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guilt driven coercion

The Bible, Social Justice and the Poor. Andrew Lansdown — “I do not claim that the passages I am about to quote represent the sum total of the Bible’s teaching about poverty and the poor. I merely claim that they represent an important aspect of the Bible’s teaching, an aspect that social justice advocates gloss over. And by evading this teaching, they distort the biblical position on the origin of poverty, the solution to poverty, and the nature of the poor.” … “Hedonism, extravagance, foolishness, drunkenness, gluttony, sexual immorality, laziness, bad company—these are causes of poverty that the advocates of social justice never mention.”

None of this is an argument against helping the poor—even the poor who are poor by their own foolishness or wickedness. It is an argument against making the well-off feel that they have somehow wronged the poor simply by being well-off. It is an argument against making guilt the basis for helping the poor. It is an argument against encouraging the poor to have a sense of entitlement to the wealth of those who are not poor. It is an argument against encouraging the poor to feel that when they are helped they have merely got what they are owed. It is an argument against encouraging ingratitude and envy in the poor and guilt and shame in the not-poor. It is an argument against the condescending self-righteous notion that those in the West who do help the poor do so only because they have grudgingly faced up to their collective guilt and belatedly acquiesced to the demands of “social justice”. It is an argument against confusing justice with mercy and thereby demanding as a right what should be entreated as a favour.

People who are well off (which means most people in the West) should help the poor. But they should do so from generosity, not guilt. They should do so not because justice demands it but because mercy implores it. In short, they should do so not because of, but in spite of, the spurious dogmas and demands of “social justice”.

Leftists force mass Third World immigration by deceiving us into feeling guilty M. E. Boyd — “Milton Friedman, the economist, was such a libertarian that he supported open borders. However, there was a caveat to this support: “It’s just obvious you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state.” It’s obvious, of course, because having both spells imminent national bankruptcy.”

Guilt is the source of sorrow. It is the fiend with whips and slings that follows behind us. The true reality for Americans and all Western Civilization is that we are founded on a truth, not an idea or ideas that can swing wildly over time. That truth is that God exists, God is essential, and that His rules for a rightful society are not open to construction by the delusional. To begin to fix this collapse of our society we need to turn to Him now.

The Killing Fields of Utopia: Are We Socialists Yet? Philip Crossing — “It is long overdue for us to put our minds at rest on a fundamental question — namely, what socialism is, and how it has infected and is rapidly sickening the United States.” … “Western culture is thoroughly afflicted with socialism and is struggling internally for survival.  We need to believe this and accept it, and stop fooling ourselves that there will always be an escape hatch.  The more that people can be awakened to an understanding of the extraordinary phenomenon that is socialism, the more likely we are to see a counter-flourishing of the human spirit to re-map the future”

What Does Gen. Milley’s Conduct Say about Our System? Deborah Weiss — “Less mentioned is the alleged role that Nancy Pelosi played in this. … the speaker of the House made a call to Milley that appears from the transcript to be hysterical, making things up in her head about Trump launching a coup, pushing the nuclear red button, and refusing the leave the White House…all 100 percent without evidence.”

The Hunter Biden e-mail coverup is the clearest evidence yet of media corruption. David Harsanyi — “virtually the entire censorious journalistic establishment, with the help of tech giants, attempted to limit the story’s exposure by banning it outright, creating the impression that it didn’t meet proper journalistic standards or that it had been planted by Russian spooks.”

Going Batty Over Climate Change. Michael Kile — “We live in an age where Climate Change™ has replaced God as the explanation for everything.”

The ‘Science’ of Climate Change. Norman Rogers — “The science surrounding COVID has been hijacked for political purposes. … The “science” of climate change is also BS. That should be easier to accept after seeing what the government did to COVID science.” … “The parade of imaginary environmental catastrophes during the last 70 years is very long.”

There is no such thing as an early career climate scientist that is skeptical concerning global warming. I actually tried to find one and did a poster at a scientific meeting on the subject. The reason is simple. It is not because the science is so clear that only an idiot would question it. It is because our early-career climate scientist would soon be looking for a new job. Interfering with the flow of money from Washington is grounds for dismissal.

The Coming Climate Crisis Shakedown In Scotland; Pat Buchanan — “Follow the money!” — “The old maxim is always sound advice when assessing the motives of those advancing bold agendas for the benefit of mankind.” … “With the apocalypse thus laid out if we failed to act, there arose the inevitable question: How much hard cash would the global elites and their Third World clients be needing from the West — to grant the West an absolution for its past sins of carbon emissions?”

Once Upon A Time… The Market Ticker — “In pooled data 28% of the residents in similar nursing homes over the same time period died.  In these two, once they started treating with cheap drugs, leading with those available over the counter in the US, ZERO — I repeat — ZERO had a bad reaction to the protocol, ZERO died and ZERO were admitted to a hospital for treatment.” cites Antihistamines and azithromycin as a treatment for COVID-19 on primary health care – A retrospective observational study in elderly patients. Juan Ignacio Morán Blanco,a,b Judith A. Alvarenga Bonilla,a,b Sakae Homma,c Kazuo Suzuki,d Philip Fremont-Smith,e and Karina Villar Gómez de las Herasf,∗ at nih.gov

The emperor has no clothes: COVID math simply doesn’t add up. Children’s Health Defense, Inc. — “Eighteen months of COVID-related health data show the numbers promulgated by public health officials and mainstream media vastly overstate the risk of COVID and downplay the risk of vaccines. … In the U.S., meanwhile, regulators, hospitals and pharmacies have implemented equally disturbing policies that require withholding inexpensive drugs, such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine — shown elsewhere to be effective and safe — while essentially forcing hospitalized COVID patients onto protocols that are not only unhelpful but murderous.”

 

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Misapplication of charity

The Revolution Is Swarming, But Can Be Defeated. William A. Jacobson — “Mollie Hemingway: “… [T]he left has taken over every single one of the powerful institutions in the country…. All of a sudden, the conservative project is not a conservative one, so much as a counter-revolutionary one.” … “the mob is not interested in evidence or debate, they are interested in power and bringing people to heel.”

Civilization requires deterrence. Victor Davis Hanson — “The tired democracies of the 1930s learned that lesson when they kept acquiescing to Hitler’s serial aggressions.” … “Deterrence is omnipresent and also applies well beyond matters of war and peace. The current crime wave of murder and violent assault in our major cities is the wage of loud efforts to defund the police and contextualize crimes as somehow society’s rather than the criminal’s fault.”

What Will Democrats Do about the Maricopa County 2020 Election Audit? George Walsh — “Maricopa’s guilty parties are not going down without a fight.  We need to be ready for what comes next.  Lucky for us, we already know what the adversary’s next few moves will be; it’s not the first time the Democrats have been caught rigging elections. The Democrats’ standard response is denial and misdirection.  Denial needs no explanation.  As for misdirection, here are an explanation, a demonstration, and a practical exercise in how the game is played.” It’s already started hours before the report is released. The claims about “false” Trump claims and conclusions based on selected data are being triumphed in news reports.

5 False Narratives About The Spygate Indictment Of Michael Sussmann. Margot Cleveland — “The biggest backers of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax have already exonerated Sussmann. That fits a long pattern of them downplaying every advance in investigation into their hoax.” … “Here are their top talking points about the Sussmann news and why they are gibberish.”

The Bishops’ Misapplication Of Catholic Charity, And The Evil On Our Southern Border. Christopher Bedford — “More than any other religious group, it is America’s Catholic bishops who lend moral support and cover to the current border situation.”

Human Intolerance is Never Far Beneath the Surface. Don Boudreaux — “Although fictional, this account of Bolshevik ignorance, prejudice, arrogance, and thuggery rings true. This account captures an ugly inclination of human nature that arises whenever we are insufficiently civilized by liberal sentiments. Illiberal people mistake their own prejudices for reality and their own beliefs for truth. Illiberal people are thus intolerant of anyone who disagrees, and are prone to condone violence on those who dare to dissent.”

the woke’s self-righteous eagerness to re-write history, to destroy so much of what has come down to us from the past, and to restructure civilization with brute force make the woke very much akin to the Bolsheviks and to so many of the other barbarians throughout history who mistake their fevered passions as being commands from God.

Masks In Schools: Scientific American Fumbles Report On Childhood COVID Transmission.Cameron English — “Scientific American says there’s good evidence to support mandatory masking in schools. A careful look at the data suggest the situation is more complicated.”

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Burning Concerns. No Further Action?

Tucker Carlson sees coverup plot behind announcement FBI found little evidence of coordination among Jan. 6 demonstrators. Thomas Lifson — “After reviewing the months of the 180 degrees opposite narrative, put out by the FBI and broadcast by the progressive media, that an organized insurrection took place, he suggests a sinister motive behind the leaked story to Reuters.  “If there was organization going on, some of it came from the feds.” … “In my view, dropping the allegations of coordinated activity, aka, insurrection, from the charges would allow these unindicted co-conspirators to avoid being called as witnesses by those who otherwise might have been charged with crimes of conspiracy.”

“No Further Action Will Be Taken”: Officer Who Fatally Shot Ashli Babbitt Cleared of Any Wrongdoing By Capitol Police. Jonathan Turley — “Violent riots are unfortunately common today in cities ranging from Minneapolis to Portland to Washington. The use of live rounds however have never been authorized absent a particularized showing of a significant threat to an officer or others. Nothing in the announcement in the Babbitt case answers how such a showing was made by the officer. Will he media support local police using live ammunition to break up the next violent riot?”

Burning Concerns in a Post-Christian World. John Moses — “The intention is to draw attention to our Christian roots and show that the advance of secularism has marginalised the most crucial intellectual-spiritual-historical element in our civilisation.” … “Burning Concern” is an allusion to Pope Pius XI, who, in 1937, issued an encyclical, Mit brennender Sorge (that is, “with burning concern”) to the German Church when the Hitler regime was destroying the foundations of a humane and Christian order in the world to impose on society the yoke of the infernal Nazi ideology.”

Regardless of whether one adopts an agnostic, atheistic-humanist worldview, the fact is that the Judeo-Christian Bible remains the bedrock of our inheritance of the values of human decency. Even if God might be a “delusion” (as Richard Dawkins argues) New Testament ethics still forms the ineradicable base of Western culture. The question is why this should be significant at all, because there were thinkers well before Jesus of Nazareth who advocated the “golden rule” for the well-being of human society. The answer is that the ethics attributed to Jesus in the New Testament, in particular the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7), have been sustained in the Church’s liturgy from where it has been passed down though the centuries to our own day.

The thrust of these essays is that Australians would do well to remember that the history of the West, and what we comprehend as “Christendom”, is a combination of Judeo-Greek-Roman heritage as it was absorbed into the Mediterranean world, eventually enveloping northern Europe and the European-occupied overseas territories around the globe. This is undeniable. Out of it was formed our civilisation. And why is that sacrosanct? Because it is unequivocally life-affirming (John 10:10, “I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly”). It is an affirmation for all humanity, not just the Jews who first heard it.

Human beings are autonomous and will decide for themselves whether there is any value in keeping alive the memory of Jesus of Nazareth. How they will assert the moral authority of the Gospel in a “world come of age” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) will be crucial. So the ball is in the court of the various hierarchies. The collection of essays in Heart to Heart is a welcome contribution from concerned Christian thinkers who deserve a fair hearing.

Church and State − Not Church versus State. Anthony J. DeBlasi — “As for the notion that opinions are all equal, it must be pointed out that if all opinions were equal, no opinion would be worth taking seriously.” … “In a democracy, where issues are settled by a vote of the majority, this is a huge deal. Cutting to the quick: Can a majority of voters be wrong? The honest answer, yes, resonates with Christians, remembering that a majority voted to crucify Christ.”

“In a chronically wicked world, as proven over and over again in history, wisdom is not a luxury but a necessity. That is why morality must inform the conduct of government and why the founders of this nation did not exclude Providential wisdom from the conduct of government.

Some will say that it’s retrograde and a waste of time to bring up what has passed and behind us when so much is now at stake. I say it is never too late to speak truthfully of what in the past has brought us to the present.

Trump’s Alabama rally gave us a powerful phrase for the ages. Andrea Widburg — “and that was his attack on the left’s obsession with “woke” values.”

“As always, it’s impossible to look at those enthusiastic crowds of tens of thousands of people and to believe that Trump had fewer votes than Biden, the man who drew crowds in the tens. I’m certain that Biden received may be close to half of America’s votes, which is a truly shameful fact, but I’m equally certain that good, old-fashioned fraud is what popped him into the White House.

Nevada Judge Claims It’s Unconstitutional To Ban Re-Entry Into the Country After Deportation, Saying It Discriminates Against “Mexican and Latinx Individuals” Ace — “A Hawaiian judge serving in Nevada.” … “They want a borderless “country” and they don’t care how they get it.”

Conforting [sic] lies for social animals. Coach Red Pill — “The motive to lie to oneself can be incredibly strong.” … “We are social creatures. And we are self-deceiving creatures. We need our comforting lies, and in the right set of circumstances, we would have no trouble killing anyone who speaks the truth.”

Instapundit — Liberal Lawyer Freed Taliban Commando on Frontlines of Kabul Surge: Rebecca Dick won acclaim for defending terrorists at Guantanamo Bay. legal system problem is not just in the courts.

NY, LA and SF Just Committed Suicide; Is Vegas Next? The Suicide of America. Wayne Allyn Root — “Either Democrats are ignorant morons, or this is the final Democrat plan to destroy capitalism by putting every business owner out of business. After all, this is what socialists, Marxists, communists and globalist America-haters have been waiting their whole lives for.”

The Drooling Class. Clarice Feldman — “If you ever doubted that the country was in the hands of some very stupid and corrupt people, this week should have thoroughly disabused you of that fantasy.”

A Total Lack of Therapeutic Perspective. Phillip M. Altman — “Frustrated and at a loss to understand why a considerable and growing body of evidence in favour of the cheap, off-patent medication is being not merely ignored but actively rejected, Dr Phillip M. Altman, a veteran of the drug-testing and appraisal industry, wrote to Dr Elliott to demand “revised recommendations for the use of ivermectin within 14 days”. That letter is reproduced” … “Despite this, and in the absence of NCCET members’ personal experience in treating COVID-19 patients with ivermectin, the NCCET has selected in an arbitrary and imprecise manner a small number of published clinical trials (18) upon which to base its current negative recommendation for ivermectin use.”

The Sweden experiment: how no lockdowns led to better mental health, a healthier economy and happier schoolchildren. Richard Orange — “While Sweden’s decision to stay open throughout the pandemic generated international debate, the controversy passed most people in Sweden by.”the media support local police using live ammunition to break up the next violent riot?”

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Coercion and the Rule of Law

A Brief History of the Assault on Conservatives as ‘Violent Extremists’. Janet Levy — “The assault on conservative Americans began several decades ago with attacks on traditional principles and values. Belief in individual liberty and responsibility, free enterprise, and the rule of law was willfully conflated with “right-wing extremism.” Pride in America, a desire to protect our borders, and opposition to illegal immigration were branded as xenophobic. Championing the constitutional right to bear arms was decried as gun-crazed zealotry. Belief in religion, natural law, and the sanctity of human life was maligned as backward and anachronistic.”

This is worse than Saigon. Brendan O’Neil — ‘America’s humiliation in Afghanistan confirms that the woke West is utterly incapable of standing up for itself.” … “above even the political and military incoherence of the American empire, there is the corrosive cultural dynamic.” … “This was always the West’s problem in Afghanistan: it lacked faith in the very values it claimed to be delivering to that benighted country.”

What’s in Store for the Women of Afghanistan. Mark Powell — “If so-called progressives are  true to form, they will gloss over these actions as not representing “true Islam” but of militant extremists. This is anything but the case. What follows is a ten-point summary of what the religion of Islam actually teaches.”

Watching Human Rights Watch. William D. Rubinstein — “a component of the “woke” American Left, now engaged in a kind of left-wing imperialism. The contemporary Left has replaced class war with race war and sexuality war and, one must fear, with the same aim: the destruction of existing institutions.”

Yes, the resistance is growing. Will it be on time? Robert Knight — “Frustrated by the board’s tin ear, Fight for Schools.com, which is leading a petition drive to recall six board members, held an “alternative” board meeting so citizens could air their views.” … “Thank God for these brave souls who are not taking it anymore. Dividing children by obsessing on race is criminal.”

From Psalm 2: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.”

Vaccinations, Coercion and the Rule of Law. Augusto Zimmermann & Gabriël Moens — “the ‘rule of law’ has perennially been described as a concept that essentially seeks to protect citizens against unpredictable and arbitrary interferences with their personal interests. ” … “ONE of the most frustrating things surrounding the contentious vaccine debate is the existence of many different and inconsistent opinions and advice.”

The scientific case against masks. Everett Piper — “Arnold Schwarzenegger should stick to making ‘Terminator’ movies … when you take the time to read a bit, you quickly discover that this mask-shaming from America’s intelligentsia is – well, how should say this scientifically? – Stupid.”

 

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Coercion. Purge. Fiasco. Predators. Due Process. Anyone care?

Vaccine And Mask Coercion Is A Purge Of Republican Voters, And Republicans Are Letting It Happen. Joy Pullmann — “Republicans are still by and large allowing their own voters to be purged from employment and schooling based on their evidence-informed convictions that oppose reality-defying leftist groupthink.”

The Confrontation Clause and the Case of Aaron Von Ehlinger. Brian Parsons — “In the United States, we subscribe to an idea of due process that finds its origin in the Magna Carta and Roman Law.” … “The Framers of the Constitution understood this and adopted ideas about due process such as the Confrontation Clause into the Bill of Rights.  The Sixth Amendment states: … The Confrontation Clause is cut and dry in its assertion that you have a right to a face-to-face confrontation in court with those who bring accusations against you in a speedy and public trial.”

The Predators Among Us. Abraham H. Miller — “As I read the demographics of victims of Chicago’s gang violence, I wonder, as have others, if there are predators out there hunting people for sport the way game hunters wantonly kill for sport. There are simply too many women and children, too many innocents, on the victims list.”

But how does one explain random sport shooting like shooting into a crowd of innocent shoppers, firing a random shot at a passing Elevated train, or attempting to shine a red laser beam into the eyes of a pilot making a landing approach?

Among us, there seem to be people hunting people for blood sport.
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The culture of violence, the impact of hopelessness and despair that sustain gang cultures were not addressed. We are incapable of dealing with intricate and complex root causes, so our political figures placate us with platitudes.

 

In our cities exists a culture of violence, and we ignore it at our peril, for we are all potential victims. It will not be solved by seeing it as a gun problem while ignoring the social forces that have produced this culture.

Why Every Functional Society Needs Fear of God. Selwyn Duke — “As for Christianity’s critics, know that faith will certainly seem like a snake-handler’s domain when you have a snake-handler’s understanding of it.”

Instapundit: “the assumption is always that men have something wrong with them and need to change. It’s not the books that are the problem, it’s you. The customer is in the wrong.”

The CDC’s Voodoo Epidemiology. John Hinderaker – “Our country’s response to the covid epidemic has been an unscientific embarrassment. It is not too harsh to say that our policy has consisted of harassing the general public while exposing the vulnerable. ” … “Our covid response has been dictated by politicians and bureaucrats, while the voices of actual physicians with expertise in the relevant fields and with clinical experience treating covid patients have been suppressed by the press and by social media giants. The result has been a fiasco.”

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Indoctrination and dissing who brung ya’ to the dance

How I Got Classified as an Anti-Government Domestic Extremist. Max Morton – “ When the United States says you are the most dangerous threat it faces, your life is about to change for the worse. The Biden Administration has just told conservative Americans they are that threat.” … “Notwithstanding the troubling legal aspects, the assessment also lacked evidence to back up its broad assertions that America’s greatest threat comes from domestic extremists.”

Understanding White Rage. Don Surber – “readers are very kind to me. They point out typos and send me news items. They share their experiences with me. Usually, I keep it to myself but every now and then, circumstances warrant my sharing the story with all my readers.”

New Anti-Gun Argument: Jesus Hates Guns and if You Own One, You Don’t Love Jesus. Streiff – “As a Catholic, I don’t follow the doings of Protestants in any great detail. But Christianity Today gives the appearance of going the route laid out by David Burge, aka Iowahawk, years ago” … “The Catechism of the Catholic Church states in very strong terms that protecting others from harm is part of the Golden Rule. That extends to the use of deadly force if there is no other way.”

“No matter how you come down on guns, we should be able to agree that murder is wrong, that self-defense is a right, that defending the helpless is an obligation, and that gun regulation is a secular policy argument and not theology.

A Teachers’ Guide to Miseducating the Young. Tony Thomas – “If your child knows all about climate armageddon but has no clue how to use an apostrophe, thank a teacher.” … “The indoctrination was poorly vetted by a 20-person academic panel.”

“Broadcaster Alan Jones has pointed out that schools have successfully lobbied for air conditioning, which should be the first to go if the book’s authors are serious about reducing schools’ electricity. Kids can also walk, bike or use public transport for school. Hooray.

America-hater Gwen Berry shows her disrespect for U.S. flag at Olympic trials. Monica Showalter – “Despite the statements from Olympics officials in Japan, that political demonstrators will be punished, the Colin Kaepernick crowd among the Olympic contenders here have gotten busy”

“Why the heck is this creature permitted to compete at all for the U.S., given her seething hate for the country that gave her all those opportunities to develop her talent? Can you say ‘height of ingratitude’? Can you imagine what some competitor athlete from, say, Kenya or Malawi might be thinking? Some other flag for this person with all those problems with America might be more appropriate.

As Dinesh d’Souza noted, this is very bad for the Olympics in general

Putting Climate Models On Trial. I & I Editorial Board – “Bad news for the New Green Dealers, good news for reason and science, which is obviously never settled. The findings should force researchers to reevaluate, because … ”

“Somewhere we read a comment that said, and we liberally paraphrase, the alarmists are rushing policymakers into doing something, anything about warming before it becomes universally obvious that nothing needs to be done. That’s exactly why the models need to be put in the dock.

Social Media Censorship: Scientist Corrects Anti-GMO Silliness, Facebook Threatens To Ban Him. Cameron English – “Facebook has proven itself incapable of reliably preventing the spread of “misinformation.” If we needed more evidence, the company recently threatened to “restrict” the account of a prominent researcher for talking about science.” … “companies like Facebook are crippled by partisanship and double standards.”

Shocker: Lisbon court rules that only 0.9% of ‘verified cases’ attributed to COVID in Portugal actually died of it. Thomas Lifson – “The campaign to scare the world into adopting unprecedented abridgments of civil liberties to fight a purported pandemic that threatened unthinkable levels of casualties had a lot of help from the officials charged with counting the death toll.”

 

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Fantasies with a purpose

Why Are They Woke? Victor Davis Hanson – “The systemic con behind wokeism.” … “There are lots of reasons why wokeism spread like wildfire once America lost its collective mind during the pandemic, quarantine, self-induced recession, and rioting of 2020. – Wokeism was never really about racism, sexism, or other -isms. Instead, for some, it illustrated a psychological pathology of projection: fobbing one’s own concrete prejudices onto others in order to alleviate or mask them. ”

After A Judge’s Dismissal And A Damning Report, BLM May Have To Admit What Really Happened In Lafayette Park. Margot Cleveland – “Black Lives Matter must reframe their case, acknowledging the falsity of their initial allegations, or risk sanctions for alleging facts without evidentiary support.” … “pivoting from the “Trump tear-gassed protesters for a photo op” angle will prove challenging — the corrupt media couldn’t bring themselves to do so.” – compare and contrast to the reasons used to go after Giuliani in New York. See Rudy Giuliani’s law license suspended in NY over statements on voter fraud by Ben Feuerherd and Carl Campanile.

Pelosi: ‘Root Causes’ of Capitol ‘Insurrection’ Were ‘White Supremacy, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia’. Robert Spencer – “it’s a paranoid Leftist fantasy with a purpose. The Capitol riot is really Leftists’ Reichstag Fire moment, and they’re clearly going to use it to demonize, stigmatize, and silence all opposition to their agenda.”

“Ugh”: CNN Contributor and Law Professor Steve Vladeck Responds to Criticism Over Debunked Conspiracy Theory. J. Turley – “a defense that is striking in its sheer mendacity. It is, however, illustrative how false narratives are promulgated in the media and then, when shown to be unsupported, are dismissed or barely acknowledged.”

From Plato to Black Lives Matter. Rafe Champion – “The equal opportunity movement of modern times is valuable, but the shift from equal opportunity to affirmative action is practically irresistible for people who are impatient to better the lot of their fellows. The shift may appear to be modest, but it has converted the equal opportunity and anti-racist movement into a vehicle of racism, intolerance, division and destruction.”

“Western philosophy has been described as footnotes to Plato, and among the footnotes is The Open Society and Its Enemies, with Karl Popper’s critique of Plato’s later works, especially Republic and Laws. Popper found at last four elements of totalitarian thought in Plato. First is “racialism”, or “race thinking” as Jacques Barzun called it. Second is the concept of collective justice that Plato proposed to replace individual justice. Third is revolutionary canvas-cleaning to sweep away everything old and start again. Fourth is fake news, which Plato dignified with the title of noble lies.

Everything Corporate Media Said About The Bishops’ Conference Is False. Haley Strack – “Leftist media is politicizing the bishops’ meeting — not the other way around. And their almost every interpretation of the meeting is misguided and blatantly false.”

“For all of corporate media’s familiarity with Catholicism (they’re all faithful church-goers, no doubt), they’ve butchered Catholic teaching to fit an anti-religion narrative they’ve been pushing for decades. It’s time to hold them accountable.

Much to the left’s chagrin, the Catholic Church is not a woke organization that prioritizes inclusivity over truth.

Chairman Milley Degrades, Divides and Politicizes the Military. Daniel Greenfield – “General Milley of the Joint Chiefs of Staff turned in a performance that was part gaslighting and part humiliating theater.”

U. of Oklahoma Instructors Receive Training on How to Censor, Indoctrinate Students. Mike LaChance – “raises alarm bells about the state of free expression and freedom of conscience at Oklahoma’s flagship university”

The Human and Financial Cost of Ignoring Generic Therapeutics In Favor Of Novel Vaccines. Parker Beauregard – “The mainstream media, global elitists, and prominent Democrat politicians have blood on their hands for the avoidable deaths of countless Americans.” … “The illogical and completely political response to Covid cannot be overstated. It was immoral in its intent and murderous in its outcomes. Americans paid a price for the medical community’s failures. Will anyone now pay a price for the crimes committed against this country?”

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman rattles Muslim clergy, challenges sources of sharia. Thomas Lifson – “This is huge. Those of us who have had hopes that Saudi Arabia can be transformed from a sponsor of hard-line jihad into a modernizing force in the Islamic world have cause for optimism.”

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connections with reality

A Eulogy to the Rule of Law: The Political Prosecution of President Trump. Eric Schmitt – “Leftists in the United States are increasingly weaponizing investigations to persecute and prosecute their opponents for politics and policy differences. The left’s conduct is similar to the conduct you find in a banana republic where the authoritarian state punishes its political enemies with criminal prosecutions in search of crimes.”

“For five years, with no evidence, and failure after failure, the Left has been in search of crime to get President Trump and his family. Rather than debating policy differences like taxes, energy prices, immigration, rising violent crime, and more, the Left is focused on indictments and even incarceration for those who dare not conform to their liberal views. We must have the courage to call out this insanity before it becomes normalized. We must fight to save this Republic and the rule of law. If we don’t, or if we choose to remain silent, we will become just another junk banana republic slip-sliding down that Shining City on a Hill.

The Overblown Oathkeepers Indictment. Stu Cvrk – “Are the DoJ and FBI grasping at straws in going after Oathkeepers for an alleged conspiracy to carry out an “armed insurrection” by invading Capitol Hill on 6 January? Is the incarceration of hundreds of people on flimsy charges in the aftermath of the riot merely political theater, or is it something far worse? How much longer will those people be held in pre-trial confinement? Will we ever see the thousands of hours of video taken inside the Capitol building on 6 January that has been withheld?”

Chicago shows the existential danger behind the Democrats’ policies. Andrea Widburg – “A brutal, race-based execution on a major Chicago street highlights where Democrat policies are taking us. Their obsessive focus on race, coupled with their attacks on moral law, criminal justice, and social norms, will turn all of America into Chicago unless we refuse to go along with a program that affects every facet of American life, from the federal government down to the smallest school board.”

“What we are seeing here is a return to stone-age savagery. It is a reminder that human beings have only the thinnest veneer of civilization. The Enlightenment pulled us away from the brutal cruelty that was the norm for pre-modern man. However, as Nazi Germany shows, embracing tribal loyalties and removing the breaks on civilized behavior can, in just a few years, transform the world’s most advanced and civilized society into a collection of brutal, bloodthirsty, sadistic animals.

It’s not about skin color because the Nazis were White and the people in that video are Black. Instead, it’s about taking away the brakes.

What are those brakes? A divine moral code (i.e., religion), force (law enforcement and criminal justice), and social norms. Beginning in the 1960s and with accelerating force that went into overdrive in 2020, Democrats have removed each of those brakes.

Lastly, in an act of cynical racism, Democrats destroyed the social norms that bind Americans together and lead to a modicum of respect among people.

The Truth: Biden is Supposed to DENY HIMSELF Communion. Selwyn Duke – “the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is drafting a “teaching document” about the meaning of the sacrament — some Democrats are tacitly indicating that they consider church attendance a ploy and Communion a prop. They’re signaling that they have no respect for the Church — even as they imply that receiving Communion from it is an imperative.” … “these Democrats’ position is so irrational that no one taking his faith seriously could embrace it.”

“Unlike the Poles and the woman I mentioned earlier, these left-wing politicians don’t even have the respect to abide by the rules of an institution to which they belong voluntarily. So the truth is that contrary to billing, Biden isn’t just not a devout Catholic — he’s not even a good non-devout Catholic.

Religion is not a process or a formula. The teachings of a church attempt to connect the behavior of its members with its ideology. When that connection is shattered, the organization becomes broken.

 

 

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A Menckenian hobgoblin.

New York Prosecutors are Screaming at the Sky. Jonathon Moseley – “Did leftists learn nothing from the adventures of Wile E. Coyote forever trying to catch the Roadrunner but always failing? – It is starting to look as if the endless adrenaline high is the real point.”

Beijing’s useful idiots. Ian Birrell – “Only now is acceptance emerging that the science establishment colluded to dismiss the lab leak hypothesis as a conspiracy theory, assisted by prominent experts with clear conflicts of interest, patsy politicians and a pathetic media that mostly failed to do its job. And yet, at the heart of this scandal lie some of the world’s most influential science journals.”

The New Clerisy. Leighton Akira Woodhouse – “Faith in science is an oxymoron.” – “demand the best proof they can offer. You consider their motivations, their ideological biases and their conflicts of interest. You interrogate their advice, and weigh it against that of their critics. You exercise diligence. You ask questions. You trust in evidence, not in people. You think for yourself. – In our drift toward political tribalism, these are skills we are quickly unlearning. Those who call the shots in this country are happy to have it that way.”

The Left’s Religious Faith In False ‘Science’ Echoes Soviet Corruption. Sumantra Maitra – “The worship of elite expertise is the under-analyzed aspect of this sorry saga. Frank’s article is what happens when someone replaces his religion with a new one but fails to recognize the reality of the switcheroo. – Anyone who studied Soviet history knows how a section of intelligentsia and bureaucracy were groomed to justify even the most ridiculous ideological overdrive.”

“Science is not your child to love, or a deity to be worshipped. It is a tool used to discern and discover the truth of things, all while adopting constant skepticism.

Science is not the legacy media shouting loudest about whatever new fashionable opinion they are told to shout, nor is it faith in arch-bureaucrats like Fauci, who will likely face no repercussion for his incompetence and arrogance. The Soviet-lite intelligentsia and leftist media are already falling in line to support one of their own, and the mediocrities will support whatever next fashionable cause the sophisticates declare to be worthy.

The More Alarmists Talk, The More We Know Global Warming Is A Scam. I & I Editorial Board – “A number pulled out of the ether. No (real) science behind it. A benchmark used to do nothing more than frighten the public – a Menckenian hobgoblin.” – “here we are in 2021, the West increasingly captured by a Democrat-media-celebrity cartel that bitterly clings to its science fiction and superstition. We need to wake up before not only is the economy lost but our freedoms, too.”

WCSD: 83% of comments opposed social justice curriculum. Stanton Tang – “the District received 1,436 comments about the proposed curriculum; 57% from WCSD parents, 7% from WCSD staff and 36% from the community. – Of the responses, 83.7% were in opposition and 16.3% expressed support for the plan.”

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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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coercive pressure

Why Christianity And Critical Race Theory Cannot Coexist. Delano Squires — “We honor God when we acknowledge all members of the human race have equal worth. We dishonor Him when we ascribe certain sins to people based on skin color.” … “A recent book entitled “Fault Lines,” by Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr., pastor and dean at the African Christian University, directly addresses the social justice movement and how it threatens the unity of Christian believers.”

“The New Testament is full of warnings to the early church to guard against false and deceptive teachings because rejecting the clear application of the scriptures, even on the issue of race, can cause any believer to abandon the security of a structure whose foundation cannot be shaken for one that cannot stand the test of time.

The Killing of History. Keith Windschuttle — “a good symbol of all that ACARA is trying to foist onto the education system: an utterly irrelevant, wearisome offering from the boring Left of the political spectrum whose only result will be to turn students off the study of history for life.”

Critical Race Theory And Other Leftist Ideology Is Infecting Your Kids’ Standardized Tests. Jeremy Tate — “When standardized tests take up the latest political fad, the credibility of the test suffers, doing a disservice to those who desire a true education.”

When a newly-elected school board member stood up to oppose teaching critical race theory… John Klar — “Cady’s case is instructive of the coercive pressure exerted by CRT radicals against those who dare question the hasty implementation of this novel, race-based “theory.”

Dealing with Critical Race Theory and Critical Race Training. neo — “It’s hard to find a good course of action, and it depends on how much is at risk.”

The Washington Post’s Hit Piece On Josh Hawley Is Really A Hit Piece On All Conservatives. John Daniel Davidson — “Under the pretext of an investigative profile, the Post smears Sen. Josh Hawley by attacking small-town America, Christians, and the rule of law.” … “It’s hard to imagine a more dishonest and condescending piece of journalism.”

Amodei on Liz Cheney: ‘You can’t run a railroad where the person driving a locomotive hates the president of the railroad.’ Humberto Sanchez.

Republicans push FBI over ‘suicide by cop’ outrage. Byron York — “How could the FBI do such a thing? The shooter, James Hodgkinson, expressed bitter hatred for Republicans, brought guns when he moved to the Washington area, had a hit list of GOP lawmakers in his pocket when he approached the baseball practice, checked to make sure the men on the field were in fact Republicans, and then opened fire.”

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It’s our behavior

The Wall Between Civilization And Our Innate Savagery Is Weakening. Nathanael Blake — “Despite being surrounded by material abundance and wondrous gadgetry, human depravity still finds a way. … Civilization is difficult.” … “To mourn the demise of the Aztecs’s bloodthirsty gods is to take sides against the indigenous people sacrificed to those gods.

COVID-19 Surges Are Due More To Virus Than Our Behavior. Chuck Dinerstein — ““The GENI index continued to increase even when social interventions were instituted—providing evidence that multiple components of transmission are at play” – scrambling like made to try to rationalize desires despite the evidence?

‘The Science’ Isn’t Settled, Only the Spin. Robert Murray — “What is it about “climate change” that makes it so different to everything else? It divides families, friendships and political parties, it has brought media and campus self-censorship and classroom propaganda. Minds close over, spooked. To question any aspect is the eighth deadly sin. “Deniers” are sub-human.”

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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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wholesale and virtually riskless defamation

Wife Suffers Miscarriage Day After FBI Raids Home Over Combat Veteran Husband’s Presence at US Capitol. Cassandra Fairbanks — “Christopher Kuehne maintains that he had traveled to the Capitol to protect Trump-supporting civilians from Antifa. Inside the Capitol, he was seen on video cleaning up trash before, he says, he helped to clear people out so police could get control of the situation.”

New emails deepen the mystery surrounding Election Night in Fulton County. Andrea Widburg — “The one thing that’s certain about Election Night is that, as long as the Democrat-run counties across America that deviated from election norms continue to resist scrutiny, at least half of all Americans are going to assume that they’re hiding election fraud that placed the wrong man in the White House.”

Laurence Silberman’s blast at the judicial establishment. Mark Wauck — “Silberman’s dissent focuses on the SCOTUS’ game changing 1964 decision in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, and the line of decisions that follow from it.”

“the SCOTUS has enabled the wholesale and virtually riskless defamation of any person or group that happens to be out of favor with those who control the institutions that control the public square. This is what concerns Silberman, and in this he sees the developments in media control and news delivery since 1964 a serious threat to our democracy.

A federal appellate judge challenged Supreme Court infallibility. Andrea Widburg — “Judge Silberman wrote a dissent challenging not only how the majority applied New York Times Co. v. Sullivan to the case before it but also challenging the entirety of the Supreme Court decision. It’s this last aspect that makes Silberman’s dissent noteworthy.”

A look at New York Times Co. v. Sullivan in 2021. neo — “it was easy to see the problem: how best to balance the need to have a free press with the need to protect people, even people in public life who are written about a great deal, from libel?”

“Back in 1964, when the case was decided, the situation was exceedingly different than it is today. Now we have a press that has no regard for truth, is almost wholly partisan and firmly on the left, and willing to do almost anything to help its side win.

Justice White’s description of the competing interests as he saw them is quite interesting. He sees on one side “the public’s interest in being fully informed about public officials and public affairs” and the other side as “the competing interest of those who have been defamed in vindicating their reputation.” Public versus individual interest – I believe that’s the traditional view. But what of the public’s interest in being informed of the truth rather than falsehoods?

Why We Should Hate “Hate Crime” Laws. Paul Mirengoff — “No doubt, any musings about race, broadly viewed, will be scrutinized the way a Talmudic scholar analyzes the Torah. Or, to provide a better analogy, the way a modern literature professor analyzes Shakespeare, looking for racial overtones and/or LGBT characters.” … “We are one society, or should be. Hate crime laws, like so many other aspects of wokeness, negate this noble aspiration.”

Jealous Dubya Bush emerges a pathetic, bitter little man. Monica Showalter — “he had plenty of hateful things to say about President Trump for the left-wing media, and he’s the smaller for it. – Here were his three worst whoppers, as cited by Business Insider”

Why Muslim Politicians Vote For Gay Marriage. Maureen Mullarkey — “Pope Francis, the most visible representative of Christianity’s presence in the world, has been in the forefront of efforts to present all religions as roughly equal, and equally good. He has, in short, encouraged the kind of naïveté that facilitates Islamic penetration of Western institutions.”

“We are witnessing the resurrection of Islam as a great and dangerous power. But instead of taking this as a signal to prepare for spiritual and cultural war, many Christians have taken it as an opportunity to display their tolerance. They invite Islam ever deeper into the fabric of our culture—a culture shaped in large part by Christianity.

Woke Progressivism Will Crash and Burn — and Here’s Why. Wen Wryte — “because the adherents of woke progressivism find it impossible to live up to their utopian expectations. Sooner or later the cognitive dissonance of living in a state of self-contradiction will become translated into a burning desire to punish others for not being perfect also. At that point the reactionary response will ensure their destruction.” … “Holland offers numerous examples of Christian sects following this pattern.”

Wealth of Nations’ Wealth Of Wisdom. Gary M. Galles — “This week marks the 245th anniversary of the most famous book by the most famous economist in history … Wealth of Nations is memorable for its articulation of how the “invisible hand” of market interactions can coordinate a society based upon liberty — private property rights and voluntary exchange — more effectively than can the coercive power of the state.”

Louis L’Amour: the Chronicler of Americanism. By Nicholas J. Kaster — “March 22 is the birthday of the iconic writer Louis L’Amour, a man whose name became synonymous with the American frontier and whose novels promoted old-fashioned patriotism and morality. America sorely misses his kind.”

Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis. Baruch Vainshelboim — “The existing scientific evidences challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19.”

The Battle of Burbank. Clarice Feldman — “The wheels of justice seem in need of oiling and are moving slowly, but we can meet, eat, and drink while waiting it out at the Tinhorn Flats bar and restaurant in the meantime.”

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Cultures in conflict

Australian Imams Stand Up for Sharia. Mark Durie – “The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) attracted trenchant public criticism when on December 5 it released a guide on fostering, adoption and guardianship.”

“The problem is that sharia is in many respects fundamentally inconsistent with Australian community standards and laws. The outrage that political leaders have expressed over the ANIC’s document on fostering, adoption and guardianship is in reality outrage at Islam itself, and a rejection of its divine status.

The global rise of sharia is one of the big faith stories of the past half-century. Sharia is challenging Western legal systems and social structures in many ways, but we should be surprised by none of this.

Meghan Markle ‘didn’t do any research’ on the British royal family, exposing herself as a fool. Monica Showalter – “not just ignorant, but willfully ignorant, proud of her ignorance, flippantly stating she never did “any research,” as if that’s something to be proud of.”

Dems’ ‘Election Reforms’ Would End American Democracy As We Know It. I & I Editorial Board – “Yes, elections have consequences, and terrible bills like this certainly prove that. Anyone who voted for the Democrats in 2020 hoping for a “turn to the center” should by now be feeling mighty foolish. H.R. 1 is but one example.” … “Now for specifics. The list below from the Conservative Action Project shows H.R. 1 in all its radical ugliness.”

“Those who think that “woke” and “cancel” cultures and demonizing Trump supporters as “domestic terrorists” aren’t preludes to something awful are blind to the historical truth.

they all share in common: Their people get poorer and sicker, their economies slowly collapse, and their miserable citizens seek desperately to leave, all because they can’t change things through the ballot box. Short of violence, they can do nothing about it. Sadly, the “For The People Act” is a step in that direction.

Supreme Court Tosses Trump’s Last Election Appeals. Tyler Durden – “The US Supreme Court on Monday tossed the last of three cases brought by former President Donald Trump challenging his 2020 election loss, ending his quest for vindication through the courts – hardly any of which actually considered the evidence presented, and instead dismissed the cases on technical grounds.” The court has abrogated its duty.

Three Trump Foreign Policy Successes Biden Is Undoing. Joel B. Pollak – “for no apparent reason other than radical ideology and political spite.”

“In each case, former President Donald Trump was able to achieve goals that both parties had long claimed to share. And in each case, Biden has not only hurt the interests of the United States, but reduced the leverage that he might otherwise have had to pursue foreign policy goals unique to his administration.

 

Opposing Left-Wing Indoctrination Is Not Cancel Culture. Paul Bradford – “The Right no longer has the luxury to meekly protest as the other side brainwashes our youth.” … “some conservatives (and many liberals) make the bad-faith argument that resistance to wokeness is, in fact, “cancel culture.”

Media Using Same ‘Anonymous Sources’ Tactic for Capitol Hill Riot That Propelled Russia Hoax. Mike LaChance – “The term ‘according to sources’ has become a punchline, and people in media are the only ones who don’t get the joke. They used this dishonest tactic to push the debunked Steele dossier, the Russia collusion lie, and more.” … “Here’s how this game works.” … “The dishonest and lazy media is doing this for a specific and obvious reason.”

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Not mad … indignant

I Saw Provocateurs At The Capitol Riot On Jan. 6. J. Michael Waller – “The deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol bore the markings of an organized operation planned well in advance of the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress.” … “Plainclothes militants … Agents-provocateurs … Fake Trump protesters … Disciplined, uniformed column of attackers”

‘We Just Wanted Our Voices To Be Heard.’ Capitol Protesters Speak Out. John Daniel Davidson – “In the wake of the U.S. Capitol riot during a Donald Trump rally, corporate media won’t talk to the protesters or try to understand their point of view. So I did.” … “if you want to fix what’s wrong and salvage our broken republic, you at least have to try and understand why so many Trump supporters gathered at the U.S. Capitol last week.”

backstory: 4 Reasons McConnell’s Terrible Impeachment Blunder Is Doomed To Failure. Christopher Bedford – “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a terrible mistake Tuesday night when he released word that he was in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump.” Note how little consideration can be found for the actual facts on the ground of the events stimulating the brouhaha.

The Cold Civil War: Social Media Bans Threaten Free Speech For All. I & I Editorial Board – “Triggered and emboldened by a direct request from former First Lady Michelle Obama, Twitter did as told, leading to a bizarre cascade of “me-too” social media activity.” … “That we live in a nation where such an act is possible speaks volumes for how degraded our public discourse, the rule of law and respect for the Constitution have become.”

The Purge Of Conservative Voices Proceeds Apace. Paul Mirengoff – “America’s institutions are using the invasion of the Capitol building by a relatively small number of extremists as a pretext for carrying out a purge of conservatives that they have long desired. The barons of the social media world are leading the charge, but others are following.”

Why AT comments are disabled. Thomas Lifson – “It is news to almost nobody who reads American Thinker that a political witch hunt is underway.”

Assault on the Capitol Has Let Loose the Electronic Octopus. Victor Davis Hanson – “What are the new standards that now get a book or a social media account canceled?”

Leftists Are Colonizing Red Towns Like Mine, And Local Republicans Are Clueless. Mark Pulliam – “As a resident of a small town in east Tennessee, I regret to report that wokeness is everywhere, even in the brightest-red areas of Republican-majority states.” … “weak leadership, public inattention, lack of organization, and general complacency make small towns vulnerable to aggression by liberal activists.”

“Why do voters tolerate such high-handed actions by their public servants? Many are uninformed; few people read the local newspaper. Most ordinary people in small towns are busy working, taking care of their families, and living their lives. They do not spend their time on social media or the internet, putting them at a disadvantage compared to better-organized, tech-savvy activists on the left.

The Salt That Has Lost Its Savor: The Woke Church and the Undoing of America. Larry Alex Taunton – “If abortion, infanticide, violence in our streets, election-rigging, and the evils of Marxism aren’t enough to rouse some churches, for what purpose do they exist?”

“Keller is not an evangelical anomaly. While he was giving theological justification to those who would betray their faith and defect to the opposition with their votes, popular Baptist pastor John Piper was encouraging Christians not to vote at all.

evangelicals in the English-speaking world have confused Christ’s command to love others with being civil as if that were an attribute of God. (It isn’t.) As a consequence, a superficial, self-righteous, good-for-nothing pietism that prefers tone to truth and style to substance has displaced authentic Christianity in many of the roughly four hundred thousand churches in America. This doctrinal malpractice has given us a generation of men, Christian and otherwise, who are what Lewis called “men without chests.”

C. S. Lewis called Christianity a “fighting religion.” Think on that. These days, such a statement strikes a somewhat absurd note with a generation that has never known war, privation, or suffering in defense of anything, much less of noble ideals. For them, Jesus has been reinterpreted to meet a lifestyle preference. One might wonder if they truly know him. Because when Jesus said to turn the other cheek, he did not mean to turn a blind eye. And the highest calling of a Christian is not to be civil; it is to be salt and light.

Christians Shaming Christians Over Voting for Trump: 3 Strawman Arguments That Need to Stop. Natasha Crain – “When a person mischaracterizes another’s position on something in order to attack it, that’s called a strawman fallacy. And there’s a lot of strawmanning going on right now.” … “Strawmen are easy to blow down, but the damage is hard to fix.”

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Foolish prayers and off the rails

Congress’s Foolish Opening Prayer Exposes A Deeper Problem For Christianity — And The West. Christopher Bedford – “The prayer’s true scandal was largely ignored — and is indicative of a widespread societal shift toward a serious and dangerous misunderstanding of both Christianity and tolerance.”

““Tolerance is… a forbearance that restrains us from showing anger or inflicting punishment,” the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen, a great and famous American preacher, wrote in 1931. “Tolerance applies only to persons … never to truth. Tolerance applies to the erring, intolerance to the error … Architects are as intolerant about sand as foundations for skyscrapers as doctors are intolerant about germs in the laboratory. Tolerance does not apply to truth or principles. About these things we must be intolerant, and for this kind of intolerance, so much needed to rouse us from sentimental gush, I make a plea. Intolerance of this kind is the foundation of all stability.”

This understanding of tolerance also informs our justice, and is why we once punished criminal actions instead of thoughts, without for a moment condoning wicked and evil thinking. And this understanding of tolerance informs our equality, and is why we only recently strove to care for our vulnerable without regard to their race and regardless of the real or imagined crimes of their ancestors.

Every single one of these foundations of Western civil society is rooted in our Founders’ and our people’s Christian religion and heritage, and every single one of them is under vicious attack.

Put it this way. Neo – “I can sum up the speed of the changes this way: twelve scant years ago in 2008, Obama felt he had to distance himself from Reverend Wright in order to win. This year, a Reverend Wright clone has been elected to the Senate from the previously-red state of Georgia. What was once unacceptably radical has been nearly mainstreamed.”

The war on standards, West Point cheating edition. Paul Mirengoff – “Why is West Point being so lenient? Why is it departing from its past practice of booting cheaters?”

Rod Dreher Names the Enemy. Timothy Cootes – “There is the assumed virtue of those who claim to be poor victims; … One also notices the misuse of language.”

“Keep in mind, though, that new and perhaps contradictory truths may be introduced tomorrow, and you’ll have to believe those ones, too. If you show any reluctance, the commissars of cancel culture will either get you into line, or destroy you. Although there won’t be gulags or firing squads this time around, it’s clear that we aren’t exactly up against a few campus snowflakes anymore.

How The 2020 Election Could Have Been Stolen. Claes G. Ryn – “I have tried to do due diligence to assess what happened in the recent election. … This memorandum is not written to persuade. It merely records my findings and reflections.”

After 2020 election – here’s how to keep track of upside-down world of media and politics. Victor Davis Hanson – “After Nov. 3, the meaning of some words and concepts abruptly changed. Have you noticed how new realities have replaced old ones? … To keep track of our brave new American world is easy”

Some Hard Truths We Face as Patriotic Americans as We Near January 6th. Dex Bahr – “Americans have absorbed the truth that the institutions long depended upon for redress are compromised. For years we had always suspected this, but in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election this has been confirmed with much dismay and sadness.”

An Administration Of Plagiarists: What This Means For The Country. I & I Editorial Board – “Because they are without inspiration, Biden and his team, in which Harris is an ambitious though empty lieutenant, fall back on ideas from Karl Marx, Margaret Sanger, the Marxist Black Lives Matter leadership, and an assortment of statist and collectivist thinkers who have produced only misery for others.”

Evidence China Was Colluding with the Bidens and Providing Information on How to Defeat President Trump in the 2020 Election. Joe Hoft – “Yaacov Apelbaum at the Illustrated Primer today provides some more shocking findings hidden on Hunter’s laptop.”

GA’s SoS Raffensperger Gave Hackers Roadmap To Infiltrate Machines A Year Before Election. George Eliason – “This link is to the redacted GA Master Technical Evaluation. Although redacted, the report left every route needed to hack and control each technical component Dominion uses as well as adding an actual vulnerability to get hackers started.”

Trump’s ‘Operation Vote’: Glimmers of the key supporting effort, and the larger strategic context. J.E. Dyer – “hat doesn’t mean the Trump administration was going by anything the analysts who put together the Creative Destruction article said. It means there was an actionable reality of impending foreign interference, which we the public see in hindsight through the Creative Destruction piece, but which the Trump administration could have seen through the means of national intelligence – at the time it was happening.”

The vanishing vote problem may have struck again in Georgia. Andrea Widburg – “it’s a strong (very strong) indicator of fraud when votes suddenly vanish from a candidate’s tally.”

Why An Electoral College Challenge Is Imperative. David Catron – “The state legislatures, courts, and the media shamelessly shirked their duty.”

Republican Lawmakers Objecting To Biden Electors Have A Point: Americans Need To Trust Elections. John Daniel Davidson – “The best way to secure public trust in the outcomes of our elections is to ensure that our elections are trustworthy. Right now, they’re not.”

If Congress Was Genuinely Interested In Democracy, They Would Welcome An Election Commission. Authored by Tho Bishop via The Mises Institute – “the behavior of various institutions of power is one of growing unease.”

D.C. Mayor Wanted National Guard Out When BLM Was Burning City, Now Wants It Back Over Election Protests. Daniel Greenfield – “There are civil rights laws about the use of force in such a politically selective way.”

The Left Claims Another Victim. John Hinderaker – “The Left mounted a vicious campaign against Cleta, her law firm and her firm’s clients, not accusing her of any wrongdoing other than having the temerity to give legal advice to the President of the United States.” Hinderaker went off the rails on Trump in another post on Powerline based on ignorance of pre-election actions to prevent the election fiasco. This is sad to see.

What Can Be Done in This Age of Election Fraud? Whom Can We Count On? Donald N. Finley – “when a state certifies as true and accurate the vote totals known not to be true and accurate but refuses to acknowledge the inaccuracy, who fixes that wrong?” … “The arrogance of it all should offend every patriotic and honest American.”

 

Margot Cleveland’s Moving Tweet, Plus … mark wauck – “in what it says about our country, our courts, our public office holders, and yes, our citizens:”

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Hydroxy effect and the time for talking

6 Things To Know About Texas’s Supreme Court Petition Over 2020’s Messed-Up Election. Margot Cleveland – “Texas argues that the case ‘presents constitutional questions of immense national consequences,’ namely that the 2020 election suffered from serious constitutional irregularities.” … “These three counts, and the detailed facts Texas alleges, make clear that Texas’s beef is not with the states’ election laws, but with the states’ violation of their own election laws, in contravention of the U.S. Constitution.”

A Summary of the Texas Election Lawsuit. Robert Madsen – “Texas claims that the violations of election law in these states created an environment where ballot fraud was enabled and likely to occur. The lawsuit lists the violations of law in each of the defendant states and provides evidence of fraud (the number of ballots handled unconstitutionally) in each of the states sufficient to change the outcome of the ballot counts.”

Who Will Be the Fraud Deniers? Jay Valentine – “These are just anomalies. They happen in every election.” … “Well folks, anomalies cease to be anomalies when they all go in one direction.”

How to Deal with an Angry Wokester. Phil Shannon – “What follows are ten practical, road-tested conversational tools to help besieged members of the Great Unwoked handle social interaction with the AWL” – definitions of terms and descriptions of behavior.

Radical Son, Then and Now. John Hinderaker – “Radical Son was written as a witness to the dark undercurrents of American politics and to their enduring power in the nation’s life.” A second edition is out. Here is the new preface.

The Time for Talking with the Left is Long, Long Past. Selwyn Duke – “People who cannot be reasoned with can only be fought.” … “So what does this mean from a practical standpoint? How should we proceed?”

Will Biden Give in to the Hydroxy Effect? Victor Davis Hanson – “hydroxychloroquine has prompted furious partisan debate over its possible usefulness. Why? … Probably because Donald Trump endorsed its usage months ago.” … “This Hydroxy Effect — hysterical disavowal of anything Trump has endorsed — is dangerous to the country at large.”

Rep. Dan Crenshaw rips into Pelosi for her moral corruption and hypocrisy. Andrea Widburg – “That’s OK now because we have a new president. A president who recognizes that we need to depend on science…” … “we now have a full admission. She said the quiet part out loud. This was never about what was best for the American people, never about honest policy disagreement. It was about preventing President Trump from getting any credit; it was about politics.” … “What’s worse, Speaker Pelosi does all of this while people in her home state suffer from unscientific, unconstitutional lockdowns the Democrat leaders in California are forcing upon their citizens.”

Yes, Trump Can Pardon Himself But He Should Not Do So. Jonathan Turley – “It seems the subject of Donald Trump, like necessity, is the mother of invention, at least when it comes to legal analysis”

The Puzzle of the Pope. Christopher Akehurst – “Catholics need a pope who can use the undoubted pastoral gifts Francis has (one being that the first instinct of most people, believers or not, is to like him) to fortify them to endure the slings and arrows of worldly despisal and to remind them of the eternal truths of their faith, not add to their confusion and disorientation. And the world needs a pope who will preach those truths to it, not try to gain its attention by parroting back to it ideological clichés of its own invention.”

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political tool and talisman

Here’s another dose. Graphs are so sciency but will they penetrate the fog? These 12 Graphs Show Mask Mandates Do Nothing To Stop COVID. Yinon Weiss – “No matter how strictly mask laws are enforced nor the level of mask compliance the population follows, cases all fall and rise around the same time.” … “the damage created by the panic was too great to undo.” … “The mask dogma had many cracks in it from the start.” These graphs compare countries and states with cases versus time marking when mask edicts were issued so you can see the effect of the edict.

“In the end, it will be the loss of credibility in our scientific institutions, and the unnecessary division they have sowed among us, for which masks will be remembered.

Do Masks Work? John Hinderaker – “With regard to COVID, we are awash in unreliable or even intentionally misleading empirical claims. A neurosurgeon from D.C. who understands statistics analyzes a popular claim that is being made on behalf of mask mandates.” … “People need to understand what is going on here!”

Five Reasons the Diet Soda Myth Won’t Die. Tiffany Doherty – “There’s a decent chance you’ll be reading about diet soda studies until the day you die. (The odds are exceedingly good it won’t be the soda that kills you.)” There is a pattern in this.

“Moreover, too many reports still focus only on the relative risk and not on the absolute risk. If a risk increases by 10 percent, for example, that sounds bad. But if the baseline risk is 0.1 percent, that 10 percent increase winds up moving the baseline to only 0.11 percent.

It would probably be a public service if we stopped repeating a lot of this research — and stopped reporting on it breathlessly. If that’s impossible, the best people can do is stop paying so much attention.

Theologian John Piper’s Case Against Trump Is Intellectually And Morally Bankrupt. Kylee Zempel – “Piper’s argument boils down to this: It’s crazy for Christians to think Trump’s sins are less serious than Biden’s policies. Here’s why he’s wrong.” … “Piper’s framing is at best problematic and at worst intellectually dishonest, for he doesn’t make an appropriate comparison.”

“Piper’s value judgment comes at the disposal of Trump’s policy victories, many of which are advantageous to those pursuing godliness, and at the oversight of Biden’s demonstrably depraved character.

Perhaps Piper compares Trump’s character with Biden’s policies because his analysis is based on typical media characterizations rather than the men’s actual merits.

what is truly baffling, to use Piper’s word, is that a Christian could, with intellectual honesty, say that Biden’s character is better.

Eternity is more important than Election Day, but it is wrong to assume that Christians who would maintain a zeal for the preservation of the freest country on Earth would do so at the expense of eternal joys. It is likewise wrong to assume that the two cannot go hand in hand, for to save America and her benefits is to perpetuate a cultural climate in which the gospel can go forth freely, family structures are prized, children learn truth, and life is valued.

Is America Going To Let The Party Of Riots, Re-education Camps, Coups, Intolerance And Segregation Win The White House Tuesday? I & I Editorial Board – “ Today’s Democrats are defined by policy choices and actions that are not consistent with liberty and independence. They are the party of:” and here’s a list.

and again:

to save America and her benefits is to perpetuate a cultural climate in which the gospel can go forth freely, family structures are prized, children learn truth, and life is valued.

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Legacies Of Confusion And Division

The sad thing is that this is even a question due to baseless allegations by candidates such as Harris. 5 Reasons Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Is Entirely Legitimate. Tyler O’Neil – “Democrats have argued that the process was illegitimate, either because it took place during a global pandemic or because it took place as Election Day drew near or because the Senate refused to consider President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016.” Precedent and rules matter and they were followed.

Paul Mirengoff asks (and answers) “Why is it, though, that these days Supreme Court nominees likely can’t get the votes needed for confirmation if the opposing party controls the Senate? The answer has lots to do with the efforts of Chuck Schumer. Jonathan Adler provides the history.” Mirengoff also dips his toe into the ‘both sides do it’ fallacy to make it clear how shallow he is.

The Hunter Biden Scandal Has Exposed The Corporate Press’s Corruption And Condescension. John Daniel Davidson – “Major U.S. media outlets are living in an alternate fantasy world in which the Biden scandal is a ‘miasma’ meant to confuse and mislead gullible Americans.” … “suppression and distraction can only go so far, even when big media and big tech join forces.”

“But what the facts eventually reveal is perhaps less consequential than what the media and big tech have already revealed by their reaction to the facts: they don’t care much for them, especially if they’re the wrong kind of facts from the wrong kind of people—the sort of people, dear read5 Reasons Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Is Entirely Legitimate

 

During Trump’s 60 Minutes sit-down, Lesley Stahl humiliated herself. Patricia McCarthy – “Stahl’s interview was not an interview, it was an ambush. She did not count on him pushing back; that is how dense she is.” … “Are the NeverTrumpers, those who hate the man so much that they’ve lost the ability to reason, willing to sacrifice America to a communist-controlled candidate in order to defeat the President? It seems they are.”

Pope Francis Risks Leaving A Legacy Of Confusion And Division. Carina Benton – “The pope’s series of doctrinally dubious statements, along with his questionable politics, have left faithful Catholics somewhere between scratching their heads and banging their heads against a wall.”

President Trump Opens the Valve to Drain the Swamp With a New Executive Order. Stacey Lennox – “The need to reduce protections within the civil service became apparent when training based on critical race theory was banned from the federal government. Within two weeks of the order, whistleblowers started to report that their scheduled critical race training would proceed—in direct violation of the order.” … “In essence, these employees are defying the will of the electorate, no matter who the chief executive is.”

The Shocking Bias and Incompetence of Our Public Schools. John Hinderaker – “What our public schools are telling our kids about the election is identical to the propaganda being put out by the Biden campaign.”

Noticed COVID Isn’t Quite So Deadly of Late? Peter O’Brien – “The current, typically unbalanced reporting is, or appears to be, designed to keep populations, and therefore governments, in a state of dread which can only result in the continued adoption of draconian, economy-destroying lockdowns, such as currently in effect in Wales.”

Follow the Science! 1.2 Million COVID deaths edition. Mark Jeftovic – “As one of my all-time favourite economists, Thomas Sowell, would say…. “Oh dear, where to begin?”

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