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Woke Hypocrisy. Systemic liberalism. The Borg … or the Blob?

Sacrificing Statues to a Godless Creed. Peter Smith – “I have no time for those who enjoy the fruits of the white giants of the past while whining about so-called white privilege — tell it to downtrodden white people — or about the slavery or colonialism of the past. Get over it.”

“People complain that NASCAR is very white. Racism! When I catch American basketball and football it appears very black. No racism! And when have we last seen a white man of any nationality mixing it up with black sprinters at Olympics’ finals? No racism! On the other hand, Olympic swimming is very white. I am waiting for that to be branded as racism at work.

Clearly accusations of racism are being used to cloak Marxism.

I can see no answer to the fake Marxist faith, in whatever guise it is cloaked, other than a resurgence of authentic Christianity. It seems increasingly unlikely that the battle can be won in the political arena — the political power centres having already been largely lost to the Left. It’s religion or it’s societal regression into what, I don’t know, but it won’t be pleasant.

Why Are The Regressives Winning? I & I Editorial Board – “Riots, looting and arson. We’ve had both before. But there’s a sense that this time, too many in positions of influence are appeasing the criminals.”

“we’re letting it happen. As Power Line’s John Hinderaker recently noted, it’s puzzling “as to why America is allowing itself to be bullied by people who are at best ignorant and hateful, and in many cases not in full possession of their faculties.” Pushback is nearly unheard of. We’re planting the seeds of our own demise because we choose barbarism by default when we fail to stand for a civilized society.

We must stop the great unraveling. Maggies Farm – “Social-justice mobs have taken aim at freedom of expression, inventing new heresies daily and ruining the lives of those who unwittingly give voice to them. Forced confessions and language proscriptions are the order of the day.”

“There is one way to stop the unraveling: Refuse the mob. We have seen again and again that the mob comes only for those who hope to please it. And when it does, no amount of apology will save you. We stand against the mob and all its aims. We stand against the chaos and violence, the silencing of debate, the purging of heretics, the rewriting of history, and the destruction of the greatest country in the world. We will defend the most majestic achievement of humankind, the United States of America, against the most ignoble impulse in human history, to tear down that which is good.

The Old America Is Dead: Three Scenarios For The Way Forward. Tyler Durden – “Our people, our culture, our history, everything we hold dear, is under relentless attack by the Main Stream Media, politicians, “activists,” and kritarchs in the courts, aided and abetted by enemies within, often our own kith and kin, who have internalized the blood-libel Leftist narrative of an irredeemably “racist” America that must be razed to the ground.”

“Our enemy, in this case is the globalist Blob and its militant would-be Che Guevaras and LARPing Leninists, the MSM, the bureaucracy, the courts, the big corporations, and the education establishment.

Yet, for the most part, until recently, the Blob has not confronted the Historic American Nation head-on. The Blob has been patient, killing us by the death of a thousand cuts, taking ground steadily through subversion, using propaganda and misinformation, censorship via Tech Totalitarians, and the slow encroachment of what the late Sam Francis called “anarcho-tyranny,” with mass immigration (“the Great Replacement”) as its weapon of mass destruction.

The Blob is amorphous, a slippery, slimy thing that probes and gropes its way into whatever social-economic-political cracks it can exploit, eventually engulfing its prey like quicksand.

Durden shows his TDS in “Even if Trump is re-elected, his past record of bluster and little to no action speaks for itself.” This belies the record which illustrates a blindness that may also point to the societal issues he describes in his several posts at ZeroHedge today. He thinks “Trump has been, at best, a speedbump, not a roadblock, in the Blob’s path.” It may be something different and that his ‘blob’ is reacting to some action on Trump’s part. That reaction may be why the Durden blob is becoming ever more visible.

Modern Slavery And Woke Hypocrisy. Tyler Durden – “What is not apparent is how attacking old statues of people who have been long dead is supposed to help anyone, especially millions of black and non-black people, who are still enslaved today.”

“To engage in all this posturing, while ignoring the staggering 40 million current victims of actual slavery, not only represents the immeasurable depths of woke hypocrisy, but constitutes an extreme insult to those who are suffering their slavery in silence, while slowly dying from the physical, sexual and emotional abuse that they are being forced to endure. If anything is “offensive,” it is that.

Twitter Restricts Account Of Flynn Attorney Sidney Powell. Tyler Durden – BLM? Or maybe the Flynn case? No light allowed from a fierce warrior for equal justice.

Driving Conservatives Underground. Fletch Daniels – “Cultural tyranny reigns in America, the last step before full-fledged political tyranny.” … “Nobody gets to sit this one out. The cultural enforcers expect everyone to parrot their talking points publicly, to destroy all resistance, forcing dissenters to grovel in submission.”

Twitter’s Brazen 2020 Election Interference Will Eventually End In Banning Trump. John Daniel Davidson – “Twitter’s policies about misleading tweets and abusive behavior are deeply cynical and designed merely to censor speech Jack Dorsey doesn’t like.” … “the president promised to enforce the law. That was considered “abusive” by Twitter.” … “The arbitrariness and palpable bias at Twitter also shows up in errors of omission.”

“The plain fact, excruciatingly obvious at this point, is that Twitter’s criteria for what’s misleading, abusive, or harassing, or what “glorifies violence,” is entirely one-sided and almost always enforced against conservatives and Republicans but never against leftists or Democrats. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Twitter to ban videos of rioters beating up passersby and torching storefronts, or Democrats lying, or left-wing accounts abusing copyrights. It’s not going to happen.

Black Lives Matter: Not Just Communist, But Viciously Anti-Semitic Too. Clare M. Lopez – “No matter the color of their skin, Jews are going to be labeled “white.”

America’s Problem Is Systemic Liberalism. Kurt Schlichter – “it’s not classical liberalism, with its concern for expanding economic and personal rights – you know, individual liberty. The current inverted mutation of liberalism is all about constricting economic and personal rights and forcing individuals into collective boxes where their individuality is subsumed into an easily exploited and manipulated conformist whole.”

“Want to test out this hypothesis? Look through the endless woke tweets of your favorite hack journalist, pinko pol, or Hollywood half-wit, or even go up to some self-described liberal in your own life, and see if you can find one iota of deviation from any of the approved liberal dogma. Good luck. You won’t find a smidgeon of nonconformity. You won’t detect a molecule of dissent. These people are the Borg, if the Borg worked in a giant space coffee house, had Bernie stickers on their spaceships, and could not do a push-up. You can’t reason with them – appealing to reason is futile.

Systemic liberalism is the real poison in America’s veins, not the fanciful notion pushed by bigots, charlatans, and demagogues, that the American enterprise is dedicated to invidious discrimination on the basis of race.

How Far Gone Is Big Business? Part I. John Hinderaker – “The boycott has to do with “racism,” which, as it has continued to decline in our society, has increasingly become a corporate obsession.” … “I’ve never met anyone who has come out in favor of hate speech, but we all know that in 21st Century America, “hate speech” is a term of art.” … “The current boycott of free speech by Coca-Cola and many other companies is the latest evidence that America’s largest corporations have gone over to the far Left–largely out of economic interest, to be sure, but probably also due to sheer ignorance.”

Why Facts Don’t Matter to People. Barry Brownstein – “It’s good news all around. But you turn on the television and get a different message.”

“If you’re wondering why so many people don’t see the world the way you do, engage them in conversation. You will find they are as well-intentioned as you are, but they are looking in a different direction. Beneath their opinions and fears, beliefs are shaping how they see the world.

It is tempting to present more facts to those who don’t see the world the way you do. Yet, we have all experienced the truth of John Kenneth Galbraith’s famous observation: “Faced with a choice between changing one’s mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy with the proof.”

If facts won’t convince others, what’s left? Instead of facts, consider helping to uncover beliefs that are driving confirmation bias.

The problem with this is that you are likely to get fired, banned from social media, or worse.

Misinformation and disinformation about facemasks and COVID-19. David Gorski – “As evidence accumulates that facemasks work to decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19, new myths have arisen claiming that, not only do facemasks not work, but that they are actively harmful. These myths have no basis in physiology or chemistry, but that hasn’t stopped anti-mask activists from using them to claim protection under the Americans With Disabilities Act.” Not much evidence is provided but a whole lot of ad hominem and ‘if you don’t agree with me, you’re stupid.’ Oppenents and their arguments are impugned and denigrated and their points not address or refuted with diversion and removal of context.

One of his cites that he pushes is “It probably won’t come as a surprise that there is extensive overlap between the anti-mask pushback and anti-vaxxers. The sentiment is the same – portraying public health measures as tyranny, and anti-freedom and a violation of corporal sovereignty.” This is another logical fallacy and illustrates the dishonesty in going after the person rather than the argument. Face coverings and vaccination are two completely different issues. Neither of Gorski’s cites provides strong evidence supporting face coverings much less addresses the major discrepancies in results. The anti-vaccination movement provides a contrast in the nature and quality of evidence if Science Based Medicine was what they were really after.

It is this failure to argue in good faith and put up solid evidence explaining observable phenomena that leads to conclusions that public edicts and obsessions regarding face coverings is more political than medical.

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Has the big lie won? It’s a slavery pandemic obsession.

Black Slaves Matter! Harry Cummins – “Biram’s allegation that the Koran was at the root of modern slavery, meanwhile, cast an intriguing light on the demands, first by Khan on June 9, 2020, and then, a day later, by another leading British Muslim, Business Minister Nadim Zahawi, that all monuments to slave traders in the UK be cast down forthwith. Except, perhaps, the many that are vast and ugly mosques.”

African intellectuals, of course, are not the only ones who would rather focus on the Western past of African slavery than its Muslim present. Deutsche Welle is Germany’s version of the BBC World Service, but its artless exposure of how Islam ensures that black slavery “endures” all over the continent would certainly never have been transmitted by that tendentious oracle. As for the ABC, it would probably have emulated “Mauritanian justice” and arraigned Deutsche Welle for “racist propaganda”.

The greatest obstacle to finally ending African slavery is not Muslim self-assertion but Western self-reproach. Yeats famously said that: “Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry”. In the same way, out of the West’s quarrel with itself it used to create Christian repentance, but, out of the wish to look good by not quarrelling with others, it now creates self-reproach, a repudiation of its own civilisation.

When Everyone Kneels, Who Will Stand Up For Western History And Culture? Tyler Durden – “Vandalism and self-hatred are quickly gaining ground.” … “British post-colonial guilt is, however, having repercussions far larger than statues.”

“There is, for instance, still total silence about persecuted Christians, according to a UK bishop leading a government review into their suffering. There is also, notably, a retreat from the world’s stage.

Post-colonial guilt is also suffocating freedom of speech in the UK.

The activists who campaign to remove the statues want radically to change the look of the British capital.

This movement of hating the West — which has, as all of us do, an imperfect history — seems to have begun in British universities.

Western history is seemingly being remade to portray all of Western civilization as just one big apartheid.

This process of Western self-abasement began long ago.

What is this macabre ideological game aimed at accomplishing? Not taking down monuments as such, like the statues of Christopher Columbus which have been torn down or beheaded. It is more than that. It is a power-grab to create a cultural revolution, to prevent anyone from saying that cultures are not all the same; to put Europe’s past on trial; to instill perennial remorse into consciences, and to spread intellectual terror to advance multiculturalism.

How many people will refuse to go along with this coerced suppression of history? If many kneel to this new totalitarianism, who will have the courage to stand up for Western history and culture?

In Nevada: Thousands of votes could not be counted because of invalid signatures and improperly submitted ballots and Sisolak proposes car emission standards, in line with California, as part of effort to combat climate change. It’s following California down the rabbit hole where woke rules supreme over reality and cognitive dissonance never gets beyond the confusion stage.

Nevada’s already slim physician workforce may grow slimmer with patients slow to return to doctor’s offices. Megan Messerly – “A majority of Nevada doctors believe they can only keep their doors open for another two to six months unless the volume of patients trickling back into their offices significantly increases” … it’s the overwrought reaction to the pandemic, the FUD mongering, the promulgation of high stakes action based on low stakes evidence, the feel-good woke over the intellectual integrity of effective cost, risk, and benefit analysis.

Coronavirus Cases Are Climbing Again. So What? I & I Editorial Board – “Once again, however, the mainstream press is needlessly scaring the public by hiding the relevant context.” … “Just don’t expect anyone in the mainstream press to explain this, because they’re too busy looking for ways to blame a scary “second wave” on President Donald Trump.”

TikTok Tix Tricks Are Fraud – For Which Watergate Perps Went To Jail. Bob Maistros – “So bunches of young folks are bragging that they used TikTok to scoop up blocks of tickets to Donald Trump’s big rally and depress attendance.” … “There’s one word for what these perps claim to have pulled off – fraud.”

But wait – there’s more! Since the instrumentality used for the fraud was the Internet, specifically social media, there’s an argument that federal laws against “wire fraud” could be brought to bear, as the fraudulent activity involved attempting to obtain something of some value: a place at a Trump rally.

And by the way, a nationwide coordinated effort to commit fraud? That’s known as “conspiracy.” A separate offense.

And certainly the Trumpsters would be justified, after all their cost, trouble, and embarrassment, to pick out a few entirely unsympathetic young adults, or parents who aided and abetted the wrongful acts, for lawsuits, including economic and — ouch! — even punitive damages. Just making punks go to the trouble and expense of lawyering up might be worth it in terms of letting Gen Z know that tugging on Superman’s cape is not necessarily cost-free.

The Fastest ISP In America Is Community Owned And Operated. Karl Bode – “We’ve long noted that community broadband networks are just an organic response to the broken, uncompetitive US broadband market.” What this anti-capitalist screed misses is that ‘voluntary’ capital formation in the form of those evil corporations is competing with mandatory, tax based corporations. Corporations that can fail if they do not provide a service that a consumer chooses to purchase are demeaned and impugned while corporations that can tax and are not subject to market whims are lauded and praised. The hidden costs of socialism are carefully kept in the closet.

Why Trump Isn’t Taking Action in Seattle. Kurt Schlichter – “The leftist tantrum is an information operation – and Trump is winning it.”

“It’s certainly frustrating to watch a pack of reeking leftist scumbags declare a portion of an American city an “autonomous zone” – what is it with Democrats and their secession fetish? – but do not get frustrated because Donald Trump has not sent the 101st Airborne in to powerwash the human grunge from Seattle’s feces-bedecked streets. That’s what the Democrats want. And Trump – a better strategic thinker than all the media geniuses, hack politicians, and Afghan War-losing generals who cry about him – is not only not going to give them the victory they crave. He’s going to jam their cheesy plan down their throats.

Let’s understand the strategic scenario. The long-term strategic objective of the leftists is to turn the United States into Venezuela, and they want to be Maduro. The major strategic objective that will put them in position to do so is victory in the November elections. Everything happening right now is part of their overall strategy to achieve that objective.

But what kind of operation are they using to achieve that objective? There are two types of operations relevant here – kinetic and information. A kinetic operation is actual warfare. It’s violence designed to defeat the enemy and cause his surrender by either physically destroying him or occupying his territory and compelling surrender. An information operation is designed to affect the perceptions, and thereby the actions, of the target. Kinetic ops tend to do something to the enemy; and info op tends to get the target to do something to himself.

Despite the hype, the protests may have involved a peak of 2 million people across the country – out of 330 million. That’s nothing kinetically; it’s significant informationally because it is pushed by so many cultural influencers.

Facebook Conservative targeting case breaks wide open with undercover evidence, stunning content moderator confessions. BPR Wire – “Facebook content moderators discussed using their positions to censor Republicans and conservatives in an undercover video released by activist group Project Veritas on Tuesday.”

Systemic Ignorance. Bill Murchison – “does the instinct for destruction proceed partly from ignorance — especially of the willful sort — and partly from plain, old-fashioned barbarism? The two, it appears to various eyewitnesses of our civilizational collapse, go hand in hand.” … “And this spreads Justice and Peace and Brotherhood all around the public realm? And renders you some kind of public saint rather than just a garden-variety arsonist?”

Yamiche Alcindor Tries to Gotcha Kayleigh McEnany On Statues, Gets Schooled. Bonchie – “The PBS “journalist” who prides herself in letting her activism take center stage in her reporting decided to try out a new gotcha question today.” … “It’s 1984-esque with a bit of the Bolshevik Revolution sprinkled in. Any attempt to pretend this is righteous anger is gaslighting. It’s not. It’s cynical and political, with a very specific end goal in mind.” … “There’s been no greater destructive force over the last three years, especially when dealing with the race issue, than the mainstream media. The damage done is reaching immeasurable levels.”

The malign precedent of Bolton’s book. Washington Examiner – “Officials entrusted with positions of great power close to this and future presidents should not leave office and swiftly publish tell-all memoirs.” … but the editorial assumes Bolton’s claims are true as if widely assumed and axiomatic. The actual evidence indicates otherwise. A good point is made but the false premise used as an example provides another example of a related social disease in the fourth estate as well as the fourth branch.

“This is an outrage. There is no fourth branch of government. Whether or not government officials believe the president’s actions are wise, he was elected, and they were not. Article II of the Constitution vests executive powers in the president. If bureaucrats take authority not delegated to them by the president, they are usurping it, arrogating what the Constitution says is his. Our republic cannot function as intended if bureaucrats decide what the elected government may and may not do.

Presidents are entitled to the counsel of their advisers. If Bolton profits handsomely from releasing this book, it will encourage future officials to follow his precedent and enrich themselves government service followed by copious spilling of beans. This limits the range of opinions that presidents will seek out. That is not the best way to govern.

How the Democrats Collude to Enable Voter Fraud. John Hinderaker – “One of the most pernicious phenomena of modern times is the collusive lawsuit. This is how it works:”

The New Truth. Jacob Siegel – “When the moral imperative trumps the rational evidence, there’s no arguing.”

“Argument itself requires that certain fundamental questions are settled and beyond dispute.

To insist that the conclusion that the arguer wishes to reach, with its implied corollary commandment, must be accepted by his or her opponent as a premise before the argument begins is not the move of a person who has confidence in their truth. It is the opposite of any form of reasoned argument. It is coercive.

America’s elite institutions now routinely make statements and use language that empirically is false. Indeed, they have taken the making, propagation, and enforcement of such language as their central mission. Because these statements are false, they make solutions to the real problems that are being gestured at impossible—while turning people who may want to actually address those problems into evil rape apologists and racists.

The blind continuing panic over COVID-19. Robert Zimmerman – “With totalitarian Democratically-controlled cities and states across the nation now imposing odious rules requiring the wearing of masks at all times, based entirely on emotion and symbolism with absolutely no reliance on the actual science that says masks are not only useless against a virus like COVID-19, they could be medically harmful to the user, I think it is time to do a little science journalism and illustrate again the absurdity of this situation.”

“Worse, I am certain that a large bulk of the American population will either not read what I write here, or if they do, will simply refuse to believe it. They are paralyzed by an irrational fear of this disease, fueled by politicians and a media whose only real goal is to defeat Donald Trump in November, and who seem willing to do anything, even destroy the country, to do so.

That irrational fear holds the public, and they can’t let go of it. It thus prevents them from processing any facts that might defuse it, and allow them to think rationally again.

The result? An acquiescence to lies and bad policy that leaves us all open to more lies and bad policy, all designed to concentrate power into the hands of the few spouting those lies.

The big lie has won, and because of that American freedom is dying.

So many big lies. Can the people tread water and find safe ground?

 

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The Resistance Snatches Defeat From The Jaws of Victory. Bob Maistros – “blaming the president for the current tempests and outrageously comparing him to Nazis – along with the psychobabble emanations of other politicians-in-uniform astride the military-industrial complex – represent virtue-signaling elitism at its purest. And yet more proof that otherwise very smart people still don’t get what 2016 was about.”

David Horowitz’s Thumbs-Up for Trump. Bruce Bawer – “The definitive summing-up of Trump’s efforts to enact his “big agenda” — and of his enemies’ obsession to foil him at every turn.”

Amazon Paying Black Lives Matter to Burn More Small Businesses. Daniel Greenfield – “One way to look at these riots is as the Sharpton scam gone national. Burn down a whole bunch of small businesses and big business will pay you to do it all over again. ” … “it’s not only legal, but socially approved.”

Amazon Facing Backlash Over ‘Blue Lives Murder’ Merchandise. Sara Carter

Jeff Bezos: I’m Glad to Lose Every Single Conservative Customer Amazon Has. Ace of Spades

The Old Man Pushed Down by the Cops? Look Like He Was Indeed an Antifa Agitator Attempting to “Skim” the Cops’ Microphones. Ace of Spades – “Congratulations to the leftwing media for successfully running another op, and congratulations to all the “conservative” media voices who amplified this without the slightest skepicism, the exact same way they blasted out the Covington Kids operation.”

President Trump Notes Odd Behavior of Buffalo Protester… sundance – “President Donald Trump has noted the unusual behavior of the Buffalo protester who was captured on a now-viral video last week” … “During his engagement Gugino appears to be attempting to capture the radio communications signature of Buffalo police officers.”

“The capture of communications signals [explained in detail here] is a method of police tracking used by Antifa to monitor the location of police. In some cases the more high tech capture software can even decipher communication encryption allowing the professional agitators to block (black-out), jam, or interfere with police communication. In addition, many police body-cams are bluetooth enabled which allows syncing.

We’re Not All In This Together. Ibid – “The governors running the lockdowns are not in this with us.” … “Lockdowns were always for little people. Not for celebrities, politicians or political radicals.” … “Each false cause is replaced by another big lie. If you can see past the lies, you’re not “Together” with the “We”. You’re one of the last Americans.”

Celebrities Bail Out Rioters and Looters. Prager University – “Ted Cruz is right: this is shameful.”

Systemic Racism and Bigotry Are the Lifeblood of the Left. Dov Fischer – “And so there was no coverage of the pogroms in Los Angeles.” … “The person with lesser credentials won because of his (male) or her (female) or their (whatever other gender they got) race. … That is racism. Of course it is racism.”

“How low will they grovel to get power? They will kneel on the floor. They actually will kneel on the floor, groveling for power.

Of course, as Nancy Pelosi just found, she kneeled so long that she could not even get back up. You think she was kneeling to Jesus? Nancy Pelosi is America’s leading Catholic proponent of abortion

And who, pray tell, was Schumer kneeling to? He claims to be Jewish, so he is not kneeling to Jesus. But wait! It is a core tenet of Judaism that kneeling is forbidden except on Yom Kippur during the recitation of the Kohen service … Perhaps nowhere in the Bible is that core Judaic tenet more dramatically central and underscored than in the Book of Esther

So to whom was Schumer kneeling? Why, the Senate Minority Leader was not kneeling at all. Rather, he was groveling, groveling for votes from Black voters and perhaps kneeling to firebrand racist Al Sharpton.

The Left kneels. They grovel. They bow down to others, as Obama — then holding the office of president of the United States — bowed down to Arab Muslim oil sheiks. That is their way. They bow. They kneel. They grovel.

And they hate.

10 Rules for Postmodern Rioting. Victor Davis Hanson – “Is it deemed more or less evil to wear a mask while hitting a store owner over the head with a two-by-four?”

“Selfies … Masks … Race … Staples … Class … The Children … Because reasons … Media … Stuff Happens … Mixed-up Messaging …

in bullying fashion, looters focus on the weak and unguarded, not the strong and dangerous.

Public Health Experts are Embarrassing Themselves. David Bernstein – “While the current protests are certainly well-meaning and anger over police violence and racism justified, claiming that the protests’ positive effects on public health will exceed the harms from the spread of coronavirus is an assertion of faith, not science.” Bernstein skirts the problem of a priori axioms regarding the existence of harmful systemic racism as being portrayed by the current riots. He does get into the basic fallacies and contradictions of the arguments presented.

“But here’s the thing: while it’s understandable that people want to take to the streets to protest racism and state violence, there is no epidemiological or other scientific evidence that such protests will have positive public health effects by spurring positive social and political change. Any scientist or public health expert who suggests otherwise is engaging in political and sociological speculation that is not only beyond their expertise, but that really beyond anyone’s expertise. But it’s worse when such speculation purports to be scientific, from experts whose credibility is crucial for containing the current and future pandemics.

The public health folks who are comparing the negative Covid-related health effects of the rallies to the health effects of racism and police violence are committing a fundamental methodological error.

Remaking Post-Covid-19 Capitalism in the West: Lessons for the East. Charles Rotter – “”

“we are now being sold yet another bill of goods. We are told from almost every quarter that the economic recovery from the pandemic-panic induced lockdowns has to be “green”. Political leaders and mass media editors hitched to the climate change bandwagon cite the well-known if cynical slogan “never let a crisis go to waste” – commonly attributed to former President Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel. Politicians and “thought leaders” ceaselessly claim that massive sums of money need to be spent on economic stimulus plans to recover from the self-induced economic coma and that the spending has to be “sustainable” (aka “green”). Not only will this save us from the “crisis of capitalism” but it is deemed vital for the future of human civilization itself.

For the billions of people that have newly emerged from poverty in recent decades and are beginning to enjoy the early fruits of economic growth and technological progress across Asia, Africa and Latin America – among the greatest achievements in human history – the West’s ideological crusade against capitalism and economic growth may seem self-indulgent if not altogether grotesque.

Many developing countries with large segments of the population living hand to mouth have disastrously replicated the strict lockdowns of the West without the capacity to provide the kind of welfare assistance that the developed countries have extended to their citizens. As one of India’s leading industrialists Rajiv Bajaj put it, the country has “…flattened the wrong curve. It is not the infection curve, it is the GDP curve.” The developing countries need a post-Covid-19 recovery plan that focuses on “green new deals” as much as a hole in the head.

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The Lie has been around the world. The Truth is tying its shoes to join the race.

Leaving Plato’s Cave: The Truth about Police Brutality and Race. Reality vs. Illusion. Jack Kerwick – “If this was some fiction that never left the parameters of the inside of a person’s skull, then we could safely put it to one side. The problem, however, is that masses of people (black, white, and other, and for reasons that I’ll delve into at another time) confuse this illusion with reality.”

Why Do So Many Christians Vote Democrat? Katie Kieffer – “Christians have a moral obligation to consider the horrific harassment of fellow Christians when voting in November. Here are six recent examples of Christian persecution in areas ruled by Democrats that occurred in March, April, and early May:” … “Rioters in Democrat-run towns used fire to damage at least four churches in May:”

“For the first time, the United States has in you a President who courageously defends the right to life, who is not ashamed to denounce the persecution of Christians throughout the world, who speaks of Jesus Christ and the right of citizens to freedom of worship,” the Vatican’s Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò wrote in a powerful letter to President Trump on June 7.

Contrast President Trump with Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden…

Christians have a moral duty to vote their conscience—and defend religious freedom.

Actor Terry Crews Gets Dragged For Promoting Equality, Decrying Supremacy Of Any Kind. Kira Davis – “One of the more heartbreaking things we’re witnessing in the current unrest is the inclination to silence certain aspects of the discussion on race and healing. The “silence is violence” crowd is ironically the worst offender, immediately stepping in to silence voices and points of view that don’t begin and end with getting white Americans out of the way and defunding the police.”

“BLM is a joke”. Scott Johnson – “Her name is Nestride Yumga. She is a D.C. resident who took to the streets to call out Black Lives Matters as “hypocrites.” Here is the June 1 Breitbart News report by Amy Furr and and Matt Perdie”

Civil Rights Veteran Shelby Steele: The Idea Of ‘Systemic Racism’ Is A ‘Corruption,’ Blacks ‘Have Never Been Less Oppressed’ In America. Hank Berrien – “This insurrection just sort of seems unclear, unmotivated by anything that it says itself. So what is it really about it seems to me is the question. ”

He continued by saying of George Floyd’s death, “Well, wow, the excitement that that triggers on the Left in America; it validates their claims that America is a wretched country, that they must get recourse .. it feeds this old model of operation that we’ve developed that America is guilty of racism, guilty of this sin and has been for four centuries and minorities are victims who are entitled. And so when people start to talk about systemic racism built into the system, what they’re really doing is expanding the territory of entitlement: We want more; we want more; we want the society to give us more to help us. Society is responsible for us because racism is so systemic. Well, that’s a corruption; it’s a corruption because the truth of the matter is, blacks have never been less oppressed than they are today. Opportunity is around every corner.”

He added, “I would be happy to look at all the usual bad guys, the police and so forth, if we had the nerve, the courage, to look at black people, to look at black Americans, minority Americans, and say, ‘You’re not carrying your own weight. You’re going to have a fit and a tantrum and demonstrate and so forth and yet you’re not doing — are you teaching your child to read? Are you making sure that the school down the street actually educates your child? Are you becoming educated and following a dream in life and making things happen for yourself? Or are you saying I’m a victim and I’m owed and the entitlement is inadequate.’”

Pelosi and the Democrats have fallen and they can’t get up. Andrea Widburg – “Monday saw numerous Democrat members of Congress, mostly from the Congressional Black Caucus, engaging in the type of symbolic theater so beloved on the Left … Reality was watching the same Congress people – especially the aged Pelosi – struggle to stand again:”

“When I see Democrats crawling around on the ground, I do not see leadership or even faux humility. I see a party that is weak and has lost its way.

Donald Trump’s open love for America, his refusal to grovel, and his willingness to fight on every point may have offended the intelligentsia, but for everyone else, they represented the worm turning. Finally, the skinny conservative guy had turned around and kicked sand at the bully.

Does America Want Submissive Leaders? John Hinderaker – “They said it, I didn’t.” … “Who kneel to people who hate them, and adopt those haters’ symbols? Whose first impulse is to apologize, prostrate themselves and wash someone else’s feet?”

Basic rules for generals who just have to play politics Victor Davis Hanson – “Given the lack of legal clarity, a confused public could at least expect four rules of general decorum and courtesy when our top retired military leaders go on the attack against a sitting president. Unfortunately, a number of our most esteemed retired generals and admirals haven’t met these modest ethical expectations in their fury at Trump.”

1) A retired general need not under any circumstances stoop to invoking Nazi Germany, Hitler or Fascism to criticize the president.

2) Any disparagement should not hint at any active resistance to, much less the removal of, an elected president other than through constitutionally mandated elections.

3) The condemnation should rest on clear factual evidence, not emotive anger or partisan disagreement.

4) There should be no semblance of coordination among retired military officers.

However well-meaning, they seem to have little inkling of how their advocacy and speech have only further polarized a divided country whose streets are currently in chaos.

And they should not coordinate their efforts in an ominous manner that could undermine the often-tenuous civilian and military balance at the core of our constitutional system.

Racism, Inc. Roger Kimball – “Like the word “heretic” in an earlier age, “racism” is more weapon than word.” … “reality counts for little in the disorienting echo chamber of political correctness.”

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False witness and fed up

The Left’s Defense of Arson and Looting as Weapons Against ‘Institutionalized Racism’. Joseph Klein – “Once again, progressives maliciously elevate nationwide violence and anarchy.”

“There is no legal defense that excuses arson because the arsonists believe they are fighting “institutionalized racism.” What’s next – that looting is a legitimate form of wealth redistribution to combat what some social justice advocates have called “racial capitalism”?

Some in the media also make excuses for the rioting. CNN’s Chris Cuomo, for example, questioned the notion that the protests need to be peaceful.

Apparently, it never occurred to Hannah-Jones that both black and white looters have been exploiting the George Floyd tragedy and peaceful protests to enrich themselves with stolen property. There is nothing “symbolic” about such selfish criminal acts.

The dreams and livelihoods of individual black and other minority small business owners have been destroyed all over the country. But Hannah-Jones is indifferent to their plight. For her, there are no black individuals with their own individual aspirations. She believes that “black people are a collective.” Following this absurd premise to its “logical” conclusion, an individual black who may have lost his or her life savings from wanton looting and arson should be willing to take one for the team.

Those standards are now dictated by the “woke” ideology under which whites must atone for the sins of past generations going back to the first white slaveholder. They must purge their white privilege by submitting to the dismantling of a society built completely on institutionalized racism, according to this ideology. Progressive Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has chosen to embrace this ideology in lieu of her fealty to the rule of law. She has plenty of company in academia, the media, and Hollywood.

The “woke” progressives live in their own perpetual nightmare of an inherently evil, racist United States that is leading them to inflict destruction on our nation’s ordered liberty and the institutions that preserve it.

Did an aged activist set up the Buffalo police? Andrea Widburg – “If one views the video in a vacuum, it’s awful.” … “When leftists control the narrative, though, assume that what you’re seeing is a lie. It took a little while for the truth to emerge” … “People who have been carefully examining footage of Gugino’s interactions with the police, as well as his fall, have noticed that there was nothing innocent about what he was doing.” … “The Buffalo police force certainly believes that the two arrested officers were the victims of a set-up. Fifty-seven of them have resigned from the emergency response team.”

“Leftist activism always has an element of theater. That can be amusing when climate change nutcases dress as broccoli. It’s less funny when a vicious old man frames the police to drive a hard left narrative aimed at bringing our country to anarchy and vigilantism.

D.C. Mayor and Democrats Take a Page Out of the Palestinian Authority’s Playbook. Lauri B. Regan – “In the Palestinian culture, children are taught from birth that Jews and their homeland, the State of Israel, are evildoers to be exterminated.”

“In the United States and other civilized places in the world, we do not teach our children to hate and commit acts of martyrdom, we do not pay families to incentivize them to raise terrorist children and we certainly do not name public venues or roads after violent criminals. We do the complete opposite in fact, teaching respect for human life and dignity, private property, the rule of law, hard work, and a peaceful co-existence with our neighbors. We name our public places after real heroes like George Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr., and General Douglas MacArthur. At least we used to.

It was insane that Floyd’s funeral was elevated to a nationally televised event portraying him as a hero despite his long history of criminality, violence, and drug abuse, but the naming of a public venue across the street from the White House in honor of a violent social justice movement is beyond reproach.

What we’re watching take hold in our nation is domestic terrorism pure and simple – and it is working.

We are at a point in our country’s history where we can decide to move forward with civility and law and order, or we can become just like the Palestinians who not only elevate terrorism, but who justify their people’s violence and hate under the guise of blaming others for their woes with false narratives and lies fed to a willing public too ignorant to know any better.

Time for Mattis and Kelly to Listen to MacArthur. D.W. Wilber – “Perhaps it’s time for both Generals Mattis and Kelly to do a little soul searching. The preservation of our liberty and freedoms which President Trump doesn’t threaten at all, but which is indeed threatened by the radical leftists in the Democratic Party, has been on full display for over three years now.” … “Or follow General Douglas MacArthur’s advice, “and just fade away”.

The Clergy Follows the Mob. George Neumayr – “They endorse its propaganda.” … “To the extent that clergy have been visible at all in the crisis, they emerged not to stop the mob but to join it.

“The [Jesuits’] editorial also demands that Catholic education be a conduit for the propaganda of Black Lives Matter and other such groups” … “Once again, the modern Church, hopelessly besotted with fashionable causes, leaves its middle-class members out in the cold. Their legitimate concerns about law and order go unrepresented. Worse, they are called “racist” and told to repent.
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But where is the modern Church’s contrition for its role in hollowing out America’s inner cities? Where is its contrition for failing to pass faith and virtue to a younger generation of Americans? On those fundamental matters, it falls silent. The modern Church is content to follow, not lead, and it is following the mob toward an America that is rapidly disintegrating.

They go the way of the media with the pews becoming ever more empty as false witness registers with the faithful.

The building cold anger throughout America. Peter Skurkiss – “These ongoing demonstrations mixed with riots are an offense against decency and the rule of law. This has countless Americans seething.” … “This anger is not a ‘hot anger’ which leads to lashing out in aggressive and violent behavior. Rather it is a cold anger that simmers until the opportune time for action comes.”

“Adding to the building rage is the Chinese pandemic. America watched in silence — silence as far as the media was concerned — as the political establishment hyped the effects of the Wuhan virus with fake epidemic models and closed much of the economy, throwing millions out of work and destroying many small businesses in the process. And to further the insult to basic decency, the draconian shutdowns closed places of worship while allowing liquor stores and state lotteries to remain open. People were scolded from on high and threatened with jail if they tried to exercise their constitutional right to free assembly. But all those alleged concerns of stopping the virus went out the window when the George Floyd mobs assembled. People saw this hypocrisy. It fueled their cold anger even more because it implied that the authorities never really believed social distancing was all that necessary in the first place.

Sisolak asked. “They can’t carry a backpack, but it was okay to have 200 people in front of my house carrying AR-15s and AK47s? That’s not right.” That 200 was engaged in peaceful protest. The backpacks had bricks for riots. The Governor can’t seem to tell the difference between peaceful protest, which he tried to outlaw with pandemic excuses, and violent rioters who he joins in dishonest rationalizations. He needs to examine the U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights, especially the first and second amendments and re-think his idea about what is and is not “right.”

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Why is the problem bigger than you might think.

Consider this headline: William Barr’s Perversion of JusticeNew York Times, by Staff. It completely ignores the facts on the table. See Paul Mirengoff: An absurd and outrageous shot at Bill Barr or Ryan Saavedra: Democrat Law Professor Blasts Obama For False Statements About DOJ Dismissing Flynn Case then contrast and compare to the Washington Examiner

Editorial: Travesty of justice finally ends for Michael Flynn – “The Flynn case is a stunning example of an abuse of power at the highest levels of the FBI, which was determined by any way possible to bring him down as part of an effort to damage Trump.

Jason Killmeyer: Our Endangered Transfer of Power – “The 2020 election is fast approaching. If we end up with a landslide, we should be OK;” … “Our risk calculus is off. This is not the time or place in our history to rollout widespread changes to how Americans vote

Clarice Feldman: January 5, 2017: A Day that Should Live in Infamy – “This week saw two major legal developments … Altogether they show a scandalous miscarriage of justice and media malpractice, which continues to this day, instigated by Barack Obama.”

“Once again, Obama makes a statement about law which is demonstrably false. In fact, not once to my recalling has he ever made a statement about the law that is correct.

As to the facts, you simply cannot count on media reports, so I will link for you the Government’s Motion to withdraw the case.

As you read it you will see that once specially appointed U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen finally found the documents long hidden from the defense and court in the bowels of the FBI and DoJ, the government had little choice but to withdraw the case.

A number of analyses — by people who do know enough not to simply rewrite Obama press dictation — provide an accurate and chilling account of the persecution of Flynn.

Monica Showalter: Obama is panicking— “A huge Obama White House effort to spy on a political opponent and prevent him from serving in public office is slowly being exposed.” … “Sundance over at Conservative Treehouse has a very deep dive (it took me an hour to read it, but it never got boring) into the roots of Obama’s rage and why he’s running scared and starting to fight back.” but look at how he and his cohort fights back … e.g.

Charles Hurt: ‘Demand Justice’ Fight Back — Against Judges Who Like the Constitution – “The baseless accusation is even more audacious for anyone with the faintest memory of the decades-long onslaught these people have waged against an independent judiciary in America.

Rutger Bregman: The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months – “When a group of schoolboys were marooned on an island in 1965, it turned out very differently from William Golding’s bestseller” … “In hindsight, the secret to the book’s success is clear. Golding had a masterful ability to portray the darkest depths of mankind. Of course, he had the zeitgeist of the 1960s on his side, when a new generation was questioning its parents about the atrocities of the second world war.

“For centuries western culture has been permeated by the idea that humans are selfish creatures. That cynical image of humanity has been proclaimed in films and novels, history books and scientific research. But in the last 20 years, something extraordinary has happened. Scientists from all over the world have switched to a more hopeful view of mankind. This development is still so young that researchers in different fields often don’t even know about each other.

Andrew Gilbertson: Blinded by Doomsday Predictions Masquerading as Science – “we have a serious problem with something masquerading as science: the manipulation of facts and data to create fearful predictive models.

“It is important to emphasize that these ill fated prognostications were not made by carnival hucksters or Times Square loons in sandwich boards; they were the work of highly respected scientists and statisticians, widely publicized in the national media. All were taken seriously at the time.

We need to respect science, but we must stop blindly accepting scientists’ unproven doomsday predictions.

George Neumayr: The Two Popes Problem – “When Pope Francis grants an interview, he makes news by subverting Church teaching. When Pope Benedict XVI gives one, he makes news by upholding it. Therein lies the two popes problem about which the media can’t keep complaining..”

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A terrible path

Riley Snyder: Judge rejects conservative group’s attempt to block planned all-mail primary – “The Court finds that Defendants’ interests in protecting the health and safety of Nevada’s voters and to safeguard the voting franchise in light of the COVID-19 pandemic far outweigh any burden on Plaintiffs’ right to vote, particularly when that burden is premised on a speculative claim of voter fraud resulting in dilution of votes,” – This is a judgment that does not cite law or precedent but instead depends upon the judge’s future fears that have no founding in fact or reality. Abolition of rights should require a rather higher standard.

I & I Editorial Board: The Flynn Revelations Reveal A Criminal Conspiracy At The FBI – “These are not mere procedural quibbles, but profound questions about the integrity and legality of the FBI’s investigations into key officials in the incoming Trump administration,” … “These, it’s clear, are the real crimes. Not the imaginary collusion of Trump and his aides, including Flynn, with the Russians.

David Horowitz: Malignant Hypocrisy – “The Democrats’ lynching of Brett Kavanaugh.” … “The disruptions were a strategic effort to create an alternative narrative for the proceedings themselves” … “Only in a severely disfigured political environment could these racist attacks on the Republican committee members, and defenses of a mob attack on congressional proceedings not be regarded with outrage and disgust.” The reference is the Tara Reade contrast.

Joseph Hippolito: The Roman Globalist Church – “Pope Francis accelerates Catholicism’s descent into humanist utopianism.” … “The letter conclusively proves that Francis is transforming the Catholic Church into another non-governmental organization. In the process, he is destroying the church’s identity and credibility.

“When questioned by Pontius Pilate, Jesus said that his kingdom was not of this world. Yet as Sachs demonstrates, Catholicism is trying to gain the whole world by being like the world. By doing so, the church is losing its own soul.

David Catron: Blue States Become Laboratories of Despotism – “Democratic officials are conducting dangerous experiments with your civil liberties.” … “It’s obvious why these Democratic governors refuse to lift their job-killing lockdowns, despite clear indications that their ostensible goal of “flattening the curve” has been achieved. The actual point of the exercise has little or nothing to do with public health. … They don’t care how many lives they ruin. Nor do they give a damn if their actions are constitutional. They assume the voters are too stupid to see the despotic impulses that lie beneath their affected empathy.

John Hinderaker: The CDC Is AWOL – “Why did the CDC go out of its way to disseminate less information that is highly relevant to assessing the current epidemic? I can’t think of a lot of different answers to that question. In the current emergency, CDC has shown itself to be one more on a long list of dysfunctional government agencies.

neo: More on Flynn. And still more.As terrible as the Deep State’s actions against Flynn (and Trump) have been, I have come to a point of cynicism so deep that I believe the majority of Americans (or at least a very large number) who hear about them will either ignore them, applaud them, justify them, or excuse them, and we will slide further and further down this terrible path.

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Hospitals, paganism, and progressive destruction

James L. Swofford: The Flu, the Coronavirus, and Hospital Beds – “The bottom line is that we didn’t hear about the U.S. hospital system being overwhelmed during the peak of the 2017-2018 flu season. It has handled surprisingly big influxes of patients then and seems to be doing so again this time.

Stuart Lindsay: The Express Road to Serfdom – “Before the Wuhan virus I radically underestimated both the cohesion with which the leftist ideas operated in every sphere of our social and political life and their effectiveness in neutering dissent, both within and without their class.

“Every day during this lockdown I encounter friends whom I never thought would surrender the glorious privilege of being independent. I refer to independence of thought, and speech, and preference, even of mere unreflective habit. But they have done just that.

I look back at this article and ask myself why I wrote it. The answer I give is that I have re-assured myself that I have not yet forfeited that hold on who I am and who my forbears were nor on my Christian faith,and that gives me my bearings again. That is important because these last weeks have been a time, not of dangerous medical emergency, but rather, of precipitous cultural decline.

Tyler Durden: Pope Francis: Pandemic Could Be ‘Nature’s Revenge’ For Ignoring Climate Change – “The remarks were cited in a Wednesday interview with The Tablet and Commonwealth magazines, wherein the pope further described the crisis as an opportunity for mankind to “slow down the rate of production and consumption.” The Pope is a pagan obsessed with socialist ideology? (see also Is The Pope A Pagan?)

Elizabeth Fortunato: Pope Francis and Mike Lindell: Two Men of Faith Confront the Pandemic – “At a time when the world needs Pope Francis to rise above secular politics and agendas and captain the boat that Jesus left in the hands of Peter’s successors, Francis clings to his secular-socialist mast, repeating outdated tropes found in ’70s-style liberation theology as if they were prayers.” … “The role Francis has unwittingly chosen for himself is that of the ancient Pharisee.”

“Meanwhile, in striking contrast to Pope Francis’s despondent, solemn, solitary procession in a deserted Saint Peter’s Square, doggedly maintaining his self-censorship, was the brief—and for reasons mysterious to all serious Christians—apparently incendiary March 30 appearance of Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow Company, at the White House coronavirus briefing.

Mark Tapson: Progressive Destruction: The Pandemic is the Perfect Time to Abolish the Family – “There’s no nightmare the Left won’t pursue to achieve its earthly paradise.”

Brian C.Joondeph, MD: Medical Advances Minus the Full Research Apparatus – “A real doctor, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist warned, “Inexcusable to ignore hydroxychloroquine side effects.” No one is ignoring side effects. Unlike the brainiac who took fishbowl cleaner, hydroxy is available only via a prescription from a licensed physician. It’s the doctor’s job to weigh the risks and benefits of any prescription they write.” … “Has Trump derangement syndrome so afflicted the media and the left that their hostility toward hydroxy is based solely on the fact that President Trump promoted it? It sure seems that way.

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Acceptable religious bigotry

Julie Kelly: The Religious Bigotry of NeverTrumpers – “The very same propagandists responsible for spreading fake news and conspiracy theories about collusion between Team Trump and the Russians proceeded to scold the president, his advisors, and conservatives for allegedly spreading fake news and conspiracy theories.

“Evangelicals do not have to explain why they support for Donald Trump. They are not required to answer to people who hold them in contempt. Evangelicals do not need to explain their vote or defend their faith. To the contrary, the Left and NeverTrump Right should be called out for their own bigotry, which would not be tolerated against any other religious group.

What people believe … 

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Whither civility? Thanksgiving can hardly get a word in.

The Babylon Bee: Obscure Holiday Known As ‘Thanksgiving’ Apparently Celebrates Obsolete Custom Called ‘Gratitude’ – “According to researchers, Americans would gather around a table, eat food, talk with family members, and carry out a strange tradition called “prayer” where they would thank somebody named “God” for “blessings” in their lives.” … “The holiday was eventually replaced with our more advanced, cultured holiday known as Black Friday, where we beat people to death to save $20 on a television set.

Joshua Lawson: Trump restored references to God in presidential Thanksgiving proclamations after Obama abandoned them – “What’s remarkable about the proclamations is their consistency. Americans are called to meet in their accustomed houses of worship, to rest from work, and — most importantly — to offer prayers of gratitude to God.” It’s a history lesson, real history; not constructed Leftist history.

Andrew C. McCarthy: There’s Less to the McGahn Ruling Than Meets the Eye – “You might assume that the girth of the nearly 120-page opinion Judge Ketjani Brown Jackson issued Monday means that an issue of great consequence to the House impeachment inquiry has been decided. But you’d be wrong.” But then McCarthy cites the House ‘trump card’ – they can do impeachment because they can. That’s all. What’s right, wrong, Constitutional, or lawful is not in that deck of cards the House is playing with.

“That is, the ruling sidesteps the question that actually matters: To what extent may McGahn invoke executive privilege (in addition to other potential privileges) to avoid answering lawmakers’ questions? …

The court takes umbrage at the Trump administration’s position that the disputes between the political branches are not fit for judicial resolution. …

how interesting that Judge Jackson, appointed to the bench by President Obama, seems to have missed the art form to which the Obama administration raised stonewalling. …

The judge is at her weakest in echoing the Lawyer Left’s now-familiar clarion call for a standard of judicial review weighted uniquely against President Trump.

Thomas Lifson: CNN’s pre-Thanksgiving civility lesson: Trump defenders ‘Should Be Laughed at, Ridiculed, and Scorned’ – “Ridicule and scorn do not fit well with the theme of giving thanks for the blessings we receive as Americans, but then again, CNN, in the ratings tank and discredited for its repeated fake news incidents, has less to be thankful for than most Americans, enjoying higher incomes and lower taxes.

Monica Showalter: Leftists show their class, allowing kids to ‘boo’ Melania Trump who was there to help them – “In a non-partisan speech to middle school and high school students seeking to protect them from drug use, first lady Melania Trump was booed by the kids, signaling just how bad the leftist school system is in instituting manners.” But the NYT blames this nonsense on “President Trump’s past remarks” rather than gross incivility being taught to children in the public education system.

“Actually, it was disgusting, a perfect display of children being raised like livestock by far leftists conveying far-left values. Rep. Pete King had an appropriate response to the act, one that most Americans would agree with: “If any issue should be free from abusive, rude behavior, it should be protecting kids from opioids. Has the left no sense of decency?!?,

The whole booing thing changes nothing, but it does tell us two things about the players involved.

Karen Townsend: Media applauds as Melania Trump is booed at youth opioid summit – “It is a first in the Trump era of American politics.” … “Whether you are a Trump supporter or not, Melania Trump has performed admirably as First Lady. She has gone about her duties with dignity and respect for those around her.” Yet she is a target for overt expressions of hate.

Kristina Wong: Top Ten Worst Takes on Conan the Hero Dog’s Visit to the White House – Nothing is sacred if it can be used to express an obsessive hatred.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Hatred that Fuels Impeachment – “We are in new territory now. Hating a president is equivalent to finding him guilty of supposed high crimes. Impeachment is a casual affair. Hearsay is as valid as direct testimony.” Remember this one? It’s worth a repeat. “We are now living is a brave new American world never envisioned by the Founders.

Scott Johnson: Somebody up there likes to think we’re stupid – “We shall see whether “they” include Michael Horowitz. Undercover Huber responds concisely to Goldman’s story in the tweets below.

Scott Johnson: American’s first socialist republic – citing Paul A. Rahein their first year in the New World, the Pilgrims conducted an experiment in social engineering akin to what is now contemplated; and, after an abortive attempt at cultivating the land in common, their leaders reflected on the results in a manner that Americans today should find instructive.” This is the history the Rush Limbaugh often uses to illustrate the ‘real’ Thanksgiving, not the fake one about genocide etc.

“The moral is perfectly clear. Self-interest cannot be expunged. Where there is private property and its possession and acquisition are protected and treated with respect, self-interest and jealousy can be deployed against laziness and the desire for that which is not one’s own, and there tends to be plenty as a consequence.

But where one takes from those who join talent with industry to provide for those lacking either or both, where the fruits of one man’s labor are appropriated to benefit another who is less productive, self-interest reinforces laziness, jealousy engenders covetousness, and these combine in a bitter stew to produce both conflict and dearth.

What has been before reveals who we are and provides lessons for what we can be.

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You can have your own opinions but not your own facts

A twofer at ZeroHedge: CNN: Trump Is Leader Of “Destructive Cult”; Using “Mind Control” On Americans – “Much of what they’re hearing is emotionally driven, loaded words, thought-stopping, and thought-terminating-type clichés.” he added, citing “fake news,” “build the wall,” “make America great again.” … “So, we can start with the pathological lying, which is characteristic of destructive cult leaders.” Hassan claimed, again without providing any evidence.” … “Could there be a better example of the pot calling the kettle black?” Then there is Here Is What The Horowitz Report Should Conclude – “The following is not my opinion. It is based on the flood of information that has come out over the past two and a half-years surrounding the plot to destroy the Presidency of Donald Trump. When you read these facts it is easy to understand how dishonest and corrupt the FBI were in presenting a FISA application to spy on Carter Page. Helen Keller could see this is wrong.

Thomas Lifson: Two (!) polls find black approval of Trump at 34% – “One poll could be an outlier, but when two resected polls find the same outcome, it’s time to realize that, most likely, something serious is going on.”

Michael Anton: The Bribery Bait-and-Switch – “To ordinary Americans—assuming any are paying attention—it looks as though Trump is being impeached for delaying by nine weeks aid that the Obama Administration refused to provide Ukraine for three years. How many Americans think he deserves to be removed for that?

“The president’s enemies remain unable to find any “smoking gun”—any clear, irrefutable and publicly compelling proof of “Treason, Bribery [or] other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Ordinary, decent folk in search of actual crimes, having not found any, would have backed off long ago. But our Javert-Democrats are having none of that. Well aware that the public wasn’t buying the product they’re selling, they’ve kept the product—there’s nothing wrong with New Coke!—and changed the marketing.

if it’s now always illegitimate for a president—to whom, let’s remember, all federal law enforcement agencies report—to investigate a political rival, what’s to stop the president’s—any president’s—rivals from getting on the take with impunity? Is the new standard to be that only Democrats can investigate Democrats, and Republicans, Republicans?

I’ve made the point elsewhere that the Left is fundamentally driven by projection; as Tucker Carlson has put it, their modus operandi is to “accuse you of exactly what they’re doing.” No single insight summarizes impeachment more accurately or succinctly.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Hatred that Fuels Impeachment – “We are in new territory now. Hating a president is equivalent to finding him guilty of supposed high crimes. Impeachment is a casual affair. Hearsay is as valid as direct testimony.”

Monica Showalter: Francis Effect: Catholic membership drops sharply in Argentina – “Pope Francis, who was widely reported to have been chosen for the highest office in the Catholic Church as a means of reinvigorating participation among Latinos, isn’t quite working out the way they thought he would. He was supposed to be the people’s pope, with “the smell of the sheep” on him as he put it. But all he’s managed to do is become an advocate for the phony claims of socialism. That may be the problem.”

“The pontiff, despite his reputation, is constantly defending the state rather than the people. He even defends the indefensible, such as the Venezuelan state. The state, to him, is the source of all salvation to the people, which is why he always sides with socialists and other statists, no matter what the issue. It’s why he talks about global warming when churches are being set on fire by socialists in places like Chile. It’s why he chose the Chinese government over the tiny Church underground in China. It’s why he stiff-armed the Ukrainian uniate Catholics in favor of an alliance with the state-linked Orthodox leaders. It’s always the state for him. Sound appealing? Not to me.

Which might just be why they’re staying away in Argentina, too. He never manages to put in a good word for the people. It ought to be a public relations problem for him at the very least since it’s unlikely that as a dyed-in-the-wool socialist he’s going to figure this out on his own.

The sheep are going a different direction, they’d apparently like a bit less state in the Church, even if there isn’t a large amount of clarity. Maybe the selectors of the next pope can take this unexpectedly weak performance to heart.

Everett Piper: What today’s educational ruling class gets wrong – “I believe that raising a child is the responsibility of the community and that parents should not have the final say. Let’s be honest; some of you don’t know what is best for your kids. … The public education system is not here to serve your archaic beliefs.

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Fool me once …

This means that you should learn from your mistakes and not allow people to take advantage of you repeatedly.” [UsingEnglish.com or also see Know Your Phrase] Balance that with “You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time” often attributed to Abraham Lincoln.

John Solomon Drops 28 Uncomfortable Facts Crushing The ‘Debunked Conspiracy Theory’ Narrative – “I think all the key elements were false,” Vindman testified. Maligning a reporter with vagueness and innuendo, even if done by a military hero showing the colors, is not a good idea if that reporter is an ‘old school’ type with solid research behind his reports.

“Lt. Col. Vindman, if you have information that contradicts any of these 28 factual elements in my columns I ask that you make it publicly available. Your testimony did not.

If you don’t have evidence these 28 facts are wrong, I ask that you correct your testimony because any effort to call factually accurate reporting false only misleads America and chills the free debate our Constitutional framers so cherished to protect.

The real problem is the contrast between the ‘witness’ of Vindeman and Solomon. The Left provides innuendo and ad hominem while the Right offers hard evidence and supported inference.

Michael Barone: The Impeachment Pseudo-Event – “Real events involve independent actors and have unpredictable outcomes. Pseudo-events are shows.” … “Yet on the front pages and cable news breaking-news bulletins, this pseudo-event is crowding out two genuine events of potentially world-shaking importance and uncertain outcome.

“”The executive power,” Article II of the Constitution states, “shall be vested in a president of the United States of America,” and Trump, as the career diplomats testifying have acknowledged, has no obligation to follow “interagency consensus.” It’s hard to avoid concluding that Democrats who detest Trump seized on this weak pretext for impeachment when the charges of Russian collusion they brandished for three years turned out to be baseless.

Pam Key: FNC’s Napolitano: ‘Overwhelming’ Evidence to Justify 3 or 4 Articles of Impeachment Against Trump but his case is underwhelming and highly selective in what is included to support it.

Joel B. Pollak: Peggy Noonan: ‘Trump’s Defenders Have No Defense’ – “Noonan does not discuss the actual evidence presented, or the Constitution’s criteria for impeachment, but dwells on her impressions of the character of the witnesses — all of whom were selected or approved by Democrats.

Lynne Lechter: Hearsay and the Trump impeachment hearings – “Hearsay is usually inadmissible in a court of law because the person who made the original statement cannot be confronted through cross-examination.” … “The defendant’s right to cross-examine negative testimony or accusations at trial is rooted in the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, contained in the Bill of Rights.

Mollie Hemingway: How Republicans Won Phase One Of Impeachment – “The first phase of impeachment did not go well for Democrats. It needed to be a time when support for the inquiry and impeachment grew. Instead, it shrank.” There are a lot of folks that see things Napolitano and Noonan don’t see.

“Republicans, by contrast, needed to aim for bipartisan opposition to the impeachment proceedings, keep their members in line, make the case that the impeachment proceedings lacked fairness, and that concern about Ukrainian corruption was legitimate. They managed to do all that.

Here’s why things went well for Republicans in phase one of impeachment.

It was completely unclear what crime, much less what high crime, Trump was accused of committing.

Reporters kept deleting their tweets because they were getting facts about the hearings wrong.

Democrats’ witnesses kept making Trump’s case for him. … At no time did any witness make an effective case for anything other than, at best, a trip to the ballot box.

In part because Schiff and his team seemed confused about what case they were prosecuting, questions to witnesses were almost always leading, but never focused on a particular or consistent goal. Conversely, Republicans kept focused during their questions, always pointing out that the witnesses didn’t actually have first-hand information, or were basing their views on their own conjecture, a shaky basis for impeachment.

GOP members stayed on message about the unfairness of the proceedings.

The media generally overpromised and underachieved.

Don Surber: Noonan and the vapid response team – “Noonan at the Wall Street Journal is useless as George Will, Max Boot, Jennifer Rubin and the rest of the Washington Post” … “They are relics of 20th century commentary in which newspaper columnists regularly got away with leaving out major portions of story to make their case.” … “In the 21st century, columnists must offer actual proof to make their case because the truth seeps out online.

neo: Charges against Netanyahu: another coup? – “A fundamental question in any democracy is whether a single individual — in this case an appointed attorney general — should be empowered to make decisions that may thwart the will of the voters.

Seth Barrett Tillman: What the Democrats have Learned from their Failure in Connection with the Kavanaugh Hearings – “Don’t allege crimes which, if true, would leave physical evidence; rather, allege crimes which only exist in men’s hearts and minds. Should we go down that road, our next destination will be a world where men deny they have hearts and minds, and our final destination may be a world where that denial reflects the actual truth—a world where men have no hearts and minds at all.

William A. Jacobson: All three Nicholas Sandmann lawsuits to go forward — WaPo, CNN, NBC – “statements that plaintiff ‘blocked’ Phillips or did not allow him to retreat, if false, meet the test of being libelous per se

The Babylon Bee: Chick-Fil-A Replaces Cow Mascot With Golden Calf – This is about the notorious Christian fast food chain kowtowing to LGBQ activists …

Leslie Eastman: Pope Francis Ponders Adding ‘Sins Against Ecology’ to Catholic Catechism – “Are they mortal or venial sins?” Gaia is a false god and the Bible warns of that temptation …

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whiplash or a rubber ethos?

Alex Berezow: Debunkers Debunked: Who Fact-Checks The Fact-Checkers? – “the objectivity of fact-checking websites has already been called into doubt and for good reason.” Fact checking too often gets into nit picking. This is one reason to focus on behavior over content such as noting logical fallacies. It is also necessary to examine presumptions and assumptions which are used to build conclusions and these may be left unsaid.

For an example, consider Insights from Quadrant: Pants on fire early. It’s aboout the absurdity of 11,000 scientists joining the climate alarmism brigade.As The Australian notes, those 11,000-plus “experts” include professors “M. Mouse of the Mickey Mouse Institute for the Blind, Namibia” and “Albus Dumbledore, Hogwarts”.

Rod Dreher: The Christian Way Forward in a Time of Crisis – “These are not normal times. We in the West are in the worst spiritual and social crisis since the collapse of the Roman empire. We don’t see this collapse clearly because it is hidden by our wealth. But make no mistake: the fundamental pillars of Western civilisation are crumbling—none more consequentially than the Church.

“It is a crisis of meaning. In the postmodern West, we have arrived at a place where many people no longer believe that meaning exists at all, and that we can know it.

The modern historian Yuval Noah Harari says that the modern world can be characterised by a simple transaction: people have exchanged meaning for power. …

Closely related to that, it is also a crisis of truth. We have lost the ability to determine what is true or false. We can no longer agree on a narrative that allows us to reason together. … Lacking a shared authoritative framework within which we can reason together to determine what is true and false, our deliberations become nothing more than exercises in power.

Dreher takes a swipe at Trump that ignores the advice of Christ to ‘render unto Ceasar’ and exposes a weakness in his argument. He leaves out and even dismisses a significant component of the lives of the people that is a tool of those he describes as the source of the problem. The Christian Way Forward must keep this tool in its own scabbard and not allow its theft to empower those bereft of the temper to power. There is a time for swords and a time to submit as Jesus illustrated on the night of his betrayal. Society is not preparing for the Passion of Christ and this is not the time to set aside the sword to just let tragedy happen.

Washington Examiner: The media protected Jeffrey Epstein and crucified Brett Kavanaugh – “Is it any wonder the American public distrusts the media?

Larry Elder: What Michelle Obama Leaves Out About ‘White Flight’ – “No doubt, there were instances of white versus black clashes in which white kids were the instigators. But I never observed any.” … “she paints an incomplete and unfair picture by attributing the “flight” solely to racism.” When someone blames racism, the key is to get an accurate of just who is being racists and in what way it shows.

Daniel John Sobieski: Harriet Blows Away Democratic Racial Myths – “History, someone once said, is a lie agreed upon, and nowhere is that more self-evident than in accounts of America’s racial history as told by Democrats.

Harriet, just released in theaters, tells the story of Harriet Tubman, an African-American slave who frees herself and then returns south to retrieve 70 others and bring them to freedom. Oh yeah — Harriet Tubman was a gun-toting Republican and the people she liberated these slaves from were Democrats.

The matter of armed theft of property is being rationalized. In matters of slavery, such theft presents a problem in its use to enforce individual rights as a protest against laws perceived as unjust. This assumption of moral supremacy is just what is being used in the current coup d’etat.

Jack Hellner: Where were the whistleblowers on foreign policy during Obama’s terms? – “Instead of the media being unbiased observers and reporters, they have been active participants in the indoctrination of the public that Trump is a lawbreaker, ignores the Constitution and is a racist, homophobe, xenophobe, dictator and fascists among other names as they say Trump is divisive.” Hellner includes a long list of issues that should have sparked concern under the previous administration but only illustrated the blind eye of the public propaganda machine.

“The meddling by the media to destroy Trump and elect Democrats is much more dangerous to the integrity of our elections than anything Russia or any other foreign country has or is doing.

When the media is intentionally peddling false stories about Russian collusion, lies about what Trump said about Charlottesville, blocking opposing views on climate change, attacking Kavanaugh with no evidence or burying the Jeffrey Epstein story they are campaigners, not reporters. They are anything but fact checkers.

Patricia McCarthy: The plot to impeach Trump already is falling apart – citing John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D) of Dissecting LeftismThe Leftist needs his angry beliefs. He cannot afford to let go of them because compared to his needs, logic/reason is a weak force.”

“Schiff’s latest folly is just another maneuver in the coup plotters’ game plan. It all needs to end with Schiff’s Joe McCarthy-like self-immolation for his lies and for his crimes. … Lies in service of their agenda are like breathing to leftists. It’s what they’ve always done, what they will always do. Schiff is just the latest Grand Wizard of leftist lies and deception.

Why? The behavior seems to be getting more extreme and more irrational. Why?

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Learning communist behavior for a True government

Is America Becoming Sinicized? Victor Davis Hanson [at RealClear Politics, no hassle reading] – “Deng’s revolution came at a cost of terrible environmental damage, the rampant destruction of local communities and continued political repression. A more efficient economy empowered dictatorship.

Belated Realization: The Old World Order Is in Shambles. Richard Fernandez – “Events on the Turkish-Syrian border revealed how fragile the security arrangements of the last century have become.” … “Problems that were once papered over have burst into the open.

“The old world order is in shambles. By October 31 the EU will lose one of its most powerful members. In Washington, the political class is paralyzed, unable to adapt to changing circumstances. Even Democratic candidates can’t agree on what constitutes a vital American interest in the Middle East. This implies that the trouble in Kurdistan is only symptomatic of greater geopolitical shifts, a small part of a larger fracture. If Turkey was willing to bomb U.S. positions, menace Incirlik’s nukes, and threaten the EU, the tripwire of U.S. lives was not the sure shield it was assumed to be.

The last few years have been one of belated realization. The cans which for decades had been kicked down the road now constitute a giant metal wall. The realities of the 21st century have outrun the politics of the 20th.

How the media blew the Syria story. Don Surber – “Once again, the press got the story all wrong. President Trump knew what he was doing and succeeded where his predecessors had failed.

Democrats now holding ‘Soviet-style’ impeachment hearings. Monica Showalter – “Secrecy has always been a pretty effective incubator for corruption,” … “Now we have the reason for the secrecy from the Washington Examiner:” Compare and contrast to the rationalizations provided by Rep. Dina Titus responding to Amodei sees lack of credibility in impeachment inquiry by Humberto Sanchez. Avoid a ‘circus’ or provide a filter so the testimony says what you want it to say? For Titus and the others who use the circus rationalization there is a need to make it clear that their behavior is a circus act.

“Is it any wonder that Republicans are starting to call this a “Soviet” impeachment? Far from this being about finding any truth, these secret hearings are to distort, reverse, or lie about actual witness testimony. Any witness whose words don’t match what Schiff wants to hear in those secret hearings not only gets browbeaten by Schiff, but may get his testimony “purged,” effectively becoming the equivalent of a Soviet “non-person.” It’s a matter of forcing a Vishinsky-like submission on all players to Get Trump. That’s the message with this latest Washington Examiner revelation.

Dr. Strangesсhiff, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Impeachment. Gary Gindler – “Who could have guessed that the words of Soviet secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria to Joseph Stalin, “Show me the man, and I will show you the crime,” would be strangely embodied in American politics and jurisprudence in the 21st century?

“When presenting the case of impeachment to his committee, Chairman Strangesсhiff used a specially written parody of the conversation between Orange Man and the president of Ukraine instead of the declassified and officially published text. The word “clowning” comes to mind, but the Strangeschiff clan never joke. …

Nevertheless, the actions of the self-appointed troika are getting funnier every day. Recently, they began to invite witnesses, who at the time of the “committing of the crime” had not been White House employees for a long time. …

There is no formal impeachment process because nobody has voted for it. Therefore, the Strangeschiff troika does not even have the legal authority to subpoena anyone to testify. …

Over the past three years, Democrats have called for a recession, stock market crash, nuclear war, the assassination of the president and his family, the rape of his daughter, the rape of his wife, the bombing of the White House, impeachment and rioting, all to fuel the process of the Sovietization of America. …

Is everything happening in the basement of the Capitol a mockery of the impeachment process? Of course. However, most of all, Americans are interested in only one question: what kind of trick will the Democrats come up with after the hocus-pocus of a permanent palace coup, permanent impeachment, and permanent figureheads fails again?

Hysterical reaction to AG Barr’s landmark speech at Notre Dame. Chuck Donovan – “What could the serene, almost sedate General Barr have said that drove certain left-of-center pundits into the rhetorical ditch?

“A Washington Post columnist found the Barr speech “terrifying” and a call for the abolition of the separation of church and state. But Barr’s examples had everything to do with attempts by government to coerce religious people to implement portions of the progressive creed and to abolish moral norms. In the past decade, Barr noted, the federal government has sought to require the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide contraceptives and abortifacients in their employee health plans. He decried the attempt by the state of California to force pro-life pregnancy help centers there “to provide notices of abortion rights.”

The Nation magazine went so far as to attack General Barr’s involvement with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Hysterical reactions often miss reality.

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We need a proper conscience even it seems missing in so many quarters

Australia’s Future and Its Enemies. Mervyn F Bendle – “The National Farmers Federation has announced that it will implement a long-term public relations campaign to mobilise public and political support for a major expansion of the agricultural industry in Australia and combat the zealotry of animal rights activists and green extremists.” It’s a shared problem by the grown, and successful, children of the British empire.

“Tragically, Australia is afflicted with deeply entrenched anti-development forces. It must therefore re-affirm its national identity as a frontier society, ready to engage in nation-building projects on a continental scale, and prepared systematically to harness the natural and human resources required to develop a thriving, highly productive society. This is a battle that must be won in the realm of culture, and it can no more be ignored than the financial or physical infrastructure requirements of this gigantic project can be ignored.

Australia is a country where radical environmentalists have had a free ride for decades, shutting down innumerable worthwhile projects and strangling many others in green tape and with ‘law-fare’ designed to make their successful completion uneconom or even impossible, as has been demonstrated with the Adani mine and in the Hunter Valley. Investors will retreat once they realize that their complex, capital-intensive projects will be slandered, stymied, suffocated, and sabotaged by a well-resourced cadre of cosseted vandals (‘protesters’) aided and protected by an array of political, legal, judicial, academic, and media supporters.

Babylon Bee: Trump Vows To Cut Foreign Aid To California.

The Democrats’ Debate Was Unconstitutional. Thomas McArdle – “The Constitution protects private property from the greedy hand of government. The Fourth Amendment guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects” – i.e. their property — from search not based on reasonable suspicion of a crime.

Anderson Cooper Casually Vindicates Hunter Biden. Emily Jashinsky – “Perhaps he thought it was clever to say Trump falsely accused the junior Biden of wrongdoing “while serving” on the board.” It’s these questionable base presumptions that indicate just how deep and severe, and dangerous, the bias at CNN and elsewhere really is. “Stating is as an unimpeachable fact that “no evidence of wrongdoing” exists to implicate Hunter or Joe Biden is wrong. It’s really wrong coming from the purportedly objective moderator of a presidential debate.

George Orwell – “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.”

Fraud Continues – Nancy Pelosi Promises House Impeachment Subpoenas Will Not Have Legal Penalties – House Will Not Authorize Impeachment Inquiry… sundance – “It is likely, highly likely, Nancy Pelosi does not have the votes to proceed with a full House impeachment authorization; so Pelosi, Schiff, Engel and Cummings have to rely on the duplicity of the media to help them hide their scheme. So far the media is complying.

Bill Barr’s Brilliant Touchdown Run at Notre Dame. Terence P. Jeffrey – “And to control willful human beings with an infinite capacity to rationalize, those moral values must rest on an authority independent of men’s wills,

“They must flow from the transcendent Supreme Being. In short, in the framers’ view, free government was only suitable and sustainable for a religious people, a people who recognized that there was a transcendent moral order antecedent to both the state and to manmade laws and had the discipline to control themselves according to those enduring principles.”

Yes, that is exactly why John Adams said: “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious People.”

Barr argued that “secularists” are now attacking the moral order that is the foundation of our liberty and threatening religious freedom in pursuit of their cause.

“We cannot have a moral renaissance,” he concluded, “unless we succeed in passing to the next generation our faith and values in full vigor.”

The People’s POTUS… sundance – “We interrupt our worries and fret-filled daily programming for a brief respite.” … “Remember when President Trump had the boys and girls Little League champs at the White House last week?… There’s a whole lot of fun happening there

“Come to think of it, President Trump has a remarkable ability to focus on the big picture amid circumstances that would likely overwhelm most people. His ability to live in the moment and compartmentalize challenges is a very significant strength.

It would be challenging for anyone to face complex global issues and geopolitics, while simultaneously battling domestic political adversaries…. let alone, stop mid-day and give 100% of your attentive self to celebrate with a group of kids and ensure they understood how valuable and important they are…. Yup, President Donald Trump can do that.

You have to really look to find any balance to the propaganda onslaught.

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How can you understand this? (Never Trumpers and their ilk)

Is the Pope a Catholic? Mark Powell – “Committed Catholics have been increasingly concerned about many of the Pope’s statements regarding divorce and remarriage, homosexuality (‘Who am I to judge?’), capital punishment, the existence of hell, and even the re-wording of the Lord’s Prayer.”

“But the reason I address this is because it is the responsibilities of leaders to uphold the values of the institutions which employ them. If they can’t continue to do that then they should have the integrity to resign. As Gillette has found out the hard way, once you go woke you quickly go broke. Which is precisely the direction the Church of Rome is heading under its current theologically progressive leadership.

Bottom Lining the Democrat-manufactured Trump-Ukraine Scandal. Judi McLeod – “When the Democrats Investigate Trump For Over 2 Years; And The Only Thing They Can Uncover Is Their Own Crimes.” … “Problem with that is that all the perps in the ongoing pumped-up scandal are comfortably nestled and protected inside a most devious Congress.

If Anyone Should Be Impeached, It’s the Liberal Media. Trevor Thomas – “Contrary to their sacred duty to provide what is truthful, they have willfully presented false and misleading information to the public at large concerning, but not limited to, the following:

No, the Electoral College Isn’t “Electoral Affirmative Action” for Rural States. John W. York, Ph.D. – “The reason Trump was able to win the presidency while losing the popular vote has nothing to do with “affirmative action” for rural states. It has everything to do with the way states choose to apportion their delegates.” … “It is a nod to a historical reality: When large swaths of a vast country feel they have been forgotten, dark days are likely to be on the horizon.

Zelensky: “This is not corruption, it was just a call” Ed Morrissey – “it’s tough to build a case of quid pro quo and corruption when the two players in the alleged act both say nothing of the sort occurred — and the record backs that up.” … doesn’t matter to House Democrats or their propaganda machine (or Volokh Conspiracy lawyers, see below), though.

Anti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0? Victor Davis Hanson – “The particular narrative is not all that important, at least compared with a general overriding theme: We are in a virtual civil war, and the Left believes that it can win over the hearts and minds of 20 to 30 percent of the swing voters in the United States with therapeutic tales of racism, sexism, unearned white privilege, and right-wing greed and selfishness, and also by destroying the elected president.

The Bluffpeachment. Gary Gindler – “The current situation in Washington is, in the language of poker, a bluff. The Democrats are bluffing; they have only weak cards in their hand. They actually have nothing against Trump. That’s all they have ever had.” Gindler also notes: “The U.S. Constitution empowers only the entire House of Representatives with the impeachment authority, not just the speaker of the House or the chairmen of the committees of the House.” This is interesting in light of the argument that the Constitution is vague on the issue and, therefore, the House can use whatever process it wants. That starts playing games on what one means by House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress. (See Volokh Conspiracy post and the following assertions)

New Statement from Checks and Balances on President Trump’s Abuse of Office. Jonathan H. Adler – “We believe the acts revealed publicly over the past several weeks are fundamentally incompatible with the president’s oath of office, his duties as commander in chief, and his constitutional obligation to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’” This is signed by a number of rather prestigious lawyers and is a conclusion based on their reading of the Ukraine matter. What these lawyers are saying is that chasing corruption in the affairs of U.S. elected officials involving other nations is “fundamentally incompatible with the president’s oath of office.” Trying to wrap one’s head around that, even when dressed up in a lawyerly sounding epistle such as this, is a difficult task. The base logic is just the expressed part of the problem. The context (i.e. Mueller findings) and the reference in long established precedent are missing and very likely it is because they show this official sounding pronouncement to be a farce. But why would such a distinguished collection of lawyers expose themselves like this?

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furious sounds of backpedaling?

Anti-Religious AG Twisted the Law Against This Catholic Agency. Tyler O’Neil – “The judge’s ruling made no decision as to the full merits of the case, but merely by recounting the facts of the case, it shows why St. Vincent Catholic Charities should prevail.” … “The facts in this case demonstrate that leftists with anti-religious animus will target even adoption agencies that enjoy very limited exemptions in the least defensible cases.

AG Barr’s trip to Italy on ‘official business’ may be a key to unmasking deep state entrapment of George Papadopoulos by CIA asset Joseph Mifsud. Thomas Lifson – it doesn’t seem to be a vacation and the right people are tossing mud.

The Little Engine That Couldn’t. Roger Kimball – “The Democrats think the very fact that a president is impeached is enough tarnish his reputation and diminish his chances of success in the election. Don’t bet on it.”

“In general, one tends to admire perseverance. We like to think it betokens a certain seriousness of purpose. We remember The Little Engine That Could from our childhood and want to root for the blundering but stalwart underdog. “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” But in this case, the Democrats are not bringing the Christmas presents of impeachment and the destruction of a duly elected president they dislike to the boys and girls on the other side of the mountain. On the contrary, they are making fools of themselves. What we are seeing unfold before our eyes is not a reprise of The Little Engine That Could but a signal illustration of Chesterton’s observation that madness means “using mental activity so as to reach mental helplessness.”

Already, pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa, you can hear the furious sounds of backpedaling as a dim consciousness of what they have done with their impeachment frenzy steals over the reptilian brains of the impeachment choristers.

But it is actually worse than that, much worse. I think Thomas Lifson, writing for The American Thinker, is right. The whoops of the impeachment war dance are echoing in an otherwise silent and most severe chamber. All this frenetic activity—the screaming front-page headlines, the salivating attacks on Trump in the now-routinely anti-Trump Drudge Report—all that, as Lifson says, is but the “prelude to the coming time bombs about to explode in their faces.”

What has been happening these last three years is not just an effort to destroy Donald Trump. That, indeed, is merely incidental to the larger project of destroying the fundamental American consensus. I do not think it will succeed. But I am sufficiently disillusioned to realize just how grave a threat these forces pose to what we used to be able to call, without irony, the American dream.

Adam Schiff’s Impeachment Fun Playhouse. Clarice Feldman – “As Daniel Greenfield persuasively argues, these investigations are attempts to delegitimize the President and his Administration, and I predict people are sick of this nonsense.” There’s a lot of ‘there’ there and Feldman provides a summary.

“There’s a treaty signed by then President Bill Clinton and ratified on October 18, 2000 which provides that the U.S. and Ukraine are to mutually assist one another in “the prosecution of a wide variety of crimes” …

The fired prosecutor has written a notarized statement dated September 4 of this year stating that he was fired because of Joe Biden’s demand that he be removed …

Less attention has been paid to the letter in May of last year that 3 Democrat senators, Robert Menendez, Richard Durbin, and Patrick Leahy, wrote to Ukraine’s prosecutor general … This letter is in direct contrast to Speaker Pelosi’s claim this week

The last year has seen an avalanche of fake news — about one major story a month by my count. In my view they have only further discredited the already on its last legs major media and the Democratic Party they promote. I’m inclined to agree with Scott Adams that the political and media elites cannot fathom that their globalist worldviews were wrong, and that Trump was right.

Donald Trump now has to battle CIA spies in Dems’ war against him. Michael Goodwin – “CIA agents are supposed to spy on foreign adversaries. This one spied on the president, then cloaked himself in whistleblower camouflage. His sources are presumably still at work and perhaps planning another run at the president.”

If The Case For Trump’s Impeachment Is So Strong, Why Are Liberals Lying About It? Derek Hunter – “Almost everything about the allegations that have Democrats moving toward impeachment of the President is a lie, a proven lie. And they don’t care.” … “Trump Derangement Syndrome is the Kool-Aid at Jonestown.

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A world gone mad where it’s a virtue to be so frightened?

Our Real Identity Politics Is Governed By Almighty God. E. Jeffrey Ludwig – “The Left in American life today, with its emphasis on socialist and communist values, is essentially denying the validity of Judeo-Christian values which have been defended successfully for centuries by blood, sweat, and tears. The Left emphasizes needs rather than rights, equality over liberty, state ownership over private property, a woman’s right to choose death over life, gender fluidity over the eternal reality of a two gender system based on creation of both men and women in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), and world government over national identities.”

Squad Dems Raise Money to Help Activists Arrested in Boston, Including Antifa Goons Who Assaulted Cops. Debra Heine – “Thanks to AOC and Pressley’s supportive tweets, the crowdfunding campaign for the antifa counter-protesters−some of whom attacked the police−surpassed its $15,000 goal, raising a total of $24,652 for their legal fees.” Why have laws if they only apply to some?

Rolling Stone’s take on Andy Ngo is about as fair as you’d expect. John Sexton – “Your mob beats up someone and puts them in the hospital and suddenly people think you’re a bunch of bad people. It’s weird how that works.

“Honestly, the virtue-signaling argument gets overused and this piece is a good example. Siding with Andy Ngo against violent street thugs doesn’t have to be viewed as dishonest or performative virtue. The fact is that most Americans, right or left, don’t like violent goons beating people up. The fact that the author sees the goons as the left’s “black-clad brethren” says more about him than it does about the people reacting to Ngo’s beat down.

The Two Ticking Time Bombs of the Coming Election. Conrad Black – “A disgraceful end for “deep state” actors and an implosion of the Democratic Party’s 2020 nominee are both very real possibilities.”

“But the stark contrast in policy and personality terms between the president and the Democrats, and the bellicosity of the president himself, which can be embarrassing but may have been essential for him to get through the unprecedented effort to undermine him illegally, do not in themselves explain the very long fuse that is burning with excruciating slowness toward the powder keg of explicit revelation of Democratic law-breaking.

It is clearer every week those who say what occurred was an attempted coup are substantially accurate. This is not only astounding and distressing, the extreme state of denial that grips the Trump-hating media makes it likely that the credibility of the national political press will be in tatters long after those responsible for the unconstitutional conspiracy to subvert and pervert the election have been exposed and legally punished.

When Trump Fights the Left, He Punches Up. Fletch Daniels – “A common critique on message boards is that Trump is punching down at his opponents. While there is room to question the wisdom of some of his tweets, President Trump is not punching down. He is actually punching up.” … “No matter how many tweets President Trump sends out, there will still be a power disparity between him and the liberal cultural institutions that does not favor the president.

“One of the worst and lasting legacies of President Obama’s presidency was the weaponization of government. A Republican president does not have that option because the federal bureaucracy would mutiny if he tried. It is hard enough for a Republican president to move the federal bureaucracy to bring real liberal criminals to justice, a fact on full display right now.

Any Democrat president who inherits such an ideologically loyal bureaucracy will be tempted to misuse it.

A Democrat president inherits a full blanket of media protection that acts like air superiority protecting that president from any effective attack. …

A Republican president starts on day one with a disloyal bureaucracy, a hostile media seeking to destroy him, and relentless fire from the entire cultural heights.

Some Comments on Guns. John Hinderaker – “the last couple of mass shooters likely are copycats … the U.S. homicide rate has been cut in half since the Clinton administration … contrary to popular belief, the U.S. is not home to an unusual number of mass shootings … liberals are, as usual, advocating policies that will do no good

A conservative plan to reduce shootings (and other homicides). Paul Mirengoff – “Daniel Horowitz presents a seven-step plan to reduce homicides … Horowitz’s plan would save countless lives without violating constitutional rights.

Rufuspetasumphobia … neo – “When did it become a virtue to be so frightened of a political point of view held by half of Americans, and to label it as abnormal and actually hateful?”

“It’s been building for decades, and it focuses mostly on the perception and careful cultivation by the press and the Democratic Party (especially its leftist wing, which has grown so large as to seem like the main body at this point) of the idea that the opponents are not mainstream but are vile haters who must be opposed with any and every tool possible.

It’s a cliche to say we have become increasingly polarized in recent decades. But it’s crystal clear that we have, and that much of it has been promoted on the left as a tactic for winning elections. Fear is contagious, as well. Is the fear real, or is it fake and just a way to prove who’s the wokest of them all? I don’t know, and it hardly matters, because the poison is out there, eating away at the fabric of our society.

via Instapundit: CATHY YOUNG: Hard Lessons From The Russian Civil War. “The most trenchant lesson for the modern age is one that also seems increasingly relevant to the West: When political adversaries are no longer fellow citizens to live with but rather enemies to be crushed, we all lose.”

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Honest and competent

You’ve already lost the immigration battle if you say this. Selwyn Duke – “Conditioned responses are funny things. One of them, the statement that they’re “probably all nice people” — oft used when discussing illegal migrants — is also a dangerous thing.” This is about the ‘both sides are the same’ fallacy.

“If you can’t say this, unabashedly, you’ve already lost the migration debate. Realize that the Left, some in whose vanguard are master manipulators, has conned us into apologizing for doing what’s right, for enforcing just laws. But what other crime do we address so sheepishly, qualifying our opposition to it with notions that the perps are “just seeking a better life” and may be “nice people”? Why, I met counterfeiters who were nice people. What’s niceness got to do with it?

“Nice” is irrelevant. Nice doesn’t save civilization. Nice never won a war, hot or cold, actual or cultural. Theological correctness informs that man is good by nature — though that nature is fallen — because he was made by God and for God. Reflecting this, most people want to do good, though often don’t know what good is. “Nice” is not unique.

Sonovogun! Our Guy Really Is Presidential. Dov Fischer – “At his best when he needs to be.” He sets the stage wondering if his attempts to watch the news might cause Fox News Arthritis someday. Worry about that lead him to C-Span where he saw “their film of President Donald J. Trump earlier in the day in Buckingham Palace, then at Westminster Abbey, looking and acting extremely Presidential.” It’s a ‘who you gonna believe, the media or you lying eyes’ expose.

let’s talk about fashion choices and history … neo talks about Melania’s fashions, and the media “mostly indulged their snotty, catty, petty, envious, Trump-deranged negativity towards Melania.” It turns out that the first lady was not only “probably the most beautiful and glamorous First Lady ever” but her choices had symbolism in a tribute to a British designer and the nature of the visit.

The moral case for honest and competent climate science. Christopher Monckton of Brenchley – “In Western countries, too, the crippling cost of global-warming policies is causing real harm.

“An outline of climatology’s error: IPCC explicitly misdefines feedback as responding only to perturbations of an input signal, when in well-established control theory whatever feedback processes prevail at any given moment must perforce act upon the entire reference signal then obtaining.

This post requires careful reading as it is heavy in ideas and not afraid to use ‘big words’ and words with specific meaning in climatology and related studies. The problem has many variables and simplifications made to create models and theories can often miss important factors.

Praying for a President Is Not that Radical: Platt, Prayer, and Polarization. Ed Stetzer – “The outrage against David Platt’s prayer for President Trump reveals more about us than David.”

“In years past, this would probably have been seen by many as an admirable practice—a president stopping by for prayer. However, as Emma Green explained in the Atlantic, “Donald Trump’s controversial stop at a Virginia mega-church after a mass shooting showed how even normal Christian behavior has been scrutinized during this administration.”

First, the criticism of David Platt was often not fair.

Second, David’s prayer was gospel rich and God honoring.

Third, David Platt is not some naive political pawn.

Follow the link and read the prayer. It would be appropriate for any leader.

But Stetzer dances and waltzes around the real issue as another example of what Selwyn Duke described above. The real issue centers on the Commandment proscribing False Witness. Stetzer conflates dishonesty with differences of opinion trying to maintain a ‘both sides the same’ fallacy while describing, or protesting, the distortions and deceit raising a ruckus.

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intellectual gymnastics … The irony, it burns.

About That Letter That Mueller Wrote To Barr… Tyler Durden – “Another deep state “leak” has hit the tape, and as usual it has gone to the WaPo and NYT almost at the exact same time… but this it’s even more laughable than usual.

“So, Mueller felt there was confusion… but he did not think the memo was inaccurate. Wait, what’s going on here and how is this even a story? Well, if we read the rest of the above sentence, we find the true object of Mueller’s “complaint”: …

Which means that, as the WaPo itself reports, what Mueller was really angry with was the coverage of his report by media such as… the WaPo and the NYT?? The irony, it burns.

Biden must answer for the lies sold to the American people by Team Obama. David N. Bossie – “the problem with nostalgia” – to quote former Sen. John Edwards as he described the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton in 2007 – “is what we tend to do is only remember what you like and you forget the parts you didn’t like.”

Biden, one of the prime supporters of the disaster that was disingenuously marketed as the Affordable Care Act, must answer for the lies told by the Obama team to sell the plan to the American people.

The mainstream media cannot allow Biden to rewrite history when it comes to the Obama administration’s cozy Russia policy.

Biden must also be investigated fully over his alleged actions in Ukraine

On the all-important issue of fighting for the American worker and manufacturing jobs, let’s remember that the position of the Obama-Biden administration on lost manufacturing jobs was – as Obama put it – that “some of those jobs of the past are just not going come back.”

That destructive attitude, along with an outrageous regulatory regime, caused a net loss of nearly 200,000 manufacturing jobs as a result of the lack of leadership of Obama and Biden.

The failed Obama-Biden mindset of “you didn’t build that” – so critical of America’s entrepreneurial spirit – must never be forgotten.

Obama and Biden gave up the store on a deal that put an exclamation point on their failed eight-year policy of apologizing for America around the world.

You can’t finish an analysis of Biden’s record as Obama’s vice president without asking this all-important question: When it comes to the Obama administration’s efforts to try to stop Donald Trump from being elected president, what did Biden know and when did he know it?

Washington Post’s 10,000 Trump untruths is about 25% fake news. Steve Goldstein – “‘Literally true’ comments can be misleading, fact checker says” … this is about relativity in reality and truth. The trouble is that there is no Einsteinian model to equate frames of reference. In the media, the differing reference frames are entirely independent and often at odds with reality.

“The Washington Post’s count of what it calls “false and misleading statements,” and what other media outlets quickly short-handed to “lies” by Trump, is itself inflated.

Sensing that the fact checkers are a bit too quick on the draw, I decided to review a series of contentions made by Glenn Kessler and the fact-checking team at the Washington Post. …

Sometimes Kessler seems to be assuming words Trump said that the president did not. Other times he seems to demand a level of surrounding context that most would not insist from any other politician.

Kessler also said the newspaper has only used the word “lie” once — about Trump’s comments on Stormy Daniels hush money — and tries to distance its assessments from that word.

It’s also important to stress, that the Washington Post exaggerating the truth about Trump is not to say that the president isn’t uniquely untruthful.

But it also seems that fact checkers, like Kessler, have a reflexive bias toward declaring Trump comments as untrue.

WaPo writer: James Holzhauer has become “a menace”. Jazz Shaw – “But there’s one thing Lane doesn’t accuse Holzhauer of: cheating. Because he’s not cheating.” It’s a story about success envy, the kind that drives socialist ideologies to trash and bash capitalism.

Prominent clergy, scholars accuse Pope Francis of heresy in open letter. Maike Hickson – “They ask the bishops of the Catholic Church, to whom the open letter is addressed, to “take the steps necessary to deal with the grave situation” of a pope committing this crime.

“The authors base their charge of heresy on the manifold manifestations of Pope Francis’ embrace of positions contrary to the faith and his dubious support of prelates who in their lives have shown themselves to have a clear disrespect for the Church’s faith and morals.

The 20-page document is a follow-up to the 2017 Filial Correction of Pope Francis that was signed originally by 62 scholars and which stated that the Pope has “effectively upheld 7 heretical positions about marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments, and has caused these heretical opinions to spread in the Catholic Church,” especially in light of his 2016 exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

The authors first present in detail – and with theological references to substantiate their claims – the different positions against the faith Pope Francis has shown himself to hold, propagate, or support, including “seven propositions contradicting divinely revealed truth.”

If nothing else, this provides a comparison and contrast to how the Democrats are attempting impeachment.

A Fantasy for the Sexes. Daphne Patai – “Not by accident, verbal therapies in this society archetypically began with men listening and women speaking.

“Studies are done on the economic costs of smoking and poor health, but not of the costs of women’s work habits.

Somehow it is always men who are to blame. Even in the schoolyard, little boys suffer from puzzlement, pain, and ostracism as little girls make comments and express expectations boys cannot quite grasp or respond to.

The constant pressure on men to tell personal stories and focus on the analysis of their feelings is finally recognized for what it is: a gender gambit designed to maintain female superiority by reminding men of their place and of their vulnerability to women’s more high-powered emotional and verbal style. Mass culture is rewritten, and all those strong silent types in film and fiction are now understood to be men damaged by matriarchal values.

so much, so confused … it is necessary to read carefully with an appropriate degree of skepticism and to be careful about jumping to conclusions and engaging in other, similar, intellectual gymnastics.

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