thirty years, was almost certainly involved in crafting and voting for the laws that enabled Trump to structure his taxes as he did. If people think Trump paid too little, they need to blame Biden.

More On Trump’s Taxes. John Hinderaker – “Steve beat me to this, I see, but here are a few additional comments on the New York Times’s felony du jour. Well, to be fair, they just aided and abetted the felony. Maybe someday that will be illegal.” … “I believe it was Donald Trump who once said that the two places where you don’t try to save money are helicopter pilots and accountants. That is especially true if you are a real estate developer.”

Vote By Mail Chaos: New York City Sends Wrong Name Absentee Return Envelopes to Voters Across Brooklyn-Mistake Could Void Thousands of Votes. Kristinn Taylor – “”

Minneapolis police probing alleged ballot harvesting plot helping Rep. Omar. Lee Brown – “The probe surrounds a video posted by Project Veritas late Sunday, in which Liban Mohamed, the brother of Minneapolis City Council member Jamal Osman, is shown with ballots filling his car’s dashboard.”

Tens of Thousands of Christians Converged on DC and Trashed the City. Michael Brown – “Did you hear about the large Christian gatherings in Washington, DC this weekend? Did you see the news reports about the mayhem? The looting? The vandalism? The calls to “Burn it down!”? Did you hear the speakers calling for acts of violence and destruction?” … “In fact, at The Return, where I participated on Saturday, there was hardly any police presence at all. It was not needed. I didn’t even see any counter-protesters..”

“That’s why these gatherings in DC, with minimal press coverage and without the drama of the protests and the riots, could well be the thing that saves the nation. And while the media may not have paid sufficient attention, we trust that God Himself did. That is what really matters.

Jim Caviezel tries to arm Christians for the coming battles in America. Andrea Widburg – “When Hollywood actors open their mouths, we’re used to hearing overwrought, vapid attacks on conservatives and, especially, against Donald Trump.” … “If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually, we will have to face the final demand, the final ultimatum — and what then?”

The Diversity Delusion. James Lindsay – “We’re being lied to, and it’s been costing us a fortune, both economically and socially.” … “First, it sounds good and so plays on our best instincts, which is genuinely an evil thing to do to people. … Second, and more to an actionable point, the Theory from which DIE originates manipulates the language we use so that we sign up for what it’s selling while we think we’re buying something else.”

Arguing With a Democrat: A Sign of the Times. Stu Cvrk – “However, that one-liner served as the equivalent of a red flag to a bull, and I responded as follows:”

The Progressive Medusa. Victor Davis Hanson – “The hard Left believes its mission is so critical, so morally superior, that all means can be justified to achieve its noble ends. And so almost every institution that the Left has in its line of vision is now petrifying.”

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Dark Money. But it’s not Trump. And the rest of the story

The Left Hates Amy Coney Barrett Because She Disproves All Their Lies About Women. Joy Pullmann – “Here is a rundown of just some of the left’s lies about women that Barrett’s achievements undermine.”

Why Americans Need To Rediscover The Founders’ View Of Equality. Robert Curry – “Today, an ever-expanding notion of inequality dominates public discourse.” … “This focus on inequality is part of the assault on the American idea that we see every day in the media and in academia.”

“For the American Founders, we are all equal in that we all possess unalienable rights equally; these two truths are, at heart, one truth. This way of relating our equality and our unalienable rights provides a precise definition of the Founders’ idea of equality. Endowed equally with unalienable rights by our Creator, we are created equal.

Donald Trump Paid Zero Taxes? Good for Him. Bob Maistros – “Uh huh. Shocking charges made against The Donald based on thinly sourced or withheld information? Where have we heard that one before?” Guilt shaming by innuendo … why do people sink so low as to engage in such behavior or to follow it?

The Times is proud that it released Trump’s tax returns, but it shouldn’t be. Andrea Widburg – “The self-congratulations are premature. The Times’ article reveals that Trump was telling the truth all along about his audit.” … “For years, Trump rebuffed demands that he produce his tax returns by saying that the IRS is auditing him, and he will not produce the returns while the audit is ongoing. The article confirms that” Again. The only illegality or impropriety here is the leak of the tax returns.

“The Times’ intrepid reporters are not interested in the fact that Joe Biden used his political connections to enrich his family, especially Hunter. They don’t write that (to date) there is unrefuted evidence that Biden blocked the new Ukrainian government’s efforts to root out corruption by withholding American money until Ukraine stopped investigating a corporation that paid Hunter for doing nothing. You’d think that a major news outlet would find that intriguing a story involving political corruption and foreign meddling, but the Times has given it a hard pass.

As far as I know, the reason presidential candidates made their tax returns public is that all of our recent presidents have spent their lives in politics. They didn’t hold real jobs. Instead, they were banking taxpayer dollars. Taxpayers, therefore, were entitled to know whether the politician got rich off of them. That’s most assuredly not the case with Donald Trump.

The only reason the Times wanted Trump’s returns was to embarrass him, either by showing that he was rich (the hateful plutocrat) or poor (the lousy businessman).

New York Times Fails at Outlining President Trump’s Taxes Again… sundance – “In the article the Times completely obfuscates the way income taxes are strategically offset by depreciation, mortgage interest and the entire reason why real estate ownership is viewed as a business.”

“In practical terms no President before Trump has ever had his actual business portfolio so deeply connected to the success of the American economy. It doesn’t cost the American taxpayer a dime to have President Trump in office…. Now let’s figure out how DC politicians making $200k/yr are able to become multi-millionaires while holding office.

Was Russia Probe The Most Corrupt U.S. Investigation Ever? I & I Editorial Board – “knowing what we know now, it’s fair to conclude: 1. Clinton campaign colluded w someone suspected of being a Russian spy. 2. MSM fell for it & got duped by Steele dossier. 3. FBI, knowing Steele sub-source was thought to be a Russian spy, conducted an improper investigation.” … “these are not mere campaign hijinks or simple errors. They constitute an organized criminal assault on the electoral system, the presidency and our democratic way of life. It’s now clear, if it wasn’t before, that criminal indictments are in order.” … “If more indictments aren’t forthcoming from the Durham investigation, it likely will be a sign that something’s fundamentally wrong with our political system. And it can’t be fixed with just another election.”

Blm: Where Does The Money Go? John Hinderaker – “In recent months, the Black Lives Matter organization has raised hundreds of millions of dollars (possibly into the billions) from individual and corporate donations. One Minnesota businessman gave the group $25 million. What do they do with all that cash?”

Left-Wing ‘Dark Money’ — Ignored By The Press — Could Tip Several Elections. Sarah Lee – “the presidential race isn’t the only focus of this merry band of barely visible left-wing funders. State races are also on the menu as part of Arabella’s plans to deploy “dark money” spending leftists once defined and then decried.”

And here’s the rest of the story … Alicia Colon – “consider this column, my attempt to fill in the news gap of the most volatile incidents that have inspired incendiary and totally unwarranted responses: the deaths of Michael Brown, George Floyd, Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor.”

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Knowing what’s at stake?

“Whether they support the social causes these protesters claim to represent or not, peaceful onlookers grapple with these actions in bewilderment. What could possess a normal person to commit apparently mindless acts of mob madness like these?” A 1930s Communist Spy Can Help Explain What’s Motivating The Riots, Elle Reynolds – “The answer that former spy Whittaker Chambers gave in 1952 still applies today.”

“Nor should we ignore who, according to Chambers, is at fault. The West, rejecting God in favor of man’s ultimacy, offered men no faith to adhere to but faith in themselves.

The result of such misplaced faith is a self-righteous judgment upon anyone who refuses to join what they believe is a holy cause. It shouts in the faces of those who refuse to raise their fists in solidarity. And more than anything, it reminds us of man’s dire need for a good greater than himself.

Mask Fanatics Have Officially Abandoned Science To Control Your Life, Georgi Boorman – “It’s nothing new for political religions to produce radicals that develop their own sects or cults. This time around, rigid devotion to enforcing mask compliance has produced runaway fanaticism based on nothing but blind faith that more mask-wearing is always better.” … “ — the stronger and more widespread the extremism will grow, and the less influence experts will have over their behavior.”

“This is what happens, however, when scientific standards are abandoned for political goals only loosely tied to public health: Pseudo-scientific fanaticism develops, and its followers are obsessed with gaining compliance, not saving lives. One can draw a straight line from the initial departure from scientific evidence on lockdowns to the current coronavirus extremism, which only increases in intensity as deaths and hospitalizations decline.

This is our world in 2020. Ironically, not even the experts can keep pro-lockdown, pro-mask fanatics from harassing and endangering others. If you want to prevent this reality from becoming permanent, stand up to the bullies and stand firm on the science — including voting out politicians who’ve abandoned science and recalling those who aren’t up for re-election in November.

Americans Against Unconstitutional Mask Mandates, Michelle Malkin – “Masks off. Fight on. This is the American way.” … “Americans yearning to breathe free are waking up from their pandemic stupor. Common sense and constitutional principles, now more than ever, are vital to a sovereign nation’s health.”

The Adverse Effects of Obama’s Executive Order 13583 and the Purge of Generals and Admirals Are Now Obvious, Stu Cvrk – “the 2011 Executive Order 13583 directing “government-wide diversity and inclusion training,” which, by 2020, included the implementation of Marxist critical race theory training in all federal agencies including the US military services.”

Anyone Notice That The Trump Recovery Is Doing Much Better Than Expected? I & I Editorial Board – “the question we have is this: Why do mainstream economists and the press keep getting it wrong? Why do they keep making new dire predictions after their previous ones proved false?”

Knowing what’s at stake, Trump-supporters increasingly refuse to hide in the shadows. William Sullivan – “emerging from the shadows in large numbers, even in places you might not expect.”

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Cooperating with nihilism to feel woke

Nihilism and National Security. Mervyn Bendle – this is your history lesson for the week.

Purifying Publishing. Bruce Bawer – “The cultural commissars come for conservative books.”

Opposing Black Lives Matter Now Means Hate Crime Charges. Daniel Greenfield – “America is going to a bad totalitarian place at an incredible speed.”

The Fragility of the Woke. Victor Davis Hanson – “The woke but godless, the arrogant but ignorant, the violent but physically unimpressive, the degreed but poorly educated, the broke but acquisitive, the ambitious but stalled — these are history’s ingredients of riot and revolution.”

Two stories at The Nevada Independent about the special session of the legislature to figure out how to handle the budget shortfall illustrate what irresponsible rioting and lockdowns can do to long term plans for nirvana. Reality can be painful. Other people’s money has its limits. Maybe it is time to find a solution other than tax and spend.

After years of incremental health care reform, more than $200 million in budget cuts threaten to turn back time. Megan Messerly – “Many of the proposed cuts will roll back initiatives spearheaded by lawmakers and the Department of Health and Human Services over the last few legislative sessions in an effort to improve health care in the state, which ranks among the worst in the nation.”

Special session cuts poised to undo marquee education advances Nevada lawmakers celebrated in recent years. Michelle Rindels – “The proposed cuts play out like a reversal of the past three sessions,”

Companies Must Answer For Their Support Of The Radical Black Lives Matter Org. I & I Editorial Board – “do the executives at those companies have any idea how radical this group is and what it’s trying to achieve?” … “here are some questions for these companies, and any others that are giving money or encouraging donations to the BLM foundation.”

  • Do your shareholders and employees know that their company is supporting a group run by “trained Marxists”? …

  • Does your company support BLM’s call to defund the police? …

  • Do you approve of the BLM’s overtly socialist goal of “collective ownership”? …

  • Do you believe that the nuclear family should be abolished in favor of some sort of collectivist child-rearing scheme? …

  • Do you believe in “retroactive decriminalization, (and) immediate release … of all drug-related offenses and prostitution,” and “reparations for the devastating impact of the ‘war on drugs’ and criminalization of prostitution”? …

The Great Race Bait: Don’t Fall For It Conservative America. Tyler Durden – “Isn’t it odd that the political left claims to be so adamantly opposed to racism, yet they are the first people in the room to make generalizations based on race? ”

“This evolution of the political left is not natural or “grassroots”; it is completely engineered.

the media is perfectly on board with the NFAC and similar groups, calling them “peaceful protesters”. Yet, when conservative militias hold armed demonstrations, the media viciously attacks and accuses the right-wing of inciting violence. …

When BLM and Antifa announced they would be busing activists into rural towns, residents organized an armed security response. The protesters remained peaceful, and in some cases decided not to show up. The armed citizens were of course demonized and accused of paranoia over a threat that “did not exist”.

At bottom, it’s not the leftist mobs that present the biggest threat; these groups are ultimately a paper tiger. Instead, the greater danger comes from groups that are directly trained and organized by elitist or government interests. These are the groups that end up being used to trigger attacks, like shootings, bombings, assassinations, etc. And, it’s not the first time in US history this has been done.

The method of using racial tensions as a driver for domestic conflict is also not new.

This battle is not about race, it is not about white vs. black or so called “marginalized” groups against the patriarchy, it’s about collectivism vs. liberty. … The gatekeepers want to make it about race so that the real reasons for the conflict are obscured. We cannot allow this, and we must avoid the trap.

When Did the Left First Go Woke? When They Betrayed Black Slaves. Ben Poser – “The answer is staring us in the face today. … the crackpot cultural Marxist idea that “white people” can’t criticize evil committed by non-Westerners was becoming en vogue. Since white people have committed grievous violations of non-white people’s human rights in the past, all they have the right to do now is crusade to correct Western sins, and leave those non-Westerners commit today, no matter how much worse they may be, alone. For white “human rights” activists who’ve snookered themselves into feeling guilty about the “unearned” wealth on which they live, this serves as their masochistic expiation. When given the choice between virtue-signaling with a black square as their profile pictures on Instagram and freeing real-life black slaves, we know which one liberals will choose.”

“ This is even more egregious when we see most of the left’s characteristic inaction now that we know there is also Islamic slavery in Algeria, Libya, and Nigeria. They’d rather applaud statues of George Washington and General Grant being torn down by mobs of spoiled, ignorant children.

It is always a sad day when a warning from the past comes true, and remains unheeded.

The Fierce Fight Over America’s Ideals and History. Charles Lipson – “Americans do more than tolerate calls to live up to our highest ideals. We embrace them.”

“America’s values are grounded in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of 1787, which are themselves outgrowths of the European Enlightenment and England’s Glorious Revolution (1688-89). The genius of the American Founding was to block the consolidation of state power in one location (the central government) or one branch of government. These arrangements envisioned a broad public sphere, where citizens could speak freely and assemble peacefully. Those arrangements were codified in the Bill of Rights and led, almost immediately, to a widening electorate: first, poor white men; then, women; and finally, descendants of enslaved Africans.

This promise of equal opportunity and legal equality has confronted two daunting obstacles, both of which are now political fault lines. The first is that not all groups have been equally successful after the legal barriers were removed. Some have remained poor, live in violent neighborhoods, raise children without fathers at home, attend bad schools, and enter the post-industrial economy poorly equipped for skilled jobs. The political questions are “Who is responsible for those failures?” and “What should be done about them?”

The second obstacle is that “equal opportunity” does not compensate for past injustices, especially racial ones. …

There is only one case where we might owe a debt for others’ crimes: if we somehow benefited directly from them. That is why hard-left historians like Howard Zinn and the New York Times’ 1619 Project are so insistent that American wealth is built on the original sins of slavery, dispossession of Indians, and worker exploitation. …

In modern economies, wealth is built on production, not predation; on voluntary exchange, not theft and coercion.

The leftist critique of modern America, its history, and its ideals misunderstands all these fundamental points about economics, politics, and the law.

Failing to act is cooperating with the nihilism. Holding on to ignorance and misinformation is failing to act responsibly.

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Economy numbers also positive

Why Do The Media Ignore Good News About The Stock Market And Economy? I & I Editorial Board – “The trend of ignoring news when it’s good continues for the Big Three evening news shows” … “Instapundit aptly calls this “Bias By Omission.”

“Amid all the nonstop televised gloom and doom over the coronavirus, something strange happened in the second quarter of this year: Stock market prices soared. The Dow Jones Industrial Index jumped 18%, the S&P 500 gained 20% and the tech-oriented Nasdaq surged 31%.

Those numbers, coming on the heels of the pandemic, were good enough to be the biggest quarterly gains in 20 years.

It reported that 2.369 million jobs were created in June, a bit below the 2.5 million economists expected. But the real news was May’s number, which was originally reported as a 2.76 million loss for the month. After more data came in, ADP discovered the U.S. gained 3.065 million jobs in May. That’s more than 5 million people returning to work in just two months.

John Hinderaker notes One sector has not seen job growth over the last two months: state governments. (The governor of Nevada is calling a special session of the legislature “consider revisions to the devastated state budget.”) Hinderaker also has a link to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

Is the COVID Surge More Fake News? Brian C.Joondeph – “The surge is due to more testing and more test-positive individuals, especially young people who have been out and about as the state lockdowns lifted. Last March and April, testing was available only for those admitted to the hospital for presumed COVID. Now one can get a COVID antigen or antibody test on demand through major testing centers such as Quest Diagnostics.” … “This has always been about the election, along with the protests and riots. The so-called surge is just the latest chapter in the left’s quest to deny President Trump a second term.”

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Grandma killier is the Godwin of the pandemic

Stephen Kruiser: The Morning Briefing: Let California Twist in the Wind Without a Bailout – “The progressives have been running the state into the ground financially for years, and now they want to use the present crisis as an opportunity to get some federal bailout money to cover for their past financial sins.

“While it’s true that all of these states have been mismanaged to some degree, I am focusing on California because it’s the largest and the most arrogant of the bunch.

The state has been careening towards a pension crisis that people have been writing and warning about for years

There is something particularly infuriating about governors who are arbitrarily keeping their states’ businesses shut down longer than they need to be — looking at you, Kate Brown — begging for money from the federal government. Perhaps they should look at firing up their tax bases again.

Conrad Black: Democrats Charge Into a Political Cul-de-Sac – “Democrats don’t have much hope to cling to, but they don’t deserve better.”

“Democrats, having struck out swinging on collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice, and inciting a foreign government to interfere in a U.S. election, in their spurious impeachment, have now just dispensed with the inconvenient relic of bourgeois formalism of identifying what it is that is being concealed.

Pelosi and the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), are babbling like malicious idiots about the president’s crimes, of which even desperately partisan inquiries have failed to produce a shred of evidence.

James LileksWednesday Review Of Modern Thought: “Made the mistake of looking at Twitter before the usual “let’s get irritated by the news of the day” time, which is 11 AM, and encountered someone I know and like retweeting stuff about how people want grandma to die. It’s like a switch flips: nope, not going to take you seriously on this matter ever again. Grandma killier is the Godwin of the pandemic.

Hospitals expected a dire situation. April data shows it never came – “Nevada health officials said social distancing measures stymied the coronavirus spread and lessened feared capacity issues at Las Vegas hospitals.” This is an example of bad science. Correlation is not causation no matter how reasonable the phenomena and conclusion seem to be. In this case, there would have to be evidence showing that normal behavior and social distancing produced a clear difference in results. This has not been the case. The data available has too much variability and too many variables for confidence in the conclusion drawn.

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The forest or the tree?

Jacob Sullum: Shouldn’t COVID-19’s Lethality Inform the Response to It? – “Confirmed cases are limited to people who have tested positive for the virus, and testing so far has been skewed toward people with severe symptoms. Since people infected by the virus typically experience mild to no symptoms, it is not surprising that the official tally understates the number of infections, although the apparent size of the gap is striking.

“Since the number of infections in Los Angeles County is much higher than the official numbers indicate, Ferrer told reporters, the risk of transmission is higher than expected, which reinforces the case for aggressive control measures, including broad business closure and stay-at-home orders. At the same time, she said, the fact that 95 percent or so of the county’s adult population remains uninfected shows those measures are working.

In other words, no matter what the actual prevalence of the virus is, and no matter how you look at it, that information justifies maintaining the statewide lockdown. One wonders what conceivable results from the antibody study might have caused Ferrer to reconsider the wisdom of that policy.

Policy makers right now are not choosing between lockdowns and nothing; they are choosing between lockdowns and less costly, more carefully targeted measures. That choice should be informed by evidence that undercuts their worst fears.

Richard Baehr: The Standard for Reopening States is Rigged – “This is good news and bad news. The good news is it means many more people have already had the virus or are experiencing it in very mild or totally asymptomatic fashion. … The bad news is that it could also mean that some of these many asymptomatics could still be spreading the virus

Norman Rogers: The Plan to Completely Destroy Nevada’s Economy – “Nevada, like no other state, is totally dependent on tourism. If tourism dies, the state will die. The Democrat governor, Steve Sisolak, is doing his best to kill Nevada.”

Andrea Widburg: A CNN journalist pens a fascinating insight into the left’s dystopian worldview – “The letter perfectly encapsulates everything the left hates and wants to see destroyed. … Below, in italics, are my summaries of many of Weir’s pronouncements, followed by countervailing information.” … “Aside from being wrong, Weir misses entirely that we live in an age of wonders and miracles.” … “Weir is a tragic figure because he has eyes but cannot see. The real tragedy, though, is that people like Weir, through the power of the media, drive too much of America’s political agenda.

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An abundance of elusive

Peter O’Brien: That Elusive ‘Second Wave’ – “The indications are that this virus will take its course no matter what individual countries do. Every country, regardless of the nature of its response, has seen a steep rise in infections at some point along the horizontal time axis, followed by significant decline to a steady low daily rate. No country has experienced a ‘second wave’ ie, a significant and sustained increase in cases following the decline.

Andrew Stone: Not Merely Wrong but 265 Times Wrong – “The authors reject as “a false distinction” that there is “a trade-off between the public health and economic aspects of the crisis”. This is so absurd that it is astonishing any serious economist (let alone 265 of them) could suggest it.” … “Robust debate around such specifics, rather than content-free moral preening, would be a better use of our academic economists’ time.

Allen West: The Left’s Coronavirus Hysteria Defies Economic Reason – “The stakes are simply too high to be hysterical. … Unfortunately, many anti-Trumpers want the “new normal” to be normal into perpetuity. The Left has launched a #NotDying4WallStreet campaign, circulating fear and paranoia about the pandemic on social media. … The liberal media is on the same bandwagon

Christopher Paslay: COVID-19 lockdowns are killing thousands of Americans – “In light of horrific job losses and a crashing economy, calls to suicide hotlines are up over 40 percent nationwide. … Heart attacks are a major problem as well. … Cancer is not at all different. … The notion that keeping America locked down is saving lives — and that opening things back up is costing them — is simply not true.

Dan O’Donnell: There was No Post-Election Surge of Coronavirus Cases in Wisconsin – “It’s been two weeks since Wisconsin voted in a Spring Election that Democrats spent days claiming would spark a massive surge in Coronavirus cases across the state.” The forecasting reveals itself to be gross FUD mongering. Again.

Daniel Rothberg, Jacob Solis: Goodman says she offered using Las Vegas as ‘control group’ for coronavirus, drawing criticism from governor, elected officials and union – The mayor has put her bet on the table. What could be more typical of Las Vegas? “Goodman called the 150 deaths in Clark County a “tragic loss,” but she said, when balancing that against the fact that the county’s population is about 2.3 million, it was time to open up the economy and lift orders requiring businesses to close.” But look at the reaction: knee jerk ad hominem and all the rest.

I & I Editorial Board: Will Coronavirus Accelerate The Exodus From Blue States? – “Of the 10 states with the highest number of deaths per 100,000 residents, only two voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 … The median death rate for blue states is 4.3. For red states, it’s 1.9.” The contagion isn’t only viral…

Daniel Greenfield: Protests by the Left Get a Pass – While Conservatives Get Arrested – “Police cracked down on the ‘reopen’ protests, arresting an organizer in New Jersey, while the media condemned them, spun conspiracy theories trying to tie them to members of the Trump administration, and falsely accused protesters of causing an increase in coronavirus in Kentucky. … But meanwhile Refuse Fascism, a radical leftist organization created by members of the Revolutionary Communist Party, was holding its own anti-Trump protests with no interference from the authorities.” … “Facebook isn’t banning protests during the coronavirus lockdowns. It’s banning conservative protests.

Byron York: How does Nancy Pelosi get away with blocking desperately needed aid? – “Pelosi didn’t stand in the way of aid for just an hour or two, or a day or two. She stonewalled for two weeks while small-business people across the country struggled to stay afloat in a time in which public fear of the coronavirus and government stay-at-home orders reduced their business incomes to zero.

Michael Cutler: Fake News and Orwell’s “Ministry of Truth” – “Fake News has two elements – the use of Politically Correct language and blatant lies.

Jim Hoft: DEVASTATING! Renowned French Dr. Didier Raoult DESTROYS Liberal Trump-Hating Media on VA Junk Report on Hydroxychloroquine (VIDEO) – “The liberal media was quick to cheer the results of this random test in order to smear Trump. … They love it when Trump is wrong even if people die. … Of course, the VA released a statement casting doubt on the study but the damage was already done.”

neo on considering implications that never seem to occur to even “intelligent people”: In which Michael Moore proves his ignorance to be abysmal – “Rather simply put, energy has to come from somewhere. It isn’t magic.” and A figure we need to know… – “is the percentage of COVID-19 deaths that involve very debilitated people in nursing homes.”

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Pushing panic and doom?

Two ideas came up today in various essays. One highlights the fact that social distancing has an impact on all communicable diseases and the decrease in flu cases skews Wuhan virus handling capability. Another is comparing the assault on hospital capacity of a disaster like 9/11 to the epidemic and wondering about the ability to handle disasters.

John Podhoretz: Watch out for the Chicken Littles gleefully pushing panic and doom – “For Americans especially prone to that specific fear, there is almost no piece of coronavirus news that doesn’t trigger a renewed sense of panic.” … “There is something peculiar going on in the way certain people are discussing the coronavirus — journalists, pundits and the armies of “influencers” endowed with a blue checkmark for no obvious reason. It’s almost as though they are taking a salacious pleasure in the grimmest and most haunting possibilities.

Ryan Sasscer: Let’s not Swat the Mosquito but get Hit by the Train – “The COVID-19 pandemic is a legitimate crisis we should take seriously, but our response to this virus is putting us on course for a far worse disaster.”

Augusto Zimmermann: Dear PM, a Word to Ponder, ‘Proportion’ – “Dr Katz suggests that governments should depart from the “total war” strategy that your government and others are employing – disrupting businesses and restricting the movement of people with no regards to the variance in the risks of contracting the infection – and start adopting instead a rather more “surgical war” approach to the problem.

Scott Johnson: Coronavirus in one state – “The order is premised on modeling performed by state and University of Minnesota public health experts” … “The implication is that we have been “doing nothing.” We have been “doing something” for the past few weeks.” … “There is reasonable ground to wonder whether the projections on which the governor has relied comport with reality.” … “Current data compiled by the Minnesota Department of Health reflect these numbers: 11,000 tests, 287 positive, one death. The data also reflect a total of 35 cases requiring hospitalization, including 26 hospitalized as of today.

John Hinderaker: COVID-19 Fatalities So Far – “The Diamond Princess experience–virtually a laboratory experiment–suggests that around 80% of the population is naturally immune to COVID-19, that half the people who get the disease will experience no symptoms, and that in an elderly population, something like 1% of those who contract the disease will die. So far I don’t see anything in the reported U.S. or global fatality numbers to contradict the Diamond Princess experience.

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The good word isn’t welcome

Scott Johnson citing Kevin Roche: My struggle with the Star Tribune (3) – “We need to immediately embark on a different course, before the damage we inflict on ourselves is beyond repair. … So we should call on Governor Walz, our legislators and other political leaders, to consider that they are only delaying, that is right, not preventing, only delaying, the loss of a few lives, while promulgating measures that likely will lead to, indeed have already led to, enormous job losses and financial ruin, creating widespread anxiety and emotional distress.”

Meanwhile you have Larry Hogan: We’re going to listen to our scientists on when we go back to work, not the White House and Allahpundit proclaiming “I wonder if Trump realizes how ferocious the pushback will be if he follows through on encouraging people to go back to work next week.” Both Hogan and the Pundit expose a deep TDS bias in proclaiming conclusions as assumptions without evidence to support them. Another one is Breaking: Trump says aiming to reopen America by Easter; Update: Can’t reopen until health care system is prepared, says … Liz Cheney where Ed Morrissey misses what the President said about Easter as a goal and completely avoided the problem (along with Cheney) of trying to decide what a prepared health care system might be. Why is the health care system unprepared for a respiratory disease whose numbers are in the noise when compared to the annual flu onslaught? i.e. the health care situation is fear driven, not fact driven.

Coyote: COVID-19 And Some Thoughts on Data Analysis – [caution: moral preening on display] “Frankly, I am done with the Precautionary Principle. This does not mean I am against taking precautions, even strong and expensive precautions, against bad things. But I am done with the notion that one should ignore the costs of these precautions and not make sensible tradeoffs. This is even true when trading off the risk to life on one hand with reduction of economic outcomes on the other. This is in part because reduced economic activity has real effects on human misery and has direct correlations with lifespan and well-being.” His thoughts:

“The data we have sucks, and thus any conclusions we are drawing mostly suck too. …

The media is constantly confusing changes in measurement technique and intensity with changes in the underlying progress of the virus itself. …

The data we are getting sucks worse because the media has decided, as one big group, that for our own good they are going to limit all facts about the virus to only the bad ones. …

The media is never more dangerous than when it understands a little about a scientific topic. …

Many of the computer model results I am seeing make no sense to me. I am exhausted with people talking about computer models as if they are some fact, rather than a really opaque calculation on some researcher’s set of non-transparent hypotheses. …

Mario Alexis Portella: No, Trump is not in Violation of the Emoluments Clause – “Unless we believe that the Framers intended to prohibit any presidential secondary source of income that could, even incidentally, do business with a foreign government or official, then clearly “emolument” is a term of art that covers specific types of payments and gifts.” It’s a good rundown on one of the ongoing lawfare attacks.

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teaching hate and its result

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

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

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

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