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There are few good summary sites and they are worth surfing on a regular basis.

A good rundown on the American Thinker is an interview with its founder: Left wing media watchdog site interviews Thomas Lifson, profiles American Thinker – American Thinker – from there you can back up to the home page to see what’s getting attention. Here are some samples on the recent FBI raid. Trump provides a learning moment about ‘taking the Fifth’ — American Stasi? — The FBI Raids Mar-a-Lago, and I Have Questions — FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago puts U.S. on precipice — Mar-a-Lago should become a byword for government overreach — Writer for The Atlantic declares Trump supporters ‘violent’ and MAGA is in ‘decline’ — The absurdity of the NY AG’s investigation of Trump’s valuations of his properties — for some historical perspective: What Joe McCarthy got right — It’s Time for a 21st Century NSC-68 — then there’s climate and health: The Green War on Dutch Farmers Should Concern Everybody — Democrats continue to wage war against the oil industry in the name of ‘climate emergency’ — The Nightmare that Health Care Became

Another good review based on reader suggestions is Lucianne.com. Sundance at the Conservative Treehouse is cited for his multi-part series on the Trump Raid. Townhall gets a number of links on the raid, too. The AP’s story on the destruction of Myanmar for rare earth mining by China gets a cite to illustrate the wide range of sources for articles and comment on this site.

William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection: This is a provocation. They are trying to get a reaction that allows a further crackdown. 

Biden’s Secret Police Raid Donald Trump’s Home. It’s America’s Night of the Long Knives – The Stream

Piracy Preying On Civilized Society, Not Taxes That Enable It    – Issues & Insights — Welcome To Biden’s Police State, Part III

Circuit Court Makes Ruling That Gives Dems Yet Another Shot at Trump – RedState — Thomas Massie Exposes the DOJ’s Intent Behind the Seizure of Scott Perry’s Phone

Two-Dozen GOP Lawmakers May Force Capitol Police To Release Unseen J6 Footage | ZeroHedge

The Mar-a-Lago Raid is a Preview of a Rigged 2024 Election | FrontpageMag

FBI even searched Melania’s wardrobe in Trump raid — Trump raid not about classified documents — it’s about Jan. 6 — New York Post

End Trump raid secrecy | Washington Examiner

Notes on the Trump raid | Power Line

Newt Gingrich – Has the FBI Crossed the Rubicon?

The Rule Of Law Under Biden Has Become A Farce – The Federalist

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It’s complicated. Moral idiocy. Why are so many so sick?

Science Magazine Jumps Into the Gun-Control Debate. Cameron English — “I do have several serious problems with Thorp’s article. First, he ignored any evidence that contradicts his view. More importantly, he called on the science community to take a stand on an incendiary political issue—and announced in advance what that stance should be. This is antithetical to proper scientific reasoning and likely to undermine the public’s trust in science.” … “It turns out that violent crime is a complex problem that has more to do with the perpetrators than their weapons – We know this, in part, because violent behavior isn’t a trait evenly distributed throughout a population.”

The Moral Idiocy of Gun Control. Daniel Greenfield — “Is it more moral to own a gun or to pay someone else to do it for you?” … “Gun control is the moral idiocy of the irresponsible blaming those who have taken responsibility”

Pride Is a Sin and the Rainbow Symbolizes God’s Promise.  Paula Bolyard — “Both pride and homosexuality are condemned by God as sins in the Bible” … “Does the Marine Corps stop every year to celebrate the contributions of Christians or Jews? How about homeschoolers? Or individuals on the autism spectrum? Why is homosexuality alone singled out by the most vaunted branch of the U.S. military? And why are they focused on woke left-wing virtue-signaling when they should be spending all their time figuring out how to defeat our enemies?”

What Princeton Did to My Husband – by Solveig Lucia Gold. “we’ve rarely heard—here or anywhere else—is what it’s like for the person who loves the mob’s target. What it’s like to watch someone you love being torn to pieces. — Solveig Gold is one of those people. She’s smart, funny, angry and brave. Mostly brave.”

Nuclear waste U.S. could power the U.S. for 100 years. Catherine Clifford — “doing so could help solve the thorny and politically fraught problem of managing spent nuclear waste.”

 

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Fraud swamp

How America Became La La Land. Victor Davis Hanson – “America these last 14 months resembles a dystopia. It is becoming partly the
world of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, and partly the poet Homer’s land of the Lotus-Eaters.” … “Biden then concocted the perfect recipe for bringing back the inflation of the 1970s …  unilaterally and simply destroyed existing immigration law … hellbent on his way to fulfilling his campaign   promises of eliminating the use of natural gas and oil on his watch” … “all of these problems are self-induced”

THE BIG LIE: The Most Obvious Reason the 2020 Election Was Stolen – Democrats Attack, Block and Threaten to Sue All Efforts to Uncover Election Fraud. Joe Hoft – “With no actual accomplishments to point to, having ruined everything that was running so well for the American people, Democrats are turning to what has become their most effective electoral tool in recent years: Fraud”

Heartbreak on Capitol Hill as Democrats Come to a Realization About Jan. 6 Committee – RedState. Sister Toldjah – “going into overdrive in giving the stories their best spins in hopes of distracting people from the self-destruction currently taking place within the Democratic party”

Fraud is the Only Issue – American Thinker. Steve Feinstein – “Democrat policies have tangibly and dramatically degraded the quality of daily life in  America, to the point where many people are starting to doubt that things will ever return to normal”

Don Surber: What the press got wrong on DeSantis and Disney: Everything. “hysteria designed to undercut an elected legislature in an election year on behalf of a private company – Disney is not the victim, no matter how loud and often the media says this”

Connecting the Dots on Early COVID Treatments – American Thinker. Antonio R. Chaves – “Given that there is no moral or scientific basis for this unprecedented disruption of the doctor-patient relationship, why are the CDC and FDA doing this?” … “If you still believe the lockdowns, mandates, and medical recommendations were hammered out in good faith, I have some Moderna stock to sell you”

A Mostly Wind- & Solar-Powered US Economy Is A Dangerous Fantasy | ZeroHedge. Francis Menton via The Gatestone Institute. – “If you propose a predominantly wind/solar electricity system, where fossil fuel back-up is banned, you must, repeat must, address the question of energy storage”

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I will not surrender this Nation to the abhorrent behavior that I saw

Dreams without substance kill – Desperation drives suffers over the edge – A kid born in a black only hospital wonders about vehemence – VDH on the new rules – Demons and angels are both with us all —  Chicago re-education – american style disinformation – is it the guns or the criminals? – A bit of history on the end of the Chinese empire era in 1911 –

“Green” Dreams Kill People. John Hinderaker — “Wind and solar are not remotely competitive. They exist only because of government subsidies and, worse, mandates. The FARM act would at least ensure that we, the taxpayers, are not paying to destroy farm land at a time when the world needs all of the food America can produce.”

The Feds Are So Desperate For Violent ‘White Supremacy,’ They’re Fabricating It. Madeline Osburn — “The FBI’s governor-kidnaping hoax demonstrates just how serious federal law enforcement agencies are about pursuing domestic extremists, even if it means the alleged threat originates in Washington, D.C. or FBI field offices.” — “If the Whitmer case is any indication, this type of hyperfocus will incentivize federal law enforcement to go to whatever lengths necessary when investigating potential domestic extremists, no matter how overstated the risk.”

Race and American Exceptionalism. Allen West — “Before I even arrived, the nature of my visit was made controversial when students on the campus ripped down flyers and even conducted a campus walking protest. Therefore, I knew this would be quite the hostile environment. – The question I have is, why?” — “I will not surrender this Nation to the abhorrent behavior that I saw at the University of Buffalo last Thursday…join me in that stand to preserve the last best hope for mankind, these United States of America”

The Debasement of Our Professional and Political Classes. Victor Davis Hanson — “Leftist professionals in politics, government, and private enterprise debased themselves for short-term political gain, or in furor at their bogeyman Trump, or in anger at the unwashed.” — “Will Republican magnanimity suffice to shame the Democrats to be more professional in the future? Or will tit-for-tat deterrent reciprocity alone ensure a return to norms?”

The Reeducation of America: Obama Calls on Our “Better Angels” to Change Voter Viewpoints. Jonathan Turley — “It was a confab of the liberal politicians and journalists over how to deal with problems like Republicans, Fox News, roughly half of the voters and most television viewers” — “Tennessee Williams once lamented, “If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.” That fear came to mind this week when former President Barack Obama called upon “our better angels” at the ironically named “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” conference at the University of Chicago” — “The Chicago conference resembled a mainstream-media version of a car show, featuring new political-narrative models for eager buyers” — “The conference was more about the demons than the angels of the mainstream media. The sense of frustration was palpable” — “we once believed good ideas can prevail over bad ones in an open marketplace of ideas. Instead, this crusade to rid liberals of their demons would kill the most angelic part of who we are as a people”

Disinformation, American style (4). Scott Johnson — “Chicago Thinker editors Audrey Unverferth and Evita Duffy take a look back at the Thinker’s subversion of the nauseating University of Chicago Institute of Politics/Atlantic Disinformation Conference last week”

After a gang shooting, who should be deprived of guns? Charles Turot — “The Officeholder Formerly Known as Joe Biden reacted immediately, quite unsurprisingly calling for further restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.  For leftists, this non sequitur comes as easily as breathing” — “As we confront yet another assault on our God-given right to defend ourselves, let’s imagine how firearms laws yet to be enacted might have protected those killed in Sacramento”

Thank Pence for Biden’s Trainwreck. John Nantz — “There can be little doubt that former Vice President Mike Pence thought he was doing the right thing.” — privileged and protected content at Townhall. too bad. See freerepublic.  — Too many abandon their duty for what appeases them and their circle – Just look at the case of the Pope in Malta for another example.

Why Sun Yat-Sen Was An American Thinker. Laura Lam — “Sun remains the only political leader honored by both mainland China and Taiwan. What’s fascinating about Sun, but little known in America, is that his birthplace, formal education, medical training, religious faith, and political values made him a true American”

Just in Time for the Apocalypse: Albrecht Durer and a Different Take on the Symbolism of the Four Horsemen. Richard Bledsoe — “The mighty would fall once the people had enough of their BS. We will bypass their precious assumptions and entitlements, and make them obsolete. We are out-evolving them”

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Judges versus the law

Derek just wants to be left alone – Courts confused may be the polite way to say it – Here comes another, comare to Barrett and Kavenaugh – Vermont wants to get rid of the excess (ugly) human baggage.

To Hell with These Leftists. Derek Hunter — “Men are men, women are women, they can live however they want but must not be empowered to force you to deny reality so they can feel good about themselves. If that bothers them, so what? If that hurts them, so what? Anyone interested in forcing you to do/say/think anything fake, anything you don’t believe or don’t want to, isn’t anyone you need to have in your life. They can’t just be ignored anymore, they must be defeated and destroyed, thoroughly.”

Pain and Loathing Commence After Surprise Ohio Redistricting Decision. Bonchie — “Partisan judges, many elected to their positions during the 2018 blue wave, have been a thorn in the side of Republican redistricting attempts over the last year. … It certainly feels as if the two major parties are playing under two different sets of rules.” – “On Friday, news broke that the Ohio Supreme Court had entered a final judgment on the overturned map. What that means is that the redistricting committee is not required to come back to the court for approval on the next map submitted. In short, any challenge of the latest map will need to be filed via a completely new lawsuit.”

Ketanji Brown Jackson: A+ Credentials, D- Judge. Ken Sondik — “For Brown, politics trumps the law.” – “Let’s look at two cases Jackson handled as a district court judge” – “Their message will be that Republicans oppose Jackson, the pick demanded by the pack of court loonies who dominate the Democratic Party, because she is a black woman. – Appoint a liberal activist in robes to satisfy the party’s social justice bosses, then play the race card to energize the black vote for the midterms and beyond. That’s the strategy. – It’s unfortunate. For the Democratic party, it’s also business as usual.”

Vermont leads the way … off the climate bureaucracy cliff. John Klar — “A recent Vermont legislative initiative purports to save the planet…. by “conserving” fifty percent of all Vermont territory for wildlife by 2050!”

 

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Crude hypocrisy an Rot of Politics

Rewriting history in service of race mongering – gaming the children for appeasement of sin – extortion and threats as tactics of an army of ‘lawyers’ – Energy is critical to a functioning society and fantasy doesn’t do it.

Why the Washington Post Cannot ‘Correct’ Its Trayvon Tribute. Jack Cashill — “On February 26, the Washington Post commemorated the ten-year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death with a loving and outrageously dishonest video tribute to the fallen 17-year-old. Even more troubling, columnist Charles Blow enlisted former president Barack Obama in this mendacious rewrite of recent history.”

Florida Democrats expose both their dishonesty and moronic thinking. Andrea Widburg — “Florida’s new law expanding parental rights bans sexual orientation and gender discussions in kindergarten through 3rd-grade classrooms (four- to eight-year-olds), deeming them developmentally inappropriate.  Democrats charged Florida with murderous homophobia and transphobia”

’65 Project’ targets Trump lawyers. James Anthony — “The project aims to push for specific rules against what they deem to be “fraudulent and malicious lawsuits to overturn legitimate election results” to be enacted by all state bar associations.” – “the group “hopes to deter right-wing legal talent from signing on to any future GOP efforts to overturn elections — including the midterms or 2024.”

The Crude Hypocrisy And Rot Of Green Politics. I & I Editorial Board — “It didn’t have to happen this way. The resources are still available.” – “this not-in-my-back yard attitude is hypocritical, but worse than that, it produces poor public policy. We hope some day a majority of voters consistently figures this out in election after election.”

 

 

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Don’t they teach the Constitution in law school anymore?

Federal [in]justice run amok – Show me the person and I’ll find a crime they say – Trudeau is insidious but got to Andrea on this one – climate and energy are both slippery and, hence, prime for corruption of thought, idea, and greed.

January 6 Defendant Being Illegally Detained – Locked up More Than 80 Days With No Indictment. Leslie McAdoo Gordon — “Denney’s case involves two distinct, major screwups. The first is that he was not afforded a Preliminary Hearing, to which he is entitled under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Constitution. The second is that he has not been indicted by a grand jury within 30 days of his arrest, as required by the federal Speedy Trial Act. Consequently, Denney’s detention has been unlawful since at least late January 2022.”

The Prosecutors Who Resigned Over Trump Criminal Probe Completely Expose Themselves. Bonchie — “No president in history has faced more corrupt lawfare than Donald Trump, and that didn’t end once he left office. Numerous criminal probes are going on in various far-left districts, including New York City and Atlanta, in an attempt to throw Trump in prison for anything they can come up with.” – “unlike most criminal investigations, these probes didn’t start with a clearly defined crime that demanded justice. Rather, they started with a political target, and everything else has flowed from there.”

The huge lie in Garry Trudeau’s Sunday edition of Doonesbury. Andrea Widburg — “I read those strips religiously for years.  In many ways, they provided my political education.  That’s probably still true for generations of people, no matter their age, who turn to the comics first when they get the paper.  That’s why it matters greatly that, in yesterday’s Sunday comics, Garry Trudeau told a blatant lie about the newly enacted election laws in Georgia.  He needs to be taken to task, and I’ve volunteered for the job.”

5 New Special Counsel Arguments Against A Russia Hoaxer’s Attempt To Escape. Margot Cleveland — “Special Counsel John Durham demolished a key Russia hoax figure’s attempt to get criminal charges against him dropped.”

Rising Seas and Government Greed. Jeffrey Folks — “there’s practically no place in America where a modest rise in sea levels will make a difference in one’s way of life.  But a rise in gas prices will — as will higher taxes to pay for addressing climate change, despite the fact that human efforts will not actually prevent the climate from changing.”

 

 

 

 

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J6, Pandemic, Green Energy – hysteria and psychosis 0n parade

See the strings on the marionettes? Who cares (anymore)” Think witchcraft went out of the mainstream? Really? And just where is the green dividend?

The Big Lie & The Elastic Truth: How To Invent A Coup. Frank Miele via RealClearPolitics.com — “I’ve taken a guilty pleasure recently in watching the faux intellectuals on MSNBC and CNN pass judgment on not just Donald Trump, but also on everyone who shares his disdain for authoritarian pronouncements on COVID-19, election integrity, climate change and a host of other issues.” … “after studying Rachel Maddow, Joy Reid, Jake Tapper and the late, lamented Chris Cuomo, liberalism today is characterized by a low regard for the intelligence of average Americans and a very high regard for the elastic nature of language.”

The choice of two diametrically opposed futures has not been so clear since the Civil War, and Democrats — just as they did in that great conflict — seem intent once again on proving the truth of Lincoln’s dictum that “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

January 6th anniversary: the invented coup lives on… neo — “The Democrats and the MSM are planning a big big celebration of their finest propaganda hour. – But how many people other than the leftist core care anymore?”

Media Begins Their Week Long J6 Attack on Democracy Narrative Engineering Effort. Sundance — “Despite the predictability and transparency of the propaganda effort, the media and democrats are going all-in. … We can likely expect an entire week of building apoplexy culminating in some form of DC release.” — “Once you see the strings on the marionettes, it’s impossible to return to that moment when you did not see them.”

Some Covid Links. Don Boudreaux — “Jay Bhattacharya and Martin Kulldorff – who, along with Sunetra Gupta, wrote the great Great Barrington Declaration – decry Francis Collins’s and Anthony Fauci’s attack on traditional public health. — “Alarmed by unilateral COVID-19 restrictions, states are imposing new limits on executive authority” – so reports Reason‘s Eric Boehm. — Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby warns against taking ‘expert’ predictions too seriously. — Tim Stanley argues that “[m]asks in schools are as pointless as they are cruel.” — more”

White Coats for Black Queer Abolitionist Socialism. John D. Sailer — “A national organization of medical students successfully pressures their schools to embrace radical identity politics.” … “These medical schools are being forthright about their new priorities. White Coats for Black Lives has already had much success in its mission to transform medical education. The next stop will be the medical field itself.”

Myopic politicians are wilfully blind to the truth about green energy. Paul Homewood — “Britain it has been made much worse by energy policies which for a decade and a half have doggedly pursued the objective of cutting carbon emissions without any regard to the costs.” … “How bizarre that politicians who on one day will lecturing us on poverty, and energy poverty in particular, and on the next day will be proposing to drive up household bills to reach carbon reduction targets … As most people will correctly work out for themselves when they receive their inflated energy bills this spring, the biggest danger they face is not being fried or drowned in a slightly warmer world – it is succumbing to hypothermia because they cannot afford to heat their homes.”

 

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a eucatastrophe?

Derek Chauvin Needs A Lawyer. Scott Johnson — “Chauvin has some strong legal issues on appeal. Indeed, Chauvin has one outright winner already” … “Chauvin’s insurance coverage does not extend to appeal and so far the public defender has denied him representation” … “This is a disgrace to the legal profession.”

‘Something Malicious Is Going On’. Mark Wauck — “This is the result of the loss of faith, that leads our society to regard other human beings as animals, at best, rather than person made in the image and likeness of their Creator.”

When Do The Wheels Totally Come Off? Mark Wauck — “What the author, who has a special interest in apocalyptic rhetoric, has noted is that conscious deception appears to involved in the current Covid Panic.”

In America people have become used to more or less expecting a eucatastrophe–a happy ending. Muddling through, getting back to normal. Eighteen months of craziness for no good reason is a lot to put up with. Patience is wearing thin. More pressure could lead to unpredictable results, but history tells us that when events are being forced by apocalyptic ideologies nothing good is likely to result.

Why Is Joe Biden Embracing Europe’s Failed Green-Energy Socialism? I & I Editorial Board — “These are the worst of times for Europe when it comes to energy. Not only are its green schemes failing to produce enough energy, but because of environmental laws, taxes and regulations, conventional energy prices are shooting through the roof.”

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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.
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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.
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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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hypocrisy emits a bad odor

Biden Shut Down Wuhan Lab Investigation Probing COVID-19 Origins: Report. Tyler Durden — “The revelation that Biden shut down the inquiry is awkward at best, after the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were so sick in November of 2019 that they sought hospitalization, citing the intelligence report that Biden rejected.” … “now we know that the ‘venerable Dr. Fauci’ was involved in funding research in Wuhan via EcoHealth Alliance, and now admits “there’s no way of guaranteeing” that American taxpayer funds didn’t go towards “gain-of-function” research to make bat coronaviruses better-infect humans.”

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr Uses “Wrap-Up-Smear”, Seeds Grand Jury Story to Washington Post. Sundance — “Everything about a grand jury is supposed to be kept secret to protect the innocent (5th Amendment issue). However, if the motives of the prosecutor are political, they want to exploit Lawfare by leaking information to media. This is the process Nancy Pelosi called “the wrap-up smear“, only this time it is being coordinated with Lawfare.”

“Create a fraudulent accusation; then leak (or merchandise) the accusation to media; then “merchandise” the media report of the leak as evidence to support the fraudulent accusation. This is precisely what Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance is doing with a leaked story about his grand jury against President Trump. You can tell this is the political motive because grand jury secrecy is dismissed in favor of the media leak.

Democrat Mayor Dooms St. Louis with Pledge to Defund Police as Murders Soar. John Nolte — “I feel zero sympathy for the people of St. Louis. None. Just last month, amid a soaring murder rate, the highest murder rate in 50 years, as well as the highest in the country, the idiots of St. Louis still voted to elect a Democrat as mayor, a lunatic named Tishaura Jones who made no secret of her desire to make things worse, much worse.” … “It really is something to watch as Democrats get exactly what they voted for and then pretend that what they voted for was not an act of urban suicide.”

Those Dirty Electric Vehicles And A Bolt Of Green Hypocrisy. I & I Editorial Board — “The hypocrisy of the green movement emits a bad odor. The political left hates mining, but apparently only in the U.S., and maybe Canada. Seems that dirty mining is OK as long it’s out of sight. It’s the same with kids. “It’s for the children,” Democrats and progressives claim when their big-spending plans are challenged. Yet none on the left are calling for a halt to the green agenda until child slave labor has been eradicated from the supply chain.”

The African slavery behind the leftists’ green dreams. Andrea Widburg — “What Biden and other Green Deal proponents are ignoring is that the lithium that is an essential ingredient in electric car batteries comes from slave labor in Africa.” … “Bottom line: If black lives really matter, don’t buy electric cars.”

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You paid for it. You got it.

Liar Liar, Media Pants on Fire. Brian C. Joondeph — “Media trust is at an all-time low, a majority of Americans believing that, “Most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public.”

“As Friedrich Nietzsche said, “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” This is the message to the media and their allies in Hollywood, sports, academia, and corporate America. We don’t believe you. Their lying pants are on fire and the flames will spread, burning down the entire country.

The Left’s Orwellian Perversion of Language. Lauri B. Regan — “Lies and propaganda are now the mainstay of leftist communications.” … “As the left becomes more emboldened by its control of the federal government, expect more Newspeak to be used, but don’t fall for the propaganda. We have entered a new age in America and if we don’t recognize this true crisis for what it is, we’ll find ourselves living in Oceania with no way out.”

Witness intimidation: the message is clear. neo — “That intimidation has already occurred, even prior to this announcement, and I strongly believe it was already operative in the Chauvin trial. But this news makes it even more overt and obvious. This is the sort of thing we’re familiar with in nations known as banana republics, in addition to other tyrannical regimes around the world.”

What Happened When Hungary Revived Classical Architecture In Budapest. Stephen Sholl — “Restoring genuine beauty in our cities goes hand in hand with any attempt to revive a spiritual nature amongst a people.” … “Surprisingly, such attempts to restore and revive classical architecture have spawned a culture war in the field of architecture. Within 100 days of taking office, Joe Biden has already rescinded President Trump’s executive order, striking a victory for modernist and brutalist architectural designs.”

Parents Revolt After Texas’s No. 1 School District Tries To Institutionalize Racism. Joy Pullmann — “Parents of kids attending Texas’s top-performing school district found out what their schools have been teaching in the name of ‘racial justice,’ and they are livid.”

““The outcome is nothing less than the survival of our national identity itself. No nation can survive a generation of citizens who hate their country,” Saldivar said to explain why he finally decided to speak his mind despite the social pressure he knew he’d face for it. “That’s why I say education is a higher endeavor than war. It has a longer-lasting impact.”

Critical Race Theory—You Paid for It, You Got It. Mark Bauerlein — “When conservatives decry the advancement of critical race theory they should remember that it couldn’t have happened without the support of the people they see in the mirror.”

Medical Racism – Preferential Treatments for Blacks over Whites – is Here. Peter Barry Chowka — “Race has always been used by the left and the Democrats to divide us. As we’ve seen all too clearly in recent weeks, this strategy has now achieved critical mass – and it’s moved into health care, the largest sector of the economy and one with critical influence on people’s lives — and even survival.”

Briefly noted: Death in America. Mark Wauck — “Something’s going on in America, and it results from a total devaluation of life. Because it’s largely kept from public view, people are complacent–but complacency is the first step toward death.

Far From Immune To The Never-Ending COVID Regime, Red States Are A Ripe Target — Unless Their Governors Act Now. Christopher Bedford — “The unending COVID regime isn’t a nightmare scenario, it’s an existential threat to our liberties, a possible and unexamined risk to our health, and right here among us.”

How to Make a COVID Vaccination Decision. Bill Rice, Jr. — “I’m not sure any encyclopedic knowledge of “science” is required to make this health decision. Simple statistical analysis should suffice to inform one’s ultimate decision.”

Protection From The Violence Of Others. Gary M. Galles — “Crony capitalism, with its widespread sacrifice of others’ property rights to benefit government favorites, has spread everywhere. Fourth Amendment violations and civil asset forfeiture demonstrate the same erosion. Eminent domain abuses and development exactions are far from uncommon. And the list goes on.”

Why Wind And Solar Energy Are Doomed To Failure. John Hinderaker — “Wind and solar energy are both essentially obsolete technologies.” … “Robert’s paper acknowledges that there are multiple reasons why wind and solar energy will never meet America’s energy needs, but focuses on the particular problem of land use:”

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Myths and facts

Black Lives Matter: The Myths and the Facts. William D. Rubinstein — “the BLM movement is one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated by the Left on the American public and, by extension, on public opinion throughout the Western world. Its raison d’être is that America’s police forces systematically engage in widespread racist attacks, especially unjustified shootings, against ordinary black people simply going about their business. – The facts are different.” … “The more closely one looks at each purported case of an unjustified shooting of a black man by a policeman in America, the more dubious many of these claims seem.”

“The widespread publicity given to the George Floyd case, the riots and violence which ensued as a result, and the calls by the extreme Left to “defund” the police, have led to many police officers quitting their forces rather than put up with the lies and violence of the extreme Left.

The BLM movement and its allies have perpetrated one of the greatest hoaxes on modern American public debate, unfortunately with literally deadly consequences in too many cases. But as always, the central aim of America’s radicals is the destruction of society.

Biden’s Solar Energy Plan Has A Major Space Problem. Tyler Durden — “Biden clinched the top role last November on the back of a campaign promise to launch the Clean Energy Revolution in the country, with a chief aim of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Rystad Energy estimates that the significant utility solar PV installed capacity required to meet the target would occupy around 13,412 square miles of land, equivalent to 0.43% of the total land area in the lower 48 states, or roughly 50 times the size of Austin, Texas.”

The Democrat Party Has Declared War on America. Steve McCann — “The American Left and its wholly owned subsidiary, the Democrat party, has declared war on America by openly and ruthlessly attacking American society, its norms and foundational principles.”

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Who was that?

John Rich shares secret story of Rush Limbaugh as floodgates open on Doctor of Democracy’s true character. Vivek Saxena – “His critics in the Democrat Party and the Democrat-aligned media would disagree, of course, but they never knew actually knew the man. They only knew the “evil” caricature of him that they’d invented in their creative minds. Those who actually knew Limbaugh, on the other hand, have had nothing but positive stories to share about how he’d treated them and others.”

Dems’ Trump Derangement Syndrome Hits Pathetic New Low. Stephen Kruiser – “This is beyond spiteful. This is a sustained level of hate that is pathological. The karmic register can’t look favorable for these people.”

Who were the January 6th rioters? Neo – “It appears from the study and the articles that everyone in that building, even if only arrested for trespassing, is assumed to have been intent on violence and trying to overthrow the government. The entire set of conclusions – these insurrectionists were just regular Trump supporters, so be afraid, be very afraid – is based on that idea. But the study doesn’t demonstrate it. It doesn’t even deal with it; it merely assumes it.”

The Failure Of The Texas Power Grid Is Worse Than You Think. John Daniel Davidson – “A rare winter storm has put ordinary Texans in danger — and exposed the corrupt and parasitic nature of the energy industry in oil-rich Texas.” … “Some Democrats, seeing a political opportunity in Texas’ misfortune, have been quick to answer, and assign blame.” … “as Jason Isaac of the Texas Public Policy Foundation explains in our pages today, the main problem with the Texas power grid isn’t that renewables failed or that fossil fuels failed. It’s that the grid itself has been made unstable by state and federal subsidies that distort the energy market and prevent the buildup of reliable power generation.”

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egregores. Rush Limbaugh, am I insane? Fake News Fisking

Rush Limbaugh: Death Of A Giant. I & I Editorial Board – “His witty, often acerbic commentary had been a daily anchor to reality for many Americans, tired of the mainstream media’s lies, bias and prevarications.” … “perhaps our best tribute of all to Limbaugh would be to make sure that flame never goes out.”

The Indispensable Man. Mark Steyn – Rush Limbaugh, 1951-2021 – “I owe Rush the biggest break of my career in America, and I owe him even more for sticking with me after the CRTV breach of contract when certain extremely prominent figures on the American right were bombarding him with multiple texts and emails to fire me from the guest-host’s slot. It would have been the easiest thing in the world for him to have gone along with that. But he didn’t. And that’s the only reason I’m still around today.”

The First Step Towards Righting America Is Refusing To Believe The Left About Anything. Jesse Kelly – “My point here is not the lies. The left lies. All communists do. Lying is simply part and parcel part of the ideology. My point is that we are in very serious trouble right now in the United States of America.”

“We no longer have the option of riding the initial news cycle and accepting it at face value. Our failure to hold the line and speak hard truths has made the left’s job of cementing a lie in the minds of the people infinitely easier. From now on, when the next major event arises, let us resolve to set the narrative ourselves instead of being consumed by it.

Nick Sandmann Documentary ‘Rush To Judgment’ Chronicles Disturbing Covington Catholic Media Smear. Gabe Kaminsky – “A new film does a deep-dive into the 2019 Covington Catholic event that was a media creation, and it’s worth your time.”

The New York Times’ Brazenly False ‘Fact Check’ About Trump’s Impeachment Trial. James D. Agresti – a fisking.

The False and Exaggerated Claims Still Being Spread About the Capitol Riot. Glenn Greenwald – “Insisting on factual accuracy does not make one an apologist for the protesters. False reporting is never justified, especially to inflate threat and fear levels.”

Should a ‘9/11-style’ Commission Investigate the Capitol Riot? Byron York – “what is striking is that, even as Pelosi calls for an investigation, a number of government agencies are stonewalling the public on some of the most basic information about the events of Jan. 6.”

“Finally, one last word on the description of the still-unformed commission. It is universally referred to as a “9/11-style” commission. Pelosi undoubtedly likes that because it helps cement in the public’s mind an equivalence between the riot and the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. In both, Democrats say terrorists attacked America. But be reasonable. There is simply no comparison in scale, motivation or anything else between Sept. 11 and Jan. 6.

 

Howard Root: A Letter To My Prosecutors. Scott Johnson – “Howard tells the story of his case in the riveting memoir Cardiac Arrest … With the fifth anniversary of his acquittal coming up, Howard has sent off a letter to the prosecutors in his case: Walter L. “Bud” Paulissen, Christina Playton, and Timothy Finley. Howard has authorized us to share it with Power Line readers. Here it is.”

Our Descent Into Collective Madness. Victor Davis Hanson – “the height of our collective madness is the current cancel culture. Its subtexts are “unearned white privilege” and “white supremacy.” … “The common denominator with all these absurdities? An ungracious and neurotic elite whose judgment is bankrupt and whose privilege is paid for by those who don’t have it.”

I Am Insane. Don Boudreaux – “The following conclusion is now firmly set in (what remains of) my mind: If humanity’s reaction to Covid-19 is sane and rational, then sometime in the past 11 months I’ve lost my mind and I am now certifiably insane. If, instead, I remain reasonably in touch with reality and rationality, and am not completely insane, then most of my fellow human beings are utterly bonkers-mad.”

They murdered him for not wearing a mask. Rudd-O.com – “The greatest evils are always committed in the name of the greatest good.” … “the murderer and his accomplices were possessed by egregores.” … “perverse ideas eat human souls, then wear their skins — like meat costumes — in order to act, to spread, and to prevail.”

Faith over fear. Jeffrey I. Barke – “adults across this country have caused a lot of unnecessary harm to their children during the pandemic. We have taught them to be afraid; we have indicated that they should not question authority; we have shown them how to be obedient to the government. We have suggested to them that any sacrifice in the name of community health is acceptable. We have even modeled a path forward — the easiest way to get along is to go along, to shut up and obey.” … “The excessive caution is not just a matter of “better safe than sorry,” as some would have it. It is both wrong and abusive to force masks on our children and our communities in the name of good intentions.

I am not one to talk about my religious beliefs, but if there were ever a time that America needs a spiritual revival, it would be now. We will not be rescued from our current malaise by any politician or statesman. No magic bullet is coming along to put everything back to the way it was. Our only path forward now, it seems to me, is through faith over fear and a return to our Jewish and Christian roots — roots that brought us our Declaration of Independence proclaiming clearly that we are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights — rights that come not from the government.

This Basic Math Shows How Wind Energy Failures Contributed To Texas’s Deadly Power Loss. Daniel Turner – “We can learn from what happened in Texas if we have a serious and necessary conversation about renewable energy. But will we?”

Texas Windpower: Will Negative Pricing Blow Out the Lights? (PTC vs. reliable new capacity). Josiah Neeley – (This post, originally published at MasterResource in November 2012, is reposted verbatim for its relevancy now) “Texas need not abandon wholesale competition and move toward a capacity market. But this will be difficult to avoid as long as the PTC is in place. Congress should allow the PTC to expire; if not, we may see the end Texas’ world-class energy-only electricity market.”

 

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Will the next to act stand up?

“Republican senator Ben Sasse hails Supreme Court for ‘closing the book on the nonsense’ and slams Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories” (Daily Mail) the headline illustrates the problem: the issue is prejudged and slimed by those suffering TDS (e.g. Democrats, Propaganda Pundits) or fear of what might happen if they get involved (e.g. much of the judiciary). As noted in a column cited yesterday, it’s gaslighting and the use of a false premise.

Another tactic (from Instapundit) “ZOMBIE INITIATIVE: An initiative repealing Washington State’s prohibition on preferential treatment based on race or sex was defeated in 2019. But they’re already gearing up to launch another one.” … “Never give up, never surrender” (Galaxy Quest)

Supreme Court shoots down Texas lawsuit, but it isn’t over yet. CQ Livingston – “This decision has dramatic implications for the presidential election, but unless President Trump concedes, there are still plenty of options available.” … “the best scenario is that this case bought other lawsuits more time to get in front of the Supreme Court without having to worry about the December 14 deadline for selecting electors”

More from glenn reynolds: “a couple of comments from friends on facebook about last night’s supreme court opinion”

SCOTUS refuses Texas lawsuit for lack of standing. neo – “even issuing no ruling on the legal questions raised in a case, and refusing to give relief – not hearing this case, for example – has consequences. It’s a form of decision. But it’s a passive type of decision that allows people to tell themselves they’re not responsible for what happens. They may indeed be fooling themselves. But passivity can be attractive when faced with something very tough. And this is very tough, because no matter what the Court does, half the country is going to be very very angry indeed.”

Giuliani Says Trump Team ‘Not Finished’ After Supreme Court Defeat. Pam Key – “Giuliani said, “The case wasn’t rejected on the merits, the case was rejected on standing.”

How Trump Can Win: SCOTUS, State Supreme Courts, Legislatures, And The 12th Amendment. Jack Hadfield.

WHAT NOW? The Fight for Our Freedom Continues Despite SCOTUS Ruling on Texas. Joe Hoft – “There are still court cases in nearly every state of concern. Below is our understanding of open cases as of Friday night:”

We Don’t Need SCOTUS to Win. James Arlandson – “The Texas suit, later joined by other states, against Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia, was a nice try, but it was always a long shot. Of course SCOTUS would be reluctant to grab so much power by ordering state legislatures to seat the right electors. Why? Because the power is already in the hands of the legislatures to do this.”

Biden: Lie About Defunding Until After January 5! John Hinderaker – “Biden urges his audience to lie low in talking about the police until the Georgia Senate elections have been decided on January 5” … “Biden’s caution may not be surprising, but his explicit tying of the deception to January 5 would be big news if a Republican did it” … “But don’t worry, Biden says–once the Georgia elections are over, we can come out of the closet:”

Today’s California Energy Embarrassment. Steven Hayward – “In one sentence, today’s brief essentially says, “Without lots of natural gas-fired power, California is screwed.” Of course that’s not the actual language—these are government analysts were talking about. But it’s not hard to read between the lines. Let’s start with the chart:” And a report for the Nevada Governor is looking to eliminate 70% of Nevada’s energy for ‘climate justice.’ That’s cheap natural gas from fracking sacrificed at the alter of ideological paganism.

“Question: What will happen to natural gas “peaking” demand after California closes its last nuclear power plant in a couple years, and supposedly replaces it with wind and solar power? Good times for natural gas I suspect. And the promises of carbon-free electricity by 2035 or 2050 will go poof faster than an Eric Swalwell emission on MSNBC.

The numbers just don’t add up … sounds like a recent election,

Cuomo’s New Ban On Indoor Dining In NYC Is Abject Madness. David Marcus – “On Friday, the governor released that data. It does not show that restaurants are a major driver; it shows they accounted for 1.4 percent of spread. And yet, in a move that defies even the basic tenets of common sense, Emperor Cuomo is closing down indoor dining anyway.” … “This decision is insane. It is also cruel and arbitrary.”

Jupiter and Saturn are converging for a rare “Great Conjunction” on the day of the winter solstice – December 21st. Paul Dorian – “These two planets are actually converging for an even closer encounter in terms of their appearance to us here on Earth – the likes of which haven’t been seen in many, many centuries.”

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The three monkeys in robes this time.

The Texas lawsuit in the Supreme Court is huge. Andrea Widburg – “partisan judges are issuing what I will politely call “garbage” decisions. Judges are refusing to consider the evidence, with only one Nevada court attempting to do so. Instead, they make variations of the argument that, if courts were to consider Trump’s claims, they would run the risk of “disenfranchising” Biden voters. … That is a singularly dishonest argument.”

How to Steal an Entire Country. Donald Finley – “In the end, it comes down to this: what does it mean to have right versus wrong, corrupt versus honest, truth versus lies, fair versus stolen all work out backwards?” … “There are many evils, but today the foremost evil we must address is the Democrat party’s corruption of our national election. We all know what happened, and what the right thing is. We need to fix it. Now. The details and the prison terms can be figured out later.”

In the Flynn case, Sullivan’s last sally. Scott Johnson – “The outrage perpetrated on General Michael Flynn should live in infamy along with the Dreyfus affair. The Flynn outrage revealed the rotten core of the Obama administration and the multidimensional corruption of our most trusted institutions.” … “Sullivan’s determination that the case was moot should have ended the matter, but something is seriously wrong with Judge Sullivan.”

Georgia And Michigan Federal Courts Dismiss Sidney Powell Election Lawsuits. William A. Jacobson – “In each case the dismissal was based on jurisdiction and pleading standards, but the judges issued dramatic made-for-media declarations such as “The People have spoken” (Michigan) and “They want this court to substitute its judgment for the 2.5 million voters who voted for Biden” (Georgia).”

“This problem highlights the overarching problem that the courts want challengers to come into court with all the evidence buttoned-up, but much of the evidence is in the hands of the states, not the plaintiffs. In a normal lawsuit there would be discovery and evidence gathering. But on the quick timeline of the presidential election process, courts are not going to permit it.

California’s Energy Fantasies. Steven Hayward – “Both Arizona and Utah still have a fair bit of coal-fired electricity, and as electrons are fungible in the power grid, it is fair to conclude that California’a boast of being “low-emission” in its electricity system is partially fraudulent.”

The three wise monkeys? see Oxford — “originated in Japan, where they have been known since the 16th century; statues of them are set at crossroads in honour of Koshin, the God of Roads, whose attendants they are.”

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going to heal the country from the president who has mean tweets?

This Is Who the Democrats Are Now. Stephen Kruiser – “Look at the anger on their faces. The all-consuming hatred as a result of their Trump Derangement Syndrome has made them ugly inside and out.”

Romney decries state of America’s ‘vile, vituperative, hate-filled’ politics, puts blame largely on Trump. Allan Smith [NBC] – “Romney said he’s “troubled” by U.S. politics having “moved away from spirited debate to a vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass” unbecoming of America.” Youu have to dig deep to find something Trump but only skim the surface for Romney’s observations when it comes to Trump’s oposition. An example is citing Whitmer’s kidnap plot being blamed on Trump that has many calling for Whitmer to apologize for her (and the press’) slander. But this is an NBC ‘News’ story …

Except For Locked-Down Blue States, America’s Economic Recovery From COVID-19 Is Amazingly Strong. Tom Blumer – “The nation’s corporate media have mostly downplayed or ignored the U.S. economy’s remarkable performance following the COVID-19 lockdowns earlier this year.”

Three Biggest Lies About COVID-19 Have All Been Exposed. Leo Hohmann – “But here’s why globalist powerbrokers can’t let it die.” … “Eight months later, the data shows everything the media said about the virus was false.” The lies: “COVID carries a very high, 3.4 percent, death rate … spread by asymptomatic “super spreaders.” … untreatable.” … “This is not news. This is the hallmark of a propaganda operation. Another name for it is information warfare.”

 

Nevada writes off nearly $12 million in federally funded clean energy loans as ‘bad debt’. Riley Snyder – “out of more than $17.6 million in loans granted through the program, the Office of Energy leadership says that only $3.7 million of that initial sum has been paid back, with $11.8 million considered “bad debt” and written off by the state as of Tuesday. ” … “None of those projects were completed, Bobzien said, and the funds have essentially disappeared.”

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The assault on specified rights – and the response

Churches Aren’t Avoiding Death By Keeping Their Doors Closed. They’re Ensuring It. Kylee Zempel – “Now after months of spiritual suicide, some churches are finally changing their posture, submitting to divine rather than government authority, for the latter has detached itself from the people’s consent through elected legislatures as governors indefinitely and in some cases illegally extend emergency powers.”

NY Attorney General’s Lawsuit Scares These NRA Members Much More Than NRA Spending. Madeline Osburn – “Keane said the NY AG’s investigation is clearly a political hit, and not just against the Second Amendement but a threat to the First Amendment, based on “the fact that [James] is seeking to dissolve the organization rather than to just address the financial allegations.”

“NRA members and gun owners alike know this is bigger than private jets and expensive dinners. With an election on the horizon, they see this conveniently-timed lawsuit for exactly what it is: a direct attack on the institutional voice they choose to protect their Constitutional rights.

Inside California Democrats’ Hard Work To Deny The Poor, Middle Class, And Minorities An Education. Christopher Bedford – ‘If people want to talk about systemic racism and the marginalization of minorities,’ a single mother in California told The Federalist, ‘this is it.’

Landscape of rubble persists as Minneapolis demands taxes in exchange for permits. Jeffrey Meitrodt – “City officials say their hands are tied, pointing to a state law that prohibits the removal of any structures or standing timber until all of the taxes assessed against the building have been fully paid.”

Elected Officials Need To Quell Riots Or There’ll Be Bloody Street Justice. I & I Editorial Board – “if those elected officials don’t soon take back the streets from the criminals, everyday Americans might soon do the job for them.”

“As unpleasant as things appear to be now, they will only grow worse if elected officials continue to pretend the violence and destruction is part of 2020’s “summer of love.” Street justice will be meted out summarily by Americans weary of riotous mobs destroying, swarming and assaulting innocents, illegally (and menacingly) blocking streets and sidewalks, wrecking public and private property, and, in some cases, killing. It will be a regrettable chapter in our history.
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When law enforcement won’t or can’t do the job, then it falls to others. We can almost guarantee that when civilians impose sentences on the rioters, the outlaws will be treated much more brutally than if the police were keeping the peace. It won’t be pretty but it will be effective.

Wow: Chicago neighborhood ejects BLM protesters at police station. Ed Morrissey – “If BLM and their associates have any complaints after Englewood, they should rethink their agenda. The people we pay to keep order, protect our civil rights, and discourage mob actions are the very people BLM and their affiliates want to abolish.”

Everyone Needs Help During COVID – Except The Solar Power Industry. Charles Sauer – “Among all the COVID-19 media content I’ve seen this year, there was one interview I related to above the rest. It was a doctor saying that he could help people with COVID, but he couldn’t cure ignorance.”

“With and without a pandemic, the free market should be left to make the decision. But, in a pandemic it is even more important that our resources are focused on the most vulnerable in society and the economy. A good tax credit, for any industry, wouldn’t accomplish this. A terrible one like this doesn’t have a prayer. It’s just pure ignorance.

Keystone Jobs A Welcome Alternative To Pink-Slip Economy. David Williams – “When private industry and unions find common ground, people should pay attention.” … “Unfortunately, some in Washington want to ignore this progress and axe this massive project that will create thousands of jobs.” Again, let the free market make the decision and avoid governmental overreach.

Harassing Energy: The Latest in Climate Litigation (EID’s Allison nails it). Rbradley – “It’s been a whirlwind few years for supporters of the climate litigation campaign, who have spent untold millions of dollars and don’t have much to show for it. Multiple strategies have been employed with each running into trouble.”

Soros Reveals How He’s Invested Amid “Fed Liquidity Bubble”; Says Trump “Very Dangerous”. Tyler Durden – as is often the case with severe cases of TDS there is a lot of hyperbole and exaggeration but nothing offered to figure out where the fear behind it comes from.

What is George Will’s Problem? Gene Comiskey – “Will compares the fascist leaders to Donald Trump, describing them as strongarm bullies without intellectual weight or nuanced arguments.” Again, hyperbole and exaggeration abound sans any support …

“It is interesting that in his recitation of the history of fascism, Mr. Will fails to see the obvious: that the historical circumstances that shaped it and the ideological theories which Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and others believed in, apply not to Donald Trump and his followers but to the very people who are trying to defeat the President and lead this country down a destructive path of rigid intellectual, economic, and social control.
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Will writes of ‘Trumpism’ as “an entertainment genre based on contempt for its bellowing audiences.” And there you have it: a classic example of projection.
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George Will is so blinded by hatred or elitism or delusions of ideological superiority that he cannot see the real dangers facing this country.
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While mobs rule the streets, George Will is safely ensconced in his ivory tower, warm and cozy in his blanket of self-righteousness and moral superiority. Perhaps Will should remember the truism that the mob always eats its own.

NV Governor Punishes Casino for Hosting Worship Service. Liberty Counsel – “Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak fined the Las Vegas Ahern Hotel for hosting a worship service for an “Evangelicals for Trump” group inside a casino ballroom because it violated his unconstitutional 50-person gathering limit on houses of worship.” But did it violate the rules on Casino activity?

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Mind reading may be good for thee but not for me

Garrett Ward Sheldon: How Would You Feel if You Were Treated Like Trump? “What the Democrat-controlled House is doing now to Trump sets a dangerous precedent for violating the due-process rights of all Americans. When hearsay, prejudice, emotional appeals, and dishonest motives replace cool, objective examination of facts in an impartial manner by opposing sides, we are headed for disaster.”

Thomas McArdle: Impeachment: The New Front In The War On Free Speech – “Democrats simply cannot win a war of competing ideas, so they must change the conflict to one of competing communication strategies.”

“Suppressing free speech constitutes the heart of today’s left-dominated Democratic Party. These days it’s being used to destroy a Republican president, but it’s perhaps most often used to prevent voters from being exposed to conservative ideas, because such concepts are the key to keeping Democrats out of power and preventing the left’s agenda of socialist economics and continued social revolution from being implemented.

An assortment of examples from the expression suppression battlefields:

Victor Davis Hanson: The Wages of Trump Fixation – “The strange case of a reborn Max Boot and the folly of impeachment.” … “his commentary over the last three years has become sadly unhinged.”

“But note that if Boot truly believes Trump’s conduct has proved serially illegal and there have been many “legitimate investigations” into his alleged criminal conduct, why then has not a single act resulted in a criminal referral? What is now the fate of all those who swore to us that Trump was a Russian asset, traitor, treasonous, or pervert such as James Comey, Andrew McCabe, James Clapper, John Brennan, and Christopher Steele?
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Piereson then notes that, unlike Republicans, current Democrats almost never vote to confirm noncontroversial Republican appointed federal judges, Supreme Court picks, or Cabinet appointees. Boot should compare the Senate confirmation vote of Elena Kagan (63-47) with Neal Gorsuch (54-45) or Attorney General Eric Holder (75-21) with Jeff Sessions (52-47) and William Barr (54-45).

neo: Victor Davis Hanson on the impeachment inquiry/coup – “it seems to have become common when Trump’s opposition talks about him. Mind-reading has substituted for evidence, and not just during the impeachment inquiry. Courts have now institutionalized it,”

“Now we have an entire impeachment drive predicated on the idea that Trump committed another thoughtcrime. He didn’t tie the withholding of financial aid to the investigation of Hunter Biden, Ukrainian officials didn’t even know aid was being withheld at the time, and in fact the aid was given without the investigation occurring. But the Democrats get around the obvious flaws there but saying what they think Trump meant to do or wanted to do whether he actually did it or not.

Dangerous, dangerous high-stakes game the Democrats are playing.

Brian C. Joondeph: Enough Calm, Where’s the Storm? – “For the past several years, most of us who have been following the seditious Deep State activities against President Trump and many of his close associates have been eagerly awaiting a reckoning.”

Patricia McCarthy: Could it be that Trump has been setting up the Left all along? – “It is beginning to feel like our hate-filled, intolerant Left is being set-up with a long-game play. If so, the denouement will be delicious.”

“The swamp is much, much muddier and more corrupt than any of us knew. That Trump has withstood their three-plus year calculated attack on him, his family, his friends and his presidency is a testament to his phenomenal strength of character. That is why he was elected and will be re-elected if the Left can’t cheat enough. The Left always cheats, as they did to elect JFK.

David Catron: Impeachment by Focus Group – “The Democrats try to get traction by dumbing down the narrative.” … “That the new Democratic messaging strategy originated with their low regard for the intelligence of the electorate was made plain by Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) on NBC’s Meet the Press.”

Rbradley: Energy Progress: Trump Remarks at the New York Economic Club (November 12, 2019) – “Last week, President Trump delivered a pro-energy speech at the Economic Club of New York in New York City. There was a lot of applause and laughter from the well-heeled, left-of-center audience. The anti-industrial Left has certainly met its match with Donald J. Trump. … Some excerpts from Trump’s address follow:”

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